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  • A Visual Guide to Local SEO for Small Business Websites

    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing
    Guest Post
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    A Visual Guide to Local SEO for Small Business Websites 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 Sturges – Enjoy! How to Build a Perfectly Optimized Local Website by Following the Google Guidelines! Building a winning local website is no simple task. We need content about our business, a blog, location pages, photos and galleries, contact pages and more! All this can quickly overwhelm budgets and plans. So in order to help, we’ve built an…
  • How To Get Over Your Self-Doubt

    Fast Company
    Leo Babauta
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:12 am
    For some, self-doubt and confidence issues color a whole lifetime. How can you break out of that shell to reach your full potential?There was a long time when the lack of belief in myself was a major factor in my life.Read Full Story
  • Small Businesses Must Track Their Dollars

    Small Biz Survival
    Glenn Muske
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    Photo (CC) OTA Photos, on FlickrMost small-business owners are not excited about handling the financial recordkeeping for the business, which should come as no surprise. Instead, business owners often put it off until later and, quite often, the “later” means tax time. Not keeping good financial records can result in a multitude of problems. At best, you may not maximize your return on investment. But the worst thing might be having to close the business and owing money to family, friends and even governmental agencies. Letting all of the other requirements of your business eat up your…
  • Build Strong Brand Storytelling From the Inside Out

    Content Marketing Institute
    Carla Johnson
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    As content marketers, we focus a lot of our time and attention on outside audiences, which makes sense. We’re trying to get people to buy what we sell. We want them to get to know us, like us, talk about us, and think what we sell is a good idea. In fact, we are so concerned with communicating with our external audiences, that we leave little time to think about our own employees. Yet, employees are at the heart of what makes brand storytelling come to life and create meaningful experiences for customers. If we expect to be able to go “all-in” with successful content…
  • 5 Smart Sentences that Clients Need to Hear from You

    Men with Pens
    Agent X
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “Thanks, but we decided to go with someone else.” You don't understand what happened. You've lost the gig… but everything was going so well! The client seemed keen to work with you, you’d hammered out the details, and the only thing left was the final go-ahead to start the work. Instead of getting a green light, you receive a one-line email from the client that says they chose another freelancer. That’s when warning signals start going off in your head. Maybe the problem isn't with the client – maybe the problem is you. Click here to read the full article →Another…
 
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    Fast Company

  • Apple To Developers: No Selling HealthKit Data To Advertisers

    Chris Gayomali
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
    Developers can, however, hand the data over to medical researchers with a user's consent.When Apple unveiled its HealthKit toolset for app developers at the Worldwide Developer Conference in June, it hinted at a future where everything from our heart rates to our daily footsteps to our sleep time could be tallied and molded into raw data, thanks to iOS 8 and a possible watch. The platform would allow developers like Nike and Jawbone to build new and exciting health-tracking apps, which could be compiled into iOS 8's Health app.Read Full Story
  • See How Much Hotter Your City Is Than Anywhere Else, Just Because It's A City

    Jessica Leber
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The urban heat island effect makes cities extra hot--and some cities are more extra hot than others.Summers in the U.S. have been warming since the 1970s due to climate change, though it might not seem like it if you're riding out this unusually cool August in the northeast and midwest.Read Full Story
  • How Taking A 20-Minute Walk Every Day Transformed My Approach To Work

    Rachel Gillett
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:16 am
    Here's what happened when we challenged ourselves to step away from our desks and get out for a while.If you're like most Americans, you suffer from the physical, emotional, and mental epidemic that the scientific community calls "sitting disease."Read Full Story
  • How To Get Over Your Self-Doubt

    Leo Babauta
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:12 am
    For some, self-doubt and confidence issues color a whole lifetime. How can you break out of that shell to reach your full potential?There was a long time when the lack of belief in myself was a major factor in my life.Read Full Story
  • Productivity Hack Of The Week: A Simple Way To Answer Emails Much Faster

    Rachel Gillett
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Turn email into less of a chore with templates of responses and save hours every week.In an age where the workday is seemingly getting longer and longer, every minute counts. So we thought we'd give you some of them back with this week's productivity hack.Read Full Story
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    VISANOW Global Immigration

  • FYI: Co-Sponsoring the Financial Income Requirement for U.S Immigration

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

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

    Zofia Mrozowska
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
      When applying for a U.S. immigration visa or Green Card the USCIS will want the petitioner (either a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident) to meet a financial income requirement. For example, when sponsoring a loved one, fiancé, or spouse, the petitioner must show proof of their ability to financially support the foreign national once they arrive in the United States. USCIS will determine if the petitioner is capable of supporting the person they are petitioning for by reviewing their affidavit of support. The fiance visa applicants must fill out the I-134 affidavit form. Green…
  • Five B-2 Visitor Visa Interview Questions to Expect

    Gabrielle Gottfried
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
      The B-2 Visitor visa process will require most applicant to attend a short interview.  It can be nerve wracking, but you’ll need to confidently answer some questions for a consulate officer.  These five questions will most likely be asked in the B-2 Visitor visa interview, so be sure to know the answers and practice your delivery for the best chances of approval.  B-2 Visitor Visa Interview Questions   Where are you traveling?  The consulate officer will want to hear the same information that you wrote on the DS-160.  If your information is unclear or contradictory, your…
  • 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…
 
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    Small Business Labs

  • Betting on Fusion Energy

    Steve
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Tech Crunch's Y Combinator and Mithril Invest in Helion, A Nuclear Fusion Startup covers a $1.5 million investment in Helion, a nuclear fusion startup. What makes this really intriguing is Helion's claim that it can produce, in 3 years, a fusion generator that's: "1,000 times smaller, over 500 times cheaper, and realizable 10 time faster than other projects." They go on to say they will be able to generate electricity for less than 4 cents per kilowatt hour.   What makes these claims so bold is most observers believe fusion energy is several…
  • It's Not Just Cloud Price Wars Driving Usage

    Steve
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The cloud storage price wars being waged by Google, Amazon, Microsoft have been getting a lot of press this summer.   As the chart below from TechCrunch's Cloud Storage is Eating the World Alive shows, since March of this year the cost per gigabyte of cloud storage has fallen by more than 50%. As the article points out, the current price is not far from $0.   But the price declines are not just limited to storage. Amazon, for example, recently announced price cuts ranging from 28% and 51% across a variety of their Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud product line. Cloud…
  • Y-Combinator Goes Freelance

    Steve
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Last week was Demo Day for Y-Combinator's summer batch of startups.   For those not familar with Y-Combinator, it's the most successful startup accelerator in the U.S. According to their website, since 2005 over 700 startups have gone through their program and today these firms have a combined market valuation of over $30 billion. Well known grads include Dropbox, Airbnb and Reddit. Only 3% of the startups that apply to their program are accepted.   The program lasts 3 months and culminates with Demo Day, when the 70 or so participating startups each get 2.5 minutes…
  • The Rise of Digital Nomads

    Steve
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Yahoo Travel's The New Digital Nomads - Run Your Business From Anywhere in the World covers the growing trend towards people professionals who are choosing a location-independent lifestyle that allows them to travel and work anywhere in the world. The Internet and a growing array of telework and online collaboration tools are the key enablers of the digital nomad lifestyle.   As long as they can find a decent Internet connection, laptop carrying nomads can work pretty much anywhere. Digital nomads who travel to exotic locations get most of the press, but more and more people…
  • Encore Career Study Findings - More Encore Small Businesses

    Steve
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Encore.org is an organization focused on encore careers, which they define as "post-midlife work or pro bono service to meet community needs". Their tag line is "second acts for the greater good".  They go on to say that encore careers combine personal fulfillment, social impact and continued income, enabling people to put their passion to work for the greater good. Their primary target market is aging baby boomers and their goal is help this group transition to social service work as they enter the traditional retirement years. The recently released the…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • When So-called Experts Say Don’t Do a Business Plan…

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

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

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

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

  • Two Important Announcements for Writers

    Sonia Simone
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    First, you may have seen yesterday the abrupt announcement that Google is, at least for the moment, discontinuing their Authorship functionality for search results and webmaster tools. For those in our Authority community, as well as those in our Certified Content Marketer program, we’ll be holding a special live Q&A session with Brian Clark on what this means for web writers as we move forward. Just log in to your Member Dashboard to find out how to attend. And secondly, if you aren’t in one of those programs yet, the window is closing to join the Certified Content Marketer…
  • How to Earn $250 Per Hour As a Freelance Writer

    Linda Formichelli
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    How sweet it would be to earn $250 per hour — as a writer, no less. Sounds like a crazy dream, right? It’s kind of like your dream to win America’s Got Talent with your nose whistling routine: Fun to think about, but it ain’t gonna happen. Well, I’m going to risk your snorts of disbelief by telling you $250 per hour is the average rate I earn with any type of writing I do, whether it’s copywriting, content writing, or journalism. I’m not special (though my mom thinks so). My writing skills are good, but not Donna Tartt good. And as you’ll see…
  • Save $100 on SMX East in New York

    Jerod Morris
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Search Marketing Expo is the world’s largest search engine marketing conference, and this fall SMX East will take place in the nation’s most populous city. And if you’re planning on heading to New York City for SMX East (September 30 – October 2), we’ve got a way for you to save $100. Just use the code smx100copy at checkout to save $100. You’ll get to hear keynote speaker Jonah Peretti, Buzzfeed Founder & CEO, provide insight on leveraging viral content, as well as other sessions like: Defining & Mapping The Native Advertising Landscape Automation…
  • Clueless About Technical Writing? Get Started With These Essential Tips

    Nick Chowdrey
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Technical writing is like copywriting’s old, boring uncle. In the communicative garden party that is online content, Copywriting gets everyone a drink and socializes, while Technical Writing runs the grill and feeds all the guests. Copywriters may think technical writing is simple, but it actually presents a number of challenges unique to the discipline. If you receive a technical writing assignment, will you know how to handle it? Whether you’re a freelance copywriter or work in-house at an agency, at some point it’s likely you’ll be asked to produce a piece of technical…
  • The 7 Things Writers Need to Make a Living

    Sonia Simone
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re a writer, you might have heard this most of your life. People don’t make a living writing. You should find something practical to do with your life. Smart, capable writers grimly pass around war stories on Facebook. Penny-a-word assignments, clients who don’t pay, disdain for our craft, and disrespect for our profession. And yet. Look around us, at this digital world so many of us spend our lives in. It’s made of ones and zeroes, yes. But it’s also made of words. The technology exists because we create words worth sharing Text, video, audio. It all…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Twitter Link Roundup #232 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:51 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! If you’re a little kid and your dad is a video animator, you can have quite a lot of fun, as the above video shows. Empower Your Small Business, the latest crowdSPRING SmallBiz Newsletter – crowdspring.co/1zL7c26 Labor Day! TCB…
  • Labor Day! TCB and TCP

    Mike
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    “My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.” —Indira Gandhi Next Monday is not just a day off for our team, but is also the holiday that I believe matters most of all to businesses. This time last year I wrote about the protests that were occurring around the country in support of an increase in the national minimum wage rate and the movement to empower fast food workers. This is s subject that I care deeply about, and one that…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #231 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:33 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 above shows Caesar’s movements as he defeated Pompey and allies in the civil was around 48 BC. You’ll find 39 more interesting maps that explain the growth and ultimately collapse of the Roman Empire, in the Other…
  • Cause Marketing on Ice

    Mike
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    The other day while sitting on the deck, we heard a great splashing sound from across the way. We looked over to see a neighbor pouring a huge bucket of ice-water over his head while his girlfriend recorded the chilly event on her smartphone. It took me a second to grasp what was happening, but I quickly realized that he was not crazy and not trying to cool himself off from the heat of a Chicago August. The guy was raising money for a charity which he may or may not even feel a particular affinity for. Right now, today, appearing in virtually every corner of the the internet you can be…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #230 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:09 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 above is a fun look at how some of the most famous scientists in history might have personally branded themselves.. Small Business Tips: 5 Steps to Building Great Customer Relationships – crowdspring.co/1kb8kKm Small…
 
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    The Franchise King®

  • Tubby’s Sub Sandwich Shop May Need Creative Franchise Marketing Help

    The Franchise King®
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    With a name like Tubby’s…. The name of this Michigan-based sub sandwich franchise chain came from the a popular comic strip character with the same name. That’s good to know, but how can Tubby’s new owners get around the name. A name that (to a lot of people) means “One that’s overweight.” Wait. Why am I being so gentle…so politically direct? That’s not me. I’m sorry. It will never happen again. Tubby=Fat   Tubby’s Gets New Owners The first Tubby’s Sub Shop was founded in 1968 by Richard Paganes, who at the time was…
  • The NLRB Franchise Business Decision: How Scary Is it?

    The Franchise King®
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:08 pm
    The NLRB Ruling could change the franchise business as we know it. I know that’s a dramatic statement…and I’m really not into drama, but their decision is  kind of scary. Keep reading to see why…   The NLRB Franchise Business Decision The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently announced that its Office of the General Counsel is going to name McDonald’s as a “joint employer” in upcoming court cases. The courts cases are based on complaints against McDonald’s franchisees. Franchisees. Stay with me here…     I’m going to share…
  • Working From Home Franchise Businesses

    The Franchise King®
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:39 am
    Are you looking to buy a franchise that you can run from home? Does working from home sound attractive to you? Are there legitimate franchise opportunities and business opportunities that offer the chance to work from a home office?   Working From Home Franchise Businesses There are  lots of franchises that allow you to work from home. Home-based franchises are popular, and they’ll continue to be because of the cost of entry. Most home-based franchises can be purchased for less than $100,000…a lot less. There’s no real estate involved, for one. And the inventory…
  • This Franchise Is Now 1,000 Locations Strong

    The Franchise King®
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    Hitting the 1,000 franchise location mark is a huge accomplishment. Most franchisors don’t hit it. That’s because it’s extremely difficult. Heck, hitting 100 franchise locations is hard. So, would you like to know what franchise concept just reached 1,000 franchise locations?     This Franchise Is Now 1,000 Locations Strong Massage Envy Spa®. This feel-good franchise concept just hit the 1,000 unit mark. Congratulations from all of us in The Franchise Kingdom! So, how did they do it?   Massage Envy Spa® Sells Non-Obvious Benefits This membership-based…
  • California Franchisees To Get More Rights

    The Franchise King®
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:06 pm
    If SB 610 passes in the California State Senate-like it’s expected to, it’s going to be a lot harder for franchisors to toss problem or low-performing franchisees out of their systems. Not, that it was ever easy…   California Franchisees To Get More Rights If you’re one of thousands of California franchisees, you will soon be able to rejoice in the fact that you will have a lot more power-legally, than you ever used to have. SB 610 makes it a lot more difficult for franchisors in California to terminate franchise contracts of their franchisees. From The Huffington…
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    800 CEO Read

  • ChangeThis: Issue 120

    dylan
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Tweet Creating a Coaching Culture: A Playbook to Build Winning Business Teams by Nathan Jamail “In business, most of our employees are not as good as they could be—not because of our love for them or our desire to make their lives better than ours, but … because most of the time we think they are not worth the effort to really coach them.” Beyond Keeping Afloat: How Established Business Can Get Breakthroughs by Tony Davila & Marc J. Epstein “What can be done to avoid the seemingly inevitable drought of innovation that comes along with building and cementing the apparatus of…
  • Authors On the Road, Changing the World – John Hope Bryant

    Aaron
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    TweetIn the rapidly changing world of technology and the way we utilize that technology, we often forget many of our institutions were built over the phone, forming relationships with the people with whom we wanted to do business. In a group meeting here this week, our retired founder and president Jack Covert made the argument that if we want to maintain our current relationships better than our competitors and add something to their lives that others don’t, we need to pick up the phone and have a real conversation with these people we value. We are fortunate that our business is still…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Powers of Two

    Michael
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Tweet Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 339 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, August 2014, 9780544031593 There is something thrilling about reading accounts of great creativity. We love when a writer can bring together a collection of anecdotes that might reveal something profound about how to ignite the creative spark and nurse it into a blaze of genius. The purpose, of course, is not mere vicarious experience; we hope we can truly take something away—a recipe for innovation—that will help us spark innovation in…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Power of Noticing

    Sally
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Tweet The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See by Max H. Bazerman, Simon and Schuster, Hardcover, 215 pages, 9781476700298 Sandusky. Madoff. Enron. Hurricane Katrina. These are well-publicized examples of our failure to notice impending disaster. In his new book, The Power of Noticing, Max Bazerman expounds on these tales to reveal how we might learn from them in order to prevent similar calamities. As he says, “Understanding what is at work when we fail to notice is crucial to understand how we can learn to pay attention to what we’re missing.” In fact, in the worst cases, we…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The End of Absence

    Ryan Schleicher
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Tweet The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection by Michael Harris, Current, 243 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, August 2014, ISBN 9781591846932 Journalist Michael Harris approaches the often-discussed topic of the internet’s impact on our lives from a very specific angle: people living now who were born prior to 1985, who will be the only people in world history to know what life was like both with and without the internet. As part of this generation of people, Harris sets out to discover what we need to do to reclaim what the internet stole from everyday…
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    SmallBizTechnology

  • How to Use Transactional Emails to Master the Customer Dating Game

    Carolyn Crummey
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Building a solid relationship with your customers is a whole lot like building a personal relationship with a partner. You have to build trust, be responsive, help them when needed…it’s a lot of work! And just like with personal relationships, there are some tried and true strategies you can use to win at the game of of customer love. Here are some tips and strategies on how to use transactional emails alongside your standard email marketing messages to build customer loyalty and trust.   Transactional emails are sent as a result of an action from your customer – invoices,…
  • HR Rules and Regs Are Impossible To Keep Up With. ThinkHR Has A Solution

    Ramon Ray
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Running a business is not easy. Sure there’s the joys of freedom and passion as indicated in the latest Infusionsoft Small Business Survey , however there are so many challenges. Tax compliance, regulatory compliance, marketing to get more customers and to keep the ones you have. For businesses who are growing, another headache is human resources management (HR). There’s a lot of information online you can “Google” but is this information correct? Does it meet your specific need? HR compliance is not something you can fudge. Of course if you have a lawyer,…
  • Hiring for Success: 4 Things to Seek and Avoid in a New Hire

    Ramon Ray
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    To ensure your next candidate is a lasting member of your team, it’s important that you know what you should search for as you filter through résumés. Here are a few things you should look for, and avoid, when going after a new hire. I am blogging on behalf of Visa Business and received compensation for my time from Visa for sharing my views in this post, but the views expressed here are solely mine, not Visa’s. Visit http://facebook.com/visasmallbiz to take a look at the reinvented Facebook Page: Well Sourced by Visa Business. The Page serves as a space where small business owners…
  • 11 SaaS Products All Entrepreneurs Should Start Using

    Young Entrepreneur Council
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    What is the number one SaaS product you think every entrepreneur should start using and why? The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. 1. Basecamp The online project management tool Basecamp has helped automate everything we do at ZinePak. It’s incredibly powerful and very simple to use. Basecamp helps keep our entire team on the…
  • 3 Shipping Strategies Every eCommerce Business Needs To Know

    Ramon Ray
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    If you’re an ecommerce business, you know how intricate the shipping process is and how much it impacts your overall success. Afterall, you can sell a million dollars worth of product, but if you can’t get it to the customers door in one piece and at an affordable cost, you’ll soon go bust. In a recent post written for the Endicia blog titled ‘3 Key Shipping Strategies to Help Boost Your Ecommerce Business‘, I share some great tips and strategies every ecommerce business should take note of. The article also includes some great advice from John Lawson, CEO…
 
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    Small Business Trends

  • Elie Chalita of Loqate: Bad Addresses Can Kill Your Customer Experience Efforts

    Brent Leary
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Improving the customer experience is priority number one for many business today. From upgrading their websites to creating mobile apps, everyone is looking to provide customers more reason to buy more things from them. But all of these efforts to add the latest and greatest in social/mobile technology to create better interactions with customers, overlooking basic things like making sure orders get delivered to their destinations can destroy all of those efforts. Elie Chalita, product manager for global location intelligence solution Loqate, shares with us just how important getting the…
  • Good, Bad or…Indifferent

    Mark Anderson
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is such a simple idea, but it’s getting it to work correctly is harder than you’d think: The eye has to read the words in the correct order. The font has to be big enough to read, but not so big that it looks out of place. The facial expression has to be just right. I’d love to say I just dashed this off, but it took a good bit of Photoshop to massage everything into place. Sometimes it’s those little simple ideas that take the most work. The post Good, Bad or…Indifferent appeared first on Small Business Trends.
  • Yahoo Opens Its Ad Network to Other Publishers

    Joshua Sophy
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Yahoo is set to expand its Stream Ads service to allow other Web publishers beyond a close knit group of publishing partners to include its sponsored posts on their sites as well. The Yahoo ads will appear as “recommended content” on participating websites. The recommended content will pull not only from sponsored posts but also a publisher’s own content. Currently, Yahoo’s Stream Ads appear only on sites such as SB Nation, GameSpot and TV Guide. But according to a report from AdAge.com, Yahoo plans to open up its advertising platform to other publishers too in the…
  • 7 Things That Make the Small Business Influencer Awards Stand Out

    Susan Payton
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    There are dozens of small business awards programs out there. Some are invite-only. Others require you to pay to play. We like to think that the Small Business Influencer Awards are unique, thanks to our tremendous commitment to acknowledging those unsung heroes that make the small biz engine tick. Here are 7 reasons we think the Influencer Awards stand for integrity, and why you should nominate people for this notable award (and do so by this Friday, because nominations end August 29, 2014). 1. Actual Humans Review the Entries If you’ve submitted a nomination and wondered why it didn’t…
  • Holy Moley! Largest iPad Ever Coming From Apple

    Joshua Sophy
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The largest iPad ever is coming soon. A new report indicates that Apple is close to giving the go-ahead to start production on an iPad device with a 12.9-inch screen (diagonally). Unnamed sources say suppliers have been told that production on this device would begin at the beginning of next year. Apple hasn’t confirmed any of these plans just yet. There could be an entire range of larger mobile devices from Apple, if these rumors are confirmed. The timing of this decision is interesting. It’s been noted that Apple’s iPad sales are sluggish. And part of the problem has been…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Why don't authors compete?

    Seth Godin
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    There's an apocryphal story of a guy who went for his final interview for a senior post at Coca-Cola. At dinner, he ordered a Pepsi. He didn't get the job. And most packaged goods companies would kill to be the only product on the shelf, to own the category in a given store. Yet, not only do authors get along, they spend time and energy blurbing each other's books. Authors don't try to eliminate others from the shelf, in fact, they seek out the most crowded shelves they can find to place their books. They eagerly pay to read what everyone else is writing... Can you imagine Tim Cook at Apple…
  • Announcing a fall internship

    Seth Godin
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    I'm hiring one or two paid interns. It's a great opportunity to learn, to experiment and to get some hands on experience. Find all the details right here. If you know someone who might be interested, I'd appreciate it if you would forward this to them.        
  • The end of everyone

    Seth Godin
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:21 am
    I'm not sure if it was ever possible to say, "everyone loves ___," "everyone respects ___" or even, "everyone really doesn't like ___", but there's no doubt at all that this isn't true any more. There is no more everyone. Instead, there are many pockets of someones.        
  • "I made it my mission..."

    Seth Godin
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    These are the people you want to hire, the people who will become linchpins, the people who will change your organization for the better. Not people who merely accept a mission, or grudgingly grind through a mission, but people who voluntarily choose to make something important their mission. This post from Scott on iOS battery life is what I'm talking about. Mission-driven beats compliant, every time.        
  • The best lesson from Fantasy Football's success

    Seth Godin
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    When people say, "my team," they mean it. In the top-down world of industrial marketing, the San Francisco 49ers say, "we built this team, buy a ticket if you want to come." Then, a few years later, it broadened to, "you should buy a jersey so you can be part of it." In the sideways, modern world of peer-to-peer connection, people say, "my team has this player, that player and this defense." It belongs to them, because they built it. Everyone has their own team. In neither case is the fan on the field, getting concussed or making the big decisions. It doesn't matter. What matters is that our…
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    Bill Taylor on HarvardBusiness.org

  • The Best Leaders “Talk the Walk”

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

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

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

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

    Bill Taylor
    17 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am
    There are all sorts of reasons why so many big organizations can be slow to make changes that everyone agrees need to be made. “Our current margins are too good, even though the business is being eroded by new competitors.” “Our current products are still popular, even though a new generation of offerings is getting traction.” “Our current distribution system can’t reach the customers we need to reach to build a new business.” In other words, most leaders and organizations are really good at quantifying the risks of trying something bold or striking out in a new direction. What…
 
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • The Top Google Analytics Reports for Assessing Mobile Activity

    Guest Post
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:41 am
    The Top Google Analytics Reports for Assessing Mobile Activity 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 Mark Hansen – Enjoy! As the use of mobile devices continues to increase, understanding the needs and behaviors of our mobile visitors is increasingly important. Instinctively, we know that mobile users are on the go, so they’re more likely to lose patience with a slow mobile site or poor user experience (UX). But what we need to learn is how…
  • A Visual Guide to Local SEO for Small Business Websites

    Guest Post
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    A Visual Guide to Local SEO for Small Business Websites 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 Sturges – Enjoy! How to Build a Perfectly Optimized Local Website by Following the Google Guidelines! Building a winning local website is no simple task. We need content about our business, a blog, location pages, photos and galleries, contact pages and more! All this can quickly overwhelm budgets and plans. So in order to help, we’ve built an…
  • What Does Charm Have To Do with Business?

    John Jantsch
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    What Does Charm Have To Do with Business? written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing podcast with Jordan Harbinger My guest for this week’s episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is Jordan Harbinger – cofounder of an amazingly successful business called The Art of Charm – a business with the tagline – where ordinary guys become extraordinary men. Now, to be fair, some amount of the work The Art of Charm does is teach guys how to meet women, but I for one believe that many of the elements regarding…
  • Why Dark Posts Are the Best Facebook Advertising Approach Right Now

    John Jantsch
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Why Dark Posts Are the Best Facebook Advertising Approach Right Now written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Let me preface this post by highlighting the words in the title “right now.” photo credit: windy_sydney via photopin cc As with all things in this fast changing digital world, a killer tactic today may soon be worth very little when, for example, the network you’re using it on decides to change the rules or it simply becomes diluted due to the fact that everyone is doing it now. For today one of the most effective advertising…
  • Does Your Business Have a TV Show?

    Guest Post
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:39 am
    Does Your Business Have a TV Show? 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 Kevin Jordan – Enjoy! If you watch any television at all, chances are you’ve stumbled across one of the many reality TV shows that turn the day-to-day drama of a small business into prime time entertainment. There’s TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress (starring Kleinfeld Bridal in Manhattan) and Cake Boss (featuring Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, NJ), the History…
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • Newsletter #1003: The “Blank Walls” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    28 Aug 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.] So much amazing potential is in a blank wall. It can bring a community together, help you spread the word about your stuff, and help your customers feel at home — you just have to tap into it. Don’t believe us? Here are three examples from businesses both big and small: 1. Make it beautiful 2. Make it complimentary 3. Make it a conversation-starter 4. Check it out: Your World of Text 1.
  • You need a 14-year-old boy

    Andy Sernovitz
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Every so often companies get in trouble for an ad campaign that has some dirty double entendre. Sometimes they do it on purpose, but usually they miss it. Because mature professionals aren’t looking for crude sex references in everything. Maybe you need a teenager or frat guy to help avoid unintentional scandal or offence. A few examples: (Acronym)
  • Steal?

    Andy Sernovitz
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    We have a new method for creating websites: We sort of steal things. It’s hard to come up with a perfect vision for a new site on a blank screen. So we have the entire team surfing for inspiration. We look at hundreds of sites and see what we love. A little of this color palate, that page structure, some of this navigation…  and we keep going until everyone says “THAT’S IT!” What we get is completely unlike any of the sites we’re inspired by, and it’s more of a mash-up. It’s uniquely ours, and it’s great.  Most important: We save months…
  • Hi! I’m back.

    Andy Sernovitz
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    I haven’t written my daily blog posts in a few months, but I’m back, and plan to hit it regularly again. This is my biggest break since I started writing in 2001, and I’m glad I did it. I had a lot of deep strategic and marketing writing to do for the company, so I put blogging on hold. It was too much to try to keep all those ideas in my head while also thinking about great blog posts.  There’s a lesson for anyone who’s committed to long-term blogging (and blog excellence): Write when you love it, and write when you have something to say — not because you…
  • You might want to take a look at this

    Andy Sernovitz
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    A real thing I found on eBay:
 
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    The Get Smart Blog

  • Kickstarter + creative technology to produce clean energy for Kenya

    Bridget Ayers
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:54 pm
    We’ve heard that a good band can “light up a stage” or that music is powerful. Thanks to Sudha Kheterpal, music has become a legitimate option as a source for alternative energy with the SPARK percussion shaker. About Just by enjoying a simple jam session, SPARK produces enough clean energy to power a light or charge a mobile phone for communities without electricity. Due to a rechargeable battery inside the SPARK prototype, just 12 minutes of shaking the SPARK will provide an hour of electricity for these uses. The battery also stores power, making it unnecessary to shake for 12…
  • Free App for Productivity: IFTTT

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

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

  • 120.01

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

    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Beyond Keeping Afloat: How Established Business Can Get Breakthroughs by Tony Davila & Marc J. Epstein “What can be done to avoid the seemingly inevitable drought of innovation that comes along with building and cementing the apparatus of an established organization? How, as an established organization, do we maintain, and perhaps even build on the successes we have achieved?”
  • 120.03

    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Generation We: Why Me Doesn’t Work for One and Everyone, and What We Can Do to Change It by Steven Smith & David Marcum “Why does society tend to work in opposition to WE if WE is clearly a superior strategy? Why don’t human beings make stronger moves to get past ME ... ”
  • 120.04

    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Harvesting the Low-Hanging Fruit: The Easy Road to Higher Earnings by Jeremy Eden & Terri Long “The blinding rate of innovation over the past few decades has turned yesterday’s ‘impossible’ into today’s ‘of course.’ But one area has experienced a near complete lack of innovation over that same time period: the ways executives manage ... ”
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    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Improvise Your Way to Success by Steve Yastrow “The bottom line is that no one wants to be assaulted by one-way communication (a sales pitch). Rather, customers need to be invited into two-way conversations where we can be heard and understood.”
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Hamburger Helper

    Wailin Wong
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Businessmen like Ray Kroc and Dave Thomas have secured their places in the annals of the fast food industry. But what about Harry Holly? He invented the hamburger patty molding machine in the kitchen of the burger restaurant he opened after losing his job in the Depression. Holly’s patty press helped bring the modern fast food industry into existence by equipping McDonald’s and Burger King with machines that could efficiently produce standard-sized burgers. But 77 years after Holly founded his patty machine company, Hollymatic, neither inventor nor business has name recognition…
  • QUOTE: Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and…

    David
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and productivity. Teresa Amabile of Harvard Business School studied the daily routines of more than 230 people who work on projects that require creativity. As might have been expected, she found that their ability to think creatively fell markedly if their working days were punctuated with meetings. They did far better if left to focus on their projects without interruption for a large chunk of the day, and had to collaborate with no more than one colleague. —Decluttering the company [The Economist]
  • 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”.
 
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    Small Biz Survival

  • Brag Basket goes to the beach

    Becky McCray
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    I’m not on the beach, but the Brag Basket is. Photo (CC) by D on Flickr. The Brag Basket is open! This one is for August 29-31, 2014. Bring your good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your good news. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t like to brag? Just share some…
  • Small Businesses Must Track Their Dollars

    Glenn Muske
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    Photo (CC) OTA Photos, on FlickrMost small-business owners are not excited about handling the financial recordkeeping for the business, which should come as no surprise. Instead, business owners often put it off until later and, quite often, the “later” means tax time. Not keeping good financial records can result in a multitude of problems. At best, you may not maximize your return on investment. But the worst thing might be having to close the business and owing money to family, friends and even governmental agencies. Letting all of the other requirements of your business eat up your…
  • How I found my mission in three kinda-easy steps

    Becky McCray
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do I really have to know it all? Or would it be better to pick a specific and narrow mission?   Because I have a pretty specific mission, people have asked me how I decided on it and my niche. So here’s a little of that story. Finding my mission was about taking away, not adding to. I had lots of overlapping circles of topics, areas of interest, markets. Some of my circles were rural, entrepreneurs, tourism, small business, and economic development. Then there were other topics that intersect to some degree, so I have some interest in them, but they aren’t my primary things.
  • Look up! in the Brag Basket

    Small Biz Survival
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    When you look up, you can see the good news and the baskets on the ceiling. Photo by David Tan on Flickr.  The Brag Basket is open! This one is for August 15-17, 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…
  • Using Big Data in Your Small Businesses

    Glenn Muske
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    Photo (CC) Justin Grimes, on Flickr“Big data” and “mining big data” are terms that are appearing in business magazines and journals at lot these days. Yet small-business owners often are not sure if and how big data fits into their business. Nor do they know where to get it and how to analyze it, even if they would have it. Small-business owners need not be scared of the term “big data.” It simply means information of a size that you cannot analyze it by hand. You need to use some type of computerized tool to help out. But business owners need to remember that data is one key when…
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    イケイケ出会い系日記

  • 不倫SNS

    iknowamomblog
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    不倫をしたい人が集まる会員制SNS。入会条件は結婚している事と、このSNSを秘密する事ができるかという事でした。 私(35歳男性)はそういう関係に刺激を感じ、登録をしてみようと思いました。 入会画面に行くと、住民票の送付しなくてはいけないらしく、新たな刺激には変えられないと思い管理会社に送付する。すると、数日中にその本サイトである「不倫SNSはココ」と書かれた書類が送られてきました。…
  • 彼氏 ほしい

    iknowamomblog
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    彼氏がほしいっていつも言ってるから私は男友達が多い方なので、コンパをよくやってあげるし、 引っ付けてあげようともしてるのに、何故か結局上手くいかず彼氏がいつも出来ません。 逆に何でなのか分からず理由を彼女に聞くんですが、ほしいほしいと言ってる割にはいざってなると逃げてしまうみたいなんです。 毎度毎度そうなんで、さすがに私も面倒くさくなり、コンパやってと言われても断るようになりました。…
  • セックスフレンド掲示板

    iknowamomblog
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
     24歳で保育士をしているのですが、職場での出会いというのは全くないのでなかなかお付き合いをするお相手を探すことができないで困っていました。 正直はな話、セックスもしていないので仕事のストレス解消と性欲解消でオナニーばかりをしています。 でもやっぱり男性に抱かられて持ち良くなりたいって気持ちが強くなって、セックスフレンド掲示板を利用してみました。…
  • セフレ 穴場

    iknowamomblog
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    セフレが欲しい場合、穴場となるのはスナックです。 僕が住んでいるような田舎の場合、ものすごい強烈なおばちゃんがママをしている場合が少なくないのですが、こういうママの下で働いている女の子が狙い目なのです。 めちゃめちゃ若い子を狙うよりも、30前後の一通り世間は知ってる的な落ち着いた雰囲気の女がいいですね。 ある意味、この世代も穴場です。 結婚に向けて焦ってはいるけど、出会いがなかなかみつからない。…
  • 出会えるサイト

    iknowamomblog
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    僕はここ最近色々な出会い系サイトを利用してみていますが、インターネットのレビューもあまりあてにはなりませんね。 出会えるサイトはココ!だとか、必ず出会えるサイト!だとかを謳っている出会い系サイトを片っ端から使ってみましたが、本当に出会えるサイトだったのは僅かでした。 一般の方がブログ等で感想や体験談を書いているのもやはりあてにはなりませんでした。…
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    Superinnovators

  • Change the Thinking, or Change the Behavior?

    Bill Burnett
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    Captain David Marquet needed to turn around the thinking on the nuclear submarine Santa Fe.  U.S. Navy photo by Christina ShawAnd he needed it done in about seven days. How do you turn around the thinking of a group of people? Captain Marquet realized they didn’t have time to let his thinking percolate down through the ranks. Instead, he recognized that all he really wanted was a change in behavior. It turns out, all you have to do is ask for the change in behavior. You have to be specific. But when you are, the behavior is observable and people can readily give you that behavior. It…
  • Carnegie Mellon's People Capability Maturity Model

    Bill Burnett
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    In looking for processes to enable company leaders to transform their organizations into highly innovative enterprises, I came across the Carnegie Mellon People Capability Maturity Model.The model is predicated on the idea that you climb up the capability curve by adding management and workforce capabilities with each of five levels. "When the goals of all process areas at a maturity level and lower levels have been satisfied, the organization will have achieved the maturity level.1   It is a stair step approach of adding on to the tools implemented on a lower step.The model…
  • Business Bromides

    Bill Burnett
    19 May 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Business Bromides are trite, clichéd sayings which aren’t very helpful or specific, and managers tend to say them over and over again. The word bromide comes from the chemical compound historically used as a sedative, a medicine that dulls your senses.  When we use such expressions in business, we seduce ourselves and others to set less audacious goals and take less bold action.We know from psychology that if you say something often enough “Saddam Hussain has weapons of mass destruction!” you start to believe it’s true.  This is especially true if it’s something you’d…
  • The Focused Leader

    Bill Burnett
    19 Jan 2014 | 9:41 pm
    In the table of contents for the December 2013 Harvard Business Review is the following teaser: "The Focussed Leader.  Great leaders have learned to focus their attention in three ways: on themselves, on others, and on the wider world." Isn't that pretty much everything!  So, great leaders have learned to focus on everything?  I am confused by the word 'focus' in this context.  What is it supposed to mean?  Having read the article I still unclear as to why the word 'focus' is used.This is a Daniel Goldman article.  He is one of the chief proponents of the…
  • Using simple gamification to radically boost performance.

    Bill Burnett
    23 Dec 2013 | 6:10 pm
    Gamification typically involves applying game design thinking to non-game applications to enhance engagement. Gamification can make almost anything fun and engaging bringing out the player in any of us.Gamification isn’t just about setting up a formal game-like environment such as a frequent flyer program.  It can subtly tap into people’s natural love for the game, any game where there’s something at stake and a way to play with it.  That can dramatically change performance outcomes.Case Set-up - This was a real bank case, staff = 120 FTE. Credit card chargeback processing on…
 
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    Marketing Practice

  • Layer'r Shot Deo : Pure Fragrance, Nothing Else

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

    Harish B
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    Brand : Park Avenue Beer ShampooCompany : JK Helene CurtisBrand Analysis Count : # 546Park Avenue is a cash cow in the portfolio of JK Helene Curtis which owns the prestigious apparel brands like Raymonds , Color Plus, Parx etc. This brand has contributed half of the turnover of the apparel business of the company. Later the company decided to extend the brands to categories like men's grooming market.According to Business Standard, men's grooming market is worth Rs 4000 crore growing at 25-30 % per annum. So for a company like JK Helene Curtis, it makes sense to extend a popular brand to…
  • He deodorant : Be Interesting

    Harish B
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    Brand : HeCompany : EmamiBrand Analysis Count : # 545Another deo hits the market with another big bang celebrity. This time, joining the brand-wagon is Emami with the new deo brand for men - He. He  is sort of interesting brand name which Emami chose to call its deo. Wondering how the company pulled off a generic name since it is very difficult to get trademark approval for generic names.The Rs 2300 crore deo market is crowded but growing fast to accommodate new players. He deo has roped in none other than Hrithik Roshan as its brand ambassador . The brand is currently running its…
  • 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.
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    Mobile Marketing Watch

  • Apple is Ready to Show The World What’s Next in Mobile

    Michael Essany
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Apple made it official yesterday, confirming months of speculation that the tech giant will show the world what’s next for iOS, Mac, and more on September 9th. Invitations to Apple’s media event, taking place in less than two weeks, have now been distributed to select members of the media. Sources close to Apple say the company will use the stage on that occasion to unveil iPhone 6 and its first ever smartwatch — the iWatch. As far as the invite goes, the message it displays couldn’t be any more enigmatic, reading only “We wish we could say more.” On…
  • ‘Think Tap, Not Click’: Marketers Need to Get Serious About Messages for Mobile

    J. Barton
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    “Ten years ago, email marketers could be nearly certain that the messages they sent would be received, opened and read on a desktop or laptop PC with a dedicated wired Ethernet connection to the internet,” begins Steve Dille in a commentary for Marketing Land. “Today, however, email messages are more likely to be opened and read on a smartphone than a PC.” Dille knows that’s quite alright, but that there are also going to be some challenges. “Marketers today have to consider an enormous number of factors when sending messages to customers and…
  • GoDaddy Acquires Mad Mimi To Bolster Its Email Marketing Service

    MikeR
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    GoDaddy has acquired MailChimp competitor Mad Mimi. The company intends to further expand the web hosting provider’s product suite aimed at small businesses, while giving GoDaddy a potentially market-changing email service. Until now, according to Steven Aldrich, GoDaddy’s SVP of Business Applications, the company offered an older product called “Easy Email Marketing.” That will be replaced with the Mad Mimi technology. Aldrich also noted that in addition to the email tech boost, Mad Mimi was chosen for its great customer service expertise. Mad Mimi founder Gary Levitt, once a…
  • Mobile Marketing: The Week in Review

    Michael Essany
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    In case you missed it, here are some of the top stories in mobile marketing and advertising we’ve been following this week. Marketing Evolution: Avoiding ROI that’s DOA Means Moving to Mobile At a recent innovation conference, Marketing Evolution CEO Rex Briggs presented some new findings and discussed rapidly developing analytic capabilities. Briggs’ presentation, entitled “Accelerating the Transformation and Innovation of Marketing,” focused on new research that shows how mobile fits into the broader marketing mix. Smartphone Couponers Most Likely to Redeem Offers In-Store Coupons…
  • PayPal at the Pump? Gas Stations May Soon Be Able to Advertise New Payment Option

    Jessica Tym
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    MAPCO Express, a convenience store chain (and gas station) in the southwest, has just rolled out a mobile app letting customers pay for gas, says Mobile Payments Today. They want to offer rewards in exchange for consumers paying for gas with a smartphone. The MY MAPCO app’s exclusive payment option is with PayPal. “Really, there was no other consideration when it came with partnering with one of the best payment providers out there,” said Howard Curtis, MAPCO’s director of marketing and CRM. MAPCO realized mobile payments were becoming more popular with consumers and…
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    Branding Strategy Insider

  • Repositioning The Competition

    Brad VanAuken The Blake Project
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    Marketers mostly focus on repositioning their own brands. But, you can also reposition a competitor’s brand. That is, you can create messaging about your brand that shed’s a negative light on the competitor’s brand, making your brand look better in comparison. Repositioning is how you adjust perceptions, whether those perceptions are about you or about your competition often hanging a negative on the competition as a way to set up a positive. Here are some examples of that. Avis leveraged its #2 rental car position with the tagline and campaign “We try harder,” implying that the #1…
  • Customer Co-Creation For Greater Brand Outcomes

    Kip Brown
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    Today on Branding Strategy Insider, another brand strategy question from the BSI Emailbag. George, a Director of Marketing in San Francisco, California writes: “Please describe the customer co-creation process and its benefits for building brands.” Thanks for your question George. Customer Co-creation is all about developing new ideas, services and products directly with your customers. By working together, companies and their customers create something new – something better – that they all believe in. When it’s done right it’s a powerful way to get to market quicker…
  • Repositioning vs. Rebranding

    Brad VanAuken The Blake Project
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    Today on Branding Strategy Insider, another brand strategy question from the BSI Emailbag. Lisa, a marketer in Washington D.C. asks: “What is the difference between repositioning and rebranding?” Thanks for your question Lisa. Rebranding has become quite popular, especially for brands that want to shed a previously negative image. For instance, Philip Morris rebranded itself to Altria. Or brands that are facing increased competitive pressure like McDonald’s. Rebranding is simply changing the brand’s identity. It typically includes changing most or all of the brand…
  • Brand Offering: The Deep Or Wide Strategy?

    Mark Di Somma
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    A great piece in AdWeek on the failure of single-item brands is a reminder of a question that comes up a lot: whether to dive deep or go wide. Specialty vs diversity. Both are attractive. For some brand owners, the opportunity to offer a detailed and nuanced offering within an area is the embodiment of singularity. In a complex and cluttered world, this argument goes, there’s power in being known for one thing. There was a lovely story in The New York Times International recently about Michael Vachon who was writing software until he discovered that there was a real interest in upstart…
  • How To Gain Stakeholder Buy-In For Rebranding

    Brad VanAuken The Blake Project
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    Today on Branding Strategy Insider, another brand strategy question from the BSI Emailbag. Jim, an Executive Director at a nonprofit organization in Seattle, Washington writes: “I work for a nonprofit organization that needs to rebrand. I am getting resistance from the board and a major client. Do you have any advice to help me get the buy-in I need to accomplish this without alienating critical stakeholders?” Hi Jim, thanks for your question. Given the potential resistance to the rebranding effort, I would start with a survey of key stakeholders to determine how they are feeling about…
 
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    Men with Pens

  • Win a Scholarship to the Best Writing Course for Business Owners

    James Chartrand
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    Each time I prepare for a new session of the Damn Fine Words writing course, I open up the DFW writing contest. Many people tell me they wish they could register for the course, because if they could just get in... ... they'd finally have the skills to write engaging website copy that pulls in much-needed clients. ...they could make more money, instead of guessing at what to write and struggling to get words out on the page. ...they could feel excited and happy about writing for their business for the first time in their lives, instead of agonizing over every word. I want to help make that…
  • 5 Smart Sentences that Clients Need to Hear from You

    Agent X
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “Thanks, but we decided to go with someone else.” You don't understand what happened. You've lost the gig… but everything was going so well! The client seemed keen to work with you, you’d hammered out the details, and the only thing left was the final go-ahead to start the work. Instead of getting a green light, you receive a one-line email from the client that says they chose another freelancer. That’s when warning signals start going off in your head. Maybe the problem isn't with the client – maybe the problem is you. Click here to read the full article →Another…
  • How to Get Back to Writing After a Death in the Family

    Agent X
    26 May 2014 | 10:00 pm
    2013 was a good writing year. At least, for me: I wrote and self-published two books, began writing a third and had articles published as well. I was proud of what I'd accomplished and was determined to ride the momentum to make 2014 even better. I set my goals, made my plans, and on January 1st, I was off to the races. Then one morning in mid-February, I got the news that a cherished family member had died. All my writing progress came to a grinding halt. Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to Get Back to Writing After a Death in the…
  • How to Find Your Muse – and Fire Her

    Agent X
    22 May 2014 | 7:37 am
    The Muse - the source of creativity and inspiration that all writers search for so desperately. I’d found mine a few years back, and oh, what a vision she was! Airy and beautiful, lulling me with dulcet tones. I was enthralled. No more writer’s block, no more floundering for inspiration and ideas. She was the answer to my literary prayers. I summoned my beleaguered Muse more and more often until we arrived at an impasse. “I’m sorry,” she said, “but this is untenable. Can’t you do any of this yourself?” I sought out the answers on how to find my own inspiration, but the…
  • The Bad Writing Advice that Kills Your Success

    James Chartrand
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    The writing industry is rife with advice. Some of it is great advice. Some is good advice, even if it's fairly commonplace. But amidst the great and good advice is bad advice, and it's not always easy to tell the difference. The bad advice isn't just bad – it's often so bad that it does more harm than good. I've held the hand of many a writer as I coach them back out of the sucking quagmire of bad advice before they get pulled under by the quicksand. It's not always pretty. It's definitely always hard. Want an example of bad writing advice? You'll get it – and learn how to avoid it – in…
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    IttyBiz

  • 6 Remedial Rules For A Respectable Looking Blog

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

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

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

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

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

  • Creative insights from Danny Meyer and Michael Kors

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

    Jay H. Heyman
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    Andrew & Peter Fabrikant buy diamonds and estate jewelry. I have seen their ads in The Times for many years, but this is the first time that I noticed this version. Which got a smile (my way of intuitively knowing if I like an ad/headline/slogan.) I really like the phone number and line, “Give Us A Ring Today.” And who would have thought I would feature a book that I did not write? But I smiled (see above) when I saw the subtitle. I bet you will too. Neither of these two will win fancy creative awards, but both show that someone is actually paying attention and caring. Rather than do…
  • Right brain. Left brain. Lefght brain.

    Jay H. Heyman
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I have always had a problem with the cliché right brain, left brain theory. You know the one. It states that the right and left hemispheres of the brain have different functions. The left brain is the logical side, while the right side is where creativity resides. My problem is based on an intense observational study of one: Me. I have found that while I am indeed a “creative,” and therefore should be right brained, I need structure and logic, no matter how convoluted it may appear to others, to guide me in my search for the creative answer. My ideas, good, bad…
  • Are icy bucket baths cool?

    Jay H. Heyman
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    Unless you have been living in a remote igloo, you have certainly heard of the new viral “Ice Bucket Challenge.” As Emily Steel explains in this article, people make a video of themselves dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads, post it on social media, and then challenge friends to do the same or donate $100 to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Results? 1.2 million videos on Facebook. 2.2 million tweets. $13.3 million in donations to the ALS Association, with over a quarter million new donors. While there are naysayers (though I have yet to actually hear anyone say, “Nay,” out loud)…
  • Ever realize why a headline is like an elevator pitch?

    Jay H. Heyman
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) We all know the rationale behind the infamous “elevator pitch:” You only have a limited amount of time to provide a persuasive story to someone of who you are, what you do, and why anyone should care. The thinking is that you should imagine you are in an elevator when telling your story, to help you make it as brief as possible, before the person you are talking to tunes out. But the length of your pitch is not the reason people drift off. The truth is that when you tell people your profession, they instantly put you into a category, believe they know exactly…
 
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    Starting Your Own Business with Erica Douglass

  • My Experience at YC Hacks (Y Combinator’s First Hackathon)

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

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

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

  • 4 Easy Ways to Lower Your Monthly Expenses

    Kim Whitley
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Whether your business is a brand new venture, or you’ve been up and running for years already, it’s likely that you’re on the lookout to reduce your expenditure as much as possible. A common fear that comes with saving money is the concept of “cutting back,” that a large-scale, dramatic change is necessary in order... The post 4 Easy Ways to Lower Your Monthly Expenses appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Pause: 10 Quotes on Why You Should Take Breaks, Relax, and Play

    Jonathan Michael
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Small business owners and entrepreneurs are almost always working, whether they’re in the office or not. But is it possible that taking time off and resting is better for your business? Here are 10 quotes from famous authors, poets, and speakers on why time away from work could be just as important to your bottom... The post Pause: 10 Quotes on Why You Should Take Breaks, Relax, and Play appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Think Big, Start Small: The Story of a Startup

    Candice Landau
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Today, small businesses and internet startups are popping up everywhere. While this is encouraging for those of us looking to become entrepreneurs, it also means we have a responsibility to start companies that advance our understanding of the world, that fix problems we have created and that help others. ReefCam is one of these companies. The post Think Big, Start Small: The Story of a Startup appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Stop Bad-mouthing the Millennial Generation and Read the Facts

    Brian Eckert
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    At the end of June, U.S. employers listed more available jobs—4.7 million—than at any point since 2001. Unemployment is also falling, while consumer confidence has stabilized. By multiple measures, the economy is in better shape now than at any point over the last few years. So why are many twenty-somethings more interested in creating their own job than they are in accepting a job from somebody else? The issue is a complex one, not least because the next generation of would-be entrepreneurs... [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Write a Company Overview

    Angelique O'Rourke
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    A company overview (also known as company information or a company summary) is an essential part of a business plan. Your company overview should be exactly what it sounds like: an overview containing all of the most important points about your company. It usually appears after the executive summary. This is typically the shortest chapter... The post How to Write a Company Overview appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    SiliconBeat

  • Off topic: Sailing stones, power in numbers, Chinese siblings, sci-fi art

    Levi Sumagaysay
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    ICYMI, the mystery of the sailing stones at Death Valley has been solved: Everything has to be perfect. Does walking in formation make men feel more powerful? A photo essay about a family with seven...
  • Tesla rolls out “Destination Charging” program at hotels, restaurants and resorts

    Dana Hull
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Tesla Motors has quietly rolled out a “Destination Charging” program, giving 106 hotels, restaurants and resorts High Power Wall Connectors that offer more than twice the power of a...
  • 4K TV shipments surge in Q2

    Troy Wolverton
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    TV makers shipped more 4K sets in the second quarter of this year than they shipped in all of 2013, according to new research from NPD DisplaySearch.
  • On topic: Tech news to know now

    Levi Sumagaysay
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Here’s what’s on the Thursday tech news menu. JPMorgan and other major banks hacked; FBI reportedly is investigating whether Russian hackers are responsible. IDC forecast shows...
  • Apple distributes invitations for Sept. 9 event

    Julia Love
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Apple sent out invitations Thursday morning to an event for Sept. 9. Apple has previously hosted events in September to launch new products, and many speculate that the company will unveil the iPhone...
 
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    BizSugar / Published News

  • Big Companies Use Neuromarketing to Influence Buyers. Can You?

    keepupweb
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    Neuromarketing is a field of marketing that uses medical technologies to study our brain's responses to advertising and branding. With access to this data, marketers can adjust their messages to elicit better responses to their marketing efforts. Microsoft, Intel, eBay, HP and Pepsi can afford neur17 Vote(s)
  • Working From Home Franchise Businesses

    franpro
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:13 am
    There are many good choices in franchising these days. Lots of them are home-based opportunities. legitimate franchise business for sale do exist. You just have to know which ones are good and which ones are not. I have a few ideas, as you'll see in this post. 19 Vote(s)
  • How to Break Away From Toxic People to Achieve Success

    Jed
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:10 am
    We often excuse people who are negative and toxic to us because they may be going through a difficult stage in their lives. Such people need to be listened to, supported, and cared for (although whatever the cause of their moodiness and negativity, you may still need to protect yourself from their 20 Vote(s)
  • 10 Tools You Can Use To Help Generate New Content Ideas

    cegeland
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:01 am
    We all get stuck staring at the screen hoping an idea will jump out and smack us. This isn't always the case though and sometimes we need a little help generating these new ideas. In this article I take a look at 10 tools and techniques you can use to generate new content ideas.19 Vote(s)
  • Digitizing is the Future, So Why Are Some Companies Still Keeping Paper Records?

    ivanpw
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:37 pm
    It is only natural that you would have reservations about making your company go entirely digital. However, the digital revolution is starting to come our way.19 Vote(s)
 
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    Chief Home Officer Home Office, Home-Based Business, Remote Work, Telework & Cloud Computing

  • Living Like a First-Time Dead Head: A Boomer’s Down’n'Dirty Guide to Surviving Four Days Tenting at the LOCKN’ Festival

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

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

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

    Jeff Zbar
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    As a South Florida corporate copywriter and freelance journalist, I meet and interview some interesting folk with keen insights on business, corporate culture, play – you know, daily life. So it is that when I was interviewing an executive recently as part the Executive Profile column I write for the South Florida Business Journal, I asked him (same as I ask most execs), “What’s the least favorite part of what you do?” His response was insightful, and when it was re-iterated a week later by another executive in the marketplace, I realized we have an epidemic on our hands.
  • Power, Battery Back-Ups and Seeking Sameness in the Home Office

    Jeff Zbar
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    In 25 years spent working from home, I’ve grown to appreciate sameness. I like when I walk into the office, the PC powers up, there’s no crackle on the telephone line, the email is flowing and the sync between my GMail and my smart phone is functioning within normal operating parameters. In short, there’s nothing worse than the feeling of panic when tech goes awry. When something’s out of the ordinary in my home-based business it tends to send me into crisis mode. Simply put, “out of the ordinary” means nothing productive will get done until ordinary…
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    Small Biz Daily

  • Tips from High-Performing CEOs

    Maria Valdez Haubrich
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    By  Kristen Gramigna CEOs and business leaders can’t afford the luxury of idle time. The success of their business depends on personal discipline, organization and the ability to devise unique “productivity hacks.” Here are tricks and techniques from several high performers that the rest of us can incorporate into their own daily routines. Make your work hours count. No hyper-productive businessperson works “only” 40 hours a week. Some business leaders develop out-of-the-box habits to meet the challenge of having more to do than hours in a day to do it. Sales trainer Jason Kanigan…
  • Holiday Marketing Tips: Think Outside the Gift Box

    Rieva Lesonsky
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Heather Miller The holidays aren’t any kind of holiday for a small business. Nowadays you need to start even earlier to get ready. Yes, it’s technically still summer, but it’s never too soon to start thinking about the busiest (and potentially most profitable) time of the year. According to an Experian survey, 49 percent of marketers plan to launch a campaign before Halloween. Hallmark started marketing their popular ornaments with a holiday movie marathon in July this year. And QVC didn’t miss out on the “Christmas in July” theme either. Like last year, it’s a very short…
  • Why You Should Meet the Business Across the Street

    Rieva Lesonsky
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Eric Groves Connecting and collaborating with other local business owners unlocks a wealth of knowledge and business opportunities. So it did not come as a surprise to my co-founder and me when we interviewed local business owners about what they wished technology could do for them. Often the answer was simply, “Can it just introduce me to the business owner across the street?” One of the key challenges of being a local business owner is the sense of isolation that results from a lack of time. You’re busy running your businesses during the day, and may not have the time for even a…
  • Shark Tank Formula for Startup Success

    Rieva Lesonsky
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Ivan Serrano Hey, no one said that when you decided to start a startup you’d be the happy goldfish in the little, peaceful pond. No. Starting up a startup means you’re swimming in an open ocean – with other bigger, faster, experienced sharks. It’s no secret that over half of startups fail in the beginning. It’s tough out there in the beginning, and if your startup is not ready to hit the ground running, chances are not high that it will stay alive. But don’t be discouraged. Just think: Steve Jobs started as a college dropout, moved back into his house, and began running his…
  • When It Comes to Small Business, Even Young Customers Are Facebook Fans

    Karen Axelton
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky Are you driving yourself nuts trying to manage social media accounts on umpteen different channels to keep in step with younger customers? If so, take a deep breath and check out the results of a recent survey by GoDigital. I’m pretty sure the results will pleasantly surprise you. GoDigital surveyed 1,000 U.S. adult Internet users aged 18 to 29 who expressed interest in buying products and services from local small businesses. Keep in mind that these are young consumers, who you might expect to be involved in the “cutting edge” of social media. But contrary to…
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    Lip-Sticking

  • What will your verse be? #theworldneedsart #artneedsyou

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tricks That Will Bring Treats to Your Content Marketing Toolkit

    Ann Gynn
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every successful content marketer should have a trick or two that they can pull out to address their toughest business challenges. For example, for those of you who find it difficult to produce enough content to meet your marketing needs, you might want to try author Andrew Davis’ new action plan: Forego original content and leverage regularly scheduled columns on other publishing platforms. Or, if you are struggling to distinguish yourself from your competition, consider stepping up your content quality, or even producing original research, as Orbit Media’s Andy Crestodina has…
  • 7 Inspiring Lessons from 2014′s Top Content Marketers

    Clare McDermott
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the best ways to learn about the content marketing industry is to study what others are doing. Over the past three years, it’s been our pleasure to observe the field and, more specifically, identify those who are making us think about successful content marketing in new ways. Today we are excited to announce the finalists for the Content Marketer of the Year, each having already received the following recognition in their individual categories: Visual Content: Brad Walters, Director of Social Media and Emerging Platforms, Lowe’s Home Improvement Content Strategy: Bryan…
  • Use Experiments to Improve Your Content Marketing Plan: 9 Ideas

    Brad Young
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Let’s gather round, fellow brand publishers, and join hands. It’s circle-of-trust time, and so we need to be honest with each other here: When it comes down to it, we are in the business of selling stuff. The purists among us (has content marketing been a thing long enough to separate purists from disruptors?) will argue that it is about story, narrative arc, integrity of journalistic principles… Yes, yes, and yes — quality certainly counts. But ultimately, it is about the business. We are employed to drive revenue. The need to strike a balance between creativity and commerce…
  • 6 Tips for Influencer Marketing from an Influencer

    L. Williams
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every day I log onto my computer, check email, and head to my social networks. I think about my list of to-dos: I need to write content, create videos, do a podcast, connect with my group of 750 ambassadors, update social media marketing accounts, put together an editorial calendar, reach out to advertisers, check with my accountant, plan an upcoming online summit, work on my new website, develop the programming for my membership site — and that doesn’t even factor in my full-time position as a freelance writer and editor. Then I start sifting through email — lots and lots of…
  • Build Strong Brand Storytelling From the Inside Out

    Carla Johnson
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    As content marketers, we focus a lot of our time and attention on outside audiences, which makes sense. We’re trying to get people to buy what we sell. We want them to get to know us, like us, talk about us, and think what we sell is a good idea. In fact, we are so concerned with communicating with our external audiences, that we leave little time to think about our own employees. Yet, employees are at the heart of what makes brand storytelling come to life and create meaningful experiences for customers. If we expect to be able to go “all-in” with successful content…
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    Jill Konrath's Fresh Sales Strategies

  • If You Think Sales is a Numbers Game - You're Wrong

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

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

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

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Are you at the cusp of something new? Perhaps you've taken a new sales position. Maybe you're selling into new markets or to new buyers. You could be launching a new product or service. You might be responsible for onboarding a new rep. Or just maybe you've finally realized that you're doomed unless you figure out how to deal with today's savvy, frazzled, sales-averse decision makers. What's common between all those scenarios? You – or your new reps – are thrown into learning mode again. You're overwhelmed with the sheer magnitude of the task. You're not sure you'll ever figure it…
  • [Webinar] 5 Strategies for Leading a Quota-Busting Sales Team

    11 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Join me on August 14th! How can you get your sales team to consistently overachieve?  It’s a real challenge today, especially since so much has changed in the past few years — including customer expectations. Salespeople are struggling to catch up. In this free 30-minute webinar, you’ll get fresh insights and rock solid take-aways you can use right away. Specifically, you'll discover:
 
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    B2B Lead Blog

  • Lead Gen Tactics from 4 MarketingSherpa Case Studies

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

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

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

    info@meclabs.com
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Tweet“I think at its core, lead generation is really about relationships,” said Brian Carroll, Executive Director of Revenue Optimization, MECLABS. In a recent interview, Brian sat down with Steve Gershik of LeadSpace.com to talk a little shop about the fundamentals of lead generation, what’s new (and unchanged) in the world of the complex sale, and how empathy marketing is the way forward. Here’s a transcript of that discussion: Steve Gershik: My guest today is Brian Carroll. Brian is an old friend of mine, CEO of In Touch, which is a MECLABS company and an author of the industry…
  • 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…
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    Innovation Management

  • Por Que Se Preocupar? O Valor de Treinar Seus Funcionários para Inovação

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:03 am
    Muitos programas de inovação de sucesso estão estendendo suas ofertas para incluir esforços de treinamento para os funcionários em torno das habilidades de inovação. Este artigo (o primeiro de uma série de quatro) examina os benefícios de tal abordagem para as empresas, os líderes de programa de inovação e os funcionários que participam.
  • Fostering Collaboration for Innovative Excellence

    Alicia Lawrence
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Innovation can take on many forms. From ideas sourced from a single individual or event to massive projects that require the effort of an entire team, multiple departments and various thought leaders, excellence often stems from collaboration. As a business leader or manager, are you taking the steps today to foster this collaboration for best results?
  • Crowdsourcing Risco e Recompensa – Como Avaliar Opções para o Sucesso

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Para adiantar em que posição estamos, sim – nós somos grandes apoiadores de acessar a sabedoria da multidão para muitas atividades – para o engajamento cidadão, inovação aberta ou crowdfunding. Dito isto, percebemos que é importante estar ciente do fato de que há riscos a serem considerados. Este artigo é uma resposta às preocupações levantadas por pessoas que encontramos ao longo do caminho de uma organização considerando crowdsourcing para atender a uma necessidade específica para a sua organização.
  • Challenge Question Formation for Crowdsourcing

    Doug Collins
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Organizations that pursue the inquiry-led form of collaborative innovation often have an outcome in mind. They may seek the “low-hanging fruit” of immediately actionable ideas. They may seek ideas that help to re-envision the business.
  • Sitting on Untapped Potential – The Power of Your Organisation’s Collective Intelligence

    Pedro do Carmo Costa
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:20 pm
    In the autumn of 1906, 85-year-old Sir Francis Galton made a fascinating discovery on the judgment power of crowds: The accuracy of groups is far greater than of individuals. It’s a well-known story yet worth recapping. Surprisingly, the central character is a fat ox.
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    The Global Small Business Blog

  • Here's Why You Should Go Global

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    iStock/ThinkstockI was thrilled to become a LinkedIn Influencer and contribute articles in the area I am passionate about:  global small business.  LinkedIn Influencer is invitation-only, so Influencers must be invited to contribute.Here's my latest article.  Pulse picked it up as a top selection!10 Reasons To Go Global
  • Everything You Want to Know About Doing Business In Poland

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:42 pm
    iStock/ThinkstockPoland and the United States have a close bilateral relationship, fostering strategic and commercial cooperation. U.S. companies are active in Poland and have invested heavily since 1989 when the country transitioned to a market-driven economy. Abundant opportunities remain for U.S. firms in Poland.To learn everything you want to know about doing business in Poland, read the U.S. Department of Commerce's Country Commercial Guide 2012:  Doing Business In PolandIn addition, the World Bank Group offers an even more current economy profile on Doing Business in Poland.
  • The Demand for Creative Global Entrepreneurs

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:07 am
    iStock/ThinkstockEven if you come from a long line of entrepreneurs in a family it doesn't necessarily mean you are cut out for entrepreneurship or will become a successful entrepreneur.  Here's what one international student - Vikas Jagwani - studying in the United States has to say:Being an international student for the past couple of years has made me more educated about the U.S. and some of the policies that are different from my home country. Growing up in a family full of entrepreneurs meant entrepreneurship is not a new concept for me, but becoming one is a challenge.Vikas, from…
  • 4 Special Reports: Understanding Emerging Markets

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    iStock/ThinkstockGlobalAtlanta partnered with Georgia State University’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) for a series of special reports aimed at helping businesses understand emerging markets.  You can access them below.1.  India:  Land of Contradictions2.  China:  Beyond the Hype3.  Ghana's Gold Coast: Don't Let Tarnish Fool You4.  Mongolia: Gold Mine or Money Pit
  • Today in Global Small Business: How to Deliver to Customers Globally

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:35 am
    iStock/ThinkstockWhat's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:What you should consider before setting up an e-commerce site.How to reach and deliver to customers globally with an e-commerce site.Avoid these importing mistakes at all costs when sourcing a product.Why exchanging gifts the right way in Japan is the finest expression of appreciation.Tips from a European perspective on expanding a business into the United States.What role affiliates play in international expansion.Why global business schools aren't producing ethical graduates.
 
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    Entrance Software » Blog

  • There Will Be Bugs! | Application Development Blog Series

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

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

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

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

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

  • Capture Attention with a Whisper

    Alyson Stanfield
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Steve Cranford, Creative Chairman of the New York agency WHISPER, was my guest in the Art Biz Incubator last week. When I asked him in the interview why in the world a marketing firm would be called WHISPER instead of SHOUT, he replied: “The most important information you can share is whispered one-on-one.” The most important information you can share is whispered one-on-one.Click To Tweet Think about it. When you take out an ad or post to your blog and social media sites, you are broadcasting to the world. You would love it if thousands of people see your message. Because of this…
  • I Recommend These Services for Your Art Business

    Alyson Stanfield
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    In the beginning months and years of Art Biz Coach, I thought of my services as a one-stop shop. Bad idea. It’s never a good idea to try to be everything because you then become known for nothing. Over the years, I have learned to work to my strengths, which include helping artists with foundational marketing pieces like building mailing lists, nurturing relationships, and improving professional presentation. Artists usually begin with my Art Biz Bootcamp before we get into a private client relationship that helps them personalize their strategies. In addition, I am very good at helping…
  • It’s All About Your Mailing List

    Alyson Stanfield
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Michelle, a woman in my mastermind group, marveled at my list size: How did you get that many people on your email list? It was easy for me, I replied, because I understood the value of a list when I started my business. I was fortunate to appreciate the importance of a list due to positions in my past work experience. How I Built My List As an assistant to a U.S. Senator, I came to recognize that my boss’s donor list and my Rolodex (yes, it was that long ago) were the most valuable assets in our office to ensure continued community support. As a museum curator and educator, I knew how much…
  • Notes From an Artist Lecture

    Alyson Stanfield
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    As I was flipping through my notebook last week, I came across notes from a lecture by ceramic artist Doug Casebeer at the Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colorado on January 25, 2014. Doug Casebeer, Vessels. Image found without credit details on Northern Arizona University site. There is so much wisdom here that I’ve decided to share them in their raw form. Enough time has passed since I first heard these words that I hope I am honoring Doug’s intent. What The Artist Said It’s difficult to wear the title artist. I prefer the title builder. I seek to build community and friendships.
  • Shine a Light on Your Art Business

    Alyson Stanfield
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I recently came across this quote from a student from 2005: I have adopted the habit of NEVER leaving my studio dark! … Nothing positive EVER happens in the dark. Life comes from the light around it. Art is created to live and to be seen and felt, not to be hidden away in some dark studio (even overnight). Your attitude will change about your work environment when you enter the space and find “it” awake and waiting for your presence. While I’m not a fan of wasting energy, I do appreciate the sentiment behind the practice of leaving on a light in the studio. (Perhaps the studio is next…
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    Biz Crusader

  • The Great Race. Are you in or out?

    John Park
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    There is a very intense and serious race taking place in our society. It is the Great Race to replace human expertise by duplicating it or even making it better via software. Whether it’s an app on your smartphone or an engineering marvel, the world is fundamentally changing around us. If your business makes alarm clocks, you should be alarmed by the simple app most people use on their phones. If you cast molds for models, you should probably invest in a 3D printing device. If you are a cashier, you should be paying close attention to the self-service registers popping up next to you.
  • Carpe Diem!

    John Park
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    I’ve never met him but his performance in this scene changed my life. Rest in PEACE Robin Williams. In this case, the world lost. Carpe Diem Everyone! Subscribe to Biz Crusader by Email
  • Successful businesses do this really well.

    John Park
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Thanks to Groupon and other group deal web sites, I’ve been to a number of business establishments once. Why just once? In most cases, we got what we came for and so so service–what you might expect from most retail businesses these days. These flash sale web sites offer an unprecedented advantage to business owners–the ability to clearly identity first time patrons. Why then did no owner, manager, cashier or server say to us… “Hello, I understand it’s your first time here. If there is anything I can do to make sure your visit is a great one, please let me…
  • The formula for obtaining what you WANT.

    John Park
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    I first wrote about this 4 years ago. Now more than ever, I believe it is applicable. Since first hearing the saying in college, the statement that has become a lifestyle for me is “You only get out of something what you put in to it”. It’s a simple theory but I often find myself at an advantage over others because I am able and wiling to embrace this saying as a way to take on any task or situation. The saying can be applied anywhere including in business, parenting, physical well being and yes even in love or relationships. In business, where are your limits? Are you willing to make…
  • When no one is looking.

    John Park
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    The USA Swimming Nationals is going on right now in our city, Irvine, CA. Like many of you, the only time I probably pay attention to swimming is during the Olympics. We forget sometimes the long and difficult road you must take to compete at these levels. One of our friend’s son got the surprise of a lifetime yesterday. He is a huge fan of superstar swimmer, Ryan Lochte. Naturally, this 11 year old boy was cheering loudly and relentlessly for his favorite swimmer in the stands. But after the contest is when something amazing happened. The 11-time Olympic Medalist walked up into the…
 
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    dmiracle

  • 4 Simple Steps to Create Headlines People Will Read

    Dawud Miracle
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    How do you write headlines people will read? Whether you’re writing blog posts, titles for your website pages or sales headlines for your landing page, you want to write headlines people will read. The reason should be simple – if your headlines don’t connect with them, they won’t ready the rest of your copy. Well, my friends over at QuickSprout created an excellent infographic to help you create headlines people will read. Think of this as your formula for writing great headlines. I want to point out a few things that will help you in creating headlines people will…
  • Do You Charge What You’re Worth?

    Dawud Miracle
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    Charging what you’re worth can be a challenging thing. But does that mean you shouldn’t charge what you’re worth? This morning I had a conversation with a good friend who’s a life coach. I know him and his work very well and I’ve given him a lot of advice over the years. His business is successful – he’s nearly full with clients every month. Yet, he struggles to get his head above water financially. Now knowing his work I know that he’s grossly under charging for his coaching. Yet he’s torn about raising his prices. On the one hand, he…
  • Do You Do What You Do Because You Love What You Do?

    Dawud Miracle
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:49 pm
    I feel fortunate. I love what I do. And I get to work with people who love what I can do for them. Do you love what you do? Loving what I do is literally the cornerstone of my business. I can’t do it any other way. In times that I’ve tried to work in promising ventures that I don’t love I find my heart isn’t in it. When my heart’s not in it then I’m not going to do it well and my promising venture becomes a dud. If I’m not in love with what I do I can’t do it well. Dawud, what do you mean by ‘love?’ It begins when I get out of bed…
  • Website Owners: What’s Your Quiet Desperation?

    Dawud Miracle
    9 Aug 2014 | 3:54 am
    In Walden, Thoreau famously wrote: “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.” I recently reread Walden. And since I’m so often thinking about websites and…
  • 5 Reasons You Have a Failing Online Business

    Dawud Miracle
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:28 am
    As a coach or healer it’s very easy to have a failing online business. Most of the people I work with have huge hearts. They want to make a difference in the world. And they want to help people have better lives. They spend their days reading and learning as much as they can. They attend gobs of events, webinars or teleclasses to learn great information or tools to share with their clients. Yet I see coaches and healers struggling all the time. They don’t have enough clients and they don’t always know what to do about it. And if they do know what to do they can’t seem…
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    Business of Software US 2014

  • What kind of AdWords user are you?

    Hermione Crease
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    The doyenne of Adwords wranglers, Dave Collins, has put together a nice little cheat sheet for anyone who is trying to use Adwords more effectively. If you use Adwords, here are Dave’s thoughts on how to get more from your adwords budget. Perhaps you don’t have time to learn the intricacies of the system, so instead play it safe. Or you may be the person who simply trusts Google, and assumes that their defaults will be more or less aligned with your own best interests. Or maybe you’re the type of person who’s happy to throw money at anything and then measure what…
  • How to scale an international software business successfully. Thomas Erickson, CEO Acquia at Business of Software Conference 2013

    Hermione Crease
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Last week, Acquia announced a $50 million funding round for its open source web business including investment from Amazon.com. As Tom Erickson, CEO of Acquia spoke at Business of Software Conference 2013 on the topic of how to scale an international business successfully so this seems like a great time to share his insights. 7 companies, 7 million air miles. That’s a lot of experience in building successful international businesses to stuff into one head. Thomas Erickson, CEO, Acquia, unpacks his experience for the audience at BoS 2013 with some great examples of how it’s done…
  • Avangate scholarship winners for Business of Software Conference USA 2014

    Mark Littlewood
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    Avangate announced the recipients of its 2014 Business of Software Conference Scholarship today. The three winners, CloudPress, Effective Computing and Pivotdesk, will receive complimentary passes to the Business of Software Conference USA taking place in Boston September 15-17, as well as the opportunity to attend an Avangate networking dinner with software industry leaders.
  • Building a bad ass software company: Dharmesh Shah at BoS 2011

    Hermione Crease
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Dharmesh neatly sums up BoS’s mission in one short talk title. As a contributor to many editions of Business of Software – in the audience as well as on stage – Dharmesh is one of the most helpful and generous members of the BoS community. Here he is talking about the most important things you need to consider as your business goes for growth. Find more great talks from our archive in our talks library. Or to hear them live, register for Business of Software now and meet some of the brightest and nicest founders around.
  • Ideas that spread, win. Recap of Seth Godin at Business of Software Conference

    Hermione Crease
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Even if you know next to nothing about marketing, you’ve probably heard of Seth Godin. Nobody knows more about how marketing works and how it can work for people building businesses. Seth came to Business of Software in 2008 full of excitement about the internet’s industrial revolution and the potential of software to change the way marketing works: Why interruption marketing results in average products for average people Why ideas that spread, win. And why software is so well placed to create those ideas Why you should be looking for ways to connect people A six year old talk…
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    Rise of the Innerpreneur

  • Conclusions

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

    Tara Joyce
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Have you ever considered why you choose to set prices? For most of us, we set prices because we have been taught, and we believe, that if we do not, our customer will not pay fairly for the item of value we are selling. This feeling, of others not being willing to pay, is based upon the assumption of scarcity that permeates, and is the foundation of, our modern economy and economic theory. >> Read the rest of the article on Local Organics Food Co-ops Network‘s blog. As my new book catalyzes me to be more public about my business model and pricing method, I’m receiving strong…
  • The Whole Truth About Giving Freely

    Tara Joyce
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    There’s always been something about the statement, “give freely, receive freely” that didn’t work for me, but I could never quite put my finger on it. The sentiment sounded so lovely, but I knew there was something I was missing. I needed to see beyond the freedom ideal, to the totality of the statement. Have you ever been given something that is more work to receive than the value you place on it? Have you ever been given something that came with conditions? If I give freely, without restraint, I will receive freely, without restraint. But is giving, and receiving, in…
  • Crazy

    Tara Joyce
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    I’ve never been so scared. I’ve never shown so much of myself before. It might sound crazy to allow my customer to pay what it’s worth, but it feels far more crazy to proudly share the book I’ve written about it. It’s so exposing. And at times, it feels like too much. Far more than I can handle. But then, I know it’s exactly what I can handle. Generally, I don’t talk much about what I do, but I’m learning and seeing how I need to grow that. I need to share more of what’s in my heart, and not fear it. I need to share my work. I fully…
 
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • Diapers with a Triple Bottom Line

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

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

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

    Jeff Cornwall
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Jonathan Murrell TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Entrepreneurs Bring Escape Game to the US appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Entrepreneur Recognizes Importance of Culture

    Jeff Cornwall
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Tom Haarlander and Arciplex TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Entrepreneur Recognizes Importance of Culture appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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    The Small Business Watchdog

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Reads of the Week – Aug 28th

    Kristin Piccirillo
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    We know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week for topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites (that we may have missed) in the comments. Pinterest releases new real-time analytics tool to help businesses assess the reach and success of ad campaigns and Twitter made it’s analytics tool free for everyone. By nature, entrepreneurs are among the most likely to suffer from burnout.  These 4 tips can help alleviate the stress that comes along with “being your own boss.” Independent contractors can be a great resource…
  • How Does A Question Mean?

    Lisa Hephner
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    For the English majors reading this, the post title will likely call to mind John Ciaradi’s famous text How Does a Poem Mean? Ciardi teaches us to approach poetry by attempting to understand HOW a poem’s construct instructs our experience of it, rather than studying a poem by attempting to define WHAT it means. He writes: The point is that the language of experience is not the language of classification…So for poetry. The concern is not to arrive at a definition and to close the book, but to arrive at an experience. There will never be a complete system for “understanding” or…
  • 7 Ways Your Business Can Benefit from Accepting ACH Payments

    Sarah Jordan
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2011 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.  Everyone knows that you can make payments by credit card, cash or check, but what are ACH payments? An ACH (or Automated Clearing House) transaction is the process of moving funds electronically from one bank account to another through a unique routing number, also found at the bottom of a paper check. If you pay your employees by direct deposit, ACH is already in your life. So, why should you provide this payment option to your customers? Here…
  • Reads of the Week – Aug 22th

    Kristin Piccirillo
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    We know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week for topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites (that we may have missed) in the comments. This tech start-uputilizes LinkedIn to recruit, and hold on to, top talent. The ALS ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ has taken over social media, and there are several important marketing lessons we can learn from it. Still a little confused about how Payment Gateways and Merchant Accounts work together? No worries! This article simplifies things by drawing parallels with your cell phone . A new…
  • Dog, meet mobile veterinarian. Mobile vet, meet mobile credit card reader.

    Leah Bowes
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Here is a well-known fact about me — I adopted a little dog named Winslow about three years ago and I love him! Here’s a little known fact about Winslow — in addition to his love of walks, toys, and people — he loves his veterinarian. Yup, that’s right! If my dog could talk, he would tell you that he loves his vet, Dr. Rich. Dr. Rich is a mobile veterinarian who makes house-calls for annual checkups, vaccinations, and general checkups. I can email him if Winslow isn’t feeling well and he lets me know if he thinks he should stop by. There are so many benefits to…
 
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • How to Make Your First Expense Report [VIDEO]

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

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

    Emily Farrar
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Shoeboxed is proud to announce our nomination for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards in the Apps category. The Awards are designed to recognize the unsung heroes of small businesses – those who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful. The winners are chosen based off of popular vote and a panel of 14 hand-selected judges. This is our second time being nominated for the award and we would love all the support we can get! Voting lasts from August 29 at 3p.m. Eastern time through September 15 at 2:59 p.m.
  • iOS App Update: iPad Views, Business Cards and more!

    Emily Farrar
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    If you’re a regular user of the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker for iOS, we have good news for you! As of today, there’s an update available on the App Store that includes some new features and upgrades we think you’ll appreciate. The new version includes: iPad optimized views – Back and better than ever in this version of the app! The ability to choose Receipt or Business Card when submitting a document – This new option was added to clear up any confusion when it comes to submitting business cards through the app, as well as to cut down turnaround time…
  • Introducing a Better Way to Manage Categories

    Emily Farrar
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    We know how important it is to correctly categorize your receipts for monthly accounting and tax purposes. So when you asked for a better way to handle categorization inside Shoeboxed, we got to work. Today, we’re thrilled to share with you a new and improved way to manage your categories! On the new Manage Categories page, you can set rules for certain vendors and/or payment types to always go into a specific category. Once a receipt is processed in your account, it will be automatically categorized according to your rules. Each category has three sections for rules associated with…
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    Business Pundit

  • 10 Incredible Innovations Born from Social Media and Crowdsourcing

    Gerri
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Image Source When you’re making a new product, you have to get your market data. No matter how cool or groundbreaking the invention, your product wont sell if you aren’t in touch with what the customer wants. Traditionally, this is dealt with by beta testing, polls, trust in an inventor’s vision, or iterating through different versions of a product to see what works best. Today, customers can choose exactly what they want – from features, to design, and even price point– through crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is the practice of utilizing an engaged audience for…
  • 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.  
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    Small Biz Bee

  • Decreasing Stress in the Workplace

    smallbizbee
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Every company is made up of human beings.  Humans have a tendency to get stressed on occasion and stress can cause consequences that affect not just the health of the individual, but also the health of the organization.  Therefore, putting measures in place to decrease the likelihood of stress inducing situations in the workplace is a worthwhile goal for any owner or manager. Here are four key areas that you can focus on to help decrease employee stress in your workplace: Establish Well-Known Expectations Most employees will perform based upon what is expected of them.  By establishing…
  • Does your Business Need a Virtual Assistant?

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

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

  • Sustainable Palm Oil Sales Surge as Demand Meets Supply

    Leon Kaye
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last week the RSPO announced that the sales of sustainable palm oil are surging as demand outpaces supply for the first time ever.
  • Heritage Preservation Spurs Tourism and Builds Strong Communities

    Andrea Newell
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Heritage conservation not only preserves historical record, it can open up a previously difficult-to-visit location to travelers and give them a whole new view of the region and its culture, while spurring tourism and economic enrichment in nearby communities.
  • Climate Denial Smokescreen Now Extends to South Asian Food Challenges

    RP Siegel
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Numerous international aid agencies, as well as ratings services like Standard & Poors, have stated that the areas of South Asia and Southeast Asia are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of global warming. Yet a recent article assures its readers that not only is there nothing to worry about, but things are going to get far better, since the increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is causing a boom in food production.
  • How Information Technology Can Help Bridge Gaps in Education

    3p Contributor
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Fernando Botelho and his organization, F123 have developed low-cost open-source assistive technology for the blind. His initiative is one example of how information and communication technology can help bridge gaps in education.
  • Nestle Makes New Animal Welfare Commitments

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Nestle, the global food giant known for its Nestle Crunch Bars, announced its animal welfare program that will eliminate some common but cruel practices from its global food supply chain.Those cruel practices include confining sows in gestation crates, calves in veal crates and egg-laying chickens in cages.
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    Solo Entrepreneur Blog | Resources For The Solo Entrepreneur Lifestyle

  • From Fit & Fine to Fabulous Tip #10 – Strategies for Game-Changing, High-Achieving Women

    Laureen Wishom
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Every woman should have her own definition of success. Most successful women also possess certain traits or characteristics that enhance their successful outcomes. I have spent the better part of my business life reading and studying women who have achieved great things in their careers and businesses. I have discovered that without passion, all the skills and expertise in the world won’t elevate you in your current craft. If you don’t love what you do, you’re probably not going to be motivated to go above and beyond, to be more innovative or to stand out in the workplace and/or…
  • Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness — Launching Yourself Into the Next Level

    Michele Pariza Wacek
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:30 pm
    One of the things I’ve realized over the past couple of weeks is how much launches are tied into stepping into your next level or playing a bigger game in your business. Think about it — when you’re ready to take the next step in your business (or maybe it’s a quantum leap), that may mean you need to change an existing product or program or start a new one. (And in order to fill it, you of course need to launch it.) …Or maybe you’ve decided you need to host your own event. (And in order to fill that, you’ll need to launch it.) …Or maybe you’re going to offer different…
  • Peace is the Way

    Jeanna Gabellini
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve had several BIG aha moments in my life, but the biggest transformation has come from a single focus … peace. You’d think that with a business name like MasterPeace Coaching my focus would always be about being at peace. Not so. I get caught in the same traps as everyone else when it comes to getting results, relationships and letting go of the past. I find myself focusing on single (not usually tragic) problems rather than being present to the abundance right in front of my face. This past week I was walking my daily route around the neighborhood and noticed a bright patch of green…
  • How Are You The Same?

    Holly Chantal
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:30 pm
    When creating your brand the main focus is usually on what makes you different. What are you bringing to the market that no one else is. What are you offering that hasn’t been seen a zillion times before? And yes, of course your brand is what sets you apart from your competitors. It is the vehicle of communication with your prospects and shows them why you are the obvious choice. In order to have that line of communication your prospects need to be aware of your brand. And that happens in a few ways. 1. You bring your brand to them where they are already hanging out. 2. Someone else refers…
  • Slow Down, Savor, and Deepen Your Life in Time

    Paula Eder
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Slow down, you move too fast; you’ve got to make the morning last …” Remember that song from the ’60?s? Finding time to slow down – or to “stop and smell the roses” – might be advice that feels so familiar that it seems like a cliché. But there’s a great deal of wisdom there. It can be a challenge, finding time to be mindful and to connect with your moments. Even when you’re giving yourself nurturing gifts, how fully do you actually let yourself experience them? Think about it: Are you distracted by a thorny computer issue while you meditate? Worried about the…
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  • CDC: 'It's even worse than I'd feared'

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    CDC: 'It's even worse than I'd feared'GettyAs the outbreak continues to accelerate, officials say the number of Ebola victims could increase sixfold.Staggering new predictionMore newsWHO: Current Ebola tollJohn Lennon's killer says sorry
  • Ukraine invaded, president says

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Ukraine invaded, president saysAPWestern powers expressed outrage as newly released photos appeared to support Petro Poroshenko's claim that Russia forces have entered Ukraine.Obama's remarks on potential US military involvementMore newsSecond American killed with ISIS?Gun range owner speaks out
  • Amy Poehler sounds off on male privilege

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Amy Poehler sounds off on male privilegeAPWhen the comedian was asked what women really want to see in men, she surprised everyone with her deft response.Honest, unscripted answerMore from MAKERSAniston on pressures to be a momWhen is it okay to catcall?
  • Hillary Clinton breaks silence on Ferguson

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Hillary Clinton breaks silence on FergusonGettyUntil Thursday's remarks, the potential 2016 presidential candidate had yet to acknowledge the protests surrounding Michael Brown's death.Why she's speaking up nowDid you see these stories?Bobby Jindal's presidential ambitionsWhat millennials are doing online
  • Obama still weighing strikes on ISIS in Syria

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Obama still weighing strikes on ISIS in Syria The president blasted the Islamic militants for 'the slaughter of innocent people' but said a specific strategy has not yet been formed. Options the Pentagon is exploringRelated newsWesterners joining ISIS terrorGroup captured Syrian soldiers
 
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  • CDC: 'It's even worse than I'd feared'

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    CDC: 'It's even worse than I'd feared'GettyAs the outbreak continues to accelerate, officials say the number of Ebola victims could increase sixfold.Staggering new predictionMore newsWHO: Current Ebola tollJohn Lennon's killer says sorry
  • Ukraine invaded, president says

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Ukraine invaded, president saysAPWestern powers expressed outrage as newly released photos appeared to support Petro Poroshenko's claim that Russia forces have entered Ukraine.Obama's remarks on potential US military involvementMore newsSecond American killed with ISIS?Gun range owner speaks out
  • Amy Poehler sounds off on male privilege

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Amy Poehler sounds off on male privilegeAPWhen the comedian was asked what women really want to see in men, she surprised everyone with her deft response.Honest, unscripted answerMore from MAKERSAniston on pressures to be a momWhen is it okay to catcall?
  • Hillary Clinton breaks silence on Ferguson

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Hillary Clinton breaks silence on FergusonGettyUntil Thursday's remarks, the potential 2016 presidential candidate had yet to acknowledge the protests surrounding Michael Brown's death.Why she's speaking up nowDid you see these stories?Bobby Jindal's presidential ambitionsWhat millennials are doing online
  • Obama still weighing strikes on ISIS in Syria

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Obama still weighing strikes on ISIS in Syria The president blasted the Islamic militants for 'the slaughter of innocent people' but said a specific strategy has not yet been formed. Options the Pentagon is exploringRelated newsWesterners joining ISIS terrorGroup captured Syrian soldiers
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  • CDC: 'It's even worse than I'd feared'

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    CDC: 'It's even worse than I'd feared'GettyAs the outbreak continues to accelerate, officials say the number of Ebola victims could increase sixfold.Staggering new predictionMore newsWHO: Current Ebola tollJohn Lennon's killer says sorry
  • Ukraine invaded, president says

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Ukraine invaded, president saysAPWestern powers expressed outrage as newly released photos appeared to support Petro Poroshenko's claim that Russia forces have entered Ukraine.Obama's remarks on potential US military involvementMore newsSecond American killed with ISIS?Gun range owner speaks out
  • Amy Poehler sounds off on male privilege

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Amy Poehler sounds off on male privilegeAPWhen the comedian was asked what women really want to see in men, she surprised everyone with her deft response.Honest, unscripted answerMore from MAKERSAniston on pressures to be a momWhen is it okay to catcall?
  • Hillary Clinton breaks silence on Ferguson

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Hillary Clinton breaks silence on FergusonGettyUntil Thursday's remarks, the potential 2016 presidential candidate had yet to acknowledge the protests surrounding Michael Brown's death.Why she's speaking up nowDid you see these stories?Bobby Jindal's presidential ambitionsWhat millennials are doing online
  • Obama still weighing strikes on ISIS in Syria

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Obama still weighing strikes on ISIS in Syria The president blasted the Islamic militants for 'the slaughter of innocent people' but said a specific strategy has not yet been formed. Options the Pentagon is exploringRelated newsWesterners joining ISIS terrorGroup captured Syrian soldiers
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  • CDC: 'It's even worse than I'd feared'

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    CDC: 'It's even worse than I'd feared'GettyAs the outbreak continues to accelerate, officials say the number of Ebola victims could increase sixfold.Staggering new predictionMore newsWHO: Current Ebola tollJohn Lennon's killer says sorry
  • Ukraine invaded, president says

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Ukraine invaded, president saysAPWestern powers expressed outrage as newly released photos appeared to support Petro Poroshenko's claim that Russia forces have entered Ukraine.Obama's remarks on potential US military involvementMore newsSecond American killed with ISIS?Gun range owner speaks out
  • Amy Poehler sounds off on male privilege

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Amy Poehler sounds off on male privilegeAPWhen the comedian was asked what women really want to see in men, she surprised everyone with her deft response.Honest, unscripted answerMore from MAKERSAniston on pressures to be a momWhen is it okay to catcall?
  • Hillary Clinton breaks silence on Ferguson

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Hillary Clinton breaks silence on FergusonGettyUntil Thursday's remarks, the potential 2016 presidential candidate had yet to acknowledge the protests surrounding Michael Brown's death.Why she's speaking up nowDid you see these stories?Bobby Jindal's presidential ambitionsWhat millennials are doing online
  • Obama still weighing strikes on ISIS in Syria

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Obama still weighing strikes on ISIS in Syria The president blasted the Islamic militants for 'the slaughter of innocent people' but said a specific strategy has not yet been formed. Options the Pentagon is exploringRelated newsWesterners joining ISIS terrorGroup captured Syrian soldiers
 
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  • CDC: 'It's even worse than I'd feared'

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    CDC: 'It's even worse than I'd feared'GettyAs the outbreak continues to accelerate, officials say the number of Ebola victims could increase sixfold.Staggering new predictionMore newsWHO: Current Ebola tollJohn Lennon's killer says sorry
  • Ukraine invaded, president says

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Ukraine invaded, president saysAPWestern powers expressed outrage as newly released photos appeared to support Petro Poroshenko's claim that Russia forces have entered Ukraine.Obama's remarks on potential US military involvementMore newsSecond American killed with ISIS?Gun range owner speaks out
  • Amy Poehler sounds off on male privilege

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Amy Poehler sounds off on male privilegeAPWhen the comedian was asked what women really want to see in men, she surprised everyone with her deft response.Honest, unscripted answerMore from MAKERSAniston on pressures to be a momWhen is it okay to catcall?
  • Hillary Clinton breaks silence on Ferguson

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Hillary Clinton breaks silence on FergusonGettyUntil Thursday's remarks, the potential 2016 presidential candidate had yet to acknowledge the protests surrounding Michael Brown's death.Why she's speaking up nowDid you see these stories?Bobby Jindal's presidential ambitionsWhat millennials are doing online
  • Obama still weighing strikes on ISIS in Syria

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Obama still weighing strikes on ISIS in Syria The president blasted the Islamic militants for 'the slaughter of innocent people' but said a specific strategy has not yet been formed. Options the Pentagon is exploringRelated newsWesterners joining ISIS terrorGroup captured Syrian soldiers
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  • CDC: 'It's even worse than I'd feared'

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    CDC: 'It's even worse than I'd feared'GettyAs the outbreak continues to accelerate, officials say the number of Ebola victims could increase sixfold.Staggering new predictionMore newsWHO: Current Ebola tollJohn Lennon's killer says sorry
  • Ukraine invaded, president says

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Ukraine invaded, president saysAPWestern powers expressed outrage as newly released photos appeared to support Petro Poroshenko's claim that Russia forces have entered Ukraine.Obama's remarks on potential US military involvementMore newsSecond American killed with ISIS?Gun range owner speaks out
  • Amy Poehler sounds off on male privilege

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Amy Poehler sounds off on male privilegeAPWhen the comedian was asked what women really want to see in men, she surprised everyone with her deft response.Honest, unscripted answerMore from MAKERSAniston on pressures to be a momWhen is it okay to catcall?
  • Hillary Clinton breaks silence on Ferguson

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Hillary Clinton breaks silence on FergusonGettyUntil Thursday's remarks, the potential 2016 presidential candidate had yet to acknowledge the protests surrounding Michael Brown's death.Why she's speaking up nowDid you see these stories?Bobby Jindal's presidential ambitionsWhat millennials are doing online
  • Obama still weighing strikes on ISIS in Syria

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Obama still weighing strikes on ISIS in Syria The president blasted the Islamic militants for 'the slaughter of innocent people' but said a specific strategy has not yet been formed. Options the Pentagon is exploringRelated newsWesterners joining ISIS terrorGroup captured Syrian soldiers
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  • CDC: 'It's even worse than I'd feared'

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    CDC: 'It's even worse than I'd feared'GettyAs the outbreak continues to accelerate, officials say the number of Ebola victims could increase sixfold.Staggering new predictionMore newsWHO: Current Ebola tollJohn Lennon's killer says sorry
  • Ukraine invaded, president says

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Ukraine invaded, president saysAPWestern powers expressed outrage as newly released photos appeared to support Petro Poroshenko's claim that Russia forces have entered Ukraine.Obama's remarks on potential US military involvementMore newsSecond American killed with ISIS?Gun range owner speaks out
  • Amy Poehler sounds off on male privilege

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Amy Poehler sounds off on male privilegeAPWhen the comedian was asked what women really want to see in men, she surprised everyone with her deft response.Honest, unscripted answerMore from MAKERSAniston on pressures to be a momWhen is it okay to catcall?
  • Hillary Clinton breaks silence on Ferguson

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Hillary Clinton breaks silence on FergusonGettyUntil Thursday's remarks, the potential 2016 presidential candidate had yet to acknowledge the protests surrounding Michael Brown's death.Why she's speaking up nowDid you see these stories?Bobby Jindal's presidential ambitionsWhat millennials are doing online
  • Obama still weighing strikes on ISIS in Syria

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Obama still weighing strikes on ISIS in Syria The president blasted the Islamic militants for 'the slaughter of innocent people' but said a specific strategy has not yet been formed. Options the Pentagon is exploringRelated newsWesterners joining ISIS terrorGroup captured Syrian soldiers
 
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  • CDC: 'It's even worse than I'd feared'

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    CDC: 'It's even worse than I'd feared'GettyAs the outbreak continues to accelerate, officials say the number of Ebola victims could increase sixfold.Staggering new predictionMore newsWHO: Current Ebola tollJohn Lennon's killer says sorry
  • Ukraine invaded, president says

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Ukraine invaded, president saysAPWestern powers expressed outrage as newly released photos appeared to support Petro Poroshenko's claim that Russia forces have entered Ukraine.Obama's remarks on potential US military involvementMore newsSecond American killed with ISIS?Gun range owner speaks out
  • Amy Poehler sounds off on male privilege

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Amy Poehler sounds off on male privilegeAPWhen the comedian was asked what women really want to see in men, she surprised everyone with her deft response.Honest, unscripted answerMore from MAKERSAniston on pressures to be a momWhen is it okay to catcall?
  • Hillary Clinton breaks silence on Ferguson

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Hillary Clinton breaks silence on FergusonGettyUntil Thursday's remarks, the potential 2016 presidential candidate had yet to acknowledge the protests surrounding Michael Brown's death.Why she's speaking up nowDid you see these stories?Bobby Jindal's presidential ambitionsWhat millennials are doing online
  • Obama still weighing strikes on ISIS in Syria

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Obama still weighing strikes on ISIS in Syria The president blasted the Islamic militants for 'the slaughter of innocent people' but said a specific strategy has not yet been formed. Options the Pentagon is exploringRelated newsWesterners joining ISIS terrorGroup captured Syrian soldiers
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    Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News

  • Wall Street edges down but on track for 4th week of gains

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    The Britain threat level "doesn't sound good, but unless there's definite news that's worse than things we've already seen recently, the market should be able to process it and move on," Krosby said.
  • Tesco slashes dividend after second profit warning in two months

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    By Kate Holton and Neil Maidment LONDON (Reuters) - Tesco will slash its dividend and investment spending to give its new boss more firepower to rebuild Britain's biggest retailer, after a second profit warning in two months showed the scale of the task he faces. The grocer said on Friday that as a result of its worsening performance, former Unilever turnaround specialist Dave Lewis would start on Monday - a month earlier than planned - with a remit for a major review of the 95-year-old business. The latest profit warning lays bare the need for a change at a company once considered an…
  • U.S. consumer sentiment rises in final August reading

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's final August reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 82.5, up from 81.8 the month before. "Consumer confidence rebounded in late August due to a positive reassessment of prospects for the national economy," survey director Richard Curtin said in a statement. "A weakened trend in equity and home prices in the absence of resurgent wages would threaten the modest pace of consumer spending that is now expected." The survey's barometer of current economic conditions rose to 99.8 from 97.4, marking its…
  • US stocks edge higher in early trading

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    The U.S. stock market is opening slightly higher as a series of reports on the U.S. economy rolls out.
  • McDonald's says 12 Russian branches temporarily closed

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    McDonald's said on Friday that a total of 12 of its branches in Russia had been temporarily closed over the state food safety regulator's allegations of sanitary violations.
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    The Retail Doctor Blog

  • Omnichannel Warning: Retail Is About Discovery,Not In Being Discovered

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    I recently purchased a canteen. It is detailed in leather and has intricate lacing. Oh, I had no need for it. It wasn’t on sale. I didn’t spot it online. I saw it in a store. In Montana. For 75 bucks. And I don’t have a horse. And I don’t go camping.  I just liked it. That discovery is at the center of the debate about where shopping is headed.
  • 6 Smart Ways to Spend $1000 (Or Less) To Attract More Retail Customers

    24 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    When I was in fifth grade, my dad took me to the Schwinn bicycle shop in Toledo and told me I could have any bike I wanted for my birthday. So many possibilities! It was like winning the lottery! Nowadays, when it comes to my speaking and consulting business, spending money rarely has that exuberance. That’s because I have to do it if I want to remain competitive. Wanting to do it has little relevance. If I want to be here tomorrow, I need to invest today. For many retailers, investing in their business is usually thought of only in a crisis: We have to get a new A/C system; the…
  • 7 Cringe-Inducing Behaviors That Push Retail Customers Away

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:09 am
    There’s a boom of shiny objects out there for retailers to play with, from iBeacons that will deliver coupons to shoppers' smartphones when they stand in front of a display to virtual mirrors that dispense generic compliments when you try something on.  All over, retailers are struggling with lower footfall, with consumers waiting for the deal, and with the elephant in the room, the relentless push of Amazon. For you, it can feel like a no-win scenario.
  • Increase Retail Sales with Laughter

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    Trying to increase retail sales in a quiet retail store is impossible... I can tell a great retail store just by listening. Can't you? One of the outcomes we find when conditions are right in a retail store is that people are: Relaxed. Open. Confident. And laughter ensues.
  • What Can This Small Business #Fail Teach Retailers?

    6 Aug 2014 | 7:26 pm
    When I was looking to move away from the crowded, noisy, dusty freeways of Los Angeles, I checked out the green Mid-Hudson Valley of New York. While there were no Westins in that part of the world, I did discover a great off-the-beaten-path alternative, the Union Street Guest House in Hudson, NY. A large, spacious suite was outfitted just right. Their location was superb for walking and the excellent local restaurants kept me from having to use the fully functional kitchen in my suite. Over the years, I’ve recommended that place to many visitors, and I even posted a review on…
 
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    Business Insider

  • Here's The Trailer For Jon Stewart's Directorial Debut 'Rosewater'

    Kirsten Acuna
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    Last year, Jon Stewart took three months off from his late-night series “The Daily Show” to work on his directorial debut.  Now, the first trailer for his film, “Rosewater,” is out and it already looks like an Oscar contender.  Based on the 2011 book “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival” by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy, Stewart wrote the screenplay about Bahari, a journalist who was captured, imprisoned, and tortured while on a trip to cover Iran's presidential elections. The only way in which he can identify his captor is by…
  • White House: We're Not At 'War' With ISIS

    Colin Campbell
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    The White House is insisting the U.S. is not at war with the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, despite an aggressive air campaign and previously labeling the jihadist group an "imminent threat to every interest we have."  "Before getting into the strategy though, there seems [to be] a fundamental, existential question: Is the United States presently at war with ISIS, yes or no?" MSNBC host Chris Hayes asked President Barack Obama's top spokesman, White House press secretary Josh Earnest, on Thursday night Earnest went with "no." "No, Chris. What we are doing is we…
  • MSN Messenger — Which Once Had 330 Million Users — Has Finally, Completely Died (Taking A Piece Of Your Youth With It)

    James Cook
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    You might think that archaic chat program MSN Messenger was dead and buried. In 2013, Microsoft announced the service would be retired and gradually integrated into Skype. But the program has remained available in China ever since. Now, ZDnet reports that MSN Messenger will finally close for good after its Chinese version is also set to shut down.  At its peak, MSN Messenger had 330 million users worldwide. For scale, that's about three times greater than the current number of Snapchat users and about three quarters of the number of all current Gmail users. For a time, MSN Messenger was…
  • 12 Things Successful People Do Over 3-Day Weekends

    Jacquelyn Smith
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    We're heading into a holiday weekend — and most successful people have planned out (or at least thought about) what they'll do over the next three days.  "Successful people recognize how important it is to take advantage of a long weekend to refuel their passions and recharge their batteries," says Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of "You Can't Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work." They work extra hard the days leading up to the three-day weekend in order to maximize their leisure time, adds Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author…
  • Here's The Cheapest Drugstore In New York City

    Sylvie Rubin-Budick, ValuePenguin
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    Since the beginning of time, or at least since the 1960s, an ancient war has been brewing on the streets of Manhattan and New Yorkers have taken sides: Duane Reade versus CVS. The argument has always revolved around which pharmacy is cheaper, since they sell the same products. The Walgreens Company acquired Duane Reade in 2010, so I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the prices at Walgreens Pharmacy as well. I took a trip to the Duane Reade, Walgreens, and CVS closest to the ValuePenguin offices, and checked it out for myself.  I chose the basket of goods based on…
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    HBR.org

  • America’s New Labor Movement

    Sarah Green
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Flip through issues of Harvard Business Review from the 1950s or 1960s, and you’ll see a steady drumbeat of articles on labor relations. But search Google today, and our top hit on unions is from 20 years ago — John Hoerr’s still-interesting “What Should Unions Do?“ America’s public sector has also found new issues to focus on – as Roger Martin has persuasively argued, Democrats now care about the interests of shareholders and investors, and Republicans about top-tier talent. So I called up Lowell Turner, professor of International and Comparative Labor and…
  • Whatever Happened to Corporate Stewardship?

    Rick Wartzman
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In November 1956, Time magazine explored a phenomenon that went by various names: “capitalism with a conscience,” “enlightened conservatism,” “people’s capitalism,” and, most popularly, “The New Conservatism.” No matter which label one preferred, the basic concept was clear: Business leaders were demonstrating an ever increasing willingness, in the words of the story, to “shoulder a host of new responsibilities” and “judge their actions, not only from the standpoint of profit and loss” in their financial results “but of profit and loss to the community.” I…
  • Let Your Employees Bring Their Interests to Work

    Celia de Anca
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Research repeatedly suggests that levels of employee engagement in the workplace are low and worsening. But what really perplexes executives when we talk to them is that their employees are often fully engaged in a host of other activities. Among the growing perplexed population is Mark Barnes (not his real name), vice president of a marketing company. When we spoke with Mark he was becoming increasingly frustrated at the behavior of Jennifer Moline (also not her real name), his most talented employee. “She is intelligent, great at her job, and highly creative,” said Mark. But he was…
  • To Feel Greater Power, Add Some Decibels to the Bass

    The Daily Stat
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Research participants who listened to a generic piece of music with the bass turned up 15 decibels reported greater feelings of power than those who heard the same music but with the bass turned down 15 decibels (an average of 6.06 versus 5.15 on a 7-point dominant-feelings scale), says a team led by Dennis Y. Hsu of Northwestern University. Moreover, the feelings lasted after the music had stopped. Listening to heavy bass tones and other kinds of powerful music may be an effective and convenient way for people to activate their personal sense of power, the researchers say.
  • 5 Tips for Off-the-Cuff Speaking

    John Coleman
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    If it’s true that many people fear public speaking more than death, it’s equally true that businesspeople are condemned to a thousand small deaths in client pitches, in boardrooms, and on stage. And that death can turn slow and torturous when you are asked to speak unexpectedly with little or no time to prepare. One of the key demands of business is the ability to speak extemporaneously. Whether giving an unexpected “elevator pitch” to a potential investor or being asked at the last minute to offer remarks to a sales team over dinner, the demands for a business person to speak with…
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    NASE Staff Blog

  • Small Business Is All Around Us

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    <p > My best guess is that you may not even believe me in this week&rsquo;s blog post, but here it is.&nbsp; I was on a plane from Los Angeles to Dallas today after a very long week.&nbsp; I was actually answering an NASE TaxTalk question about S Corporations right on line with the help of American Airlines&rsquo; in-flight internet connection.&nbsp; (Love technology, btw)</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The lady sitting next to me was a graphics designer and owner of her own small business and noticed the NASE logo on the screen of…
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    <p>I love small business owners.&nbsp; I know this sounds kind of sappy, and as the President of the National Association for the Self Employed I probably notice this kind of thing more than most, but it really makes me proud when I see that entrepreneurial spirit.&nbsp; I was out this past weekend and saw a local high school band having a car wash.&nbsp; I pulled in and let them do their best.&nbsp; But that wasn&rsquo;t the sappy part.&nbsp; There were three kids, maybe 8 years old, who had set up lemonade and iced tea stand.&nbsp; Right there in the…
  • Dog Days of Summer & Your Local Challenge

    4 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    <p>Posted by Keith Hall<br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s August, which I guess means that we are in the dog days of summer; lots of hot weather but also lots of swimming pools and cold glasses of lemonade.&nbsp; The good news for me is that despite the season there are still lots of questions from NASE members that we get to answer every day.&nbsp; One NASE member posted a question regarding income earned during a speaking engagement overseas, actually in London, England.&nbsp; Her question made me realize all over again just how pervasive the influence of small…
  • Passing the Health Care Buck

    25 Jun 2014 | 10:46 am
    <p> Posted by Katie Vlietstra--&nbsp;By now, we've all heard about the challenges and the ups-and-downs of the new health care law. From cancelled plans to delayed programs and technical glitches in online applications, the Affordable Care Act has had its share of problems. However, in the end, the Affordable Care Act -- or ACA -- has turned out to help millions of Americans young and old. Far from perfect, the Department of Health and Human Services declared success with&nbsp;<a…
  • Will You Support Your Favorite Small Business?

    13 May 2014 | 10:34 am
    <p> Posted by Katie Vlietstra--&nbsp;It could be your local cupcake shop, neighborhood deli or even your friendly accountant -- all local entrepreneurs fueling not only their local economies, but our national economy as well. One of the things they all have in common is that they are part of a growing movement in America called the small business community. With every dollar you invest in a local, small business, the true entrepreneurial spirit of America continues to thrive. According to the Small Business Administration, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small…
 
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  • Meet Two Asia-Pacific finalists for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

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

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

    Laurel J. Delaney
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    The timing has never been better for businesswomen to get out of their own backyards and transition from local, regional or niche-market players into global players.  Here’s why. Women Are Ready to Take on the World The key:  It is evident that through export activities, women-owned firms grow more rapidly, hire more people, create more jobs and are more productive. Photo Credit: Jennifer Kumar Posted by:  Laurel DelaneyFiled under: Education, Enlighten Me!, global women entrepreneurs, Inspiration, Research Tagged: businesswomen ready to become global players, Laurel Delaney, take on…
  • Women Buck the Trend in Sri Lanka and Become Entrepreneurs

    Laurel J. Delaney
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    Sri Lankan women. To achieve economic empowerment, women entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka yearn for a successful career.  They also help their families, and the country, prosper.  Women entrepreneurship can contribute to a country’s development process in a number of ways. At an individual level, it creates employment opportunities for women.  Women seek entrepreneurship for many reasons.  While some women start a business based on an idea or innovation, or due to an unsatisfactory experience as an employee, others are compelled to start their own business due to ‘forced…
  • 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…
 
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  • What You’re Forgetting to Include in Your Sales Proposal

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

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

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

    Reuben
    2 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    If you’ve read this blog before, you know how much I hate terrible writing. If not, check out: The Importance of Writing Well, Microsoft CEO Edition How Your High School English Class Is Ruining Your Proposals Don’t Use Jargon, Unless It’s Your Prospect’s Jargon A little over a year ago, I referenced an article by Bryan Garner over at Harvard Business Review on removing business jargon from your writing and joked that it would be awesome to have a way to flag jargon and buzzwords in your proposals. Well, now you can. In Preview mode, there’s now a…
  • 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…
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  • 3 B2B Digital Marketing Companies Using Innovation to Make the Data Connection

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

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

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

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

    Steve C
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    This post was written by Nemo Chu, who built a 7-figure eCommerce business from scratch in 1 year—while working a demanding day job. He has since quit his job and now offers free advice in his newsletter. I really wish I’d learned this sooner. See if this sounds familiar: “You’re busy. You’ve set your financial goals. Yet, you’re spinning your wheels and struggling to achieve your goals even though you’re doing more and more stuff.” That was my story. And it’s the story of some people who hire me to coach them on Clarity. Most of us want to be more financially…
  • MWQHJ 033: How Josh Dorkin Built A Real Estate Investing Social Network With Over 200,000 Members

    Steve C
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:19 pm
    I’m very pleased to have my friend Josh Dorkin on the show today. Now Josh runs BiggerPockets.com which is one of the most popular real estate investing sites on the Internet. The numbers for his site are really crazy. He’s got over 200,000 members with many of them paying a monthly fee. His forum boasts over 850,000 posts. He has 35+ writers on staff, runs a top 25 business podcast on iTunes and a successful publishing company as well. Needless to say, Josh is easily one of the most successful Internet entrepreneurs that I know and I’m really happy to have him on today to…
  • MWQHJ 032: How Jessica Rhodes Leveraged Her Pinterest Skills And Started 2 Successful Businesses

    Steve C
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Jessica Rhodes owns 2 thriving business service companies, EntrepreneurSupportServices.com and InterviewConnections.com where she helps businesses with Pinterest and podcasting. Jessica is a Pinterest expert and she reveals many useful tips on how to market your business using Pinterest in this episode along with many helpful tools that she uses to streamline the process. In addition, she provides some meaningful advice on how to network with others and how she acts as a matchmaker for podcast interviewers and interviewees. What You’ll Learn How Jessica got her first client doing…
  • 6 Reasons Why Copying Amazon Is A Bad Idea For Your Ecommerce Store

    Steve C
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    When it comes to designing your ecommerce store to maximize conversions, you would intuitively think that copying another successful online store would be the logical thing to do. After all if an online store is doing well, they’ve probably figured out the most optimal design right? Because Amazon.com is one of the most successful ecommerce stores in the world, we should all emulate exactly what they are doing right? The other day, I received a question from one of my Create A Profitable Online Store students who asked… Steve. I just went through your module on best practices for…
  • MWQHJ 031: How Bob Lotich Replaced His Entire Day Job Income In 9 Months By Blogging

    Steve C
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Bob Lotich and I actually go way back to the year 2009 when we both started blogging at roughly the same time. Bob runs the extremely popular blog ChristianPf.com where he makes a 6 figure income writing about faith and personal finance. In this interview, he shares a bunch of his secrets on how he makes money and how he fully leverages various social media sources to generate traffic for his site. He’s also written an incredibly detailed book that teaches others how to blog as a profession. What You’ll Learn How Bob turned his entire life around after being deep in debt How Bob…
 
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  • Digital PR and Why Your Brand Needs It

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Rich Brooks
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
    We’ve got a new hire here at flyte, and we want to introduce her to you all! Katrina Crowell has joined the flyte crew as our new Inbound Marketer, ready to help you with your SEO, social media campaigns, email marketing, and basically all of your digital marketing needs. Katrina is a graduate of the University of Maine, and has over 6 years of experience in web content development and social media marketing. She has worked as a ghost blogger, freelance web marketer, and SEO consultant for businesses across a wide variety of industries. And having spent 5 years in the direct response…
  • How to Blog for B2B Lead Generation [A Case Study…with Beer]

    Rich Brooks
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    How can you use a blog to reach your audience? To grow your business? Is blogging still a viable option for B2B lead generation? Today we’re going to see how a single, well-planned blog post can put you in front of your ideal customer when they’re ready to make a buying decision. Tidestone Solutions is a B2B (business to business) company from Portland, Maine, that offers mid-sized companies business process and accounting software solutions. Their area of expertise is within Microsoft Dynamics GP,  Kelley Sintz is the Business Development Director and was looking to grow their…
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  • Average Session Duration – What is it and Why Bloggers Should Care

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

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

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

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

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

    Andy Birol
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Is the idea of leaving your business as well as your country to see the world absurd? As business owners, we are heads-down focused on our business and driven to make it better. Leaving our business is inconceivable. Or is it? Remember back to your childhood. On sunny days, Mom and Dad made you go outside and play. Before there were play dates, you went to a field with your friends and a ball and decided, what game would you play? Whose team were you on? And what position would you play? Wasn’t it fun? Now that you’re the boss, it doesn’t have to be a summer day. You can get…
  • How to Keep Customers for Life

    Andy Birol
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:11 pm
    By Dan Janal President and Founder PR LEADS Everyone knows it costs less to keep a customer than to sell to a new prospect. Yet, so few people know how to keep a customer for life. I’ve build a considerable empire based on retaining customers and I’d like to share my best ideas with you so you can grow your business. You might have the basics covered, tactics like offering superior customer service, and sending hand-written thank you notes. But I’ve found five foundational truths that you must follow if you want to keep your best customers. 1. You have to offer a superior product or…
  • 10 Warning Signs Your Business is Out of Focus

    Andy Birol
    29 Jun 2014 | 2:00 pm
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer May 14, 2014 Your business strategy is crystal-clear, sharply-focused, and well-versed – or is it? Do your employees, customers, and vendors really know your core competencies? Are you certain everyone understands your plan to achieve your mission and vision? Click here to read more.  
  • How to find a banker who adds value to your business

    Andy Birol
    25 May 2014 | 7:28 am
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer May 20, 2014 As long as capitalism survives in the United States, there will be bankers and business owners. Whatever the stage of the business cycle, one will need the other more. If bankers are lending freely, there’s a good chance owners don’t need to borrow (and the reverse is true). Click here to read more.                
  • Why your company should avoid venture capital

    Andy Birol
    25 May 2014 | 7:21 am
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer April 7, 2014 You need capital for your company to grow, but you may want to reconsider venture capital. The basic problem with partnering with venture capitalists is that their need to earn quick, big returns conflicts with your goal of building your business. Growing a company’s customer base rarely enriches a venture capitalist as much as the next round of investors. Click here to read more.
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  • Why Visual Studio is More Suitable for Cross-Platform Mobile Developments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Helene Huynh
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    There are thousands of dreadful websites on the Internet. If your website is not user-friendly, how do you expect your customers to actually do business with you?  Whether you’re looking to build a simple website or a more complex and customized website for your company, we can conclude that all businesses, large or small, need a website. But there are elements you must take into account because your company’s online presence begins with your website, and sustains with your social media marketing.  There are some things you should ask yourself before you start designing and building…
  • 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…
 
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    Business Credit

  • Why File a DBA? Breaking Down: Doing Business As (DBA)

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

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

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

  • Thinking of Starting a Business, Avoid these Costly Mistakes

    wahanelson
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Cathi Nelson Six years ago I had an idea for a business. I was excited, nervous, scared and determined to make it work. I was also inexperienced and very naïve. Here is a quick story of one of the many costly mistakes I made and a few tips, so you don’t make the same […]
  • Enter to Win a $100 KOKOON Clothing Gift Certificate

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Need some new clothes for your fall wardrobe? We got you you covered. We’re partnering with KOKOON to give away a $100 KOKOON Gift Certificate to spend however you want. About KOKOON: KOKOON got its start in the fashion industry 26 years ago, selling to many major retailers and catalogs such as Nordstrom, Saks Fifth […]
  • The Changing Face of Social Media Marketing

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dawn Berryman As a small business owner, you know that social media marketing must be a part of your overall marketing and business plan. But how do you tackle this beast? Four years ago, almost every ‘fan’ your Facebook page had saw your posts in their newsfeeds. Interaction was easy. Engagement happened naturally. Now […]
  • Start a Home Business with Kaeser & Blair Inc.

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Family-owned company seeks independent dealers who want to make extra money working from home. Did you receive a free diaper bag at the hospital with the name of a baby products company on it? Or maybe you were given an ink pen by your insurance agent with his logo on it? Do you have a […]
  • Interview with Nicole Orozco – Founder of Mompreneur Media

    wahanelson
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tell us a little bit about your entrepreneurial journey. My journey as a mom entrepreneur began in 2005 after the birth of my daughter when I left my job as an advertising associate with a local newspaper to start an online baby boutique.  I loved being an entrepreneur and while I enjoyed the boutique industry, […]
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    Leader Networks blog

  • Spotlighting *Your* B2B Online Community – Call for Participation

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

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

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

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

  • Reading List 8.29.14

    Rieva Lesonsky
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky The life of a business owner is a busy one. If I had my way, days would be 30 hours long—and there’d be, like the Beatles sang: “8 days a week.” But there aren’t. So to help you stay on top of important small business news, information and advice essential to running your business, here’s my weekly Reading List. If you have articles you’d like to share, get them to me by end of day Wednesday every week. Best Practices What’s the future of social commerce? How to keep your small business secure. Is your website good enough for your customers? What is…
  • Why Your Kid Should Major in Philosophy

    Rieva Lesonsky
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Cliff Ennico Maybe it’s the change of seasons (I’ve always been a big early fall fan), maybe it’s because I just turned 60, but I’ve been spending more time than usual reflecting upon my past. Whenever you reflect on “things you should have done differently,” you almost always end up going back to your high school and college years. A lot happened during that eight year period that made you the person you are today (some social psychologists believe our personalities are 99% fully formed when we reach our early 20s). Often the paths we chose back then were triggered not by…
  • Tips from High-Performing CEOs

    Maria Valdez Haubrich
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    By  Kristen Gramigna CEOs and business leaders can’t afford the luxury of idle time. The success of their business depends on personal discipline, organization and the ability to devise unique “productivity hacks.” Here are tricks and techniques from several high performers that the rest of us can incorporate into their own daily routines. Make your work hours count. No hyper-productive businessperson works “only” 40 hours a week. Some business leaders develop out-of-the-box habits to meet the challenge of having more to do than hours in a day to do it. Sales trainer Jason Kanigan…
  • Holiday Marketing Tips: Think Outside the Gift Box

    Rieva Lesonsky
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Heather Miller The holidays aren’t any kind of holiday for a small business. Nowadays you need to start even earlier to get ready. Yes, it’s technically still summer, but it’s never too soon to start thinking about the busiest (and potentially most profitable) time of the year. According to an Experian survey, 49 percent of marketers plan to launch a campaign before Halloween. Hallmark started marketing their popular ornaments with a holiday movie marathon in July this year. And QVC didn’t miss out on the “Christmas in July” theme either. Like last year, it’s a very short…
  • Why You Should Meet the Business Across the Street

    Rieva Lesonsky
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Eric Groves Connecting and collaborating with other local business owners unlocks a wealth of knowledge and business opportunities. So it did not come as a surprise to my co-founder and me when we interviewed local business owners about what they wished technology could do for them. Often the answer was simply, “Can it just introduce me to the business owner across the street?” One of the key challenges of being a local business owner is the sense of isolation that results from a lack of time. You’re busy running your businesses during the day, and may not have the time for even a…
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    MLM Blog - Network Marketing Blog

  • Book Publisher Ditches Amazon For MLM

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

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

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

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

  • Location-detecting beacons help blind travelers navigate San Francisco Airport

    Springwise
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    Add / Remove Airports are confusing places at the best of times, but to navigate them with a visual impairment can be a trial for many blind people. To make the experience of flying more enjoyable for those with sight difficulties, indoor mapping firm indoo.rs has now installed its beacon technology at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), delivering location-sensitive, voice-based directions via smartphones. Some 300 of the beacons — which behave in a similar way to Apple's iBeacon technology — have been placed at various points of interest around Terminal 2 at the airport,…
  • Sleek desk lamp doubles as an emergency flashlight

    Springwise
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    Add / Remove When the power goes out, it can often be a hectic rummage around in the dark to find a flashlight — that's if you can even remember where it is. While we've already seen the Bulb Flashlight turn into a convenient battery-powered torch when it's unscrewed, Trioh is a stylishly designed device that serves as both a wireless desk lamp and a flashlight that's always on hand. The device is an upright lamp that differs from your standard desktop lighting in that it features a dock, making it wireless and portable. When it's on the dock, the lamp is powered by…
  • App rewards homeowners switching off devices when dirty power plants serve their house

    Springwise
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    Add / Remove Eco-minded consumers are increasingly looking to reduce the 'dirty' energy used in their home. In the past, marketplaces like the Netherlands' Vandebron have handed control over to consumers by letting them decide how local and green they want their energy to be and choose their own suppliers. But now Ohmconnnect is taking a different route by notifying customers of the best times to reduce energy use and offering cash rewards for doing so. Unfortunately for consumers concerned about their environmental impact, all major energy companies use a multitude of different…
  • Happy & Healthy Employees

    Springwise
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Add / Remove This post is sponsored by Aflac. The benefits don’t stop there though: Studies reveal correlations between worksite wellness programs and performance! But, what’s the best part about wellness? It can be scaled: From gym memberships to health-oriented email tips to on-site fitness facilities and personal health coaching, programs can be successful with any level of resources. Some businesses claim cost is the only barrier to creating a wellness program, but others tout reduction in health costs as a top reason to create and sustain a successful program. Need help getting…
  • AI robot called Amy will politely arrange meeting requests with your co-workers

    Springwise
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    Add / Remove To-do apps are a popular way to ensure that our increasingly busy lives stay organized, but they can become so sprawlingly as to actually take up time themselves. We recently wrote about Timeful, which uses smart suggestions to help users plan their day more effectively, and now x.ai is a service that enables busy people to task an AI personal assistant to deal with the tedious back and forth involved in organizing a meeting. Many people will be familiar with the difficulty of arranging a time and place that’s good for both or all parties wanting to have a get-together.
 
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    The Social Monica

  • Why Is Amazon A Website Owners Best Friend?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Nueva plataforma MT4 WebTrader disponible con FxPro

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    LONDRES, 29 de agosto de 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- FxPro Group Ltd (FxPro) acaba de lanzar su propia plataforma de intercambio basada en navegadores que permite a los clientes realizar intercambios utilizando sus cuentas MT4. Ingresando en WebTrader de FxPro solo con los datos de ingreso...
  • How Aloha Gave Brewdog the Strength to Grow its Business

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    LONDON, August 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As Brewdog, the internationally successful craft beer company, goes multi-location, Aloha Restaurant Point of Sale software from NFS Technology Group has been chosen to run the company's bars.  For co-founders James Watt and Martin Dickie,...
  • MercadoLivre celebra 15 anos tendo o Brasil como a maior operação

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    SÃO PAULO, 29 de agosto de 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- O MercadoLivre, companhia líder em comércio eletrônico na América Latina, completa 15 anos de idade. Quinze anos de uma trajetória de sucesso no e-commerce latino-americano - principalmente no Brasil, onde...
  • Key Digital® Presents New Champion Series 4K HDMI Switchers: KD-2x1CSK and KD-4x1CSK

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    MOUNT VERNON, N.Y., Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Key Digital®, an award winning (CES, InfoComm, CEDIA, NAHB) manufacturer of leading-edge technology for HDTV applications, introduces the brand new Champion Series KD-2x1CSK and KD-4x1CSK HDMI Switchers with 4K support for the...
  • PrimeSUITE and PrimeRCM Helps Potomac Obstetrics & Gynecology Thrive

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Before opening Potomac Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2012, Dr. Eric Ashkin was a member of a 10-physician group with 35 employees for eight years. After leaving the practice, Dr. Ashkin opened Potomac Obstetrics with one thing in mind:...
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    Jeff Korhan

  • Social Business: Managing Relationships to Build Personal and Business Brands

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

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

    Jeff Korhan
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (00:37:39) Download Audio iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business This is Episode 05 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Do you often wish that media experts would just share a few of their better practices so you could adapt them to your business? Then join me and Ryan Hanley as we discuss some of the techniques he successfully used as Director of Marketing for a local insurance agency, many of which I also used when operating my landscaping business. This is one reason why Ryan…
  • Single Serve Content for Mobile Consumers

    Jeff Korhan
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:43 am
    We have previously discussed the importance of planning both the construction and deconstruction of your content. The idea is that creating great content takes time, so while you are doing that put in a little extra effort to also plan which pieces of it will be shared on, let’s say, Instagram. Content often brings to mind a blog post or an article, but as content consumption with mobile devices becomes the norm, you will need to redesign your content strategy to adapt. The good news is that if your business is not yet creating much content, you may find these newer methods easier to…
  • Modern Chamber Marketing: How to Successfully Build a Digital Community

    Jeff Korhan
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:23 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (00:37:55) Download Audio iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business This is Episode 4 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Join me and Frank Kenny as we discuss how to succeed these days with digital marketing. Frank will share how he facilitates a vibrant Facebook group to build community that keeps its global membership actively engaged. You will find this interview especially interesting if your small business is a member of a chamber of commerce, or any other organization such as…
 
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    SmartCEO

  • Resources for your Affordable Care Act questions

    CBIZ &#38; Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C.
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Thought Leadership on Healthcare Reform presented by CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. As 2015 approaches, now is the time for employers to finalize their preparation for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) Shared Responsibility requirements. While we’re shared many ACA strategies and considerations with you over the last seven months, we recognize that, from time to time, a deeper dive is required. To that end, below are the internal and external resources we use to study the ACA:CBIZ Health Reform Matrix  Our 61 page comprehensive matrix is the perfect tool when you need just the…
  • 4 reasons to consider temporary staffing

    april
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Thought Leadership on Recruiting and Retention presented by Vector Technical Resources. An organization’s greatest asset is its workforce. That workforce, however, is also its biggest expense. In our post-recession economy, companies have to keep a laser-focus on their bottom line. The cost of insurance, taxes, healthcare, and other benefits are reaching sky-high levels. At the same time, companies are forced to work faster and do more with less. An effective way to balance these conflicting forces and achieve efficiency is through the strategic use of temporary staff. Working closely…
  • What is employee engagement?

    Helios HR
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Thought Leadership on Outsourced HR presented by Helios HR. As a consultant at Helios, I often hear my clients ask, “What is employee engagement?” Yes, it’s a phrase that Human Resources uses, but the term “engagement” is actually quite relatable to everyone if you think about it. Take engaged couples for example, they commit to each other to work together to achieve their life’s dreams (“goals”).  If one of the partners is not committed (“engaged”), the end result is often a breakup (“termination”).  Well, employee engagement is similar – an employee commits to…
  • Unraveling the mystery of retirement plan fees

    Fulton Bank
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Thought Leadership on Business Banking presented by Fulton Bank. In the past five years, one of the most publicized issues concerning retirement plans has been the subject of fees charged to the employer and plan participants (employees) when participating in a 401(k) plan. It's a hot topic for good reason, since so often the fees are not disclosed clearly in financial documents provided to participants.In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) now requires that all fees be fully disclosed to both plan sponsors and participants. Financial institutions now have specific guidelines for how…
  • Turn Browsers into Buyers: Tips for Successful Website Conversion

    CC&#38;A Web Development
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    Thought Leadership on Web/SEO presented by CC&A Web Development. So many businesses focus on driving consumers to their site, but why? What’s the point in spending thousands of dollars on SEO, social media, content marketing, and web ads to push traffic towards a site and giving customers nothing to chew on once they arrive? Converting web traffic numbers into solid customer statistics is an integral part of online marketing, and most business owners don’t manage it well. However, with a few straight forward changes to a website and its approach, conversion rates can increase…
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    Indianapolis Marketing | Web Design | Roundpeg

  • Tell People Where to Go

    Emily Anderson
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever gone to a website and ended up sitting on the home page for about 40 seconds mindlessly scrolling up and down the page, only to leave and return to Google? After investing in resources to build a website and attract visitors, losing them without meaningful interaction is one of the most unfortunate things to happen to a website owner. There are a couple things which cause a lack of action from your viewers. One – There is not a one focused call to action which really, truly compels the viewer to act. If your website does not have the necessary calls to action to draw the…
  • How to Run a Successful Contest

    Anne
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Basic truth: people love to win prizes. Why do you think people love Las Vegas so much? The thrill of winning is addicting. Contests have always been a great way to engage customers, but now with the integration of Internet marketing, there are many more innovative ways to get people to participate. So what makes for a successful Internet contest that won’t cost you a fortune (remember, budgets are important)? Here’s what I’ve learned so far. The Art of Contests Running a contest on the Internet isn’t something you can just make up as you go along. You need to plan,…
  • Stay One Step Ahead of Content Onslaught

    Lorraine
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today’s blog post was inspired by a presentation given by Erik Deckers at Mixwest 2014.  You will find his slide deck here.  Fact: There is an overwhelming amount of content created daily The internet is growing at a rate that is hard to get our heads around. In the year 2000 there were just barely 17 million websites in existence. Just 13 years later then number was just under 700,000,000. That is one website for every 10 people on earth. There is some data to indicate only a fraction of those sites are really active and unique, but that is still a significant growth curve, with no…
  • Three Experts Small Business Marketing Needs Today

    Peter Wolfgram
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Running a small business means leading a team. You have office staff, technicians and other experts directly related to producing your product or service. Hopefully you’ve got a marketing strategy expert as well, in-house or a consultant. But half a team won’t get you leads. I talk to small business owners every day who are missing one or more experts on their team. Writing, photography and technology experts are especially necessary and the most underused. Here’s why they’re critical and how you can find your experts today. Real People, Taking Pictures of Real Things…
  • How to Build a Marketing Toolkit | Seminar

    Roundpeg
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Build Your Marketing Toolkit A framework for small businesses and organizations Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But with so many different marketing activities that they could focus on, they often miss some of the important marketing concepts that will help them understand why those activities are so important. This presentation is designed to uncover some of those core concepts and show that a little bit of marketing knowledge can go a long way. Attendees of this presentation will…
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    The Thriving Small Business

  • What Does a Human Resource Assistant Do?

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

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

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

    Patricia Lotich
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    Change is a word that generates uneasiness in most of us.   But most would agree that we can think of a time we had a good change in our lives.   A marriage, the birth of a baby, moving into a new home or a new job are examples of positive changes in our lives.  So why is it so difficult to swallow change at work? For anyone who has ever gone into an organization and tried to change “the way things are” understands the resistance employees can have against any kind of change effort. Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Dr. Spencer…
  • 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…
 
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    Fizzle

  • Work for Yourself or for Others? (FS069)

    Chase Reeves
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    In certain circles there’s a stigma about working for others. These people believe everyone should be independent and work for themselves. Corbett has written passionately on this subject a few different times. In this conversation we explore whether or not you should work for yourself or for others (some of us don’t think what you may think we think… savvy?). Enjoy! Push Play: Work for Yourself or for Others? (FS069) / Listen to Work for Yourself or for Others? (FS069) A podcast for creative entrepreneurs and honest business builders... TO SUBSCRIBE: simply search for…
  • What I Learned from Two Weeks in Seth Godin’s Office

    Barrett Brooks
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    I saw the city through the small window next to my exit row seat and I felt a swell of creative energy, anticipation, and excitement well up from my gut. Here we go… The opportunity of a lifetime starts now. On July 21st, 2013, I landed at JFK airport for a two week project with a team of 16 other interns and Seth Godin. I had been chosen after applying via Seth’s Squidoo lens and the time had finally come to get started. While I knew I could expect the internship to change everything about the way I think about life and work, I don’t know if I fully understood what it would be like to…
  • When To Move On (FS068)

    Chase Reeves
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    How long are you going to think to yourself “I need to give that a shot” before you take the leap and try it? In this episode we share our own stories about moving on, what we learned, how we did it, and how to do it better. We also tell, for the first time, a new story about someone near and dear to this podcast. We start the episode with that announcement. Enjoy! Push Play: When To Move On (FS068) / Listen to When To Move On (FS068) A podcast for creative entrepreneurs and honest business builders... TO SUBSCRIBE: simply search for “The Fizzle Show” in your podcast…
  • Should I Start a Blog?

    Corbett Barr
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    Try this to find out what people are thinking: start typing a question into the Google search box. Something like “where does” or “why can’t” or “how come” — anything that starts with a question word. When the little list of suggestions pops up, it’s usually either hilarious (like when I typed in “why does” and the third answer was “why does my husband fart so much”), or insightful, like in this case: So many people are asking the questions “should I start a blog?” and “should I start my own business,” and they’re related. (By the way,…
  • Insights About Customer Service That Will Change The Products You Make (FS067)

    Chase Reeves
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Customer service isn’t an afterthought for you. If it is, you’re already well on your way to being an uninteresting, middling, forgotten business. If, on the other hand, you have a deep understanding of the people you serve, that reality will be visible in so many delightful and visible moments in your customers’ interactions with you. In this conversation we share what we’ve learned about how customer service and the deeper philosophy we can all have about customers in general can revolutionize the way we build our business. Note: if you haven’t yet listened to…
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    The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan

  • 5 Steps for Getting Sales and Marketing Alignment through Content

    Rich McElaney
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    With the meteoric rise in content production over the last five years, companies committed to digital marketing are increasingly challenged to keep their sales and marketing teams in alignment as they pursue their revenue goals. Depending on which research report you’ve read, the statistics quoted show that anywhere from 50 – 70% of the buyer’s [...]
  • The Hubcast #5: HubSpot IPO, Listening as a Content Strategy, & Great Teaching

    George Thomas
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Hubcast Podcast Episode 005 Welcome back to The Hubcast folks! As mentioned last week, this will be a weekly podcast all about HubSpot news, tips, and tricks. Please also note the extensive show notes below including some new HubSpot video tutorials created by George Thomas. Show Notes: Hubspot IPO Can you believe it? We [...]
  • Mad Marketing 34: SEO, Train Rides, and More

    Marcus Sheridan
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Well, it’s podcast time everyone and as always, this episode ended up have a great mix of education, laughs, and some typically random thoughts from yours truly. I think you’re going to love this episode and as always, if you have questions for the podcast simply contact me here. In fact, here are a few [...]
  • The Hubcast #4: A Guide to Boston, Scraping Local Leads, & Designers.Hubspot.com

    George Thomas
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    The Hubcast Podcast Episode 004 Welcome back to The Hubcast folks! As mentioned last week, this will be a weekly podcast all about HubSpot news, tips, and tricks. Please also note the extensive show notes below including some new HubSpot video tutorials created by George Thomas. Show Notes: Inbound 2014 THE INSIDER’S GUIDE TO BOSTON [...]
  • The Simplest Website Messaging and Copywriting Tip You’ll Ever Read

    Marcus Sheridan
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    When it comes to effective content marketing, too often businesses forget just how much their website copy and messaging impact a reader’s ability to trust, relate to, and want to do business with a company. When it comes down to it, here is the deal: Every word of your website is a component of your overall [...]
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • How to Make Your First Expense Report [VIDEO]

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

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

    Emily Farrar
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Shoeboxed is proud to announce our nomination for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards in the Apps category. The Awards are designed to recognize the unsung heroes of small businesses – those who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful. The winners are chosen based off of popular vote and a panel of 14 hand-selected judges. This is our second time being nominated for the award and we would love all the support we can get! Voting lasts from August 29 at 3p.m. Eastern time through September 15 at 2:59 p.m.
  • iOS App Update: iPad Views, Business Cards and more!

    Emily Farrar
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    If you’re a regular user of the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker for iOS, we have good news for you! As of today, there’s an update available on the App Store that includes some new features and upgrades we think you’ll appreciate. The new version includes: iPad optimized views – Back and better than ever in this version of the app! The ability to choose Receipt or Business Card when submitting a document – This new option was added to clear up any confusion when it comes to submitting business cards through the app, as well as to cut down turnaround time…
  • Introducing a Better Way to Manage Categories

    Emily Farrar
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    We know how important it is to correctly categorize your receipts for monthly accounting and tax purposes. So when you asked for a better way to handle categorization inside Shoeboxed, we got to work. Today, we’re thrilled to share with you a new and improved way to manage your categories! On the new Manage Categories page, you can set rules for certain vendors and/or payment types to always go into a specific category. Once a receipt is processed in your account, it will be automatically categorized according to your rules. Each category has three sections for rules associated with…
 
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    Home Based Business Ideas

  • Neodymium Magnets Rare Earth (10 1/2 x 1/4 N48) – Incredibly Powerful Earth-Metal Permanent Magnets

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

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

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

  • How a Lead Becomes a Customer [Infographic]

    Amy Neeley
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    When it comes to connecting consumers with businesses, we all have dreams. Consumers dream of finding the right company to do business with. And business owners dream of converting more leads into customers and improving their ROI. But what does it really take to convert leads into customers in today’s competitive landscape? In this infographic, you’ll take a journey with a sales lead, all the way from its beginnings as a prospect to becoming a customer for one local business. The post How a Lead Becomes a Customer [Infographic] appeared first on ReachLocal Blog.
  • 7 Classic Movie Scenes and the Business Lessons They Teach

    Tara Banda
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    One thing so many movies, old and new, have in common is that they feature everyday people trying to make a living. And no matter what type of characters they portray, all these movies can teach valuable lessons about what to do — and what not do — to win a customer’s business. Here are seven classic movie scenes that prove business lessons can be learned anywhere.   Forrest Gump — Do What You Do Best There’s a theory that you The post 7 Classic Movie Scenes and the Business Lessons They Teach appeared first on ReachLocal Blog.
  • ReachLocal Multifamily Team Attends Client Marketing Retreat to Strengthen Partnership

    ReachLocal
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    The ReachLocal apartments and real estate team is excited to announce that we will be attending the ZRS Management 2014 Marketing & Technology Retreat in Miami on August 28, 2014. Attending this retreat will help us further grow our partnership with ZRS Management, a third-party apartment and multifamily property management company. The retreat brings together ZRS representatives from around the country to learn more about trends in online marketing technology. “ZRS is pleased to welcome back ReachLocal to our fifth The post ReachLocal Multifamily Team Attends Client Marketing Retreat…
  • 5 (More) Ridiculously Important Tips for Local Search

    Tamara Weintraub
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Getting discovered by local searchers today takes more than just a search-optimized website (although that’s an absolute must). You also need to boost your SEO efforts with offsite tactics including claiming local listings, using social sites, and doing search advertising. Try these to drive more local consumers to your business through search. 1. Build Out Your Local Listings & Citations It can’t be stressed enough how important your local listings are to getting found in local search results today. Google The post 5 (More) Ridiculously Important Tips for Local Search appeared first…
  • Announcing the 2014 ReachLocal Star, Vinayak Joshi

    Tamara Weintraub
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    One of the things we take immense pride in at ReachLocal is the people we get the opportunity to work with every day. And, one of the ways we celebrate our people is through the ReachLocal Star Award, an annual global recognition of an employee who embodies all of our core business values throughout their professional and personal life. This year, the honor goes to Vinayak Joshi, a Finance Executive in our ReachLocal India office. Vinayak began his career at ReachLocal The post Announcing the 2014 ReachLocal Star, Vinayak Joshi appeared first on ReachLocal Blog.
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    Women Unlimited Worldwide

  • 10 ways to a happy workspace

    Michelle Hawkins
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:15 am
    Our state of mind is so important to our success at work. A positive, engaged brain has been heralded as the greatest source of competitive advantage in our modern economy. And it’s not hard to see why. Numerous studies have now shown that a positive mindset makes us more motivated, productive, creative, accurate and persuasive. It even makes us more resilient by strengthening our immune system, leading to less sick days and better overall health. Today, I’ll be looking at one easy place to start boosting your positivity – designing a happy working environment. If you’re at home…
  • 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…
 
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    Firefly Coaching

  • Say Good Riddance to the Wrong Clients and Hello to Clients You Love

    Stephanie Ward
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    Have you ever had a client that wasn’t a good fit? If so, you know how frustrating and exhausting it can be. It’s possible to work only with clients you love and never take on a mismatched client again. Watch this short video to find out how. Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below:   For more on this topic, check out my post, How to Work Exclusively with Ideal Clients. “If you don’t know what you want, you end up with a lot you don’t” Chuck Palahniuk Click to Tweet…
  • 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…
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    Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business

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

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

    Wil Hart
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Engagement Matters Episode 34: As you read the summary of this blog post, you are connected with the Smart Simple Marketing brand. Unleash the power of your story and your expertise through the written word. You do not have to be a novelist nor a journalist in order to share valuable information with the people that you are meant to serve. When blogging, you can focus on the problems that your customers and clients face, how your company solves those problems and the BIG benefits that they receive from working with you. See, it's easy peasy! The post Stay Engaged with Your Target Market…
  • Why Every Great Email Includes These 5 Things

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Great email marketing isn’t a mystery. While we may never know why some Youtube videos go viral and others don’t, it’s easy to tell why some emails succeed and others get sent straight to the trash folder. Great emails – the kind that get opened, clicked, shared and saved to read again – always contain these 5 crucial elements. Do yours?      5. A subject line that stands out It’s tempting to write subject lines that simply reveal what’s inside your email. For example, if your email contains your monthly newsletter, you might write “September Newsletter” as the email…
  • Grow Your Business By Creating A Community

    Wil Hart
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Engagement Matters Episode 33: Do you want customers and clients to stick around with your company for months and years to come? Then give them plenty of reason to do so. Learn how you can build communities of prospects and clients. The post Grow Your Business By Creating A Community appeared first on Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business.
  • How to Create Systems to Simplify Your Email Marketing

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    You need to have strong email marketing systems in place in order to effectively monetize your email list. Why? Because sending out email marketing without having systems in place is like throwing spaghetti at the wall to see if it sticks. Without systems, your email: Might get opened, it might not. Might get sent on a Wednesday, or maybe a Friday. That is, if you remember to do it in the first place. May do more harm than good in terms of creating strong relationships with your list members. Let’s take a look at how to create strong email systems that will ensure a healthy, growing email…
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    Women Entrepreneurs - The Secrets of Success blog

  • CEO & Cash Flow Coach Karen Collacutt on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    Karen Collacutt, Cash Flow Coach and CEO, Make Friends with Your Money Karen is a Money Strategist helping entrepreneurs build the bridge between their business and their personal finances, creating more revenue and more choices.  Certified Financial Planner, Certified Money Coach, and Certified NLP Practitioner, Karen blends pragmatic money management strategies with tools to change what you
  • Author Q&A: Big Dreams Take Small Sacrifices by Sourena Vasseghi

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Sourena Vasseghi is an award-winning author of, "Big Dreams Take Small Sacrifices,"  and an inspirational speaker whose stirring effect on people has attracted a rapidly growing national audience. Because Sourena suffers from severe cerebral palsy, he has limited motor skills and a significant speech impediment. These limitations, however, don’t preclude him from living a fully successful life
  • How to Get Higher Conversions from Your Emails and Marketing

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    by Christine Kane In business, the number “one” is considered a bad number.One is bad number in your business when you only have one person on your team. It’s a bad number when your only product fails on its latest launch.  Or when your ONE client gets hit with a disaster and has to stop being your client.So yeah, there are plenty of ways that one is not a great number in your business. However
  • 3 Easy Ways to Connect with Your Ideal Clients

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    by Sydni Craig-Hart What we think our clients want and what they actually want can be vastly different. The only way to create offerings that are easy for them to say yes to and solve their problems is to find out for sure. And the easiest way to do that is to ask them! When you ask your audience what they need, it paints a clear picture of how you should position your business and your
  • Clearing the Way

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    by Christine Kloser “How did you do it?”   “How do you do what you do?”   These are questions I hear often when people hear my story about losing everything less than 3 years ago and then quickly building a new, purposeful, impactful and profitable debt-free business.   I love hearing these questions from my community!    (Actually, its questions like these that inspired me to create my new
 
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    Small-Business

  • The Future of American Business…in Four Little Words

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    In speaking to business owners and “people in career transitions” nationwide, I am often called upon to speculate about the future. For example, I am frequently asked: What businesses should I be thinking of starting now? What businesses will still be around in ten years’ time? Where will tomorrow’s jobs be? Will there BE a future for small business in the next 20 years? I have given the matter quite a bit of thought (being a professional speaker means you have a lot of downtime in trains, planes and automobiles), and have come up with a few visions of what the…
  • What’s New with Sage One

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

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    Big business managers can do something small business owners can’t afford to do: They can throw money at a problem or project until they’re satisfied with the results. Small business owners have to be smarter and today you are blessed with a wide variety of technology-based solutions that allow you compete with bigger businesses without draining your bank account. In fact, many of the most clever solutions are geared to the small business market; the big guys can’t really take advantage of them. Social Media . A great way to boost productivity is to accomplish two things at…
  • 15 Tips to Prepare for Big and Small Security Threats

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Published on August 27, 2014 Businesses that focus on the big security breach may very well be missing the smaller threats that can do serious damage. A human can easily kill a gnat. So how is it that just one gnat can drive you crazy, even though you can kill it in an instant? You are bigger and mightier … yet one gnat can get the best of you. That’s because you’re too big for the gnat, as it buzzes around your eyes, nose and in your hair. This is just like when businesses implement giant measures to enhance security and protect themselves against big threats like hacking,…
  • 10 Calculated Risks That Lead To Startup Success

    Martin Zwilling
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    There is an old saying that good lawyers run away from risk, while good businessmen run towards risk. Entrepreneurs see “no risk” as meaning “no reward.” In reality, all risks are not the same. Many risks can be managed or calculated to improve growth or provide a competitive edge, while others, like skipping quality checks to save money, are recipes for failure. The challenge is to avoid the bad risks, while actively seeking and managing the smart risks. There are no guarantees in business, but it pays to learn from the experiences of entrepreneurs and business…
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  • How to Use Instagram Video in Your Marketing

    Susan Solovic
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    You probably are already aware of the good marketing results some small businesses are getting by using Instagram as part of their marketing strategy. Most often, businesses post pictures of their products to engage their customers and potential customers. Here I want to move away from the standard picture posting and talk a little about video. Video is to online marketing what banner ads and photo galleries have been in earlier days. By now you may be using YouTube to post your company videos.  It’s certainly become a popular marketing and branding tool. But here I want to help you…
  • Why Your Company Needs a Business Dashboard

    Deven Patel
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from Deven Patel, founder and CEO of Cyfe, an all-in-one business dashboard app that helps you monitor all your business data from one place. Cyfe easily integrates with your Constant Contact account. Learn more.  Businesses can spend up to 80 percent of their time collecting, monitoring, analyzing, and reporting data. With so many new online services popping up every day, this problem gets even worse. The bigger your presence is online, the more data you have to manage. What impact can this have on your business? Trying to juggle data for…
  • Grow Your Email List with Facebook Mobile

    Drew Bernard
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from Drew Bernard, founder and CEO of ActionSprout, an easy-to-use Facebook App that gives organizations new ways to engage supporters on Facebook — through engaging social actions. ActionSprout easily integrates with your Constant Contact account. Learn more.  It may come as a surprise but over the past two years, Facebook has quietly become the most effective email acquisition channel for many nonprofit organizations, campaigns, and small businesses. The days of Facebook being a channel for just “building awareness” are long…
  • 5 Simple Tips to Instagram Success

    Ella Wirtz
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from Ella Wirtz, co-founder of Boutique Window, an easy-to-use platform that makes online marketing simple for small retailers. Boutique Window easily integrates with your Constant Contact account. Learn more. Instagram is one of the fastest growing social networks and has proven to be an exciting (and effective) place for retailers to connect with shoppers. Instagram just announced that they’ve reached 200 million active monthly users and over 20 billion photos have been shared. With easy mobile access and a beautiful visual browsing…
  • [Video] Market Your Business on a Shoestring Budget: Build Customer Relationships

    Susan Solovic
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    Editor’s Note: This summer, we are partnering with Susan Solovic, THE Small Business Expert, to share actionable tips to help you market your small business on a budget. This is the eighth of a series of videos with Susan Solovic. It is a lot less expensive to keep a customer than it is to get a new one. That’s why establishing strong relationships with your customer base is crucial. One of the ways you can do that is by launching an email campaign Make your communications informative and helpful — something your customers will look forward to receiving.  Social media campaigns are…
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    UBC - a place of mind

  • 28 Aug 2014 | 4:36 pm

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Questions about UBC dates and deadlines? Courses? Fees?   The Academic Calendar is your official source for UBC programs, courses, and academic policies.  
  • Rob Johnson challenges Heat coaches to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Director of Athletics and Recreation Rob Johnson completes his ALS Ice Bucket challenge with a crash. He challenges the rest of the Heat coaching staff who have yet to do the challenge.
  • Move-in weekend welcomes students, parents to UBC

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    More than 1,700 students will move into UBC residences the weekend before classes officially start. Move-in day for first-year students at UBC’s Okanagan campus takes place Sunday, August 31, while returning students will move-in on Monday, September 1.
  • Move-in weekend welcomes students, parents to UBC

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    More than 1,700 students will move into UBC residences the weekend before classes officially start. Move-in day for first-year students at UBC’s Okanagan campus takes place Sunday, August 31, while returning students will move-in on Monday, September 1.
  • 4 Tips to Make the Most of Mobile Ads—Video Content Roundup

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Digital technology continues to open new doors in the world of advertising. read more
 
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  • Plr Artilces – Depression Pack

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

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

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  • The most common SEO mistake

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    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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  • Prompt Payment Code ‘needs power and authority’

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    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Photo Credit: diepuppenstubensammlerin via Compfight cc Despite legislation being in place to enforce fair payment practices, more needs to be done in order to ensure big companies treat their smaller suppliers fairly, according to the Federation of Small Businesses. Mike Cherry, national policy chairman at the FSB, says the EU Late Payment Directive sets out clear limits on acceptable periods for payment, but that the UK’s voluntary Prompt Payment Code lacks the power to enforce these rules. “The Prompt Payment Code needs to have more power and authority to help the smaller…
  • UK growth ‘held back by late payments’

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Photo Credit: computerjoe via Compfight cc Overcoming the problem of late payments to SMEs by their larger customers could not only help out small suppliers; it could also have widespread implications for the economy as a whole. In a foreword to a government consultation on ‘building a responsible payment culture’ published earlier this year, business secretary Vince Cable argued that “payment goes right to the heart of corporate responsibility”. He added that the actions of one company in a B2B supply chain can have consequences for their suppliers, including…
  • PayPal seek to overcome the credit crunch

    admin
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Photo Credit: TechCrunch via Compfight cc   Remember the credit crunch? Back in 2007-08, it was the name given to the rapid tightening of lending criteria by financial services providers all over the world, in response to shocks like the sub-prime lending crisis. Back then, even the most pessimistic of economists could not have foreseen how approving mortgages to people who couldn’t really afford them would shake out for the entire global economy, but seven years later we’re all a little older and a lot wiser. However, putting the economy back on its feet is proving to be…
  • Rejected SMEs to be referred to alternative lenders

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:43 am
    Photo Credit: Cayusa via Compfight cc Proposals to require the high-street banks to refer rejected business loan applicants to alternative lenders have been around for a while now, but with the conclusion of a recent HM Treasury consultation on the subject, the picture of how the process might work is becoming clearer. In their announcement of the publication of the consultation’s responses, HM Treasury say: “The legislation will require the largest UK SME lenders to forward on details of SMEs they reject for finance (where SMEs give their consent) to platforms that will help them…
  • 2.4m SMEs face cash flow time bomb

    admin
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:40 am
    Photo Credit: dkshots via Compfight cc Suffer any substantial business interruption, and the clock is ticking – but how long could your company survive with no new money coming into it at all? Insurance provider Simply Business is warning that many managers might be misguided in their perceptions of their firm’s ability to survive without a source of income. More than a fifth (22%) of those surveyed by the insurer said they think they could stay in business for at least six months without trading at all, for example if they were hit by a flood or fire. Yet almost as many (20%)…
 
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    Small Business Bliss

  • Where you’re at right now is perfect

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

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

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

  • PR Agencies vs Marketing Agencies

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

  • Why Your Website Might Be Failing

    Abdul El-Tayef
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’ve come a long way since the invention of the World Wide Web, but the majority of business websites still fail to engage customers, and many may even be turning some customers away. In fact, MarketingGrader handed out a failing grade to more than 70 percent of the business websites reviewed. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a list of web design tips for businesses with struggling websites that are not performing to their full potential. Optimize Your Website for Mobile Devices Although employees in your industry might spend a majority of their time at a desktop computer, the majority of…
  • New Feature Will Help Pinterest Users Connect and Collaborate

    Alexandra Reichenbach
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Already so far, Pinterest’s new messenger feature has received a big thumbs-up from its users and local social media marketing experts alike. Pinterest has been making a series of smart moves that have enabled users to better interact with one another. In the very beginning, users could only send pins to their friends and family members through email. Then starting this past year, they could send pins without having to leave the network, and now with this latest update, they can chat directly about the pin with up to 10 people! The messenger will likely prove extremely beneficial to…
  • How Facebook Determines What Appears in Your News Feed

    Alexandra Reichenbach
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Facebook’s user base is ever growing, and people are seeing more daily content in their news feeds than ever before. Because there are so many people and businesses competing for visibility on Facebook news feeds, your business page content may only be reaching a small percentage of all your followers. In fact, it’s likely that only about 6 percent of your followers are seeing your updates. Until a couple of years ago, local social media marketing professionals could count on a large organic reach for all of their Facebook posts, but due to the sheer number of people, businesses, and…
  • How Remodelers Can Use Vine to Build Their Brand

    Alexandra Reichenbach
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    It’s clear to local marketing experts that video is dominating the web, and is a trend bound to continue for the next several years. In fact, it’s estimated that by 2016, 55 percent of all Internet traffic will be videos. For remodelers, it may be the perfect time to consider using apps such as Vine, Twitter’s video app that enables users to post and share 6-second videos. While it may seem impossible to create such a short video, many marketers as well as personal users have put their creativity to work to produce outstanding, engaging videos. Since the app was launched in October…
  • How to Lower Your Website’s Bounce Rate

    Abdul El-Tayef
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    After your business has put time, effort and money into a website, you want people who land on your website to stay a while so that they can get pricing information, shop for products, sign up for email updates, or even just learn more about your business. The bounce rate measures the number of people who land on your homepage and leave without clicking on anything. Business owners and local internet marketing professionals want to keep this number as low as possible. Chances are, if your bounce rate is high, there may be ways to improve your website. People who visit your website but leave…
 
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  • Web Marketing Agency Myths

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

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

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

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

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

  • Internet Marketing Secret

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

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

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

  • Peer Diversity is Not an Oxymoron

    Leo Bottary
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    To explain this, it may be worth taking a few moments to define the term peer. The dictionary.com definitions are as follows: 1) a Read MoreThe post Peer Diversity is Not an Oxymoron appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Conversational Intelligence at Work

    Judith E. Glaser
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    What if you could create an organization where change and transformation were exhilarating and natural? Where people were devoted, engaged, and accountable to act as Read MoreThe post Conversational Intelligence at Work appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Are you Building a Business; or Something More?

    Marc Emmer
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    I spent several years serving on a not-for-profit board that was recently honored for its work in my community. Our charter was to build schools, Read MoreThe post Are you Building a Business; or Something More? appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Strategies for Igniting Innovation

    Vistage Staff
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:52 pm
    What are the stumbling blocks that get in the way of innovation? Dan Ward explores strategies for navigating  these challenges and explains how any company Read MoreThe post Strategies for Igniting Innovation appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • The Thrill of the Challenge

    Leon Shapiro
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    Lately, I’ve been giving a great deal of thought to why our Vistage groups work so well for so many CEOs and business leaders.  It Read MoreThe post The Thrill of the Challenge appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
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    Loftis Consulting Business Blog

  • Non-Profit Finance Toolkit: How to Calculate Break-Even

    Loftis Consulting
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    There are so many decisions that need to be made for a non-profit on a daily basis. Most of these decisions deal with the achievement of the mission of the non-profit; however, most decisions have some type of financial impact on the organization. For financial impacting decisions, there needs to be some type of underlying analysis to understand the magnitude of the impact. Break-even analysis is one of the tools that can aid a non-profit executive or manager to assess their financial situation at the program level or organization level.   What Is Break-Even? Break-even is the point…
  • Risk Management for Non-Profits Has Value

    Loftis Consulting
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    CGMA magazine recently published an article regarding non-profits and risk management.  Managing risk is a key component of a CFO’s role in ensuring the financial health of a nonprofit.
  • IRS Making It Easier for Small Non-Profits to Apply for Tax-Exempt Status

    Loftis Consulting
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Recently the IRS released a new process for small organizations to gain 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. In order to be eligible for this new process, an organization seeking this type of tax-exempt status must meet the following criteria: Not have had annual gross receipts of more than $50,000 in the past three years Not have had projected annual gross receipts of more than $50,000 in the current tax year and for the next two projected years Not have total assets greater than $250,000 Not be a foreign entity, unincorporated association, trust, church or hospital To be eligible for the…
  • Interim Solutions to Finance Staffing Issues

    Loftis Consulting
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    An interim CFO is a great way to solve a short-term skill set gap.  With the costs of accounting personnel rising due to shortages of available talent, a part-time CFO is a great solution.  According to a recent article by Crain’s, accountants are receiving not only significant sign-on bonuses but other perks as well just to bring in entry level accountants.  If your business only needs financial talent for the short-term, an interim CFO or Controller may be the answer. An interim CFO can provide you strategic alternatives and clarity on your financials in order to profitably grow your…
  • How Cash Forecasting Can Help Your Non-Profit Stay in Business

    Loftis Consulting
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
      A cash forecast is the number one priority for ensuring your non-profit becomes and remains financially healthy.  Without money, you cannot pay employees and vendors and will quickly find yourself out of business and unable to execute the organization’s mission. This seems obvious but lack of cash management is the main reason why most for-profit and non-for-profit businesses fail.  To prevent your non-profit from having the same fate you should know your cash position (i.e. the cash readily available and unrestricted) by reviewing regularly actual cash inflows and outflows as well…
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    Quickbooks

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

    Angela Stringfellow
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:04 pm
    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
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:02 pm
    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
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:01 pm
    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
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    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

    Jake Martin
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    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

  • The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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

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

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

  • 12 Step Recipe for Media Relations Success

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

    Laura Click
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • How to Build an Integrated Marketing Plan

    Laura Click
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • How to Uncover News Story Ideas at Your Organization

    Jan Morrison
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Answer One of These 30 Questions to Write Your Next Blog Post

    Laura Click
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
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    Barry Moltz

  • What’s New with Sage One

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

    Barry J Moltz
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Bernd Schoner received his PhD from MIT and upon graduating, he co-founded a high-tech startup, which he sold nearly ten years later. His is the author of the new book The Tech Entrepreneur’s Survival Guide: How to Bootstrap Your Startup, Lead Through Tough Times, and Cash In for Success (McGraw-Hill, May 2014). Bernd discusses the harsh realities of a tech startup and how to emerge successful. Simon Lyons, founder of the product design company Version 22, developed Geco Hub - a colorful organizer that hangs on the wall and serves to make sure you always find what you want when you need…
  • #287 Jared Hecht, Lloyd Shefsky, Jeff Hoffman, Alex Feldman

    Barry J Moltz
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Jared Hecht, co-founder of GroupMe, is now the co-founder and chief executive officer at Fundera, an online marketplace that matches small business owners to the best possible lender. Jared explains the problem small businesses are facing with access to capital and provides a solution for both borrowers and lenders.  Lloyd Shefsky, in addition to serving as a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University's Kellog School of Management, is cofounder of several businesses and nonprofits and author of the new book INVENT REINVENT THRIVE: THe Keys to Success for Any Start-Up,…
  • Spam: An Annoyance Since 1864

    Courtney Deruy
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    What started out as a popular canned meat has become one of the most loathed terms in popular culture. Thanks to a Monty Python skit and the adoption of the term by computer programmers, “spam” is now used to describe unsolicited messages sent to a large number of users.   The first recorded act of spamming occurred in 1864. When a group of British politicians received unsolicited telegrams promoting a local dentistry shop, they were furious. One of the recipients wrote a letter to the editor of The Times asking “by what right do they disturb me by a telegram which is evidently…
  • What is Wrong With the Airline Industry

    Barry Moltz
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    Open letter to all airline executives, I know from an economic and logistical standpoint, there are a lot of things you would like to fix but they are economically insurmountable. But from a frequent passenger’s point of view, there is one thing you can fix: the customer experience. This is what happens everyday on your airlines: 1. A gate agent, flight attendant or captain announces it will only be a few minutes. In my book, that means roughly 3 minutes. Most times, 20 minutes later I am still waiting. Can you train your staff to tell time? One minute means a single minute. A couple is…
 
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    Free Enterprise

  • Hiring Temp Workers: 5 Legal Reminders

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Employing temporary or "temp" workers can often be a great way to fill vacancies in your business, but you'll need to get your legal ducks in a row. Temps are often hired through staffing or "temp" agencies and may not be actual employees of your business. However, many companies have instituted temp-to-hire policies in which an employee has a short-term contract with that company which may lead to a full-time position. These are but some of the legal concerns when employing temp workers, but these five legal reminders can help keep your business on the up-and-up: 1. Staffing Agencies May…
  • Ignoring These 5 Labor Laws Can Cost Your Business

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    With Labor Day approaching, business owners may want to take a moment to make sure they're complying with state and federal labor laws. Not only will abiding by these laws provide a safe and fair work environment, but it can also save your company from costly labor suits. So while your employees prepare for a three-day Labor Day weekend, examine whether your business is ignoring these five labor laws: Need legal advice on how your small business should operate? Consult with an experienced business attorney about your options. 1. Sick Leave/FMLA. There is no national law mandating that…
  • Franchise Can't Fire Workers Over Sick-Leave Poster Protest: NLRB

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    A recent NLRB decision may have employers scratching their heads as it seems to prohibit business owners from firing employees for telling customers that the food they prepare might make patrons sick. A Minnesota Jimmy John's sandwich franchise has been ordered to rehire workers that had put up posters "suggesting sandwiches were made by sick workers, calling their protests protected speech." According to Inside Counsel, these posters were part of a 2011 protest in response to refusal by management to give employees paid sick days. How can your business legally deal with these types of…
  • Which State Is Best for Women-Owned Businesses, and Why?

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    One of our previous posts looking at the best cities for women entrepreneurs by and large generated the expected results: San Francisco, New York City, Houston, Denver, etc. But a recent report on the best overall states for women-owned businesses had a somewhat more surprising winner, reports Slate. While large states like California may have the greatest number of female business owners, it turns out that, in terms of growing economic clout, women are currently making it happen in... North Dakota. How did the "Peace Garden State" manage to pull it off? Need legal advice on how your small…
  • Can Fantasy Football at Work Score Points for Your Business?

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    With the NFL's regular season starting soon, it's not just players and coaches who are getting ready. The millions of Americans who play Fantasy Football are also prepping, researching players for upcoming drafts and joining leagues made up of friends, or in many cases, co-workers. According to Forbes, these office fantasy football leagues may offer a golden opportunity for business owners to connect with their employees on a more personal level. How can fantasy football pay off your office, and what potential downsides should you look out for? Employees Like a Boss Who Cares Once upon a…
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    BuzzBooster Marketing Advisors: Shahar and Nash

  • The Best reasons to create an information marketing business

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

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

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

  • 3 Ways to Improve Your Business Using Technology

    Ivan Widjaya
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Although many businesses across the UK are feeling slightly more comfortable, financially speaking, this year compared with the last, it’s also fair to say that most businesses equally feel as though they are still feeling the pinch left by a deep recession.… Continue reading » The post 3 Ways to Improve Your Business Using Technology appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Working with Chemicals: Be Accountable

    Ivan Widjaya
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The number of industries and businesses that use hazardous chemicals may well surprise you. While you’re probably well aware that there are pharmaceutical companies out there developing all manner of potentially dangerous chemicals, you probably haven’t thought about the ones used in things like the cosmetics industry.… Continue reading » The post Working with Chemicals: Be Accountable appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • 10 essential Skills for Becoming an Entrepreneur

    Ivan Widjaya
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    Becoming an entrepreneur takes more than capital and a decent business idea; entrepreneurship is a mindset. To quote Paul Mckenna’s bestselling book, I can make you rich, “If you take away all of Richard Branson’s or Anita Roddick’s money, in a very short space of time they’d have it back.” In order to be rich and successful, you must already be there; not in your bank account, but in your head.… Continue reading » The post 10 essential Skills for Becoming an Entrepreneur appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • 5 Tips for Increasing Your Business’ Bottom Line

    Ivan Widjaya
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:39 am
    No matter where your current performance figures are at, nearly every business wants to aim for growth. Whether you’re experiencing a boom or going through a quiet period, finding ways to increase profits and efficiencies can make an impact on your bottom line.… Continue reading » The post 5 Tips for Increasing Your Business’ Bottom Line appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Exclusive Q&A with Robert Kiyosaki on App Business – and More

    Ivan Widjaya
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you play games? I do. I usually play strategy games that offer educational value, such as business building and investing. One of the most recent business games apps I have played is Capital City: The Finance & Strategy Game (read my review here.) Capital City is essentially a business strategy game that aim to both entertain and educate gamers on business/property investment assessment and decision making.… Continue reading » The post Exclusive Q&A with Robert Kiyosaki on App Business – and More appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
 
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    Big Brand System

  • Don’t Spin Your Wheels: 6 Simple Ways to Keep Your Marketing Plan on Track

    Pamela Wilson
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    When you’re running a very small business, one of the most important questions you can ask yourself is: “Am I spending my time on the right things?” Because if it’s just you, or you and a couple of employees, I’m betting that time is the resource you try to conserve more than any other. After all, you can always make more money. But if you figure out how to make more time, please let me know! Since marketing your business is one of those ongoing tasks you absolutely must do in order to keep your business afloat, checking in every so often to make sure you’re spending time on the…
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    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense

  • Secret Swimming Pool

    Bulldog Drummond
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Artist Alfredo Barsuglia has installed a secret swimming pool in the middle of the Mojave desert. It’s 100% free, and accessible by GPS tracking which also coordinates your access by virtually unlocking the pool.
  • The Rarity Of Uncommon Futurism

    Bulldog Drummond
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Written by Alf Rehn All business is practical futurism, but not all futurism is practical for business. The former of these points should be self-evident. To do business successfully, it’s not enough to just execute perfectly in the present—you also need to have some idea regarding the future, the manner in which it will bring about changes in the market, in your consumers and in your competitors. Some things will change rapidly, others far less so, some might not change at all, but to stay in business you need some appreciation for change, and the ability to adapt to it. In this respect,…
  • Childlike Curiosity

    Bulldog Drummond
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    http://youtu.be/leKptb80lvM  
  • Bus Shelters Get Redesigned

    Bulldog Drummond
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    From the UFO-inspired bus stop in London to Totoro bus stops in Japan, you’d have thought the world couldn’t possibly accommodate so many cool bus stops and shelters. Of course, thanks to this rocking collection by Dark Roasted Blend, we know that’s not true.
  • Take a Lap: Five Reasons to Take your Meetings Outside

    Bulldog Drummond
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Written by Kevin Smoker “Take a lap!” I can still hear my coach screaming out the punishment as all the players groaned and took off in a circuit we knew all to well. I had no idea such a vivid memory from the early days of sports would resurface and have a profoundly different connotation in my professional career some twenty years later. I remember the frustration and wondering how this would help us perform, concentrate, or execute any better. Turns out, despite everything negative I  associated with those three words in my youth they are now the start of some my most effective and…
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    EpicLaunch

  • 3 Innovative Storage Ideas for Your Small Business

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

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

    EpicLaunch
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    As we all know that nowadays the whole world is facing fierce environment problem and the depletion of primary energy with the over consumption of the energy. We realize that we must take measures to save our earth and insist sustainable development. However, our society has to develop everyday with a more rapid speed and it is totally based on the energy to generate the electricity and other kinds of resources. In this way, the scientists keep searching the new energy which is renewable and environment friendly.  In recent years, the solar energy is quite popular around the area with long…
  • New TLDs – Great Opportunity for Everyone

    EpicLaunch
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has done something amazing for your online business presence. They have created new Top Level Domain (TLD) names. What this means for your business You likely already have a website that is probably named something like “mybusinessname.com.” The dot-com addresses are used for everything from business to personal websites. There are other domain names reserved for certain types of websites. For example, “.gov” is used for government websites, “.edu” is used for universities, and…
  • 8 Tips for How to Market Your Business on a Budget

    EpicLaunch
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Sadly, having the best product on the market won’t automatically lead to sales. You’ve also got to market your product well so that customers know where to look and why yours is the one they should buy. Marketing budgets can stretch far beyond the modest capacities of most small businesses but you can still mount an effective campaign without breaking the bank. Here are 8 tips for how to market your business on a shoestring budget. 1. Set SMART Goals. Before you embark on your brilliant marketing campaign, make sure your goals are realistically achievable. The SMART rule of business is a…
 
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    Web Marketing Therapy Blog

  • Writing Effective Emails in the Workplace

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

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

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

  • Video Games Are NOT Free

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

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

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

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

  • How collaboration can take your business to the next level

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

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

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

  • FSBO…Tips for Potential Buyers

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

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

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

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

    Alan Brind
    2 May 2014 | 11:42 am
    Alan Brind As a small business owner, have you been waiting for the economy to turnaround before selling your business? If your answer is yes, now’s the time to start planning your transition as economic conditions improve. As bank lending eases and buyer liquidity improves, you’ll want to be ready to tap into the market and take […] The post Small Business Owners, are You Planning for the Economic Uptick? appeared first on Business Broker Blog.Business Broker Blog - NEW YORK'S PREMIER BUSINESS INTERMEDIARY
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    The Metropreneur Columbus

  • Hemisphere Coffee Roasters, Good Coffee Doing Good

    Susan Post
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    There’s a story behind each cup of coffee from Hemisphere Coffee Roasters. The roastery is not only focused on brewing quality java, but helping the international communities in which their beams grow. Hemisphere imports coffee from across the world to roast at their Mechanicsburg facility. “Coffee is a commodity,” Hemisphere Founder and Owner Paul Kurtz says. […]
  • In The Company of Women, 2014

    Anya Sattely
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Women’s Business Center of Ohio (WBC), powered by the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI), has spent the last year and a half building a network of women business leaders in the Central Ohio community. The organization provides business counseling, training, networking and funding resources to assist women who are looking to successfully start […]
  • 45 Central Ohio Companies Make Inc. 5000

    Susan Post
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Forty-five Central Ohio Companies have been named to Inc. magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in the U.S. Columbus boasts five companies in the top 500. Highest on the list is RevLocal, ranking at 108. Experiencing a three-year growth of 3,342 percent, the company helps businesses improve their online presence through local search, paid search, […]
  • Sculptify Shaking Up 3D Printing Industry

    Susan Post
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    3D printing is a rapidly growing industry and one in which the possibilities of what can be printed seemingly expand every day. Columbus-based Sculptify is upping the ante with their pelletized material 3D printer. “We started talking about how limiting the technology was and how powerful it could be,” says Co-Founder Slade Simpson of a […]
  • Beam Technologies Receives Investment from Drive Capital, Relocates to Columbus

    Susan Post
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Drive Capital’s latest portfolio company is relocating to Columbus and has a unique niche in the technology industry. Beam Technologies focuses on dental technology and dental-related data. The product they are most known for that serves as the fundamental building block of the company is a smartphone connected toothbrush. The Beam Brush allows users to collect […]
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    Blogtrepreneur - The Business of Blogging For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • 4 Super Stealth Moves To Secure Valuable Domain Names For Cheap

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

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

  • A Minimum Wage Increase and Small Business

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

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

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

    Barbara Weltman
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The National Relations Board (NLRB) started in the Great Depression as a government board to protect the rights of employees to collectively bargain if they choose to do so. On July 29, 2014, the chief counsel of NLRB ruled that McDonald’s is a co-employer with its franchisees and, therefore can be held responsible when its franchisees violate the rights of employees who protest. According to Joel Libava, The Franchise King® and owner of the Franchise Biz Directory, the NLRB ruling completely ignores the franchise model in which franchisees merely buy a system but own their businesses. As…
  • 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…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog

  • Creative custom products to spice up office life

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:43 am
    Office supplies are a necessity for any well-functioning business. Whether you're employed in the restaurant or automotive industry, every company benefits from high-quality, useful products that can contribute to the efficiency of the brand.  While pens, notepads and paper clips are essential for your business' daily operations, there are certain unique products that may benefit your employees. These gifts are ideal for organizations looking to provide their workers with fun yet beneficial items that make their brands stand out amongst the rest.  If you're searching…
  • 4 social media strategies to convert consumers

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    Maintaining regularly updated and informative social networking sites is essential to the success of your business. These sites are some of the easiest and most efficient ways to reach consumers – both current and potential. Networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have proven to be some of the most useful resources for small business owners, as they allow executives to interact with fans and followers. While your brand may maintain an active presence on these platforms, it may not be leveraging individual features to the best of its ability. Businesses across the U.S. have found…
  • Honoring your employees on Labor Day

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    Each September, businessmen and women are given a day off to celebrate the work they complete on a daily basis. Labor Day occurs the first Monday in September and offers an ideal opportunity for managers to show their staff members how much they appreciate their hard work. Some executives opt for hosting a celebration to mark the holiday while others prefer to distribute promotional products to their employees, but before you decide how you'll be honoring your workers on Labor Day, it's imperative to understand the history of the holiday and how it came to be. The story behind…
  • Ensuring telecommuters are productive at home

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    More businesses across the U.S. are implementing telecommuting programs into their operations, allowing employees to complete work from the comfort of their own homes as opposed to a company's physical site. Experts have found that while the practice is not effective for all brands or individuals, those who adopt successful telecommuting programs often report higher levels of employee satisfaction, productivity and retention rates. If your business is considering adopting this type of flexible working environment, consider the following ways your company can ensure staff members are as…
  • Planners perfect for any industry

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    As you're searching for the perfect promotional product to supplement your marketing efforts, consider looking into the vast selection of custom calendars and planners. Choosing one of these items may be the best option for businesses that are looking to keep their brands at the forefront of customers' minds. Calendars and planners are frequently used year-round, which allows a company's logo to be prominently displayed for an extended period of time. Many industries can benefit from individualized calendars that not only offer consumers a place to keep track of important…
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    Firmology

  • Square Heads For $6B Valuation, And More News On Facebook, Twitter, Alibaba, Wikia, and Buzzfeed

    Prasant Naidu
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    1. Twitter is rolling out its Tweet Activity dashboard to all users: Twitter has begun opening up its new Tweet Activity dashboard to all users. An update to a support article shows that the dashboard is currently available to English, French, Japanese and Spanish users who have had an account for at least 14 days, and it will roll out to everyone soon. Read more here. 2. Alibaba’s payments app will soon look a lot more like an e-commerce store: Payments is a natural extension of e-commerce, and now Alibaba is pushing mobile shopping to users of its payments service Alipay by letting…
  • ZipRecruiter Raises $63M For Its Online Job Board For Small Businesses

    Philip Nowak
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    ZipRecruiter, an online job board for small businesses, has raised $63 million to rapidly scale the growth of its platform. The Santa Monica, California-based company was co-founded in 2010 by Ian Siegel, Joe Edmonds, Ward Poulos, and Will Redd, whose goal was to create Fortune 500-level recruiting tools for small businesses. The capital injection will fuel new product development, heavy investment in marketing, fund potential acquisitions, and scale the engineering infrastructure to support more customers. Up until yesterday’s funding announcement, the company had been entirely…
  • My Success Story: How David Hassell Discovered His Purpose By Helping Others Achieve Theirs

    David Hassell
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit. When I was about 13 or 14, I partnered with a friend to make specialty chocolates that we sold at school. We were successful until the partnership dissolved over an argument on how to use our profits. It was better than going belly up, and I learned my first valuable lesson about communication. I wasn’t always steering the ship though. Right out of college I worked as a technical analyst for a massive DC-based consulting firm.  I began working in their New Jersey office which was beige with beige cubicles. From 9am until 7pm, every day, I worked…
  • Social CRM Platform Nimble Launches New iPhone App

    Philip Nowak
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    Nimble, the Social CRM platform, has released a new iPhone app. The new Nimble iOS app comes a week after updates to the user interface design of their web experience including the search bar, task and collaboration notifications, help center and inactivity notifications. The new iPhone app has been completely redesigned to be faster and easier to use for people short on time like salespeople on the go between meetings. Version two updates include the addition of the Smart Summary, new sources of social data, ability to edit and add custom fields, ability to search profiles, new connection…
  • HubSpot Files $100M IPO To Take The Inbound Marketing Company Public

    Philip Nowak
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Hubspot has filed to go public on Monday with a $100 million initial public offering. The Boston-area based tech company, founded by Dharmesh Shah and Brian Halligan, filed its S-1 document with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissions and will trade under the symbol HUBS on the New York Stock Exchange. According to the SEC filing, HubSpot reported revenue of $77.6 million in 2013, which was a 50% increase in year over year growth, along with a loss of $34.3 million. Thus far in 2014, HubSpot is reporting revenues of $51.3 million in the first 6 months of the year, which is a 46%…
 
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    codelessinteractive.com

  • 10 Email Subject Line Best Practices from 280,358 Emails

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

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

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

  • Customer engagement and lessons from the Scottish poet, Robert Burns – Interview with Jamie Anderson of SAP

    adrianswinscoe
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:04 am
    Today’s interview is with Jamie Anderson, Global Vice President Product Marketing, Customer Engagement & Commerce at SAP. Jamie joins me today to talk about a concept called brand self-awareness, what we can learn from the Scottish poet, Robert Burns, and what customer engagement really means. This interview follows on from my recent interview: Improve customer […]
  • Going the Extra Mile: How to Use Twitter to Boost Customer Satisfaction

    adrianswinscoe
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    #81386693 / gettyimages.com When Amazon began testing one-hour delivery times with remote-controlled drones, it was clear that customer expectations of “fast” in the 21st Century had gotten wildly out of control. Unfortunately, when companies meet these expectations it becomes a standard rather than a dream and one that other companies must follow or risk being […]
  • Improve customer experience by surveying your customers quicker – Interview with Mark Smith of ContactEngine

    adrianswinscoe
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    Today’s interview is with Dr Mark Smith who is CEO and co-founder of ContactEngine, a multi-channel, interactive contact engine, whose cloud based software helps their clients improve efficiency, lower costs and drive growth through happier customers. I met Mark at the recent 20:20 Customer Experience Summit in London and he told me about what they […]
  • Are you stopping some of your customers from doing business with you?

    adrianswinscoe
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:42 pm
    #96614904 / gettyimages.com I’m a big fan of the TV show Undercover Boss, whether it is the UK, the US, Canadian or Australian versions. What I really like about the shows is that they allow leaders in senior management positions to get their hands dirty and get an unfiltered view of what life is like […]
  • Should ‘Net Easy’ be your new customer service metric – Interview with Nicola Millard of BT

    adrianswinscoe
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    #452369131 / gettyimages.com  Today’s interview is with Nicola Millard, Customer Experience Futurologist at BT, where she heads up customer insight & futures with BT Technology, Service & Operations’ Global Innovation team. Some of you may remember my previous interview with Nicola last year (Customers, customer service, customer experience and crystal balls – Interview with Dr […]
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    EnMast

  • Top small business articles | August 2014

    Devan Perine
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:23 am
    Summer is starting to come to a close, but it’s been a sweet season for us over at EnMast! We’re loving our newest members and Member Spotlights a TON! (Curious to try it out? Sign up for a Free Trial Membership!) Each month we pull out the top small business articles in case you missed some of them — they’re definitely worth reading. Also, Brad is in the running for Small Business Trend’s Small Business Influencer Award. You all know Brad puts his heart and soul into his work here through the membership, the podcast, small business library and articles.
  • Proper Prior Planning Prevents Perplexing Problems

    Brad Farris
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    Mr. McMahon was my Jr. High Algebra teacher and above his blackboard he had the phrase “Proper Prior Planning Prevents Perplexing Problems” in large block letters. It was a favorite expression of his. Often when we would come to him with a dilemma he would reply with that phrase. “Mr. McMahon, I left my homework at home…” His reply of, “Proper prior planning prevents perplexing problems,” let us know that bringing in our homework was our responsibility — he didn’t feel the need to adjust his expectations to accommodate our performance (or…
  • 4 interview disasters you’ll never forget

    Brad Farris
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    When I’m successful in helping a business to grow, they ultimately need to hire more people. So I get involved in helping them to recruit, interview and hire. Our process is to help write a really excellent job posting that attracts top candidates, then we do a phone screen before we recommend a face-to-face interview. But even with all that preparation and pre-screening, there are just some things that you can’t find out on the phone. Here’s a collection of my biggest interview disasters. 1. The red-headed surprise The phone rings and it’s my client’s name on…
  • Super awkward conversations that happen at work

    Devan Perine
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    If you’ve ever watched the office, you know how painfully awkward Michael Scott can make things at the office. And then in reali life, sometimes similar awkward situations happen at work, too. Jill and Brad share their most awkward conversations in business in this episode, and embarrassing things that recently happened to them. PLUS they talk to Jonny Andrews, the founder of AudienceHacker.com, and Natalie Eckdahl, the founder of BizChixPodcast. Don’t miss it! Click the items below to list, or subscribe on iTunes. (Podcast player opens up on Breaking Down Your Business…
  • Meet an EnMast Member: Treena Pitham of Octopus Admin

    Devan Perine
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    Our Member Spotlight this month is on Treena Pitham of Octopus Admin. She calls herself a Solopreneur; when we asked her to say how many people were on her team she said “Me, myself, and I”. Treena is a Virtual Assistant (VA). She can support SME’s with, virtually, all of their administrative needs.  Her business provides business owners with more freedom so they can focus on the core function of their business. She’s lovely and from Australia! Chat with her on Twitter! Tell us why you started your business… I started my business to help business owners with something I…
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  • 5 Ways to Inspire Creativity among Employees

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

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

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

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

    Don Amato
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:38 am
    By Don Amato Regardless of the type or amount of products you sell, the more buttoned-up your inventory management processes, the simpler it is to build the well-oiled machine that helps you achieve maximum profitability, while giving customers the level of service required to purchase repeatedly. Here are five ways to simplify your inventory management processes. 1. Identify What’s Working (and not) First All businesses that sell goods must deal with inventory management to some extent, but the problems and solutions associated with it vary significantly based on the efficacy of the…
  • How to Take Your Home Business to the Next Level

    Emily Suess
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:01 am
    By Emily Suess Are you a home-based entrepreneur who has started a business from what was once just a hobby or a side job you started to make a little extra cash? Going out on a limb here, but I’m betting you really like being your own boss, setting your own hours, and earning a living doing something you love. You might even be wondering how to take your fledgling home start-up to the next level. Here are a few tips for growing your business. Grow Carefully, Not Quickly Focus on marketing, selling, and promoting your current products and services before you expand your offerings. It’s…
  • 5 Principles for Success in Business and Preschool

    Alyssa Gregory
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:40 am
    By Alyssa Gregory In honor of back to school season (great time of year, isn’t it??), I thought I’d write about the parallels between business and school, particularly preschool. When you think about being successful in business, it’s really no different from being successful in anything else. In fact, the primary tenets of business success can also be applied to preschool success. Here are five of the most basic principles for business and preschool success. 1. Be Nice to Everyone The good ol’ Golden Rule, a universal rule that can help you build a successful business…
  • Engaged Students Become Engaged Employees: Learn How to Spot Them [Infographic]

    Dawn Papandrea
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    By Dawn Papandrea In today’s competitive business world, hiring new grads and hoping that they’ll learn the ropes and end up a good fit for your company isn’t a very wise strategy. Instead, actively recruiting the most engaged student can prove to offer the best return on investment as they’ll likely transfer that positive energy into their work life. That notion is based on a recent study by Gallup-Purdue entitled “Great Jobs Great Lives,” which found strong correlations between how active and engaged students are in college, and their future work performance. According to the…
  • How Small Businesses Can Build Customer Trust

    Matt Everard
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:50 am
    By Matt Everard It is a truth universally acknowledged that all businesses are in need of customers. However, some customers are more valuable than others. As many surveys attest, repeat customers are the key to turning a sizeable profit: The probability of selling to an existing customer is 60 – 70%. The probability of selling to a new prospect is 5-20% – Marketing Metrics. It costs 6–7 times more to acquire a new customer than retain an existing one – Bain & Company. The most effective way to attract profitable repeat customers is to build trust. The Key Components of Trust To…
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  • Online Advertising – why and how to grow your business NOW

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

    Peter Piech
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    For this of us that are a little light on the IT side, the following post on WSJ.com will help to provide some direction: Four Questions Every CEO Should Ask About IT – For starters: Are we thinking big enough? …Mobile devices, social media, data mining, videoconferencing, virtual reality, blogs, tweets… The list of technologies that could offer companies big-time benefits, or lead to big-time disasters, is daunting.… Read more >The post Making the most of IT appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • “Ban the Box” Becomes the Law in New Jersey

    Roger Kohl
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    On August 11, 2014, New Jersey enacted the “Opportunity to Compete Act” (“OCA”) prohibiting employers with fifteen (15) or more employees from making any inquiries into the criminal background of job applicants until the completion of the “initial employment application process.” According to the state legislature, the purpose of the law, which becomes effective on March 1, 2015, is to remove obstacles to employment for the roughly 65 million American adults with criminal records.… Read more >The post “Ban the Box” Becomes the Law in New…
  • The 20 Hardest Things About Starting a Business

    Stu Lipkin
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Many people who think about starting a business are focused on the business aspects (i.e. defining the products/services, markets, business plans, financing, etc) but don’t take into account the emotional requirements that it takes.  If you’re even just considering opening your own business, this is a MUST READ!… Read more >The post The 20 Hardest Things About Starting a Business appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • Keeping the Business Exit Endgame in Mind

    Keith Simmons
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:38 pm
    When is the best time to begin planning your Exit?  Actually… you plan now but you need to work backwards.  First think… What is the Endgame?  What are your expectations and what is the plan to get you there?  For both established companies and start-ups, understanding your personal financial goals and setting a plan  toward an eventual Exit will better help you achieve those goals.… Read more >The post Keeping the Business Exit Endgame in Mind appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
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    CorporationCentre.ca Small Business Blog

  • Unraveling the Talent Myth

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

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

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

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

    CorporationCentre.ca
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    After packing a 40-hour workweek into just three days, and with several projects still to get through in the four remaining days, I had to take a deep breath and think about how I was going to make it to the end of the week and still have my sanity. Every so often, no matter what’s on our plate, it’s important to make time to look out for number one and make sure that all those hours, and all that pressure, don’t catch up to you and knock you down. One of my favorite health podcasts recently took the opportunity to address this very question about how to stay healthy while doing shift…
 
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • How to handle mistakes like Downton Abbey

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

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

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

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

  • Website Templates verse Custom Design

    Jacqueline Edwards
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    We meet entrepreneurs and small business owners everyda […] The post Website Templates verse Custom Design 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.
  • 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.
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  • Why should small businesses move to the cloud

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

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

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

  • A Lesson in Heavy Lifting: Lift Coffee Shop & Café

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

    Dawn Fotopulos
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Meet Suzanne, the ultimate multi-tasker. She’s doing a million things to pay the bills, but not making enough to hire someone to help her. She doesn’t have a plan and she’s exhausted. Sound familiar? She is a proud member of the Community for Quickbooks Self-Employed and when she asked for help, here’s the advice I […]
  • How to Start A Photography Business

    Dawn Fotopulos
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:51 pm
    The Community for Quickbooks Self- Employed sponsored by Intuit has some amazing small business owners running small businesses, just like you. One asked, how do I start a photography business? Here are four tips to position your business to make real money (and avoid sleepless nights): Tip #1: Know what you’re really good at.Weddings? Portraits? Commercial […]
  • 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 […]
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    Solopreneur Solutions

  • Tips for using Instagram for Business

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

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

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

    Donna Amos
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Top 7 Books Every Solopreneur Should Read Top 7 Books Every Solopreneur Should Read Donna Amos | 7 items | 27 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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    Funding Gates Community

  • The Secret to Automating Collections without Losing the Human Element

    Zlien
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    Managing accounts receivable is about managing relationships. And with any business, some relationships are good and others are not so good. Often times, finance executives and managers tend to oversimplify the A/R process. There is a stigma associated with “collections,” that it is somehow unworthy of the finance executive’s time and effort. This is a fallacy, and great financial managers know to avoid it. When A/R is dragging and the number of invoices over 90 days old is becoming a burden on the business, many financial managers will suggest that the A/R team simply make more phone…
  • The Five Best Time Tracking Softwares for Your Small Business!

    JM Freuler
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    Are you considering installing time tracking software on your employees’ computers?  Do you want to have a better idea of how time in the workplace is being spent?  If you’re long on projects and short on time, time tracking software could very well be a necessity for your small business. According to an infographic created by Yast.com, the following list of distractions are the biggest time-wasters in office settings: Socializing with Coworkers Spending Time on Social Media Accounts like Facebook and Pinterest Surfing the Net Looking for Employment Elsewhere The website reports that…
  • The Rules of the Search: Think of Metatags As Your Company Manifesto

    BlueVine
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    It turns out that search engines aren’t that different from people – both prefer intuitive simple language. So whether you’re in the early stages of building a website or you’re working on more content to get your site noticed online, you should adhere to these simple rules of the search. Think of Metatags As Your Company Manifesto A Metatag description is the description people will see when they search for your page in a search engine and get a list of results. For example, if you searched for “Bluevine” using Google right now, you’d find a list of 10 results from 10 different…
  • How to Survive a Bad YELP Review

    Diana Mackie
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    It’s hard to escape negativity and the internet doesn’t make it any easier for small businesses to avoid negative reviews. Websites like YELP have a reputation for rocking the proverbial boat and causing fallouts so unbelievable that they’ve even resorted to death threats.  With  the recent popularity and increased use of public online review sites like Yelp, your business is particularly subject to scrutiny. Don’t let a bad Yelp review take a toll on your business! If you find yourself the subject of a exaggerated or unflattering Yelp review, there is a right way and wrong way…
  • Ten Tips to Earn the Respect of Your Employees

    JM Freuler
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    You’ve watched the hidden camera shows in amazement as one employee after another disrespects his or her boss by engaging in unethical and often, illegal, behavior.  You shake your head in disbelief that the employers can be so careless in their hiring practices and swear up and down that it will never happen to you.  Before you get too self-righteous, consider this.  A study conducted by University of Cincinnati criminal justice doctoral student, Jay Kennedy, revealed that “While 64 percent of small businesses have experienced employee theft, only 16 percent of those reported the…
 
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  • Stress and the small business owner

    Jon Stow
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:45 am
    Stress is a major threat to the health of a small business, quite apart from being a threat to the owner suffering the stress. It affects productivity, it affects creativity, and it can affect the way we interact with our customers and our staff. It is generally bad news. We have all had those times. I have had a very difficult few months myself, being involved in some litigation unrelated to my business. That is all over now, and although we have (very unjustly) lost our claim against the other parties, we can try to put it behind us. How did I get through? I worked as hard as I could with…
  • Running your own business down

    Jon Stow
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:10 am
    So often I meet earnest business people who work hard and are not making money. So often it is because they undervalue themselves and what they do. They offer a great service, and if you asked their customers they would say that the businesses really stand out in terms of service quality. This is one of my favourite themes. You need to value yourself and your own business, and know that your extras and special care for your customers and clients warrant higher charges, and your clientele will not complain. You must not join the race to the bottom. And if you don’t believe me, see that…
  • Religion, politics and small business

    Jon Stow
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    An amateur radio operator, Yvette Cendes, KB3HTS, at station W8EDU, Photo credit: Wikipedia) Back in the Dark Ages when I studied for my amateur radio licensewe learned that we must not discuss politics and religion with our fellow hams. That was actually a condition of our licenses, but it is easy to understand why such talk was forbidden. We all have different views and these would lead to arguments and bad feeling. When I was first licensed I used to talk to radio amateurs all over the place, but many were in what was then the Eastern Block. It was really nice to chat about everyday life…
  • You are judged by your appearance

    Jon Stow
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:37 am
    Now you can criticize… About a month ago, one of my clients asked for a special consultation. She wanted to discuss how her plans for the future and change of lifestyle would affect her tax position. I knew that she would also need some financial advice, which I am not qualified or allowed to give. I printed off details from their websites of two very nice financial advisers whom I know well, and took them with me to my client. When she saw these and I spoke about both advisers, my client was immediately drawn to the lady who had obviously had her on-line photo taken professionally. It…
  • 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…
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  • When So-called Experts Say Don’t Do a Business Plan…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Christine
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Donc, j'ai eu pas mal de gens qui m'ont envoyé des messages de la France qui sont intéressés à se joindre à Scentsy mais ne savez pas comment l'entreprise va travailler s'ils adhèrent Donc, je vais faire de mon mieux pour expliquer Scentsy est une entreprise plan de parti La meilleure façon de succès avec Scentsy est d'inviter vos amis plus et avoir du bon temps avec les filles, puis à recueillir des commandes Vous obtenez alors les gens qui ont assisté à cette partie pour accueillir et ainsi de suite et ainsi de…
  • Scentsy está llegando a España 10 de agosto 2014

    Christine
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:46 pm
    ¿Quieres ganar dinero y convertirse en uno de los primeros consultores Scentsy en España Scentsy ha sido abierta por un tiempo para poder comprar cosas, pero nunca he sido capaz de convertirse en un consultor hasta ahora. Usted puede hacer esto de tiempo completo oa tiempo parcial y en su tiempo libre Es muy flexible y se puede hacer cuando se necesita Es perfecto para la estancia en amas de casa o cualquier persona en busca de ganar dinero extra Para unirse clic en este> ENLACE <y entonces hay una caja de la izquierda seleccione España También puede buscar…
 
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  • How an Air Conditioner Actually Works

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

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

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

    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…
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    TheSuccess4Life

  • How To Read A Book Of 223 Pages In Just 77 Minutes?

    Christian Trejo
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life The other day I was in the bookstore and I was trying to pick up my next book to read, it was really hard and I delayed around 45 minutes to choose what I would read for the next days. The reason it took me so long was because there are a lot of […]
  • How Credibility In Customer Relationship Favors Your Business Growth

    Christian Trejo
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life Business owners need to stress upon customer relationships over everything else in order to do well in businesses. They must always be in touch with their customers in order to meet their needs. For reaping good revenue in business, constant touch between business owners and customers is necessary. Customers need to know that their […]
  • Why You Should Buy A Dealership

    Christian Trejo
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life If you’re a brave, determined entrepreneur who has an interest in vehicles, why not combine what you’re good at with what you love and sell vehicles? Whether you decide to sell consumer vehicles, fleets of buses or trucks, or specialty vehicles such as motorcycles or construction equipment, owning an automotive dealership can be quite […]
  • 10 Tips To Turn You Into An Awesome Public Speaker

    Christian Trejo
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life It’s one of the most common human fears; public speaking has been unanimously voted as one of the biggest fears of all time, up there with flying. But public speaking doesn’t need to scary. If you’ve got a big work presentation coming up or are giving talks at corporate events then follow these fail-safe […]
  • You Can’t Code? Your Own Tech Company Startup Right Away

    Christian Trejo
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:27 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life Tech company startups couldn’t become hotter. Your only problem: Thinking that Python is just a fearsome snake while Ruby On Rails is a little-known mystery novel by Agatha Christie. But if you are really convinced that your complete lacking in technical know-how is actually an insurmountable barrier to starting a business that has a […]
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    PowerHomeBiz.com

  • Outsourcing Your Lead Generation Needs

    Contributor
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Lead generation can be a challenging process for small businesses. Learn the factors to consider if you will outsource lead generation to vendors. This article was written by Contributor for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Lead Generation: Where to Buy Your Sales Leads Benefits of Outsourcing Your Sales and Marketing Teams What is the Value of a Lead?
  • Book Review: Accounting for the Numberphobic

    Lyve Alexis Pleshette
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Refusing to understand the finances of the business is one of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs can make. Read a review of the book "Accounting for the Numberphobic: A Survival Guide for Small Business Owners" by Dawn Fotopulus. This article was written by Lyve Alexis Pleshette for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Book Review: Keeping the Books: Record Keeping and Accounting Book Review: Managing Thought – How Do Your Thoughts Rule Your World? Book Review: Home-Based Business for Dummies
  • Sales Copy Emotional Triggers

    Adam Bauthues
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:57 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Sales copy has a single function. It is used to impel the prospect to take action. Learn how to write sales copy with emotional triggers to increase sales. This article was written by Adam Bauthues for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: 5 Ways to Write Profitable Sales Copy 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Sales Copy How to Write Effective Sales Copy on the Web
  • How Banks Review Your Bank Loan Application

    George Rodriguez
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Banks strictly assess business loan applications to determine the viability of the business and the borrower’s capacity to repay the loan. Learn how banks review bank loan applications. This article was written by George Rodriguez for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Six C’s of Credit: Bank Loan Requirements Why You Can’t Get a Bank Loan for Your Small Business Thinking of Getting a Bank Loan? Do Your Homework First!
  • How Well are You Using Your Instincts in Business?

    Contributor
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Many entrepreneurs have difficulty using their instincts or their gut reaction to guide them in business. How well are you using your instincts in business? This article was written by Contributor for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How Entrepreneurs Think and Act: 11 Killer Instincts of Entrepreneurship
 
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    Small Businesses Do It Better

  • 5 Celebs Who You Didn’t Know are Also Successful Entrepreneurs

    Carissa Dunphy
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:08 pm
    The chances that you knew these people are outrageously successful entrepreneurs is pretty much zero, so just shut up and read already! The best part is at the end though – guaranteed abs. #1: The Goopster: Gwyneth Paltrow Yes, she’s Ironman’s personal assistant, confidant and girlfriend. She’s had tons of supporting roles that have landed her squarely in global celebrity status, but Gwyneth is also a crafty entrepreneur. Then there was her book “My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family And Togetherness.” Ever been to www.goop.com? This is her lifestyle…
  • Understanding Business Collateral Requirements for SBA Loans

    Carissa Dunphy
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Thinking about expanding your small business? Maybe you have outgrown your current space, need to purchase more inventory to meet demand, or to upgrade to more modern equipment. In order to keep up with your customers and competition, you may want to consider a small business loan or line of credit to finance purchases or renovations. The (SBA) has set guidelines for small business loans offered by private lenders which may make them more accessible to you than other loans. However, many of these loans still require collateral and it’s important to understand what that is and how it can…
  • 10 Reasons Small Businesses Need an Office

    Carissa Dunphy
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Everybody knows that an office is key to any business. It’s the center of activity for everything to do with your business. But some businesses feel like it’s an unnecessary extra, that’s only needed for more corporate companies or that’s a fancy extra. We see thousands of small businesses settle into their perfect office environment every year and we see more of the office based businesses flourish than those who choose to stay at home. Here’s our list of 10 reasons every single small business needs office space. 1. Professional Image As much as it may not be right, it’s still a…
  • Stop Wasting Your Time On Facebook

    Carissa Dunphy
    3 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    So I’m going to go all out and say it: If you’re a new business, don’t bother setting up a Facebook page. Just please, don’t. I know; with their 556 million daily users, you’d think Facebook would be one of the first ports of call in your social media marketing plan. But if you stop and think about it, you’ll begin to see that Facebook is actually a waste of time for most small businesses, and here’s why: You can’t build an organic following on Facebook During your competitor research, you decide to look up Competitor A and B on Facebook, to see how they’re doing. Woah! In a…
  • 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…
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    Sweet Dreamz Design » Blog

  • 3 Ways to Get More Subscribers, Without Being Obnoxious (Pop-ups & Other Pet Peeves…)

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

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

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

    Barbara Austin
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    I love being a creative person. And, I love being an entrepreneur. (Holla’ if you do too!) But, we entrepreneurs are far from perfect. For one thing, sometimes we’re so full of ideas and new ventures and general creative excitement, that we want to just “get this show on the road” already—even when we really […]
  • 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, […]
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    WebStartToday Blog

  • 5 Must Haves for Your Nonprofit Organization Website

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

    wst-web-access
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Facebook has 1.3 billion monthly active users Twitter has 260 million monthly users YouTube has another 1.3 billion monthly unique users LinkedIn has 200 million unique monthly users And so on. In an approximation, there are 4.2 billion users across the top social media networks, ready to hear you, your brand story and may be take some action. And hence, the reason why and how social media has become such an inevitable part of your brand building and marketing mix. Apart from this, things that have added to the affection for social media include: 1. Convenience Accept it or not, but this…
  • Accountant Websites Got Greater ROI

    wst-web-access
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    Technology has changed the way people make decisions, shop, to an extent that it has changed the way we live today. Our entire lifecycle from the time we wake up till we go back to bed, it revolves around the technology/internet for almost everything be it entertainment, work, or studies. We prefer discussing everything with Google before making any decision. And that’s what makes a professional website all the more important for every business. If you want to stay in business, make sure you have a website, and if you want it to grow, reach prospects globally than make sure you make a good…
  • 5 Reasons You Need to Move to Responsive Websites

    wst-web-access
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:10 am
    With plethora of mobile communication devices entering the market every day, I wonder which device are you currently on, and accessing this blog piece. It could be a tablet, laptop, wide-screen desktop or may be your smartphone, but one thing is for sure, Mobile devices are not just affordable and easily prevalent but have become one of the highest consumer of digital content. And adding to the desirability is the latest research which concludes that, 70% of mobile searches lead to online action within an hour. Above all facts lead us to one thing and that is the importance and the inevitable…
  • The Art of Getting Likes on Facebook

    wst-web-access
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    With the kind of popularity and adulation across the globe, Facebook needs no description and the reason, why you should expand your business on Facebook. With more than 1.32 billion monthly active users and over 829 million daily active users, this is one medium every business needs to tap. And in case you have not started taking your Facebook account seriously, than we suggest you to think twice, before it’s too late. And in case you are there already or these data have finally awaken you, following are the quick tips you could engage in to get more Likes on your Facebook Page: •…
 
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    SucceedAsYourOwnBoss.com

  • How to Survive in Modern Retail

    Melinda Emerson
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with @shopseen. Adeel Ahmad is the founder and CEO of Shopseen, a platform that simplifies running a small retail business. On Shopseen you can manage all products on all online stores, all social and email, and even shipping. Also a retail store owner, a vintage clothing shop in San Francisco, Adeel is familiar with the gamut of experiences a small business owner faces.  For more info,…
  • The Small Business Anti-Diva Guide to Startups

    Melinda Emerson
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Guest Article Women in business are a wonderful thing, but divas in business simply are not.  There is zero room for attitude and personal demands as the founder of a startup small business.  If you plan on the entrepreneurial community catering to your every whim, you will fail before you even begin. To launch a successful startup you need to be willing to work harder, longer and for less (usually nothing at the beginning) than any other person out there to make your idea become a reality.  Essentially, you need to be the anti-diva.  All attention and energy should be focused on your…
  • Could You Use a Boost to Get Your Small Business Back on Track?

    Melinda Emerson
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Are you tired of feeling like you are giving your all to your business and you’re still not making the money you want? Well, my mission is to end small business failure, and I have created a special event to help you fix your mindset, your marketing and your money. We all know that profit is how we keep score in business. If you’re not making money, that doesn’t make much sense. But now there’s help. Many of you have been wondering how you can work with me personally, and now you have the chance. Join me in Philadelphia October 10th-11th, 2014 for my second annual Reinvention…
  • Debunking the Branding Myth

    Melinda Emerson
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with @bizbuild.  Karen Carr-Crawford is an entrepreneurial driven professional with 18 years of documented success and experience in marketing management, marketing plan development, and marketing campaign execution and implementation, having successfully generated $22.5 million in revenues in B2B space by consulting with owners and senior staff on relevant business growth strategies…
  • After Sales Service: The Key to Long-Term Growth

    Melinda Emerson
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Guest Article The success of every business is based upon relationships.  When I started my commercial real estate company more than forty-five years ago, it took me a month to raise my first $5,000 of capital.  Today I raise $1,000,000 with one email.  Why?  Strong relationships; which I have built by providing continuing after sales service are the key to long-term growth. The importance of after sales service is simple, but often ignored. It takes far more time and energy to gain a new customer than to sell your product repeatedly to those you already have. It is therefore mandatory in…
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  • College students make business internships payoff

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

    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

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    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…
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  • 7 Hot Niche Marketplaces for Indie Sellers

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    by Gail Oliver, E-commerce Marketing Specialist Looking for some new places to sell your products online, besides the traditional, well-known marketplaces? You are going to see the online marketplace start to change, with more niche players emerging to help really zero in on certain target markets and demographics, and make the shopping experience faster and easier. Below is a list of some niche-specific marketplaces that are looking for products from indie sellers. 7 Cool Niche Online Marketplaces 1. Asos Marketplace Asos is a large UK fashion online retailer, but they also have a…
  • My Killer Twitter Tip for Finding New Customers for Your Business

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant People are very descriptive with their Twitter profiles. Do you ever read them? Here are some examples (I have removed the Twitter names): YouTuber | Journalist | Workaholic | Documentary Filmmaker Small Town Gal – Sports Enthusiast – Foodie – Wannabe Fashionista Proud Bostonian | Former NYer | Cookbook Author | Future Chef  See where I am going here? You can find potential customers on Twitter by searching their profiles for the words that describe your target customer. My Killer Twitter Tip What words would describe…
  • 4 Proven Ways to Get Customers to Buy Right Away

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant If you want to get your customers to act quickly, sometimes you need to create a sense of urgency. For example, the other day I filled up my cart at a particular online vendor. However, I did not place the order right away. Like most women, I started shopping around first, comparing prices, and still contemplating whether I wanted to complete the transaction. Later that day I saw two items missing out of my shopping cart. These items had already gone out of stock. So I panicked and placed the order out of fear that my other sale items…
  • How These Products Become a Dominant Brand By Specializing in Just One Thing

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant If you want to dominate a specific niche of the market and really establish a strong brand, even as an indie product maker, you can do if it you just do one thing and do it better and/or differently than anyone else. Here are three fairly new players that took age-old products and have quickly making them the go-to brand. The Herschel Supply Co. The Herschel Supply Co. is a Canadian company (yeah!) that was founded just 5 years ago by brothers Jamie and Lyndon Cormack. Named after the small west coast town where three generations of…
  • Need a Business Idea? Simply Solve a Problem (Like These Companies Did)

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant I often see people trying desperately to come up with an idea for a business, but the easiest way is to simply solve a problem that people are having. It could be with a current product or service offering, or an offshoot of a problem with another product. Hopefully some of these product ideas will inspire you (be sure to also follow my Pinterest board, Products I Love!) : Problem Solved: Cell Phone Off the Floor When Charging Now this is not an expensive product, but it solves a definite problem. This cell phone holder ($8) from…
 
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  • Running an ethical business pays off

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    Customers expect the most from the companies they interact with no matter their size. If small businesses want to compete with established rivals and grow larger by building a loyal following, they have to operate at the highest of standards. The ethics of an organization’s leadership seep into all aspects of daily operations. Business owners need to foster the right atmosphere that reflects the goals of the company so employees can adopt the same principles. The success of a company can be measured by more than just small business sales. Embracing an ethical approach in all facets…
  • What’s the trick to getting the best employees to stick around?

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    When a small business starts, it’s impossible to tell if the first wave of employees will leave within the first week or stay with the company until they retire. The job market may be chaotic, but it’s full of opportunities, making people less reliant on their current positions. A lot of workers have the freedom to look for new jobs or quit old ones at will. This makes it pivotal for emerging companies to retain the top talent they have no matter what. It can be hard when the best employee in an organization gets an offer that’s a step up from his or her current job.
  • How to Create a Successful Infographic for your Business in 4 Easy Steps

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    The infographic has taken the online world by storm. It seems there’s an infographic for just about every topic; from strange cat facts to food portion size suggestions. But they’re also a great tool for the small business owner. An infographic is easy to digest and fun to look at, making them an excellent resource for reaching out to your desired audience. So how do you rake in the clicks with a top-notch infographic? Keep things simple. Nowadays, people want to receive their information in little bits. That’s why Twitter is so popular, and, often, only newspaper headlines get read. So…
  • How small businesses can learn from failure

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    While no company wishes to fail, there are valuable lessons business owners can learn from the experience that may help them grow and even thrive. Whether the failure is their own or at the hands of a rival, organization leaders can adapt their strategies and goals to reflect past attempts, putting them in a better position to succeed. There are many practices and circumstances that can prevent a small business from triumphing, but when eight out of every 10 businesses fail, similar problems come to light that can easily be avoided, according to Small Business Trends. Common troubles to…
  • How to reduce stress in the workplace

    11 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    Stress is a common issue facing workers every day. Whether they’re working in sales or running companies, people need to find ways to de-stress so they can be happier and more productive. When you run a small business, it’s your responsibility to provide an outlet for your employees to relieve negative feelings, whether you have a handful of staff or you’re managing multiple departments. According to the American Institute of Stress, there are four main causes of stress in the workplace: workload, people issues, juggling work and personal lives, and a lack of job security.
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  • Taking Care of Utilities during Business Relocation

    SmallBizViewpoints
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Relocating a business is a major undertaking with number of tasks to take care of. Here are some tips on how to take care of utilities during relocation. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Taking Care of Plastic Welding with Heat Gun

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    28 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Plastic welding can be lot stronger and more reliable than using a solvent or adhesive to join a structure [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Practical Uses of Shipping Containers for Onsite Storage

    SmallBizViewpoints
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Shipping containers are quite versatile when it comes to onsite storage. Here are some practical uses of containers for businesses. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 3 Must Follow Tips for Great Customer Service

    SmallBizViewpoints
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    Great customer service can lead to better business. The 3 tips provided in this article can help you exceed customer expectation and grow your business. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How Data Analytics can Improve Efficiency of Fleet Vehicles

    SmallBizViewpoints
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    Data analytics can help improve efficiency of vehicle fleet for business owners. Here are multiple ways in which data analytics provides valuable insights. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Top 50 Restaurant Management Blogs

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

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

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

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

    Scott Lynch
    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…
 
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  • We’re hiring a Content Marketing Intern (with a twist)

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

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

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

    Ross Beard
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Dan: At WP Curve we have just put the finishing touches on our plan to use webinars to build our business. This guide, written for us by Ross Beard couldn’t have been better timed for us. I hope it’s as useful for you as it’s been for us. Please let us know in the comments. Over to Ross. Have you ever made a purchase from a company after attending one of their webinars? Most of us have. Why? Because by attending the webinar, you gained valuable information and developed a level of trust with the presenter and company, which helped push you over the line to buy their product…
  • 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…
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  • Should I Accept Mobile Card Payments?

    Ashtyn Douglas
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    You do much of your business on the go. Maybe you’re a vendor at the local farmer’s market, or a musician who sells CDs after a show. Maybe you’re a taxi driver or a house cleaner and want to speed up transactions and give customers more ways to pay. The Benefits of Mobile Payments Whatever industry you’re in, mobile payments offer plenty of perks to help you boost your business. They increase sales, since you’re no longer limited to cash or checks. They streamline transactions, which is important if you’re trying to sell CDs to a mob of rabid fans. They also help you reach new…
  • What is an ACH Bank Transfer, and Other Common Small Business Commerce Questions

    Guest Author
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    ACH. Payment gateway. Chargeback. If you’re new to accepting credit cards for your business, or on the cusp of deciding to do so, you might feel overwhelmed by these foreign terminologies. You probably want answers to questions so you can accept credit cards confidently, without any surprises by unrecognized fees on your monthly statement. So let’s look at some of the questions you may have about your merchant card processing and clear up the fog. What is a Chargeback? If a customer goes to his credit card company and says that you didn’t deliver what you were supposed to in the…
  • 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…
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  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Social Media Content

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

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

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

  • 3 steps to ensure your small business passes an IRS audit

    Hiscox Blog
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Follow these steps to ensure your small business passes an IRS audit. First, what is an IRS audit? An audit is an accounting procedure in which the IRS examines your financial records to verify that you filed the return in question accurately. If you have your paperwork and receipts (or access to them) and can prove that your initial return was complete and correct, the tax audit will end there.  If the IRS finds errors, either accidental or intentional, you’ll have to pay the adjusted amount and any interest penalties. There are few pieces of correspondence as capable of making small…
  • What type of retirement plan should your small business offer?

    Guest Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    Guest blogger Charlene Barkley shares tips on finding the right retirement plan to fit your small business, and employees, needs. I recently shared my story about the launch of Brazzlebox.com, a business to-business social media network for small and home-based businesses, in the Hiscox Small Business Corner. In addition to being a platform for small business owners, we also focus on challenging and educating our members. One of the biggest questions that we get asked is, “How do I start a small business and when I do, what kind of retirement plan should I be offering?” It’s no secret…
  • 5 ways to use social media in your small business

    Guest Blogger
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Entrepreneur-in-ResidenceHiscox Entrepreneur-in-Residence Brian Moran shares why your small business should start using social media today. As someone who works with social media on a daily basis, it’s hard to fathom how millions of business owners still haven’t seen the light when it comes to using the medium as a tool for business. The overwhelming majority of responses from business owners as to why they aren’t using social media are, “We just don’t have the time.” Social media has fundamentally changed the way that the world…
  • Hiscox Small Business Corner: Brazzlebox.com

    Guest Blogger
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Hiscox Small Business CornerCharlene Barkley, Director of Advertising and Promotions for Brazzlebox.com and Founder Glen Zinszer, prepare for the launch of the business-to-business online networking tool. A new platform for small businesses prepares to launch as a resource for connecting with other business owners. The Hiscox Small Business Corner series is an outlet for small business owners to highlight what makes their businesses stand out. Previously, we’ve featured technology firms, a childcare facility, social media agencies and more. The latest…
  • For millions in donations, just add cold water

    Hunter Hoffmann
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    As the Ice Bucket challenges takes over social media, some are questioning it’s value – which is huge for ALS research. No matter where you looked over the past couple weeks – on TV, online and over social media – you couldn’t help but notice all the videos of people dumping buckets of cold water over their heads.  It looked like everyone was having fun, well except some of these people, and it was all for a good cause – to support research the ALS Association and their efforts to help treat and prevent Lou Gehrig’s disease. But, were many of these people just taking their 5…
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  • Moving Towards a Merger: How You Can Prepare Your Company

    Brooke Chaplan
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: In the course of a company, a merger can breathe new life into a stale product or design and help continue growth. It is an exciting time for both parties. A combination with another firm can happen in many ways and for many reasons, but in most every case it’s a dramatic change that effects all aspects of your company. If you have determined that a merger is right for you, here are some key items to consider before going through with the plans. Wise Counsel It may be tempting to save money by navigating the complex legal and organizational aspects…
  • Rising Industries: 4 Top-Growing Fields for Your New Career

    Anica Oaks
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Image Source: Flickr While there are a wide variety of important life transitions that an individual will experience, preparing for a new career is particularly significant. This is the case for many reasons, including the fact that preparation can lead to income optimization and a profound sense of self-actualization. When you begin to prepare for a new career, it is important that you select an industry that is currently undergoing growth and expansion. With this thought in mind, consider the following four dynamic career paths. 1. Health and Wellness…
  • Behind the Scenes: The Biggest Logistic Mistakes that Could Really Cost Your Company

    Contributor
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Businesses of all sizes often run into costly mistakes when they fail to annually review the company logistics plan. By failing to adjust the logistics plan, your company might be making mistakes that could cost you money, hurt your reputation, or lead to losing customers. If you are a business that is heavily reliant upon logistics to produce revenue, there are a few mistakes that you’ll want to avoid to ensure that you are using your money wisely and keeping customers happy. Keep reading to learn about some of the most common logistic mistakes that…
  • Digitizing Your Business Records

    Contributor
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: For many of us, the old fashioned paper method of storing documents and information can be a hard habit to break, but recently it seems that more and more aspects of our day to day lives are being stored digitally. Everything from our household bills to bank statements are now being offered in digital form rather than their paper counterpart, and now the digitization of paper documents is becoming common practice within businesses also. Although converting your business from paper to digital format may seem like a particularly daunting task, there are…
  • Make Automation Work for Your Social Media Efforts

    Stacy Jackson
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Make social media automation work for you in your social media marketing efforts. Source: www.jacksonmarketingservices.com Nobody likes social media marketing updates that sound overly planned or robotic; however there are ways to make automation work in your favor. Check out these time-saving tips! The post Make Automation Work for Your Social Media Efforts appeared first on Rabid Office Monkey for Business.
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  • 4 Social Media Mistakes That Will HARM Your Business

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Whether your favourite network is Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+, there are some things you should avoid doing if you want to grow your community and use your social media presence to form relationships. Social media is a fantastic marketing tool to promote your business but could harm your business if not used correctly. Here are 4 things you should NOT do on social media.
  • 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
 
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  • 4 Ways to Foreign Qualify Like The Pros

    James
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    Foreign qualification is the process by which you register your entity in new states, and stay compliant across several jurisdictions. For many small business owners, understanding how to foreign qualify is just as confusing as a foreign language. If you … Read more >>
  • With Form 1023-EZ, Determination Letter Arrives in Weeks

    James
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    News of the recent release of IRS Form 1023-EZ has spread like wildfire. Introduced in July, the form, designed to streamline the application and approval process for federal tax exemption, has triggered a number of questions throughout the nonprofit world.… Read more >>
  • Connecticut Secretary of State Experiencing Delays

    James
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    8/14/2014 The Connecticut Secretary of State has been experiencing computer and copier issues. Clerks are unable to print copies, certified copies, and confirmations of filings. The Secretary of State’s office is unsure when all systems will be running normal once … Read more >>
  • How to be Proactive While Waiting for Your Determination Letter

    James
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Obtaining your IRS determination letter is a crucial step to starting your nonprofit. Unfortunately, this magical document, which grants an organization federal tax exemption, and the myriad benefits associated with it, usually arrives 9-12 months after filing Form 1023. While … Read more >>
  • C-Corp or S-Corp: Which Makes Sense for Your Business?

    James
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    This is the third post in our series of entity comparisons. Be sure to check out the first and second segments! When starting a business, many owners find themselves deciding between several entities for their business. Understanding liability protection, tax … Read more >>
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  • Key Employee Vacations

    Tiffany C. Wright
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
  • Silent Partner: Payments and Options – Pt. 2

    Tiffany C. Wright
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is a continuation of the article, Silent Partner Questions: Payments and Options, originally posted on Wednesday, August 20. Please refer to that for the original summary, question, and pre-response insights. The Original Questions: Should we sell the business to an employee? or Should we scale back the business to a manageable size? What is […]
  • Silent Partner Questions: Payments and Options

    Tiffany C. Wright
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    This article is a paraphrased response I gave to a question I had from an owner of one firm who had entered into a verbal agreement to go to another firm. He had the expectation that he and his current business partner would buy out that firm in the future and wanted to know how […]
  • The Funding Is Out There! eBook Now Available

    Tiffany C. Wright
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Funding Is Out There! Access the Cash You Need to Impact Your Business is now finally available in eBook format on Amazon! To order your copy now and download it to your computer or Kindle device, click on the picture above or on the following link: http://www.amazon.com/Funding-Out-There-Access-Business-ebook/dp/B00JW3FYGG/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400191594&sr=1-1. Here is some information about The Funding […]
  • Social Responsibility and Beneficial Corporations

    Tiffany C. Wright
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    As of late 2012, very few states allowed you to organize beneficial corporations. In addition, although those who have formed them are advocating for the benefits, the IRS currently provides no special benefits to beneficial corporations. Before I go further, let me explain what beneficial corporations are. Beneficial corporations are for-profit enterprises that operate in […]
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    Small Business Heroes

  • Productivity tips that actually work – from the weird to the mundane

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Guest post by writer and blogger Sharlene Teo Productivity, or lack thereof, is a big issue in the modern workplace. We live in an age of endless distractions: and the Internet, indispensable to the workplace, is also a minefield of procrastination. Staying motivated and focused is vital to success and the running of a business, particularly in today’s frenetic and competitive professional climate. Productivity is the key differentiator between a creative breakthrough and looking at cat pictures until your eyes glaze over. This is where productivity tips come in: how can we maximise our…
  • Common payroll pitfalls – and how to avoid them

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Payrolls are the bane of many small business owners’ life. Not only do you have to give your hard-earned money away, but you have to do it in such a difficult manner! Gone are the times when you’d bung your employees a few bob in cash at the end of the day. And it’s not just the inconvenience – doing it wrong could see you in a lot of costly trouble, even if it’s a genuine mistake. Luckily the payroll experts at Henderson Loggie told us about the most common mistakes – and what to do about them! Confusing basic rate tax with the emergency tax code The basic rate code (20% on all…
  • “The dog ate my invoice!” – the biggest excuse for SME late payments

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Late payments can be really disruptive to small businesses – when you don’t have much leeway in your cashflow, just one payment can make the difference between failure and success. Automated credit control company Satago found that every year more than a third (34%) of UK SMEs are forced to write off thousands of pounds of bad debt. There has been some government and industry action but the findings show that they’ve had limited impact – a worrying quarter of SMEs (24%) surveyed believe the situation with late payments has in fact deteriorated over the last two years. Only 17% believe…
  • The Font Archive – Spelling out success

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    Lots of start-ups are run from home – but what about using a storage unit as your HQ? Andy Stuart, owner and manager of The Font Archive, did this. He salvaged a collection of over 90,000 historical typeface font designs, and sells them via his website (www.thefontarchive.co.uk). He’s been sorting through them for 19 months now, but Andy soon found he needed somewhere secure to store his stock: and that’s when he turned to Access Self Storage Manchester. The Font Archive has a fascinating back-story. Based in Altrincham, just outside Manchester, it grew out of Andy’s salvage company…
  • How to make your small business website work harder

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Gary Turner, managing director of Xero UK,  provides top tips to help small businesses become more attractive to prospective customers online. The best place to hide a dead body is page two of Google – at least according to one unknown blogger. The clear message from this joke is just how big a difference online visibility is when it comes to boosting sales of new and established businesses. The bottom line is: if you’re not taking SEO seriously, customers just aren’t seeing your website often enough. And it doesn’t stop there. Rather than impressing the few prospective customers…
 
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    OPEN Forum

  • An Insider’s Guide to Successfully Selling Your Business

    Glen Stansberry
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    What’s better than an entrepreneur who gets to sell his or her business to a big company—often earning millions for his or her shareholders and becoming independently wealthy overnight? The media clamors for these stories, wondering who the next Instagram is going to be with a fat billion-dollar payout. As business owners, we know it’s not typical, and quite rare to have such a booming overnight success, yet it’s also possible; and many of us hold on tight to that dream. So, I wondered, what does it take to make your company one of those that succeeds on such a grand…
  • How a Daily Morning Meeting Can Improve Your Business

    David Niu
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Raise your hand if you’re a leader who thinks, “The faster we grow, the less time we have for meetings.” At one time, my hand would have shot up, since I used to think this way. But I had it all wrong. As Verne Harnish, author of Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm, claims, it should be the exact opposite—the faster you’re growing, the more meetings you need to keep your people in sync, since everyone is running around like crazy. But these meetings shouldn’t be hour-long, slog-through-an-agenda kind of meetings.
  • A New Push to Help Women-Owned Businesses Get Loans

    Kelly Spors
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Research shows that women entrepreneurs get only 4 percent of the total dollar value of all small-business loans—a startling low figure considering the rapid growth of women-owned businesses in recent years. Now there’s momentum on Capitol Hill to help raise their odds. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) introduced a bill recently that aims to increase lending to women-owned ventures. The bill—called the Women’s Small Business Ownership Act of 2014—nearly doubles funding for Women’s Business Centers, a program overseen by the Small Business Administration that provides counseling…
  • Sharing Without Stealing: A Simple Guide to Online Copyrights

    Erika Napoletano
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Stealing is just plain lazy. And when you steal someone else’s content, you’re telling the world you’re above the law. You’re saying that a picture you found online of a sofa drawn by an illustrator is of less value than the sofa in your very own living room—the sofa you paid for and would be downright angry about should you come home and find it missing. Social media makes it easier than ever to share images, Web pages and media—all with a few simple clicks. But just because it’s easy doesn’t mean it’s right. It’s high time we bust a few of the rampant…
  • When It Comes to Time, Great Business Minds Don’t Have to Think Alike

    Alexandra Levit
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    In her book The Culture Map, global workplace expert Erin Meyer talks about one particular keynote speech she had to give to an audience in Brazil. Her remarks were slated to last 60 minutes, but the client said she could take all the time she needed. Meyer didn’t quite believe him. After all, during just about any keynote address in America, you can expect a firm index card countdown: “10 minutes remaining” “5 minutes remaining” “2 minutes remaining” At “0 minutes remaining,” you’d better get off that stage! Meyer took 65 minutes to give her Brazilian speech and had a…
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    Ayojideonline.com Providing Simple and Smart Solutions

  • Build Your Self Esteem, A Starter Guide To Self Improvement

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:45 pm
    So how do you stay calm, composed and maintain self esteem in a tough environment? Here are some tips you may to consider as a starter guide to self improvement. Imagine yourself as a Dart Board. Everything and everyone else around you may become Dart Pins,  at one point or another. These dart pins will destroy your self esteem and pull you down in ways you won’t even remember. Don’t let them destroy you, or get the best of you.  So which dart pins should you avoid? Dart Pin #1 : Negative Work Environment Beware of “dog eat dog” theory where everyone else is fighting just to…
  • The Three Faces Of A Good Manager

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    The manger of a small team has three major roles to play:   Planner A Manager has to take a long-term view; indeed, the higher you rise, the further you will have to look.  While a team member will be working towards known and established goals, the manager must look further ahead so that these goals are selected wisely.  By thinking about the eventual consequences of different plans, the manager selects the optimal plan for the team and implements it.  By taking account of the needs not only of the next project but the project after that, the manager ensures that…
  • A GUIDE ON RSS TOOL

    8 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    RSS is an abbreviation that has evolved into the following, depending on their versions: ·    RDF Site Summary (also known as RSS 0.9; the first version of RSS) ·    Rich Site Summary (also known as RSS 0.91; a prototype) ·    Really Simple Syndication (also known as RSS 2.0) Today, RSS stands for 'Really Simple Syndication', and it has the following 7 existing formats or versions: ·    0.90 ·    0.91 ·    0.92 ·    0.93 ·    0.94 ·    1.0…
  • Vision, Prescience and Flexibility

    8 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    Vision in that the future must be seen and communicated to the team; Values in that the team needs a unifying code of practice which supports and enhances co-operation; Verve in that positive enthusiasm is the best way of making the work exciting and fun.  If you do not think your work is exciting, then we have found a problem. A better word than Verve might be Chutzpah (except that it does not begin with a "V") which means "shameless audacity".  Is that not refreshing? Inspiring even? A manager should dare to do what he/she has decided to do and to do it with confidence and pride.
  • WHAT MAKES A GREAT MANAGER

    5 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    The first steps to becoming a really great manager are simply common sense; but common sense is not very common. This article suggests some common-sense ideas on the subject of great management.    The major problem when you start to manage is that you do not actually think about management issues because you do not recognize them.  Put simply, things normally go wrong not because you are stupid but only because you have never thought about it.  Management is about pausing to ask yourself the right questions so that your common sense can provide the answers.  When you…
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    Strategy Lab Marketing

  • 2014 Guys Golf Getaway (#G3T) – Orlando, Florida

    Jeph
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    Every year for the past 6 years a bunch of Canadians head down to the United States for a greatest golf trip of the year. I joined four years ago, that was Scottsdale Arizona, the following year we went to Palm Springs, California, and last year we were in Austin Texas. This year was in Orlando, Florida and was probably the hottest yet. 64 breakfast sandwiches 792 beer 16 guys 1 Hummer Limo 24 hours in the Hummer Limo 1 extremely expensive cab ride home 0 Gators 8 massages 10,984 fire ants eating food on the deck 296 lost balls 4 days of pure bliss. Huge shoutout to Derek Wu and Lee Forsberg…
  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Do Favours For Other People

    Jeph
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    1. It makes you feel good.  (^Article from Berkley citing several studies on why doing good deeds makes you feel good) 2. It’s the morally right thing to do. As in, it builds good Karma. (In the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson he talked about the point in which Apple was coming up with iTunes. Everyone was stealing music on the Internet and Steve didn’t agree with that, he wanted a different solution. When the media was critical of iTunes in the beginning Steve was questioned about if iTunes was viable and if it would last, his response was “stealing music…
  • Why McDonald’s is a better first job than working at a gas station

    Jeph
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    We had this argument the other night. Which is better at a young age; working at a gas station or working at a fast food restaurant? My theory goes, at a gas station your job is very transactional. You want to pump gas, pay, and get the hell out of there as fast as possible. Making the working life of a gas station attendant one very lonely job where no one really wants to talk to you (not that it’s your fault). At a fast food restaurant, McDonald’s till worker for argument sake, you have to interact with customers all day long. You can make people smile, make people laugh and…
  • 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…
 
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • How to Make Your First Expense Report [VIDEO]

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

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

    Emily Farrar
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Shoeboxed is proud to announce our nomination for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards in the Apps category. The Awards are designed to recognize the unsung heroes of small businesses – those who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful. The winners are chosen based off of popular vote and a panel of 14 hand-selected judges. This is our second time being nominated for the award and we would love all the support we can get! Voting lasts from August 29 at 3p.m. Eastern time through September 15 at 2:59 p.m.
  • iOS App Update: iPad Views, Business Cards and more!

    Emily Farrar
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    If you’re a regular user of the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker for iOS, we have good news for you! As of today, there’s an update available on the App Store that includes some new features and upgrades we think you’ll appreciate. The new version includes: iPad optimized views – Back and better than ever in this version of the app! The ability to choose Receipt or Business Card when submitting a document – This new option was added to clear up any confusion when it comes to submitting business cards through the app, as well as to cut down turnaround time…
  • Introducing a Better Way to Manage Categories

    Emily Farrar
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    We know how important it is to correctly categorize your receipts for monthly accounting and tax purposes. So when you asked for a better way to handle categorization inside Shoeboxed, we got to work. Today, we’re thrilled to share with you a new and improved way to manage your categories! On the new Manage Categories page, you can set rules for certain vendors and/or payment types to always go into a specific category. Once a receipt is processed in your account, it will be automatically categorized according to your rules. Each category has three sections for rules associated with…
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    BoostSuite

  • 3 Brewery Collaborations Displaying Co-Marketing At Its Finest

    Ryan Kettler
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Two marketing minds are always better than one. It’s always easier to get things done when you’re working with someone else towards a common goal. This is also called collaborating. The same principle applies with co-marketing using BoostSuite. Co-marketing is the process of working with your best online partners to build your audience and generate more customers with relevant content and backlinks. These partners already have the audience and customers you need.  Working with them will build your company’s exposure, we call this your Co-Marketing Audience. This week…
  • Why is Your Blog Important For Driving Traffic?

    Ryan Kettler
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    This article was written by Wayne Collier of www.fljean.com. Your blog is your voice, you opinion, your soapbox, and your megaphone, all rolled into one in this fast passed internet world we live in. Imagine you’re online storefront is on a busy street corner at the intersection of Google Parkway and Yahoo Boulevard, with all the cars flying by representing potential traffic. Your blog is your signage out front and your main way of attracting attention. Everyone is busy not paying any attention to you. Maybe that’s because what you are saying is not important to them. The key is…
  • 15 Parallels Between Football and Content Marketing

    Ryan Kettler
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s official – the 2014 football season has begun and I couldn’t be happier. Football is a glorious team sport that’s just as much about the individual as it is the team. Without the individuals, there would be no team, and without the team, there would be no football. If you share my passion for this sport, I respect you. If you ever had the privilege of playing this sport, I commend you. If you’re a B2B marketer and are part of the 93% doing content marketing this year, I think you’ll find this post relatable. After thinking about it, I realized there…
  • Ecommerce Retailers – Don’t Fall Behind Your Competitors This Year

    Ryan Kettler
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    I recently spoke with one of our new customers recently who has been paying for an ecommerce website for two years and hasn’t sold one thing. That’s right, NOT A THING! You can imagine how surprised I was to hear that and how frustrated I was for them. Of course, my emotions can’t even compare to the business owner’s. I don’t know how he maintained his sanity after the sixth month without any sales. I would have given up a long time ago, but that goes to show how determined and dedicated small business owners are when it comes to their online success. Amazing.
  • BoostSuite’s Second Page 10 Award Recipient

    Ryan Kettler
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Welcome back ladies and gentlemen! We’re excited to give out our second Page 10 Award! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this award, allow me to explain: There are some really great results on page 10 of the search results, yet very few searchers ever see them because they simply don’t dig that deep! This award highlights one of the entries from page 10 of the Google search results. We understand how hard it is for small businesses to rank on page 1 of the search results for relevant queries. We also know how important it is to try. That’s why we created…
 
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    The Best Direct Sales Companies

  • Skinny Body Care Business Opportunity Overview

    Angie Nelson
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    Skinny Body Care is a unique direct sales business opportunity in that they only offer two products; Skinny Fiber and Ageless Anti-Aging Serum. As those names suggest, this is a social selling company in the health and wellness industry. This company offers a low level of entry and several ways to earn. Compensation:  Earn $20 on each bottle of Skinny Fiber sold. Start-Up Costs: To get started as a Skinny Body Distributor you simply need to purchase at least one bottle of Skinny Fiber or Ageless Anti-Aging Serum and pay the website activation fee ($69.95 total). You will also be enrolling in…
  • Jeunesse Global Opportunity Overview

    Angie Nelson
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    Jeunesse is an international direct sales company specializing in anti-aging personal care, skincare and nutrition products. This company is growing by leaps and bounds, 38,000 distributors enrolled in the opportunity in June 2014 alone. During that same month, the company also experienced $40 million in sales. Compensation:  Jeunesse Distributors receive financial rewards in a number of ways. On retail sales the profit is 20% to 45%. Earn a one-time cash bonus when enrolling new customers with qualifying purchases. Team overrides and leadership bonuses are also available. Start-Up Costs:…
  • Ground Floor Direct Sales Opportunity: Yourself Expression

    Angie Nelson
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Yourself Expression offers customizable Memory Lockets. Customers can create personalized charms with their interlocking Snaps and Poppers. Compensation:  Expressionists receive 30-50% discount/commission on personal sales. Yourself Expression does not offer downline commissions. Instead, you can earn a higher commission on your own sales and free bonus product for recruiting. Start-Up Costs: You have two options when signing up with YSE. Sign up for $29 and receive a 50% discount on your first order. This option allows you to choose your own merchandise; one Snap, two Poppers, webpage…
  • 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.
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    waypointsg.com

  • You can speed up an old iPhone or iPad

    kutenda support
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Does it take your iPad ages to play your favorite videos? Does your iPhone’s Web browser crawl through the Internet? The odds are that your iPad or iPhone are old. When these products get outdated, they get sluggish. The good news? You don’t need to spend the big bucks on a new iPhone or iPad. Instead, you can take some simple steps to boost the speed of your slow devices. Lifehacker writer Whitson Gordon recently offered some tips. No More Upgrades It’s commendable that you’d like to stay updated on the latest offerings from Apple. But downloading that latest version of iOS might…
  • High-Quality Outsourced Small Business IT Services Make Organizations More Flexible and Resilient

    Patrick Scully
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    Running a lean, agile organization can be the best way both of surviving difficulty and being ready to take advantage of new opportunities. Too many smaller and mid-sized companies today carry legacy cruft that ties down their balance sheets and operational powers, and deciding just when and where to step in can be a difficult task for decision makers. Many, though, find that taking a good look at their information technology arrangements can be an excellent place to start. Providers of small business IT services, many companies have found, can often make a compelling cases for divesting…
  • Promote Your Biz with a 6-Second Looping Video

    kutenda support
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    How to Pack Your Message into a Six-Second Video on Vine! If you’ve seen any videos from the new Twitter platform, Vine, you’ve likely been quite fascinated by them, but perhaps also confused as to exactly how to utilize this new platform. What it takes, is a clear idea of your idea! You’ve a mere six seconds to deliver your message, so time is of the essence! How businesses are using Vine The limitations of the platform haven’t prevented businesses from making very influential videos on Vine. On the contrary, the constraints have enabled businesses to craft powerful short…
  • Funny Sells

    kutenda support
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    How to Use Humor to Connect with Your Audience Okay, here’s a freebie for someone out there. It’s totally perplexing why some sharp home décor company hasn’t used humorists Oscar Wilde’s last words in their advertising: “Either this wallpaper goes, or I do.” Plain and simple humor sells. It puts folks in a good frame of mind, and effectively disarms them to where they forget you’re in reality selling them something. Art Linkletter wasn’t kidding when he opined that laughter is the best medicine, and it could be just the prescription your business has been searching for! 4…
  • Are You Using YouTube in Your Business?

    kutenda support
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Great Ways to Get YouTube into Your Business YouTube is now the second largest search engine on the planet, and by far the most flexible. You can embed YouTube videos easily and quickly just about anywhere, and multiply your marketing efforts with ease. Moreover, utilizing YouTube marketing in your business is a very cost-effective way to drive traffic and sales. You’ve heard the stats touting YouTube as the giant it is, and why you really need to use it in your business. Nevertheless, it’s not always obvious precisely how to go about that. Let’s look at 7 ways you can incorporate…
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    Orlando Realty Consultants

  • Qualities of a Top Realtor

    John Conde
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
                        Knowledge of their local market It’s absolutely crucial to hire an agent with an intimate knowledge of the local market. The MLS is a great tool when you’re doing some preliminary research like cost per sq ft and getting comparables. However, you need a realtor who can go deeper than that, someone that has local knowledge of the area you’re looking in. When you find a realtor that lives eats and breathes real estate, they’ll know things that other real estate agents won’t.   Relationships…
  • Kaileys Ridge Update

    Jenny Zamora
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
                    Floor plans and pricing for Kailey’s Ridge in Hunters Creek are being finalized by both builders and are expected be ready within weeks. With the entrance roadway now paved, construction moves to the next phase of development. The builders (Ryan Homes and Surrey Homes) will each control 50% of the 134 home sites and are scheduled to begin construction on the actual homes by the end of September or beginning of October of this year. The development will cover about 53.4 acres of land.   Home prices are expected to run between…
  • Short Sale With No hardship

    John Conde
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Short Sale With No Hardship – Video Normally, homeowners that are no longer able to continue paying their mortgage are going through some kind of hardship such as job loss, decrease in pay or hours, health issues, divorce, mortgage payment increase, even incarceration. Sometimes.however, people need to sell their home not because of a hardship, but for other special circumstances like a job transfer, military deployment, etc. And, in most cases, for the reasons I just mentioned, lenders have been very accommodating to those that need to sell. There is another reason however why…
  • Freddie Mac Short Sale News

    Jenny Zamora
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
        Is your mortgage owned by Freddie Mac and you’re struggling to keep your home? Well, if you want to sell in order to avoid having a foreclosure on your record, you may be eligible for Freddie Mac’s recently enhanced short sale.   In case you don’t know, a short sale is when a lender agrees to selling the property for less than the full payoff amount. After the closing the lender releases the lien on the property even though they received less the the loan balance. The benefits of doing a short sale is that you will avoid foreclosure and eliminate the…
  • Avoiding Home Buyer’s Remorse

    Jenny Zamora
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
                 Home Buyer’s Remorse Have you ever bought something on the spur of the moment then later on you ask yourself.. “what was I thinking? I don’t even like or need it”. In most cases you can usually return the items like an expensive shirt or a an ugly painting as long as you have the receipt. However, if you paid cash and bought it from someone’s trunk in a parking lot, then you’re probably stuck with it. Unfortunately, you can’t do this when you buy a home which makes the home buying process even more…
 
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    The Pulse Australia

  • Is Australia really open for business?

    Jenny Nedanovski
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:35 pm
    By Jenny Nedanovski As Prime Minister Tony Abbott continues to remind us that Australia is ‘open for business’, recent discussions have brought to question just how conducive the business environment really is, especially for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). According to a research by the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, tax compliance is costing SMEs approximately $18.4 billion a year. The average gross tax compliance cost is approximately $11,000 a year. These findings are likely to raise more than a few eyebrows in the business community. As such, the…
  • Episode 4: Content marketing 101 with Trevor Young

    Alistair Nestor
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Trevor Young, PR warrior, keynote speaker, consultant and writer, is a veritable mine of information when it comes to content marketing strategy. His content philosophy focuses on getting three things right: passion, purpose, and strategic intent. In today’s episode, he discusses loads of tips, ideas and strategies around getting your practice into a content marketing mindset. Trevor answers key content marketing questions, such as: What’s the ROI for content marketing? Should you get a ghost writer? The best way to ask for email addresses to add to your database How to earn the right to…
  • Content calendars: Why you need one and how to create it

    Cenk Baban
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:55 pm
    “What have you been up to?” asks your Facebook page. And, you’re not so sure. But you’re not the only one. The majority of business owners struggle to come up with a status update. This situation applies to all social networks, not just Facebook. The demands on a small business owner are countless, and unfortunately social media is just another one added to the list. Yet, you can turn the situation around by using a content calendar. A content calendar can be as simple as a calendar spreadsheet in which you schedule your content —also known as an editorial calendar. Image courtesy…
  • Getting to know the voice of small accounting firms on the AASB

    Alistair Nestor
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:48 pm
    When I was given the opportunity to interview Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) board member Carmen Ridley, I expected a trek to the busy business end of Bourke Street, Melbourne. Instead, I found myself nestled beside a log fire in a gorgeous home – itself comfortably nestled into a bushy hillside on the Mornington Peninsula. And while the view over the valley was interrupted by a disappointingly opaque morning fog, the company more than made up for it. My first encounter with Carmen’s body of work was via her writing on caseware.com.au, where she shares her views and…
  • 6 things your accountant can do for you beyond compliance

    Scott Haywood
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Remember when you used to look forward to New Year’s Day? In the finance world, the equivalent day is July 1, and this financial year we are subject to a deficit levy, rising unemployment and a competitive business environment where profit margins are under pressure. However, from a financial point of view, the New Year gives us an opportunity to reflect on the performance of the previous financial year and create a plan for the future.  With the help of your financial advisor or mentor, you need to ensure that you have the right accountant — one who is up to speed on your business and…
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  • 5 Top Leaf Blowers for Fall

    Whitney Richardson
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Consumer Reports and Popular Mechanics tested leaf blower models to see which performed best. The first leaf blowers were made in the 1950s and began less as lawn tools and more as agriculture aids. Leaf blowers have since evolved into more portable, more powerful and more versatile instruments. Here are a few to consider stocking in your store, based on recent testing by Consumer Reports and Popular Mechanics. Leaf blowers have since evolved into more portable, more powerful and more versatile instruments. Husqvarna 356BT Consumer Reports tested three types of blowers — gas backpack, gas…
  • 11 Fun Halloween Costumes for Pets

    Melissa Willets
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Let customers get their dogs and cats all dolled up for frighteningly good fun. With the spookiest night of the year just around the corner, it’s time to start stocking hot pet costumes for your customers. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), consumers planned to spend $330 million on Halloween costumes for pets in 2013. That’s nothing to bark at! Consumers planned to spend $330 million on Halloween costumes for pets in 2013. Most Popular Costumes The NRF reports that top costumes for furry, four-legged family members last year were a hot dog, a pumpkin and a devil.
  • Ace Hardware Goes Green and Saves

    Whitney Richardson
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    The retailer installed LED lights in its massive Retail Support Center and has seen a substantial reduction in energy use. Consumers aren’t the only ones saving money by using the increasing number of energy-efficient products on the market. Commercial entities can reap the benefits of those eco-friendly systems for their bottom line as well — and not just from a sales standpoint. Case in point: Ace Hardware’s Retail Support Center. In October 2013, the retailer installed the Digital Lumens Intelligent LED Lighting System. In October 2013, the retailer installed the Digital Lumens…
  • Home Automation Heads North

    Whitney Richardson
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Home Depot partnership brings 70 home-automation products to Canada. The Wink platform has already made headlines in the United States as a standalone home-automation software platform from invention crowdsourcing site Quirky. But now, through a partnership with Home Depot, Wink is going across the border into Canada. Seventy Wink products are now available at Home Depot’s Canada stores. Seventy Wink products are now available at Home Depot’s Canada stores, as well as at other retailers. Some of the products can be controlled directly through the Wink app for iOS and Android devices,…
  • 3 Ways to Simplify Fence Repairs

    Angela Tague
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Stock up on useful tools to ensure quality fence lines leading into the brisk winter season. Rounding up loose livestock on a frosty December morning is no fun for anyone. That’s why before the mercury plummets and the first snow settles, all rural dwellers complete the same pre-winter chore: fence repair. In addition to basic supplies, such as quick-set cement and fence posts, here are a few fence repair products to stock to boost your bottom line this fall as fence repair season begins. Before the mercury plummets and the first snow settles, all rural dwellers complete the same pre-winter…
 
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  • Monthly Small Business Roundup (August 2014)

    Kim George
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Hey peeps!  Here are some of the latest and greatest in small business news and entrepreneurship from around the web. Enjoy!  EntrepreneurshipNeed to setup a social media outreach strategy? Here’s a guide that shows you how to do it….Here are five steps to building a personal brandHere are 3 signs you are ready to hire your first employee Marketing and SalesHere are 9 ways to improve your email deliverabilityAre you using content marketing in your business? Here are 8 ways to triple your content output and trafficLearn how to use google to get customers for free Social…
  • 5 Excellent Resources to Help You Master Pinterest Marketing for Small Business

    Chic Geek
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Hey there…I hope that your weekend was good.  It seems like there is just not enough hours in the day to get things done here lately. But I digress.I did get some reading done this weekend and stumbled on an awesome podcast by one of my favorite bloggers – Lisa Irby (of 2CreateaWebsite.com) entitled “How to Build Traffic with Pinterest“.Lisa’s podcast delivers some great information concerning Pinterest and ways that you can use it to drive traffic to your website or blog (if you have one) .I also listened to the video below from April Marie Tucker that gives…
  • 6 Different Ways to Repurpose Your Existing Sales and Marketing Materials

    Kim George
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Happy Thursdayyyyyyy!!!   I hope that your week has been going well.  I’m really excited about today’s post – since I am all about finding different ways to market my business and save moolah!   Sales and marketing is essential for businesses – both large and small. Yet, as a small business owner with a limited budget, buying sales and marketing materials can be pricey at times.   When you are at a point in your business where you have maxed out your marketing budget and are both pressed for time and money- one of the easiest things that you can do is…
  • Seven Examples of Professional Out of Office Autoresponder Email Messages

    Chic Geek
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Happy Tuesday all…If you are planning to head out on vacation or step away from your office for a few days- creating an out of office autoresponder email message is essential.I’m sure that at some point in your business endeavors, you have received one of these types of messages when reaching out to your customers and business associates.What are autoresponder email messages?An autoresponder email message is a notification that you receive when the person you are trying to reach is out of the office.  These messages typically give you (some) of the following information:How…
  • 10 Simple and Creative Lead Generation Strategies for Small Business Growth

    Kim George
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Happy Thursday everybody!I hope that your weekend is going well. I am so excited that the weekend is near.Creating lead generation strategies for your business involves the process and methods you use to attract prospects, capture information from them – and ultimately convert them into paying customers.Why Do You Need Lead Generation in Your Business?The 3 main reasons that you should use lead generation strategies in your business are as followsTo attract leads and prospects to your businessTo build additional marketing funnels in your businessTo ultimately convert prospects into paying…
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  • Will the EU’s “Right to be Forgotten” Rule Transform the Internet?

    Peter Nguyen
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    There is a specter haunting the European Union (EU): the specter of forgetfulness. A set of regulatory laws passed by the Union in recent years guarantees citizens the Right to be Forgotten, promising the ability to clean the online record of bad decisions. The right was recently upheld in the highest EU courts, signaling that it may be here to stay. On the surface, the law seems like a privacy advocate’s dream; however, once the surface is scratched, deeper concerns become apparent. What Is It? The Right to be Forgotten (or RtbF) is a legal construct of the European Union. In 1995, the…
  • Support Privacy as a Human Right

    Peter Nguyen
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Do you support privacy as a human right? Anchorfree’s CEO, David Gorodyansky, will be speaking on this topic at SXSW 2015 with your help. SXSW (South by Southwest) is a set of film, interactive, and music festivals and conferences that take place annually in Austin, Texas in mid-March. Each year, thousands of entries are submitted. The topics that get the most votes from the community, the advisory board, and the SXSW staff will get invited to present at this prestigious event. As you know, Anchorfree is a champion of internet privacy. Our Hotspot Shield VPN protects users’ privacy on…
  • How Your Household Items Could Be Spying On Everything You Do

    Peter Nguyen
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Many items in your home, including your dryer, is a computer with the ability to track your behavior. Corporate entities and hackers alike are increasingly finding ways to capitalize on data grabs from even our most mundane of daily activities. Thanks to the ever-growing Internet of Things that’s becoming integrated into the fabric of our lives, it’s hard to trust even the most seemingly innocuous inanimate objects in your home. See how your household items could be spying on everything you do. Devices With Cameras Are Vulnerable Your television and laptop now have some things in…
  • How the Internet Security Landscape Shifted in 2014′s First Quarter

    Peter Nguyen
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:54 pm
    The good news is that observed Internet attack traffic fell in most countries in the first quarter of 2014. The bad news is that the United States has risen to second in the world, after China, as a source of attack traffic. The most recent State of the Internet Report by Akamai Technologies identifies these and other trends in Internet security and speed. Akamai is a U.S. Internet content delivery network and the creator of the Akamai Intelligent Platform, which delivers more than two trillion Internet interactions and protects users from several distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks…
  • Google Glass – Are the Privacy Fears Justified?

    Peter Nguyen
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Google has been celebrating the May 2014 public release of its Google Glass with a traveling road show that allows tech-heads to play with the wearable technology. At the shows Google employees and early adopters known as Google Glass “Explorers” extol the virtues of the Internet-capable eyewear, which contains a built-in camera. However, the device has also come under criticism from people worried about potential privacy infringements. Read on to discover whether their fears are justified. Bars & More Outlaw Google Glass Due to Privacy Concerns At least eight bars in the San…
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  • How to Bring in Customers on Slow Nights

    Matt Niehaus
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    If your restaurant or café has consistently slow times each week, then it may be tempting to offer a special promotion to lure in customers — say two for one appetizers or $5 off desserts. mPOS systems like Instore allow you to create promotions easily while reporting on the promotions’ efficacy. Another strategy is to create events on those nights that bring in customers who otherwise might never set foot into your business. These new customers will hopefully order food and drinks during the event and, assuming they have a good experience, come back another night of the week. Here's…
  • Is Your Restaurant Ready for Drive-Thru?

    Matt Niehaus
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Many of the most popular quick-service chain restaurants in the world offer a drive-thru window at most of their locations — McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Dunkin’ Donuts are several major players that rule the drive-thru. If you run an independent restaurant or small chain, is it worth the logistic and construction hassles of adding a drive-thru window? On the plus side, a drive-thru could help boost your revenues, through increased visits, larger tickets, and access to new audiences. For instance: Drive-thru tickets are often higher than walk-in tickets. At Boloco, a fast-casual…
  • Why Digital Receipts Are a Win for Your Small Business

    Matt Niehaus
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Most of the time, receipts are a waste of paper for food service businesses. Customers generally have no need to keep their receipts, so they throw them out within seconds — but you’re still stuck paying for the paper, ink, and printers to provide a receipt for every order. Instead of printing receipts by default, consider offering your customers digital receipts as a primary option. Here are some of the primary reasons to focus on digital: You’ll save money on supply costs. It costs nothing to send an email, while you’ll need to pay for every roll of receipt paper and ink…
  • Will Restaurant Tipping Go Out of Style?

    Matt Niehaus
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A waffle restaurant made headlines earlier this summer when it allegedly denied a waitress a $1,000 tip left by a generous patron. Tipping restaurant staff isn't customary in parts of Asia and Europe, but it's ingrained in the culture (and pay structure) at most restaurants and cafés across North America. That could be changing as restaurants in New York, Los Angeles and even British Columbia experiment with nixing gratuities. Instead of having the customer leave a tip, these restaurants price food higher to cover a higher hourly rate for their employees. Could this new pricing model have…
  • 5 Legal Rules Every Restaurant Owner Must Know

    Matt Niehaus
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    You don't have to watch Kitchen Nightmares to know that opening a restaurant can be risky. Depending on the source, between 50 and 90% of them fail in the first 5 years. What is seldom discussed, however, is why these businesses go belly-up. Probably the number one reason is the inexperience of the new owners. How do we know? Most successful restaurant owners had their fair share of failure in the early days. Even world-famous chef Gordon Ramsay (host of Kitchen Nightmares) had to close several high-end eateries. Of course most of his restaurants bring in big bucks because he knows how the…
 
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    SOHO Tech Training

  • How to Create a Blogging Guide for Your Small Business Blog

    Deb Lee
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    At first glance, blogging may seem to require little effort. Just sign up for WordPress, get a hosting company, grab a nice skin (or theme) for your blog, and then start writing. Simple, right? In theory, it really can be that simple. But, if you’re serious about blogging, it often takes passion — for the topic you’re […] The post How to Create a Blogging Guide for Your Small Business Blog appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • 4 Reasons Home-Based Business Owners Should Use the Cloud

    Deb Lee
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:43 am
    You opened your home-based business about a year ago, and things are going really well. Sales have been picking up speed, you just hired your first employee and your home work space is neat and organized. Your only concern at this point revolves around your computer and the plethora of important business data that it […] The post 4 Reasons Home-Based Business Owners Should Use the Cloud appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • {Small Business Tech Chat} Behind the Scenes of a Podcast [Video]

    Deb Lee
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Are you thinking about starting a podcast or reviving one that you’ve put on the back burner? The June 2014 Small Business Tech Chat was all about podcasting and how you can start your own, so stick around. A podcast is just another tool to reach your target audience. The one neat thing about a podcast — […] The post {Small Business Tech Chat} Behind the Scenes of a Podcast [Video] appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • Apps to Help You Run a Business From Your Smartphone

    Deb Lee
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Today’s post was written by Kevin Flanagan. According to Pew Research, 58 percent of Americans have a smartphone, and 42 percent of Americans own a tablet computing device. They are used for shopping, making transactions, finding maps, communicating with others, and more. So, what’s to stop you from running a business from a smart device? Managing your […] The post Apps to Help You Run a Business From Your Smartphone appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • {Small Business Tech Chat} Is a Membership Website Right for Your Small Business? [Video]

    Deb Lee
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Have you thought of adding a membership component to your website to enhance your current services? Or, perhaps you’re thinking of building a company with a membership site at the core. Do you know whether or not this would be a good fit for your small business? The business model is the greatest benefit and that’s […] The post {Small Business Tech Chat} Is a Membership Website Right for Your Small Business? [Video] appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
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    VR Marketing Blog

  • Are You Committing Content and Social Media Sabotage?

    Colleen Corkery
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Recently, I had a music journalist and friend conduct an interview with one of our favorite artists. The day the interview went live, I was beaming with pride for my writer pal and couldn’t wait to share his article with the rest of the world. When I finished reading the interview, I enthusiastically searched the bottom of the article for a sign of those social sharing buttons, but I couldn’t find them? “Maybe they’re at the top!” I thought. So I quickly scrolled to the beginning of the article, and found nothing. Astonishment began to sink in. Was this very well…
  • 3 Highly Effective Word-of-Mouth Marketing Tactics

    Yael Grauer
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Despite the rise of social media, many recommendations still happen offline, with people sharing their experiences with friends over the phone or face-to-face. On the surface, word-of-mouth marketing may seem more geared towards large companies, but this isn’t entirely accurate. “Small businesses have a huge advantage over large companies in word-of-mouth marketing because the distance between company owner and customers is much closer,” says Brad Fay, chief operating officer of Keller Fay Group, an award-winning word-of-mouth research and consulting company, and chairman of…
  • Instagram Rolls out New Tools for Businesses

    Colleen Corkery
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    Instagram has officially jumped on the ‘social media is for businesses, too’ bandwagon. This week, the image-based social site with more than 200 million users worldwide, has announced a new suite of tools and real-time campaign data “to help brands better understand the performance of their paid and organic content on Instagram.” The tools available for businesses will include: Account insights – Impressions, reach and engagement analytics Image courtesy of Instagram Ad insights – Paid campaign performance including impressions, reach and frequency…
  • 2 Simple Ways to Get Real Feedback from Employees

    Janine Popick
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    No matter how big or small your company is, you need to know what’s going on with your employees. After all, they reflect who you are and how you want your business to be perceived. So, how do you find out how your employees feel about you, their peers, or the company in general? There are two really simple ways you should try: Exit and stay interviews. You’ve probably heard of them before, but putting them into practice – and doing them right – is easier said than done. Here’s what I’ve learned: The Exit Interview When someone leaves our company, we hold a casual…
  • 4 Quick Fixes to Reboot Your Website

    Lisa Furgison
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Is your website a little drab? Is its functionality not quite up to par with others? Are you losing customers because your site looks less than stellar on mobile devices? If so, it might be time to reboot your site. At VerticalResponse, we just overhauled our site to coincide with new services that we’re offering. So if your site is in need of a little refresher, we’ve got just the guy to offer tips: Alf Brand, our director of Marketing Communications and the man who helped launch our new site, has a few pieces of advice to help whip your site into shape. 1. Go with a responsive…
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  • Habit Mapping Webinar

    Kim Yuhl
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Sometimes, well most of the time,  change seems daunting and that’s because our own minds work against us. As humans, we like things that are comfortable and change isn’t comfortable at all – even if it’s the right kind of change. Then the excuses begin: “I can’t”, “I don’t know how”,  “It will cost too much […]
  • Habit Mapping for Business

    Kim Yuhl
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:17 pm
    The differences between successful businesses and failing ones aren’t probably what you think. While lack of funding, the inability to attract customers or a lack of vision might be readily blamed for the failure of a business, sure it’s part of the problem but they are seldom the real reason behind the failure.  Bottom line […]
  • What is Habit Mapping?

    Kim Yuhl
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Do you realize that almost half of your day is made up of habits? Some of these habits add value to your day and to your life while others can actually detract from it. Your day takes shape based primarily on the habits that are just part of your normal routine, without much thought. Just […]
  • When Did Learning Become Secondary?

    Kim Yuhl
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Choosing to uproot my children and move to Thailand in the middle of their high school years was not what I imagined when Way and I talked about how to provide our kids with a global perspective. I have always felt that my education began when I started flying around the world for Pan Am. While […]
  • What If The Signs Are Wrong?

    Kim Yuhl
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:04 pm
    By now you probably know that just a few weeks ago, Way and I decided it was best for the kids to remain in the US. That means Way and I will be separated while he finishes his contract and his Masters Degree in Thailand. Do I love this plan? Honestly, not so much. Do […]
 
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  • How to Steer Clear of Business Frustrations

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
        All small business owners have been there—wasted time on unfamiliar tasks, frustrated by wasting money because you don’t know the ropes yet. But now there are ways to avoid these things. Experience is always the best teacher, but in our internet-based society, there’s no excuse for wasting your energy. Here are 7 internet resources that use cloud storage to help your business run smoothly—from the start.   Website Design First, create your website at Strikingly.com, then go to Canva.com to design your logos and layout. The best part? They’re both free. Canva.com…
  • Why Every Business Owner Needs a Strategy Advisor

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Why Every Business Owner Needs a Strategy Advisor Emerging businesses need many things. They need revenue, customers, employees, current cash flow, and access to funding to support continued growth. One thing that is often over-looked, however, is the advice and counsel of a trusted advisor. Owing a business is a very lonely proposition. Most people have no understanding of what it means to make payroll, negotiate with banks and vendors, hire and train employees and continually attract new business. It is a full-time endeavor and not for the weak of mind or spirit. Many business owners turn…
  • Finding Accounting in the Least Likely Places

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
        Are you sick of the rigmarole of installing, learning, and keeping up with traditional accounting software? Then you’ve come to the right place. You may be fed up with installed programs (like QuickBooks) for a number of reasons—the unreliability of your computer to display programs properly, the exhaustion of learning the program when you first install it, the bugs that come with installation software. Whatever your reasons, there is hope! There are many free accounting services available online.   Know Your Accounting Needs Before deciding on accounting software, you…
  • Employment Frenzy: How to Hire Your Best Workers

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
        We’ve all searched for a job at one point or another. We were just looking for someone who liked our skill set and wanted to pay us decently. But we didn’t always think about what it was like for the people hiring us. As a small business owner, the choice to hire employees can be a hard one (if you started out alone), or one that you built into your business plan. No matter at what point in the process you decided to add some workers to your payroll, picking the best ones can be a challenge.   Choosing Well-Suited Employees Of course the age-old resume search is…
  • Small Time Taxes: What You Should Know

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
        If you’re thinking about starting up your own business, knowing what’s required of you by the IRS is important. If you’ve already started your business but haven’t bothered much with taxes, it’s time you changed that. Small businesses must pay their dues. Just because you start a business doesn’t mean you get to rake in all that cash without consequences. Even contract workers have to pay up come April 15. Knowing what’s coming will keep you from feeling the pinch at tax time.   Typical Small Business Taxes Every business pays taxes, whether independently…
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  • Using Content for Client Acquisition

    Godot Media
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Experts agree that the key to effective content marketing lies in the creation of useful content. Content marketing is an on-going process that involves identifying dynamic platforms, which allow you to communicate with the target audience, without necessarily selling to them. It is an opportunity for a brand or a company to share valuable information that is likely to influence buying decisions. Content marketing is a great tool in not only spreading brand awareness, but can also be used as a powerful strategy in client acquisition. Thanks to the widespread use of the internet buyers are now…
  • Top 99 Social Media Marketing Blogs List (81 – 99)

    Godot Media
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:58 pm
    81. Top Dog Social Media Top Dog Social Media is one of the few companies that are on the forefront of social media marketing. It focuses on building relationships with the help of technology and helps other companies uncover the true potential of social media in the success of a business. Top Dog Social Media was founded by Melonie Dodaro, an expert social media strategist. She has spoken on numerous forums and has even published her work in several social media journals. 82. Social Media Today Social Media Today is an online community for people in the fields of advertising, marketing, PR,…
  • Top 99 Social Media Marketing Blogs List (61 – 80)

    Godot Media
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    61. Pushing Social Pushing Social is a blog founded by Stan Smith, who is also the managing director of the blog. Stan is a business growth strategist and uses social media tools to help companies and individual business owners achieve competitive advantage. Pushing Social ensures that people harness their potential and achieve their business objectives. 62. Social Barrel Social Barrel is a company founded by a group of social media enthusiasts. It covers all aspects of social media including the latest trends and news-feeds, as well as many interesting stories. The company mainly caters to…
  • Top 99 Social Media Marketing Blogs List (41 – 60)

    Godot Media
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:54 pm
    41. Amy Porterfield Amy Porterfield is a social media deviser who has co-authored a book called Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies. She maintains a blog through which she helps small business owners and entrepreneurs in making their social media campaigns more efficient, maximizing their benefits and raising the chances of success of their online marketing efforts. 42. Connie Bensen Connie Bensen is passionate about community building and the various aspects of branding and social networking. With her personal blog posts, she is aiming to provide leadership and mentorship to many…
  • Top 99 Social Media Marketing Blogs List (21 – 40)

    Godot Media
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:52 pm
    21. Razor Social Razor Social is an independent agency that advices companies regarding the use of social media tools and technology. Apart from advice, it also provides strong content and training for brands and businesses. Razor Social is a one stop solution for all resources related to social media. The company was founded by Ian Cleary back in 2005 with the help of business partner Colette. 22. Social Mouths SocialMouths is a personal blog founded and maintained by Francisco Rosales. He writes the blog with the sole aim of providing free advice to companies, especially in helping brands…
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  • 10 Subreddits That Every Professional Should Follow

    Barry
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:16 am
    Reddit’s full of interesting original articles sorted into ‘SubReddits’. Here’s 10 Subreddits That Every Professional Should Follow Whether you’re in need of some motivation for the day, a clever productivity hack to streamline your processes or tips on how to lead your team, there’s a subreddit that covers it. Below are just 10 suggestions but there are countless more, ever more niche, subreddits to browse and learn from. /r/Career Career Stuff. Anything related to starting a career, advancement, tips, resumes, etc. /r/GetDisciplined Everyone needs help…
  • Why You Should Care About Offboarding, A Lot

    Barry
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Offboarding’s an extremely important part of the employee life cycle, yet many brands ignore this process. Here’s why you should care about offboarding, a lot. Just as onboarding is the process by which a company ensures that a new starter is integrated into the business culture as efficiently as possible, offboarding should be used to ensure that an employee leaves the business in the best way. There are a number of reasons why it’s important for brands to invest time and effort into their offboarding process. These include: Because data security is more important than…
  • Helping Employees To Beat The Winter Blues

    Barry
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Helping employees to beat the Winter blues isn’t only good for them, but also for the business too. With such a great Summer this year it’ill be that little bit harder when the nights start to roll in and things get colder. Here’s what your employees can do to stay happy and productive. Encourage annual leave to get some Winter sun One main factor which contributes to that feeling we get in Winter is the lack of sun in our lives. To counteract this encourage employees to take a few days off to get away in the sun and to soak up some vitamin D. If they’re unable to…
  • See Into The Future With Predictive Analytics

    Barry
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    The more data we share, collect and analyse, the easier it is to see into the future with predictive analytics. But what’s it all about and how can it benefit your business? ‘Predictive Analytics’ is described as “In business, predictive models exploit patterns found in historical and transactional data to identify risks and opportunities. Models capture relationships among many factors to allow assessment of risk or potential associated with a particular set of conditions, guiding decision making for candidate transactions.” – from Wikipedia PA can be…
  • Get Smart And Catch The Right Talent

    Barry
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Attracting and recruiting the right talent for your business is an ongoing challenge that many brands invest heavily in. If you get smart and catch the right talent then these investments are rewarded with employees that drive the business forward to new successes. Maintaining a strong employer brand, optimising the recruitment processes and ensuring that talent stays with your company are all top of recruitment and HR departments priorities (or should be). Do you have the tools to attract the right talent? To prepare for, monitor, test and learn from your recruiting efforts you need to…
 
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  • 5 Ways to Inspire Creativity among Employees

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

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

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

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

    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…
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  • Managing Inventory for Education

    Brian Sutter
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    For those in education, an automated inventory system can be priceless. Schools and universities are responsible for the storage of nearly limitless supplies and books—from front office supplies to classroom texts and full libraries. The information and materials available at these institutions is incredibly valuable; however, without a quality inventory management system, that information can [...]
  • 3 Reasons Walter White (and Every Small Business Owner) Should Implement Inventory Tracking

    Jason Sentell
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    WARNING: this post contains Breaking Bad spoilers (and useful advice for your small business). Winning an amazing 5 Emmy’s last night, there’s no doubt Season 5 of Breaking Bad was well received. But now we wonder how Heisenberg would have been able to effectively manage his inventory if the methylamine-powered empire were to continue past [...]
  • To Err is Human: Reduce Errors with Barcodes

    Brian Sutter
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    All types of businesses profit from increased efficiency and error reduction when they begin using barcode software and equipment. The results might be most dramatic in health care centers where miscoding, poor handwriting, and heavy workloads result in errors that cost money and threaten patient health. According to a report from American Nurse Today, medication errors [...]
  • 4 Reasons to use Laser Barcode Scanners

    Jason Sentell
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    The ubiquitous barcode scanner has been with us for decades. It fills the need for accurate, timely capture and use of inventory data, with applications from the checkout stand to the complex inventory management systems of major corporate and government organizations. It has rendered obsolete armies of inventory control clerks with clipboards and pens, retail [...]
  • 5 Reasons Pen & Paper Timesheets and Timecards Are Costing You Money

    Brian Sutter
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    It’s widely understood that technology, when utilized properly, can make businesses more efficient.  Unfortunately, time tracking systems are frequently overlooked by small businesses.  Time and attendance systems eliminate many of the problems associated with old-fashioned clock punching, but many small businesses continue to use pen and paper timesheets or timecards. Processing payroll manually costs your [...]
 
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  • Many Hands Make Light Work: The Value of Mentoring

    10 Aug 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Small business owners possess a seemingly infinite to-do list, constantly checking things off and adding more to the agenda. In my business coaching and advisory engagements I often notice that the pursuit of operational perfection comes at the cost of personal development and self-improvement. But self-improvement and personal development need not be neglected. Choosing a mentor is a good way to ensure that you, as a business owner, continue to grow, learn and progress successfully along with your business. Begin by accepting the fact that you, like everyone else, don’t know…
  • Who Is Influencing Your Customers? How Do You Listen On Social Media?

    4 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    We’ve heard it many times - listening and hearing are two very different things.  As a business coach who has helped many small businesses to succeed with social media, I need to stress it is vital to listen to your customers, hear what they are saying and wisely act upon it. When you fail to perform any one of these three steps, the benefits of your social media outreach may well be squandered. Monitoring and information gathering can be useful, but it really can’t help you understand your customers. Social care, or the practice of utilising social media for customer care…
  • Take Back Your Time By Building a Great Team

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Embarking on your journey as a small business owner may often feel like a lonely one-person job. It’s a common trait which is why I suggest in my business coaching assignments that building the best possible team around you can help you to alleviate that stress and free up some valuable time. Building the team can feel a bit like a game of Tetris - the key is finding how they all fit together in order to build the most secure and successful structure. When building your team remember to: Identify your weaknesses and areas in your business that need improvement and begin filling these…
  • Using Webinars To Promote Your Business

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    No matter how quick your pace, it seems keeping up with technology these days is just about impossible! Just as you embrace one innovation and accept another trend, the next big thing arrives with another following closely behind. The key to surviving the constant barrage of innovations is to select the tried and true methods that most fit with your business’ goals. Utilising webinars to market your business is one trend worth your attention.  For a whole lot of reasons it’s an important part of my business coaching business. So webi-what? A webinar is simply a web-hosted…
  • Do You Have Time To Outsource?

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In some of my business coaching assignments I have noticed opportunities to make some relatively low risk changes to achieve some big results. However another thing being a business coach has taught me is that small business owners are, by nature, the last to relinquish control, making outsourcing tricky business. Avoid the typical rookie outsourcing mistakes made by many business owners. Realise the difference between projects and outsourcing; think building a website vs. managing a website. For simplicity’s sake, look into automation in lieu of outsourcing. Don’t outsource what…
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  • Gray Suprise Wedding Southampton 8/23/14

    Paul
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:04 pm
    This wedding was a great idea.   When Jen approached me with the concept I was excited to be apart of it.  They invited about 50 of their closest friends to what they thought was an engagement party.  Little did they know a priest would be arriving 45 minutes in and they were getting married. […] The post Gray Suprise Wedding Southampton 8/23/14 appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • Kevin’s 50th Birthday Party Manorville 8/16/14

    Paul
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Been a while since I did something in Manorville so I was excited to put in a winning bid on this one. Yes, Thumbtack. The hosts Milli & Kevin were very nice people. I knew i had a very down to earth crowd so I played some classic Rock, motown, and then I went current. […] The post Kevin’s 50th Birthday Party Manorville 8/16/14 appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • Heather Benn 40th birthday party boat Real Escape

    Paul
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    Boat Birthday Party in Sag Harbor 8/9/14   I received a call about a week and half ago to play at a 40th birthday party on a boat.  I was really excited about the opportunity.  A week of thoughts raised a couple of concerns that I wasn’t able to answer.  They told me they had […] The post Heather Benn 40th birthday party boat Real Escape appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • Southampton Commons 2014 Annual Holiday Party

    Paul
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    It’s really been a strange summer, and the one constant is the annual holiday party at Southampton Commons.  It was a relief for me to get back to work after a two week hiatus.  I hope the rest of my summer improves.  Here is my set list i rocked.  Opened up with some big band […] The post Southampton Commons 2014 Annual Holiday Party appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • 6/21/14 #Birthday Party Fadi Zaya Wainscott

    Paul
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Birthday Party for Fadi Zaya Birthday parties are great in the summer time.I was really looking forward to this birthday party for multiple reasons.  The kind of music, and people renting the house for the weekend.  It’s usually a great combination for a great party and I knew it.   When i found out that […] The post 6/21/14 #Birthday Party Fadi Zaya Wainscott appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
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  • You Are Your Company’s Culture: Three Essential Qualities

    Raymond Manley
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:18 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/08/you-are-your-companys-culture-three-essential-qualities/Have you worked for any large corporations? Some are great to work for; others make employees feel more like the number on their security badge than the smiling face on the badge. Often the difference between those ecosystems is this: In the first, the original founders are still active, while in the second, the founders left the scene three to four mergers ago. The lesson is that as the founder of a small business you virtually are the company culture. Unfortunately, as small business owners wrestle…
  • The Future of American Business…in Four Little Words

    Raymond Manley
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/08/the-future-of-american-business-in-four-little-words-2/In speaking to business owners and “people in career transitions” nationwide, I am often called upon to speculate about the future. For example, I am frequently asked: What businesses should I be thinking of starting now? What businesses will still be around in ten years’ time? Where will tomorrow’s jobs be? Will there BE a future for small business in the next 20 years? I have given the matter quite a bit of thought (being a professional speaker means you have a lot of downtime in trains,…
  • 5 Cheap or Free Tools That Will Magnify Your Small Business

    Raymond Manley
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/08/5-cheap-or-free-tools-that-will-magnify-your-small-business/Big business managers can do something small business owners can’t afford to do: They can throw money at a problem or project until they’re satisfied with the results. Small business owners have to be smarter and today you are blessed with a wide variety of technology-based solutions that allow you compete with bigger businesses without draining your bank account. In fact, many of the most clever solutions are geared to the small business market; the big guys can’t really take…
  • 15 Tips to Prepare for Big and Small Security Threats

    Raymond Manley
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/08/15-tips-to-prepare-for-big-and-small-security-threats/Businesses that focus on the big security breach may very well be missing the smaller threats that can do serious damage. A human can easily kill a gnat. So how is it that just one gnat can drive you crazy, even though you can kill it in an instant? You are bigger and mightier … yet one gnat can get the best of you. That’s because y