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  • How Much Time Do Your Employees Spend Doing Real Work? The Answer May Surprise You. (Infographic)

    Entrepreneur: Latest Articles
    Catherine Clifford
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    A survey of more than 2,000 employees found that only 45 percent of time at the office is spent on primary job duties.
  • Don’t let the banks stop your business’s growth

    Small Business Heroes
    The Small Business Heroes Team
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:57 am
    For small firms looking to the future with business ambitions, the current economic climate presents a maze of both opportunities and obstacles. Academy Leasing Managing Director, Mike Nolan, considers the options available for securing growth finance.   Confidence continues to return to the UK economy but net bank lending to SMEs is still falling according to recent Bank of England reports. If banks happen to say “no” to you however, all is not lost – alternative funding avenues are available to help you realise your business’s growth potential. Lease finance: the solution to…
  • Divide your market

    Small Business Pool
    Small Business Pool
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
    Managing a profitable business is all about understanding your customer’s behaviors and needs and providing services or products that rightly fulfil those needs. As an entrepreneur it is important to notice the essence of valued customers and their different types. Having a holistic view of the business objective is important, but knowing your customers and how they form a buyer’s market is also important. Market segmentation helps us define this customer base in a market scenario. It refers to the division of a set of consumers into people with similar needs and wants. Market…
  • Small Businesses Hiring More Independent Workers

    Small Business Labs
    Steve
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    New Geography's 1099 Economy on the Rise features data from Zen Payroll showing: "the ratio of independent contractors to full-time employees has meaningfully risen among small and medium-sized businesses in states and major metropolitan areas across the country." In other words, small and mid-sized businesses are using more independent workers and fewer traditional employees.   The article chart below shows this data for various cities (click on the chart to enlarge). This data comes on top of several recent studies showing large companies are increasing their use of…
  • 9 Things Entrepreneurs Should Know

    Small Biz Daily
    Rieva Lesonsky
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky 1. Very Happy Holidays In its quarterly Spark Business Barometer survey, Capital One reports small businesses are feeling good and expecting to have a great holiday. In general, women- and millennial-owned businesses are more optimistic about financial conditions and business prospects, as well as the economy. Some survey highlights: • 71 percent expect holiday sales to be equal to or better than 2013 • 57 percent of business owners say current business conditions are excellent or good • 43 percent experienced increased sales over the past six months • 49 percent…
 
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    Fast Company

  • Can This Bracelet Help The Blind Better Understand Their Surroundings?

    Elizabeth Segran
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Ustraap, a wearable technology startup, helps the blind more effectively sense their surroundings.While technology helps the visually impaired better access the digital world (making it easy for them to quickly dictate emails or speak instructions into smartphones, for instance), trying to get around in the real world can be somewhat more challenging. Many of the more than 6 million blind people in America rely on a trusty guide dog or a white cane to sense what is in front of them. Ustraap, a startup founded by three Mexican entrepreneurs, is hoping to improve the tools blind people can use…
  • Dyson Plans To Launch 100 New Products In The Next Four Years

    Alice Truong
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:18 pm
    A $2.35 billion innovation investment will help spur their development.Dyson plans to invest $2.35 billion into new technologies—$1.56 billion of that into its research-and-development efforts—and launch at least 100 new products in the coming four years.Read Full Story
  • The Recommender: Claudia Rojas Sees Numbers In Color

    Robbie Jones
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    The three best things on the Internet each week, as recommended by Fast Company team members. Claudia RojasPhoto: Celine Grouard for Fast Company Name: Claudia Rojas Role at Fast Company: Director of Web Projects. "I make sure the marketing team, developers, and editors are happy with each other and the website." Twitter: @panterita Titillating Fact: Claudia is graphic, web, UX, and UI designer, but she's also classically trained as a printmaker— working mostly with etchings. Claudia also has synesthesia, meaning that she can experience simultaneous sensations from one stimulus. "I can see…
  • Uber's Emil Michael Probably Won't Be Fired, Says Report

    Chris Gayomali
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    The executive lit an enormous media firestorm this week. So why is he still with the company?Uber senior vice president of business Emil Michael triggered a firestorm this week when his dinner comments about snooping on reporters with "opposition researchers" were published by BuzzFeed. Michael soon offered a mea culpa to the journalist targeted, PandoDaily founder Sarah Lacy, and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick continued the apology tour with a 14-part tweetstorm (see our video rendition of Kalanick's Twitter apology below).Read Full Story
  • I Attended A Conference Remotely Thanks To This Robot (And It Was A Very Strange Experience)

    Kevin Lincoln
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    With a telepresence robot, you can meet people and go to talks... kind of physically?It's just another morning for me in my Los Angeles apartment. When I get out of bed on November 18, I put on a flannel shirt, a large sweater, and sweatpants. I spread almond butter and grape jelly on a pita. I make coffee.Read Full Story
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    VISANOW Global Immigration

  • The December 2014 Visa Bulletin Has Been Released

    Jake VanKersen
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:44 pm
      Here is the Visa Bulletin for December 2014 The U.S. Department of State organizes Green Card petitions into categories based on the sponsor’s legal status. The categories for Green Card petitions are as follows: F1: The unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. F2: The spouses and children of Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs or green card holders). F2A: Spouses and Children of LPRs. F2B: Unmarried Adult Children of LPRs. F3: Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. F4: Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens. Last month we saw advancement in every category and this…
  • Introducing the Visa Finder Tool: Making the First Step of the Immigration Process Easier

    Jake VanKersen
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:51 pm
    We know that trying to navigate the U.S. immigration process can very complicated. Between the various visa options and specific requirements for each type, even deciding which visa is best for you can be overwhelming. We wanted to make it easier for anybody to get started with the immigration process – which is why we developed Visa Finder. Visa Finder is our latest step in bringing simplicity to the complicated U.S. immigration process.  How Does Visa Finder Work? Using Visa Finder is like an initial consultation with an immigration attorney. However, unlike an initial consultation…
  • How to get a U.S. Passport: What You Need to Know about Applying for a U.S. Passport

    VISANOW Global Immigration
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:37 am
    If you are a U.S. citizen traveling internationally for the first time, you must first apply for a U.S. passport. Here are some quick facts you should know about how to get a U.S. passport. What is a U.S. passport? A U.S. passport is an official document issued by the United States government, verifying an individual’s identity and citizenship while authorizing the individual to travel internationally. You might have to apply for your U.S. passport in person. If any of these following criteria apply to you, you must apply for your U.S. passport in person: You are applying for a U.S.
  • VISANOW and General Catalyst Announce Partnership

    Jake VanKersen
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:24 pm
    We have some extremely exciting news to share with all of you! VISANOW is proud to announce its partnership with venture capital firm General Catalyst. “We have spent the last 15 years building VISANOW into the leading provider of online immigration services. General Catalyst is an ideal partner because they share our vision and have the experience and resources to take us to the next levels,” says Bob Meltzer, VISANOW founder and CEO. Since 1998, all of us at VISANOW have had one goal in mind–to improve the legal services experience for everybody. Our new partner shares our passion…
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    VisaNow
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
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    Small Business Labs

  • Small Businesses Hiring More Independent Workers

    Steve
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    New Geography's 1099 Economy on the Rise features data from Zen Payroll showing: "the ratio of independent contractors to full-time employees has meaningfully risen among small and medium-sized businesses in states and major metropolitan areas across the country." In other words, small and mid-sized businesses are using more independent workers and fewer traditional employees.   The article chart below shows this data for various cities (click on the chart to enlarge). This data comes on top of several recent studies showing large companies are increasing their use of…
  • Schedule Control and the Independent Worker

    Steve
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Independent workers (freelancers, self-employed, etc.) consistently tell us they like the autonomy, control and flexibility independent work provides.  The National Journal article How Airbnb and Uber are Changing the Nature of Work explores one aspect of this - schedule control.  Key quote: It's hard to overstate how much an employee's control over his schedule, even if it's a small amount of leeway, changes the work experience. Almost three-quarters of adult workers (73 percent) said flexibility is "one of the most important factors they consider"…
  • The Rise of WeWork Coworking

    Steve
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Inside the Phenomenal Rise of WeWork, from Forbes, covers the explosive growth of the coworking chain WeWork.  Key quote: Over the next 12 months the company expects to triple its membership from 14,000 to 46,000 and expand to 60 locations from 21 today and 9 just a year ago ... WeWork will gross an estimated $150 million this year with operating margins of 30%. Current plans will push revenue to more than $400 million next year.  Based on this performance, WeWork recently raised $150 million at an eye popping $1.5 billion valuation. Several years ago we wrote about the rise…
  • Decision Making Data Used by Small Businesses

    Steve
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Marketing Charts, one of our favorite data related websites, covers a recent Constant Contact survey in their article Types of Data Used by Small Businesses. Since this data is based on a survey of Constant Contact customers, it's no great surprise that the data source listed most often is email marketing reports. But the other uses are consistent with both our research and the research of others, so I find this information overall to be quite credible.   Another interesting finding from the research are the reasons small businesses don't use data. The chart below is from the…
  • Mobile Data Usage Exploding

    Steve
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Mobile computing device penetration rates continue to expand.   As the chart below from BI Intelligence (paid subscription required) shows, US smartphone penetration is now 72%, up from 65% this time last year. Also, tablet penetration is now at 33%.   This is leading to an explosion in the use of digital data by mobile devices. According to BI Intelligence, the average mobile device user uses a bit over 2 gigabytes of digital data each month.  This is up from around 1 gigabyte a year ago. Mobile data usage will continue to grow at a rapid clip, driven by: Continued…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Quick Quiz: What Do Investors Cite as the Common Cause of Failures?

    Tim Berry
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    What do venture capitalists and angel investors cite as the common cause of the failures in their portfolios? That’s a great question, which somebody posed in Quora. And as I write this post, it has several really interesting answers. Jason Lemkin, who runs Storm Ventures, has my favorite answer. It’s also the overwhelming favorite of those who voted on the answer collection: We did this analysis at Storm recently, trying to go back through 14 years of venture investments, all of them very early-to-pretty-darn-early stage, and most pre-revenue. Here was the learning: the #1 correlation…
  • You Have to Do Disappointment Twice

    Tim Berry
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    Such a beautiful quote: I ask if stories are empires, you’ll say— ‘Stories are people. I’m a story, you’re a story . . . your father is a story. Our stories go in every direction, but sometimes, if we’re lucky, our stories join into one, and for a while, we’re less alone.’ ‘But you never answered the question,” Pasquale said. “Why you come here.’ Bender pondered the wine in his hand. ‘A writer needs four things to achieve greatness, Pasquale: desire, disappointment, and the sea.’ ‘That’s only three.’ Alvis finished his wine.
  • Does an MBA Help in Running a High-Tech Business?

    Tim Berry
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:51 am
    Question (on Quora): Does an MBA help in starting up and running a technology-based business?  My Answer on MBA for High Tech I have an MBA degree and I bootstrapped a software company past $10M annual sales and was a co-founder of another software company that went public in less than four years. And the truth is neither yes or no, but somewhere in between. The value of the MBA depends on who you are, what you want, what other options you have, what you give up, and where you are in career and the more important rest of your life, like relationships, having children, etc. My MBA degree made…
  • Real Cases: Paths Female CEOs Took to the Top

    Tim Berry
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    This is interesting: Harvard Business Review just published some research on how large-company female CEOs reached the top. The authors looked at the career paths of 24 women who head Fortune 500 companies. They do say they were testing the standard assumption that these women took “the most competitive business tracks, like investment banking and management consulting.” It turned out, however, that the standard assumption wasn’t particularly accurate. Most women running Fortune 500 companies did not immediately hop on a “competitive business track.” Only three had a job at a…
  • Startups and Business Owners: The ‘Have to Do’ Factor is Infinite

    Tim Berry
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    This should be so horribly obvious: Your business exists to make your life better. Not vice-versa. Don’t live to make your business better. Obvious? Sure. But people forget. Do you use what you “have to do” for your business as the constant recurring excuse for missing things that matter to people you love – soccer games, recitals, appointments, and so on? I’m sure you’ve heard the oft-repeated saying about people on their death beds not wishing they’d spent more time in the office. I think the “have to do” factor for entrepreneurs, startups, and small business owners is…
 
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    Copyblogger

  • How to Use Content Curation to Create a Recurring Revenue Business

    Brian Clark
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s no secret that I’m a tireless advocate for the creation of original content to fuel business growth. My next online project, however, is based on … curation. You read that right. I’m starting a new site, and the centerpiece of my content strategy will be locating and making sense of the smartest articles, audio, and video I can find in that topical market that are created by others. Sound strange? Listen in and check out the three-part process I’m following, so you can start building your own profitable content curation strategy: In this 49-minute episode…
  • Can You Help Us Out? Take Our 2015 Online Business Survey

    Demian Farnworth
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here at Copyblogger Media, it’s safe to say that we’ve been in your shoes. As freelancers, consultants, content publishers, and small business owners … It’s in our DNA. Our founder, Brian Clark, was a recovering attorney in the mid 90s when he discovered the Internet and just knew he could make a living from it. In less than a decade, he went on to build several businesses before he grew Copyblogger Media into a $10 million a year company — started, mind you, from nothing more than a blog that published two articles a week. And just about every other employee…
  • How We Built Our Careers Online (And What You Can Learn From It)

    Jerod Morris
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The two biggest concerns for the average blogger are obscurity and sustainability. In other words … for the vast majority of us who set sail creating content online, we want to first develop an audience; and then, once we have an audience, we want to find a way to earn a living from our content. The first concern can feel daunting enough, because building an audience isn’t easy. The second concern can feel damn near impossible — because despite countless examples of people who have done it, sometimes we struggle to see ourselves succeeding in the same way. Which is silly. So…
  • What You Need to Know to Make a Living as a Blogger Right Now

    Demian Farnworth
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The average blogger only has two concerns. The first is obscurity. She is a total stranger in a vast world loaded with people — unknown, inconspicuous, and insignificant. Odd, considering there are so many people online. But it’s a simple law: We all start at the bottom. One recent study discovered that the average British blogger had only 285 subscribers, received 18 comments a day, and earned about $120 a month. That’s the reward for someone who’d been blogging for two years and eight months. Yes, those surveyed also worked full-time jobs. In an informal poll,…
  • 7 Ways to Find a Topical Market that Will Fuel Your Digital Commerce Business

    Robert Bruce
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Before you get down to business online, you need to find the topic(s) and market(s) that can support that business. And, after answering your questions on digital sharecropping and content curation, that’s exactly what Brian and I get into on this week’s episode of Rainmaker FM. Listen in and check out the seven-part process for finding the topic market that can fuel your online business … In this 43-minute episode we discuss: Why you need to “be the market” you’re serving The innovative power of the traditional magazine rack How to achieve niche positioning within a big topic…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Twitter Link Roundup #244 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Mike
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    Today is Friday and I am off to pick up a new puppy! Yep, you heard me right, new addition to the family! Well enough about cute little balls of fluff – it’s time for our weekly roundup of the great links and articles we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account). We like to talk about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! I hope you enjoy! The will to survive is an amazing and powerful thing. Speaking of…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: otnielz

    Audree
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this special Give Back project. Let us start the slow clap for otnielz and ALL the talented Creatives who gave their time and talent for this worthy cause. We are so proud of the crowdSPRING community. Check out more great work on otnielz’s profile page. Nicely done, otnielz, nicely done! Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: greenblack Fresh from the SPRING: bokomoslav Fresh from the SPRING: 
ravitejabhukya
  • Small Business and Startups: The 3-Page Business Plan (and a short post to match!)

    Mike
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:16 am
    Well, it’s been a while since we last explored the topic of business plans and plenty has changed. The age of the 80-page plan has passed and has been replaced with the 140-character attention span. It’s not that potential investors and employees don’t want to know how you’re going to pull off this crazy, audacious idea of yours. They do. Its that they expect you to communicate it to them quickly and succinctly. In the spirit of the short business plan, this will be a short post; here are the three pages you need to include in your plan and some ideas for the type of…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #243 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Mike
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    Today is Friday – end of week and ready to relax; anyone gonna see Interstellar this weekend? Anyhow, it’s time for our weekly roundup of the cool, intriguing, and compelling links and articles we shared with you over the past week on our very own crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account). We like to talk about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and various random stuff! Enjoy! Ever think about trekking in the Himalayas? Ever think about that bus ride to the trailhead? Check out…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: greenblack

    Audree
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project. Let us start the slow clap for greenblack. Check out more great work on greenblack’s profile page. Nicely done, greenblack, nicely done! Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: bokomoslav Fresh from the SPRING: 
ravitejabhukya Fresh from the SPRING: LuW
 
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    The Franchise King®

  • Here’s What This Window Genie Franchise Owner Didn’t Want

    The Franchise King®
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Greg told me he “didn’t want a retail store.” So, I didn’t talk to him about franchise opportunities that required a retail storefront. Franchise Search Tip: Knowing what you don’t want can quickly open the door to what you may  want. Does that make sense?   About Greg Greg Pyles, of Fresno, California, wanted to find a suitable franchise business opportunity in which he’d be able to include his son, Jordan, in. He reached out to me earlier this year for help and advice. After a brief phone call, he hired me to help him come up with some franchise…
  • An Idea For Franchisors And Franchisees in 2015

    The Franchise King®
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Here’s an idea: Make 2015 a giving  year. I’m not referring to charity work or community work, although I would encourage you to do that. Keep reading to find out how I want you to become a giver in 2015.   An Idea For Franchisors And Franchisees in 2015 I want you to become a giver to your business network. I want you to give referrals to people in your business network when they’re appropriate, but I don’t want you to stop there. Go deep. Think about a few special things you could do for valued members of your business network. Surprise a couple of people each…
  • Franchise Interviews: The UPS Store®

    The Franchise King®
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    (Sponsored Post) It’s very beneficial for today’s potential franchise owners to get a feel of the opportunities they’re interested in from a lot of different angles. Existing franchisees are a great source of information about the opportunity. Franchise executives are, too. (Chris Adkins) That’s why we reached out to  Chris Adkins, who’s the VP of Franchise Sales for The UPS Store®. Chris was kind enough to answer a few questions about The UPS Store franchise business opportunity for you; my valued readers and blog subscribers.  You are welcome to read about…
  • How To Be The King Of Your Franchise Business

    The Franchise King®
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    That’s the goal, right? You purchased the franchise business you’re now the owner of , so you could be King. So, you could run the show. So you could be the boss.   What Does Being The King Mean To You? While you’re thinking about that, let me share what being King means to me. King= More Freedom And More Control. It means I have more control in my professional life…in my career. It means I have freedom too. That’s important to me. It means that I have a shot at living The American Dream. What does it mean to you? What will it  mean for you to be The King…
  • Home-Based Franchises: 12 Things That Make This Franchise Worth Investigating

    The Franchise King®
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:23 am
    The sheer number of home-based franchises available these days presents a challenge. How do you not  skip over “The One“? The One that can get you where you want to go. The One that’s a great fit for what your top skills are. The One that makes the most sense. The One you feel has the best income potential. The One that can easily be run from home. Your home. You know: “The One.” Keep reading. “The One” for you could be on this webpage.   Home-Based Franchises: 12 Things That Make This Franchise Worth Investigating What kind of home-based…
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    SmallBizTechnology

  • 10 Digital Marketing Channels to Keep an Eye On

    Young Entrepreneur Council
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    What do you think will be the next big digital marketing channel 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. Amazon As content marketing continues to drive results for businesses trying to reach their audience, it’ll become more common for organizations to produce their own books for distribution on Amazon. As one of…
  • eCommerce Site Success: 9 Big Time Tips To Make Your eCommerce Site Better

    Ramon Ray
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Selling online is easy – you use an ecommerce platform like Shopify, Infusionsoft, BigCommerce, Volusion or one of many other solutions and you’re done. Right? No. To successfully sell online it takes specific strategies and best practices. Julie Grace is the head of engineering at Tindie.com, a community for buying Arduino producdts –  interactive electronic objects. Julie gives some awesome tips in how to ensure YOUR eCommerce business runs smoothly, profitably and grows! The full story is at First Round Review, my excerpts are below. Have a great browsing experience:…
  • Zipmark Buys WorkingPoint. Here’s 3 Reasons Why It Matters. Bill Payment Marries Financial Management Solution.

    Ramon Ray
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Zipmark, an awesome service enabling bank to bank payments recently  bought WorkingPoint, an awesome service that provides bookkeeping, tax reporting, inventory and expense management to small businesses. One of my “vendors” uses Zipmark to enable me to pay her immediately – from my bank to hers. Zipmark, for businesses, competes head on with PayPal and other payment solutions. WorkingPoint provides invoicing,  and a business dashboard that allows our users to quickly gauge the state of their finances This purchase is important for a few reasons: Zipmark – can now…
  • Holiday Free Shipping Battle: Target Takes on Amazon and Why Your Business Should Care

    Ramon Ray
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:49 am
    As the holiday season approaches, both brick and mortar and online retailers are looking for every advantage they can get to secure their piece of the sales pie. For small businesses, this can be a huge task as the big dogs, like Amazon, Target, Walmart and others, dominate sales due to their size. But, even the big dogs are battling and small businesses should be taking note so they can use some the same tactics in their market to find sales success. I recently wrote and article, “Target Takes On Amazon With Free Shipping This Holiday Season: What Your Business Should Know“, for…
  • PC World: Startups, Not Big Companies, Hold a Lock on Technology Support Services

    Ramon Ray
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    PC World writes how it’s startups, not big companies who have the upper hand and best chance of success in the tech services sector. My input to the article was: Ramon Ray is a small business and technology evangelist and the publisher of Smart Hustle magazine. Ray sees the DT trend similarly, acknowledging that in the coming years, “startups will be faster and nimble,” and “Big companies will have to adopt.” As the relationship shifts in favor of more agile young companies, Ray notes that “Big companies will no longer hold a lock on their core services… Startups will…
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    Small Business Trends

  • The Climate Corporation Takes Farming High Tech

    Annie Pilon
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The farming industry is going high-tech. And it isn’t necessarily just to increase output. For some farmers, using more technology has become a necessity thanks to changing climate conditions. Founded by two former Google engineers, The Climate Corporation is a provider of tech services and products for farmers. The company utilizes data as a tool to combat the difficulties farmers face thanks to changing weather patterns. CEO David Friedberg told CNN: “The increasing uncertainty in agriculture, with the changing patterns of weather we are seeing, is making it difficult for farmers to…
  • 3 Sound Tips for Rebounding From Career Setbacks

    Ivan Widjaya
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Most experts out there give really bad advice when it relates to the topic of career setbacks –- or failures, as many of us would label them. So often, we’re told to take a deep inward breath, then breathe all the pain and frustration out. We’re advised to forget and move on, to meditate, or to blame our follies on something external, since it’s not good to carry the weight of failure around with us for too long. Effective career rebound, as science and medicine is learning, has a lot more to it than jumping in the shower and doing a one-time cleansing to wash the…
  • GoPro’s Andrew Shipp: Create Amazing Social Media Content — Now

    Marie Alonso
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Andrew Shipp loves to talk about social media content. As social media manager for GoPro, he’s got a lot to share. GoPro’s creative, versatile and robust approach to social media engagement offers a tantalizing view of what can be accomplished when a ferocious social media strategy leverages timely shares, visual content and a cross-platform energy. Take a look at GoPro’s social creativity — and engagement.  GoPro on Facebook and Twitter are just two platform examples. What can you learn from GoPro’s social media mastermind when it comes to getting creative…
  • Cowbells Come With Amazing Business Insights In “The Cowbell Principle”

    Charles Franklin
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The “Saturday Night Live” Cowbell Sketch and its later incarnations are simple, but extremely funny. If you can’t remember it or haven’t seen it yet, I encourage you to watch it. It’s that funny! Now, try to create a series of principles for how to get more out of your life and business using that skit. If you can’t, you might need The Cowbell Principle. In The Cowbell Principle: Career Advice as How to Get Your Dream Job and Make More Money, Brian Carter and Garrison Wynn dissect the hilarious “Cowbell” sketch and use it as analogy for success in life and business. Using the…
  • Small Business Saturday Is Coming

    Small Business Editor
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Coming up on Nov. 29 is Small Business Saturday, an event founded by American Express to promote small businesses. Customers can register to get up to $30 back when they Shop Small by spending $10 or more at participating businesses. Your business can also participate in this event by becoming a part of the American Express Shop Small movement. A little further out on the calendar is the Affiliate Management Days Conference from March 30 to April 1, 2015. This event will be held in San Francisco and offers insight into how other online retailers are successfully implementing and managing…
 
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The jobs only you can do

    Seth Godin
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    One of the milestones every entrepreneur passes is when she stops thinking of people she hires as expensive ("I could do that job for free") and starts thinking of them as cheap ("This frees me up to do something more profitable.") When you get rid of every job you do that could be done by someone else, something needs to fill your time. And what you discover is that you're imagining growth, building partnerships, rethinking the enterprise (working on your business instead of in it, as the emyth guys would say). Right now, you don't even see those jobs, because you're busy doing things that…
  • A little more than a bushel, a little bit less

    Seth Godin
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Marketing works best when the effort you put into it is a little more than you think you need and a lot more than the market expects from your project. And projects work best when the amount you need to get done is a little less than the resources you have available. Marketing rewards a taut system, a show of confidence, the ability to be where you need to be with a true story that works. Projects reward slack, the ability to keep your schedule and your quality, to watch the critical path and to make smart decisions. The common errors, then: Pick too big an arena for your marketing, and seem…
  • The tragedy of the last 10%

    Seth Godin
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:29 am
    In a competitive market, if you do the work to lower your price by 10%, your market share grows. If you dig in deep, analyze, reengineer and make thoughtful changes, you can lower your price another 10%. This leads to an even bigger jump in market share. The third time (or maybe the fourth, or even before then), you only achieve a 10% savings by cutting safety, or quality, or reliability. You cut corners, certainly. The last 10% costs your workers the chance to make a decent living, it costs your suppliers the opportunity to treat their people with dignity, and it costs you your reputation.
  • Inventing a tribe

    Seth Godin
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:31 am
    I can't think of a single time that an individual or an organization has created a brand-new worldview, spread it and then led that tribe. There were Harley-type renegades before there was Harley Davidson. There were digital nomads before there was Apple. There were pop music fans before there were the Beatles and Rastafarians before Marley. Without a doubt, a new technology creates new experiences. But the early adopters who gravitate to it were early adopters before we got there. Our job is to find the disconnected and connect them, to find people eager to pursue a goal and give them the…
  • The wrong question to ask yourself before crowdfunding

    Seth Godin
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:59 am
    A friend explained to me all the reasons for her upcoming Kickstarter campaign. The machine she wanted to buy was sorely needed, it would increase her productivity and also make her day significantly easier--it made perfect business sense. These are all great reasons to borrow money from a bank or a professional investor. They aren't good reasons to crowdfund. No, the right question is, "how will the new financial relationship I offer to my biggest supporters enhance their lives?" There's a huge amount of emotion and story we tell ourselves before we send in money to crowdfund something.
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • Weekend Favs November Twenty Two

    John Jantsch
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:44 am
    Weekend Favs November Twenty Two written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week. I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you check them out if they sound interesting. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from Flickr or one that I took out there on the road. Trained another great group of Duct Tape Marketing Consultants this week! Good stuff I found this week: Boomerang Calendar – Google…
  • Social Media Gives Consumers and Brands a Direct Connection

    Guest Post
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:14 am
    Social Media Gives Consumers and Brands a Direct Connection 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 Jessica Davis– Enjoy! photo credit: Matt Hamm via photopin cc Remember a time when it was not possible to share your opinions about a specific product with others because there was no outlet. Not too long ago, the consumer was considered to be at the bottom of the pyramid. There was no way to display dissatisfaction with the services received or products…
  • How and Why to Conduct a Meaningful Content Audit

    Guest Post
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    How and Why to Conduct a Meaningful Content Audit 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 Liz O’Neil Dennison – Enjoy! You’ve probably heard that a content audit is essential for driving engagement and revenue with content. But what is it, exactly? Why do you need one? And how do you do begin to tackle such a laborious task? Read on. What Is a Content Audit? A content audit is a qualitative analysis of all the content your company has ever published…
  • Telling the Story of You

    John Jantsch
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    Telling the Story of You written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Judy Carter photo credit: Will Tull via photopin cc Storytelling in business is a hot topic. Marketers, leaders and brand builders are all encouraged to create narratives around their business, culture and even products. Pay attention to a great deal of the television advertising you see today and you’ll find that many possess a little story about who you could become if you only bought their product. Stories possess the power to drive emotional…
  • 3 Super Simple Ways to Make Buffer Even More Useful

    John Jantsch
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:56 am
    3 Super Simple Ways to Make Buffer Even More Useful written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing I’ve long since professed my love of the BufferApp. But it’s been a while since I’ve shared some of the ways I use this tool, so I thought I would add some tips today. (About a year ago my youngest daughter landed a job with Buffer – so take that for what you will as you read! – To me, it’s just another reason to love them.) Millions use Buffer for it’s core namesake functionality – buffering social…
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • Don’t let the conversations end when the campaign’s over

    Andy Sernovitz
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is a post from our WordofMouth.org project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. While one-off campaigns can be great for starting conversations, they can lose momentum quickly. Cards Against Humanity had such a promotion over the holidays. They told their fans they could pay whatever they wanted (even nothing) for the holiday edition of the game. That got a lot of people talking. But instead of letting the conversation stop after the holidays, Cards Against Humanity sent out a hilarious infographic that gave the details of the promotion. They…
  • Salesforce.com’s area dedicated to dog people

    Andy Sernovitz
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is a post from The Pursuit of Happiness, a blog on happy workplaces and work culture at my company, GasPedal. Check it out for more posts like this every week. Some people at work are dog people. Some aren’t. So how do you keep everyone happy? At Salesforce.com, they have a “doggy daycare” of sorts — a large office space in their San Francisco office where dog-loving employees can bring their dogs to work each day. Dogs are confined to this area, which keeps the rest of the office quiet and dog free — and it still lets dog lovers bring their best friend to…
  • Newsletter #1015: The “Turn It Around” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    20 Nov 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.] Negative word of mouth, PR flubs, cavities — you can’t avoid them all, but some smart companies know what to do to turn them around and earn loyal fans and customers. Here’s how: 1. Before something bad happens 2. After something bad happens 3. While something bad is happening 4. Check it out: If The Moon Were Only One Pixel 1. Before something bad happens Everyone jokes…
  • Sharon Crost on five ways Hitachi Data Systems uses big social data to map the customer journey

    Andy Sernovitz
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is a post from my company, SocialMedia.org’s blog. Check it out for more profiles and stories about the people running social at really big brands. For this case study, we dove into a presentation by Hitachi Data Systems’ Senior Social Business Lead, Sharon Crost, at our Brands-Only Summit in Orlando. Like most BtoBs, Hitachi has a difficult time mapping out their buyer’s journey. “It’s really difficult to say what our buyers actually use to make a decision and how we attribute that to revenue,” says Sharon Crost, Senior Social Business Lead for…
  • Use small stuff to make big impressions

    Andy Sernovitz
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is a post from our WordofMouth.org project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. While your service and your stuff are key to giving your customers a remarkable experience, sometimes what they talk about has more to do with the little details. These small things make for great opportunities to let your personality shine through and start word of mouth. Lots of companies use coupons and discounts — but often these can benefit from a small tweak to make them worth sharing. For example, instead of just handing their customers a 10% coupon,…
 
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    The Get Smart Blog

  • Digital Wallets | Purchase With Power

    Bridget Ayers
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    Is your wallet getting a little heavy these days? It’s all those business cards, credit cards, receipts, cash, family photos, drivers license, gift cards, insurance cards… it all adds up. All of it, confined in the traditional worn and torn leather square holding in all the important and unimportant things you need on a daily basis. If any of this applies to you, check out the digital wallet. You’re probably asking, what is a digital wallet? For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term digital wallet- it’s exactly what is sounds like. Take a look at these 9…
  • Atlas by Facebook Changes Advertising for Business

    Bridget Ayers
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Need some tips on marketing? Did you know that Facebook has the most users of any social media platform? In fact, over 74% of online adults use it monthly. Facebook has recently improved its marketing capabilities using an application called Atlas, which is designed to improve how marketers target their audience and even measure the effectiveness of the ads they use. (Information Source) See also: Visit The Facebook Atlas Page Positive Changes for Facebook 1. No cookies? No problem. Since cookies do not work on mobile devices, it’s difficult for marketers to track the interests of…
  • Powerhouse Password Protectors

    Bridget Ayers
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    There’s no time like the present to protect yourself from online security breaches. Whether you need to protect personal information or business files, it is important to have a manage your passwords safely. We have found 3 password managers, Dashlane, 1Password and LastPass, that may be the best fit for you. Read on to find out. 1Password For the mobile users out there, 1Password is a great tool for you. What’s nice about 1Password is that the software allows users to synchronize data locally through Wifi, iCloud and/or Dropbox. 1Password allows you to store data on your…
  • 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…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Writing-first Design

    Jonas Downey
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:24 am
    A quick way to measure a designer’s maturity is to watch what they do at the beginning of a project. Inexperienced designers are often smitten by the allure of new tools and quick results, so they’ll jump in to Photoshop or Sketch and start messing with layouts and style explorations. Seasoned designers know this can be distracting, so they might start by doing research or drawing in a paper sketchbook instead. Sketching is great, but before I start sketching, I start writing. Writing first has lots of advantages, regardless of the project you’re working on. Here are a few examples.
  • A Glimpse of Artificial Intelligence

    Jamie
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    At 8:15 AM I called Safelite Auto Glass for a quote to fix a chip in my car’s windshield. I wasn’t expecting to get the work done today, but the customer service rep gave me a great deal. We scheduled the appointment for 9:30 AM. Then he asked if he could send me an email confirmation. Normally I don’t give out my email address because I don’t want to get on another mailing list. However, in my past experience there’s been miscommunication between the corporate call center and the place of service. In truth, the $50 Safelite quote was way below the $140 dealer…
  • Art and Craft

    Wailin Wong
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Priceless cultural artifacts and works of art belong in a museum, as Indiana Jones taught us. But if the museum doesn’t have the space for that painting or Cross of Coronado, these pieces go to companies like The Icon Group. Photo by Michael Berger Founded in 1980, The Icon Group is a specialized moving and storage business that performs the vital but unsung task of boxing up fine art objects and storing them safely. There’s an incredible amount of knowledge and skill that goes into handling an oddly shaped or fragile piece, and companies like The Icon Group only gain that…
  • PHOTO: A quick lesson on branding—via @gewqk.

    Jamie
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    A quick lesson on branding—via @gewqk.
  • PHOTO: Less works.

    Nate Otto
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Less works.
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    Small Biz Survival

  • Now’s the Time to Shop Small

    Glenn Muske
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Small Business matters on more than just one day. Since 2010, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been designated “Small Business Saturday.” It is a day to recognize small businesses and what they bring to a local community.  You probably know the direct impact of the small businesses in your community. They provide needed goods and services. Everyone needs to be reminded of their contributions and encouraged to shop small whenever I can. You know the people. The owners take care of you because of the local connection. Yet providing goods and services is just the beginning of what small…
  • Holiday shopping campaigns besides “Shop Small”

    Becky McCray
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:18 am
    Small Business Saturday and its Shop Small slogan get a lot of attention, but they aren’t the only holiday shopping project small town businesses can join for more buzz this season. Shift Your Shopping Shift Your Shopping is a theme you can adopt for any local shopping campaign. The emphasis is on shifting more of your shopping dollars to local stores. You can download graphics and logos to use in your local campaign. You aren’t restricted to any specific days or weeks, so you can use the theme all season. Shift Your Shopping is a cooperative effort spearheaded by our friends at…
  • Couples Can be Small-businesses Owners

    Glenn Muske
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    Riverbound Farm by Glenn Muske Co-preneurs, or couples in business together, get very little attention in the study of business ownership. This lack of attention largely comes from the myth that they are small in number and the businesses they run are small in size. The reality, though, finds that co-preneurs are a substantial part of the business community. Research has found that nearly one-third of family businesses are owned by co-preneurs. While this may still seem small, you must realize that one in 10 households operates one or more family businesses. This translates to 12.2 million…
  • How small towns can do Shop Small Saturday

    Becky McCray
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:48 am
    The Small Business Saturday® celebration and Shop Small slogan are great for small business and most closely identified with founding partner American Express. This brings much-appreciated attention to local merchants and independent small businesses. In the US, it falls right after Black Friday (when customers rush big box stores for well-publicized deals) and before Cyber Monday (when people go back to work but spend the day shopping online for well-publicized deals). In the UK, it’s the first Saturday in December and also supported by American Express. In Canada, it’s in…
  • Brag Basket provides the warmth of community

    Becky McCray
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Basket of firewood. Photo (CC) by Timothy Valentine on Flickr The Brag Basket is open! This one is for all of November, 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 good news for…
 
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    Superinnovators

  • Hitting the nail on the ...

    Bill Burnett
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Sometimes the example you choose gets it right... In my latest book Behave! I talk about getting people to be great problem solvers by accessing their discretionary thinking: "To continue to get employees to give you their discretionary thinking and deliver ideas that boost margin, you must empower them to implement their ideas…For a CEO this can be scary stuff. What happens if an employee gets an idea to build a perpetual motion machine! Do you let that employee pursue an obviously flawed idea? The answer to that question is the marketing answer: “It depends!” Sometimes the…
  • Michael Porter Takes Regional Economic Development to Task

    Bill Burnett
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Speaking at the University of Minnesota where on Sept 30th Harvard launched its new Cluster Mapping tool, Michael Porter talked about the focus of Regional Economic Development offices. He suggest these activities are typically low yield activities. He concludes, in this 4 minute snippet, that we need to focus on something else. Here is the graphic he used: Here is the video snippet that goes along with the slide: In the book "Advantage: Business Competition in the New Normal" it starts out saying, "What makes a company a competitive powerhouse is how well it solves a customer problem…Being…
  • 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…
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    Marketing Practice

  • Libero : Love Every Moment

    Harish B
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Brand : LiberoCompany ; Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget ( SCA)Brand Analysis Count : # 551Johnson & Johnson (J&J) now has a competition from a global player in the Rs 4500 crore Indian baby care market. SCA which is a  $10Bn Swedish company has launched its range of baby products in the Indian market. SCA is a global hygiene and forest products company which is Europe's second largest diaper maker. SCA has launched its diaper and other baby products like soaps, baby lotion , powder etc. The brand is now running its campaign in my state Kerala for its range of products.Libero…
  • Brand Update : Colgate Slimsoft Charcoal toothbrush will make you say WhattheBlack !

    Harish B
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    A black bristled toothbrush for your white teeth !!Colgate has done something unusual in the Indian market- a black colored toothbrush branded as Slimsoft Charcoal. The brand which is available in other parts of the world is now launched in India with much fanfare.What is unusual and interesting about the new product is the color of the toothbrush itself. Black color is something that will be in the last option when one chose a color for the toothbrush bristles. However Colgate chose to play contrarian and launched it in the market.The brand claims to have charcoal infused bristles which will…
  • Marketing Funda : Brand Refresh

    Harish B
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    This post is inspired by  my learned Twitter friend @vijaysankaran when he queried about my opinion about the brand refresh by Raymond. I was more familiar with Re-branding and not refresh which lead to more learning about this term. Brand refresh is a term that signifies slight modification of the brand ( or brand elements). Radical modification or change of brand elements implies re-branding. Refreshing of brand usually happens under following conditions The brand is perceived to be old.Brand is trying to appeal to a new segment , for example younger crowd.When…
  • Brand Update : Raymond formally enters into ready-to-wear segment

    Harish B
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    Although the reports of Raymond entering into the readymade segment was there since 2007, I feel the brand has only now fully launched itself into this category. The " Complete Man" now has become readymade !The Indian men's wear market is around Rs 97000 crore and the formal menswear market is estimated to be around Rs 15000 crore ( Source TOI) . Raymond has brands like Park Avenue, Parx, Color Plus and Notting Hill in the segment.The addition of Raymond will further strengthen the company's portfolio but at the same time would cannibalize the other brands like Park Avenue. Having said that…
  • Marketing Funda : The cost of Hype

    Harish B
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    October 6 ,2014 could have been a historical day for Flipkart but in reality, that day proved to be more of a PR nightmare than a marketing success. It may be true that on that day, the company would have emptied its inventory of many products but at the cost of a lot of goodwill .The huge hype created by Flipkart and the subsequent backlash forces us to refresh some basics in managing expectations. One of the classic theories related to expectation and subsequent satisfaction is Expectation-Confirmation Theory ( ECT) . The theory is no rocket science . It simply states that during the…
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    Mobile Marketing Watch

  • More Turkey, Stuffing and Mobile Sales, Please

    Michael Essany
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    According to new research from Adobe, mobile sales on Thanksgiving day this year are expected to increase to 31%, up a whopping 10% from last year, and will reach approximately $418 million. Adobe just released their 2014 Holiday Shopping Prediction report and it’s chock-full of information on their predictions for this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as well as for Thanksgiving Day itself. Remarkably, Black Friday will see 26% of shoppers doing that shopping from their mobile devices. If Adobe’s prognostications are proven correct, online purchases will actually be higher on…
  • Mobile Users Want Travel Trust, Ignore Spammy Ads and Irrelevant Pitches

    J. Barton
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    No one wants to fly on Spam Airlines. Or to have any doubts that their purchases are safe and secure. As a result, it should come as no surprise that “resistance to spam and irrelevant messages are two reasons why mobile consumers fail to engage with mobile travel ads,” according to the researchers behind a new study. The study in question, carried out by mobile research firm On Device for mobile marketing company MobPartner, is based on a survey of 1,000 mobile users in August. Mobile users who do travel research and planning — whether on mobile or laptop — want to…
  • MMW Op-Ed: Four Common Mistakes People Make When Using Programmatic Advertising

    Michael Essany
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    The following is a guest contributed post to MMW from Kent Keilback, CEO of Admobix. As marketers, brands, advertisers and media companies become more familiar with programmatic media buying, there are still some who are not utilizing it to its full potential; thus not optimizing their campaigns and ROI as effectively as they could be. When buying programmatically, one must figure out if it will be effective for their specific campaign(s) that they’ll be running, be open-minded about new ways of advertising and have a solid marketing plan going in to it. The reason for this could be because…
  • Mobile Marketing: The Week in Review

    ChristaH
    21 Nov 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. Mobile Ads Stealing Budget from Print, Television, and Digital Next Year 2014 definitely saw an explosion of mobile ad spend. In the coming year, more and more advertisers are expected to push money towards mobile in a way that we’ve never seen before. The big question, then, is where is this money going to be coming from? It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like (Many UK Retailers Aren’t Ready for) Christmas Christmas comes once a year — and always on the same date…
  • iPhone 6 Plus Serving its Purpose for Apple in the U.S.

    ChristaH
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Apple’s iPhone 6 may be its best seller this year, but don’t discount the important role played by the device’s big brother — Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus model. When Apple unveiled its answer to Android’s phablet phenomenon last September, iPhone 6 Plus proved the sorely needed catalyst for converting many Android users who simply never made the switch to iOS because they enjoy using larger mobile phones. Today, according to new data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, Apple’s iPhone 6 is beating iPhone 6 Plus sales in the U.S. by a…
 
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    Branding Strategy Insider

  • Brand Example: A Higher Brand Purpose

    Chris Wren
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:10 am
    Brand purpose is the foundation for brand story. Consider this most brilliantly executed example of how higher brand purpose begets flawless story staging and storytelling, illustrating the more elaborate a scene is — props, staging, ambiance — the easier it is for customers to imagine themselves in it. Whole Foods Market is positioning itself to be the world’s healthiest grocery store in a new campaign called, unsurprisingly, “Values Matter.” The awareness campaign boldly asserts in the narration “We want to know where our food comes from, what happens to…
  • Changing The Brand Culture – To What Purpose?

    Mark Di Somma
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:10 am
    Organizations tend to speak about purpose and change as if they are separate subjects. Increasingly, we’ve been asking whether the two could and should be much more closely linked, prompting a shift in question from “Change – to what end?” to “Change – to what purpose?” If we could focus change on ideas that were more universal than corporate and that spread the perceived benefits more broadly, would that make a difference to the success rate? Because right now, the emphasis on change programs to accelerate growth is not working. John Kotter’s assertion that change, as it is…
  • Brand Success: Ideas Or Access?

    Mark Di Somma
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:10 am
    As scale focused brands continue to push their footprints further afield in the search for growth, big distributors, both online and off, offer strong and proven channels through which to reach consumers. Such channels are very attractive – they are major brands in their own right, they bring kudos and market credibility, and of course they have huge client and follower communities. But the share of the asking price that those distributors demand in exchange for that increased market penetration can put them at odds with those who create/ manufacture/ produce. At stake: who gets to decide…
  • Focus Your Brand On Cause Not Effect

    Chris Wren
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:10 am
    Communication is just one tool to convey brand message. Marketers and brand strategists are not employed by companies to create communications – they are employed to create change in consumer behavior. Instead of deluging customers with messages about the point a brand is trying to make, imagine how a brand might let customers experience the point it’s trying to make. This subtle, but powerful shift moves customers up the ladder of marketing effectiveness*. Instead of absorbing a message (theoretically), customers begin to interact with the brand (practically). Take credit cards as a…
  • The Emotional Drivers Of B2B And B2C Brands

    Mark Di Somma
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:10 am
    Philip Kotler once described brands as helping people to make decisions. In a world of frenzied competition and bewildering choice, they are of course the fastest, simplest and most effective way to link a name to a perception of value. What can easily be overlooked however is that B2B and B2C brands are not just about very different types of decisions but that they also involve very different types of decision making. For the most part, consumer brands look to influence an individual and/or groups of individuals (tribes). They are at their most powerful ‘in the moment’. They are about…
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    IttyBiz

  • Freebie Friday #6! (Hand Upsells That Can Boost Your Numbers)

    Naomi Dunford
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Freebie Friday continues! If you missed the last few weeks’ editions, then check them out here: Getting Great Testimonials Training People To Be Trained By You Clear, Not Clever Titling Using Transitions To Boost Sales Page Conversion Increasing Click Through Rate On Launch Emails (We’ll wait.) This week’s release is “Hand Upsells That Can Boost Your Numbers”. For those new to Freebie Friday, we are sending out samples from our BIG LAUNCH class (opening up in late December) so you can get a feel for what’s inside. These freebies are what we call the…
  • “No Advice, Please”

    Naomi Dunford
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:36 pm
    This post by request from Laurie. “How do I show my ittybiz to the people I care about without getting advice I’m not ready for yet? I’m almost ready to go live with my business and I want to show it to some people I care about. The problem is, every time I’ve tried, they say something “helpful” which is not helpful at all!” - Laurie Back when I was dating, I used to have a little catchphrase that I would repeat back in my head whenever I went through a particularly disastrous disaster. “I try to learn something from everyone I date, even if…
  • Universal Specificity, or How To Write Blog Posts Everyone Will Like

    Naomi Dunford
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Sharise asks, “I want to work with people on a variety of things. The basic goal is helping clients make progress on the goals and projects that are important to them, but this can be anything from writing a book, to finding a relationship, to starting a business. Does this mean I’m limited in what I can talk about because covering too many different areas is going to look scattered and unfocused?” This is what we call a very good question. Here is our answer. (We are writing this answer from the perspective of coaches, so if you’re not a coach, use your wonderful powers…
  • Should you jump? (Will the net appear?)

    Naomi Dunford
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This repost by request from Julie. Every now and again, you’ll hear the expression, “Jump, and the net will appear.” This is meant to mean that when you are in a situation where you want to make a big change and that big change involves a lot of (real or perceived) risk – such as jumping off a cliff – you should take the risk. While you cannot see a net now – and indeed, the net is not there now – it will “appear” when you take the jump. (Causality, while unstated, is implied.) For obvious reasons, some people have trouble with this advice. I was…
  • Freebie Friday #5! (Increasing Click Through Rate On Launch Emails)

    Naomi Dunford
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Freebie Friday continues! If you missed the last few weeks’ editions, then check them out here: Getting Great Testimonials Training People To Be Trained By You Clear, Not Clever Titling Using Transitions To Boost Sales Page Conversion (We’ll wait.) This week’s release is “Increasing Click Through Rate On Launch Emails”. For those new to Freebie Friday, we are sending out samples from our BIG LAUNCH class (opening up in late December) so you can get a feel for what’s inside. These freebies are what we call the “Launch Multipliers”, which are…
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    All You Need Is A Good Idea!

  • The only thing they’ve cut is the humor.

    Jay H. Heyman
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:11 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) When the Dollar Shave Club first arrived in 2012, the video introducing it went viral, with over 1 million views in the first four days. It starred the company’s CEO Michael Dubin, a former digital marketing biggie at Sports Illustrated. Now they’ve introduced four new spots, each co-written by Dubin. And though I am indeed a Shave Club Member in good standing, these spots are nowhere in the same class as the introductory commercial. The situations and the humor is forced, and while Dubin says they are rooted in truth, they are just rooted in being coarse,…
  • Probably the smallest good idea possible

    Jay H. Heyman
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    I have always maintained that a good idea is “device” independent. The size of the budget does not turn a bland idea into a good one. Nor does where you are going to use it: ads, website, blogs, boosts, thought-leadership articles, email blasts, infographics —they are merely the delivery system. A good idea is a good idea, be it used for a 20-million dollar cable push or a coupon ad in a free standing insert. Period.So when I saw the flier above (that’s how the New York Times spells it, not “flyer”), after I finished chuckling, I realized it was a perfect example of what I mean.
  • Here's a commercial you will actually enjoy

    Jay H. Heyman
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Everyone once in a while, I see a commercial that has an impact comparable  to the classic Mean Joe Green Coke spot. This one is from McDonalds; a commercial they ran in Brazil celebrating the World Cup. It is exhilarating, rather than poignant, but I bet you can’t just watch it once!
  • Create like a scientist

    Jay H. Heyman
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I know we think of scientists as masters of boring logical conclusions, locked in laboratories with test tubes, blackboards filled with exotic equations, wondering if the rats being tested will go after the sugar cube or the cheese. So it was a pleasure to read the views of Dr. Laurie Glimcher, Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. For while she was talking about physicians and her administrative teams, her insights regarding innovation shared a commonality with our search for good ideas. For example, here’s some advice that you can use during a…
  • Why aren’t there more ads like this?

    Jay H. Heyman
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    You would think that the creative types who come up with the ads for Broadway shows, as well as the people who actually create the shows, would spend a little time thinking about how they could make their ads stand out. But the vast majority (and why is a majority always “vast”?) of ads are simply versions of the standard quote advertising. ”Nice things” said, by “theater critic” of “name of publication.” But two recent theater ads attempt —successfully— to stand out. One, for a new Broadway show written by and starring Larry David is really courageous, because what they…
 
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    Bplans Blog

  • 16 PR Strategies Every Small Business Should Stop Using Right Now

    Scott Gerber
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    PR can do wonders for your startup or small business, but not all strategies have proven to be effective. Below, 16 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) share the one PR strategy they think all startups and small businesses should stop using, and why. 1. Over-the-Top Self-Promotion Press releases are a tool for getting your company’s name out... The post 16 PR Strategies Every Small Business Should Stop Using Right Now appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Books to Empower Women (That Men Should Read Too)

    Candice Landau
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:51 pm
    In celebration of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, we’re giving away 3 copies of ‘Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner’ by Anjali Sastry and Kara Penn. If you’d like to enter the competition, skip to the end of the post. Not too long ago I compiled a list of 10 business books that every savvy... The post Books to Empower Women (That Men Should Read Too) appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • She Does: 21 Quotes on Why Women Should Embrace the Challenge and Thrive as Entrepreneurs

    Jonathan Michael
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    To celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, we’ve collected 21 quotes from women about the challenges and fulfillment they’ve found in entrepreneurship. Featuring iconic business women and trailblazers like Oprah Winfrey, Coco Chanel, and Arianna Huffington, to small business owners who are etching out a path of their own and reaping the rewards. Do you have a quote... The post She Does: 21 Quotes on Why Women Should Embrace the Challenge and Thrive as Entrepreneurs appeared... [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Here’s to You, Women in Business

    Angelique O'Rourke
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    If you’re an active part of your city or town’s community, you may have noticed a sudden spike in the number of activities and events relating to business and entrepreneurship. That’s because we’re now in the midst of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW); a week wholly dedicated to inspiring people to unleash their ideas and take the... The post Here’s to You, Women in Business appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Affordable Ways to Create Creative Workspaces

    Lisa Furgison
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    If the free flow of ideas is important to business operations, regardless of whether you’re a sole-trader or a business with 20 employees, you’re going to want to build an environment that breeds creativity. You’ve probably already heard about Google’s crazily creative office setups, each one different from the last—an indoor slide, chalets inside the office,... The post Affordable Ways to Create Creative Workspaces appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    SiliconBeat

  • Apple must face more claims over lost texts

    Julia Love
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Already under siege over its iMessage system, Apple must now face claims that it violated users’ privacy by blocking them from receiving some text messages after they ditched their iPhones. U.S....
  • Aereo files for bankruptcy

    Troy Wolverton
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    In a move that should surprise no one, Aereo, the pioneering video company that re-transmitted local TV signals to customers over the Internet, has filed for bankruptcy.
  • Tech looks to Congress for visa and green-card reforms

    Michelle Quinn
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    With the president’s immigration action Thursday night, comprehensive reform will be harder to pass. Instead, what will likely happen is the piecemeal approach to immigration, something the...
  • Android users, beware!

    Patrick May
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
    Remember how nasty those computer viruses could be when they’d scramble up your screen and shut down your desktop? And remember how comforting it was to start using these very safe and...
  • On topic: Tech news to know now

    Levi Sumagaysay
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    We’ve got your Friday tech news links right here. Google is testing ad-free, subscription-based Web browsing. All in the family: Some of Uber’s investors have also funded its biggest...
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    BizSugar / Published News

  • How To Enhance Your Social Traffic Using Vine Social Media?

    sudeep
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Six seconds! is all you have got, to change your brand's position in the online world. You have only got six seconds! No more and no less than that. How do you utilize this strong free video sharing potential app, provided by Twitter, to make your marketing strategy a social success?17 Vote(s)
  • Are you a hammer or a nail?

    ScottDudley
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:30 pm
    I went to see a movie yesterday… And whilst the movie itself was average, there was a trailer before it that really got my attention. It was for the forthcoming movie, "Focus", starring Will Smith. And there was a quote in that trailer that I found fascinating… 17 Vote(s)
  • 3 Things Not to Do on Social Media

    SeanGallahar
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:24 pm
    In this article we highlight few things you shouldn't do on social media because they can have a bad influence on your company's online reputation.17 Vote(s)
  • What\'s Missing in Your Content Strategy? 10 Things!

    Writtent_com
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
    From audit to promotion and true north statements, discover 10 of the most important things marketers forget to include when creating a content strategy.18 Vote(s)
  • 3 Success-Driven Stories About People Who Never Let Adversity Get in Their Way - Biz Epic

    ivanpw
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:52 pm
    There are 1440 minutes in each and every day. While our days will always be numbered, the following 3 success stories might just make tomorrow feel like you have a few extra hours to pursue your dreams.17 Vote(s)
 
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    Big Marketing for Small Business

  • A Year of Free Advertising and Business Advice for Military Veteran Entrepreneurs

    Rajan Sodhi
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
    Dr. Art Kaslow runs a dental practice in Santa Barbara County, California. He’s also a U.S. Army Colonel with 24 years of service. As a U.S. Army reservist, he has served two deployments and two mobilizations since 2001. While serving his country has been a commitment he has been proud to uphold, there have been times when his military service and his civilian business have been at odds. When serving in Afghanistan, he had to close his business temporarily. This disruption not only resulted in a loss of business revenue while he was away. It also caused further loss of business from…
  • How to Use a Credit Card Responsibly to Grow Your Small Business

    Miguel Salcido
    29 May 2014 | 10:14 am
    When you are a new owner of a small business, you will look for every break in financing that you can find. Getting enough money to get your startup of the ground can be challenging, to say the least. This means that you need to exhaust every option that you can find. Many small businesses made big additions to their companies by using a small business credit card. Entrepreneurs understand the value that credit like this has and use it to grow their business without creating excessive additional debt. If you want to take your small business or startup to the next level, here are a few ways…
  • 3 Tips to Creating a Killer Social Media Marketing Strategy

    Ted Levin
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm
    As one of the most popular channels to find an audience, marketing on social media sites can transform a small business from unknown to an empire overnight. Although marketing over social media might seem simple and straightforward, there are certain techniques and strategies that can optimize business success if followed. Here are three tips to get you started: 1. Who Is Your Audience? With multiple social media avenues such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Vine and YouTube, businesses should not look to infiltrate every social media site. Rather, businesses should pick a few to…
  • Top 10 Android Business Apps

    Ted Levin
    14 Mar 2014 | 10:55 am
    The platform for mobile apps has changed from simply entertainment to now encompass business applications that provide office efficiency and convenience. Being able to communicate with employees, organize office priorities and smoothly keep track of deadlines, specialized apps have opened a new world for businesses. Here are the top 10 business apps for Android.   1. Quickoffice Pro Although expensive in terms of typical app prices, the $14.99 offer includes the Quickoffice Pro bundle. This app supports all Microsoft Office applications including PowerPoint, so users are able to read,…
  • How to Use Data Tracking Software to Attract a Larger Audience

    Ted Levin
    23 Jan 2014 | 1:06 pm
    For marketing professionals and small business it’s becoming increasingly difficult to reach consumers. Evolving technology plays a major role in the way marketing tactics and strategies are developed and deployed. But still, business owners can’t hope to simply write content, post to their blog, send out emails and use social media to guide traffic to their sites and boost page rank. No, instead they have to understand the demographics most interested in their products and services, track the data properly and have a specific strategy initiated online to gain  consumer attention. Since…
 
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    OnStartups

  • The Day I Had To Wear Pants To Ring The IPO Bell

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    It's #TBT. It's been a busy and exciting several months. Earlier this year, HubSpot decided to publicly file our S1 document as part of the IPO process.  On October 9th 2014, after our IPO roadshow, I had the thrill of joining a few HubSpotters and ringing the bell on the NYSE.  $HUBS (NYSE:HUBS) was off to the races. Note: I'm the guy in the middle.  I'm easy to pick out because I'm the calmest one of the bunch.  That's not because I'm cool and collected, but because I'm a bit overwhelmed by it all. In the intervening time between the S1 filing and the IPO, I was in what…
  • 10 Tips For A Successful Startup Job Search

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    This following article is a guest post by Rick Burnes.  Rick is the VP of Content Products at BookBub.  You can follow him on twitter: @rickburnes. Startup job searches are hard. There’s more risk (most startups fail!), there’s less information and the best opportunities are sometimes hidden and hard to find. So how do you navigate a startup job search successfully?   I learned about this over the last six months. Earlier this month, after six months speaking with Boston-area startups about new opportunities, I left HubSpot to begin a job at the Cambridge book…
  • You're Probably Wrong

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    Dear Friend About that thing we were chatting about the other day.  I've been trying to find a good way to say this, but... You're probably wrong. You think you're right, but you're probably wrong.  And, it's not that I disagree with you.  In fact, quite the opposite, I agree with you.  I agree with you so strongly that I made exactly the same mistake you're about to make -- years ago.   Coincidentally, back then, I made the exact same arguments you're making now. I was less eloquent and less brilliant than you but equally stubborn -- and equally wrong. But, I realize…
  • 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 right…
  • 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 experience…
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    Content Marketing Institute

  • 8 Metrics to Conquer a Content Marketer’s Fear of Measurement

    Pawan Deshpande
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    While creating and publishing content may be easy, measuring content marketing is a hard and daunting task. Earlier this year, I asked 24 content marketing experts to name the one  most important metric to which they pay attention. The responses were across the board. Clearly, there’s no one way to measure content marketing. Since there are so many metrics for content marketing, and even more tools used to measure them, I recently created a framework that covers eight types of possible metrics. Keep in mind that not all of these metrics apply to all types of content. The framework…
  • This Week in Content Marketing: Facebook Continues To Mess with Your Content

    Joe Pulizzi
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher In this week’s episode, Robert and I discuss Facebook’s latest changes to its feed algorithm and give kudos to a thoughtfully written article that debunks four myths about digital media. We praise Sparksheet’s interview with Marriott’s David Beebe, which gives an inside look at the company’s ingenious approach to content marketing. We also share our opinions on articles that predict a big increase in native advertising and the future of content marketing. Rants and raves include…
  • 5 Mistakes That Hold Back Your Content Marketing

    Neil Patel
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Content marketing tactics and strategies that used to be awesome may now be obsolete. Successful content marketers must roll with the constantly changing industry if they want to stay successful. What “new” mistakes are you making? Here are the top five. Mistake 1: We use content marketing for link building Old-school SEO used to be about link building. The mantra was, “the more links to your website the better for your business.” Content marketing rolled right into this link-building strategy, producing content to get more links. That has changed. Now, instead of the quantity of…
  • The Pivot: Entertainer Reveals Inspiring Storytelling Strategies

    Pamela Muldoon
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    He’s one of the most entertaining speakers in marketing. His creativity, passion, and enthusiasm are contagious. As the best-selling author of Brandscaping: Unleashing The Power of Partnerships Andrew Davis travels the globe sharing how to tell a better story that emotionally connects with people to drive them to take action. For this episode of The Pivot, Todd Wheatland sat down with Andrew during Content Marketing World to find out more about Andrew, what’s important to him in this next journey of his professional life, and how he makes sure he’s always memorable. What may surprise…
  • This Old Marketing – The Evolution Continues

    Robert Rose
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Exactly one year ago, we were just coming off a great Content Marketing World – and I was steeling myself for a family-filled Thanksgiving. As I was talking with Joe Pulizzi during our weekly phone chat – which we regularly ended by gossiping, ranting, and raving about what was happening in the industry – he asked me a seemingly innocuous question: “Should we do a podcast?” “I think that’s a great idea,” I said – having absolutely no idea what I was signing up for. (Note: This is how I’ve adroitly managed my career thus far: Say “yes” to anything that sounds…
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    Jill Konrath's Fresh Sales Strategies

  • How to Get Your Sales Team to Consistently Overachieve

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Feeling slammed? Let me guess. You’re under intense pressure to meet your monthly numbers. It’s impossible to keep up with all the reports. You’ve got an open territory, your new hire is struggling and all this new technology is overwhelming. Your customers are changing too. Getting on their calendar is increasingly difficult. They sometimes disappear into black holes for months on end. They’ve upped their expectations, yet seem fixated on the bottom line.
  • How to Conduct a Premortem to Win More Sales

    13 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever tried to figure out what might go wrong before a meeting? That might be one of the smartest things you could do to win more sales. Rather than waiting till the end to find out that you lost – and why – you can think about it way ahead of time when you can still make a difference. When I think about all the business I've lost over the years, 3 main themes come to mind.
  • [Webinar] Selling Productively to Buyer 2.0

    6 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Posted November 6th, 2014 Start Increasing Your Sales Productivity Today Connecting in a world where the buyer is king – and doesn't even want to talk to a sales rep – is really tough. How are you ever going to make your numbers? If that's on your mind, join me for this 30-minute webinar: Selling Productively to Buyer 2.0. Fred Studer, Microsoft sales and marketing expert, and I will share strategies to help your salespeople:
  • A Simple Strategy to Increase Win Rates

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    What would it take for you to double or even triple your win rates? According to LinkedIn research, you have a significantly better chance of closing sales when you have multiple connections within a single account. Can it really be that simple? Not exactly ... Winning isn't simply a function of having lots of LinkedIn connections. It requires a well-thought-out strategy. If you're only well connected to one or two people at a company, you're vulnerable if something happens to them. Also, since most decisions today involve 4+ people, it's essential to establish relationships with all of…
  • Powerful Sales Brain Trust Speaks on #1 Competitive Edge

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last Wednesday, I spoke at Dreamforce, the big SalesForce.com event that draws 130,000+ people globally. I talked about today's #1 competitive edge. (It's what my new book, Agile Selling, is all about.) I also lead a panel discussion on this topic, featuring this extraordinary brain trust.  Left to right: Joanne Black (author of No More Cold Calling & Pick Up the Damn Phone), Debra Walton (Chief Content Officer of Thomson Reuters, HuffPo blogger & women's advocate), Trish Bertuzzi (CEO of The Bridge Group inside sales consultancy), Josiane Feigon (author,…
 
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    Gotham & Hudson

  • Tap&Ride MetroCard: the future for fare payment in New York?

    Stewart Mader
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Gotham & Hudson was contacted recently by RSG, a research firm conducting a survey on future fare payment technology for the MTA. The survey presented a hypothetical contactless fare payment system that appears to work much like London’s Oyster card, and other systems that rely on near-field communications (NFC) technology. In addition to accepting contactless cards, the survey suggested the hypothetical New York system would also accept fare payment from NFC-equipped phones: Within the next five years, MTA NYC Transit will introduce a “contactless” fare payment method.
  • A Viable Plan for Penn Station

    Stewart Mader
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    At the 2014 Summit for New York, the Municipal Art Society and Regional Plan Association presented the latest development in their Penn 2023 campaign to remake Penn Station. The 42-page report, Madison Square Garden: Shaping the Future of West Midtown, highlights two options for the future of the station and arena, along with a feasibility study for turning the surrounding neighborhood into a cultural district. The first option, presented as the ideal scenario, would relocate Madison Square Garden one block southwest, replacing the Morgan postal facility on a site bounded by Ninth and Tenth…
  • NJ Transit to fill canal, build new tracks at Hoboken Terminal

    Stewart Mader
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Will Rebuild by Design be Realized? That’s the question The Architect’s Newspaper asked recently in an article reviewing the status of the winning Rebuild by Design projects announced in June. Hoboken’s Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge plan received $230M, which will be used to construct infrastructure and landscape features for coastal defense, rainwater storage, and drainage. In addition, a $146M Federal Transit Administration grant awarded in September will enable New Jersey Transit to fill in the Long Slip canal adjacent to Hoboken Terminal, the primary source of flooding…
  • Don’t Buy in Brooklyn Before Reading This

    Stewart Mader
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    John Petro: Consider that since January of 2012, nearly 15,000 new building permits were issued in Brooklyn. But if the borough had issued the same number of permits as Hudson County, on a per capita basis, there would have been almost 37,000 permits issued in Brooklyn over that time. Despite the greater volume of building permits issued in Hudson Country, quality isn’t suffering because the redevelopment and rehabilitation processes in New Jersey give the city an active role in planning, design, infrastructure improvements, and public amenities: “In Hoboken, a lot of those projects…
  • Could NJ Transit Remove Seats to Increase Passenger Capacity on Trans-Hudson Trains?

    Stewart Mader
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Four years ago, when the Christie Administration cancelled ARC, the project to build two new trans-Hudson tunnels, Yonah Freemark of The Transport Politic suggested that NJ Transit could borrow an idea from Paris’ RER and increase passenger capacity on its existing trains by removing some seats: Whereas New Jersey Transit carries roughly 275,000 riders a day on its entire rail system, Paris’ RER Line A — one corridor, running through the center of the city using just two tracks — is able to handle a million users daily. It’s a squeeze, and the region is planning to build a…
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    Innovation Management

  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong With Open Innovation?

    Pedro da Cunha
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Everyone understands the value and promise of open innovation in the business world – from brand awareness and customer engagement through to the search for fresh answers. But, truth be told, most programmes are failing to deliver results because their dynamics are too complex and the processes used are proving inefficient. A lack of relevance is also strongly affecting returns.
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    InnovationTools.com
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:44 am
    We collaborate with professional training providers to provide you with cutting-edge tools and strategies to generate and implement new ideas, develop sound business models, create innovative products and services, and manage a successful innovation team.
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    21 Nov 2014 | 1:43 am
    The premier platform for leaders in the innovation service industry to showcase best practice and demonstrate the latest cutting-edge approaches to innovation challenges.
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    InnovationTools.com
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:40 am
    Are you looking for new ways to help your organization and its employees to become more innovative? In our library of 3000+ articles you will find knowledge and inspiration to stimulate innovation culture and capabilities.
  • Working the Crowd – Don’t Get Lost

    Rui Patricio & Tim Wright
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Utilising crowd led approaches to create value is increasingly familiar in both the literature of business comment and reporting and through our own experience. Crowdassets, as we refer to them, represent a profound and enduring source of innovation and we must adapt and respond to this opportunity. In the fourth of a series of articles focused on Innovation Culture, we are going to provide a more holistic view of the concepts as well as the means to embrace the growing opportunities presented by the crowd empowered ecosystem.
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    The Global Small Business Blog

  • A Mirror to the Sky: Cloud Gate

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    ©2014 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.©2014 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.Cloud Gate is a public 110-ton elliptical sculpture designed by British artist Anish Kapoor, that is the centerpiece of the AT&T Plaza at Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois.The sculpture reflects Chicago's famous skyline and the clouds above. In the case of the lower photo, if you look closely to the left, that is me - Laurel Delaney - taking a closeup of the Cloud Gate.
  • The Global Entrepreneurial Mindset is Always Optimistic

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    iStock/ThinkstockAmy Schultz, instructor of entrepreneurship and project-based learning at Feather River College in Quincy, California says, "I would describe the entrepreneur mindset as – first and foremost – optimism. Because that will drive everything else."  She goes on to say, "“It gives you hope that whatever your challenge is, you will be able to overcome it. Optimism is what attracts other people. People are naturally attracted to optimists and people with great attitudes.”Read:  Learning entrepreneurship on a global economy scale
  • Take It Global in 2015

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:24 am
    iStock/ThinkstockI wrote the article below originally for About.com's Import and Export site and then decided to feature it on LinkedIn where I am a key influencer.  That's when it went viral.  On my Twitter account @LaurelDelaney, it was the first time I was "trending in Australia!" Even Pulse picked up the article as a special feature.  Have a look:7 Unexpected Reasons to Take Your Business Global in 2015
  • Global Ecommerce Sales Are Expected to Reach $1.4 Trillion by 2016

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    ThinkstockAccording to a report from Deloitte Digital, global ecommerce sales are expected to reach $1.4 trillion by 2016.  Retailers are finally recognizing the huge opportunity of going global with their business. Discover what the four key trends (drivers) are in global ecommerce growth.Here's one:Increase in global shipping: International shipping is seeing its growth driven primarily through flexible shipping options and fulfillment services that provide retailers low-cost/low-risk options for gaining exposure in new areas. With the ability to outsource fulfillment, retailers can…
  • How to Juice Up Exports

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    iStock/ThinkstockThe Obama administration promised to double exports in five years - from 2009-2014.  But we are far short of that goal.  Still, some products including fossil fuels have surged despite policy barriers at the border.Read:  Obama Looks to Jump-Start Export PushNote:  If every small business owner had the opportunity to read Exporting:  The Definitive Guide to Selling Abroad Profitably, we would have a better chance at doubling exports in the NEXT five years.
 
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    Entrance » Blog

  • Why can’t you just tell me how much it’s going to cost?

    Eric
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    If you’ve ever engaged a vendor on a software development project, the vendor probably gave you an “estimate.” You may ask, “Why can’t the vendor just give me a pricing schedule or a firm quote?” Software development is a precise way of automating an imprecise process. It is very hard to use a programming language to translate business rules to a computer, because computers only understand 100% true and 100% false. A business process that only happens “sometimes” quite literally does not compute. If you can describe the rules that govern the process of your business in…
  • 5 Key Takeaways from TIBCO NOW

    Kyle
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    The Entrance BI Practice was well-represented at this year’s TIBCO NOW conference, which featured keynote presentations by disruptive thought leaders like VC legend Marc Andreessen, TIBCO Founder and CEO Vivek Ranadive and bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell. Five things stand out in my mind as I look back upon the week so far: 1. TIBCO Jaspersoft is bringing BI to the masses · I have to admit, my experience as a BI consultant building self-service analysis tools on the Spotfire platform left me wondering if there is any room for “pixel-perfect” reporting in the BI…
  • Entrance Experience: Day 1 at TIBCO NOW

    Nate
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    When it comes to Data Visualization, there is no bigger or more significant gathering than the TIBCO NOW annual event. Whether you are a partner, user, or just a data scientist, this was the place to be for the latest TIBCO Spotfire product developments and usage best practices. As a new TIBCO silver partner, Entrance was extremely excited to be attending for the first time. Day one did not disappoint with an outstanding line-up of keynote speakers. The theme of the event for 2015 is Your World is Being Disrupted. They delivered against this theme with a number of great presentations with…
  • Conference Recap: PIDX Fall 2014

    Eric
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Standards as Value Creators in Oil and Gas I attended the PIDX International US Fall Conference last week in Houston where the theme was “How Standards Accelerate the Realization of Value in Oil & Gas.”  A variety of speakers gave presentations around this topic by presenting real world examples, including Entrance’s President Nate Richards.  I want to highlight some of the key messages that I saw coming out of this gathering of industry experts. Be Proactive Not Reactive In a joint session, Noble Energy presented with ADP on the ways they use standards to drive global efficiency…
  • 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…
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    Art Biz Blog

  • Single-Tasking Is The Answer for Improved Productivity

    Alyson Stanfield
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Would you like to get more done in less time? Then quit multitasking! Multitasking is working on diverse tasks simultaneously and, usually, doing them all half-heartedly: driving and talking on the phone; attending a webinar and responding to email; or writing a blog post and texting. Research shows that only about 2.5% of college students can multitask effectively. Two point five percent! ©2011 Corrina Sephora, Hull Trilogy (dtl). Mixed media. Used with permission. Studies now show that multitasking is a myth. You simply can’t give your attention to more than one thing at a time. Health…
  • Let It Go: Delegating Responsibility

    Alyson Stanfield
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    ©Tara Pappas, The Release. Mixed media, 12 x 6 inches. Used with permission. The biggest lesson from last week’s Art Biz Makeover: Let go of control. After several discussions with my guests, it was clear that few people were willing to bring others into their art businesses. When someone asked me if I ever slept, I happily responded that I got 8 hours sleep the night before. Really. And I did it because I hired people that I trust to stuff the goodie bags, get the name badges together, staff the registration table, select the music, order the food, and put out fires. Delegate…
  • How I Screwed Up My Pitch and What You Can Learn From My Colossal Error

    Alyson Stanfield
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Tomorrow is the final day of this year’s Art Biz Makeover event, and I have scheduled a special session on pitching your art that includes a panel of art world folks who are pitched to by artists all of the time. ©Lisa Cirenza, Tubers. Acrylic and oil on board, 70 x 100 centimeters. Used with permission. As I was preparing for this event, I approached someone that I wanted to sit on this panel of art experts. I broke all of my rules for pitching ideas to people and couldn’t have screwed up the situation worse than I did. Here’s how it went down in an only slightly edited, simplified…
  • Schedule Something Scary and Extraordinary

    Alyson Stanfield
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s scary to step up – to think bigger about what you’re capable of – and that’s exactly what I’ll be asking of attendees at Art Biz Makeover next week. There’s very little motivation in the daily grind: update Facebook, schedule a few tweets, send a newsletter, write a blog post, work in studio. If you’re not careful, you’ll continue to go through the motions of life without doing something extraordinary for your art and for yourself. ©Joey Feldman, Vicious. Pen and ink on paper, 28 x 20 inches. Used with permission. In honor of the witching season, I ask you to…
  • Who You Are and What You Do

    Alyson Stanfield
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Alert subscriber Clay Cantrell sent me the quote in this image some months ago, saying that it reminded him of me. The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do. [Tweet this.] I tracked down the quote to, as best I can tell, fitness guru Bill Phillips. I wanted to share this with you because I can’t think of a quote that is more inspirational for me right now, and I hope it serves you. Who I Am You know me as someone who is a no-excuse-action-taking-don’t-stop-working kinda gal. I have never had a problem taking action. But that’s only a tiny part of WHO I…
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    Capital Solutions Bancorp » Blog

  • Survive the Recession

    Rob Oskins
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:35 am
    How to Improve Cash Flow without Drastically Changing Your Business The good news is that we’re technically out of the recession. The bad news is, money is still not falling out of the sky. Every business and every market goes through fluctuations. Whether it’s a competitor opening down the street or a country-wide shift in the marketplace, the tide can turn on your business at any time, and frequently does. But there are plenty of things you can do other than grin and bear market changes. The way you structure your cash flow can make a HUGE impact on your business’ immunity to market…
  • The killer within your business … is you

    Rob Oskins
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:49 am
    When you think of things that could bring down your business, you probably think about outside forces such as too few customers, rising materials costs, or overbearing government regulation. But did you know that internal cash management issues are the primary reason most businesses fail? Who’s in charge of internal cash management? You are. Poor cash management: The #1 threat to your business’ success In the most simplistic terms, every business runs like a math equation: money comes in, and money goes out. If more is going out than coming in, the business will eventually fail. Period.
 
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    Making Business Social

  • 3 Steps to Cross-Functional Collaboration

    conniebensen@gmail.com (Connie Bensen)
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:02 pm
    How many times have you wished that various teams would collaborate? It is an easy process to get teams to work together cross-functionally. 1. Choose the agenda for the group carefully. Make sure that it’s a broad topic that doesn’t have an apparent solution. It doesn’t need to be controversial, but it does need to be an open-ended question that many people are interested in solving for. 2. Invite people from various teams. Invite them from the standpoint of their representing a specific area. If you working to achieve editorial consensus then you could invite people from…
  • B2B Tech Content: 5 Lessons to Measure Content Effectiveness

    conniebensen@gmail.com (Connie Bensen)
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    I had the opportunity to be part of an all day workshop on Tech Content at Content Marketing World 2014. I joined content extraordinaires Lee Odden, Pam Didner, Koka Sexton and Deanna Lazzaroni to provide an intensive overview for B2B marketers. My presentation was focused on how to measure content effectiveness. The deck below includes basic analytics to track at a high level. The second half outlines what we’re doing at Dell to make our content marketing more effective across the customer journey. The five lessons I shared were: Keep KPI’s simple. You can track a lot of…
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    conniebensen@gmail.com (Connie Bensen)
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:47 pm
  • How to Make a Business Social

    conniebensen@gmail.com (Connie Bensen)
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:57 am
    There has been a lot of focus of late on how to become a social business. In fact I joined Dell back in 2011 because of their maturity as a social business. The story really goes back to 2007 when I had a phone call with a Director at Dell. At the time I was focused on the Community Manager profession. We talked about the challenges of how to get every employee to act as a Community Manager on behalf of the company.   Fast forward to the present and I have almost three years experience working at the most social business in the world! It has been a time of great learnings. I started with…
  • How to Find a Job in Social Media

    conniebensen@gmail.com (Connie Bensen)
    19 May 2013 | 4:55 pm
    It’s exciting to see that social media jobs are mainstream in companies of all sizes! The role has evolved into a number of specializations as many of us predicted it would. And companies are realizing the value and hiring people to solve the business problems that the social web has created. The evolution and adoption of a profession makes find a job much more competitive. The secret to finding a job today in social media is really similar to any other profession. You need to understand what the company’s pain points are. And you need to be able to express the transferable skills that…
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    Business of Software US

  • The breakfast of champions: Feedback from BoS2014

    Mark Littlewood
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    ‘Awesome people’, ‘My tribe’,’Quality of other attendees’, ‘Being surrounded by people smarter than me’. As ever, there is a theme to the feedback forms from BoS USA this year. And – as ever – it’s the people. Thank you all for being there and for participating so whole heartedly. It’s what gives BoS its unique atmosphere and believe me, we love it as much as you do. While we’re on the theme of participation, this year many of you got involved in the breakout sessions where you took time to think about your BoS…
  • 31 things I learned the hard way about growing a SaaS business. GBP from Duane ‘Startup’ Jackson, Kashflow

    Mark Littlewood
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A guest blog post – a quick read with 31 real life lessons learned building a SaaS business. Introducing Duane L Jackson, he’s like ‘Startup Jackson‘, but real. Startup Jackson – Not Real There is so much well meant ‘advice’ out there on blog posts about entrepreneurship and how to do this our that it is sometimes hard to find things that add genuine value. We get pitched some ‘valuable insight’ every day for a guest blog post and the overwhelming majority of it is awful, derivative nonsense from people that write about, or write about…
  • “We don’t have a women in technology problem at Business of Software Conference”

    Mark Littlewood
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    I was very surprised to overhear this comment from a woman at BoS in September. Nothing could be further from the truth. If this is an environment where women feel that, then I can’t imagine how tough it is on other places. We can take some pride I hope in creating a community where people feel safe, introverts become extroverts for a few days. It is not perfect. BoS is a very welcoming community, or we try to be. Many people tell us it is the only conference they attend, or that there is a unique ‘family’ atmosphere (thanks, you noticed!). But we sure as heck have a…
  • Serious Pony, Kathy Sierra, friend, scholar, teacher, badass awesome human.

    Mark Littlewood
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    Kathy Sierra, friend, scholar, teacher, badass awesome human. <3 Feeling sad and reflecting on why some people are just abominable. We should know Kathy for things like this.   2009 2012 2013 [View the story “Serious Pony” on Storify] . BoS talks to your inbox. Don't miss another talk! Leave your email address (unsub anytime and we'll never sell your details). Be the first to hear when new BoS talks go live Hear about chances to talk to speakers online to answer questions you have about their talks Reminders so you never miss a conference again Hear about scholarships and…
  • Families at Business of Software Conference USA

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

  • Helpful Creative Feedback

    Tara Joyce
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Helpful creative feedback is encouraging, sensitive, honest, and constructive. Creating is an arduous process that employs your very heart and soul. It is an act that leaves you, the creator, totally vulnerable to those who experience your creation. Helpful creative feedback comes from honouring this sacred creative space and meeting you, the creator, in it. Helpful creative feedback is sensitive to the fact that you are doing your best, that your creation is not perfect nor is intended to be, and that what you truly desire is the opportunity to grow, express, and improve. Helpful creative…
  • Practicing With Pain

    Tara Joyce
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:37 am
    If the pain is going to be there either way, why would I choose to feel it? If I feel it, I can actually heal it. If I don’t feel it, I can not know its true state, and I can not start to heal it. Whether I like it or not, feeling my pain fully is necessary for my healing, for my whole-ing. I can not reduce my pain when I don’t acknowledge it. I can not feel more whole and healed when I deny parts of my experience. When I want to hide from my pain, I remember that in facing it, I start to heal it. Stuffing it down only guarantees I will hold onto these feelings longer. My pain is…
  • Beyond Right and Wrong

    Tara Joyce
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:37 pm
    It’s right. It’s wrong. It’s neither. It’s just an option. It’s just one way of doing things. It simply one way to approach something. Take it and/or leave it. It may be what I’ve done, and it may be what I’m doing, and it may be working for me, but it is still only one way of doing things. Nothing more. Take it and/or leave it. Be interested and/or think it’s bunk. In the end, it’s simply what works for me, for now. Nothing more. The approach I am choosing is no more right or wrong than any other approach. Take it and/or leave it. Maybe…
  • The Work and Reward of Building Credit

    Tara Joyce
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    I like to think about money as an idea in the form of credit. To get in the money game, I need to build up my credit. To build up my credit, I need to work on my inner and outer relationship with my self and money. My Outer Credit Work: identifying & communicating the value I offer (marketing my self and my business) growing my wealth (creating opportunities for higher pay and more abundance) caring for my wealth (managing my money and my self) My Inner Credit Work: connecting with the value I offer and the abundance of wealth I possess (transforming my thoughts, feelings, beliefs,…
 
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • PR Firm Founder Plans Her Exit

    Jeff Cornwall
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:03 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Paula Lovell, founder of Lovell Communications, talks the growth of her company and her exit strategy. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post PR Firm Founder Plans Her Exit appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Bootstrapping a Gourmet Mac and Cheese Business

    Jeff Cornwall
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Founder of Dan’s Gourmet Mac and Cheese, Dan Stephenson, talks about completely changing pace from corporate world to a bootstrapped food startup. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Bootstrapping a Gourmet Mac and Cheese Business appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Elder Care as Consumer Product

    Jeff Cornwall
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : CEO and Co-Founder of Evermind, Dave Gilbert, talks about his transition into entrepreneurship, specifically medical technology, and the lessons he learned in the past that he’s applied to Evermind. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Elder Care as Consumer Product appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Niche Market in Genetics

    Jeff Cornwall
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The Entrepreneurial Mind: Founder of NextGxDx, Mark Harris, talks about building up his business after noticing and underserved market in the genetics industry. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Niche Market in Genetics appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Military Experiences Applied to Startup

    Jeff Cornwall
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Alex Bertelli of Havenlock TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Military Experiences Applied to Startup appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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    PaySimple Blog

  • Reads of the Week – Nov 21st

    Kristin Piccirillo
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    We know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week from topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites that we may have missed in the comments. ____________________________ Thursday is Thanksgiving and the (very unofficial given the piles of commercials already on TV) start to the Holiday Shopping season. In that end we have a few links for you: the first about how to get involved in Small Business Saturday. Around since 2010, it’s a great opportunity to be involved in your local business community and support others in…
  • Studies Prove that Asking for Advice Makes You Seem Smarter, More Confident, More Competent, and More Likable

    Lisa Hephner
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Conventional wisdom holds that asking for help or advice makes people seem dumb, weak, incompetent, and ineffective leaders. This feeling often inhibits asking for assistance in situations when we really need it. (Yes guys, if you are hopelessly lost you really do need to ask for directions—GPS notwithstanding!) However, recent studies have shown just the opposite: Asking for advice actually makes people look smarter and more competent rather than less—both in the eyes of the people they ask, and in the eyes of others around them.   Don’t be Hesitant to Ask for Advice A recent…
  • Reads of the Week – Nov 14

    Kristin Piccirillo
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
    We know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week from topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites that we may have missed in the comments. ____________________________ Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins tomorrow (11/15). As a business owner, do you continue to provide coverage? Do you send your employees to the individual exchange? Do you use the current tax credits to subsidize high-deductible plans? This New York Times article talks through some of the potential struggles for small businesses when providing…
  • How Automation Delivers Results for My Clients and My Business

    Kristin Piccirillo
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    The following is a guest post from Jonathan Duong, president of Wealth Engineers, an investment management and financial planning firm based in Denver, CO and a customer of PaySimple. Tell me if this sounds familiar: You have an eye for the future, so you have goals that you are working towards.  However, you’re also constantly adding new goals and refining existing ones, as you regularly come across things that you know can be done better. You think through the pros and cons and come up with a plan to achieve the new goal.  You are confident that the plan will be successful and you even…
  • You Don’t Just Deserve a Break Today—You Need One (or more!)

    Lisa Hephner
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    A recent study conducted by Staples found that 90% of employers report encouraging their employees to take breaks, and that 86% of workers believe that taking breaks would make them more productive. Thus it is surprising that the same study found that over a quarter of workers don’t take any breaks other than lunch. And, according to this infographic, only a third of people actually take a lunch break, the rest eat at their desks or don’t break for lunch at all. Why? Many people think they are just too busy to have time for breaks during the day. According to the Staples research, 20% of…
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • 4 Reasons Your Company Can’t Rely on Manual Expense Reporting Methods

    Shoeboxed Contributor
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    Technology is changing the way everything is done, especially in the accounting world. Expense reports vary from company to company and leaves a lot up to the person reviewing the reports. In the past, expense reporting has taken up valuable time from accountants’ schedules when they could be looking for tax breaks or write-offs. Manual expense reporting is not only a thing of the past, but it is also not as reliable as the automated expense reporting alternative. Here are four reasons why manual expense reports are inferior that will leave you wondering why anyone would do a manual…
  • What’s New at Shoeboxed This Week

    Emily Farrar
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    Our product team has been hard at work to bring you a better Shoeboxed. With a renewed focus on delivering as many wins as possible for our customers, we’re releasing new features and functionality almost every week! Here’s a quick list of updates we’ve released lately to improve your experience: The ability to mark documents as “Viewed” and “Not Viewed” and filter by this criteria for Receipts, Business Cards and Other Documents. Our new PDF expense report — read more here. The ability to send a document back through processing to correct…
  • Banish Bad Expense Reports with Our New PDF Export!

    Emily Farrar
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    Whether you’ve been making expense reports using Shoeboxed for years or are planning to make your first one for this month’s expenses, you’ll be glad to know that we just released a brand new expense report template we think you’ll love! Expense reports still work the same way: just choose the receipts you want and click Export Selected to PDF from your receipt table. So what’s the big deal? In addition to an updated, sleek design, our expense reports now feature: A simple way to email the PDF to yourself or whoever needs to receive it (and we’ll remember…
  • Using Shoeboxed Helped Save This Small Business Over $10k

    Emily Farrar
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    With Shoeboxed, there has never been one “best” way to use our service to stay organized. And after processing over a billion dollars of expense data since 2007, we say that from years of firsthand experience! Shoeboxed takes enormous pride in serving clients from around the country and across the globe, all of whom use our service in a myriad of ways to fulfill a whole host of organizational needs in both their personal and professional lives. “I am so glad that I was using Shoeboxed diligently to keep track of all my important business documents so I had all the documentation I…
  • What Your Accountant Wishes You Knew Before You Walked In

    Emily Farrar
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    We treat our accountants like miracle workers. We walk in with a big pile of papers with a panicked look on our faces. They sigh, collect the pile, and sometime later everything is magically fixed and your money isn’t in jeopardy anymore. If only you would take the time to learn a few things before you walked in, the whole process would actually be much smoother. Not only that, but you could participate in the growth and health of your finances and make your business that much stronger. We asked a few accountants to tell us what they wish you would learn before you walk into the office next…
 
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    Business Pundit

  • 10 Black Friday Sales that Will Make Those Buying Electronics Lose Their Minds

    Merrill Cook
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Image Source Whether you’re one for camping out Thanksgiving eve (not I!) or sitting in and enjoying some lightning fast sales on Amazon, there’s no denying the overwhelming number of deals on Black Friday. Last year a whopping 141 million Americans shopped on the day after Thanksgiving, spending an average of $407.02 in purchases each. Including the four days after 2013’s Thanksgiving, $57.4 billion was spent on shopping. With disposable income and job prospects slightly better this year, the number is only expected to grow. But enough on the big picture. You’re…
  • Startup Backwards [Cartoon]

    Jerry King
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:54 am
    “We’re a startup. Once we start making money, THEN we’ll get an office, desks, computers, etc.”
  • 10 Awesome Office Skate Ramps

    Julian
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    Image Source In 2014 The Huffington Post argued, “Millennials are rewriting the rules of the workplace.” As the website acknowledged, this is partly because of a YOLO – you only live once – attitude, but it’s also down to the fact that people born after the early 1980s tend to desire a lot of integration between “work” and “life.” A recent study by the Intelligence Group, for example, found that 88 percent of Generation Y workers favor a collaborative occupational environment, while almost three quarters would like to work flexibly. Arguably, companies such as Google,…
  • “Is this job worth it?” – A BusinessPundit Cartoon

    Jerry King
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    “I keep trying to convince myself that having this job is better than being unemployed.” A Business Pundit cartoon by Jerry King.
  • 10 Businesses That Failed to Adapt

    Merrill Cook
    2 Nov 2014 | 11:04 pm
    By Merrill Cook Image Source It’s said that management involves dealing with complexity, and leadership involves helping others deal with change. Particularly in today’s 24-hour and global markets, in which your customers and your competitors can come from anywhere, the maxim’s truer than ever. Change or die, and to do this you’re going to need some good direction. Unfortunately, more often than not businesses fail to adapt. Even massive companies from 1985 have gone defunct. In fact, only 71 companies remain today from the original 1955 Fortune 500 list. Here’s…
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    Small Biz Bee

  • What Triggers People To Buy – And How To Make Them Buy More

    smallbizbee
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    No business can run without making sales. People in marketing spend a great many of the company’s resources trying to find out just what triggers their customers to buy. Some products are basic necessities and will be bought periodically no matter what the economic situation is. Other products are seen as luxuries and will be the first to be cut off when financial difficulties arise. However no matter what the monetary state of a customer, there are certain emotional triggers that may make a person buy products even when he has no real need for them at the time. Why does a customer buy a…
  • Small Businesses Feeling the Fear and Doing It Anyway

    smallbizbee
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Small businesses are widely considered to be the lifeblood of both the UK and global economy. Whilst a great deal of multinational corporations have suffered in the wake of an international economic downturn over the past 6 or 7 years, leaving many consumers sceptical as to the sustainability of big business, the public has been going back to what it knows: keeping it local. Setting the scene A study by small business financiers CAN Capital has revealed that 58% of US-based SME owners expect growth over the course of the next 12 months. The study looked at many aspects of small business, from…
  • 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…
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Talking Turkey and Family Values

    Cindy Mehallow
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    In my quest for a more sustainable Thanksgiving meal this year, I decided take a values-based investing approach. Why not apply the same ESG (environmental, social and governance) principles that I write about in sustainability reports to this marquis meal?
  • Global Internship Program Combats Youth Unemployment

    Eric Justian
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    "This isn't just about getting these kids a job" says Scott Hudson Principal Manager of Social Responsibility and Community Outreach with the Alcoa Foundation , "It's about giving them a leg up with real workforce skills. And maybe they'll move on to study engineering or computer aided design later."
  • Video: Kathy Hopinkah Hannan of KPMG Talks Diversity at Net Impact ’14

    Nick Aster
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    "When we bring together diverse perspectives, we will get the best innovation and best solutions for our customers," Kathy Hopinkah Hannan of KPMG said at the 2014 Net Impact conference.
  • America is Aging: What More Do We Need to Know?

    3p Conferences
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Rob Lowe, a seemly ageless Hollywood actor, is a brand ambassador for Genworth, a leading provider of long term care insurance, attempting to bring the subject of an aging America out of taboo and into the limelight.
  • How Firestone Buoyed the Rise of Convicted War Criminal Charles Taylor

    Michael Kourabas
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    This week, ProPublica and Frontline released an exhaustively researched look at the vital role played by Firestone in supporting Liberia's former president.
 
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    Solo Entrepreneur Blog | Resources For The Solo Entrepreneur Lifestyle

  • 5 Holiday Marketing Mistakes to Avoid

    Meredith Eisenberg
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ahh… Thanksgiving is this week in the U.S. Didn’t it seem like just yesterday it was Halloween? How do the holidays sneak up so quickly? Before you know it, it will be 2015. Time flies when you are working hard. In the midst of all the holiday hustle and bustle, travel and family vacations and visits, it is so tempting to put your marketing (or your entire business) on hold from now until December 26 (when you start frantically planning for next year). You KNOW this is a big mistake, right? Wouldn’t you like go into January with some momentum, rather than having to start over? The…
  • Calendar Management

    Sophie Zollmann
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    If your business has you constantly moving, it can be difficult to find the time to maintain your calendar, confirm appointments and set reminders. And that can lead to unintentional blunders or embarrassing mistakes. But with just a little advance planning, you can make the time for everything you need to do – including precious personal time! I’ve compiled a quick list of helpful tips so you will never miss an appointment or feel bad about a change of plans again. 1. Block off enough time for all tasks. Have you ever been in the situation where a particular task takes way longer than…
  • I Was Humiliated At My Friend’s Bridal Shower…

    Fabienne Fredrickson
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    (ahem, this is a rather long note, but stay with me ‘til the end because I got a little emotional writing this and mostly because it will likely change the course of your business, OK?) I’d like to tell you a story I’ve never actually told any of my students. In fact, it’s something I never told my friends and family, or even Derek until recently. But it’s one of the most embarrassing things that happened to me in the early stage of my business when I just didn’t know how to get enough clients, and it’s another one of those defining moments that changed the course of my life. It…
  • The Writing Life — Life Happens

    Michele Pariza Wacek
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I had some great intentions to get a lot of writing done. Unfortunately that’s all it ever amounted to — great intentions. (As in the road to hell is paved with good intentions.) So what happened? Well, the remodel suddenly required a bigger chunk of my time then I expected. I also was more tired than normal — the week before I hadn’t been feeling well, plus with all the growing and stretching in my business and personal life, I just needed more rest than normal. In other words, life happened. And when life happens, the question becomes — when it is okay to rearrange your writing…
  • Video Podcast: Is Sympathy Costing You Money?

    Michele A Scism
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ever wondered what the difference between “sympathy” and “empathy” is for the entrepreneur? I’ll give some examples of exactly what I mean – and see if you have heard some of them – and whether it has kept you from making a sale… By way of illustration I will tell you exactly what happened to Zig Ziglar when he first started out. View the latest episode of my video podcast: Related posts: People Are More Likely To Buy From Those They Trust Create “Business Development Only” Days To Improve Your Marketing and Get More Clients How to Make A Great Video What is the Global…
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  • Manning guides Broncos in dramatic victory

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Manning guides Broncos in dramatic victoryAPPeyton Manning threw three of his four TD passes to Demaryius Thomas in the Denver Broncos' 39-36 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.Deficit team had to overcomeMore sports coverage Colts WR honors newbornKaepernick, 49ers edge Redskins
  • All the biggest winners from the 2014 AMAs

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    All the biggest winners from the 2014 AMAsGettyIggy Azalea won her first award. Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Carrie Underwood soaked up some love too. But only one group snagged the top prize.And Artist of the Year goes to ...More AMAs coverageAriana Grande's jazzy act stunsAll the dazzling red carpet looks
  • Vikings' general counsel against Peterson return

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Vikings' general counsel against Peterson returnAPMinnesota Vikings general counsel Kevin Warren and the NFL have been working to make sure Adrian Peterson does not return this season.Disgraced player's responseMore sports coverage Gruden not afraid to bench RGIIIPacquiao wins lopsided fight
  • Selena's bold look stunned at the 2014 AMAs

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Selena's bold look stunned at the 2014 AMAsGettyDespite trouble in paradise of late, Gomez looked in tip-top shape at the 42nd annual American Music Awards Sunday night.Backless gown is a show-stopperMore AMAs coveragePop star basically wore nothingHarry's reaction to Swift's speech
  • In Ferguson, residents hope justice is served

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    In Ferguson, residents hope justice is servedGettyTension continues to mount in the St. Louis suburb Sunday as natives anxiously await the grand jury decision in the Brown shooting.Preparations in place for verdictMore on this storyGiuliani takes stance on shootingObama calls for calm after trial
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  • Manning guides Broncos in dramatic victory

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Manning guides Broncos in dramatic victoryAPPeyton Manning threw three of his four TD passes to Demaryius Thomas in the Denver Broncos' 39-36 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.Deficit team had to overcomeMore sports coverage Colts WR honors newbornKaepernick, 49ers edge Redskins
  • All the biggest winners from the 2014 AMAs

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    All the biggest winners from the 2014 AMAsGettyIggy Azalea won her first award. Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Carrie Underwood soaked up some love too. But only one group snagged the top prize.And Artist of the Year goes to ...More AMAs coverageAriana Grande's jazzy act stunsAll the dazzling red carpet looks
  • Vikings' general counsel against Peterson return

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Vikings' general counsel against Peterson returnAPMinnesota Vikings general counsel Kevin Warren and the NFL have been working to make sure Adrian Peterson does not return this season.Disgraced player's responseMore sports coverage Gruden not afraid to bench RGIIIPacquiao wins lopsided fight
  • Selena's bold look stunned at the 2014 AMAs

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Selena's bold look stunned at the 2014 AMAsGettyDespite trouble in paradise of late, Gomez looked in tip-top shape at the 42nd annual American Music Awards Sunday night.Backless gown is a show-stopperMore AMAs coveragePop star basically wore nothingHarry's reaction to Swift's speech
  • In Ferguson, residents hope justice is served

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    In Ferguson, residents hope justice is servedGettyTension continues to mount in the St. Louis suburb Sunday as natives anxiously await the grand jury decision in the Brown shooting.Preparations in place for verdictMore on this storyGiuliani takes stance on shootingObama calls for calm after trial
 
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  • Manning guides Broncos in dramatic victory

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Manning guides Broncos in dramatic victoryAPPeyton Manning threw three of his four TD passes to Demaryius Thomas in the Denver Broncos' 39-36 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.Deficit team had to overcomeMore sports coverage Colts WR honors newbornKaepernick, 49ers edge Redskins
  • All the biggest winners from the 2014 AMAs

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    All the biggest winners from the 2014 AMAsGettyIggy Azalea won her first award. Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Carrie Underwood soaked up some love too. But only one group snagged the top prize.And Artist of the Year goes to ...More AMAs coverageAriana Grande's jazzy act stunsAll the dazzling red carpet looks
  • Vikings' general counsel against Peterson return

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Vikings' general counsel against Peterson returnAPMinnesota Vikings general counsel Kevin Warren and the NFL have been working to make sure Adrian Peterson does not return this season.Disgraced player's responseMore sports coverage Gruden not afraid to bench RGIIIPacquiao wins lopsided fight
  • Selena's bold look stunned at the 2014 AMAs

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Selena's bold look stunned at the 2014 AMAsGettyDespite trouble in paradise of late, Gomez looked in tip-top shape at the 42nd annual American Music Awards Sunday night.Backless gown is a show-stopperMore AMAs coveragePop star basically wore nothingHarry's reaction to Swift's speech
  • In Ferguson, residents hope justice is served

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    In Ferguson, residents hope justice is servedGettyTension continues to mount in the St. Louis suburb Sunday as natives anxiously await the grand jury decision in the Brown shooting.Preparations in place for verdictMore on this storyGiuliani takes stance on shootingObama calls for calm after trial
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  • Manning guides Broncos in dramatic victory

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Manning guides Broncos in dramatic victoryAPPeyton Manning threw three of his four TD passes to Demaryius Thomas in the Denver Broncos' 39-36 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.Deficit team had to overcomeMore sports coverage Colts WR honors newbornKaepernick, 49ers edge Redskins
  • All the biggest winners from the 2014 AMAs

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    All the biggest winners from the 2014 AMAsGettyIggy Azalea won her first award. Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Carrie Underwood soaked up some love too. But only one group snagged the top prize.And Artist of the Year goes to ...More AMAs coverageAriana Grande's jazzy act stunsAll the dazzling red carpet looks
  • Vikings' general counsel against Peterson return

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Vikings' general counsel against Peterson returnAPMinnesota Vikings general counsel Kevin Warren and the NFL have been working to make sure Adrian Peterson does not return this season.Disgraced player's responseMore sports coverage Gruden not afraid to bench RGIIIPacquiao wins lopsided fight
  • Selena's bold look stunned at the 2014 AMAs

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Selena's bold look stunned at the 2014 AMAsGettyDespite trouble in paradise of late, Gomez looked in tip-top shape at the 42nd annual American Music Awards Sunday night.Backless gown is a show-stopperMore AMAs coveragePop star basically wore nothingHarry's reaction to Swift's speech
  • In Ferguson, residents hope justice is served

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    In Ferguson, residents hope justice is servedGettyTension continues to mount in the St. Louis suburb Sunday as natives anxiously await the grand jury decision in the Brown shooting.Preparations in place for verdictMore on this storyGiuliani takes stance on shootingObama calls for calm after trial
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  • Manning guides Broncos in dramatic victory

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Manning guides Broncos in dramatic victoryAPPeyton Manning threw three of his four TD passes to Demaryius Thomas in the Denver Broncos' 39-36 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.Deficit team had to overcomeMore sports coverage Colts WR honors newbornKaepernick, 49ers edge Redskins
  • All the biggest winners from the 2014 AMAs

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    All the biggest winners from the 2014 AMAsGettyIggy Azalea won her first award. Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Carrie Underwood soaked up some love too. But only one group snagged the top prize.And Artist of the Year goes to ...More AMAs coverageAriana Grande's jazzy act stunsAll the dazzling red carpet looks
  • Vikings' general counsel against Peterson return

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Vikings' general counsel against Peterson returnAPMinnesota Vikings general counsel Kevin Warren and the NFL have been working to make sure Adrian Peterson does not return this season.Disgraced player's responseMore sports coverage Gruden not afraid to bench RGIIIPacquiao wins lopsided fight
  • Selena's bold look stunned at the 2014 AMAs

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Selena's bold look stunned at the 2014 AMAsGettyDespite trouble in paradise of late, Gomez looked in tip-top shape at the 42nd annual American Music Awards Sunday night.Backless gown is a show-stopperMore AMAs coveragePop star basically wore nothingHarry's reaction to Swift's speech
  • In Ferguson, residents hope justice is served

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    In Ferguson, residents hope justice is servedGettyTension continues to mount in the St. Louis suburb Sunday as natives anxiously await the grand jury decision in the Brown shooting.Preparations in place for verdictMore on this storyGiuliani takes stance on shootingObama calls for calm after trial
 
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  • Manning guides Broncos in dramatic victory

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Manning guides Broncos in dramatic victoryAPPeyton Manning threw three of his four TD passes to Demaryius Thomas in the Denver Broncos' 39-36 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.Deficit team had to overcomeMore sports coverage Colts WR honors newbornKaepernick, 49ers edge Redskins
  • All the biggest winners from the 2014 AMAs

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    All the biggest winners from the 2014 AMAsGettyIggy Azalea won her first award. Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Carrie Underwood soaked up some love too. But only one group snagged the top prize.And Artist of the Year goes to ...More AMAs coverageAriana Grande's jazzy act stunsAll the dazzling red carpet looks
  • Vikings' general counsel against Peterson return

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Vikings' general counsel against Peterson returnAPMinnesota Vikings general counsel Kevin Warren and the NFL have been working to make sure Adrian Peterson does not return this season.Disgraced player's responseMore sports coverage Gruden not afraid to bench RGIIIPacquiao wins lopsided fight
  • Selena's bold look stunned at the 2014 AMAs

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Selena's bold look stunned at the 2014 AMAsGettyDespite trouble in paradise of late, Gomez looked in tip-top shape at the 42nd annual American Music Awards Sunday night.Backless gown is a show-stopperMore AMAs coveragePop star basically wore nothingHarry's reaction to Swift's speech
  • In Ferguson, residents hope justice is served

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    In Ferguson, residents hope justice is servedGettyTension continues to mount in the St. Louis suburb Sunday as natives anxiously await the grand jury decision in the Brown shooting.Preparations in place for verdictMore on this storyGiuliani takes stance on shootingObama calls for calm after trial
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  • Manning guides Broncos in dramatic victory

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Manning guides Broncos in dramatic victoryAPPeyton Manning threw three of his four TD passes to Demaryius Thomas in the Denver Broncos' 39-36 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.Deficit team had to overcomeMore sports coverage Colts WR honors newbornKaepernick, 49ers edge Redskins
  • All the biggest winners from the 2014 AMAs

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    All the biggest winners from the 2014 AMAsGettyIggy Azalea won her first award. Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Carrie Underwood soaked up some love too. But only one group snagged the top prize.And Artist of the Year goes to ...More AMAs coverageAriana Grande's jazzy act stunsAll the dazzling red carpet looks
  • Vikings' general counsel against Peterson return

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Vikings' general counsel against Peterson returnAPMinnesota Vikings general counsel Kevin Warren and the NFL have been working to make sure Adrian Peterson does not return this season.Disgraced player's responseMore sports coverage Gruden not afraid to bench RGIIIPacquiao wins lopsided fight
  • Selena's bold look stunned at the 2014 AMAs

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Selena's bold look stunned at the 2014 AMAsGettyDespite trouble in paradise of late, Gomez looked in tip-top shape at the 42nd annual American Music Awards Sunday night.Backless gown is a show-stopperMore AMAs coveragePop star basically wore nothingHarry's reaction to Swift's speech
  • In Ferguson, residents hope justice is served

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    In Ferguson, residents hope justice is servedGettyTension continues to mount in the St. Louis suburb Sunday as natives anxiously await the grand jury decision in the Brown shooting.Preparations in place for verdictMore on this storyGiuliani takes stance on shootingObama calls for calm after trial
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  • Manning guides Broncos in dramatic victory

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Manning guides Broncos in dramatic victoryAPPeyton Manning threw three of his four TD passes to Demaryius Thomas in the Denver Broncos' 39-36 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.Deficit team had to overcomeMore sports coverage Colts WR honors newbornKaepernick, 49ers edge Redskins
  • All the biggest winners from the 2014 AMAs

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    All the biggest winners from the 2014 AMAsGettyIggy Azalea won her first award. Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Carrie Underwood soaked up some love too. But only one group snagged the top prize.And Artist of the Year goes to ...More AMAs coverageAriana Grande's jazzy act stunsAll the dazzling red carpet looks
  • Vikings' general counsel against Peterson return

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Vikings' general counsel against Peterson returnAPMinnesota Vikings general counsel Kevin Warren and the NFL have been working to make sure Adrian Peterson does not return this season.Disgraced player's responseMore sports coverage Gruden not afraid to bench RGIIIPacquiao wins lopsided fight
  • Selena's bold look stunned at the 2014 AMAs

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Selena's bold look stunned at the 2014 AMAsGettyDespite trouble in paradise of late, Gomez looked in tip-top shape at the 42nd annual American Music Awards Sunday night.Backless gown is a show-stopperMore AMAs coveragePop star basically wore nothingHarry's reaction to Swift's speech
  • In Ferguson, residents hope justice is served

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    In Ferguson, residents hope justice is servedGettyTension continues to mount in the St. Louis suburb Sunday as natives anxiously await the grand jury decision in the Brown shooting.Preparations in place for verdictMore on this storyGiuliani takes stance on shootingObama calls for calm after trial
 
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    Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News

  • Dow Chemical CEO says not quitting Kuwait, but shifting strategy

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:43 pm
    DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. petrochemicals giant Dow Chemical Co is not pulling out of Kuwait but is shifting strategy, its chief executive said on Monday, after the company announced plans to reduce its equity positions in all of its Kuwaiti ventures. Asked about Dow's strategy in Kuwait, Chief Executive Andrew Liveris, speaking on the sidelines of a conference in Dubai, said his company was "moving from doing commodities just for commodities sake, moving more downstream and Kuwait is more about commodities..." "We are not pulling out of Kuwait," he said. ...
  • Countdown to missed opportunity for EU economy

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:03 pm
    PARIS (Reuters) - The countdown has begun to what threatens to be a missed opportunity to revive Europe's stalled economy.
  • Police probe political funding of mining magnate Clive Palmer: The Australian

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:28 pm
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police are investigating allegations about the misuse of A$12 million ($10.5 million) in Chinese funds during the 2013 political campaign of mining magnate Clive Palmer, The Australian newspaper reported on Monday. Police are investigating information provided on behalf of Chinese government-owned CITIC Ltd , the newspaper quoted Stephen Brown, deputy police commissioner for Western Australia, as saying. "I can confirm ... ...
  • Fund boards, management go on high alert around bond liquidity

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    By Jessica Toonkel NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. fund firms are taking extra measures to make sure they don't get stuck holding hard-to-sell bonds in the event that fixed income markets see a massive race to the exits when interest rates start to rise. Over the past few months a growing number of asset managers, including Neuberger Berman, Natixis Global Management and T. Rowe Price have been testing their funds against various market scenarios, building cushions of cash, shorter-duration bonds and other liquid securities, and regularly discussing risks with their boards. ...
  • Apple to donate portion of holiday sales to AIDS fight

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:07 pm
    During the two-week campaign, proceeds from the sales of 25 apps with exclusive new content will be donated to fight the disease.>
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    The Retail Doctor Blog

  • How Retail Employees Can Maintain Their Sanity During The Holidays

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
      The days prior to Thanksgiving are the calm before the storm.  Your seasoned retail employees know what is in store, your newbies have no idea. While TV and movies love to show a guy like this with a beer after working in a store during Christmastime, there are many things an employee can proactively do to bolster their own sanity. Quite simply this time of the year doesn't have to suck. 15 Holiday Tips For Anyone Who Works Retail: 1. Get your own shopping done early. You won’t have the time or inclination to walk around the mall to try to buy something – you’ll just want to…
  • How To Make Sure Your Holiday Retail Sales Are Up

    16 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    I purchased a turkey mask the other day. A silly gag item I discovered while browsing at Nordstrom in Las Vegas. Yes, that Nordstrom. I met a wonderful young woman in their popup department who, when I spotted the turkey mask, immediately said, “Yep, it’s a turkey mask and our last one.” During our exchange, I told her I had nephews and nieces coming for Thanksgiving, she agreed it was perfect for us. A few more laughs later and I'd purchaed a silly $30 mask for a sight gag.
  • Retailers: Remove "I’m So Busy" From Your Vocabulary

    9 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
     
  • 8 Questions To Be Answered When Considering Retail Sales Training

    4 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    Whether the retail sales training is delivered in person by a sales trainer like myself, online through a program like my SalesRX.com, or an in-house program, you want to answer these concerns prior to launch. 1. Who is going to be our point person and take overall ownership of the learning process for the stores? They must be behind the need for training 100% and believe in how it can increase sales.
  • Avoid These 4 Small Business Saturday Shop Small Retail Mistakes

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    American Express Small Business Saturday is November 29, 2014. While the day prior - Black Friday - is big chains’ day, Saturday is the day for independents to amp up their volume. It is your chance to gain exposure to your neighborhood shoppers.  For that reason, you want to make the day memorable for them. And that doesn’t revolve around a discount. Why? A discount does nothing to build your reputation as a retailer, and it doesn’t give your shoppers a reason to go out of their way to visit you.
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    Business Insider

  • Advanced cyberspying tool dates from 2008

    Rob Lever
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:14 am
    Washington (AFP) - A highly sophisticated cyberspying tool has been used since 2008 to steal information from governments, businesses and others, security researchers said Monday.The security firm Symantec said the malware, known as Regin, was seen "in systematic spying campaigns against a range of international targets," including governments infrastructure operators, businesses, researchers and private individuals.Symantec said the malware shares some characteristics with  the Stuxnet worm-- a tool believed to have been used by the US and Israeli governments to attack computer networks…
  • The 10 Most Important Things In The World Right Now

    Jim Edwards
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Good morning! Here is what you need to know before your first meeting today: 1. We have only seen "the tip of the iceberg" in the Westminster child abuse scandal. Home secretary Theresa May says 40 detectives are investigating whether a Conservative MP murdered a boy at a pedophile sex party in London in the early 1980s. 2. Asian markets really liked that Chinese interest rate cut. The Shanghai and Hang Seng indexes both jumped in early trading, according to the FT. 3. Observers say China's interest rate cut is merely the first of more to come. The country appears to be going into an economic…
  • Chinese Olympic star Sun Yang failed May drugs test - Xinhua

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Beijing (AFP) - China's controversial Olympic swimming star Sun Yang failed a doping test in May and was subsequently banned for three months, the official Xinhua news agency reported Monday.The ban, following a positive test for the stimulant trimetazidine, was imposed in July, the agency said, citing the China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA). Sun competed in the Asian Games in September, where he took gold in the 1,500 and 400 metres freestyle, and the 4 x 100 relay.Xinhua did not immediately explain why the positive result had only come to light now, or how Sun was able to take part in the…
  • Asian stocks climb after China rate cut

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Hong Kong (AFP) - Asian markets rallied Monday after China's surprise move last week to cut interest rates for the first time in more than two years as its leaders try to strengthen growth.The euro struggled following a sell-off Friday in response to comments from the head of the European Central Bank hinting at further stimulus measures to fight off deflation.Shanghai rose 1.85 percent, or 46.09 points, to end at 2,532.88 while in late trade Hong Kong was up 1.90 percent.Sydney added 1.08 percent, or 57.5 points, to 5,361.8 and Seoul ended 0.70 percent higher, tacking on 13.70 points to…
  • 10 Things You Need To Know Before European Markets Open

    Mike Bird
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Good morning! At the start of a new week, here are the major stories likely to have an impact as markets open in London and Paris.  It’s The Deadline For A Deal With Iran. Time runs out Monday for the biggest chance in years to resolve the Iranian nuclear standoff, as Tehran and world powers make a final push for a deal but with a risky extension looking likely.  China Is Getting Ready To Cut Rates Again. China's leadership and central bank are ready to cut interest rates again and also loosen lending restrictions, concerned that falling prices could trigger a surge in debt…
 
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    Big Marketing for Small Business

  • A Year of Free Advertising and Business Advice for Military Veteran Entrepreneurs

    Rajan Sodhi
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
    Dr. Art Kaslow runs a dental practice in Santa Barbara County, California. He’s also a U.S. Army Colonel with 24 years of service. As a U.S. Army reservist, he has served two deployments and two mobilizations since 2001. While serving his country has been a commitment he has been proud to uphold, there have been times when his military service and his civilian business have been at odds. When serving in Afghanistan, he had to close his business temporarily. This disruption not only resulted in a loss of business revenue while he was away. It also caused further loss of business from…
  • How to Use a Credit Card Responsibly to Grow Your Small Business

    Miguel Salcido
    29 May 2014 | 10:14 am
    When you are a new owner of a small business, you will look for every break in financing that you can find. Getting enough money to get your startup of the ground can be challenging, to say the least. This means that you need to exhaust every option that you can find. Many small businesses made big additions to their companies by using a small business credit card. Entrepreneurs understand the value that credit like this has and use it to grow their business without creating excessive additional debt. If you want to take your small business or startup to the next level, here are a few ways…
  • 3 Tips to Creating a Killer Social Media Marketing Strategy

    Ted Levin
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm
    As one of the most popular channels to find an audience, marketing on social media sites can transform a small business from unknown to an empire overnight. Although marketing over social media might seem simple and straightforward, there are certain techniques and strategies that can optimize business success if followed. Here are three tips to get you started: 1. Who Is Your Audience? With multiple social media avenues such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Vine and YouTube, businesses should not look to infiltrate every social media site. Rather, businesses should pick a few to…
  • Top 10 Android Business Apps

    Ted Levin
    14 Mar 2014 | 10:55 am
    The platform for mobile apps has changed from simply entertainment to now encompass business applications that provide office efficiency and convenience. Being able to communicate with employees, organize office priorities and smoothly keep track of deadlines, specialized apps have opened a new world for businesses. Here are the top 10 business apps for Android.   1. Quickoffice Pro Although expensive in terms of typical app prices, the $14.99 offer includes the Quickoffice Pro bundle. This app supports all Microsoft Office applications including PowerPoint, so users are able to read,…
  • How to Use Data Tracking Software to Attract a Larger Audience

    Ted Levin
    23 Jan 2014 | 1:06 pm
    For marketing professionals and small business it’s becoming increasingly difficult to reach consumers. Evolving technology plays a major role in the way marketing tactics and strategies are developed and deployed. But still, business owners can’t hope to simply write content, post to their blog, send out emails and use social media to guide traffic to their sites and boost page rank. No, instead they have to understand the demographics most interested in their products and services, track the data properly and have a specific strategy initiated online to gain  consumer attention. Since…
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    Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global

  • Women Business Owners Are Encouraged to Happily Trade Overseas

    Laurel J. Delaney
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    What do a lot of women think the key to success is in exporting?  Surprisingly enough, many think face-to-face meetings are critical because you cannot get your idea across in an email.  I don’t necessarily agree with that because if you do a fantastic job marketing your products via social media platforms (like this one, for example), customers will not only find you but be excited about buying from you. One female business owner who I agree with, Suzie de Rohan Willner, chief executive for Fitflop, following a career in international sales for global fashion brand, said this about…
  • Women Entrepreneurs Light Up the Holidays

    Laurel J. Delaney
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
    In Manila, Bacolod, Tacloban, Pampanga, Batangas and Davao, more than 400,000 women small business owners participated in Sari-Saring Happiness Day.  Coca-Cola (part of the global 5by20 Program) launched it to brighten Christmas all over the Philippines. “Christmas is the most celebrated season in the Philippines, so Coca-Cola mounted this campaign to recognize the women who light up our communities, and at the same time help drive sales to their businesses.  We have gone through a lot of challenges this year, so we want to send a reminder that even with the trials of every day, some…
  • Take Your Business to the World

    Laurel J. Delaney
    8 Nov 2014 | 3:22 pm
    If you are based in Yorkshire (Northern England), it’s your lucky week on these upcoming programs.  UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), starting on Monday, (11/10), will offer expert insight into global trading opportunities. Organized by the Forward Ladies, one of the key focuses on November 13th will be the role of women in global trading.  Aimed at female business leaders who wish to take their business to the world, the conference is designed to help both newcomers and experienced exporters who wish to take the next step in international trade. Let’s go girls — start…
  • Big Tomato Goes Big on Exporting Creamware

    Laurel J. Delaney
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    From the Big Tomato Company Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, UK- based Big Tomato Company was founded by Gloria Daniel.  Since 2003, Big Tomato Company have manufactured award winning, modern English creamware in the heart of the Staffordshire Potteries selling to over 400 leading design and lifestyle stores worldwide. Gloria will be sharing her story at an upcoming conference to encourage more women-led enterprises to export.  Exports at the business have gone from being 7.5 per cent of turnover in 2011 to around 17.5 per cent today. Gloria says, “Before we started exporting, the biggest…
  • Are You Attending the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2014?

    Laurel J. Delaney
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    The 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, in its fifth year, will convene thousands of participants on November 19-21 in Marrakech, Morocco, and will highlight the impact of technology on modern entrepreneurship. The 2014 Summit takes place during Global Entrepreneurship Week, making it the largest of the thousands of entrepreneurship events taking place around the world that week. Are you attending? To learn more and to register, visit:  Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2014  (Read the news.) Photo courtesy:  GES Posted by:  Laurel DelaneyFiled under: Announcement, Conference, global women…
 
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    The Rise To The Top: Helping you generate big time revenue through your own online products & programs

  • Should you offer a payment plan for your online course?

    David Siteman Garland
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Great question! First of all, I’ve done it (and seen it done) EVERY way under the sun. Payment plans can be great for bringing in new customers (buyers LOVE spreading out payments) but also come with some additional work (i.e. the few bad apples that will try to screw you). Overall, having a payment plan option (including our big 12 pay option for Create Awesome Online courses over 12 months) has been a huge success for us (mixed with a headache or 5). That being said, whether YOU should do a payment plan for your course depends on a few factors. Here are a few tip-a-roos: 1. If you are…
  • 5 things to do AFTER you launch your online course or program

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

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

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

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

  • Learning to Say No, So You Can Say Yes

    Reuben
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    Most people want to say “yes”, to be helpful, most of the time. In sales, there’s a lot of pressure to say “yes” to the prospect. However, sometimes saying “yes” not only kills the deal, it means you’ve actually said “no” to more important things. So, how do you know what to say? First, you have to know what’s important, what really matters. If you don’t know this, in a sales cycle, in your business, in your life, the rest of it doesn’t matter. As the cliché goes, if you don’t know where you’re going,…
  • Bad Corporate Writing, Again

    Reuben
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    John Gruber over at @daringfireball points out the absurdity of Twitter’s corporate strategy statement: Twitter’s New ‘Strategy Statement’ “Reach the largest daily audience in the world by connecting everyone to their world via our information sharing and distribution platform products and be one of the top revenue generating Internet companies in the world.” That’s 220 characters. If any company should be able to fit its strategy into a single tweet, it’s Twitter. [emphasis added] So clunky. Worrisome that they can’t express themselves clearly. I can just see…
  • Snippets Let You Save and Reuse Proposal Content

    Reuben
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    Sometimes you have some content that you want to reuse. It’s smaller than a whole template– maybe a section, or even a few bullet points, or a nicely formatted image with a customer quote. Now you can, with “snippets.” Here’s how they work: Select a Snippet Zoom The first step is to create the snippet of content you want to reuse. Then select the content and right click, bringing up the context menu. Select Save as Snippet. Save Snippet Zoom Enter a name and description for the snippet. You can also see the exact HTML content of the snippet (and make adjustments,…
  • Set Up a Mimiran Lead Capture/Proposal Autoresponder in an Hour

    Reuben
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Here’s a guest post from a customer on setting up a web form and a proposal auto responder in Mimiran. This is a great way to collect and convert more leads. If you have a Contact Us page, consider adding a Mimiran web form widget in addition or in place of. Compared to traditional contact forms, you get: Convert more leads. Traditional contact forms don’t convert as well as Mimiran web form widgets, which feature a button that pops up a dialog. Immediate follow up. This is hard, especially in small companies where everyone is billing or working on projects. Responding while the…
  • Sales for Nerds, Developers, and Other Engineers

    Reuben
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    As a software guy turned sales and support guy, I get a lot of questions from technical people about how to do sales. While I’d like to say “here are the 4 things you need to know” or whatever, it’s a bit more complicated than that. However, the idea that technical people are bad at sales because they don’t have the right personality is a myth. The same skills that are useful in engineering are also useful in sales. Here’s an excerpt of a presentation on sales secrets for technical companies that explains why: Sales for nerds, developers and other engineers…
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    Business.com B2B Online Marketing Blog

  • Content Marketing Metrics: Write, Measure, Repeat

    Shayna Marks
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Content marketing is all sorts of huge, with only 12% of companies NOT focusing on it. But how do you know if your content is successful? In three words, successful content marketing has to have the following: write, measure, repeat. The new Business.com is a content-centric approach to our mission: to help people grow their businesses. Every day, we publish multiple pieces of content daily that all have that exact goal, but that’s just where it starts. In order to learn if our efforts are working, it is imperative that we dig into the analytics and to find out. Below are the content…
  • 3 Insights On How Brands Can Create Disruption for a #BrighterFuture

    Betsy Scuteri
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    I recently attended the iMedia Brand Summit where top brands from around the country come together to share insights, trends and tips. The theme of the conference was “Marketing in an Always-On World,” and couldn’t be a more accurate statement about the landscape brands and marketers are in today.The good news? The scene is set for marketers and brands to really step up. As marketers, there are a few challenges we are currently facing: Tackling the content conundrum How to master the art of storytelling Great companies not only tell a story, but whenever they can, appeal to…
  • 9 Monstrous Copywriting Mistakes, care of Halloween’s Michael Myers

    Ashtyn Douglas
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    My favorite things in life are writing and watching the original masterpiece, Halloween. And today I get to combine the two! Viewing after viewing, I’m consistently impressed by the fact that Michael Myers, the fictional psychopath of the cult classic Halloween, is able to slay so many victims without saying a single word. I’m equally perplexed at how many content marketers persuade customers to buy their product by using terrible copywriting tactics. We don’t like to shame specific businesses, but if Michael Myers were a copywriter, we’d gladly point out his creepy copywriting…
  • The SMB Guide to Mobile Marketing

    Shayna Marks
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    To say that mobile marketing is exploding is an understatement. With consumers and businesses alike utilizing their devices for everything from playing a game to making major business purchases, marketers cannot ignore that mobile has to be a part of their plans and budget. Mobile is not only a different animal than traditional forms of marketing, but also than it’s older digital sibling. The game has changed once again, so we’ve created a guide to help you navigate the waters ahead. Overview Mobile marketing is advertising via cell phone, smartphone, tablet, or any other such…
  • Up-and-Coming Digital Agency Scenes

    Shayna Marks
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    When you think creative hubs, Manhattan, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are some of the long-deemed cities that come to mind, but that is changing. With established, traditional agencies losing business to smaller, more nimble digital agencies, the advertising landscape is being reshaped, as are the cities that they call home. Portland and Minneapolis are some of the hottest up-and-coming digital scenes. Below are some of the agencies that are putting them on the map, and the incredible work they’re putting out. Portland Swift Winner of the Northwest Gold for Ad Age’s Small Agency of the…
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  • 10 Tips On Importing Wholesale Products From China Using Alibaba Or GlobalSources

    Steve C
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    This post was written by Josh Nacol, a student in my Create A Profitable Online Store Course. Recently Josh started importing goods from Asia for the very first time and wanted to share his experiences with my readers. Now in my class, I have an entire module dedicated specifically towards helping students import goods from overseas. However, it’s one thing to learn and another thing to actually go out and do it. And Josh’s experiences just go to show that the best way to learn is to be aware of the guidelines, know what to expect and just take action! A quick disclaimer: Josh had…
  • MWQHJ 045: Corbett Barr On How To Create A Profitable Subscription Based Membership Site

    Steve C
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:20 pm
    I’ve known Corbett Barr for quite a while now and I’m continually impressed by the quality of content that he puts out. What’s interesting about Corbett is that he started out living the silicon valley startup scene by launching a VC funded company only to later realize that he wanted to leverage entrepreneurship to improve his lifestyle. Today he runs Fizzle.co which is an incredibly awesome online business school program that you should all check out. And the nature of his business allows him to spend half of the year relaxing and working remotely in Mexico. In this…
  • My Guide To The Canton Fair And China’s Largest Wholesale Product Sourcing Trade Show

    Steve C
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:47 pm
    It’s been a while since my wife and I attended our last Canton Fair. Ever since our second child was born and our daughter started elementary school, it hasn’t been convenient to travel anywhere far let alone a completely different country. But this year, we were determined to go so I flew out my Mom and she watched our two kids for an entire week by herself while Jen and I made the trek to China. And the best part? When we got home, I was pleasantly surprised that my Mom taught the kiddos their multiplication tables while we were gone:) There’s tiger parenting for you! My…
  • MWQHJ 044: Drew Sanocki On What It Takes To Start A Successful Ecommerce Store Today

    Steve C
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Drew Sanocki randomly reached out to me one day and I’m glad that he did. Drew is a seasoned veteran when it comes to ecommerce. He started and sold a successful dropship furniture company DesignPublic.com. And today, he blogs at DrewSanocki.com and offers ecommerce consulting at Mineral.io. What’s also cool about Drew is that we have a bunch of common friends that went to Stanford together. Enjoy the interview! What You’ll Learn How to find a profitable niche for your online store How to validate your niche before investing a large amount of money How Drew feels about…
  • MWQHJ 043: Eric Siu On How To Run Profitable You Tube And Facebook Ads For Your Business

    Steve C
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    Eric Siu is a pay per click marketing expert and the CEO of SingleGrain.com, a successful digital marketing agency. Eric first caught my eye when I read his incredible post on YouTube advertising In fact, YouTube advertising is one of the only mediums that I haven’t yet tried so I’m eager to have Eric on the show to talk about what’s working and what’s not in the world of advertising. Enjoy the show! What You’ll Learn How to launch an effective Facebook campaign How to launch a high converting YouTube campaign How much money you should be willing to invest when…
 
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    Flyte New Media

  • How to Measure Social Media ROI

    Katrina Crowell
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Proving the efficiency of time or money spent on any given activity is a critical component of any marketing campaign. This is especially true of social media marketing campaigns, where the true value of time and money spent isn’t always immediately recognizable. So, how do you prove to your clients, or boss, or your own bottom line that there’s actual value for you in social media? That you aren’t just throwing your money away spaghetti on the wall and hoping something sticks? By establishing a clear way to measure and track social media ROI. And here’s how to do just that. Define…
  • Anonymous Apps: Whisper, Secret, and Yik Yak

    Rich Brooks
    8 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    Want to take some of the social out of social media? Want to share your deepest secrets with the world…anonymously? Then you may want to check out Whisper, Secret, and & Yik Yak, among others. It had been a little while, but I was back on 207 the other day, talking about a category of apps that allow you to hide behind a veil of anonymity.  While tools like Facebook and LinkedIn want to link profiles to real people, there is a popular movement to allow people to post and share without revealing their identity. In this session we look at three apps in this category, and talk about…
  • How to Build Loyalty for a Commodity Product

    Rich Brooks
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    How could a commodity product like razors build a rabid and loyal following? They showed personality from beginning to end. Recently I joined the Dollar Shave Club, a service that sends razors to your house each and every month. One of the big selling points of the Dollar Shave Club is the ridiculously low prices. The entry level blade is $1 a month for five blades. Compare that to your typical Sensor blades that would run ten to fifteen bucks at your local Walgreens for the same amount of shaves. Now, it would be relatively easy for another company to compete with Dollar Shave Club on price.
  • How Do I Activate Google Webmaster Tools?

    Katrina Crowell
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Discover how to unlock the full power of Google Analytics by connecting Google Webmaster Tools to your account. So, you’ve successfully installed Google Analytics and you’re officially tracking your website activity. Nice work! Now, in order to take the most advantage of the metrics and tracking tools Google Analytics provides, you’ll want to make sure you’ve activated your Google Webmaster Tools. Doing this is actually not very complex and activating this tool gives you access to important Search Engine Optimization metrics such as Search Queries and In-Page…
  • Maine Children’s Growth Council Develops a New Responsive Site

    Rich Brooks
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
      The Client: Maine Children’s Growth Council is working to achieve sustainable social and financial investments in the healthy development of Maine’s young children and their families. The Objective: Explain, enhance, and promote MCGC’s policy and system change recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature; through community and state leadership; through collaboration, planning and monitoring; and through widespread efforts to educate Mainers about the importance of the first few years of life. The Tools: The site was build on WordPress. The site uses Events Manager,…
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  • 10 Element to Examine for a Successful Enterprise Mobile App

    Mark Wilston
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:55 am
    Mobile technologies are significantly influencing the business world. A variety of mobile apps have been evolved in the recent years that are used to facilitate business operations. However, the mobile ERP is going to be the next big thing to be part of the modern enterprise. An enterprise application can have a variety of features, […]
  • Amazing 8 Medical Joomla Templates

    Mark Wilston
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Do you have plans to build your next Joomla website for Healthcare or Medical industry? You must take a look at these amazing Joomla templates to get started with. We have selected these top-notch Joomla Templates out of 1000′s of templates which we reviewed for Health & Medical Industry. 1. Healthcare+ HealthCare+ Joomla Template Features […]
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop – An Awesome New Take on Android

    Mark Wilston
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Google always aims at setting new trends in the mobile technology world with its Android OS. The new Android 5.0 Lollipop has several exciting features that are significantly going to draw the attention of the worldwide mobile users. This recently launched Android OS will offer a tough competition to other mobile operating systems such as […]
  • iOS App Development offers Strong Branding Opportunities

    Mark Wilston
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:12 am
    In many senses, iOS can be a great platform for promoting brands, with the help of a variety of trendy and interactive apps. The robust brand building features that iPhone brings in are drawing the attention of the modern enterprises. Apple iPhone is a smart device that offers incredible possibilities. The iOS platform has in […]
  • I Have a Great App Idea, What Next?

    Mark Wilston
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:29 am
    I have an innovative idea for a mobile application. What to do next? How to get a real solution? Here is how you can overcome the dilemma and initiate a step-by-step process of building a mobile application. Exploring the Idea - You may be so upbeat about your idea, but it is important to explore […]
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  • The Best Way to Build Business Credit (Part 2 of 2)

    Marco Carbajo
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Best Way to Build Business Credit In Part 1 of the Best Way to Building Business Credit we covered credit listings, creditworthiness, credit categories, and Tier 1. Part 2 of this series we’ll cover the remaining tiers of the structure. As a quick recap, Tier 1 should consist of 4-5 reporting trade lines made up […] The post The Best Way to Build Business Credit (Part 2 of 2) appeared first on Business Credit.
  • The Best Way to Build Business Credit (Part 1 of 2)

    Marco Carbajo
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    Best Way to Build Business Credit Is your startup or existing business ready to build business credit? Do you know what crucial business credit building components you need before your company starts applying for credit? Well, the good news is in today’s post we’re going to take out all the guesswork and show you the […] The post The Best Way to Build Business Credit (Part 1 of 2) appeared first on Business Credit.
  • The Best Online Business Directories to Get Listed With

    Marco Carbajo
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    Best Online Business Directories Since searching the internet is the number one tool used to locate a business today, it’s crucial to make sure your business is listed on major online business directories. While there are many popular online directories to get listed with there are several key sites that play a role in the […] The post The Best Online Business Directories to Get Listed With appeared first on Business Credit.
  • How to Get Restaurant Business Loans with Bad Credit

    Marco Carbajo
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Restaurant Business Loans One of the greatest challenges facing restaurant owners from getting the business loans they need is bad credit. The fact is restaurant owners took a massive hit from the economic downturn from several years back. From the significant drop in customers dining out, increased transportation costs and the rise in food costs; […] The post How to Get Restaurant Business Loans with Bad Credit appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Business Credit Partners: Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions

    Marco Carbajo
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Business Credit Partners In recent posts we covered quite a bit of ground surrounding unsecured business credit lines. We went over the benefits, did comparisons, and reviewed what it takes to qualify. Unfortunately, many business owners find that their personal credit is not sufficient to qualify for these particular business credit lines. The good news […] The post Business Credit Partners: Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions appeared first on Business Credit.
 
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    The Work at Home Woman

  • Interview with Abbey Fatica – Working From Home as an Isagenix Independent Associate

    wahanelson
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tell us how you got involved with Isagenix.  Two years ago, I was introduced to Isagenix by my friend Staci. I was looking for a way to get rid of the baby weight that I was holding onto from my third child. I was not interested in the business at the time because I had […]
  • Tightrope Balance: Working from Home When a Family Member is Sick

    wahanelson
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Cathi Nelson I have been living the sandwich generation reality this past year. My sweet, 85-year-old Dad began a cycle of declining health that concluded with his passing away this month. All of this started a year ago when every few weeks I would get a call that my Dad was back in the hospital. […]
  • 7 Ways to Earn FREE Starbucks Coffee and Gift Cards

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Holly Reisem Hanna It’s no secret. I have a small Starbuck’s addiction, especially since it’s my office away from home. From the pumpkin spice and gingerbread lattes in the fall, to the delicious iced coffee and green tea in the summer — I’m a fan of it all. And while their drinks and goodies […]
  • 5 Tips to Managing Holiday Stress as a Home Business Owner

    wahanelson
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dawn Berryman The holiday season officially kicks off soon, even though in many ways it feels as though it’s already here! Do you get stressed during the holiday season? Is it a bit overwhelming for you? With family, children, gifts, cookies, parties, holiday orders and much more, it’s easy to understand why you might be […]
  • Buying an Existing Website: Interview with Megan Barnes, Owner of The Mogul Mom

    wahanelson
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey I live in Jackson, Mississippi with my husband, Terrence, and two endlessly comical dogs, Fergi & Gus. A lifelong learner and certified nerd I am curious—about everything. I love to read, write, and engage people in conversation. I’ve discovered I have a talent for […]
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    Leader Networks blog

  • Building the Business Case for Community

    Vanessa DiMauro
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:30 pm
    In every corner of an organization, the idea of having an online community is brought up. But often, the idea remains just that – an idea – because starting the journey seems daunting. How should we begin to build the business case for it? How can we translate the hard-to-explain-and-grasp benefits of community into a comprehensive and convincing plan? What lessons can be learned from others who have succeeded? How can we report the value in business terms? Your business case process is not simply a way to get approval for your community project. When well done, it is the outline for an…
  • The Social Consumer Study and What It Means To Customer Service Professionals

    Vanessa DiMauro
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    “The pen is mightier than the sword” wrote Edward George Bulwer-Lytton in 1839. Little did he know what was to come with the advent of social media? Around the globe, customers – friend and foe alike – share their experiences using indelible digital characters all across the social channel. We are experiencing a customer-driven revolution where companies are no longer defined only by what they say about themselves. Rather, customer experiences are a major force defining the strongest brands, and the Achilles heel of firms which fail to deliver on customer expectations. In the summer…
  • Why Listening Communities Belong in Your Marketing Strategy

    Vanessa DiMauro
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Your content is well-written and well-produced, engaging, even useful. But is your audience really paying attention? We all know what it’s like when someone won’t stop talking — it’s very hard to stay engaged. Have you tried listening to your audience instead? Online communities are primordial (pre-web, even) discussion, content-sharing, and collaboration applications. While many brands use online communities for bottom-line-focused activities such as lead generation, others focus on listening, which helps them uncover powerful sources of customer insights, content, and industry…
  • The Future Of Social Business [Video]

    Vanessa DiMauro
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    At the Social Shakeup conference in Atlanta (hosted by Social Media Today) I was delighted to participate in a keynote panel with Jeff Dachis and Renee Ducre to talk about the future of social business. A video of the session was just posted online so I am sharing it here as I think we covered some interesting ground. Our panel discussed where social has been and where it’s headed. Many smart people have been saying for years that at some point in the future we would no longer distinguish “social” business from ordinary business. Now we find social expertise in many enterprise…
  • Gender vs. Generational Divide Tops Findings From The Social Consumer Study

    Vanessa DiMauro
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    Don Bulmer and I are thrilled to share the findings of our  latest study, The Social Consumer,  and we think this is the most exciting one yet!  We researched the factors that inform, impact and shape trust, loyalty and preferences of the digitally connected consumer. We tested the belief that brands which can tap into the emotions about and awareness of their values (human/social) are most likely to inspire positive action and loyalty from consumers.  This is our third research collaboration since 2009, as part of our fellowship with The Society for New Communication Research. We were…
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    Small Biz Daily

  • 9 Things Entrepreneurs Should Know

    Rieva Lesonsky
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky 1. Very Happy Holidays In its quarterly Spark Business Barometer survey, Capital One reports small businesses are feeling good and expecting to have a great holiday. In general, women- and millennial-owned businesses are more optimistic about financial conditions and business prospects, as well as the economy. Some survey highlights: • 71 percent expect holiday sales to be equal to or better than 2013 • 57 percent of business owners say current business conditions are excellent or good • 43 percent experienced increased sales over the past six months • 49 percent…
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    21 Nov 2014 | 11:39 am
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  • The Best Way to Maximize Your Small Business Saturday

    Rieva Lesonsky
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:17 am
    By Jim Gustke Small Business Saturday looms large on the horizon, and given how it falls on Saturday, November 29 – between Black Friday and Cyber Monday –that means your small business has a tremendous opportunity to generate revenue and create lasting relationships with customers. By your very nature as an entrepreneur, you are nimble, agile and able to work quickly, so there’s still plenty of time to gear up for Small Business Saturday and make the day a big success for your business. One of the best ways to prepare is to advantage of technologies that are available to promote your…
  • Join our #SmallGoesBig Twitter Chat for Holiday Marketing Tips

    Rieva Lesonsky
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    By Natale Goriel, SBA Official The holiday season is here and we want to make sure you are prepared. So join us on November 24 at 1 pm EST along with Twitter, Google, Hubspot, Infusionsoft, Hootsuite, CEO and President of GrowBiz Media Rieva Lesonsky and SCORE for a Twitter chat on holiday marketing ideas for small businesses. We’ll be sharing ideas and taking your questions via the hashtag #SmallGoesBig. What: Holiday Marketing Twitter Chat for Small Businesses When: November 24 at 1pm EST | 10am PST…
 
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    Springwise

  • Electric jetski-boat hybrid travels 100kmph on a single charge

    Springwise
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Add / Remove Once in a while, a new product comes out that defies classification and creates its own category. We’ve previously written about the PAL-V ONE, the car and gyroplane hybrid that lets riders seamlessly switch from driving to flying. Also setting itself apart from designs that have gone before it, Quadrofoil is an electrically-powered personal boat that uses water gliding technology to reach speeds of up to 100kmph without the emissions. With a unique design that gives it the look of a speedboat crossed with a jetski, the Quadrofoil is made of modular parts built from…
  • App offers travel recommendations based on time of year

    Springwise
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Add / Remove Travelers are always looking for suggestions as to where in the world they should visit next. We previously wrote about the Hitlist app which even makes the decision for them based on their social media profile. However, recommendations for any location may be better at one time of the year but not so good at others. What’s It Like is an app that aims to let users simply choose the time they’re looking to get away in order to receive a suggestion that’s perfect for the time of year. For those with holiday time availble in early September, it may be no use trying…
  • Social network for army vets wants to help curb growing suicides

    Springwise
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:46 am
    Add / Remove Recent statistics from the Pentagon show that the leading cause of death among members of the US military in 2012 and 2013 was not in fact war, but suicide. We recently wrote about Together Strong, the app that's helping former soldiers learn how to better emotionally engage in civilian society. Now POS REP is a social network for military personnel to find and support each other when they leave service. The app uses terminology familiar to soldiers to help them make sense of civilian life. The Radar section of the app helps users find other vets nearby and they can 'pop…
  • App lets diners check the vibe of restaurants in real time

    Springwise
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    Add / Remove There’s nothing that can spoil an evening more than arriving at a no-reservation restaurant to find it’s already full, or — even worse — finding that the romantic eatery you’ve booked for a date is completely empty. We’ve already seen Waitbot tackle the first issue by using crowdsourced data to estimate waiting times at any venue. Now dining app Dash has introduced its Venue Vibes feature, which lets customers get accurate and real-time info about the atmosphere of nearby restaurants. The Dash app already has a range of functions to make eating…
  • Green renovation made easy with snap-on insulation and solar panels

    Springwise
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    Add / Remove Green energy alternatives are now well known, and governments provide various incentives to get homeowners to invest in them. However, the time, effort and expense is still stopping the average consumer from switching. We’ve already written about the easy-to-install Ecodrain, a device that heats up shower water with the hot water going down the plug hole. Now the Netherlands’ Energiesprong is retrofitting homes with modular, snap-on fittings that can be deployed quickly and cleanly. Insulation can be difficult to install and solar panels require a fair amount of…
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    Jeff Korhan

  • Content Marketing Tools: How to Get Relevant Website Traffic

    Jeff Korhan
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Listen to the Episode Below Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business Powered by Simple Podcast Press This is Episode 18 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Ian Cleary is best known as “the tools guy,” especially as it relates to content marketing and social media. You’ll find this conversational episode to be an easy listen, especially if you are fond of the Irish accent. The links to all of the tools will be listed in the show notes below, so just site back and learn as Ian reveals his go-to…
  • Inhabit One Social Media Channel

    Jeff Korhan
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    Unless your company is a big brand, it’s unlikely your customers are scattered across multiple social media channels. Why not simplify your life and improve your marketing efforts by choosing just one? Consolidate Your Resources As social media continues to evolve, it is increasingly important to evaluate the respective channels and the allocation of your resources to them. Obviously, your commitment to a social media channel will determine your success with it. Copyblogger Media recently declared they were killing their Facebook business page, despite the fact that it had earned nearly…
  • Relationship Focused: How to Successfully Run Any Business

    Jeff Korhan
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (0:31:08) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business Powered by Simple Podcast Press This is Episode 17 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Marty Grunder is the founder and owner of Grunder Landscaping, the largest company of its kind in Southwestern, Ohio. In addition to running that multi-million dollar business, Marty is also a successful author, business speaker, and consultant. What’s his secret to successfully running two businesses AND having a happy home life? Listen…
  • Value Your Fanbase: Marketing Lessons from Taylor Swift

    Jeff Korhan
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    Last week Taylor Swift pulled her music catalogue from streaming service Spotify. The merits of that decision are being debated in the media with regards to the future of the music industry, as well as the business brand of the artist, and of course, her fans. It turns out there are important marketing lessons to be learned from this for mainstream businesses like yours and mine. Lesson #1 – Grow Your Audience If you are not familiar with Spotify, Rdio, and other music streaming services, they deliver popular music for free or a small monthly fee. This introduces the artists’ music to…
  • Content Strategy: Get Ready for The Next Generation of Social Media

    Jeff Korhan
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (0:36:13) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business Powered by Simple Podcast Press This is Episode 16 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. In this episode we chat with Rich Brooks. He is the owner of Flyte New Media, a digital marketing agency that he has owned for over 17 years. Rich not only demystifies social media and content marketing, he offers practical tips for budgeting your investment of time and money to its accomplishment, whether you do the work in-house or hire…
 
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    SmartCEO

  • Elwyn Pharmacy Group

    SmartCEO
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    Elwyn Pharmacy Group Nicholas Karalis CEO Biotech/Healthcare Location: Garnet Valley, PA Founded: 1973 Industry: Specialty pharmacy INDIVIDUALIZED SERVICE: Elwyn Pharmacy Group provides a wide array of services under a comprehensive umbrella of medication therapy management programs. The company’s patient-centric approach allows it to adapt to the needs of each individual patient. Quick Tip: “The need to delegate and work as a team, while continuing to have your finger on the pulse, is an integral part of growing a business.” INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY: In the pharmaceutical industry today,…
  • 7 tips to improve your site’s conversion rate

    Marina Locks
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    Want to do something for your website that has killer ROI? Try conversion rate optimization, also known as CRO. Your conversion rate is the percentage of website visitors who take action. If you improve this rate, then you improve your revenue. 1. Get the most powerful testing software available. Don’t flinch at dropping a few hundred bucks on some quality software. Fear not. The money you spend will come back. 2. A/B test non-stop. The biggest conversion gains come through split testing. Split testing or A/B testing is the process of using two versions of a website or landing page. You…
  • What is your executive reputation worth to your company?

    april
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    Thought Leadership on Branding and PR presented by The Borenstein Group.  What’s your CEO reputation worth to you? What’s it worth to your clients? What’s it worth to your friends? And can you monetize it? The answer to these questions used to be, “It doesn’t matter because it’s all about who you know.” Then when business networks of relationships got built, the answer changed to, “It doesn’t matter who you know, it’s about who knows you.” And then came the Age of Digital. An age where who you know and who knows you doesn’t matter as much because your brand is out of…
  • Why IT outsourcing goes wrong

    Atlantic-IT.net
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Thought Leadership on Managed IT Services presented by Atlantic-IT.net.  Atlantic-IT.net, we’re proud to be the outsourced IT department for our customers. By outsourcing IT, our customers operate more efficiently, protect company and customer data, and ensure that IT tools and services are always available. That’s why it frustrates us to no end when we see organizations trying to cope with outsourcing nightmares that produce the exact opposite results. The only thing worse than trying to get a handle on an in-house IT mess is trying to get a handle on an IT mess that exists someplace…
  • How creative leaders can inspire their team

    Socialfix Media
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Thought Leadership on Web Development presented by Socialfix Media.  Whether in daily life or digital marketing, we are sure you know actions speak louder than words. Far louder, the greatest action you can take as a creative leader is to inspire your team. Once tapped, a source of inspiration can spread like a winter storm blanketing everything in its path. But you must first be that source, and we are here to show you that inspiration is an open door. Just as the best education can be teaching, you must first be inspired to become inspiring yourself. Let’s stick with the concept of…
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    Roundpeg | Indianapolis | Web Design | Social Media | Marketing

  • Build a Brand Through People

    Lorraine
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Real branding is so much more than a logo on your business card and letterhead. A true company brand encompasses what you want people to think and feel about your brand. So your logo and color choices are important, but they are only part of the equation which must also consider key messages, language choices and guidelines on other imagery. All of these different elements should be captured in a branding guide and then shared with everyone in your firm so they are prepared to answer the question “what do you do?” At the end of the day, it is your people who define your brand,…
  • Why You Should Judge a Book by Its Cover

    Jenna
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sure the old saying, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” is good advice in most cases, but it’s also a fun rule to break. There’s no question about the inside of a book being the important part, but the cover is a fantastic way to set the tone for what the reader can expect to find hidden in the pages. Besides setting the tone, a well-designed book cover can give clues to the story, pique a potential reader’s curiosity, or even reignite interest in the book with a new audience. I happen to be pretty obsessed with cover design, and often spend extra…
  • How to Get Your Resume in Great Shape

    Anne
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Whoever told you there is no right or wrong way to write a resume lied to you. I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but there are some rules and restrictions when it comes to putting together your resume. While many employers will only look at your LinkedIn profile (here’s how to get that in check), some will view your resume. If it isn’t up to par, potential employers will pass you by. Here’s a list of what you should exclude from your resume so employers can focus on what is really important- you! Executive Summary I’ll admit it, I had an executive summary at the…
  • Does Your Website Look Good Everywhere?

    Lorraine
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    It seems like just yesterday when everyone used Internet Explorer and had basically the same size monitor. It was easier to design web sites back then. Sure the technology was cumbersome, but once you had a site up and working it looked essentially the same for everyone. Unfortunately, that isn’t how the internet works today. Your visitors are using a range of browsers and devices when they visit your  website  the expectation is that it will look good and function correctly whether they are viewing it from their phone, table, laptop or desktop. They aren’t going to hang…
  • Website Wars: Revenge of the Podcasts

    Peter
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
      They say video killed the radio star. But they also say Marconi plays the mamba, so that’s gotta count for something. Just listen to the radio, or get online, and tell me radio’s dead. DJ traditions live on in playlist-centric Spotify. Radio theater and episodes of talk radio thrive online as podcasts. Most listeners interact with podcasts through an app. But as a web designer, I’m always curious to see if they have a website and what it offers. I’ve picked three podcasts to feature which illustrate the variety of shows and their different approaches to podcast…
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    The Thriving Small Business

  • 4 Employer Concerns about Moonlighting

    Patricia Lotich
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    The recent recession has resulted in many people doing whatever it takes to make ends meet and pay off debt. This sometimes means moonlighting by working a second job. Moonlighting is defined as “to work at an additional job after one’s regular, full time employment, as at night”. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that an average of 4.9% of workers have multiple jobs. Read the Full Article →The post 4 Employer Concerns about Moonlighting appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: Laws Related to Human Resources: What Every Employer Should…
  • 6 Tips to Make Telecommuting Successful

    Patricia Lotich
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    More and more organizations are offering employees the option to telecommute and it is predicted that a higher number of workers will be telecommuting in the next five years.  Some organizations offer the option to telecommute it in an attempt to support a healthy work-life balance, while others do so in an effort to control increasing costs. Read the Full Article →The post 6 Tips to Make Telecommuting Successful appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: What are the benefits and disadvantages of telecommuting? 8 Steps to Implementing Successful…
  • Employee Poor Time Management Skills – 6 Tips to Improve Time Management Skills

    Patricia Lotich
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    Employee poor time management skills is something we all struggle with.  It is  easy to get distracted and pulled into things that don’t necessarily contribute to meeting corporate objectives. Employee time management skills are developed with training and practice.  But even the best time managers struggle with time thieves.  Managers should pay attention to employee productivity and assist where they can in helping employees maximize their time to achieve greater results. Read the Full Article →The post Employee Poor Time Management Skills – 6 Tips to Improve Time…
  • 5 Tips to Help Employees With Work Life Balance

    Patricia Lotich
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Organizations have a better understanding of, and focusing more on the importance of work-life balance. With corporate downsizing, increased competition, increased responsibilities and organizations trying to achieve more with less, the employees are feeling the crunch. Employees are the ones carrying the burden of getting it done. Feeling the pressure to keep their job and climb the corporate ladder, employees are feeling the pressure to demonstrate commitment and work to please management. Read the Full Article →The post 5 Tips to Help Employees With Work Life Balance appeared first…
  • What Can We Learn From The Ebola Nurse Whistle Blower?

    Patricia Lotich
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    The Ebola frenzy has taken our country by storm.  The fear and anxiety that has resulted from these few cases that have crossed our borders seems to have us in a state of panic. Health care facilities are making preparations for the possibility of more cases as they scramble to ramp up their infectious disease protocols, create isolation units and develop specialized training for health care workers. Read the Full Article →The post What Can We Learn From The Ebola Nurse Whistle Blower? appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: Pepsi EEOC Settlement – 5…
 
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    Fizzle

  • How do I know if my business idea is viable (FS081)

    Chase Reeves
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Several listeners asked questions about choosing between multiple business ideas. What can you do to tell which ones are viable and which aren’t? We get into that, a youtube video editing hack, Barrett’s “LPC” strategy and a couple other bits on the show today. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS, Download (Podcast) How to tell if your business idea is viable. Tweet This   or copy + Facebook Show Notes Emma Davies’ suggestion for a fun bit on this…
  • Start a Blog with Me?

    Corbett Barr
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Blogging has been one of the most valuable things I’ve ever done in my life. As I said back in August (when I wrote Should I Start a Blog?), I don’t know of many other ways to spend your time that can lead to a bigger impact or payoff. I’ve been itching to get back to personal blogging for a long time. I miss the fun of writing, and of connecting with people over ideas and words. Writing here at The Sparkline is great, but I don’t get to do it as often as I’d like, and I don’t get to cover as many topics as I’d like. Blogging has changed my life in more…
  • Essential Habits and Motivation for Entrepreneurs (an Interview with Leo Babauta)

    Corbett Barr
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Click play on the video above. Staying motivated and changing ineffective habits are both essential skills for anyone working to become self-employed. When you don’t have a boss or team to keep you on track, being able to change your behavior yourself can literally equal the difference between success and failure. Leo Babauta of the massively popular Zen Habits blog knows a thing or two about motivation and habits, especially as they apply to entrepreneurs. Leo just finished a new book about habits and launched it via Kickstarter. He has also interviewed dozens of entrepreneurs and…
  • Top 10 Mistakes in Starting an Online Business (FS080)

    Chase Reeves
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    We’ve worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs over the past 3 years and in this episode we showcase the top 10 mistakes we see self employed people make. This episode corresponds with a brand new guide we made on the subject. It’s free, it’s got tons of great quotes and images and some next steps to take for each of these mistakes. Get the 10 mistakes guide and follow along through this conversation as we add more stories and commentary to each of these mistakes. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to)…
  • What’s the Difference Between a Successful Business & a Failing Side Project?

    Chase Reeves
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Click play on the video above. It’s short and sweet and shares one of the most important paradigm shifts you could have early on in starting a business. It’s ok, you can watch it. I’ll wait. It’s only 3 min. Ok, let’s talk about this a bit. This is the first lesson in one of our most popular courses here at Fizzle. (You can find a link to that course below with some other resources). This is the course we tell everyone who joins Fizzle to take because it breaks the destructive habit described in the video. The lean startup world calls this stage of business…
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    Head Startup

  • Best ways to get more income online

    admin
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
      Nowadays, most of the people were interested to learn the language English because of its popularity. And if you are fluent in the language and able to teach it to others trough the internet then you can get more income in your free time. The only thing people have to do is Teach English overseas in their free time through the internet. The educational institutes were hiring professionals to teach their students. One can get sources of income with the help of their English language skills and talents. Any person can become as a teacher in the reputed institute and get their salaries…
  • Consider a few important things before choosing SEO service provider online

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
      Do you have desires to use SEO services to promote your business online effectively?  You have to be careful while choosing companies that provide search engine optimization services. Many companies have started to provide these services without professional expertise and trained staff members. You have to choose the most reputable SEO Company online to get the desired support to make use of professional services at competitive prices. It is time to use the most advanced services from experts in the SEO. You have to be sure that you have a valid reason and goal to use a service from a…
  • Earthquake

    admin
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Who can prevent the tragedy of Tangshan occur? Xiong Shukai yesterday afternoon, Wenchuan County in Sichuan province took place 7.8-magnitude earthquake. This is the second 32Years ago, the Tangshan earthquake and again after the worst natural disaster. Premier Wen Jiabao rushed to the scene, organizing rescue work. Despite heavy rainfall, causing landslides, traffic jams, brought great difficulties to the rescue work. But armed police officers, soldiers, medical staff and in all industries have launched an emergency plan, at full speed, most urgent sense of investment went into the rescue…
  • old man in train station

    admin
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Meettheold manisaveryfortuitousthing   ItwasanextremelyhotafternoonSunEarthboilinghotsoa bitslurredAt that timeIwasajuniorstudentthreememberandgoodfriendyanKingworriedtogotoschools   Go toschoolafterahillsideunder the stairsthere is astationon the slopesincefrommyhometo ourschoolcanhavemanyroadsIrarelygotheresoforthatstation is alsoverystrange   TostationthreesweatyTrying to cross the roadwhen heheardawomancryofdisgust“Oh what are youdoingSodirtygogogoit really is…… “Babbitwasafashionableyoung womenThegirlsfaceBlushPinkdoubleeyebrowlooks30years…
  • Mimi dream

    admin
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Program is divided into “I of dream”, and “insisted dream”, and “exploration dream”, and “China dream” 4 a chapter, rice of parent Yuan longping academician, and flight hero Li Zhonghua, and e-commerce application master Ma, and martial arts master Jet Li, and movie star CHAN, celebrities participation has recording, a juvenile hero stage debut, with students loved of form, guide students will personal ideal and country development close combines up. Programsalsorecruitedthrough the networkofprimary and secondary school…
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • 4 Reasons Your Company Can’t Rely on Manual Expense Reporting Methods

    Shoeboxed Contributor
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    Technology is changing the way everything is done, especially in the accounting world. Expense reports vary from company to company and leaves a lot up to the person reviewing the reports. In the past, expense reporting has taken up valuable time from accountants’ schedules when they could be looking for tax breaks or write-offs. Manual expense reporting is not only a thing of the past, but it is also not as reliable as the automated expense reporting alternative. Here are four reasons why manual expense reports are inferior that will leave you wondering why anyone would do a manual…
  • What’s New at Shoeboxed This Week

    Emily Farrar
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    Our product team has been hard at work to bring you a better Shoeboxed. With a renewed focus on delivering as many wins as possible for our customers, we’re releasing new features and functionality almost every week! Here’s a quick list of updates we’ve released lately to improve your experience: The ability to mark documents as “Viewed” and “Not Viewed” and filter by this criteria for Receipts, Business Cards and Other Documents. Our new PDF expense report — read more here. The ability to send a document back through processing to correct…
  • Banish Bad Expense Reports with Our New PDF Export!

    Emily Farrar
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    Whether you’ve been making expense reports using Shoeboxed for years or are planning to make your first one for this month’s expenses, you’ll be glad to know that we just released a brand new expense report template we think you’ll love! Expense reports still work the same way: just choose the receipts you want and click Export Selected to PDF from your receipt table. So what’s the big deal? In addition to an updated, sleek design, our expense reports now feature: A simple way to email the PDF to yourself or whoever needs to receive it (and we’ll remember…
  • Using Shoeboxed Helped Save This Small Business Over $10k

    Emily Farrar
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    With Shoeboxed, there has never been one “best” way to use our service to stay organized. And after processing over a billion dollars of expense data since 2007, we say that from years of firsthand experience! Shoeboxed takes enormous pride in serving clients from around the country and across the globe, all of whom use our service in a myriad of ways to fulfill a whole host of organizational needs in both their personal and professional lives. “I am so glad that I was using Shoeboxed diligently to keep track of all my important business documents so I had all the documentation I…
  • What Your Accountant Wishes You Knew Before You Walked In

    Emily Farrar
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    We treat our accountants like miracle workers. We walk in with a big pile of papers with a panicked look on our faces. They sigh, collect the pile, and sometime later everything is magically fixed and your money isn’t in jeopardy anymore. If only you would take the time to learn a few things before you walked in, the whole process would actually be much smoother. Not only that, but you could participate in the growth and health of your finances and make your business that much stronger. We asked a few accountants to tell us what they wish you would learn before you walk into the office next…
 
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    ReachLocal Blog

  • Join Us as We Wrap Up Our 2014 Events Calendar

    ReachLocal
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    ReachLocal is wrapping up 2014 by attending and hosting some great events and we hope you’ll join us. We’re also presenting a webinar, “How to Get the Most Out of Your ReachEdgeTM/ReachSEOTM Reports,” in early December. So take the time to network with peers in your industry and expand your online marketing knowledge. To learn more about each event and to register, visit our events page.The post Join Us as We Wrap Up Our 2014 Events Calendar appeared first on ReachLocal Blog.
  • Small Business Saturday: Get Your Local Business Mobile Ready for the Holidays

    Tiffany Monhollon
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The holiday shopping season is in full swing. Black Friday and Small Business Saturday are both right around the corner. Consumers are already searching for the best deals, services, and offers for their holiday needs. Chances are, your business is already running holiday promotions and marketing campaigns. But, while you were making your holiday marketing list and checking it twice, did the word “mobile” wind up in your plans? If not, you could be losing a big chunk of consumers this holiday season. In fact, recent research illustrates just why mobile should be a cornerstone for…
  • How Car Shoppers Search for an Auto Business Online

    Tara Banda
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:54 pm
    How does your auto business reach consumers who are looking to buy a new vehicle? Do you rely on flyers put into mailboxes in your ZIP code or television commercials? For some dealerships, these are great ways to promote your business and build awareness. But if your auto business is really interested in getting new sales (and what dealership isn’t) then you need to be where consumers are searching for you — online. In this Google infographic, you can learn some of the automotive market trends showing how consumers use the web to search for and buy cars.   Why is it important for…
  • Free Webinar: Turning Website Visitors Into Leads & Customers

    ReachLocal
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    Getting consumers to visit your business website is great, but are they converting into leads and customers? Get actionable tips on turning more of your website visitors into customers with our Google-sponsored webinar, Consumers Found Me, Now What? In this free, on-demand webinar, you’ll learn about: Consumer buying behaviors and the role of mobile Website best practices that convince visitors to contact you Lead management tips that will help you turn more leads into customers Convert more of your website visitors into leads and customers! Watch the free webinar now.The post Free Webinar:…
  • Small Business Saturday: How to Collaborate with Other Local Businesses

    Tiffany Monhollon
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    Small Business Saturday is right around the corner. Is your business getting involved? There are lots of ways you can get in on the shop small movement, and we’re sharing a Small Business Saturday tip each week to help your business get involved. This Week’s Tip: Collaborating with Other Local Businesses Collaboration is a great way to build momentum around a local event like Small Business Saturday. But, working with other local businesses — and even with your competitors! — may be daunting for many small business owners. Not sure where to get started? Here are ideas for working with…
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    Women Unlimited Worldwide

  • Ep #22: How to get more visible in your market with Carole Bozkurt

    Julie Hall
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:55 am
    In episode 22 of Micro Entrepreneur: the magic of thinking small, I had a great time talking with Carole Bozkurt – Founder of The Blueprint Practice. Carole is a visibility strategist, who along with her team, brings a breadth of knowledge and experience of global marketing to small business owners. They offer marketing, training, mentoring and practical strategies to ensure your business is visible in your market place and attracts all the clients you could ever want. I believe every female business owner has the right to be fulfilled and financially rewarded by her business –…
  • The art of selling: How to have the sales conversation (part 2)

    Carole Bozkurt
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:25 am
    Did you know that just 2% of business owners close a sale the very first time they meet a potential client? The other 98% discover that clients make a purchase only after some degree of know, like and trust has been established. Savvy business owners recognise they need to learn more about their future clients, and be open to helping them solve some of their issues, before working with them as a paid client. This is a much more effective method of engaging potential clients in conversation, because it involves a process of mutual discovery and isn’t just a case of one party attempting to…
  • Do you believe in what you’re selling?

    Teresa Mitrovic
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    I had read many books, invested (heavily) in seminars and sales training, and yet selling still felt awkward, clumsy and – on my worst days – vaguely desperate. Fast forward a year and I’m confidently negotiating mid-5-figure contracts with corporate clients. What changed? My mindset. My story might be very different to yours. I run a service based business in an industry I had no prior experience of, and no relevant network in. I started from scratch, in the recession, in London – the other side of the world from where I’d built the bulk of my corporate career. I’m an intelligent…
  • Ep #21: Supercharge your business with brand partnerships with Susie Burdekin

    Julie Hall
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    In episode 21 of Micro Entrepreneur: the magic of thinking small, I had a great time talking with Susie Burdekin from The Drill Company.  Drill is a fantastic business which works with both individuals and companies, and provides a combination of consulting and business coaching for the various stages of running a business; from foundations for start-ups to building teams, planning change and developing growth strategies and plans. Susie and I talked about how using brand partnerships as a creative marketing device, can help small businesses and micro-entrepreneurs leverage and grow…
  • The art of selling: How to kick-start your sales process – New 3 part series!

    Carole Bozkurt
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:19 am
    It may not surprise you to know, that there is a process behind effective selling, but would it surprise you to know there is also a process involved in preparing to sell? Some business owners jump right into the selling process without doing the preliminary work that helps maximise their chances of success. At times this hasty approach can work, but for the most part, it will be bound to fail. The simple fact is, no one will buy from you if they don’t want what you’re selling or believe that they need it. The 3 stages of selling The process of selling can be broken down into three…
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    Firefly Coaching

  • The Mistake You’re Making When You Ask For Feedback

    Stephanie Ward
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    When you want feedback on something you’ve created, how do you ask for it? If you’re like most people you’re making a big mistake that is keeping you from getting feedback that would actually be helpful for you. Watch this short video to find out what it is and what to do about it. Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below:   “What I want instead of your opinion is your analysis.” Seth Godin Click to Tweet What are your tips for asking for useful feedback? Share your…
  • Delight Your Clients and Be Memorable With One Change

    Stephanie Ward
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:21 am
        What if you went to a beautiful place to have a drink and you never had to bother trying to catch the waiter’s eye to flag him down so you can order something or to request the bill. Wouldn’t that be convenient and enjoyable? It happened to me recently in Spain. I had never seen such a device sitting on our table. With a press of a button you can call the waiter, another button requests the bill, and a third button cancels your request in case you change your mind (see photo for device by Pulsayvoy). When I figured out what it was, I asked myself that question that happens…
  • Smart Marketing Tips from David Allen of Getting Things Done

    Stephanie Ward
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:27 am
        David Allen’s internationally best-selling book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, is a classic that has been published in over 28 languages. David is not only a master at getting things done, he has also built an extremely successful business. So how did he do it? I sat down with David in Amsterdam (where he now resides) and asked him to share the marketing strategies he used to create a stable and flourishing company. Prepare to be inspired. Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red…
  • Virtual Marketing Mentor Hour

    Stephanie Ward
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
        You’re doing work that you find meaningful and you want your business to reach as many of your ideal clients as possible, but how? I’d love to answer your marketing questions and help you get a steady stream of cool clients. I’ve hosted Marketing Mentor Hour events in person in Amsterdam but not everybody can meet me there. And many of you said you would love to attend a Virtual event, so here it is. Let’s meet virtually online with an intimate group of passionate entrepreneurs online and I’ll answer your burning questions during the Virtual Marketing Mentor Hour.
  • A Marketing Template for Every Day, Week, Month, & Year of Your Business

    Stephanie Ward
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    You’ve got a million things to do as a business owner. And you may wonder what you should you do for your marketing and how often. Let me start off by saying I’m a huge fan of tailoring your marketing to fit you and your business. There’s no set formula that everyone needs to follow to be successful with their marketing. But I hear from a lot of people that they struggle with knowing exactly what they should be doing every day to market and promote their businesses. So I created a general marketing template that you can tweak based on the marketing strategies you use. Adjust it so that…
 
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    Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business

  • Webinar LAUNCH: Your 7-day, Step-By-Step Guide to Effectively Marketing Your Webinar

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    You may have noticed that it takes a LOT of effort to increase webinar attendance. That's because in business and in marketing, you get out of it what you put in, especially in terms of energy, time, and resources. The more time and energy spent on webinar marketing before the event, the greater the rewards will be in terms of increased attendance and conversions. But what, exactly, should you be doing the week before your webinar? How many emails should you send? How many times should you post on social media (or should you post on social media at all)? Our 7-day webinar marketing plan will…
  • 10 Ways That Your Small Business Can Compete With Big-Box Retailers

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you're going to compete with bigger businesses on your terms, you need to think and act quickly. Here are ten tips to guide you: Be agile when responding to your customers Like a speedboat compared to an oil-tanker, smaller businesses can move faster than larger ones when market conditions change. Keep careful track of your customers' interests and preferences and you'll be able to anticipate their requirements. You can also take advantage of these relationships to check in with customers and prospects on a periodic basis. Ask for their feedback on your product or service, shop and…
  • 19 Winning Ways to Market Your Next Webinar

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:24 pm
    One of the most challenging aspects of webinar marketing is getting people to attend your webinar (not to mention getting people to buy once they’re there!). But there’s a reason webinars are one of the most effective content marketing strategies out there – because they work. The key to successful webinar marketing is creating, promoting, and hosting a webinar that will appeal to your target market and move them closer to the sale. Here are 19 proven webinar marketing tips that will help you create, promote, and host the most effective webinar possible: 1. Provide Valuable Content The…
  • 7 Common Webinar Mistakes (and How To Avoid Them)

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    A webinar is one of the most involved - and most rewarding - arrows in your marketing quiver. Because webinars include a lot of moving parts like opt-in pages, social integration, audio/visual components, and slide shows, it's no wonder that many small business owners commit these 7 common webinar mistakes when first getting started. Here's what NOT to do when creating and marketing your webinar:      1.  One-off Marketing If it was possible to send a single email blast to your list and automatically get thousands of people to sign up for your webinar, you probably wouldn't be reading…
  • Webinar Hosting Reviews: Pros and cons of GoToWebinar, Livestream, and OnStream Webinars

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Creating and marketing a great webinar is tough. Choosing a webinar hosting platform shouldn't be. That's why we've researched the top-selling webinar hosting platforms on the Internet and compiled this handy list of pros and cons for each. We reviewed each application and evaluated the following: Cost and value for the money User-friendliness Tech support and tutorials Video streaming options Integration with social media and other websites Webinar marketing assistance While researching the best webinar hosting platforms, we looked at GoToWebinar, Onstream Webinars, Livestream, Google…
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    Women Entrepreneurs - The Secrets of Success blog

  • Resilience: Building Your Personal Bridge

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    by Janet Gomez As part of my studies I'm working a 9-5 job for a few months. I've managed to find a position in an organisation where the CEO is open to her staff having yoga exercise sessions, so one of my tasks is to offer daily yoga classes. My inspiration today - an article I recently read about resilience and the responses from my new colleagues/ corporate students when I asked them what
  • Tracy Benson Founder and CEO of On the Same Page on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Tracy Benson is the founder and CEO of On the Same Page, a business consultancy that works to develop and implement customized communications strategies to support companies' business plans. Founded in 2002, On the Same Page is named for what it takes pride in - being on the same page with its clients. The company works in collaborative relationships with small firms to Fortune 500's across
  • Your Decision to Succeed Starts in Your Mind

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sydni Craig-HartDo you have a “CAN DO,” “WILL SUCCEED AT ALL COSTS” type of mindset? Is it natural for you to lead yourself towards your goals no matter what negative signals you receive from naysayers?Your response could very well be the determining factor as to how quickly and easily you accomplish your goal of becoming a successful service professional.  It's the combination of tenacity,
  • Award-Winning Romance Author Kelli A. Wilkins on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 90 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 4 non-fiction books. Her romances span many genres and heat levels and yet she’s also been known to scare readers with a horror story. She published three romances in 2014: Dangerous Indenture (a spicy historical/mystery), Wilderness Bride (a tender historical/Western/adventure),
  • Sara Davidson Founder & CEO of Hello Fearless on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    12 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sara Davidson is founder and CEO of Hello Fearless, the school for female entrepreneurs, and creator of Boss School, the curriculum that gives women what they need to make business and life work for them. She teaches women how to build highly impactful and profitable businesses and is the go-to for all things related to launching, growing and scaling ideas. After spending years marketing and
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    Image Design Blog

  • The mentor, the master - Harry Pearson, 1937-2014

    John Simoudis
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    I'm sitting down to write my thoughts about HP, and this photo of him by Joseph Weiss does not do him justice. Harry, infinitely inquisitive, must have been trying to get to know more about the photographer than reveal of himself. Yet there is still that Pearson sly smile just about to appear.To think of Harry physically gone seems like a scientific impossibility. Harry inhabited the ether better than anyone I have ever known. He would appear out of nowhere and disappear just as fast.There was the 4am email with a celestial transit or a link to an article about a new artist about to appear at…
  • AlienSkin Exposure 6 - Review

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Trust Secrets You Need To Practice In Business

    Martin Zwilling
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    One of the first harsh realities that every entrepreneur has to learn is that most of the things that are critical to startup success are outside of their direct control. Just because you dream it and build it, doesn’t mean they will come – that encompasses not only customers, but also investors, partners, team members, and even your own family. They won’t come if they don’t trust you. In my experience, trust is the most powerful tool that an entrepreneur can wield, both inside and outside of his own realm of control. I’ve seen many examples of this in my own…
  • ‘Tis the Season to be Preparing for the Season!

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:15 am
    “Ho, ho, ho!” That’s a direct quote from Santa. He’s sharing his Christmas cheer all the time while he’s making his deliveries on Christmas Eve and on into the early morning hours of Christmas Day. For many in business, it’s convicting to think that Old Saint Nick can maintain his infectiously great mood throughout the entire season, especially when you consider how long he and his crew have been working to make everything go smoothly on their big day. Lots of us have a somewhat more difficult time keeping our attitudes properly aligned to the spirit of…
  • 3 Last Minute Holiday Promotions (and a Bonus!)

    Diane Seltzer
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Holiday marketing strategies small businesses can use to ring in last-minute sales It’s getting close to crunch time for holiday marketing! If you don’t have your direct mail campaigns scheduled already, make that priority numero uno, because if you wait any longer, you’ll probably need to pay a rush fee to get them out in time. We really hate to do that but orders are processed in the order they came in and we can’t bump someone for another’s lateness. I’m sure you understand. However, even if you’ve missed the window to establish a full holiday…
  • #300 Nir Eyal, Scott Jordan, Jennefer Witter, Glen Stansberry, Jeremy Smith

    Barry Moltz
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    Business Insanity Talk Radio celebrates its 300th episode! Topics include how to build habit forming products, how to correctly approach public relations, and lessons learned from 3 successful entrepreneurs. Check Out Business Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Barry J Moltz on BlogTalkRadio   Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. He is the author of the bestselling book Hooked: How to Build Habit Forming Products. Nir shares practical steps for how businesses can master the psychology of habit to create a…
  • How to Manage Hold Times During the Customer Experience

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    One of the worst friction points in a customer service experience is when a customer is put on hold. This is the exact point I wanted to convey to an audience at a recent meeting at which I was asked to speak. My client asked me to include a piece on hold times and transfers. I tried an interesting experiment. I invited the vice-president of marketing to the stage in the middle of the speech to deliver a special message. He walked on stage to a nice round of applause. He took center stage and looked at the audience. Once the applause ended, he just stood there in silence, and that silence…
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    Constant Contact Blogs

  • [Q&A] How to Make the Right Hiring Decisions for Your Small Business

    Marcus Tgettis
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    When you’re part of a small business or organization, every member of your team counts. You’ve probably already made some important hiring decisions, and have seen how critical hiring the right people can be to your business’s success. Hopefully you’ve avoided some of the common hiring pitfalls that can cost your business time and money. As Head of Talent Acquisition for Constant Contact, Marcus Tgettis understands the importance of making good hiring decisions. We asked him a few questions to learn more about how businesses can find the right candidate, overcome obstacles, and keep…
  • Support Small Businesses and a Great Cause with a #SmallBizSelfie

    Ryan Pinkham
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Last holiday season, Constant Contact employees racked their brains to think up the best way to celebrate small businesses during the holidays. That’s when we decided to run our first #SmallBizSelfie contest. As part of last year’s contest, employees were encouraged to visit their favorite local businesses during the holidays, snap a photo of themselves shopping small, and share it on social media using the hashtag #SmallBizSelfie. The contest was a hit! Tons of people participated in snapping selfies and showing their support for locally-owned restaurants, salons, pizza shops, breweries,…
  • [Q&A] How One Organization Makes the Holidays Count (And How You Can Help)

    Ryan Pinkham
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:29 am
    Constant Contact is proud to be partnering with the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless for our 2014 #SmallBizSelfie campaign. What is the #SmallBizSelfie campaign? To help kick off the holiday season we are encouraging people to shop small and show their support for small businesses by sharing a photo with the hashtag #SmallBizSelfie. For each selfie shared on Twitter or Instagram from November 28 – December 5, Constant Contact will donate $5 to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless 2014 Toy Drive. It’s an easy way to show support for your favorite local businesses, and help…
  • A Simple Approach to Conducting Customer Research

    Rachel Krug
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    As a small business, you know how important it is to have the right information when looking for new ways to grow and improve your business. Constant Contact recently surveyed 1,200 small business owners and asked them about how they were using data to drive business decisions. 67 percent said they believe data can help them retain existing customers, while 65 percent said data helps improve customer experience. When you think about how your business is using data to inform business decisions, you might think of things like: email marketing reports, website analytics, social media insights,…
  • Letter re: Our Recent Service Interruption

    Gail Goodman
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    To Our Valued Customers and Partners, Wow. It has been a difficult few days – most especially for you. I know some of you lost some work in progress during the site instability and others were unable to send your email campaigns. I cannot begin to express my most sincere apologies. You don’t have time to waste. We know that. We aim to make your life easier. And the product issues we have had this week have not done that. I know a lot of you have questions. Our first priority has been you and making sure that everything is back up and running. We experienced an infrastructure issue that…
 
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    makemoneyhomebusinesscenter.com

  • How To Make $12614 in 29 Days Anywhere

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Get started here: tinyurl.com How to make money online work from home work from no home peng joon internet millionaire wealth get rich quick clickbank affiliate marketing make money with laptop anywhere Video Rating: 0 / 5
  • Professional Web Design Services – Online Marketing and Advertising

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:19 am
    www.PhilippinesWebdesign.com Professional SEO, Web Design, Marketing and Web Hosting We offer the perfect choice for quality Marketing, Advertising, SEO Web Design and Green Hosting. We Create High Quality, Search-Engine Friendly Websites That Link Your Business to the WORLD!” Banners Broker is a credible Company, with several members and offices in the world! Is the most effective way of advertising Online, with more than 200.000 members! Register on the link for free!!! – bannersbroker.com Get ready to start in the world of Online advertising and to Make Money Online. But you…
  • Film Accounting & Auditing – An Overview

    admin
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    This is a short video about the self-study on line course. It shows the structure of the course, how to navigate through it and other tips.
  • Bank Of Montreal (Promo 1) – Higher Power Advertising

    admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    FOLLOW Higher Power Advertising online at: www.higherpowerad.com http ca.linkedin.com www.youtube.com www.facebook.com Video Rating: 5 / 5 FOLLOW Higher Power Advertising online at: www.higherpowerad.com http ca.linkedin.com www.youtube.com www.facebook.com
  • Iwebplan | Online Consulting | Darren

    admin
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    I run my own online consulting service – Areas I help with is SEO, SMM, Google Adwords, PPC Management, Web Development, Web Design and more… Video Rating: 0 / 5 Metropolitan Services provides Professional Website Design Hosting Google Adwords Campaigns Maintenance and Cheap Printing Nashville TN Custom Logos Video Rating: 0 / 5
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    Cash Protection Agency Ltd

  • Credit control can capitalise on UK growth

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Photo Credit: Philip Taylor PT via Compfight cc Effective credit control can help you to capitalise on domestic growth prospects, at a time when demand is moving from export markets back to onshore UK customers. According to the Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index, the PMI stood at a three-month high of 53.2 at the end of October. But within this figure was a pronounced swing towards domestic demand, as a more subdued export market in Europe saw international orders drop. “The UK manufacturing sector made a bright start to the final quarter of 2014, with rates…
  • ‘Swatting’ debts, Wisconsin-style

    admin
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Photo Credit: Unhindered by Talent via Compfight cc When it comes to tackling outstanding debts, you might sometimes wish you had a personal army on your side – but if you were, for example, Marathon County sheriff’s department in Wisconsin, USA, you wouldn’t be far off. The rural community of around 135,000 residents hit the headlines recently after sending in a 24-strong SWAT team and an armoured vehicle called MARV to collect on a debt from a 75-year-old man. Roger Hoeppner, a local landowner, has been locked in a battle with the city for several years over his real…
  • What to do when a customer disappears leaving unpaid invoices

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Photo Credit: Camil Tulcan via Compfight cc So you’ve delivered on your side of the bargain, the customer’s happy with the goods or services received, and then the invoice deadline day comes and goes without any sign of the funds in your account. What do you do if your customer stops answering their phone or replying to emails – or worse, if you discover the only method of communication you have for them has been cut off completely? The important thing is not to panic, as there are logical steps to take to try and get back in touch with the client – however bleak the…
  • 5 reasons why you need Terms and Conditions

    admin
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Photo Credit: InternationalHouseManchester via Compfight cc At the Cash Protection Agency, we now offer a Terms and Conditions service, providing you with a customised set of Ts & Cs to give to your customers, or checking through existing terms you may have in place. But why is this important – surely the law protects you against any wrongdoings by your clients? Well, yes and no, so here are five crucial things to bear in mind. 1. Mutual consent First of all, remember that most aspects of the law governing payment for the provision of goods or services are optional – you are…
  • UK economy ‘recovers from consumption’

    admin
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Photo Credit: @Doug88888 via Compfight cc A slight apparent weakening of the UK’s economic recovery may in fact be a good thing, according to the BBC’s economics editor, Robert Peston. In the last quarter, ending in September, UK growth dropped slightly from 3.2% to 3% on an annualised basis, and in particular Mr Peston singles out the hospitality and distribution sector for attention. This industry – which includes retail distribution, as well as hotels and restaurants – was coming off of quarterly growth of 4.9%, 4.4% and 4.4% in the previous three periods. But in…
 
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    Small Business Bliss

  • Honour your flow

    Martina Iring
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    A lot of the advice that I’ve read for business success and productivity revolves around the idea of motivation and dedication to getting stuff done, no matter the weather. On some level, this definitely resonates with me. Sometimes, you do need to push yourself a little. If you always followed your ‘I don’t feel like working’ whims, you most likely would get a lot less done, am I right? I know that for me, I can often push through the road blocks by just getting started. Like with this blog post – I didn’t really feel like writing when I woke up this morning, but let me tell…
  • Is guest blogging a bad idea?

    Martina Iring
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:46 am
    “Guest blogging is dead!” “Guest blogging is bad for SEO!” These sorts of attention grabbing headlines have been circulating since the beginning of 2014, a year with a lot of debate regarding guest blogging. This started due to some of most recent changes with Google becoming much more strict in the parameters for guest blogging. A small business owner practicing guest blogging as a marketing strategy may have started to panic and ask the questions: Should I stop guest blogging? Is guest blogging a bad idea? Like with all attention grabbing headlines, there are…
  • Small business around the world – Slovakia & the UAE

    Martina Iring
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    Slovakia holds a very special place in my heart. I consider it my second home. It’s where both of my parents are from. It’s where all my family (apart from my folks and sis) live. I feel such a strong connection to the people, the culture, the landscapes and the energy. So I was very excited to go on a trip “back home” with my parents… and of course excited to check out the small business scene. I loved the creativity of the little businesses I saw. The unique flair they all had. The absolute “Slovak-ness” of some of them. The trip also included a pit…
  • What you definitely don’t want on your website… broken links!

    Martina Iring
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    There are so many pieces to a website, from the big stuff like copy and graphics, to all the little bits and bobs that bring it all together. One of the important pieces of the puzzle are, of course, links. You will no doubt have them throughout your site. Linking to other pages and important content. As calls to action asking visitors to buy or contact you. Sending people along to other online resources and profiles. So, as such, they play an important role in user experience on a site. But haven’t we all experienced countless times the annoyance of a broken link? Whether your site was…
  • Marketing quick tip – see when your Page has been tagged on Facebook

    Martina Iring
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    You know that you can tag other pages on Facebook. It’s a strategy that I always recommend. It lets you network and build relationships, give credit where credit is due, and just generally put out the good vibes. But have you ever wondered if your own Page is being tagged by others? Unfortunately, Facebook’s notifications leave a little to be desired. There was a point earlier this year where a post that you are tagged in may have shown up on your page’s newsfeed. Not seeing this anymore. So where can you see the tagging or the mention? You won’t see it in your notifications. You…
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    creativecommons.org

  • Catching fish with strawberries and cream

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    They look the other way, ignore your Facebook page, delete your email without reading, discount your interview and while your business is very visible, it might be also very ignored. This is hurtful and you take it personally because you took hours picking the exact photos for your website, the faucet for your AirBnB rental, the perfect font for your landing page. Perfection is ignored and it is all personal. Entrepreneurs blend personal and business, there is little separation.  This blur between personal and business warps judgment and what appears to be so important may not be so.
  • More valuable than a list is a rating with an analysis

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:28 pm
    You can offer a spreadsheet or a list and humans are certainly going to be interested as many love to hoard more information. A list of software gives people a “Choice” and does save time to research. You can find the best The Best Email Marketing Services List for Business on the Planet but the size of the list makes it unhelpful. More interesting than a list is your final decision about which are the best and why.  You can find A Great List of 13 Online Scheduling Software Programs but more importantly you will know which is my favorite and why.  One…
  • How CEOs start their business [infographic]

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    CEOs took part in this year's annual survey of companies on the Inc. 500.  45% said their biggest pitfall in the first 12 months was having too little startup funding. 46% percent dipped into their own bank accounts to get business off the ground. 47% launched their businesses with a partner. 12% had issues with said partner. 57% called home their office because they couldn't afford a real one.  52% worked more than 80 hours a week. And here is an infographic with a more complete breakdown:
  • What is Linkedin Pulse and why it matters

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Linkedin turned into a content site with anyone having the option to write an article on Pulse. When they added Pulse, only influencers were invited. Now anyone can post an article.  You can access Linkedin Pulse here: If you click the Pulse button and begin to read one of the posts, you will see a big yellow button in the upper right corner that says   Click big yellow button above any of the Pulse articles and begin to write. What I like: You can add images, video, text links, CTA (use HubSpot’s tracking) etc. Once the article is posted, your network will receive a Linkedin…
  • Here Come the Holidays: Small Business Saturday Survival Tips

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Holiday shopping is anticipated to grow this year, which makes Small Business Saturday a great time for small retailers to increase their profits and expand their customer base. A recent survey by Deloitte reports that US holiday shopping and sales are anticipated to grow by as much as 4.5 percent this holiday season, with total purchases expected to reach $981 billion. In 2013, consumers who knew about Small Business Saturday spent $5.7 billion with independent merchants, up 3.6 percent from 2012 according to an American Express survey. Small Businesses Saturday and the holiday season allows…
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    Surefire Social

  • How to Avoid Common PPC Mistakes in Your Online Marketing Strategy

    Brian Seskin
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Even if you have designed the perfect landing page, it’s worthless without effective pay-per-click or PPC ads. Fortunately, if you can get the landing page and PPC ads right, you’re likely to find high sales conversion rates and increased web traffic. Here are a few tips to keep your PPC ads on track: Make Sure Your Keywords Match Your Landing Pages When users click on ads that lead to landing pages that don’t quite relate to what they were expecting, they can become frustrated. That’s why it’s so important that your keywords accurately describe the content on the landing page. If…
  • Marketing Ideas That Drive Engagement & Create Loyal Customers

    Chris Marentis
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Research shows us that engaged customers aren’t just loyal to your company—they’re also more profitable. And as more and more consumers are relying on online reviews to make their spending decisions, it’s more important to build a loyal customer base. These loyal customers will not only turn to your brand for their products and services, but they will also encourage their friends to do the same. The old way of thinking was to push information and promotions to our customers and hope they get the message. Now it’s all about creating a personal relationship with them. Although it may…
  • How Web Marketing Can Get More People to Visit Your Website

    Sean Kidder
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Even after you’ve created an outstanding website, there is still work for local internet marketers; the next step is getting people to visit your website. Without traffic, your website isn’t doing its job to help your company generate sales. Here are a few tips to help you generate more website traffic: Harness the Power of Google In the age of Google, it’s all about search engine optimization. The world’s largest search engine also offers a host of products and services that can boost your SEO ranking. Google+ in particular is a great place for business to start. Not only does your…
  • Online Social Media Marketing May See a Twitter Transformation

    Alexandra Reichenbach
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a local internet marketer, it’s likely that Twitter plays some role in your marketing strategy. That’s why you’ll want to pay attention to recent news of a major shift from Twitter. Instead of following user accounts, Twitter is now adding tweets to users’ feeds that are solely based on their interests. In some ways, this change mimics the updates to Facebook’s news feeds, which includes Promoted Posts that are based on the user’s interests. This shift could be sign of what’s to come from Twitter. Someday Twitter may be totally interest-centric, allowing users to delve…
  • Smart Ways to Use Email Autoresponders

    Jennifer Clark
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    Thanks to the growth of local social media marketing, online advertising, mobile marketing and more, most web marketers are pressed for time. Fortunately, many email service providers, such as MailChimp and Constant Contact, provide automated services that may help you save time and improve your email marketing. However, these services must be managed effectively so that customers aren’t bombarded with daily emails from your company. Be sure to monitor your email campaigns for any signs that your customers are getting too many emails from you. Here are some of the best ways to use email…
 
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  • Scarcity or Abundance – What’s Your Perspective?

    Jerry Cahn
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
    You’ve probably heard this classic story already. Two shoe salesmen were sent to Africa to see if there was a market for their product. The Read MoreThe post Scarcity or Abundance – What’s Your Perspective? appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Giving More Than You’re Getting?

    Leo Bottary
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Ask most employees if they’re giving more to their organizations than they are getting in return, and they’ll proudly say, “Of course. I’m working 80 Read MoreThe post Giving More Than You’re Getting? appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Why Isn’t My Strategy Working? It’s Broken That’s Why.

    Rick McPartlin
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Who goes to market with a bad revenue strategy? No one!  Everyone believes they have a winning strategy for the market. No matter how you Read MoreThe post Why Isn’t My Strategy Working? It’s Broken That’s Why. appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • How to Get People (Outside of HR) Excited for Leadership Development

    John Ruzicka
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:54 pm
    During a recent episode of CBS Sunday Morning, I enjoyed their segment on the business side of the professional speaking industry. The story ended with Read MoreThe post How to Get People (Outside of HR) Excited for Leadership Development appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Rhythm: How to Achieve Breakthrough Execution and Accelerate Growth

    Rebecca McCarthy
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Growth-oriented companies wrestle with an overwhelming amount of activities and risk, because it’s impossible to know with 100% confidence what to focus on every week. Read MoreThe post Rhythm: How to Achieve Breakthrough Execution and Accelerate Growth appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
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    Bleau

  • Push Monkey – Trimite Notificari Pe Desktop Cititorilor Tai

    bleau
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Anul trecut pe 22 octombrie Apple lansa OSX Mavericks, un nou sistem de operare. Unul din beneficiile noi pe care le aducea Mavericks era posibilitatea unui utilizator de a primi notificari tip push pe desktop nu doar de la aplicatiile instalate, ci si de la site-uri web care implementau aceasta tehnologie.  Ni s-a parut o idee foarte buna si o alternativa eleganta la RSS, cel putin pentru utilizatorii Mac. Astazi, moWOW a lansat Push Monkey, un nou plugin si serviciu pentru site-urile ce folosesc WordPress care permite trimiterea acestor notificari cititorilor care se…
  • Mica publicitate In Era Internetului

    bleau
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Situatie reala in familia noastra. Nu conteaza cine anume.  Anuntul: Caut contact pentru adaugare pe google chat. Numele trebuie sa inceapa cu o litera cuprinsa intre “M” si “U” deoarece am nevoie de “separator” in lista pentru a nu contacta pe domnul U din greseala. Va rog contactati la blabla@gmail.com. Rog seriozitate.  Sunt sigur ca pe cat este de amuzant, nu este un caz izolat. Voi ce anunturi de genul ati fost nevoiti sa dati? Te-ar putea interesa si:[Facebook] Fanii ar putea in curand sa trimita mesaje catre…Cum invat eu limba germanaCu ce…
  • Ce mai punem noi in cafea

    bleau
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:31 pm
    In august am achizitionat Gaggi(c)a, un espressor “entry level” pentru dorinta noastra de a bea si a face o cafea mai buna. Inca mai exersam si mai perfectionam procesul. Nu iasa tot timpul exact asa cum dorim dar cafeaua e oricum muuuuuult mai buna decat ce puteam bea inainte pe aici prin zona. In timp ce exersam, mai variem si experimentam cu diverse ingrediente.  Iata ce mai punem noi in cafea: Inghetata de vanilie - Am gustat in Italia Affogato cafe.  O combinatie foarte buna intre rece si cald, inghetata dulce cu un shot de espresso. Incearca si variatii ale inghetatei de…
  • Festivalul la care nimeni nu ar manca

    bleau
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Sunt anumiti oameni care se plicisesc de modul in care isi fac treaba. Sa faca treaba bine nu e suficient. Trebuie sa mai fie ceva. Aveti cateva exemple mai jos. Singura problema e ca daca ar exista un festival cu acesti oameni, nimeni nu ar manca. Toti vizitatorii ar fi prea atenti la spectacol. Si probabil dupa chinul lor, toti acesti mini maestri ar ramane cu sechele. Ii si aud: “Nu… nimeni… cum e posibil… nu au mancat nimiiiiiiic!” Si acum, cei plictisiti: Ii place cand se invarte: Vata lor e mai cool decat a noastra: Cu oameni ca astia iti trece pofta de…
  • Se cauta administrator de oras… pe 8 ani

    bleau
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    In martie 2015 se termina mandatul actualului primar al orasului Koblenz (orasul unde/langa care locuim noi acum).  Despre acest lucru am citit intr-un anunt de job prin care se cauta urmatorul. Se cer: experienta relevanta in domeniul administratiei publice, recomandari, testimoniale, CV-ul scris de mana si ce partide politice sau grupari de votanti reprezinta.  Perioada e de 8 ani.  Barba imensa sau mustata impunatoare nu sunt obligatorii. Salariul se calculeaza conform cu sumele stabilite prin lege la nivelul landului din care orasul face parte. Imi dau seama, pentru politicienii…
 
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    The Deluxe Blog

  • Recognizing Fraud Against Small Business, and the Steps to Prevent It

    Deluxe Blogmaster<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Deluxe-Thumbnail.jpg" alt="Deluxe Blogmaster" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Fraud affects nearly a third of all small businesses, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). If it happened to yours, would you know how to detect it? Or remedy the effects? Signs of fraud are not always as obvious as a suddenly empty bank account, and cleaning up afterward is never as easy as taking steps to prevent fraud from occurring in the first place. In its 2014 report, the ACFE says 28.8 percent of small businesses with fewer than 100 employees experience fraud, and the average financial loss is $154,000 – a sum that can be devastating for a small…
  • [Free Guide] How to Get Started with Email Marketing

    Julie Gordon<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Julie-Gordon-FB.jpg" alt="Julie Gordon" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Have you heard how easy and affordable email marketing can be? How quickly you can create and send newsletters, special offers or invitations to your customers? How about the fact that for every dollar you spend, you can expect a $40 return on your investment? It’s all true! See for yourself by downloading our free guide, How to Get Started with Email Marketing. Sending emails is an easy, fast, and affordable way to share monthly newsletters, special offers and invitations that keep customers coming back while setting your business apart from the competition. In this guide, you’ll…
  • 10 Free Services for Entrepreneurs to Take Marketing Shortcuts

    Brian Morris<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/brianmorris1-150x150.jpg" alt="Brian Morris" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The fastest path to a destination is a straight line, so why is it so many say there’s no shortcut to success? Successful entrepreneurs are adept at identifying shortcuts that help them achieve their goals faster. There’s a difference between taking shortcuts and cutting corners; shortcuts allow you to get more done with less (less time, less investment, less waste) without jeopardizing quality or efficacy. The following ten free services for marketing shortcuts prove that there are, in fact, plenty of shortcuts to success. 1.  Hubspot Marketing Grader This free tool analyzes…
  • 5 Mistakes and Lessons Learned from #myfirstpaycheck Scam

    Deluxe Blogmaster<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Deluxe-Thumbnail.jpg" alt="Deluxe Blogmaster" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    Everyone makes mistakes, and for many of us the silliest ones occur when we’re young and inexperienced. Sometimes the outcomes of our errors are just embarrassing, but other times they’re more serious – such as the consequences encountered by some young workers who posed for pictures while holding their first paychecks, and then posted the images on Instagram with the hashtag #myfirstpaycheck. At least one group of fraudsters allegedly used those images to steal account information needed to commit check fraud. In Minnesota, officials recently charged 28 people – including two bank…
  • Midwest Resort Honors Veterans Year-Round with Peaceful Getaway Spot

    Alyssa Doebler<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Alyssa_Doebler-150x150.jpg" alt="Alyssa Doebler" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    Every year on November 11th, we honor our country’s veterans for their patriotism, sacrifice, and willingness to serve our country and its citizens. Veterans play such an important role in our country, and they deserve honor and respect every day of the year, not just one day of the year. Veterans on the Lake Resort in Ely, MN is a business that shows veterans honor and respect on a daily basis. They are a non-profit organization, providing veterans and their guests a beautiful place to relax and vacation. The resort has been a customer of Deluxe for nearly 25 years. We had the opportunity…
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    QuickBooks

  • How the House from “A Christmas Story” Spawned a Small Business

    Neil Cotiaux
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:41 am
    Sometimes, the quirkiest things can spark a novel business idea. Like a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a now-classic holiday film. That lamp, along with an ill-fated turkey and other rib-tickling reminders of A Christmas Story, beckons tens of thousands of visitors a year to A Christmas Story House, tucked away on a side street in Cleveland, Ohio. Spun from radio monologist Jean Shepherd’s memories of his Indiana boyhood, the 1983 movie in which the kitschy lamp appeared has become must-see TV each year for tens of millions of viewers who delight in the hijinks of Ralphie, The Old…
  • Expert Advice on Separating Personal and Business Banking

    Carla Turchetti
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:08 am
    If you wield the pen that writes the checks out of your personal bank account as well as your business bank account, you might be tempted to merge it all into one place. While it might seem easier to manage only one account, it can lead to an accounting mess. Jean Evans, financial operations consultant with All Systems Grow, a consulting firm that specializes in assisting entrepreneurs, says there are three key reasons why personal and business accounts should remain separate: Tracking profitability Accurate reporting at tax time Monitoring cash flow “When it comes to tracking your…
  • Tips for Organic Business Growth

    April Maguire
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    It’s no secret that startups have a prodigious failure rate. In fact, according to a recent Entrepreneur.com study, the four-year survival rate for a startup is just 49%. With demoralizing stats like this in mind, entrepreneurs may be tempted to grow their profits through any means necessary, including inorganic strategies like acquisitions or mergers. However, the truth is that business owners can achieve impressive growth through organic strategies as well, allowing them to retain control of the companies they built from the ground up. Organic Versus Inorganic Business Growth Also known…
  • 5 Apps that Streamline Small Business Communications

    Michael Ansaldo
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    The technologies that connect us with our colleagues and clients often seem more determined to cripple communication than promote it. Managing these tools and the fire hose of information they bring into our work lives swallows time better spent on more important parts of our business. Here are five apps that will help streamline your communication channels so you can stay connected with less effort. 1. Pushover Your device’s notification system is an undisciplined pest that bombards you with information at inopportune times. Do you really need to know someone “liked” your recipe on…
  • What to Do if You Can’t Make Payroll

    Suzanne Kearns
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:15 am
    It’s a business owner’s worst nightmare: You can’t pay the employees who count on you to meet their own financial obligations. Often this is a sign of a business in trouble, but sometimes it’s due to a lot of overdue accounts receivables, a large inventory purchase, or a seasonal decline in business. But whatever the cause, it’s necessary to take immediate action if you find yourself in this position. Possible Legal Issues In addition to disgruntled employees, not making payroll may expose you to some legal risks. Here are some of the issues to be aware of: An unpaid employee can…
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    ChrisReimer.com

  • They Didn’t Quit, Even When Their Jobs Were Gone

    Chris Reimer
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    I love this StoryCorps piece. An assisted living facility abruptly shuts down, and two employees remain behind to take care of 16 residents who would have never survived without round-the-clock care. Just incredible. It speaks to me about courage – stepping up when no one else will. If there’s litter on the street in front […] The post They Didn’t Quit, Even When Their Jobs Were Gone appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 16: Show Up To Your Damn Job On Time

    Chris Reimer
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    In Episode 16 of Happywork TV, I present the next commitment in my work code of conduct called “The Happywork Agreement.” This one is made by employees to their employers. It goes like this: “I will show up to work on time, or will communicate when I can’t.” That’s it! Freakin’ show up to work […] The post Happywork TV Episode 16: Show Up To Your Damn Job On Time appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 15: Your Job is Not a Right, So Stop Acting Like It Is

    Chris Reimer
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:36 am
    In Episode 15 of Happywork TV, I present the next commitment in my work code of conduct called “The Happywork Agreement.” This one is made by employees to their employers. It goes like this: “I understand my job is not a right, nor a privilege.” For me, this is a matter of employee attitude. If […] The post Happywork TV Episode 15: Your Job is Not a Right, So Stop Acting Like It Is appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 14: Owners May Be More Enthusiastic About The Business Than Employees

    Chris Reimer
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:27 am
    LOL HIT “PLAY” ON MY FOREHEAD! In Episode 14 of Happywork TV, I introduce the next commitment contained in the work code of conduct I’ve created called “The Happywork Agreement.” (which is in the book! The Agreement itself was where the whole idea for this book started) Here it is: “I will keep in mind […] The post Happywork TV Episode 14: Owners May Be More Enthusiastic About The Business Than Employees appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • I Heart Kenny Wallace!

    Chris Reimer
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:21 am
    I started reading and could not put it down Kris ……. “@KrisJohnson_NI: @ChrisReimer will check it out pic.twitter.com/ZfThyQ6DkK — Kenny Wallace (@Kenny_Wallace) November 14, 2014 The post I Heart Kenny Wallace! appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
 
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  • How to Go from Good Writer to Better Writer

    Jan Morrison
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
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  • How to Get Your Content Noticed {Podcast}

    Laura Click
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
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  • 4 Creative Ways to Get on a Reporter’s Radar

    Jan Morrison
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • How to Leverage Customer Reviews to Win More Business

    Laura Click
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
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  • Defining Your Company’s Core Values (And Why It Matters)

    Laura Click
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:54 am
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    Barry Moltz

  • What I am Thankful For

    Barry Moltz
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    American Thanksgiving is the time of year to pause in  business and life to ponder what I am thankful for: 1. My family. I am thankful that both my sons are finding their passion at college. I am proud of the people that they are becoming. I am thankful to keep building my life with my wife of 23 years, Sara. 2. My career. I am thankful that I am able to support my family at something I love doing. 3. My community. I am thankful for the support of all of you every day. Remember, we do nothing alone. What are you thank you for?
  • How to Reduce Small Business Stress during the Holidays

    Barry Moltz
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    This post is sponsored by Staples. They are a great tech destination and have exclusive products for small business owners to give as gifts. Their goal is to make the holiday less stressful and provide more savings. This is a very stressful time of year for small business owners. It is not the typical “how to hit the sales target this month” pressure or the “how to meet payroll this week” nightmare”. It’s actually about what type of gift to give customers that will reflect the company’s brand. The best ones are anything that they would never buy for themselves. To reduce the…
  • How to Develop Engaging Online Content

    Courtney Deruy
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    Are you struggling to get Facebook shares, likes, and Twitter retweets for the content you post online? Maybe the content isn’t cool enough. That’s one factor that could be holding people back from sharing says Emerson Spartz who studies how posts go viral on the internet. He has developed a theory on internet virality and in the Chicago Tribune article “Sharing online: It has to look cool”, he outlines the key points of his theory. What makes people share online? The four main principles are as follows: 1. Incentives – The more you reward people for sharing, the more they will…
  • #300 Nir Eyal, Scott Jordan, Jennefer Witter, Glen Stansberry, Jeremy Smith

    Courtney Deruy
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    Business Insanity Talk Radio celebrates its 300th episode! Topics include how to build habit forming products, how to correctly approach public relations, and lessons learned from 3 successful entrepreneurs. Check Out Business Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Barry J Moltz on BlogTalkRadio   Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. He is the author of the bestselling book Hooked: How to Build Habit Forming Products. Nir shares practical steps for how businesses can master the psychology of habit to create a successful…
  • Why Quarantining Your Company Will Lead to Great Results

    Barry Moltz
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This post is one in a series of tips designed to help small business owners better-navigate the challenges of today’s startup environment and is sponsored by Canon MAXIFY – the printer lineup crafted to help small business owners increase productivity so that they can focus on everything else that matters. For more information about the Canon MAXIFY printer lineup visit www.usa.canon.com/MAXIFY With an epidemic of Ebola threatening the world, there is a lot of talk of the usefulness of quarantines. But forcing people at a company to spend time together can actually have a positive effect…
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  • Aカップ微乳の美少女 尾形保奈美(3話~5話)

    gekiore
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:25 pm
    俺得修学旅行~男は女装した俺だけ!!の3話から5話にかけて登場する理系女子 尾形保奈美。   尾形保奈美は、待望のAカップ微乳の美少女です。   Aカップ微乳の魅力   Fカップだ!Gカップだと騒いでいるでいても、所詮不細工なデブが多いのは事実。   Aカップ微乳には、美少女・美女率が異様に高いのをご存知ですか?        …
  • 【無料ダウンロードできる】は、嘘です!

    gekiore
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:22 am
    俺得修学旅行の新しい情報を探しに、俺得修学旅行を検索するとというサイトがよく目につきます。   はっきり言って、その手のサイトはです。             コミなびは、俺得修学旅行が現在人気NO.1。(2014/11/調べ)   ほとんどの方が、コミなびで俺得修学旅行を読んでいると思われます。またFC2のアダルト動画サイトでも俺得修学旅行の広告が配信されているのを目にしますね。      …
  • 貧乳 尾形保奈美と姉の親友に3Pしちゃう鬼畜な弟

    gekiore
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:43 pm
    やっと俺得修学旅行の3~5話が配信開始になりました。今度のキーワードは、夜這いと3Pです。               でも2VS4で、ちょっと数的に不利だと思った瞬間。味方が登場。   睡眠薬弾を投げ入れ、その場の窮地をすくったのは、超天才児 。通称     さっき投げ入れたのは、護身用神経ガスZV2らしです・・(汗)                    …
  • 女装子になり女の集団に潜入した漫画

    gekiore
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:03 am
            他俺得修学旅行が読めるコミなびでは、が読めるので、気になったら試し読みしてみるのもおもしろいと思います。俺得修学旅行と同じ女性上位で、女の言われるがままにされる漫画のようです。     俺得修学旅行の漫画に満足したら、の女装美少年シリーズがおすすめです。    …
  • おっぱいの形良し。アソコの形良し。締りも当然イイ!

    gekiore
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm
                           
 
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    Free Enterprise

  • 3 Lessons for SMBs From Black Friday Lawsuits

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    The specter of a Black Friday lawsuit can certainly cast a pall over what should be one of the biggest days of the year for many SMB retailers. Fortunately retailers can certainly take precautions to keep shoppers safe and prevent the injuries or other incidents that have led to past Black Friday lawsuits What can business owners learn from these previous Black Friday lawsuits? Here are three lessons: Door-buster sales can lead to injury lawsuits. Encouraging shoppers to rush into the store to grab a door-buster discount can lead to a personal injury lawsuit by a trampled customer or even a…
  • Top 5 Legal Tips for Small Businesses on Instagram

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    By now, your business likely has some form of social media presence, whether on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or possibly all of the above. But what about Instagram? This mobile photo- and video-sharing network is becoming an increasingly powerful way for businesses to market their products and services, reports The Associated Press. What should business owners considering or already using Instagram to market their businesses be aware of? Here are five legal tips for small business owners on Instagram: Ger permission to post pictures of people. To avoid the potential for a legal dispute, be…
  • After a Cyberattack: 3 Simple Ways SMBs Can Re-Establish Security

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    When hackers compromise your business' systems, you may want to bring every cyber-facet of your company on full lockdown. That's certainly what the U.S. State Department recently did after it learned that cyberintruders had infiltrated an unclassified email network used by President Obama's close circle of aides. Your company may not have the resources that the federal government commands, but there are some hard lines you can draw to re-establish security after a cyberattack. Here three all-or-nothing hacking remedies you may want to consider: 1. Shut Down Office Email, Move to Public Email.
  • 3 Ways to Protect Your Business in a Cold Snap

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, many business owners -- especially retail business owners swamped by holiday shoppers -- may have more important things to do than worry about than the weather. But when cold weather hits, a little preventative maintenance and forethought can save you from an unwelcome holiday surprise, such as a flooded building or a personal injury lawsuit. What can you do to (legally) protect your business during a cold snap? Here are three things to keep an eye on: Keep your pipes from freezing. When water freezes it expands, which can cause pipes in your…
  • A Business Owner's Legal Guide to the Holidays

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    Like the song says, "It's the most wonderful time of the year." For many business owners -- especially retailers -- the holidays are the busiest, and most important, time of the year. But even if your business doesn't pick up during the holiday season, you'll likely still have to handle many holiday-related issues, from employees taking time off to dealing with with icy sidewalks. What are some of the important legal issues that business owners should be aware during the holiday season? Here are our Top 10: Holiday advertising. With the scramble to offer customers the best deals for Black…
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    Noobpreneur.com

  • How to Effectively Measure the Value of Your Company

    Ivan Widjaya
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:22 pm
    If you’re a business-owner, one of the first things you’ll want to do is determine the value of your company. As with anything in life, many people disagree over the best method to do this. There are many courses on offer from providers such as Redcliffe Training Associates Limited that deal with how to value companies in different industries, such as technology, commodities, or financial, as well as companies in different stages of development such as startups or those in decline.… Continue reading » The post How to Effectively Measure the Value of Your Company…
  • 10 Business Books You Should Read In 2015

    Sujan Patel
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    As an entrepreneur, one of the best things you can do is soak up the wisdom that comes from others’ experiences and ideas. There are thousands of great books already out there about running a better business, some with lessons that can only be taught in a book.… Continue reading » The post 10 Business Books You Should Read In 2015 appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • 3 Ways In Which Microsoft Office 365 Will Change The Way You Work

    Ivan Widjaya
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    With the demands of modern day business, companies need reliable software packages that are easy to use and increase productivity. Fortunately, products such as Microsoft Office 365, designed specifically for business use, provide a number of essential functions that allow you to do just that – and a little bit more.… Continue reading » The post 3 Ways In Which Microsoft Office 365 Will Change The Way You Work appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Getting an MBA with No GMAT is Easier Than you Think

    Ivan Widjaya
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you are ready to turn your career around, but have that test-taking fear, there are a few ways to achieve your goal. You can acquire your MBA online with no GMAT required in many of today’s leading colleges and universities.… Continue reading » The post Getting an MBA with No GMAT is Easier Than you Think appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Expanding Your Business with Asset Finance or Trade Finance

    Ivan Widjaya
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Trade finance or asset finance are essentially methods for developing businesses to take the step required for growing their business further. If your business is looking to expand but you need funding to facilitate growth, a specialist could introduce you to the ideal cash flow solution.… Continue reading » The post Expanding Your Business with Asset Finance or Trade Finance appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
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    Big Brand System

  • The 5 Essential Keys to a Tantalizing ‘About’ Page

    Henneke
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
      It’s an easy mistake. Once you know it, you’ll see it happening on most websites. Let me ask you: What’s the purpose of your about page? That’s obvious, isn’t it? It’s about your company. Your history. Your products. Maybe some stuff about you personally. That’s it. Right? Not quite. That shouldn’t be the main focus. The about page on your website is a “sales” page, encouraging readers to get in touch or join your newsletter. And like every sales page, your about page should focus on your readers, engaging and inspiring them.
 
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    Auto Repair Marketing Company | 23 Kazoos

  • Best SEO Services

    Wendy Kenney
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Best SEO Services Are you looking for the Best SEO Services for your small business website? 23 Kazoos is is one of the Best SEO Services online. We provide search engine optimization seo services to small businesses in the United States. We specialize in search engine optimization seo services for small businesses such as automotive businesses, dental offices, […] Local SEO Services Alaska Boise SEO Local SEO Services Boise Idaho Auto Repair Marketing Company | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • One Irresistible Offer Your Customers Can’t Refuse!

    Wendy Kenney
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:38 pm
    One Irresistible Offer Your Customers Can’t Refuse! Congratulations! You have just downloaded one of the most successful auto repair shop marketing campaigns that have ever been done! When used correctly, it can generate 5 figures or more in new sales for your shop! Your download includes three fill-in-the-blank templates. (Click link to download). Fill in the blank letter template with attached check […] 6 Easy Ways to Market Your Business with Social Media Creative Marketing and PR Ideas for July Auto Repair Marketing Company | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • Top 10 Reasons You Need a New Auto Repair Website:

    Wendy Kenney
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Top 10 Reasons You Need a New Auto Repair Website: Top 10 Reasons You Need a New Auto Repair Website: 10.  If you made your website yourself in 1992 using any do it yourself web technology, you need a new website. 9.    If your website was created using Microsoft Front Page, you need a new website. 8.    If your website can only be […] Automotive Repair Website Design Auto Repair Shop Website Design Website Designs Auto Repair Marketing Company | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • 10 Joan Rivers’ Quotes That Will Make You Chuckle

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

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

  • Diners Can Go Halfsies to Solve Issues of Obesity, Food Waste and Hunger

    Bulldog Drummond
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    Marvel idea: Restaurants sign up for Halfsies offering people the option to pay full price for a meal but receive half of the portion size instead. Why would you want to do that? Not only to save your waistline but to help others in need. Half the meal stays with you half goes off to people in the city who do not have enough money to buy their own food.  
  • Driving Innovation: A Project For The People

    Bulldog Drummond
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
  • Imagine If Companies Were Ruled By Explorers

    Bulldog Drummond
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    Written by Jean-François Marti The act of innovation might be considered the world’s oldest profession. Consider a profession that holds this title and it’s likely an inventor imagined and designed the job before it could be practiced. A company’s lifetime is shorter than your career Today the acceleration of disruptive innovation cycles, and the repercussions for organizations that don’t keep up, is a major driver for innovational exploration. Consider the average life expectancy for an S&P 500 company in 1935—it was 90 years—but today it’s a mere 18 years. Companies…
  • Target Partners With Story For World’s Twee-est Holiday Shop

    Bulldog Drummond
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:44 pm
     
  • SPREAD INFECTIOUS JOY: HOW SIMPLE ACTS OF KINDNESS CAN BUILD BRAND LOYALTY

    Bulldog Drummond
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Written by Shawn Parr American businesses have more loyalty cards and programs than the rest of humanity combined—and for the most part these programs are meaningless. Brands spend millions of dollars every year on programs that don’t move the needle or make a difference in their customers’ lives. Having worked for many brands where we look at loyalty and the consumer relationship as an opportunity to create value and build relationships, there is always room to shift the lens from creating customer loyalty (which seems dated) to showing appreciation for their consideration and their…
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    EpicLaunch

  • The Best Features You Wish Your Office Had

    EpicLaunch
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    Whether you are a manager or an employee working in an office, it can pretty much be considered your second home. You spend a significant proportion of your time there and as any office worker will tell you having something interesting or a little different in your workspace can make a huge difference to morale. On the most part this may just be a simple touch like motivational slogans or artwork dotted about the wall space, or even something as basic as a vending machine in the corner; there are however certain offices around the world that have invested in making their workspace both unique…
  • Promotion and Expansion

    EpicLaunch
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    The commercial environment has been difficult. Worldwide recession meant there were few places that a business could go to search for new markets to expand turnover. At times the failure of competition meant that there were people looking for new suppliers but often the important thing was simply to hold on to existing clients and market share. It was not much fun for the sales personnel either, especially if a good proportion of its remuneration was commission based on performance. While few CEOs had much room for manoeuvre when finance was tight there was still a case for thinking about how…
  • How the Right Partnerships can drive your Business Venture Forward

    EpicLaunch
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:41 am
    Partnerships, dependant on you and your businesses circumstances, can either be mutually beneficial or singularly detrimental. In order to avoid partnerships that could prove to be detrimental and to forge beneficial unions you should not enter into them lightly and, when you do, you should take care to nurture them carefully. The difficulty is in distinguishing between the two, as partnerships can take many forms whether you consider their legal connotations or the way in which individual parties serve one another. How to Evaluate a Prospective Partnership The first thing to consider is…
  • Turn It Over: 4 Effective Ways to Leverage the Back of Your Business Card

    EpicLaunch
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:39 pm
    A business card is only effective when coupled with strategy.A clever message makes an impression, and a poorly constructed card turns potential customers away. In addition to devoting time and preparation toward a great-looking card, consider what to do with its backside to inspire more sales. Model a Resume A resume is full of bullet points, convincing potential employers to give you a job.Use the same sentiment and structure to make an impression on potential customers.Use the back of the card to craft succinct bullet points, listing credentials, rewards, and reasons to buy from you. First…
  • 5 Essential Software for Small Businesses

    EpicLaunch
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    Small businesses today need the right software to constantly gain valuable insight into their operations and basically keep things running. With many different types of software available in the market, it is difficult to know where to start. So to help you out, here are the ‘essentials’ of the kinds of software that small businesses need to have. The Basics 1. Finance and Accounting Software Businesses are typified by the fact that money is a central point. Small businesses are not any different. Budgets, finances, salaries, sales and revenue – all these are taken into account…
 
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    Web Marketing Therapy Blog

  • How to be heard among web and social media noise

    Lorrie Thomas
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:33 pm
    An article in Experience Life magazine about noise shared data from Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and president of the International Commission on the Biological Effects of Noise: “Social noise has tripled since the 1980’s.  Everyone has a smartphone and earphones.  There’s neighborhood noise.  Traffic has increased.  Noise is everywhere.” The increase of noise online – web, social media and mobile is no different. It’s everywhere and it’s a growing part of our lives.
  • Social Media Acceptances Do Not Equal Permission to Solicit

    Web Marketing Therapy
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:52 am
    One of my favorite business allies is communication expert Dr. Bill Lampton. He shared a funny story about a person requesting to connect via LinkedIn. He accepted her request, then IMMEDIATELY received a sales pitch message.  His response to her was perfect.  It was worth the healthy reminder that social media is about building relationships (not shoving your services at others)! Hello– Since 1997 I have taught sales groups across the U.S. My entire career, after teaching communication at the university level, has depended on my sales knowledge and ability. So I am going to give…
  • The Power of Your Profile Picture

    virtualwordspecialist
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Professional Image by Toki Lee Photography I am not exaggerating when I say hiring a professional to take my photo for profile pictures and my online brand was one of the best investments I ever made. It also was a lot of fun too! I chose a photographer whose portfolio and experience with business professionals matched the look I wanted. In advance of the photo session, the photographer provided me with guidelines, tips and ideas to make the whole process successful and very enjoyable. (I love it when professionals lead!) Whether you are an entrepreneur or work for a company, your profile…
  • Marketing Is Not Supposed to be Stressful

    Lorrie Thomas
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    The saying “no pain, no gain” does not apply to marketing. If marketing is causing you any sort pain, then there is something WRONG with the way you are doing it. Marketing is not supposed to be difficult, overwhelming or stressful. Let me repeat: Marketing is not supposed to be difficult, overwhelming or stressful. If you are suffering from any sort of marketing stress, then you need to re-evaluate what you are doing. The true meaning of marketing is maximizing exchanges. Know who your target market is, get clear on what problems you solve for that target, then…
  • Women of Presence Inspirational Speaker Series

    Web Marketing Therapy
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Personal branding expert, Jamarie Milkovic included me as one of her interviewees in a new transformational video speaker series called Women of Presence. Her interviews are dedicated to inspire women through real-life stories of resilience and growth. When I was interviewed (in my home thanks to Google Hangouts!), I didn’t hold back. I told my story which includes my personal life values and my passion for markeding (that’s not a typo, it’s marketing + education…marketing IS education!)  You can click the image below to watch my interview: In my Women of…
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    The Rise To The Top: Helping you generate big time revenue through your own online products & programs

  • Should you offer a payment plan for your online course?

    David Siteman Garland
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Great question! First of all, I’ve done it (and seen it done) EVERY way under the sun. Payment plans can be great for bringing in new customers (buyers LOVE spreading out payments) but also come with some additional work (i.e. the few bad apples that will try to screw you). Overall, having a payment plan option (including our big 12 pay option for Create Awesome Online courses over 12 months) has been a huge success for us (mixed with a headache or 5). That being said, whether YOU should do a payment plan for your course depends on a few factors. Here are a few tip-a-roos: 1. If you are…
  • 5 things to do AFTER you launch your online course or program

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

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

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

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

  • Spotlight on Brad Flora: Founder of Perfect Audience

    Christine Mortensen
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    Brad Flora founded Perfect Audience in 2012 to create the easiest way for marketers to retarget lost visitors and get more sales. After parting ways with his co-founder and several attempts of finding a new developer he packed up and headed to Silicon Valley. “I tried to build the company 100% in Chicago and failed,” Flora said in an email. “I just couldn’t convince any developers in Chicago to join. And a software company without developers isn’t much of a software company.” He raised seed funding from YCombinator, SVAngel, and top angel investors in San Francisco,…
  • Spotlight on Jimmy Odom: Founder and CEO of WeDeliver

    Christine Mortensen
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Jimmy Odom has been described as energetic, passionate, dynamic, optimistic, inspiring and driven by vision and purpose. After nearly 5 years in leadership roles with Apple Retail, combined with years of logistics management and several National Start-up Awards, Jimmy has once again transformed the entrepreneurs experience and expectations. As Founder and CEO of WeDeliver, Jimmy has continued to win local Chicago start-up awards along with continually growing a start-up business since 2012, and connecting to other entrepreneurs in the Chicago area. His mission is to build a brand whose…
  • Lessons We Can Learn From Inspiring Entrepreneurs

    Guest Author
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    When attempting to find the market sweet spot for your startup, entrepreneurs often walk the line of embracing history, and forging their own path. As the late Steve Jobs so eloquently stated, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” Obviously, there is no denying the success that Steve Jobs enjoyed, and the history…
  • If you could ask them anything what would it be?

    Christine Mortensen
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    No matter how you look at it—this crop of entrepreneurs has seen success! If you had the chance to ask them anything about how they achieved that success what would you want to know? Send us your questions and we’ll get the answers for you from our Elevate Chicago speakers. You can submit your questions via a: comment on this post tweet to @EntUnpluggd email to christine@entrepreneursunpluggd.com You do, by the way, have a chance to ask your questions to our speakers listed below in person.  You can join us for a full day of actionable insight and the raw storytelling…
  • Elevate Ticket Raffle: Week 3

    Christine Mortensen
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    It’s the third week in our ticket giveaway! Will you be the lucky one this week? Win a free ticket to the Elevate conference we’re hosting November 14th just for sharing the news. Each week we’re give away one ticket and announcing the winner via email—so share the event and make sure you sign up for our emails to see if you’ve won! Every time you share the event you get another entry. Did you get a friend to share? That’s another entry! Don’t want to risk missing out? Get early bird tickets now before the price increases on Tuesday October 21st. a Rafflecopter giveaway  Get…
 
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    Launch Grow Joy

  • More Etsy marketing tips

    launchgrowjoy
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    Etsy is the perfect place to sell just about any handmade, vintage, one-of-a-kind goods and more, but it’s also one of the most popular online market places online. So, how can entrepreneurs that are just starting out make their product... The post More Etsy marketing tips appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • The ultimate guide to running a holiday sale

    launchgrowjoy
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    This is a guest post from MadeFreshly.com As much as pumpkin spice lattes and Christmas carols bring the warm and fuzzy, let’s be real. The holidays bring a lot of stress. Especially for an online seller, the holidays mean the... The post The ultimate guide to running a holiday sale appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • 33 PR Tips for Entrepreneurs

    launchgrowjoy
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    As an entrepreneur, you are often your business’ only publicist. But doing your own publicity can sometimes seem overwhelming or even intimidating. So we decided to reach out to some entrepreneurs who have had success with doing their own PR... The post 33 PR Tips for Entrepreneurs appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • How to leverage your press mentions into sales

    launchgrowjoy
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Seeing your products featured on the pages of a top magazine can be exhilarating! But, along with that exhilaration can come a bit of worry – what if you don’t have enough product in stock to meet the demand in... The post How to leverage your press mentions into sales appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • ASK ANDREEA: Should you send out free samples of your products?

    launchgrowjoy
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:57 am
    Do you often get requests for FREE products from bloggers, the media, stores or other people who are interested in “trying” out your brand? And do you know when to say YES or NO to a free product request? If... The post ASK ANDREEA: Should you send out free samples of your products? appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
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    The Metropreneur Columbus

  • VidaFit Offers Suite of Services to Help Clients Build Healthy Lifestyles

    Susan Post
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    Whether you are struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle or in the greatest shape of your life, making the time to eat right can be a huge challenge. Combining a healthy food delivery service and wellness programs, VidaFit is helping those looking to make a lasting change in their lifestyle do so conveniently and easily. […]
  • Why You Can (And Should) Destroy Documents

    Catherine Jopling
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Nowadays, it’s easy to create a document. Think about all the automatically generated documents associated with your business: invoices, confirmation emails, receipts. What used to require a phone call now requires an email. Our inboxes are overflowing. It may be tempting to just keep everything, forever. The cost of holding on to every file your […]
  • Endeavor Forward Takes a Unique Approach as a Business Incubator

    Susan Post
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    A concept over 18 months in the making, startups and entrepreneurs now have a new incubator program to help them build their business in Columbus. Luke Westerman of venture capital firm Solomon Global Holdings and a team of seasoned entrepreneurs introduce Endeavor Forward. Taking a hands-on approach to provide strategic direction and planning, the program […]
  • Small Business Announcements Roundup

    Susan Post
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    There’s been a lot happening in the small business world in Columbus over the past month. From awards to anniversaries, here’s an overview of what small business across the city are celebrating. TechColumbus Announces VentureNEXT Winners A celebration of all things entrepreneurial in Central Ohio, VentureNEXT brings together entrepreneurs, creatives, investors and corporations. Nov. 6 […]
  • Local Artists Called to Create Unique Gifts Representing Columbus

    Susan Post
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Local artists will have a chance to show off their love for the city through Columbus-centric gifts to be sold at the Experience Columbus store in the Arena District. Columbus City Councilmember Eileen Y. Paley, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Experience Columbus are putting out a call to artists of any discipline who live or […]
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    Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • Get Your Customers to Fund Your Business – NakedWines Did It!

    Matthew Toren
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many companies, particularly tech startups, get funding from venture capital groups or angel investors – individuals who fund a startup in exchange for a stake in the business or return on the investment. Crowdfunding is a less traveled road, but NakedWines.com, a company founded by Rowan Gormley, is blazing its own path in an industry known for its traditions. NakedWines.com has brought more than 200,000 wine drinkers worldwide together to invest more than $5 million a month in indie winemakers, giving winemakers a chance to follow their dream of producing their own wines while providing…
  • How a Drop-Out Became an Entrepreneur – 3 Lessons Randy Wyner Learned Along the Way

    Blogtrepreneur
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I founded Chronic Tacos with my friend Dan when I was 26 and I never spent a day in college. Anyone can do it, right? It sounds easy enough to skip the college degree in favor of pursuing your dreams. And with entrepreneurs out there, like Bill Gates and Richard Branson, acting as the perfect example of finding success as a dropout, the argument seems pretty strong against getting a degree. And while I share with those two the fact that we don’t have a degree, every entrepreneur has to find their own path and use those lessons they learn along the way to their advantage. I believe that all…
  • 24/7 Entrepreneur Education Takes U of Utah to Next Level

    Adam Toren
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    New $45 million facility will allow students to live, build prototypes and launch companies in the same place Entrepreneurship is not something that can be fully understood in a classroom. It’s something that must be experienced. It’s more of a mindset than anything, a confidence you can overcome what comes next. Universities everywhere are grappling with this problem as they adjust their curricula to keep pace with innovation and respond to how society glamorizes people, like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs, who have found success by dropping out of college to start a business. The…
  • Here’s the Perfect Starting Point for New Online Businesses

    Matthew Toren
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:01 am
    People start new businesses online every day, so it can’t be that hard right? No, it’s not. In fact, it’s maybe too easy to start a business online. To start a business that does well and lasts for more than six months to a year, however, that’s going to require a bit more work. You will have to put a few essential things in place to create a brand and business model, aggressively promote and prepare for the unseen to make sure it has structure and built for continuity. Here are some of the first steps you need to take once you’ve decided to start a business online. Creating…
  • Two Skateboarding Dads Invent Award-Winning Kids Products Now in Major Retail Stores

    Matthew Toren
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Two California brother in-laws, Jason Arriola and Will Regan, teamed up to start a business and now these two Skateboarding dads are living the dream of entrepreneurism. So how did they do it? Tired of always seeing his twin boys' heads bobbing around when they fell asleep in the back seat of the car, Jason Arriola looked for a solution and when he could not find one, decided to create a solution of his own. Their unique one-of-a kind product prevents the unfortunate head bobbing that occurs while sleeping in the car due to "noodle neck" as they call it (strange and uncomfortable positions:…
 
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    That Bookkeeper

  • Plan ahead for a stress-free holiday season

    Eric Matthews
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:18 am
    I can’t believe it’s almost December. In just over a month retail businesses will be completely swamped...and my business will be a ghost town. If you are in the world of retail, where everyone pays you before they leave the store...you can safely skip this post. This information is for those of us who provide services and who spend time chasing down payments throughout the year. This is a very tricky time of year. The holidays usually demand a large monetary sacrifice, so we want to bring in as much money as possible. We also roll into December completely exhausted, and want nothing more…
  • Let Xero Supercharge your bank reconciliation

    Eric Matthews
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    The trouble with trying to pick a "favourite" cloud-based bookkeeping service is that they all have unique things that make them stand out. In Xero, at least for me, their standout feature is bank rules. Most services will automatically pull down bank transactions. Some of them will even "learn" how to categorize some of your transactions over time. Xero's implementation is my favourite. Xero lets you create rules. These rules let you auto-categorize transactions as they come in based on several criteria. Instead of trying to explain it all by text, let me show you. Here's a transaction that…
  • Should bookkeepers be certified?

    Eric Matthews
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    I know I have mentioned this at least 153 times…but I’m Canadian. And, as a Canadian, we bookkeepers don’t require any type of official certification in order to start working. Sadly, you probably don’t even need to know how to spell bookkeeper before you start charging people to do their books. Let’s not forget the fact that I was hired as a bookkeeping clerk before I was old enough to drive. I suppose that’s true in a lot of professions. I don’t think most people ask for a list of academic achievements from their plumber while the broken pipe continues to fill their basement…
  • FreshBooks: Get paid automatically without asking for their credit card

    Eric Matthews
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today I wanted to share a little tip I just discovered. FreshBooks has a nice feature that I just have much opportunity to use. It’s called auto-bill. If you have clients who get billed the same amount each month (a subscription service for example) you can setup a recurring invoice. The recurring invoice gets sent automatically at the interval you specify. The client receives the invoice the way they would any other invoice, and they pay it manually. With auto-bill, you can enter your client’s credit card information and then those recurring invoices get paid with that card…
  • Hourly or Flat Rate: How to Charge For Your Time

    Eric Matthews
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of my favourite readers, and former guest poster Irvin emailed me recently. He suggested I write a post about how I charge for my services. It was a great idea, so here we are. Maybe I'm alone here, but I find this to be a very painful topic. Just charging money in general is painful for us introverts. Asking for raises back in my employee days was excruciating, and that was (at most) once a year. After that, I'd just submit my hours and get paid. So, apparently my brilliant idea was to go out on my own...where I'd have to ask for money each and every month. And, if I want to increase my…
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    Barbara’s Blog

  • Net Neutrality: For It or Agin’ It?

    Barbara Weltman
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman There’s been a lot of media attention lately to the issue of net neutrality. Essentially, net neutrality means that Internet service providers of broadband would be regulated like a public utility. It would be up to the government to dictate what actions these providers could and could not take with respect to certain customers or content providers. Toward this end, the FCC is working on regulations to reflect net neutrality. One idea put forward recently by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler would be to impose strict guidelines for certain businesses (e.g., content providers)…
  • 5 Financial and Tax Planning Things to Do Right Now

    Barbara Weltman
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman The clock is ticking and the year is winding down. Don’t let December 31 take you by surprise. Act now to solidify your position for the year. 1.    Meet with your CPA Work your tax advisor to map out some year-end tax planning strategies so you’ll minimize your tax bill for 2014. This may require you to spend more money to reap tax savings, so make sure you have the cash flow to support the strategies. The sooner you schedule an appointment, the more time you’ll have to take action. 2.    Review your balance sheet If you may need commercial financing next…
  • Let’s Talk Federal Regulations

    Barbara Weltman
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman Red tape can be a nightmare, right? But it may be scarier to see how regulations are made. That’s my view after taking part in the SBE Council’s first Regulatory Accountability Day and visiting federal regulators and their staff. The group was led by Karen Kerrigan, President and CEO of the SBE Council, and included Brian Moran, Victoria Braden, Todd Flemming, and me. For two days, we visited the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Health and Human Services (HHS), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), among others. Here is what I learned: There are a…
  • Preparing Your Workplace for Flu Season

    Barbara Weltman
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman October is the start of the flu season, which generally runs through March. Steps you take now can go a long way in creating a healthy workplace and keeping your company fully-staffed. Encourage a healthy workplace Staying healthy is the first line of defense against the flu. Sanitize work surfaces. These include telephones, keyboards, and doors of refrigerators and microwaves. Provide sanitizing wipes for this purpose. Provide information on the flu to staff (e.g., importance of getting flu shots, which may be covered by your company’s medical plan). Discourage…
  • Economy Better but Small Businesses Aren’t Hiring

    Barbara Weltman
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman Various economic indicators continue to show that the U.S. economy is getting stronger: GDP is up, unemployment claims are down. How is this good news being received in the small business community? The Hartford’s 2014 Small Business Success Study found that owners are feeling better about things in general, but this isn’t translating into expanding their payrolls. Some key findings from this study: 77% feel successful (up from 70% in 2013) 56% view slow economic growth as a risk to their business (down from 67% in 2012) 40% think taxes are a major risk (down from…
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  • How to throw the perfect end-of-the-year holiday party

    brafton
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:56 am
    Your employees work as hard as they can for you all year long, so when the end of the year rolls around, it's important that you show them you appreciate their efforts. This is why many companies throw end-of-the-year parties to give their employees a chance to blow off some steam and bond with each other like no other time in the office. However it can be easy to make a mistake and throw a party that feels token and without real appreciation. Make sure you not only choose the right venue for your soiree, but plan to give your employees gifts that make them feel like their work has…
  • Snow on the way? Try these unique promotional marketing products

    brafton
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:20 am
    Snow can be a blessing and a curse for your business. A dusting of light, airy flakes can turn your storefront into a picturesque winter scene that draws customer in, but too much can send them scrambling back to their houses until spring. Effective marketing means taking advantage of whatever tools are available to your business, and even a snowstorm presents its own special ways to get a leg up on the competition with some unique promotional marketing products. Stay functional When your customers are getting ready in the morning and see that they need to go out in the snow to…
  • Stay on track next year: Why promotional calendars make great gifts

    brafton
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:23 am
    Whether you're trying to find gifts for your employees around the holidays or your business needs a boost through a promotional giveaway, it can be tough to settle on that one item that will please everybody. As a marketer, you want to make your brand as visible as possible, but you don't want to throw your name on a useless piece of junk that consumers are likely to ditch in the next trash can they see.  Though smartphones and tablets have grown more popular in the personal organization field in recent years, there might be no better gift for employees or customers…
  • 5 secrets of cross promotional success

    brafton
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    Small businesses don't typically have the capital behind them or the technological infrastructure to reach as many consumers around the holidays as large corporations do. However, this doesn't have to mean your local company is relegated to marketing to its immediate surroundings. In fact, if you're clever enough to make some strategic partnerships with other small businesses, you might be in store for a big sales boost this holiday shopping season. With cross promotional marketing, your small business can expand its reach with relatively little effort – if you play your…
  • How soon is too soon for Christmas promotions?

    brafton
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    There are a few things that are basically guaranteed to happen every autumn – the leaves will turn, the temperatures will drop and Christmas advertising will show up on television, radio and beyond. The holiday shopping season is one of the most concentrated profit periods in many businesses fiscal years, which means more and more companies are rolling out sales and promotions far before the first snowflake has fallen. "Last year, Black Friday bled into Thanksgiving Day, and online deal madness began in early November," Chris Lindland, chief executive officer for San…
 
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  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective Ecommerce Site Owners

    Jeremy Gin
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Habits are important–they define your work ethic, your efficacy, and, most importantly, your routines. Nailing down healthy and effective habits to help you manage your business is crucial in the ecommerce world, especially since ecommerce can be anything but habitual from the outside looking in. Here are 7 habits you should keep in your routine to help you run a more effective ecommerce site: 1. Use Transparency as a Weapon Well-reviewed ecommerce business owners tend not to be afraid of their weaknesses. Instead of hiding weaknesses (as is done by many poorly reviewed businesses),…
  • Using Google+ To Increase Sales in Your Small Business

    Mark Cerminaro
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    With more users than Twitter, and over 540 million in total, Google Plus has emerged as a social media juggernaut. Its linkage to other Google features and uniquely customizable functions, such as video hangouts and contact segmentation (circles), have attracted users from a wide array of social groups and commercial sectors. Small businesses have been particularly instrumental in Google Plus’s rise. Their owners have, in droves, discovered the network’s immense value in creating engaged brand communities and improving sales. Google Plus offers small business owners an intuitive,…
  • Meet & Greet: Tanya Prive of Onevest, Startup Investment Platform

    Tanya Prive
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Firmology’s Meet & Greet series takes an inside look at the technology available to small business owners and entrepreneurs, straight from the founders who built them. Name: Tanya Prive Title: Co-Founder and COO Company Name: Onevest Company One Liner: Startup investing platform (equity crowdfunding) Location: New York, San Francisco, and Maryland Best Way(s) to Contact Me: Twitter @TanyaPrive1 Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. I started my career in the financial media space at Forbes and FOX News where I played various roles over the course of four and a half…
  • Meet & Greet: David Haber of Bond Street, a Small Business Lending Marketplace

    David Haber
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Firmology’s Meet & Greet series takes an inside look at the technology and resources available to small business owners and entrepreneurs, straight from the founders who built them. Name: David Haber Title: CEO Company Name: Bond Street Company One Liner: Small business lending marketplace Location: New York, NY Website Address: www.onbondstreet.com Best Way(s) to Contact Me: David@onbondstreet.com Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. I grew up in San Diego with a pretty modest upbringing. I first got into starting businesses when I realized that working for $7/hr.
  • How To Implement and Manage a BYOD Policy (and Keep IT Happy)

    Dean Wiech
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Implementing a “bring your own device” (BYOD) policy for your organization can be extremely beneficial, but if not done correctly can also cause several problems. One of the main reasons that companies implement BYOD is to lower their costs associated with purchasing a large number of computers or tablets. Many security issues can arise, as well as an increase in time spent by the IT department on setting up and monitoring all of the employee’s devices. Though BYOD may lower costs of technology, if not implemented correctly it can actually result in higher costs in areas such as the…
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  • 5 Simple Customer Research Tools to Improve Your Website

    Brad Smith
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    If you don’t know everything about your customers (like their roles, their characteristics, and their personalities), then your business will struggle, and there’s no amount of promotional marketing or advertising tricks that will save you. We recently discussed why customer research matters for marketing. And then we uncovered the ways in which psychology is (and always has been) impacting the sales cycle. In the words of 1950’s researcher Martineau, “In an intelligent, normal person, virtually everything is motivated by subtle reference to the person’s self-ideal—the kind of…
  • How to Quickly & Easily Develop a Content Creation Strategy

    Bethany McDaniel
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Content is the cornerstone of online inbound marketing. It helps you get people’s attention, stand out from the competition, and earn the trust of your target audience. And it ties in to every phase of your inbound marketing strategy. With content, we can attract visitors to our site through our blogs, create keywords that are optimized around our blog posts & website content, and carry out successful, content-driven social media campaigns. Once people are on our site, we can convert those visitors into leads with the content we write for our forms, calls to action, and landing pages.
  • 5 Steps to Create a Buyer Persona for Your Business

    Bethany McDaniel
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Buyer personas are arguably the most important part of an inbound marketing campaign because they’re who you should be targeting all of your efforts towards. Personas will help you identify the wants and desires of your target audience so that you can create products/services that will help them achieve their goals and overcome any possible roadblocks. Without personas, there isn’t a clear direction for any of the steps listed above. And no matter what kind of business/organization you’re in, you will benefit from creating (and using) buyer personas. But before we delve into how to…
  • The Pain-Free Way to Create an Inbound Marketing Strategy

    Bethany McDaniel
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Inbound marketing is a variety of activities that brings interested prospects IN to your organization. It earns the attention of potential customers by producing relevant content, developing interesting and compelling landing pages, etc. Inbound marketing naturally draws the attention of the right people (or at least it’s supposed to). And nowadays, the majority of that happens online. There’s a lot that goes into inbound marketing (blog posts, guest posts, landing pages, keyword strategies, email marketing, website forms, and MUCH more). All of these components are part of a cycle, which…
  • 13 Social Media Research Tips that Tell You “What”, “When”, and “Why”

    Brad Smith
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Getting people to answer surveys is a nightmare. But fortunately for us, survey answers are not the best solution to customer research. If actions speak louder than words, then ANALYTICS always trump SURVEYS. [Click here to tweet this quote] For example, if we’re trying to figure out “what” to tweet, “when” to tweet it, and “why” to tweet at all, then you have to look at real, live user behavior to glean insights. Luckily, there are a variety of tools and social media research tips to quickly answer these questions if you’re not afraid to…
 
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  • Nearly 60% of customers will go elsewhere following a bad delivery experience – Interview with Angela O’Connell of MetaPack

    adrianswinscoe
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:18 am
    Today’s interview is with Angela O’Connell, the Strategy & Marketing Director for MetaPack. Founded in 1999, MetaPack provides a SaaS delivery management system to retailers, third-party logistics companies and carriers enabling better choice and more freedom in delivery options to all consumers, both in B2B and B2C markets. Angela joins me today to talk about […]
  • Sponsored Video: Leaders who didn’t wait for permission

    adrianswinscoe
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
      Of all the themes that I explore on this blog, leadership is the one theme that stands at the centre of everything. Without it nothing would happen and nothing would get accomplished. However, one of the many challenges that we face is that we, as people, often wait for a status of ‘leadership’ to […]
  • Proactive customer service drives customer loyalty – Interview with Stew Bloom of Aspect

    adrianswinscoe
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:13 am
    #185319589 / gettyimages.com Today’s interview is with Stew Bloom, CEO of Aspect, who help enterprise contact centres deliver their customer experiences across every channel through their software platform. Stew joins me today to talk about proactive customer service and why proactive customer service drives customer loyalty. This interview follows on from my recent interview: Social […]
  • Brands can drive growth and retention by addressing silent complaints

    adrianswinscoe
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    We all know that customers talk about businesses and brands, both to recommend them and to complain about them. Now, whilst businesses would like be aware of all of the ‘talk’ about them, the reality is that much of the ‘talk’ that goes on cannot be heard, responded to, tracked or measured for insight. Recent […]
  • Social leadership and why the C-Suite has to go social – Interview with Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt

    adrianswinscoe
    9 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    #182765845 / gettyimages.com Today’s interview is with Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt, co-authors of a new book called: A World Gone Social: How companies must adapt to survive. They join me to talk about their book, the challenges that they see many firms facing, how to address these challenges and why customer service is not […]
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    EnMast

  • The one thing every business owner needs to do each day

    Brad Farris
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    This article originally appeared on Anchor Advisors. It only takes a minute each morning. Before I open my email, before I get started with my work, I stop and write down three (or more) things I’m thankful for. It’s a simple thing. Just a brief pause in an other wise hectic day, but there’s some kind of magic in practicing gratitude. As business owners we have a lot on our shoulders. For many of us it’s not just our business, but we also have a lot of responsibilities at home; we are active in the community; we try to have a life… It can get overwhelming. When I…
  • 5 ways successful people act differently, and the trait that makes it possible

    Brad Farris
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    There’s a common myths in the world of entrepreneurship that successful people were just “in the right place at the right time.” That they were somehow luckier than others who were working hard on the same problems. As I think of the really successful entrepreneurs I’ve gotten to know over the years, I have almost never found that to be the case. Instead, I find people who were working really hard on a particular problem for a good long time. And then success “happened” to them. Most of the “overnight successes” I’ve met actually had 5…
  • How to boost employee morale when sales are down

    Deborah Sweeney
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    When I first purchased MyCorporation from its previous owner, I realized I had some serious work to do to boost employee morale. No one seemed particularly cheery, and lacked work ethic. Thankfully, buying the company brought a great opportunity for change. Luckily I had been working as a MyCorp employee prior to making the move to buy. I knew my employees personally, and so I knew what needed to happen to improve. With this in mind, I began to completely change how things were run to try and amp up employee morale and keep everyone positive. Through this I quickly discovered that it’s a…
  • How to use Twitter to grow your small business

    Devan Perine
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    Twitter has been a huge resource and lead generator for both Jill and Brad. They share the top ways Twitter has helped them grow their small business on Breaking Down Your Business this week! Plus they have a hilarious conversation with Pete Aiello, the founder of Team Pete about his business, as well as Connie McLaughlin, the founder of Your Inner Buzz. TUNE IN! (Podcast player opens up on Breaking Down Your Business or subscribe on iTunes) The post How to use Twitter to grow your small business appeared first on EnMast.
  • The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Business Owners

    Devan Perine
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    Christmas and the holidays are right around the corner. It can be really hard to find the right gifts for your clients, employees, (or boss). What should be fun to do (gift shopping) is actually a dreaded task on your to-do list. And if you’re like me, you want to find the ‘right’ gift for each person on your list. So finding unique gifts take time to research and find, and that’s a pain in the butt, too. Your want your gift to get a reaction, right? Maybe it’s a laugh, an observation of someone’s personality, or just something that helps your team do…
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    Deimar - Business Tips and Strategies for Entrepreneurs

  • Discovering the Work Habits of the Millennials (Infographic)

    Deimar Gutierrez
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Learn about the work habits of millennials, and how they are shaping how people will work in the future.With more new millennials entering the workforce today, we may actually be seeing less of them in the future. This contradiction is occurring since a growing number of employees will be working off site or telecommuting. Forrester Research forecasts that the 34 million Americans that currently work from home will almost double to a staggering 63 million, or 43% of the US workforce by 2016. Think about that, in just a couple years, almost half of all Americans will be working from their…
  • Tips to Tackle the Difficulties of Scaling your Business

    Deimar Gutierrez
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Learn how to grow your business, the challenges that you can find, and how to face them. Own a new business? Congratulations! It’s probably a good bet that you and many of the entrepreneurs reading this article can look back on the previous week and recall at least one episode where they were bored, excited, scared and frustrated about something. Such is the range of emotions when one plans a business too. There are numbers to crunch, opportunities to exploit, costs to overcome, and compromises to make. Before any other considerations are made, the scalability of a small business…
  • Tips to Implement Environmental Standards in Your Business

    Deimar Gutierrez
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Implement eco-friendly standards not only shows interest in the environment, but also the company's ability to optimize the use of their resources.Sustainable and eco-friendly production practices remain a high priority for us, especially working within the print industry – which can be harmful to the environment is not managed well. So how can you help your business to be as green as possible whilst continuing to print attractive, high-quality resources and materials? At Elanders Print, we work incredibly hard to ensure that our materials, processes and business standards are as…
  • Securing the Financial Future of Your Business

    Deimar Gutierrez
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    How do you make your business financially secure? The world of business and enterprise has always been a cutthroat industry, but the exponential rise of digital technology has made it even more so, with new competition seemingly springing up on every corner. This has forced even the biggest brands and largest corporations to sit up, take stock and fiercely guard their prime position. However, with every competition there are winner and losers, and the 21st century has seen market leaders fall by the wayside because of an unwillingness to change and adapt, as well as poor financial…
  • Global Business Outsourcing (Infographic)

    Deimar Gutierrez
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Why outsourcing could save your business. The global market size of the outsourced services industry was worth $82.9 billion in revenue in 2013. Outsourcing is big business, and one of the key trends is the rise of offshore outsourcing where a company outsources a portion of its work overseas typically to keep costs down. The benefits of outsourcing include keeping costs down, transferring risk, attaining specific expertise that companies don’t have access to in house, invaluable access to technologies that companies don’t have the time to learn or the budget to implement…
 
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    Small Business Bonfire

  • 5 Things To Do While Waiting for Your Thanksgiving Bird to Cook

    Alyssa Gregory
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    By Alyssa Gregory Ahhh, Thanksgiving. One of my favorite holidays. Thanksgiving is a great day to regroup, recharge and, of course, give thanks. Turkey takes a long time to cook, so while you’re waiting for the oven to ding, you may find you have some extra time on your hands. And there are a number of things you can do for your small business in between spending time with family and friends. Here are a few that require just a little time, and can be started and stopped as you have time during the day. Get Caught Up on Social Media Take a few minutes and finally get caught up on…
  • 6 Tips for Selecting More Secure Passwords

    Emily Suess
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:48 am
    By Emily Suess Keeping your small business secure is important, and strong passwords can protect your intellectual property, your financial data, your customers’ sensitive information, and more. To make sure you’re creating a strong password, keep the following tips in mind. 1. Use a separate password for each of your accounts. It’s a lot easier to remember one password and use that for your desktop, your laptop, your social media accounts, your banking account, and every other password-protected account you have out there. Unfortunately, every time you re-use a password, you are more…
  • What Is Your Business Worth? [Infographic]

    Natalie Green
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:07 am
    By Natalie Green Recently, Valuator and DigitalExits used the sales of over 7000 businesses to come up with a useful infographic that will help us get an estimate on how much our businesses are worth. At first, most people think figuring out the value of their business is a painful and long process, but really, getting an approximate number isn’t as hard as you would think. By going over this infographic, you will be able to check out certain business types and what the average multiple they were sold for. For example, out of all of the business sales from last year, 54% were retail.
  • 9 Effective and Creative Ways to Enhance Small Company Culture

    Ana Lopez
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    By Ana Lopez While competitive salaries, monetary raises, and benefits can contribute greatly to employee satisfaction, a strong company culture proves just as important to retaining employees. Not only that, but happy employees work harder and are more motivated and successful at their jobs than those who are unhappy, especially within smaller companies. If you want to build a supportive company culture without spending a fortune, check out these easy tips to show your employees some much-needed appreciation. 1. Implement mini work breaks during the workday. According to the Draugiem Group,…
  • 7 Things Small Business Owners Can Be Thankful For

    Emily Suess
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:45 am
    By Emily Suess With Thanksgiving quickly approaching and the busy holiday season just around the corner, now is a really good time to pause and create a list of the things you are thankful for as a small business owner. Here are a few items that might make the top of your list. 1. You get to be your own boss. As a small business owner, the ability to call the shots might be what lured you into entrepreneurship to begin with. You decide what products or services to sell. You develop the business plan. You set the company’s mission. That’s empowering, and it’s not something the average…
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    Small Business Tips and Resources-The Small Business Playbook

  • The Secret Formula for Crafting Click Worthy Email Subject Lines

    Gary Shouldis
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    If you’re struggling with email subject lines – and who isn’t – here are a few tips to create ones that will entice recipients to open your email, read it and most importantly, act on it. The secret formula for subject lines has three ingredients: Define a clear, simple objective for your email Align subject line, email content and landing page Split test subject lines (This formula is no secret, in the sense that it consists of best practices. On the other hand, it is a secret in the sense that few small businesses use it.) Let’s talk generally about these three points and then get…
  • Small Business Toolbox: November Eigth

    Gary Shouldis
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:43 am
    Each week I like to post useful tools and resources that you may be able to use for your business.  The resources I post here are either free or available at a low cost.I don’t go into much detail here, so feel free to check them out yourself and let me know what you think.  If you know of any great tools and services that will help small business owners, please share them in the comments below. Uber Suggest – A free keyword suggestion tool that lets you enter a keyword and get dozens of suggested related keywords. Synup – Online tool that lets local businesses keep track of…
  • Microsoft Cancels Free Custom Domain Email Accounts on Outlook.com

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

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

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

  • The Benefits of Giving Back

    CorporationCentre.ca
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:34 am
    There are few satisfactions in life that can match the feeling of helping to make the world a better place. And while there are many ways to accomplish this, ranging from modest to ambitious, supporting a cause you believe in can bring a tremendous sense of fulfillment, in addition to improving the lives of others. But that’s not all—involvement with charitable work can be a boon for your business too.Read on to find out why.1.  Goodwill. Which business would you rather patronize and support: one that participates in community-building projects, sponsors events and fundraisers, and…
  • Handling Conflict in The Workplace

    CorporationCentre.ca
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    In all long-term relationships, including professional ones, interpersonal friction is bound to arise. For many people, the natural (and comfortable) response to confrontation is to avoid it entirely, but this is not always the most sensible option. If you believe that a dispute may have an adverse impact on your workplace, it is generally wiser to intervene early and decisively, before the issue has time to fester.That said, conflict is not necessarily a bad thing. The same qualities that contribute to individual professional success—like drive, ambition, creativity, and…
  • Dealing With Disruptive Innovation

    CorporationCentre.ca
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
     Harvard business professor Clayton Christensen is renowned for formulating the theory of disruptive innovation—which describes novel products or services with the potential to revolutionize an industry, and displace incumbents from their market position. In his 1996 book The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, Christensen reflects on corporate decisions that, though ostensibly rational, failed to anticipate and profitably respond to make-or-break technological advances. He draws a distinction between sustaining innovations, which enhance the quality…
  • Celebrating Small Business in Canada

    CorporationCentre.ca
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    This week we celebrate small businesses in Canada during Small Business Week!To show our appreciation for entrepreneurship, we’re offering dollar business incorporations on October 22nd and 23rd. Incorporate for only one dollar to save your business time and money by letting us do the paperwork for you!Small businesses create thousands of jobs every year and employ over 7 million people nationwide, making them essential to a strong economy. Incorporating your small business gives you the peace of mind of limited liability and perpetual existence, and the credibility that comes with the…
  • Restoring your attention span

    CorporationCentre.ca
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    The rapid march of technology in our times is truly remarkable, and shows no sign of abetting. Smart phones exemplify this trend: over the past decade they have become as ubiquitous as credit cards—even the majority of schoolchildren in our society seem to own one. In fact, the presence of smart phones in our lives has become so prominent, that many of us strain to recall how we managed to function with landlines and dial-up internet just fifteen years ago.While the advantages of this development are clear—extraordinary connectivity with the people in our lives, and an unprecedented…
 
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • Commercial Finance Update – November 2014

    Trey
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    Giving Thanks (and eating a bunch of food) Thank You. We say it all the time, and we mean it. We can’t do what we do without the help and good work of others. When real estate brokers, mortgage brokers, other lenders, and past clients refer new clients to us, we’re thankful. When a small business owner chooses us to finance one of the biggest purchases he or she will ever make, we’re thankful. When the other parties involved in our projects work hard to meet deadlines and track down documents and keep the ball rolling, we’re thankful. We get to work with some amazing…
  • We do a lot of construction loans…

    Trey
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    We’ve seen something of a small business construction boom in terms of our loan production in the last few years. Because we have so many construction projects under our collective belt, we think maybe we can say that we’re small business construction loan experts. It’s a very subjective judgement on our part, but we would never say something like that without having some evidence to back it up. Shannon Marks, our President and COO, has graciously answered a few questions about Mercantile’s collective experience in construction financing. Take a look… Mercantile…
  • Commercial Finance Update: October 2014

    Trey
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Happy New Year! (In October?) The SBA’s fiscal year began on October 1st, so SBA lenders nationwide are working on their resolutions. Probably lots of the usual stuff: eat better, quit smoking, join a gym, do more loans, etc. We’re not big on new year’s resolutions, so we’ll just keep helping small business owners. Business as usual. We’ll probably take a break to do some Halloweening later this month, but that won’t deter us from providing the best commercial real estate financing experience for small business owners nationwide. Featured Project: Safe…
  • Apple Ruined Our Smartphone App *UPDATED*

    Trey
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Every time Apple releases an iOS update, we have to scramble to fix whatever problems it causes with our iPhone app. Sometimes the problems are minimal, but sometimes the app is rendered unusable. The process is compounded because we didn’t develop the app in-house and we don’t have any mobile developer types on staff who can troubleshoot and fix even minor issues. In case you hadn’t heard, Apple’s recent release of iOS 8 has gone poorly so far. The initial rollout was a little buggy, so Apple released an update (8.0.1) on Wednesday. Users immediately complained that…
  • September Commercial Finance Update: Construction Edition

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

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

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

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

    Maya Pillai
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today the business environment is very competitive. Organizations need considerable financial strength and constant innovation to both survive and thrive. It may be a wise move for firms to partner with other businesses to stay competitive and boost business prospects. We look at the benefits of doing the same. Increased strength and credibility – When companies partner with other successful businesses, their strength in different domains improve. There are increased financial and human resources available. Stronger marketing campaigns and better infrastructure can be realized.
  • Tips on Business Etiquette

    Maya Pillai
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    Today, business is more than just generating more revenue and profits.  It is also about establishing and nurturing goodwill and relationships. We look at what business etiquette to follow in the workplace. Get up on your feet – Don’t follow the laidback attitude by remaining seated when being introduced to somebody new. You need to show at least the basic respect and courtesy by standing up while greeting others. Try to genuinely respect and show interest in the other person. Some people may take offence if others don’t stand up to greet or acknowledge them. To be regarded as…
  • How to choose the right employees for your business

    Maya Pillai
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:08 am
    Hiring employees is both a science and an art. Having the right employees is crucial to the success of your business. The wrong choice of employees can adversely affect the morale and financial prospects of any business. We look at ways to select candidates who fit the needs of businesses currently as well as in the future. Make a list of qualities you are looking for in a candidate – List down all the mandatory and desired qualities of the candidate. This could include education, relevant work experience, work skills and personality attributes. This will help you eliminate candidates…
  • Factors to consider before turning your hobby into a business in the coming year

    Maya Pillai
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Hobbies are a great way to unwind and relax. People derive a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment by indulging in their hobbies. It is a good idea to make your hobby into your business. This way you will be doing something you enjoy and are passionate about while also making money and fulfill your business goals. However, running a business is quite different than just having a hobby. We look at factors to consider before turning your hobby into a business: Will the hobby help you reach your business goals – The first step is to identify what you really want for yourself and your business.
  • How to motivate your employees in the contemporary business scenario

    Maya Pillai
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    Employees are the engines that drive various businesses. They are also the public face of companies. Their levels of individual happiness and work productivity have a direct and significant impact on business image, revenues and profits. We look at ways to keep your employees motivated as well as in good spirits. Be up-to-date -The modern business environment is constantly changing and evolving. Remember what motivated your employees in the past may not work today. Employees are looking beyond financial remuneration and good leadership. Listen first and listen well with empathy – Engage…
 
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  • Three Small Business Tips for A Start Up

    Dawn Fotopulos
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Cathy from Quickbooks Self-employed has an amazing business helping others thrive after cancer therapy through art. Her website is here: www.yourinnerart.com. She asked how she should focus her business which involves selling journals and coaching. Here’s what I wrote to her: “Hi Cathy, What a personal story you have. I was zooming through comments and stopped […]
  • Small Business Advice and Tips on Pricing

    Dawn Fotopulos
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    Jenni from the Quick Books Self Employed Community says the following: “I always feel like my prices are too high, yet when I see my competition, their prices are almost double mine. I know my product is at least the same quality if not better, but I have have yet to sell anything.Not sure if […]
  • Accounting for the Numberphobic; Book Rally!

    Dawn Fotopulos
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    We’re celebrating! Come join us live from The King’s College in New York City at 7 PM Eastern Standard Time tonight. Sign on here: Numberphobic Book Rally with Dawn Fotopulos. #knowyournumbers! Change the future of small business!    
  • 3 Tips To Launch a New Small Business- Hanley Mellon Live!

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

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

  • Today I am Thankful For?

    Donna Amos
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:43 am
    Please share your thoughts over this next week and I will develop an infographic of all of them.
  • Storify: Profitably Launching Your Business

    Donna Amos
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    [View the story "Profitably Launching Your Business" on Storify]
  • Selecting a Business Structure as a “Solopreneur”

    Donna Amos
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:41 am
    As a solopreneur, especially a first-timer, you may feel overwhelmed by legal vocabulary, tax structures, and licensing. It’s easy to get bogged down in the details, and what’s worse, there’s tons of misinformation out there. In your research, you will have encountered several business structures, which all sound strangely alike. The good news is the choice is simpler than you think! When you’re first starting out as a solopreneur, there are really only two options: a sole proprietorship or a limited liability company (LLC). For this article, we’ll consider Mary Johnson, an…
  • Matching Keyword Relevance with Domain Name – The Google Way

    Donna Amos
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    Obviously most of the effort if not every effort we extend is aimed at propelling our businesses at the top of Google’s SERPs. Not that we do not have other search engines, there are hundreds of other search engines out there. But then only Google matters! Once you get at the top of Google, chances are that you will also rank very well in all other search engines. It is not automatic, but what the heck! This week we are going to take a nose dive into the world of Google, we will look at how Google connects your keywords with the domain name and if this actually goes beyond the domain name.
  • 5 Reasons Your Business Needs a Mobile Website

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

  • Top 10 Tips to Write an “About Us” Page that Works!

    Funding Gates Blog
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    Your About Us page is often the first place visitors to your website go to find answers: Who are you? What do you do? Most importantly, what can you do for them? These ten tips with corresponding examples will help you make sure your About Us page is working for you… and for your visitors.   1. Reaffirm your visitor is in the right place. The first thing your About Us page should do is confirm for the visitor that they have come to the right place. Derek Halpern of Social Triggers starts off his About page with a set of questions you may have asked yourself (e.g. “How can I get…
  • 9 Creative Ways to Lure People to Your Small Business Website

    Diana Mackie
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    You’ve spent a lot of time and care making sure your website is the best representation of your company. You have asked friends and family to look it over; you’ve carefully curated alt-tags on your photos and SEO’d each page. Aside from waiting for the organic traffic to roll in, what else can you do to increase your website traffic? Here are some out-of-the-box ideas to increase traffic to your site. Put away your SEO and social media marketing for now—it’s time to get creative!   1. Put your brand and URL out there More website visits is about getting in front of more people.
  • Top 8 Website Updates to Make Before the Holidays

    Funding Gates Blog
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    The holiday season is quickly approaching, and with it comes the shopping season. If you have e-commerce on your business’ page, here are the necessary website updates you need to make before that holiday rush hits. And if you don’t sell anything on your site, skip to steps 5–8, and take this as a good opportunity to freshen up! 1.Do a Checkout Checkup When was the last time you took a good look at the checkout process a customer has to go through on your site? Abandoned shopping carts are the last thing you want from your customers this holiday season! For ecom business, the check…
  • 7 Free (or Almost-Free) Resources for Learning New Business Skills

    Rieva Lesonsky
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Take your business to the next level by learning something new with these great small business courses. Whether your employees need to improve their programming skills or you need to learn how to manage social media marketing, there are plenty of free and low-cost resources to help you boost your skills without breaking the bank. Here are 7 of the best. SCORE: Made up of volunteers who are or were small business owners or corporate executives, SCORE offers free advice and guidance to help you learn all aspects of running a business. Whether you’re trying to put together a loan application,…
  • How Street Fair Booths Can Benefit Every Type of Business

    Diana Mackie
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Large brands like last.fm or Coors buy tents at street fairs for exposure. But a small business isn’t aiming for exposure; small businesses use street fair booths to generate and connect with concrete leads. And what better way to generate good leads than to talk to lots of people face-to-face about the business you’ve created? Participating in a street fair is a cost-effective way to build your small business while also supporting the community that supports you! A small business will particularly benefit from the face-to-face exposure of a street fair booth. Here are the four steps to…
 
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    On Our Bikes

  • Ignoring the signs

    Jon Stow
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:47 am
    Some signs people ignore It is great when our businesses are running smoothly. It is easy to take our eye off the ball, and not think about the future. It might be that there is plenty of income coming in, but are we relying too much on too few customers? We do not know how fickle those customers might be, no matter how hard we work on their accounts. Are our suppliers creeping their prices up faster than they deserve, and can we sustain those higher costs? Should we be shopping around? Is our admin work becoming too much of a burden? Should we get assistance before it gets in the way of our…
  • Seth Godin and the Time Machine

    Jon Stow
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    British author H. G. Wells’ 1895 novel The Time Machine is an early example of time travel in modern fiction. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Seth Godin said recently that we need the drive to want more and to be better. Our businesses and indeed our lives would be no fun if we knew we had achieved all we could, and that there was nothing more. The will to win, the excitement of the game, and the reward of getting things done are what give me satisfaction, and I guess you feel the same. What if we thought that we had achieved all we could? It would be so depressing having to have to sit on…
  • Networking with old friends

    Jon Stow
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:44 am
    I have been in business on my own account for a dozen years, now. In that time, I have met many people, both in formal organised networking and just in bumping into people in the course of business. I enjoy networking, and have a long track record of meeting new people. Isn’t it great? Now, people come and go from our attention as we move on and expand our informal networks, and maybe we over-stretch ourselves. I think that in my case, although I must have met thousands of people, Dunbar’s Number is relevant. I can only relate to around 150 business friends. Some come into the…
  • Can you network when you are shy?

    Jon Stow
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:16 am
    To move ourselves on I am a shy guy. It is just how I am. In those psychological tests they had in the Eighties and Nineties, and even into the Noughties, I ended up on the quiet introvert spectrum. I would have been too shy to volunteer for these tests, but large firms I worked for made everyone take them, and I even had one sprung on me as an “entertainment” after dinner at a tax conference. I preferred the roulette and blackjack games to that test. You will gather that I was not confident to speak in public. As it happens, I had done a course on public speaking at my old firm’s…
  • Cheapskate prospects

    Jon Stow
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    Well, a cheapskate is not really a prospect, as why would you take on a client who was not prepared to pay you a proper fee or have any respect for what you can do for them? The other day I had a call from a guy who asked if my business was something I ran “on the side”. He meant, “Do you have a “real” job working for someone else, and are you just making extra pennies on your evenings and weekends?” In other words, was I going to be cheap? I told him my business provided my living and my fees reflected the benefit he would get from my services. I did not bother with the list of…
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    Youngwebbuilder

  • 10 Reasons why SEO costs way more than Google Adwords anyday!

    Stephen
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:58 am
      Since the Easter Holidays I’ve read article upon article on Linkedin, all with fascinating titles like “How to get from Zero to Massive Traffic for free using SEO”, or “10 ways to apply SEO to get huge traffic to your website – free!”So, knowing that SEO is never free, I set about writing this post to counter the position that SEO is a free way of advertising.Here are the 10 reasons why SEO costs more than PPC anyday.1. If either you or your SEO contractor employ less than scrupulous SEO tactics, you could be penalized by Google and that…
  • Choosing the right topics to blog about

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Reasons why SEO costs way more than Google Adwords anyday!

    Stephen
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:58 am
      Since the Easter Holidays I’ve read article upon article on Linkedin, all with fascinating titles like “How to get from Zero to Massive Traffic for free using SEO”, or “10 ways to apply SEO to get huge traffic to your website – free!”So, knowing that SEO is never free, I set about writing this post to counter the position that SEO is a free way of advertising.Here are the 10 reasons why SEO costs more than PPC anyday.1. If either you or your SEO contractor employ less than scrupulous SEO tactics, you could be penalized by Google and that…
  • Choosing the right topics to blog about

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

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

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

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

  • Quick Quiz: What Do Investors Cite as the Common Cause of Failures?

    Tim Berry
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    What do venture capitalists and angel investors cite as the common cause of the failures in their portfolios? That’s a great question, which somebody posed in Quora. And as I write this post, it has several really interesting answers. Jason Lemkin, who runs Storm Ventures, has my favorite answer. It’s also the overwhelming favorite of those who voted on the answer collection: We did this analysis at Storm recently, trying to go back through 14 years of venture investments, all of them very early-to-pretty-darn-early stage, and most pre-revenue. Here was the learning: the #1 correlation…
  • You Have to Do Disappointment Twice

    Tim Berry
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    Such a beautiful quote: I ask if stories are empires, you’ll say— ‘Stories are people. I’m a story, you’re a story . . . your father is a story. Our stories go in every direction, but sometimes, if we’re lucky, our stories join into one, and for a while, we’re less alone.’ ‘But you never answered the question,” Pasquale said. “Why you come here.’ Bender pondered the wine in his hand. ‘A writer needs four things to achieve greatness, Pasquale: desire, disappointment, and the sea.’ ‘That’s only three.’ Alvis finished his wine.
  • Does an MBA Help in Running a High-Tech Business?

    Tim Berry
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:51 am
    Question (on Quora): Does an MBA help in starting up and running a technology-based business?  My Answer on MBA for High Tech I have an MBA degree and I bootstrapped a software company past $10M annual sales and was a co-founder of another software company that went public in less than four years. And the truth is neither yes or no, but somewhere in between. The value of the MBA depends on who you are, what you want, what other options you have, what you give up, and where you are in career and the more important rest of your life, like relationships, having children, etc. My MBA degree made…
  • Real Cases: Paths Female CEOs Took to the Top

    Tim Berry
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    This is interesting: Harvard Business Review just published some research on how large-company female CEOs reached the top. The authors looked at the career paths of 24 women who head Fortune 500 companies. They do say they were testing the standard assumption that these women took “the most competitive business tracks, like investment banking and management consulting.” It turned out, however, that the standard assumption wasn’t particularly accurate. Most women running Fortune 500 companies did not immediately hop on a “competitive business track.” Only three had a job at a…
  • Startups and Business Owners: The ‘Have to Do’ Factor is Infinite

    Tim Berry
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    This should be so horribly obvious: Your business exists to make your life better. Not vice-versa. Don’t live to make your business better. Obvious? Sure. But people forget. Do you use what you “have to do” for your business as the constant recurring excuse for missing things that matter to people you love – soccer games, recitals, appointments, and so on? I’m sure you’ve heard the oft-repeated saying about people on their death beds not wishing they’d spent more time in the office. I think the “have to do” factor for entrepreneurs, startups, and small business owners is…
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    Scentsy Blog

  • Great Ormond Street Scentsy Buddy Appeal

    Christine
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:45 am
      I've done this since 2011, collected Scentsy Buddies for Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital and their Christmas Toy Appeal.  Last Year I was able to give quite a few but this year I've started later so worried about being able to donate as many.  When you shop online with me you'll see a little link....Shop as Normal when you click on the link and 25% of the proceeds from these orders will go to get Buddies. You can also send me Buddies---direct.  You can order some and have them delivered to:   Christine Jolley16 Colgate HouseArmoury RoadLondon, SE8 4LG  …
  • Scentsy Christmas Shipping Dates 2014

    Christine
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Behind on your Christmas shopping? Want to know last date for ordering Scentsy to ensure delivery to put under the tree for Santa?   14 December for the UK/Europe   Other Scentsy Regions: -11 December Canada -18 December USA -11 December 2014 (in Australia) for orders shipped to the following postal codes: Queensland 4600 to 4999, Western Australia 6200 to 6999, and Northern Territory 0800 to 0899 -14 December 2014 (in Australia) for orders shipped to the rest of Australia   Outside of Europe/UK you cant order from me, but you can join my global Team as a consultant.  If…
  • Scentsy Christmas Collection 2014

    Christine
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    To me part of the Christmas Season is the gorgeous smells and what better way to have a house smelling like the holidays than with Scentsy.  I'm going to be writing my Xmas gift guides in the next few days but here's our specific holiday warmers.  We've already had Merry and Bright sell out within just a few weeks which looked like the cutest little Christmas Bauble ever.   I personally own the Snowman, The Starburst Snowflake Wrap and hoping to get the cardinal this year.  I'd love to hear what your favourites are in the comments below.   Joy to The WorldScentsy…
  • Australia Scentsy Incentive Trip 2015: Bali

    Christine
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    I have to admit I'm a little jealous that Australia Scentsy Consultants are going to freaking BALI for their Incentive Trip in 2015.  I mean COME ON...seriously can this get any more dreamy????  A FREE vacation to BALI???  Wasnt part of Eat, Pray Love in Bali????  Yep that one!!! So guys its not too late to join and earn this incentive.  Scentsy actually gives you catch up points when you joinI've posted some details about it below.  Why would you want to get sponsored by someone in the UK when you're in Australia???  I'm experienced for one and already have…
  • Cobbled Leather Scentsy Warmer

    Christine
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Cobbled Leather Scentsy Warmer:  A swirling mosaic of burnished red ochre enhances this simple warmer with the look of cobbled leather.  Will add a look of sophistication to any home.       £33/€40 (Prices may vary for Mainland Europe)  
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    Cool Touch Blog

  • The Smart Way to Replacing Your Old Heating System

    siteadmin
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
    If your heating system is less than 15 years old, it should still have some life left in it. You can expect as many as 15 to 20 years of service from properly installed and maintained heating equipment. To help make this long service life a reality, it is a good idea to have your heating system inspected and adjusted on an annual basis. If your system is over 10 years old, then you should definitely place it on an annual maintenance program. Good preventive maintenance will ensure that your system runs safely and efficiently for a long time. Eventually, an older system may need to be…
  • Does Your A/C Unit Need a New Motor?

    siteadmin
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Your air conditioner is a complicated piece of equipment, but it is also one of the most important pieces of equipment in your home. When you live in places like Glendale and Phoenix where the temperatures routinely reach the triple digits in the summer, any disruption in service could create not just an extremely comfortable situation, but also one that is hazardous to your health. One of the most common parts to need repair or replacement is the motor. While you don’t want to rebuild the motor or repair it yourself, you should be aware of the signs that there could be a problem so you…
  • The Benefits of a Properly Insulated Home

    siteadmin
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    In Phoenix our summer heat can be extremely brutal, no question about that. Your air conditioning is often running full-blast all day long and home owners start to wonder about that extra expense, which is one of the necessary evils of living in the desert. Your air conditioning expense doesn’t have to be as big as what you’re currently paying to keep your home cool. Properly insulating your home can cut the costs of air conditioning in the summer months and, additionally, it can also help lower your heating bill in the winter. Good insulation keeps the cold air (or heat) circulating…
  • Cool Touch Offers Air & Heating Services for Goodyear AZ

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

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

    Christian Trejo
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:59 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life In thіs time аnd age thе easiest wау tо connect аnd engage furthеr wіth уоur customers іs bу blogging. Аnd fоr
  • 8 Easy-To-Follow Habits Of A Great Blogger

    Christian Trejo
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:09 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life I hаvе bееn casing vаrіоus blogs fоr sоmе time nоw, аnd durіng thаt time, І hаvе соmе tо bеlіеvе thаt whаt
  • Blogger vs WordPress: Which One Is Better?

    Christian Trejo
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life Bloggers: Ѕhоuld Yоu Usе Blogger.com оr WordPress? Blogger.com (аlsо knоwn аs Blogspot) аnd WordPress аrе thе twо mоst commonly usеd blogging
  • Top 10 Traffic Strategies For New Bloggers

    Christian Trejo
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:38 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life Nowadays competition іs stiff іn аlmоst аnу niche! Іf you’re а nеw blogger уоu rеаllу саn’t expect tо bесоmе wоrld famous
  • Ready To Own Your E-Commerce Business?

    Christian Trejo
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:07 pm
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  • Starting a Christmas Decoration Business

    Jenny Fulbright
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Christmas is the season of warmth, joy and good cheer. It is also big business and a highly anticipated season for retailers. Learn how to start a Christmas decoration business. This article was written by Jenny Fulbright for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Start a Christmas Lighting Installation Business Christmas Lighting: A Growing Niche for the Landscape and Lawn Care Business Business Ideas to Make Money during Christmas and the Holidays
  • Start a Business Before Retirement

    Isabel Isidro
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com I will be retiring from my actual work in seven or eight years. I would like to begin my business now, maybe I could go on my own. How do I start my business before retirement? This article was written by Isabel Isidro for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Planning to Start a Business After Retirement Starting a Business in Retirement Retirement Plans as a Source of Business Capital
  • How to Start a Christmas Lighting Installation Business

    Jenny Fulbright
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Christmas and lights go hand-in-hand together. When one thinks of Christmas decorations, Christmas lights – both inside and outside -- are always a key element in the design and decor. Learn how to start a Christmas lighting business. This article was written by Jenny Fulbright for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Christmas Lighting: A Growing Niche for the Landscape and Lawn Care Business Business Ideas to Make Money during Christmas and the Holidays New Ideas for Holiday Marketing
  • Hiring and Keeping Employees: A Challenge for Small Businesses

    Contributor
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com It’s really easy for the large Fortune 500 businesses to hire and fire thousands. With there massive personnel departments that are bigger than the largest city in Papua New Guinea, reference checking interns that could easily staff a large McDonalds and slick, online systems (that you installed!!) to process zillions of resumes from faceless degree […] This article was written by Contributor for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: 2 Factors to Consider When Hiring New Employees Hiring and Retaining Good Employees Is Your Home Business…
  • Starting a Web-Based Relationship Counseling Business

    Tammy Harrison
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:31 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com How do I start a web based relationship counseling business? I am always giving unbiased relationship advise to my friends and would love to start this business This article was written by Tammy Harrison for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Starting a Web-Based Relationship Counseling Business Starting a Home-Based Recruiting Business Licenses and Permits for Starting a Home-Based Business
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  • 12 Lessons from Small Business Rule Breakers

    Carissa Dunphy
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    Over the past 2 years, I’ve interviewed almost 200 women about how they manage running their businesses, their families, their health and their sanity. Each woman I’ve come across has taught me so much about doing things THEIR way, regardless of how things are “supposed” to be done. I’m consistently surprised at how sometimes, what’s good for everyone else ends up to be the opposite of successful for one individual. But what it comes down to is this: running your business, YOUR way, is really the only way that is the right way. Lesson 1: Being Yourself, At All Costs So many small…
  • Using an Employee Friendly Focus to Improve Your Office Environment

    Carissa Dunphy
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:31 pm
    You can improve your office environment by focusing on changes that will directly benefit your employees. By keeping the needs of your employees in mind, the changes you set in motion will help to improve employee productivity and office morale. Two key areas of focus should be physical improvements and social improvements. Here are a few examples in each category: Physical Improvements Improve Ease of Access Do your employees have all of the tools and supplies they need to do their jobs well? If the answer is no, or you are unsure, make this a top priority. Next, take a look at the layout of…
  • 5 Ways to Test Your Small Business Idea

    Carissa Dunphy
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Starting a new small business is a big deal. You need to put together your business plan and figure out how to fund your project. However testing your business is one of the most important steps you’ll take before starting your small business. There are several questions you need to ask yourself before you decide your business idea is a great one. What Makes You Better than the Competition? Let’s be honest – there is competition out there for nearly any product or service you can provide. However, this shouldn’t be something that discourages you. Instead, this should help…
  • 5 Reasons Not To Take VC Money

    Carissa Dunphy
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    I had an interesting conversation with a brilliant, hugely entrepreneurial guy who owns a technology company that is so hot right now that, with absolutely zero PR or fundraising activity, he is getting pursued by Venture Capitalists who want to invest. Major VC firms are calling him; clamoring to invest in and/or acquire his business. They are desperate to get a piece of what he’s building. But he’s not interested. He wants to build something big – huge. And he wants to own all of it. Here is what I learned about his strategy: You should only take on investment if your…
  • 6 Secrets to Work Better with Contractors

    Carissa Dunphy
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    The majority of small businesses rely on contractors to keep their businesses moving forward. But working with a new name or a new face can be difficult, especially when you don’t get precious chat-around-the-watercooler time in the office. Some employers don’t think about ways to facilitate this relationship — that’s a mistake. Working with contractors doesn’t have to be difficult. You only need to learn these six secrets to make sure your next contractor project sails smoothly. 1. Set up a short intro meeting Don’t skip this step! An in-person meeting is…
 
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  • Optimizing Your Website, Part 1: Where do your visitors spend the most time?

    Barbara Austin
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Yesterday, I was spending time with friends in their adorable (shared) rental house/cottage. Inevitably, we started talking about their décor, and how cute they’ve made the inside of the house look… But they lamented that the exterior color scheme of the house leaves much to be desired (and being only tenants, they have little say […]
  • Sweet Brand! What Makes Nikki Elledge Brown SHINE (You can do it too…)

    Barbara Austin
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:08 pm
    {The Sweet Brand! series appears on the 1st Monday of each month, and features awesome niche brands, small companies, solo businesswomen, and even celebrity brand personalities. The purpose of this series is to introduce you to businesses that are kickin’ it in their brand, and to point out what they’re doing right—principles that you can […]
  • Cobwebs Are NOT Attractive

    Barbara Austin
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    FACT: Your website is a complex animal. (It kinda has to be, with everything you’re asking of it, right? Lead gen, conversion tool, marketing hub, sales maker/transaction processor…) ALSO FACT: When you update or change anything in your business, there are bound to be lots of places on your website that must be changed in […]
  • The Secret to a Totally *Sweet* Brand

    Barbara Austin
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Be yourself already! No, seriously…that’s IT. And it seems so easy…so simple…so OBVIOUS. But it’s not. It’s actually kind of hard, especially if you get caught up in the whirlwind of trying to appear overly professional…or trying to put up a front… And then there’s the fear of vulnerability, and putting oneself out there in […]
  • My #1 Tip for Putting Your Ideas Into ACTION

    Barbara Austin
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Today, I’m trying something new! I’ve decided to experiment with doing occasional “visually-rich” posts: sort of like a video-blog, except it’s not a video—it’s a 2D image with a simple tip baked in. And little-to-no extra words. Fun for me to create, and easier for you to “digest” quickly and then get on with your […]
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    WebStartToday Blog

  • DIY Tips for Better SEO

    wst-web-access
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    SEO has become as significant as having a site these days. As it makes no sense to have a website which doesn’t rank on search engines. And yes, there are various SEO tips which you could apply on your own, without seeking an expert and spending dollars and boost your website’s search engine credibility. So without wasting much of your time, here’s a list from Web Start Today’s SEO experts for you to explore and exploit to fullest: Keyword friendly site Optimize your website with the converting, relevant, as well as long-tail industry keywords that matter to your business. It…
  • Is it the time to move to Mobile Web Design?

    wst-web-access
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:58 am
    A lot is being said and talked about moving to responsive, mobile web designs. But is it really the time? Lets see what facts have to say about it. The post Is it the time to move to Mobile Web Design? appeared first on WebStartToday Blog.
  • Choosing the Right Domain Name

    wst-web-access
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    Formerly, computers used IP addresses, a series of numbers to recognize each other, but that was quite challenging with the growing internet popularity and population. It was difficult to remember anything by their unique IP address, and hence Domain Names, your virtual address. And today with approx. 3 billion internet users all over the world, getting a right domain name is as significant as creating a perfect website. So what does this right domain name mean, let’s see here: Keyword is the Key Try and think of top 5 keywords that describe the core of your business. Something that you…
  • Driving Web Traffic to your Website for FREE

    wst-web-access
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Websites have become one of the most significant organization’ asset to market and even make a sell to the global audience, online. Website ones built, costs almost nothing to advertise, market and even act as your 24/7 online brand ambassador. Its benefits are well known, but what makes it so productive, getting right web traffic is through right activities. So what are those right activities, and how can we increase web traffic without adding much to the pocket? Let’s see here: Cohesive, Modern yet Simple Site The most important one, make sure an eye-pleasing, easy to navigate, and…
  • Web Start Today: SEO Friendly CMS

    wst-web-access
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Opting for a Content Management System (CMS) platform for a website is an intelligent choice. A CMS not just aids in organizing, editing, and modifying the information including content, images, or videos, but it saves a lot of time and money too. And to top it all, if you are lucky enough to search and find a better CMS, just like Web Start Today, you could do it all without any technical knowledge or coding skills too. Web Start Today makes website building and maintenance possible even for a novice. Another very important feature which Web Start Today promises to keep up with unlike other…
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    SucceedAsYourOwnBoss.com

  • How to Stand Out on Small Business Saturday

    Melinda Emerson
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9pm ET. This week’s guest is Gene Marks @Genemarks. Gene is a nationally recognized management columnist and speaker specializing in small and medium sized businesses. He writes regularly for the NY Times, Forbes and Huffington Post. This chat was sponsored by Can Capital. CAN Capital has helped more than 55,000 small businesses access over $4 Billion in working capital since 1998. For more details www.cancapital.com SmallBizLady: What…
  • Why Passion Alone Isn’t Enough to Succeed in Business

    Melinda Emerson
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Guest Article Passion may inspire your business, but planning will save it. Passion is an overused buzzword for small business owners: “I have a passion for coaching/financial planning/auto repair/marketing/real estate.” Is your passion enough to build a thriving business? No, you need to make sure your business has a profit center and a plan for success. Will your passion survive: monster national brands moving in on your customers? a health crisis in your family? a plummet in sales and you can’t figure out why? All of those are real scenarios my clients face, and while…
  • How to Make Great Sales Calls

    Melinda Emerson
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Working the phones is an essential part of making your weekly sales goals, but you need a process. Early on in business, I invested in sales training, and I found it incredibly valuable. Here are a few tips I learned back then that I still use to build my own business.  Here are SmallBizLady’s 6 tips on how to make great sales calls. #1 Make BOLD Calls Do your homework on your prospects so that you have something to talk about. It is all about building a relationship. People do business with people they like, know and trust. Remember, it typically takes three quality contacts before you…
  • How to Develop a Sales Funnel for MAXIMUM Profit

    Melinda Emerson
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9 pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with @michellepippin, B. Michelle Pippin. There’s certainly no shortage of business “gurus” vying for your attention, promising you the world on a silver platter, dollars while you sleep, and other business myths that often lead their clients feeling broke and bummed.  As the undisputed authority on creating clients for your business, Michelle is committed to doing the…
  • 5 Leadership Traits That Do More Harm Than Good

    Melinda Emerson
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Guest Article Smart companies know that the x-factor to success starts with great leadership. Systems, products, services and branding count, but when there’s no one to drive the massive vehicle of business properly, a crash is soon to come. Oddly enough, leadership has been under fire, especially in America. Last year, Forbes’ Steve Denning openly questioned leadership and our ability to compete internationally when he said, “What sort of ‘management’ is it where the quality of management is strong and improving and yet firms can’t compete…
 
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  • How to eat healthy meals without spending a lot of money

    admin
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:32 pm
    By Rhonda Campbell Food is one of the earth’s greatest resources. Without it, the human body wouldn’t have the fuel or the energy to do anything. Yet, eating any type of food is not enough. In fact, eat the wrong foods and you could develop illnesses and diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. You could also start packing on unwanted pounds; no time may be easier to do this than the holiday season. Food habits worth forming To get into the habit of eating healthy food, set certain times of the day when you’ll eat. Stick to these times as closely as…
  • More than 12 places to get exposure for your business

    admin
    2 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
    By Rhonda Campbell picture of business website URL It’s not surprising that social media outlets (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest) are top of mind when business owners and marketing managers think about steps that they will take to introduce their products or services to new customers. Even during the recession, online retail saw a sales increase of 11%, according to Buzzle. Tap into growing online business sales Future expectations for online businesses are good. Consider this. Online sales in the United States alone were at $225.5 billion in 2012. By 2017, those sales numbers are…
  • More than 10 practical steps to help you land your next job

    admin
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    By Ericka Simpson Unemployment in the United States was at 5.9 percent as of September 2014. Hiring has increased, so too have salaries. National job salary index averages have also increased, exceeding $44,000. Organizations like the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) share that salaries are expected to increase by approximately 3 percent during the 2014 annual salary increase cycle. Go and get the jobs you really love It would appear that getting hired into a better job would be relatively easy. It would appear. . . However, anyone who has been searching for a better job for…
  • Great food to eat during winter

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    By Rhonda Campbell Winter is a great time to stay indoors spending quality time with family and friends. You can cook your favorite dishes, perhaps even barbecuing on an indoor grill, and watching an exciting football game on television while your friends “bad mouth” your favorite team, laughing and kidding you. Some of your best memories may be created then. Dishes you’ll love dining on during winter Whether you realize it or not, food is a major part of many of you most memorable events. Eat the right foods and you will not only delight your taste buds, you could also keep…
  • Traditional job or freelance job – which is best for you?

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    By Rhonda Campbell Technology is giving people more work options, namely whether to work full-time for an employer or freelance. Gone are the days when workers have no choice except to commute to a job and log seven or more hours a day, often performing work that they hate. More work options are also creating situations that never amounts to more than an illusion of independence for many people. If you’re not careful, you could regret the next decision you make — quitting your employer-funded gig before you’re ready. Freelance and you get to take control of your work…
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    Attention Getting Marketing

  • Creative Signage Ideas to Draw Attention to Your Small Business

    Gail Oliver, Marketing Consultant – Hire Me to Advise Your Small Business
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:38 am
    by Gail Oliver, Marketing Consultant I was watching an old Shark Tank episode last night, and it featured a pitch by a company that sells sign waving machines. So instead of hiring people to stand at the side of the road waving a sign for your business (if you are having a sale or special event), this is actually an automated spinning sign that does just that. Four of the sharks were quickly out, but shark Lori Greiner made an offer because she felt the moving signs would be great for lagging retail stores. Then the four other sharks changed their mind, suddenly seeing its potential…
  • Don’t Make This Common Marketing Mistake

    Gail Oliver, Marketing Consultant – Hire Me to Advise Your Small Business
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    by Gail Oliver, Marketing Consultant When I was working for a software company, way back when, we hired a new CEO. The new CEO decided he wanted to make his mark on the company so he came to me, the Marketing Director, and said his first order of business was that he wanted to change the company logo. The company had a zillion other problems, but somehow he felt that changing the logo would make a huge difference. I convinced him it wouldn’t, because it was just change for the sake of change. Change Only What is Not Working This is how you know the difference between a true marketing…
  • Tips for Success When You’re a Newbie in a Crowded Market

    Gail Oliver, Marketing Consultant – Hire Me to Advise Your Small Business
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    by Gail Oliver, Marketing Consultant Are you just about to dive into a market that many others are already in, and doing it well? Are you offering a service that so many other, more experienced people with huge client bases are also offering? So what to do when you are newbie or late entrant into your market? Give up? No. There is always room for new players, if you do one or both of these things: Improve upon the weaknesses of your competitors Find a niche no one else is targeting Improve Upon Competitors’ Weaknesses No company is perfect. Even successful companies like Apple have…
  • Creative Blog Ideas If You Offer Professional Services

    Gail Oliver, Marketing Consultant – Hire Me to Advise Your Small Business
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    by Gail Oliver, Marketing Consultant Does my business need a blog? I get asked this a lot by my clients, particularly my professional services clients such as lawyers, financial advisors and realtors. If you are your brand (which, when you offer services is typically the case) then yes, you would benefit from a blog. My blog is case in point. I doubt many people would hire me off the Internet if I didn’t back up my experience and reputation with blog posts that show my knowledge. It can be a powerful marketing tool for your business. That is why I do not accept guest posts, because I want…
  • 7 Small Business Saturday Marketing Ideas for Your Online Business

    Gail Oliver, Marketing Consultant – Hire Me to Advise Your Small Business
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Consultant Small Business Saturday (just 6 weeks away on November 29th) is where consumers are encouraged to buy from local businesses, particularly for their holiday shopping. It is an initiative that was started by American Express back in 2010, and it always takes place on the Saturday after the Black Friday shopping day (which is the day after the US Thanksgiving holiday). Now, while online businesses benefit from Cyber Monday two days later, your online business can still take advantage of Small Business Saturday with these easy marketing ideas.
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  • Business leaders: You’ve got to give to get

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:22 am
    If company leaders want their employees to give their jobs everything they have, owners also have to show personnel that they are willing to commit and  go above and beyond. When leaders treat their staff as nothing more than employees who are there to listen and follow orders, supervisors won’t inspire much confidence and motivation for workers to excel. It’s key for small businesses to have an involved workforce composed of people who are ready to give their full effort to accomplish their employers’ goals. One of the best way owners can do this is by creating an…
  • 5 tips for productive new hire training

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Small businesses are always doing research on ways to survive and thrive, asking questions like “What are some effective approaches to small business marketing or small business accounting?” A content and motivated workforce is essential to growing a business. It is crucial to have employees who can be trusted to handle company finances or represent the organization to the larger public, but it isn’t as simple as hiring the most qualified individuals. A recently released study by the Association for Talent Development revealed that organizations across several industries…
  • Obtain the Necessary Business Licenses

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Once you have a registered agent and an EIN, you’ll actually be able to file the paperwork to establish your business. But before you can open your doors, you’ll need to obtain the correct business licenses. First of all, what exactly is a business license? A business license is any government issued permit or registration that a business owner is required to obtain at the federal, state, or local government level. A business needs these licenses to officially, and legally, do business. Licenses are useful for a couple of reasons: they identify a business and make sure it’s accountable…
  • Make Sure Your Business Has a Registered Agent and an Employee Identification Number

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Your registration paperwork likely asked you to designate a registered agent and your Employee Identification Number. If you don’t have either of these, it’s vital that you apply for them before anything can be processed. First of all, what is a registered agent and what do they do? Well, once a business is formed on the state level, most jurisdictions require corporations or LLCs to designate a registered agent (or an RA) to receive documentation on behalf of the company. Basically, an RA is an individual or an entity that receives, or is served, documents relating to your business. The…
  • File For Incorporation with the State

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    Now that you’ve chosen a state, you have to file the actual paperwork. Corporations and LLCs have their own forms, known respectively as the Articles of Incorporation or Certificate of Organization. These documents act as a sort of birth certificate for your new business. These documents include such things as: the entity’s name, address, registered agent information, and manager/owner information. Oftentimes, you can ask your state for a template of these documents, and they’ll send you a link to a page on their website where you can just fill in the blanks. Though, these documents…
 
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  • How to Keep Your Small Business Out of Legal Hot Water

    SmallBizViewpoints
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    Small businesses can get into hot water due to legal trouble in number of ways. Follow these tips to stay away from lawsuits. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Use of Time Clocks to Get Employee Paychecks Right

    SmallBizViewpoints
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
    Few things have remained constant as time clock. How do small businesses use time clock to track employee time and make paychecks. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How can Small Business Gain Critical Insights with Sales Analytics

    SmallBizViewpoints
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Sales analytics tools can provide valuable insight to small business owners about customers and help improve sales and profit. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How can Hospitals Ensure Patient Well Being with Regular Checkups

    SmallBizViewpoints
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Sending regular reminders about appointments and checkups can not only help patients, but also doctors and hospitals with satisfied and healthy patients. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Create Impressive Business Cards that Command Attention

    SmallBizViewpoints
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:42 pm
    A business card is crucial to create first impression of the business. Use of creative business card made of alternate materials can create powerful image for your business. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • What is Small Business Saturday?

    Alex Myers
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    A Day that Shines a Light on You and Your Business You’ve heard of Black Friday. You know about Cyber Monday. But what exactly is “Small Business Saturday”? The term “Black Friday” dates back to 1961 when it was first used in conjunction with the shopping day after Thanksgiving in a Philadelphia newsletter. Small Business Saturday, however, only originated back in 2010 after an American Express advertising campaign invited holiday shoppers to support small local businesses. Then, in 2011, Small Business Saturday became an official day after governors, mayors, senators, and even the…
  • How to Promote Your Small Business on Black Friday

    Alex Myers
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    What Else Can You Offer Your Customers This Black Friday? The holiday season presents you with many opportunities to attract customers in new ways. There are so many “special” shopping days before the holidays that your business should take advantage of, and prepare for. The first – just a week away – is the infamous “Black Friday. As a business owner, you’ve probably gone through this before. You’ve already hired your seasonal help, increased your inventory, and decorated the building to look like a Holiday card – what else could you possibly need to do? Get customers in the…
  • Direct Capital Reviews: Back Street Grill

    Alex Myers
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    “The Best Part Was the Hands On, One-on-One Connection” As a restaurant or small business owner, your main goal is to please your customers. And sometimes the best way to do that is by purchasing new equipment that will enhance the customer experience. That was exactly the case for James Paquette, the owner of Back Street Grill in Sanford, Maine. James received financing from Direct Capital to help make improvements to his restaurant and continue to win over customers in the Sanford area. Direct Capital spoke with James about his experience working with us and here’s what he had to…
  • Financing Comparison Worksheet

    Alex Myers
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Guide to Help you Choose the Financing Option that Works for You Like any responsible business owner, before making a significant purchase or getting a loan you probably do your research. By now, you have likely checked out a dozen financial options which might have you feeling a little overwhelmed. Because there are so many offers on the table, it can be difficult to distinguish one company’s deals from the next– and remember which company promises what. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a financing comparison worksheet that helps to simplify the process of choosing a financing package?
  • How Small Businesses Can Save Money: 27 Finance Experts Share ‘Fool-Proof’ Tips So Your Business Can Save Money Today

    Scott Lynch
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    In order to reach any level of success, most small businesses and small business owners must at least know the basics about business finance in order to know how well their business is doing and to remain profitable. But unless you are in the finance industry or are yourself a financial expert, there are always some things your business can do to save money that you likely don’t know about. Since Direct Capital works closely with many small businesses and small business owners who have made their business’ financial success a top priority, we wanted to learn some money savings…
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    WP Curve

  • Lessons learned reviewing 300 websites in 2 weeks (how to build a decent website)

    Dan Norris
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    I’ve been on a bit of a website review binge for the last 2 weeks. It started on the Smart Passive Income podcast where I volunteered to do a quick review for the people in Pat Flynn’s audience. Turns out, quite a few people were keen! We are up over 600 comments and I’m well behind in the reviews. I also caught up with Chris Ducker and offered to do an in depth 8 page website review for people who signed up via his page. Again I had many more people than we expected, so I’ve spent a good chunk of the last few weeks reviewing websites. Here are the top things…
  • October 2014 WP Curve monthly report 46% web traffic and 13% revenue growth

    Kyle Gray
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Hi guys, Dan here. Our new Content Marketing Manager Kyle Gray will be writing the monthly reports from now on. Here is the first one, I hope you like it.  We do these reports to help other entrepreneurs get real information about running a startup. I did the 1st report in 2012 when I was earning $0. Here is the full archive. Here is a post I wrote recently on some monthly income reports from other startups. If you like the reports I’d love you to share it. 13% revenue growth and record breaking 46% traffic growth. WP Curve September monthly report Click to tweet 13% growth to…
  • The web entrepreneur’s guide to creating and using landing pages

    Ross Beard
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:04 am
    Kyle’s Note: A well designed landing page mixed with relevant traffic can send your conversion rate through the roof. This guest post by Ross gives a very detailed analysis of the critical elements of a landing page. Now over to Ross Landing pages are an important component of any web entrepreneur’s marketing tool kit. Over the last decade we’ve seen landing pages go from being virtually unused to a mainstream essential in today’s marketing world. A landing page in its simplest terms is any webpage that a visitor can arrive at or ‘land’ on. There are a number of reasons why…
  • What is your website worth and how to sell it for maximum value

    Jock Purtle
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Note from Dan: This is a detailed guest post from website valuation expert, Jock Purtle. I’ve had lots of chats with Jock around the question of what is my website worth. In this post we wanted to delve right into the detail of how to value a site and how to sell it for as much as possible. I hope you like it. Over to Jock. Each year we produce a valuation report on all the public Internet business sales that looks at what businesses sold for in the last 12 months. Dan happened to mention it in a forum thread a while ago. He had this question: I proceeded to then ask him the reasoning…
  • September WP Curve monthly report 11% growth, best selling book and more

    Dan Norris
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Hey all I’ve had a few people ask me where the September monthly report is at which is cool. I’ve had a busy month travelling so it’s taken me a while but here it is. We do these reports to help other entrepreneurs get real information about running a startup. I did the 1st report in 2012 when I was earning $0. Here is the full archive. Here is a post I wrote recently on some monthly income reports from other startups. If you like the reports I’d love you to share it. 11% revenue growth and a best selling book. WP Curve September monthly report #startups…
 
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    Tanya Smith Online » Tanya Smith Online - Helping Service Providers Share and Stand Out

  • How to Eliminate Marketing ADD

    Tanya Smith
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:46 am
    As much as I talk about content calendars and staying organized, I have in the past and I still do suffer from Marketing Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) from time to time. You probably have experienced this too if you are a creative type.  You want to rush your beautiful content out to the world so […]
  • Why Canva Is So Hot For Social Media Branding

    Tanya Smith
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    You will find Canva on just about any page you visit online these days – , random blogs, and more.  That’s because this simple online tool can make non-artists into graphic pros in minutes. Okay, maybe that’s a bit too far…graphic designers are still the pros. But in a pinch, if you need images that look […]
  • Planning Your Content the First 30 Minutes of the Day

    Tanya Smith
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
      The morning planning session is one of the few time management techniques that just about every self-development speaker and every business coach teaches. From Anthony Robbins to Brian Tracy to David Allen – they all teach one form or another of this technique. Using this time to plan out your content can make a […]
  • 10 Easy To Use Visual Content Creation Tools

    Tanya Smith
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    Visual content marketing is becoming increasingly popular and it is essential for branding and social media sharing. The growth of social networking platforms like Pinterest, Instagram, , Timeline feature of is evidence that people want to see what they are buying. And marketers are attracted to using visual content because images increase buying behavior and communicate more immediately than text.  They help you […]
  • Create Great Content Tip – Write From an Interview

    Tanya Smith
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    This weeks’ content tip: Get on social and tell people you need an interview about a subject you are passionate about.  Don’t take silence as an answer.  Find a person and interview them.  Transcribe it and add your personal notes. “People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, […]
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    grodland: brainstorms that mean business™

  • Your Job is like a Game of Chess: Tips for Surviving Layoffs

    grodland
    1 Nov 2014 | 8:13 am
    More companies are going through layoffs before the end of the year—though they are still doing so quietly and methodically, so much so that most people don’t even notice. One day you go looking for a coworker and they are no longer there. They’ve been gone for weeks. Months. And you didn’t even notice. So how do you survive layoffs? And save your job… Surviving layoffs starts long before a company even considers them, and they are not just motivated by economic reasons. Layoffs are now about making companies even more efficient even in good times. One way to do that is to trim the…
  • Top Ten Things You Need To Know To Make More Money

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

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

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

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

  • Small business ideas for veterans

    Hiscox Blog
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    With Veterans Day being observed last week, we’re providing veterans with ways to explore different career options once they get settled back at home. Starting a small business can be a great way for veterans to exercise the skills they learned during their time in service. But, it can be difficult to come up with small business ideas that are both fulfilling and successful. Here are a few ideas for veterans looking to start their own small businesses. Survival Training. What better way to put your survival skills to use than to teach classes on how to rough it in the wild? Classes can be…
  • Top 3 ways to prepare for Small Business Saturday

    Hiscox Blog
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    The holiday season is prime selling time for any business, and small businesses can maximize their efforts with seasonal holiday shoppers on Small Business Saturday. Though it started only a few years ago, American Express Small Business Saturday, has quickly become an annual tradition celebrating independent retailers. Buying from local shops on the Saturday following Thanksgiving has become a great way for small businesses to compete with larger companies during the holiday season. In 2014, Small Business Saturday falls on November 29th. You can make sure your business is prepared by…
  • Social media for business 101

    Hiscox Blog
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Using social media for business has become a mainstay in the digital marketing world, so be sure that your small business doesn’t get left in the dust. The number of social media users has continued to grow in the last several years, and businesses have noticed. Whether you choose Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or another network, here are some tips on using social media for business. Create a voice for your brand. – Doing research on your target audience can be a big help when figuring out the types of topics you should be talking about in your social media posts. Always strive to be…
  • Meet the 2014 Hiscox Small Business Stars!

    Tiffany Winbush
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    For the second year in a row, Hiscox presents its list of small business stars. At Hiscox we strive to be a dedicated resource of information to help small business owners launch or grow a business. We know that it takes courage each and every day to hold the title of business owner. As a recent Top 100 Small Business Influencer Award recipient, we hope we’re on the right track of providing the information you need to help your business succeed! For the second year in a row, we’ve compiled a list of must follow small business experts to guide your small business success. The 2013 Hiscox…
  • Top 10 small business tips for all industries

    Hiscox Blog
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    Starting your own small business can be overwhelming, especially if its your first time. Our small business tips can help you run yours. Sometimes it can be difficult figuring out where to focus your attention, especially when it seems like there are a million items that need to be taken care of all at once. Here are some small business tips that apply to all industries, which can help ease you into owning your own business. Improve and refine your products and services. Small businesses don’t generally have a brand reputation associated with their products and services. It’s important…
 
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    Rabid Office Monkey for Business

  • The Impact of Packaging

    From Around the Web
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Want to tweak consumer perception when it comes to your product? Maybe packaging is the first place you should look. Infographic compliments of http://www.mspackaging.co.uk/ The post The Impact of Packaging appeared first on Rabid Office Monkey for Business.
  • How We Will See in the Future

    From Around the Web
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: How will technology impact your ability to see in the future? Check out this infographic to find out. What are the implications not just for individuals but for businesses like yours? Do you see any of these innovations becoming part of the world of work in your business? Infographic compliments of http://www.supersaversopticians.ie/. Infographic compliments of http://www.supersaversopticians.ie/ The post How We Will See in the Future appeared first on Rabid Office Monkey for Business.
  • Wireless Credit Card Terminal: 4 Reasons Why You Need One

    Contributor
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: If you run a company that engages in retail transactions, chances are that you already have a credit card terminal. This is a small machine that reads credit and debit cards and allows you to accept credit and debit card transactions. When a customer comes in to your store, you punch in the amount of purchase, and swipe the customer’s credit card. In some instances you would want to have a separate ID for identification purposes, in other instances, the customer has to key-in his PIN. Transaction processing depends on the type of card you use, or if…
  • Capabilities Your Company Needs To Execute Inbound Marketing

    Contributor
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: If you have determined that inbound marketing is the most effective and efficient way to achieve your organizational goals, then you need to figure what your marketing department can do for you in order to increase your market reach. Many companies believe that they have what it takes to apply a successful inbound marketing strategy, but only a few are staffed properly for the necessary procedures required. They may have significant gaps that are must to achieve the purpose. To apply inbound marketing strategy successfully, you need a team with an affluent…
  • Relocating? How to Help Your Office Move Go Smoothly

    Marlena Stoddard
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: When relocating your business or office space, ensure that the move goes smoothly. The faster and easier your move, the better you’ll be able to provide for your customers and clients. Planning ahead for your move, notifying your customers and working with a reputable moving company that offers relocation services can all help ease your business’s transition. Plan Ahead Planning ahead for your move will give you, your employees and your customers adequate time to adjust to the move. When you plan the move out in detail, you’re able to…
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    Blog | Harbor Compliance

  • End of the Year Compliance for Nonprofits

    James
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    End of the year compliance for nonprofits is complex. Do a thorough year-end review. In my previous post, I discussed end of the year compliance activities for small businesses. Running a nonprofit is a different animal altogether. Typically, nonprofit … Read more >> The post End of the Year Compliance for Nonprofits appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • Ready, Set, Hire: An Overview of Legal Issues in the Hiring Process for Businesses (Part 2 of 6)

    Eric Stark
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    During the last blog entry, I discussed the first two issues that employers are likely to face in the hiring process: job postings and interviews. This week, continuing with the theme chronologically, we will tackle issues involving insurance and … Read more >> The post Ready, Set, Hire: An Overview of Legal Issues in the Hiring Process for Businesses (Part 2 of 6) appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • End of the Year Compliance for Small Businesses

    James
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
      The end of the year is the ideal time to review compliance for your business. For many businesses, this is a time to “catch up” on compliance activities for the year and prepare for next year. Filings also may … Read more >> The post End of the Year Compliance for Small Businesses appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • Ready, Set, Hire: An Overview of Legal Issues in the Hiring Process for Businesses (Part 1 of 6)

    Eric Stark
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    So, you are ready to hire a new employee to supplement your growing business. This is certainly an exciting time for you and your business. However, as you may already be aware, hiring an employee presents a variety of potential … Read more >> The post Ready, Set, Hire: An Overview of Legal Issues in the Hiring Process for Businesses (Part 1 of 6) appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • This Halloween, Dress Your Business for Success

    James
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    There’s nothing scarier to a small business owner than to find her business does not have adequate liability protection, because she hasn’t properly registered her business with the state. However, there are thousands, if not millions of solopreneurs, freelancers, and … Read more >> The post This Halloween, Dress Your Business for Success appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
 
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    THE RESOURCEFUL CEO™

  • Inspiration and Issues as an Entrepreneur

    Tiffany C. Wright
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    My name is Tiffany C. Wright and I am the author of “The Funding Is Out There! Access the Cash You Need to Impact Your Business” (Morgan James Publishing, October 2014). I am a serial entrepreneur, former business advisor, and a former CFO and COO. My firm, The Resourceful CEOTM, provides products, tools and training […]
  • Tips on How to Go Viral

    Tiffany C. Wright
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
      To effectively run a business, business owners must understand all aspects of their business. This does not mean you must know how to do everything, but it does mean you must be aware of new developments and innovations in all functional areas of the business. This is a guest post on marketing, in general, […]
  • Get Your Employees to Love Your Business as You Do

    Tiffany C. Wright
    1 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Business owners periodically ask me how do you get your employees to love your business as you do.  Knowing the numbers that apply to them, the impact they have on those numbers and the business overall, feeling like they make a difference somehow (i.e., we really help our customers do XYZ, in other words, solve […]
  • Is IT a business function or a strategic asset?

    Tiffany C. Wright
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    r query, is IT a business function or a strategic asset?   My response it, it depends. If you operate a low tech business and utilize the basics, such as a website, Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, desktops, laptops, and a small server, then IT is a business function. If you use CRM software to track all […]
  • Employee Empowerment vs. Employer Abdication – Video

    Tiffany C. Wright
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Some business owners and managers confuse delegation with empowerment. I think it goes a step further. Some owners and managers abdicate; they do not delegate. When you hand off without providing your employee with the directions and tools needed to do an excellent job, that is abdication. Video Do you want more information regarding the […]
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    Small Business Heroes

  • Don’t let the banks stop your business’s growth

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:57 am
    For small firms looking to the future with business ambitions, the current economic climate presents a maze of both opportunities and obstacles. Academy Leasing Managing Director, Mike Nolan, considers the options available for securing growth finance.   Confidence continues to return to the UK economy but net bank lending to SMEs is still falling according to recent Bank of England reports. If banks happen to say “no” to you however, all is not lost – alternative funding avenues are available to help you realise your business’s growth potential. Lease finance: the solution to…
  • 5 things B2B marketers overlook in their Google+ strategy

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:46 am
    There are literally hundreds of social networking sites online today, everything from About.me to Zoopa.com, but the relative newcomer on the scene, Google+ has much to offer B2B marketers. Early critics claimed that Google+ would never gain the overwhelming popularity of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, but according to some newer statistics, Google+ users actually surpassed both linkers and tweeters in June 2014, claiming the number three spot worldwide. Launched in 2011, Google+ designed their new social site to go beyond the norm, removing some of the restrictions facing their competitors.
  • Is it time to own your office?

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:54 am
    If you run a business out of a rented office space, you’ll inevitably ask yourself at some point whether buying a property is a good business decision. The industry you’re in, where in the country you’re based and a host of other factors that are specific to your business will play a major part in your decision, but there are some factors that every business owner will need to consider. Total Control One of the problems with leasing a property is that there’s no guarantee your landlord won’t make significant rental increases when it’s time to renew your contract – or even worse,…
  • Useful event planning tips for small business owners

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:37 am
    Great events don’t just happen by chance – holding an event takes a significant amount of organising. Regardless of whether you’re planning a conference, a networking day or a client party, the success of the event will depend largely on your event management skills. In this article I will highlight a number of event planning tips that you can put into practice to organise a truly successful event. Start by deciding upon your target audience Before making any plans, you should have a clear understanding of your target audience. Once you have defined who they are, your plan will start…
  • 5 essential Gmail plugins every small business owner should know about

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:53 am
    Emails can be boring, overwhelming (and underwhelming), and worst of all really, really time consuming. Whether you want to spend less time worrying about emails and more time doing your job, or you just want better emails, these five plugins can be a big help. Rapportive Whether you enjoy networking or find it a chore, Rapportive is a must for anyone who believes that developing relationships is good for business. Rapportive removes the adverts you’d usually see in the top right hand corner of the website and replaces it with publically-available information about that person. This can…
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    OPEN Forum

  • Does Google Consider Your Website an Expert Resource?

    Gini Dietrich
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Coming up with a compelling or clever headline is an art, and it’s not as easy as it sounds—particularly if your objective is to attract and please both humans and search engines. The first rule for writing a compelling headline is to look at the project with a creative eye. Pretend you’re the reader and imagine what would draw you in. The idea is to grasp your readers’ attention and make them not only read the piece, but share it with others in their community. When pondering the proposed prose in your headline, consider the following: Is this headline as dull as dirt? Does it grab…
  • What Are The Best U.S. Cities For Shopping Local?

    Kelly Spors
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Customer review site Yelp recently analyzed its 75 major markets in the United States to find the cities with the largest concentration of highly-rated local businesses. It then compiled a list of the “top 20 cities to shop local for the holidays.” The top three cities? Portland, Oregon; Lawrence, Kansas; and St. Petersburg, Florida. (Asheville, North Carolina and Santa Cruz, California rounded out the top 5.) According to a Yelp news release, the point of the survey was to remind shoppers of the importance of shopping locally this holiday season and supporting businesses that do a good…
  • Go-To Podcasts That Can Help Your Business

    Mike Michalowicz
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    There’s never been more information available for entrepreneurs—from TV shows to articles to books, we have a wealth of resources available to us when we need answers, advice or encouragement. I’ve compiled a list of the most inspiring and informative podcasts for entrepreneurs. These are my go-to listening choices on business topics. 1. Jeff Brown’s Read To Lead. Brown is a radio veteran, and his podcast consists of interviews with successful, bestselling authors on business topics. The podcast is guaranteed to make your to-read list longer, and his thoughtful interviews highlight…
  • Your Social Meta Data Could Be Ruining Everything (and How to Fix It)

    Erika Napoletano
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Have you ever gone to share something on Facebook and when you hit “post,” you’re left staring at an unexciting block of text? No image, no blurb about what you shared—just … text? Or worse—nothing or the wrong thing? It happens to me all the time on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn—I’m repeatedly frustrated because I don’t want to share something that looks boring. Welcome to the world of social meta data. And yours could be ruining everything for your brand’s growth and sales potential. What Is Social Meta Data? In plain English, it’s code. Sites like Facebook…
  • Why Now May Be the Time to Give Up on Social Media Marketing

    Kelly Spors
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Business owners have been hounded again and again about the importance of having a presence on social networks like Facebook and Twitter and using those platforms to engage customers and promote their business.  There’s one problem: They don’t actually work. Nate Elliott, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, says that social media marketing rarely provides the great payback that businesses assume it will. Recent research from Forrester and others, he writes in a blog post, finds that posts from top brands on Facebook and Twitter reach just 2 percent of their…
 
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    Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories

  • Ryan Blair – How A Gangster Became A Millionaire

    Entrepreneur Writer
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:36 am
    This is just another story about how you can get anything you desire if you are fully dedicated to it. This is the story of a bad kid, who becomes a multimillionaire, founding his own company. This is a story about a guy who hasn’t even finished high school, and in the same time he writes a book that reaches a top place on...You can also check these cool posts:  A Story Of A 7 Years Old Entrepreneur -  The Engaging Story Of People Helping People and Patrick… -Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • The Engaging Story Of People Helping People and Patrick Bet-David

    Entrepreneur Writer
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Patrick Bet-David didn’t have an easy childhood. He was born in Iran in 1970, during the Iranian revolution. He suffered from war and all bad consequences it caused. When he was 10 years old, he and his mother escaped from hell, they left Iran and wen to Germany where they spent 2 years living in a refugee camp there. When he was 12, they...You can also check these cool posts:  From Living On Food Stamps To A Billionaire -  Ryan Blair – How A Gangster Became A Millionaire -Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success…
  • 10 Young Entrepreneurs Who Became Millionaires By Starting A Site

    Entrepreneur Writer
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:20 am
    Pete Cashmore mashable.com Pete Cashmore was born in Banchory, a small town in Scotland, on 18th of September 1985. When he was in high school he experienced some health issues, because of which he finished high school two years late. He couldn’t go out with friends and he had a lot of time all by himself. He was a teenager experiencing a big need...You can also check these cool posts:  Ning – An Innovative Social Networking Business Idea -  A Short History of Mark Zuckerberg -Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational…
  • How Mark Zuckerberg Actually Made It

    Entrepreneur Writer
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:16 am
    Mark Zuckerberg is actually one of the richest and most successful people in the world. And he managed to achieve this at really early age. When he was just 23, he was a billionaire already. But how did he do this? How did he make billions just a few years after he finished high school? Well, things started a little bit earlier, when he...You can also check these cool posts:  Mark Zuckerberg’s Story – Video -  10 Popular Quotes of Mark Zuckerburg -Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • GasBuddy Helps You Find Cheap Gas Stations Near You

    Entrepreneur Writer
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    Have you heard about GasBuddy? This great business idea was incorporated back in 2000, by two guys named Dustin Coupal and Jason Toews. Before launching the company, Dustin was an eye doctor and Jason worked as a computer programmer. Around year 2000, gas prices started to rise. This is how the two entrepreneurs came to the idea of helping people save some money regarding...You can also check these cool posts:  Money For Nothing – The I Am Rich Mobile App -  Doctor On Demand On Your Mobile Phone -Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups &…
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    Strategy Lab Marketing

  • How Do You Build a Visionary University?

    Jeph
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:48 pm
    You pick what you want to be known for. Do you think the University of Florida cares about their academic performance? No, they don’t because they don’t need to. Their sports following for Basketball and Football is incredible and enough to give students a great reason to go there.   Do you want to go to the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School of Business)? Do you want to play on their Basketball team? They haven’t won their division since 1979 and have never won the NCAA tournament. But that doesn’t matter, the only reason you’re going to Wharton is…
  • The Phrase You Hate To Hear But Have to Say Yes To

    Jeph
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:08 am
    Can I give you some feedback? If you’re like me this is one of the worst phrases to hear in the English language. What they’re actually saying is “would you like me to tell you how I actually feel about you? And oh yeah, if it was good we would have already told you so it’s almost guaranteed to be negative.” Without feedback we never learn, we never get better, and we never progress. The extent of your management career will largely be based on the amount of feedback you’re willing to take. I’ve said to Brandon many times that we will get as far as…
  • Not All Websites Are Created Equal: A beginners guide to website strategy

    Jeph
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:15 am
    In the real world if your store has a better location, if you can get in front of more people, if everyone can recognize your store from a mile away, you have a distinct advantage.   The Internet doesn’t work that way.   If you rent space in the West Edmonton mall beside a popular retailer you’re sure to increase your foot traffic. The catch is, retail space beside Holts, the Disney or Apple store will come at a premium. When you build a website it’s like you put your store in a farmers field somewhere near Grenfell, SK. As your site acquires more links, is updated…
  • “Something Ventured” the Story of Venture Capital

    Jeph
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Ever since I was a little kid I was fascinated with Venture Capitalists. Maybe little kid is a stretch, but in University we heard about these folks who lived in the big cites in the U.S. were pitched all sorts of business ideas and they got to pick their favourites and most of those businesses made them tons of money. Money they used to fund more and more businesses and the cycle went on.   I may have got their success rate a little wrong but all in all VC’s were the heros of business school. They were the smartest, they lived a lavish life, and they made thousands of dollars a…
  • I Was Completely Terrified Yesterday

    Jeph
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:33 pm
    I had to lead three consecutive sessions of Volleyball for 8-14 year olds. I have never done this before. I’ve coached for six years now, have only coached boys and the youngest I’ve ever coached was 15 years old. So I’m completely out of my comfort zone…   I get to the gym my hearts racing because I have to register every athlete in the next 20 minutes (you guessed it, never done that before either!) and then my nightmare happens. We were at the wrong gym. And not just me. I had over 70 Volleyball players and their parents coming to the wrong gym on the…
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    Fit Small Business

  • 7 Non Traditional Ways To Finance Your Business

    Marc Prosser
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:05 pm
    The percentage of total bank business loans that go to small businesses has steadily declined, from over 50% in 1995 to under 30% currently. As banks loan less to small businesses, others are filling the gap.  Here’s 7 non traditional ways to borrow money fast. #1 P2P Loans For Business Purposes Peer To Peer  (P2P) […] The post 7 Non Traditional Ways To Finance Your Business appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • 25 Dental Marketing Ideas The Pros Use

    Jason Rueger
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    Need more patients for your dental practice? We’ve compiled a list of the top 25 marketing ideas the pros use to drive more traffic to their practice.  Use them to start acquiring more patients today! 1) 9 marketing tips from dental practice management experts 9 marketing tips to help your practice stand out from the crowd. 2) […] The post 25 Dental Marketing Ideas The Pros Use appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • Buying vs. Leasing Commercial Real Estate

    David Waring
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:31 am
    If you are having trouble deciding whether to lease or buy commercial real estate for your business, then this article is for you. We cover the pros/cons of each option, and give you a step by step breakdown of how we calculate the cost of leasing vs. buying using a real-life commercial property as an […] The post Buying vs. Leasing Commercial Real Estate appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • Best Electronic Signature Software – Echosign vs. Docusign

    Jeremy Marsan
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    Electronic signature software enables you to personally sign documents or send documents to clients to sign from a web browser or mobile device. They eliminate the need for printing and faxing contracts and other documents. Just like a signature on paper, electronic signatures are legally binding. However, you get the convenience of going paperless and adding signatures […] The post Best Electronic Signature Software – Echosign vs. Docusign appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • How To Set Up Your Retail Store Lighting

    Jason Rueger
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    If you are a small business owner who wants to select and purchase lighting for your retail store, then this article is for you. We’ll start by giving a general overview of the basic bulb types and kinds of retail store lighting. Once we have gotten that out of the way, we will go over […] The post How To Set Up Your Retail Store Lighting appeared first on Fit Small Business.
 
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • 4 Reasons Your Company Can’t Rely on Manual Expense Reporting Methods

    Shoeboxed Contributor
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    Technology is changing the way everything is done, especially in the accounting world. Expense reports vary from company to company and leaves a lot up to the person reviewing the reports. In the past, expense reporting has taken up valuable time from accountants’ schedules when they could be looking for tax breaks or write-offs. Manual expense reporting is not only a thing of the past, but it is also not as reliable as the automated expense reporting alternative. Here are four reasons why manual expense reports are inferior that will leave you wondering why anyone would do a manual…
  • What’s New at Shoeboxed This Week

    Emily Farrar
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    Our product team has been hard at work to bring you a better Shoeboxed. With a renewed focus on delivering as many wins as possible for our customers, we’re releasing new features and functionality almost every week! Here’s a quick list of updates we’ve released lately to improve your experience: The ability to mark documents as “Viewed” and “Not Viewed” and filter by this criteria for Receipts, Business Cards and Other Documents. Our new PDF expense report — read more here. The ability to send a document back through processing to correct…
  • Banish Bad Expense Reports with Our New PDF Export!

    Emily Farrar
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    Whether you’ve been making expense reports using Shoeboxed for years or are planning to make your first one for this month’s expenses, you’ll be glad to know that we just released a brand new expense report template we think you’ll love! Expense reports still work the same way: just choose the receipts you want and click Export Selected to PDF from your receipt table. So what’s the big deal? In addition to an updated, sleek design, our expense reports now feature: A simple way to email the PDF to yourself or whoever needs to receive it (and we’ll remember…
  • Using Shoeboxed Helped Save This Small Business Over $10k

    Emily Farrar
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    With Shoeboxed, there has never been one “best” way to use our service to stay organized. And after processing over a billion dollars of expense data since 2007, we say that from years of firsthand experience! Shoeboxed takes enormous pride in serving clients from around the country and across the globe, all of whom use our service in a myriad of ways to fulfill a whole host of organizational needs in both their personal and professional lives. “I am so glad that I was using Shoeboxed diligently to keep track of all my important business documents so I had all the documentation I…
  • What Your Accountant Wishes You Knew Before You Walked In

    Emily Farrar
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    We treat our accountants like miracle workers. We walk in with a big pile of papers with a panicked look on our faces. They sigh, collect the pile, and sometime later everything is magically fixed and your money isn’t in jeopardy anymore. If only you would take the time to learn a few things before you walked in, the whole process would actually be much smoother. Not only that, but you could participate in the growth and health of your finances and make your business that much stronger. We asked a few accountants to tell us what they wish you would learn before you walk into the office next…
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    BoostSuite

  • General Tips for Understanding Your Website Traffic Data

    Aaron Houghton
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Today’s post was written by Mahbub Khan of getpaidbd.com. Analyzing your web traffic statistics can be an invaluable tool for a number of different reasons. But before you can make full use of this tool, you need to understand how to interpret the data. Most web hosting companies will provide you with basic web traffic information that you then have to interpret and make pertinent use of. However, the data you receive from your host company can be overwhelming if you don’t understand how to apply it to your particular business and website. Let’s start by examining the most…
  • 5 Video Marketing Tips to Get You Noticed

    Aaron Houghton
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    Written by Chanelle Yarber of www.brightgirlmedia.com. Chanelle Yarber is Managing Consultant for BrightGirl Media, a social media marketing and video production company for small businesses. Chanelle is passionate about women and minority entrepreneurship, youth empowerment, media, roller skating, and reading. Did you know that video marketing is one of the fastest growing mediums for businesses? $3 billion was spent on video advertising in 2010! YouTube is the second largest search engine next to Google. Businesses who post video marketing content regularly have a 56% increase in the…
  • We’ve Improved Co-Marketing in BoostSuite

    Daniel Smith
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
    Announcing the Article Exchange in BoostSuite Based on your feedback, we just launched a completely new co-marketing process in BoostSuite called the Article Exchange. Instead of sharing articles, now you’ll trade articles with partners in BoostSuite. With the Article Exchange you can easily: Review potential marketing partners Ask for partnerships with the best businesses Accept or decline partnership requests Participate in article trades with your co-marketing partners.   Co-marketing in BoostSuite is now faster and smarter. Re-use your best articles with unlimited partners. Saves…
  • Do I Need a Sitemap for My New Website?

    Aaron Houghton
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Today’s post comes to us from Wayne Collier of www.fljean.com. Clothing Retailer since 2006. When building a new website for your business, expect to be faced with hundreds of challenging terms to understand. The term sitemap is a popular one, and worth learning about. You might ask, what is a sitemap? Do I need one for my website? Think of a sitemap as a technical menu for your website. It allows the search engines to quickly see whats on your menu. Look at it this way: Every person searching the internet is hungry for a specific item. The search engines are the concierge trying…
  • How to Create an Infographic to Promote Any Business

    Ryan Kettler
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    You don’t have to be a high tech company to get the web marketing lift that comes from creating an infographic. In fact, there’s only one thing you need to have to create a great infographic…  a good understanding of your customers. Infographics are great because they are easy to understand and easy to share. They use creative visuals to communicate information that might otherwise be too dense or boring when presented in written form alone. We’ve created a number of infographics to educate the world about our business in the past. Today I’ll outline the process…
 
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    The Best Direct Sales Companies

  • The Paparazzi Accessories Business Opportunity

    Angie
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Paparazzi Accessories is a relatively new company that offers jewelry and hair accessories. This is a unique opportunity in comparison to most home party plan businesses. This one was made for the trunk show fanatic. There are no catalogs. Inventory is purchased upfront and resold face-to-face and through online sales. Paparazzi products are extremely affordable – everything is $5! Compensation:  Consultants can purchase accessories at whole (45% discount). When these items are resold at their suggested retail price, the Consultant earns 45%. An additional rebate is available on large…
  • Unique Direct Sales Opportunity With All’asta

    Angie
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    What a Unique opportunity All’asta provides to consultants, hosts and party guests. All’asta is the Italian word for “auction.” Surprisingly, this is exactly what your home parties will entail. The host and guests bring one to three barely used items they would like to put up for auction. As a Consultant you will work with the party-goers to determine a starting bid for their items, then attendees will have the opportunity to silent bid on items of interest. At the close of the auction, the Consultant announces the winner. The winner gets to take home the auction item, the seller…
  • Become an Ava Gray Direct Stylist

    Angie
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Ava Gray Direct is a New York based social selling company that creates flexible entrepreneurial opportunities for women. The boutique brand success throughout the U.S for years, has created this exceptional opportunity now for women all over the country and Canada to have their own pop-up boutique business! The designer brand is available through our Fashion Stylists at in-home fashion parties, personal styling appointments and online.  Stylists can pop-up their boutique anywhere! Lynn and her daughter, Brittany, proudly design and manufacture here in the USA. Ava Gray Direct has had…
  • Make a Living Selling KOKOON Women’s Clothing

    Angie
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    The following message has been sponsored by KOKOON. Visit the site to learn more about becoming a Stylist today. KOKOON boutique without borders is the American made women’s direct sale clothing line. We pride ourselves on creating unique and feminine limited edition fashion with a true focus in fitting women’s bodies. Full of cozy knits and stunning prints, KOKOON is the go-to option in your closet. KOKOON was founded over 25 years ago and provides dynamic careers for social, savvy, and stylish women looking to create their independent fashion business. Compensation Plan: KOKOON…
  • Lattice & Ivy: Make Money Selling Personalized Gifts

    Angie
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    Lattice & Ivy is a direct sales company offering personalized gifts. Customers can customize their favorite items with colors, monograms and more. Lattice & Ivy’s product line includes everything from smartphone cases to elegant stationary. The company’s business opportunity allows consultants to earn an income through virtual parties, social selling and traditional home shows. You won’t need to wait for monthly settlements here. Lattice & Ivy pays consultants weekly by check or direct deposit. Compensation:  Earn 25% to 40% on personal sales. Recruit new consultants for…
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    Part Time CFO Services: Fuse Financial Partners

  • Infographic: How Better Accounting can Help You Qualify for a Surety Bond or Contractor Bond

    David Worrell
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    General contractors have long been required to purchase construction bonds to qualify for federal public works projects. These days, the practice is spreading to private projects too.  Now its more important than ever to qualify for a surety bond (or general contractor bond) no matter who your clients are. How can a GC qualify for a (larger) surety bond? By keeping a strong financial position — and the documents to prove it! — will give you the best chance at a favorable general contractor bond. Surety companies are now taking a good, hard look at financial statements and…
  • 5 Terms You Need to Know Before Selling Stock to Angels… or Sharks

    David Worrell
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    If you’re hoping to sell stock to Angel Investors (or Sharks!), be sure you know the law.  The JOBS Act has shifted the landscape a bit, but there are basics that still apply.  Here’s a quick primer on the 5 key concepts you should know before moving forward with any equity investor or stock sale.  Follow the links in each definition to get more detail, or call your CFO for more. 1 Exemptions Small businesses who need to raise funds may qualify for exemptions which allow them offer securities via private sales to small groups of accredited investors, intrastate sales, and…
  • Ready for Apple Pay? Mobile Payments will Finally Reach Small Business

    David Worrell
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    In the seemingly endless parade of new features announced by Apple yesterday was one that should make you sit up and take note. Apple Pay – a new way for iPhone users to pay you for goods and services without a credit card. Apple Pay will be part of the new iPhone 6, the new Apple Watch, and other devices too as Apple rolls out iOS 8 to its existing base of users.  The iPhone 5 family of devices will support Apple Pay for online and in-app transactions, but the physical retail use will only work if you also buy the new Apple Watch. Until today, mobile payments has been a fragmented…
  • Top 5 Pet Peeves of Venture Capitalists

    David Worrell
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Venture Capitalists can be a tough group to please. Because they hear hundreds of pitches every year, VC learn to sort the best from the B.S. I had a chance to discuss this topic with Mr. Ed Goodman, General Partner and Co-Founder of Milestone Venture Partners in New York City.  During his VC career, Ed has invested in over 100 companies including Apple Computer and Staples office supply stores.  He shared with me the five worst rookie mistakes that entrepreneurs make when pitching to venture capital funds.  See if you recognize yourself in any of these: Poor Communication. Getting VCs…
  • Flash Reports! Great Management Decisions Should be Based on Data

    Matt
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    There are so many moving parts to worry about when managing your business. And to make a hard job even harder, accounting systems never seem to have a single report that draws all your most important data together in one place. Key Ingredients Instead of relying on 12 different financial reports, build one good Flash Report.  This will be the one report you need to keep your “finger on the pulse” of your business. What should you put on it? For most small businesses, the best management decisions will come from clear and up-to-date information about just 4 key metrics: Current Cash…
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    waypointsg.com

  • 7 Tips for Better Headline Writing

    kutenda support
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:25 pm
    It has more than likely come to your attention that headlines really matter. We rely on them in most phases of our business these days, whether they are in the form of an ad, a blog post, a video, even an infographic. Your headline could well be the most crucial part of your content, as it very often determines whether anyone goes any further. This is certainly true when it comes to email, and advertising. Understanding how to craft a winning headline is a task that you simply must excel at for your business. 7 tips you can use to write better headlines Use numbers and lists - People love…
  • Looking at What You Should and Shouldn’t Do When Using Facebook for Business

    kutenda support
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:07 pm
    We all know that Facebook has a tremendous reach, and that it has enormous potential for your business. What you may not know is how you can effectively use Facebook in your business. There are however, some ways to be smart about it. We’ve found a few do’s and don’ts you want to keep front of mind when marketing on Facebook, lest you end up running afoul of the largest social media giant on the planet. Take a look at what to do and what not to when marketing your business on Facebook! Be sure to… Be quick to respond - If you leave people waiting for days or weeks before getting back…
  • See How You Can Use Google Hangouts in Your Small Business

    kutenda support
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Google Hangouts were created to take advantage of the best of both video and social media, by creating a platform where you and your audience can interact and educate. Unlike most traditional webinar platforms it offers the advantage of being near immediate, very interactive, widely accessible and even better free. Hangouts are super easy to conduct, and once done they are promptly loaded to your YouTube Channel, allowing a seamless transition for you to market with it. If you haven’t yet thought about using Google Hangouts for your business, here’s 3 reasons why you should. 3 Great…
  • How is Google Pigeon Impacting Local Search Results?

    kutenda support
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:18 pm
    It had to happen, and it has. The most recent Google update, named Pigeon, is all about local search results, and it has had some rather wide reaching effects. The stated aim of this update is to more closely tie local results with what the standard web ranking signals are now. This is presumably done to make rankings more consistent, and improve the quality of the results. While it’s unclear if it will succeed in those aims, there are a few ramifications that are clear, and the effects they are having is very real for some local businesses. Let’s take a quick look at what the first…
  • See How You Can Coax More Clicks from Your Social Media Postings

    kutenda support
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Social media is a wonderful thing, and while it can be a challenge to work it into your day, it can reap rewards that didn’t exist even a couple of years ago. So after all the hassle to make sure that you’re posting regularly to your particular mix of social media channels, you find that these posts are not producing what you hope, namely clicks to whatever it is you want to send them to, you’re ready to pull out your hair and chuck the whole social media initiative into the ash can. So, should you junk it all? No, instead use the following 3 tips to goose your social media audience…
 
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    Orlando Realty Consultants

  • Orlando Short Sale Client Testimonial VIDEO

    John Conde
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    Orlando Short Sale Client Testimonial VIDEO   “Jenny Zamora worked very hard to get our Orlando property sold through a short sale. She is obviously an expert in the process and is familiar with the requirements and regulations that need to be followed.   Unlike other realtors I have used in the past, Jenny responded immediately every time I had a question or wanted an update. I never had to wait for an answer.   Jenny and her team got my short sale done and I was able to move to another house immediately.   Jenny and her team come with my highest recommendation. You…
  • Will They Extend the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act?

    John Conde
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:52 am
      There are tens of thousands of distressed homeowners wondering the same things right now. Will congress continue to help out consumers who are behind on their mortgages by extending the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 for one more year?         The act was put in place in order to help homeowners with under water mortgages by forgiving the taxes owed on the the difference of the short sale payoff and the full amount of the loan. Under the current federal tax law, the amount forgiven by the lender gets reported as ordinary income for the homeowner.
  • Do You Need An Attorney To Short Sale?

    John Conde
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Do You Need An Attorney To Short Sale? 407-902-7750 Video There’s a common misconception among distressed homeowners that you need to hire an attorney in order to complete a short sale on your home. The truth is that you don’t need to hire an attorney in order to complete a short sale.  The lender does however require that a licensed real estate agent represent the seller in order for a short sale to be approved. There are some cases where you would want to consult with an attorney such as;  if there’s title issues, the property’s in probate or if there’s a…
  • Alternatives To Foreclosure Exposed!

    Jenny Zamora
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
        Foreclosure can be a devastating situation for homeowners as well as the surrounding neighborhood. Despite an improving economy in the Orlando, Florida area, it is important that distressed homeowners are fully aware of all the alternatives to foreclosure that are available to them. As a certified distressed property expert [CDPE], I try to ensure that homeowners in foreclosure have the latest most up-to-date information available so that they can make the most informed decision possible based on their situation. Although lenders have the ability to start foreclosure proceedings…
  • Jenny Zamora Real Estate Broker

    Jenny Zamora
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
      Jenny Zamora Real Estate Broker 407-902-7750    Hi, I’m Jenny Zamora, your licensed Orlando real estate broker. I’ll provide you with a free property analysis of what your Orlando home is worth in today’s market.   I can also give you access to all the homes listed for sale on the MLS so that you can find Florida homes that are for sale just like a pro all from the comfort of your own home.     You can contact me at 407-902-7750 or you can reach me through my company website at http://orlandorealtyconsultants.com/        …
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    Growing Your Biz

  • Protect Your Business from Cyber Attacks

    Guest Author
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    If you have been putting off making the effort (and spending the money) to protect your business from cyber attacks, perhaps you should reconsider. Over the past few years, cyber crime has... Read more » The post Protect Your Business from Cyber Attacks appeared first on Growing Your Biz.
  • How to Attract Good Clients and Get Them to Refer Their Friends

    Susan Brown
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    As a professional running your own business one of the biggest struggles to overcome is figuring out how to attract the “good clients.” These people or businesses are the ones... Read more » The post How to Attract Good Clients and Get Them to Refer Their Friends appeared first on Growing Your Biz.
  • How to Really Make Money on Fiverr

    Susan Brown
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Are you wondering how to start an online business on Fiverr that can help you pay your bills, develop your portfolio, and build up your brand online? While I’ve written... Read more » The post How to Really Make Money on Fiverr appeared first on Growing Your Biz.
  • 7 Compelling Reasons to Get a Virtual Phone Number for Your Home Business

    Guest Author
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Got a virtual number for your home business? If you are a self-employed professional, an artist selling crafts online, or you run your micro business from a home office, there... Read more » The post 7 Compelling Reasons to Get a Virtual Phone Number for Your Home Business appeared first on Growing Your Biz.
  • 10 Ways to Face Your Fear of Success and Beat It!

    Susan Brown
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:53 am
    For some people the fear of success can be much bigger and more daunting than the fear of failure. Though this may seem a bit ironic, it actually makes a... Read more » The post 10 Ways to Face Your Fear of Success and Beat It! appeared first on Growing Your Biz.
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    The Pulse Australia

  • How to make a 1-person gig appear like a big business

    Alex Kidman
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:01 pm
    The great thing about the Internet is that it allows your microbusiness to compete with any other enterprise, irrespective of scale. You can benefit greatly from being significantly more nimble than a larger business when you’ve only got your own backside to kick in order to get a project started. While that small scale can be a business benefit, there can be drawbacks when it comes to presenting yourself as a credible business if you’re a one-person operation. That’s where technology can blur the lines, giving you the capabilities or appearance of a big business without all…
  • 6 things you won’t see running a hospitality business

    Jan Barned
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:52 pm
    There are lots of words that could describe running a hospitality business: fun, exciting and profitable come to mind. But, like cooking a meal, the success starts with the preparation and finishes with the service. What happens in between can often come as a surprise. Here we look at six things that will never happen when you run a hospitality business. 1. You can open and close your café/bar/restaurant easily and be home early Running your café or restaurant will mean that you need to open in line with customer demand, and most customers want this service outside of their own working…
  • Why email marketing is still ace

    Mal Chia
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Email has been getting a bum rap the last 10 years. Ever since MySpace’s heyday, when Facebook was just starting to gain traction in colleges, there have been rumblings that email’s time had come, that social media was going to replace it. As a matter of fact, not long ago there were some serious moves by a few organisations to do away with email altogether and embrace social media, specifically Facebook, as the communication medium of choice. We complained that we were getting too much email — we couldn’t keep up, and most of it was spam. Many organisations started sending out fewer…
  • 6 ways to whip your business into shape before the year ends

    Jenny Nedanovski
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:58 pm
    By Jenny Nedanovski As the year winds down to a close, and with the silly season approaching, now’s probably the best time to sort your business out. Imagine going off on a holiday knowing you’ve left your business in great shape for next year, giving you more time to focus on growing your business or more time with family and friends. It could also mean less stress because you know what position your business is in, how profitable it is and who owes you what. Tip 1: Craft your elevator pitch Your elevator pitch is the most powerful and concise description of what your business does, and…
  • Do we trust advertisers more today?

    Simon Dell
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    I was doing some research for a talk recently, and as part of that research, I updated one of my slides — the slide where I talk about some Nielsen stats on the forms of advertising that people trust. The old figures I had were based on numbers from 2007, and, despite the fact that I knew the numbers hadn’t radically changed, I felt I should update the slide given the time that had passed. Fortunately Nielsen are quite generous with their reports, and I found the 2013 numbers easily enough. That was the point when I realised that there had been a seismic shift in some of the figures I…
 
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    Industry Edge

  • Speed Up Cooking With the TIM3 MACHIN3

    Julia Haskins
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    A new appliance being funded through a Kickstarter campaign is designed to drastically cut cooking times. Many consumers wish they could save some time in the kitchen, but there are only so many tactics they can employ, especially when limited by the capabilities of appliances. 3 Squares aims to fix this dilemma with its time-slashing invention, the TIM3 MACHIN3. The machine can cook 20 cups of white rice up to 30 percent faster than traditional rice cookers. The creators of this combination rice cooker/slow cooker/food steamer claim that the device can cook food better and faster than…
  • Time, Finances Behind Unfinished Home-Improvement Projects

    Whitney Richardson
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Black+Decker surveys homeowners about what home-improvement projects they’re tackling and why many remain unfinished. Home improvement is the bread and butter of many hardware retail stores, with trends swinging up for the year ahead as homeowners begin to invest in their homes again. However, a recent survey by Black+Decker notes that, although homeowners may be getting more home-improvement projects underway, they’re not necessarily completing them. A recent survey by Black+Decker notes that, although homeowners may be getting more home-improvement projects underway, they’re not…
  • Best Space Heaters for Winter Warmth

    Whitney Richardson
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:59 am
    These space heaters are efficient and well-designed, creating a comfortable room setting for all customers. As temperatures continue to drop, customers will begin searching for the best ways to stay warm this winter. Space heaters are a quick, simple solution for immediate heat both at home and at the office. Here are a few to consider for your inventory: Space heaters are a quick, simple solution for immediate heat both at home and at the office. Honeywell HeatBud Most customers are used to seeing the clunky radiator-style devices for heating personal spaces. Not so with the new HeatBud. The…
  • 7 Must-Know Online Retail Trends for 2014

    UPS
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In order to thrive, retailers should pay attention to mobile, the retail store itself, location targeting and other key developments. This story first appeared at UPS Compass and is reprinted with permission. During this past holiday season, online shoppers set records on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, shelling out more than $5 billion. That’s up 22 percent from the same period in 2012, according to IBM’s 2013 Black Friday Report, which tracks data from 800 U.S. retail websites. From the growing importance of mobile to changing expectations about free shipping…
  • Prevent Drafty Homes With Quality Insulation

    Stacey Freed
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    These helpful products will protect customers against cold drafts and warm air leakage in their homes. Consumers may not know about air leakage and air sealing, but they do know about drafts — what with last year’s polar vortex — and they’re ready to insulate against the coming cold weather. Retailers should be prepared to help homeowners and professionals understand what types of insulation will work best for each situation and to discuss the importance of interior and exterior sealing. Retailers should be prepared to help homeowners and professionals understand what types of…
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    Small Business Sense

  • 5 of the Best Network Attached Storage Devices for Small Business (2014 Edition)

    Kim George
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    If you have more than one pc running on your computer network and don’t have a backup or file storage server in place, you might be a good candidate for a Network Attached Storage device.  Using a NAS storage system in your business will give you the peace of mind knowing that your data and files are stored in a separate location –in the event of a disaster.  Why Purchase a Network Attached Storage Device? Here are 4 main reasons that you should use a Network Attached Storage device to backup your business data: You can backup ALL of the computers connected to your small business or…
  • 9 Email Subject Lines that Command Attention

    Kim George
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    On average, there are more than 144.8 billion emails sent every day.  Wowza!  It’s no secret email remains one of the preferred methods of communication – especially for business owners. Yet, of the 144.8 billion emails sent per day, sadly an estimated 69% of email recipients report email as Spam based solely on the subject line. With email being one of the most widely used communication channels and least expensive marketing channels available, it’s important to focus on creating magnetic and attention grabbing email subject lines to make sure that your email messages won’t go…
  • 5 Ways to Rock at Marketing Your Business with Twitter (2014)

    Kim George
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    Are you looking for ways to successfully market your business with Twitter?  Do you want to learn some of the marketing strategies that are currently being used? Great! But, before I get into the post, here are a few things that you should know: Twitter (when used correctly) can be a powerful platform that you can use for marketing and lead generation The rules of engagement for using Twitter has changed tremendously In reality, there is no set way to market your business using social media. However, one thing is important in the small business arena… and (any other industry for that…
  • 44 of the Best Productivity Apps of 2014

    Kim George
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    Are you looking for ways to become more productive and efficient in your business? If you are, look no further. This infographic, courtesy of DailyInfographics.com features an awesome list of  44 productivity apps that you can use in your business. Key Productivity Apps Mentioned Some of the key productivity apps mentioned in this infographic include: Wunderlist Hootsuite Dropbox Any.do Now on to the infographic:   The post 44 of the Best Productivity Apps of 2014 appeared first on Small Business Sense.
  • Monthly Small Business Roundup (October 2014)

    Kim George
    30 Oct 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!     Entrepreneurship Here are 7 ways to detox your inbox Great list of 6 tips for making the most out of trade shows and conferences Here is a look at 10 workplace trends for 2015 Marketing and Sales Here are a few reasons why small businesses should invest time in content marketing A sophisticated marketer’s guide to getting more leads and sales with Slideshare Here are 7 lead generation tools every business should use   Social Media A list of 5 ways that you…
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  • How to Shop Online Safely on Cyber Monday

    Peter Nguyen
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    Last year, shoppers spent record amounts of money on Cyber Monday. A majority of shoppers did their shopping on mobile and tablet devices. The proliferation of mobile and tablet devices should lead to another record Cyber Monday shopping. Adobe predicts that Cyber Monday online spending is expected to break $2.60 billion in 2014. For those of you who don’t want to get trampled on while fighting to get your hand on those last remaining iPAD devices or whatever that you promise to get for your kids, you can shop online in the comfort of your home during Cyber Monday. I’m sure you can find…
  • How the Koler Android Ransomware Can Spread Through Text Messages

    Peter Nguyen
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Since October 2014, security firms have tracked and attempted to combat a new, insidious computer virus that has spread at frightening speed, especially in the United States. Known as the Koler virus, the ransomware Trojan worm has been a dubious foe for security firms to contain. Due to its screen-locking ability and its ability to access an individual’s Android mobile device information, the Koler virus is a frustrating and highly infectious variant of malware. However, education and setting up prudent security measures on an Android device can combat this new form of malware. What Is…
  • Big Data & Algorithms: How They’re Changing the Way We Live

    Peter Nguyen
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:46 pm
    If you think that big data doesn’t play a role in your life, think again. Say that your little one seems under the weather. You Google his symptoms and search for the best cough medicine for kids. Meanwhile, Google aggregates and analyzes search queries, such as “my kid is sick,” in your location to estimate flu activity in the area in real time. These data points then allow Johns Hopkins researchers analyzing Google searches to predict flu outbreaks more quickly than the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Or perhaps you just bought a new refrigerator, a GE smart appliance.
  • 6 Tips to keep your Online Photos secure

    Robert Siciliano
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Do you want all your embarrassing and compromising photos being shared all over the Web? I got a en email from a Facebook “friend” who I don’t really know who stated “Robert, I lost my phone at a concert last night and someone posted all my naked pictures to Facebook”. There’s just so many things wrong in that one sentence… I can’t even. Whatever private photos you possess, there are ways to keep them secure. Don’t post your photos online anywhere. Avoid the cloud. Photos that are stored in a cloud service CAN get out especially if you don’t understand how your cloud might…
  • Introducing Apple Pay: A Look at Usability, Competition, and Security

    Peter Nguyen
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Credit and debit cards could soon take a backseat to the newest and hottest form of payment to date: the mobile wallet. In October 2014, Apple cornered the mobile wallet market by introducing Apple Pay, a new app that experts predict will be a huge hit. Born of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, Apple Pay lets iPhone and iPad owners use their devices to pay for items in-store. Let’s say that you visit your local supermarket, pick up a bunch of bananas, and tap your iDevice to the scanner in the check-out lane. The two devices “communicate” with each other via…
 
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  • How to Promote Gift Cards This Holiday Season

    Matt Niehaus
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Gift cards can be a great revenue generator for restaurants because consumers love to give and get gift cards, but often the gifts are never actually redeemed. In fact, advisory company CEB TowerGroup reports that of the $110 billion spent on gift cards in 2012, $1.7 billion will go unused. That's essentially free money for the business issuing the gift card. Here's a look at strategies for promoting gift cards this holiday season. Position gift cards as a hassle-free gift. Gift cards make a ton of sense for last-minute gift-givers or those who don't know the recipient very well (for…
  • Choosing a New Location for Your Restaurant

    Matt Niehaus
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    So your lease is getting close to running out, and your landlord’s raised the rent again or is planning to sell the building. You’ve already built up a customer base in your current location — what should you do? If you need to (or just want to) move your restaurant to a new site, there are a number of considerations when choosing the right spot. Here’s how to get it right. Focus on where your current customer base is. If you’ve built a base of regulars in a certain city, they might be willing to follow you if your new location is just a five minute walk away — but if…
  • 5 Tips for Building an Eco-Friendly Restaurant Business

    Matt Niehaus
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    "Going green" has become a popular catch phrase in recent years, referring to everything from restaurants to clothing to transportation. We all want to be more environmentally friendly, but creating a rooftop garden or getting certified as an organic restaurant isn't realistic for every business. Fortunately, there are smaller, simpler steps you can take to reduce your impact on the planet. These are not only good for the environment, but they could also help boost your bottom line and win over eco-conscious customers. Here's a look at five ideas to get you started. Use digital receipts Many…
  • Winning With The Underdog Strategy

    Matt Niehaus
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At our company, we’ve built a culture that thrives on overcoming challenges imposed by limited resources. Matt Niehaus, Killer Startups
  • Should Your Restaurant Ban Cell Phones?

    Matt Niehaus
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Fed up with customers staring at their phones and snapping photos instead of enjoying the meal or each other's company, restaurants in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and other places around the world have banned cell phones—or at the very least, asked guests not to use them during their meals. Should your restaurant follow suit? Here's a look at the pros and cons of cell phone bans in restaurants. Pros: A more serene experience. When customers yak on their phones, it often disturbs other patrons. So, banning cell phones helps create a more enjoyable experience where customers are encouraged…
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  • The Future of Business Networking and How Tech Can Help

    Deb Lee
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today’s post was contributed by Stephen Collins. There was a time when growing your customer base (or finding people who could help you do so) was a labor-intensive and time-consuming process. Hours and hours each week and month had to be dedicated to planning, finding, and attending a limited number of networking events — all […] The post The Future of Business Networking and How Tech Can Help appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • Tech Tools You Need to Rock Your Next Webinar

    Deb Lee
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Hosting a webinar is a great way to share your expertise on a particular topic and to give attendees a sneak peek at some of your premium programming. Of course, it helps if you’re comfortable with the content you’ll be sharing so that you can deliver a high quality presentation. And, to help you rock your next […] The post Tech Tools You Need to Rock Your Next Webinar appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • 3 Reasons to Dress Up When You Work from Home

    Deb Lee
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Today’s post was written by Keri Lunt Stevens. To all you freelancers out there in your pajamas: I feel you. While other professionals run around in suits and silk blouses from 8 to 5, we rock a sunup to sundown workday clad in sweats and an oversized T-shirt. Though dressing up to work from home […] The post 3 Reasons to Dress Up When You Work from Home appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • How to Communicate & Collaborate With Your Virtual Assistant

    Deb Lee
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Today’s post was written by Janet Barclay. So, you’ve decided to hire a virtual assistant (VA)! Good for you. You’re going to love having the time and energy to focus on your business goals instead of stressing out over day-to-day work. But where do you start? Tasks to Delegate to Your VA With so many tasks […] The post How to Communicate & Collaborate With Your Virtual Assistant appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • What Can an Evernote Business Certified Consultant do For You?

    Deb Lee
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Do you know what an Evernote Business Certified Consultant is? I do! As matter of fact, I’m now the proud owner of that title. Along with several other professionals, I recently completed an intense training program hosted by Evernote. This means that my new certification gives me specific knowledge and expertise to help small businesses successfully implement Evernote […] The post What Can an Evernote Business Certified Consultant do For You? appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
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  • Selling is Selling. Marketing is Marketing. Right?

    Richard Dannenberg
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    I talked with a businessman a couple of weeks ago who was riding a unicycle. The business owner didn’t understand the need for marketing. “We have a sales force. We don’t need to market,” was the particular statement that is still ringing in my ears. He runs a locally-focused printing operation that is struggling to come up with new customers. Like many in the printing industry, he’s seen volumes decrease in the past few years as products that were once mainstays have vanished and content has gone online. His average revenue per customer has declined, so the…
  • The Commodity Trap

    Richard Dannenberg
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    Copiers Are Commodities When I walked into the front door of my old customers’ business, he was happy to see me. We caught up for a bit. His business had recovered from the recession and was expanding again. He has always been an optimist and was excited about the potential to grow again. After a few minutes conversation, we changed gears. “So what have you been doing since the printing business sold?” he asked. I explained that I had freelanced for a bit with a small marketing company, but that I had recently taken a new job as sales manager for a local copier distributor. I presented…
  • The Perils of Branding

    Richard Dannenberg
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:38 pm
    A few weeks ago, our local healthcare institution, the Medical Center of Central Georgia, made a big announcement. Preceded by an ordinate amount of excitement-generating publicity, the predictable event was the unveiling of a new brand for the organization. Henceforth, the Medical Center will be identified by a new moniker, Navicent Health. According to an article in The Macon Telegraph, the new name is intended to emphasize the patient at the center of the organization’s focus, and to indicate the goal of helping patients navigate the healthcare system – an admirable, if improbable,…
  • Enough Already

    Richard Dannenberg
    6 Jun 2014 | 11:58 am
      Curious I got curious. I was reading through the LinkedIn Groups and came across the obligatory weekly “Print Is Not Dead” post. I wondered how many of these articles had actually been written, so I Googled it.  Here’s what I found out: Print is Not Dead – About 216,000,000 entries (in .42 seconds, wow!) Print is Still Relevant – About 140,000,000 results (0.29 seconds) The Value of Print – About 1,020,000,000 results (0.43 seconds) Enough, Please. The Point Is Made. This may be the shortest blog post I’ve ever written. Two points: There’s no real…
  • Tape Measures and Marketing Measures (Part II)

    Richard Dannenberg
    8 May 2014 | 5:37 am
    When my oldest daughter was in the second grade, Beautiful Wife and I were puzzled at the papers she brought home each day. We saw lists of spelling words, yet misspellings of the same words on her papers were never noted or corrected. We scheduled a conference, and met with her young teacher, fresh out of an education program at a local university. She did most of the talking and every second word was an acronym or a term colloquial only to those in the education realm. After letting her ramble for a few paragraphs, Beautiful Wife stopped the conversation and asked for a translation into…
 
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    VerticalResponse Blog

  • 8 Holiday Fundraising Tips for Non-Profits

    Lisa Furgison
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:01 am
    While retailers are gearing up for their busy season, so are non-profits. A survey from Charity Navigator shows that charities raise 41% of their annual contributions in the last six weeks of the year. Dan Quirk, marketing specialist for DonorPro Nonprofit Fundraising Solutions, a company that specializes non-profit management software, says every organization is preparing for a donation blitz. “A big part of nurturing relationships with prospects, donors, volunteers and supporters is through digital communication,” he says. To help your organization make the most of this time, we…
  • How to Gain More Subscribers on YouTube

    Derek Overbey
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you created and posted videos on YouTube only to realize they’re not garnering the engagement you’d hoped for? To be successful on YouTube, you need to build an engaged subscriber base. In this short video, we show you how to use your existing YouTube videos to gain more qualified subscribers. Get more helpful marketing tips and advice in the weekly VR Buzz © 2014, VerticalResponse Blog. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. The post…
  • 9 Must-Attend Retail Trade Shows for 2015

    Jenny Klimisch
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Whether you’re a one man-or-woman run business just starting out, or a 20-year-old company of 50+ employees, one should never underestimate the power of attending a trade show. In a recent article on Forbes, Georganne Bender, a retail speaker, consultant and recognized industry expert, and her partner Rich Kizer both stressed the importance and value that businesses of all sizes gain from attending trade shows. “Over the years we have spoken to retailers who have avoided trade shows for a variety of reasons, but one reason that is fairly common is due to the expense of travel to…
  • 4 Surefire Ways to Prep for Mobile and Tablet Holiday Shoppers

    Lisa Furgison
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Brace yourself. The holiday shopping rush is upon us. You’re rolling out discounts and bringing in extra staff to handle the influx of customers. You’re ready for traditional shoppers, but are you prepared for mobile buyers? These days, shoppers can search for and order the perfect gift from their smartphones. They can be sitting in front of a Yule log without Jack Frost nipping at their nose. In fact, according to this year’s Deloitte Annual Holiday Survey, 63% of tablet owners plan to use their devices for holiday shopping, and 68% of smartphone owners will use their…
  • 5 Terrific Tips for Stellar Holiday Service on Social Media

    Lisa Furgison
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Social media has been a game changer for the holiday shopping season. Once upon a time, gift inspiration came from catalogs, and customer inquiries were handled in-store or on the phone. Now, more and more customers are turning to social media to get both gift ideas and real-time customer service. When it comes to gift ideas, Crowdtap statistics show 64.8% of shoppers scroll through their social feeds to find ideas for the perfect present. Most small businesses  and non-profits have caught on to this trend and share gift guides, mention upcoming sales or specials services, and/or provide…
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    Kim Yuhl

  • Digging Out from Under 6 Feet of Emotion

    Kim
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    “Guilty.” We have been waiting for 18 months to hear those words and they finally came yesterday in a surprise, last-minute plea deal. Seeking justice in the name of my brother has taken an emotional toll that is impossible to describe. I just wrote a chapter for my book on feelings and emotions which would make […]
  • 4 Words Holding You Back and One Will Surprise You

    Kim
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    There are all sorts of words that when spoken can hold you back. Words like can’t, impossible and won’t are perfect examples. When I started thinking about words that might be holding me back, I really took note of what I was saying and hearing in various conversations with family, friends, clients and acquaintances. I […]
  • Nothing Makes People Laugh More Than Real Life

    Kim
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:31 am
    It’s true! The funniest stories we tell usually involve the mistakes we make – at least that is very true for me. Telling stories helps to put things in perspective and frees us from the burden of mistakes. It can often be through our storytelling that we find the lesson or additional lessons. Finding the laughter in […]
  • Foundation Habit: Believe in Something

    Kim
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:30 pm
    I have a question for you: What do you know to be true? Discussion topics generated by this question will span the gamut: political, religious, moral, pop culture, self-image – you name it. Everyone will answer this differently and interpret it based on what is happening in their own life. Beliefs create a mental representation […]
  • Gratitude Through Failure

    Kim
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Are you a straight A kind of student or do you occasionally dip a bit lower? It’s easy to be full of gratitude when everything goes according to plan but what about when life isn’t so perfect? I am a proponent of remembering and embracing the bad, the failures and a less than stellar report card […]
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  • How to Start a Business with Just $2

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
        You might have heard of this strategy before, but humor us. It’s worth considering how to multiply your dollars if for nothing else than as a refresher for financial investment tips. Did you start your business with a similar limit to cash flow—or are you strapped for cash right now? Not to worry. It is possible to start a business with only $2—really! Let’s take a look.   The Plan Say an investor hands you $2 and tells you to go for your dream. You put up $8 of your own money, and now you have $10 to work with. One business model is to use the $10 to buy brownie…
  • Why Your Accountant Should Write Your Business Plan

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
        Have you written a business plan for your small business? Or are you planning to sit down and write it up soon? In either case, you have found—or will encounter soon—the financial dilemma. It’s a dilemma, of course, only to the non-accountants of the world. Sure a business plan has a lot of sections, not all of them pertaining to money. But if you think about it, who is the business plan for, ultimately? Yes it’s so you can prove to naysayers that you have a viable, money-making venture. Yes it’s to keep you on track over the years. But mostly, the business plan exists…
  • Who Says Family and Business Don’t Mix?

    4 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
        Are you a small business owner with a family to support? It’s not always easy to start a business and still have time to invest in your spouse and children, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. In fact, learning how to balance the different parts of your life that don’t mix well is a hallmark of a well-rounded person. If you’re having a hard time reconciling the two worlds of family and business, it’s time you did something about it.   Priorities and Planning Be purposeful about your life. Carpe diem, as it were. Do you spend a lot of time logging hours at…
  • Secrets to Keep Customers Coming Back

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:52 pm
        Sure, you went through business school. You learned how to keep books, use cutting edge software, even do market research to get the most clients for your new business. But did you learn good people skills? These days, that’s often what separates competing businesses from each other and what keeps people coming back. Do you want to retain customers? Then you and your staff should master these important business skills—which are people skills too.   Do you listen well? If you ask your staff if they believe they’re good listeners, chances are they’ll nod in the…
  • What Should You Do to Keep Your Business Safe?

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:11 pm
        Probably find out what accounting mistakes to avoid! Putting your business at risk with silly number mistakes—or lack of knowledge—just isn’t an option these days. That’s why we’ve found this list of 3 accounting mistakes that put your business at risk. Avoiding these mistakes will help you stay functioning and successful longer, paving the way for long-term security for your business and its assets (and saving you money!).   Mistake #1: Failing to Keep Expense Receipts Keeping receipts isn’t just a nice thing to do for a business—it’s key for avoiding…
 
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    Godot Media

  • How to Use B2B Content Marketing to Increase Conversions

    Godot
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    While content plays a significant role in B2B content marketing, its benefits can only be reaped if it is applied the right way. Content can be used for product or service promotion, lead generation, and making a connection with prospective and existing customers. However, marketers often tend to overlook the potential that content can bring into B2B marketing. Content must be used in a smart way. Instead of taking the sell, sell and sell approach, marketers can use good content to provide vital information about the product or service to the customer. Although a large percentage of B2B…
  • Survey Shows More B2B Marketers Are Turning To Content Marketing

    Godot Media
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Do you have a content marketing strategy? If yes, is it a documented one? According to a survey conducted by the Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs, more and more B2B marketers and organizations are turning to content marketing and making it their primary marketing tool. However, the survey also suggests that while it is quite helpful to have a content marketing strategy in place, it is more beneficial to have a strategy that is documented. Simply put, those who write down their strategy, produce more effective content, and are more successful in their businesses. In the survey,…
  • Is Audio The New Kid On The Block?

    Godot Media
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    As content marketing strategies pick up speed, new content marketing tools like podcasts are being discovered as ways of getting the point across in marketing campaigns. Marketers are starting to realize that there is a lot more that can be done to promote brands other than using written content. During the Golden Age of Radio, people sat glued to the radio and listened to news bulletins, commercials, drama and more with a lot of interest. We are seeing the same trend with the increase in the number of people who regularly tune in to listen to podcasts. Now that a lot of marketing campaigns…
  • The Top 15 Mistakes to Avoid In Content Marketing Strategy

    Godot Media
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:19 am
    Content is king – and if you still haven’t boarded this train, you are missing out on a lot of profitable opportunities. However, to get the most out of your content marketing strategy, you must plan and be consistent in your content. Here are the top 15 common mistakes that you can avoid making when planning your content marketing strategy. 1. DON’T do it for the sake of doing it. Content marketing strategy is serious business and if used the right way, they can help your business reach new heights. Have a plan before moving forward with your content, and discuss potential…
  • 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…
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  • Are Your Employees Cut Out To Work Remotely?

    Barry
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    In an age where there’s an app for everything and telecommuting should be easy, why do workers still not feel it’s beneficial? It begs the question “are your employees cut out to work remotely?”. In a survey of business owners by Virgin Media Business, it was predicted that 60% of office-based employees will regularly work from home by 2022. A separate survey by Office Angels found a third of employees think commuting will be unheard of by 2036. By comparison, large companies such as Yahoo are bucking this predicted trend by announcing all of its staff are required to…
  • Cakes (and Cookies) Under Scrutiny For Children In Need

    Barry
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    On Friday we held a bakeoff at the CIPHR offices for Children In Need. There were many cakes (and cookies) under scrutiny and the judging (and tasting) were taken VERY seriously. Although there were many exceptional entries from all areas of the business there had to be a winner. Scroll through the gallery below to find out which entry won!   AND THE OVERALL WINNER!   The post Cakes (and Cookies) Under Scrutiny For Children In Need appeared first on CIPHR.
  • A+E air views on CIPHR SaaS

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    A+E Networks UK is a television broadcast company with four channel brands that launched in 1995 as a joint venture company between BSkyB and A+E Networks in the US. Following meetings and a system demonstration, CIPHR was chosen because it delivered all of the functionality required at the time and provided the breadth and depth of features required to grow the system over time. The post A+E air views on CIPHR SaaS appeared first on CIPHR.
  • 14 Ways To Deal With Workplace Stress

    Barry
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    We all face stressful situations at work, whether in the office, working from home or out on the road. Here are 14 ways to deal with workplace stress. First, a few statistics from Health and Safety Executive regarding stress in the workplace: The latest estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show: The total number of cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2013/14 was 487,000 (39%) out of a total of 1,241,000 cases for all work-related illnesses The number of new cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2013/14 was 244,000 The rates of work-related stress,…
  • How To Turn Your Office Into A Hub Of Collaboration

    Barry
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    How collaborative is your office? Really? Want to improve how your employees work together? Here’s how to turn your office into a hub of collaboration. Let employees see each other It may sound obvious but, in a world of communication technology, it’s still nice to be able to see and talk to people around us. If employees have sight of one another then they’re more likely to interact and collaborate. Encourage an office environment that allows colleagues to talk to each other without having to pick up a phone or type an email. If you provide your staff their own little…
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  • Discovering the Work Habits of the Millennials (Infographic)

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Learn about the work habits of millennials, and how they are shaping how people will work in the future.With more new millennials entering the workforce today, we may actually be seeing less of them in the future. This contradiction is occurring since a growing number of employees will be working off site or telecommuting. Forrester Research forecasts that the 34 million Americans that currently work from home will almost double to a staggering 63 million, or 43% of the US workforce by 2016. Think about that, in just a couple years, almost half of all Americans will be working from their…
  • Tips to Tackle the Difficulties of Scaling your Business

    4 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Learn how to grow your business, the challenges that you can find, and how to face them. Own a new business? Congratulations! It’s probably a good bet that you and many of the entrepreneurs reading this article can look back on the previous week and recall at least one episode where they were bored, excited, scared and frustrated about something. Such is the range of emotions when one plans a business too. There are numbers to crunch, opportunities to exploit, costs to overcome, and compromises to make. Before any other considerations are made, the scalability of a small business…
  • Tips to Implement Environmental Standards in Your Business

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Implement eco-friendly standards not only shows interest in the environment, but also the company's ability to optimize the use of their resources.Sustainable and eco-friendly production practices remain a high priority for us, especially working within the print industry – which can be harmful to the environment is not managed well. So how can you help your business to be as green as possible whilst continuing to print attractive, high-quality resources and materials? At Elanders Print, we work incredibly hard to ensure that our materials, processes and business standards are as…
  • Securing the Financial Future of Your Business

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    How do you make your business financially secure? The world of business and enterprise has always been a cutthroat industry, but the exponential rise of digital technology has made it even more so, with new competition seemingly springing up on every corner. This has forced even the biggest brands and largest corporations to sit up, take stock and fiercely guard their prime position. However, with every competition there are winner and losers, and the 21st century has seen market leaders fall by the wayside because of an unwillingness to change and adapt, as well as poor financial…
  • Global Business Outsourcing (Infographic)

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Why outsourcing could save your business. The global market size of the outsourced services industry was worth $82.9 billion in revenue in 2013. Outsourcing is big business, and one of the key trends is the rise of offshore outsourcing where a company outsources a portion of its work overseas typically to keep costs down. The benefits of outsourcing include keeping costs down, transferring risk, attaining specific expertise that companies don’t have access to in house, invaluable access to technologies that companies don’t have the time to learn or the budget to implement…
 
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    Wasp Buzz

  • Spreadsheet Accounting: Fixed Asset Management

    Brian Sutter
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    When you first imagined starting your small business, you probably envisioned all the benefits of ownership: freedom to make decisions, being your own boss, and, of course, future profits. In fact, financial success is more than likely the driving force behind your persistence. However, financial success isn’t just about the profits rolling in but includes [...]
  • Black Friday: Preparing and Maintaining Inventory for the Rush

    Jason Sentell
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    For many retailers, Black Friday is a hectic mess of organizing, planning, and logistics. Whether a store’s Black Friday sales are successful is highly dependent on preparing prior to the rush — and each year there is more to accomplish before doors open.  In 2012, Black Friday shopping hit a record high with nearly $60 billion [...]
  • Push vs. Pull Inventory Management Strategies

    Brian Sutter
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    Most companies have a better chance to profit and satisfy customers when inventory managers develop an effective and efficient inventory management strategy. The right strategy ensures access to the right products, and it also helps control costs associated with buying and storing goods. Understanding the difference between push and pull inventory management models can help you develop the right system for [...]
  • Supply Chain Management Degree: Selecting the Right School

    Jason Sentell
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    Considering going back to school? According to Bloomberg Businessweek, supply-chain management is one of the hottest tickets in B-school. The importance of a properly managed supply chain shouldn’t come as a shock. After all, ensuring goods are ready and available for customer demand can’t happen without this kind of leadership.  What may come as a [...]
  • Optimize Inventory Management

    Jason Sentell
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    IBM reports that 54% of Chief Supply Chain Officers will be optimizing their inventory management to help control and reduce costs. To accomplish this, they’ll demand increased visibility and more robust business intelligence derived from all aspects of the supply chain. Fully optimizing inventory management requires systems that not only provide operational control but also [...]
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  • Four Marketing Tips Every Online Business Should Know - Business 2 Community

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:07 pm
    PulseFour Marketing Tips Every Online Business Should KnowBusiness 2 CommunityFour Marketing Tips Every Online Business Should Know image online marketing 300x225 Thanks to the Internet, marketing any business has become simple, allowing you to reach thousands of people who never would have heard of your company ...Put The Buzz In Your Biz!Pulseall 2 news articles »
  • Free Offline Marketing Ideas For Your Online Business - Business 2 Community

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Business 2 CommunityFree Offline Marketing Ideas For Your Online BusinessBusiness 2 CommunityYou have figured out every possible loophole in your website's SEO. You've squeezed your online business' PPC marketing down to the last penny. Social media is not fun and games but a ROI driven mission for your business. You have a thriving email ...
  • 4 Strategies For Your Online Marketing Plan For Cyber Monday - Business 2 Community

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    Business 2 Community4 Strategies For Your Online Marketing Plan For Cyber MondayBusiness 2 Community4 Strategies For Your Online Marketing Plan For Cyber Monday image 463349043 636x421 300x198 It used to be putting all your eggs into one basket with Black Friday. That's certainly not the case anymore. With Cyber Monday, the madness continues well ...and more »
  • Tip: Use Online Marketing to Drive Sales - Modern Distribution Management (blog)

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    Tip: Use Online Marketing to Drive SalesModern Distribution Management (blog)Online marketing is no longer an option, but a necessity for distributors that hope to differentiate themselves from competitors and grow revenue. So make sure customers can locate you when they look for your company and products online, says Bob ...
  • How offline and online marketing can work together… - bdaily

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:09 am
    bdailyHow offline and online marketing can work together…bdailyOr maybe the headline should read, how offline and online marketing MUST work together. According to the latest figures, only doing one or the other in terms of marketing means you could be missing as a large portion of your target audience or consumer.
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  • Four Marketing Tips Every Online Business Should Know - Business 2 Community

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:07 pm
    PulseFour Marketing Tips Every Online Business Should KnowBusiness 2 CommunityFour Marketing Tips Every Online Business Should Know image online marketing 300x225 Thanks to the Internet, marketing any business has become simple, allowing you to reach thousands of people who never would have heard of your company ...Put The Buzz In Your Biz!Pulseall 2 news articles »
  • Free Offline Marketing Ideas For Your Online Business - Business 2 Community

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Business 2 CommunityFree Offline Marketing Ideas For Your Online BusinessBusiness 2 CommunityYou have figured out every possible loophole in your website's SEO. You've squeezed your online business' PPC marketing down to the last penny. Social media is not fun and games but a ROI driven mission for your business. You have a thriving email ...
  • Oracle Big Quest To Win Marketing Cloud - Forbes

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    TechCrunchOracle Big Quest To Win Marketing CloudForbesLook no further than the downward spiral of Jive once a leading company in enterprise marketing software. The failure of Jive and others to win the enterprise is due to the changing consumption patterns from businesses. Business no longer want an ...Debunking The 7 Myths of Marketing In The EnterpriseTechCrunchall 3 news articles »
  • 'Professional Lesbian' Grows Her Marketing Business With Books, Online Content - Hartford Courant

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:24 am
    'Professional Lesbian' Grows Her Marketing Business With Books, Online ContentHartford CourantSUFFIELD — It wasn't intolerance that pushed Jenn Grace from an insurance company marketing job into the life of being a "professional lesbian," her business tagline. It was work-life balance. When she and her wife became parents, a corporate job just ...and more »
  • Swipely Reveals How It Quadrupled In Size as a Deer Hunter - BostInno

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    BostInnoSwipely Reveals How It Quadrupled In Size as a Deer HunterBostInnoSwipely's transaction-processing volume is up 100 percent in six months, again, the Providence, R.I., small-business marketing software startup announced Thursday morning. They now have 150 employees. I asked founder Angus Davis when Swipely will ...and more »
 
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  • How the Koler Virus grows through Text Messages?

    Khushbu Goyal
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:19 am
    Since October 2014, Security associations have been attempting to fight with a new and dangerous computer virus that has been growing at a very fast speed, especially in the US. Recognized by the name of Koler virus, the Ransomware is … Continue reading →
  • How to keep your Online Photos secured?

    Khushbu Goyal
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:05 am
    To be on social networking sites, is considered as a status symbol in our daily lives. If you have not made your existence over the Internet, people feel like you are nothing! Somehow, you have managed to create your existence … Continue reading →
  • How To Anonymously Access Blocked Websites

    Upasana Dass
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:54 am
    You would probably smother yourself at work if you are not allowed to access some of your favorite websites – well hello, they’re known as “Restricted Websites At Office”. It isn’t a term, but just a bunch of too-good-to-be-ignored websites … Continue reading →
  • VPN vs. Proxy Server: The Battle Continues!

    Upasana Dass
    30 Mar 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Internet is one scary place to put your information – not a place to put all your eggs in one basket, and yea internet is one hell of a huge basket! Since everyone is on internet, conducting their businesses online, … Continue reading →
  • Turkey Blocked YouTube: What’s Next Now?

    Upasana Dass
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:02 am
    Just a week after Twitter’s Ban in Turkey, YouTube has been blocked by authorities covering it up as a precautionary act, after audio recordings of senior officials talking about a possible military operation in Syria, was uploaded to the video … Continue reading →
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  • How to Ride the Rising Wave of Mobile Traffic

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:32 am
    Researchers estimate that about 60% of today’s internet traffic comes from mobile devices. Seeing how the popularity of mobile internet devices has exploded in the past five years, there’s not question as to how this statistic came about. Top organizations now focus significant resources on attracting mobile traffic to their...
  • Ultimate Home Entertainment: How to Set Up Your Computer on a Current Television

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:33 am
    Computer systems don’t need to rely on desks and traditional monitors. Thanks to the smart TVs and flat screen units that are properly equipped, you can add virtually any computer to the home entertainment center. This allows you to do everything you can on the computer system with the benefit...
  • 3 Tips to Maximize SEO Success

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:51 am
    Search engine optimization (SEO) is essential to generate respectable online traffic, which leads to user interest and future revenue. Not all SEO attempts are equal. There are the black hat tactics that get quick visibility and then get penalized by search engines. There are unintentionally clumsy SEO attempts that still...
  • The Most Dangerous Jobs

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    There are some occupations that can not only ruin your health, but take away your life… What professionals work at the risk of their health? In some cases the work can not only provide a sense of moral satisfaction and financial independence, but can also subject the human health and...
  • Total Recall and How to Avoid It

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    The 1990s film “Total Recall” was billed as one of the most expensive productions of its time. When it comes to product recalls any business that is faced with one may find the same. Product recall can be expensive, logistically challenging and in terms of the company image, potentially fatal....
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  • How to Build Your Personal Brand

    4 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today creating your own unique personal brand is just as important (and maybe more) as building your business brand. Your personal brand is a work in progress, ongoing, and intended to give your career the promotion needed to achieve your dreams. Creating and building a personal brand can also be a great benefit to your company brand. Building your personal brand begins with the definition of you and your distinctive abilities. Determine what you have to offer that no one else has – think of yourself as your product – it could be a special ability, talent, resource or service.
  • Three Ways to Improve Your Work-Life Balance

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many people are facing the challenge of balancing the insatiable demands of their business with the rest of their life. New competitors, discounting and increased costs find lots of business people working extra hours and constantly on call hoping to avoid losing that next opportunity. The problem is all of life suffers when work and life can’t seem to find the balance needed to successfully navigate through life! As a business coach I see it all the time so thought I’d write about three simple ways to improve your work-life balance today. 1.   Set Boundaries - …
  • The Guide to Selling Online

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    It seems today, everyone is trying their hand at selling online; and it’s no wonder, online sales are a benefit to many companies - expanding their once limited market and growing their bottom line. Here are some beneficial tips to help you successfully sell your products or services online. Create Or Update Your Business Website. Make it streamlined and user friendly. In your web pages, use effective keywords that draw customers to your site via search engines. These keywords can connect you to those who want and need your product or service. Choose keywords that potential customers…
  • What Makes Your Business a Great Place to Work?

    13 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Great places to work seem to be few and far between these days with company’s routinely focused on profits and not necessarily on the welfare of their employees. But your company doesn’t have to be that way – you can create an environment that is a great place to work and keep the profits flowing in as well. Great places to work are those who not only keep the employees informed, but seek their input and creating an atmosphere of collaboration and a common goal. These employees are part of the winning team and are treated as such; they know their roles in achieving their…
  • Five Techniques That Increase Your Sales

    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are a number of techniques that you and your sales team can employ to increase your sales simply and effectively with very little effort but with great reward. Here are five of the techniques I utilise as a business coach to increase sales and grow your business as well as your bottom line. Upsell – Upselling is really quite simple.  The goal in your business is to show your customers products and services you offer that may actually meet their needs better or increase the value of what they are already prepared to purchase. It shows your customer that you are understand…
 
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  • GoAnimate Review: Make Your Own Business Videos & Video Infographics Online

    Brian Lang
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Intimidated by online video? GoAnimate is a tool you may want to consider to tap into the effectiveness of online video without breaking your budget. The post GoAnimate Review: Make Your Own Business Videos & Video Infographics Online appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • LinkedIn Publishing Study: How Top Writers Get Featured on the Pulse

    Brian Lang
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:27 am
    LinkedIn's publishing platform provides a new way for writers to gain new followers and promote their business. Here's how top writers are getting featured on the Pulse. The post LinkedIn Publishing Study: How Top Writers Get Featured on the Pulse appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • How I Got 1265 Visitors from a Channel that Most Marketers Ignore

    Brian Lang
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:22 am
    How LinkedIn spiked my traffic to a post and is one of the most overlooked opportunities. Win in noisy channels by creating epic content. The post How I Got 1265 Visitors from a Channel that Most Marketers Ignore appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • SEO Considerations and Tips from Experts for Guest Posts

    Brian Lang
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:47 pm
    How can we be sure that we are receiving the full benefit of SEO from guest posting? Here are some ideas on how to link that should keep you out of trouble. The post SEO Considerations and Tips from Experts for Guest Posts appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Recent Changes and News Regarding Guest Blogging

    Brian Lang
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Google declared war on spammy guest blogging in 2014. Here are some notable events that occurred including the penalization of My Blog Guest, Portent, and Doc Sheldon's blog. The post Recent Changes and News Regarding Guest Blogging appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
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  • Reigning In The Cloud

    Active_Business
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Cloud computing has dramatically transformed the way we work, but to really reap the benefits, you need the best applications. When it comes to filesharing, for example, via Smartphone or mobile device, few cloud-based solutions are more geared towards business than Box. When combined with a powerful security application, such as McAfee Multi Access, you’ve got a powerful business tool that can help your business run much more efficiently, improving productivity and cutting costs along the way. Thinking In The Box In what’s becoming a saturated market, Box’s creators are working hard to…
  • Are you worried your Dropbox Account could have been hacked?

    Sara Metcalfe
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:54 am
    A number of newspapers and online news sources have reported that the cloud data storage service Dropbox has been hacked and millions of usernames and passwords stolen. This is not true. So what is going on? It appears that the passwords and user names have been stolen from a variety of third party sites and then applied to DROPBOX on the assumption that some users will be using the same password for multiple sites and accounts. Unfortunately this is true. Despite advice to the contrary, many people continue to insist on using the same password for many or all of their online accounts. This…
  • An overview to flexible working

    Active_Business
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:40 am
    Changes that extend the right to request flexible working have now been put in place and have become law today. The government says it wants to remove the “cultural assumption” that flexible working only applies to parents or carers, and introducing these changes will make the workplace “fit tor the 21st Century” So, what will the future of flexible look like, and what is covered by the extended “right to request flexible working?” First point to note is that the legislation does not give employees the right to work flexibly, instead it provided the right to request this. The…
  • Gameover Zeus, Cryptolocker and how you can keep your computer safe from the new breed of hacker attack

    Sara Metcalfe
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:26 am
    It has been difficult to avoid the recent press coverage of increasingly prevalent hacker threats over the last week or so, with the authorities in the US making some headway against the rise of two pieces of malicious software known as Gameover Zeus and Cryptolocker. The two pieces of malware are increasingly used by criminal gangs as part of an organised cyber war against consumers, with the sole aim being to extort money or to trick the infected computer into automatically carrying out cyber crime. This represents a relatively new stage of cyber attack, combining offline criminal…
  • Business is becoming upwardly mobile

    Sara Metcalfe
    4 Jun 2014 | 4:23 am
    Part Two In the first section of this blog, we examined the growing trend in mobile working and why it is becoming the norm, instead of the exception. In the concluding section we’ll look at the very real benefits to be gained by both companies and workers. Boosting productivity What is clear is that companies who invest in mobile strategies are discovering huge increases in productivity. Software developers are producing new applications and platforms monthly designed to leverage maximum value for employers from mobile workers. The cloud is just the latest of these innovations that…
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  • Why holiday ecards make sense for your business

    chrisrowson
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    Many businesses give a collective once Christmas starts knocking on the door. This has nothing to do with the frantic run up to the festive season and all the stress that involves. This is all about having to organise corporate gifts, looking for cards that are a bit out of the ordinary and trying to find the perfect balance between sending greetings that sound sincere as well as getting your companies name into the mix without making it seem like a blatant sales push. Why Are Christmas Ecards Such A Good Idea? Holiday ecards for business strike that aforementioned balance between sending…
  • Make an impact with Corporate Ecards

    chrisrowson
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:18 pm
    The final post in this Christmas series looking at the advantages of sending seasonal greetings to all your customers via corporate ecards, as opposed to tradition paper cards, examines at their relative impact, memorability and ability to engage. No 4. Impact and memorability In researching this subject I came across plenty of people for whom the idea of sending an e card instead of a hand written paper card that could be propped up on a desk of filing cabinet was a non-starter. For a few, very important customers perhaps I’d agree (though for very important customers I don’t think a…
  • Be Eco Friendly with Christmas ecards for business

    chrisrowson
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:13 pm
    With Christmas just round the corner, this week at business Tip Guru we are looking at the benefits of Christmas ecards for business as a means of sending out season’s greetings, over traditional paper cards. Benefit No 3. Eco responsibility. Undoubtedly one of the key benefits of e cards is that they are very eco-friendly compared to paper cards. Most businesses today are concerned with their environmental reputation. The carbon footprint of every activity is under the spotlight, from legislation to supplier vetting to overall brand reputation.  Whilst corporate paper Christmas cards are…
  • How Holiday Ecards for Business can deliver

    chrisrowson
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:04 pm
    All this week Business Tip Guru is thinking about the Christmas holiday season and how business e cards are a smart way to send holiday greetings to your entire customer base. Yesterday we looked at the key benefit of cost. Today we highlight another benefit: Benefit No 2. Time and hassle factor. For anyone who has had the responsibility for leading and managing their company’s holiday card project, they’ll know what a long, complex and frustrating task it can be. You have to organise a design that every senior executive seems interested in contributing their views to. You need to find…
  • The benefits of e Christmas cards for business

    chrisrowson
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    All this week Business Tip Guru will be thinking about Christmas! Specifically, about e Christmas cards for business as a great alternative to traditional paper cards. Nearly all businesses send some sort of message to their entire customer base at Christmas and for the next 4 days we will look at the key benefits e cards offer over paper cards. Benefit No 1. Cost When you consider all the elements of sending out paper Christmas cards to hundreds of customers, it all adds up to a unit cost which is unlikely to be much less than £1/$1.60. This is because you have to commission a bespoke…
 
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  • Be Vigilant as More Health Insurance Changes Kick In

    Raymond Manley
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/11/be-vigilant-as-more-health-insurance-changes-kick-in/November is a notable month. Not only do we have Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but we have the start of open enrollment in health insurance plans. For years, open enrollment was a fairly routine exercise. Employees waited to see if their carriers would change and how much their out-of-pocket expenses would increase. However, as the Affordable Care Act has been increasingly implemented over the last couple of years, open enrollment has been delivering more than its usual share of surprises.
  • Don’t Give Away Your Power. Stay Focused on Your Success.

    Susan Solovic
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:20 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/11/dont-give-away-your-power-stay-focused-on-your-success/Many years ago, a newspaper reporter asked me, “Susan, are there people who would like to see you fail?” “Absolutely.  And I’m glad there are,” I replied.  Surprised by my answer the reporter asked me to explain what I meant.  The explanation is simple. The more successful you become in your life and in your business, the more there will be people who want you to fail.  People who lack the ambition and drive to work hard to achieve their own success would rather throw…
  • Your Personal Brand: Tips to Invest in Yourself

    Raymond Manley
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/11/your-personal-brand-tips-to-invest-in-yourself/In these days of small businesses, worldwide clientele and instant gratification, your personal image can have a huge impact on all aspects of your business — from finding and acquiring customers or clients, to growing your company and spreading your message. Taking the time and resources to invest in yourself will not only affect how you are seen by your clients and the general public, it can also have a subtle but powerful effect on your self-esteem and confidence. This improvement will influence your…
  • Registering Your Nonprofit for Tax-Exempt Status the ‘E-Z’ Way (Part 2 of 2)

    Raymond Manley
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/11/registering-your-nonprofit-for-tax-exempt-status-the-e-z-way-part-2/ Note: If you missed the first in this series, you’ll find it here. In July 2014, the IRS adopted new Form 1023-EZ, a simplified application process for nonprofit organizations that wish to obtain tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your organization is not eligible to use Form 1023-EZ if: It has more than $250,000 in total assets; It has gross receipts of more than $50,000 a year, or anticipates that it will exceed $50,000 in gross receipts in…
  • Holiday Party Tips to Protect Your Small Business

    Susan Solovic
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:14 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/11/holiday-party-tips-to-protect-your-small-business/It’s not even Thanksgiving and my holiday decorations are up.  I love the holidays.  It’s such a festive time.  It’s also a perfect time to show your team how much you appreciate them by hosting a holiday party.  However, we all know stories about those company parties that have gotten out of control — such as Sally from accounting dancing with a punch bowl on her head.  But what you might not know is that type of behavior could result in serious consequences for your business.
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  • The Best And Worst Customer Service Of 2014

    Kathryn Kearns
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:32 am
    Customer service is important to any business or organisation. For many, it’s the only contact customers get with a company. When we receive outstanding customer service, it leaves us feeling positive and more likely to want to repeat the experience. Bad Customer Service can leave us stressed and angry and never wanting to experience it again, and with customers being the most important part of any successful organisation, businesses should be aiming to give customers the best service they can. If companies have good Customer Service, they  gain the ever-important trust and loyalty of…
  • The Best Christmas Deals You’ll See This Year

    Kathryn Kearns
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    Everybody likes to save money at Christmas, and with most retailers dangling their carrots – 10% off that or free delivery on all of this – it can get a little overwhelming. So, here’s a round-up of some of the best deals and promotions from now until Christmas. Which offers will you take advantage of? Half Price or Up to 50% Off It’s surprising just how many stores are doing this at the moment, maybe to get rid of their autumn and summer stock, but nevertheless you could find some hidden gems in between the roughage. Debenhams have up to half price off women’s,…
  • “Think ‘Relationships’ Or Go Broke” – Bill Quiseng On Customer Service in the Travel Industry

    Adele Halsall
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:48 am
    Bill Quiseng is undoubtedly one the world’s most influential experts when it comes to delivering exquisite customer experiences. Starting out in college as a part-timer for the then-known Marriott’s Great America in Santa Clara, CA, Bill has had thirty years’ experience in the luxury travel and hotel industry and countless management positions in many of the world’s most lusted-after resorts. We quizzed Bill on the challenges and responsibilities of such a demanding industry, and how exactly he manages to keep his customers and partners happy. 1. What are the main…
  • PAC Codes: Your Guide to Switching and Ditching

    Adele Halsall
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:38 am
    So you’ve decided to ditch your current mobile provider for nice shiny new one. The PAC code is your port-key to enjoying a brand new mobile provider, whilst keeping the same, well-accustomed phone number. If you’re confused about how they work, don’t be. Just read our handy guide below. What Is a PAC Code? A PAC code (or Porting Authorisation Code) is a special series of numbers used to transfer a phone number from one mobile SIM card to another. Its required when you wish to sign up to a new network provider but want to keep the same phone number you always use for the…
  • How John Lewis Beat Coca-Cola In The Battle Of The Christmas Adverts

    Kathryn Kearns
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    Some say that it was once Coca-Cola who announced the arrival of Christmas, with their big red Coca-Cola lorry, jolly Santa and catchy jingle. Seeing that big red lorry, for most people, meant that it was time to get serious with their Christmas shopping and that it was officially socially acceptable to start getting excited. However, in recent years Coca-Cola have developed some serious competition from the likes of Marks and Spencer and John Lewis.  In actual fact it is now John Lewis who have become the ones to watch out for, with their touching, sentimental stories and cover…
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  • Is your email address stopping visitors from buying?

    Yola
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Building a business is hard work. Sometimes, you’ve got to cut some corners in order to stay ahead in the race. However, your email address and domain name are not areas to cut. Your business brand is incredibly important, especially online where you want to uphold a certain level of professionalism. After all, people make snap decisions online and will have a positive or negative opinion in 10 seconds or less – especially about your email address. If you want to be professional whether you are looking for a job or running your own business, your email address reflects you as an…
  • 3 ways a custom domain will impact your business website

    Yola
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    A domain name is the web address your customers type into a web browsers to view your website online. Throughout this post, we’ll explain  why a custom domain is important. But first, let’s go over what a custom domain is: Custom domain  - A custom domain is its own entity and looks like this: yourbusiness.com. Think of big brand websites. Amazon.com, Facebook.com, Twitter.com – they all have a custom domains. Having a custom domain will positively impact your website in the following three ways: Branding If your business name is Yummy Cupcakes your web address could be…
  • Featured Website: Going vintage with Corrinne Williams

    Yola
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Corrinne Williams is a vintage gem in a modern day world. She sings tunes from the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, but she’s keenly aware that she needs more than posters and word of mouth to help secure bookings for shows and events. Her challenge was to make a music website that makes her discoverable and accessible to booking agents while instantly conveying her classic sound and appeal. Using Super Flat, one of our most customizable website templates, Corrinne selected a full bleed, black and white image of her singing in a glamorous stage setting, which sets the tone for the rest…
  • 6 Steps to Prepare Your Small Business Website for Cyber Monday

    Yola
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Every year, it looms – Black Friday, Cyber Monday – the 2014 holiday shoppers flock into stores and spend all their money. Last year Black Friday and Cyber Monday increased sales by 15% and 18%. If you’d like to get on board and drive holiday shoppers to your small business website, then follow these six tips to get noticed. 1. It’s not all cyber and black. In 2010, American Express launched Small Business Saturday to help promote small business shopping. Now in it’s fourth year, small businesses can count on an even stronger following. You’ll want to capitalize on all three 2014…
  • 8 ways to ensure your Online Store is a success

    Yola
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Nowadays creating an online store is straightforward, the challenging part is making the store successful. With more than 90% of all Internet business start-ups ending in failure within the first 120 days, it’s important to understand the challenges you’ll face as an online store owner, so your store is one of the success stories. 1. Choose the right niche Before creating an online store, it’s important to do your research. You may have an idea of what you want to sell online, but you should also consider who you’re be selling to, how crowded your market is and who your main…
 
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  • EP023 – The 7 Figure Sales Plan

    Chris Green
    8 Nov 2014 | 3:18 am
    There’s two big milestones in the life of an independent business owner is the $10,000 a month mark and then the jump to the $100,000 a month level. In this episode of Business Unleashed, we show you how simple it is to map out and implement a strategy to get to 7 figures a year. Here’s the numbers we go through in this episode, so you can work out your own: 7 figure sales plan: Target 1,000,000 Average Sale $30,000 Number of Sales to hit the target 33 Assuming a conversion rate of 30% Number of proposal required – 110 Assuming %50 conversion from presentation to proposal…
  • Anything is Possible and Achievable!

    Chris Green
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    I have a younger brother. He’s bigger than me. He’s not really into business, he’s more of a musician and showman. Oh and he runs and runs and runs. This morning he taught me a massive lesson that we can all take to heart. It’s summarised like this: Anything is Possible and Achievable! And it looked like this on a Facebook post: The context of this is that this time last year Jon was heavier than he wanted to be, felt sluggish, his diet wasn’t great and he wasn’t doing any exercise. At all. Jon Just Does it So one day. When he got really fed up, he took it…
  • EP022 Fast Track Your Cash Flow

    Chris Green
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    We’ve all been there at some point. Waiting for clients to pay. Waiting for projects to start. Checking that bank balance to see if it’s increasing at all. They key is to do something about it as quick as possible. Cash flow is critical to any business and will probably be the number one thing that kills of small businesses this year. This episode is for you if you’re wanting to get your cash flowing quicker and clients paying faster. In this episode we cover how to: Find the low hanging fruit right now. Get paid up front. Get paid for all the work you do. Sell existing…
  • EP021 – Why You Should Charge More (Right Now)

    Chris Green
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:22 am
    In this episode we get straight to the point. In order to succeed in business as a consultant, coach or creative, you have to charge more. We’ve heard all the excuses. “Yeah, but people won’t pay more”, “I just charge by the hour” … etc etc. If that’s your mindset then unfortunately you’ll be finding yourself working far too hard, for far too little money. Most of us have been there. In this episode we interview Jason Kanigan and get him to reveal his thoughts and strategies on charging more. You’ll learn about: Finding clients with…
  • EP020 – Three Things 6 Figure Consultants do Differently

    Chris Green
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    From working and speaking with many consultants, creatives and coaches, we’ve found there’s a whole lot of challenges people have on a weekly basis. There’s also very clear strategies that really successfully people use on a regular basis to get their businesses well past the six figure level. In this episode you’ll learn: The seven most common stumbling blocks How you can conquer the hurdles. The three things that 6 figure consultants, coaches and creatives do differently. We always endeavor to have action points at the end of each of our episodes. If you’ve put…
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  • 5 Mind Blowing Stats About Referrals, and 1 Action You Have To Take

    Christian Brodin
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:43 pm
    While some business spend millions, or even billions of dollars on marketing (Coke, McDonalds, Pepsi, etc.) some companies hardly spend a dime on marketing? Just consider the following, in 2006 (latest year on record) Coke spent a whopping $2.6 billion dollars on advertising. Compare that to American retailer Costco, which spends almost 0 (zero) dollars [...] The post 5 Mind Blowing Stats About Referrals, and 1 Action You Have To Take appeared first on The Maverick CEO.
  • 4 Ways To Handle Your Key Employee Leaving

    Christian Brodin
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:34 am
    What happens when your best employee leave?   How do you deal with the aftermath?   Do you beg them to stay, or thank them for leaving?     To be honest I really hate reading emails first thing in the morning. You never know what has happened over night, and you might be in for [...] The post 4 Ways To Handle Your Key Employee Leaving appeared first on The Maverick CEO.
  • The Secret Of Mental Toughness – 4 Lessons I Learned From Running A Marathon

    Christian Brodin
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    What does it take to finish a Marathon? Are the people who run a 26 Mile race insane? Or do they just have super human powers? Is there something that we can learn from the mental toughness that these people have, and that we can apply to our own lives, privately or professionally?     [...] The post The Secret Of Mental Toughness – 4 Lessons I Learned From Running A Marathon appeared first on The Maverick CEO.
  • How To Grow And Manage Your Twitter Followers For Free. 3 Power Tools You Can’t Miss

    Christian Brodin
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Let’s face it, making it as a blogger or building a social media business, is probably one of the most difficult tasks that you have undertaken (ever?). That is unless you’re Lady Gaga and can get millions and millions of followers without losing a beat (no pun intended). But with the right tools and as little as [...] The post How To Grow And Manage Your Twitter Followers For Free. 3 Power Tools You Can’t Miss appeared first on The Maverick CEO.
  • The Greatest Gift Of Leadership….

    Christian Brodin
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    A leader’s job is not to do the work for others, it’s to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done, and to succeed beyond what they thought possible. – Simon Sinek   Training Wheels Ever since seeing one of his friends riding a bike without training wheels my son [...] The post The Greatest Gift Of Leadership…. appeared first on The Maverick CEO.
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  • Is Your Ad Good Enough for Google?

    Jeff B. Copeland
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    When you buy pay-per-click advertising on Google through its AdWords program, you really buy the opportunity to get your little text ad on a Google page. Next, you have to meet Google’s standards for “ads quality” to have a prayer of getting a position high up on a page, or even placed at all. Google...continue reading … The post Is Your Ad Good Enough for Google? appeared first on Dex Media.
  • What Do Ben Franklin and G.I. Joe Have in Common?

    Chris Irby
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:35 pm
    With all the buzz about content marketing these days, you’d think it was an exciting new strategy for promoting your business. But the idea of attracting (and retaining) customers by providing awesome and engaging content has been around for a long, long time. How long? Good question. Here are a few milestones in the history...continue reading … The post What Do Ben Franklin and G.I. Joe Have in Common? appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Protect Data and Prevent Hacked Customers

    Jim Shannon
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    If worries about holiday sales figures weren’t enough, IT experts are recommending business owners take a more vigilant and aggressive approach to data security this holiday season (and beyond) to protect customers’ sensitive data and to assuage their fears about being victimized by cybercrime. Businesses face tremendous pressure to keep transactional data safe, especially with...continue reading … The post Protect Data and Prevent Hacked Customers appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Three Things (at least) You Should Know About Your Website

    Marion Jacobson
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:32 pm
    or Why You Need Google Analytics Now (it’s free and easy to set up) FIRST: Do you know how much traffic your website gets (screenshot 1, below)? Related to that, do you know which page(s) on your site get the most traffic? (screenshot 2, below) You need to know how much traffic comes to your...continue reading … The post Three Things (at least) You Should Know About Your Website appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Word-of-Mouth is a Key Purchase Influencer

    Cynthia Diaz Shephard
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    The number one influencer of purchase decisions is word-of-mouth, according to a new Razorfish survey. The survey involved online consumers across four vital markets and is the most current research revealing the significance of word-of-mouth, according to MarketingCharts.com. Razorfish indicated that it “took a deep dive into the qualitative and quantitative data for international markets”:...continue reading … The post Word-of-Mouth is a Key Purchase Influencer appeared first on Dex Media.
 
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  • Christmas Marketing for Small Business

    Rippleout Admin
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:45 am
    It’s November, which predictably means two things. First, I’m being forced to sit through episodes of the X Factor whenever I’m at home, which inevitably means I spend more time in the office, and second: the Christmas email newsletters have begun. {Tweet} If you’re reading this in the US then it may be the case that marketing teams Stateside have still got a couple more big retail days to go – for instance Black Friday (so named, apparently, because it’s the day when stores go from having a year ‘in the red’ to a year ‘in the black’) which follows Thanksgiving, and…
  • Social Proof in Marketing

    Rippleout Admin
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:25 am
    In a world where we are increasingly social and inter-connected, the concept of social proof in marketing has been talked about more and more. As a concept, social proof is one we all probably recognise. In short, it’s the phenomenon centered around the fact that individuals often do the things they see other individuals doing. Social Proof in Marketing Why does social proof marketing work? To some extent because we want to fit in (i.e. peer pressure), but in addition to this – particularly where purchasing decisions come in to play – we often believe that others are better informed…
  • Internal Linking In Websites

    Rippleout Admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    We’ve been talking a lot of the Rippleout Blog recently about consumer psychology, and how important other people, and trying to understand them, is to a small business. However, whilst this is always really interesting, it’s also somewhat blue sky. So, for this week, we’re going to bring it a little bit closer to home and discuss internal linking within websites. Internal Linking In Websites – Don’t Make Your Visitors Search For The Information They Want Internal linking is one part of SEO over which you as a business owner (or just a website owner more generally) have…
  • The Psychology of Free Samples

    Rippleout Admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    A couple of weeks ago in this blog we covered a concept called reciprocity – essentially, a common mental trait among humans which means we are prone to reciprocate gifts given to us, whether we expected to receive them or not. Normally, we’d leave this topic for a while, but it has recently been covered in detail in some of the more mainstream press, particularly in America, and so we’re going to dive a little deeper in to the psychology of free samples. {Tweet} The Psychology of Free Samples Some Benefits of Free Samples Whilst this article focuses largely on food, the general ideas…
  • The Anchoring Effect in Marketing

    Rippleout Admin
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Use of the anchoring effect in marketing takes advantage of a flaw within the human mind which means we do not consider the value of an option based on its intrinsic value. Rather, we compare different offers against one another; we make decisions based on comparative values. In short, through the anchoring effect, we ‘anchor’ our decision making process to the surrounding situation, rather than thinking rationally to make the best decision overall. This has several applications in marketing which we will discuss here. {Tweet this} The Anchoring Effect in Marketing The Anchoring Effect in…
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  • Divide your market

    Small Business Pool
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
    Managing a profitable business is all about understanding your customer’s behaviors and needs and providing services or products that rightly fulfil those needs. As an entrepreneur it is important to notice the essence of valued customers and their different types. Having a holistic view of the business objective is important, but knowing your customers and how they form a buyer’s market is also important. Market segmentation helps us define this customer base in a market scenario. It refers to the division of a set of consumers into people with similar needs and wants. Market…
  • Mind your language

    Small Business Pool
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:07 pm
    In the advertising and marketing world its important to be cautious about the kind of language and tone you use while communicating with your internal and external customers. Any company or enterprise, irrespective of the industry, has to be aware of the fact that they have to maintain a consistent brand image. The language and the tone of communication plays a very critical role in defining and maintaining that brand image. Brand language is the body of words, phrases, and terms that an organization uses to describe its purpose or in reference to its products or services. While defining a…
  • Q&A with Rahul Varshneya

    Small Business Pool
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am