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  • How to Rewrite Old Content and Make It New Again

    Men with Pens
    James Chartrand
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to Rewrite Old Content and Make It New Again first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Twitter Link Roundup #267 – Flawless Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    crowdSPRING Blog
    Mike
    1 May 2015 | 5:11 am
    Where does creativity come from? Apparently it flows straight from the fingers, and this amazing guy shows us how it is an unstoppable force! This man has developed a technique that lets his creativity flow in way that is thoroughly unique and incredibly special. As I type this, I can’t help but think of what this artist would be doing if he were typing this particular blog post! OK. Close your mouth and take a breath, because it’s time for our weekly Roundup! This week’s set of beauteous links and delicious articles that we shared with you over the past week on our…
  • 10 Top Marketing Trends

    All You Need Is A Good Idea!
    Jay H. Heyman
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Forbes recently had an interesting article, written by Daniel Newman, titled “10 Top Trends Driving the Future of Marketing.” Read them all here.The trend that jumped out at me was number 8, suggesting that brands will behave more like product companies and less like service companies. “While service companies aim to create a happy customer and look forward to a contract renewal, product companies thrive on innovation.”I always thought that all types of companies needed innovation to keep them at the forefront and build their brand, but never at the expense…
  • TomTom Says Its Maps Are Destined for Self-Driving Cars

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    Reuters
    4 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    The Dutch navigation company's automotive division has won big contracts in recent months, prompting analyst upgrades and a 40 percent surge in its shares.
  • Mark Zuckerberg Joins AltSchool's Backers

    Fast Company
    Ainsley O'Connell
    4 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    The B-corp announced today that it has raised an additional $100 million from Silicon Valley insiders, including the Facebook founder.Is AltSchool disrupting public school or private school? Can the answer be both?Read Full Story
 
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    Fast Company

  • Mark Zuckerberg Joins AltSchool's Backers

    Ainsley O'Connell
    4 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    The B-corp announced today that it has raised an additional $100 million from Silicon Valley insiders, including the Facebook founder.Is AltSchool disrupting public school or private school? Can the answer be both?Read Full Story
  • Why Facebook's Former Design Chief Is Joining A Finance Startup

    John Brownlee
    4 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    If anything could benefit from better design, it's online finance, says Kate Aronowitz, Wealthfront's new VP of design.Last week, investment management startup Wealthfront announced that former Facebook design director Kate Aronowitz would be joining the company as their new vice president of design. Formed in 2008 as one of the new wave of financial robo-advisors, Wealthfront aims to largely automate the investment process, making it painless for users to invest their money even without knowing the first thing about the stock market. With Aronowitz now joining the company, she becomes yet…
  • Youth Bra Company Yellowberry Gets Some Grown-Up Support

    Evie Nagy
    4 May 2015 | 3:06 am
    Nineteen-year-old Megan Grassell's innovative preteen lingerie startup is starting its second year with a big partnership with AerieOne year ago, then-18-year-old Megan Grassell made headlines for giving up a promising skiing career and postponing college to launch Yellowberry, a company that makes cute, modest, high-quality bras for preteens. Grassell got the idea when bra shopping with her younger sister and finding few choices for young teens that weren't overly sexy or low quality. She raised $41,000 on Kickstarter, and was held up as a model of changing the tone of marketing lingerie to…
  • From Passion To Profit: How To Make Money Doing What You Love

    Elizabeth Segran
    4 May 2015 | 2:31 am
    These people used technology to turn their passions into careers. Here's what they learned along the way.When Derek Fagerstrom was growing up, creative young people wanted to do anything but go into business: They wanted to start a band, write a screenplay, or paint murals. But the world has changed. "We're seeing a totally different approach to business," says Fagerstrom, who is now 39. "People no longer think of business as the antithesis of art, but as an opportunity to express their vision."Read Full Story
  • The Business of Planning Same-Sex Weddings

    Lydia Dishman
    4 May 2015 | 2:20 am
    They're building a business educating planners to work with same-sex couples, but weddings are just a small part of the Gay Wedding Institute.For Bernadette Smith, the business of planning weddings isn't just about helping the happy couple deal with the stressful process of selecting a venue or cake.Read Full Story
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    VISANOW Global Immigration

  • DACA Renewal 101

    Patty Johnson
    1 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an initiative that was announced by President Obama in June 2012. It offers temporary, protected status and work authorization to individuals without legal status in the United States. DACA status is offered in two year increments. If you were approved, in order to maintain protected status it’s essential to apply for DACA renewal. Requirements for DACA Renewal: You have continuously resided in the United States since you received DACA approval. You did not leave the United States on or after August 15, 2012, without advance parole. You have…
  • 5 Scholarship Application Tips All DACA Grantees Should Know

    Patty Johnson
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    DACA’s protected status benefit has opened a world of educational opportunities that allow you to move forward with your goals. In order to make your dreams a reality, you need to finance your education by applying for grants and scholarships. Each year organizations around the country offer thousands of scholarships to students in need of tuition assistance. But searching for the right ones can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to begin. We want to help you get started on the right foot, here are five scholarship application tips all DACA grantees should know: 1. Complete the FAFSA…
  • DACA Real-life Story: A DREAMer’s Struggle and Success After DACA

    Patty Johnson
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    Christian A young, DACA-approved DREAMer shares a personal story of how she worked hard against all odds to go to college and achieve her dreams. “As a child, I was told education is the path to a successful life where you are not living day-by-day and paycheck to paycheck. In school, I was always told I could become anybody I wanted when I grew up. I was told that anything is possible if you set your mind to it.  I can’t recall the first time I was told I was undocumented. It’s like I always knew, although I do recall the feeling that this status brought to me. As a young girl, I…
  • Understanding DACA’s 4 Criminal History Restrictions

    Patty Johnson
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) grants young undocumented immigrants a chance to legally work in the U.S while being protected from deportation. In order to qualify, applicants must meet a variety of criteria, which includes strict criminal history restrictions that aim to disqualify any applicants that may pose a threat to national security. DACA Criminal History Guidelines The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) outlines requirements for DACA applicants. It’s often unclear to those who have a criminal record if they qualify for deferred action. Here…
  • Top 3 Immigration Scam Red Flags

    Patty Johnson
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:31 pm
    The immigration process unites families with loved ones while offering life-changing opportunities to students and professionals. Unfortunately, there are individuals and companies that exploit people’s situations to reap monetary gains. Look out for these common immigration scam red flags while applying for a visa. 1. Asking for Money Don’t get caught by immigration scams that ask for money. Image credit: Barb Leung via Flickr Scammers often request money from people with a variety of statuses from undocumented immigrants to U.S. citizens. While it’s not a definitive sign of an online…
 
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    Small Business Labs

  • Global Interest in Coworking Booming

    Steve
    4 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    The annual Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) is this week in Berkeley, California. And it's good times for this industry. According to analysis by Deskmag, global interest in coworking is booming and at all time highs. Key quote on from their article on their study of Google Trends data related to the search term "coworking": The worldwide searches for the term “coworking” on Google have reached their current peak this March. In comparison to the same month in the previous year, this figure has climbed by 35% - and by around 60% compared to two years ago.
  • The Appification of Small Business

    Steve
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Appification of Small Business is a new research report from Intuit shows the extent to which small businesses have moved to the cloud, a trend they forecasting to continue (disclosure: Emergent Research contributed to this report). Key findings include: The small business market is a lucrative developer opportunity – Small business owners currently spend $630 annually on software solutions, In addition, 85 percent of small businesses are willing to invest more in the next five years. The center of the small business cloud is financial management – On…
  • The Rise of the Dependent Contractor

    Steve
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    It seems like every day there is a new article slamming sharing economy platforms and marketplaces for their labor practices. Recent examples include: NPR's In Sharing Economy, Labor Laws Fall Short  US New's The Not So Nice Sharing Economy SF Weekly's Codependent Contracting: Couriers Demand App Company Accountability Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich's How the New Flexible Economy is Making Workers Lives Hell I could easily list many more negative press examples from the last few weeks. The reason all of this is happening is our labor laws have not kept up with…
  • Seth Godin's Freelancer Course

    Steve
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    I can't imagine any clearer signal that the freelance economy is happening than having one of the most successful business authors of past decade or so - Seth Godin - release a training class on becoming a freelancer. The class is available on Udemy at a cost of $57.   According to an interview with Godin on the Gaping Void blog, here's reason he's done this course: This is the golden age for freelancers. More opportunities, more tools, more leverage than ever before. But for many freelancers, there’s a big “but”… If you are a freelancer, it may be that you’re…
  • 2.7 Million Independents Work in the On-Demand Economy

    Steve
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    According to a new report from MBO Partners - Independent Workers and the On-Demand Economy - about 2.7 million American independent workers report using at least one on-demand economy platform or marketplace as a source of work or income. The study defined the on-demand economy as including: online product marketplaces provided by firms such as EBay, Amazon and Etsy and others (Craigslist was excluded). Online talent marketplaces such as Freelancer.com, Elance - oDesk, and others Sharing economy platforms and marketplaces such as Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, TaskRabbit and others…
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • How to Launch (And Why Scaling Doesn’t Matter)

    Guy Kawasaki
    4 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    In the early days of starting up, the ability to scale is overrated. “Scale,” in case you haven’t heard the term, refers to the concept that there are processes in place that are fast, cheap, and repeatable because there will soon be millions of customers who generate billions of dollars of revenue. For example, if Pierre Omidyar had to test every used printer offered for sale, eBay couldn’t scale. If Marc Benioff had to make every sales call, Salesforce.com couldn’t scale. If James Hong’s parents had to check every picture to see if it was porn, Hot or Not couldn’t scale.
  • How to Pick Advisors

    Guy Kawasaki
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    Once upon a time there were two engineering PhDs who were clueless about how to start a company. All they knew how to do was code. They were so desperate for money and adult supervision that when an experienced businessperson showed interest and offered to help raise money, they, in their own words, “followed him like dogs.” However, this adult didn’t know much about tech startups and caused them to make many mistakes in legal and financial matters. They parted ways but only after much aggravation and the significant legal expense of undoing incorrect decisions. This is not an unusual…
  • Pictures from my trip to Berlin

    Guy Kawasaki
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    After my visit to Stuttgart, I went to Berlin to speak for Russell Reynolds. Berlin is a very interesting city with many places to visit. The post Pictures from my trip to Berlin appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • Pictures from my trip to @Porsche

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    These are pictures from the Porsche factory in Stuttgart. I even got a ride in a 918! The post Pictures from my trip to @Porsche appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • Pictures from my trip to @Mercedes

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:18 pm
    These are my pictures from the Mercedes-AMG facility. This is where the AMG GT is made. The post Pictures from my trip to @Mercedes appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
 
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Lean Business Plan to Get What You Want From Your Business

    Tim Berry
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    Are you running your own business or looking to start a new business? The lean business plan is an easy way to set down your strategy, tactics, milestones, and essential business numbers. Just do it for yourself and your team, with a few streamlined bullet points for strategy and tactics; plus lists of key milestones, tasks, assumptions, and performance metrics; and essential business numbers. Then review and revise it regularly and you’ll have your progress towards goals, and accountability. Lean Business Plan in Four Steps One: Strategy Strategy is focus. A lean business plan…
  • All Ideas are Brilliant Before They Are Executed.

    Tim Berry
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
    “No battle plan ever survives first contact with the enemy.” – Helmuth von Moltke. Similarly, all business ideas are brilliant before they are executed.  Ideas have to run through an obstacle course of hard realities before they are really opportunities. Few ideas make it. Everybody has ideas, Millions of business ideas are floating around everywhere. Every problem anybody encounters is a solution waiting to be unwrapped. Every time somebody follows the comment “there should be a better way” by suggesting a better way, that’s a business idea. An opportunity is…
  • I Want to be An Entrepreneur. What Steps do I Take?

    Tim Berry
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:13 pm
    What Steps to be a Tech Entrepreneur? I’m 18 years old and want to be a successful tech entrepreneur. What steps should I take? That one, specifically, popped up in my email today from Quora, the excellent questions-and-answers site that I frequent often. But that’s just today. I saw a very similar question from a different person yesterday, and another on Monday. So that question, in various versions, has become one of those questions that pop up everywhere. Here is My Answer: Get Your Degree There is only one obvious answer that will be generally true for anybody your age that asks this…
  • Learn Anything in 20 Hours

    Tim Berry
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    TED talk by Josh Kaufman, author of The First 20 Hours: Mastering the Toughest Part of Learning Anything. This seems like a great way to start a new year. He notes the 10,000-hours idea made popular by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers (it takes 10,000 hours to be an expert); but point out that it has been misused and misunderstood. According to Josh, the 10,000 hours is about true world-class expertise. It takes about 20 hours to get good enough to do something well enough to get through the “frustration barrier.”  He uses playing the Ukulele as an example. You can use this link to…
  • Business Strategy Is Useless Without Execution

    Tim Berry
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    In the last two weeks I’ve posted a three-part series on I’ve posted a series on setting and executing business strategy on the Amex OPEN forum in the last two weeks. I’m happy to see the first of these showing up on top of the trending list there. Here’s a summary: Start with Strategy The post is How a Simple Story can Improve Your Business. Here’s the main idea: It’s simple. Just imagine the story of somebody who has a problem or wants something, finds your business and buys from you. Pretend for a moment that you’re writing a story or talking to a friend about your…
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    Copyblogger

  • Are You a Talented Professional Writer? Read This …

    Sonia Simone
    4 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Copyblogger loves writers. We always have. For more than nine years now, the writer has been the most important person we write for. Week in, week out. I’ve written about making a living as a professional writer. And I elaborated a bit on that, unpacking some of what it takes to move from “good writer” to “smart, well-paid content marketer.” It’s why we created our list of Certified Content Marketers. And it’s why we’re opening that program shortly to a new batch of writers. This isn’t the biggest-selling training we offer, by any means.
  • Why Your Mom Was Right About Blogging

    Pamela Wilson
    1 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s a good thing your mom taught you everything you need to know to become a well-respected, successful blogger, isn’t it? What’s that? Your mom never taught you anything about blogs? Because blogs didn’t exist when you were growing up? I beg to differ. I’m going to bet that she really did teach you everything you need to know. She just may have forgotten to say “when blogging.” Let’s take a look. Choose your friends wisely (when blogging) Did your mom ever tell you she didn’t like your friends? Maybe it sounded something like this: Be…
  • What Does It Mean to Be a Showrunner?

    Rainmaker.FM
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    So … what exactly is a “showrunner” anyway? And what does it take to be a successful one? The Showrunner hosts Jerod Morris and Jon Nastor define the term and explain what separates successful Showrunners from all the rest. In this episode of The Showrunner, hosts Jerod Morris and Jon Nastor discuss: What essential lesson about building an audience can we learn from the very first scene of House of Cards? Why aspiring Showrunners should think of themselves as producers, in the classic media sense of the term How being a Showrunner is essentially ownership of an audience…
  • Passion Projects, Clarity, and the Evolution of No Sidebar

    Rainmaker.FM
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    As an online entrepreneur, No Sidebar host Brian Gardner is learning just how crucial being agile is to running a successful business. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being involved in a personal project — especially when you’re passionate about it — but continually keeping your audience in mind is always a good thing. Over the last couple months of running No Sidebar, Brian has identified three types of people he wants to specifically cater to … In this 24-minute episode of No Sidebar, host Brian Gardner and Robert Bruce discuss: Who has control over whether…
  • Deadly Conversion Busters: Building a Targeted Audience

    Rainmaker.FM
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Lots of people talk about “traffic,” but how can you attract more of the right people? How can you grow an audience of people you can help the most — people who will see success from using your products and services, and who will be long-term, loyal customers? In this episode of The Mainframe, hosts Chris Garrett and Tony Clark reveal: Why you need to constantly look for ways to attract new people into your community How to clone your best prospects What to do to meet your prospects where they are and bring them home Perfecting your messaging and funnels through testing…
 
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Small business Congress-watch: Some Pending Bills (and Why They Matter)

    Mike
    4 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    On occasion I write about legislation pending in our houses of Congress that has the potential to positively impact your business and mine. It is fascinating to read in the news about some of the ideas and priorities that our elected representatives are pursuing as we speak. Some of these efforts gain a great deal of attention via the media, but most of them are somewhat obscure (unless you’re willing to dig a little) and will never even make it onto our radars. These often important bills can take years to become law, and many (read “most”) will never survive the…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #267 – Flawless Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    1 May 2015 | 5:11 am
    Where does creativity come from? Apparently it flows straight from the fingers, and this amazing guy shows us how it is an unstoppable force! This man has developed a technique that lets his creativity flow in way that is thoroughly unique and incredibly special. As I type this, I can’t help but think of what this artist would be doing if he were typing this particular blog post! OK. Close your mouth and take a breath, because it’s time for our weekly Roundup! This week’s set of beauteous links and delicious articles that we shared with you over the past week on our…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: ShahabasPoozhithara

    Audree
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:33 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 ShahabasPoozhithara. Check out more great work on ShahabasPoozhithara’s profile page. Nicely done, ShahabasPoozhithara, nicely done! Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: 5IVE_STAR_CREATIVE Fresh from the SPRING: Feniks Fresh from the SPRING: Janisa
  • Small Business and Startup Tips: Analyzing Your Search Data

    Mike
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:05 am
    SEO is simple. NOT! Virtually every business relies to a certain extent on where they will appear in an online search for their service, product, or company name. Online businesses, in particular spend massive resources to ensure that they rank highly on Google, Bing, etc. for any relevant search and most spend a significant percentage of their marketing budget to define the best keywords, optimize their websites, and execute on their strategies. To most managers (and I absolutely include myself in this group) SEO is an opaque mess. The wizards who make a living at this work are…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #266 – Irreproachable Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    Why are passwords so important? If anyone should be able to answer this question it is Edward Snowden, he of NSA whistle-blower fame. John Oliver asks this simple question as part of an important and wide-ranging interview. Oh yea, not to mention it’s hysterical! When you finish changing up your own passwords, turn your attention right back here! Why? Because it’s time for our weekly Roundup! This week’s set of great links and articles that we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account) is perfectly…
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    The Franchise King®

  • You Don’t Have To

    The Franchise King®
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:55 pm
    You don’t have to. (Buy a franchise) It’s perfectly okay to just look around a bit. I really don’t blame you. Job security is almost non-existent these days. If you’re employed, and you’re really good at what you do, you can lose your job in a split second. Talent only goes so far these days. If you’ve been downsized, and you’re say…51 years old, I really don’t blame you for wanting to explore “other options.” If you’re 22 years old, and just graduated college (congrats!) I certainly don’t blame you for wanting to…
  • Words Matter: Why A Franchise Coach Isn’t Really A Coach

    The Franchise King®
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Words matter. They really do. Take these two words for example: “Franchise Coach” What do those two words mean to you?   A Little Experiment Let’s try something. I want you to close your eyes, and think of those two words. Again, the words are “Franchise Coach.” What do you see-rather, who do you see?   Him?   Or     Him? If you’re like most people, you visualize someone who looks like he would be…well, a coach. So, why the heck would I show you a picture of a salesperson? Keep reading.   A Coach The definition of a…
  • The Franchise King® Just Interviewed The McDonald’s CEO And You Won’t Believe What He Just Said

    The Franchise King®
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:31 pm
      It was only a dream. But, it had a huge impact on me. What follows, is my interview with the McDonald’s CEO and founder. (This was a very intense dream. I’m still trying to piece the whole thing together the best I can. Parts of it are still missing.)   Backdrop All of a sudden, he was there. Ray Kroc. The man. The legend. The founder of McDonald’s as we know it today. He’s been dead for 31 years. But, somehow, he appeared in my dream. And, then in my room.     He was just sitting there, right across from my bed. Smiling.   I sat up. This…
  • Buying A Franchise? Why Now?

    The Franchise King®
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:37 pm
    Please Listen To This Blog Post Podcasting provided by Odovox.com _______________________________________________________________ Why now? Why do you want to buy a franchise now? Did something happen? Is something like this going to possibly happen soon? In other words, is something about to change?     Ch-Ch-Changes It’s a good thing nothing stays the same. Right? Well, maybe. There are things that all of wish would stay the same…things we wish wouldn’t change. For example, I wish my 19-year old didn’t change…that she wasn’t 19 years old…
  • Most Of You Will Never Buy A Franchise And I Know Why

    The Franchise King®
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:05 am
      New! You Can Now Listen To This Blog Post   Podcasting + voice talent provided by Odovox.com ____________________________________________________________________________________   Chances are… You probably won’t do it. And, I know why.   Never As in, most of you will never buy a franchise-type of business. Never. Never ever. It ain’t gonna happen.   Most Of You Will Never Buy A Franchise And I Know Why Here’s why most of you will never buy a franchise: You won’t risk your money. What? Do you think that my is my answer too simple? Too…
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    SmallBizTechnology

  • How to Market Like the Big Dogs on a Small Business Budget

    Ramon Ray
    1 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    How To Market on a Small Business Budget “If you build it, they will come”. If only!! One of the biggest struggles most small businesses face is trying to reach and attract customers. Whether you are a B2B (Business to Business) or a B2C (Business to Consumer) business, if you don’t have a way of letting people know you exist, they’ll never find you, regardless of how great your service or product is. With limited financial resources, there isn’t typically much left in the small business kitty to support a marketing budget. But that doesn’t need to put you out of the game. By…
  • Crowdfunding for Your Online Business and Best ECommerce Practices from FLUXMOB

    Carolyn Crummey
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:13 am
    In the past couple of years, we have seen a rise in the number of entrepreneurs that are using crowdfunding to help raise money for their business ventures.  With sites like, Kickstarter, Indiegogo and GoFundMe, and their great community success, crowdfunding has proven to be a beneficial option for entrepreneurs looking to launch their businesses and set out on their entrepreneurial journeys.  A successful crowdfunding campagin doesn’t just happen though. So, how do you make sure that your crowdfunding campaign succeeds? In a recent article on Endicia, Ramon Ray shares how…
  • Is a New Google Targeted Ads Option on the Horizon?

    Jennifer Peaslee
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The web is buzzing with speculation on a new possible Google targeted ads option – one that uses customer email addresses to better customize ads for consumers who are searching in order to make a purchase. The rumor was first leaked by the Wall Street Journal. Although Google is not commenting with specifics at this time, sources say this new form of targeted ads could go into effect later this year or sometime next year. In order to place these targeted ads, businesses would share customer emails with Google – email addresses obtained when a customer made a previous purchase on your…
  • 5 Keys For Getting Your Website Visitors Where You Want Them To Go

    ChamberofCommerce
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:25 pm
    For a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman, nirvana is when he not only gets inside the house, but gets to toss a handful of dirt on the floor and then vacuum it up with his super-duper top-of-the-line vacuum cleaner. If he can keep his prospect’s attention for that long, there’s an excellent chance he’s going to make the sale. Of course, most vacuum cleaner salesmen never get beyond the front door. The goal and journey is essentially the same with your website. You need to do much more than get visitors to your “door.” You need to guide them on a journey that leads to your call to…
  • Amazon Dash Button Makes At-Home Ordering Easier Than Ever

    Carolyn Crummey
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    Imagine that you’ve just finished doing laundry and realize that you’ve run out of detergent.  To replace it, you simply push a button and within the next couple of days a new container of laundry detergent is delivered directly to your home.  This is exactly what the new Amazon Dash Button is meant to do. The invitation-only service was created to give select Prime members the ability to replace frequently ordered items with the push of a button.  Instead of creating time consuming grocery lists, and making inconvenient errand runs, Amazon is aiming to integrate every smart…
 
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    Small Business Trends

  • This Food Truck Sets Up Shop in Gym Parking Lots

    Annie Pilon
    4 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Location, location, location. The importance of a good location is one of the first things that many businesspeople learn. But what makes up a good location can be different things to different businesses. It’s not always just about being centrally located or getting lots of foot traffic. For example, the parking lot of a gym would not necessarily be appealing or effective for a high-end restaurant. It is, however, the perfect spot for a food truck that specializes in paleo options. If you’re unfamiliar with the paleo diet, it’s basically the opposite of what you might expect of food…
  • Carly Fiorina: The Small Business Candidate for President?

    Scott Shane
    4 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, will formally start her Presidential campaign on May 4, the Wall Street Journal reported recently. Small business owners should be happy for in Fiorina they have a candidate who cares about their issues. The former HP CEO has made it clear in recent speeches that she is worried about American small business. At the New Hampshire Republican Party’s recent leadership summit in Nashua, Fiorina pointed out that “for the first time in U.S. history, we are destroying more businesses than we are creating.” Fiorina believes that getting small…
  • How to Create Brand Memes for Social Media Marketing

    Personal Branding Blog
    4 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Creating graphic brand memes with quotes is a good way to encourage conversation and shares on social media. Having a standout visual marketing strategy is an important part of building your personal brand’s visibility; and, it’s important that you have a message match. There are many popular online tools today that take the guesswork out of generating memes for your brand. Thousands of high-quality images are available for free download that your audience will love along with free graphic editing tools for computers and mobile devices. Including the right quotes for your niche along with…
  • Court Defends the Anonymity of Yelp Reviewers

    Ed Lieber
    3 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Yelp does not have to identify seven online reviewers who posted critical comments about a carpet cleaning business, the Virginia Supreme Court recently ruled (PDF). Based on procedural grounds, this ruling is viewed as a big win for Free Speech. However, there are clear implications for small businesses too. With no single set of laws in place to determine whether anonymous online comments are protected by the First Amendment or not, the landscape is constantly evolving. Small business owners  need to understand privacy laws in the states in which they conduct business. Virginia…
  • 8 Leadership Qualities Investors Notice

    Annie Pilon
    3 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When trying to get investors for your startup, you need to present a great idea. But potentially even more important is how you present yourself as a leader. Martin Zwilling recently wrote about this investing concept for Forbes, saying: “As an Angel investor in early stage startups, I’ve long noticed my peers’ apparent bias toward the strength and character of the founding entrepreneurs, often overriding a strong solution to a painful problem with a big opportunity. In other words, the entrepreneur quality is more important than the idea.” The thought behind this is that a great…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Are you certain that you're trapped?

    Seth Godin
    4 May 2015 | 2:12 am
    To be actually trapped is to have no options, no choices, no possible outcomes other than the one you fear. Most of the time, when we think we're trapped, we're actually unhappy with the short-term consequences of making a choice. Make the choice, own the outcome and you can start in a new place. This is often frightening and painful, which is one reason it might be easier to pretend that we're actually trapped.        
  • (re)Radical

    Seth Godin
    3 May 2015 | 2:16 am
    At the congregation down the street, they're doing things the way they've done them for the last few hundred years. Every week, people come, attracted by familiarity, by the family and friends around them, part of a tribe. And just past that building is another one, a different tribe, where the tradition is more than a thousand years old. This is not so different from that big company that used to be an internet startup, but all the original team members have long left the building. Work tomorrow has a lot in common with work yesterday, and the safety of it all is comforting. Che, Jefferson,…
  • The angry teenager (your customer?, your boss?)

    Seth Godin
    2 May 2015 | 1:59 am
    You’ve probably met one. You might have a boss who is one, or customers who act that way. Someone doesn’t have to be in high school to act like a teenager. (Teenagers are supposed to act like that, it's their job. When adults act like this, though, it can get really ugly.) The angry teenager believes that rage is always justified. He rejects the rational approach, replacing it with hot flashes of belief instead. Facts matter little when they can so easily be replaced by emotion. The angry teenager doesn’t want to talk through an issue, he just wants to yell about it. He doesn’t care…
  • Discovery fatigue

    Seth Godin
    1 May 2015 | 1:45 am
    When Napster first hit the scene, people listened to as many different songs as they could. It was a feast of music discovery, fueled by access and curiosity. Now, the typical Spotify user listens to music inside a smaller comfort zone. When blogs were fresh and new, we subscribed to them by the hundreds, exploring, learning and seeking more. Over time, many people stopped following the outbound links. When Twitter was new, just about anything seemed worthy of a retweet. Not so much for many people today. And podcasts are already starting to fill people up, making us feel like we don't have…
  • The naked corn paradox

    Seth Godin
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:29 am
    Sometimes, the thing that's done to market something makes it worse. And so, the corn at the local supermarket is already husked, because it looks better, sells better but tastes worse. And stereo speakers are designed with extra bass, so they'll demo better, sell better but sound worse. The market isn't always 'right', if right means that it knows how to get what it wants in the long run. Too often, we are confused, or misled, or part of a herd headed in the wrong direction. It's almost impossible to bring the mass market to its senses, to insist that you know better. What you can do,…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • Weekend Favs May Two

    John Jantsch
    2 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    Weekend Favs May 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. Good stuff I found this week: Boostsuite – tool that makes it easy to exchange guest posts with relevant sites Toolset.co – suite of tools to…
  • How to Be or Not Be In a Digital World

    Guest Post
    1 May 2015 | 6:12 am
    How to Be or Not Be In a Digital World written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing We’ve watched online presence transform from a hobby or a pastime into a mandatory, crucial, and overwhelmingly powerful tool practiced by everyone familiar with the World Wide Web. What is fast becoming clear is that 10 years from now, online presence will replace resumes and will serve as our business card whether for professional purposes or social and romantic ones. This reality lends urgency to the question of how we, average Joes, promote ourselves on the…
  • Are Paid Content Distribution Platforms Cost Effective?

    Guest Post
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:21 am
    Are Paid Content Distribution Platforms Cost Effective? written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Creating great content is only one aspect of digital marketing. In order for that content to be effective you need an audience, you need eyeballs and traffic. Generate enough traffic and that content will drive a steady uptick in conversions and a return on your marketing budgetary spend. Finding that audience is often the hardest challenge. Social and Guest Blogger Networks Social media is becoming an increasingly pay-to-play environment,…
  • The Automatic Customer

    John Jantsch
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:25 am
    The Automatic Customer written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with John Warrillow Recurring revenue – now that’s business owner’s dream – or at least it should be! Creating a model where customers come back over and over again is a powerful way to build ongoing momentum and perhaps more importantly it’s a way to build a business that’s an asset rather than a job. For as long as I can remember I’ve been urging product business to create subscription add-on services and service…
  • 5 Relatively Simple Steps to Dominate Local Search

    John Jantsch
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    5 Relatively Simple Steps to Dominate Local Search written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing If you do business mostly in your town, your marketing efforts must be hyper focused. You’re only targeting a very select group of people so, when those people go out there looking for a business in their community, you want to show up, right? But, not just show up – dominate – be seen as the obvious choice in the sea of wanna-be competitors! The world of buying continues to evolve and that is certainly as true for local purchases as…
 
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • Newsletter #1035: The “On the Road” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] There’s so much marketing potential in the quintessential road trip, in traveling, and in serving the people out on the road every day. But it’s about much more than flagging over those out-of-town visitors and people passing through with a bigger, flashier billboard. Check out these three ideas for reaching people out on the open road: 1. Truckstop doctor 2. Traveling line…
  • Newsletter #1034: The “Two Birds, One Stone” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] When you look at your problems as opportunities, you might find that your issue can be someone else’s solution, your trash, someone else’s treasure, or that by working together you can create a win-win solution. Here are a few examples of how businesses and organizations are killing two birds with one stone: 1. Nursing homes and student housing 2. Server storage and home heat 3.
  • Newsletter #1033: The “Ridiculous Ideas” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] It’s important to test new things, try stuff out, and push the boundaries of what you can do with your marketing. You won’t always come out with a winner, but sometimes you just might think of something so ridiculous that it works. Here are three examples of ridiculous stuff that turned out to be great ideas: 1. 200-dozen donuts 2. Carrying strangers 3. A book tank 4. Check it…
  • Newsletter #1032: The “Lessons from Tattoos” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] No, we’re not going to talk about those companies who give away free tattoos of their logo or the ones who pay people to get one. This is about businesses who have found unexpected ways tattoos can reach people — to help them recover, to detect cancer, and to inspire creativity. Here are three companies doing remarkable things with tattoos: 1. For rehabilitation 2. For cancer…
  • Newsletter #1031: The “Something for Someone” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] Making something for someone is the opposite of appealing to the masses. It’s about making something much more personal, meaningful, and relatable for a much smaller audience — and earning the attention of a much larger customer base in return. Here are three examples of how companies create something for someone: 1. For their biggest fan 2. For scorned employees 3. For an…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Poison

    Nathan Kontny
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
    How do we get better at making things people want? We strive to better discern the needs of our customers, so we reach for a number of tools. Surveys. User testing. 'Jobs to be done' interviews (an interview process I highly recommend). But in our effort to understand our customers, we often miss sight of something much more basic and integral to those things working well. The University of Edinburgh Medical School, one of the best medical schools in the United Kingdom, was created in 1726, also making it one of the oldest medical schools in the English speaking world. Given its age,…
  • Programming with toys and magic should be relished, not scorned

    David
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    In the early days of Rails, a common dismissal of the framework and its Ruby roots were that these were just toys. Something for kids or amateurs to play with; to build a quick throw-away prototype or system of no consequence. It was most certainly not a tool for professionals building real systems for enterprise, king, or country. Explicit in this charge against Rails and Ruby laid a grander, sweeping dismissal of toys of all kinds. And more specifically, a rejection of fun and enjoyment as valid reasons for adoption of technology that remains prevalent to this day. The implication that real…
  • QUOTE: Would you hire the last Delta representative…

    David
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:21 am
    Would you hire the last Delta representative you spoke with if you owned a customer service company? —First question in the Delta Airlines customer service follow-up survey. Love it.
  • LINK: Shhh... Made by Few 2015

    Jason Z.
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:47 am
    Shhh... Made by Few 2015 I’d been pretty bored with web conferences but the tiny team at Few changed my mind. Last summer’s Made by Few was well-run, fun, focused, intimate, and worthwhile. The couple of hundred lucky attendees were treated to fantastic barbecue, pour-over coffee, tons of swag, live music and some of the best talks around from speakers that could play rooms ten times this size—it was like seeing your six favorite bands play a secret show at your local bar. Seriously, I have no idea how they pulled together this line-up. And it all happened in the warm summer sun…
  • Constrained

    Nathan Kontny
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    For years I’ve chatted with smart, ambitious people and friends who want to start new projects or businesses. Often their visions are big. So they dream up equally big things their startups need: money, connections, resources. And that’s where they get stuck. They don’t have any of those things. In 1978, an artist named Patricia came home to her husband and announced she quit her job at a newspaper. She just couldn’t stand it anymore. Occasionally, she’d have some of her art posted on the front page, which was great. But most of the time, the job was corporate…
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    Small Biz Survival

  • Bike Racks as art

    Becky McCray
    4 May 2015 | 4:15 am
    Models of bike rack art from Norman, Oklahoma. Photo by Becky McCray.   Can something as mundane as a bike rack be art? Sure! Hey, if power and light poles can be art, anything is up for grabs! Norman, Oklahoma, is admittedly not a small town, with a population of over 110,000 and the home to a major university. But, I love their back racks. Any small town could add fun and interesting bits of art with bike racks. The ones in Norman have proved so popular, they’ve created a driving tour so you can see them all. Read the story and see more photos here, at the Norman Arts Council.
  • Bring good news straight to the Brag Basket

    Small Biz Survival
    1 May 2015 | 3:06 am
    Photo by by Valerle Everett on Flickr The Brag Basket is open! This one is for May 1-3, 2015. 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. Reading this in your email? Hit reply. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a friend. Just don’t make it an ad. I delete the ads that people stick in here. If you…
  • Small Businesses: The Cornerstones of Communities

    Glenn Muske
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:04 am
    May 4-8 is Small Business Week in the U.S. this year. So what do you see when you walk into or drive by your local small businesses? If you are like many of us, you see a place that offers you goods and services, a place you can go to and get what you want. Some also may see the economics surrounding the business. Small businesses mean contributions to the local economy and jobs. In many rural areas, new businesses may mean an empty space in a struggling downtown is filled. Yet they mean so much more. They often form the cornerstone of local communities. What this means is that small…
  • Multiply your tours

    Becky McCray
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Seems like every small town has some kind of tour. Why not make the most of it online? Photo by Becky McCray.    Do you have a paper brochure for a walking tour? or barn quilt tour? or driving tour? Here are seven ways to take that same tour, reach new potential visitors, and make your tourism website easier to find in searches. See, different types of people visit different places online. So every different way you can post your information gets you in front of different types of people. And with each of these postings you get another chance to link back to your main site and to…
  • Share your good news in the Brag Basket

    Small Biz Survival
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:05 am
    Photo by Abby Lanes on Flickr The Brag Basket is open! This one is for April 24-26, 2015. 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. Reading this in your email? Hit reply. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a friend. Just don’t make it an ad. I delete the ads that people stick in here. If you talk…
 
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    Superinnovators

  • What was Michelangelo trying to communicate?

    Bill Burnett
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:41 am
    In 1990 an American physician published an article "An Interpretation of Michelangelo's Creation of Adam Based on Neuroanatomy"  in which he suggest that the Creator portion of the painting represents the human brain.   Since then other experts have pointed to other possible anatomical depictions in Michelangelo's paintings.  Why did he do this?
  • Why Export? Six great reasons, the last two are surprising…here is the second surprise!

    Bill Burnett
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:12 am
    HIGHER VALUATIONBy selling into multiple economies exporters reduce their market risk. With lower market risk and stronger margins they tend to enjoy higher valuation multiples.EXAMPLE:Consider two similar companies with identical revenues, however, one exports while the other doesn’t. The exporter enjoys higher margins that yield a higher EBITDA. When the higher multiple is applied to the higher EBITDA, then the relative valuation of the company goes up significantly, by 50% in our example.  For the same revenue sized company, the exporter is much more valuable.
  • Why Export? Six great reasons, the last two are surprising…here is the fifth of the six and the first surprise!

    Bill Burnett
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    EXPORTING SPURS INNOVATIONMany companies become more competitive after they begin exporting.  Within two years of exporting, companies file seven times the number of patents and deliver four times the number of new products as compared to peers who do not export. As employees travel, they are exposed to more new knowledge, which the employees then turn into new ideas and productsSource: Salomon, R. M. and Shaver, J. M. (2005), Learning by Exporting: New Insights from Examining Firm Innovation. Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, 14: 431–460. 
  • Why Export? Six great reasons, the last two are surprising…here is the fourth of the six.

    Bill Burnett
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:43 pm
    STRONGER LABOR POOLIn addition to higher revenues per employee, exporters also tend to enjoy higher margins on exported goods. This  allows exporters to pay their workers better than non-exporters, which, in turn, enables them to hire from a stronger labor pool.
  • Why Export? Six great reasons, the last two are surprising…here is the third of the six.

    Bill Burnett
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Exporters are better able to leverage their production than non-exporters.  In the Milwaukee 7 region this is influence by manufacturing dominating our exports.  Nationally, over the past several decades, manufacturing has been growing, while manufacturing productivity has been growing even faster.  That's meant fewer jobs in manufacturing.  Exports tend to compound this productivity.  Thus, for M7 the export strategy is not a direct jobs strategy.4 Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Characteristics and Performance,  United States International Trade Commission,…
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    Marketing Practice

  • Brand Update : Sada Sexy Raho with Set Wet !

    Harish B
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    Set Wet has now a brand ambassador in the form of Aditya Roy Kapur. Since the take over of the brand by Marico, this is the first major shift in the strategy for Set Wet brand. According to media reports, Marico intends to position this brand for the youth and concentrate on hair styling products. The brand now has the endorsement from the upcoming star Aditya Roy Kapur.Watch the ad here : Set Wet Aditya Roy KapurThe brand has retained the " Be Sexy " positioning but added some more class to the brand campaign.  The brand has also changed the tagline from " Very Very Sexy " to…
  • Brand Update : Alia Bhatt to Perk Up Cadbury Perk

    Harish B
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
    Cadbury Perk is a confused brand. Perk came into limelight with an epic fight between KitKat and Perk. Then both these brands went to two trajectories. While KitKat was able to find a direction in terms of positioning , Perk was totally a confused brand. Nestle then launched Munch to fight Perk. Perk kept on experimenting with advertising themes and positioning and still has not found its mojo. Really I miss the magic of the launch campaigns of Perk . From this classic ad, the brand went to meaningless campaigns and later somewhat settled into its glucose energy focus. While KitKat…
  • Brand Update : Live-in makes Ajay Devgn say " Can't Live Without"

    Harish B
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:35 am
    After some unworthy advertisement campaigns, Live-in has come out with a new campaign featuring the actor- Ajay Devgn. The brand is currently running the new campaign featuring the celebrity.The brand had come to the limelight with some smart campaign featuring Dino Morea with the focus on comfort as the USP. Later the brand changed track and produced some averagely creative campaigns and faded into the clutter.This time around, the brand is putting its future on Ajay Devgn.The choice of the celebrity is interesting since he does not feature in the young brigade of celebrity endorsers.
  • Brand Update : This summer, Frooti gets a major makeover

    Harish B
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:13 am
    This summer, the 30 year old Frooti has got a bold makeover. Frooti has re-branded itself with a new logo, new packaging and ofcourse new brand communication. Frooti has a commanding 80% + share in the tetra-pack segment of the Rs 3500 crore Indian mango drink market. But the overall market share of the brand is only 11% in the total market. This is because the market is dominated by PET packsThe brands like Maaza and Slice dominate the market with their PET bottle variants. More over, the company feels that Frooti is perceived to be a kid's brand thus alienating the young/teen consumers…
  • Brand Update : Fair & Handsome ropes in Hrithik Roshan

    Harish B
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:13 am
    Indian men's grooming  market is estimated to be  Rs 4300 crore market ( Source - Euromonitor). The skin care market is estimated to be around Rs 700 crore. The fairness segment for men was created and dominated by Fair and Handsome . Launched in 2005, FAH became hugely popular. The brand rode to fame with the endorsement from Shah Rukh Khan.After 8 years of association with SRK, FAH has now roped in Hrithik Roshan as the brand ambassador. Hrithik is featured in the new ad for FAH Face wash. The men's face wash category is worth to be around Rs 250 crore. The 8 years association…
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    Mobile Marketing Watch

  • Google and Apple Granted U.S. Patents for New Age Alarm Clock, Parked Car Locator

    J. Barton
    4 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    What would we do without Google and Apple? It’s amazing to think that only decades ago, people used to wind clocks and get to work on time … and also remember (most of the time) where they parked their cars. Are we completely losing it? Incapable of commandeering even the simplest facets of our lives? Google and Apple must think so. These two tech behemoths were just awarded U.S. patents for anticipated future products designed to make even more of our everyday lives a digital affair. “In Google’s sci-fi future, your alarm clock’s volume will adjust automatically based…
  • Is The Tablet Market Tanking?

    Michael Essany
    4 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    IDC is out with a new report that shows that, while the global tablet market isn’t exactly tanking, it’s no longer the red-hot growth sector it was only a short time ago. As it turns out, most people who want tablets already have one — and, apparently, they’re not in a hurry to update. Worldwide tablet shipments recorded a year-over-year decline for the second consecutive quarter in the first quarter of 2015, IDC says. Overall shipments for tablets and 2-in-1 devices fell to 47.1 million in 1Q15, a -5.9% decline from the same quarter a year ago, according to…
  • Supercuts’ New Mobile Features Make You ‘Ready to Go’

    Jerry Jascoviak
    4 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    The folks at Supercuts have made some new upgrades to their online presence in addition to creating a mobile app. The new features now let customers make appointments online and to check-in upon arrival. The app even allows customers to manage same day service. Along with the check-in option, Supercuts, like some other popular hair salons, has added a hot towel treatment. “Supercuts has introduced a new complimentary Hot Towel Refresher as a finishing touch to every haircut,” the company says. “At the end of each cut, an expert Supercuts stylist uses a hot towel infused with soothing…
  • Google, Yahoo Taking Serious Steps to Mitigate Online and Mobile Ad Fraud

    Jerry Jascoviak
    4 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    How many times have you accessed an online ad only to have it take you to something completely different? Or even worse, steal your information? Well, if this has happened to you, you are not alone. Fear not, however, Yahoo and Google are taking action to stop it. These two powerhouse companies are attempting to have all of their online ads HTTPS encrypted. In this way, you would know the ad you’re clicking on is legitimate. Once the coding is complete, you will not have to worry about where a link takes you, or whether your personal information is safe. Mediapost quotes Yahoo VP of Revenue…
  • Mobile Convenience Comes Home: Get Ready to Ship Packages from Home Via App

    Jerry Jascoviak
    4 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    Imagine this scenario: you’re at home or work and have a package you need to mail out, but don’t have the time to leave your other chores. No need to worry – with just a couple taps and a picture from your smartphone or tablet, Shyp can do it for you. Shyp is an app that sends a delivery person to you to pick up an item that needs to be mailed. Don’t have a box? No worries. Shyp will package the item for you and figure out what shipping method is most cost-effective. All of this for just a flat $5 fee per item. Currently Shyp services are only available in San Francisco, New York City…
 
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    Branding Strategy Insider

  • Is Your Brand A Choice Or An Option?

    Mark Di Somma
    1 May 2015 | 12:10 am
    Just getting a presence in most markets can be hard work. One of my friends is finding that in the beverages game – a longer runway than he and his partners expected, and a lot more patience required as well. Long days, he says, having to justify every inch of shelf space you’re allocated. Same with being a speaker or a consultant. But doing all the work to get on the map just elevates you to the status of another option. That’s not the same as being a choice. Options form part of the line-up for how customers decide. Choices are a conscious decision in themselves. Option means you’re…
  • 20 Questions Every Activist Brand Should Ask

    Mark Di Somma
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:10 am
    As more brands seek to engage in what Denise Yohn has referred to as the “cultural conversations” of today, they encounter reactions ranging from strong endorsement to cynicism about their motives. Starbucks, for example, hit turbulence with its Race Together campaign. (There’s an excellent analysis of why here.) Levis on the other hand seems to have had an easier ride with its Water<Less campaign. Patagonia’s Don’t Buy This campaign was hailed by many as honest, genuine and utterly in keeping with their beliefs. As Prof Americus Reed points out in the article, the fundamental…
  • Five Ways To Amplify Human-Brand Interactions

    Chris Wren
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:10 am
    People live first and foremost in the digital world, and the battle for their attention and loyalty exists there. The digital world, aka social web, is powered by human media. To realize the promise of what all digital can do, brands need to understand that digital is not a “thing”. Once upon a time, it was. But now digital, via the social web and personal devices, is a part of the shared human experience. Consumers don’t have a ‘real life’ and a ‘digital life’ – they have ‘life’ which they experience both offline and online. Making digital work means incorporating the…
  • How To Plan Your Brand Revolution

    Mark Di Somma
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:10 am
    Just as brands reflect the business they are part of, so they must systemically modify how they operate to reflect technological and systemic changes in the business. In a paper on The Digitization of Everything, E&Y expound a business evolution model to change an organization’s digital capabilities. As a first step, they suggest, businesses need to use digital technology to improve current manual systems. Then they can introduce ways of working that are only achievable using digital platforms. Finally, they can push out to new business and participation models that fundamentally…
  • Debating The Need For Brand Valuations

    Derrick Daye
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:10 am
    Recently on Branding Strategy Insider, Mark Ritson wrote about the wild and concerning variances across different brand valuations. He suggested that despite the power and prestige of big valuation firms Interbrand, Millward Brown and Brand Finance, there was a possibility that much of what they do is unproven crap. Today we give David Haigh, CEO of Brand Finance an opportunity to respond. Why Variation Supports the Need for Brand Valuation “The suggestion that public brand valuations studies are ‘crap’ and worthless, simply because value opinions differ, is ill-informed nonsense.
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    Men with Pens

  • How to Rewrite Old Content and Make It New Again

    James Chartrand
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to Rewrite Old Content and Make It New Again first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Don’t Quit Your Day Job

    James Chartrand
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Don’t Quit Your Day Job first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Should you pursue your Bright, Shiny Idea?

    James Chartrand
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Should you pursue your Bright, Shiny Idea? first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Ways to Be a Responsible Writer

    James Chartrand
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:56 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! 5 Ways to Be a Responsible Writer first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why You Need to Choose Between Success and Popularity

    James Chartrand
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Why You Need to Choose Between Success and Popularity first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 —... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    IttyBiz

  • There Are A Lot Of People In The World

    Naomi Dunford
    3 May 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Did you ever see something and ask yourself, “Who in the hell would pay money for this?” Or something expensive that doesn’t need to be expensive and ask yourself, “Who in the hell would pay that kind of money for this?” We’ve all had these thoughts. Sometimes we have these thoughts about luxury brands. We get all haughty about it, too. We scoff, “Calvin Klein socks? Puh-lease.” Sometimes we have these thoughts about seemingly pointless products. “Oh, it’s a blanket with arms. Sure.” Sometimes we have these thoughts about premium services. “Three thousand dollars for…
  • Who Else Is Scared Of Feeding The Content Monster?

    Naomi Dunford
    3 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    In reference to the new daily newsletter, Jonas writes: Hi Naomi, I just have a quick question: It looks like this is all new content, not just old posts on the blog, and you do this every day. I’m writing a book and that means getting through some writers block occasionally. Luckily I have a pretty detailed master plan for the content of the book so it’s mostly just getting going and then it sorts itself out. But how do you make a content calendar for a year with this kind of depth in the articles? I’d like to blog more, once a week would be nice, but I never get going…
  • 3 Tasty Ways To Master The Art Of The Sample

    Naomi Dunford
    1 May 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Bananas are a pretty simple thing to sell, for a number of obvious reasons. People know what they taste like. You don’t have to wash them. You can write notes in Sharpie on their skins. If you want to sell bananas, all you really have to do is go to a place where there are people and put up a price. Easy peasy. But imagine you invented a totally new fruit. Let’s call it the schmanana. A schmanana is harder to sell because nobody is aware of its intrinsic value. It’s a weird thing nobody’s ever seen before. So how do you sell a schmanana? Well, you could invest several…
  • 5 Reasons Your Bounce Rate Is So High

    Naomi Dunford
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Why is my bounce rate so high? That’s one of the first questions that nervous marketers, bloggers, and business owners ask when they first start diving into analytics. Today, we’ll give you 5 reasons. First, a definition of terms. What’s a bounce rate? According to the good people at Google: Bounce Rate is the percentage of single-page sessions (i.e., sessions in which the person left your site from the entrance page without interacting with the page). In English? They visit one page and they leave. They may read the page. They may pore over the page. They may take artful…
  • 3 Huge Myths About SEO for Small Business

    Naomi Dunford
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    We haven’t talked about SEO in a while. Let’s debunk some myths. 1. Everyone should “do” SEO. Well, first, you can’t really “do” SEO. It’s not a verb. “What are you doing later, James?” “Well, I’m going to SEO for a bit, then maybe drink a bottle of vermouth at the park with the kids.” Notice how you’ve never heard that sentence. Some companies should put a significant portion of their marketing resources into optimizing for search engines. Others shouldn’t. As an ittybiz owner, you probably want to be…
 
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    All You Need Is A Good Idea!

  • Pants on fire.

    Jay H. Heyman
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    When you see a claim that states “longest lasting,” and there are no obvious asterisks, even cynical shoppers like me tend to believe the assertion. Which is why Energizer batteries have received my annual Pinocchio award. In a category that fights tooth and nail to convince consumers their products last the longest, they often end up with parity claims that they hope will sound like evidence of superiority. Such as, no other battery lasts longer. Or they compare their alkaline batteries to heavy-duty batteries. Or they put in a disclaimer about when used in toys, or flashlights, or…
  • How to "appear" smarter in meetings

    Jay H. Heyman
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:20 am
    No, the trick is not just wearing a tie. And certainly it should not require that you actually be well prepared. Or that you should be the smartest person in the room. After all, you only want to appear smarter, without actually doing any of the tedious work that might normally be required. And so, as practically a public service, let me pass on an article from thecooperreviewe.com. The actual title is, “The ten tricks that will make you appear smarter in meetings.” So by labeling it “ten tricks” you know there is no intention of serious, time consuming, anxiety provoking preparation.
  • Move over Shakespeare. Make room for Ant-man!

    Jay H. Heyman
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:37 am
    Yes, today is Shakespeare’s anniversary. And I wonder if he was anticipating Marvel’s Ant-man, when he said, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Ant-man is a Marvel comic hero, with the ability to decrease in size while increasing in strength. And whether you are a superhero fan or not, this certainly seems bizarre enough, as you can see from the trailer for the movie below. For the purposes of my blog, it is not the strange concept I am concerned with. Heck, we’ve had blockbusters lately featuring talking raccoons and talking…
  • 10 Top Marketing Trends

    Jay H. Heyman
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Forbes recently had an interesting article, written by Daniel Newman, titled “10 Top Trends Driving the Future of Marketing.” Read them all here.The trend that jumped out at me was number 8, suggesting that brands will behave more like product companies and less like service companies. “While service companies aim to create a happy customer and look forward to a contract renewal, product companies thrive on innovation.”I always thought that all types of companies needed innovation to keep them at the forefront and build their brand, but never at the expense…
  • Don’t just say it again, in reverse

    Jay H. Heyman
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:14 am
    Have you noticed all the posters, t-shirts, Tweets that seek to profess their profundity simply by basically reversing or slightly changing the first sentence? Thoughts like “Music makes a day beautiful. Beautiful days make their own music.” “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot. But make the iron hot by striking. “Don’t just kill time. Because time is killing you.” “When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt.” But then there are the good sayings, mottos, quotes that actually have weight and insight. (You can find many of them here) Like: “Work so hard…
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    Starting Your Own Business with Erica Douglass

  • The Real Reason Why 80%+ of Funded Startups Fail

    Erica
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:28 pm
    A friend confessed to me the other night that his funded startup had failed. “It was growing,” he said. “We were getting customers. We just weren’t getting them fast enough to continue getting funding.” This is a familiar refrain with startup founders, and I personally know several founders whose businesses fit this bill (including my last funded company.) They have a business that works, with customers. It just doesn’t fit the ridiculous growth profile that most VC’s (venture capitalists) expect. That’s the untold story of the estimated 80%+ of…
  • Week 5: What Do You Really Want to Do With Your Life?

    Erica
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:52 am
    I haven’t posted in a few weeks, though, as you’re about to find out, I have a really good reason for that! Also in this post, I share with you a (somewhat embarrassing) story about how I figured out what I really wanted to do most in my life. My boyfriend, John, owns a retail store called 1Up Repairs. He fixes cell phones, Xboxes, PS3s, and computers for a living. I’ve been helping him out with it for the past few weeks, and it’s been an eye-opening experience, as you’re about to find out. For the entire time I’ve known John, his store has been located in…
  • Week 2: “How Do I Start A Business When I Don’t Have Any Time?”

    Erica
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:54 pm
    It’s week 2 of my adventure in 2015 to start a business. I started out last week not knowing what kind of business I wanted to start. This week, I’m taking an introspective look at another common issue people have when they want to start a business–and one that plagues me as well! It’s all about the feeling of not having enough time to start a business. Technically, I work part-time right now; I’m wrapping up a 3-month consulting gig with Help.com, building their launch plan, website copy, an ebook, and more. (My work will be live on Help.com soon!) But, when you…
  • “What Kind of Business Should I Start?” A Surprising Answer from A Successful Entrepreneur

    Erica
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:10 pm
    I often get asked what you might think is a simple question: “What kind of business should I start?” For the first time in many years, I find myself in the same boat as the folks who ask me that question. I (surprisingly) don’t have a concrete answer to this question for myself right now–but, as I’ll show you in this post, I have a way to figure it out. After I sold my software company last year, I did a ton of soul-searching. I coached other successful entrepreneurs, and ended 2014 by taking a 3-month, part-time marketing consulting gig for Help.com, a funded…
  • Why “Charge Less” is Almost Always the Wrong Advice

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

  • How to Develop Your Business Strategy

    Tim Berry
    1 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    I love the Michael Porter quote here because it’s so true, and more so the more you dig down into the front lines of real business, such as small business and startups. Strategy is what you’re not doing. My favorite metaphor is the sculptor with a block of marble—the art is what he chips off... The post How to Develop Your Business Strategy appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Time Management Tips and Productivity Hacks for Successful Entrepreneurs [Free Webinar]

    Jonathan Michael
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:18 am
    Time is a lot like money, with one important difference. While we can choose to save or spend both of them, we just can’t make more time. What would you do if you had more time? How would you spend it? How can the way you spend your time make you a happier, more successful... The post Time Management Tips and Productivity Hacks for Successful Entrepreneurs [Free Webinar] appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Write a Business Plan in Under an Hour

    Noah Parsons
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Most people think that writing a business plan has to be hard. I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be. In fact, it’s possible to write your initial business plan in less than an hour. After all, you’re always thinking about your business and the strategies you’re going to use to grow,... The post How to Write a Business Plan in Under an Hour appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Start a Green Business

    Mackenzie Fox
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Every single day, people throw away colossal amounts of paper, ink, plastic, metal and other reusable materials. That’s just the way many see the consumer cycle, but these substances need not end up on a landfill. Over the past two decades, “going green” has become much more than a simple quasi-environmentalist mantra, or a slogan... The post How to Start a Green Business appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How Can I Get a Business Loan If My Credit Is Terrible?

    Angelique O'Rourke
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    The first thing you should know is that even if you are certain that your credit is poor, it is still possible to get financing. It’s not easy, but it is possible. There are options, but bad credit loans are high risk; you probably wouldn’t take them under different circumstances. In this article, I’ll cover:... The post How Can I Get a Business Loan If My Credit Is Terrible? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
 
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    SiliconBeat

  • Cisco names Chuck Robbins as CEO, replacing John Chambers

    Levi Sumagaysay
    4 May 2015 | 5:11 am
    Cisco Systems announced Monday that it has named Chuck Robbins, a 17-year veteran of the San Jose networking company, as its new CEO. Robbins replaces John Chambers, who will become executive chairman after 20 years as CEO. Robbins’ most recent position was as senior vice president of worldwide operations, responsible for the Cisco’s global sales and partner team. “Chuck embodies all the characteristics and traits we had outlined initially for the ideal Cisco CEO,” board member Roderick McGeary wrote in a blog post detailing the company’s 16-month search for the…
  • Off topic: Labyrinths, pretend death, hip-hop history, Venus de Milo

    Levi Sumagaysay
    4 May 2015 | 4:37 am
    Feeling stressed? Calm down, go walk a labyrinth. In Asia, faking death by going to a simulator that’s “somewhere between a therapy session and an amusement park ride.” Hip-hop history, told in comics. And what was the Venus de Milo doing with her arms? Photo: A person walks the labyrinth at Mercy Center in Burlingame in 2004. (John Green/San Mateo County Times)
  • Remembering Dave Goldberg, as told in “Lean In.”

    Michelle Quinn
    3 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    Like many others, I’ve been thinking about Dave Goldberg, the CEO of SurveyMonkey who died unexpectedly this weekend. He wasn’t as well known as his wife, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, although she always credited him for having a critical hand in her success. As she put it, her top advice to young women at the start of their careers was “marry well.” But her gratitude to Goldberg was for more than generic supportiveness. He was her lab partner in the great experiment of trying to have an egalitarian marriage. The effort also allowed her…
  • Silicon Valley leads nation in job growth

    George Avalos
    1 May 2015 | 11:08 am
    New figures are in from the federal government, and Santa Clara County is creating jobs at a monster pace, leading all of the nation’s metro areas by a wide margin. Over the 12 months that ended in March, total jobs in Santa Clara County grew by 5.5 percent — way ahead of all other metro centers in the United States, according to a new report by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. “There is a bucket load full of jobs in the technology sector in Santa Clara County,” said Christopher Thornberg, a partner with Beacon Economics. “It’s crazy growth. The…
  • Now, an ACLU app for securely recording police action

    Michelle Quinn
    1 May 2015 | 10:57 am
    The ACLU of Northern California is issuing a free app for taking secure videos of police action, the civil liberties organization announced. Called “Mobile Justice CA,” the app allows people to take videos that are automatically sent to the ACLU of California where they are preserved in case the phones are taken or destroyed. In addition, when in use, the ACLU app alerts others nearby who have the app that there is an incident. With videos of law enforcement actions continuing to be flash points around the country, the ACLU app appears to be a tool for countering instances when…
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    BizSugar / Published News

  • What is The Toughest Business Decision You\'ve Ever Made?

    ivanpw
    4 May 2015 | 3:04 am
    As the company owner, the make or break of your company is determined by your decisions. What is the toughest decision you have ever made for your business?16 Vote(s)
  • 8 Tips for Running a Successful Ecommerce Business

    lyceum
    4 May 2015 | 2:48 am
    Over the past decade, the global marketplace has undergone a substantial shift. No longer are businesses limited by geographical borders or location, but more by the amount of creativity they can marshal and their willingness to adapt to new technologies. In particular, entrepreneurs and business 16 Vote(s)
  • Why to Not Not Start A Startup #infographic

    SaadAhmadkhan
    4 May 2015 | 2:41 am
    If you are sad on a Sunday afternoon because it means that the next day you have to go back to work, you probably already discovered that jobs are an unnatural for humans to have.16 Vote(s)
  • #TYBCommunity Round-Up: SEO Content Tools, Twitter & Facebook Marketing etc

    Sian Phillips
    4 May 2015 | 2:37 am
    68 SEO Content tools, remarketing, Twitter & Facebook marketing, content marketing mistakes, blogging tips, LinkedIn replationship tab, your business location, bad employees and lots more are all in this latest #TYBCommunity round-up.16 Vote(s)
  • Tumblr, Reddit, Twitter, Facebook: Social Media Trends Q1 2015 - infographic

    irfanahmad1989
    4 May 2015 | 2:21 am
    Bitly - a link shortener service, analyzed more than 600 million links and tracked 8 billion clicks on those links and found some incredible insight into behavior on the web. This infographic called the Bitly Index highlights the major social media traffic trends Bitly saw over Q1 2015.16 Vote(s)
 
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    Entrepreneurship Resources | ZDNet

  • Pearl Academy

    Varun Kaushik
    1 May 2015 | 1:03 am
    21 YEARS OF LEGACYPearl Academy has completed two decades of empowering creative minds. Since its inception in 1993, the academy has...
  • Dig South Interactive Festival

    Tour Buddy
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:57 pm
    April 9-13, 2014, Charleston, SCGet all the latest information for the Dig South Interactive Festival in the App. The app includes...
  • Kurio Indonesias News App

    PT. Merah Putih Colony
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Smart news and content discovery application from Indonesia with most complete popular sources, latest articles, and favorite topics.Kurio...
  • The French hope that incubator spaces bring more than hype

    Bryan Pirolli
    28 Feb 2014 | 12:00 pm
    PARIS -- With unemployment high and entrepreneurship morale low, the French are opening tons of incubator space. But will it really help create jobs?
  • Enterprise software marketing: Sell the value, not the box

    Michael Krigsman
    29 Jan 2014 | 7:38 am
    Many startups (and even large software companies) focus on features instead of customers. Stanford professor, Steve Blank, redefines how a software startup should approach... everything.
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    Jacoline Loewen

  • Sustainable Investing - Jacoline Loewen

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Jacoline Loewen with the UBS Bank team on Sustainable Investing.UBS Bank team presenting Sustainable Investing.http://www.moneymagnetbook.ca
  • For those with $2M to Invest

    19 Mar 2015 | 3:32 pm
    For those who are wondering why you need a Swiss bank to manage your wealth - here is an useful excerpt from Financial Review:UBS manages more than $1.6 trillion of private client money globally. Advisers at the private bank also give strategic financial advice on structuring investments, philanthropy and establishing family trusts and self-managed superannuation funds.STRATEGIC THINKINGEach month, a global team of more than 900 analysts, asset managers and investment bankers, led by UBS global chief investment officer Alex Friedman, work together to review the world environment, assess the…
  • Managing the expectations of clients of wealth managers

    30 Dec 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Clients know it all, and want instant satisfaction. With the Web putting information at everyone’s fingertips in an instant, advisers face a lot of know-it-all clients. Many clients feel their Internet research makes them more knowledgeable than the advisors are.Many clients also want instant gratification. Jacoline Loewen says, “We need to recognize this phenomenon and try to set realistic expectations for our clients…regarding the process, timing, potential complications, fees and likely results.”Jacoline LoewenLinkedIn profile for Jacoline…
  • The sale of a business brings wealth and other unspoken isues

    30 Dec 2014 | 3:50 pm
    A business sale creates wealth, and unease. When a business owner cashes in and sells an enterprise, it often brings some confusion–even unhappiness–along with new wealth. This may seem to be similar to that internet meme - First World Problems. Think about it. People hear you are suddenly wealthy and that you should invest in your neice's startup.To be of help in that situation, advisers may need to step outside their own comfort zone and discuss non-financial issues with clients. Advisors can help their client to focus on a new set of goals.Jacoline Loewen is a Director with…
  • The benefits of tax-loss and investing

    30 Dec 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Benefits of tax-loss harvesting are inflated. Some so-called robo-advisers may be overstating the benefits of tax-loss harvesting. Some of the claims we’ve seen are unrealistic given our more than a decade of experience managing tax loss harvesting portfolios and results we’ve seen from competitors we respect. The claims made by online advisors arguably represent the triumph of favorably simulated back-tested results over actual experience.http://www.moneymagnetbook.ca
 
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    Chief Home Officer Home Office, Home-Based Business, Remote Work, Telework & Cloud Computing

  • Clean InBox, Happy Inbox – and Other Ramblings From a Home Office Gmail Neat-Freak

    Jeff Zbar
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    One upon a time, until about, oh, two months ago, every time my kids would look at my iPhone email icon, they’d cringe. Highlighted in red was a little reminder that I had almost 2,000 unread messages. Two Thousand Messages. From kids who hardly use email, to professional organizers whose career calling it is to strip such clutter from the face of an iPhone (and the universe, if possible), I imagine nothing can be more unnerving. Didn’t bother me much. Those emails had migrated there from the days when I used Outlook as my email application. So when I migrated to Google’s…
  • The Demons That Dwell in the Indie Mind: Managing Workflow in the Successful 1099 Business

    Jeff Zbar
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    Once upon a time in the working life of this home-based 1099er writer, I would lie awake nights dreading the source of my next assignment. Sometimes, pickin’s were slim and I wondered where gigs would come from. Then, somewhere or some time along the way, work became bountiful (thank G-d), and my worry had transformed from “Where?” to “How?,” as in, “How would I ever deliver the workflow piling up on my whiteboard?” My nemesis wasn’t / isn’t so much time management as time availability. Sometimes, it seems, one of me just isn’t…
  • Hey Home Officer, Forget HAL: Somebody’s Really Watching You

    Jeff Zbar
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:31 pm
    [RANT ON] From 1984 to 2001 to 2015, Big Brother truly is watching you in the home office, cyber cafe – maybe even on your smart phone, tablet or laptop. In a frightening convergence of technological ubiquity and consumer blithe, we’ve set ourselves up for what easily could be the most intrusive, pervasive and pernicious invasion of personal privacy. And we’re co-conspirators in the whole process. First, to 2015: This month, someone actually read the user manual for the new Samsung’s Smart TV, which can use voice commands to control its functions, and came across a…
  • Home Office / Small Business Truths: Death to the Old School Database

    Jeff Zbar
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    I was going through one of my home office desk drawers this morning and stumbled upon a relic from a long-lost era: my little black book. Actually, it’s a little brown book, filled with names and numbers for people who once upon a time were important enough to me to require their names be scribbled into a pocket-sized address book. As I flipped through it, I realized that many were in my Gmail contacts, and most of the others were easily searchable on the Internet. So I asked myself: Why do I still have an address book? Isn’t Google, Contacts, Gmail and the whole of the cloud my…
  • Cleaning the Inbox – Even With 100 Gigs of Home Office Data Storage

    Jeff Zbar
    7 Feb 2015 | 5:40 am
    Active Gmail users know the lament: After almost a decade on Google’s email service primarily used for my home-based writing and small business consulting company, I’ve been watching the ticker of data capacity grow at the bottom of my inbox, and the corresponding percentage remaining dwindle. It left me to wonder: What will I do once I hit the max? My solution was to buy additional Gmail storage. But the mental machinations that got me there provide a worthy tale of how we treat online services, the data we keep, what we’re willing to pay to keep even more, and where the…
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    Small Biz Daily

  • What’s in Style? Ask Google

    Rieva Lesonsky
    4 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky Google Wants to Keep You Fashion Forward  Google is getting into the fashion business—and that’s good news for fashion entrepreneurs. If you sell clothing or accessories, wouldn’t it be helpful to know what fashion items consumers were searching for? Well, who knows that better than Google? The search giant just launched its first report, Fashion Trends for 2015 as Told by Google Data. This is how it works: Google is looking at what fashions people are searching and then, “by categorizing past apparel-related queries” they’re identifying “trends to watch and…
  • Lunch Drives Productivity, Is the Next Tech Hub Cuba? And How to Hire a Sales Superstar

    Rieva Lesonsky
    2 May 2015 | 3:47 pm
    By Rieva Lesonsky 1) Eating Lunch Boost Productivity Americans vs. the French While we Americans are known to be some of the hardest workers in the world, new data from Pipedrive, a maker of simple, intuitive sales software for small businesses, shows we may need to work less and eat more. The information suggest we need to be more like the French, who often take two-hour lunch breaks—yet French salespeople are more productive in the morning, and after lunch from 2 to 6 pm. East coasters, says Pipedrive, tend not to eat lunch or quickly eat at their desks. These salespeople peak at noon and…
  • Turning Your Garage into a Home Office Space

    Rieva Lesonsky
    1 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Lance Jensen Most people go years without using their garage or they simply use it as a storage unit – not seeing the full potential of the space. However, if you work from home or run your own business – one can simply turn their garage into a home office in a few steps. As gas prices spike, and the commute to work is a drag – many professionals are looking at the option to work from home. Get Creative: To allow your garage to a full office turnaround, look into changing your garage floors to something more appealing than your normal rusty and soiled garage floors. For instance,…
  • Ready for National Small Business Week?

    Rieva Lesonsky
    1 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Reading List for Your Busy Week By Rieva Lesonsky The life of a business owner is a busy one. If I had my way, days would be 30 hours long—and there’d be, like the Beatles sang: “8 days a week.” But there aren’t. So to help you stay on top of important small business news, information and advice essential to running your business, here’s my weekly Reading List. If you have articles you’d like to share, get them to me by end of day Wednesday every week. Best Practices 3 ways to make every week Small Business Week Biggest mistakes family-owned businesses make What you need to know…
  • Getting “First Place” In a Business Plan Competition

    Rieva Lesonsky
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Cliff Ennico As my readers know, twice a year I judge the Connecticut Business Plan Competition (www.entrepreneurshipfoundation.org/contest.html), where students from business schools and undergraduate business programs throughout Connecticut compete for cash prizes and mentoring from leading business experts, in a format very similar to the popular “SharkTank” television show. This spring’s event featured 13 teams from throughout the state. Here are some of the ideas the students came up with, and my own “judge’s notes” describing their strengths and weaknesses. Concept # 1: A…
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  • Why Your Startup Should Ignore Your Onboarding Experience (For Now)

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    This following article is a guest post by Jackson Noel. Jackson is the Co-Founder ofAppcues, a SaaS product that allows you to create in-product experiences without changing any code.  You can follow him on twitter:@jacksonjonson Since I joined a startup that focuses on user onboarding, I’ve had half a dozen conversations just like this one: Startup Friend: “Dude I need to talk to you about our user onboarding.” Me: “Okay, what’s up?” Startup Friend: “We’ve changed it 3 times now. Can’t figure out how to get users to engage.” Me: “Gotcha. Well what are you doing to…
  • We Like Humans, But We LOVE Code (Machine Learning Case Study)

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    The following is a guest post by Jonah Lopin (@jonahlopin), founder at Crayon.  Jonah is a HubSpot alumnus, and I'm an angel investor in the company.   Here at Crayon, we love humans.  In fact, all our moms and many of our best friends are humans!  But when it comes to solving problems, we prefer code. Humans are awesome at certain things, like closing enterprise sales deals, delivering rousing speeches, and comforting small children. For these tasks and lots of others, humans are far superior to code. But in a business context, humans have some serious drawbacks: 1.
  • An Insider's Look At HubSpot Sidekick's Growth Approach

    18 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    The Sidekickgrowth team is a small, data driven and aggressive group within HubSpot that works on new, emerging products with massive audiences and a freemium business model (similar to Dropbox and Evernote).  We are constantly pushing ourselves to learn new growth strategies, tactics, and techniques. I have personally become more data driven and model driven after joining the team, and wanted to walk through an example of one decision that became much easier with the use of our generic problem solving framework. I am a big believer in the idea that complicated problems look simple when…
  • 5 Mistakes Founders Make When Hiring Their First Salesperson

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Your MVP is complete. Some seed funding is in the bank, or maybe even a Series A. You’re anxious to see if your product flies off the shelf. It’s time to make that first sales hire. This is a big step. The right call can establish the rocket-ship revenue chart every founder dreams of. The wrong call can be bring down the company. At HubSpot, I hired over 200 salespeople. I made a lot of mistakes. I figured a few things out. Over the years, I have leveraged this experience to help dozens of startups with this critical first sales hire decision. Here are five mistakes I see many founders…
  • Overcoming The Odds: 10 Tips For Getting Into A Top Accelerator

    5 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    Just as the CEO is the investor’s interface to a business, the application process and form is your interface into top accelerators like Techstars and Y Combinator. The best programs are super-selective--less than 1% of applicants get in, making them pickier than Harvard, Stanford and MIT. So as our New Year’s present to you, here is the scoop on how to improve your odds of getting in. We can’t speak directly for any programs other than TechStars Boston, which the two of us have known and been involved in for years, but these hints should improve your chances significantly just about…
 
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    The Power of Goodwill Blog

  • Employee Morale From A to Z

    Janet Smith
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:58 pm
    I recently facilitated a 12-hour front-line supervisor training “crash course” with two great guys who are going to be fantastic bosses! (In case you’re wondering, it wasn’t one 12 hour day…it was two six-hour days, about 10 days apart!) It got me thinking about the many things that the very best bosses continually do to develop and maintain a team of engaged, loyal, productive employees. That has led to the idea for a new blog series: Employee Morale From A to Z. Here are the topics this series will cover: A is for Accountability B is for Brag C is for…
  • Take the time to say “hi” every morning!

    Janet Smith
    23 Nov 2011 | 3:42 am
    Yesterday I received an email from my mom…that she received from someone else…that certainly stole my heart. It consists of four photos, telling the story of a deer that visits a cat every morning! Seems the two unlikely critters have formed a bond and start out every day showing one another some genuine affection. The kitty’s owner decided to snap some pictures to document this remarkable daily meet-and-greet event. As an employee morale consultant, I can’t help but think how many people would benefit from following the example of this deer and cat. I simply mean…
  • Here’s a quick way to make an employee feel valued

    Janet Smith
    6 May 2009 | 7:37 am
    Catch an employee as he or she is leaving at the end of the day, and say, “I just want to make sure you know how much I appreciate you and all that you do for the company.” Accompany with a genuine smile and if it’s your style, maybe a pat on the shoulder. Some may react with slight embarrassment or even with an awkward silence, but that’s okay. Assuming that you’re a decent boss and the overall work environment is pretty good, they’ll walk out the door feeling on top of the world knowing that they matter.
  • Should yesterday’s Administrative Professional’s Day be the last?

    Janet Smith
    23 Apr 2009 | 12:41 pm
    Yesterday was Administrative Professional’s Day. And I’m starting to think that a day singling out secretaries, receptionists, administrative assistants, and other clerical workers may not be the best way to honor these invaluable employees. I was quoted yesterday in a blog post on The Glass Hammer, an online community for women executives in financial services, law and business. I stand by what I said: “Flowers, a card, candy, and a lovely lunch are all terrific—and I would never, ever discourage a boss from doing these kinds of things in honor of Administrative…
  • Dear Domino’s: I told you so

    Janet Smith
    20 Apr 2009 | 12:24 pm
    Dear Domino’s: I hate to say I told you so…but…I told you so. I’ll explain in a moment. But first, let’s recap. One week ago today, on April 13, a video was posted on YouTube showing a few Domino’s employees doing some really disgusting things with food, as they appeared to be preparing it for customers. The video has since been taken down, so I don’t know how many people ultimately viewed it-but I read that on April 15, it had been viewed 562,627 times by 8 a.m., 728,816 times by 3 p.m., and 930,390 times by 9:30 p.m. A stellar example of social…
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    Content Marketing Institute

  • The 5-Point Survival Guide to Blogging as a Business

    Aaron Orendorff
    4 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Blogging is hard. Damn hard. And, not to be the bearer of bad news, but blogging as a business is even worse. In fact, even seven years ago, Technorati estimated that 95% of all blogs were outright failures, victims of abandonment by their creators. Why? Because day after day, week after week, post after post, to have a business blog, you need: Buy-in from your team Ideas for articles A content calendar to maintain consistency Content Optimization to ensure real-world ROI These needs can be daunting, especially in a post-apocalyptic blog world. The zombie hordes are at your door. So, to help…
  • Who Killed the Content? Make Sure You’re Never the Suspect

    Derek Miller
    3 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    It was 11:30 p.m. Friday after a few drinks when Vanessa conceived the idea. Glowing with excitement, she wondered if it would ever see the light of day. Nine days later, Vanessa met with Josh to discuss the idea. He nodded his head, took notes, and finally, decided that he would bring her idea to life. Several hours later, Josh sat at his desk with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and reviewed the notes. After a few deep breaths, Josh’s fingertips hit the keyboard and, like a flash of lightning, the idea turned into a piece of content – young, vibrant, and excited at the possibilities of…
  • This Week in Content Marketing: The New Media Model Will Include Selling Products

    Joe Pulizzi
    2 May 2015 | 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 research that suggests Facebook organic reach is dipping even more, and additional research that suggests influencer marketing is on the rise, but many marketers are still not approaching it correctly. We also ponder why many publishing companies are myopically focused on advertising and agree that the media model of the future will be all about selling products and services. After roasting The Wall Street Journal (again) for a misleading blog post,…
  • Are These 3 Points of Interest on Your Marketing Road Map?

    Hana Abaza
    1 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Being effective marketers in today’s world of emerging technology and changing attitudes requires us to look one (or several) steps ahead. Let’s discuss three – advocate marketers, money for distribution, and “automagic” integration – that are worth your attention from among the many helpful themes, trends, and studies detailed in the infographic created by our team at Uberflip, shown below. Lobby for an advocate marketer What do you do when you absolutely LOVE a product or service? I tell anyone and everyone who will listen how much I love my <insert shiny new…
  • Shed the Light on Your Dark Social Activity

    Luis Aguilar
    30 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Dark Social  is a form of social sharing that happens when someone copies and pastes content from your site or a link from the address bar into private communications such as emails, instant messages, or forum posts. In North America, 59% of all social sharing is done via Dark Social, 31% is done via Facebook, and the remaining 10% is done through all other social networks combined, according to a recent study by RadiumOne. If you look at social-sharing data without incorporating Dark Social activity, you are seeing a skewed picture. For example, at the time this article was written, this…
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    Jill Konrath's Fresh Sales Strategies

  • The Root Cause of Many Lost Sales Opportunities

    30 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    We were staying at a lovely golf resort in St. George, Utah, but that's not what we were playing. Instead, when checking out the pool area, my husband and I discovered an outdoor ping pong table.
  • Don't Miss this Free Sales Acceleration Summit

    28 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    Last year over 20,000 people signed up for this free online summit on May 7th. Even if you're busy that day, you'll want to register for it. Why? Great content AND you can listen in later. 
  • The Inside Scoop on Goal Setting for Sales: Part II

    21 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    This is the final half of my interview with Heidi Grant Halvorson, bestselling author and social psychologist who studies motivation and goal achievement. Today we talk about how goals evolve over time, the best mindset to reach them and much more. Enjoy! Read Part 1 | Download PDF | Listen to Audio   
  • The Inside Scoop on Goal Setting for Sales: Part 1

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Recently I had a chance to interview  Heidi Grant Halvorson, a social psychologist specializing in the study of motivation and goal achievement. She's also the associate director of the Motivation Science Center at Columbia University. Heidi is the author of some of my favorite books including Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals and No One Understands You and What to Do About It (just released).
  • Can Wearing Black Really Give you a Sales Edge?

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:31 am
    On Saturday, after the third round of the Masters, Phil Mickelson told a CBS interviewer that he'd be wearing black on Sunday. When asked why, he said:
 
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    Bill Caskey

  • The Average Of 5 People

    Travis
    4 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    On this week’s audio post, I want you to evaluate who you spend most of your time with. Are you surrounding yourself with people that you admire and look up to? The people you choose to be around are a direct reflection of who you will become. The rule is, you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. The post The Average Of 5 People appeared first on Bill Caskey.
  • Selling Yourself

    Travis
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    On this week’s audio blog, I’m going to challenge to do something different. I want you to spend some time selling yourself to yourself. Do you believe in your personal value? Do you believe in the product you are selling? If you don’t, it will come across to your prospects.   The post Selling Yourself appeared first on Bill Caskey.
  • Ability VS. Capability

    Travis
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    Ability and Capability are typical used synonymously but they do have one big difference. Capability is the future, is a person capable of doing more than what they are doing now? We need to spend more time on Capability and what we are Capable of doing.   The post Ability VS. Capability appeared first on Bill Caskey.
  • The Problem With Idea Generation – And a Solution

    Bill Caskey
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
    More ideas are not better. I know there is a saying, “If you want to come up with a great idea, come up with lots of ideas.” But I see Presidents and Salespeople generate idea after idea – and yet have little to show for them. So what happens. Here’s my take. My sense is that the person that has the idea (the creator) is seldom the person who will implement the idea and bring it to profit. I didn’t say “never,” I said seldom. So the idea-creator needs to have either a) someone around him/her who can flesh out the idea before investing too much time…
  • Fear Gets In The Way Of Intention

    Travis
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:02 am
    Do you ever feel self-conscious during a call with a prospect? When that fear creeps in all your prior intentions go right out the window. If you are focused on yourself, you are focused on the wrong person. You are there to help them solve their burdens. When you are fearful, it keeps them from getting the solution they really need. The post Fear Gets In The Way Of Intention appeared first on Bill Caskey.
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    B2B Lead Blog

  • 4 Steps to Lead Nurturing: Walking the buying path with your customers

    info@meclabs.com
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    TweetLead generation can take you on a long hike. The one thing I can guarantee you about the journey is that more is not better if you don’t know how to nurture. The goal of lead nurturing is to help progress leads from initial interest toward purchase intent. It’s about progression. That said, I’ve seen companies spend most of their budget getting people to raise their hands but not putting enough toward progression. Get out your walking shoes, and take a journey with your customers. I define lead nurturing as consistent and meaningful communication with viable prospects (those that…
  • Optimizing Lead Distribution for Higher Conversion

    info@meclabs.com
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    TweetThe management of sales leads is critical to generating marketing ROI. Sadly, sales leads often land on the scrap heap because marketers throw leads over the wall and then expect salespeople to catch them. I was recently asked by someone how to utilize lead distribution to gain the best results. That’s a complex question when you think about it. Almost every company that has salespeople has those who are stronger performers and those who are weaker performers. However, when you add sales territories and fairness into the mix, this is far from easy. So do you invest your hard-won…
  • Lead Generation That Converts Leads into Sales Opportunities

    info@meclabs.com
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:35 am
    TweetAsk most executives and marketers what salespeople need to sell in this economy, and they will say one thing: more leads. That’s why many marketing and lead generation programs tend to focus on quantity. Unfortunately, as little as 5 to 15% of all marketing inquiries (aka leads) turn out to be truly Sales-ready opportunities. Marketers who really want to help Sales perform better will focus on higher-quality leads, which have better odds of converting into pipeline opportunities and customers. However, according to MarketingSherpa’s data, generating “high-quality leads” is…
  • 4 Perspectives That Should Shape Your View of Value Propositions

    info@meclabs.com
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    TweetIf you think a value proposition is just a catchy phrase or the elevator speech your salesmen can spout off to customers, consider what Michael Lanning, the creator of the term, has to say. “It should drive what you communicate, but more,” he explained. “It should be the heart of your business strategy — an articulation of how customers will be better off if they do what your business proposes.” Three decades ago, Michael invented the concept and coined the phrase while he was a consultant for McKinsey & Company. I recently had the privilege of speaking with him about how…
  • Inbound Marketing: How a B2B company used a content marketing strategy to improve customer experience

    info@meclabs.com
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    TweetInbound marketing is typically a term reserved for B2C companies striving to draw customers in with flashy social media campaigns, witty tweets and beautiful infographics. B2B companies have the very unique challenge of asserting themselves and becoming a voice of authority in their respective industries, and inbound marketing can be a powerful way to do that — the nuances of which are not just reserved for those speaking directly to consumers. Starting off, attracting the right people and the speaking to the right audience is essential in a B2B inbound marketing campaign. Using three…
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    Innovation Management

  • Risk, Great Ideas, and Your Business Model

    Langdon Morris
    4 May 2015 | 3:19 am
    Where do great ideas come from? Obviously they come from many sources, which means that your systematic innovation process has to support and sustain multiple efforts at ideation in parallel. In the following article we will explore some promising ways that you may be able to find ideas that will take your own business forward.
  • Market Mapping for Sustainable Growth

    Langdon Morris
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:15 am
    In this chapter excerpt from The Innovation Formula Langdon Morris explains how to use a map to help you locate your company in the market, to see clearly how it compares with the competition, and then to use this assessment to chart a future path toward success. The goal is to find the very best high reward, low-risk ideas that will change the market, amplify your profits, increase your relevance, and sustain your organization’s viability over the long term.
  • Do You Really Want Disruptive Innovation?

    Anthony Ferrier
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:01 pm
    What company wouldn’t want to come out with the next iPhone, online bookstore or Swiffer mop? In the right circumstances disruptive innovation can be a valid path to drive the long-term survival and growth of a mature organization. But Anthony Ferrier argues that most companies are not in that environment. They talk (a lot) about pursuing disruptive innovation, but the reality is that they don’t really want, or are able, to support it.
  • Five Forces of Complexity and Change

    Langdon Morris
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:47 am
    In this chapter of The Innovation Formula Langdon Morris examines five forces of change: technology, science, culture, the human population and climate change. The convergence of these five trends largely defines the modern world and the market environment to which we must adapt and respond. Understanding them will set the framework for the choices you will have to make, and the processes you will implement in order to create and implement your own organization’s innovation process.
  • Elements of The Innovation Formula

    Langdon Morris
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:41 pm
    In the first chapter of The Innovation Formula for small business leaders and entrepreneurs, Langdon Morris explained the importance of questions and maps that describe competition, change, the future, innovation and strategy that are intended to help you understand the significant forces that are shaping business today, and to harness the ones that are already shaping tomorrow. In the second chapter, we look at a third core element that this book is organized around, which is the innovation formula.
 
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    Freelance Folder

  • New Freelance Job Site AwesomeWeb Launches

    Freelance Folder
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:46 pm
    AwesomeWeb is the latest freelance job site to enter the market. It is a “marriage” of the teams behind 1stWebDesigner and IncomeDiary. They claim AwesomeWeb is an attractive alternative to the existing freelance job sites out there. How? By matching a select group of web designers and developers to higher quality projects.  In theory, it [...] The post New Freelance Job Site AwesomeWeb Launches appeared first on Freelance Folder.
  • Client Interaction Fundamentals

    Christina Gillick
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Today we’re giving you a sneak peek inside our “Anatomy Of A $9,750 Website Build.” This will give you an opportunity to see actual lessons from the training we have available. These previews will each feature an entire lesson from the training, including everything you’ll get when you sign up. We hope this will give you a [...] The post Client Interaction Fundamentals appeared first on Freelance Folder.
  • Automate Processes – Impress Your Clients by Using Zapier

    Ryan Domm-Thomas
    9 Jun 2014 | 2:42 pm
    What would you say is something that your clients really appreciate about you? Are you a talented web designer? Do they think your prices are fantastic? Do you have their sites up and running faster than expected?  These are all traits of an excellent freelance web designer! But what if you could add this one… [...] The post Automate Processes – Impress Your Clients by Using Zapier appeared first on Freelance Folder.
  • Build and Grow Your Client List with Sortfolio

    Ryan Domm-Thomas
    28 May 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Your business is an investment and your work makes up your portfolio… right? So, how do you get work? From your clients of course! As a freelancer, your ability to get clients can truly make or break your business. One of the fastest ways to gain clients is to drive more and more traffic to your [...] The post Build and Grow Your Client List with Sortfolio appeared first on Freelance Folder.
  • The Fastest Way to Become a Web Designer

    brantwilson
    25 May 2014 | 10:42 am
    If I said you could start today and be a full blown web designer – making $50 per hour or more – in just 8 weeks, would you be interested? If you’re a regular reader of FreelanceFolder, the answer is most likely, “You bet!” People, like you, who visit this site are looking for expert [...] The post The Fastest Way to Become a Web Designer appeared first on Freelance Folder.
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    The Global Small Business Blog

  • Today in Global Small Business: SBDC at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Hosts 5/28 Global Event

    4 May 2015 | 4:09 am
    ©iStock/PashalgnatovWhat's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:How will Mississippi's International Trade Office develop businesses and increase trade for the state?How many pages does Facebook small business Pages have?Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) International Trade Center (ITC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is hosting “Go Global in the Digital Age: Taking on the International Market” on May 28th. How small businesses are ready to expand and compete in the global economy.Condé Nast will launch its…
  • Know the Rules Well

    2 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    ©2015 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” -- Dalai Lama XIV
  • Lost in Anger Translation

    1 May 2015 | 4:03 am
    Translation can take any form when you are trying to convey your point globally.  Some levity for the day.  US President Obama and his anger translator at the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner (published 4/25/15).
  • Do Your Competitors Cheat?

    30 Apr 2015 | 3:46 am
    ©iStock/g-stockstudioWhat's this?  Cheat?  Who cheats?  Do you ever find that your competitors steal away your ideas or steal business by playing off other companies’ hard-earned brand reputation? According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, intellectual property theft steers nearly $250 billion away from U.S. companies each year. For small companies and startups, those lost revenues can be the difference between thriving and surviving.How can entrepreneurs and small businesses protect their intellectual property rights, but also how they can protect themselves…
  • 4 Key Things Small Businesses Need to Recover

    29 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    ©iStock/RvisoftAs the leader of Barack Obama’s small business programs during the height of the crisis, Karen Mill's job was to help America’s smallest firms not only weather the storm but, just as importantly, to have the chance to rebuild.Below she offers advice on what small businesses need in order to recover from the recent financial crisis.Read:  The Conservatives are on the side of small business
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    Entrance » Blog

  • How Does Software Age?

    Eric
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Software applications age over time like any business asset. Unlike tangible assets, such as physical equipment, software deprecation tends to be less easily identifiable or well-defined. Old software tends to “fly under the radar” in businesses, and as a result the associated risks and opportunities are not addressed in a timely manner. Ultimately, all software has to be rewritten in some form eventually to extend its useful life. Software ages in many different ways but today I want to explore one key way that tends to be easy to overlook when understanding the application development…
  • Infographic: Office 365 and SharePoint Online Adoption in the Oil & Gas Industry

    Sandra
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    Microsoft Office 365 lets you invest more capital into your wells and less on IT infrastructure. Imagine a world where you don’t have to worry about upgrades or managing servers and network infrastructure. Wondering if it’s time to move your oil and gas enterprise to the cloud? Let’s face it, oil and gas is lagging other industries when it comes to embracing the cloud. Click here to read Carol Donnelly’s latest article about the pros and cons of Microsoft Office 365 adoption for oil and gas producers, pipeline operators, and service providers.The post Infographic: Office…
  • Is Your SharePoint Farm Ready for Kim Jong Un?

    Benjamin
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    If you play a part in managing or administering SharePoint at your company, the Sony hack might be more frightening to you than any movie released this year. The hackers looted Sony’s network and released sensitive employee information, confidential intellectual property, and even embarrassing emails. You don’t have any of these on your servers, do you? Sure, your firm might not attract the ire of a rogue nation, but corporate cyber attacks are commonplace. Most malware isn’t directed at a specific target; instead, it sweeps the internet for network vulnerabilities. Oil is near $50 per…
  • Self-Service Analytics for Finance and Accounting

    Kyle
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    Chances are, business intelligence is on every accountant’s Christmas list this year. The energy industry of 2015 is shaping up to be a world of slim margins and fast turnaround to allow producers, distributors and marketers to maximize the effect of their smaller capital budgets. Accounting and finance departments will feel this pressure unlike any other. Between processing and paying invoices, regulatory reporting, and the myriad of one-off financial reports that executives need, every precious second counts in the day of a finance department. In 2015, those seconds are even more…
  • 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…
 
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    Capital Solutions Bancorp » Blog

  • 15 Essential Software, Apps and Tools for Small Businesses

    Meryl Evans
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
    Hundreds of thousands of software, apps and tools simplify and speed up tasks for small business owners and their employees. However, finding the right tools can be overwhelming for even the tech-savviest people. Many tools are available as monthly or yearly subscriptions, and those can add up fast. Your small business’ need may not need feature-rich and expensive tools to get the job done when free or low-priced alternatives will suffice. This list contains free and affordable options. Most commercial and freemium software offer a free trial. Should you decide to try out a tool, pay…
  • 5 Time Management Tips for Small Business Owners

    Meryl Evans
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:41 am
    When small business owners are at their desk, they often feel like they don’t spend enough time on revenue-producing activities. They take care of payroll, track down late paying clients, balance the books and check email frequently. They’d rather spend more time connecting with clients, bringing in new clients and finding ways to grow business. We all have the same amount of time in a day. It’s enough to get work done, get rest and do something away from work to clear out the brain’s cobwebs. Here are five time management tips that you can do right away to gain more time doing the…
  • What You Need to Know About Cash Flow Management

    Meryl Evans
    10 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    Your small business could have all the clients it wants and be profitable. Yet without cash-on-hand, things could fall apart in an instant. Profits don’t guarantee you’ll always have cash to pay employees, purchase supplies and take care of your vendors. The good news is that you can control your finances to ensure cash is always available. It begins with understanding how cash goes in and out of your company. Cash flow is the cash you have available after paying all expenses. A business with negative cash flow pays more than it brings in. Any cash left over at the end of the month…
  • Trends in Small Business Cash Flow Management and Payment Practices

    Meryl Evans
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    A few eye-opening trends have emerged in the Atradius Payment Practices Barometer survey that will help you stay on top of your B2B company’s cash flow. This survey looks at corporate payment behaviors in the Americas. Here are key statistics from the survey: A third of respondents say that maintaining cash flow is the greatest challenge to business profitability. Collecting outstanding invoices is the biggest business challenge for 22.5 percent of the respondents. More than a third of B2B receivables aren’t paid on time. B2B businesses lose almost 52 percent of the value of their…
  • 10 Ways to Motivate Employees and Increase Profits

    Meryl Evans
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
    A project manager compliments a colleague for good work on a project. A manager leader puts an employee in a leadership role for a project. The team takes a day away from work to do volunteer work for a nonprofit organization. The company holds a picnic at a park on a beautiful day. All these have employees holding their heads higher, smiling  and empowering them to achieve more. Not a single one involved money. An engaged workforce will worker harder to navigate bumpy roads and reach goals. A Gallup survey shows that companies with engaged employees outperform less engaged companies in…
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    Business of Software USA

  • Ever wondered what that sign on the toilet door means? It was never a dress…

    Mark Littlewood
    1 May 2015 | 2:38 am
    We love this idea from Sara Breeding at Axosoft who came to BoS Conference last year and heard Brianna Wu’s talk about helping women in technology. Once seen, never forgotten. BoS in your inbox. BoS is a conference where business leaders and entrepreneurs meet to learn and improve through listening to our world class speakers, but also eachother. Get the latest updates direct to your inbox, including conference news, discounts, and BoS video content by signing up here. The post Ever wondered what that sign on the toilet door means? It was never a dress… appeared first on Business…
  • BoS Lightning Talks | Now Accepting Applications for USA and Europe

    Joe Glover
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:06 am
    15 Slides. 30 seconds each. Your Subject. Our Stage. Haven’t worried you yet? Great! Lightning Talks are always one of the highlights of BoS and this year will be no different. We are pleased to say the BoS Lightning Talks are open for public application now. If you want an opportunity to talk at BoS about a topic that interests you, send us an application. Lightning Talks follow a simple format – every speaker gets 15 slides and 30 seconds per slide to talk about a subject of their choice. The slides advance automatically. Warning, they are a challenge! But one worth taking:…
  • Five Tips for Video Marketing from Chris Savage – CEO of Wistia

    Joe Glover
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
    Last week we had the absolute pleasure and privilege of welcoming back Chris Savage, Co-Founder and CEO of Wistia for a BoS Hangout following his BoS USA Talk in 2014. A talk about his talk soon turned into a conversation about the state of video marketing in general and a play list for anyone thinking about using video in their marketing. A long time BoS attendee, Chris has been coming to BoS since he started the company so it was a pleasure to invite him on stage and talk about some of the mistakes he has made in building Wistia. Some highlights from the hangout after the video below,…
  • If data can help win elections, what can it do for your business?

    Joe Glover
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:12 am
    How Big Data can win elections. Most people are familiar with the story of how the first Obama campaign harnessed split testing to build their war chest for the election. Regardless of your political views, it was a big win for analytics. With the general election on the horizon, we thought it would be a good time to repost this for all to see and understand. So here is Dan Siroker, the man behind the analytics on the Obama 08 campaign. Dan gave us some great insights into what analytics can do to help win elections, but more than that, he lays out a framework for any company getting…
  • A Call for Help | Building Email Lists

    Joe Glover
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:01 am
    At The BLN and BoS we try, hard, to produce the world’s best conferences. For those whom I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet – my job is to let people know about these conferences. The most effective method in terms of creating an instant reaction we have found is via our email newsletter that we send every couple of weeks. As a company, we’ve already built our email list to a reasonable size of the 10 years or so our conferences have been running. Having recently taken the mantle of being in charge of marketing however, I would love to grow the list further, at an…
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    Rise of the Innerpreneur

  • Natalie Cope: Innerpreneur Spotlight

    Tara Joyce
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    NATALIE COPE Co-Founder of Bryt Bryt Clothes | @Bryt_Clothes I am: Natalie Cope. I’m the co-founder of Bryt, pronounced ‘bright’ with James Foster. My passion is for: Designing great clothing products and putting a smile on people’s faces. Those are the two goals of the brand. It’s not enough anymore to get your clothing made in the UK (all ours is, down to the packaging) you’ve got to bring you’re A game and we have created a small niche. Bright coloured clothes only, hence the name Bryt. Perhaps not everyone’s cup of two but that’s 5% of the population that love a…
  • We Wouldn’t Need So Much Esteem If We Had More Love

    Tara Joyce
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    Perhaps you’ve had an experience similar to mine. I grew up believing I could DO anything. I was nurtured by the concept that everything I desired could be mine, if only I was willing to work for it. What I did not understand, amid my action full of DOing, was this was not the whole story. Sure, I could try and do everything, and I might even impress myself in doing so, but without the other piece of the puzzle, this doing of mine lacked a real purpose. I had learned to be full of self-esteem but I lacked self-love. I knew I could DO, but I couldn’t see nor appreciate the BEing…
  • Addicted to the Pain

    Tara Joyce
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Do you ever get so addicted to the pain of something that you don’t want to break out of it? Have you ever felt so much pain and so consistently that you start to feel you deserve it — that it’s meant to be there? Have you ever stayed with your pain — not changing it, not empowering yourself? When we do this, we make ourselves a victim of our pain. It’s selfish in the end. We’re so overwhelmed by our feelings of despair and unfairness that we forget our responsibility… to our self and others. We forget our responsibility to care about people and things…
  • You Need to Be More

    Tara Joyce
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Not more than you are but as much as you are. Not THE best but YOUR best. You need to live up to your purpose, and you need to know you have exactly what it takes to do so. Being your best is an inside job. It’s yours to define and to design. In the quest for more, it’s the desire to be the best that inevitably diminishes you, and your creative energy. For it’s simply not possible to attain. You can never be the best. However, awakening and exploring your desire to be your best is powerful and sustainable fuel for your creative energy. It is what drives you to live your…
 
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • Retail Computer Business Successfully Launches During Recession

    Jeff Cornwall
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Josh Boyd – Computer Pros TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Retail Computer Business Successfully Launches During Recession appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Social Enterprise Entrepreneur Shares Story

    Jeff Cornwall
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Heath Shackleford- Good.Must.Grow. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Social Enterprise Entrepreneur Shares Story appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • High School Student Launches a Royal Success

    Jeff Cornwall
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:35 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Riley Vergara-Cruz – Dreams Do Come True Princess Parties TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post High School Student Launches a Royal Success appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Student Balances Class and Startup

    Jeff Cornwall
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Colin Alcorn- Corner Catalogue TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Student Balances Class and Startup appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Student Entrepreneur Pursues Product Development

    Jeff Cornwall
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Grace McCaw- McCaw Industries TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Student Entrepreneur Pursues Product Development appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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    PaySimple Blog

  • Reads of the Week – May 1

    Amy Wigginton
    1 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    We know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week for topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites that we may have missed in the comments.  While you likely just wrapped up your taxes, it’s not too early to set yourself up with a stronger cash flow plan for next year. A solid tax strategy is a great way to recover cash flow, but you need a like-minded accountant. Meaning, one who brings ideas proactively to you. What are the two words that should make you RUN if you hear them from your accountant? Read on to find out. While…
  • There’s a Stat for That

    Lisa Hephner
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” –-attribution in question, read about it here. “Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.” –- commonly attributed to Mark Twain “An unsophisticated forecaster uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts – for support rather than for illumination.” – Andrew Lang (Scottish Poet) “If the statistics are boring, then you’ve got the wrong numbers.” ― Edward R. Tufte “Statistics: the only science that enables different experts using the same…
  • Life Comes Full Circle

    Eric Remer
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    One of my daughter’s favorite songs when she was younger was called, “Magic Penny”.  It’s about giving out your love, and one of the verses states: It’s just like a magic penny, Hold it tight and you won’t have any. Lend it, spend it, and you’ll have so many The concept behind sharing the magic penny applies to so many things:  love, money, time, resources, etc. I’ve noticed that is the common trait shared by my most successful peers and mentors. Without exception, they are all very generous with their time, money, contacts and energy, and they ask nothing in…
  • Reads of the Week – April 24th

    Kristin Piccirillo
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    We know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week for topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites that we may have missed in the comments. It came. We Saw it. But did you conquer? Mobile-geddon, that is. Google bucked their normal trend of just changing algorithms (see: panda, penguin) and gave businesses a couple month heads-up and a ton of tools to prepare for the switch to a better mobile searching experience for customers. The media wrote a bunch of articles — some touting the ‘huge deal’ of this…
  • How to Get a Chip-and-PIN Credit Card for Your Small Business

    Lisa Hephner
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Preparing Your Small Business for EMV Tip post from back in February provided a primer on the EMV chip standard for credit cards that is just starting to be adopted in the United States, along with what you need to do to get your small business ready to accept EMV “chipped” cards. The roll-out is progressing, and most of you have probably received at least one “chipped” card by now, whether for a personal or small business credit card account. While this technology is new in the United States, it has been the standard in most other countries since the late 1990s. And, even…
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • Quick iPhone App Update: Sign in with Facebook and Google

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

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

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

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

    Emily Farrar
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    You asked, we built it! We recently added new filters to our receipt tables so you can see which receipts have (and have not) been exported to different programs and report formats. If you use any of our awesome integrations like QuickBooks or Xero, you can quickly use the new filters to show (or exclude) receipts that have already been exported to those programs. The filters also work for our PDF and CSV exports so your expense reports are sure to include every reimbursable receipt! If you have any feedback on the new filters, reach us 24/7 at help@team.shoeboxed.com or @ShoeboxedHelp.
 
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    Business Pundit

  • 5 Years In: 10 Things We’ve Learned About Deepwater Horizon

    Merrill Cook
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Image Source Close to five years and one week ago the Deepwater Horizon oil rig collapsed into the Gulf of Mexico, leading to a total of 87 days of oil slick expansion. At the time, 11 offshore workers were killed, 17 injured, and an oil slick covering 16,000 square miles began to form. As the clean-up effort commenced it became clear that the spill was the worst anthropogenic disaster in American history. While BP is slated to pay a record $4 billion criminal penalty and has already paid close to $30 billion in cleanup costs, the fallout is far from settled. Check out 10 things we’ve…
  • Business or Pleasure: 10 High Dollar Hotels and Room Rentals Worthy Of Their Bill

    Ryan
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Image Source Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, the ten hotels on this list are sure to meet your accommodation needs and then some. The hotel industry is always one that makes money and the more posh the rooms, the higher the price tag. Of course, the locations are spectacular and there’s easy access to local flavor from a high dollar room rental. You can find amenities galore, some complimentary, other are paid services, but all designed to make you feel as though you are the most important person in the world. If you are willing to pay the price and are looking for a…
  • 10 Office-Boosting Furniture Items Created with Recycled Plane Parts

    Julian
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    Image Source From elegant airliners to military jets, airplanes are truly incredible examples of engineering ingenuity, and they’ve made journeys that were thought impossible only a hundred years ago into an everyday reality. Still, even these cutting-edge machines have a limited existence, as fatigue and advancing technology conspire to make individual aircraft obsolete. The result? An undignified dump in a scrapyard. Today, though, a handful of modern design companies are transforming redundant plane parts reclaimed from aircraft graveyards into striking contemporary office furniture.
  • We Were a Startup [Cartoon]

    Jerry King
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:20 am
    “We were a startup. But, with all the money we’ve lost, we are now considered a startdown.”  
  • Drug Money: Top Ten Most Expensive Prescription Drugs

    Gerri
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Image Source It’s little wonder that prescription programs and insurance that covers prescription costs is such a big deal today. While a good deal of research time and money goes into developing some of the most groundbreaking medicines humans have ever had access to, many people wonder where these price tags come from. Are some of these pharmaceutical companies price gouging because they can, or are they making modest profit margins after all the research funds have been taken into account? Regardless of the profit margins, here’s a list of the most expensive prescription drugs…
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Method Opens LEED Platinum Factory in Chicago

    Leon Kaye
    4 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    One year after announcing its plan, Method opened its South Side Soapbox factory last week in the Pullman Park district of Chicago. Cradle-to-Cradle pioneer William McDonough + Partners designed the factory, the first such LEED Platinum certified facility within this sector.
  • Making a Market Deep in the Rainforest

    Jen Boynton
    4 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Rainforest Alliance is betting a true triple-bottom-line project can protect the Guatemalan rainforest. Can they pull it off?
  • The Quick & Dirty: Minimum Wage … Hold the Applause

    Henk Campher
    4 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    It seems as if every company is finding a few extra spare pennies to show us how deeply they care about their workers. Yes, it is time to rejoice! Minimum wages are hitting new highs! Let's just back off slowly and take a closer look at this. Is it really all that good?
  • Church of England Announces Divestment from Coal and Tar Sands

    Leon Kaye
    4 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    The powerful Church of England is putting its pounds and pence where its mouth is: The body that administers the worldwide Anglican Communion last week announced it is divesting from thermal coal and tar sands.
  • Stories & Beer: The ROI of Sustainability

    Marissa Rosen
    4 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    Join MeterHero, Environmental Defense Fund and TriplePundit for May's "Stories & Beer" on the ROI of sustainability — what it means and how to track it.
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    Solo Entrepreneur marketing and business growth resources

  • Survey Says: Get Some Help! | Sophie Zollmann | @SophieZo

    Sophie Zollmann
    2 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    A great way to connect with your clients and make them feel listened to is to send them a survey. Asking for their feedback on a few questions is both flattering to them, (you’re soliciting their valuable opinion) and useful to you (you get to learn more about what they want and need). If you don’t have any burning questions that you’re dying to know the answers to, it’s still very worthwhile to send a survey to clients. Not only can you get information you otherwise wouldn’t have, but you also send them the message that you are actively working to provide value.
  • 12 Secrets to Speaking Like A Pro | Krista Martin | @mymcoaching

    Krista Martin
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    I’ve always been pretty good at talking. But getting paid to speak to a group with over 400 registered attendees? Get outta here. I have spoken to groups many times but never to one this size. And I (friggin’, completely, whole-heartedly, absolutely!) loved it. I’m ready to continue speaking AND go bigger. (More importantly, I hope to inspire you to step up and take the next step in your speaking adventure with this post.) As I stood shoulder to should with three powerful speakers last week, I was able to step more fully into my own vision as I shared an important message from the…
  • Creativity Jolt - Inspiration in the Unexpected | Michele Pariza Wacek (Michele PW) | @michelepw

    Michele Pariza Wacek (Michele PW)
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    You may have noticed my past few blog posts have been about sports, and comparing sports to business. Now, while putting sports and business together is a fairly common comparison, for this Creativity Jolt, I’d love to encourage you to “look outside the box” and see where you can find inspiration. Is it nature? Is it another industry that has nothing to do with you? Is it a hobby? Is it politics? Is it a movie or a television show? Or maybe even something you saw on YouTube? In fact, I’d love to encourage you to look at something you think is exactly the opposite of what you’re…
  • You Baby-Ing Your Money? | Justin Krane

    Justin Krane
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The dad put on the Baby Bjorn to help mom out. The Baby Bjorn… Ya know – one of those frontal backpack thingys where you put babies – so you can see your baby – and be hands free. Mom to dad – “honey, are you sure you buttoned everything up, so the baby won’t fall out?” Dad to mom – “of course sweetie.” Oh no. You know what’s coming… The dad put the baby in and then – BAM – the baby fell through the Baby Bjorn – and almost landed on the floor. The dad caught the baby just in time. A whole bunch of…
  • What To Do If You Feel Like a Copycat | Krista Martin | @mymcoaching

    Krista Martin
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Are you a copycat? Meow. If you are selling any type of information product or service, there is a 99.9% likelihood that at one time or another you felt like a copy cat. Maybe you felt like you were just repeating information or simply regurgitating content that you heard or learned elsewhere. I have breaking news for you: THERE IS NOTHING NEW TO BE DISCOVERED. No matter what content you teach or share, it’s either been written about, discussed, or taught somewhere before. I know. It’s kind-of a bummer. And a relief. So, what’s a coach or consultant to do? The WAY you teach, your energy…
 
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  • Sinatra was more connected than you think

    4 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    Sinatra was more connected than you thinkAPWhile Ol' Blue Eyes' mob ties are well known, you won't believe what other organization he worked with.Private jet played a roleMore from TestedStrange origins of familiar soundsWeird cold weather phenomena
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  • Sinatra was more connected than you think

    4 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    Sinatra was more connected than you thinkAPWhile Ol' Blue Eyes' mob ties are well known, you won't believe what other organization he worked with.Private jet played a roleMore from TestedStrange origins of familiar soundsWeird cold weather phenomena
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  • Sinatra was more connected than you think

    4 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    Sinatra was more connected than you thinkAPWhile Ol' Blue Eyes' mob ties are well known, you won't believe what other organization he worked with.Private jet played a roleMore from TestedStrange origins of familiar soundsWeird cold weather phenomena
 
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  • Sinatra was more connected than you think

    4 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    Sinatra was more connected than you thinkAPWhile Ol' Blue Eyes' mob ties are well known, you won't believe what other organization he worked with.Private jet played a roleMore from TestedStrange origins of familiar soundsWeird cold weather phenomena
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  • Sinatra was more connected than you think

    4 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    Sinatra was more connected than you thinkAPWhile Ol' Blue Eyes' mob ties are well known, you won't believe what other organization he worked with.Private jet played a roleMore from TestedStrange origins of familiar soundsWeird cold weather phenomena
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  • Sinatra was more connected than you think

    4 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    Sinatra was more connected than you thinkAPWhile Ol' Blue Eyes' mob ties are well known, you won't believe what other organization he worked with.Private jet played a roleMore from TestedStrange origins of familiar soundsWeird cold weather phenomena
 
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  • Sinatra was more connected than you think

    4 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    Sinatra was more connected than you thinkAPWhile Ol' Blue Eyes' mob ties are well known, you won't believe what other organization he worked with.Private jet played a roleMore from TestedStrange origins of familiar soundsWeird cold weather phenomena
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  • Sinatra was more connected than you think

    4 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    Sinatra was more connected than you thinkAPWhile Ol' Blue Eyes' mob ties are well known, you won't believe what other organization he worked with.Private jet played a roleMore from TestedStrange origins of familiar soundsWeird cold weather phenomena
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    HomeOfficeVoice

  • Trying Another Test Post Number Three

    Martin
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    Another test The post Trying Another Test Post Number Three appeared first on HomeOfficeVoice.
  • Test Post Number Two

    Martin
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:02 am
    Test Post Number Two The post Test Post Number Two appeared first on HomeOfficeVoice.
  • Hello world!

    Martin
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! The post Hello world! appeared first on HomeOfficeVoice.
 
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    Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News

  • Bull market 'supercycle' for stocks, bonds ending: Bill Gross

    4 May 2015 | 7:43 am
    By Jennifer Ablan NEW YORK (Reuters) - The bull market "supercycle" for stocks and bonds is approaching an end, as the unconventional monetary policies that have bolstered asset prices since the financial crisis are running out, widely followed investor Bill Gross said on Monday. The attempt by global central banks to cure a debt crisis with more debt doesn't have much further to run, which will end a rally that's lasted three and a half decades, Gross said in an investment outlook for Janus Capital Group Inc.. "Credit based oxygen is running out," Gross wrote in…
  • Microsoft tees up second test builds of Windows Server 2016, System Center 2016

    4 May 2015 | 7:42 am
    Microsoft is readying new on-premises previews of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016, which will be available later this week.
  • Microsoft to add Windows Update for Business option for Windows 10 users

    4 May 2015 | 7:35 am
    Microsoft is providing IT pros with more granular levels of control over how Windows 10 as a service will work.
  • Freedom Act will kill only one of the NSA's programs (and not even one of the worst)

    4 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    Did anyone wonder why the feds aren't screaming blind fury from the rooftops?
  • U.S. factory orders post largest gain in eight months

    4 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    New orders for U.S. factory goods recorded their biggest increase in eight months in March, boosted by demand for transportation equipment, but the underlying trend remained weak against the backdrop of a strong dollar. The report on Monday from the Commerce Department was the latest indication that while economic growth is regaining some momentum after abruptly slowing down in the first quarter, the rebound would not be as strong as experienced during the same period last year when output was chilled by cold weather. New orders for manufactured goods increased 2.1 percent, the largest gain…
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    The Retail Doctor Blog

  • 5 Critical Skills How To Coach Retail Salespeople

    3 May 2015 | 12:56 pm
    The opportunities for coaching retail employees are huge and exemplified in this brief story...
  • How To Reduce Retail Employee Turnover

    1 May 2015 | 5:02 am
    For CEOs and hiring managers, retail employee turnover can quickly turn into a black hole that devours profits.
  • Attracting Customers To Experience The Store Is Only Half Of Retail Success

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    I used to be the Chief Marketing Officer of a coffee franchise.   My office provided all kinds of marketing support for new stores, a complete promotions kit – even a costume character. We knew how to get people to the stores. The best operators took advantage of this and understood all our efforts stopped when the customer reached their front doors. For it was then that the brand promise morphed from a digital or printed image, to the face of the person working behind the counter. And that is when the brand was judged adequate or found wanting.
  • 10 Non-Negotiables Customers Expect When Visiting A Retail Store

    19 Apr 2015 | 12:11 pm
    In many ways, retail is a lot of moving parts and yet in others it is very simple: Treat customers as you would want to be treated.
  • How To Interview And Discover Amazing Retail Employees [Hiring]

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    I made an orange dessert for some friends the other night. When one of my guests took a bite, his face soured; he said it tasted bitter. I took a scoop and realized there was a rotten spot on the orange I hadn’t noticed; I had ruined his dessert. Like most retailers, you want guests to view your store in a positive light. You spend a lot of time and money getting them to the front door but that’s where it all ends. Once a customer steps into your store, your salespeople become the face of your business. Whatever impression customers are left with after interacting with your salespeople is…
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    Business Insider

  • Carly Fiorina takes aim at Hillary Clinton as she launches her presidential campaign

    Leslie Larson
    4 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, officially entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday.  Fiorina, 60, is the first top tier female Republican candidate to launch a presidential campaign. She used her announcement to take shots at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the dominant Democratic in the race, and other contenders she described as part of the "professional political class."  "Hillary Clinton's going to have more money than anybody. That's just a fact," she said of the former Secretary of State in a press call Monday…
  • 8 must-have autographed collectibles for hardcore Star Wars fans

    Insider Picks
    4 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    It's May Fourth, a day for all Star Wars lovers to rejoice in their favorite sci-fi franchise. If you're a hardcore Star Wars fan, or know someone you is, a photograph signed by the actor who played their favorite character is something they'll treasure forever. See who's autograph is worth the most. Would you splurge on it? Han Solo signed 8x10 photo Get a photo of everyone's favorite cool, witty smuggler-turned-hero signed by the star actor who played him, Harrison Ford. $200 R2-D2 and C-3PO signed 8x10 photo Back in the days before CGI, R2-D2 and C-3PO were actually played by real people.
  • Why the San Antonio Spurs aren't going away anytime soon

    Scott Davis
    4 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    The San Antonio Spurs were eliminated from the playoffs by the Los Angeles Clippers in a thrilling Game 7 Saturday night that came down to a game-winning shot from Chris Paul. The Spurs and Clippers were two of the best teams in the NBA this year — unfortunately, somebody had to go out in the first round. While it's an early elimination for defending champion Spurs, they're set up perfectly to continue the unprecedented run of dominance that began in 1998. With 10 players hitting free agency this summer, the Spurs have over $30 million in cap space and the opportunity to rebuild the team.
  • Venezuela can now barely keep the lights on

    Christopher Woody
    4 May 2015 | 7:21 am
    Already buffeted by widespread violence, crippling shortages, and skyrocketing inflation, Venezuelans will be confronted with a new burden in the coming weeks: nationwide electricity rationing. The government of President Nicolas Maduro said last week that a plan to ration and otherwise adjust energy usage would go into effect in order to address increasing demand, which has been spurred on in part by a recent rise in temperatures in the Caribbean country. The measures of the rationing plan include reducing workday length for some public officials to six hours, requesting that private firms…
  • Cisco's new CEO is somewhat of a shocker (CSCO)

    Julie Bort
    4 May 2015 | 7:16 am
    Cisco announced that its next CEO would be Chuck Robbins, a 17-year Cisco veteran who was leading the company's global sales and partner team. This is a surprise, but it shouldn't be. Two years ago, Cisco talked about the retirement of its long-time CEO, John Chambers, who is 65, saying it had about 10 candidates in mind and naming Robbins among them. But the surprise is this: Rob Lloyd was widely considered to be Chambers' heir apparent by those inside and outside the company. He ran worldwide sales before Robbins and his most recent title was president of development and sales, part of a…
 
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    HBR.org

  • Simple Online Tools to Make Hiring Easier

    Diomidis Spinellis
    4 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Nicholas Blechman Running an open recruitment process – one where the position is openly advertised – can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t have at your disposal an HR department that’s organized to handle the process. This is often the case in small businesses, volunteer organizations, and some government branches. I’ve often seen recruitment calls receiving too little interest, or, worse, paper CVs piling up on a desk, with no clear plan on how to deal with them. No wonder so many managers choose to avoid advertizing openings. An extensively cited 2010…
  • When Work Satisfaction Comes from Having 4 Jobs

    Brianna Caza
    4 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    If your job feels as though it’s draining you, try this: Do more. Even if you feel overworked and too busy to fit another thing onto your calendar, the solution may actually be to take on more responsibilities. Not just more responsibilities in general, but more of the right type. Try adding a new pet project or even giving a trial run to a whole new job that you’ve been interested in and feel passionate about. You may have to learn some intensive juggling, but evidence we’ve gathered from a study of fascinating people from many walks of life suggests that sometimes more…
  • What the Dalai Lama Taught Daniel Goleman About Emotional Intelligence

    Andrea Ovans
    4 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    Two decades before Daniel Goleman first wrote about emotional intelligence in the pages of HBR, he met his holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at Amherst College, who mentioned to the young science journalist for the New York Times that he was interested in meeting with scientists. Thus began a long, rich friendship as Goleman became involved over the years in arranging a series of what he calls “extended dialogues” between the Buddhist spiritual leader and researchers in fields ranging from ecology to neuroscience. Over the next 30 years, as Goleman has pursued his own work as a…
  • Why People Cry at Work

    Anna Ranieri
    1 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    The stress of the workplace can bring out plenty of feelings in all of us. As an executive coach, I see joy, sadness, frustration, and disappointment on a daily basis. But while we may experience an array of emotions at work, there’s a general consensus that we shouldn’t see anyone reduced to tears, hopelessness, or defeat on the job. If you as a manager have caused an employee to cry, your primary objective is not to let it happen again. How? First, you need to understand exactly what happened. What, specifically, caused the crying? Tears can signal sadness, or, quite frequently,…
  • Retirement Planning Needs a Better UX

    Shlomo Benartzi
    1 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    President Obama recently called for a new fiduciary standard for retirement plan advisors, saying, “the rules governing retirement investments were written 40 years ago … I am calling on the DOL to update the rules.” You might have missed this story — or at least assumed that designing a fiduciary standard is the fraught work of policy makers. The reality, however, is that this issue is deeply connected to how we make decisions on digital displays, which is of crucial importance to investors, businesses, and policy makers. The details of the proposed new rules are sure…
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  • Four Simple Ways To Save Money

    22 Apr 2015 | 10:37 am
    <p>By Nick Rojas (NASE Guest Blog post)<br /> <br /> Being self-employed, managing your own business and financials as an entrepreneur can be very rewarding, but at other times is challenging. Small businesses are still the backbone of the American economy <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonnazar/2013/09/09/16-surprising-statistics-about-small-businesses/">with over 50% of them being operated from homes</a> rather than traditional office environments. There are more than 22 million self-employed in the US with no additional employees or payroll…
  • Prospecting Isn't an Event; It's a Campaign!

    16 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    <p><strong> By&nbsp;Marc Wayshak (NASE Guest Blog post) <br /> <br /> <br /> Prospecting Isn't an Event; It's a Campaign</strong></p> <p>Bill is responsible for sales at his company and considers himself a tenacious worker. Whenever he discovers a new prospect, he enters him or her into the system. From there, he will attempt to contact that person by phone, through email and even via office visit if possible. However, after a number of failed attempts, Bill is likely to toss the person into the sea of dead prospects. </p>…
  • Women Entrepreneurs: An Exploding Small Business Demographic

    4 Nov 2014 | 12:22 pm
    <p>With just days until the midterm elections, you can definitely count on one demographic group to show up at the polls: women small business owners. By an overwhelming margin -- 86 percent -- women entrepreneurs intend to go to the polls to cast their ballots across this nation.&nbsp;<em>And who will win their support?&nbsp;</em>They plan to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/bizwomen/news/latest-news/2014/10/what-do-women-entrepreneurs-want-candidates-who.html" target="_hplink">vote for candidates who have a…
  • Three Buckets of Small Business Attention

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    <p>The small business community, including self-employed and micro-businesses, welcomed a major benefit this tax year: a new,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nase.org/about-us/Popup_News/2013/01/18/learn-more-about-the-simplified-home-office-deduction!" target="_hplink">streamlined IRS home office standardized deduction</a>. The new, standardized deduction is available to small business owners and the self-employed as an option for the 2013 tax year (returns filed in 2014).</p> <p>This standardized, $1,500 deduction will allow for nearly 9…
  • The New Approach to Get Customers Banging on Your Door

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    By&nbsp;Marc Wayshak (NASE Guest Blog post)<br /> <br /> An interview with HubSpot&rsquo;s founder, Brian Halligan as he shows us how to market in the digital age.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> As the first inside salesperson for PTC, a Needham, Mass.-based software company, Brian Halligan got his start cold calling until his &ldquo;fingers bled,&rdquo; he quipped during a recent interview with me. Later, when a venture capitalist enlisted him to bring the PTC playbook to a host of portfolio companies, he realized that old industry standbys needed a drastic…
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    Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global

  • Heads Over Heels Helps Women Ask for Money

    Laurel J. Delaney
    3 May 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Sydney network Heads Over Heels is designed to rival “the boys club.” Every few months, 70 high-powered executives meet for Heads Over Heels. They listen to business pitches from female entrepreneurs, then break into small, revolving “huddles,” where the women “call out” for customers, money or advice. What are the results? StorReduce co-founder Vanessa Wilson raised $400,000 in seed funding. Event software company Ivvy raised $1 million. Enabled Employment raised close to $400,000 in seed funding. Are you ready to grow?  Then reach out to Heads Over…
  • The Super-League of Entrepreneurship Belongs to Women

    Laurel J. Delaney
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Women can compete globally on any level without losing their femininity.  Yet, according to The Namibia Econonomist, women tend to differ from men on their management style in the following positive ways.  Note:  Many of these traits might also apply to men. Multi-tasking — comes in handy in the early stages of growing a business. Focus — the ability to cut out distractions and focus on what is important. Intuition is the undefinable, immeasurable sense that helps with decision making and women tend to listen theirs more often. Prudence is a characteristic not normally…
  • W20 Group to Globally Increase Role of Women in Business World

    Laurel J. Delaney
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    What’s Woman 20?  Let’s not jump too fast.  Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister said recently that the G20, currently led by Turkey, would not get involved in Greece’s debt crisis without a request from the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund.  However, what has been identified are policies to implement that were adopted during previous G20 meetings, including small and medium entrepreneurs, or SMEs, women and youth. “Under the inclusiveness agenda we have also announced a new engagement group, W20 or Woman 20,” he said.
  • Look Out Uber, She Taxis Get World Bank Attention

    Laurel J. Delaney
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:01 pm
    She Taxis (ST) is a cab service for women travelers operated by women entrepreneurs in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode.  The World Bank has shown interest in replicating the ST initiative in South Asian countries like Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh. Watch out Uber.  She Taxies is driving an empowering movement for women. Women make up 60% of the riders but only 2% of the drivers.  She Taxis is going to fix that. Learn more here. Screenshot courtesy of She TaxisFiled under: global women entrepreneurs, Sustainability practices Tagged: cab service, She Taxis, The World Bank
  • Women Test Out Entrepreneurship in Africa’s Maritime Sector

    Laurel J. Delaney
    4 Apr 2015 | 12:24 pm
    In the blue (ocean) economy, women are riding the wave of Africa’s maritime sector. Women have an unrivaled opportunity to drive the industrialization of Africa’s oceans, according to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the African Union chairwoman of the 54-member African Union. “Women have come together and … those who work in the industry … want to see how they can be entrepreneurs in the industry,” says Dlamini-Zuma. Learn more:  Why women must ride the wave of Africa’s maritime sector Photo Credit: mattk1979 Filed under: Country specific, global women entrepreneurs Tagged:…
 
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    The Rise To The Top: Helping you generate big time revenue through your own online products & programs

  • LIVE Q&A: Your questions about creating, promoting & profiting from online courses answered!

    David Siteman Garland
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:40 am
    Your online course questions ANSWERED!!! Special Q&A session with me Have a burning question on creating, promoting & profiting from your online course? Want me to answer it? Of course you do.  Which is why I’m doing a special Q&A Webinar this Friday and you, my friend, are invited. Just register up right here to let me know you are coming It is going to be pure Q&A and I’ll also be opening up enrollment in Create Awesome Online Courses for new students during the hangout (I’ve gotten some emails from folks who missed the last enrollment period and asked…
  • Small But Mighty: How Elise & Scott Grice went from a service-based business to a $63,259 Course Launch (with an email list of less than 1,500)

    David Siteman Garland
    5 Apr 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Enjoy the uncensored interview below! Links Mentioned: –Elise and Scott’s My Own Irresistible Brand –Hey Sweet Pea (join their happiness tribe, LOL) –Create Awesome Online Course (get started with a free video series right here) Name: Elise & Scott Grice Website: http://www.myownirresistiblebrand.com  1. Name of your course: My Own Irresistible Brand 2. What is your total revenue generated so far and how much is your course? $63,259 total at $1,197 per seat 3. What was your list size when you launched your course? 1300 by the time our cart closed  4. Who is…
  • From Nearly Homeless To Over $200,000 In Sales Of Her Online Course (in less than one year)

    David Siteman Garland
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Enjoy this uncensored interview below with Renae Christine! Links Mentioned: –Renae’s website -The webinar training she is referring to: John & David’s Most Kick-Butt Webinar Blueprint Ever –Create Awesome Online Courses (get started with the Cheat Sheet) Name: Renae Christine Website: Rich Mom University http://richmombusiness.com 1. What is your total revenue generated so far and how much is your course?  $196,000 in the last 2 months 2. What was your list size when you launched your course?  1200 people opted in for the training videos 3. Who is your course…
  • The $130,208 Case Study: How Nick Stephenson Created & Launched His First Online Course

    David Siteman Garland
    14 Mar 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Enjoy the uncensored interview with Nick below and also some bonus questions and answers   Name: Nick Stephenson Name Of Your Course: Your First 10,000 Readers http://yourfirst10kreaders.com 1. What is your total revenue generated so far and how much is your course? $130,208 in the first week – priced at $597 2. What was your list size when you launched your course? around 3,500 3. Who is your course for? Authors who want to improve their marketing efforts and build their platform 4. How did you come up with the idea for your course? As an author myself, I know exactly how hard it…
  • CASE STUDY: How David Newman went from 1-on-1 client work to creating a freedom-based business by launching a successful online course

    David Siteman Garland
    8 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
    Name: David Newman Name of your course : The Speaker Marketing Workshop  http://www.SpeakerMarketingWorkshop.com 1. What is your total revenue generated so far and how much is your course?  $26,418 – 34 enrolled at $777 2. What was your list size when you launched your course?  10,500 overall list size – segmented list of about 800 interested in speaking 3. Who is your course for?  Speakers, authors, consultants, coaches 4. How did you come up with the idea for your course? I had been teaching the live-led version of the course since 2008. Normally got 8-10 people per class.
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    Mimiran

  • Beyond the Number: Sales, Positioning, Pricing (Workshop)

    Reuben Swartz
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:34 pm
    When we think about price, we often get wrapped up in the number, in the math. But the same number in different contexts, presented different ways, can mean different things, and lead to very different sales outcomes. Next week in … Read More
  • Why People Misunderstand Each Other (and what it means for sales)

    Reuben Swartz
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:53 am
    One of the biggest issues in sales and the delivery of the subsequent project, is keeping everyone on the same page. The buyer thinks they have specified very clearly what they want. The seller thinks they understand the requirements. The … Read More
  • Amazon is an internet company, after all

    Reuben Swartz
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:42 pm
    Amazon finally broke out numbers for its cloud services offerings, and they’re huge. As The New York Times reports: Amazon said in its first-quarter earnings report that its cloud division, Amazon Web Services, had revenue of $1.57 billion during the … Read More
  • The 2 Biggest Mistakes of Proposal Writing

    Reuben Swartz
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:47 am
    I’ve got an article up at SmallToday, a community of about 75,000 small business owners. If you’re making these fundamental mistakes, you’re holding back your sales.  
  • Mimiran Announces New Module to Streamline Marriage Proposals

    Reuben Swartz
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    Austin, TX. Mimiran, a leading provider of online proposal software, announced the addition of a new module designed to streamline marriage proposals. Aimed at young, tech-savvy couples who don’t have time for traditional proposals, Mimiran makes it easier to get … Read More
 
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    MyWifeQuitHerJob.com

  • MWQHJ 065: How To Create An Email AutoResponder That Converts With Austin Brawner And Chad Vanags

    Steve C
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:32 pm
    I met Austin Brawner and Chad Vanags at the Ecommerce Fuel conference and I was really impressed with their ecommerce knowledge. They have a lot of hands on experience with running email campaigns for medium to large shops and they are very open about sharing their knowledge. Austin and Chad also run an ecommerce blog at EcommerceInfluence.com and right now they are offering a free email autoresponder bootcamp which I highly recommend that you check out. Click here to check out Austin and Chad’s free email autoresponder bootcamp. Enjoy the show! What You’ll Learn The different…
  • A Behind The Scenes Look At How We Launched Our New Apron Product Line

    Steve C
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:41 pm
    If you’ve been following the status updates for my ecommerce store, you’re probably aware that my wife and I were planning on launching 3 brand new product lines for our online store this year. But thanks to numerous hiccups in the manufacturing process and a major strike at our local port, all of our products were majorly delayed. The good news however, is that nothing got lost in the ocean and our first new product line, vintage and retro aprons, arrived late last month(over 4 months late)! While it sucks that we were expecting these babies back in January, we were fortunate…
  • MWQHJ 064: Ezra Firestone On How To Create Raving Fans For Your Business With Content Marketing

    Steve C
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:12 pm
    I first met Ezra Firestone at the Ecommerce Fuel conference in Austin, TX and I’m really glad that I did. Ezra is an expert when it comes to content marketing and PPC advertising and I was lucky to catch his presentation at the conference. Ezra runs the popular pro age cosmetics company Boom! By Cindy Josephs. He also runs the popular blog Smart Marketer. Be sure to go and check out his websites! What You’ll Learn Why Ezra decided to focus on content marketing over other methods How to structure your content to generate leads for your ecommerce store. How to use third contact…
  • A Facebook Advertising Strategy For Ecommerce Stores That Really Works

    Steve C
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:37 pm
    When I first launched my online store, I generated a lot of sales early on by advertising with Google Adwords. And even today, orders from Google Adwords still represents a significant chunk of our monthly revenues. But here’s the thing about Google Adwords or any “query based” advertising platform. While your ads can be extremely profitable, the amount of customers you can possibly reach is limited by the number of searches for your targeted keywords. And for the past several years, we have more or less maxxed out our Adwords reach. Even if we were to increase our budget,…
  • MWQHJ 063: How To Make Millions Selling Wholesale To Retailers With Bill D’Alessandro

    Steve C
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:02 am
    Want to grow your business into a large, national brand? The best way to expand quickly is to sell wholesale to large retailers. Today, Bill D’Alessandro shows us the exact process he goes through to sell wholesale to retailers and the main differences between selling to a business as opposed to a consumer. Because most shopping carts do not handle wholesale very well, he’s also developed his own software to specifically help run a wholesale business. His “made for wholesale” ecommerce service can be found at OrderCircle.com. If you are interested in selling wholesale,…
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    Flyte New Media

  • What Are YouTube Cards and Why Are They The Future?

    Rich Brooks
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:50 am
    YouTube has recently released YouTube Cards, which allow viewers to interact with our videos, even on mobile devices. This is actually pretty cool. I’ve been a fan of YouTube annotations, but the big Achilles heel has been that they don’t work on mobile, where a huge percentage of views happen. Now, YouTube is offering Cards, which do work on mobile. I have plans to make my own video after I’ve got some experience to draw from, but for right now I’d like to share three videos about Cards from YouTube creators who I absolutely love: Caleb Wojcik (DIY Video Guy), Amy…
  • Online Reputation Management with Andy Beal

    Rich Brooks
    4 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    Have you ever Googled yourself and found people talking smack about you or your company? Or discovered an undeserved negative review of your business on Yelp? Discover to how to take control of your online reputation from industry expert Andy Beal in this interview. Managing your company or brand’s online reputation isn’t just a good idea, it’s a necessity. In a world where social media platforms are endless, even just one negative thread in a forum can snowball into a PR nightmare. Knowing where and how to monitor what’s being said about you – as well as when to get…
  • How to Capture Emails from Your Twitter Followers

    Rich Brooks
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:36 am
    Having a big following on Twitter is great, but turning your followers into email subscribers will generate far more leads and sales for your small business.  Bonus: this title is misleading. With the approach below you can capture emails from anyone on Twitter, whether they follow you or not! I’ve been asked many times how you can capture email addresses from your Twitter followers. Thankfully, Twitter doesn’t share email addresses with other users. However, there are ways in which you can turn not just your followers, but any Twitter user into an opt-in subscriber to your email list.
  • Three Content Curation Tools You Should Be Using

    Katrina Crowell
    4 Feb 2015 | 11:41 am
    For the past few years, those of us who are in the digital marketing field have heard the phrase, “content is king” pretty much relentlessly. And probably for good reason – within your website great content can help you woo customers and search engines alike. Outside of your website, in social media or email marketing, high quality content can help drive people to your website and also solidify you as a thought leader in your industry – an engaged, informed member of your industry community. Enter Content Curation This is where content curation becomes important. That is, sharing…
  • How Do I Set Up a Facebook Ad Manager Account for My Client?

    Katrina Crowell
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    ….When they don’t have an existing Facebook Ad Manager account?? Recently, I was helping a client launch a Facebook Advertising campaign that I was going be managing. Eager to get the campaign launched, I shared with our client the usual instructions for adding a new Ad Manager to your Facebook account, which is simple as adding a new user under your Ad Manager Settings.  But in this particular case, our client was brand new to Facebook Advertising. So, they didn’t have a Facebook Ad Manager account to which they could add me. To add to the trickiness of the situation, Facebook is…
 
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  • 7 Best WordPress Plugins for Ecommerce

    Mark Wilston
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:18 am
    WordPress, which started its journey as a blogging site with its initial release in mid-2003, has transformed big time in the last 12 years of its existence and evolved as a robust solution for building eCommerce sites. Today we see an avalanche of eCommerce portals that make use of the powerful WordPress plugins, to convert […]
  • Top 9 Magento Go Alternatives for your Online Shop

    Mark Wilston
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Magento Go users have one more reason to be disappointed. The light weight version of Magento which was designed for small and medium merchants has been discontinued in a surprising move from its creators. This can be attributed to the fact that so far only 3000 stores have went live using this platform of which […]
  • Celebrate Easter with PixelCrayons: Grab 15% Discount on All Markup Services

    Mark Wilston
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:28 am
    “The message of Easter is a message of celebration; A celebration of the ultimate triumph of hope and love.” PixelCrayons is offering Flat 15% discount on all the Markup Services to bestow love and wishes to our existing and perspective clients on the auspicious occasion of Good Friday & Easter. Anyone can be a part of this […]
  • Advantages of an Enterprise App Store that You Can Never Ignore

    Mark Wilston
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:29 am
    The enterprise app store is emerging greatly and the businesses of the modern era should prepare themselves to take advantage of this new phenomenon. With view of the increasing number of mobile apps available on different app stores, enterprises need to focus more on several important aspects, like data security, choice of the platform, compatibility […]
  • Holi Celebration @PixelCrayons

    Mark Wilston
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:50 am
       
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    Business Credit

  • Do Business Credit Cards Affect Personal Credit?

    Marco Carbajo
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:11 am
    Do Business Credit Cards Affect Personal Credit Did you know that out of all the business credit cards available in the marketplace a small percentage report only to the business credit reporting agencies? The good news is not all business credit cards impact your personal credit. If a card issuer only reports your credit limit, […] The post Do Business Credit Cards Affect Personal Credit? appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Business Credit Protection: 3 Words That Save Thousands

    Marco Carbajo
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    Business Credit Protection How are you being alerted to potential warning signs of fraudulent activity in your business? Are you being notified when there is suspicious activity or changes to your business credit scores and ratings? How much can your business afford to lose? In today’s post let’s talk about a serious threat facing businesses […] The post Business Credit Protection: 3 Words That Save Thousands appeared first on Business Credit.
  • A Line of Credit for Business with Check Writing Privileges

    Marco Carbajo
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Line of Credit for Business In a previous post we talked about the benefits of getting unsecured lines of credit in the form of business credit cards. With our bundled business credit card program a small business owner would get three to four of these cards issued to their company at 0% interest for the […] The post A Line of Credit for Business with Check Writing Privileges appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Credit Reporting Overhaul Approved By The Big Three

    Marco Carbajo
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Credit Reporting Overhaul For the longest time the big three have been criticized for how they handle disputes from consumers. As you know the credit reporting agencies keep records on more that 200 million individuals and handle billions of pieces of data each year. Even though we are entitled to dispute any information we believe […] The post Credit Reporting Overhaul Approved By The Big Three appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Business Credit Building Made Easy: Free Blueprint for SMBs

    Marco Carbajo
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:01 am
    Business Credit Building Building a creditworthy business is essential for small business owners today. As you know the strength of your FICO® score impacts your ability to acquire personal credit. But did you know the FICO® SBSS Score, Paydex® Score, Experian Business Credit Score℠ and Equifax Business Credit Risk Score℠ impacts your ability to obtain […] The post Business Credit Building Made Easy: Free Blueprint for SMBs appeared first on Business Credit.
 
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    The Work at Home Woman

  • How to Make Money as a Professional Organizer – Catharine Murphy Shares Her Secrets

    wahanelson
    3 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Tell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey. I have a BBA with a Major in Data Processing and a Master of Science in Computer Science. When I graduated, I went to work as a computer programmer/software engineer and continued in that field for over 25 years. I was a corporate-type in […]
  • How to Be a Successful Mom Entrepreneur

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Holly Reisem Hanna Have you ever wondered why some people succeed in their business, while others continually struggle? I’ll let you in on a little secret. It has nothing to do with a college degree, how high your IQ score is, or even how much money you have to invest in your business. In […]
  • The Secret Key to Making Money for Women Entrepreneurs

    wahanelson
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Kelly Robbins Are you frustrated because you are struggling to make money and you can’t put your finger on why? I see this a frequently with my coaching clients. Most people assume they are not doing the right types of marketing or lack technical skills when they are not making money in their business. […]
  • How to Market Your Small Business on a Shoestring Budget

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Deborah Sweeney Marketing is something that’s changed drastically over the years. Gone are the days of paying the local newspaper to print up a press release. Though, nowadays, it seems that marketing tactics are changing faster and faster. Where there used to be only a couple of marketing options for small business owners, there […]
  • Running a Property Appraisal Business – Expert Advice from Lisa Kroese

    wahanelson
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Tell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey. I’m a 42 year old mom and wife with two girls ages 4 and 1. We moved to California from the east coast. I was pregnant with my first daughter and I was planning to stay at home with her. After a cross country […]
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    Small Biz Daily

  • What’s in Style? Ask Google

    Rieva Lesonsky
    4 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky Google Wants to Keep You Fashion Forward  Google is getting into the fashion business—and that’s good news for fashion entrepreneurs. If you sell clothing or accessories, wouldn’t it be helpful to know what fashion items consumers were searching for? Well, who knows that better than Google? The search giant just launched its first report, Fashion Trends for 2015 as Told by Google Data. This is how it works: Google is looking at what fashions people are searching and then, “by categorizing past apparel-related queries” they’re identifying “trends to watch and…
  • Lunch Drives Productivity, Is the Next Tech Hub Cuba? And How to Hire a Sales Superstar

    Rieva Lesonsky
    2 May 2015 | 3:47 pm
    By Rieva Lesonsky 1) Eating Lunch Boost Productivity Americans vs. the French While we Americans are known to be some of the hardest workers in the world, new data from Pipedrive, a maker of simple, intuitive sales software for small businesses, shows we may need to work less and eat more. The information suggest we need to be more like the French, who often take two-hour lunch breaks—yet French salespeople are more productive in the morning, and after lunch from 2 to 6 pm. East coasters, says Pipedrive, tend not to eat lunch or quickly eat at their desks. These salespeople peak at noon and…
  • Turning Your Garage into a Home Office Space

    Rieva Lesonsky
    1 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Lance Jensen Most people go years without using their garage or they simply use it as a storage unit – not seeing the full potential of the space. However, if you work from home or run your own business – one can simply turn their garage into a home office in a few steps. As gas prices spike, and the commute to work is a drag – many professionals are looking at the option to work from home. Get Creative: To allow your garage to a full office turnaround, look into changing your garage floors to something more appealing than your normal rusty and soiled garage floors. For instance,…
  • Ready for National Small Business Week?

    Rieva Lesonsky
    1 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Reading List for Your Busy Week By Rieva Lesonsky The life of a business owner is a busy one. If I had my way, days would be 30 hours long—and there’d be, like the Beatles sang: “8 days a week.” But there aren’t. So to help you stay on top of important small business news, information and advice essential to running your business, here’s my weekly Reading List. If you have articles you’d like to share, get them to me by end of day Wednesday every week. Best Practices 3 ways to make every week Small Business Week Biggest mistakes family-owned businesses make What you need to know…
  • Getting “First Place” In a Business Plan Competition

    Rieva Lesonsky
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Cliff Ennico As my readers know, twice a year I judge the Connecticut Business Plan Competition (www.entrepreneurshipfoundation.org/contest.html), where students from business schools and undergraduate business programs throughout Connecticut compete for cash prizes and mentoring from leading business experts, in a format very similar to the popular “SharkTank” television show. This spring’s event featured 13 teams from throughout the state. Here are some of the ideas the students came up with, and my own “judge’s notes” describing their strengths and weaknesses. Concept # 1: A…
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  • How To Generate Leads By Creating Blog Content

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Creating blog content has been my #1 source for generating leads online since 2003. It’s a simple process: Create a piece of content – could be a blog post, video, audio or even a picture. Post the content on your blog Collect leads I recently took the time to diagram out the process showing where traffic comes from and how the leads flow into your email autoresponder.  All of this assumes that you have a blog set up for Internet Marketing. If you don’t have the right theme, you can pick up my Internet Marketing Blog Theme for only $37. IMBlogTheme has all of the bells…
  • Do You Have A System For Building Online?

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Getting started online does not have to be a frustrating solo adventure. My online Network Marketing journey started in 2003 with Email Marketing, Google Adwords and Blogging. Then in 2006, I began using a concept called a “Funded Proposal”. Funded Proposal is a strategy that allows you to generate leads and sell an entry level product that will help you fund additional marketing. I started with Ann Sieg’s 7 Great Lies of Network Marketing and shortly thereafter, Mike Dillard’s Magnetic Sponsoring, generating over 25,000 leads. My strategy was (and is) very simple.
  • Mark Yarnell (1950 – 2015)

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:23 pm
    In memory of one of the great legends of Network Marketing, Mark Yarnell.                         “There is a seed of greatness in everyone…” – Mark Yarnell (1950-2015)
  • My WordPress Internet Marketing Blog Theme Reviewed

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    I just saw a sweet review for my new WordPress Internet Marketing Theme… Check it: For years I have used the free WordPress themes available on my dashboard. It seemed good enough…at least until Ty shattered my little delusional bubble. When he demonstrated the benefits and features of his Internet Marketing Blog theme, I was hooked. And by the way, I am not affiliated with the theme designers in anyway…nor do I get paid to tell you about it. When I thought about it, I realized my biggest fear in buying a premium WordPress theme ($37 one time fee) was not about the money, but about…
  • List Building With A Blog

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:53 am
    Over the last 5 years, I have critiqued roughly one blog per month for my video column at What’s Working Now and in that time the biggest glaring mistake bloggers make is the lack of list building. No matter how many experts and gurus suggest that email marketing is dead, the money is still in your list. In fact, for every dollar spent on email marketing, $41 is generated on average, driving over $600 Billion in estimated sales last year alone. If you haven’t heard it said before… If you are wondering where your leads are…they are actually right there on your blog,…
 
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    Springwise

  • Pay as you go healthcare clinic operates from Dutch rail station

    Springwise
    4 May 2015 | 4:45 am
    Add / Remove Most healthcare clinics and drop-in centres only operate during office hours and often require patients to wait a long time for an appointment. As a result, people with minor health problems often find it difficult to fit a visit into their day. Now, Dutch healthcare provider CareToGo has a solution — the company has set-up their first walk-in clinic at Central Station in The Hague, enabling busy patients to receive basic healthcare conveniently on their way to or from work. CareToGo’s clinic is open from 8am to 6pm everyday and patients can schedule an appointment online…
  • Intelligent undersea oil pipes are self-monitoring

    Springwise
    4 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Add / Remove In the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster it is no surprise that oil companies are expecting environmental authorities to demand an improvement in pipeline monitoring capabilities. Luckily, Norwegian research group SINTEF’s SmartPipe project has been underway since 2006. Now, their intelligent pipelines, which can be used to monitor undersea oil pipes in between inspections, have been successfully tested at sea and in transport. The SmartPipe comes equipped with sensors and electronics which will enable them to continually transmit real-time data about their condition…
  • In India, bank for beggars is run by its members

    Springwise
    1 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Add / Remove In the city of Gaya in India, a group of beggars, encouraged by officials from the State Society for Ultra Poor and Social Welfare, have set up an autonomous bank, which they run and manage themselves — enabling members to start saving, and providing them with a place to turn in times of financial crisis. The bank — known as Mangala Bank — is a small step towards upliftment for some of the most underprivileged members of society. Since the beggars don’t have appropriate proof of identification, they would not be able to create an account at other banks, meaning they…
  • Crowdfunding for female-led STEM research

    Springwise
    1 May 2015 | 4:45 am
    Add / Remove Fewer than one in three researchers across the globe are female, and a recent study has shown that they are less likely than their male counterparts to receive sufficient funding for their projects. Hoping to help close this gap, Instrumentl is a web based crowdfunding platform for female scientists, which enables anyone to invest in STEM projects led by female researchers. Instrumentl is currently in Beta and has already helped researchers in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) finance six individual projects, three of which surpassed their fundraising…
  • DJ community can make and watch live-streamed videos of their sets

    Springwise
    1 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Add / Remove Visual content has been a key component of musical performance ever since video famously killed the radio star back in the late 1970s, and now a new platform is looking to cater to the visual aspects of DJ performance in particular. Chew is a live-streaming video service which enables DJs to share their mixes with fans and peers, creating an educational archive which Chew’s founders liken to Twitch.tv — the site where video gamers share video streams of their gaming sessions, used by millions of gaming enthusiasts. As with gaming, DJs are often consumers and creators, and…
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    Jeff Korhan

  • 3 Website Optimization Tips that Sell

    Jeff Korhan
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:42 am
    As you know, selling with social media involves driving traffic to your primary website and subscriber list so you can convert that interest into profitable outcomes. So, let’s talk about how to better optimize your website content. #1 ­ Answer the Most Important Questions In my social selling program at Social Media Marketing World 2015 we discussed the importance of removing buying obstacles to increase sales. Buyers are looking for solutions to their problems; so your website has to answer the most relevant questions before buyers will hire a company like yours. This weekend I updated…
  • Team Building: How to Train for Productivity and Profits

    Jeff Korhan
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:17 pm
    This is Episode 38 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Shelia Butler is the co-founder of a multi-million dollar business whose success relied heavily on organizing productive and accountable teams. In this episode we several aspects of team building, including mentoring, leadership and accountability, and knowing when to make the difficult, but necessary changes for accomplishing business objectives. Our Featured Guest: Shelia Butler Shelia Butler is a growth strategist, team-builder, and host of To The Trade Radio and Successful Women Talk. She works…
  • Business Leadership: Moving from Connections to Relationships

    Jeff Korhan
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    This is Episode 37 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Mark Sanborn believes the foundational principles of business never change, just their application, which is why he recommends being an early adopter of technology and practices for leading your industry in a digital, social, and global world. In this epidode Mark proves he is not only a master of the spoken and written word, but a fountain of ideas for growing your business. Our Featured Guest: Mark Sanborn Mark Sanborn is president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea studio dedicated to…
  • Nurture Marketing: How to Be Remembered When Buyers are Ready

    Jeff Korhan
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    This is Episode 36 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Randall Craig attributes his business success to the implementation of systems that automate strategic touchpoints for adding value and nurturing relationships with prospective buyers and clients. Think of it as content marketing on autopilot. When you listen to the audio you will probably learn some new terms, such as journey mapping and omni-channel marketing. More important is that you will learn how use them to strategically deliver the right content at the right time so that your company is…
  • Small Business Taxes: How to Pay the Right Amount

    Jeff Korhan
    3 Apr 2015 | 1:50 am
    This is Episode 35 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Paying taxes is one of the unavoidable responsibilities that every small business owner shares, and it turns out that the challenges involved are often the same, regardless of the industry. In this episode Barbara Weltman offers guidance and better practices developed from decades of work focused on helping companies manage their small business taxes, so they can maximize the profits they keep. Our Featured Guest: Barbara Weltman Barbara Weltman is an attorney and a nationally recognized expert in…
 
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    SmartCEO

  • Can you imagine pain-free compliance?

    Vincent Dajani
    1 May 2015 | 9:33 am
    Thought leadership on Technology Driving Business presented by NextLOGiK Is your business required to meet compliance standards or tasked with conducting audits or inspections? These practices are put in place to ensure that organizations are operating ethically and in the best interests of their consumers and workforce, but they can be perceived as strenuous tasks. Though the processes vary by industry, there are similar issues across the board when dealing with inspection and audit activities. Not much of the budget is dedicated to these activities leading to outdated processes of data…
  • Get the most out of your morning

    Vincent Dajani
    1 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Business owners are busy from the moment they wake up to the hours past when they should’ve been asleep. Then, the next morning they’re up early and going at it again. While most people dislike being a “morning person,” the fact is that it’s necessary to get the most out of your day. Many seasoned CEOs still dislike being morning people to this day, but they know how to make the best of it.  From Inc., here’s how to be your most productive — and most happy — even if you have to be a morning person: Start with a good night’s sleep. Studies…
  • Make your pitch for investors

    Sterling National Bank
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:54 pm
    Thought Leadership on Business Insights presented by Sterling National Bank. Your business has uncovered an opportunity — and identified an innovative solution. But where do you find funding, and how do you support it with a compelling pitch? Consider the landscape for investors. These may be angel investor networks— often comprised of individuals interested in connecting their communities— individual angel investors, and friends and family. Developing and presenting a compelling pitch to potential investors will strengthen your argument for funding. Consider these points: Be clear and…
  • 5 integral tips for creating a successful disaster recovery plan

    American Executive Centers
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Thought Leadership on Shared Office Environment presented by American Executive Centers. Should your business fall victim to an unexpected event that leaves you and your staff without a workplace, will you be prepared to resume business? Having a disaster recovery plan (or DRP) in place that will provide business continuity, seamlessly, is a plan no company should be without. Disaster Recovery Plans are often overlooked by businesses – in fact about only 25 percent of businesses have one in place. A good DRP will make all the difference in the survival of your business in the event of a…
  • SMB technology trends for 2015

    SecurElement
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:36 pm
    Thought Leadership on Managed IT Services presented by SecurElement Infrastructure Solutions.  It’s my favorite time of the year; the holiday parties, the festive mood of my counterparts, and the general holiday magic that seems to be infectious. As we prepare for a new year full of possibly, it’s also a time when we reflect on the previous year’s challenges, changes and accomplishments. We’ve seen some major shifts during the previous year in terms of SMB technology trends, and it’s exciting to think about what lies ahead in 2015. In order to gain a full view of the changing SMB…
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    Roundpeg | Indianapolis | Web Design | Social Media | Marketing

  • Indy, Music, Coffee and SEO – Meet Jennifer Yeadon

    Jennifer Yeadon
    4 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Do you remember that day in grade school? The one where a clean, hardcover book with empty white pages landed on your desk and a teacher said, “start writing”? That was my favorite day of school. I’ve always worked best in words and filling those pages with ideas or stories from my imagination was the best way to quench the thirst to create. It gave me an outlet for a wild imagination I had cultivated with books from great authors like Roald Dahl, Madeleine L’Engle, Louis Sachar and, um, Francine Pascal. And that is why, many years later, I’m thrilled that someone is actually paying…
  • #Hashtag101

    Brad
    1 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Whether you are a social networking novice, or a master in the art of composing the perfect quip in 140 characters or less, you’ve seen your share of hashtags. You have probably even used them a few times, but are you getting the most out of your hashtags? Let’s start with the basics… Hashtag Basics – The Glossary to Your Twitter Feed What is a hashtag? If you think of your online posts as a single sentence in a massive (and constantly updated) book, hashtags are like keywords or subjects from your sentence that are then categorized in the glossary at the end of the book. In…
  • Chapman Heating | Air Conditioning | Plumbing

    Roundpeg
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
    Visit the site at chapmanheating.com  
  • Cornerstone Painting & Drywall

    Roundpeg
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:12 am
    Visit the website at www.cornerstone-pd.com
  • The “Do’s” of Web Design Feedback

    Sara Bouchard
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    When you’re working on a new website, it’s important to maintain a collaborative relationship with the designer because your feedback will invariably effect the final product. But if you’re completely lost don’t fret! Learn how to give awesome constructive criticism by knowing a little bit about the stages your website will go through. The Kick-off Meeting: When we find a client (you) who has agreed to get started on a web design project, the first thing we do is send them a kick-off document. This document contains all kinds of important information that the designer…
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    The Thriving Small Business

  • 6 Advantages of Giving Back to Your Community

    Patricia Lotich
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    Many successful organizations understand the importance of giving back to the communities in which they operate. These organizations, both large and small, recognize their responsibility to support their communities and those living within them. According to the foundation center, 86,192 grant-making foundations gave an estimated $52 billion in 2012 alone! Read the Full Article →The post 6 Advantages of Giving Back to Your Community appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: Tips for Writing and Giving Performance Appraisals Advantages and Disadvantages of…
  • Are You Losing Customers Because Your Website Isn’t Mobile Friendly?

    Patricia Lotich
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    There have lots of news stories surrounding the new Algorithm change at Google that will have a significant impact on websites that are not mobile friendly. The gist of this is, more and more of us are using our mobile devices to do searches. And we have all had those bad experiences when we get to a website and the font is so small that we have to zoom out to read the text.   Read the Full Article →The post Are You Losing Customers Because Your Website Isn’t Mobile Friendly? appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: 3 Ways To Increase Traffic to Your…
  • 7 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Health and Control Health Care Costs

    Patricia Lotich
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:14 am
    The United States spent a staggering 2.9 trillion dollars on health care related costs in 2013, which translates to about $9,255 per resident! According to a 2013 Robert Wood Johnson Institute Report, “The United States spends hundreds of billions of dollars annually to treat preventable illnesses and diseases. For instance, health care expenditures tied to smoking total $96 billion. Read the Full Article →The post 7 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Health and Control Health Care Costs appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: 7 Ways to Reduce Health…
  • 8 Tips to Increase Employee Productivity

    Patricia Lotich
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    Organizations have long struggled to maintain the productivity of their workforce.  Managing what employees accomplish in any given day, impacts their productivity, which is critical to meeting corporate objectives. A survey by Robert Half concluded that socializing with co-workers,  surfing the Internet/social media and personal phone calls/email were the most common time-wasters at work.   Read the Full Article →The post 8 Tips to Increase Employee Productivity appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: 6 Tips in Managing Employee Layoffs Employee Poor…
  • 5 Ways to Lower Employee Turnover

    Patricia Lotich
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    One of the many measures of organizational success is employee turnover.  Successful organizations understand the importance of developing and fostering an engaged work force which contributes to increased performance and overall employee satisfaction. There is a lot of research that suggests that employees don’t leave organizations, they leave supervisors.     Read the Full Article →The post 5 Ways to Lower Employee Turnover appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: Employee Turnover – Retaining Employees After the Recession 10 Ways to Create an…
 
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    Fizzle

  • 9 More Marketing Channels to Grow Your Small Business (108)

    Chase Reeves
    1 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    In the last episode we covered 10 growth channels to explore. In this episode we cover 9 more channels you can leverage to attract more people to your business. We’re adding our experience and advice to the list of 19 channels mentioned in the great book Traction. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS, Download 9 More Marketing Channels to Grow Your Small BusinessTweet This SHow Notes Fizzle Show – 10 Marketing Channels to Grow Your Small Business (FS107) Book –…
  • Five Ways to Stand Out in a Sea of Noise

    Corbett Barr
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    The odds are stacked against you. It’s true. I’m often amazed at how many people decide to try to build small businesses online, despite the odds. Maybe it’s naivete. Maybe it’s egotism. Maybe it’s bravery. Probably it’s a combination of all three. I think you need all three to succeed as an entrepreneur. Here’s how the odds are stacked against you: whatever space or niche or idea you decide to build your thing around, chances are there are hundreds or thousands of (or more) competitors out there already. All these other players create a sea of noise that means your voice simply…
  • 10 Marketing Channels to Grow Your Small Business (FS107)

    Chase Reeves
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    In this conversation we present 10 growth channels to grow your small business, adding our honest commentary on each one. We also walk you through a growth model we’ve adopted that’s helped how we brainstorm, plan for and execute our growth strategy for Fizzle. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS, Download 10 Marketing Channels to Grow Your Small BusinessTweet This Show Notes Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers by Gabriel Weinberg, Justin Mares Andreea Ayers…
  • Small Business Roadmap Revisited — 4 Updates Based on Your Feedback (FS106)

    Chase Reeves
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    In the last 6 episodes we revealed the 6 stage small business roadmap. A stage by stage, step by step, 10,000 foot view of building a business. They weren’t the 6 stages your business will go through automatically. They were the 6 stages you want to go through so that you and your idea are best setup for success as you define it. The roadmap was immensely well received (you’ll find links to each episode below) and in this episode we cover two things: We answer the 4 common questions we heard from your comments. We reveal 4 updates we made to the roadmap based on your feedback. Take a…
  • Join Us for a Fizzle Meetup in Your City

    Barrett Brooks
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Last year we ran a pilot to test local meetups for the Fizzle community. We learned a few things in the process: It doesn’t make sense to limit meetups to one specific date and time around the world Local meetup organizers should have more control over the process We should open Fizzle meetups to readers of the Sparkline, listeners of The Fizzle Show, and other local entrepreneurs Community is everything for an entrepreneur. In fact, a local support system of fellow entrepreneurs can be the difference between persevering and quitting. And we’re not a fan of quitting around here.
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    The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan » Blogging

  • Mad Marketing 52: Twitter’s CEO, Google + Connections are Weird, and More

    Marcus Sheridan
    4 May 2015 | 4:35 am
    Hello everyone! It’s Mad Marketing Monday and we’ve got a fast and fun episode to get your week off to a great start. In this episode, I’ll be riffing on the following: Twitter is completely OK with Pay Per View TV being streamed on Meerkat and Periscope…uhhmmmm. At this point, I find Google + Connection… The post Mad Marketing 52: Twitter’s CEO, Google + Connections are Weird, and More appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • HubSpot User Groups ( HUGS ) Demystified – Interview with Sarah Papachristos From HubSpot

    George Thomas
    2 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Attention: If you are a HubSpot user or attend a HUG, you may find value in our Hubcast Podcast. Now onto our regular scheduled interview… In this week’s interview I get to sit down and talk with Sarah Papachristos from HubSpot. Sarah is in charge of HubSpot’s... The post HubSpot User Groups ( HUGS ) Demystified – Interview with Sarah Papachristos From HubSpot appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • Hubast #40: BrightInfo & HubSpot Integration, Blogger on Board, & Seth Godin Quote

    George Thomas
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Hubcast Podcast Episode 040 Welcome back to The Hubcast folks, a weekly podcast all about HubSpot news, tips, and tricks. Please also note the extensive show notes below including some new HubSpot video tutorials created by George Thomas. Show Notes: Hubcast Archive We got a great question... The post Hubast #40: BrightInfo & HubSpot Integration, Blogger on Board, & Seth Godin Quote appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • The Essence of Going from “Content Marketing” to “Content Culture”

    Marcus Sheridan
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:50 am
    This post is going to be short and sweet, but its subject is one of utmost importance for companies truly looking to go beyond simply doing “content marketing.” In two days, I will be speaking to the entire sales and marketing team at Yale Appliance in Boston. This, in and of itself isn’t very unique,… The post The Essence of Going from “Content Marketing” to “Content Culture” appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • Mad Marketing 51: Content Marketing Trends of 2015, Google Changes, and More

    Marcus Sheridan
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:04 am
    It’s Mad Marketing time again my friends! And in this episode of the podcast, we’ll discuss: -How mobile should be impacting the way you think about your business as well as the new, mobile design of The Sales Lion -The power of company retreats and “getting away” to work on the business -The best way… The post Mad Marketing 51: Content Marketing Trends of 2015, Google Changes, and More appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
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    Head Startup

  • Try new different tastes of wine with the help of computer network

    admin
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
      It is really simple and effortless job to buy anything in online. Most of the people feel great about the services of internet and especially in online shopping. Different online stores help you to make purchases without any hard effort. It is available only for to satisfy the customers. If you find any damages in your product you can make a call or mail it to the particular store so they will quickly response you on the same day. You can see more number of benefits and advantages in the online purchase. If you start to buy in online then you cannot leave this comfort zone. In the…
  • Experts to do reliable roof repair services

    admin
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:09 pm
      People always have confusion in selecting their house roofs since that decides the beauty of house. Mostly they search for durable material roofs to offer minimum maintenance work to house owners for several years. Metal roofs have good range of features to offer range benefits and also reduce cost of future repair services. The roof material used must be durable and fit enough to withstand in all weather conditions. The main and initial procedure in building construction is roof selection. The installation process of roofs differs according to building structures. This installation…
  • VIRTUAL ASSISTANT- A BLOOMING CARRIER

    admin
    15 Feb 2015 | 2:52 pm
      Toady educational field is growing very fast all the new inventions and current technologies which are used are introduced in the curriculum and they also introduced many new subjects in the syllabus which are very interesting and useful for our carrier. Today’s students have an option to choose their carrier grow in that field and their parents are also supportive for their decision. In man’s life he follow a particular life cycle that is born study work and die but the thing is what we are going to study, what kind of field I am going to choose and how to mould my carrier. These…
  • The honest reviews about real estate companies support residents

    admin
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
      Today, many house owners are willing to sell their property because many reasons like immediate finance needs. It is very helpful to approach real estate companies as soon as the house owners have decided to sell their home. Residents in Auckland can sell house fast with the help of real estate Auckland companies. Some homeowners think that marketing is very important for the house sale. It is a fact, but marketing is not necessary when the homeowners are hiring the best buying companies. The experts in these buying companies will help house owners to get the best deals on their house…
  • Public trusts to serve poor people

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
      Nowadays, there are a number of hospitals and other service based organizations available in Ngati Paoa. Most of these organizations were profit based and private sectors that is only motivated to get more profits. But the Ngati Paoa Trust (Public trust) is the service based organization that is not motivated to get profits. The only mission of these kinds of trusts is to serve the poor people with what they needs. The charitable trusts and hospitals were useful for the poor people to get extensive care without any issues. The trusts were helpful for the poor people to get…
 
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • Quick iPhone App Update: Sign in with Facebook and Google

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

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

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

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

    Emily Farrar
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    You asked, we built it! We recently added new filters to our receipt tables so you can see which receipts have (and have not) been exported to different programs and report formats. If you use any of our awesome integrations like QuickBooks or Xero, you can quickly use the new filters to show (or exclude) receipts that have already been exported to those programs. The filters also work for our PDF and CSV exports so your expense reports are sure to include every reimbursable receipt! If you have any feedback on the new filters, reach us 24/7 at help@team.shoeboxed.com or @ShoeboxedHelp.
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    ReachLocal Blog

  • Is Mobile In App Advertising Right for Your Business?

    Tamara Weintraub
    1 May 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Promoting your business on mobile is essential in local marketing today now that 65% of Americans now own smartphones – and it’s the primary way many of them access the Internet. Of the many ways to do this, perhaps the most effective method is in-app advertising, which allows you to show display ads to consumers in real time while they are using mobile apps – like entertainment, news, radio, weather, and more. But of course, when evaluating a new marketing solution for your business, it’s important to make sure it will help you achieve your business goals. So, ask yourself these…
  • If You Only Do One Thing With Your Leads, It’s This

    Amy Neeley
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:40 pm
    When a consumer visits your website and then contacts you for the first time via web form, email, or phone call, you’ve cleared a crucial hurdle in getting a new lead. But you’re also on the time clock to convert that lead into a customer. If you don’t, they might forget about you and contact your competitors instead. So, if you do only one thing with your leads, it’s this: follow up with them regularly via phone and with lead nurturing emails over the course of the sales cycle. Why? Staying in front of new leads with timely, relevant information ensures that your company stays top of…
  • A Crash Course in Google Search

    Andrea Neph
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:04 am
    Search Engine Advertising. Local SEO. Search Engine Marketing. Search Engine Results Page. PPC. Google Maps. What do all these terms mean, much less have in common? And why on Earth should you care about them? What if I told you that today, 4 out of 5 searches on Google have local intent, and these all help your business get found by online searchers. Would that make these terms important to you? By understanding how Google works to help your business get found on search engines, you can start to build a successful search engine marketing plan for your business. Here’s a breakdown of the…
  • 8 Things You Didn’t Know Your Website Could Do

    Amy Neeley
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:42 am
    Your business website may already follow today’s best practices, with features like mobile responsive design, great content, compelling images, social links and contact information — and that’s great. But do you know what your website is missing? With the right software, your site can become a powerful marketing tool that helps you turn visitors into customers — and show you what marketing is working. Here are eight powerhouse lead and call tracking capabilities your website gets with ReachEdgeTM lead conversion software. Tracks which of your marketing sources, like paid search…
  • 3 Mobile Marketing Tactics You Need Now

    Tara Banda
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    It’s been a couple days since Google’s “Mobilegeddon” was unleashed. The streets are still in order; no massive chaos has erupted. But online, businesses without mobile-friendly websites may soon start to see the effects of this mobile search algorithm updates in their website traffic reports. If you don’t already have a mobile-friendly version of your website – and aren’t working on it – then DO IT NOW! Until then, and even after the Mobilegeddon dust settles, there are a few more things you need to do. Check out these three mobile marketing tips you should consider for your…
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    Women Unlimited Worldwide

  • ‘The Leader Inside’ – skills and strengths that make women excellent entrepreneurs

    Lyndsay Snoddon
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    In the past, business was viewed as very much a man’s world, but as opportunities for women in the workplace have expanded, female entrepreneurs have started to seize the initiative and make their presence felt. Indeed, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor there were an estimated 126 million women starting or running new businesses around the world in 2012. Meanwhile, 98 million female entrepreneurs were in charge of established companies and 48 million women business owners employed one or more people in their companies. It’s not surprising that women are taking to the…
  • Generate your ‘own’ creative solutions

    Philomena Hayward
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    So are you following the top five actions of successful leaders, making sure you use the top six tools to measure your impact on social media, practicing the seven habits of highly effective people? It’s enough to put you off isn’t it? I want to learn and develop and grow my business, to be successful on my own terms, so I do take an interest in my learning. What I notice however, is a plethora of emails and tweets and articles about what you need to do to be successful. Everyone of them has ‘the answer’ and a number of them are inviting me to spend quite a lot of money with them.
  • Motivation Monday: Have you mastered your passion?

    Jayne Ryan
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    When we bring our passion to life and go into business so that we can ‘live the thing’ that we’re passionate about, we sometimes forget the level of skill that’s required to fulfil our ambitions. The new credo is ‘it doesn’t have to be perfect – just get it shipped’ but sometimes we just need a little push to take us to the next level, where we find that we’re capable of more mastery than we ever imagined. Sit back, take a break and ‘watch Japanese yo-yo world champion BLACK tell the inspiring story of finding his life’s…
  • A look back at the women who pioneered the female ‘start-up’

    Jayne Ryan
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Sometimes we need to look back to look forward. In this TED Talk, Dame Stephanie Shirley gives us insight into a time when being a successful woman in business went against the grain, and how things have changed dramatically for women wanting to start their own enterprise. So if you think you’re up against it, and are looking for inspiration, listen in to the kinds of challenges she faced when starting out. ‘Dame Stephanie Shirley – the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. In the 1960s, she founded a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK, which…
  • Raising your profile with the ‘right’ trade shows

    Deborah Rowe
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Trade shows can generally be a bit of a waste of time… BUT choose your event wisely, and plan properly, and it can be time well spent raising your profile, making contacts, and generating new leads. We have probably all been on the receiving end of an approach from the smooth salesman who phones out of the blue, uses our name just a few too many times (you know the ones), and offers us a free space at the perfect event. But are trade shows the right channel for our business, and if so, how do we know that this is the right one at the right time? Well here are just a few things to consider…
 
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  • Why Your Small Business Marketing Isn’t Bringing You Enough Clients

    Stephanie Ward
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:23 am
        You’re working your buns off in your business trying to get everything done, including your marketing. But is your marketing bringing the results you want? You don’t have a second to waste so you need to know that your marketing actions will pay off. But do you even know how you arrived with your current marketing plan? Was it conscious or did it just evolve randomly over time as new ideas grabbed your attention? Haphazard marketing doesn’t work and not only that, it’s exhausting because you pour your energy into it and yet you get so little back. It’s time to…
  • One Key to Ending Email Overwhelm

    Stephanie Ward
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Email overload is plaguing everyone, especially business owners like you. But what can you do about it? I’ve got a big idea you can start using today to tame your email monster and help you keep your clients and prospects happy. Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below:   Tim Ferriss of The 4 – Hour Hour Workweek gives you the exact text you can use for your autoresponders in this post, Two E-Mail Autoresponses That Work. And if you’re not able to keep up with your email…
  • Transform Your Business with One Daily Action

    Stephanie Ward
    3 Apr 2015 | 1:06 am
        Do you have a SDA? Although it sounds like it could be a disease, it’s not a bad thing. In fact, it’s something that could make a massive difference for your business. It stands for a Single Daily Action. The one action that you take every day that will connect you with more potential clients. To make sure you will actually do it each day, it has to be something that you’re willing to do. And if you can, find a way to make it fun. Think about your intention for Single Daily Action and choose something that feels right for you. Your intention could be to give helpful…
  • Maybe It’s Time to Stop Networking

    Stephanie Ward
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:49 am
    Annemarie Cross interviewed me on her award winning podcast The Ambitious Entrepreneur about the keys to effective networking. She got in touch with me after reading my blog post, Why You Should Never Attend Another Networking Event. Click on the white triangle below to listen now. http://www.fireflycoaching.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/TAE144_Stephanie_Ward.mp3   What’s your biggest takeaway about networking? Share your thoughts in the comments section below (I respond to every single comment). Maybe It’s Time to Stop Networking is a post from: Firefly Coaching
  • Are You a Reluctant Networker? 5 Tips to Make it Easier

    Stephanie Ward
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:40 am
    You don’t love networking but you do it because you know it will help you grow your business. Let me show you how you can make it much less painful and who knows, possibly even fun. Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below:   “The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity.” Keith Ferrazzi Click to Tweet How do you make the most of your networking experiences? Share your thoughts and questions in the comments section below. I respond to all comments. Are You a Reluctant…
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  • How to Create a Social Media Posting Schedule

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    You know that sticking to a schedule is important for your business. It helps you get things done, and keeps everything running smoothly. The same is true when it comes to your social media marketing. Understand which networks are right for your business before creating a posting schedule. Most businesses use Facebook first. But you may also want to get setup on Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or Google+ — depending on the audience you’re trying to reach. If you’re not sure where your audience is hanging out, this cheat sheet should help:      The post How to Create a Social Media…
  • How to Get REAL Results Using Social Media To Market Your Business

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    3 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Do you have a love / hate relationship with social media? You love how fun and easy it is to connect with family and friends. You have fun discovering and sharing new brands. But when it comes using social media to market your business, you struggle to figure out how to get paying customers and real results. Here are 5 proven tips to help you get a return on the time and effort you spend on social media marketing:      The post How to Get REAL Results Using Social Media To Market Your Business appeared first on Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful…
  • Quality vs. Quantity: Which Relationship Marketing Style is Best for Your Company?

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    How you communicate with and engage your customers is the most important aspect of your business and your brand. After all, it is in building long-lasting connections that you build long-lasting businesses. Just like your overall marketing strategy, your relationship marketing style does not come in a one-size-fits-all package. Relationship marketing focuses on customer retention and the quality of engagement of the customer with your brand. Following is an overview of the two main relationship marketing styles. Which one is right for your business? Relationship Marketing: A focus on quality…
  • 5 Ways to Stay Organized and Be More Productive With Your Marketing

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s not easy to stay organized and be productive when you’re running a small business. Chances are you spend most of your day wearing different hats, taking meetings and calls, dealing with clients and customers, putting out fires – you know, running your business. No wonder marketing so often ends up an afterthought – the thing you do when you miraculously find a bit of extra time, or when a slump in sales necessitates swift action. But what if you could not only get organized, but actually stay organized long enough to reap the benefits of increased productivity? What if you could…
  • 7 Ways to Build Profitable Relationships with Your Email List

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Social media is no longer the exception when it comes to small business marketing – it’s the rule. So why are so many marketing experts turning up their noses at Facebook and Twitter, and instead focusing on email marketing? The answer is simple: email marketing is the #1 way to build profitable relationships with your customers. By making email marketing your top marketing priority, you’ll be able to cash in on relationships that are infinitely more intimate than those cultivated on social media. After all, receiving a personal email in your inbox is a lot more meaningful than glancing…
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  • Behind the Scenes of Kimberly Kirby’s “Love Like This”

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:40 am
    Hello, world! My beautiful wife, Kimberly Kirby, wrote and directed her first short film, Love Like This. Currently, it’s in post production and will be entered into a the NBC Universal Short Film Fest! It’s a story of one woman’s experience as a relationship she’s in turns abusive which puts her life in danger. Now she’ll have to decide between saving her own life or taking his. It’s going to be pretty cool (and different) and we can’t wait to share it with everyone. In the meantime, check out some of these behind the scenes screenshots and let us…
  • NOW CASTING: NBC Universal Film Fest Shorts!

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Kirby Media Productions is casting for 1 of 2 short films being produced for the NBC Universal Short Film Festival. The first short is a drama dealing with domestic violence. We’re looking to keep the production very simple and easy with only 2 principle roles. This will be a good opportunity to show a lot of dynamic range in emotion for both actors. African American female, 25-35 years old African American male, 25-35 years old Must be able to handle verbal abuse Shoot Date: Saturday April 11, 2015 (Our rainy day will be Sunday April 12th so if you’re free all weekend that would…
  • Checkout Artwork from My New Mystery Project!

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Hey folks! First, let me say that this is not an April fools joke! I really do have new artwork to share! It’s been a while since my last update so let me fill you in on a few things. I started working on a major project that I’m sure you’re going to love. I can’t give away any details yet so the picture below will have to hold you for now. This is a character from the project (and no, it’s not a self-portrait!). Trust me, you’ve never seen or experienced anything like this before. It’s going to be really special – details to come soon, I…
  • Watch Lecrae Kill the 5 Fingers of Death! [Hip-Hop Freestyle]

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    One of my favorite Christian hip-hop artists, Lecrae, was on Sway’s (former MTV VJ) web show, Sway Universe earlier this year. Sway has a segment called the 5 Fingers of Death where his guest freestyle over 5 different beats. Watch as Lecrae absolutely KILLS it on each beat! God has truly blessed him with talent that transcends “Christian rap” as most know it. With God he really is just a creative dude spreading the Gospel one lyric at a time. Enjoy! The post Watch Lecrae Kill the 5 Fingers of Death! [Hip-Hop Freestyle] appeared first on RodKirby.com.
  • These Photos Tell An Amazing Story!

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    I stumbled across a collection of photographs that were originally black and white, restored to their former glory in full color. These photos are incredible and breathtaking! It’s amazing the story that is being told with each image. I think the color makes the past more alive, vibrant, and real. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments below.     The post These Photos Tell An Amazing Story! appeared first on RodKirby.com.
 
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  • Google’s advice for small businesses

    Lucy Thornton
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:21 am
    Who are your users? What do they want? And do they get it from your website? Just some of the questions posed by Google’s very own Pierre Far in this great video from Google, which offers some solid advice on optimising your small business website. Some of this gets a little technical, particularly in the […]
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    Lucy Thornton
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:29 pm
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  • My top 5 digital marketing tools for small businesses (hint: they’re all free)

    Lucy Thornton
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Business rates, wages, supplies, rent, stock – the list of outgoings for a small business can be extensive, making cash flow an issue when making marketing decisions. But there are some incredibly powerful marketing tools out there to ensure your marketing is platinum standard, even if your budget isn’t. 1. Mailchimp Email marketing is one […]
  • Ocean Blue apartments – digital marketing campaign

    Lucy Thornton
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Ocean Blue luxury Apartments near Padstow, Cornwall, offer five star accommodation on the beautiful white sands of Treyarnon Bay. Lucy worked with the team at Ocean Blue to develop and implement a digital marketing strategy which incorporated social media and e-marketing to drive bookings.  The results were impressive with a significant growth in online audience, […]
  • Cornwall Apprenticeships Campaign

    Lucy Thornton
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    Cornwall Apprenticeships Campaign is a county-wide initiative to improve awareness of Apprenticeships amongst key target groups of young people, parents, teachers and employers. Lucy worked with the project co-ordinator to implement regular e-marketing, social media and content marketing that generated a 2x increase in email subscribers, the launch of a successful weekly Twitter chat and social […]
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  • When Goals are Forgotten: 4 Steps to Get Back on Track

    4 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    by Jack Canfield Most people start pursuing their goals – especially New Year’s resolutions – with great passion. But over time, they lose momentum, burn out and put their dreams aside.If this happens to you, it’s a clear-cut sign that your goals are not sustainable. In this article, you’ll discover how to get back on track toward your goals – and accelerate your momentum.1. Evaluate Your
  • Asking for Help: The Fastest Path to Business Success

    1 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Alicia Forest, MBAThe Business Shifter™I don't know why but some of us seem to be hard-wired to go it alone! I know that my tendency is to figure it out for myself before I will ask for help. Yet over the last few years, I've learned to embrace that asking for help is not a reflection on my inability to go it alone, but in fact a reflection of how much I think what I do and who I am is
  • Thriller Author Rob Kaufman on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    29 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Topic: Fitting Into Your Genre As a child, Rob Kaufman was always fascinated by the stories recited by those around him and the words used to tell them. As he got older, his need to tell his own stories grew, as did his ability to share them in exciting and captivating ways. However, he wanted to share more than just stories. His primary desire was to create characters with whom people could
  • Book Launch: "Get Up! I Can't. I Will. I Did…Here's How!" by Rodney C. Flowers

    28 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    "Get Up! I Can’t. I Will. I Did…Here’s How!" by Rodney C. Flowers transformational book is now in an ebook version.Have you ever felt as if you’ve taken such a body blow that you might not be able to bounce back? If you have, you’re not alone.However, now you can be among those who have the strength to kick adversity aside and come back stronger than ever!In "Get Up! I Can't. I Will. I Did…
  • Why You Don’t Have Fulfilling Goals

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:40 am
    by Chris AtleyResearch shows that most people are unsatisfied and unfulfilled with their goals. I’ve found the same thing with business owners specifically. They stop themselves from dreaming big because they are simultaneously judging “how” they are going to make it happen. So they don’t even bother.So what ended up happening? They are unhappy with the goals they do set for themselves. It
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    John Simoudis
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    For “Emotion of Sound,” Bottega Veneta gave a group of creatives carte blanche to take ambient noise from its atelier and craft a visual story around it. The film is intended to “emotionally engage and indulge the senses” of Bottega Veneta’s audience.Bottega Veneta keeps art at the forefront of its campaigns, offering different perspectives of its collections through creative partnerships. Each year, for every season of looks, Bottega Veneta offers consumer’s a different perspective with a different guest photographer for the campaign. Starting with the fall/winter 2002-2003…
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    John Simoudis
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    Yesterday I sat down with a colleague who is thinking of pitching a new project to a couple of companies. He is in the middle of a career change and the last few months he has been undergoing a soul-searching process that is familiar to those who are between projects or positions. He asked me to look at his deck and propose some ways to polish it.My first instinct is to always go through the content of a presentation in its present form and see if it captures my interest. My friend’s concept was intriguing but his verbal explanation of it did not match the content that was written for it so…
 
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  • Video: what is Internet Marketing?? Do you know what it’s all about? Now you can learn what it is!

    atebusiness
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:21 am
    What Is Internet Marketing If every age in history could be called by the greatest invention of that time, this would definitely be called as the Age of the Internet. The Internet has proliferated each and every aspect of our being, and indeed, it has given a whole new dimension to the way we live on the planet. Today, for each and every thing, whether it is just about buying a toothbrush to spreading global awareness about the growing hole in the ozone layer, people are using the Internet as their medium. And, the Internet has proved to be an unrelenting medium, unfailingly providing people…
  • #323 Empowering a Billion Women with Ingrid Vanderveldt, Small Business Trends with Rohit Bhargava and Breaking the Rules with Scott Harris

    Barry Moltz
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:41 am
    April 27, 2015 | By Courtney Deruy One of the leading advocates for women entrepreneurs in the world–Ingrid Vanderveldt–joins us to talk about how she is working to empower a billion women by 2020. Also joining us is Rohit Bhargava who is here to share trends for 2015 that matter the most to small business and how they can apply to your business. Finally, are you a Rule Breaker? Small business owner Scott Harris is here to talk about how he broke the rules and won. Listen and enjoy: Check Out Business Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Barry J Moltz on BlogTalkRadio…
  • #322 Strategy, Vision, UpCounsel and The Small Business Expo

    Barry Moltz
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:26 pm
    April 22, 2015 | By Courtney Deruy On episode 322 of Business Insanity Talk Radio, we first talk about strategy. Did you know that only 13 percent of companies successfuly execute their strategy? We’ll discuss how you can be one of the lucky 13. Next, find out what it takes to not only be a leader in your company, but also a visionary. Do you need an attorney for your small business, but can’t afford one? I show you a new way to get affordable legal advice. Finally, learn more about The Small Business Expo – a free conference for business owners that is coming to a city…
  • Video: More successful business tips for a work life balance! See if this doesn’t increase your productivity!

    atebusiness
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Balance 15 Tips to Energize Your Work Life Use the following tips and advice to create a more well-rounded life. Working from home affords you the luxury of taking longer breaks, creating a unique home life and fulfilling your desires related to every part of your life while running a successful business. Your life goal should be to have a prosperous life, and although this can mean financial prosperity, it more importantly points to prosperity in all areas of your life that will result in an increase in your enthusiasm for your business. Strive for balance and creating harmony between work…
  • Creating Consumer Goods: Know the Product Safety Rules for Manufacturers

    Andrew Wise
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:03 am
    We are compensated for reviewing and featuring items on this blog. For more information on our full disclosure policy, please visit this link. The law holds every manufacturing business to high standards of liability in the area of product safety. Primary responsibility lies with the manufacturer, while secondary responsibility lies with the businesses that make up its distribution network. When a product is found defective by design or manufacture, consumers can sue for damages. In the case of food and medical products, the Trading Standards Office can go to court to issue a recall, or place…
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  • Happy Small Business Week 2015

    Ryan Pinkham
    4 May 2015 | 5:56 am
    This year, National Small Business Week is May 4-8 in the US. It’s a week dedicated to honoring America’s entrepreneurs and celebrating small businesses for all that you do. Here at Constant Contact, helping small business succeed is the inspiration behind everything we do. That’s why we wanted to take a moment to wish all of the small business owners throughout the US, and around the world, a Happy Small Business Week! (Having trouble viewing the video? Watch it here.) Join us in celebrating Small Business Week 2015! To celebrate Small Business Week, we’ll be sharing expert advice…
  • Hiring to Win: 5 Common Hiring Mistakes You Never Want to Make

    Marcus Tgettis
    2 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    A poor hiring decision can leave its mark on your business. While monetary loss might be the first cost that comes to mind,  a bad hiring decision also has the power to negatively impact employee satisfaction, customer experience, and the overall productivity of your business. A recent survey from online employment website, Careerbuilder, revealed that 4 out of 10 employers reported a bad hire cost them at least $25,000 in the past year. For small businesses where employees wear many different hats, the cost of bad hire is estimated to be about eight times higher. If you are a small business…
  • 6 Simple and Inexpensive Ways to Use Online Marketing to Reach New Customers

    Ali Hyatt
    1 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    As a small business, online marketing often provides the most cost-effective methods for attracting new customers. But any form of marketing — whether it’s online, print, television, or direct mail — usually costs something and it can be hard to find the resources needed to spread the word about your business. Luckily, there are simple things you can do to ramp up your online marketing, without having to spend a ton of extra money to do it. Here are 6 easy ways that successful companies maximize their online marketing. 1. Get customers to share your social media updates There are many…
  • How to Build a Multi-Million Dollar Brand, Part 2: Defining the Brand

    Bryan Caplan
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    When we last left off, Dakota Riley of Keller Williams Realty had just spread her branding wings in an attempt to differentiate herself from the countless real estate agents in the South Shore of Massachusetts. After taking a 30,000 foot view of Dakota’s business model and competitive landscape, we landed on “Depend on Dakota” as her brand name. We had effectively positioned Dakota’s brand name to tell a story of how potential home buyers and sellers could put their trust in Dakota to get the best deal possible. After all, this was one of the most important investments of a client’s…
  • How Often Should You Email Your Customers?

    Ryan Pinkham
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:04 am
    Finding the right email frequency can be a delicate balance. You know you need to be reaching out to the people on your email list regularly, but you also need to make sure that they aren’t feeling overwhelmed. And of course, you have your own schedule to worry about. How much time can you invest into creating and sending emails each month? While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to the question “How often should I email my customers?” there are steps you can take to determine a frequency that will work for you and your audience. Let’s look at four steps you should follow: Step…
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  • Weather, climate and the “limiting” nutrient in waterways

    3 May 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Nutrients are a good thing. They promote growth of cells in plants and animals. Food manufacturers love to advertise that their products, like breakfast cereals, are chock-full of “key” or “vital” or “healthy” nutrients. In waterways, however, you can have too much of a good thing. Load a lake or an estuary with too much […]
  • Initial Observations in Ulaanbaatar, Again

    2 May 2015 | 3:35 pm
    On previous visits to Mongolia, I’ve taken notes on my initial quick observations about changes (and the lack thereof) in the Ulaanbaatar cityscape: November 2014 | May 2014 | November 2013. So, here it goes for May 2015. Travelling to ULN … Continue reading →
  • Tech-savvy food start-up empowering local farmers

    1 May 2015 | 7:04 pm
    In a warehouse in east Vancouver, a sleek black box hangs on a wall near a phalanx of multicoloured electric tricycles. It’s an otherwise unremarkable setting — just[...]
  • Accepting Applications for May-June Lean LaunchPad!

    1 May 2015 | 3:47 pm
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    1 May 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Please see below for the road closures and detour maps for the BMO Marathon on Sunday May 3 ,2015. Please note that closures near our gardens are expected to be in place until approximately 1 pmDownload a detour and road closure map. Access to each garden is marked in blue and road closures are marked in red.  Detour RoutesFor UBC Botanical GardenAccess via Wesbrook Mall (local traffic only), Thunderbird Blvd, East Mall or West Mall, Stadium Road during gaps in runners.  There may be a delay, but vehicles will be permitted to cross Marine Drive at Stadium Road when there are gaps in…
 
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  • Top 5 Ways To Ensure Healthy Business Cash Flow

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    1 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Photo Credit: J D Mack via Compfight cc It’s often said that cash flow is the life blood of any business – and in turn, SMEs are often described as the life blood of the UK economy, making it doubly important to keep them ticking over healthily. Here are 5 of the best ways to keep your cash flow fluid, whatever the size of your business, so you can maximise your own prosperity, and your contribution to the economy as a whole. 1. Credit control It’s actually crazy how many companies – small firms in particular – have no formal credit control procedures in place,…
  • Top 10 Ways To Always Get Paid

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    29 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Photo Credit: Sohel Parvez Haque via Compfight cc It can seem like getting paid on time for a job well done should be a no-brainer, but sadly it’s not that easy – here are our top 10 ways to make sure your customers pay you on time as often as possible. 1. Ts & Cs From the outset, clear terms and conditions – including upfront payment terms – make sure everybody knows where they stand. 2. Clear orders Again, this is about knowing exactly what you’ve agreed to – so make sure the order size and the price (per unit/hour, total, or both) are agreed in…
  • SMEs Suffer due to ‘Behavioural Late Payment’

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    27 Apr 2015 | 2:32 am
    Photo Credit: frankieleon via Compfight cc The majority of the UK’s small to medium-sized enterprises are suffering at the hands of their business partners and big-brand bullies, according to a survey from the Forum of Private Business. According to the FPB’s research, 70% of SMEs have experienced behavioural late payment in the past 12 months, suggesting a lackadaisical attitude towards deadlines from their customers. Some 46% said they don’t feel that their business partners are open to negotiation on payment terms at all. And more than half – 51% of those surveyed…
  • Differences between Recovering Debt from a Company and an Individual

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    24 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Photo Credit: @notnixon via Compfight cc When you’re chasing a debt, all you really want is to get what you’re owed, as quickly and painlessly as possible; admittedly you might sometimes want revenge, but apart from statutory interest there’s not a lot you can do to inflict pain on your debtor. So it might seem strange to think that depending on your debtor’s status – sole trader, limited liability partnership, company and so on – there might be different things to keep in mind when attempting to recover a debt from them. This is problematic, because…
  • How Early in the Process does effective Credit Control begin?

    admin
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Photo Credit: Images_of_Money via Compfight cc We often talk about debt recovery as a last-ditch attempt to get back what you are owed, and generally speaking it’s better to avoid court action if you can. And we often say prevention is better than cure, too – so for example when you are invoicing, you should double check that all the details are correct, and follow up with a phone call to make sure the invoice is received. But just how early in the process does effective credit control begin? You might think it’s from the moment you take on a new client, but you’d be…
 
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    creativecommons.org

  • 20 Videos in 20 Days condensed into 20 Minutes - Alex Goldfayn

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Waiting 20 days to watch 20 videos is too long to wait. Here you have all 20 wrapped together and watch them in 20 minutes. Marketing tips at their best from Alex Goldfayn. As marketing experts ramble on and on, you often silently shout to yourself: "When will they get to the point?"  Your wish is about to come true.  Here are the very short videos from Alex, all fast, powerful and to the point: Which is the best?  Honestly, he does such a great job of summarizing marketing in 60 seconds with each video, it would be tough to choose.  About Alex Goldfayn: Author…
  • Duplicate your way to success

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:14 pm
    I love to sing. (Though you will rarely find me singing now)When I was in 8th grade I took choir class in junior high school.Found out I wasn't as good I as I wished for.Couldn't read music well, could not sing a note on request.And so I copied the person next to me.I became an expert at listening to the person to my right and immediately matching their pitch. I believed no one noticed... at least no one said anything.It was the best I could do. By being a fast imitator and keeping up, I passed the class. ---  Which could be referred to as mimic, copycat, impersonator, parodist, pretend,…
  • Here is where you can personally meet four CEOs in Seattle on May 15th

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    11 Apr 2015 | 6:33 pm
    You are invited to connect and network with the four CEOs of Talking Rain, Holland American Group, Port of Seattle and Alaska Air Group along with other Washington business leaders on May 15th at Caribbean inspired Member Reception at the World Trade Center Seattle. President and CEO of Talking Rain Beverage Company, Kevin Klock, Ernst & Young Pacific Northwest Entrepreneur Award recipient in Consumer Product Goods and BevNET’s 2013 Person of the Year, will share a few words about the explosive growth of Talking Rain and its future.  The Member Reception will be…
  • The Power of Perspective Taking is Life Changing

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:19 pm
    It is pretty simple... consider the opinions, ideas and thoughts of others more valuable than your own and you will find it necessary to listen more carefully and consider their world view. Easier said than done. In fact, I know geniuses. Literally... they are amazing with the depth fo knowledge and expertise and I am humbled to be connected. Their genius is actually a curse as it seems to become more difficult for perspective taking when one knows the answers. "Perspective-taking is the process by which an individual views a situation from another's point-of-view." - fresh off Wikipedia…
  • The Perfect April Fool's Day Joke

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    Here is the perfect April 1st trick. Get the kids dressed up in costumes.  (or maybe the grandkids) Go to houses and knock on doors and ring doorbells. Say "Trick or Treat!" When people say “What?” ... Yell “April Fools!" and run away.   Consider how much time, energy and thought goes into getting attention and moving people to incredulous responses on April 1st every year.  What if you chose another day and invested the same amount of time and attention for a different kind of response?  What if there was a focus to make people say "That is unbelievable! How did…
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    Surefire Social

  • May the 4th Be With You

    Steve Eastlack
    4 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    Today is not any old boring Monday. No, today is when millions of voices rise up together in celebration and shout “May the fourth be with you,” for today is “Star Wars Day.” Get ready for your social media and water cooler talk to become all things Star Wars. Did you know the idea for May the 4th didn’t start with Lucasfilm? Legend has it the first record of “May the Fourth Be With You” was uttered in 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as UK prime minister.   Thanks to the Internet and social media, this phenomenon has taken on a life…
  • Facebook Announces More Help for Small Businesses

    Steve Eastlack
    1 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Yesterday, Facebook announced more help for small businesses. Earlier this year, Facebook launched Ads Manager app and built creative and educational resources for small business marketers. Now, Facebook is hosting a series of events called “Boost Your Business” and implementing live chat for advertisers. Also in the announcement, the social media giant stated it has 40 million SMBs with active Facebook Pages; a number up from 30 million last June. “Boost Your Business” Program Like I mentioned above, the “Boost Your Business” program will be a series of events…
  • Weekend Rollout with Surefire Social – May 1st

    Jennifer Clark
    1 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Our customers are people with a good sense of humor who know how to tell a good long-form joke. We’ll have to share some of those in the future, but today, in the spirit of their contagious energy, and…since Friday (TGIF) has finally arrived, we wanted to grant our readers permission to close their email inboxes for a few minutes to get into the creativity of some good old fashion humor from celebs you may or may not have realized, are pretty active in the Twittersphere. If you know of others, please share the laughs by adding their handles to the comments! Happy Friday! 1.
  • First There Were 1-800 Numbers, Then Came Domain Names, and Now….

    Shashi Bellamkonda
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    You’re cruising on the highway when you see a small business company’s van right in front of you. Be it a home remodeler, glass repair company or a roofing company and if you’re stuck in traffic, chances are you’ll remember the name of that company. So I believe any small business that has a van should have 3 critical pieces of information on their service vehicle. The Brand Easy to remember Use a font that’s easy to read from far away and from a moving vehicle Colors that distinguish it from the color of the van 1-800-Phone Number The phone number is important when your…
  • Digital Marketing for Home Remodelers and the Home Services Industry

    Glen Hellman
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m pretty much, kind of convinced that this internet thing may not be a fad. I’m afraid to say that there’s a fair chance it’s here to stay which means we all probably have to get used to making these bits and bytes thingies a front and center tactic in our customer acquisition strategies. The Internet of Things This darn digital wave is arming pesky consumers with powerful, useful information like, comparison data, competitive reviews, and specifications. Consumers are getting smarter. As your prospects are armed with more data, power has shifted from the seller, who used to possess…
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    The Entrepreneurs Club of America

  • Small Business Quotes on Customer Service

    Kasey Marlow
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    • “Customers are looking for meaningful connections. Those organizations that provide them gain a      competitive advantage.” Dustin S. Klein in “The Unexpected” • “Just 7 percent of consumers say that customer service experiences they have with companies          typically exceed their expectations.” Echo/AX • “70% of buying experiences are based on how the customer
  • War Hero to Entrepreneur

    Kasey Marlow
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:31 am
    He wasn’t a very good student and even failed the fifth grade. He enlisted in the Marines before high school graduation, but was concerned he’d even graduate.
  • Entrepreneurs Club Radio – Our Guests will be Michael Feurer and Dustin Klein

    Kasey Marlow
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Guests are Michael Feuer, co-founder of Office Max and Dustin Klein, Publisher of Smart Business.
  • Inspirational Quotes for the Entrepreneur

    Kasey Marlow
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
    It’s been said that good quotes convey a very impactful message. Here are some quotes from David H. Sandler, founder of Sandler Sales
  • Separation by Preparation

    Kasey Marlow
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    We can all learn more about personal selling. Here is a wonderful guest blog by Marvin Montgomery, The Sales Doctor
 
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    Blog

  • SEO Tips For B2B Small Businesses

    1 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    SEO Tips For B2B Small Businesses In this podcast we discuss the top 3 tips we have for B2B Small Businesses the search engine optimization efforts. If you would like us to look after your SEO for contact us now to book a time to discuss. The top three tips we outline in detail are post new content reguarily, determine what keywords you want your website to rank for and ensure each page on your website has the proper meta data.   
  • SEO Outsourcing - What Are The Benefits

    11 Apr 2015 | 5:58 am
    SEO Outsourcing - What Are The Benefits In this podcast we discuss what SEO outsourcing is, the reasons to and benefits of doing it, as well as an example of the return on investment that can be achieved. If you are not even clear on what SEO is click here to learn what SEO or Search Engine Optimization is. If after listening to the podcast and reading this article you determine that your business needs help with search engine optimization for your webiste send us and email to discuss further to see if our services would be a good fit for your business.  
  • The Difference Between Organic vs Paid Search

    10 Mar 2015 | 4:58 am
    The Difference Between Organic vs Paid Search In this podcast we discuss the difference between organic versus paid search. In the podacst we start by explaining what organic search and paid search are in simple easy to understand terms and how each are utilized by businesses to marketing their products and services. The podcast concludes with which of organic search or paid search delivers a better return on your marketing spend dollar. If after listening to the podcast and reading this article you determine that your business needs help understanding online marketing feel free to send…
  • Is Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Worth The Money?

    10 Mar 2015 | 4:58 am
    Is Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Worth The Money? In this podcast we discuss if search engine optimization is worth the money or not. In the podacst we also look at how to properly calcuate the ROI return on investment for SEO or maketing methods of any kind. This podcast was inspired by an article on SEW titled "Is SEO Worth It In 2015?" In his podcast you won't find fancy words or things you don't understand. We break down everything into simple to understand business terms. If after listening to the podcast and reading this article you determine that your business needs…
  • What Is Search Engine Optimization (also referred to as SEO)

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:58 am
    What Is Search Engine Optimization (also referred to as SEO) In this podcast we explain in simple terms what search engine optimization is, how it is done, our philosophy towards SEO, and what kind of return on investment you can expect from search engine optimization. If after listening to the podcast and reading this article you determine that your business might be able to benefit from our SEO services feel free to send us and email to discuss further if our services would be a good fit for your business or not.  
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     Vistage Executive Street Blog

  • How an Investment in the Present Paid Off for Future Business Growth

    Vistage Staff
    1 May 2015 | 11:19 am
    Editor’s note: In our Voice of Small Business  series, we highlight a handful of the more than 19,000 business leaders that represent the best of Read More The post How an Investment in the Present Paid Off for Future Business Growth appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • How to Improve Your Organization’s Succession Planning

    Leon Shapiro
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:38 am
    Each year, we ask our Vistage members to identify the issues they process most frequently in their groups. And each year, succession planning is among Read More The post How to Improve Your Organization’s Succession Planning appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • The Pomodoro Technique: A Time Management Plan

    Curt Finch
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:19 am
    Okay, so maybe it’s just bringing effective time management skills back. Whatever the case may be, the Pomodoro Technique is a fantastic time management method Read More The post The Pomodoro Technique: A Time Management Plan appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Linear vs Exponential Thinking – Are You Ready to Switch?

    Jerry Cahn
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Salim Ismail, in Exponential Organizations, explains the differences between how most leaders think today and how the leaders of exponential organizations think. The challenge Read More The post Linear vs Exponential Thinking – Are You Ready to Switch? appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • 4 Non-Negotiable Traits of Customer-Focused CEOs

    Vistage Staff
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Fridays with Vistage is a webinar series on relevant, timely and actionable business topics to help you generate results in your business. On May 1, Read More The post 4 Non-Negotiable Traits of Customer-Focused CEOs appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
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    Griselda Togobo's blog | Author, Speaker & Small Business Growth Consultant

  • Whose shoes are you trying to fill

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Website Design Insights for Contractors

    Nalie Lee-Heidt<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Nalie_Lee_Heidt_Profile.jpg" alt="Nalie Lee-Heidt" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    1 May 2015 | 10:36 am
    In this digital age, it just doesn’t make sense to not be present on the internet. On the flip side, having a website or Facebook Page isn’t necessarily a guarantee that you’re driving more business. Within the construction industry, there are definitely some nuances and ways to communicate online with potential clients. Our web team spent hundreds of hours digging into online customer behavior, particularly as they were searching for local services such as remodeling, plumbing, HVAC, and other specialty contractors. 5 Website Design Insights:   1. Be findable locally on the…
  • Find Out How Your Digital Footprint Affects Offline Local Sales

    Catherine Mandler<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Catherine_Mandler_Profile.jpg" alt="Catherine Mandler" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    Do you research online before purchasing in-store? Do you search more on your phone vs. your desktop? If you answered “yes” to these two questions, you’re like most of us. If your business can’t be found online when people are searching, you’re losing customers. While digital presence is more important than ever, most people want to shop in person, locally. The numbers prove it — local offline sales are 15 times more than online sales. Online continues to be an important research tool for consumers. Managing your digital presence is key to getting found online and driving offline…
  • The Top 20 Online Places to List Your Local Retail Business

    Julie Gordon<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Julie_Gordon_Profile.jpg" alt="Julie Gordon" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:47 am
    Back in the day, people grabbed a phone book to find a local business. Today, they grab their smartphone and head to popular search engines and online directories like Google, Yelp and Whitepages. No matter what type of shop you own, in order to get found online it’s essential that your business information isn’t limited to only your website and social networks – it should appear on trusted directory listings too.With hundreds of directories on the web, it’s important to recognize that not all online listings are created equal. While it would be great to be listed…
  • Done Building Your Website? 3 Steps to Help People Find It

    Brant Schmitz<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Brant_Schmitz_Profile.jpg" alt="Brant Schmitz" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    According to a recent survey by Google, 55% of small businesses still don’t have a website. The remaining 45% who have made the move online are no doubt looking for an edge to get their website found before their competitors. If you’ve already completed that first big step and have your website up and ready, your next step should be paving a path for your potential customers to find you online. Here are three ways to get started: 1. Create a Mobile-friendly Website Did you know that on average over 50% of all traffic to websites is now mobile traffic? 130 million+ smartphone users…
  • Still Need to Get Your Business on Facebook? Here’s How

    Deluxe Blogmaster<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Deluxe_enterprise_logo_cropped-150x28.png" alt="Deluxe Blogmaster" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Despite Facebook’s announcement last year that a record 30 million active small business pages worldwide have been created, there are still many business owners who’ve yet to set up a company page. Does your business have a unique page yet? If the answer is no, you may want to consider a few facts. While social media networks continue to emerge, Facebook is still king. Data from the Pew Research Center shows that 71 percent of online adults use the platform. Other social media channels like Twitter and LinkedIn are gaining ground, but their numbers (23 and 28 percent…
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    Loftis Consulting Business Blog

  • Finance 101: CapEx Defined

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

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

    Loftis Consulting
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    For a non-profit, understanding the health of its cash position is critical.  Many not-for-profit organizations are dependent on outside contributors and can’t control the use of monies coming in for various reasons: Funds received are restricted to be used for only certain purposes Fund received do not cover the indirect or administrative costs of programming Significant payment delays from government agencies In order to prevent your nonprofit from erroneously using restricted cash and/or running out of cash all together, I recommend using some financial management tools on a regular…
  • From the Open Forum Blog: 3 Simple Calculations for Revealing Business Health

    Loftis Consulting
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    I thought this article had some good highlights of some financial metrics that would be good to know for any business.  
  • Is VC Funding Right For Your Business by Cole Sadkin LLC

    Loftis Consulting
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Cole Sadkin LLC makes some great points to consider when deciding if venture capital funding is right for you and your business.  Check it out “Is Venture Capital Funding Right for You?“
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    Blue Kite Marketing blog

  • Are You Ignoring Your Biggest Market Opportunity?

    Laura Click
    4 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    We've Moved! Update Your Reader Subscription Don't miss another blog post! Click here to update your readerhttp://feeds.feedblitz.com/bluekitemarketingblog Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
  • Marketing Measurement: How to Make Sense of Your Marketing Numbers {Podcast}

    Laura Click
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    We've Moved! Update Your Reader Subscription Don't miss another blog post! Click here to update your readerhttp://feeds.feedblitz.com/bluekitemarketingblog Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
  • How to Prevent an Epic Marketing Failure

    Laura Click
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    We've Moved! Update Your Reader Subscription Don't miss another blog post! Click here to update your readerhttp://feeds.feedblitz.com/bluekitemarketingblog Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
  • How to Create Valuable Content for Your Sales Team {Podcast}

    Laura Click
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:13 am
    We've Moved! Update Your Reader Subscription Don't miss another blog post! Click here to update your readerhttp://feeds.feedblitz.com/bluekitemarketingblog Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
  • How to Respond to a PR Crisis: What to Do When Marketing Goes Way Wrong

    Laura Click
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:38 am
    We've Moved! Update Your Reader Subscription Don't miss another blog post! Click here to update your readerhttp://feeds.feedblitz.com/bluekitemarketingblog Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
 
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    Barry Moltz

  • #323 Empowering a Billion Women with Ingrid Vanderveldt, Small Business Trends with Rohit Bhargava and Breaking the Rules with Scott Harris

    Courtney Deruy
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:41 am
    One of the leading advocates for women entrepreneurs in the world–Ingrid Vanderveldt–joins us to talk about how she is working to empower a billion women by 2020. Also joining us is Rohit Bhargava who is here to share trends for 2015 that matter the most to small business and how they can apply to your business. Finally, are you a Rule Breaker? Small business owner Scott Harris is here to talk about how he broke the rules and won. Listen and enjoy: Check Out Business Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Barry J Moltz on BlogTalkRadio   Segment 1: Ingrid Vanderveldt is the…
  • #322 Strategy, Vision, UpCounsel and The Small Business Expo

    Courtney Deruy
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:26 pm
    On episode 322 of Business Insanity Talk Radio, we first talk about strategy. Did you know that only 13 percent of companies successfuly execute their strategy? We’ll discuss how you can be one of the lucky 13. Next, find out what it takes to not only be a leader in your company, but also a visionary. Do you need an attorney for your small business, but can’t afford one? I show you a new way to get affordable legal advice. Finally, learn more about The Small Business Expo – a free conference for business owners that is coming to a city near you. Listen and enjoy: Check Out…
  • #321 Big Data, Ending Partnerships, Productive Workplaces and Millennials

    Courtney Deruy
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    There does not seem to be a shortage of data these days. We’ll talk about what we can do with all this data to make our businesses and daily lives better. Next, what happens when you find yourself butting heads with your business partner and you see no way out but to split? We have advice from one of Chicago’s top attorneys. Then, we answer: is the open floor plan for business dead?  We’ll talk about how to organize your office so that people can be most productive. Finally, what happens when the Millennials take over? We’ll talk about why you should be more…
  • Hoffice: The New Face of Co-working Space

    Courtney Deruy
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    Image from http://hoffice.nu/en/ If you’ve ever worked from home, you know it can be lonely. If you’ve ever worked from a coffee shop, you know it can be noisy and inconvenient. If you’ve ever considered renting a desk in a co-working space, you know it can be expensive. What you should know about is Hoffice – a network that is creating friendly, functional and free workspaces in people’s homes. It’s really quite simple – people volunteer to open their homes for others to work in. As you can imagine, each Hoffice environment is different. Hoffice hosts can determine when they…
  • #320 Engagement, Crucial Conversations, Storytelling and Game Plans

    Courtney Deruy
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:28 pm
    In episode #320 of Business Insanity Talk Radio, we first talk about why only 30% of employees feel engaged at work and what your small business can do to increase that number. Next, we’ll tell you five crucial conversations that managers need to have with their employees. When’s the last time you were really listening to a presentation? It was probably when someone was telling an engaging story. We need to do the same thing in our business; we’ll share the two stories every business needs to be able to tell. Finally, do you have a game plan for your business? Our last…
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    俺得修学旅行~男は女装した俺だけ!! 美形ギャルとの絡みが楽しい漫画

  • 俺得修学旅行9話 女装の秘密がバレてしまい・・

    gekiore
    3 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
    の9話 スカートの中の秘密を読んでみました。(ネタバレ注意です)                 どうみても       その子は、ちゃん。 一人でいても全然気にならないだったのです。                   心愛は、とんでもない事実を勇太に告げるのです。 「勇太が女装して参加し旅館で3Pしていたって噂を                                
  • ふたりぼっちの放課後えっちがスマホで読める!!

    gekiore
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:03 am
    ふたりぼっちの放課後えっち   奥森ボウイさんのがスマホで読めるようになりました!!タイトルが若干アレンジされています。→     ふたりぼっちの放課後えっち 1話の感想 ヒロインは竜胆はるか。高校2年で生徒会長。その従者は、山田徹平くん。このコンビで新設された男子校へ生徒会の交流会に出席するのですが、当然ハプニングがあります。        …
  • 俺得修学旅行8話 初めての絶頂その3

    gekiore
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:32 pm
     8話のあらすじです。       8話は、修学旅行らしいエピソードが満載で、エッチなシーンは少しお休みの海となりました。以下があらすじになります。     自由行動前の説明会で、篠原とこそこそ話をしていた勇太は、に目をつけられてしまいます。   キャシーマクスウェル先生は、キャミ1枚。が今にもキャミを破って出てきそうなくらいのデカさです。しかも。         それは。  …
  • 俺得修学旅行7話 初めての絶頂その2

    gekiore
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:06 pm
     7話のあらすじです。   尾形保奈美ちゃんのが7話では注目ですよ!       「」   「」             「」       「」   「」とちょっとビクビク。     「」             英語の。胸が開いて、太腿が露出しているホットパンツを履いているちょっとあばずれな感じの先生です。        
  • トロトロ花びら 3話押入れの中で、JK二人と代わる代わる挿入!!ネタバレ感あり

    gekiore
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:27 pm
    トロトロ花びら~修学旅行の夜、押し入れで…~の3話を読んでみました。旅は道ズレ(後編その1)               尾田のアソコを見ると当然になってました~♪   美保が躊躇していると麻衣子が「」といいつつ背後から尾田のアソコをさわさわ♪     なんとDカップ級の美乳   尾田の上にまたがってなんとに!         「」というともう我慢できなくて、どぷり中出し。なかなかエロいです。…
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    Free Enterprise

  • 3 Employee Traits That Can Save Your Biz From Legal Headaches

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    1 May 2015 | 12:09 pm
    First and foremost, you want employees that can do the job -- capable, competent, and committed. After that, you're probably looking at an employee's interpersonal skills and how they represent your company to the public. But there might be some different traits you'll want to keep an eye out for when hiring, like the skills or qualities that can keep your company out of legal trouble. Here are three of them: 1. Great Communication Skills. It may sound obvious, and maybe this was already at the top of your list, but quality communication skills between employees can save you from quite a few…
  • What if an Ex-Employee is Using Your Trade Secrets?

    Le Trinh, Esq.
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Today's employees are a fickle bunch. They come and they go. Sometimes they go taking a little bit more with them than when they came. It is not uncommon for businesses to hire employees away from their competitors. Losing an employee hurts because you'll have to do interviews, find another employee, and then train them all over again. But, losing an employee can hurt even more if that ex-employee is using your trade secrets to steal your clients or copy your products and technology. So, what can you do if an ex-employee is using your trade secrets? The Laws Trade secrets are protected by…
  • Can I Refuse to Hire a Smoker?

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Maybe you just don't like the habit, or don't want your office to smell like cigarettes. Or maybe you're more worried about the healthcare costs or extra sick days. Whatever your reasoning, you might be thinking of joining the many companies that are now refusing to hire smokers. But are these bans legal? You might want to consult your state statutes to find out. Right to Light Up For the most part, the rights of non-smokers trump the rights of smokers at work. Employers are free to ban smoking tobacco in the workplace, although they may also designate smoking areas. And some states have…
  • Keeping Work Weird (and Legal)

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:56 pm
    From cities to startups, everyone is trying to keep it weird these days. An offbeat corporate culture at your business may sound good in theory, but how do you keep it legal in practice? Here are a few tips to keep your office weird from getting too legally wild. Keep the Intake Integral Who and how you hire is still going to be the most determinative factor in your business' success. Especially if you want a weird office, you'll probably want have that in mind during hiring so you know your employees will be a part of your very cool culture. While many companies are experimenting with…
  • 3 Things You Shouldn't Put In Your Ads

    Le Trinh, Esq.
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    Advertising is tricky business. The right words could bring lots of money into your business. The wrong words could hurt your business' reputation and bottom line. Budweiser is learning that the hard way. As part of its "Up for Whatever" campaign, Budweiser printed, "The perfect beer for removing 'no' from your vocabulary for the night" on its beer bottles. Social media erupted in protest over the perceived encouragement of date rape. As a small business owner, you should tread carefully when designing your advertisements. Here are 3 things you should not put in your ads: 1. Other People's…
 
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    BuzzBooster Marketing Advisors: Shahar and Nash

  • What are Baby Boomers Buying? [Boomerology Revealed #27]

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    2 May 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Baby boomers are looking for different solutions as they age. How to market to baby boomers today. What do they want and what do they value?. See the changes you need to make when marketing to baby boomers   The post What are Baby Boomers Buying? [Boomerology Revealed #27] appeared first on NeuroMarketing | Small Business Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Web Video and Content Marketing

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    3 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    Web Video and Content Marketing by  BIG & SMALL Productions With the Internet seeping ever deeper into every pore of modern day life, our consumer habits are drastically changing. As a result, most people have turned their backs on conventional marketing. They skip television ads with the help of various technologies such as DVRs, often ignore magazine marketing, and are proficient in surfing the Internet in such a way as to disregards banners, buttons and pop-ups. In order to reach out to a new consumer, useful content is of paramount importance. A marketing strategy has emerged to…
  • What is the new normal for baby boomers?

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:50 pm
    From 79 million baby boomers in the US, 43 million of us are taking care of someone older than 50. Baby boomers are also not getting any younger. Every day 10,000 boomers hit 65 years of age and since all boomers want to live forever, they are conscious about their health and consume more supplements than any other group, they might as well become the first generation to take care of its parents for as long as it cared for its children. But they want to do it their way. Care giving is really becoming a common word in any boomer vocabulary. Even though care giving might be the right word, many…
  • How Network Marketing Can Save Baby Boomers From The Retirement Crisis

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    There are 90 million baby boomers between US and Canada (baby boomers are people born between 1946 and 1964.) Although this generation is known to spend 2 trillion a year and is said to have a disposable income of $24,000 a year, a significant part of this population is in trouble when it comes to retirement. Yes, baby boomers want to live forever, we are entering middle age kicking and screaming, and we say we never want to retire because we love to be active but reality shows that many boomers wouldn’t be able to retire even if they wanted to. First we are big spenders. We like to…
  • Who Are America’s Affluents, And What Are Their Top Spending Categories?

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    Some 67.5 million American adults lived in a household with annual income of at least $100,000 (“affluents”), a 5 million (or 8%) increase from last year, details Ipsos in its latest annual study of the affluent population. As such, 28% of the adult population can be classified as affluent, as can 23% of all US households. So who are these affluents? While Millennials (18-32) comprise 22% share of affluents, roughly two-thirds of affluent Millennials qualify on the basis of their parents’ income rather than their own. (The definition of affluence is based on living in a household with…
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    Big Brand System

  • Why Symptoms (Not Solutions) Are Your Copywriting Secret Weapon

    Amy Harrison
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    You’re feeling under the weather so you go to your local doctor’s office. Before you can speak, a prescription is thrust into your hand. “This is what you need” You’re directed out of the office towards the pharmacy where you can ‘buy’ your cure. Are you going to buy the prescribed treatment with confidence? Are you even going to buy at all? Of course not: the doctor hasn’t proven that she understands your situation and that she’s capable of advising you about the best possible action. But this is exactly what many businesses do in their marketing copy. They sell the…
  • Digging Deep to Unearth Marketing Gold

    Pamela Wilson
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    This classic Big Brand System post shares an important question we can all ask to get to the heart of our marketing message. It may seem too simple to be effective, but this exercise is powerful. The magic question that gets at the heart of all marketing efforts is: And that’s important because? It’s a question that helps you to make your small business marketing more effective, because it starts with the obvious, and forces you to dig deeper. When you’re done, you’ll know exactly how to target your message, because you’ll understand what really motivates your…
  • The Unglamorous Secret of Success

    Pamela Wilson
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    This past year has been an interesting one for my career. Let’s back up a little … Actually, I never really thought I had a career. What I had was a business. I still have a business. Over the years, I measured my success by whether my profits went up or down; whether I was getting regular referrals; and — in recent years — whether my audience was growing. And all of the above have grown steadily over the years, I’m happy to say. More recently, I’ve realized that I have a career, too. I’m now working for Copyblogger Media. A few weeks ago, I was given the…
  • High-end Fonts for Free: How to Go Upscale with Your Typography

    Pamela Wilson
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Why would you want to spend time looking for the perfect font? Your fonts add meaning to your words. Look at the examples below. This font isn’t terrible, but it doesn’t inspire the kind of confidence you need to hand your money over to a stranger to invest it for you. This font looks upscale, straightforward, and traditional. Just the qualities we’d like to see in our financial adviser. The font here works great. It looks happy approachable, and friendly. There’s a disconnect here between the business name and the font. It looks too formal and uptight to be a place where kids will go…
  • What “Authentic” Audience Building Means [Audio]

    Pamela Wilson
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    You’ve heard it many times: the best way to market your business is to “develop an authentic relationship with your prospects and customers.” But what does authentic marketing look like now? And what’s the difference between doing this for a brick-and-mortar business vs. an online business? These are the questions my new Nashville friend Nancy VanReece and I pondered a few weeks ago with Clark Buckner of TechnologyAdvice. We met at Chago’s Cantina in Nashville, and over the sounds of a busy Mexican restaurant, we hashed out how to build an authentic relationship…
 
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    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense

  • The 4 + 1 Primary Tasks of Senior Leaders

    Bulldog Drummond
    4 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Written By Stephen R. Graves I’m sure you’ve heard of the 80/20 rules. The most well known version is that 20% of the people do 80% of the work. Although this is mostly true, it’s not my favorite 80/20 rule—my favorite applies to senior executives. Most senior execs spend 80% of their time doing work that someone else could do and only 20% doing what only they can do. The most successful leaders, however, flip that equation and spend 80% of their time on the tasks only they can do. It sounds simple enough but it’s sometimes a fight to get there. Senior execs are typically well…
  • The Negative Path to Happiness and Success

    Bulldog Drummond
    1 May 2015 | 8:29 am
      The “cult of optimism” has taught us to set strict goals and adhere to them. But instead we should embrace uncertainty and remain flexible.
  • The Power Of Learning New Things

    Bulldog Drummond
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    Written by Kevin Smoker “Well, we didn’t get dressed up for nothing.” Hamish Braveheart A simple statement and reminder of, I committed to this, I wanted to do this. I prepared for this. Now let’s go do this. As I sat atop of the snow-packed mountain that looked similar to a death wish, I repeated, “I didn’t get dressed up for nothing.” And, I stood up and slid down the kiddy slope at the ski resort with all the grace of a baby giraffe trying to walk for the first time. For my many years of outdoor pursuits, I had never been on skis or a snowboard. I was venturing into a world I…
  • How to Be Disruptive Without Being a Disruptor

    Bulldog Drummond
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:59 am
    Written by Cyndy Trivella Welcome to the Information Age. A current phase taking place in our society where communication and data flow fast and furious, and people are able to obtain knowledge with a simple keystroke. Items formerly swept under the proverbial rug are no longer hidden. People are free to share their POV and wave their banners proudly. Transparency allows knowledge to be gained and communications to commence. These are all good things. Sometimes. Design your actions with intentionality I acknowledge and applaud those who have chosen to stand up for change. I support, and many…
  • Get Your Hands Working On Happiness

    Bulldog Drummond
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    Working with your hands just might be the key to happiness. Creating brings us into a world of honesty and humility, pride and passion, with undeniable reality that demands individual attention and requires us to step outside our self-absorbed selves. Creation instills a sense of self, giving us a realization of what can and cannot be controlled. It’s very empowering. Hobby Club is pioneering the idea of using your hands to create something beautiful. Their yearlong adventure brings twelve new hobbies into people’s lives, one month at a time. It’s like hobby roulette; each one is a…
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    EpicLaunch

  • Should Small Businesses Outsource Their Accounting Duties?

    EpicLaunch
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:16 am
    Odds are that you are not running an accounting firm. Still, earning revenue guarantees the need for proper bookkeeping, and that means your business has a decision to make. Should you handle all your accounting in-house or should you outsource it to a brokerage? Here are a few pros and cons of both solutions. Cheaper is Better By choosing to handle your own financial records, you save a significant amount of money that would otherwise go to an outside business. Hiring a part-time or salaried employee ensures that when any discrepancy occurs, you know exactly who is responsible for correcting…
  • The True Cost of Unused Software in Business

    EpicLaunch
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    A recent study taken out by 1E (a software lifecycle automation company) has shown that many companies around the world are spending excessive amounts of money on computer software that is never being used! In the UK alone, 25% of software bought by companies remains stagnant, resulting in a loss of 3.5M. CEO at 1E, Sumir Karavi states ‘it’s not uncommon for larger organisations to do this, and something can be done to claim back the cost.’ “This data clearly demonstrates that organisations are not optimising their software assets in a way that reduces cost.” Provided by…
  • Slashing Expenses: Money-Saving Tips for UK Businesses

    EpicLaunch
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    Businesses throughout the UK are searching for reliable ways to cut costs and save as much money as possible. In these tough economic times, reducing costs is often integral to a business’s bottom line. The following tips can help your business reduce its costs so that it can steer its financial resources to fulfill other business needs. Shop Around Too often businesses get stuck in their old habit of doing business with the same providers when it comes to supplies, equipment and utilities such asbroadband and energy. Why pay exorbitant rates when you can slash those costs by anywhere…
  • 4 Reasons Outsourcing Training Helps Every Business

    EpicLaunch
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:24 am
    Whatever sector your company works in, outsourcing training is a great option to improve your business and one that should be seriously considered. From accountancy to healthcare, it can be difficult to find the time and resources to provide quality training for new or existing employees. Outsourcing is one of the most cost-effective ways to give your team a real boost and the training outsourcing market wouldn’t be booming if it didn’t work. Reduces Risk Outsourcing training for your company reduces the risk on two levels. Firstly, it protects the company by eliminating the risk of being…
  • Dining with Mobile Devices

    EpicLaunch
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:21 am
    Hop on any social media site, from Instagram to Facebook, and you can see that diners and their phones are never far apart. Snapping tasty shots of what’s on the table is only the beginning of the tech trend that has incorporated mobile devices into nearly every aspect of   daily dining. Thirty percent of consumers have paid a restaurant bill with the location’s dedicated app, and nearly three-quarters of consumers ages 18 to 34 would order takeout with an app if the service were available. Diners on the go love the convenience and speed that mobile integration brings. With 5…
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    Words For Hire by Karen Swim

  • What PR Pros Wish Clients Knew

    Karen Swim
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:22 am
    I love my job. But like everyone, I have those moments of banging my head on a desk wishing that clients understood some of the challenges in doing my job well and keeping them happy. You want me to do what? This post is not a rage against clients (see above, I love what I do!) but tips on how everyone can get the best out of working relationships. As I thought about things that I wish clients knew, I decided to reach out to a group of smart, seasoned pros for their answers to this question. PR begins with YOU Kris Vruno Huson: 1) PR starts internally. If those closest to your brand…
  • When Did We Give Up?

    Karen Swim
    20 May 2014 | 8:27 am
    I don’t know when it happened but somewhere in the past several years, we raised the white flag of defeat. Perhaps we were pushed to the edge by too many long hours and too few vacations. Maybe it was the “always on” social media culture that finally taxed our remaining resources. Whatever the cause, we are here standing on the big fact X of apathetic acceptance. We used to try. We had a fire in our belly that propelled us to not just be good but great. We wanted to create better products and services. We were motivated, delighted even to over deliver on expectations. We aimed high and…
  • They Will Eat the Communicators First

    Karen Swim
    6 May 2014 | 10:17 am
    English: Zombies (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I am convinced that if aliens invaded the earth, they would eat the communicators first. This belief has been shaped by years of watching PR and Marketing functions get cut when organizations are looking to save money. I watched the slash and re-staff cycle throughout my career and as an independent have seen the same logic applied when companies slash budgets or eliminate outsourced partners entirely. So if the zombies show up, forgive me if I leap over your head to scramble to safety.   Often, when companies are faced with a need to trim…
 
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    Web Marketing Therapy Blog

  • Healthy Tips for Better Sleep for Better Business Baby!

    virtualwordspecialist
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:20 pm
    It’s considered a rite of passage for an entrepreneur or small business person to work on very little sleep. However, the business community is embracing data that shows it pays to get good sleep as both a good health and a business strategy! Yes ladies and gentleman, getting more sleep is now becoming acceptable and often encouraged! Team WMT declares sleep sexy! We don’t do drama so we want to work with rested teammies and clients! Leading the sleep is sexy charge is co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington who knows first-hand just how dangerous…
  • What is a Boilerplate?

    Katherine L. Garcia
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:46 am
    A boilerplate is the last paragraph in a press release that tells readers about your business. This is an important piece of the press release because it tells readers about your business which supports credibility but it also can help boost your search visibility if you weave in priority key phrases. Your boilerplate should remain consistent from one press release to another. Here’s an example of a boilerplate we have used in the past for releases about our CEO: About Lorrie Thomas Ross, M.A.: Lorrie Thomas Ross is a speaker, trainer, marketing expert, and the CEO of Web Marketing…
  • Tough Love – Why You Need a Linkedin Company Page

    Darla Bea Smith
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:41 am
    If you don’t have a LinkedIn Company Page yet, then it’s prime time to get on the Web Marketing Therapy couch for some tough love and learn the reasons why you need a LinkedIn Company page. Being a part of the “World’s Largest Network” is not only is a way to manage your personal identity but it is also a way to increase your company’s visibility. And with over 300 million members – it’s a must! Marketing Rx – Swallow these statistics on LinkedIn Company pages: 68% of LinkedIn members say that they would like to receive relevant news articles or…
  • Couch Session – Hashing out #Hashtag Issues

    Ruben Zarate
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Ok, digital marketers – it’s time to jump on Web Marketing Therapy’s virtual marketing couch to hash out your hashtag issues. We might roll our eyes over hashtags (it’s ok, let’s be honest…it’s therapy afterall) or think about hashtags like this old SNL video. But hashtags are serious! If you break down the value of hashtags, you might start to see some social media marketing breakthroughs! Let me give you some social media aid to ease you into hashtags. My team and I at WMT were introduced to an article this week called Hashing out the Almighty…
  • Healthy Living Tips for Busy Entrepreneurs

    virtualwordspecialist
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    We have all heard expressions like, “if you don’t have your health you don’t have anything” and “health is wealth,” but sometimes proactive health management is easier said than done. Making any changes to correct an unhealthy lifestyle can often seem so overwhelming that bad habits continue. (At WMT we often say that “we get comfortable being uncomfortable.”) The good news is that creating a healthy life is easier than you think, if you don’t catastrophize it. Start with taking one action every day. Healthy bodies = healthy minds and healthy minds…
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    The Rise To The Top: Helping you generate big time revenue through your own online products & programs

  • LIVE Q&A: Your questions about creating, promoting & profiting from online courses answered!

    David Siteman Garland
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:40 am
    Your online course questions ANSWERED!!! Special Q&A session with me Have a burning question on creating, promoting & profiting from your online course? Want me to answer it? Of course you do.  Which is why I’m doing a special Q&A Webinar this Friday and you, my friend, are invited. Just register up right here to let me know you are coming It is going to be pure Q&A and I’ll also be opening up enrollment in Create Awesome Online Courses for new students during the hangout (I’ve gotten some emails from folks who missed the last enrollment period and asked…
  • Small But Mighty: How Elise & Scott Grice went from a service-based business to a $63,259 Course Launch (with an email list of less than 1,500)

    David Siteman Garland
    5 Apr 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Enjoy the uncensored interview below! Links Mentioned: –Elise and Scott’s My Own Irresistible Brand –Hey Sweet Pea (join their happiness tribe, LOL) –Create Awesome Online Course (get started with a free video series right here) Name: Elise & Scott Grice Website: http://www.myownirresistiblebrand.com  1. Name of your course: My Own Irresistible Brand 2. What is your total revenue generated so far and how much is your course? $63,259 total at $1,197 per seat 3. What was your list size when you launched your course? 1300 by the time our cart closed  4. Who is…
  • From Nearly Homeless To Over $200,000 In Sales Of Her Online Course (in less than one year)

    David Siteman Garland
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Enjoy this uncensored interview below with Renae Christine! Links Mentioned: –Renae’s website -The webinar training she is referring to: John & David’s Most Kick-Butt Webinar Blueprint Ever –Create Awesome Online Courses (get started with the Cheat Sheet) Name: Renae Christine Website: Rich Mom University http://richmombusiness.com 1. What is your total revenue generated so far and how much is your course?  $196,000 in the last 2 months 2. What was your list size when you launched your course?  1200 people opted in for the training videos 3. Who is your course…
  • The $130,208 Case Study: How Nick Stephenson Created & Launched His First Online Course

    David Siteman Garland
    14 Mar 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Enjoy the uncensored interview with Nick below and also some bonus questions and answers   Name: Nick Stephenson Name Of Your Course: Your First 10,000 Readers http://yourfirst10kreaders.com 1. What is your total revenue generated so far and how much is your course? $130,208 in the first week – priced at $597 2. What was your list size when you launched your course? around 3,500 3. Who is your course for? Authors who want to improve their marketing efforts and build their platform 4. How did you come up with the idea for your course? As an author myself, I know exactly how hard it…
  • CASE STUDY: How David Newman went from 1-on-1 client work to creating a freedom-based business by launching a successful online course

    David Siteman Garland
    8 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
    Name: David Newman Name of your course : The Speaker Marketing Workshop  http://www.SpeakerMarketingWorkshop.com 1. What is your total revenue generated so far and how much is your course?  $26,418 – 34 enrolled at $777 2. What was your list size when you launched your course?  10,500 overall list size – segmented list of about 800 interested in speaking 3. Who is your course for?  Speakers, authors, consultants, coaches 4. How did you come up with the idea for your course? I had been teaching the live-led version of the course since 2008. Normally got 8-10 people per class.
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    Launch Grow Joy - Launch Grow Joy

  • Five steps to finding a mentor for your business with @GeoffWoods

    launchgrowjoy
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:53 am
    Have you ever wanted a mentor? The process of finding a mentor to help you and your company grow can be daunting and scary. Geoff Woods is the host of podcast Mentee and has been documenting his journey of being... The post Five steps to finding a mentor for your business with @GeoffWoods appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • How Susan Axelrod of Love and Quiches built a hugely successful food business

    launchgrowjoy
    9 Apr 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Have you ever wondered if you have the capacity to begin and manage your own food business? The founder and owner of the globally-recognized Love and Quiches did just that. On today’s episode of The Launch Grow Joy Show Susan... The post How Susan Axelrod of Love and Quiches built a hugely successful food business appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • How to build a successful direct sales business with Jerry Salerno of Discovery Toys

    launchgrowjoy
    2 Apr 2015 | 3:20 pm
    If you want to grow your business and haven’t yet considered the direct sales model, you should! Our guest for today’s episode, Jerry Salerno, is here to share with us the story of Discovery Toys and the benefits of the... The post How to build a successful direct sales business with Jerry Salerno of Discovery Toys appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • Why & how to start an email autoresponder series for your online store

    launchgrowjoy
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    This is a guest post from Aeolidia.com If you do any kind of business online, it’s crazy not to have an email mailing list. We’ve talked about this on the Aeolidia blog before, and here is the quick rundown of... The post Why & how to start an email autoresponder series for your online store appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • How to Grow Your Business With Effective Blog Content

    launchgrowjoy
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:52 pm
    This is a guest post from MadeFreshly.com As an online seller, you know better than anyone else that 24 is not enough hours in a day. Your daily to-do list seems to grow three lines for every one you check... The post How to Grow Your Business With Effective Blog Content appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
 
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    The Metropreneur Columbus

  • Columbus Crowdfunding Roundup – May 2015

    Susan Post
    4 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Beer! Not one, but two campaigns this month are dedicated to making Columbus a little more boozey. Some familiar crowdfunding faces are back with another successful campaign. Products will be launched and paper made when the rest of theses businesses find funding success. Firkin Ales Real Ale House Two home-brewing ladies are seeking funds for […]
  • Retirement Could Mean Doors Closed for Clintonville Candy Shop

    Susan Post
    1 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    After 30 years at the helm, Colonial Candy Shoppe Owner Melissa Goodrich has made the decision to retire. The old-fashioned candy store has been a Clintonville mainstay for nearly 50 years. “It has been a great privilege to work with our customers and other business owners,” Goodrich says. “I have learned more than I could have […]
  • Businesses Able to Embrace Alternative Transportation with car2go Business Accounts

    Susan Post
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    The wave of alternative transportation is making its way to businesses. Car sharing service car2go offers businesses an efficient way to enhance mobility, while eliminating the headaches of maintaining a fleet of vehicles. “The business accounts really do help companies save money,” car2go Columbus General Manager Chet Ridenour says. “They improve transparency and they can really […]
  • Bexley-Based BungalowBranch First to Franchise In-Home Child Care

    Susan Post
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    All new parents face a lot of tough choices. Many new moms are torn between staying at home with their child or heading back to work. Working parents often must make the choice between the largely unregulated world of in-home care or daycare centers. BungalowBranch offers a solution that addresses both. Kelley Lewis founded and is now […]
  • New Food Cart Native Eats Supporting Local Community Through More Than Just Food

    Susan Post
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    New food cart Native Eats has practically been in motion since Founder Alyssa Block was born. “Ever since I was little I’ve been obsessed with cooking,” she says. Days were spent religiously watching the Food Network with her mom – a hobby she can’t say her friends were always enthused about. “I always had this dream […]
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    Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • How to Make Money Online for Free

    Blogtrepreneur
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:36 am
    Underfunded and overdrawn? Well, being broke is no barrier to making money online. So fire up your Internet connection and get ready to hustle ‘cause we’re going to show you exactly how to make money online for free. Seriously, you won’t have to invest a single cent. Let’s start with some of the easiest, most straight-forward free ways to make money online.  Make Money at Home by Selling Your Stuff on eBay You’ve got stuff. Probably lots of stuff. And how much of it do you use, really? Whether it’s an ice cream maker that’s gathering dust, an exercise bike you’re using as a…
  • Thrive Content Builder Review – The Best Online WYSIWYG HTML Editor

    Blogtrepreneur
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    The Thrive Content Builder is plugin that will work on any self hosted WordPress.org website (as opposed to a WordPress.com website). Thrive makes things easy and keeps your site looking gorgeous without a need for a developer or a designer. From their drag and drop real time editing, to their mobile optimized pages. Thrive is an amazing website builder that should be in every entrepreneurs website building arsenal. Content Editing Should Be Easy Anyone who has built or managed a website is well aware of how much easier WordPress makes the whole process of running a website. Even so, content…
  • What is the Best Business Laptop?

    Blogtrepreneur
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    You count on your computing devices more than any other tool you have. Making sure to get one of the top ten laptops on the market will pay for itself in productivity, and maybe more importantly, lack of frustration. Here are the key points we focused on in bringing you this laptop buying guide: Reliability: Failures cause considerable downtime and data loss. Performance: Less time waiting means more productivity, and longer times between upgrade cycles. Battery Life: No one wants to frantically search for a power outlet in the middle of important work. Portability: Reducing unnecessary size…
  • Is Auto-Billing Essential For Your Online Business?

    Veronika Tondon
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    Every enterprise is looking for solutions to help it grow cost effectively and efficiently. The right billing solution helps improve productivity of business processes while also contributing towards client satisfaction and retention. It makes the sales and billing cycle faster enabling the enterprise to generate appropriate cash flow for future business use. Large Number of Invoices Your online business has a large number of customers, registered on your site. These customers may order every now and then or may subscribe to services. Service renewals happen on a monthly or a quarterly basis.
  • Market Samurai or… Market Karate Kid?

    Blogtrepreneur
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:58 am
    Keyword research is the most necessary, and often overlooked, step in the SEO process. This is where it all starts. If you get this part wrong, you're destined to fail right from the beginning. In order to do it right, you have to use a reliable SEO keyword generator.If you're one of those who thinks you can rely on the Google Keyword Planner alone, prepare to be led down a dark and unprofitable path. That tool is made for paid advertisers, not do it yourself SEO's. It's not really clear if Google even likes a person performing SEO. So do you really think they're going to make anything that…
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    That Bookkeeper

  • Quick Tip: The Power of Multiple Tabs

    Eric Matthews
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    I'm sure by now I have waxed nostalgic for the "good ol' days" of bookkeeping...or something like that. I'm also more than a bit ashamed of confessing nostalgia for a topic like bookkeeping, but let's move on. A big reason I work so well with good ol' desktop software is that I can have all sorts of windows open; spread out across multiple monitors. In QuickBooks I can have the bank reconciliation open on one side, and the bank register open on the other. When I first started working with cloud-based software, being stuck in one browser tab with only one function available to me at a time was…
  • One on One: Kashoo

    Eric Matthews
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    In my first One on One review I talked about Wave. I thought I'd keep going through the bookkeeping services I use with my clients, so today I will be featuring another great service based in Canada. Name: Kashoo Description: Kashoo is a bookkeeping service based in Canada. It syncs and downloads bank transactions automatically, syncs with services like FreshBooks for invoicing and PaymentEvolution for payroll, and has very full featured mobile apps. Cost: $5/m for Solo and $20/m for Business One Positive: Kashoo’s implementation of the FreshBooks API makes it’s sync far better than any…
  • Don't Forget About the Big Picture

    Eric Matthews
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    April is not a good month for reflection. From early March until 11:59PM on April 30th my days are packed. My OmniFocus lists are filled with "File xx", "Fill out xx", and "Ask client about xx". What you don't see a lot of during this time of year is "Brainstorm xx", "Test out xx", or "Rethink the way I do xx". That's understandable during tax season. Sometimes you just have to put your head down and grind through your lists until the work is done. What a lot of people forget, though, is to make sure those big picture questions are getting answered when there is more time. Two of my favourite…
  • A few good links

    Eric Matthews
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    I run into so many great resources each week, so it would be a shame not to share some of them with you. Here I I run into so many great resources each week, so it would be a shame not to share some of them with you. Here are a few links I thought you'd find interesting. Workflow Field Guide: Last week one of the apps I recommended was Workflow. If you want to learn more, David Sparks (aka MacSparky) has a great video guide. David does a series of field guides. They're normally iBooks, but he has now done 2 video guides. The first one was for OmniFocus (another app I recommended) and then…
  • My 5 Favourite iOS Productivity Apps

    Eric Matthews
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:05 am
    For better or worse I can run my business from almost anywhere. Ideally I’m doing this from my desk with a proper keyboard and a 27" screen, but that’s not how real life plays out. A lot of times, I need to get work done while I’m out running errands or waiting in a doctor’s office. In those cases, I have to make the most of what’s available to me. I’m very guilty of trying out the latest and greatest apps. My home screen is constantly changing as I try to find the “perfect” setup. Despite all the chaos, there are a few that really stand…
 
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    Barbara’s Blog

  • Why You Need to Stay in Your State’s Good Graces

    Barbara Weltman
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman Corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs) are creatures of state law. While entity choices may have federal tax law implications, it is state law that governs matters of setting up the entity, annual filings, and consequences for failure to comply with state law requirements. Organizing within a state confers powers, rights, and privileges, such as the right to do business there. States usually require annual filings; these can be income taxes for corporations, an annual fee for LLCs and other pass-through entities, or other filing requirements. If you don’t…
  • Quick Invoicing Increases Payment Odds

    Barbara Weltman
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman Unless you get paid at the point of sale (POS), you have to bill for your goods or services and wait for payment. It’s my belief that sound invoicing policies result in receiving payments faster, although I don’t have any statistics to back this up. In fact, it’s hard to find any relevant and recent statistics on invoicing in general. Here’s what I found and what I suggest for improving your chances of being paid in full and on time. Statistics on waiting for payment The NFIB conducted a poll in 2001 and had these interesting responses: 37% of small businesses…
  • The Weather: Impact on Your Business

    Barbara Weltman
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman Your location has a tremendous impact on the viability of certain businesses and conditions you experience. Regardless of where you fall on climate-change politics, weather-related trends and events cannot be ignored. They present challenges for some; opportunities for others. Lessons from California In response to a severe drought, on April 1, 2015, Gov. Brown imposed extensive water-use restrictions in California. The restrictions aim to cut residential and business water use by 25% over nine months. The restrictions apply to lawns, landscaping, golf courses,…
  • Pet Peeves about Online Postings

    Barbara Weltman
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman If you’re reading this, you know that I write a lot of online content on tax, financial, and legal matters. My posts can be found regularly on my website as well as on several other sites, including SBA.gov, SmallBizTrends, AmericanExpress OPEN, and Investopedia. I do most of the research for my writing online, and I want to gripe about some of the problems I run into. I’m doing this because I suspect I’m not the only one with complaints, and I hope to inspire others who write for online sites to shape up or drop out. Incorrect info Nobody is perfect and anyone…
  • Key to Business Success: Personal Health of the Owner

    Barbara Weltman
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman A blog I read a few years ago said: “You are your business’ most important asset,” and I couldn’t agree more. When an owner is out because of illness, especially a lengthy one, the business can suffer. So, with spring in the air, now is a good time to focus your attention on yourself, on your health. Here are some strategies to use now: Assess your health. Where do you stand now? Do you need to lose some weight? To you need to begin or change an exercise program? If you don’t know the status of your health, consider scheduling a visit to your primary care…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog

  • 3 common ways to ruin customer interactions on social media

    brafton
    4 May 2015 | 1:25 am
    Depending on how you use it, social media can be your small business' secret weapon or greatest flaw. Modern consumers expect some kind of presence from your brand on their computers, phones or other devices, and if you're not delivering content on a regular basis, you can be sure they're paying attention to one of your competitors who is. But the "corporate social media" industry is still fairly young, and businesses large and small run into problems with customers every now and then. Mucking up these encounters can give your brand a black eye, but handling them with…
  • Boost employee productivity through vacations and outings this summer

    brafton
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    As a small-business owner, you need to be dedicated to improving your company every single day. Whether this involves showing up at the office at the crack of dawn to chase down suppliers on the phone or cruising across the state to meet the biggest clients in your portfolio, some days as the head of a small company can make it seem like taking just one day off could mean the end of profitability. While you might be able to burn the candle at both ends, your employees might not have the same business stamina. Instead of working them raw, it might benefit your small business more to give…
  • Show educators you care on National Teacher Day

    brafton
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:13 am
    No matter the grade level, being a teacher is a difficult job. As federal budgets keep getting slashes, educators contend with shrinking funding for books, classroom supplies and field trips. Add in swelling class sizes and you've got a profession that doesn't seem to offer many benefits. However, teachers continue to show up day after day, putting their hearts and souls on the line for their students. That's why educators at every level deserve appreciation on May 5, National Teacher Day. Whether you run a charter school, a prestigious college or a simple tutoring…
  • 3 ways to boost lead generation through social media

    brafton
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:05 am
    When you're buried in all the paperwork and real-world logistics of running your small business, you might question the value of messing around on your company's Facebook or Twitter profile. After all, making sure you have enough product on the shelves or that your clients are all happy with their service is the first step on the long road to entrepreneurial success.  However, neglecting social media can rob your small business of a crucial and potentially torrential lead generation stream. Converting people who only look at your online branding into customers who are…
  • What you need to know about National Celiac Awareness Month [VIDEO]

    brafton
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:56 am
    Transcript Anybody involved in the health or food production industry has had to deal with celiac disease over the past few years. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, nearly 1 in every 100 people are born without the ability to metabolize the carbohydrate gluten. National Celiac Awareness Month is an excellent time for physicians and nutritionists to educate their patients on all the dietary tips they need to manage celiac disease. One of the hardest things about promoting a gluten-free diet is convincing people their food won’t taste like cardboard. With Myron’s…
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    Codeless Interactive

  • 5 Content Marketing Strategy Tips to Kick-Start Results [Video]

    Brad Smith
    30 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    There’s a Catch-22 with successful content marketing. The problem is that it needs to be interesting enough to get you a lot of awareness. People need to find it really funny or entertaining or informative or whatever to be able to pay attention to it. Your content at the same time needs to be informative enough and it needs to tie in with whatever you do so that it ultimately leads people to your business objectives. So we’re not just creating content here for a ton of awareness, for a ton of traffic. But at the end of the day, we’re trying to move people from that content…
  • 3 Shortcuts for Creating B2B Content in Record Time

    Brad Smith
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Most business content fails. It fails at being interesting and entertaining enough to grab and hold people’s attention. (Mostly, because it’s too commercial and all about the company – instead of the reader’s problems). And it fails at being serious enough to funnel people into the objectives you’re trying to hit. That’s the Catch-22 of content marketing, and it’s why most people struggle to put pen-to-page on a consistent basis. What makes matters worse, is that even if a business comes up with a great idea for a piece of content, it doesn’t…
  • 10 Email Subject Line Tips from 280,000+ Emails [Video]

    Brad Smith
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Email marketing is still one of the best ways to drive new sales. The problem is that it’s getting harder and harder to get into people’s inboxes, and that it’s getting harder and harder to get them to open your e-mail. So today, we’re going to take a look at over 280,000 different e-mails that we’ve sent to pick out a few email subject line tips that you can use for your own business. Email Subject Lines – MP4 Here’s an image for your reference: Video Transcription for “Email Subject Line Tips” Before we get to those best practices, there…
  • Cold Email Templates: How to Get Customers, Land Press, and Drive Revenue

    Garrett Brick
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you build it, they STILL won’t come. Creating and possessing the best product in the world doesn’t matter if nobody knows it exists. And unless you have a multinational’s budget, or a trust fund, then promoting your game-changing solution is going to take some elbow grease. To start, you need to prospect. That means being specific about who you want to reach out to, creating a contact list, and then prioritizing them based on relevance and importance. Next comes outreach. You need to message your contacts individually, compelling them into a one-on-one conversation in…
  • A Cheat Sheet for Landing Page Best Practices [Video]

    Brad Smith
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Landing page optimization is one of the easiest, most important things that you can do to improve conversion rates and get more people to turn into leads and hopefully eventually customers. But the problem is that a lot of times people do it incorrectly or they make small tiny little minute changes that don’t really do anything and then they say, ”Oh, doesn’t work, we’re wasting a lot of time and money.” Today we’re going to look at a few different tips you can start using to get started improving some of your own landing pages. Landing Page Cheatsheet…
 
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    Time To Startup!

  • Celebrate! April 24 Is Tax Freedom Day

    Juan Gonzalez
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    By Marcia Richards Suelzer, MA, JD Today, April 24, 2015, is Tax Freedom day—that glorious day when you start working for yourself, rather than for the government, according to the annual report from the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.  Each year the nonprofit Tax Foundation adds up all the federal, state, and local taxes and divides them [...] The post Celebrate! April 24 Is Tax Freedom Day appeared first on Time To Startup!.
  • Five Red Flags on Your Tax Return

    Juan Gonzalez
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    Marcia Richards Suelzer, MA, JD Less than one percent of returns were audited by the IRS in 2014, and that percentage is likely to be even lower this year due to budget cuts. However, it still is wise to make sure your returns are as accurate as possible. This is particularly true if you own [...] The post Five Red Flags on Your Tax Return appeared first on Time To Startup!.
  • Cuddle Me Is Featured Borrower on Kiva Zip

    Juan Gonzalez
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:41 am
    BizFilings understands that forming your company is only one step toward business success. Obtaining the funding that your business needs to operate and to expand is also critically important. For that reason, BizFilings has partnered with Kiva Zip, a crowdfunding microloan site that helps entrepreneurs obtain 0% interest loans to fund and grow their businesses. [...] The post Cuddle Me Is Featured Borrower on Kiva Zip appeared first on Time To Startup!.
  • A New Solution: Empowering Teachers to Lead and Inspire

    Juan Gonzalez
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    She has a habit of turning unfortunate things into good things. This time around, Katherine Jetton, the CEO and Founder of JettPakk, Inc., is making a positive change in the lives of struggling children and challenged teachers. We talked with Katherine about her new company, her inspiration for building it, and some funding choices in [...] The post A New Solution: Empowering Teachers to Lead and Inspire appeared first on Time To Startup!.
  • 2015 S Corp Election Due March 16

    Juan Gonzalez
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    March 16, 2015 is the deadline to make an S corporation election that takes effect in 2015 for companies with a calendar tax year. There is a very short period of time to make an election that is effective in the year that you make it. (You have all year to make an election that [...] The post 2015 S Corp Election Due March 16 appeared first on Time To Startup!.
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    Adrian Swinscoe

  • Copying your way to increased innovation, creativity and competitive advantage – Interview with Mark Earls

    adrianswinscoe
    1 May 2015 | 10:02 am
    Today’s interview is with Mark Earls, a writer and consultant to business and government on marketing and communications as well as being a leading thinker on brands and behaviour. He joins me today to talk about his new book: Copy, Copy, Copy: How to Do Smarter Marketing by Using Other People’s Ideas. This interview follows […]
  • A customer service apology worth celebrating

    adrianswinscoe
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:24 am
    It’s customer service 101 that when a mistake has been made you should apologise for any inconvenience caused and then try and fix the problem. Many of us will have experienced this when speaking to someone face to face or over the phone. However, I don’t often see or hear of companies sending out an […]
  • Customer experience: UK brands are 2-3 years behind the US – Interview with David Conway of Nunwood

    adrianswinscoe
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    Today’s interview is with David Conway who is a senior partner and Chief Strategy Officer at Nunwood, an international customer experience consultancy focused on ‘full-service’ customer experience management (CEM). David joins me on the podcast today to talk about Nunwood’s US Customer Experience Excellence Report 2015 that they have just released, some insights into what […]
  • Customer service is about changing feelings and creating good memories

    adrianswinscoe
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:08 am
    View image | gettyimages.com As readers of this blog may know that I am a fan of Seth Godin’s work. In a post on his blog in 2012 he wrote a short, yet insightful, post about the purpose of customer service. His thesis is that ‘The only purpose of customer service is to change feelings’ […]
  • Scaling customer and employee trust – Interview with Peter Muhlmann of Trustpilot

    adrianswinscoe
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    View image | gettyimages.com Today’s interview is with Peter Mühlmann, Founder and CEO of Trustpilot. You might recall that I interviewed Jan Jensen, Trustpilot’s CMO back in July 2014 about ‘Using customer reviews to drive service improvement, WoM and growth’. This time around Peter joins me on the podcast to talk about they have been […]
 
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    EnMast

  • Most popular small business articles: March & April 2015

    Devan Perine
    1 May 2015 | 6:02 am
    Hey there! It’s been a while since we sent one of these out! We spent two months on the topic of sales instead of just one, so it’s time to re-cap the top five. And…we worked real hard on a course we just launched. It will help you get more prospects in your pipeline in just 30 days; it’s The New Prospect Challenge. (So far, feedback has been fantastic. I’m excited for you to try it out! Keep reading; you’ll find a way to sign up at the end of this email.) There are some exciting things coming down the pike! We’ll be launching more courses for business…
  • 5 Ugly truths about running your own business

    Brad Farris
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Most business owners have on rose-tinted glasses when they first start out. There’s nothing wrong with that—it happens to all of us. We’ve been there. You go into running your own business for lots of reasons. The flexibility. The freedom. The room to grow. Everything ahead is sparkly, new, and full of promise. But as time passes, that rosy hue begins to fade—and you start seeing the realities for what they are. This is the stuff no one really talks about when it comes to entrepreneurialism. Today, we’re stripping back that shiny finish and talking about the five ugly truths of…
  • The best mistake I’ve ever made

    Brad Farris
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    In 1998, I was working for a division of Duchossois Industries as an engineer working on new product development. I was occasionally invited to be part of a team that evaluated acquisition opportunities (I was the token geek that spoke business or something); and so I was a part of the team that evaluated the spin off of several divisions of Nortek. One division–a small garage door opener company that they owned–was a no-brainer. We could buy it, shut it down, and by converting just 50% of their customers to our customers, we would more than make our money back. But there was…
  • How to turn online connections into real world sales

    Brad Farris
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve been following along with our blog posts, or if you listen to our podcast you know that we are big fans of social media and online marketing. There has never been a better time to be prospecting for new client leads–they are all right out there! You can search for them, reach out to them, make friends with them…it’s like magic. There is a “dark side” to all this online networking though. You don’t make sales from behind your computer (very often). It’s rather compelling to spend time on social networks; it feels productive to connect…
  • How to respond to random LinkedIn requests

    Brad Farris
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    If you are active on LinkedIn, your chances of “getting found” increase. You will get more inbound contacts from prospects, job seekers, potential partners and (unfortunately) random connection requests from people you don’t know. While some of these requests can be kind of puzzling, (“Why would the CTO of the country of Bangladesh want to connect with me?”) it’s also a sign that you are doing a great job of increasing your visibility. The issue of random connections gets further complicated because some people use connection requests as a sort of free…
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    Market Business Online

  • Why Mobile Optimised Website is a Top Priority

    Shefiu
    30 Apr 2015 | 3:49 pm
    More than ever before, having a mobile optimised website for business is not an option, but now an absolute priority. Consumers these days highly visit the internet via their mobile phones in search for products, information and services. With that in mind, there are some key questions to seriously address…   So, here are the key questions to answer…. Do people feel uncomfortable when they arrive at your website while using their smartphones?  Or do they feel like leaving before looking at what you are offering? Is the existing information on your website very difficult to…
  • Email Autoresponder Generates More Sales?

    Shefiu
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:52 am
    Do you know that statistically, 98% of website visitors will leave without taking any action such as making a purchase? Imagine having a ‘Set-it & Forget-it’ Email Autoresponder system that effectively solves this problem to help grow your sales? Then I have some good news for you as a local business owner. More importantly, you can highly gain more paying customers and increase your sales automatically. And if you are anything like me, you probably want to automate things as much as possible. So, let me further explain what exactly is Email Autoresponder? It’s basically an Email…
  • Local Business Video Marketing Benefits and Why Now!

    Shefiu
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Have you jumped on the bandwagon of video marketing for your local business? Are you effectively taking advantage of the massive opportunity it provides? If not, you are easily leaving a lot of money on the table. But what makes this online medium a profitable monster? It’s no secret that video is hot! In fact I was recently dining at a local restaurant and had a chat with the owners about video marketing…. They were literally blown away – seeing how this can hugely increase their bottom line. So I thought I should share with you the key benefits of using videos in your business…
  • How To Profitably Create A Landing Page

    Shefiu
    6 Feb 2012 | 4:31 am
    To rapidly achieve healthy sales and profits from online advertising, you need to create a powerful landing page. By simply linking prospects to a single sales  page on your site that’s relevant to an ad campaign, could indeed produce high level of success. One major online advertising error by some businesses is linking targeted audience to a homepage.  I’ve once been there myself and it cost me dearly. The average Bounce Rate on my site was even affected as a result.  But why is linking visitors (from an advert) to a homepage the wrong move?…. Mainly because a homepage usually…
  • 5 Quick Steps To Activate Google Adwords Express

    Shefiu
    30 Jan 2012 | 11:48 am
    Adwords Express offers the easiest route to advertise on Google.  It simply enables you to quickly and automatically acquire highly targeted local customers.  And it’s relatively new on the market as a Google advertising program specifically to benefit local businesses.  So, how can Google Adwords Express work for your business? Let’s assume you own a ‘Gym’ located in the area called ‘Clapham’.  When people search online for your industry and area (e.g. Gym Clapham), a copy of your advert will then show up.  Your ad will for instance appear at the top of Google local search…
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    Small Business Bonfire

  • 3 Easy Ways to Celebrate Small Business Week

    Alyssa Gregory
    4 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Alyssa Gregory It’s National Small Business Week! This week rolls around once a year, recognizing the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. Congratulations if you are one of the millions of small business owners being celebrated this week! So, as we dig into Small Business Week 2015, here are three ways you can celebrate and get involved. 1. Follow the Official Events The SBA is hitting the road again this year, taking the event to a different location every day this week (Miami/Boca Raton, Los Angeles, San Antonio, New York and Washington, DC). If…
  • Should You Go Into Business with a Family Member?

    Meredith Wood
    1 May 2015 | 3:38 am
    By Meredith Wood Sometimes it seems like a great idea to go into business with a family member. You hash out a fantastic business idea over a family dinner and you’re ready to go! However, there are both pros and cons to joining up with family in a business venture. It’s usually easier to get into business than to get out, so it’s a good idea to carefully think before partnering with a relative. Pros of Family Business   You know their strengths. Maybe you’ve grown up around this person. Maybe you’re married to them. Either way, you know that they have…
  • 8 Common Mistakes Made When Conducting a Background Check on an Employee

    Christian Moore
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    By Christian Moore Are you considering someone for promotion or have you advertised an open position at your company, interviewed a dozen candidates, and decided which person you want to hire? If so, it may be time to complete a background check. It can be very difficult to feel comfortable with a hiring or promotion decision without completing a thorough background check. Making a smart hiring decision is impossible without having all of the critical information you need. A background check provides you with facts that go beyond the information provided to you by the candidate, or what…
  • 5 SEO Experts with Excellent Online Resources

    Kyle Courtright
    29 Apr 2015 | 3:48 am
    By Kyle Courtright The best advice I could give to any small business owner is this: Never stop learning. It doesn’t matter what space you are in, how big your business is, or what kind of revenue your business produces, learning plays a huge role in growth. One area where constant learning is required to stay in the game? Search Engine Optimization (SEO). SEO is a term that is frequently thrown around, most people have heard it, but not everyone knows what it means. SEO is simple and complex all at the same time. Boiled down to it’s simplest form, it’s a set of…
  • 5 Must-Know Content Marketing Tips for Small Business

    Emily Suess
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:57 am
    By Emily Suess Content marketing still gets a lot of attention when it comes to generating leads and sales for your small business. While it may seem like big business is dominating in the area of content marketing, it’s just as effective for small businesses, too. The trick is formulating a plan to help you tailor the content you’re putting on the web. Fifty blog posts that get real attention are always better than 500 blog posts no one bothers to look at. 1. Produce Content for Your Target Audience Let’s say you’re a B2B business providing cleaning services for other…
 
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    B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ

  • The Entrepreneurs Library – The Exit Strategy

    Kevin Seltzer
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:07 pm
    In this audio clip B2B CFO® Founder Jerry Mills shares all his insights on his book, The Exit Strategy Handbook, where he reveals the best way business owners can prepare themselves for selling a business.   … Read more >The post The Entrepreneurs Library – The Exit Strategy appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • 3 Things Most Successful Businesses Do Right

    Jeffrey Appleman
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:49 am
    This article talks about what 3 things you should do to keep your business growing and thriving. I would like to hear if you are using these tools in your business.… Read more >The post 3 Things Most Successful Businesses Do Right appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • Selling or Buying a Business…Don’t Get Emotional!

    Rick Canonaco
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Jim Blasingame, an expert on small business and entrepreneurship posted an article on the topic of buying and selling a small business on his website, smallbusinessadvocate.com more than 10 years ago. The Laws of the Business of Buying and Selling, while “old” by many standards, covers topics that still resonate today.… Read more >The post Selling or Buying a Business…Don’t Get Emotional! appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • Is Your Workspace Too Expensive?

    Joe Worth
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
      In a recent New York Times Business blog, titled “Are you paying too much for space”. The editors gave some good advice to answer this question. Read on below to figure out how to answer this question for yourself.… Read more >The post Is Your Workspace Too Expensive? appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • 10 Productivity Secrets Entrepreneurs Say Really Work

    Jeffrey Appleman
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:15 am
    Here is a list of things to do every day to keep your productivity high and keep your business growing.  Please let me know which ones you use in your business life.… Read more >The post 10 Productivity Secrets Entrepreneurs Say Really Work appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
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    CorporationCentre.ca Small Business Blog

  • Conquering Stage Fright

    CorporationCentre.ca
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:22 am
    Public speaking isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s an important skill for leaders in the business world to cultivate. Whether you have to deliver a presentation before the members of a corporate board, a group of employees in your organization, a charity, a high school, or the Canadian parliament, you’ll make a stronger impression and communicate your message more powerfully if you are a competent and effective speaker. (For more on this topic, see this post from the Corporation Centre blog archives.)One of the primary causes of discomfort around public speaking is performance…
  • Confronting Workplace Bullies

    CorporationCentre.ca
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
    Bullying in professional settings is a problem most managers would rather not have to face. Sadly, however, it is quite prevalent. At some point in your career, you will almost certainly come across a workplace bully, a subordinate who claims to have been harried by an employer or supervisor, or a person who is either directly or indirectly affected by workplace bullying.Tormentors of all ages tend to share some common characteristics. One is a propensity to target individuals whom the bully considers weaker or less fortunate than h/erself. Another is the compensatory impulse: compulsive…
  • Agile Marketing

    CorporationCentre.ca
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    Traditional marketing is defined by carefully crafted and strategically planned marketing campaigns, generally developed months ahead using sales data and analysis, supported by media buys and other collateral. However, the growth in social media use has led marketing to become more time sensitive, forcing marketers to identify and adapt quickly to what is happening at the moment, and leading to the rise in what has been coined “agile marketing”. Agile marketing breaks away from traditional marketing attempts to plan well in advance in more formal and structured processes. Agile marketing…
  • Shrinking Your Environmental Footprint

    CorporationCentre.ca
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:39 am
    We’ve all heard or read about the serious threat to our way of life posed by environmental degradation, including the acidification of the oceans, the warming of the global climate system, and the loss of biodiversity. In recent years, warnings issued by organizations like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have grown increasingly dire. The consensus among experts, and a growing number of world leaders, is that we need to get our collective act together if we intend to leave a decent, livable planet to our grandchildren.There is no one, single “magic bullet” that can…
  • Easy Options for E-commerce Websites

    CorporationCentre.ca
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:13 am
    The great thing about the internet is that it levels the playing field for small businesses to compete with big companies in the same market. Now anyone can set up a professional looking website without a team of graphic designers and coding professionals. Online e-commerce platforms are abundant, so which platform suits your needs best? If you’re looking to make money selling products and services online, here’s an outline of some options that might work for you.ShopifyShopify is one of the easiest and most popular online e-commerce builders. Incorporating over 100 professional and sleek…
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • SBA 504 Loans and Mobilegeddon

    Trey
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    If you’re interested at all in web traffic and search engine optimization (SEO) — and you should be, at least a little — you heard a thing or two about “mobilegeddon” in the weeks leading up to last Tuesday. That’s the day when Google rolled out a change to its search algorithm that favors mobile-friendly sites. When we first read about the change, to be totally transparent, we panicked a little bit. Neither 504experts.com nor 504blog.com was designed with mobile in mind, and we worried that our web search traffic would take a hit. After reading more about Google’s change and…
  • #tbt Construction Videos

    Trey
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: we do a lot of construction loans for small business owners. In fact, more than half our business involves construction these days (lots of it ground-up), and that’s been the case for the last several years. The reason we’ve done so much of it is that we’re so good at it. That sounds pretty cocky, but we’re not shy about bragging on our people. We believe our construction management team is second-to-none, and you can check with our clients to see if it’s true. We’re really proud of the work they do and we’re glad to be able to…
  • Pro Tip: Get Pre-Approved

    Trey
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:35 am
    So let’s say you’re a small business owner who’s interested in owning commercial real estate for your business. Maybe you’ve found the right property and all you need is a loan to buy it. Or maybe you’re just starting to think and look and plan. Maybe you want to start from scratch and you need a construction loan to make your vision a reality. Wherever you are in this process, it’s never too early to explore your financing options. The first thing to keep in mind is that you should have options (plural). You can very easily go to your business banker and…
  • SBA 504 Update | February 2015

    Trey
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:11 am
    About SBA 504 Loans > Up to 90% loan-to-cost financing for owner-occupied commercial real estate > Office, industrial, medical, flex, daycare, retail, self-storage, and flagged hotel > Total project costs up to $15 million > Less impact on cash flow means greater flexibility for property owners SBA 504 loans have a three-part structure, which is ultimately beneficial for both our small business clients and for third-party lenders we work with. A typical project has a 50-40-10 structure, and we’re dealing with the total project cost which includes the purchase price of land…
  • SBA 504 is the Smart Choice

    Trey
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:11 pm
    We sometimes use the word “SmartChoice” to talk about SBA 504 loans. Maybe you’ve seen it in an email from us, or on our website. Our smartphone app is even called the SmartChoice Commercial Loan Calculator. Well, we’ve come to a decision that calling SBA 504 loans something different is confusing at best and we’re going to use the term SmartChoice a lot less going forward. Here’s some backstory on the matter… Let’s first go all the way back to the beginning. Mercantile was formed in 2002 as a commercial lender that would do only SBA 504 loans.
 
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    RunApptivo

  • Instagram for Small Businesses

    Maya Pillai
    1 May 2015 | 10:52 am
    Instagram is emerging as the social media platform for small businesses. Enterprises are having a dramatic reduction in connecting with their followers on Facebook, a mainstay for small businesses till recently. It is wise not to rely on Facebook alone and have other quality options. Instagram is a social media platform where users can share images with other followers. Currently it is free of charge to all users. Instagram is growing extremely fast, with over 200 million users by 2014. What’s more, there are 75 million daily Instagram users. Here are some pointers to leverage Instagram for…
  • How Small Businesses Can Use Snapchat

    Maya Pillai
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Though a relatively recent product, Snapchat has captured the public’s imagination. As it is rising in popularity and free to use, small businesses can leverage its power and wide reach in their sales and marketing efforts. Some notable Snapchat statistics There are 100 million monthly active users 70% of Snapchat users are female Over 400 million snaps are sent every day Over 12% of Snapchat snaps are shared with multiple recipients Over 71% of Snapchat users are below 25 years of age We look at how small businesses can leverage Snapchat. Deliver marketing message as per audience in…
  • The importance of Dropbox for small businesses

    Maya Pillai
    9 Apr 2015 | 2:11 pm
    In the contemporary scenario technology keeps evolving and changing. It is imperative that all businesses, especially small businesses, keep abreast of the latest technological developments. In recent times, Dropbox has emerged as a highly powerful, popular and useful software product. We look at the benefits of Dropbox for small businesses. Do More Dropbox boosts productivity. Team members are able to instantly sync and share data on any device. Hence, they can collaborate from anywhere. Robust Security Dropbox is instrumental in making data access safe, reliable and fast. Leveraging…
  • Why small businesses need a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) solution

    Maya Pillai
    5 Apr 2015 | 10:24 pm
    CRM (Customer Relationship Management) is no longer an unknown term today. Many business organizations have leveraged this technology in order to generate more profits and revenue. It is a myth that small businesses cannot afford CRM. Thanks to the cloud technology, almost every major CRM solution is available as SaaS (Software as a Service). Small businesses do not have to outright purchase the CRM solution. They can use the CRM simply by paying a monthly subscription fee. Hence today’s CRM usage has become affordable, even for small businesses. We look at how using CRM can help small…
  • Why small businesses should adopt Twitter as a marketing tool

    Maya Pillai
    2 Apr 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Established as well as new small business owners are familiar with the terms “Twitter” and “Tweets”. It’s a social networking and micro- blogging tool which allows its users to send as well as read 140 character text messages, known as tweets. Twitter statistics report that close to 200 million people log into Twitter daily and around 400 million tweets are sent every day. Therefore, the question is, do small businesses understand the power of Twitter? Importance of Twitter It’s just not the celebrities and big brands such as Starbucks, Coca Cola who can leverage their brands…
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    Solopreneur Solutions, LLC

  • 7 Marketing Ideas for Less Than $100

    Donna Amos
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    One of the most difficult parts of bootstrapping a business is finding cost-effective ways to market it, and this is particularly true for solo entrepreneurs who generally do not have outside funding. However, there are a number of ways to successfully market your solopreneur business for less than $100 per month. Here are just 7 Marketing […]
  • How To Launch a Successful Website

    Donna Amos
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:27 am
    Review the 10 elements you should discuss with your website designer to give yourself the best chance of launching a successful website. Take your time to get it right it will be worth the effort. Website launch from Solopreneur Solutions, LLC
  • Solopreneurs Increase Engagement on Facebook

    Donna Amos
    11 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    How Solo Entrepreneurs Can Get More Out of Their Facebook Pages Most solo entrepreneurs are aware that their brand or company should have a presence on Facebook. The social networking site is used by millions of people around the world, and having a Facebook page is one of the best ways for companies to both […]
  • Solopreneurs Not Doing These 3 Things Will Be A Mistake

    Donna Amos
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:22 am
    Solopremeurs striking out on your own and starting a business can be a daunting path, full of obstacles and perils to avoid, not to mention lengthy to-do lists. However, this to-do list is short: just three things I know for sure that every solopreneur business owner must do to be successful. I have worked with […]
  • Inspiration to Achieve your Dreams

    Donna Amos
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Everyone needs to be inspired to continue to push forward on their dreams and goals. Inspiration to achieve your dreams. If you want inspiration to begin your day and achieve your dreams you will want to subscribe to our Mon-Fri daily emails that will inspire you to continue to stretch and reach your goals. www.solopreneursllc.com/inspiration […]
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    Funding Gates Blog

  • The Smart Business Owner’s Guide to Budget-Friendly Marketing Strategy

    Diana Mackie
    1 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    Marketing is definitely more effective and budget-friendly than advertising, but there are still things you can do to get the most bang for your buck possible (and to trim expenses!). Low budget marketing can still be incredibly effective and successful. Here’s an overview of the 5 best ways to make your marketing strategy budget-friendly AND successful. 1. Evergreen marketing materials The easiest and simplest way to get more bang for your marketing buck is to make all your marketing materials “evergreen” (means they are relevant all year round). This way, you’ll be able to use them…
  • 20 Apps and Tools to Manage Business Cash Flow on the Go

    Fundbox
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:52 am
    By Anna Eschenburg Staying on top of the financial health of your business while you’re on the road isn’t easy. Did that much anticipated late payment from a client come in yet? How’s your inventory tracking? What about cash flow? How are you ever going to find time to record the expenses you’re accruing? The good news is; you can do it all on the road – and more! Here are 20 tools and apps that can help you master mobile business management- track your business finances and fiscal health on the go.   Take Advantage of Cloud Accounting Software Cloud-based accounting software…
  • Top Tips for a Successful Software Demo

    Funding Gates Blog
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:14 pm
    You’ve completed the development stage of your software. Congratulations! Unfortunately, I have some news for you… The hard work is not complete. Now you need to share the benefits of your product or features with an audience (big or small). The goal is to catch enough of their attention that they’ll be willing to actually make the leap to implement your product into their lives. And the best way to do that is through your software demo. Don’t worry- we’re a software company too, and we’ll share everything we’ve learned along the way. Here are our top software…
  • What B2B Customers Want: Your Product & Service Listing Page

    Diana Mackie
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:12 pm
    B2B customers are a unique group of consumers. They are often “shopping” with purpose, feel more pressure to make the correct decision than a B2C customer feels, and tend to be incredibly busy. According to research, a vendor’s website is one of the most significant factors in a Business to Business customer’s decision to purchase. But what website elements matter the most to B2B customers? We read through KoMarketing’s insightful B2B report to bring you the best B2B website design tips, according to real B2B customers! Here is Part 2 of our What B2B Customer Want series: Product…
  • How Additional Accreditations Help You Grow Your Practice

    Funding Gates Blog
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Accountants and accounting firms have long utilized accounting accreditations (or certifications) to establish an credibility and expertise for different niche industries or specialities. Increasingly, brands are offering new accreditations that relate to general skill sets or program mastery, such as Accounts Receivable Management, Time Tracking Certification, or Quickbook’s ProAdvisor program. But do potential clients actually take note of these “extra” certifications? The answer is: yes! Get A Competitive Edge – You Need One! Today’s customers are savvier than ever before,…
 
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Lean Business Plan to Get What You Want From Your Business

    Tim Berry
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    Are you running your own business or looking to start a new business? The lean business plan is an easy way to set down your strategy, tactics, milestones, and essential business numbers. Just do it for yourself and your team, with a few streamlined bullet points for strategy and tactics; plus lists of key milestones, tasks, assumptions, and performance metrics; and essential business numbers. Then review and revise it regularly and you’ll have your progress towards goals, and accountability. Lean Business Plan in Four Steps One: Strategy Strategy is focus. A lean business plan…
  • All Ideas are Brilliant Before They Are Executed.

    Tim Berry
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
    “No battle plan ever survives first contact with the enemy.” – Helmuth von Moltke. Similarly, all business ideas are brilliant before they are executed.  Ideas have to run through an obstacle course of hard realities before they are really opportunities. Few ideas make it. Everybody has ideas, Millions of business ideas are floating around everywhere. Every problem anybody encounters is a solution waiting to be unwrapped. Every time somebody follows the comment “there should be a better way” by suggesting a better way, that’s a business idea. An opportunity is…
  • I Want to be An Entrepreneur. What Steps do I Take?

    Tim Berry
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:13 pm
    What Steps to be a Tech Entrepreneur? I’m 18 years old and want to be a successful tech entrepreneur. What steps should I take? That one, specifically, popped up in my email today from Quora, the excellent questions-and-answers site that I frequent often. But that’s just today. I saw a very similar question from a different person yesterday, and another on Monday. So that question, in various versions, has become one of those questions that pop up everywhere. Here is My Answer: Get Your Degree There is only one obvious answer that will be generally true for anybody your age that asks this…
  • Learn Anything in 20 Hours

    Tim Berry
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    TED talk by Josh Kaufman, author of The First 20 Hours: Mastering the Toughest Part of Learning Anything. This seems like a great way to start a new year. He notes the 10,000-hours idea made popular by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers (it takes 10,000 hours to be an expert); but point out that it has been misused and misunderstood. According to Josh, the 10,000 hours is about true world-class expertise. It takes about 20 hours to get good enough to do something well enough to get through the “frustration barrier.”  He uses playing the Ukulele as an example. You can use this link to…
  • Business Strategy Is Useless Without Execution

    Tim Berry
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    In the last two weeks I’ve posted a three-part series on I’ve posted a series on setting and executing business strategy on the Amex OPEN forum in the last two weeks. I’m happy to see the first of these showing up on top of the trending list there. Here’s a summary: Start with Strategy The post is How a Simple Story can Improve Your Business. Here’s the main idea: It’s simple. Just imagine the story of somebody who has a problem or wants something, finds your business and buys from you. Pretend for a moment that you’re writing a story or talking to a friend about your…
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  • Recently on Instagram: April

    christine jolley
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    My favourite place to be is Instagram and here's some highlights from April.  Do follow me if you are on there! My main account is @cmjolley and my biz account is @ldnwickless although these pics are from my main one. I have this thing for purple. It just makes me happy. 💜 A photo posted by Christine Jolley (@cmjolley) on Apr 17, 2015 at 9:16am PDT "You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming." -Pablo Neruda A photo posted by Christine Jolley (@cmjolley) on Apr 19, 2015 at 3:48am PDT Time for tea ☕️ A photo posted by Christine Jolley (@cmjolley) on…
  • How to set up a Facebook page for your Scentsy business

    christine jolley
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:10 pm
    If you are a Scentsy Consultant you need to be where people are and Facebook is it.  It isn't the only place online you should be, but you must have a plan that includes it. A lot of consultants primarily promote their Scentsy businesses on their personal profiles which is risky and limiting.  It's against Facebook terms and conditions to do business on your personal page and Facebook has been removing people who do this.  It's quite risky to without a moments notice to lose all your hard work and contacts, so I wouldn't attempt it.  The benefits of having a biz page…
  • How to choose a work from home job

    christine jolley
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:26 am
    Well obviously I would love it if you picked Scentsy, but I am here to help you find and choose something you love even if that means another company.  One of the most legitimate opportunities to earn money at home either part time or full time now is through direct sales.  Unfortunately a lot of people want easy money so they want something that doesn't make them work and they can just get the paycheques.  I'm here to tell you there isn't a job out there like that well a legit one.  There are a lot of people out there who prey on people who want to earn money from home which…
  • Levels of Scentsy Consultants

    christine jolley
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    So if you're considering joining my Scentsy team or have already joined through one of my colleagues, You're probably wondering what titles or levels of Scentsy Consultants there are.  These titles are what your compensation or pay is based on each month and you hit these levels based on what numbers you and your team do in one month.  If you dont hit the numbers you get the pay what you've done, not what your title may be.  So for example, Superstar Directors the top of Scentsy if they do not sell their 500 PRV (amount in sales) they feasibly can still be paid at Certified…
  • How to Recruit for Scentsy

    christine jolley
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:52 am
    There really isnt any wrong or right way to recruit for your Scentsy or Direct Sales Business.   I would try everything and eventually you will find out what works for you.  The most important thing though to do is to consistently find new people to talk to about the Scentsy Opportunity.  A lot of consultants falter after initially asking their friends and family and they let fear get in the way and dont ask at all.   You must get no's to get a yes and increase your chances of getting a Yes.  You must get more yes' to increase the number of people who actually…
 
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    The Reveal, by ExcellentPresence.com

  • Why You Need Website Redesign First, Not “Later”

    H. T. Major
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:35 am
    As your company website is the first impression you project, delaying a much-needed website redesign is effectively delaying improved results. Consider all the effort and/or budget you’re expending on marketing: Driving traffic to an underperforming website is a waste if that site is converting few to qualified leads.Click To Tweet So you’re wise in looking to website redesign services if your site is underperforming. Let’s explore how a correctly implemented web redesign can help get your business more clients online. How to Know When Website Redesign Should Be Your First Order…
  • Google’s 4/21 Update for Mobile Friendly Web Design: Should You Worry?

    H. T. Major
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Google announced in November that on April, 21, 2015, their search engine will begin a major update affecting all sites not implementing mobile friendly Web design… and businesses are worried. But what classifies as sufficiently “mobile-friendly” … according to Google? Google’s 4 Mandatory Criteria for Mobile-Optimized Websites Generally speaking, a mobile-optimized website is user-friendly on all devices: smartphones, tablets, PCs, etc. In order to be considered mobile-friendly by Google, your website must meet the following (4) specific criteria: Avoids software…
  • 2 Types of “Fake” Twitter Followers Never to Delete

    H. T. Major
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Often, companies are advised to remove the percentage of Twitter followers that are determined to be fake. The logic is to boost the “value” of the company’s social media following, in order to increase the return on time and/or budget they invest in Twitter social media marketing. However, as with any complex, automated, algorithmic process, it’s dangerous to trust in it completely. Removing fake followers that a tool has identified could do more harm than good. What’s the Harm in Having a Few Fake Twitter Followers? To be perfectly frank, there isn’t any. You’d be doing…
  • The Best Web Design Company in Raleigh for Diverse Firms

    H. T. Major
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:42 am
    Finding the best Web design company in Raleigh, NC—or any locale—can be arduous, as what constitutes what’s “best” is dependent on your organization’s unique needs. When your diverse organization seeks another diverse firm to give your business to, the task becomes more challenging still. Luckily, there are a few ways to tell whether the company you’re considering is also committed to workplace diversity and/or is owned by a member of the diverse population—even if they don’t outwardly state it. Consider the following four questions when…
  • 5 Steps to an Effective Digital Marketing Strategy

    H. T. Major
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:42 am
    An effective digital marketing strategy is cohesive. We ended Part 1 by revealing the four inseparable pieces of a complete digital marketing campaign. From the initial advertisement1, to the venue2 where you place the ad, to the Web page3 the ad leads prospects to, all the way to the service being offered4 on the page, each of these facets must gel. In this way, your campaign should seem like several parts of a whole rather than four loosely-related marketing pieces. Now we’ll elaborate on how, specifically, to pull those four things together in a winning digital…
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  • Follow These 7 Design Tips for an Inspiring Home Office

    Kerrie Kelly
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:44 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Working from home is becoming more and more common, yet the home office remains one of the most neglected rooms in the house. Learn to develop a space that encourages creativity and productivity. This article was written by Kerrie Kelly for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Six Transformative Home Office Updates Anyone Can Manage Home Office Furniture Buying Tips 5 Ways to Secure Your Home Office with Home Automation
  • The Lawn Care and Landscaping Services Industry

    Jenny Fulbright
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com The lawn care and landscape business is a $75 billion industry. If you are thinking of starting a lawn care and landscaping service business, learn about the industry This article was written by Jenny Fulbright for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Additional Services for a Landscaping or Lawn Care Business Pricing Your Lawn Care and Landscaping Services Starting a Lawn Care and Landscaping Business
  • How to Think of a Topic to Write About

    Eric Gruber
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Do you ever find yourself staring at a blank screen or a blank sheet of paper when you’re supposed to be writing articles for your blog, for your ezine or newsletter and for article submission so you can promote your books, products or services? This article was written by Eric Gruber for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Write an Effective Sales Letter Hiring a Ghostwriter to Write your Ebook How to Write Press Releases that Gets Results
  • Candid Conversations: How to Drive the Political Correctness “Elephant” Out of Your Workplace

    Contributor
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Learn how to encourage candid conversations by driving out political correctness in the workplace. This article was written by Contributor for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Face Employee Resistance Head On When Introducing Workplace Changes The Leadership Challenge of Four Generations in the Workplace How to Create Effective Sales Conversations
  • Promotional Products in Your Marketing Plan

    Terri Cook
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:44 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com With all the competition out there, wouldn't it be great to have an advantage over your competitors? Promotional products can be an easy, affordable and profitable addition to your marketing plan. This article was written by Terri Cook for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Use Promotional Products to Market Your Business How to Start Retailing, Marketing and Promoting Homemade Products How to Create a Marketing Plan
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  • How Businesses are Using Social Media

    Carissa Dunphy
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:34 pm
    The top social media sites, their benefits, how businesses are using them and projected usage. Infographic courtesy Real Business Rescue The post How Businesses are Using Social Media appeared first on Small Businesses Do It Better.
  • Finding, Hiring and Keeping the Best Employees

    Carissa Dunphy
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Determining staff needs, searching for candicates, selecting the right people, organizing staff development, and movitvating your employees. Infographic courtesy of BackgroundChecks.org The post Finding, Hiring and Keeping the Best Employees appeared first on Small Businesses Do It Better.
  • 5 Easy Ways to Create Web Content

    Carissa Dunphy
    15 Mar 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Every website owner wants more traffic, and content creation helps you achieve just that. By providing your prospective customers with useful information, you not only give them a reason to frequent your website, but you also build loyalty and trust for your company. If you’re not blessed with a talent for literary composition, lack the time or are struggling to find new angles and topics for your subject matter, consider one or all of these options for opening the pearly gates to content heaven. Outsourcing Outsourcing is a terrific option, especially for those who have more money than…
  • What’s Behind a Successful Manager

    Carissa Dunphy
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
    Interests and talent, trust and reputation, diplomacy and guidance – see inside the mind of a successful manager. Infographic courtesy Pepperdine University The post What’s Behind a Successful Manager appeared first on Small Businesses Do It Better.
  • Handling Trespassers on Business Premises

    Carissa Dunphy
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:47 am
    Dealing with trespassers at your place of work can be a tricky business. Contrary to popular belief, the fact that someone has entered your property without permission does not grant you free reign to deal with them as you see fit. There are many different reasons that a person or group of people may trespass on your business premises, from petty vandals and ex-employees to travelers and protesters, and different cases must be handled in different ways. Below, we will highlight some of the things commercial property owners should be aware of when dealing with situations involving trespass.
 
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  • Design = More Than Just Beauty

    Barbara Austin
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    “Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.” ~Steve Jobs I’m guilty. Maybe you are too? What I mean is, I’m guilty of forgetting that the most important thing about design, is how it works—namely, the effect design […]
  • Sweet Brand! Falling hard for Shoes of Prey…

    Barbara Austin
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    {The Sweet Brand! series 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 apply to your own brand.} What would you give, […]
  • 3 Essentials to Building a Great Website for Your Biz!

    Barbara Austin
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and put up your first business website (or upgrade your existing one)… …and that’s a really BIG deal! Right? I mean, that website is going to be the hub for all your online marketing, your client leads, your product sales, and so on and so forth. It’s not […]
  • What’s your brand style? 3 questions to help you discover it…

    Barbara Austin
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Sometimes, it’s easy just to pick a color or a design element we like, and run with it… …say, “I love lime green, and art deco is awesome, let’s do that” (okay, maybe that’s an extreme example, but still—it happens!) Hard as it might be, it’s in your best interest to put a bit more […]
  • Sweet Brand: The REAL Way to Be Irresistible

    Barbara Austin
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:45 pm
    In the past few months, I’ve featured some fantastic brands + the things that make them sweet, like creating products that celebrate the values its’ customers hold dear, and exuding confidence. But, what REALLY makes a sweet brand so compelling to its audience? Often, it’s the things that we ALL want as customers. (You know, […]
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  • What is your Domain Authority

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    29 Apr 2015 | 2:58 am
    Domain Authority is a score that predicts how well a website will rank on search engines. It is all about where you place in search engine rankings compared with your competitors. With more than a Billion websites trying to establish themselves on the Internet, it is important to rank yourself according to your authority and credibility. When searched for a specific keyword on the web, Google and many other Search engines use algorithms to decide which search result should be displayed further ahead based on many factors, which are not quite open to the regular internet users. A bunch of…
  • Challenges while building a Multilingual Website

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    23 Apr 2015 | 1:26 am
    Let’s face it, even though English is a popular international language, there are over thousands of other languages around the world. In this global economy, you really don’t need to be reminded that you work on the World Wide Web. The need for targeting clients in more than one country, or who speak different languages, has never been greater. There are multiple challenges which must be considered when building a multilingual website. We need to ask a lot more questions, not the least of which is if unique site architecture will be required for each language. Will there be different…
  • Capture, Engage, and Convert Customers with Visual Branding

    surbhi.bharati
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:58 am
    Have you ever met someone and walked away with “winner” or “loser” in mind? We, human beings, have a habit of making a perception about everything, be it about other humans, plants, things, business or websites. We make snap judgments about whether or not one is “trustworthy” only after a few seconds of looking at someone and accordingly evaluating the person. Therefore, it is worth giving each new encounter your best shot. If you want to make a lasting impression on your target audience, then make the right decisions. Human beings are wired to react to visuals…
  • Making of an effective website: The real competition

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    7 Apr 2015 | 5:21 am
    Everyday, there are new propositions coming into the market. You need to be instant and fast to put your ideas and skills across, to make your point before your competitors do so. We help you do that to stay ahead of the game. First, it is important to understand the characteristics that can make or break the effectiveness of your website. Therefore, it is important to know the key elements of an effective website, which are: 1. Appearance 2. Content 3. Multi-device website 4. Search Engine Optimization 1. Appearance Everyone (grandparents included) have a website these days. The web is…
  • Quick ways to increase ‘CONVERSION RATE’ on your website

    wst-web-access
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    As we have already rolled into 2015, the world of websites and development is changing more rapidly than ever before. The traffic to your website is one of the key factors important for the success of your business. Leads, sales, and revenue are the outcome of traffic to your website. Therefore, let’s look at ways to increase ‘conversion’ rate of your website. However, before that, let’s understand “‘conversion’ rate” ‘Conversion’ rate is the percentage of users who take a desired action and ways to increase the ‘conversion’ rate of your website is itself given by the…
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  • 7 Ways to Compete for Your Target Audience with Facebook Ads

    Melinda Emerson
    4 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    As Facebook’s reach continues to expand, more and more small businesses have Facebook Pages. In fact, a whopping 30 million businesses have a presence on Facebook. Facebook maintains its advantage in providing you with a great way to organically interact with a sophisticated and active audience. One of the best ways to leverage the social site is through Facebook Advertising. But first: why should you consider advertising on this social channel? It’s come a long way since the early days: now advertisers are seeing a 50% increase in clickthrough rates from 2013, making it one of the most…
  • Who is on #SmallBizChat May 2015

    Melinda Emerson
    1 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    #SmallBizChat is a weekly conversation where small business owners can get answers to their questions. The focus of #SmallBizChat is to end small business failure by helping participants succeed as your own boss.  Join me live every Wednesday, 8PM ET for #SmallBizChat on Twitter.  Here’s how: follow @SmallBizChat on Twitter and click here for directions on how to join the conversation.  Here is a list of who is on #SmallBizChat in May: May 6th: How to Develop a One-Page Marketing Plan, @thep3solution Sherron Washington is an energetic marketing and communication professional; with a…
  • How to Reset Your Business to Reach Personal Success

    Melinda Emerson
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9 pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with @jakenawrocki. As a recognized expert in motivational speaking and life transformation concepts, Jacob Nawrocki has reached over a half million people with his top-rated podcast and high impact presentations, and as a best selling author. Jacob knows how to accelerate personal achievement and reach business success. He has created a proven method and framework to help people…
  • Useful Recruitment Tips for Small Businesses

    Melinda Emerson
    28 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    Guest Article Recruiting staff for a small business can be quite complicated and challenging. Balancing the budget is the biggest challenge faced by most startups. They are likely to spend way too much on attracting and hiring employees. Here are some useful recruitment tips for small business owners: Define your hiring strategy: Avoid large hiring at one time: For a startup, it is hard to know when to hire someone and if the business will sustain the growth. Also it’s difficult to manage too much change. Keep your start-up lean: Scratch off roles that you’re not going to need initially.
  • How to Market Your Crowdfunding Campaign

    Melinda Emerson
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    It’s no surprise that small business owners are using crowdfunding to raise capital for business ventures or startup projects, especially at a time when bank loans are not easily available to small businesses, and lines of credit are also hard to come by. But if you’re considering crowdfunding, make sure you spend plenty of time planning how you’ll market your campaign. You may have a great crowdfunding idea and story, but if people are not aware of it, you will inevitably fall short of your goal. In order to develop a comprehensive marketing plan for your crowdfunding campaign, you…
 
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  • Jennifer Bueschel, the Sugar Plum Fairy, is making a success of organic products

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    2 May 2015 | 10:03 am
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips MEET Jennifer BueschelThis dynamic entrepreneur is the founder of JBHomemade (https://www.etsy.com/shop/JBOrganicHairRemoval), maker and seller of organic products, namely organic sugar hair removal and sugar scrubs. When Jennifer says “organic,” she means it! Consider this. JBHomemade (http://www.pinterest.com/JBHomemade) is the only store in the Mid-Tennessee and South Kentucky areas that sells 100% organic sugar wax and sugaring hair removal. Ingredients used in JBHomemade products…
  • Easy ways to market a startup business

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    25 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips By Erica Simpson                                 Effective marketing is about more than pushing the message about your startup business out to millions of consumers. To succeed, you  have to introduce your new business to the right people. In fact, a single market a startup business misstep could cost you. . . everything. Money isn’t the greatest challenge that startups face Consider this. The average amount of…
  • Exploring Live Your Potential with JoAnn Youngblood King

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    18 Apr 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips MEET JoAnn Youngblood King:  Write Money Incorporated’s feature entrepreneur, JoAnn Youngblood King, is a CTA certified success coach, author and owner of Live Your Potential. Equipped with a diploma in Small Business Management, JoAnn is also a member of Coach Training Alliance and The International Association of Coaches. As a trainer for  Project Enterprise, she helps entrepreneurs to gain access to business loans, business development services and networking opportunities. She is…
  • Finding jobs after college

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    13 Apr 2015 | 5:36 am
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips By Ericka Simpson Found on Business Insider Getting advanced college degrees could instill you with the belief that you deserve to land high paying, quality jobs. It’s at these jobs that you can position yourself for promotions and rewarding challenges that your college education and life experiences have already prepared you to meet. The degrees can also convince you that finding jobs after college is going to be easy. Proven tips for finding jobs after college If that’s what you think,…
  • Analyzing data could be a symptom of fear

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    5 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips By Rhonda Campbell     Are you in the habit of analyzing data? I’m talking about really analyzing data. Do you think of all possible outcomes before you consider making a decision? Spreadsheets, databases, industry specific articles and targeted seminars are like friends. You spend hours poring over at least one of them. Data analysis isn’t always good You have to know that you’re heading in the right direction. It’s a smart move, to a degree. Yet, it’s easy…
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  • Your Weekend Reading List 5/1/15

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant
    1 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    by Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant I was a little swamped with consultations this week so I didn’t get much time to write on my blog, but here are some newsworthy business articles to catch up on this weekend. By Watching How People Shop in Store, Crate & Barrel Lifts Online Sales by 44% (AdWeek) End of Etsy? IPO May Lead to Downfall (Forbes) New Google Shopping Aims to Boost Small Business Sales (Business News Daily) Amazon Launches New Online Store for Office Supplies, Industrial Products & Hard to Find Items (C/NET) Your Retail Shop Can Now Sell Online via…
  • 4 Amazing Free Publicity Opportunities for Your Small Business

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    by Gail Oliver, Attention Getting Marketing You may not have heard, but next week (May 4 to 8) is National Small Business Week (be sure to use the hash tag #DreamSmallBiz) and it is a good time to pitch a story about your business to your local press. Anything can be a possible story pitch, including if you have: An innovative product or service idea An eco-friendly business Rapid growth in the last 6 months or year New facilities or location opening Engaged in a charitable endeavor Now, I also came across four awesome opportunities to get free publicity for your small business. 1. Get…
  • Your Weekend Reading List 4/24

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:26 am
    by Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant Lots of interesting business news this week, and don’t forget to check out some posts on my blog that you may have missed. 25 Companies Revolutionizing Retail (Business Insider) Over 26,000 Lily Pulitzer for Target Items Now for Sale on eBay (Racked) Handmade Marketplace Aftcra Wants Etsy Sellers (Recode.net) How Barbie Documents Her Glamorous Life on Instagram (Daily Mail) What Facebook’s News Feed Change Means for You (B2C.com) Enjoy your weekend! Gail  Get My May Marketing Calendar for Online Shops The May version of my very…
  • Google Tweaks Search Algorithm to Favor Mobile-Friendly: Quick Test to See If Your Site Is

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:48 am
    by Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant Wonder why #Mobilegeddon wastrending on Twitter yesterday? After announcing in February that they would be giving preference to mobile-friendly sites when users search from their phones, yesterday Google officially made the change to its search algorithm. If in the next two weeks you see your search traffic from mobile drop off (traffic source usually has “m.” in front) then your site may not be mobile-friendly. With 60% of all searches now being done on people’s phones that could really hurt your business. What is…
  • 3 Awesome E-commerce Tips of the Week

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:14 pm
    By Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant I found some really effective tactics being used at some online shops that I thought I would share, that may add value to your e-commerce site. Make Your Email Sign Up More Attention Getting The Palm Tree Boutique did something smart. When I land on a home page of an online shop, I typically get an annoying box asking me to sign up for their newsletter that I almost immediately click shut. But Palm Tree did something different and put up a very large photo image instead, plus offering 20%, which is quite generous. It was much more effective. Let…
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  • Don’t be a Startup Sisyphus: Myths entrepreneurs encounter when starting a business

    30 Apr 2015 | 6:59 am
    Like the ancient Greek Sisyphus forever pushing his boulder up the hill, starting a venture can seem impossibly difficult, and the relief of small business funding can be hard to come by. It doesn’t help that entrepreneurs are often given “advice” in the form of myths about the many laws and other obstacles barring the way to starting a successful business. Be wary of these myths that can keep you from making the most of your new business opportunities: MYTH: Small business loans are impossible with bad credit Credit scores have always been considered the go-to source…
  • Boost small business sales by improving customer experience

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:03 am
    Understanding consumers is complicated in any industry. However, entrepreneurs can keep some strategies in mind to connect with their audience and boost small business sales. When owners take the time to put these strategies to work and tailor them to their company and customers, it increases the chance of having customer relationships that can last for years. These tactics should be applied to the business as a whole, and all staff should know the expected outcomes. Great customer experience A McKinsey study found that 70 percent of purchases are made based on how the customer feels…
  • How to avoid hiring a bad employee who’s good at interviews

    14 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    There is an inherent risk with hiring new employees. In interviews, candidates show their best selves, so it can be difficult to determine whether or not they’ll maintain their perceived performance once they’re on the payroll. To reduce the risk of hiring a bad employee with good interviewing skills, consider these strategies: The bad hires Sometimes companies hire a staff member who doesn’t turn out the way supervisors expected. Perhaps this person excelled at his or her interview or the job wasn’t a good fit. TribeHR provided a few potential solutions for…
  • Be a better communicator in the corporate world

    9 Apr 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Business communication can be tricky to master. Employees need to understand and comprehend what entrepreneurs are thinking in order to succeed in their positions. Owners need to communicate clearly and concisely with their staff as well with other entrepreneurs in order to encourage positive business opportunities and outcomes. Here are some tips that help entrepreneurs communicate better with their corporate peers and employees: 1. Make it simple for employees CEO.com has some very simple recommendations for businesses looking to open up communication. One of them was clearing the…
  • 4 characteristics to watch out for when interviewing applicants

    6 Apr 2015 | 1:42 pm
    After business owners start their venture, the next step is for them to find employees. One of the more difficult aspects of small business HR is predicting which candidates will be a good fit. That’s why having some tips on hand for what to look out for can help entrepreneurs determine who is best suited for their company. Here are some red flags that business owners should beware of in applicants: 1. Empty mind and empty hands Business Management Daily highlighted the importance of candidates coming in prepared. This doesn’t mean they must have a briefcase stuffed with…
 
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  • The challenges of running a care home

    SmallBizViewpoints
    2 May 2015 | 5:54 am
    Home care business is in high demand with aging population. However, you need to be aware of and address these challenges to run a successful home care business [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 3 Tips to Business Owners for Trading Internationally

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    2 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    3 essential tips to find the best courier service when shipping internationally for small business owners. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why Every Business Owner Needs to Worry about Health of Employees

    SmallBizViewpoints
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Happy and healthy employees lead to better business and reduced healthcare expenses. Learn the benefits of healthy employees for small business owners. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Can Small Businesses Influence Local Charities?

    SmallBizViewpoints
    30 Apr 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Small businesses can not only help local community by donating time, effort and money, but they also benefit in terms of better brand and more sales. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Infographic: The Perfect Blueprint for Office Design

    SmallBizViewpoints
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:42 pm
    The office layout plays an important role in employee productivity and engagement. This Infographic describes various aspects of office design and their impact on employees. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • History of National Small Business Week

    Alex Myers
    4 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Celebrating Small Businesses for 52 Years There are over 25 million small businesses in the United States, so it’s no wonder there’s an entire week dedicated to them. If you are a small business owner, take a moment to celebrate this week. You do an incredible service to your community, often providing over 60% of new jobs each year. This celebratory week is a chance for you to highlight your accomplishments as a business owner and shine a light on everything you do. While small businesses have always made an impact on communities across the nation, there wasn’t always a time dedicated…
  • Top Twitter Users for Small Business Owners to Follow

    Alex Myers
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Connect With Industry Leaders and Influencers With 288 million users and 500 million tweets being sent per day, the world of Twitter is a wide one. There are so many opportunities for small business owners to connect and learn from industry influencers, but how do you find them? That question becomes even harder to answer if you are an intermediate Twitter user at best. You don’t use a lot of hashtags or send many tweets, but you utilize your personal account to learn and discover business ideas. That’s okay – in fact, we’re glad you are utilizing the platform at all. However, if…
  • Why You Need Passion in Business

    Alex Myers
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Bring It, All Day Every Day Having passion is different than having drive and a good idea. We expect your business began because of your determination, brilliant concepts, and business opportunities, but what most likely gave it its true start was your passion for what you do. You wouldn’t be where you are today without your passion. However, remembering what your passion is can sometimes take a back seat when other business challenges arise. Well, we’re here to help you always remember your passion, even when it’s tough, and re-energize you by reminding you why it’s so important to…
  • AAHOA 2015 Round Up

    Alex Myers
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Direct Capital at 2015 AAHOA Convention AAHOA, or the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, has more than 14,000 members who together own over 20,000 hotels. Where does Direct Capital fit in to this? As you might know, Direct Capital specializes in providing hotel franchises with payment solutions. The opportunity to meet and interact with AAHOA hotel members presented itself last week and we took it full force. The 2015 AAHOA Annual Convention and Trade Show brought Direct Capital’s Vice President of Franchise Rick Henderson, Lending Solutions Manager Jeff Matos, and Marketing…
  • Creative Financing Ideas: 21 Experts Share Top Tips on How to Creatively Finance Your Small Business

    Angela Stringfellow
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Due to their size, small businesses have constantly changing financial needs based on the health of the company and the rate of business growth. So when it comes time to obtain financing, small businesses have to consider their options carefully in order to remain financially successful in the long term. While taking out a line of credit is the typical solution, it’s often neither the preferred nor the most viable option for many small businesses. Since Direct Capital‘s primary mission is to help small businesses solve their financing needs, we wanted to uncover some creative…
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  • How to get PAID per lead: using online courses to build your business

    Grant Weherley
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:56 pm
    Kyle’s note: Grant is an expert in creating and marketing Udemy online courses. He has helped people to create courses as a personal source of income, and as a lead generation tool for businesses. We asked him to share some tips on how to create a course that brings in warm leads. Over to Grant: Since the dawn of PPC (pay per click) advertising, online marketers have been striving to show us “How To Use Facebook Ads To Get Leads For 9 Cents”. After all, that’s a great price for an email opt-in right? I want to flip this idea on its head. With all this talk of paying per lead, why…
  • 8 entrepreneurs reveal the 1 critical skill they focused on to grow their business

    Kyle Gray
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    For many entrepreneurs, focusing on 1 critical skill will lead to success in the early stages of their business. For new entrepreneurs, finding that skill and focusing on it could mean the difference between success and failure. In this post, we hear from 8 different entrepreneurs and learn about their “1 critical skill.” I asked them the following questions: What was the 1 skill or activity you focused on that made your startup(s) successful? How did you know this was where you needed to focus? Did you need to sacrifice in other areas of your business to focus on your 1 skill? What…
  • 17 Slack integrations to spice up your team communication

    Kyle Gray
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Using Slack for team communication has dramatically improved the speed and efficiency of our team. Slack has saved us thousands of dollars by enabling our team to communicate without the need for email. It is hard to do it justice in a blog post; Slack is something you need to try and experience to really grasp its potential. How Slack with revolutionize your team communication by integrating your favorite apps. @WPCurve goo.gl/UtvCWd – CLICK TO TWEET In this post, we’ll share tips on how to integrate Slack with 17 other web apps that will change how you view team communication…
  • 5 tools to write killer copy that gets shares and leads

    Liston Witherill
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Kyle’s note: Liston is a copywriter who focuses on the psychology of decision making in his work. We invited him to to share a few of the tools he uses every day to optimize his writing. This is a good collection, I’m using a lot of the same apps. Over to Liston: As you furiously type away on your latest piece of content, you start to wonder… Will anyone read this? Will anyone share it? Recommend it? Will it bring leads and customers? Because that’s the point of writing – to be heard. To make an impact on your readers. To show them how awesome and boss you are. And to…
  • Startup content marketing survey analysis (with some surprising results!)

    Kyle Gray
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    We recently ran a survey targeting startups and investigating how they approach content marketing. We had quite a diverse group of businesses respond to the survey; including big names like Moz, Unbounce, Baremetrics, Zapier and KISSMetrics. Below is our analysis of the responses. You can find a full report embedded at the bottom of this page. Do you use content marketing for your startup? We did not want to assume everyone on the survey would be using content marketing. This question opened up the discussion for anyone who does not do content marketing. We gave the people who responded…
 
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  • It’s Called Social Networking For a Reason

    Tanya Smith
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:04 pm
    While many businesses work with social media to grow their target market audience, there is an amazing opportunity to meet with and connect with other business owners when you truly keep the social part in mind. Whether you are online or off, networking is a chance to share advice, find service providers, promote one another’s content, connect […]
  • 5 Types of Snack Sized Content for Marketing On Social Media [Infographic]

    Tanya Smith
    7 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Lately, I’ve really been getting my image geek on with a few classes I have taken.  My favorite right now is Traffic Driving Image by Socially Sorted via @DonnaMoritz (rockstar image marketing queen). Since I’ve been sharing some snack sized social media tips lately on Instagram, they’re getting quite a bit of traction in a […]
  • Social Media Gets So Much Easier When You Know Your Target Market

    Tanya Smith
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    If you’ve been operating your website and business for a while, you probably have a good idea of who your target market is. The Entrepreneur.com encyclopedia defines this: Definition of Target Market: A specific group of consumers at which a company aims its products and services But your social media audience could be considerably different. […]
  • Growing Your Highly Targeted Social Media Following

    Tanya Smith
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:17 am
    We’ve all seen profiles on Facebook and Twitter with thousands, and even millions of followers. We’ve seen the same on other social networks. If you’re starting with a small following it may seem a little overwhelming and it probably feels like you’ve got to somehow catch up. But the truth is, numbers don’t always mean a lot when […]
  • Managing Your Social Networking Time Effectively

    Tanya Smith
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:25 am
    Social media by far is one of the most important business communication developments in a long time, but it is arguably also one of the biggest distractions. Social networking often turns into a huge time suck for otherwise productive business owners. That’s why learning to manage your own social networking time will help you leverage all […]
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  • Cracking the Code to Silicon Valley: My Job Search

    grodland
    1 May 2015 | 9:08 pm
    It seems a lot of people are in transition right now–the entire world actually. Around the world, women are seeking independence and equal rights, and citizens demanding transparency from their government and leaders. Here at home many still don’t have jobs and more companies are downsizing, the price of oil is way down, impacting a lot of other industries and forcing many to make career transitions, or retire early. Even I’m in transition. After working in the oil and gas industry for 12 years, I am planning to transition to Silicon Valley (SV). No small feat—as I’m learning…
  • Your Job is like a Game of Chess: Tips for Surviving Layoffs

    grodland
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:54 am
    More companies are going through layoffs—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 fat–the slackers.
  • New Year. New Life?

    grodland
    28 Dec 2014 | 7:54 am
    Did your New Year’s resolution for 2014 hold up? If you’re like most people, the resolution you made last year didn’t do much to change your life. That’s ok. You’re still here and a brand new year is quickly approaching. New Year. New Life? It can be if you let it. Before you pour the champagne and ring in the New Year, take a moment to look at the year that was. We all wanted something for ourselves this year—eat better, work out more, make more money. Or we just wanted things to be different. So what changed for you this year? What stayed the same? What’s better? What do you…
  • 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…
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  • How to Harness the Power of Business Mentors

    Hiscox Blog
    1 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    What do Richard Branson, Sheryl Sandberg, and Steve Jobs all have in common? Aside from being among the most recognizable names in business, they also all harnessed the power of business mentors to shape their success. Studies show that while 93% of small businesses recognize the importance of business mentors, only a small proportion actually take advantage of them. The fact is, for everything you need to learn, there’s somebody that already knows it. To avoid constantly re-inventing the wheel, find a business mentor who exhibits the best characteristics of an entrepreneur, and is…
  • 4 Basic Ways to Save on Small Business Insurance

    Hiscox Blog
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    In today’s business environment, you should think about small business insurance in the same way that you think about your website – both are must-haves when it comes to keeping your operations running. Since having business insurance is a necessity, you’ll likely want to know how you can save money on it while still maintaining the coverage you need. Here are four tips for doing just that. 1) Shop Around Business insurance policy premiums differ among insurance companies and depending on your line of work. Ask friends and family for the names of companies or agents who specialize in…
  • How Small Business Owners Can Successfully Plan for Retirement

    Hiscox Blog
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:58 am
    Retirement is a topic that’s important for everyone, but especially for successful entrepreneurs who have to also consider the continuity of their businesses. As a small business owner, you know that no one cares more about your business than you do. So when you’re planning for your own retirement, you need to plan for your business as well. Here are some things you need to know. Consider Your Options As a small business owner, you have a wider range of options for saving for retirement than your friends with regular employment.  Indeed, one of the benefits of being an entrepreneur is…
  • 3 Unique Ways Small Business Can Celebrate Earth Day

    Hunter Hoffmann
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Today is Earth Day and it’s an opportunity for every business, no matter how big or small, to make some changes that will help reduce energy consumption and keep our world clean. These are worthwhile things, clean air is something most people enjoy. Well, except those who are into Rollin Coal, but that’s a story for another day. Less energy use also means reduced costs, something every small business owner can get behind. Here are three easy ways you can use to get into the spirit of Earth Day and reduce your costs now: 1. Get your head in the clouds Moving your data into the cloud is a…
  • 5 Super Simple Ways Small Businesses Can Shine at Festivals

    Hiscox Blog
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:32 am
    Whether you’re in California for Coachella, bumping elbows with the hottest bands and tech startups at South by Southwest, or just enjoying a local gathering, springtime is synonymous with festivals. These events are big business – the top 3 music festivals in the world grossed more than a billion dollars in 2014. It’s a time to get outside, have some fun, and, naturally, think of ways to amp up your small business’ marketing and promotion. During spring and summer festivals take advantage of often-overlooked opportunities to promote your business. Here are five ways to get…
 
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    Rabid Office Monkey for Business

  • Going For Broke Without Breaking the Bank: Properly Fund and Manage Your Startup

    Contributor
    4 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: As the great street disciples of Staten Island once proclaimed, “Cash rules everything around me.” And while adopting a street mentality is not exactly the best way to galvanize your business startup, there is truth in everything. The reality is that having a great product or service and a great business plan is not always enough to turn your vision into a practical success. You must take the time to figure out how you are going to fund your operation and allow that understanding to guide your business plan. When starting out, it is tempting to…
  • Four Scientifically Proven Ways To Spark An “Aha Moment”

    Stacy Jackson
    3 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Research has shown that creativity is about triggering and fostering a conflict in your mind. Use this guide to produce those conflicts. Source: www.fastcompany.com As an entrepreneur or small business owner, it’s important that you are able to think creatively and have breakthrough “aha” moments to help your business grow or overcome obstacles. The question is, are you approaching problems and opportunities with the right mindset? This article on fastcompany.com informs us that mental conflict may be the best way to achieve those…
  • Raising Entrepreneurial Kids

    Stacy Jackson
    2 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Raising entrepreneurial kids doesn’t mean trying to grow your own Steve Jobs. Instead,it’s about deliberately fostering an entrepreneurial mindset one that our kids can then to apply to whatever it is they end up doing. Source: www.theglobeandmail.com According to Berkeley economist and former U.S. Labor Secretary, Robert Reich, more than 40% of the U.S. workforce will be freelance/self-employed by 2020. Wow! That’s a pretty significant portion of the working population. For those people with children who will be entering the workforce by then,…
  • 7 Benefits of a Using LED Flexible Strip Systems for a Small Business

    From Around the Web
    1 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: As a business owner, you want to make sure that your sales exceed your costs and expenses. What’s the point of having a business when you are operating on a loss? This is the reason why many small business owners tend to save on anything to maximize profit – including lighting. Apparently, you can’t get away from lights. The best thing you could do is to look for energy-saving, longer life lights to minimize expenses. This is where LED or light emitting diodes come in. Here are seven reasons why you should use LED flexible strip system in your…
  • 5 Ways to Maximise Your Office’s Appeal

    Contributor
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Is your office letting you down? Boring, plain and outdated offices can actually end up costing you, here’s how to change that in just five steps. Even if you’re not a public facing business, your office image can say a lot about the type of company you are. If you have clients, customers or partners visiting your office then you need to make sure that you’re doing everything possible to present your best side. In order to put your best foot forward with every visitor to your office, here are five things you should be considering: #1 Brand Identity…
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    JDR Group's 'Digital Prosperity' Blog

  • Eight Blog Post Tips to Instantly Help You Write the Perfect Post

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:17 am
    Every marketer understands the importance of blogging relative to building a brand and enhancing the company’s online presence. Blogs serve countless purposes in an online marketing strategy. They can seamlessly connect social media accounts to business websites, and help paint a business owner as an industry authority, among other things. However, unless the blog is written with quality and conversion in mind it will fail. Here are eight blog post tips that will help you create an effective blog post every time.
  • ‘Bounce Rate’ in Google Analytics Explained - Why It Matters & How to Improve It

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:39 pm
    Is your website performing optimally? Are your site visitors staying on your site to explore it, or are they leaving after reviewing only the landing page that got them there? If the latter is true then your website is suffering from a high bounce rate, and that could be bad for business. If your bounce rate is high for the wrong reasons, you’ll need to figure out how to keep visitors on your site longer (increasing the chance of conversion) by decreasing your bounce rate. However, first thing’s first. Exactly what does ‘bounce rate’ mean, and why does it matter?
  • Brand Identity: Just a Logo?

    Yasirah Fatimah
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:21 am
      Do you know the difference between brand, identity and logo? Although the three terms are most commonly used in conjunction with each other; believe it or not, they mean and do completely different things. I myself, just as I'm sure a lot of other people, am guilty of having used the words interchangeably many times. What is worrying about this misconception though, is that not been able to distinguish the difference, can potentially cause harm to your business and limit you from gaining leads. We're going to go through with you the differences between these confusing terms. Let's…
  • Twitter ROI: 4 Ways To Boost Your Leads

    Yasirah Fatimah
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:20 am
    The massive online community is something from which many businesses only see the forefront of, and it may seem as a reward-some opportunity. In reality the backstage to the entire process of gaining results from it, is a long and hard process that if not done properly, can change the whole expected outcome. Why Measure Your ROI? The 'Twitter-sphere' has a huge amount of people that are a part of it. The opportunities are endless when it comes to incorporating it into your marketing campaign.
  • E-Commerce: 5 Tips for Selling Online

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:36 am
    The buying habits of the modern day consumer have changed dramatically. High streets are proving to be less and less popular with consumers now, who do more shopping from the comfort of their homes. With this in mind it is now so important to get your company selling online. Unfortunately I have to bring bad news, just having an online shopping environment or e-commerce store on your website isn't going to make you or your company millions overnight. Sorry. But by reading this article, I'm going to outline areas that can improve your e-commerce website and help move you towards generating…
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    Blog | Harbor Compliance

  • IRS Form 990 Due May 15, 2015

    James
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:42 pm
      Important Compliance Deadline for Nonprofits: Form 990 is due on 5/15/2015   For nonprofits on a calendar tax year, your annual 990 filing is due May 15, 2015. This applies to most nonprofits. Organizations not on a calendar tax … Read more >> The post IRS Form 990 Due May 15, 2015 appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • Staying Compliant Using Form 1023-EZ

    James
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:38 am
    Last week, we shared an update from the IRS on Form 1023-EZ, which has streamlined approval of 501(c)(3) applications. Using the new form, nonprofits typically receive a determination letter in less than 30 days, sometimes as little as two weeks.… Read more >> The post Staying Compliant Using Form 1023-EZ appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • Montana No Longer Requires Certificates of Existence

    James
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:52 am
    On February 18, 2015, the state of Montana passed Senate Bill No. 35, which eliminates the Certificate of Existence requirement for foreign business entities. Instead, businesses qualifying in Montana will affirm “a statement that the foreign corporation has complied … Read more >> The post Montana No Longer Requires Certificates of Existence appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • How Effective is IRS Form 1023-EZ? A Look at the Numbers

    James
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:25 am
      In July 2014, the IRS released Form 1023-EZ in an attempt to reduce a backlog of over 50,000 applications. Upon the form’s debut, there were a lot of questions regarding the form’s effectiveness, how long it would take, etc. … Read more >> The post How Effective is IRS Form 1023-EZ? A Look at the Numbers appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • DC Biennial Report Due MAY 1st, 2015

    James
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    If your business has registered in the District of Columbia, we have a special compliance announcement! The Department of Regulatory and Consumer Affairs, informally known as the DCRA, has extended the deadline for DC biennial report filings to May 1, … Read more >> The post DC Biennial Report Due MAY 1st, 2015 appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
 
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    THE RESOURCEFUL CEO™

  • What Is Global Strategic Partnership?

    Tiffany C. Wright
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Companies enter into partnerships with other firms to achieve objectives and goals quicker or more effectively than they can on their own. According to a paper published by Indiana State University, six percent of total revenues come from strategic alliances.  Global strategic alliances, which generally have a broader scope and international focus, impact the partners’ […]
  • Absenteeism – Employee Morale |Video

    Tiffany C. Wright
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    This is one video in a video series I did on chronic absenteeism and the adverse impact this has on a business’ profits and cash flow. In this video I discuss the impact of other employees’ unchecked absenteeism on overall employee morale, particularly on the morale of those taking up the slack! What are your […]
  • Non-Profit Board Participation and Business Owners

    Tiffany C. Wright
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Non-profit board participation is something that many corporate climbers do. If you look at the roster of board members of your local United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cancer Society, etc., you will notice the names of various directors and vice presidents of Fortune 1000 corporations with a local presence. One reason is these corporations […]
  • A High Performance Tune Up for Your Business

    Tiffany C. Wright
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    I received this from the Tuck Executive Program at Dartmouth. I graduated with an MBA from Wharton, but I attended this program as a refresher course, and still think this a great program to attend. The focus is on small and medium businesses, not on distant corporate theories. I believe that all of you business […]
  • Musings on Taxes and Employees’ Money Management

    Tiffany C. Wright
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
    VITA A few years ago I served as a volunteer with VITA. VITA is the acronym for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and is the IRS-backed program that provides free tax services to individuals with an income level of 80% of the AMI (area median income) and below. It was definitely an interesting experience. For my […]
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    Small Business Heroes

  • Why I’m supporting the Conservative party

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Ian Morrison, director of underwriting and risk at Liquid Finance, shares his view on the upcoming General Election.   As the general election fast approaches, the economy is at a critical point. Key to the continued economic stability and growth, is the small business community. For context, there are 5.2 million businesses in the UK, employing 25.2 million people, with a combined turnover of more than £3,500 billion. In 2014, small firms accounted for 99.3 per cent of all private sector businesses in the UK. Considering these staggering statistics, it is imperative the winning party…
  • What you need to do now to prepare for Auto-enrolment

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    As a small business owner, you will likely go through your Auto-enrolment staging date at some point over the next 12 months. As a result, it’s important to understand what Auto-enrolment is so you can take action now and start planning for the future. Auto-enrolment, also known as workplace pensions, is a Government initiative that requires businesses in the UK to automatically enrol employees into a workplace pension. This means that at some point your business will have to comply. While this administrative task may appear daunting, there are many things you can do as an SME owner to…
  • The world’s first bookkeeping app for Apple Watch

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:42 am
    Exciting news for tech-savvy accountants: the Apple Watch can help you speed up one of your most time-consuming tasks! Receipt Bank, the award-winning productivity app, has launched the first ever bookkeeping app for the world’s most sought after device. The app takes the form of a new bookkeeping dashboard, which is an extension of Receipt Bank’s Practice Platform tool.  It gives senior managers in accounting and bookkeeping firms access to key metrics on-the-go and in real-time for the first time through the new Apple Watch app. The dashboard reports on a number of KPIs that…
  • The Smart Pension Guide to Negotiating the Auto Enrolment Minefield Safely

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:23 am
    With the deadline to sign up to a workplace pension scheme for employees looming for many SMEs and The Pensions Regulator’s most recent research indicating many businesses are totally unaware that it’s coming, there are several key points businesses need to be aware of when it comes to auto enrolment and workplace pension. Will Wynne, co-founder and managing director of London-based auto enrolment pension platform, Smart Pension, shares his thoughts on the topic. Background Government research showed that too few people were making contributions into a pension and that a “pensions time…
  • Top tips for finding your niche

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:03 am
    Giles English, Co-Founder of Bremont Watch Company, provides seven top tips for niche businesses looking for global market success.     Niche markets are extremely valuable, if sometimes tricky areas in which to establish a business. Usually containing fewer competitors, growth in niche markets can be fast, though this can be a double-edged sword as the number of possible customers is not only smaller than normal, but harder to find as well. The Bremont Watch Company operates in the niche of high-end luxury watchmaking. Typically dominated by Swiss companies, our aim was to bring…
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    Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories

  • 5 Inspiring Stories Of Women Entrepreneurs

    Entrepreneur Writer
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:42 am
    Women entrepreneurs have had to face cultural bias, sexism and other challenges across the world to seek success. Many have succeeded and become leaders who inspire us. Read how some of the world’s most powerful entrepreneurs – and women – overcame all odds to get where they are today. Oprah Winfrey Born to a single teenage mom and frequently molested between the ages of...You can also check these cool business articles:How To Make A Billion Dollars?Ello.co – An Innovation In The Social Networking WorldGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups &…
  • Learn To Love To Struggle

    Entrepreneur Writer
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:38 am
    What do you think about struggle? Do you like it, or would you better avoid it? How do you meet struggle – as a challenge, or as an obstacle? How much struggle can you take when you have to? You probably have thought like this, but have you realized something really important, something global? No matter what you do, no matter who you are,...You can also check these cool business articles:The Habits Of The Wealthiest PeopleThe Pursuit of Happyness MovieGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • The Pursuit of Happyness Movie

    Entrepreneur Writer
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:59 pm
    The Pursuit of Happyness is one great movie about the life of a man who found himself homeless, broke, without a home, and totally desperate. It’s about his struggle for getting up again and becoming a millionaire. If you like movies about winning the fight with life, this one may be really for you. And the best thing here is that it’s based on...You can also check these cool business articles:Chris Gardner – From Homeless to a Millionaire4 Amazing Start Up StoriesGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • Talent Trail’s Story – Tailored Internships

    Entrepreneur Writer
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:48 am
    Internships can be really helpful for the start of your career or learning about a business. Where to find the best internship for you? Talen Trail might be a good place to start. This brand new college start up allows companies publish branded and focused landing pages for finding the best interns they need. The site has a large database with candidates, which are...You can also check these cool business articles:Finding Good Domain Names Could Be a Great BusinessWhat Is A Start Up Accelerator?Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • How Ellon Musk Started In Business

    Entrepreneur Writer
    7 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    Ellon Musk is one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time, that’s for sure. His story is a great one, too. And here are some good news… You can watch it here. There is a popular saying “Sky is the limit”… On the following video you will see how this super successful entrepreneur reached not only the sky, but also the space (literally). The...You can also check these cool business articles:Ellon Musk’s Story Is Simply AmazingThe Amazing Stories Of Several Young And Successful Entrepreneurs…Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups…
 
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    Strategy Lab Marketing

  • When Do You Start Marketing Your Start-up? Episode 10 of #InTheLab

    Jeph
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:53 am
    This week on #InTheLab, the Strategy Lab video series, we answer questions from a couple views. Question 1 from Shalyn: Is it smart to have social media in place in your start-up as soon as it opens? Well Shalyn it depends. If social media is innate to you, if it’s easy to snap pics here and there, you’re on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram a lot than yes you should be setting up your start-ups social accounts. But don’t wait till you have the business, start today. What do you have to lose starting early? You’re going to grow a larger network, engage with more…
  • Random Acts of Lottery Tickets (RALTs) – Episode 9 #InTheLab

    Jeph
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Random Acts of Lottery Tickets (RALTs) – coming to a city near you… Random Acts of Lottery Tickets are a way to make someone’s day. You should try it for yourself, no you don’t need to give away lottery tickets, any type of good deed will work! I’ve been giving lottery tickets away to people in presentations, in workshops, during client meetings, in class, the first time I meet someone, and sometimes at complete random. I love it. It’s incredibly fun to watch people’s faces when you do something for them unexpected. You can truly create bliss out of…
  • How Do You Design a Logo? – Episode 8 of #InTheLab

    Jeph
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:09 pm
      If you need a logo designed, better call Eddy! Episode 8 of #InTheLab I get to talk to Eddy Alvaro, a design, dance, and digital professional from Regina who has a brilliant way of looking at designing your next logo. Eddy has a brilliant eye for design. In everything he creates he takes into account who the audience is, what he’s trying to get out of them and determines the minimalist way to get there. He’s a creative mastermind who takes the personality of an organization and captures it in a logo. Outside of design Eddy’s just a down to earth dance teachin’…
  • How Companies Grow, Short Vs Long Term Profits – Episode 7 of #InTheLab

    Jeph
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:29 pm
    The 20 mile march In Jim Collins’ Great By Choice he tells the story of the famous discovery of the South Pole. Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott were both vying to be the first explorer to plant their country flag at the South pole. Amundsen did a lot of prep work. He learned about extreme cold, he lived with Eskimos to see how they deal with the cold, he researched the trip, he stashes much more supplies than he needed, just in case something happened along the way. Scott was the polar opposite. Instead of a dog sleigh (Amundsen learned from the Eskimos), Scott used a…
  • Episode 6 of #InTheLab – What’s the Future of Marketing?

    Jeph
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:42 pm
    What is the future of marketing? The answers simple, social objects.  What does that mean for your company or organization? You need something, something tangible, something people can use/wear to show their support to your company or cause. Think about it, what we wear and support is a reflection of what we care about. More and more as a society we’re looking for meaning, a deeper feeling from what we’re doing and where we are spending our money. Consumers aren’t dummies, you can’t fool people, you can’t be gimmicky, and you can’t waste people’s…
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    Fit Small Business

  • Is Transferring Your Business Number a Horrible Experience? (NO) An Interview with Ari Rabban

    Marc Prosser
    1 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    Phone.com provides business VoIP services to small businesses. They serve over 25,000 businesses, of which the majority have between 1 and 25 employees. The founder and CEO of the company is Ari Rabban. Fit Small Business was able to interview Ari Rabban and ask questions about both Phone.com and the business VoIP industry. The Q&A […] The post Is Transferring Your Business Number a Horrible Experience? (NO) An Interview with Ari Rabban appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • SBA Loan Rates – Current Interest Rates and How They Work

    Marc Prosser
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:34 pm
    There are two primary types of SBA loans, 7A loans and CDC / 504 Loans. SBA 7A loans can be used for a variety of purposes, while CDC / 504 loans are specifically for the purchase of real estate. May 2015 Maximum interest rates on SBA 7A Loans range from 5.5% to 8.0%. Full Table May 2015 […] The post SBA Loan Rates – Current Interest Rates and How They Work appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • 25 Real Estate Open House Tips the Pros Use

    Jaqueline Thomas
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    Open houses can be stressful events. How clean is clean enough? What food should you serve? Who should you invite? Where should you post signs? We’ve asked leading real estate professionals for best open house tip, and their answers cover the basics (clean and stage the house) to the innovative (hire a drone banner to […] The post 25 Real Estate Open House Tips the Pros Use appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • Form Test

    outsideadmin
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:34 am
    First Name: Last Name: Email: Phone Number: Street: City: State: Company: Zip Code: Lead Source: Purchased LeadDirectFitSmallBusiness The post Form Test appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • How Zillow Premier Agent Works

    Jeremy Marsan
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Zillow gets more than twice the visitors to its website than its nearest competitor Realtor.com. In February 2015, Zillow.com had 22 million unique visitors versus 10 million for Realtor.com. If you want to advertise online, Zillow is the most natural place for realtors to advertise. For a few hundred dollars per month, an agent can […] The post How Zillow Premier Agent Works appeared first on Fit Small Business.
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • Quick iPhone App Update: Sign in with Facebook and Google

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

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

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

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

    Emily Farrar
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    You asked, we built it! We recently added new filters to our receipt tables so you can see which receipts have (and have not) been exported to different programs and report formats. If you use any of our awesome integrations like QuickBooks or Xero, you can quickly use the new filters to show (or exclude) receipts that have already been exported to those programs. The filters also work for our PDF and CSV exports so your expense reports are sure to include every reimbursable receipt! If you have any feedback on the new filters, reach us 24/7 at help@team.shoeboxed.com or @ShoeboxedHelp.
 
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    BoostSuite

  • 11 Tips for Building a Great Marketing Plan for Your Business

    Aaron Houghton
    1 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    B2B marketing plans have been in use for many years, of course, but great plans remain rare. This article highlights 11 suggestions to achieve more from B2B marketing plans. 1. Recommitting Marketing plans anticipate risks and guide and manage marketplace change. They help align the organization and allocate resources, provide signposts to progress and aid business control. Faster industry change, supplier proliferation, shrinking margins and declining differentiation are not sufficient reasons to spend less time on planning – they are reasons to spend more. 2. Process Marketing plans…
  • Want to Sell More to Your Customers? Ask More Questions.

    Aaron Houghton
    1 May 2015 | 12:23 pm
    I admit that I, too, during my sales training seminars, use a lot of questions to customers. One of my favourite is the following: “When you’re talking to the potential customers about what you could do for him, what percentage of time do you speak and what percentage do you listen to your customers?” This article is about asking customers how to sell more to them. I have known many salesmen who try to say as much as possible, as quickly as possible, in order to provide as much information as they can, in the hope that something triggers the spring of interest from…
  • Becoming the MacGyver of Internet marketing

    Daniel Smith
    1 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    MacGyver connects a car battery to a horn, a metallic door handle triggers a horn blast that stuns intruders and you’re supposed to think he has all the answers to Internet marketing? Of course! Anyone who can stun people with a car horn and metal doors deserves consideration when tackling the task of making Internet marketing tools work together seamlessly. If he can save the world with one small invention at a time, then surely you can control the success of your Internet marketing campaign. Luckily, we’ve combined some of the best MacGyver-like solutions with some of the best tools for…
  • Marketing with Cartoons!

    Daniel Smith
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Does your company have a need to discuss a complex topic or issue? Design a cartoon to grab attention and promote humor.   Download this infographic.Embed Our Infographic On Your Site!Image Widthpx<img src="http://www.boostsuite.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/marketing-with-cartoons.jpg" alt="Marketing with Cartoons! - An Infographic from BoostSuite" width="100%" class="infographic_embedder" /><p class="infographic_attr">Embedded from <a href="http://www.boostsuite.com/2015/04/30/marketing-with-cartoons/"…
  • Why You Need To Invest In A Blog

    Daniel Smith
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    Sometimes there just isn’t enough space on your web page or characters available in that tweet to get your point across. So what do you do? When a business wants more visibility and recognition, there is really only one more thing to do. Put more content out on the Internet. How do you do that? You start a blog. According to a survey by Hubspot, “This rapid growth [in blogging by companies] means that businesses are now in the minority if they do not blog. And for good reason, because in both in the 2012 and 2011 reports, 57 percent of companies who blog said that they have gained new…
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    Changescape Web

  • In a Micro-Moment Everything Can Change

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

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

    ken tucker
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Most businesses have systems for their most important business processes.  Yet many businesses do not have a marketing system in place, even though it may arguably be the most important thing to achieve business growth. So it is important for businesses to view marketing as a system. The Duct Tape Marketing System is an easy to understand and implement marketing system. It focuses on Strategy before Tactics, developing your Marketing Hourglass, Publishing Educational Content, creating a Total Online Presence, what to use for Lead Generation and Lead Nurturing, and creating a Marketing…
  • 2 New Reasons to Use Twitter for Business

    ken tucker
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:53 am
    Two big announcements regarding Twitter have hit the news lately, and they have big implications for using Twitter for business. Twitter Google Partnership means a Return to the Real Time Search Twitter and Google announced a partnership that is very important for both Twitter and Google.  Twitter has long been a source for the real time web, meaning that public tweets are immediately visible online once they have been posted.  Most tweets are public, the exception being those that are Direct Messages. As a result, Twitter has become a great source for breaking news and for following…
  • Small Business Tools for Accounting, Social Media, and Landing Pages

    ken tucker
    9 Jan 2015 | 5:38 am
    We’ve done the work finding tools that work for small businesses! Small businesses need tools that fit their business requirements and their budgets.  As a small business, Changescape Web knows the challenges many small businesses face when it comes to finding tools that help you run your and grow your business.  This is the first post that will be a continuing series on Small Business Tools and Solutions. Accounting FreshBooks – Accounting made for the non-accountant! Simplify your business accounting using the cloud. Create estimates and invoices, track time and expenses, get paid…
 
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    The Best Direct Sales Companies

  • 9 Direct Sales Food Companies to Consider this Year

    Angie
    3 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Direct sales companies offering food products are always a big hit with soon-to-be consultants. The products are consumable meaning repeat sales. The product line is usually updated frequently. And, we all have to eat after all! If you are looking for a direct sales food company, here are a few options to consider. Tastefully Simple is the original home-tasting company in the U.S. It was founded in 1995. The product line primarily consists of mixes, seasonings and sauces – both sweet and savory. Consultants earn 30% commission on retail sales and the opportunity to build a team exists as…
  • The 10 Best Products to Sell From Home

    Angie
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Selling products from home has become increasingly popular in recent years. Direct sales companies have made available endless opportunities to those that have the entrepreneurial itch but maybe not the skills or investment capital to start a business from scratch. If you are looking for products to sell from home, here are 10 industries to consider. Candles & Home Fragrance There are two main categories to consider when looking to sell from home; products that are consumable and non-consumable goods. Consumable goods are those products that are used and need replaced on a regular basis.
  • Make Money from Home as a Phuse Glam Consultant

    Angie
    19 Apr 2015 | 2:34 pm
    There are few companies in the direct sales industry focusing solely on salon quality hair care products. Phuse is a ground floor opportunity doing just that. In addition to their hair care line and styling tools, a full line of makeup brushes is also available for Glam Consultants to promote. This is currently a ground floor opportunity. Secure your territory spot today. Compensation:  Glam Consultants earn 20% to 35% commission on personal sales. Start-Up Costs: Phuse Beauty Kits start at $97.50. A Phuse Hair Care Sample Share Kit is also available for just $80.10. Inventory Requirements:…
  • Sell Boutique Children’s Clothing from Home with Dakomoda

    Angie
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:31 pm
    The following message has been sponsored by Dakomoda. Dakomoda is a direct selling children’s fashion company that offers a nationwide, flexible, home-based business opportunity where independent Brand Partners can earn an income through marketing premium kid’s boutique clothing to others. We offer organic pima cotton layette and baby clothes, luxurious Japanese cotton dresses, Pima tees and polos, Pima boy’s shirts and girl’s dresses and much more! With exclusive timeless designs, high-quality and great value clothing to offer, sales are a breeze. With all of this combined, our…
  • April Direct Sales Signup Specials

    Angie
    2 Apr 2015 | 2:45 pm
    It’s time for our monthly roundup of signup specials available during the month of April. A lot of great home party plans are hoping this will be the month you enroll! Contact your consultant for details. Steeped Tea – Join during the month of April and receive a Matcha Bowl & Bamboo Whisk Set ($35 value). The Traveling Vineyard – Spring Fever Promotion! Join Today for $184, which includes everything you need to start your wine tasting business including the wine! Have $700 in volume your first 60 days and celebrate with 5 free bottles of wine. Have $1400 in the first…
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    The Consultant Killers

  • AdWords Success for Physio Clinic

    Dave Gillen
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Zest Physiotherapy, Everton Hills, Brisbane Problem Karina and Shaun O’Leary tried advertising on Google as a way to get clients for their specialist physiotherapy practice (Zest Physiotherapy), but had not been able to get any results for their DIY Adwords campaign. Solution There were two opportunities for us to improve their Adwords campaign. 1. Adwords expertise – Google has strict guidelines that dictate how your ads should be set up, and that help you run better ads. Our Adwords specialist was also able to find more customer segments, better keywords, and cheaper clicks. 2.
  • WordPress Website for Holiday House

    Dave Gillen
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Casuarina Cove 19, Hamilton Island Holiday House Brief Create a standalone website to promote the client’s holiday home on Hamilton Island, with the goal of increasing the number of bookings. The property was previously only listed on a booking site with hundreds of other Hamilton Island properties, so even though it’s a superior place it was difficult to stand out and get its fair share of bookings. The clients are busy professionals and wanted someone to design the project based on a these goals, without a lot of input from them except for providing photos and a basic…
  • Complete Online Business Setup

    Dave Gillen
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:06 pm
    My Retirement Umbrellas, Kenmore, Brisbane The Brief David had been planning an online business for several months, but with so much to learn about websites, marketing, traffic and so on, he was getting stuck in an endless planning phase. He needed someone to build his website and assemble all the elements of his online business. The Site We helped to take David’s ideas and strategies and turn them into a crystal clear business model, so that the website could be designed specifically for his business objectives. The final product was a clean, modern-looking site with a focus on lead…
  • Website Ideas for Wintech

    Dave Gillen
    15 May 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Hi Irene! Here are my suggestions for improving your site, with a view to generating customers. 1. Text Editing If the intended audience is English-speaking, I would have the text read and edited throughout the site to correct grammar and spelling. Your credibility will improve if the information is more nicely written. 2. Services If you’re offering multiple services, you need to publish one dedicated page for each service. Each service page should outline the way your service works, how you approach each job, what kind of customer your service is suited to, and link to the specific…
  • Website Ideas for Medicine Music

    Dave Gillen
    30 Apr 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Hi Vicki! Your Medicine Music site is very striking and stylish I think. Since it’s already looking great, we can move our thoughts onto getting more customers. 1. Primary Message Let’s first consider the first five seconds when someone first reaches your site. Personally it took me a lot of browsing through the different sections of your site to get a feel for what you’re offering. Now the average customer won’t go researching “just in case there’s something here for me”. In order to stick around, a customer needs a strong signal immediately that…
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    FUSE - CFO Services and Financial Consulting

  • How to Use Customer Segmentation to Drive Higher Profits

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

    David Worrell
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Dataminr, Inc. is celebrating. The company just announced a feat that a lot of small business owners would love to claim: a new $130 million investment from leading angels and VC… on top of $50 million raised since opening their doors in 2009. The latest investment values the company north of $700 million. Dazzled? Jealous? Stories like this make you think that raising venture capital is the easiest, fastest – and sexiest – option for funding your small business. Think again. Behind the headlines are 4 tough truths about raising venture capital and private equity. Raising Venture…
  • Hire an Accounting Wizard Without Trying (Part 2)

    David Worrell
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Last week when I finally decided to hire an accountant, I was up to my ankles in alligators.  The last thing I wanted was the administrative nightmare of responding to resumes, scheduling interviews and sorting skillful accountants from the merely competent. If you read last week’s post, then you already know how to attract the best accountants to apply for a job at your company.  Now you need to pick the best one and hire them as quickly and efficiently as possible. Here’s 2 tricks — and 1 fail — I found that made the process smooth, short and amazingly…
  • Small Business Fraud: 5 Things You Must Do to Protect Your Business Now

    David Worrell
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:31 am
    Every year, two out of three small businesses fall victim to some level of fraud. Not all of them know it. Some never will.  The damage may be small and contained … or it may still be growing. We’ve written a lot about embezzlement and fraud by employees inside the company, but 80% of attempted small business fraud comes from outside of the organization.  That means that your company’s financial data is most at risk after it leaves your office. How big of a problem is this?  The average small business fraud victim lost $23,100 in 2013. (According to the 2014 Association…
  • How to Hire an Accounting Wizard (Part 1)

    David Worrell
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:11 am
    I recently set out to hire an accountant to join our staff at Fuse Financial Partners. It’s a task that I had been dreading for months — imagining that a flood of resumes would drown me in endless choices, and that communicating with candidates would be an administrative nightmare. According to employment specialists at ERE.net, every job posting will receive between 200 and 250 applications.  So, if I were to spend just 3 minutes giving each resume a fair review, sorting it into a “call back” pile, and comparing it to the others… well, that’s more…
 
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    Orlando Realty Consultants

  • You Sold Your Orlando Home, Now What?

    Jenny Zamora
    1 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    Congratulations! After months of having strangers walk through your home with your Orlando listing agent you finally got the offer that you wanted and the closing went off without a hitch. No it’s just a matter of handing over the keys to the new owner and turning the page on this chapter of your life…or is it? Hold your horses for a minute. There some things you need to do to avoid any potential problems that may arise down from the sale of your house down the line.  1-   Make copies of ALL the paperwork that was related to the closing, especially the docs that you…
  • The Pointe At Hunters Creek Starting To Take Form

    Jenny Zamora
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:09 pm
    The highly anticipated “The Pointe at Hunters Creek” is finally beginning to take form. With permit and other  paperwork delays in the past, construction crews are full speed ahead. Anxious buyers that have already made their purchase are looking forward to the day when they can move into this gorgeous Hunters Creek neighborhood.  The two builders that will be responsible for building out the 134 home sites in the new subdivision are Surrey and Ryan Homes. There are several different floor plans available from each developer which range between 1,800 sq ft to just…
  • TOR 010 : How To Interview A Realtor To Sell Your Orlando Home

    John Conde
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:21 pm
    In today’s episode of the TOP ORLANDO REALTORS podcast  I’ll be going over some tips on how to interview a listing agent when you need to sell a house.You’ve finally made the decision to sell your Orlando home and you’re ready to hire a realtor,… Now it gets real. Hiring the right realtor is a crucial step when listing your house for sale. Hiring the wrong agent can turn your home selling experience into a nightmare With over 8,000 active real estate agents in Orlando and picking a good one can be a task all by itself.When interviewing an agent, you have to…
  • Hunters Creek Homes For Sale

    John Conde
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Hunters Creek Real Estate | Homes For Sale | Orlando RealtyHunters Creek, located in South Orlando is one of Central Florida’s premier neighborhoods and voted the 21st best place to live in the US by CNN’s Money Magazine. With gorgeous and elegant well maintained homes and common areas, A rated schools and beautiful parks Hunters Creek is the perfect place to raise a family.This community has a wide variety of properties to offer and can cater to the family lifestyle. As a resident of Hunters creek since 2005 I can personally attest to this. Since then we’ve become experts…
  • Will Online Search Tools Make Realtors Obsolete?

    John Conde
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    Free online home search tools have completely changed the way that Americans search for a place to call home. In the not so distant past, you would have to contact a local real estate agent in the area where you wanted to buy and wait for them to send you a list of  homes for sale.Top real estate brokerages know that providing great customer these days means incorporating the latest home search technology in addition to everything else expected from a real estate professional. That’s why more and more brokerages provide their website visitors with the freedom and power to search the…
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    The Pulse Australia

  • Success stories start with MYOB CompanyDocs

    Alistair Nestor
    3 May 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Nicole Rawlings, ASIC Administrator with Geelong firm Davidsons, loves success stories. One of her roles is new company registrations, and she delights in watching businesses she’s had a hand in setting up come good: “There’s quite a few cafes that started off as a catering company from home,” Nicole told me in a recent phone chat. “And they’ve now built themselves up and they’ve got their own shop and their own staff working for them so that’s been fantastic.” I got chatting with Nicole because her firm’s a big user of MYOB CompanyDocs. I wanted to know how MYOB’s…
  • When will you ever learn?

    Alistair Nestor
    3 May 2015 | 9:48 pm
    When was the last time you attended a training session on the software you use each day? When was the last time you sat down with someone qualified to teach you how to best use the tools of your trade. If the answer is sometime in the last month, then I believe the National Geographic is hosting an interesting article on blueberries that may pass your time as this post is unnecessary for you. If the answer is any time longer ago than that, you really should read on. If you think you need training, you need training. If you don’t think you need training, you REALLY need training. Let me…
  • MYOB float the beginning of a new phase

    Tim Reed
    3 May 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Today is a milestone not only for MYOB but for the Australasian technology sector. From what I gather, we are Australia’s largest software IPO. Our start of trading at 12pm today follows the lodging of our prospectus in late March, and a series of meetings with over 200 potential investors across ANZ, Asia, the UK and the US. The reception to MYOB and our transition to the cloud has been very positive and we’re looking forward to having some great global investors on our register. We are often referred to as the incumbent, which comes as part of being a company going back more than two…
  • Timesaving SuperStream tips for your AccountRight clients

    Alistair Nestor
    3 May 2015 | 5:22 pm
    A recent poll I ran with accountants regarding SuperStream preparedness suggested there’s a fair amount of client education yet to be done. A quarter of respondents had yet to reach out to their larger clients, while a similar number hadn’t begun thinking about it yet. Here’s the poll results for the interests of science: Q: How prepared are you for SuperStream?   Perhaps a good start to getting everyone SuperStream-ready is to approach your existing AccountRight clients with the following super tips. Why the AccountRight clients? Because the new AccountRight features the Pay Super…
  • Delegate, but monitor. Or prepare to pick up the pieces.

    Liam Shorte
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:35 pm
    With most small businesses there comes a time when you need to trust someone else to perform tasks you have managed yourself until now, and they are often crucial to your business success or service offering to your customers. Tasks might include quote preparation, repairs to goods, filling orders or invoicing, but the main point is that you have always done it and have a process that works. Even if you already have employees, you have mastered and controlled certain tasks, and that attention to detail may be the reason you have a good reputation and repeat business. Now that your business is…
 
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    Industry Edge

  • Smile and Win at the National Hardware Show®

    Whitney Richardson
    4 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Check out details on two great photo contests from Industry Edge. There’s no shortage of great scenery in Las Vegas, especially when surrounded by interesting products from more than 2,500 exhibitors at the National Hardware Show®. We want to see you and all the fun you’re having while you roam the show floor. Read below for chances to share your photos with us and win gift cards. Wednesday’s “70” Celebration In honor of the National Hardware Show®’s 70th anniversary, we’re hosting a “70” selfie contest on Wednesday. Take a selfie with the number “70,” whether it be on…
  • Products for the Growing Garden-to-Table Market

    Melissa Willets
    1 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The garden-to-table trend is growing fast. What products can you stock to support customers’ growing interest in growing their own food? The garden-to-table trend is more fertile than ever, according to a National Gardening Association (NGA) report. Garden.org notes that 35 percent, or 42 million, of U.S. households grow food at home, a 17 percent increase from 2008 to 2013. Food gardening grew quickest among millennials, up 63 percent in that time span. The garden-to-table trend is growing fast. Americans spent $3.5 billion on food gardening in 2013. Container gardening grew by 46 percent,…
  • 10 Products Made in the USA at the National Hardware Show

    Julia Haskins
    1 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Check out these innovative Made in the USA products at the National Hardware Show. Products with the distinction of being Made in the USA are held in high regard by manufacturers, retailers and consumers alike — and with good reason. These products are a reflection of American ingenuity, making them all the more respected and distinctive. Fortunately, the National Hardware Show is in no short supply of products with the acclaimed label. Here are 10 Made in the USA products you can look forward to at this year’s event: Check out these innovative Made in the USA products at the…
  • 15 Great Giveaways at the 2015 National Hardware Show®

    Whitney Richardson
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Attendees can score fun prizes and freebies at this year’s show. Who doesn’t enjoy free stuff? Thankfully, the exhibitors at the 2015 National Hardware Show have plenty of ways to help showcase and test their products. Check out the following booths for gifts, contests, raffles and free samples. Becker Glover International (Booth TG490) Register each day to win a free pair of TailGator Gloves, complete with a built-in beverage holder. EcoClear Products (Booth 37151) Ever wondered what rodenticide tastes like? Try RatX to be entered into a big-prize drawing. Emerson Tool Company (Booth…
  • 5 Quirky New Products at the National Hardware Show

    Miranda Metheny
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:14 am
    A penguin screwdriver, a storm trooper for the lawn, and a fan-cooled camping chair are among the most fun new products coming to this year’s show. This year’s National Hardware Show® will feature more than 650 new products. These are some of the ones we’re most looking forward to seeing in person: This year’s National Hardware Show® will feature more than 650 new products.  1. The Penguin Screwdriver (Booth 3030) Ever wish you had a wider choice of adorable screwdrivers to stock? iThinking Original Design Co. LTD’s “Penguin with Ice Block” screwdriver has you covered. The…
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    Small Business Sense

  • Monthly Small Business Roundup (April 2015)

    Kim George
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    Hey peeps!  Here are some of the latest and greatest in small business news and entrepreneurship from around the web. Enjoy! Entrepreneurship  Here is a look at 14 Tips to Getting the Most out of a Conference Here Are a Few Reasons Why You Can’t Afford to Be Bad at Bookkeeping Here are 3 Things That You Need to Do Before Hiring a Virtual Assistant   Marketing and Sales Here is a great list of Email Subject Lines that Sell Learn How to Learn Leads into Customers with an Email Autoresponder A Beginners Guide to Writing Bullet Points that Work Social Media Learn How to Properly Setup…
  • 21 Essential Tools for Working Remotely

    Kim George
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:48 am
    Did you know that 69% of new businesses are home based? I can say that without a shadow of a doubt that I am not surprised by this statistic…not one bit! Over the years, I’ve noticed that now more than ever, Entrepreneurs are leveraging cloud based tech tools to start and build their businesses. Additionally, folks are using these resources to easily find and hire talent for their teams (from anywhere in the world regardless of geographic location), communicate with them and ultimately save a ton of money on the costs associated with “traditional office” expenses. Furthermore,…
  • 12 Tools and Resources to Help You Grow Your Social Media Following

    Kim George
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:07 am
    Are you new to social media and are looking for ways to grow your following? Or are you currently active on social media but want to attract more loyal and raving fans?   Either way, I’ve written this blog post just for you. Since starting this blog, social media (more specifically Twitter and Facebook) have been the primary platforms that I have used to establish relationships and connect with fellow entrepreneurs small business owners and peers from all around the world.   In terms of business…as of 2015, both social platforms combined have more than 1 BILLION active users and…
  • 11 of My Favorite Go-To Resources for Keeping up with Industry Trends

    Kim George
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    It’s no secret that as a small business blogger and entrepreneur that it is imperative to stay on top of the latest and greatest trends in this industry.  Believe me when I tell you, this is not an easy thing to do. Fortunately, there are a few tried and true resources that I use repeatedly whenever I want to stay on top of different topics ranging from social media marketing to search engine optimization. One of the main reasons that I frequent these blogs often is that they contain actionable tips and tricks that I can take away and use immediately in my entrepreneurial endeavors. My…
  • Monthly Small Business Roundup (March 2015)

    Kim George
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    Hey peeps!  Here are some of the latest and greatest in small business news and entrepreneurship from around the web. Enjoy! Entrepreneurship  Here is a look at How To Start a Subscription Business Great read on 7 Tips for Staying Balanced in Business and Life Here are 5 Weekend Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs   Marketing and Sales Here is a great list of 10 Simple Web Copywriting Tips for Increasing Conversions Struggling with marketing?  Here are 5 Signs That It’s Time to Outsource Your Marketing A great list of 25 Simple Ways to Grow Your Email List Social Media Here are…
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    blog.hotspotshield.com

  • Why Zero-Day Vulnerabilities Hurt Users and How They Should Be Patched

    Levent Sapci
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    In 2002, then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld caught ridicule at a press briefing when he uttered his famous quote: “There are known unknowns…things we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.” While Rumsfeld wasn’t referring to zero-day vulnerabilities, his answer comes close to a textbook definition. Zero-day vulnerabilities are unknown unknowns, and here’s what you need to know to protect yourself. What Is a Zero-Day Vulnerability? A zero-day vulnerability is a software…
  • Security Bucket Lists To Protect Yourself from Online Fraud

    Robert Siciliano
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    Yes, it’s possible: preventing fraudsters from getting you via online trickery and other stealthy actions. Yes, it’s possible to be thinking one step ahead of cyber criminals. You can take precautions to avoid online fraud from happening to you. Let’s begin with e-mails—the conduit through which so many cyber crimes like ID theft occur. Imagine snail-mailing vital information like your SSN, bank account number, a duplicate of your driver’s license and your credit card number. At some point in the delivery process, someone opens the letter and see the contents. Electronic messages…
  • Get Lower Skype Calling Rates with Hotspot Shield

    Peter Nguyen
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Do you use Skype to make international calls? While there are other Internet telecommunication apps, Skype is one of the most popular. Skype is free when making calls through the app, but you’d need to pay a subscription fee to call landline or mobile numbers. Additionally, the calling rates are different for each country. So, if the country you live in has high international calling rates, then it’s a high likelihood that your Skype international calling rates will be high as well. However, if you’re living in the U.S., then your rates would be on the low end. So the question is if…
  • “Fight215″: Call Congress to End NSA Mass Surveillance

    Levent Sapci
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:22 am
    What is section 215? It’s the authority that the National Security Agency (NSA), with the FBI’s help, has interpreted to allow the U.S. government to vacuum up the call records of millions of innocent people. What is fight 215? Spearheaded by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a coalition of 34 organizations from across the political spectrum recently launched Fight215.org to help concerned individuals contact lawmakers and demand an end to NSA’s unconstitutional mass surveillance under the Patriot Act. After Snowden first disclosed documents concerning the government’s use…
  • Living, and Illuminating, Peace: A Message from Global Security Institute’s President

    Jonathan Granoff
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    The necessity of human solidarity must not be trumped by the divisiveness of nuclear weapons. This was part of the historic message expressing the ideas of His Holiness Pope Francis shared at the recent conference in Vienna on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. The World Evangelical Alliance, representing over 600,000,000 Christians, is similarly calling for moral sanity. Other religious voices are beginning to voice their support for the new humanitarian movement to rid the world of nuclear weapons. Parliamentarians across the world over are similarly speaking out. But when…
 
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    The Blog from Instore

  • Why Standalone Restaurant Technology Systems Won’t Survive

    Matt Niehaus
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Consider a mobile phone that only makes calls — no texting, no Internet access, and certainly no Angry Birds. Sounds pretty outdated, doesn’t it? Stand-alone consumer technology is becoming a thing of the past — and so is stand-alone commercial technology for the restaurant industry. Currently many systems such as POS, loyalty, online ordering and mobile payments are typically purchased separately, but this results in siloed data and substandard outcomes for business owners and consumers alike. Merchants want and deserve a single platform to manage all aspects of their business,…
  • What to Look for in an mPOS Software Solution

    Matt Niehaus
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    mPOS (mobile point of sale) software is increasingly becoming the norm in restaurants, cafes, and other retail establishments. There are lots of benefits to bringing mPOS functionality into your business, including speedier service and faster throughput, more payment options, integrated features to help you grow your business, and more. If you are considering upgrading your old-school point of sale system in favor of an mPOS, make sure you do your homework to maximize the upgrade benefits for your business. Here are some questions to ask when evaluating mPOS software: Is it user-friendly? A…
  • Will the Restaurant Industry Move to Digital Currency?

    Matt Niehaus
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We don’t have to tell you that cash is no longer king. From credit cards to Apple Pay, consumers are increasingly using digital methods to pay for their transactions. But digital currency is different: it refers to an alternative to traditional money. The most well-known digital currency is Bitcoin, which is a peer-to-peer payment network. That means there is no central authority or middleman brokering the exchange. Though still a niche payment system, it’s already widely accepted by many major online retailers, including eBay, Target, Amazon and Overstock. Many restaurant owners are on…
  • Seasonal to Year-Round

    Matt Niehaus
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    You might serve up the tastiest dishes in town, but when you’re running a traditionally seasonal food business, such as an ice cream shop or seafood shack in a beach town, it can be a tough sell during the off-season. However, there are ways to maximize your down time and increase your business during your slowest periods if you’re clever and willing to try new things. Here are a few strategies that seasonal restaurants can try adopting in order to give the bottom line a boost, and enjoy year-round success. Play to the locals. If your restaurant relies on tourists during busy season,…
  • How to Be Profitable Without a Liquor License

    Matt Niehaus
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    As most restaurant owners will tell you, obtaining a liquor license is a huge investment that, over time, allows for a big payoff. However, not all dining establishments are able to afford a liquor license right away, or in some regions, they may not be able to get one at all. That doesn’t mean that the profits can’t come pouring in, however. You just might have to shake up a concoction of creativity to lure in diners. If a liquor license isn’t in the cards for you, take a page from some of the restaurants below to stir up your profits. BYOB Appeal For many BYOB (bring your own bottle)…
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    Premier Business Centers - Office Space

  • How Shared Office Space Can Help or Hurt Your Irvine Business

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:55 pm
    By Jeff Reinstein The way we work has been changing for many years now. Ever since the recession that began in late 2007, the United States has worked hard to get back on its feet and recover from the damage done. We’ve come a long way since then. But we have not come away unchanged. How we choose to work and where we work has greatly evolved. And this has created the rise of the coworking space, along with an ever increasing desire for businesses to be a part of a greater, local community. One example has been the increase in shared office space in Irvine, California. This is ultimately no…
  • What to Look For When Negotiating Your Office Space Lease

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:37 pm
    By Jeff Reinstein Ready to move out of your home office? Or just looking for a new space that better represents your company? Finding the right office space is already difficult, but actually negotiating the lease can be even more complex and overwhelming. Especially if you’ve never done so before. A carefully selected lease is vitally important to the health and growth of your company. First, Identify Your Needs Before you can begin shopping office space it is important to determine what you can and cannot live without in your office. At first this may seem a bit challenging, especially if…
  • Century City Office Space

    CBrown
    6 Sep 2013 | 10:02 am
    Enjoy Flexibility & Professional Appearance with our Century City Office Space Plans Want to conduct business in Century City? Office space by Premier Business Centers offers flexible plans that fit almost every situation and budget. Our Century City office spaces are priced reasonably and are available immediately. Compare the expense of hiring your own receptionist; setting up a telephone system with voicemail, and buying other needed office equipment to our Century City office space rentals. You’ll find a steep capital payout is needed to start an office from scratch in Century City.
  • California Shared Office Space

    CBrown
    6 Sep 2013 | 9:59 am
    Northern and Southern California Temporary Office Space Our Southern California temporary office space and Northern California executive office space are both available for rent with very flexible terms to allow office sharing. Our Southern California shared office space allows leasing by the hour, day, week, or month to meet any need. Our Northern California shared office space offers similar flexibility near the beautiful San Francisco Bay. Both our Northern and Southern California shared office spaces offer a variety of floor plans, conference facilities, and administrative support.
  • Locating Your Office Space in the San Fernando Valley

    CBrown
    6 Sep 2013 | 9:56 am
    By Mark Burge Finding the perfect location for your business to be able to grow can be a challenge. There are multiple factors that have to be considered before making a final decision, including population, talent availability, as well as the ability to find the space you need to grow successfully and still present a highly professional appearance. One option to consider is renting San Fernando Valley executive suites. This Valley is located in in the northern section of Los Angeles and is made up of several independent cities besides Los Angeles, including Glendale, San Fernando, Hidden…
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  • Three ways to improve the effectiveness of your print sales calls

    Richard Dannenberg
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:03 am
    Guest blog by Matthew Parker, Profitable Print Relationships Note: Matthew Parker is Director of Profitable Print Relationships and a former print buyer. For the last 5 years, PPR has provided unique sales masterclasses that have helped print salespeople in the UK and Europe improve their skills and their messaging. DP Marketing Services has recently become a licensed provider of PPR training and will be introducing Matthew’s flagship masterclass, How to Stop Print Buyers from Choosing on Price, over the next few months. Click the link for more information about the course.  …
  • Inbound Marketing: Where Are We Heading? (Part VI)

    Richard Dannenberg
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:55 am
    Where’s the destination? For several weeks, we’ve been talking about the details of inbound marketing for small businesses. We’ve used a train trip metaphor that’s persisted through several blog articles in this series: Why Inbound Marketing is a Good Idea for Small Businesses How Inbound Marketing Works How to Build An Inbound Marketing Strategy Where the Content Comes from How to Measure Progress If you’re building an inbound marketing program for your business and have come along on the trip, hopefully you’ve picked up a few ideas and now have a good…
  • Inbound Marketing: How to Measure Progress (Part V)

    Richard Dannenberg
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    Our inbound marketing train is running steadily forward, but the engineer is hearing a peculiar hiss and a slight ping from a piston as the locomotive chugs along. We’re not up to speed and it’s obvious that we need more steam. Let’s check the gauges and adjust a valve or two and see if we can keep the train running smoothly and on schedule. In today’s post, we’ll talk about measuring and adjusting your inbound marketing program. Maybe it’s an odd comparison, but the steam train analogy that we’ve been using over the past few weeks for our primer on inbound marketing has held up…
  • Special News Brief: Amendment to HR 997 Could Benefit Printers

    Richard Dannenberg
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:38 pm
    “Politics makes strange bedfellows” is a quotation from famous White House correspondent Helen Thomas. Today’s post breaks a personal rule never to write about politics in a blog post, but the proposed legislation is so fascinating and potentially important for the printing industry that I can’t resist reporting about it. Please accept this request for forgiveness, if not permission. HR 997, the English Unity Act of 2015, isn’t a new piece of legislation. It’s been submitted before by Representative Steve King (R, Iowa), but it usually dies in committee. The thrust of the…
  • Inbound Marketing: Where Do the Ideas Come From? (Part IV)

    Richard Dannenberg
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:56 am
    What Fuels the Engine? The train is leaving the station and it’s time to stoke up the boiler and build a head of steam. This is number 4 in a series of articles about Inbound Marketing for small business. In the first article we discussed why content marketing makes sense for small businesses. Next came a couple of posts about nuts and bolts: How Inbound Marketing Works and Inbound Marketing Strategy. Today, we’re starting the journey, but we need fuel for the engine. In the heyday of the railroads, fast steam engines were powered by coal. Later these were replaced with streamlined diesel…
 
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  • 5 Customer Appreciation Emails Retailers Should Send

    Contributing Author
    1 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    In business, it’s all about customer retention. According to Gartner Group, 80 percent of your future revenue will likely come from just 20 percent of your existing customers. So, how do you keep your existing customers coming back for more? Try sending customer appreciation emails. By doing so, you remind your clientele about the great value they receive from your company and make them feel appreciated. A variety of genuine customer appreciation emails can help you thank customers for being part of your success. They can also break the routine of newsletters, event emails and…
  • 10 Questions to Ask In Your Business Demographics Survey

    Derek Overbey
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Discovering valuable information about your customers has always been coveted in the business world. The reasoning behind this is logical. If you understand who your customers are, you can strengthen your relationship with them, build trust and credibility. You can also collect the information needed to make the right decisions for your company. A business demographic survey is a great tool to unearth and collect this kind of insight. Choosing the Right Questions When conducting a survey, you first need to decide the type of questions to ask based on the goal of your survey.
  • 3 Emails You Should Send to Increase Customer Appointments

    Lisa Furgison
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Looking to fill your appointment book? If your business runs on appointments or scheduled service calls, you can use email marketing to fill your calendar. From small insurance agencies to lawn maintenance companies, if you make money through service calls or consultations, you can increase the number of appointments that you set up. How? It’s all about sending the right emails. Here are three emails you can count on to fill up your calendar and get customers coming back again and again. 1. Schedule an appointment email Sometimes a little electronic nudge is all it takes to encourage…
  • 10 DIY Ways to Get More Visits to Your Website

    Lisa Furgison
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Every business needs a website to survive, but is your website getting as many visitors as you’d like? It’s a rhetorical question, really. What business wouldn’t want to increase visits? After all, when potential customers visit your website, you can increase brand awareness, educate consumers and drive revenue. However, you might be stumped on how to get more folks to visit your website. Not to worry. We’ve created this list of ten ways to increase visits. This list of actionable, do-it-yourself ideas is aimed at busy businesses just like yours. 1. Register your…
  • The 4 Emails Retailers Should Send for Mother’s Day

    Contributing Author
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    This year, Mother’s Day is May 10 and if you don’t already have a plan in place to reach out to your customers by email, it’s not too late to get started. As a retailer, Mother’s Day isn’t a holiday you want to miss out on. Take a look at these stats from Statistic Brain: • There are 85.4 million moms in the U.S. • The average American will spend $168.94 on mom for Mother’s Day. • 28.5% of Mother’s Day gifts are bought online. With stats like that, you’ll want to kick your email marketing into high gear. We recommend that you start marketing at least two weeks before…
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  • Awaken Your Stongest Self [My Notes]

    Kim
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:16 am
    Awaken Your Strongest Self, Break Free of Stress, Inner Conflict, and Self-Sabotage by Neil Fiore “This book’s four-step program will show you how to awaken your Strongest Self without needing a dangerous wake-up call. You’ll learn how to use the uniquely human part of your new brain—which neuroscientists label the executive organizing functions of the prefrontal […] The post Awaken Your Stongest Self [My Notes] appeared first on Kim Yuhl.
  • What’s Your Excuse?

    Kim
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:02 am
    Do you feel the need to give an excuse when you say no? I know I sure do. That is why I love this week’s quote: I am not sure when the need to make up an excuse every time I say no started, but it’s there. I have been working on this one for […] The post What’s Your Excuse? appeared first on Kim Yuhl.
  • Happy for No Reason [My Notes]

    Kim
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Happy for No Reason; 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out by Marci Shimoff with Carol Kline This book is where my happiness journey began. It was almost five years ago now when I realized I was not very happy. I had all the trappings of a happy life: a nice home, a […] The post Happy for No Reason [My Notes] appeared first on Kim Yuhl.
  • What I Learned From Reading 70 Books on Happiness

    Kim
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am
    It was almost 5 years ago now that I began my “Happy For No Reason” quest. Little did I know the ups and downs of life that I would travel to get to today. “Happy For No Reason” was the title of the first book I read and I felt it summed up perfectly what […] The post What I Learned From Reading 70 Books on Happiness appeared first on Kim Yuhl.
  • When Happy People are Unhappy

    Kim
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    This weekend was a tough one. In case you didn’t hear through the millions of photos posted on Facebook and Twitter, Friday was National Siblings Day. There were literally tons of siblings celebrating each other through photos. It was pretty awesome. This is the picture I shared:   It’s so surreal to look at this […] The post When Happy People are Unhappy appeared first on Kim Yuhl.
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  • Rabbit Farming Terminologies: The Complete List for Farmers

    Sprout Geek
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Rabbit farming terminologies is difficult for any newcomer to the industry to understand. Are you a newcomer? Don’t worry and continue scrolling. You will find a list of rabbit-related jargons that you will come across while running your rabbit farm business. They are sorted according to the types of discussion that they are most likely to make an appearance. After completing this guide, you have no problem blending into a crowd of rabbit farmers and start conversations like a rabbit expert. Must Know Do not call yourself a rabbit farmer if you have no idea what these words mean. Buck…
  • Accounts Receivable Financing: The Essential Guide

    Sprout Geek
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    Do you want to apply for accounts receivable financing? Continue reading, and learn everything you need to know about it. Accounts receivable financing is for businesses with customers on credit terms. You can leverage it to grow your business, or to get over a rough financial patch. Imagine yourself in going through the scenario below? Your business is doing well. Sales are coming in for your business, but the bank account balance is not increasing. Customers who owe you money stopped answering your calls. On the other hand, suppliers are chasing ferociously for payment. Before you know it,…
  • Restaurant Menu Makers: The Complete List for Restaurateurs

    Wayne Liew
    3 Jan 2015 | 1:51 am
    Hiring a menu designer is expensive. Want to save some money by using a restaurant menu maker instead? A menu forms the first impression of a restaurant together with the shopfront and interior. Thus, restaurant owners must not take it lightly. Other than cost savings, some of the benefits of a restaurant menu maker include: Complete ownership over menu design. Faster turnaround time. Make design changes without incurring revision fees. Create menus for print, web, and mobile devices at the same time. In this guide, you are going to read about every restaurant menu makers out there. You will…
  • Restaurant Equipment Leasing: The Complete Guide for Restaurateurs

    Sprout Geek
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:33 am
    Want to make a well-informed decision on whether to take up a restaurant equipment lease? You have a growing restaurant, and you need additional equipment to support the growth. Everything seems fine now, but what if the economy turns sour and people stop turning up at your restaurant? What should you do to the new equipments? You are probably asking yourself these questions, and that is why you are here for more information on restaurant equipment leasing. In a nutshell, leasing is like renting. With a restaurant equipment lease, you get to use the equipment and in return, you pay a monthly…
  • Restaurant Target Markets: The Essential List for Restaurants

    Sprout Geek
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    Starting a new restaurant is risky. Despite that, some restaurant owners are still able to pull it off. Do you know what makes a restaurant stands a better chance of succeeding? What factors set it apart from others? The answer is to have a good grasp of your restaurant’s target market. The target market of a restaurant influences everything from food concepts to marketing. Nail it down before anything else. In this guide, you are going to learn about different restaurant target markets. When you have this knowledge, the plan you have for your upcoming restaurant becomes clearer. By Age…
 
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  • 4 Things You Thought Were True About Accounting

    29 Apr 2015 | 5:14 pm
        Let’s face it—every occupation has its stereotype, and accounting usually isn’t considered one of the more glamorous jobs to have. And you probably don’t think about your Franklin, TN CPA in any context except how useful they are on April 15. But we’d like to show you some common misconceptions that Franklin, TN readers like you have about accounting. And then we want to show you how valuable accounting is. We think you’ll be surprised.   1. Accountants are boring Really, they’re not. They’re just people who went to college and have honed a skill, just like…
  • April is Financial Literacy Month

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:16 pm
        So what does this mean for your small business? By now you’ve probably got at a least general idea of how your business financials work, especially if you have a Franklin, TN CPA on your payroll. But small businesses fail all the time, and the reason usually has something to do with mismanagement of funds. Financial Literacy Month aims to remind all Americans of the value of being smart about money, and we’re here to use this reminder month to spark some financial review for our Franklin, TN small business readers.   What is Financial Literacy Month? So April is a month…
  • What Last-Minute Filers Don’t Know

    2 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
        Ok, so you own your own business. It’s in Franklin, TN and you have a Franklin, TN CPA at your disposal. It’s tax season. You know you need to gather all your business records from 2014 and turn them in. But you hate paperwork. You really hate doing taxes. So what do you do? You let the April 15 deadline be your guide, and don’t touch a single receipt until April arrives. You’ve got 2 weeks, right? Uh-oh…   Busy Accountants The later you wait to get your tax act together, the more the snowball grows for your Franklin, TN accountant. What do we mean by that?
  • Why Taxes Should Be Your Biggest Problem

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
        If you’re a small business owner in Franklin, TN that is. Don’t just take our word for it—ask your Franklin, TN CPA to confirm it. When taxes are your small business bane, it means you’re doing something right. According to a Bloomberg Business article, there are four major issues that small businesses should be concerned with: labor quality, sales, interest rates & finance, and taxes. During the economic crisis of 2008, small businesses were clamoring for more sales. Which makes sense. But what the article points out is that during the business boom of the 1990s,…
  • Do You Follow a Yearly Budget?

    6 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
        If not, you’re in for an awakening in this article. And if you’re located in Franklin, TN then you know that your Franklin, TN CPA is going to give you a sound lecture on the value of a yearly budget. If you’re a sole proprietor small business owner, you know that sticking to your budget is key for avoiding debt. But you might only have a per-month budget. or maybe you do have a yearly budget, but you deviate from it so often that it’s not useful to you. Sound familiar?   More Accurate One reason taking time each year to plan out your 12-month budget is that it’s…
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  • Lebanon Part I: Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:25 pm
      I learned one thing that day. When your luggage is delayed, it's bad. Yet, when the person you're waiting for at the arrival gate doesn't show up, your common sense leaves you completely.   On April 3rd, a taxi took me to the airport in Brussels, just in time to pick up Adil, co-founder of our startup, with whom I was about to set off on a bold one-year tour around the world. In approximately 3 hours, we were supposed to get on the plane to Beirut. As I waited, I was browsing my Twitter feed only to discover a TechCrunch article, published that very day, on Lebanon's bright future…
  • The Complete Beginner’s Guide: Developing A Solid Marketing Strategy in Less Than 24 Hours [infographic]

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
      You have identified a specific need – a gap in the market, an unresolved issue, a sorely missed solution to a problem – and you can provide something that will satisfy that need, ideally much better than anybody else. Good. You’ve managed arguably the most difficult part of running a successful business.   Now, there’s still a long way to go as a) many of your potential customers have so far been quite happy with what your competition has to offer, b) most people have as of yet no idea that they would eventually prefer using your product or service, c) most…
  • Startup On The Move: Leaving The Garage

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
      They say remarkable startups tend to be born in a garage. Most often in sunny California, the proverbial cradle of new technologies.   As I write these words, I do sit on a tiny IKEA couch in a small garage. Except, I don't work here. It's where me and one of my co-founders live. And it's not in Silicon Valley, but under the cloud-laden London skies.   The average rent for a standard apartment was beyond our means so we found a refurbished room that, in better times, used to serve as a car park. We moved here to participate in a 3-month startup accelerator, which, more than…
  • 5 Videos To Make You Feel Good Before Your Next Presentation

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:16 am
      Once in a while, we all need to give a presentation, deliver a public speech, or pitch our business idea. And when we are asked to do that, our feelings usually fall into one of these categories:   FEAR   PANIC   ANGER   RESIGNATION   But fear not and watch these videos. They will alleviate any stress you migh have from failing in front of a large group of people.   1.Who says presentations need to be boring?     2. If she made it through, you can too     3. You can hardly make a mistake worse than this     4.
  • Top 5 Business Apps of Bear Douglas

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
      Get inspired by those who dared. In our new series, we ask successful entrepreneurs to share their top 5 apps that help them grow their businesses. This time with:   Bear Douglas Senior Manager, Developer Advocacy at Twitter     1. HipChat – Bring your team to life   "It helps me keep in touch with my team 1:1 and in group chat rooms while on the move. Works on mobile better than many other enterprise-focused chat clients."       2. 1Password – Simple, convenient security   "It keeps…
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  • Gated Content: An Unresolved Debate

    Godot
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:25 am
    To gate or not to gate? This has been a much debated marketing question, subject to oscillating public and professional opinions over the last decade. Most businesses might have already given in to the practice of putting high-value content behind opt-in forms that require users to provide some information about themselves. Still, there is no denying the fact that making your content freely accessible to the users results in a greater number of downloads and better brand recognition. One of the main reasons why the debate on gated content remains unresolved is because it’s tough to…
  • 5 Mistakes to Avoid in Keyword Research

    Godot
    2 Apr 2015 | 4:15 am
    Keywords are an important aspect of your SEO campaign. The problem, however, is that you are spoiled for choices. So, it is not inconceivable that you can make mistakes while choosing keywords. What’s worse is that you may not even be aware that you are erring. Below are five common mistakes that should be avoided while choosing keywords: Not understanding how people search: While you may know what your customers need, your customers may only have a very vague idea. Using head terms (keywords that are only one or two words long) made up of industry jargon will not give you the best…
  • Brand Journalism: An Emerging Trend

    Godot
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    In the year 2004, McDonald’s employed a new marketing strategy that Larry Light, its chief marketing officer, called “brand journalism”. But, what is brand journalism and its relation to marketing?According to Light, it was not possible for brands to communicate what they represented to their customers through means of just a single ad. It was also not possible to approach marketing with a one size fits all strategy. What was needed was the segmentation of their customer base to appeal to each group separately. In other words, provide each potential customer with what they want,…
  • Key Trends in Search Marketing for 2015

    Godot Media
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:05 am
    Here are a few key emerging trends for search marketing in 2015 along with some handy with tips for brands and businesses: Marketers will go mobile: Mobile search is getting bigger by the day and it is quite visible in customer acquisition numbers for brands and businesses. Businesses in 2015 will be spending a lot more on mobile search marketing than they did last year, as the consumption of mobile media increases at a burning pace. Optimization of mobile search campaigns would be key as the consumption behavior on mobile is different than web, and not accounting for this distinction can…
  • Facebook 101: Native Scheduling vs 3rd Party Apps

    Godot Media
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:40 pm
    Facebook lets you schedule posts up to six months in advance (this is called Native scheduling), so why all the fuss around third-party scheduling apps (like Swayy and DrumUp)? That’s because third-party apps come with several added features that you’ll find extremely useful as a social media marketer. What you can do on Facebook, and what you can’t If you’re scheduling posts natively on Facebook all you can do is set the date and time when you want your post to go public. You’ll still have to spend a considerable amount of time creating or curating the content…
 
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  • 10 Job Hunting Tactics You Should Know

    Barry
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    Getting ahead of the crowd in your job hunting efforts is what everyone should try to do. There are certain things that you should know and do that most other applicants won’t. 1) Companies still recruit in December (but many applicants assume otherwise) Contrary to popular belief (and the belief of many applicants), brands do still recruit in December. New skill requirements, resignations and retirements don’t simply cease during this part of the year and companies need to fill those gaps. In many cases, managers are under pressure to be prepared and have a full complement of…
  • Dyslexia Action recommend CIPHR

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    22 Apr 2015 | 3:07 am
    Dyslexia Action is a charity that has been around for about 40 years, supporting children and adults with dyslexia as well as literacy and numeracy difficulties and other special learning issues. The post Dyslexia Action recommend CIPHR appeared first on CIPHR.
  • 6 Reasons Why Taking Breaks Is Good For You AND Your Employer

    Barry
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    Breaks are scientifically proven to boost focus and productivity. A 2008 University of Illinois study found that the brain’s attentional resources drop after a long period of focusing on a single task, decreasing our focus and hindering performance. But even brief diversions, the study found, could significantly increase one’s ability to focus on that task for prolonged periods of time. Though breaks might seem counterproductive, they’re more important than ever in the 24/7 workplace of constant connectivity and non-stop streams of emails. We’re constantly checking and…
  • How To Answer THOSE Interview Questions

    Barry
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    There’s a certain number of questions that get asked by employers at every interview. These questions may seem cliche, but they are as important as ever when it comes to making or breaking your chances of getting hired – knowing how to answer them can be the key to success. What would your manager and colleagues say about you? This question should be seen as an opportunity to sell your skills and promote yourself through others. One way to answer this is to quote your previous/current managers comments from your last appraisal/performance review. By quoting, you’re not in…
  • 6 Ways To Make A Better Office Today

    Barry
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    If you’ve browsed the various articles online that list, what they consider to be, the ‘best offices in the world’, most will have a number of elements in common. This isn’t due to a quirky designer that’s just gone mad with the budget, it’s to improve office productivity, wellbeing and ultimately revenue. There are a number of steps you can take, today, that will make your office environment a better place for your employees to spend their day. As a result, you’ll likely have happier, healthier and more productive and engaged employees, who are…
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  • You need to focus your marketing efforts on search intent: here's why - Memeburn

    4 May 2015 | 12:18 am
    MemeburnYou need to focus your marketing efforts on search intent: here's whyMemeburnThey should help each other and the same goes with any other marketing campaign that you have. How can your traditional marketing strategies strengthen your online marketing campaigns? By focusing on intent and giving your target audience the correct ...7 Common Myths About Internet MarketingSocial Barrel (blog)A Crash Course in Google SearchBusiness 2 Communityall 8 news articles »
  • Bacardi shakes up its online marketing cocktail - The Australian

    3 May 2015 | 8:29 pm
    The AustralianBacardi shakes up its online marketing cocktailThe AustralianChief marketing officer Dima Ivanov said the company began the shift to digital in earnest three years ago, when just 5 per cent of its budget went online, but needed to move more quickly to catch up with changing consumer habits. The move is a symbol
  • Merging Your Business Processes with Online Marketing - Tech Cocktail

    30 Apr 2015 | 6:09 am
    Tech CocktailMerging Your Business Processes with Online MarketingTech CocktailIf you want to survive and thrive as a company in the modern business landscape, you must incorporate yourself into the online world. Everything from marketing to sales conversions is happening online. The generation of people who have grown up on ...and more »
  • Global brands to invest $200bn in digital marketing this year- report - Netimperative

    30 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    FirstpostGlobal brands to invest $200bn in digital marketing this year- reportNetimperativeGlobal brand and retail spend on digital marketing activities will reach $200bn this year, up by 15% on 2014 levels as shoppers switch to mobile sand tablets, according to new research. The research, from Juniper Research, observed that nearly 70% of Global digital marketing spend hits $200bnITWeball 4 news articles »
  • HeBS Digital to Speak on Dynamic Content Personalization at EyeforTravel's ... - Hospitality Net

    29 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    HeBS Digital to Speak on Dynamic Content Personalization at EyeforTravel's Hospitality NetHeBS Digital, the award-winning hotel digital technology, website design, full-service digital marketing and website revenue optimization consulting firm, is pleased to announce Senior Marketing Manager Sara O'Brien has joined the list of noteworthy ...
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  • Marketing and PR agency Sigma celebrates 23 years in business - Western Morning News

    4 May 2015 | 2:16 am
    Western Morning NewsMarketing and PR agency Sigma celebrates 23 years in businessWestern Morning NewsLesley Shorrocks, managing director of Sigma Marketing and Advertising Agency, believes keeping up the pace in a fast-moving industry has been essential for her firm's continued success. Sigma's small team of seven is made up of experienced designers ...
  • 5 HubSpot Flowcharts That Ask the Serious Marketing Questions - Business 2 Community

    3 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    Business 2 Community5 HubSpot Flowcharts That Ask the Serious Marketing QuestionsBusiness 2 CommunityIn short, it's sassy and successful in it's purpose. It really gets you thinking about the way you are presenting yourself as a professional, and – in regards to using exclamation marks in your business' marketing – how you want others to view your
  • Marketing Your Business: It Isn't All About Facebook - Business 2 Community

    2 May 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Business 2 CommunityMarketing Your Business: It Isn't All About FacebookBusiness 2 CommunityMarketing Your Business: it's Not All About Facebook Having a business development strategy that incorporates Facebook, and other social networks, in your small business marketing plan makes sense in our online world. However, having recognized the ...and more »
  • 11 Tips for Building a Great Marketing Plan for Your Business - Business 2 Community

    2 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    Business 2 Community11 Tips for Building a Great Marketing Plan for Your BusinessBusiness 2 CommunityMarketing plans anticipate risks and guide and manage marketplace change. They help align the organization and allocate resources, provide signposts to progress and aid business control. Faster industry change, supplier proliferation, shrinking margins ...
  • GoMarketing Inc. Announces Launch of New Small Business Marketing Suite - Benzinga

    30 Apr 2015 | 6:03 pm
    GoMarketing Inc. Announces Launch of New Small Business Marketing SuiteBenzingaGoMarketing Inc., an online design, marketing and advertising agency in Thousand Oaks, CA has announced a new line of custom proprietary responsive Wordpress websites for small businesses and professionals. The entire line will be customizable to ...and more »
 
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  • Complete Guide to Women’s Handbags

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:07 am
    Whether you call it a purse, pocketbook, bag, or handbags are more than just a way to carry around your stuff. They are an extension of your own personal style. Different handbags are suited to...
  • Unemployment in Mumbai Decreasing Due to Huge Job Opportunities

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:15 am
    Mumbai is a business and mechanical center point of India with the most elevated rate of job. The city offers PC administrator work in Mumbai, BPO occupations in Mumbai and different other fields....
  • End of Year Tips for Teachers of Primary Grades

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:25 am
    As the school year comes to a close, most teachers begin thinking of ways to close up their classrooms so that everything will be in order come fall. With budgets being lowered by the day, most...
  • Technology Plus Polish Equals Passion

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Everybody loves a little bit of inspiration when it comes to the latest technology. However, there is a boundary, a line that can be crossed, when it comes to interest in a particular subject, and...
  • Smart Ways to Run Your Small Business

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:24 pm
    This year, try to focus on working smart instead of hard. These strategies will show you six smart ways to run your small business. Get Free Publicity from Local Media Image via Flickr by NASA...
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    Small Business Ideas Blog

  • Multiply Reach with Syndication: Why Offsite Duplicate Content Isn’t Always Bad

    Brian Lang
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    Syndication causes off site duplicate content, which is a big concern for SEO's, but is syndicated content bad? This article analyzes the pros and cons of syndication and why I've changed my mind about syndicating content. The post Multiply Reach with Syndication: Why Offsite Duplicate Content Isn’t Always Bad appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Content Marketing Guide: How 10 Startups Became Thought Leaders & Generated Massive Revenue Growth

    Brian Lang
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    Content marketing has been around for a very long time, but has grown sharply in popularity in recent years. Google’s crack down on just about every easy link building tactic and the growth of social media marketing have made content marketing a compelling choice for growing a business. Content marketing can benefit just about anyRead More The post Content Marketing Guide: How 10 Startups Became Thought Leaders & Generated Massive Revenue Growth appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Content Creation Strategies

    Brian Lang
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:48 am
    One of the biggest challenges for content marketers is coming up with ongoing ideas for content creation. Many businesses that are failing with content marketing are just creating content on the fly without a plan. When developing a content creation strategy, you need to: 1. Create content that will drive quality leads to your website –Read More The post Content Creation Strategies appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Promotion and Conversion Tactics for Content Marketing

    Brian Lang
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:48 am
    Creating content is only one aspect of content marketing. You will also need to develop a good promotion strategy and a strategy to convert your new leads into paying customers.   Promotion Tactics Asides from a good content creation strategy, you will also need a promotion strategy that complements it. Here are a few ideas:Read More The post Promotion and Conversion Tactics for Content Marketing appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Content Marketing Audit Template

    Brian Lang
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    Before getting into content marketing, you should do a content marketing audit. Even if you haven’t created any content yet and are just getting started, planning out and systematizing your content marketing will improve your effectiveness. Below are some questions that you should ask yourself when planning out a content strategy.   1. What isRead More The post Content Marketing Audit Template appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
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    Active Business

  • Bring Your Own Device… The price of freedom

    clientsfirst
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is the last in our series of articles examining the growth in modern workplaces of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and the issues it raises for managers and IT professionals. We’ve had a lot of interest and feedback about this subject and our final article looks at the most asked questions and some of the answers.One single thing has become crystal clear during discussions of this issue with our clients and that is the need for professional advice and support at all stages of the planning and implementation of any IT strategy. You can’t rely on your pal in the pub, unless your pal in…
  • The Rise of O2’s Network

    Active_Business
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:52 am
    As we move into the age of the 4G network (and beyond!), investment and growth from the major networks continues to improve mobile services across the UK.Recent figures released by O2 indicate the scale of network performance investment currently under way. The communications giant has invested £1 Billion pounds over the last two years into the development and improvement of their network, and will continue to invest into the future at a rate of £1.5 million a day! The investment level is to ensure that the existing 2G and 3G networks are upgraded to the new standard to give a better…
  • Get to know… Dom

    Active_Business
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    Dominic CarterAccount Development ManagerHi Dom, let’s start with work; what does a ‘normal’ day constitute for you? If I’m in the office, it’s a 1 hour 15 minute commute before charging up with coffee whilst checking my emails. Then it’s a mix of account reviews, and general checking that my clients have everything they need in terms of products and solutions before hitting the tea in the afternoon.How long have you been with the company? How did you get started? I’ve been with Active for nearly five years, starting in Telesales after my Business Management and Finance Degree…
  • Members of Active IT team to attempt gruelling London to Berlin bike ride

    Active_Business
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:07 am
    Two members of the Active IT team, Simon Tilsley and Shaun Park, together with their friend Adam Woods, will be taking part in a gruelling bike ride from London to Berlin this May, in support of two charities.The three friends will not only be cycling the entire 1,315 kilometre (817 mile) route but they will be doing so without support vehicles, carrying their entire load of kit and supplies. The ride, which encompasses five countries, will take them a full 10 days.Beginning in London on May 2nd, Simon, Shaun and Adam will first head to the coast and across the channel to Calais, before…
  • Bring Your Own Device – COLD or COPE…..What’s it all about?

    clientsfirst
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Our last article looking at Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) generated a lot of interest and feedback from readers. We’ve had lots of questions about issues including liability for accidental damage and wear and tear, payment and tax implications, restrictions on personal use and data security. In short, all of the issues that make this a hot topic in the IT community.Before we start to address these issues, we’ll look at some of the alternatives to BYOD to enable you to understand how thinking around this issue is developing. What are my options outside of BYOD?A number of organisations…
 
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    Used Car Dealer HQ

  • Porsche Carrera Bursts into Flames Upon Starting

    Steven Cohen
    2 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    It wasn’t that long ago when I had a personal 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet as a driver. I’m a huge fan of the 993 cars, in fact in my opinion they were the best years that Porsche ever had, especially in comparison to the crap they put out today in mass. If you own or owned a 993 you will know that very little went wrong with those cars, you could drive them hard daily, you can drive them over rough roads, you can fly through the gears and they always respond the same if not similar.If they break or something goes wrong it’s usually something small like a relay or a…
  • Porsche 928 Cars in Today’s Market

    Steven Cohen
    1 May 2015 | 4:42 pm
    2 of my 928’s in the early stages of the Porsche business.The 928 car is what made me the highest volume Porsche dealer in the nation in my earlier days of business. How things have greatly changed, but I sure do miss that very first 1982 928 that I purchased from Oceanside, NY. I remember taking that thing on the first drive I ever took in a Porsche and I even remember the song that was playing on the radio at the time I took it out. That first 928 (after 2 years of amazing driving) turned into me selling 4 928’s a month, which turned into a massive Porsche business in 2 short…
  • Buying High Dollar Cars or Sticking with the Lower Priced Cars For Resale

    Steven Cohen
    8 May 2014 | 5:49 pm
    For the twenty something years I have been in the car dealer business as you could imagine I have sold everything. As most of you know my primary business starting out was Porsche and we only sold Porsche for the first 6 years or so, selling millions of dollars in Porsche cars each year. However no matter whether you sell Bentley, Range Rover, or any other high end luxury cars, you will get trade ins, you will play every now and then with a car you are not familiar with or you will simply buy a car for your sister or neighbor outside your niche. I can remember having an extra 200 or 300k in…
  • Instavin Helps Save you Money and More

    Steven Cohen
    8 May 2014 | 5:09 pm
    By now, you’ve probably heard about how risky it can be when it comes to purchasing a used car. The most common reasons why people chose to purchase a used car is often because it is the cheaper option and/or it is their first car. Of course, there are many other reasons to purchase used cars as well. Some people like to take classic cars and refurbish them and some people want to build race cars out of 90s’ vehicles. Whatever the reason is to purchase a used car, you need to be sure to take extra precautions to prevent any unwanted situations. What are these unwanted situations?A…
  • How the Internet has Changed Shopping Habits

    Steven Cohen
    5 May 2014 | 4:33 pm
     The advent of the internet is a big deal in history. Even though there are times where it seems like the internet has been around forever it is a relatively new development in human advancement. The internet changed almost everything and now we do things in a completely different manner than our grandparents did. One huge change that the internet brought about is shopping. These changes have consequences for retailers and shoppers alike, and they completely transformed how the game is played. Below we are going to take an intensive look at exactly how shopping has changed with respect…
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    8a Certification and HUBZone Certification Blog

  • 8a Certification: The most overlooked eligibility issues.

    cloveer.com
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Getting successfully 8(a) Certified can be very difficult. The latest statistics show that only 2 out of every 10 self-prepared 8(a) Applications result in successful 8(a) Certification by the SBA. In fact, as of April 29. 2015 there are only 6,659 firms that are active 8(a) participants according to the the SBA Dynamic Small Business Search System. Don’t go it alone. Cloveer is here to help should you need assistance with your 8(a) Application. Here are just a few of the most overlooked eligibility issues that come up from clients we speak that assumed they qualified for the 8(a)…
  • How to get 8(a) Certified if your firm has been in business for less than two years.

    cloveer.com
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:45 am
    The SBA may waive the 2 year requirement if you meet each of the following conditions: Condition 1: The individual or individuals upon whom eligibility is based have substantial business management experience. In order to prove that the applicant and other key individuals of the business concern meet this condition, the individual or individuals resumes and past employment history must exhibit significant management experience either; a. previously employed performing management duties (VP, CFO, President, Director) with a firm that operated in the primary industry or NAICS code  that the…
  • Do you meet the 70% Economic Dependency Rule?

    cloveer.com
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:53 am
    Economic Dependence is a significant obstacle to the eligibility of many applicants desiring to gain 8(a) Certification for their firms. In fact, it is currently the issue for which we have to turn the greatest number of potential applicants away, until the issue is resolved. Here is a simple flow chart that will help you determine if economic dependency applies to your business. Click on the chart below to see a larger image. Economic Dependency Chart Need assistance with your 8(a) Application? With 14 years and over 2,000 successful applications under our belt, we can assure you that no…
  • Important Fact about 8(a) Adjusted Net Worth Requirements

    cloveer.com
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    As you may be aware, the applicant for 8(a) Certification must have an adjusted net worth of less than $250,000 to get 8(a) Certified. However, here is an important fact that you must also consider. If the applicant is married, the SBA will consider the spouse’s financial situation also in determining whether the applicant’s access to capital and credit is diminished where the spouse has a role in the business (e.g. an officer, employee or director) or has lent money to, provided credit support to, or guaranteed a loan to the business. See CFR part 13: §124.104   Who is…
  • Active SBA 8(a) Certified Firms as of July 1, 2014 by Location

    cloveer.com
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    There are 7,078 active SBA 8(a) Certified firms as of July 1, 2014. Below is an info graphic showing the location by state and number of active SBA 8(a) Certified firms. The source of this information is the SBA Dynamic Small Business database. 8(a) Certified Firms as of July 1, 2014 The top five states with 8(a) Certified Firms are: 1. Virginia – 880 2. California – 789 3. Maryland – 668 4. Texas – 605 5. Florida – 441 The top five states or US territories with the lowest number of 8(a) Certified firms are: 1. Vermont – 2 2. U.S. Virgin Islands – 3…
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    THE Small Business Expert

  • How to Listen and Be Heard During National Small Business Week

    Raymond Manley
    4 May 2015 | 4:24 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/05/how-to-listen-and-be-heard-during-national-small-business-week/More often than not, Economics and Politics are like conjoined twins who don’t get along very well. I can hear Economics shouting at Politics, “I always feel used by you!” However, occasionally the two come together and play nice-nice and that happens at least once a year during National Small Business Week. It’s a tradition President Kennedy started back in 1963 that every Oval Office occupant has continued. This year the event runs from May 4-8 with the theme of “SBA: Dream Big,…
  • Why We’re Celebrating Small Business Week on a Very Tight Budget This Year

    Raymond Manley
    3 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/05/why-were-celebrating-small-business-week-on-a-very-tight-budget-this-year/The Small Business Administration says that National Small Business Week – May 4-8 – is for “celebrating America’s entrepreneurs.” But can anyone afford the party favors this year? One of the uplifting facts of entrepreneurship, is that many successful founders start their businesses in slow economies. However, that hasn’t been the case in the past five years when entrepreneurial start-ups have declined.  We can thank our elected officials and policy makers for…
  • This Week in Small Business: Good advice to follow, bad advice to avoid

    Raymond Manley
    2 May 2015 | 4:55 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/05/this-week-in-small-business-good-advice-to-follow-bad-advice-to-avoid/This week’s digest of curated wisdom starts with telling you how to avoid bad advice and ends by taking a dip in the Shark Tank. Marketing and sales There’s a lot of bad marketing advice floating around and here are tips on what you need to avoid. Shopify has put together a series of videos that explains the basics of content marketing. If you’re planning an ecommerce site, or yours isn’t performing up to snuff, review the 10 practical tips here and make sure your bases are…
  • The Psychology of Visual Statements

    Raymond Manley
    1 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/05/the-psychology-of-visual-statements-2/ Check out the Bigstock Photo blog for more about graphic design.  
  • Stay Legal in the Evolving Labor Market

    Raymond Manley
    1 May 2015 | 4:57 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/05/stay-legal-in-the-evolving-labor-market/The labor market today is becoming a richer and more varied tapestry of options than it has ever been. We still have the traditional salaried and hourly employees, but we have a whole new slate of self-employed or semi-self-employed (the Department of Labor is going to love that term!) workers, including virtual assistants, freelancers, peer-to-peer industry workers – think Uber drivers – temps and others I’m probably missing. Further, digital communications have greatly increased the value of being able to…
 
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    Customer Service Guru » Articles

  • 5 Amazing Shops We’d Love To See Back On The High Street

    Dan Sarath
    1 May 2015 | 5:59 am
    The death of the British high street is a tragedy. Amazing stores we used to visit on a regular basis have now been replaced by a depressing successions of charity shops and betting outlets. The rise of online retailing and e-commerce means that high street shops have become obsolete. However, many of us who grew up throughout the 1980s and 1990s will have fond memories and nostalgic attachments to some of the now non-existent retailers. They may have been where we bought our first CD, or where we went after school with friends. Here are 5 amazing high street shops that may have gone…
  • HTC’s Cellami (And Other Offensive Adverts)

    Kathryn Kearns
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:40 am
    HTC is known for its strange advertising techniques, but its latest advert that seemingly mocks mental illness, could be seen as more than a little inappropriate. It is pretty hard to mock something that just isn’t funny in the first place, but that didn’t stop HTC from creating an advert about a fictional drug called Cellami – the cure for people with “Bi-Phonal Displeasure Disorder.” HTC Cellami Ad The advert states that Cellami can help people with either form of Bi-Phonal Displeasure disorder, them being; Samsung Affective Disorder (SAD) and Irritable Operating System…
  • World Record Store Day – How To Get Customers Back In Your Store

    Kathryn Kearns
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Vinyl is making a comeback, and we are delighted! It even has its very own day. This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists across the globe make special appearances and performances. Thing is, what happens for the rest of the year? Everything is online these days, and if store owners are honest, if you don’t have an online shop it can be difficult to attract custom. The same…
  • Halfords Auto Centre User Had A Customer Service Nightmare

    Dan Sarath
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    A Halfords auto centre customer got the service of his nightmares after he took his car in for a regular MOT. It is a reminder of what happens when an employee steps way beyond what’s acceptable as a representative of that organistion and breaks the trust between customer and business. Shaun Ingram, from Saltash in Cornwall, booked his Ford Focus ST into the Halfords garage in Plymouth for a service and MOT. When he returned to collect his vehicle, and paid them £255 for the service, he was surprised to discover that he had left his dashboard camera on the car. The dashboard camera had…
  • Has Ryanair’s New Customer Policy Turned Business Around?

    Dan Sarath
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:37 am
    Ryan Air has not exactly been famous for its reputation. The frequently shamed airline has been a media headline grabber for a number of controversial incidents. There was the time a steward screamed obscenities at a passenger who was disappointed his crisps cost £4.20; there was the time its CEO Michael O’Leary called overweight customers ‘fat bastards'; and there was another time when Leary, in no certain terms, told refund hunters where to go. It doesn’t take an expert to see their customer service isn’t particularly great. However, the airline has recently seen…
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    Yola

  • Responsive Templates make for beautiful mobile browsing and added SEO value

    Yola
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:04 pm
    It’s no secret that the mobile market is ever expanding. And with the much-anticipated Mobilegeddon, web browsing from any device will be easier than ever. What’s Mobilegeddon you ask? On April 21st, Google will release their latest algorithm, prioritizing responsive websites ahead of those that aren’t. Bearing this in mind, the Yola team would like to ensure you that each of our Templates featured in the Template Gallery incorporate responsive design. But these responsive enhancements go beyond adding additional SEO value. They make for easy intuitive browsing on any device. These…
  • Featured Website: Going visual with Signature Interiors

    Yola
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:52 am
    Signature Interiors offers elegant and sophisticated design services which site owner Liz Cox was able to convey on her business website at a glance. Liz selected “Serendipity,” one of our recommended styles, because it allowed her to display numerous photographs and videos with ease. This is vital to her business as visual images are a critical component to showcase the services and quality of work Signature Interiors provides. Liz took advantage of a full bleed background image which creates a fresh and modern look for her homepage. Customizing the opacity settings in the Sitebuilder…
  • Video: Create your own membership application for your business website

    Yola
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:57 pm
    One frequently asked question from our users is how to build a membership directory where site visitors can register, manage their profile, and connect with others. Such a system gives website owners many advantages – it allows them to build an online community, test new ideas, and potentially open up more revenue opportunities. Traditionally, building a custom membership application is both costly and complex. However, with Caspio’s cloud database platform, you can easily create your own membership application and modify it on-the-fly as your needs evolve. A Caspio-powered membership…
  • Yola partners with Parallels to offer white-labeled web presence services

    Yola
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm
    The Yola team is excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Parallels to offer a white-labeled web presence service – Web Business Builder powered by Yola. This integration gives Parallels channel partners the opportunity to offer an award winning drag-and-drop site builder fully branded as their own. Web Business Builder comes fully equipped with built-in features for SMBs to build a professional online presence, featuring end-to-end eCommerce powered by Ecwid, as well as premium SEM analytics through SiteWit. “This exciting partnership enables us to further leverage the investment…
  • Crystal clear: Three essential messages for your small business website

    Yola
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    Guest article written by Megan Totka, Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. Small business owners wear a lot of hats, especially in a day and age where the lines between business roles quickly become blurred. The modern entrepreneur is expected to be smart and savvy when it comes to both running and marketing a business. Yet when roles come to mind for today’s busy business owners, a “messenger” probably isn’t high up on our lists. Think about it, though. SMBs are constantly sending and receiving messages. Whether through emails, handshakes or our latest tweet,…
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    Business Unleashed | Real life business skills for Consultants, Creatives and Coaches.

  • EP032 – $24,000 From One Hour of Calls

    Chris Green
    2 May 2015 | 2:41 am
    In this episode, John and I cover a strategy he used to get an order around $24,000 from just an hour or so of calls and a follow up. We lay out every step in detail so you can replicate this into your strategies. Make sure you give us some feedback in the Business Unleashed Facebook group. In this episode you’ll learn: Choosing the right niche. Researching client spending. Who to call. Finding pain. Getting permission to ask tough questions. Getting a decision. Outsourcing the Work with John Would you like more strategies like this? John can help you build an awesome consulting…
  • EP031 – Get Paid What You’re Worth

    Chris Green
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:51 am
    Ryan Stewman is known as the Hardcore Closer and he pulls no punches. He’s the founder of Break Free Academy and he’s well known for getting people paid what they’re worth from the marketplace. For many of us, selling was something we had to learn as we went along, so I grill Ryan on how we can go from where we are now, to getting the clients we really want. Many of the questions came from members of the Business Unleashed Facebook group. Make sure you join us there to discuss everything from this episode. In this episode you’ll learn: Focus on the outcomes. Position…
  • EP030 – Selling After the No

    Chris Green
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:48 am
    What happens after a prospect has said they’re not ready to go with your offer? What happens when they decide to use someone else? Both myself and John Logar have worked with clients that have previously said no. The challenge is that most consultants and coaches give up at the no and miss out on a load of work. In this episode you’ll learn: Why clients say no to you. The no pile is your biggest asset. How to nurture clients that aren’t ready yet. Making periodical offers. Building your follow up process. Also, we have an offer on right now to work one on one with John…
  • EP029 – Adventure, Wealth and Freedom with Tim Conley

    Chris Green
    15 Feb 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Tim Conley is known as one of the top direct response marketing consultants in the startup and online entrepreneurship communities. In this episode of Business Unleashed, Tim tells us how to grow a profitable business you will enjoy and avoid a success that you will hate. In this episode Tim covers: Know what you want to create in your life and business. When to say yes and when to say no. Build more profitable capabilities. Why little hinges swing big doors. Being clear about who you want to work with. Understanding your value you deliver to clients. Links and Resources Mentioned in This…
  • EP028 – Building a Design Business with Greg Merrilees

    Chris Green
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:43 am
    This week’s guest is designer and founder of Studio1 Design, Greg Merrilees. Greg takes us through his journey in building a design agency and a t-shirt business. Some of it accidental, all of it creative. In this episode Greg covers: Building trust with people with big lists. To have a friend, you need to be a friend. Add value to others. Building a virtual team. Working with a mentor. Get results for clients. Setting yourself apart. Communicating directly to your audience. Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode: www.studio1design.com www.successshirt.com Get a 10% discount on…
 
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    ServiceMaster of St. Paul and Maple Grove

  • Don't Give Up on Dingy Carpets, Upholstery or Grout Before Calling a Pro

    ServiceMaster St. Paul
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Are you tempted to give up on soiled carpet, upholstery or tile work in your home because you think it is beyond repair? Before you spend money on a replacement, get the opinion of a professional cleaning company first. A trained cleaning technician can inspect the damage and help you determine whether or not the damage can be repaired. Carpet Cleaning Company Professional cleanings can help protect the value and longevity of your rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting. A commercial-grade, hot-water extraction cleaning machine used by the pros loosens and lifts ground-in dirt, bacteria and other…
  • Springtime Hazards For Your Carpet

    ServiceMaster St. Paul
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Spring showers not only bring May flowers, they can also damage the carpeting in your home. The following guide explains three primary types of carpet damage that commonly happen during spring. Mold Growth Mold growth in your carpeting is bad news. Exposure to mold spores is responsible for a number of allergic reactions, including skin rash and hay fever-like symptoms. Mold allergies are quite common and particularly dangerous for anyone with asthma. Mold spores are known to cause asthma attacks in asthmatics also allergic to mold. Mold spores are everywhere, including the air in your home.
  • New Furry Family Member In The Household? Carpet And Upholstery Cleaning For Pet Owners

    ServiceMaster St. Paul
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Damage to your home’s carpeting or furniture upholstery caused by pets can be difficult to restore. The good news is that you can likely avoid permanent damage by calling the experts. A professional carpet and upholstery cleaning service can get your home smelling fresh again and bring back the original beauty of your rugs and fabrics. Pet Urine Cleaning Pet urine may permanently damage carpets or upholstery if proper steps aren’t taken to remove all traces of it. If Fido has an accident inside your home, it's much easier to clean up while the urine is still fresh because of its…
  • Cleaning Your Soft Upholstered Furniture

    ServiceMaster St. Paul
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Life is rough on your upholstered furniture. After a few years, your once beautiful sofa ends up as a collection of spills and spots which even your dog does not want to sit on anymore. Don’t waste money replacing your stained furniture, add years to its life with professional upholstery cleaning by ServiceMaster by Hedden of Maple Grove. ServiceMaster by Hedden of Maple Grove has been cleaning up messes in Minnesota for over 30 years. It is a multi-generational, family-owned business which is dedicated to exceeding customer expectations. The truth is, most people don’t spend a…
  • Let Us Handle Your Spring Cleaning!

    ServiceMaster St. Paul
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:01 pm
    The spring thaw is coming. As temperatures rise, many homeowners are beginning to think about getting their homes back in shape for the new year. If you are considering a deep Spring cleaning, but don’t have the time to do it yourself, let the home cleaning experts at ServiceMaster by Hedden do it for you. ServiceMaster by Heddenof Maple Grove has been serving happy customers for over 30 years. The company is dedicated to offering a range of environmentally safe cleaning services to make any home look great. Tile and grout line cleaning service: The build up of dirt on tiles and grout…
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    Dex Media

  • Almost 75 Percent of Surveyed SMBs Report Using Social Media Marketing

    Laura Monroe
    4 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    According to recent survey data collected by BIA/Kelsey, 72.2 percent of SMBs (small to medium size businesses) are currently using social media forums to promote their businesses in order to establish an immediate and interactive connection with their customers. BIA/Kelsey tracked various social media sites in its survey, including Facebook pages, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook ads,...continue reading … The post Almost 75 Percent of Surveyed SMBs Report Using Social Media Marketing appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Could Slow Adoption of Mobile-Friendly Sites by Fortune 500 Companies be an Opportunity for Small Business?

    Jen Whitten
    1 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    According to research conducted during the first quarter of 2015 by Merkle | RKG, Google’s mobile algorithm change could hurt Fortune 500 companies. At that point, almost 50% didn’t have mobile-friendly websites, based on Google’s standards. Internet Retailer Top 500 websites, on the other hand, had more than 70% of their websites ready for the...continue reading … The post Could Slow Adoption of Mobile-Friendly Sites by Fortune 500 Companies be an Opportunity for Small Business? appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Do It For Me/Do It With Me Advertising and Marketing for SMBs

    Marion Jacobson
    1 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    Running your business is more than a full-time job for a business owner. It can keep a whole team of people busy. Taking care of clients, appointments, products, purchasing, finances, regulations, facilities… the list is endless. It’s no wonder that more and more SMBs are choosing marketing partners who can help them with advertising and lead...continue reading … The post Do It For Me/Do It With Me Advertising and Marketing for SMBs appeared first on Dex Media.
  • The Growing Importance of Product Ads for SMBs

    Jonathan Larkin
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Last week Bing announced that they were creating a beta program for Shopping Campaigns. This new emphasis on product ads comes on the heels of Facebook’s announcement that they were also entering the space. It may seem like this space is meant for large scale retailers with automated solutions and big budgets, but small and medium sized...continue reading … The post The Growing Importance of Product Ads for SMBs appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Marketers Striving to Figure out Successful Digital Strategies

    Michelle Johnson
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    A new survey of 89 marketers by Forrester Research revealed that a large majority of respondents are still struggling to figure out which digital marketing strategies are the most beneficial in increasing their company’s bottom line. When asked about their biggest challenges, 50 percent of respondents answered that securing budget to try new things was...continue reading … The post Marketers Striving to Figure out Successful Digital Strategies appeared first on Dex Media.
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    Small Business Pool

  • The Corruption Perception Index

    Small Business Pool
    3 May 2015 | 6:24 am
    In simple definition “Corruption Perception Index” or CPI is a ranking of countries according to the extent to which corruption is believed to exist. This index was created by Transparency International in the year 1995 that annually ranked countries “by their perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys.” The CPI currently ranks 200 countries on a scale from 100 (least corrupt) to 0 (highly corrupt). What is Corruption? The Index defines corruption as “”the misuse of public power for private benefit.” There are generally…
  • McDonalds – Brothers in Business

    Small Business Pool
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Richard McDonald and his brother Maurice McDonald were the founders and pioneers of America’s biggest fast food chain – McDonalds. In the 1920’s the brothers moved to California, where they opened their first hot dog stand in Pasadena. It was a typical drive-in setup and one of its kinds in that era, where drivers parked their cars and carhops came to take their orders. In the late 1940’s they closed the hotdog stand and opened a larger restaurant in San Bernardino. This was apparently the official McDonalds restaurant. Brief History The McDonalds family moved from to Hollywood in the…
  • Poland – The Land of Business Oppertunity

    Small Business Pool
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:16 am
    Poland is a country with a strong cultural and economic background that has benefited with the post-communist economic liberalization. The political freedom seen in past few years has let the country in becoming the 22nd largest globally by GDP. With much of Europe still struggling to recuperate from the impact of the 2008 financial crisis, Poland stands out as a territory of economic success, a place where companies and individuals plan for growth rather than decline. The reasons are simple: a large internal economy, a business-friendly political class, and the dynamic potential of a…
  • Resolution 2015: Try to be more LIKEABLE

    Small Business Pool
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:53 am
    It is not about the looks but the attitude you carry that makes you likable. Such people are more likely to become leaders, make more money, get better opportunities, and attract other positive people as mates. Look around, and you will find that the most likable people make it their business to stay attractive regardless of how life shines upon them. Here are the top five things you could do today to become more likeable: 1. Listen Active listening is the key! Most likeable people have mastered the art of listening. We come across many people who are always preoccupied with themselves and…
  • Top 5 books to read this holiday season

    Small Business Pool
    26 Dec 2014 | 10:56 pm
    The end of the year holiday season is considered the best time for businesses to shut shops and re-look at their objectives for the coming year. The holiday season acts as a boon for many entrepreneurs, as business is a slow and this is the time when you can focus on redefining or re-engineering your business for the coming year. The time is best to rejuvenate your mind and the best way to do it is to indulge in some good read for learning and inspiration. Here is a list of the top 5 books that will inspire you and get you geared for the coming year: 1. The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us…
 
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  • Introducing Managed Websites: Ongoing support services for your website

    Felipe Rinaldi
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:02 am
    What is Managed Websites? Managed Websites was created by Zoomp Creative and it is a monthly website support and maintenance program. We’ve been noticing an increase in requests for changes and updates by many of our clients lately. Their looking to create new landing pages, increase conversion, change up the structure of their website and the list goes on. But we also know that our clients are always trying to save money and cut costs whenever they can. It got us thinking and we decided to create a simple and balanced support plan for just that: changes and updates. But we love our…
  • Quote of the day: Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone

    Felipe Rinaldi
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:47 pm
        The post Quote of the day: Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone appeared first on Zoomp Creative.
  • 3 Dangerous Link Building Habits You Need to Kick Today

    Felipe Rinaldi
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Ahh, link builders, you had a good run! Remember when you could submit your URL once and get more than 100 backlinks within an hour? A fond memory, but those days are long gone. Unfortunately, the bad linking habits of many website owners and SEOs still exist—and they may be causing irreparable damage to your rankings and your reputation. Here are three very, very bad linking habits you need to quit right now. Paid Text Links In a pre-Penguin world, digital marketers could (and did) pay for keyword-specific anchor text links back to their pages. And they did it in droves—if 10 was good,…
  • 10 Things I Want to Say to the Hipsters

    Paul Lalonde
    1 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Paul Lalonde is a Toronto-based writer and a friend of Zoomp Creative. His blog posts will appear in this spot from time-to-time. There’s a scene in Martin Scorcese’s Taxi Driver where Robert DeNiro mutters to Harvey Keitel, “I’m hip.” Keitel snorts his reply. “You don’t look hip.” I know the feeling. At age 44 I don’t fool myself into thinking that any of the young hipsters around me think I’m cool. But it’s not for lack of trying. When I left the corporate world and started freelancing, I left behind blue suits, button down shirts and certainly the neckties. I’ve…
  • Quick tips for better WordPress security

    Felipe Rinaldi
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    I wanted to share some of the things we do for our clients’ websites in order to keep them more secure. We use WordPress a lot and, as you probably know, WordPress is constantly targeted by hackers all over the world as a way of taking control over your server for malicious purposes. Those hackers are well aware of the security breaches of famous content management system and they know how to use it to their advantage. The number one and most important tip is: 1. Keep up with the updates! This is crucial! Not updating WordPress or a plugin when a new version has come out can leave you wide…
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  • Photo Apps: Adding Creativity to Smartphone Imaging Technology

    Rakesh Patel
    4 May 2015 | 12:24 am
    Today, smartphones are ubiquitously used. Every corner there will be a person with a smartphone. This widespread penetration of smartphones has also had a profound effect on photography. It is common to see people clicking photographs and/or making videos and immediately uploading them onto social media websites. However, many of these photos and videos are of poor to average quality, but the trend of using phone cameras will continue because it is convenient to use. The key to improving the quality of images and videos and also adding some creativity to them is by using a photo and video…
  • Enterprise Mobility next Big Thing is? Cloud MBaaS

    Rakesh Patel
    3 May 2015 | 6:02 am
    The Mobile consumer experience has spoiled the employees and customers on a daily basis, making the IT keep upgrading themselves with innovative solutions and ideas. There is an overwhelmed demand of making mobile apps search, learn, share and collaborate for customers, employees almost for everyone now, which has led for mobile to roar and web application to fade that has left for an increasing demand for the mobile apps leaving the enterprise to have a proper mobility strategy in order to survive in their business. Having a right mobile strategy with faster delivery of users mobile apps…
  • Why Web Scraping is Important for Large Websites (Airbnb, Flipkart…) in this Technologically Driven World?

    Rakesh Patel
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:10 am
    “The enemy is anybody who’s going to get you killed, no matter which side he is on.” ~ Joseph Heller, Catch-22 This survival instinct is what brought around the need for a web scraping process. Businesses, in this age of technology and severe competition, are finding ways and means to survive. In this data driven world, you need to be constantly vigilant, as information and key data for an organization keeps changing all the while. If you get the right data at the right time in an efficient manner, you can stay ahead of competition. Isn’t that what you want to do all the while;…
  • Rethinking Mobile Solution for Event Management, Tradeshows, Conferences and Exhibition with iPhone & Android Apps

    Rakesh Patel
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:59 am
    Conducting an event was an elaborate & mountainous task till few years back, days & hours were spent in drawing up invitation lists, and gathering people’s postal addresses, and stuffing envelopes with stylish invites that took so much time and an elaborate designing and printing was another heinous process. Having an event management company, you need to plan, organize and execute every minute details of the event so perfectly that it needs to bring satisfaction for the participants and the people attending the event and managing several people at the same time is strenuous,…
  • Spread Your Wings and Enter into the World of Mobstar

    Rakesh Patel
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
    Everyone is talented in one way or the other, but knocking the right opportunity and climbing the ladder is something which everyone waits for. An opportunity that gives right platform to showcase one’s talent and get recognized in front of millions of people just by scrolling down. Do you think it is possible in the age of Smartphone? YES! With Mobstar, the new app for talent discovery getting recognized and being in the hearts of the people is just a matter of scrolling down your smartphone. A free download on Android and iOS that gives people all over the world the opportunity to…
 
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    Clear Sky SEO

  • 4 Tips to Make Your Brand More Memorable

    admin
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:08 am
    It’s no secret that a business must have a lasting impression on consumers in order to be successful. Think about all the successful ad campaigns that most people across the planet would recognize just on sight alone: Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Target. With one simple logo or tagline, a business that has implemented a killer branding strategy can invoke instant recognition. Whether you’re selling haircuts or new cars, a key action item on your website to-do list should be to improve the logo, content and user experience in order to make your brand more memorable. Not only will you…
  • 4 Ways to Use Google Trends to Attract New Customers

    admin
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    Businesses can use a variety of online tools to be successful, from data storage via the cloud to accounting software. Google Trends is a Google tool that may assist you in staying informed about news in your industry, which you can utilize to attract potential customers to your business. By becoming familiar with the features of this handy tool, you can learn how to use them to benefit your company or small business. 1. Research the Competition By entering the names of your primary competitors in the Google Trends search box, you’ll see exactly how such competitors have compared with…
  • What the Desktop’s Decline Means for Your Brand’s Online Presence

    admin
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    PC sales have been in decline for nearly three years now, and with that have followed a considerable increase in desktop traffic for websites. Unsurprisingly, this is largely due to the proliferation of devices like smartphones, tablets, and other alternative means to access the Internet. Where the home computer was at one time nearly the only way in which people would check their email, browse the net, and consume streaming media, times are rapidly changing. As a business owner, this means that more and more and more people are going to your website through non-traditional browsers. New…
  • Recovering from a Google Penalty in 2015

    Lola Colums
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    One of the most frustrating experiences that any small-to-medium sized business can experience in their marketing efforts is the infamous Google penalty – known in some circles as the Google “slap.” The scene is the same; one night you shut down the computer after a long day’s work, only to fire everything up the next day to notice that your rankings have taken a nosedive for specific keywords. What’s happened is that Google has released an update to its Search algorithm; this update has targeted one or more of the methods you use for promotion. The Google Penguin and Google Panda…
  • 5 Reasons to Mobilize Your Website

    Lola Colums
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am