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  • Troubling Trend: Fewer High School Grads Are Choosing College

    Entrepreneur
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:20 pm
    After surging during the recession, college enrollment is down as high school graduates appear to be choosing work over school.
  • My Company Has a Jersey Accent: Branding With a Distinctive Voice

    Entrepreneur
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 pm
    How your startup uses language to shape the customer experience says a lot about what it believes in.
  • Top 5 Tips for Effective Staff Meetings

    Free Enterprise
    Jenny Tsay, Esq.
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    Staff meetings are a great way to brainstorm new ideas for the business and do a round-up of the current happenings in the company. How can you make them more effective? In order to facilitate a good meeting, there are a few things business owners can do to make the most out of the session. So rather than making a staff meeting something employees dread, here are five tips for effective staff meetings: Encourage participation. Nothing is worse than holding a staff meeting where only one person is talking the whole time and no one gives any feedback. To avoid that scenario, business owners…
  • Travel Back In Time With Historic Google Street View Images

    Fast Company
    Alice Truong
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    A new feature effectively doubles the amount of Google Street View imagery, bringing its coverage to about 12 million miles.It's not a Google X project, but the Mountain View, Calif. search giant has built a time machine of sorts using historic Street View imagery. A feature rolling out Wednesday will show images from past Street View collections dating back to 2007.Read Full Story
  • 3 Tips to Creating a Killer Social Media Marketing Strategy

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

  • Amid Shakeup At Zynga, Founder Mark Pincus Steps Down As Chief Product Officer

    Alice Truong
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Pincus, the company's largest shareholder, will serve as nonexecutive chairman of Zynga's board.Zynga founder Mark Pincus announced Wednesday he is stepping down as chief product officer from the social gaming company. He will no longer have an operational role at the company, and will serve as non-executive chairman of Zynga's board.Read Full Story
  • Mobile Now Makes Up 59% Of Facebook's Advertising Revenue

    Alice Truong
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    The social network reported $2.27 billion in revenue, an 82% rise from the same period last year.Facebook's investments in mobile are paying off. The world's largest social network reported $885 million in profit in the quarter ending March 31--a 183% increase from the same period last year. With $2.5 billion of revenue, the company's top line jumped 72% year-over-year.Read Full Story
  • Travel Back In Time With Historic Google Street View Images

    Alice Truong
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    A new feature effectively doubles the amount of Google Street View imagery, bringing its coverage to about 12 million miles.It's not a Google X project, but the Mountain View, Calif. search giant has built a time machine of sorts using historic Street View imagery. A feature rolling out Wednesday will show images from past Street View collections dating back to 2007.Read Full Story
  • Study: Where Books Are Out Of Reach, Mobile Phones Are Improving Literacy

    Chris Gayomali
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    More people are using their "rudimentary small-screen devices" to read books, according to a new UNESCO study.Q: How do you promote literacy in parts of the world where books are rare and expensive? A: Give 'em cellphones.Read Full Story
  • Interactive Birthday Card Celebrates 25 Years Of Nintendo Game Boy

    John Brownlee
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    This interactive birthday card will conjure fond memories of Nintendo's unbeatable handheld gaming console, even if your mom never let you have one. THANKS A LOT, MOM.The original Nintendo Game Boy is turning 25 this week. To celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the plucky handheld console that changed the gaming world, web developer Petr Tichy has put together a fun interactive birthday card that shows the original Game Boy doing what it does best: play Tetris.Read Full Story
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  • Illinois Republicans Support Immigration Reform

    Jake VanKersen
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:32 pm
      As the national debate over immigration reform continues, the consensus among Illinois Republicans is that they support immigration reform. For some, that embrace is enthusiastic; for others, it is more cautious. Yesterday, at an event hosted by the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, many of the marquee names among the Illinois Republicans made not only an appearance, but also a statement of support for immigration reform. Those in attendance included former Speaker Dennis Hasert, Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis, FWD.us…
  • Keeping Customers Happy: Our First Quarter Net Promoter Score

    Jenny Terlinden
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Back in January, I wrote a blog post that summarized how VISANOW tracks customer satisfaction and uses Net Promoter Score (NPS)  to gauge our company’s performance. Our Q1 results are now in! Spoiler alert: we are very happy with the results. Calculating the Net Promoter Score To calculate our company-wide NPS, I combine all surveys we receive from all of our customers:  HR managers, employees of corporate clients, and individual clients.  I take the answer to the question “Would you recommend VISANOW to a friend or colleague?” and divide respondents into 3 categories based on the…
  • H-1B Alternatives: F-1 OPT STEM Extension

    Jake VanKersen
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    With the demand for the H-1B visa far exceeding the cap, it is important to know the H-1B alternatives available to HR professionals and their employees. According to the USCIS, there were 172,500 filed between April 1, 2014 and when the cap closed on April 7. The cap is set at 65,000, with another 20,000 available to individuals with advanced degrees. Which means, roughly 50% of H-1B petitions will be not be accepted. One alternative to the H-1B visa is the F-1 OPT Stem Extension. The F-1 OPT STEM Extension is available to students who are currently in F-1 OPT status. It allows for 17 months…
  • Laura and Naptholi’s Fiance Visa

    Stephanie Castrounis
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Laura and Naptholi One of the many wonderful things about working in Customer Support at VISANOW is helping couples like Laura and Naptholi get their fiance visa, so they can be together. How They Met Like many couples, Laura and Naptholi’s were introduced by mutual friends and their relationship developed online and over the phone. They got to know each other for about a year before Laura flew to Jamaica so that they could meet in person. Their relationship continued to grow and during Laura’s third trip to see Naptholi they stayed at a resort in Ocho Rios. They went to the karaoke bar…
  • The White House Proposes Letting H-4 Visa Holders Work

    Jake VanKersen
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    Photo Courtesty of the Department of Commerce During the inaugural meeting of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE), President Obama proposed new rules that would make the United States more attractive to foreign entrepreneurs: including one that would allow H-4 visa holders to work while in the United States. The Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship is headed by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and was formed to “harness energy, ideas, and experience to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs both at home and abroad.”…
 
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    Small Business Labs

  • Forbes and its Freelance Workforce

    Steve
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Forbes recently released some fascinating data on their use of freelance writers. They have roughly 1200 freelancers working for them, of which 400 are paid and 800 provide content for free. Forbes says the folks providing free content do so because they "find rewards in an association with FORBES that often leads to paid opportunities elsewhere." Based on our interviews and discussions with freelancers who are contributing to Forbes for free, this description is accurate.  Not surprisingly, their freelance workforce greatly exceeds the 40 full time staff reporters Forbes…
  • Cities, Economic Uncertainty and Job Hopping

    Steve
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    TechCrunch's How Burrowing Owls Lead to Vomiting Anarchists (or SF's Housing Crisis Explained) is a long and rambling article on why housing has gotten so hard to find and pay for in San Francisco. The part of the article I found most interesting covers the shift in jobs to cities. San Francisco is an obvious example, but as the article points out cities all over the country (and world) are seeing employers moving in. They are moving to cities because increasingly that's where the talent is located.  A key reason for this is jobs are no longer secure, so employees want to…
  • Microbusiness Owners and Second Jobs

    Steve
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    A new tracking survey by Sam's Club and Gallup has some interesting data on microbusiness owners and 2nd jobs.   According to their survey - which defined microbusinesses as having fewer than 5 employees: "one in three microbusiness owners (31%) depend more on a second job as their main source of personal income than they do on their business".   The chart below shows that even larger microbusiness owners often depend on a 2nd job as their main source of income. We've recently written on the growing number of people with side gigs and/or 2nd jobs.
  • The Rise of the Extended Workforce

    Steve
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    The consulting giant Accenture has released a study showing the use of contingent workers and other external talent is growing in importance for major corporations. Accenture uses the term "extended workforce" to describe the many types of workers companies use. This definition includes internal employees, vendors, consultants, alliance partners as well as contingent workers who work for the organization on a project basis. Accenture's research shows access to skills and increased flexibility - and not cost - are the primary drivers of the increasing use of the extended…
  • Gardening Booming the U.S.

    Steve
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    According to the National Gardening Association, food gardening in the U.S. is at it's highest level in more than a decade.  Key stats: 35% of all households in America, or 42 million households, are growing food at home or in a community garden, up 17% in five years Largest increases in participation seen among younger households - up 63% to 13 million since 2008 2 million more households community gardening -- up 200% since 2008 Key quote on millennial gardeners (ages 18-34): In 2008 there were 8 million millennial food gardeners. That figure rose to 13 million in 2013, an…
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    Planning Startup Stories

  • Acronyms: Does BS Stand for Business Strategy?

    Tim Berry
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    What do you think of when you see the acronym “BS?” Do you think of business strategy? Maybe you should.  I have nothing against real business strategy. I’ve posted on strategy often here. My favorites include 3 stories your business strategy depends on and defining small business strategy. My sense of it, boiling down three decades of small business — plus a fancy MBA degree — is that good strategy always looks, after the fact, like it was always obvious.  Real business strategy is mostly just focus. It’s about what you don’t do, sort of like how a marble sculpture is formed…
  • Strategist? No, Please; not Me

    Tim Berry
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:13 am
    I don’t want to be a strategist. Yeah, like you, I like to be a thinker. I like analysis. And strategy sounds cool. But the term strategist is too much pomp, arrogance, a relative of using utilize instead of use, or at that point of time instead of then.  What reminded me was The Difference Between a Social Media Strategist and a Person Who is Just Good on Social, over on on Business 2 Community blog. I like the post and it’s core content, but I hate the way they label strategist as good and just good on social media as bad. They’ve got their labels reversed.  They say:  A social…
  • Will Web Metrics Kill Professional Journalism?

    Tim Berry
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The crumbling of mainstream journalism worries me. But am I just being nostalgic? Was it really that good in the past? The Portland Oregonian, one of the grand old daily newspapers they used to use an example when I was in J-school in 1971, and is still printing big paper newspapers every day, is changing the game for its reporters. They’re going to be paid for traffic. They have to post often on the live website. The should “stir up conversations among reader.” (More on that below) David Carr followed the announcement with a thoughtful New York Times post on the underlying trend.
  • I’m Too Busy To Read That Book on Busyness

    Tim Berry
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    This interesting book review came out this morning on slate.com: In her new book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, Washington Post reporter Brigid Schulte calls this cultural epidemic the “overwhelm,” and it will be immediately recognizable to most working adults. “Always behind and always late, with one more thing and one more thing and one more thing to do before rushing out the door.” I haven’t read the book and I probably won’t. But I certainly recognize the condition.  I also like the title on the Slate piece, which you can see in the illustration,…
  • What’s the Difference Between Angel Investor and VC?

    Tim Berry
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:06 am
    I see this confusion a lot: People use the terms “venture capital,” “venture capitalist,” and “VC” to apply to any outsider investing in a startup. However, it’s really useful to draw some distinctions in this area, between three important classifications: venture capital, angel investors, and anybody else.  Venture capital means big-money investment managed by professional investors spending other people’s money. The money comes from extremely wealthy people, insurance companies, university endowments, big corporations, etc. Think of Kleinert Perkins et al., First Round,…
 
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    Copyblogger

  • The Complete Flake’s Guide To Getting Things Done

    Sonia Simone
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    So if you clicked through to read this post, I’m going to make a couple of educated guesses about you. Maybe you’re smart and motivated and passionate. With all kinds of cool things you’d like to get done. But somehow when it comes to doing them, you just . . . don’t. Maybe you’re great at ideas but lousy at execution. Talk a good game but don’t get the results you want. Spend a lot of time thinking about where you want to go, but not much time actually moving your ass down the road that would take you there. You, my friend, are a flake. Congratulations. We are a…
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People (While Sharing Social Content)

    Andrew Schrage
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    More than 70 years ago, the American writer and lecturer Dale Carnegie published a transcendent book on people skills entitled “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” To this day, Mr. Carnegie’s many nuggets of wisdom ring largely true, because more than anything else they speak to human nature, which for better or worse seems to change very little over time. In the modern age of the Internet and social content sharing, we can still look to age-old truths in deciphering a code to grow an audience (win friends) and successfully market online content via social media…
  • The 14 Keys to Writing Advertorials That Sell

    Demian Farnworth
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Advertorials are native ads with a single purpose: getting specific action from the reader. This could be donating to a cause, downloading a PDF, subscribing to an email newsletter, visiting a store, or buying a product. An effective advertorial grips the reader and leads her to the logical conclusion — pointing her, in very specific language, to what to do next. This is the call to action. Advertorials come in all shapes and sizes. They could be lists or guides They could be videos or print articles They could be one page or six Regardless of the format or medium, however, most tell a…
  • Want Copyblogger to Answer Your Specific Business Question? Here’s Your Chance

    Demian Farnworth
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    We see it all the time: questions from people like you who are looking for answers to specific challenges. Questions like: What are the best business models for a hyperlocal site? Do I have the right “Big Idea” for my business? How can I expect a certain content strategy to affect my SEO? Will my strong political or religious views interfere with my Google authorship business profile? Just how can I make the time to get all this content written, anyway? These are the long-tail questions that either we haven’t gotten an opportunity to address on the blog yet, or are so…
  • How to Choose Arresting Images for Your Blog Posts (And Why You Should)

    Jerod Morris
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve read the headline. You’re intrigued. “But,” you might be thinking, “Why didn’t you choose a different, more arresting image for this post?” Good question. First, because The Lede is a regular post series, and the graphic that Rafal created for us is a clear visual cue to our audience that a new episode has been posted. Second, because we are posting this episode a day early, meaning that the visual cue is extra important to let people know a new little audio gift is unexpectedly waiting to be unwrapped. But, if we didn’t already have an…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Presentations: Why I Hate Them

    Mike
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:05 pm
    I am fortunate enough to receive a handful of invitations each year to speak at various gatherings, conferences, and trade shows. I take these opportunities seriously and understand that I have a responsibility to the event organizers as well as an obligation to the audience.  My goals when speaking are 1) to educate, and 2) to entertain. Over time and with practice, I have gotten better at both and truly look forward to these engagements when they arise. When I attend these events I always try to watch a few of the other presentations to see what I can learn for myself, and to pick up some…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #219 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The video above is a parody commercial filmed in the style we’ve recently seen on television from AT&T. If you’re a fan of HBO’s show True Detective, you’ll enjoy it. Extending Unemployment Benefits: Why it…
  • Extending Unemployment Benefits: Why it Matters to Small Business

    Mike
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Unlike large corporations, small businesses are highly vulnerable to the peaks and valleys of the economy. In good times, when people have money to spend, small businesses can thrive as they attract more customers. Since the market crash of 2008, our economy has struggled to revive. Unemployment has remained at stubbornly high levels and the number of “long-term” unemployed workers has remained at historic highs. In the first quarter of 2014, 2.6% of workers  have been jobless for at least 27 weeks and have now run out of state benefits, leaving them at the mercy of their savings…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #218 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The image above shows a typical rush hour in Chicago in 1909. Few things have changed – rush hour is still insanely busy, but at least nobody is moving logs through the center of the city. Small Business and Startup Tips: Managing…
  • Small Business and Startup Tips: Managing Remote Vendors

    Mike
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:05 pm
    The modern miracle that is the Internet provides us with tools that allow many of us to work anywhere, anytime. For instance, with the assist of a strong wifi signal and a headset, crowdSPRING’s crack customer service team can work their shifts from any random Starbucks or local cafe. And with SaaS project management software, such as Basecamp, chatrooms like Campfire, Help Desk tools like Zendesk, and video conferencing services like Google Hangouts, and internet based phone services like Skype and IfByPhone teams have the ability to work remotely, while fully engaging with their…
 
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    The Franchise King®

  • Would You Go To Taco Bell For Breakfast?

    The Franchise King®
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    In my younger days, breakfast sometimes consisted of whatever was within reach. As long as it wasn’t moldy, it was fair game. Now, not so much. If a car was within reach, and I had a few dollars in my pocket, an 11:00 AM McDonald’s hamburger was fine. Fries-sure. No prob. But, a Taco Bell Breakfast Burrito? If Taco Bell had been serving breakfast (like they are now) I’m not sure if I would have been a frequent flyer there. Just. Not. Sure. I don’t think Taco Bell has a poor product-not at all. It’s just the idea of having breakfast there, I guess.   Would…
  • Franchise Loans to Help Your Business Thrive

    The Franchise King®
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    (Sponsored Post) Owning a franchise has unique advantages over other small businesses.  However, franchise owners must still juggle time and money for their company to thrive. Franchise loans are leverage that can be used to grow or start your business in a time efficient way. Access to capital also makes your franchise more profitable in direct and indirect ways. So how can business loans maximize some advantages of a franchise: Loans as Leverage to Grow Your Franchise: Franchise owners  realize supplier discounts on inventory and technology. You piggyback on the purchases of corporate…
  • Severe Weather Season: Franchises That Help Cleanup And Restore

    The Franchise King®
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
                   Severe weather Bulbous perennials…also known as daffodils, aren’t the only things that pop-up in the Spring. Severe weather season starts ramping up in April. Severe thunderstorms can bring with them, tornadoes, damaging hail, flash floods, and lightning strikes. Damage can easily run into the billions of dollars in hard-hit communities. We’ve all seen pictures of flattened towns…severe damage done by mile-wide tornadoes…and massive hurricanes.  The pain and suffering is huge.
  • Franchise Q & A: Does The SBA Loan Money For Franchises?

    The Franchise King®
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
    The answer: Yes…the SBA does assist with franchise loans. The 7 (a ) Loan Program is the most common type of SBA loan. As a matter of fact, some of the best franchise loans around are SBA Loans…lots of them are 7 (a ) Loans. But, before I share some useful information on SBA Loans-you need to know one very important thing: The SBA-The US Small Business Administration, does not loan money. Surprised? What the SBA does is provide guarantees, sometimes up to 85% of the loan amount, that commercial banks…including maybe even the bank right up the street from you, approve. Tip:…
  • Food Franchise Owners Get To Use Cool Tools

    The Franchise King®
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Food franchise owners need all the help they can get. The hours are grueling. The employee turnover is out of sight. Food cost fluctuations can keep even the best operators up at night. The food business is the toughest business in the world. Proof.   Food Franchise Owners Get To Use Cool Tools However… I’m not sure if it’s because of the sheer volume of food franchises around, or if it’s just easy for the current crop of technical geniuses to create them, but food franchise owners have access to the coolest business tools. You may not know this, but I was in the…
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    800 CEO Read

  • Tabatha Coffey Owns It!

    Roy
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
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  • Thinker in Residence: Warren Berger on Business & Books

    Sally
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Tweet “On the big questions of finding meaning, fulfillment, and happiness, we’re deluged with answers–in the form of off-the-shelf advice, tips, strategies from experts and gurus. It shouldn’t be any wonder if those generic solutions don’t quite fit: To get to our answers, we must formulate and work through the questions ourselves.” ~Warren Berger Q&A on Business & Books with Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question What is the one unanswered question about business you are most interested in answering? WB: How might we encourage more…
  • Thinker in Residence: A Q&A with Warren Berger

    Sally
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Tweet “We have an education and business culture that tends to reward quick factual answers over imaginative inquiry. Questioning isn’t encouraged—it is barely tolerated.” ~Warren Berger Q&A with Warren Berger on A More Beautiful Question In his new book, A More Beautiful Question, author and journalist Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and our daily lives is a simple, under-appreciated tool—one that has been available to us since childhood. Questioning can help us identify and solve problems, come up with…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 116

    dylan
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Tweet How Your Biases Make You Blind by Faisal Hoque & Drake Baer “If a company is homogenous in form, it leads to a lack of understanding of what value the customer wants. That misunderstanding is the seed of disruption, for the gap between the value you think your customers want and the value your customers actually want is precisely the space where a competitor can replace you.” Heed Your Call by David M. Howitt “You have been invited to heed your call, and now it is up to you to decide where you go from here. You are the result of the choices you make every single day, and what…
  • Thinker in Residence: Warren Berger

    Sally
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Tweet “We’re all hungry today for better answers. But first, we must learn to ask the right questions.” Warren Berger believes questions are more important than answers. He is the creator of the website amorebeautifulquestion.com and author of the new book A More Beautiful Question (Bloomsbury)—both focusing on the power of inquiry to spark breakthrough ideas. An expert on design thinking and innovation, Berger has interviewed and studied hundreds of the world’s leading innovators, designers, and creative thinkers to analyze how they ask change-making questions, solve…
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    SmallBizTechnology

  • Improve Your Networking Skills in the Next Wix Small Business Breakfast!

    Carolyn Crummey
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Here it is – your personal invitation to our next Wix Small Business Breakfast. If you’ve attended a Small Business Breakfast in the past, we’d like to welcome you back! And if you’ve never attended, we’d like to give you a little information – and let you know that we have a seat waiting for YOU. Wix Small Business Breakfasts are FREE informational sessions, perfect for small business owners. They take place at the Wix Lounge on the 8th floor of 235 West 23rd St in New York City. We grab some coffee and a light breakfast, then sit down for an informational session,…
  • Questions You Should Ask Your Customers in an Exit Interview

    Young Entrepreneur Council
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Is an “Exit Interview” a good idea for lost customers and if so what questions should you ask them? The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. 1. Yes Asking for information is always a good idea. Too often, we ask why the customer left instead of inquiring about what we could have done differently. It’s a nuance, but an…
  • We’re Heading to ICON14 and Bringing YOUR Questions With Us!

    Carolyn Crummey
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Next week Ramon Ray and I will be heading to one of the most anticipated small business conference of the year, ICON14 (formerly known as Infusioncon). This 3-day conference, hosted by Infusionsoft, runs from April 23rd to April 25th and is packed with big ideas, powerful strategies and actionable insights to grow your business. Covering everything from Marketing, Social Media, Biz Dev and so much more this is THE conference for big ideas that will bring big results to your business. My main goal of being at ICON14 is to get information for YOU…the Smallbiztechnology.com reader! If…
  • Technology and Smiles: Brooklyn Bakery Brings In the Dough With iPad POS and Analytics

    Ramon Ray
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
    New York City is filled with all kinds of neat bakeries and little shops to please your palette. What separates those who succeed and those who don’t succeed are two things. First, an executive and team who has the vision and passion to make a great product and treat customers well. Second, is the strategic use of technology to boost efficiency, save money and ensure overall business operations are humming along effectively. I took a visit to Brooklyn and visited with the team at One Girl Cookies. Check out our video interview here or further below. When Joel Branson, a manager, started…
  • 11 Tips for Putting Together a Strong Company LinkedIn Page

    Young Entrepreneur Council
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:13 am
    What tips do you have for putting together a brand page on LinkedIn that supports company growth? The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. 1. Upload Product Images The LinkedIn corporate pages allow you to upload images and product descriptions. This becomes searchable content and makes your page look a lot better. For example, we…
 
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    Small Business Trends

  • Domino’s Pizza Now Offers Google Wallet Payment on Android Devices

    DashBurst
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If you’re looking to order pizza, the tech savvy Domino’s may now be your best option. Not only can you use the Domino’s app to customize and order your pizza, but you can now also pay for your pizza in more ways too. Starting today, pay for your Domino’s order using Google Wallet on the Domino’s Android app. Google Wallet is a free mobile payment system that lets you digitally store debit and loyalty cards on your phone. To use the service when ordering a Domino’s pizza, select “Buy with Google” at checkout and you’ll be good to go. For now the option is only available on…
  • Survey: Multi-Channel Marketing Leads to Customer Engagement

    Mark O'Neill
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    A  Constant Contact survey by the email marketing firm suggests multi-channel marketing – email, social, mobile, and Web – increases customer engagement. In the survey, Constant Contact asked 1,305 U.S. small businesses and non-profits about the ways they connect with and grow their audience. According to the survey, multi-channel marketing will bring in more new customers and more revenue. What’s more, Constant Contact says the vast majority of small business owners and other organizations are already aware of this. The survey says 82 percent of small businesses and…
  • Finding Success Empowering Lifestyle Entrepreneurs

    Anita Campbell
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    “Lifestyle entrepreneurship is a beautiful thing,” declares Clate Mask, the founder and CEO of Infusionsoft. The marketing automation software company he founded and heads up has achieved over 50% sales growth the past 2 years by serving the “lifestyle entrepreneur.” Mask’s remarks were made as Infusionsoft kicks off its annual customer event for 2014, called ICON14. The event attracts 3,000 customers and partners, and this year they are attending from over 70 countries around the world. In Infusionsoft’s definition, lifestyle entrepreneurs are those with…
  • So You Think You Want to Be an Entrepreneur?

    Larry Kim
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    You read sites like Entrepreneur, Inc. and VentureBeat religiously. Guys like Seth Godin, Sean Ellis and Andrew Chen are your idols. You’ve got a great idea and a burning desire to make it a reality. In short, you like to think of yourself as – an entrepreneur. However, just because you think your idea could change the world doesn’t mean that making it happen is easy, or even what you’d expect. I’m going to dispel some of the myths about being an entrepreneur and share some advice from my own experiences of bootstrapping my company. Myths About Being An Entrepreneur Starting…
  • 21 Often-Overlooked Ways to Generate Leads Online

    Diane Helbig
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Sponsored Post Most of us are familiar with the usual suspects when it comes to generating leads online and we are pretty comfortable with using those platforms. However, there are a lot of other ways to create relationships, gain exposure, and increase interest so let’s explore some of those opportunities. 21 Overlooked Ways to Generate Leads Online Register on Help A Reporter Out as a Source You’ll get the chance to provide your expertise to reporters, bloggers, and radio show hosts who are looking for experts. This exposure works wonders in increasing your reach and opportunity.
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  • The generosity boomerang

    Seth Godin
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    Here's conventional wisdom: Success makes you happy. Happiness permits you to be generous. In fact, it actually works like this: Generosity makes you happy. Happy people are more likely to be successful.        
  • Does corporate trust have to be an oxymoron?

    Seth Godin
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:20 am
    Brands are based on trust. Corporations extract enormous value from the relationships they have with suppliers, employees, partners and customers. Yes, it's possible to trust a corporation, we do it all the time. But it's not free. The two key choices a brand makes to be trusted in the long run: 1. You will postpone profit-taking. There are always shortcuts available to you, always ways to make money sooner rather than later, plenty of chances to do a little less or charge a little more. 2. You will do things that are difficult. We know it’s not easy or convenient for you to keep every…
  • Trapped by linkbait

    Seth Godin
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    After reading a magazine article by a freelancer, I clicked over to his blog. It was part of a bigger media site, and it contained more than a hundred articles. Every single one of them was formulaic. The standard linkbait headline: ([Integer between 5 and 10] WAYS to [action verb like avoid or stumble or demolish] [juicy adjective like stupid or embarrassing or proven] [noun]. Every article was edited to exactly the length thought to maximize page views and every single article was boring. Sometimes he got to end his headlines with a question mark, but that was the extent of the humanity…
  • "How do I get rid of the fear?"

    Seth Godin
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:28 am
    Alas, this is the wrong question. The only way to get rid of the fear is to stop doing things that might not work, to stop putting yourself out there, to stop doing work that matters. No, the right question is, "How do I dance with the fear?" Fear is not the enemy. Paralysis is the enemy.        
  • Saying 'thank you' in public, three times

    Seth Godin
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Earlier this year, I launched two ongoing classes on Skillshare: One is on the thinking necessary to invent and launch a new business and the other is for marketers of all kinds. I'm grateful to everyone who has posted a kind review, launched a useful new project or shared the course so far... But mostly, I want to thank the people at Skillshare: the software does exactly what they promised, and they're kind and a delight to work with. Yesterday, Typepad was assaulted by a DDOS attack that brought the service to its knees. The team there really rose to the occasion, communicated clearly and…
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  • Why Amazon Is Copying Zappos and Paying Employees to Quit

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

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

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

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

    Bill Taylor
    4 Sep 2013 | 4:00 am
    One of the very first articles in the very first issue of Fast Company, a magazine I started 20 years ago with Alan Webber, is a smart and entertaining list compiled by E.F. Borisch, product manager at a long-established outfit called Milwaukee Gear Company. Borisch’s article was titled, “50 Reasons Why We Cannot Change,” and it offered a clever and entertaining collection of objections to and worries about the hard work of making real progress. Reason #1: “We’ve never done it before.” Reason #4: “We tried it before.” Reason #13: “Our…
 
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  • Why You Have to Generate Your Own Data

    Scott Anthony
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is it. You’ve aligned calendars and will have all the right decision-makers in the room. It’s the moment when they either decide to give you resources to begin to turn your innovative idea into reality, or send you back to the drawing board. How will you make your most persuasive case? Inside most companies, the natural tendency is to marshal as much data as possibleGet the analyst reports that show market trends. Build a detailed spreadsheet promising a juicy return on corporate investment. Create a dense PowerPoint document demonstrating that you really have done your homework.
  • How Corporate Investors Can Improve Their Odds

    Scott Anthony
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    When investing in new growth businesses, corporate leaders are commonly advised to behave more like venture capitalists. VCs, they’re told, take more of a long-term approach, have a greater degree of risk tolerance, and parcel out their funds in stages to mitigate risk. All of this is right, as far as it goes. But having spent the past five years straddling between our consulting business (which advises large companies) and our venture investment arm (which provides seed investment to entrepreneurs), I now believe there is a more fundamental philosophical difference that corporate leaders…
  • Should Big Companies Give Up on Innovation?

    Scott Anthony
    11 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Why bother?” It’s a common question thrown at me by entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, or the more cynically minded corporate leaders. That is, why bother trying to innovate if no matter what they do, large companies can no longer maintain a sustainable advantage and their life spans are just getting shorter and shorter?  Isn’t it better to hasten Joseph Schumpeter’s process of creative destruction and move capital and employment from inefficient dinosaurs to more vibrant and agile upstarts? I give them three reasons. First, timing matters. There’s a difference between…
  • The Strategic Mistake Almost Everybody Makes

    Scott Anthony
    21 Feb 2014 | 9:00 am
    “It is simple math,” the strategist said in a tone that sounded suspiciously similar to how I explain things to my six-year-old daughter. “Decreasing churn by a percent — a single percent! — creates tens of millions of dollars of value. A point of market share creates five times that amount. Our growth investments are years from providing that kind of return.” The general point is right — a dollar of investment in incrementally improving the core is almost always going to earn a greater near-term return than a dollar invested in a growth business that might take…
  • Why the X Games Won’t Dethrone the Olympics

    Scott Anthony
    6 Feb 2014 | 7:00 am
    A “new model for how winter sports are done” that “feeds an audience hunger for life-treating daredevilry” and drives “high market penetration and . . . high dollars.” Yes, that’s a collection of phrases describing the X Games, a series of athletic competitions created by cable giant ESPN. With the Winter Olympics set to start this week, is it just a matter of time before we can add “disruptor” to the list of words used to describe the upstart? ESPN started the X Games almost 20 years ago as an effort to reach younger consumers that seemed to be turning away from more…
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  • Chris Brogan Is a Proud Freak

    John Jantsch
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    Chris Brogan Is a Proud Freak written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Chris Brogan My guest for this week’s episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is Chris Brogan, founder of Owner magazine and author of The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth: Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators Chris Brogan has embarked on a bit of a mission. He’s proudly telling his story and the story of many others who might not always end up on tidily scripted news shows. Brogan is calling them…
  • How to Social Surround Your Customers and Prospects

    John Jantsch
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:06 am
    How to Social Surround Your Customers and Prospects written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing photo credit: aenimation via photopin cc While the title of this post could sound a little stalkerish, the fact is you can better serve your customers and attract new ones when you use social media to create a more complete picture of your ideal customer’s world. Employing tools and routines that give you a deeper glimpse into what your customers care about, are doing each day, can’t find enough of, are looking for, just accomplished, just…
  • Weekend Favs April Nineteen

    John Jantsch
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    Weekend Favs April Nineteen 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: Present.me – Very nice presentation tool that allows you to create a video with your slides next to them –…
  • The Power of Video Throughout the Customer Journey

    Guest Post
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    The Power of Video Throughout the Customer Journey written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It is guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is from Brad Jefferson – Enjoy!  The business benefits of video for brand discovery, web traffic and customer engagement have been widely documented over the years. But do people really find videos helpful in making purchasing decisions? In a recent survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults, we learned that videos created by businesses really do help people make more confident shopping…
  • 4 Realities of Inbound Marketing You Can’t Afford to Neglect

    Guest Post
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:40 am
    4 Realities of Inbound Marketing You Can’t Afford to Neglect written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is Rohan Ayyar – Enjoy! photo credit: shutterhacks on Flickr Inbound marketing and social media participation for brands are one of the most effective promotion tactics today. The whole world of marketing is now skewed towards “earning customers” instead of “buy, beg, or buy your way in” that outbound marketers follow, if this Inbound vs. Outbound…
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  • More personal = more remarkable

    Andy Sernovitz
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a post from our WordofMouth.org project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. If you’re like most people, your mailbox is full of bills and junk. Nowadays, it’s not often that people get truly personal stuff in the mail. So to make their direct mail more direct, a Porsche dealership took one of their cars to a nearby neighborhood for a photo shoot. They took pictures of the car in front of people’s driveways and left postcards of each photo in their mailbox with the headline, “Your dream car is closer than you…
  • Newsletter #984: The “Tell Them Why” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] You can have all of the fantastic features you want, but if your customers don’t know why they’re fantastic, those features mean nothing. You have to give them the “why.” You have to say “because…” Here are three ways to do it: 1. Explain your behind-the-scenes process 2. Share a little-known fact 3. Make an effort to be transparent 4. Check it out: Feed…
  • How many perspectives do you have

    Andy Sernovitz
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Problems always get easier when you look at them in more than one way.  If you and your coworkers think alike, you’re going to miss things that are obvious to folks with other backgrounds. Example: My engineer father-in-law sorted out all these puzzle pieces by shape. I would have done color.  Who is missing from your team?
  • How to get everyone to see your fans’ love

    Andy Sernovitz
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a post from our WordofMouth.org project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. Got big fans? Make a big deal out of it. Amplifying your customer love helps them feel great, helps your employees feel great, and shows everyone else why you’re great. Here are some fantastic ways to do it: 1. Love them back 2. Make it sharable 3. Show them how to do it 1. Love them back When Honda asked their fans to show off their love for the brand, they were overwhelmed. They got photos of Honda tattoos, nail art, and one guy who shaved their logo into the…
  • A different way to ask for feedback

    Andy Sernovitz
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Don’t send a generic survey. Definitely don’t send a long survey. Instead, ask: What one thing can we do better? You’ll get great ideas you can actually use.
 
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  • Upload video to multiple sites with OneLoad

    Bridget Ayers
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    It’s hard to overlook the power that a great online video can have. It’s a power that has been harnessed by musicians to be discovered (ever heard of Justin Bieber?), by businesses to sell a product, or by regular people who explode across the Internet with the next video trend. For individuals and companies who use online videos to market, build a brand, provide entertainment, or boost online presence, effective video distribution is a must. With many different social channels, file specifications, and viewership data to sort through, somebody should just make something to manage it all…
  • What to Know about the Heartbleed Security Flaw

    Bridget Ayers
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Most of you have probably heard about the Heartbleed security flaw that has been making big news the last few days. Jason Steuernagel, the Principal of Momentum Technology Group, spent some time reviewing the security flaw and provided us with this information. What is Heartbleed? Heartbleed is a vulnerability with OpenSSL. OpenSSL is used by many major website ironically to secure a channel between your device and the website. The vulnerability allows an attacker to send a specifically crafted attack to the web server and it sends back information that it has in memory. This information…
  • How to Tag People in Photos on Twitter

    Bridget Ayers
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Twitter has made sharing content with specific people or groups easier with a new app update that allows you to tag other Twitter users in photos in a tweet. You can tag up to 10 people in a photo without subtracting from your available 140-character count, and you can share up to four photos in one tweet with a new collage feature. Want to start using these features? Make sure you’ve gotten the latest Twitter app update, and then follow these steps: [Image] Steps to Tag People in Photos on Twitter 1. Click or tap the button to compose a new tweet (or What’s happening? for Android…
  • New Streamlined Look for Facebook Pages

    Bridget Ayers
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    If you have a business page on Facebook, you may have noticed some changes to it’s layout. Earlier in March, Facebook announced that it would be rolling out a new and streamlined look for Pages on desktop. The new look is still rolling out and has not yet appeared for all users. So what are some of the major differences? Key Differences in New Streamlined Look for Facebook Pages 1) The area underneath your page name and cover photo will consist of two columns. The column on the right will display all of your Page’s posts. Previously, posts by others and pages that your Page…
  • Microsoft Windows XP End of Life: What This Means for Current XP Users

    Get Smart Web Crew
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    With Microsoft’s deadline for the Windows XP end of life approaching soon, many XP users are wondering what it all means and what needs to be done to protect their computers and operating systems. Here are a few questions and insights to fill you in on what’s going on and what to consider as you move forward. What does “end of life” for Windows XP mean? Microsoft will end support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This means that, on April 8, the Windows XP operating system will not have security updates or technical support available to keep your operating system running efficiently.
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Looking into The Distance

    Wailin Wong
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Let’s take a break from the business news cycle. I love the news and I’ve covered it for a decade: what new startup is launching, why a stock price just moved, who’s being hired or fired. But there’s a whole universe of fascinating stories waiting to be covered about what’s old in business. That’s why we’re launching The Distance, a new online magazine featuring original journalism about bootstrapped businesses that are at least 25 years old. If you’ve ever been curious about your favorite family-owned restaurant or that little shop on the…
  • Basecamp at C2E2 This Weekend!

    Shaun
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    The annual Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo is this weekend and we’re really excited to announce that Basecamp will be sponsoring designer toy maker, Shawnimals at the show! Shawnimals uses Basecamp to make awesome stuff, from plush ninjas to recycled sketchbooks. The show runs from April 25th–27th, so come by booth 655 to say hi and pick up a limited edition Happy Sherpa plush!
  • Dragons on the far side of the histogram

    David
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    Performance tuning is a fun sport, but how you’re keeping score matters more than you think, if winning is to have real impact. When it comes to web applications, the first mistake is start with what’s the easiest to measure: server-side generation times. In Rails, that’s the almighty X-Runtime header — reported to the 6th decimal of a second, for that extra punch of authority. A clear target, easily measured, and in that safe realm of your own code to make it appear fully controllable and scientific. But what good is saving off milliseconds for a 50ms internal target,…
  • Marketing around situations

    Mig Reyes
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    Before he made The Simpsons, Matt Groening’s famous comics and illustrations graced the covers of Apple brochures. The writing inside—from 1989, mind you—still does a great job selling the Mac. Instead of blanket marketing a one-size-fits-all message, Apple took the time to speak to every situation a person is in. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, the Mac is there to put order back in your life. If you’re unemployed, the Mac is there to help you chase a career. If you’re a habitual procrastinator, the Mac is there for your spark of productivity. They’re listening to us, and our…
  • Another Chapter

    Basecamp
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    So, a few years ago Dana Brunetti at Trigger Street Productions (Social Network and Captain Philips) got in touch with us after reading our book, REWORK. He loved the themes and the overall story of how our company came to be. Some time passed and we hadn’t heard anything… Until a week ago. We’re super-excited to let you know that Netflix Originals has decided to take on the project and turn our little book into a feature film! Martyn Burke was brought on to write the screenplay and Gwyneth Horder-Payton will direct. Filming is supposed to start sometime this spring and we…
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    Small Biz Survival

  • How a small town flag business went online and went international

    Becky McCray
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    In this vintage 1990′s photo, Mike Cronin was just getting ready to take Gettysburg Flag business online. From Upstate New York town to Global Marketplace: How we got our flags off the ground Guest Post by Mike Cronin My business, Gettysburg Flag Works, is a manufacturer of flags and flag-related items. Although we love our brick and mortar operation, we realized that we needed a digital presence in order to remain competitive. Our first website launched in 1999 and was more a digital business card than an online retailer. For us at that time, though, having a website made us feel like…
  • Two business lessons from a small town store

    Becky McCray
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Todd Holder rings up soaps and lotions for my sister Connie Foote. Photo by Becky McCray. Two business lessons from a local business: You have to be open to make the sale. Pay attention to the customer in front of you. My hometown Alva, Oklahoma, (population 6,200) holds a monthly first Friday Art Walk downtown. It’s primarily about fine arts displays, but a few businesses are starting to be open as well. Local pillar of the community Holder Drug is open til 7, same as every weeknight. My sister and I went downtown for the art displays, then dropped in to Holder’s right at 7 as…
  • Let the Brag Basket carry your good news

    Becky McCray
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Bicycle basket photo (CC) by tambako on Flickr The Brag Basket is open! This one is for April 18-20, 2014 What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your brag there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your brag. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a friend. Do you have to be from a small town? Well, no, not…
  • Building a tech startup in a small city

    Becky McCray
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Fargo, North Dakota, tech startup co-founders Brandon Medenwald and Bill Burgess.   Simply Made Apps is a tech start-up based out of Fargo, North Dakota, population 110,000. They reached out to us because although that’s not really a small town, it is definitely rural and remote. Co-founder Brandon Medenwald talked about what it’s like to run a high-tech business in an isolated small city, far from the “usual” startup centers. What has been a challenge about your location? Hiring is definitely a challenge. North Dakota has an extremely low unemployment rate, so…
  • Webinar on rural businesses using social media marketing

    Small Biz Survival
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Social Media is a perfect fit for rural business. North Dakota’s Governor’s Rural Summit was getting social in 2010. Photo by Becky McCray.    I’m thrilled to see Extension talking about rural businesses using social media. They’re hosting a webinar this Thursday, April 17 at 1:30pm Central. You don’t even have to register. Here are the details: Rural Social Media Champions: Development of Models of Diffusion & Best Business Practices April 17, 2014(Thursday), 2:30 PM – Eastern time Registration: There is no registration and no fee for attending…
 
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  • 30歳女主婦の割り切り日記

    iknowamomblog
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:11 am
    専業主婦をしてるんですが子なしなので昼間は本当に暇です。それでまあいつの頃からか 割り切り募集を某掲示板でするのが癖になってしまいました。 普通に風俗で働くっていうのはどうも心理的に抵抗があるんですよね。 そっちの方はいろいろと安全面ではいいとは分かってるんですが、割り切り募集掲示板で 出会うっていうあのスリルと興奮の中毒になっているようです。…
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  • Brand Update : Cadbury India to be rebranded as Mondolez India, What it means to brand Cadbury

    Harish B
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:33 am
    According to Economic Times report, Cadbury India is going to be rebranded as Mondolez India. This was predicted after the iconic company was taken over by US based Mondolez International. It is interesting for a brand enthusiast as to see how this affect the iconic brand - Cadbury.Cadbury has a huge equity in India and is consistently rated high in most of the brand ratings in terms of trust and popularity. So what happens to Cadbury after the company is renamed to Mondolez.Firstly, Cadbury after the re-naming of the company will no longer be a corporate brand. Then what will it be ?If one…
  • How marketers visualize deadly Germs !

    Harish B
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Indian marketers are in love with germs. Many brands have taken up the task of protecting Indian consumers from the deadly attack from the germs. Keedanu is often the generic term used by Indian marketers to denote the germs. For many brands, especially in the cleaning segment, the basic USP of most of the brands is the germ-fighting. Marketers have chosen different ways to visualize the germs. While some brands have tried to make the visualization close to reality, some brands have chosen to go beyond reality. A peep into how marketers visualize the deadly germs.DETTOLDettol has…
  • MRF ZVTS : The comfortable radial

    Harish B
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    Brand : MRF ZVTSCompany : MRF LtdBrand Analysis Count : # 540Tyres which are generally boring products belonging to a whopping Rs 45000 - 50,000 crore category has seen many interesting brands being built. Although tyres belong to a high-involvement category owing to the high cost of purchase ( replacement category) but the purchase is seldom enjoyed by the consumer.MRF is the market leader in the Indian tyre market with a share of ~ 27 %. ZVTS is the radial brand from MRF. What is interesting about ZVTS is the care that the company has took in branding and positioning this brand.ZVTS was…
  • Brand Update : Kingfisher Airlines brand for sale. But who will buy ?

    Harish B
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:34 am
    According to reports, the creditors of the defunct Kingfisher Airlines has decided to sell the brands - Kingfisher Airlines and other related trademarks. It is said that KFA owes Rs 7000 crores to the creditors.Naturally the news was carried with lot of importance by the media. My first reaction was who wouldn't want to get such a great brand ! I had the impression that Kingfisher brand was up for sale.When we look at the fine print, things are not that attractive. According to media, the creditors have control over " Kingfisher Airlines " and not the Kingfisher beer brand. And reports…
  • Brand Update : Small deo brands gets celebrities to move ahead

    Harish B
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    In the cluttered Indian Deo Market, brands are keeping no options unused. Denver, has roped in Saif Ali khan to endorse while Envy - another deo brand has roped in Irfan Khan as the celebrity endorser. The 2100 crore Indian deo market is cluttered with local brands upsetting the majors like HUL and gaining market share. The competition is getting more intense with brands like Provogue, Park Avenue entering the deo market with their own variants. Recently ads were splashed across the media for Provogue Deo being endorsed by  Fardeen Khan. Having said that, the positioning of all…
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  • Company of One

    Lori Williams
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At one time landing a large corporate client was the golden goose. Today, that may not be the case. Working with smaller companies is often more profitable, not to mention enjoyable. More importantly, given the trends it may offer the best opportunity for growth. According to the latest data released by the SBA, “In 2011, there were 28.2 million small businesses, and 17,700 firms with 500 employees or more. Over three-quarters of small businesses were nonemploy­ers; this number has trended up over the past decade, while employers have been relatively flat.” (Nonemployers refer to…
  • Mom Entrepreneurs – Listen up!

    Dan Glisky Jr
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    Hear StartupNation Radio hosts Jeff Sloan and Dan Glisky, Jr. on Word of Mom Radio talking about the Leading Moms in Business Competition! Listen to the archived recording right here! Launched in mid-March, StartupNation’s annual Leading Moms in Business Competition is still going strong! With hundreds of amazing contestants and support pouring in from friends and fans all over the country, we are pleased to say that this year’s contest is already a major success! Haven’t entered yet? It’s not too late! You have until the end of April to enter the competition and duke it out for…
  • How to Create a Good Media Pitch

    Melanie Rembrandt
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
    Are you sending hundreds of pitches to a massive list of media members? If you are new to the world of public relations, you may think that sending out a press release to the masses will help you get the media coverage you are looking for. Well, many businesses and organizations do this, and that’s one of the reasons it doesn’t work! Media members are inundated with press releases and pitches every day. And while some press releases from well-known companies can get a lot of coverage, others do not. With this in mind… How do you get the media attention you are looking for? In a…
  • Small Company Marketing Plan

    Lori Williams
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Small companies usually operate on a shoestring marketing budget. They do not have the luxury of hiring professional expertise or purchasing big ads in popular magazines. For this reason, their marketing efforts must be very focused and disciplined to gain the greatest benefit. The importance of branding cannot be underestimated. A distinctive brand strategy builds reputation and recognition, provides information and educations and promotes differentiation. Effective marketing requires message repetitiveness, with some experts claiming it takes six to seven “touches” before a prospect…
  • Spring Tips for More Fun and Less Work!

    Melanie Rembrandt
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Enjoy the Season and Work Less! Spring is finally here, and that means you will probably want to spend more time doing fun things outside. But if you are a small business owner, it can be difficult to get away from the office in order to enjoy yourself. With this in mind, here are… 3 Tips to Spend Less Time Working 1. Get organized. Set aside a few hours to review your business activities. Are you working on payroll, taxes and other, administrative tasks that you could easily give to someone else? Write down all of the things that you need to personally handle and make a separate list…
 
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    Mobile Marketing Watch

  • Why Transactional Emails Are Perfect for Marketing and Promotion

    Michael Essany
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Year after year, email marketing has not only evaded predictions that the marketing tactic would soon be dead in the water, it’s proven to be exponentially more effective as new resources and strategies help to make email more effectual than in previous years. So not only is email marketing still relevant in the world of digital marketing, throughout this new year, many companies are increasing their email marketing significantly. But simply sending out an email is not enough. Like all marketing-related efforts and the considerations behind them, the message must be carefully crafted and…
  • What’s Most Important in Content Marketing?

    Michael Essany
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    Reaching consumers through online content is the trendy “new” way to advertise and market brands. The big problem is that there’s no true definition of content marketing or “native advertising” and, while many publishers, brands and marketers argue about said definition, they’re missing the fact that no matter what they provide to consumers, they should be focusing on the experience that they’re creating rather than just on simply creating a ton of content for consumers to digest. The questions that advertisers and brands should be asking about content marketing run along the…
  • 4G LTE Investment Climbing Across Latin America

    MikeR
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    ABI Research is out with a new projection that calls for growth of 10% in mobile telecoms capital expenditure (CapEx) in Latin America this year, rising to $6.1 billion. What’s driving the investment boom? Upgrades and expansion of 3G WCDMA and 4G LTE coverage will result in radio access network-related spending capturing 40% of CapEx. Investment in small cell base stations is garnering momentum with 40% year-on-year growth in 2014 to $484 million. “Mobile telecom capital expenditure in Latin America is expected to grow rapidly in 2014 as investment in 4G LTE starts to accelerate.
  • More Americans Prefer Mobile Devices Over Sex

    Michael Essany
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    Our old friend and celebrated web journalist Alex Hillsberg reached out to MMW this week with a revelation fit for an hour of programming on Dr. Phil. It’s official. Men and women now prefer mobile phones over sex. If that’s not a powerful enough incentive for more marketers to direct their funds to mobile, we don’t know what is! All told, this is just one of several odd, yet interesting habits of Americans that Hillsberg and his colleagues at Financesonline.com have compiled in a new infographic, which is shared below. Check it out.
  • Apple Launches Mac OS X Betas to the Public

    ChristaH
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    On Tuesday, Apple extended the OS X beta testing process to the public through the Beta Seed Program. This effort represents a significant shift in business as usual for Apple, which hasn’t been nearly as willing to make such opportunities publicly available in the past. The OS X Beta Seed Program gives users the opportunity to run pre-release software. “Test-drive beta software and provide quality and usability feedback that will help make OS X even better,” Apple says. Those who wish to participate can sign up now here. “Join the OS X Beta Seed Program and accept the…
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    Branding Strategy Insider

  • Brand Dilemmas Versus Brand Challenges

    Mark Di Somma
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    Challenges are the issues that everyone recognizes: those insatiable requirements that will eat up every minute of your attention and still not be fully resolved. Take customer expectations. Brands work like crazy to meet the expectations of customers, and then, because a competitor raises the bar, or customers get used to what is offered, or an industry breakthrough comes along, they find they are once again slipping behind, so they launch another Herculean effort to catch up and move ahead. There they stay for a time before they once again lapse. So they organize another super-human effort…
  • Brand Portfolio Strategy Explored

    Brad VanAuken The Blake Project
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    Why do some companies maintain multiple brands within the same category even though it is more expensive to do so?  The brands appeal to different market segments and have different positions in the market One brand is an upscale or premium brand One brand is a no frills brand targeted at price conscious consumers The additional brand uses an older formulation or technology and may be sold as a “cash cow” The second brand could draw on the core brand’s quality and service perceptions without being that brand. This is useful with market segments that are more price conscious but that…
  • Brand Building Through Customer Experience

    Guest Author
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    Business leaders generally underestimate the power of customer experience. Brand management firm Prophet released a State of the Market study in 2011 showing that only 13 percent of executives believe the purchase experience is the most critical driver of future brand equity, whereas 36 percent said product and service quality would be the top driver. Most marketing executives think about customer experience, but they also acknowledge that their companies don’t value it as a critical component of the brand experience and develop it as a core competency. According to a study by the Chartered…
  • Top 4 Brand Loyalty Mistakes

    Mark Di Somma
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    Most good marketers know how to gain top of mind. Good marketers are adept at widening the funnel at the top end. They’ve good at introducing new lines, new variants, new dimensions – in order to attract new customers. They know how to work with their agencies and their internal teams to fashion a story that intrigues to draw an audience. They know how to weight media flights and craft promotions that persuade consumers to call or to visit. They’ve learned to charm. Competition’s taught them to do that well. That used to be their biggest challenge. Some would argue of course that’s…
  • The Role And Value Of Branding

    Mark Di Somma
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    So many people misunderstand the role of brand. They think it’s a synonym for marketing, and marketing is a synonym for media spend. A brand tells people who to value and why. Marketing tells them how the brand is valued, and where to access it. The purpose of your brand is to use that perceived value to provide you, through marketing, with sustained sales at a greater level of return than the market is inclined to give you over the longer term. The objective of every brand should be to lift what people are prepared to pay, to motivate people to value you more than they would do otherwise.
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    Men with Pens

  • Live Event with James: On Writing, Making Money and Moving Forward

    James Chartrand
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    Over the past few weeks, I've talked about what prevents these people from hitting that pro level where writing, making money and moving forward all come together sweetly. There's been phenomenal response in the comment sections and community alike, as we discussed the pitfalls of writing gone wrong. It seems that the key ingredients that make achieving pro-writer status easy - crucial accountability, the right community, mentorship and clever goal-settingaren’t actually that easy to find. Bringing these key ingredients together is easier said than done – and content creators, writers and…
  • The Bad Writing Advice that Kills Your Success

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

    James Chartrand
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The perfect storm of epic writing failure is created by a specific sequence of steps that treacherously unfold for unwary, amateur writers. Each step forward seduces you in, making perfect sense in the moment - even as dark storm clouds begin forming on the horizon. You can spot the telltale signs that a storm is brewing, but you’ll need to develop your eye for the weather. And since the storm builds up insidiously in your mind, following your intuition isn’t always enough. Conscious awareness of what the storm pattern looks like and how it unfolds is essential. By the prickling of your…
  • Why some people make money writing and others never will

    James Chartrand
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:40 am
    There are two types of writers in this world: the people whose writing has a positive net effect on their lives and their businesses, and the hobbyists. If you want to make money through writing, either by selling it or using it to sell your stuff, here are the 4 keys to being a pro writer who succeeds. Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Why some people make money writing and others never will first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2014, All Rights Reserved.
  • The Truth: What a Client Really Wants from You

    James Chartrand
    17 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I'm a client. I get approached by designers, web architects and copywriters all the time. They pitch me the same pitch - over and over. I don't like being blunt, but the whining pitch to be hired just comes off as pleading. Painful, desperate pleading. Angry yet? Good. If you want to differentiate yourself from the rest of the poverty herd, here's a checklist of what a client really wants from you – directly from a client's perspective. Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! The Truth: What a Client Really Wants from You first appeared on Men…
 
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    IttyBiz

  • Should I Worry About Unsubscribes? (Naomi’s Answer)

    Naomi Dunford
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    Some context for the folks at home: The person emailing this question is taking Let’s Fix Your Business. There’s a whole lotta backstory of what happened before she asked this question, and a whole lotta stuff that happened after she asked this question. But for now, we’re going to take it as a little vignette, a slice of the life of an evolving ittybiz owner. The writer is, at the time of the letter, on the cusp of making SIGNIFICANT changes to the content she’s sending to her email list. It would not be unreasonable to assume a number of her subscribers are going to…
  • Why People Still Suck, No Matter How Hard They “Try”

    Naomi Dunford
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    If you are following the rules of the Internet Marketing Cool Kid, you have doubtless read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. Alternatively, you have purchased Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, and have read enough blog posts and articles about the anecdotes therein that you feel you may as well have read it, even if you have not. For those of you who have not read the book or the anecdotes from other people who have read the book, I’ll give you a brief executive summary: Some people are freakishly good. Now that your executive summary is out of the way, I’ll expand. Some people…
  • Should You Take The Money? (Dave’s Answer)

    Naomi Dunford
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    Welcome to part two!  Yesterday, Naomi answered a question from a student taking the Emergency Turnaround Clinic.  Today, Dave gives his answer to the same question. “Hi Ninjas, I’m just a few days in and the Emergency Turnaround Clinic is already working. It’s only Thursday morning of the first week, and I am already feeling a shift. I took a leap of faith and decided to follow in your footsteps with pay what you can. So, Monday, I slapped up a post offering my creativity consulting services for whatever people can afford through the end of April. I also decided to offer…
  • Should You Take The Money? (Naomi’s Answer)

    Naomi Dunford
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    “Hi Ninjas, I’m just a few days in and the Emergency Turnaround Clinic is already working. It’s only Thursday morning of the first week, and I am already feeling a shift. I took a leap of faith and decided to follow in your footsteps with pay what you can. So, Monday, I slapped up a post offering my creativity consulting services for whatever people can afford through the end of April. I also decided to offer a giveaway for three free sessions, winners drawn at random, for anyone who shared the post on social media and left a comment. And… crickets. So I asked several…
  • How To Incentivize Something That’s Hard To Incentivize

    Naomi Dunford
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    File this one in the “When six students ask the same question in the same month, it’s probably a good idea to write a post about the answer” department. So, let’s talk about incentivization, which my spell check tells me isn’t a word, but is a hell of a lot more elegant than “sweetening the pot so more people will buy the stuff you’re shilling”. Some products are ridiculously easy to incentivize. Digital products tend to be the stock example. Giving a 25% price cut on a digital download is generally straightforward, because there’s nothing physical going out that’s going…
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    All You Need Is A Good Idea!

  • Great news about good ideas

    Jay H. Heyman
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In the early days of Porte advertising, black and white ads that we sent to newspapers were printed on Velox paper. Today, of course, we convert an ad to a PDF, and email it to publications around the world.This works well for us, but has certainly eliminated the need for printing houses that specialized in converting ads to veloxes. And then there were the typesetters, also not quite as necessary today.You can make your own list of professions and occupations that have been eliminated or drastically reduced thanks to technology. Heck, I can’t even remember, which…
  • How can you get on this list?

    Jay H. Heyman
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    (Photo credit: karen horton) The list is from Fast Company, and it is their 2014 ranking of the 50 most innovative companies. I found it awkward to scroll around the list, but I did notice that you and I were not on it. So here’s my suggestion: create your own top 50 list, and put us both on it. Or, even better, very carefully read the reason each company was selected, to see what you might do more creatively in the future. I will do the same, and I’ll see you on the 2015 list. Got the idea? Related articles France Just Made It Illegal To Answer Work Emails After 6 P.M. | Fast Company |…
  • That’s a good answer

    Jay H. Heyman
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    Tonight is the first night of Passover, a holiday that celebrates the Israelites being freed from slavery. An important part of this evening is the asking, by the youngest child, of four questions about the significance of the ceremony. It has been a while since I was the youngest person at any occasion, but I did find some serious questions — and hilarious answers — by youthful students on bored panda. Admittedly, these are not questions associated with the holiday, but since one of the requirements of the evening is the partaking of four (!) cups of wine, perhaps some levity is not out…
  • Nicely put

    Jay H. Heyman
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    I am not necessarily recommending this book, Creativity, Inc. I have not read it nor do I know how interesting it may be. And if you click on the link to Amazon, I will receive about as much money as you are paying to read my blog. But I am very much in favor of the sentiment they are using to promote it.
  • This could be my annual contest

    Jay H. Heyman
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    I have no idea what this ad is trying to communicate. So if it were time for my yearly contest, I would ask my readers to give me their best guess. But even if it is not a contest, if you would like to explain it to me, and you truly think you understand it, please send a comment. You will only win my thanks, but hey.
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    Bplans Blog

  • How to Gauge The Amount of Startup Cash You Need

    Lisa Furgison
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    How much money will you need to start a business? It’s the million-dollar question that every entrepreneur must answer. The truth is, there isn’t a simple mathematical formula that will spit out your magical startup number. Every business is different. From expenses to staff requirements, your business’s needs are unique, and so is the amount of money you’ll need to get it off the ground. If you overshoot and ask for too much, you not only risk rejection, but you also risk paying interest you could have avoided. Ask for too little, and you risk running out of money…
  • A Starter Guide to Project Agreements

    Kelly Gurnett
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Get everything in writing. It’s a mantra I followed often in my former job as a paralegal, and it’s one that’s been essential to my success as a freelance writer and editor. If there’s one big mistake that new entrepreneurs make (apart from not charging enough for their services), it’s failing to get a formal, signed project agreement in place before starting a new project. You don’t need anything terribly fancy, but you do need something. Why You Need an Agreement, No Matter What Even if your new client seems like a great person… even if you’ve worked with a client on other…
  • How to Accept Payments From Your Customers

    Keah Kalantari
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    We all know how challenging it is to take a great idea and turn it into a real business. You need funding, a business plan, a website, a business model—the list goes on and on. But have you thought about the little things, like how you’re actually going to take payments from your customers? You have options, and choices to make. And regarding credit card payments, you probably haven’t thought farther than, “Of course I’ll take credit and debit cards!” But how? There are more ways than ever to accept credit and debit cards, and it seems like a new one pops up every…
  • 6 Tips for Coming Up With Your Million-Dollar Business Idea

    Michael Kerr
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    When I was a kid, I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was going to be the next Boris Vallejo! (You know, the famous fantasy and sci-fi artist who always painted ripped, shirtless men and buxom, bikini-clad women atop flying dragons and Pegasuses… Yeah, I wanted to be him.) There were two problems with my future career plans though: 1) I wasn’t very good at art, and 2) my parents made it clear there wasn’t a snowball’s chance that they would pay for me to go to art school. With my adolescent dreams up in flames, I decided to get back at my unsupportive mom and dad…
  • 11 Things Only Parents Can Teach Their Kids About Business

    Scott Gerber
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are certain things that parents are uniquely equipped to teach their children. Most of those things, of course, are not about business. Yet, many of them can be applied to the working world. Below, eleven entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) share lessons they plan to teach their kids, and/or lessons they learned best from their parents.   1. Never Quit As entrepreneurs, we face the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. One thing we can share and teach our children is to never quit when things get tough. That is the time where growth…
 
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    SiliconBeat

  • Net neutrality running out of lives, which will affect ours

    Levi Sumagaysay
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Open Internet. Net neutrality. Whatever you want to call it, it appears to be dying. And if you’re wondering whether you should mourn its death, might as well get that black suit ready. The FCC...
  • Female engineers say it’s important to break into the ole boys’ network

    Michelle Quinn
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    Don’t shirk from or dismiss the ole boys network. You have to break in if it matters. If you want a job or a promotion, understand what the company is trying to achieve and pitch your skills to...
  • What’s on our mind: Facebook earnings

    Levi Sumagaysay
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    Facebook shares are down nearly 2.5 percent ahead of its first-quarter earnings report this afternoon. Here’s a look at some of the things investors and analysts are watching for. First: Ads,...
  • Upstart offers 3-year loans to help recent college grads

    Heather Somerville
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    Recent college grads and millennials with less-than-stellar credit can now get a loan through Palo Alto startup Upstart to buy a car, continue their education or create a business. Upstart, a...
  • On topic: Tech news to know now

    Levi Sumagaysay
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    Once again, we’re sharing the fruits of our tech-reading labor. Is AT&T working on a Netflix competitor? Twitter rolls out profile redesign to all users; here’s what to do. Saying...
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    BizSugar / Published News

  • The Importance of Word of Mouth in Marketing -

    tcamba
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    Marketing is one of the most important things in business. Without marketing, you are not going to be able to have any clients or customers. Even if you are the best company for your niche, it will mean nothing if you aren't well known in the industry. When you are looking to grow you company, you 16 Vote(s)
  • 8 Ways To Make Your Social Media Posts Relevant

    BizRock
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:53 am
    It's easy to get a social media page rolling, especially if you have the time and desire to give it your all. Yet, you'll soon find that a pretty placeholder is not enough to achieve your business goals and make the investment worth your while. The true measure of social media success is what the e18 Vote(s)
  • Worst Boss Ever: How to Lose an Employee in 10 Days

    ShannonW
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:43 am
    Want to avoid the title of 'worst boss ever'? The following is what not to do as a small business owner to ensure you keep the employees you value.17 Vote(s)
  • Why You Don't Have A Time Management Problem

    mmangen
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:28 am
    Time management, as a concept, is bankrupt. Let's canvass some of the reasons for this, shall we?:17 Vote(s)
  • How to Guest Blog in Light of Google's Restrictions

    tcamba
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:14 am
    At the beginning of 2014, Google's Matt Cutts made headlines by stating that guest blogging was dead. This caused a lAt the beginning of 2014, Google's Matt Cutts made headlines by stating that guest blogging was dead. This caused a lot of stir in the online community. People naturally got defensiv17 Vote(s)
 
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    Big Marketing for Small Business

  • 3 Tips to Creating a Killer Social Media Marketing Strategy

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

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

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

    Ted Levin
    14 Jan 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a small business owner you’re forced to stay on top of the latest marketing tools, knowledge, and tips to build a successful brand and communicate it to the right audience. When looking for success in 2014, consider the recommendations below when examining your business’ content marketing plan.   Jump Onto the Cloud Small business experts and marketing gurus have stressed the importance of cloud computing and storage relentlessly to you. With the beginning of 2014, it’s time to make the change. Your business’s marketing plan, sales, employee work and  productivity are all…
  • Mobile Marketing For Local Business

    Kristen Gramigna
    9 Jan 2014 | 10:43 am
    Mobile marketing is key for small- to mid-sized companies, and that includes marketing at the local level. When you consider that more than half the United States population now uses a smartphone, the time to reach them is now. Maintaining your market position and attracting customers at a local level should start today. Here’s how.   Customer Access Your localized mobile marketing strategy needs to get started by gaining access to customer devices. That means building your email, text/SMS, and mobile app user databases. If you don’t garner customers on a local basis, someone else…
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    Chief Home Officer Home Office, Home-Based Business, Remote Work, Telework & Cloud Computing

  • Savvy Home-Based Business Acumen: Write That Thank-You Card

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

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

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

    Jeff Zbar
    24 Jan 2014 | 9:38 am
    Once upon a time as a home-based business owner, I wanted every bit of the latest technology close at hand when I hit the road or went to a client visit nearby. My Oakley knapsack / laptop bag had everything from my laptop and lap stand, to a USB hub, a Belkin mini powerstrip / surge protector, a cable lock, several flash drives, and a USB gooseneck light for night-owl or early-bird sessions in darkened hotel rooms as the family slept. I even had a Verizon mifi personal hotspot. I was packed like Lewis & Clark heading out for parts unknown. Then, I decided enough was too much. Actually,…
  • Home-Based Business Mathematics: 3 Ways Last Year Can Guide the Year Ahead

    Jeff Zbar
    17 Jan 2014 | 4:42 am
    Every year about this time in the home office, I open Quicken and do some simple calculations regarding my home-based business’s performance for the previous year. Actually, it’s more about my clients’ performance – how they affected my bottom line and what trends unfolded over the course of the last 12 months. A quick scan of the numbers – parsed and parceled using the column headers across the top – reveals loads of insights. (Of course, the more accounting savvy among us know that various accounting apps have much more detailed metrics available. If you…
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    Small Biz Daily

  • Increase Productivity with Promotional Products

    Rieva Lesonsky
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Tim Brown It’s a given that your employees enjoy receiving promotional products. They’re free, fun and more often than not, useful! Although they may be aware that you are using these products for motives other than simply job satisfaction, they are probably not aware that you are using them so that they become or remain productive. Here are the top promotional products which can help your office increase productivity. PENS PENS PENS You can NEVER have too many pens floating around an office and your employees should never need to search for a pen to use. Time searching is time wasted.
  • Why Every Small Business Should Have Their Banker on Speed Dial

    Rieva Lesonsky
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Anna Colton, Bank of America Small business lending numbers released by Bank of America in February painted an improving picture of the small business economy. As small business success is a good indicator of larger macroeconomic trends, this indicates an upward trajectory for our economy as a whole. As the economy continues to improve, small businesses are increasingly able to secure loans for growth and development. In fact, last month, only 4 percent of small business owners said all their credit needs were not met in January, the lowest rate since early 2008, according to a survey…
  • Celebrate Earth Day: 3 Environmental Tech Tips for Your Office

    Karen Axelton
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    By Shelley Zimmer Today is Earth Day—a day when the world celebrates the environment and supporting environmental initiatives. As many know, understanding our environmental impact from both a personal and business perspective is essential. Further, as a small business owner or employee, investing in products and technology that reduce your environmental impact not only helps you go green, but can also save you money. This Earth Day, consider revisiting your business’ recycling and environmental efforts as they relate to technology—not just for today, but your overarching, year-long…
  • The Art and Science of Making a Great First Impression

    Karen Axelton
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    By Larry Caretsky Have you ever heard the phrase “natural-born salesperson”? It implies that there’s an innate talent involved in excelling at sales, and some people firmly believe that it’s an ability that you either have or you don’t. But if you think about it, at its core, sales is all about building and managing relationships. A sales professional who is outgoing and personable – a “people person” – may have a natural edge. But it’s also possible for people without that innate ability to hone their relationship management skills, just as sales professionals who…
  • Social Media: It’s Not Just for Marketing Anymore

    Rieva Lesonsky
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky You undoubtedly already know the many ways social media can help you market your small business, from boosting your company’s profile to linking you directly to customers and prospects. But are you taking advantage of all the other things social media can help you with? Here are five of them. 1.    Learning about business and your industry. In a survey by TNS reported by MarketingProfs, nearly eight in 10 small and midsized business owners say that industry-specific news and articles they find on social media are valuable. Small business owners also frequently discover…
 
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    Lip-Sticking

  • Why Aren't More Women in Leadership Positions?

    Yvonne
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Guest post by Georgina Stewart Despite strides made in equality, we still struggle to see substantial amounts of women in executive or leadership positions; many view this as a shortage that needs to be tackled. However, before this issue can be resolved it’s essential to identify the factors that may be behind the reason as to why fewer women are progressing to leadership positions and discuss what could be preventing them from doing so. Small Steps One belief is that some women are being groomed for leadership positions and that very slowly more women will appear in the top roles.
  • Home & Family and the Hallmark Channel celebrate season 2 with the Renew-It-All Sweepstakes

    Donna DeClemente
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:16 pm
    By Donna DeClemente, Donna's Promo Talk Home & Family, which is part of The Hallmark Channel family, is celebrating Season 2 of their series with the Renew-It-All-Sweepstakes which they launched on March 31. The sweepstakes is offering one lucky winner a chance to have their home renewed. The grand prize consists of $15,000 in cash to fix up a home along with a trip to Los Angeles for winner and guest to appear on the Home & Family set. Ace Hardware is a partner  providing a $2,500 gift card in the grand prize package along with Lumber Liquidators who is also a partner providing a…
  • 5 Ways to Play the What if Game... and be serious about it

    Yvonne
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    by Yvonne DiVita "I'm just funning ya," the kid in the commercial says, to a famous football star. This after challenging him with ways he, the kid, is going to become even more famous and also become the football star's mother's favorite...  "I'm just funning ya," the kid finally says with a lopsided grin. The football star smiles and nods, cause it's all in fun, don't you know?  "Or am I?' the little kid ends.  Or am I? The question isn't meant to be answered. The answer is... maybe, maybe not. The kid is yanking the football player's shorts, no doubt, but inherent in the teasing is the…
  • Calling The PollyAnna In All Of Us

    Yvonne
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am
    Post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess Okay, I admit, I try to think and be positive. There are days when I figure if I just fake it, it will happen, right? Blah. Somedays I just want to be negative. I just want to wallow in a bit of self pity, drown my sorrows in a bowl of ice cream and wear sweats all day. Is that wrong? I don't think so. If your bad mood persists, then it might be time to seek professional help, but for Pete's sake, there are times when you can just be in a bad mood! Since my cancer diagnosis I have really tried to embrace life, stop and actually smell the flowers, give in to my…
  • Spring Cleaning Your Online Reputation

    Alicia Lawrence
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    Guest post by Alicia Lawrence If I Google your business right now, what will I find?  For most companies, the honest answer is “a mix of mostly good stuff… and a few bad things, too.”  This is a problem in a world where people get most of their information online.  It’s also the impetus to start considering how to “spring clean” your organization’s web reputation. When a potential customer checks you out using Google, Bing or Yahoo!, he or she has a tendency to believe what is read.  This makes it imperative to do everything in your power to ensure that the first 10 search…
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    OnStartups

  • MA: Lets Nix The Non-Compete Here So We Can Compete Better Everywhere

    Dharmesh Shah
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    The Boston Globe reported this morning that Governor Deval Patrick will propose today a sweeping legislation to make it easier for workers in technology, life sciences, and other industries to move from job to job by banning the non-compete agreements companies use to prevent employees from jumping to rivals. I for one have been a proponent of just such a move — I think it's been a long time coming. There's expected to be some conflict as large companies continue to try and maintain this antiquated model of limiting worker mobility despite the fact that there is clear…
  • Corporate Development 101: What Every Startup Should Know

    Dharmesh Shah
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    The following is a guest post by Chris Sheehan. Chris is COO of TrueLens, an early stage startup in the social marketing space. He is also a board member, advisor and investor in many Boston and NYC startups.  You can follow him on Twitter at @c_sheehan and his blog Early Stage Adventures What the heck is corporate development and why should I care? Back in the first wave of the Internet, I was part of the team at BEA Systems that built up in-house corporate development.  Our charter was simple: add significant market cap value through…
  • Expectations vs. Reality: 8 Lessons From The First Year As CEO

    Dharmesh Shah
    4 Mar 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I started working on Foundersuite in the Fall of 2012, and we launched our MVP in early 2013. Prior to this, I'd spent 10 years consulting to startups as a fractional CFO / BD / Ops guy, so I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect for my first real rodeo as startup CEO. I was completely wrong. Here are eight areas where reality diverged the most from my expectations. 1. Identifying customer needs is only a fraction of the product-market-fit battle. I'm a fan of the lean startup model and we are diligently striving to "build things that people want." But identifying customer needs…
  • Did The 900-Pound Gorilla Just Vanquish Your Startup Or Validate It?

    Dharmesh Shah
    19 Feb 2014 | 9:19 am
    The following is a guest post by Todd Garland, the founder and CEO of BuySellAds.  Todd is a long-time friend, and was one of the early employees at HubSpot before he set out to build his own startup.  This article is about how Google (the 900 pound gorilla) launched a product that directly competed with Todd's company.  The story is worth reading because almost every entrepreneur with any amount of success will have this happen some day. -Dharmesh A few week’s ago, Google launched a service that directly competes with what our business has been doing (very successfully) for…
  • Exit Strategy Is An Oxymoron

    Dharmesh Shah
    29 Jan 2014 | 10:09 am
    In early meetings, if a VC ever asks you what your exit strategy is, you should run, not walk to your nearest…um…exit. You want your investors to be more curious about how you're going to enter a market than how they're going to exit their investment. Thankfully, I hear much less talk about exit “strategies” in the startup world than I used to.  Back in the day, no business plan was complete without a discussion of exit strategies.  And, they almost invariably came down to the same two options: Here are the list of companies that might buy us…and we could go…
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    Content Marketing Institute

  • How to Prepare Your Brand for Business Storytelling Success

    Mike Murray
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Creating quality brand stories requires skill, insight, and ongoing effort — it’s definitely not something that can be mastered overnight. But even if you had all of the time in the world, your brand’s business storytelling efforts probably won’t get any easier to develop and manage unless you have the right strategic plan in place. What is business storytelling anyway? Definitions abound, but basically it boils down to brands sharing their messages in ways that engage audiences and drive them to take a desired action (like making a purchase, calling a sales person,…
  • Enterprise Content Marketing Research: Where Does Success Lie in 2014?

    Joe Pulizzi
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Over the last several months, there has been a lot of discussion among marketers and industry thought leaders around the challenges involved with integrating content marketing across the enterprise. At Content Marketing World Sydney, CMI’s lead strategist, Robert Rose, even presented a new Content Creation Management (CCM) model that you’ll hear a lot about from us over the upcoming months. The latest CMI research confirms that integration is indeed the most often cited challenge among business-to-business (B2B) enterprise marketers (i.e., at companies with 1,000+ employees).
  • What Medium Means for Content Marketing

    Mike Kaput
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Back in the day, you’d buy meat from a butcher, veggies from a grocer, and maybe swing by a dry goods store on your way home. Grocery shopping was a multi-stop affair. Now, you visit a local supermarket or a big-box retailer that has everything you need in one place. A similar change is taking place in how people consume content.  Before, we relied exclusively on a collection of blogs and websites to provide us with the content we wanted and needed. Brands then entered the game, but the model didn’t change much: They just produced their own content, instead of relying on…
  • Why Native Advertising Won’t Survive, Regardless of FTC Involvement

    Kirk Cheyfitz
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Federal Trade Commission has signaled it intends to watch — and possibly regulate — how brands and the media handle native advertising. Unfortunately, the agency is only highlighting how out of touch it is with today’s media landscape. The long, noisy debate over so-called native advertising has completely missed that native is a dead end for advertisers and publishers — a passing fad in the slow demise of traditional advertising.  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) weighed in back in December 2013 with a day-long workshop to figure out how to regulate native ads on digital…
  • The Importance of Strategy in Successful Content Marketing

    Joe Pulizzi
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher In this episode of PNR’s, This Old Marketing, Robert and I reveal the one thing that both publishers and brands need to focus on when aiming to build a business around successful content marketing. We also discuss how some big-money deals will likely impact the content marketing industry over the next 12 months, examine a move from Cosmopolitan that is causing a stir, and review Shutterstock’s launch of a new education and training platform, before getting fired up by this…
 
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    Mario Sanchez Carrion

  • The Smoking Room

    30 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    I wrote this piece some time ago in Medium, and now I'm posting it on my site. On how sometimes the smallest problems get the best of us, learning to apologize and remembering where we come from.
  • Saying NO

    24 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    The best way to deal with work overload is not prioritizing, it's learning how to say NO.
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    jillkonrath.com

  • Words Decision Makers Love to Hear

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Decision makers don't care about your product's speed, specifications, or efficiency. They don't care about the wonderful methodology you use. Your offering is simply a tool. They care only about the results your offering delivers for them. Buyers are particularly attracted to phrases that are linked to their business goals and objectives. Start speaking in these terms and you'll definitely attract their attention: Increased revenues or profitability Faster time to market Decreased costs Improved operational efficiency Revitalizing the organization Enhancing customer loyalty Increased market…
  • [Video] Leverage LinkedIn Connections to Crack Into New Accounts

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    What strategies do I recommend for using LinkedIn to connect with others? Here are three ways that can really help you out. Check your prospect's profile. Often, you can see what they're responsible for and even some of their objectives. You can then use this info to craft a compelling message that's aligned with what's important to them. Plus, you can find areas of common interest and potential connections. After you've done that, check out the "Viewers of this Profile Also Viewed" section. That's where you'll find the names of other potential decision makers within the account – including…
  • One Easy Tip for a Successful Sales Conversation

    3 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    You've probably heard that being a good listener is the key to being successful in sales. While I agree that it's essential, I'm here to tell you that your ability to ask good sales questions is even more important. Why is that? Let me give you a little bit of scientific fact. Your brain is unable to do two things simultaneously. It can either listen OR it can formulate questions to ask. Not both. Just one. So if you're just listening, that's nice and clearly your prospect is being heard. But if you're not asking the right questions, all you're going to get is gobbledygook. Meaningless drivel…
  • Achieving Outrageous Success

    29 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Every once in a while, someone jolts me out of my comfort zone - and makes me question what I'm doing. Dan Waldschmidt, author of the new book EDGY Conversations, is one person who always seems to do that. He's spent the past four years studying how ordinary people were achieving success against all odds. I hope you enjoy my interview with him. JILL: Dan, EDGY is an acronym that stands for the four behaviors that high performers use to produce outrageous results. Tell us about them. Dan Waldschmidt: Sure. After studying 1000 high performers, we saw that they were Extreme in their beliefs…
  • How to Quickly Position Yourself as a Trusted Advisor

    25 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    How can you quickly position yourself as a trusted advisor when meeting someone new? Here are 3 strategies you can use to immediately be seen as a credible, potentially invaluable resource: Mention similar businesses you've worked with, making sure to highlight the results they've achieved from their relationship with your company. Ask insightful questions about their business direction. This shows you've done your homework and are focused on helping them, not making the sale. Have a genuine conversation. I mean it. Stop selling. Trusted advisors don't hype their credentials, pitch their…
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    B2B Lead Blog

  • Lead Generation: How to establish a connection offline

    info@meclabs.com
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetTypically, we’re the ones asking the hard-hitting questions during our MarketingSherpa webinars. But in a recent live broadcast, the roles were reversed. Bob Birge, Director of Marketing, Blue Pillar, put webinar host and MECLABS Director of Editorial Content Daniel Burstein on the spot. “When’s the last time you got a personal letter at work?” Bob asked. “I can’t even remember,” Daniel said. “If I really think back, maybe three, six months ago from a job interviewee I had thanking me for the job interview I did with them.” Bob was backing up a recent study claiming…
  • Lead Qualification: Webinar marketing strategy boosts conversion 500%

    info@meclabs.com
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetProviding relevant and valuable content in webinars is key to a successful strategy. But for Adobe, while the content was there, the strategy was not. “When I came on in 2008, we had a webinar program and a lot of other programs running very disjointed. Every program, every webinar all had various different promotional plans behind it, and they were really a one-off situation. We did a lot of work to look at that one-off strategy. Actually, I wouldn’t even call it a strategy. There really was no strategy,” Shelby Britton, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Adobe,…
  • Lead Generation: The power of copy

    info@meclabs.com
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetWords matter. Words inspire. Words are influence. One of my greatest inspirations in copywriting has always been Rudyard Kipling because he understood the true power words possess. This little gem, “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind,” is one of his better-known quotes on the subject and you can see why. It’s also no surprise to me that marketers continue to discover new opportunities to increase conversion through their testing of copy. In today’s B2B Lead Roundtable Blog post, we’ll take a look at how a one small tweak to the copy on a lead…
  • Lead Generation: Does your teleprospecting deliver value to prospects?

    info@meclabs.com
    31 Mar 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetLead generation teleprospecting is the art of acquiring sales-ready leads for a sales staff. When it comes to communicating an organization’s value and credibility, asking the right questions and relieving any anxiety is key to a campaign’s success. Consequently, wouldn’t it make sense to test and optimize this process? After all, the knowledge you acquire can be applied to several facets of your marketing efforts, including what you emphasize online. My goal for today’s B2B Lead Roundtable Blog post is to hopefully influence your approach to lead generation with a few insights…
  • Marketing Strategy: 3 steps to help optimize website user experience

    info@meclabs.com
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetIf you want a snapshot of the user experience on your websites from the perspective of your prospects, just ask them. This is exactly what James Coulter, Marketing Optimization Specialist, Sophos, did to better understand how prospects were engaging the organization’s website. James shared some of Sophos’ user feedback that he really took to heart during his presentation at Optimization Summit 2013. “I really wanted our website to be something that would help them in their purchasing decisions,” James explained. I would wager there are many B2B marketers reading this who receive…
 
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    About.com Entrepreneurs

  • Taking Stock After Tax Time

    31 Mar 2014 | 1:56 pm
    After my first year of freelancing full time, tax time was a nightmare. I had forgotten to file quarterly taxes and didn't really understand how different self-employment taxes were.  This year, I'm glad to say that I have a much better handle on things (though not a perfect one by any means!). I have them filed already and in going over all of my invoices and 1099s, it occurred to me that I have a great view of what I did right and what I did wrong last year. What kind of clients do I want to attract, and which ones can I do without?...Read Full Post
  • Top 5 Myths About Self-Employment

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:56 pm
    "I'd love to do that," friends tell me when I tell them I'm self-employed. "But it seems so risky." If you're self-employed (or considering taking the plunge, I'll bet you've heard many of the key objections: what'll you do about health insurance? How can you be sure you'll be successful? Etc., etc., etc. ...Read Full Post
  • Have You Got a Great Domain Name?

    23 Mar 2014 | 3:37 am
    I remember the first dot-com boom, the rise and spectacular fall of Pets.com, as well as novelty startups such as Kozmo plying their wares in a super-heated NYC market. Back then there was a gold rush on coveted domain names...which is maybe why it's so darn hard to find a good one nowadays. ...Read Full Post
  • Grabbing Victory From the Jaws of Defeat

    23 Mar 2014 | 3:33 am
    Being an entrepreneur can sure be an emotional roller-coaster ride -- never knowing whether you'll have enough funding to make it another month, not to mention worrying about competitors nipping at your heels (and profits)....Read Full Post
  • Are You Search Engine Optimized?

    23 Mar 2014 | 3:20 am
    Search engine optimization is a concept that can escape the attention of many entrepreneurs and small business owners. Why? Because it can seem complicated and intimidating to approach.  The good news is that you don't necessarily need to be an expert (or hire one) to realize real improvements in your search performances. You just need to master a few basic concepts....Read Full Post
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    Small Business Conversations on the Network Solutions Blog

  • Notice to Web.com, Network Solutions, and Register.com Customers About the Heartbleed Vulnerability

    Customer Service
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On Monday, April 7, a team of researchers made public a significant vulnerability to OpenSSL, called “Heartbleed.” OpenSSL is a core component of the Internet affecting how Internet communications are secured and encrypted. The vulnerability exists in certain versions (1.01 a-f) of the core library. The dangers presented by this vulnerability are that it is [...]
  • Domain Verification Emails from Network Solutions Related to New ICANN Security Regulations

    Customer Service
    31 Jan 2014 | 12:59 pm
    If you’ve recently received an email or series of emails from Network Solutions in which you were asked to confirm your email information, please rest assured that these are legitimate, and not a “phishing” scam. This request to update your email information is being made to be in compliance with new *ICANN regulations, and to [...]
  • WebLock Security Program Information

    Customer Service
    22 Jan 2014 | 9:33 am
    Domain name hijacking poses significant threats to our economy and digital ecosystem. Every day, domain names are hijacked. The FCC estimates that the costs of cyber crimes and exploitation of Internet vulnerabilities exceed $1 trillion annually. When domain hijacking occurs, it exposes businesses to the threat of significant brand and reputational damage, as well as [...]
 
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    Innovation Management

  • 7 key decisions behind innovation success. A roadmap to master innovation

    Cesar Malacon
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    As innovation practitioners, few of us would refute that decision-making is one of the biggest progress-halting problems in corporations pursuing innovation as a continuous process. This article introduces a hands-on tool to help innovators, management members and corporate boards to follow a visual, utterly practical method to “consider” (as opposed to evaluate) new projects and their possible implications in their companies’ future. The tool in turn, fosters lean communication and inclusive understanding among diverse participants, claiming that, by following its structure, innovation…
  • The Dirty Maple Flooring Company Enters the Digital Age: Part 14

    Doug Collins
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Part fourteen of the series finds our leader Charlie Bangbang and his team resolving their first collaborative innovation challenge for the Idea Mill Program. How did it go? What did they do? And, is it to serve mett wurst for lunch, ahead of an afternoon collaboration session?
  • Innovation Networks in Action – A Case Study

    Wendy Castleman
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:42 pm
    In this fourth and final installment in this whitepaper series, we examine a live case study of where both innovation training and network development have been actively managed and sustained within Intuit, an IT organization based out of Silicon Valley.
  • Taking Innovation Training to the Next Level: Integration With Employee Networks

    Anthony Ferrier and Wendy Castleman
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:24 pm
    In the previous two whitepapers of this series we examined both the benefits of innovation training and areas of innovation skills that mid-to-junior level employees can be taught. In this installment we will address an important topic that is often missing from innovation training / education programs: How to build effective employee networks that support employees who have been trained around with new innovation skills.
  • Soft is Hard to Change: The Challenge of aligning HR with Open Innovation

    InnovationManagement
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:15 pm
    The fourth theme addressed by MOOI is the relation between Open Innovation and Human Resource Management. This article delves deeper into the few articles that have arisen on HR and OI in the academic and professional literatures and the lessons that can be drawn from these existing sources. It also shares some of the take aways from the MOOI-forum discussions on this particular topic focus.
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    Freelance Folder

  • Easy Accounting Tools for Your Freelance Business

    Conrad Feagin
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    How badly do you hate accounting? Yeah, me too. We certainly can’t avoid it. But, we can automate it with some really slick and easy-to-use accounting tools. Let’s take a look so you can spend less time battling those numbers. A few weeks ago, we discussed the importance of streamlining your business with systems, software and automation. Today [...]The post Easy Accounting Tools for Your Freelance Business appeared first on Freelance Folder.
  • 10 Free Project Management Applications

    Ryan Domm-Thomas
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Are you just a freelancer? Chances are, the answer to that question, is no. Think about it – you are a business owner and as such, you fulfill many different roles. You are a marketing expert, you are an accountant, you are a supervisor. You play some extremely vital parts to run and successfully sustain [...]The post 10 Free Project Management Applications appeared first on Freelance Folder.
  • Launch Your Web Design Business

    Conrad Feagin
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:02 am
    I know starting your web design business can be overwhelming. There is so much to learn and changes in the industry come constantly. For over 10 years I have been helping web designers build their skill set and even launch their businesses. During that time, we have fine tuned our training to not only give beginning [...]The post Launch Your Web Design Business appeared first on Freelance Folder.
  • How to Get More Clients Workshop Closing Soon

    Conrad Feagin
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:13 am
    Think of your leads as the fuel that keeps your freelance business going. If you run out of leads, and aren’t generating new ones, your business will slow and eventually die. But if you know how generate leads, it will be easy for you to get more clients and then, your business can truly thrive. Why You’ll Benefit [...]The post How to Get More Clients Workshop Closing Soon appeared first on Freelance Folder.
  • 10 Amazing Free Online Writing Courses

    Ryan Domm-Thomas
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    The decision to pursue your freelance career is a huge step. Congratulations! But… Now what? Where do you start? How do you know what resources are good and what resources aren’t? Is every free report worth your time? Should you pay membership fees and dues to join forums? We have been exactly where you are! [...]The post 10 Amazing Free Online Writing Courses appeared first on Freelance Folder.
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    The Global Small Business Blog

  • A Big Social Following Can Be Both a Blessing and a Curse On the Global Front

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:04 am
    iStock/ThinkstockThe value of a company -- whether big or small -- developing its own powerful social media presence can not be overstated.  You literally make your own news.  But it can also serve as a curse if you are not careful.Pete Blackshaw, Nestle's global head of digital and social media, has it right:  “What happens in the social world, is that if you get that right, you get disproportionally rewarded. If you get it wrong, you get disproportionally punished or outed. There’s a real cost to getting it wrong.”For big social media-minded consumer-facing brands —…
  • E-Retailers Are Staking Their International Claims Worldwide

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:43 am
    iStock/ThinkstockE-commerce is picking up steam around the world with emerging countries seeing the fastest growth in activity.  India, China and Brazil are in the lead with double-digit expansions year over year.This rise of global ecommerce has retail leaders staking international claims across nearly every global market. But what factors have facilitated this ecommerce growth worldwide?What's facilitating this growth?  Find out:  Core Elements Flattening the Global E-Commerce WorldWant a look at e-commerce powerhouses both here and abroad?  Visit:  E-Commerce Goes…
  • How to Get Around Language Barriers the World Over

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Ingram Publishing/ThinkstockNo matter where you do business in the world, do your products speak for themselves?  How is that working for you?In the case of Niagara-based Pillitteri Estates Winery:“The way we try to get around the language barriers is with a lot of visuals,” he said, adding that he travels to trade shows and exhibitions abroad with price sheets, business cards, and other materials already translated to the local language, as well as a video display showcasing the ice wine harvesting process. “They see the price and taste the quality and from there the business can…
  • A Ray of Beauty

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    ©2013 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved."Flowers ... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844
  • Eriksen Translations Helps Women-Owned Businesses Build For Global Growth

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:54 am
    Photo courtesy:  ApressWe are honored and excited to be collaborating with Eriksen Translations. They are supporting women-owned businesses by providing complimentary copies of Laurel's new book, "Exporting: The Definitive Guide to Selling Abroad Profitably," to attendees at the Women Presidents' Organization (WPO) 17th Annual Conference.Delaney quotes Vigdis Eriksen, the founder and CEO of Eriksen Translations, in Chapter 15, "Web Design with the World in Mind," where she provides strategies for conveying cultural, linguistic, and business information to target audiences in a world that…
 
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    Entrance Software » Blog

  • SharePoint Trends for 2014

    Carol
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    SharePoint is an application platform that allows you to take control of the content and documents that you put on the Internet. Though the capabilities are present in SharePoint for use with external websites (like the kinds that your customers use to find out more information about your business), most companies have been using SharePoint for internal intranets. SharePoint is great for tasks like collaboration on projects, document sharing and more. There are several trends with regards to SharePoint that you should definitely be paying attention to in 2014. When you understand just what…
  • Field Data Capture and Disaster Recovery

    Valerie
    25 Feb 2014 | 9:53 am
    In January, Entrance hosted a lunch and learn, “Field Data Capture for Oil and Gas Service Companies.” Entrance’s president, Nate, covered some of the key considerations that companies out in field should cover before implementation. During the Q&A portion, one of the big topics of conversation was around toughbooks. Field work is characteristically rough, so choosing and maintaining the right devices can be difficult. Generally, a basic laptop is not sufficient for handling fieldwork. In this situation, many organizations weigh the costs and benefits of tablet versus a…
  • InfoPath Retirement: The Doctor is In

    Carol
    24 Feb 2014 | 2:36 pm
    SharePoint Consulting Prescribes Solutions to Fit Your Business SharePoint consulting is often not unlike being a doctor. When a patient visits their doctor, she doesn’t assume that penicillin is the fix for everyone who walks in the door. Instead, a cure is recommended based on specific symptoms. The same goes for our customers. When we first engage with a new company, the SharePoint team spends some time understanding how the business process is lacking. We’ll also ask questions about specific business goals, long term plans, the number of users, and more. Only after these first steps…
  • SharePoint Consulting: Solutions to Common BCS Errors

    Ron
    4 Feb 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Solving BCS Errors with SharePoint Consulting My recent SharePoint consulting work has involved working through a few BCS errors. Programmatically accessing BCS External Lists in SharePoint is a bit like working in a parallel universe.  Most list access rules will continue to apply, however there are some very special caveats that one must remember. For the reader’s findability convenience, I am organizing this guide in terms of the errors that the user will most likely encounter. Reading and querying an External List “The given key was not present in the dictionary” This error may…
  • Data Management for Oil & Gas: High Performance Computing

    Chad
    3 Feb 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Data Management and Technology The oil and gas industry is dealing with data management on a scale never seen before. One approach to quickly get at relevant data is with High Performance Computing (HPC). HPC is dedicated to the analysis and display of very large amounts of data that needs to be processed rapidly for best use. One application is the analysis of technical plays with complex folding. In order to understand the subsurface, three dimensional high definition images are required. The effective use of HPC in unconventional oil and gas extraction is helping drive the frenetic pace of…
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    Art Biz Blog

  • Delight Someone (Everyone)

    Alyson Stanfield
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:32 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I had the joy of hearing Senga Nengudi talk about her art. We were at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver in a gallery surrounded by the work. Nengudi makes soft installations and sculptures from pantyhose. It started when she was living in a small space in New York and decided on a medium that would fit into her purse. She warmed everyone in the room with her gentle, generous spirit and big smile. Senga Nengudi (center) responds to questions from curators of her exhibitions. When we (about 100 of us) were getting ready to leave, Nengudi said she wanted to give us a…
  • Save Time with Consistent Naming Conventions

    Alyson Stanfield
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    One of the best ways to save time on your computer is to be consistent when naming your files. It not only saves you time, but will be imperative when (not if) you bring someone in to help you expand your art business. It makes no sense to hire an assistant only to spend half of your time trying to find things in the computer for your assistant. Your file names should be so clear that your office or studio assistant can find what they need without bothering you. Last week, Karin, our Client Happiness Officer, was trying to find something in our fancy-pants customer software. She gently, and…
  • Tweekly for April 19, 2014

    Alyson Stanfield
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    Before I get to my top tweets from the past couple of weeks, I have something on my mind. Nineteen years ago I was living in Oklahoma City when our museum doors blew open and we simultaneously heard an explosion. The days that followed are both unforgettable and seem like a lifetime ago. I hope we never forget that senseless attack on innocent people or the, sadly, additional ones we hear about every day. It’s easy to become numb to violence, and, as sensitive artists, I hope you never do. The world needs your beauty and generous spirit more than ever. I mention it because, on the…
  • Impatience Killed the Blog (Revive It!)

    Alyson Stanfield
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    Your blog won’t become popular overnight. Blogging is a process, a commitment. After last week’s article, The Gold Mine in Your Artist Blog, several people commented to the tune of: My blog is no gold mine. I can’t get any traffic or interaction with people. In nearly 10 years of blogging and many years of teaching artists to blog, I have witnessed a large number of artists build successful blogs. I have also, sadly, watched even more artists’ blogs falter. The main reason artists’ blogs fail is impatience. There’s no instant gratification at a blog’s birth. No showering of…
  • How to Hire Someone to Help with Your Art Business

    Alyson Stanfield
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
    I just hired my first employee, other than myself, at Art Biz Coach. Yes, I have other assistants who work with me on a contract basis, but Maeve Eichelberger is a full-fledged employee. With my new assistant, Maeve Eichelberger, at her recent opening in Denver. She starts tomorrow as, officially, my administrative assistant. Unofficially-officially, she’s the Supervisor of Karmic Activity. Don’t blame me, she chose the title. It’s even on her business cards. Maeve’s job is to make sure the office runs smoothly. If you’re in one of our programs, you’ll surely hear from her.
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    Making Business Social

  • Oprah Winfrey

    conniebensen@gmail.com (Connie Bensen)
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:47 pm
  • How to Make a Business Social

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

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

    conniebensen@gmail.com (Connie Bensen)
    19 Mar 2013 | 12:02 pm
    My blogging recently has been in the form of guest posts. I will start republishing them here. This post was written for the Desk.com blog and was later published on the Salesforce.com blog. You’ve already got the “secret” weapon for new customer acquisition — it’s called customer service. But your customer service team is now treading in what used to be marketing territory, because of the explosion of social media. Customer care is your new brand and marketing differentiator. Social networks have radically changed the customer life cycle — customer care is now the beginning of…
  • Recruit Employees to Grow Your Community and Drive Growth

    conniebensen@gmail.com (Connie Bensen)
    20 Jan 2013 | 9:57 pm
    Every Community Manager knows how much effort it takes to grow a young Community and encourage engagement in an established one. Most Communities also include social outposts on channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and possibly LinkedIn depending where customers are at. Participating in and growing this multi-channel presence is more than a full time job. The irony is that we all know that Community building takes at least three to six months before one can start to realize business objectives. We are all in agreement that Community is not a campaign that can be accomplished in a…
 
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    Rise of the Innerpreneur

  • Pam Abrahamsson: Innerpreneur Spotlight

    Tara Joyce
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    PAM ABRAHAMSSON Founder of Rustica Gift & Pottery – find me on facebook – learn more about IPODERAC’s mission and how you can get involved I am: Pam Abrahamsson, the founder of Rustica Gift & Pottery, a destination for the color, history and beauty that is Talavera pottery from colonial Mexico! My passion is for: Bringing the unique and beautiful to people in a way which helps other people have better lives. My business helps you: Make your world more colorful and beautiful by making it affordable to purchase original art pottery for your home – while helping others…
  • And Another Thing I Think I Know About Personal Branding

    Tara Joyce
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:20 am
    It’s a table for two. In the end, it’s just me and you. I need to connect with you. You need to enjoy the experience of being with me. It’s you I need to tune into, and turn on. It doesn’t matter what we’re talking about, business or personal. Us humans, we connect one-on-one. Me and you. If you feel excited and passionate about what I give you, you will help broadcast my signal. If I connect with you, if I genuinely help you to fill a need, you will share what I do, and who I am. The experience of me stays with you. photo credit: Benoxi Related posts: Support My Work Yet…
  • What and Why We Buy

    Tara Joyce
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:49 pm
    I like to write about our Values, our Worldviews, and the Subcultures we inhabit — but I don’t think I’ve ever clearly explained why, have I? Maybe I’ve never written about it clearly before because it hasn’t been clear to me why it really matters until now. Having knowledge about these topics is a business owner’s secret weapon. For they determine what and why we buy. They’re psychographics and they explore an individual’s concepts of the world they live in. Demographics don’t have a chance against these bad boys. Can I Get a Definition? We use a lot of…
  • On Pretense

    Tara Joyce
    4 Mar 2014 | 1:34 pm
    It is a way of being that prevents connection. It is presenting a false story about myself and my life in order to control others perception of me. It’s a form of marketing or more specifically advertising, and it’s neither mindful nor empowering. While in my pretense, I’m not valuing my contributions fully nor am I fully valuing the contributions others. I am not being honest about who I am. I am determining certain elements of me are better and more desirable. How does it feel to hide parts of myself? My pretense is like my own beer commercial where I see blondes in…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • My Chat with Peter Smith of Golden Spiral Creative

    Jeff Cornwall
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:48 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Belmont Entrepreneurship alum Peter Smith TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post My Chat with Peter Smith of Golden Spiral Creative appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Hot Yoga Plus Founder on Social Media

    Jeff Cornwall
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Breaking Business : Social Media TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Hot Yoga Plus Founder on Social Media appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • A Journey from Liquidator to Technology Entrepreneur

    Jeff Cornwall
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Peter Marcum Talking with Peter Marcum uncovers a secret history of Nashville’s tech business. Highlights include buying much of the Enron equipment in liquidation and building a fiber network across the country and Europe AND overseeing at one time the largest Ebay business in the country. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post A Journey from Liquidator to Technology Entrepreneur appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • NDA Structure

    Jeff Cornwall
    30 Mar 2014 | 4:56 am
    Breaking Business : NDA Structure and Meanings TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post NDA Structure appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • This Entrepreneur’s Path to Success Included U2 and Alan Jackson

    Jeff Cornwall
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:38 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Scott Scovill A Nashville entrepreneur’s story that includes U2, technology and success. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post This Entrepreneur’s Path to Success Included U2 and Alan Jackson appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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    The Small Business Watchdog

  • Promising Startups Recognized by Water Technology Nonprofit

    BrookeNelson
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:12 am
    By Yvonne Lee, Region IX Advocate On March 17, I met 12 fascinating water technology entrepreneurs from around the world. These innovative food and agricultural businesses were the finalists selected to attend the 2014 Imagine H2O (IH2O) Boot Camp in San Francisco, where they had the opportunity to meet with a network of potential investors. Imagine H2O is a nonprofit organization that seeks to encourage innovators to solve the world’s water problems. It achieves this goal by hosting competitions and providing an accelerator program for innovative startup businesses. The boot camp was…
  • Message from the Chief Counsel: Success Stories from the 2013 Report on the Regulatory Flexibility Act

    BrookeNelson
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:40 pm
    By Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy Each year around this time, the Office of Advocacy issues the annual report on the Regulatory Flexibility Act. The report tells the story of Advocacy’s Office of Interagency Affairs, the group of administrative attorneys who track new proposed rules and encourage federal agencies to fulfill their RFA requirements to properly evaluate the impact of their proposed rules on small businesses. Our Office of Interagency Affairs consists of just over a dozen attorneys, assisted by a handful of regulatory economists. Yet Interagency tracks the…
  • Forum Seeks to Transform Maryland’s Small Business Ecosystem (Rescheduled to February 28)

    admin
    12 Feb 2014 | 9:22 am
    On February 28, the SBA Office of Advocacy is visiting the state of Maryland, for the Voice of Small Business Forum to meet and learn from the state’s small businesses about the current business environment they are working in. It is the Office of Advocacy’s goal to engage, listen, and document the “big ideas, barriers, and best practices” that can influence policies to ensure future small business success. The event will be held on Friday, February 28, from 8:00am to 4:30pm at the University of Maryland Baltimore County Research Center, 1450 S Rolling Road, Baltimore, MD 21227. The…
  • High Tech and Viniculture on Display During Tour of New Hampshire Women-Owned Businesses

    admin
    5 Feb 2014 | 10:15 am
    On January 10, a group of intrepid New Englanders braved the weather (including a major highway closure due to ice and accidents) to join U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Acting SBA Administrator Jeanne Hulit for a roundtable discussion and business tour outside Manchester, New Hampshire. The day focused on women-owned businesses. While business owners’ concerns were diverse and wide-ranging, a single common theme emerged—the very limited availability of microloans. Following the roundtable, Regional Advocate Lynn Bromley joined Senator Shaheen, Acting Administrator Hulit, and…
  • Advocacy Asks SEC to Add Essential Small Business Analysis to Crowdfunding Proposal

    admin
    22 Jan 2014 | 12:33 pm
    On January 16, the Office of Advocacy filed a public comment letter with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding the agency’s proposed rule on crowdfunding. The proposed rule provides the framework for the practice of crowdfunding, a method of financing by which small businesses and startups may offer stocks to a wide variety of investors online through funding portals and broker dealers. Advocacy based its comment letter on feedback from small businesses. Specifically, Advocacy hosted small business roundtables in New York City (December 16, 2013) and Washington, D.C.,…
 
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    PaySimple Blog

  • Get Your Business Organized, Spring Cleaning Style!

    Kristin Piccirillo
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    This past weekend, I did two of my favorite things… bike in the sunshine, and clean my house for springtime. When you take the time to organize the piles and attack the dust bunnies, you can revitalize your daily routine and become more productive in the future. In the same respect, spring is a great time to look at your business processes to de-clutter, dust off, and get everything in order to sparkle for the rest of year. Here are a few ways to get started spring cleaning your business. Tackle the most important area first: Even when you are hankering to clean the guest room closet,…
  • 7 Killer DIY Tips You Can’t Live Without for Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Other Social Media

    Lisa Hephner
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ve been writing Small Business Tip of the Week posts for the PaySimple blog for well over five years. During that time, the tips have covered a wide variety of topics ranging from cool free software, to current small business events, to useful whitepaper downloads, to strategies and tactics for making your small business more successful. Coming up with a new idea each week can be challenging, but I am constantly amazed at all the great advice and useful tools that I come across each and every day. So, rather than lamenting a lack of sources I typically find myself struggling to choose…
  • How to Save Time by Streamlining Your Hiring Process

    Mel Torgusen
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    Hiring great people is one of the best things you can do for your business! The right hire now can pay off for years to come, but sorting resumes, scheduling interviews, checking references… it can be a real time suck. Here are a couple ways to save time (and headaches and maybe even some money). 1. Before you do anything, set up a hiring kickoff meeting with your team. Gather up the other essential roles in the decision making process and make sure everyone has a clear idea of the plan and what you’re looking for. Some of the questions you’ll want to answer in that meeting include:…
  • Windows XP End-of-Life Advice

    Lisa Hephner
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    To ensure the safety of payment account and other personal information, we DO NOT recommend using a computer running Windows XP to access PaySimple. If you use a PC running Windows XP, you will know that Microsoft ended support for that Operating System on April 8, 2014. This means that you no longer receive security updates for the operating system. It also means that you can’t be confident that any Internet activity you engage in on a computer running Windows XP is secure. That is why we strongly suggest that you do not login to PaySimple from a computer running Windows XP. Without…
  • [Infographic] Consumer Payment Preferences

    Kristin Piccirillo
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    Did you know the average consumer gets his or her first credit card at age 21? Check out the rest of these fast facts to get a peek inside the world of your customers’ payment preferences and money management practices. Check out the Infographic » The post [Infographic] Consumer Payment Preferences appeared first on PaySimple Blog.
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • 3 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Inside and Outside of the Office

    Michael Hourigan
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Tuesday April 22nd can only mean one thing this year – the celebration of Earth Day! Having started in 1970, Earth Day has since become a global event for more than 192 countries throughout the world as a means to honor the environment and the planet as a whole. And even if you don’t consider your business to be considered traditionally “green” don’t worry – you can still join in on the big day and make a point to change how your office saves on energy and helps out in the local area! Utilize your electronics. Even the infamous Apple logo at Apple stores throughout the country…
  • Homegrown in Durham Kicks Off

    Michael Hourigan
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    At Shoeboxed we’re developing a platform to help build and grow small businesses, starting with their receipts. Our ambitious goal is to have a hand in creating more small businesses by alleviating the time and headache surrounding accounting and bookkeeping. The need for services like Shoeboxed is increasingly felt in our hometown of Durham, NC where an economic and social revitalization has led to a record number of small businesses. There is still much room for growth though. Seeing the struggle firsthand and knowing the potential impact we can make has led Shoeboxed to start our…
  • A Sneak Peek at Our New Mobile App

    Michael Hourigan
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Coming soon to an iOS App Store near you: The Shoeboxed Receipt and Mileage Tracker – redesigned for the new world (iOS7) and complete with a whole new suite of features and tools. But beauty is only skin deep, right? So aside from looking a lot better there will be a number of long requested and highly valuable features now available to users. Here are our favorites: Syncs all receipts & business cards, across all devices. If a receipt is available online, it will be available on your phone. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, right? DIY data enter receipts from the phone. Whether…
  • Building The Perfect Team with Shoeboxed and Bench: A User Success Story

    Michael Hourigan
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    With Shoeboxed, there has never been one “best” way to use our service to stay organized. And after processing over a billion dollars of expense data since 2007, we say that from years of firsthand experience! Shoeboxed takes enormous pride in serving clients from around the country and across the globe, all of whom use our service in a myriad of ways to fulfill a whole host of organizational needs in both their personal and professional lives. Introducing: Forrest Wright Profession: Creative Director, Page 90, Inc. Location: San Diego, CA Website: www.page-90.com LinkedIn: Forrest…
  • Join the Shoeboxed Team at Paradoxos!

    Emily Farrar
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    For the second year in a row, Shoeboxed is proud to be a sponsor of PARADOXOS, a one-of-a-kind festival in downtown Durham, N.C. This year’s festival will pack ideas, collaboration, fun and innovation into April 9-12, 2014. The schedule includes events that will show off all the awesome stuff happening in the tech, art, food, music, beer and nightlife scenes in Durham. PARADOXOS features a wide variety of events so it’s sure to appeal to everyone, including the construction of a Rube Goldberg machine, a pub crawl, a trivia night, a dynamic speaker event called The NEXT, art…
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    Small Biz Bee

  • How To Grow A Business Using Consumer Feedback

    smallbizbee
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    Feedback is absolutely crucial when growing a business, there is no point in expanding if there are areas that are underperforming and not doing particularly well. By using feedback inside the company off employees and outside by help from your customers, you are able to get a decent idea of where things need attention and improving. The sort of data you need to know! Many companies now send surveys for customers to fill out, they send them via email, text, letters and many more ways, there is simply no excuse for not doing this. By collecting survey data and asking simple questions you can…
  • Choosing the Right Source of Business Finance for Your Business

    smallbizbee
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
      If you’re an entrepreneur looking to fund a new startup or the owner of an SME seeking additional financing for future growth, how do you go about choosing the best source of finance for your particular business needs? Let’s look at how to make the best evaluation, as well as some of the different financing options available. Broadly speaking, business owners should ask themselves the following questions in order to determine the best source of finance for their enterprise: How much money do I need? The amount required will determine the source to some extent. For example,…
  • 4 Mistakes Young Businesses Make

    smallbizbee
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    As the economy slowly improves and technology rapidly advances, there has never been a better time to start your own business. But while entrepreneurship can be an exciting and profitable experience, it can also be quite challenging and even downright miserable if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you don’t want to join the ranks of the 90% of businesses that fail in the first five years, there are a few crucial mistakes you need to avoid. Mistake #1: Failing to Validate Every business, successful or otherwise, begins with an idea; however, even good ideas will not translate to…
  • 4 Top Paying Careers for Women

    smallbizbee
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:24 pm
      Every year, more and more women shatter the glass ceiling and achieve success in high level careers. With years of hard work coupled with wise career decisions, they obtain financial success and satisfaction. What are some of the top paying careers for women? Pharmacist After a grueling tenure at school, a pharmacist emerges with a Doctor of Pharmacology degree in hand. She passes a pair of licensure exams and begins work at clinic, hospital, drug store, or grocery store. There, she ‘manages and dispenses medications to patients… Pharmacists also offer advice on medication…
  • 4 Blog Blunders Most Businesses Make

    smallbizbee
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    Blog. It’s a small word with humongous impact. It’s a noun. It’s a verb. It’s a promotional tool. It’s a platform builder. It’s the “new black.” Yet, with all its power and possibilities, few companies use it effectively to enhance their businesses and their bottom line. Which ironically, makes marketing efforts “harder, not smarter.” With this in mind, let’s examine a few of the major mistakes many companies make, when it comes to blogging, and how to avoid them. Let’s get down to business… 4 Biggest mistakes in Corporate Blogging 1. NOT HAVING A BLOG Websites…
 
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    Home Office Envy

  • So, I Wish you Have a Happy Swimming!

    HomeLover
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    Olympian Speedos Men’s swimwear 1 People love Olympian Tom Daley. Stella McCartney once joked that these are the products which are very hard to design because they have very little space for patterns. So do you think even the super tiny ones can raise a good sale? These kind of swimsuits are very popular with confident men. But this particular design may have some risks. This minimizing swimsuit may provide “Rod Stewart” look. Do you understand what it means? You can check it on Google. And if you are confident in yourself and you feel that your body is properly toned, then you can…
  • Good Tips to Overcome Ants Naturally

    HomeLover
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:56 am
      While ants infest your property, it’s period to combat. You don’t need to take ant lure with pesticide in traps, nevertheless, because there are many organic methods to eliminating ants and maintaining all of them out . Read more here. Handling the Ants Previously in Your Home Essentially the most widely used components at home ant manages is Borax. In the past we’ve recommended a 50/50 answer of Borax combined with sugar used in a little cap, because the majority of ants are attracted to sweet items. Jonathon Hatch writes on Overcome Stuff that the sweet- baits ant…
  • Thinks You Should Know Before Buying a Portable Generator

    HomeLover
    12 Oct 2013 | 9:40 pm
    You have landed on this page so it is safe to assume that you are in the lookout for the best portable generator you can use in your home as backup power. Prior knowledge is truly important before you make any decisions or dive into a purchase you might regret afterwards. Read on and find out what you need to know before buying portable generators. Portable generators are essential backup power source in times when the main electricity system fails to function. Power outage is common occurrence even in the most advanced city or country. In the event that power shortage happens, various jobs…
  • When Can be The Right Time To Remodel Your Kitchen?

    HomeLover
    28 Sep 2013 | 2:07 am
    Whenever you’re a homeowner, there may come a time when you will desire a change. Whether or not it’s been three months or thirty years since you moved into your house, you’re ready for a new look. It’s not mandatory to transfer into a new home; you can only remodel your kitchen rather. Many homeowners, regardless of how much they desire a difference, do not wish To even consider a remodel job. Should that be the case for you, make certain you carefully think about if you truly like to remodel your kitchen. Carefully considering the information that follows might…
  • Envy This! – Submit your Home Office Photos or Videos!

    HomeLover
    21 Feb 2009 | 2:52 am
    Do you have a home office you’re proud of? How about just one that’s comfortable? A cluttery mess? Or OCD inspired? Send em in! All posted photos or videos will include a credit back to your site (including a “dofollow” link back!) Please do not mail actual photos or videos. Use a host such as PhotoBucket and send me the image link. Also include the following information: 1. Name? 2. Link to? 3. Occupation or Hobby? 4. Twiter ID (optional) (Spammy/fake submissions will be weeded out so please don’t waste your time)
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Sustainable Textiles: Harnessing a Spark in Customer Engagement

    Jan Lee
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    How do businesses in the apparel industry ensure that their customer base will not only stay, but grow? We talk to two companies and look at recent statistics that suggest the success of a sustainable business starts, like everything else, with the environment.The post Sustainable Textiles: Harnessing a Spark in Customer Engagement appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Sustainable Seafood and Impact Investing: Getting the Money Where Its Needed

    3p Contributor
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Despite recent encouraging efforts to spur an impact investing revolution in fisheries, we’re still a long way from a developed investment marketplace that would become a powerful engine for change.The post Sustainable Seafood and Impact Investing: Getting the Money Where Its Needed appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • 3p Interview: Recyclebank Goes Retail With OneTwine

    RP Siegel
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    This week, Recyclebank is taking another step towards its its mission to “realize a world where nothing is wasted,” with the launch of OneTwine, an online retail shop that allows customers to redeem their Recyclebank points, pay cash, or any combination of the two. I spoke with Recyclebank CEO Javier Flaim by phone, a few days before the OneTwine launch announcement.The post 3p Interview: Recyclebank Goes Retail With OneTwine appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Stopping Keystone XL: The Message is Getting Through

    3p Contributor
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    This past Friday, we received the welcome news from the State Department that the review period for the Keystone XL pipeline would be extended – a decision that offers both an opportunity and an acknowledgment. First and foremost, it’s an opportunity for the State Department to address the inherent flaws in its environmental review by looking at Keystone XL through a simple prism: Is the pipeline truly in America’s national interest?The post Stopping Keystone XL: The Message is Getting Through appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • SolarCoin: Scaling Up Sunshine-Powered Money

    3p Contributor
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Any currency has value -- but only if a large community uses and accepts it as payment. For SolarCoin, the new digital currency designed to promote solar electricity production, this need to scale-up is the primary barrier to gaining value as a form of money.The post SolarCoin: Scaling Up Sunshine-Powered Money appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
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    Solo Entrepreneur Blog | Resources For The Solo Entrepreneur Lifestyle

  • The Wild World Of Small Business

    Marley Majcher
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Everyone has a plan – until they get punched in the face. -Mike Tyson. How appropriate is this quote when talking about the wild world of small business ownership? After reading this article in smallbiztrends.com I was reminded that everyone needs to work for the best but also plan for the worst. Business is easy until things go wrong. Our dreams are big on paper, but in the daylight, where the work has to get done and we have to face our competition, things can easily fall apart without a recovery plan. There are all kinds of disasters that your company can face: weather, health, economic,…
  • How To Build an Online Community

    Cindy Schulson
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this world where we’re all so disconnected from each other, it’s easy to blame technology. But at the same time, technology can bring us together. If you’re a solopreneur working from your home office you understand exactly what I mean. If you’re like me, there are probably people you’ve collaborated with and worked with and yet never met. One of my biggest values in my business is community. We need  community to help us grow and to make us feel like we’re not all alone in this world of entrepreneurship. We need to feel connected to something bigger than ourselves. We need…
  • Suggestions For Making Your Business Message Known To Your Market

    Sophie Zollmann
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Making your business message known to others is one of the most important things you need to do with your business, but that won’t happen if you don’t do what you can to post your business message in different places. The more places you put your business, the more people will see it. Your message can come in different forms and that means you must use different techniques to get it across to others. The more techniques you use, the more people will see what you have to say, and that’s what you need. It’s also important to make sure you continue to place your messages in these places…
  • How to Get Clients Through Online Referral Marketing

    Jeannie Spiro
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    There’s no denying the power of a referral. Have you ever been in need of a service and didn’t know who to work with? What’s the first thing you do? You ask your friends, family and colleagues for recommendations. Here’s how it typically goes.. “Oh, I’ve got just the person for you” or “I can’t recommend “so and so” enough” If you’re anything like me, you know that a great referral is worth it’s weight in gold. The beauty of a referral is that it allows a customer to reach their desired outcome faster and with less hassle. It also shortens the sales process for the…
  • 20 Questions That Can Make a Difference in Your Career, Business & Life

    Dr. Laureen Wishom
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    While on my recent three and one-half week vacation, where I explored Fiji, New Zealand, Tasmania, Australia and Beijing, I had time to relax, reflect and think about my career, business and life. While lying at poolside one afternoon, I read a magazine article that listed 20 great questions each person should ask him/ herself at some point in his/her life. Below are the questions that I chose to ponder and ask myself during those three and one-half weeks of much fun. 1.  Do I examine my life enough? 2.  Do I care too much about what people think? 3.  Am I with the right person, the right…
 
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  • Wyoming gas explosion prompts evacuation of town

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:39 pm
    OPAL, Wyo. (AP) — Residents and emergency crews were waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming.
  • Buffett: moving oil by rail safely major industry concern

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:28 pm
    By Luciana Lopez NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warren Buffett, chairman of conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, said on Wednesday that safety is a major priority for the rail industry, after a recent spate of accidents raised concerns about how to transport oil safely. He added that the delay in the construction of the Keystone pipeline was unlikely to prompt additional purchases of tank cars at Berkshire railroad unit BNSF. COCA-COLA COMPENSATION PLAN Buffett also said, in an interview with CNBC the same day, that he thinks Coca-Cola's equity compensation plan was excessive, but that Berkshire…
  • Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:10 pm
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between powerful lobbyists for the behemoth U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly says it approves of the idea.
  • In Disney's shadow, homeless families struggle

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:21 pm
    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson found work at a barbecue restaurant and a 7-Eleven. Their combined salaries nevertheless fell short of what they needed to rent an apartment, so the couple and their two children have instead been hopping among cheap motel rooms along U.S. 192.
  • Apple shares reach 2014 highs, Asian stocks lag

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:44 pm
    By Wayne Cole SYDNEY (Reuters) - Shares in tech heavyweights Apple and Facebook held hefty after-hours gains on Thursday as their results handily outpaced Wall Street expectations, though Asian markets managed only a mumbled cheer on the news. South Korea's Samsung Electronics did gain 0.6 percent but the main KOSPI index dipped a fraction. Markets were mixed across the region with Japan's Nikkei off 0.6 percent but Singapore up 0.5 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged ahead by 0.1 percent.
 
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  • Selling Skills: How To Close A Retail Sale

    Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    It’s probably the most common question retailers ask, “How can I get my salespeople to close a sale?” There are scads of sales books written, thousands of selling phrases to tie-down a customer, and hundreds of approaches out there to force a commitment and close a sale. Which, if you could match each closing technique with the perfect situation, probably would reliably work. The trouble is, there is no perfect close because there are no perfect customers and no perfect selling situations. But there is some information I can share with you… You probably are having trouble…
  • Hiring Smarter: Creating Music in Retail

    Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Hiring is always tough for a retail store. As the economy improves, every retailer should look at upgrading their employees. That means hiring smarter employees as well as cutting out dead wood. The trouble is, the odds of hiring a keeper are about 50/50. That’s because a new employee’s success is determined less by their interview and more by the past skills they’ve collected. Their true success with you then lies with who and how you train them and with whom they will work. One thing I’ve noticed in my many years of hiring the best salespeople, is that many of them are singers.
  • The Secret of Getting More From Your Facebook Fan Page

    Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    There are many marketing articles written about how to get more fans on Facebook, and how to get more likes. This isn’t one of them… This is a post on how to get your Facebook fans to actually read your posts and use Facebook to market and drive traffic to your own website. Like most marketers, I’ve noticed through Facebook’s Insights report, that my Facebook Fan page organic reach (those people who see my posts and then click like, or click comment or share) has gone down… And gone down a lot. That’s because, unless I pay to advertise a post, it will only have minimal…
  • Is Working Retail Bad For Your Health?

    Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    A retail salesperson asked me, “Is working retail bad for your health?” My quick answer, was to say “no.” I mean, a salesperson in retail is not like a salesperson selling door-to-door or selling tin siding… However, as a retail expert, I realized that answer doesn’t give the question the consideration it deserves. Sure, there are things you can do when working retail that have a negative impact on your health. It’s not the job, it’s how you approach it. Water is typically good for you– but you can still drown in it. After a little more…
  • Retailers: The Most Important Person You Forget In Your Training Plans

    Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:07 am
    Have you ever gone to a store and purchased paint, only to discover when you get home that you have no brush? That’s kind of what it’s like with many retailers’ training programs… They may have had an outside company (like me) develop their material, or they may have spent hours, weeks and months developing their own program… But when it comes to the actual training, they forget their most important person, their Learning Manager, the one who will actually assign and monitor their training. Unless someone is dedicated to taking the materials and consciously, religiously…
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  • Ted Cruz Won Twitter Tonight

    Hunter Walker
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz had, by far, the best political tweet of Wednesday evening.  Cruz posted this picture of himself, his fellow Texas Republican, Senator Mike Lee, and a tiger skin rug: Did a little shopping for the office with @SenMikeLee in Houston today. pic.twitter.com/t9IsNINO5G — Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) April 24, 2014 As of this writing, Cruz's tweet has earned nearly 200 favorites. Business Insider reached out to Cruz's office to ask if either senator actually purchased the rug. They did not immediately respond.Join the conversation about this…
  • Here Are All The Awful Things That Happen To Your Body In Space

    William Wei
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
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  • Shocking Report Claims 'At Least 40' Veterans Died After Being Put On 'Secret Waiting List' At Arizona VA Hospital

    Hunter Walker
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:56 pm
    A stunning report published by CNN's Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin Wednesday night claims "at least 40" veterans died awaiting treatment from the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system and many of them were on a "secret waiting list." The list was allegedly designed so the Phoenix VA could hide the long wait times veterans experienced at its facilities. CNN claimed "top management" at the Phoenix VA were aware of the list and even defended its use after complaints from staffers. Now, CNN reported the Phoenix VA is being investigated by both the VA Office…
  • THE ROAD TO 300 MILLION: Photos Of LinkedIn's Epic Journey (LNKD)

    Jillian D'Onfro and Owen Thomas
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:25 pm
    LinkedIn recently announced a major milestone: The professional network now has 300 million members around the world. But those millions didn't come easy. After LinkedIn launched in 2003, it took the company almost a year and a half to win 500,000 members. In April 2004, the startup's tiny crew assembled in a room in Palo Alto, California, to celebrate the occasion with a photo. Since then, LinkedIn employees have gathered to commemorate every milestone. At first, it was every million. Then the numbers started flying by — every 5 million new members, every 10 million. Today, 67% of…
  • Here's The Only Way To Get Your Passport Renewed In 24 Hours

    Kamelia Angelova
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:25 pm
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  • The Right Colors Make Data Easier To Read

    Sharon Lin
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    What is the color of money? Of love? Of the ocean? In the United States, most people respond that money is green, love is red and the ocean is blue. Many concepts evoke related colors — whether due to physical appearance, common metaphors, or cultural conventions. When colors are paired with the concepts that evoke them, we call these “semantically resonant color choices.” Artists and designers regularly use semantically resonant colors in their work. And in the research we conducted with Julie Fortuna, Chinmay Kulkarni, and Maureen Stone, we found they can be remarkably…
  • Facebook’s Unbundling Strategy Makes Perfect Sense

    Niraj Dawar
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Can a company built on the ideas of scale and network effects unbundle its offering into multiple brands and still thrive? Facebook is about to find out. Unbundling has a compelling strategic and competitive rationale for Facebook. It has implications that extend far beyond the company’s stated goal to design single-purpose apps that fit mobile usage and the bottleneck of screen mobile device real estate. “Facebook is not one thing,” Mark Zuckerberg said in his recent interview in the New York Times. And clearly, the more meaningful things Facebook becomes to its customers, the less…
  • Think Differently About Protecting Your Brand

    Denise Lee Yohn
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Licensing can generate big business for brands. The top 150 global licensors accounted in total for almost $230 billion, according to License! Global. Disney alone reported $39.3 billion in retail sales of licensed merchandise worldwide in 2012, fueled by the popularity of its Marvel Comics properties. Brands in categories from apparel to automotive to sporting goods to spirits are licensed.  Even celebrities license their brands – Usher Cologne, anyone? Licensing’s popularity makes sense. It can boost brand exposure and expansion without significant investment, helping companies enter…
  • How GE Applies Lean Startup Practices

    Brad Power
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    We are all lean now — or soon will be. As the world becomes more digitized, generating more information surrounding products and services and speeding up processes, large and small companies in every industry, even manufacturing, are starting to compete more like the software industry, with short product lifecycles and rapid decision-making. GE has responded to this drive for speed and need to align more closely with customers’ needs by using a new technique called “FastWorks.” It’s a framework for entrepreneurs, building on “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries. The Lean Startup is…
  • To Enhance Your Learning, Take a Few Minutes to Think About What You’ve Learned

    The Daily Stat
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Research participants who did an arithmetic brain-teaser and then reflected on their strategies for solving it went on to do 18% better in a second round than their peers who hadn’t set aside time to reflect, according to Giada Di Stefano of HEC Paris, Francesca Gino and Gary Pisano of Harvard Business School, and Bradley Staats of the University of North Carolina. The unconscious learning that happens when you tackle a challenging task can become more effective if you deliberately couple it with controlled, conscious attempts to learn by thinking, the research suggests.
 
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  • 3 Tips to Creating a Killer Social Media Marketing Strategy

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

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

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

    Ted Levin
    14 Jan 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a small business owner you’re forced to stay on top of the latest marketing tools, knowledge, and tips to build a successful brand and communicate it to the right audience. When looking for success in 2014, consider the recommendations below when examining your business’ content marketing plan.   Jump Onto the Cloud Small business experts and marketing gurus have stressed the importance of cloud computing and storage relentlessly to you. With the beginning of 2014, it’s time to make the change. Your business’s marketing plan, sales, employee work and  productivity are all…
  • Mobile Marketing For Local Business

    Kristen Gramigna
    9 Jan 2014 | 10:43 am
    Mobile marketing is key for small- to mid-sized companies, and that includes marketing at the local level. When you consider that more than half the United States population now uses a smartphone, the time to reach them is now. Maintaining your market position and attracting customers at a local level should start today. Here’s how.   Customer Access Your localized mobile marketing strategy needs to get started by gaining access to customer devices. That means building your email, text/SMS, and mobile app user databases. If you don’t garner customers on a local basis, someone else…
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  • Strategic Server Refresh with IBM System x

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The paper also discusses how a server refresh with IBM® System x® servers, powered by the latest Intel® Xeon® processors, delivers and supports solutions and capabilities needed by SMBs.Sponsored by IBM and Intel.Intel, the Intel logo, Xeon, and Xeon Inside are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.Request Free!
  • The Cost Advantages of Using a Hosted Unified Communications Service

    1 Apr 2014 | 12:20 am
    A challenge for Small and Mid-sized Businesses (SMBs) is the cost of scaling their communications systems to rival the rich functionality and flexibility of bigger competitors with dedicated IT staffs. Upfront capital costs and the requirement for on-site staff to manage equipment and applications have fueled interest in hosted Unified Communications (UC) services, which allow smaller organizations to use a third-party provider's UC infrastructure in the cloud and enjoy the economies of scale of very large organizations.This paper offers a full Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) comparison between…
  • 10 Minute Guide to Increasing Supply Chain Visibility

    24 Mar 2014 | 8:50 am
    With unpredictable economic shifts, natural disasters, and other potential supply chain disruptions, it is now more important than ever to implement visibility strategies targeted to your organization’s needs and investment resources. Supply chain technology advancements help you automate work processes, collaborate with suppliers, and manage data within the four walls (materials, manufacturing, shipping) and at your supplier sites across the globe. Download this eBook for guidance to create an integrated visibility system that delivers maximum global visibility, partner collaboration…
  • Background Checks: Understanding Who You Are Hiring

    21 Mar 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Hiring the right job candidates the first time protects your business from fraud and long term losses. The median loss suffered by smaller organizations in 2008 was $200,000, according to ACFE's Report to the Nation. While employers can and should implement monitoring programs within their organization to prevent theft and violence, preventing un-fit employees from entering their workforce will not only save initial training resources, but will prevent potentially damaging losses over time.While background checks cannot guarantee a flawless hiring process, they can dramatically improve the…
  • 3 Myths About VoIP Phone Service That May Be Holding Back Your Business

    1 Mar 2014 | 12:20 am
    Hosted VoIP makes businesses look professional, run more efficiently, and grow more profitable. But pervasive myths are keeping some businesses from taking advantage of this high-growth, proven technology. Don't miss out on the benefits of VoIP because of misinformation about mobility, ease of use, sound quality, and the appropriateness of VoIP for small businesses, where it really excels.Download this Executive Brief to debunk 3 myths about VoIP-based business phone service.Request Free!
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    Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global

  • To Succeed, Women Must be Confident and Competent

    Laurel Delaney
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Is lack of confidence holding women back?  Authors Katty Kay and Claire Shipman (pictured) make a good argument in The Atlantic that it is: Even as our understanding of confidence expanded, however, we found that our original suspicion was dead-on: there is a particular crisis for women—a vast confidence gap that separates the sexes. Compared with men, women don’t consider themselves as ready for promotions, they predict they’ll do worse on tests, and they generally underestimate their abilities. This disparity stems from factors ranging from upbringing to biology. Read the entire…
  • Success Stories Through Entrepreneurship

    Laurel Delaney
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    Eleven women from India overcame hardships by becoming entrepreneurs. Sakubai Lokhande, is one such entrepreneur, who comes from a tiny village in Maharashtra and started making brooms and ropes. She says: “I come from a very poor background and hit the bed many a night on an empty stomach.” Read about how Sakubai and others overcame adversities and became entrepreneurs: Industry Body Felicitates Grassroots Women Entrepreneurs Photo courtesy:  FlickrFiled under: Country specific, Education, Enlighten Me!, Gender challenges Tagged: felicitates grassroots women entrepreneurs,…
  • 8 Tips From a Turkish Television Star

    Laurel Delaney
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    President Barack Obama with Baybars Altuntas. What does a television star have to do with growing global?  Plenty and through an interview, I had a chance to bring it all out. First though, it started with having the perfect combination of collaborating on a book deal (“Planet Entrepreneur“), being a member of the same global entrepreneurial membership organization (World Entrepreneurship Forum) and wanting to stay in touch with an amazing human being:  Baybars Altuntas. That’s how I pulled off interviewing Baybars (http://baybarsaltuntasnotes.com/about/), who in addition…
  • Female Beef Producers Talk Exports

    Laurel Delaney
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:17 am
    Two female beef industry leaders, Josie Angus and Prue Bondfield, both exceptionally knowledgeable on the opportunities and challenges involved with exporting produce, talk exports. Josie Angus runs Signature Beef, a family beef company in Australia that has grown to successfully brand and market to customers in 24 countries internationally. Prue Bondfield, along with her husband David, runs Palgrove Charolais.  They are strong in Australian beef cattle genetics and are focusing on exports of genetics and beef to Asia, having successfully marketed genetic product into a number of other…
  • Women Carry the Weight of Water on Their Backs in Developing Countries

    Laurel Delaney
    22 Mar 2014 | 5:34 pm
    According to Gemma Bulos in her article “Water, Dignity and Sustainable Livelihoods for Women in Kenya,” women outnumber male entrepreneurs in developing economies because they face higher barriers to entry in the formal labor market and have to resort to entrepreneurship as a way out of poverty. From Africa to Asia and elsewhere around the globe, the containers, the clothes, and the scenery may be different but the experience is the same. Women carry the weight of water on their backs, literally and figuratively. Worldwide, it is estimated that on a single day women can spend…
 
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  • User Driven Design, Appropriate Tech, Invention For Social Good... Whatever You Call It, It's All About Empathy In Action

    Ashoka
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Dr. Carol Dahl is the Executive Director of The Lemelson Foundation, leading the Foundation’s work to use the power of invention to improve lives. The Foundation inspires and enables the next generation of inventors and invention-based enterprises to promote economic growth in the US, and help solve social and economic problems for the poorest populations in developing countries.
  • Trust, Loyalty, Candor: 3 Must-Haves In Tomorrow's Business

    Tom Mendoza
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:23 pm
    When we were just starting out as a young tech company, we wanted to create an environment of trust and candor. The two go hand in hand: If people trust you, they'll be candid with you. Here's how to earn your customers' trust...
  • Apple's iPad Rules The Enterprise. So When's The Second Act?

    Erika Morphy
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:14 pm
    A successful Veterans Affairs Department pilot could go far in entrenching Apple all the more deeper in the enterprise market, especially as competing tablets aimed at this constituency continue to come to market.
  • Piketty's Capital Shortcomings

    Carrie Sheffield
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century argues that CEO pay is too high and income taxes should be raised to compensate for capital returns that are greater than overall economic growth. Without greater wealth redistribution, Piketty argues, the wealthy will receive income at increasingly suboptimal levels. Piketty’s writing not only gets some basic facts wrong about the minimum wage, it also promulgates a baffling notion that CEO pay is but an "ideological construct” without adequate consideration of risk factors that shape compensation. My former…
  • 27 Etiquette Rules For Our Times

    Rob Asghar
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Remember the basic success principle underlying all manners and etiquette: Think about other people’s feelings first, because it’s still not all about you.
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    The Rise To The Top: Helping you generate big time revenue through your own online products & programs

  • How To Create An Easy-To-Implement Facebook Marketing Plan That REALLY WORKS

    David Siteman Garland
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    I get this question A LOT (and by a lot I mean, um, a lot): “David, what is YOUR #1 SOURCE for traffic/building audience/email list/subscribers?” Drumroll please… The answer is… FACEBOOK Yes, good ole Facebook. The FB. But here is the thing, most people (and this used to be me) spin and kick the tires on Facebook. I know this, because I used to be one of them. Meaning…I had a fan page. Made some posts. But I never really had a PLAN and wasted a ton of time (I mean who wastes time on Facebook Fail to plan, plan to fail and waste lots of time looking at exes.
  • The 7 Most Important Tweaks You Can Make To Your Website To 3x/4x Your List In The Next 6 Months

    David Siteman Garland
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Happy start to the week! Getting ready for Passover here at the Garland household (AND my floor hockey team going for our 4th straight championship AND the NHL Playoffs). Oh and it is the last week of my 20s. I turn the big ole 3-0 on Saturday (19th). All kinds of cool stuff going on and hope you are rocking and rollin’ as well. I’ve got something epic for you this week and that is a FREE training webinar happening on Thursday: Click here to check out what we’re doing and to register if you’re interested: “Rapid Listbuilding For Hypergrowth: The 7 Most Important…
  • 5 weird tweaks I did to my webinar presentation which doubled my sales (and you can totally steal ‘em)

    David Siteman Garland
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Webinar hard…tweak hard. That’s my new song.  Anyway… I remember, as recently as least year, I was “meh…OK” at webinars. What do I mean? Well as you know (captain obvious here) webinars really serve two major purposes: Teach something cool to your attendees that they can use Have a product/program to sell at the end I always felt I was decent at #1 but sort of “flew by the seat of my pants” for #2. Meaning, I didn’t really have a process in place to make sure I rocked out with the sales part of my webinar. Long story short, I learned a system from my buddy John…
  • Success Story: How a former park ranger & teacher created and launched her first online course (that brought in over $50k!) with Nikki Elledge Brown

    David Siteman Garland
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    This is one of those proud papa bear moments. Recently, I reached out to a bunch of my Create Awesome Online Courses (CAOC as the cool kids call it) students who have launched their business online for some INSANELY candid interviews about their experience. Why? I’m freakin’ proud of them (like beyond words). I want YOU to get fired up and inspired (or if you are fired up and inspired…even MORE fired up and inspired) and hearing from people who are having success is going to get you going I’m a really good teacher (hah) Anyway…let me share with you a rock star in every sense…
  • Ask David: Should I include a private Facebook group in my products & programs?

    David Siteman Garland
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    “David, should I include a private Facebook group with my products & programs?” Wonderful question, grasshopper. Watch my answer below: …and let me know in the comments section YOUR experience with private FB groups in either running them or being a part of them BECOME A RISE VIP FOR FREE. ENTER YOUR EMAIL BELOW AND RECEIVE: David's advice, tips & strategies and more to help you create and sell digital products and programs online Surprises, VIP-only content & find out about all kinds of cool things first (including limited seating online workshops, webinars,…
 
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    Online sales proposals | Mimiran

  • Does Your Sales Proposal Have a Great Villain?

    Reuben
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:49 am
    If you don’t do this project, this guy will cut off your hand. A good proposal is a story, and great stories need strong villains. Villains provide an emotional push to the story beyond numbers in a spreadsheet. No matter how much ROI is involved, or how logical the CFO is, organizations rarely move unless they have a gut-level reason to do so. (Daniel Kahneman’s excellent book, Thinking, Fast and Slow divides the brain into the emotional “elephant” and the logical “rider.” The rider thinks he’s in charge, but he’s really not.) Villains can…
  • Streamlined Copying of Quotes for Proposal Templates

    Reuben
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Creating a proposal from a template copies any quotes from the template to the new proposal. This makes it really fast to have your proposal ready to go. Except for one thing. Mimiran would prepend “Copy of ” to the beginning of the quote name. If you have just one quote on your proposal (most cases), this is just an aesthetic annoyance. But if you have 2 or more quotes, to present options to your prospect, these quote names would appear in the pricing tables in the proposal content. Which meant you had to manually remove the “Copy of ” from each quote. Not a big deal…
  • Saying Nothing, Beautifully

    Reuben
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    A great video made the rounds recently, depicting a “Generic Brand Video” ad. If you haven’t seen it yet, take the 3 minutes… … then think about how so many sales proposals are the written equivalent of this meaningless gloss. (If I had more time, it would be fun to give the same treatment to proposals.) Having a good looking proposal is important, but what’s really important is showing the prospect how you plan to solve their problem. This requires real, concise language, not empty slogans. It requires saying something meaningful, if not beautiful, not…
  • Top 3 Sales Proposal Myths, Busted

    Reuben
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:39 am
    1. The Economic Buyer Is Very Busy You might think the executive who can approve your proposal is really busy, with barely enough time to read your proposal, let alone understand it, but nothing could be further from the truth. The modern executive spends most of his or her day on the golf course, mixing martinis, or wondering what to do after beating Flappy Bird. You can show your concern for their boredom by making your proposals as long and complex as possible, giving them the chance to read and re-read. Even better, have a few sloppy copy & paste errors in your proposals, to give…
  • When You Should Make Assumptions in Sales

    Reuben
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:29 am
    We’ve all heard how when you assume, you make an ass out of you and me. In sales, we’re taught to never assume anything, to always ask open-ended questions to understand the customer’s real issues. This advice is usually great, except for one key exception, which Jill Konrath highlights. (Go watch her video now, it’s only 90 seconds.) If I may paraphrase Jill Konrath, I think of this as “assume that you can help– if so, what symptoms might you expect to see? And what benefit would the customer get from fixing the underlying issues?” You might be…
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    Business.com B2B Online Marketing Blog

  • 14 Resources to Reference When Writing a Blog Post

    Ashtyn Douglas
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    A few months ago, we discussed the two  fundamentals of every successful B2B content marketing strategy: creation and distribution. (Tweet This). While this two-step process applies to any content format – white papers, eBooks, reports, video, and infographics – we’re most familiar with it for daily or weekly blog posts. Create a good blog post, then distribute it. Repeat Monday through Friday. Related: 4 Easy Ways to Find Out if Your Blog is Failing To avoid creative burnout, take time to revitalize the content creation part of your routine blog operation with this great…
  • 3 Big Shifts in B2B Marketing: How Marketers Are Reacting [Infographic]

    Ashtyn Douglas
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Click to See Full-Size Infographic In our recent post 3 Foundational Marketing Shifts, Business.com CEO Tony Uphoff paints a vivid picture of the technoligical disruption that has forever changed B2B marketing tactics. “Over the last decade,” explains Uphoff, “digital technology has disrupted nearly every aspect of the media and marketing industries.” Uphoff goes on to introduce and verify three foundational “From-To” shifts that have materialized as a result of digital technology and are subsequently changing the way we do business: Shift from…
  • The Strategist’s Guide to Defining Company Culture

    Tony Uphoff
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    You’ve developed a clear strategy, vetted it with experts, received external market validation and carefully communicated it throughout your organization. Yet the strategy isn’t gaining traction. You reevaluate, refine and adjust the strategy, communicating it again and again only to see the same poor results. The reality is your strategy may not be the issue. It may be your culture. Here are 5 tips for defining and nurturing culture in your company. 1. What is Culture? Simply put, business culture is defined by a set of truths that your company believes in and runs on (Tweet…
  • Top 7 SMB Markets To Watch In 2014

    Ashtyn Douglas
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    We have good news to report! Small businesses are still purchasing and B2B marketers are investing more marketing dollars than ever in an attempt to reach and retain this ever-important demographic. According to a new study from the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council and Penton, 2 out of 3 business-to-business marketers are investing more in engaging small to medium-sized business (SMB) customers over the next 12 to 36 months. 60 percent  of these businesses plan to spend up to 40 percent of overall marketing resources on SMB campaigns (Tweet This!) In our newest Small Business Pulse…
  • 4 Easy Ways to Find Out if Your Blog is Failing

    Rob Canning
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    You’ve crafted your blog strategy, painstakingly laid out an editorial calendar, and spent countless hours (and perhaps precious cash) creating blog posts for your business.  How do you know if your effort is paying off? Determining whether your blog strategy is failing or succeeding can be achieved with a few simple steps. 1. Start by Understanding Your Goals First and most importantly, understand the goal of your blog.  Is it designed to establish thought leadership for your brand, generate leads, build up your social following, better understand your audience, etc.?  It may sound…
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    MyWifeQuitHerJob.com

  • MWQHJ 007: How Noah Kagan Started AppSumo A 7 Figure Business Selling Digital Goods Online

    Steve C
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    Click Here To Enter My Podcast Giveaway Contest In today’s episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing Noah Kagan, a well known entrepreneur that has started many successful businesses. He’s also known for being employee number 30 at Facebook and a very early employee at Mint.com as well. Recently, he has shifted his focus towards starting lifestyle businesses and that is why I wanted to have him on the show so badly. Right now, he runs AppSumo.com, a daily deals site selling digital goods for entrepreneurs. And the nature of his business allows him to work wherever he wants and…
  • MWQHJ 006: How Polly Liu Created An 8 Figure Business Selling Wedding Favors Online

    Steve C
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Click Here To Enter My Podcast Giveaway Contest I’m thrilled to have Polly Liu on the show today. Polly’s wedding favor store, Beau-Coup.com, started in her own bedroom and has since ballooned to an 8 figure business. In fact, Beau-Coup was the inspiration for my own online store. Early on, I modeled our shop just like hers and I tracked and studied her every move. Don’t be fooled by Polly’s modesty on the podcast. She’s a super star and there’s a lot to be learned if you want to dominate in ecommerce like she has. What You’ll Learn Why Polly decided…
  • My Podcast Is Live And I’m Doing A Big Giveaway

    Steve C
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    After months and months of preparation, I’m happy to announce that my small business podcast is officially live! The purpose of my podcast is to dispel the common myths associated with starting an online business. By interviewing and revealing the inside stories of other successful entrepreneurs, I want to hammer the point home that it’s possible to start your own business… Without risking a lot of money Without requiring any technical knowledge Without getting any outside funding All of the entrepreneurs featured on the show bootstrapped their businesses from the ground up…
  • MWQHJ 005: Greg Go On How To Grow A Blog To Over 1.5 Million Visitors A Month

    Steve C
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    Click Here To Enter My Podcast Giveaway Contest I’m excited to have Greg on the podcast in this episode because he runs one of the most popular personal finance and lifestyle blogs on the Internet. In fact, his blog generates more traffic in a few months than my blog does all year. It’s really incredible what he’s been able to achieve and I really admire him for growing a blog to such a large size. As you can imagine, with that amount of traffic the revenue potential is extremely high. Listen to Greg’s story on how he started Wisebread.com from scratch and how…
  • MHQHJ 004: How Viv And Joe Created Orbit Baby, An 8 Figure Business Selling High End Baby Strollers

    Steve C
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    Click Here To Enter My Podcast Giveaway Contest This particular episode is very special to me because Viv and Joe are both close friends of mine. We all went to Stanford together and majored in engineering. Viv and I studied electrical engineering while Joe focused on mechanical engineering and product design. As you will discover in this podcast, when a power couple like Joe and Viv start a business, it’s destined to be successful. Follow their journey on how they started from nothing to creating Orbit Baby, one of the most successful high end baby stroller companies in the world. You…
 
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    Optimal Digital Marketing

  • The Heartbleed Bug: The Internet’s Biggest Security Breach

    Claire Westlie
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    The Heartbleed Bug is the Internet’s biggest security breach yet. The list of vulnerable sites is massive. Thousands of sites are affected, including Internet giants like Facebook, Google, and Yahoo. Private information from instant messages to credit card information may have been stolen. Learn what happened and what you should do. What is the Heartbleed Bug? OpenSSL is a popular cryptographic software library used by the majority of websites. Basically, OpenSSL is the storage unit for all the data on the websites that use its software. The Heartbleed Bug is a vulnerability that allows…
  • Optimal’s Crazy Past 9 Months

    Erik Kielisch
    28 Mar 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Whew! A lot has happened in the last 9 months. We rebranded, grew to 14 employees, won an ADDY for web design, and were honored by the Fox Cities Chamber. And it’s all because of our clients and our team. Come see…. Where we came from Nine months ago we were a small crew working out of a small office. Optimal’s Erik, Brandon, Deb, and Erikka (not pictured) Hiring that fifth person in June was a huge step, and we moved offices to accommodate the increase.  Little did we know that we would soon add many more…. Optimal’s Zach, Jeremy, Casey, Brandon, Deb, Eric, and…
  • 15 Key Takeaways from Marquette’s Digital Advertising Summit

    Optimal Digital Marketing Inc.
    21 Mar 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Optimal’s Brandon, Erik and Casey attended the Digital Advertising Insight Summit at Marquette University on Wednesday, and they left with some great takeaways. Check them out! (And make sure to read all the way down…a surprise is waiting at the end.) Erik’s Takeaways: Since I do a lot of writing and wireframes, I really enjoyed Brady Pierzchalski’s talk on User Experience (UX). He’s done UX for Kohl’s and Best Buy and helped us easily grasp the basics of UX and how to do it ourselves.   Have compassion for the user experience. #ux — Erik Kielisch…
  • How to Find, Use and Create Useful Content

    Erik Kielisch
    7 Mar 2014 | 9:22 am
    Knowledge is an advantage. And the Internet makes it possible to know all about your industry so there’s no excuse to say, “I don’t know.” Unfortunately, most online content is crap. It’s superficial, redundant and leaves you wanting more. How do you make time to sift through the web to find good content, let alone consume and apply it? How to Find and Use Useful Content At Optimal, we spend 10-20% of our time honing our skills by reading articles, watching how-to videos, summarizing our findings and sharing them internally. Here’s how we do it: We subscribe to authoritative blogs…
  • Now Hiring a Creative Content Intern

    Optimal Digital Marketing Inc.
    28 Feb 2014 | 10:38 am
    Optimal Digital Marketing is looking for a Creative Content Intern who is interested in learning and honing valuable digital marketing skills. Paid Part-Time or Full-Time Internship This will be a part-time or full-time paid internship for up to six months with potential to hire. Looking for Motivated, Hard-Working Creatives We need someone who has interest in marketing, writing, web, and digital PR. This internship would also include daily office tasks such as data entry. Located in Appleton, Wisconsin You will be working in our comfortable office on the 3rd floor of the Zuelke Building in…
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    Flyte New Media

  • 7 Social Media Marketing Rules You Can Ignore…and Still Succeed

    Rich Brooks
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Whether you’re just getting started with social media, or you’ve been doing it a while, chances are you look to social media experts for guidance in how to behave in the social arena. And there are a lot of social media experts out there–including the ones who claim there’s no such thing as a “social media expert”—who are only too happy to tell us how social media works, how it doesn’t work, and how you must behave while doing social media marketing. While there’s a lot of good advice out there, it’s framed as the only possible way to behave, and how every business and…
  • Should Instagram Be Part of Your Marketing? [Infographic]

    Rich Brooks
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    More brands are jumping on Instagram to engage their audience. Should you follow suit? Last night as I lay in bed I flipped through my Instagram feed. I also checked to see my recent activity…who had liked or commented on my photos and who had begun following me. I was surprised to see that my newest follower was Constant Contact. Maybe I shouldn’t have been that surprised. Plenty of companies–large and small–are jumping on Instagram as a way of meeting their community on their own turf.  And why not? It’s a hugely popular platform that attracts users of all ages,…
  • Why We’re Shutting Down flyte.biz

    Rich Brooks
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    F.W. Woolworth’s. Bennigan’s. Pan Am. The XFL.  Sometimes it’s just time to move on. When I first changed the name of my company to flyte new media, I tried to secure the domain flyte.com. It was taken, but it didn’t look like it had been updated in a while and I made an offer. It was rebuffed. I made a counter-offer. It too was rebuffed. And so were several more.  Interestingly, I don’t believe the website has changed since 1999 when I first approached the owner.  I settled on flytemedia.com and also bought up flytenewmedia.com as a redirect.  When the dot…
  • What is Bitcoin? Where is Mt. Gox?

    Rich Brooks
    4 Mar 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Is Bitcoin the future of money, or just an easy way for criminals to engage in illegal activities online? Is Mt. Gox the sequel to Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham? To address these questions and more I stopped by 207, the evening news program on Maine’s NBC affiliates, to talk about this digital currency. If you missed last night’s episode, either due to geography or alternate plans, you can check it out at the 207 website or down below. Here’s the talking points:   What is Bitcoin? A virtual online currency that allows people to buy and sell goods and exchange money.
  • Should You Pay Attention to the Mobile App Jelly?

    Rich Brooks
    13 Feb 2014 | 3:06 pm
    What is the mobile app Jelly all about, and can you use it to market your company? The other day I was at WCSH on the 207 set, talking about a new app called Jelly.  Jelly connects you with people in (and just outside) your social network as a way of asking and answering questions. Because it was created by Biz Stone, the founder of Twitter, a lot of people “in the know” have jumped on, giving it some instant street cred. But is Jelly something you should pay attention to? Should you try and use it to market your business? In the segment that you can watch below or at the 207…
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    Diamond Website Conversion » Blog

  • Website Design: Your Business Needs to Look Like a Business

    Marty Diamond
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    The times of GeoCities are behind us, so why are there business sites that look like someone just threw whatever they thought looked good, or just thought the website did the job? It’s admirable to create your own website, but if you have specific intentions, your business needs to look like a business. Your business websites should have essential information up on the home page that answers basic questions like: What is your business about? What are you selling? How can people contact you? Why should people buy from you rather than someone else? Failing to answer these things could be…
  • How Important Is Responsive Design For Website Conversion?

    Marty Diamond
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Responsive design has changed the game for a lot of website owners. In fact, more people are using smartphones and tablets for surfing and shopping. According to Nielsen, over 70% of smartphone shoppers use a store locator before going out to that store. NPD says that in America alone, over 25 million people are using Coupon apps every month. There are so many mobile stats out there that websites have to conform to the times, and that means seeking a responsive design solution. The problem is that while there are people realizing this and even trying to implement a solution, they are doing it…
  • Better WordPress Search With Relevanssi

    Marty Diamond
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Let’s face it! WordPress search is not the greatest. Searching for a term doesn’t always bring up the most relevant sources. As a site that offers services in optimizing your site for better conversion, the search within your website is just as important as the results given by the big search engines. We recommend Relevanssi for the task. While we use the premium version of Relevanssi here at Diamond Website Conversion, the free version does a great job. In fact, for those who previously used Search Unleashed (which has been deprecated) and wpSearch, Relevanssi is the plugin is an…
  • An Overview of WordPress SEO by Yoast

    Marty Diamond
    13 Feb 2014 | 1:18 am
    There are a lot of different WordPress plugins just for SEO alone. One of the more popular plugins in WordPress is WordPress SEO by Yoast. It’s really easy to install, but a lot of people don’t really understand the areas, so here’s an overview of WordPress SEO by Yoast. If you get confused, don’t worry, this plugin comes with a cool little tour guide! An Overview of WordPress SEO by Yoast What can WordPress SEO by Yoast do? WordPress SEO allows you to have more control over how your site’s results appears on search engines. This plugin is very robust and…
  • How To Create A Simple Newsletter Campaign With MailChimp

    Marty Diamond
    4 Feb 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Here at Diamond Website Conversion, we use MailChimp for our email campaigns. The great thing about MailChimp is that it is a great service for anyone starting off. The actually have a free account that helps bootstrapping business owners and bloggers build a solid following. In fact, the limit on their free account is for anyone with under 2,000 subscribers and allows you to send out a maximum of 12,000 emails per month. The other convenience with MailChimp is that it integrates with most content management systems like WordPress, and you can even connect it with Facebook. You can even…
 
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    Profitable Growth

  • How to know a business owner is about to fall from grace (and what to do about it)

    Andy Birol
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:43 pm
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer March 4, 2014   Good, smart people start companies, and they go into business with ambition and a sense of purpose. So, why do some of them make decisions that are painful to watch? Even when the owner is pompous or self-righteous, it’s easy to flinch when terrible choices lead to them to lose their way — and then lose everything. Click here to read more.
  • 4 ways to make your own luck in business

    Andy Birol
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer March 18,  2014 The saying “it’s better to be lucky than smart” is often used to describe successful CEOs who aren’t necessarily  the smartest people in the room. Despite flopping in the classroom, not coming from money, or not attending a top school, some of these business owners become quite successful. Click here to read more.
  • 5 police strategies that businesses should adopt

    Andy Birol
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer February 25, 2014   You think you have problems? Try being a cop. Years ago, I went on a police ride-along in Pittsburgh’s highest crime zone. During that Saturday graveyard shift, the officer and I responded to nonstop calls about gunshots, domestic violence, armed intruders, crack-addict beatings, fugitive surveillance, and gang hangouts. Click here to read more.
  • How to fix your sales process so you won’t ever be disappointed in a sales rep again

    Andy Birol
    22 Feb 2014 | 10:37 am
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer February 4, 2014   Have you ever screamed, “Why can’t I hire good sales reps?!” If so, you might be asking the wrong question. The problem might be your company’s sales process, not the salespeople. Are your sales reps failing for these reasons? Click here to read more.
  • Menard USA Doubles Sales With Help From Andy Birol

    Andy Birol
    5 Feb 2014 | 11:34 am
    Background Menard (www.menardusa.com) a design-build specialty geotechnical contractor who offers value engineering and innovative techniques to deliver practical, sustainable solutions such as controlled modulus columns (CMC’s), which are a technologically superior alternative to deep (pile) foundations that support buildingsUnder the leadership of its CEO, Seth Pearlman, Menard had experienced great success by servicing general contractors and highway contractors as well as property owners in the energy, commercial building sectors. The Challenge Despite the great recession of 2008,…
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  • Celebrate Easter with PixelCrayons: Grab 15% Discount on All Markup Services

    admin
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:48 pm
    “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 Easter. Anyone can be a part of this celebration, […]
  • What’s New in WordPress 3.9 “Smith”? A Lot!

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    WordPress is one of the most popular blogging software used by most leading websites and blogs to update and manage the content systematically and very easily. There has been many tutorials and learning videos to help you set up a website on your own, also there are many servers and hosting platforms that offer pre-installed […]
  • Useful Tips for Android Developers to Enhance and Rule the Process

    admin
    14 Jan 2014 | 3:18 am
    Android apps have become rather popular amongst the users. Additional to providing the entertainment with fun as well, these have contributed to the growth of a sudden and exploding business productivity and management. There is no wonder about it that such a widespread demand for the development of Android apps is inevitable. And the discussion […]
  • 10 Open Source Tools which made PHP popular

    admin
    7 Jan 2014 | 3:40 am
    Here, in this article, I have listed 10 of the most popular Open Source PHP based Content Management Systems (CMS). To understand the secret behind the popularity of PHP based CMS tools; first we need to answer this question, what is meant by CMS? There are multiple CMS solutions available, from paid solutions to superb […]
  • Mobile Traffic Goes Up in 2013, But Why Are Conversions Still Low?

    admin
    31 Dec 2013 | 2:00 am
    The inspiration of writing this post came into our mind from one of our previous posts – where we talked about the digitalization in 2014. 2014 is going to be more digital as compared to 2013, specially on mobile front. 2013 has been quite a reckoning as far as mobile Internet usage is concerned. Most […]
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  • 5 Reasons a Business Plan is Important

    Helene Huynh
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    5 Reasons a Business Plan is Important The Value of a Business Plan While many business owners recognize that a business plan is important, they often don’t realize just HOW important it is. While having a business plan cannot guarantee success, for some businesses it can make the difference between success and failure. To make sure that you get the most out of your business plan, here is a list of ways to help you determine the real value of a comprehensive business plan. A condensed version of a solid business plan is all that you’ll need! For startups, however, a solid business…
  • 10 Tips to Make Your Website a Lead Generating Machine!

    Helene Huynh
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    10 Tips to Make Your Website a Lead Generating Machine!     10 Tips to Make Your Website a Lead Generating Machine! Books are judged by their covers, websites are judged by their landing pages. You have heard it 100 times; the first 10 seconds in any meeting are the most crucial. A visitor to your internet site will size up the site like a customer walking in a store or showroom. The colors you employ, the size, style and relevance of your visuals, content, and your brand are what can make you a lead generating machine. Any time a new potential customer visits your website, they…
  • Uh-oh…It’s Tax Time! Are You Ready?

    Helene Huynh
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    April 15th (National Tax Day) is creeping up faster than you realize and maybe you’re not ready for it. Whatever the condition of your small business, you must always pay your taxes! You shouldn’t be wasting time. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) states that small businesses pay four kinds of taxes: income tax, self-employment tax, employment tax, and excise tax. The form of business determines what kinds of taxes you’ll pay. Small businesses can structure their business taxes to accomplish certain goals. Each structure will have advantages and disadvantages, but choose the…
  • Overwhelmed with marketing? Get back to the basics.

    Helene Huynh
    17 Mar 2014 | 6:29 am
    With the explosion of internet popularity and mobile devices over the last several years, the marketing landscape has become quite overwhelming. We have moved way beyond a listing in the yellow pages, a few strategically-placed ads and coupons, and a press release in the local paper. Now small business owners must consider websites, social media engagement, blogs, and what customers are saying about their business online, just to start. If you find yourself getting lost in the excess of options, the best course of action is to step back and review your approach – your marketing plan.
  • Essential Elements of a Business Plan

    Helene Huynh
    11 Mar 2014 | 10:52 am
    The process of writing a business plan can be a painstaking experience. A business plan is very specific to each particular business. However, while each business needs a unique plan, the basic elements are the same. To complete an effective business plan you must dedicate time to complete it. Essential business plan components include the following. Executive Summary – a brief description of your statement of purpose and synopsis of the entire business plan Company Summary – a description of the business, the industry, and your success factors Products or Services – often…
 
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  • How to Obtain Business Credit with Low FICO® Scores

    Marco Carbajo
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Want to know how to obtain business credit? Learn what types of business credit you can obtain even if you have bad personal credit or no credit at all. The post How to Obtain Business Credit with Low FICO® Scores appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Your Guide to Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns

    Marco Carbajo
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    What do successful crowdfunding campaigns do differently? Discover the secret behind crowdfunding success and what it really takes to meet your funding goals. The post Your Guide to Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns appeared first on Business Credit.
  • What Creditworthy Ratings Will Really Do for Your Business

    Marco Carbajo
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:56 pm
    What is considered creditworthy? Discover the three main types of credit ratings lenders used to assess your personal and business creditworthiness. The post What Creditworthy Ratings Will Really Do for Your Business appeared first on Business Credit.
  • How to Accept Mobile Payments that Build Your Business Credit

    Marco Carbajo
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Mobile Payments for the Credit Savvy Business Owner Does your business accept mobile credit card payments? Let’s face it you’ll never miss a sale once you have the ability to take credit card payments anytime and anywhere. It’s clear that mobile credit card processing is an idea whose time has come. The ability to accept […] The post How to Accept Mobile Payments that Build Your Business Credit appeared first on Business Credit.
  • New D&B Viability Rating™: To Do or Not to Do Business with You

    Marco Carbajo
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:19 pm
    D&B Viability Rating™ Do you have a viable business? Is it capable of growing, functioning, and developing as an independent entity?  These are important questions any business, investor, or business partner would want to know prior to doing business with you. While you may be familiar with D&B’s Paydex® Score, which is based on your […] The post New D&B Viability Rating™: To Do or Not to Do Business with You appeared first on Business Credit.
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    The Work at Home Woman

  • Top Mobile Apps to Accept Payments on the Go

    wahanelson
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Erin Steiner A couple of years ago, a friend and I were hanging out at a craft fair when we found some handmade soap that we loved and desperately wanted to buy. Unfortunately, neither of us had thought to bring cash; we were about to leave to find an ATM when the vendor said, […]
  • Do You Ever Leave Your Comfort Zone?

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dawn Berryman As a work at home woman, do you ever leave your comfort zone? Do you have a schedule or daily routine for your business or for your job that you don’t deviate from? Have you ever thought about changing it up to see how it could positively affect your productivity or your […]
  • Interview with Heidi Gollub, Founder of Free Fun in Austin

    wahanelson
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tell us a little bit about your blogging journey.  I started Free Fun in Austin as a creative outlet, when I was ten years into being a stay-at-home mom and still had two little boys at home. I’d take the boys on a new adventure every morning and write about it in the afternoon when […]
  • Aim High and Win Big: Why Raising Your Prices Will Net You Better Clients

    wahanelson
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Lisa Stein Divorce yourself from thinking about your own, or your competitors’ business for a minute. If you were looking to hire house cleaners and these were your two options — what would you choose? $179 full home cleaning package from Maid Yourself at Home $29/hour, two-hour minimum from Maid Express Obviously, if you’re […]
  • Four Steps to Creating Your Work at Home Career

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Kelly Robbins Do you want to start your own home-based business, but you’re not sure where to start? Some of us start a business working from home because we have a clear passion and desire to help people in a certain way. We feel a calling deep inside and know exactly what we are […]
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  • Fixing Your Intranet: A Guide For Leadership

    Vanessa DiMauro
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:47 pm
    The corporate intranet is a complex organism. This prettier, younger sister of earlier knowledge management tools is now ever-present in many larger enterprises. While intended to tap into pre-existing employee engagement and insight-sharing behaviors and encourage the peer-peer sharing that happens in hallways and on phone calls, relatively few intranets have succeeded at bringing much in-person vibrancy to these online exchanges. There are few successful poster-children – such as Thomson Reuters’ Hub, which united 60,000 employees across 111 different locations with the express goal of…
  • Who Ya Gonna Call? Social Business Buyer Guide [Part Two of Two]

    Vanessa DiMauro
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:21 am
    When things got spooky back in the ‘80s, “Ghostbusters” were the guys to call for help. But now there are lots of agencies, consulting firms and vendor services who can help you deal with those elusive (and sometimes scary) online social initiatives. Social Media Marketing Agency Most social media agencies, often offshoots from traditional advertising and marketing firms, focus on branding and awareness strategy and help clients manage social media marketing tools and campaigns on platforms such as Facebook or Twitter. As an extension of online PR or advertising channels, agencies are…
  • A Social Business Buyer’s Guide [Part One of Two]

    Vanessa DiMauro
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:19 am
    Buyers of online social products and services face a difficult problem – what is it, exactly, they are purchasing? Social initiative sponsors and corporate purchasing agents alike must evaluate market offerings against a backdrop of hyper-speed product and service evolution, hyper-active marketing efforts and, well, just plain hype. It’s a daunting, confusing and uncertain process. With so much variety and rapid evolution, even industry insiders find it tough to make apples-to-apples comparisons, let alone identify the best apple or apple seller to meet a specific business need. The…
  • Has Social Business Spurred An Increase In Collaboration Between Marketing & IT?[Infographic]

    Vanessa DiMauro
    18 Mar 2014 | 6:27 pm
    The post Has Social Business Spurred An Increase In Collaboration Between Marketing & IT?[Infographic] appeared first on Leader Networks.
  • Is It Time To Develop A Social Business Center Of Excellence?

    Vanessa DiMauro
    11 Mar 2014 | 11:07 am
    You’re firm is getting the hang of becoming a socially enabled enterprise.    No longer doing isolated skunk works social media projects, your firm got organized – strategic, in fact.  You have a clear handle on your social media accounts, tools, metrics, a governance policy and even an escalation path if things go awry. This is quite an accomplishment for your organization and its leadership, as you are well on your way to becoming a socially enabled enterprise.  But this is not the end of the journey; in fact it is just the beginning. The next big, exciting step is to create a…
 
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  • Increase Productivity with Promotional Products

    Rieva Lesonsky
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Tim Brown It’s a given that your employees enjoy receiving promotional products. They’re free, fun and more often than not, useful! Although they may be aware that you are using these products for motives other than simply job satisfaction, they are probably not aware that you are using them so that they become or remain productive. Here are the top promotional products which can help your office increase productivity. PENS PENS PENS You can NEVER have too many pens floating around an office and your employees should never need to search for a pen to use. Time searching is time wasted.
  • Why Every Small Business Should Have Their Banker on Speed Dial

    Rieva Lesonsky
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Anna Colton, Bank of America Small business lending numbers released by Bank of America in February painted an improving picture of the small business economy. As small business success is a good indicator of larger macroeconomic trends, this indicates an upward trajectory for our economy as a whole. As the economy continues to improve, small businesses are increasingly able to secure loans for growth and development. In fact, last month, only 4 percent of small business owners said all their credit needs were not met in January, the lowest rate since early 2008, according to a survey…
  • Celebrate Earth Day: 3 Environmental Tech Tips for Your Office

    Karen Axelton
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    By Shelley Zimmer Today is Earth Day—a day when the world celebrates the environment and supporting environmental initiatives. As many know, understanding our environmental impact from both a personal and business perspective is essential. Further, as a small business owner or employee, investing in products and technology that reduce your environmental impact not only helps you go green, but can also save you money. This Earth Day, consider revisiting your business’ recycling and environmental efforts as they relate to technology—not just for today, but your overarching, year-long…
  • The Art and Science of Making a Great First Impression

    Karen Axelton
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    By Larry Caretsky Have you ever heard the phrase “natural-born salesperson”? It implies that there’s an innate talent involved in excelling at sales, and some people firmly believe that it’s an ability that you either have or you don’t. But if you think about it, at its core, sales is all about building and managing relationships. A sales professional who is outgoing and personable – a “people person” – may have a natural edge. But it’s also possible for people without that innate ability to hone their relationship management skills, just as sales professionals who…
  • Social Media: It’s Not Just for Marketing Anymore

    Rieva Lesonsky
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky You undoubtedly already know the many ways social media can help you market your small business, from boosting your company’s profile to linking you directly to customers and prospects. But are you taking advantage of all the other things social media can help you with? Here are five of them. 1.    Learning about business and your industry. In a survey by TNS reported by MarketingProfs, nearly eight in 10 small and midsized business owners say that industry-specific news and articles they find on social media are valuable. Small business owners also frequently discover…
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  • David Sharpe Steps Down As Co-Founder Of Empower Network

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    David Sharpe, one of the founders of Empower Network is stepping down due to health reasons. Here is a snip from his personal statement: As many of you know from my recent public announcement, I have Hepatitis-C. The virus levels in my body are high enough to be taken very seriously, and in order to treat my illness and heal my body I need to dedicate myself to proper rest, both mentally and physically as well everything else that comes along with this type of medical treatment. As I said in my last public announcement, the good news is, I can beat it. The chances of being completely cured…
  • TelexFree Charged With Fraud Shut Down As Billion Dollar Ponzi Scheme

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Well, before I could post my commentary on TelexFree filing for bankruptcy, the company is being shut down in it’s home state as a billion dollar Ponzi scheme. Here’s a snip from Forbes: “Massachusetts securities regulators have initiated civil proceedings accusing a Massachusetts and Nevada company of operating a massive pyramid and Ponzi scheme targeting Brazilian-Americans that, through the promises of guaranteed annual returns exceeding 200%, raised more than $90 million from Massachusetts residents alone and nearly $1 billion worldwide.  TelexFREE, Inc., a…
  • TelexFree Files Bankruptcy – Not Paying Top Earners?

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    I woke up this morning with the news of TelexFree filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy. I’ll have some commentary later today. Here is the press release: MARLBOROUGH, Mass., April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – TelexFREE LLC today announced that it and certain of its subsidiaries and affiliates filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, in an effort to address certain operational challenges. The petitions were filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada.  TelexFREE intends to use the Chapter 11 process to optimize its selling…
  • Do Events Make A Difference In Your Network Marketing Business?

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    My buddy Muzafer did a great talk about the power of events… You can get more from Muzafer on his site.  
  • UK Police Issue TELEXFREE Scam Warning

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    26 Feb 2014 | 12:13 pm
    “The States of Jersey Police have been made aware of a potential fraud which is targeting Jersey’s Madeiran community. Guernsey Police have issued a similar appeal. The scheme is under a company name of TELEXFREE and would require initial investments with the promise of big returns. The scheme originated from Brazil and is currently being investigated by the Brazilian authorities as it is believed to be fraudulent. Jersey Police know that islanders have been approached to “invest” in the scheme, but as yet have not had any contact from victims of the scam. If anyone in Jersey has…
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    Springwise

  • Grilled cheese sandwiches delivered from the sky

    Springwise
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Add / Remove We’ve seen flying food before in the form of YO! Sushi’s iTray drone waiter. For food businesses who can’t afford ground-level property however, Jafflechutes is now delivering its grilled cheese sandwiches to street level via parachute. Conceived in Melbourne, the idea was initially developed as a product to help tower block dwellers who forgot their keys to let their flatmates easily drop them down from high levels via small parachutes. After thinking up a more profitable solution for the product, the team created a pop-up cafeteria from their fifth-floor…
  • TRAINR turns smartwatches into a personal fitness trainer

    Springwise
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    Add / Remove Smart fitness tracking is one of the leading lights of the wearable tech industry, with consumers already buying products such as Nike+ and FitBit in their droves. However, the field has plenty of space to grow, and we’ve seen endeavors such as Athos gymwear, which has performance monitoring tech built-in. Now, LA-based startup Focus has developed TRAINR — a smartwatch platform that turns the devices into fitness trackers that can detect the type of exercise being performed, as well as offering suggestions for improvement. The system offers automatic tracking for up to 20…
  • ‘Thinking’ music speaker changes mood with a twist and learns users’ tastes

    Springwise
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    Add / Remove Over the past few years, music speakers have transformed from having one simple purpose to featuring wifi connectivity and integrated subscription streaming services, such as the Sonos. Now taking these features as granted, the Aether Cone is a next-generation conical speaker that instantly offers a different vibe when it is twisted, and uses algorithms to detect users’ music taste at particular times and locations. The device is a standalone speaker that connects to the internet through an iOS 7 device, giving it access to a number of services including a library of 20…
  • Crate on wheels can clip and lock seamlessly onto bikes

    Springwise
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    Add / Remove This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding. While cyclists are typically free to go anywhere they please on their two wheels, one downside is that they’re limited as to what they can carry with them. In the past, we’ve seen the Springtime picnic basket, which triples as a bike pannier and table and chair set, but now the Netherlands’ Fietsklik is a detachable adapter that helps cyclists securely clip…
  • Restaurant lets diners get the perfect lighting for their foodstagrams

    Springwise
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    Add / Remove Social platforms such as Instagram have brought out the budding photographer in amateurs, and we’ve already seen Australia’s 1888 Hotel offer facilities dedicated especially for smartphone snaps. Now South Africa’s El Burro restaurant has installed a device that enables customers to take professional-style Instagrams of their meals. Developed by wifi network MWEB, a small, portable lighting studio has been placed inside the restaurant as part of its #dinnercam campaign. Aimed at demonstrating the possibilities of ubiquitous wifi, the machine lets diners place…
 
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    Jeff Korhan

  • How Content Marketing Prepares Buyers to Sign On The Line

    Jeff Korhan
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:25 am
    Need a reason to embrace content marketing? People tend to fear what they do not understand. Therefore, they are unlikely to work with your business if they do not understand your process for helping them. Your current customers are your customers because you have earned they trust. They know, like, and understand you and your business. The others are simply not ready to step forward because they have doubts that are holding them back. Your content marketing can remove those obstacles. You understand your current customers well, so naturally your business seeks to attract more folks just like…
  • How to Use Social Media to Grow Your Email Subscribers

    Jeff Korhan
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    During my networking at Social Media Marketing World this year I had the opportunity to talk with some of the top experts in the world about Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, and more. Given their respective areas of focus, it should not be surprising that they all take a slightly different approach with their social media. This is includes their overall strategy, as well as the channels, tactics, and tools they prefer to use. Nevertheless, they all shared one common objective: Use social media to increase your email subscribers. Growing your list should be among your top three…
  • How To Be So Helpful They Can’t Ignore You

    Jeff Korhan
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    Being so helpful (or so good) that people cannot ignore you is the basis of enduring relationships. It’s knowing that someone can count on you – no matter what. Does your marketing communicate that? How about your sales or customer service? Helping and adding value is the new marketing, selling, and customer service. Thanks to the power of digital, the consumer does not differentiate between them. Everyone is answering questions and offering advice, and it’s all free. The winner in business today is the company that does helpful better. Tweet this Here’s how to be that…
  • Should Your Business Accept Blog Comments

    Jeff Korhan
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:48 am
    One of the top blogs on the web recently discontinued comments, and this came as a surprise to their community. The truth is many of us have struggled with comments over the years on our blogs. This is one reason why notable marketer Seth Godin discontinued comments on his blog way back in 2006. During the session I facilitated at the Social Media Marketing World conference this past week, a small business owner asked a question that is near and dear to me: “How do we determine which social media channels are right for our business?” Every business needs at least one channel that it…
  • How to Write an Introduction That Engages Any Audience

    Jeff Korhan
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:13 am
    Jeff Korhan introducing Mark Schaefer at Social Media Marketing World I recently had the pleasure of helping other speakers as a track leader for Social Media Marketing World. It was an interesting experience for me because typically I am the speaker, so in this situation I was assuming the role of those that help me to look good in front of an audience. My primary responsibility was introducing every speaker to the audience, facilitating questions, and properly thanking them. In other words, doing the necessary work to make them look good for this live event. There is a lesson in this for…
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  • Reduce your real estate expenses

    april
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    Thought Leadership on Commercial Real Estate: Tenant Representation presented by Colliers International. As a commercial office tenant in Northern Virginia, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that the market is changing.  Whether you are in Arlington, where the vacancy rates are increasing dramatically to the highest level in over a decade, or Reston Town Center, where rates are at record highs with less than 2% vacancy, change is abundant.  In Tysons,  Metro is finally here after a long wait, much construction and lots of traffic congestion. The Silver Line extension will be ready for…
  • Why we pay our people more (than minimum wage)

    april
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    Thought Leadership on Green Floor Cleaning presented by Sentral Building Services. They are worth it.  Each day and night we ask our employees to go out into the world and perform a dirty, but necessary task.  They clean floors, hallways, offices, rest rooms and more.  Our cleaners do the job not many others want to perform.These cleaners are our colleagues, our neighbors, and in many cases, our friends.  Every cleaner represents our front line, and therefore they have the responsibility to provide a favorable image of our company. They are the people with whom our clients have the…
  • 4 reasons to rethink your enterprise reporting capability

    april
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Thought Leadership on Financial Management Systems presented by Brittenford Systems. The CEO needs a report showing the most profitable products by geography. Operations wants to compare the cost of inventory with overtime costs for running production lines on weekends. The board of directors is asking for information on total shareholder return.    Finance spends an inordinate amount of time crunching numbers and creating reports to provide essential input into day-to-day and strategic business decisions as well as for tax and regulatory compliance.  The problem is that many companies…
  • Building a strong company culture

    Human Resources Inc.
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:26 am
    Thought Leadership on Employee Relations presented by Human Resources Inc. Company culture starts at the top. It is used to unite your workforce and create a cohesive group of people working towards a common goal; it binds members together and influences how they think about themselves, their fellow employees and their work.Fortune magazine annually publishes a prestigious list of “100 Best Companies to Work For.” The “100 Best” consistently report that they are able to maintain a competitive edge because of culture. And by “culture”, they mean more than nice perks; they offer a…
  • Global expansion: Enhancing the tax efficiency of your supply chain

    CBIZ MHM, LLC
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thought Leadership on Innovative Tax Planning Strategies for Every Stage of your Business presented by CBIZ MHM, LLC. While U.S. consumer product companies have traditionally sourced products from Asia and other foreign locations, an increasing number of those companies are also looking to distribute their products in foreign markets.  For example, as the consumer class in China and India has grown significantly in recent years and those consumers increasingly desire U.S. branded products, many companies are recognizing this demand as an opportunity to expand their brand presence into a…
 
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    Indianapolis Marketing | Web Design | Roundpeg

  • 4 Customer Expectations Web Designs Must Meet

    Peter Wolfgram
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you think about what your customers think of you? Do you meet their expectations? Does your website? I’m not talking strictly about appearance here. Small business websites are about information and function more than image. But providing the expected tools and information for customers to solve their problems is a key part of your image. You need these four things on your site to maintain a positive image of caring customer service and professionalism. Predictable Navigation Bar When you say your top priority is making the web design easy to use, you mean making the navigation bar…
  • Print In a Digital World | Print Design | Seminar

    Roundpeg
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Print design remains a powerful tool for reaching audiences even as the digital world of marketing and advertising take over. Social media messaging and digital content are all great parts of an overall marketing strategy, but nothing helps you stand out like printed promotional material. Come join us as we walk through the wide world of print design and developments. We’ll discuss strategies for using print to stand out among your competitors and how you can use printed promotions to drive customer engagement. Print can be used for everything from asking a customer to call about your…
  • What You Measure Matters | Marketing Analytics| Seminar

    Roundpeg
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    60% of small business professionals report they aren’t tracking the return on their marketing efforts. That’s like getting in your car and ignoring all the gauges on your dashboard. You might get to your destination, but you might run out of gas before you ever arrive. Don’t be a part of the 60%. Join us as we talk about basic strategies and tools you can use to help gauge the effectiveness of your marketing. We’ll cover reporting marketing analytics on everything from emails, social media messages, blog content and more. There’s no reason to stay in the dark…
  • Building a Healthy Networking Habit | Networking | Seminar

    Roundpeg
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Good networking is not like a one night stand. You can’t show up once and expect people to open their address books for you. You have to  come to each networking event with a plan and be prepared to follow-up. Most people don’t love networking, but Lorraine does.  In this interactive course you’ll learn how to search for events to attend, spend your time efficiently while networking and develop quality relationships from the leads you gather. With a little practice, you too can be a networking junkie. Interested in learning how to effectively network? Grab a ticket below and…
  • Don’t Micromanage: Let Go of Your Control Issues

    Anne
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    There are all kinds of crazy in this world. For example, being a control freak. It has its pros and cons, but it’s a totally manageable type of crazy. That is until you let your control issues get so out of hand your business can’t get anything done because you have to oversee everything. See where I’m going with this? Your psycho control issues are hurting your business. Let it go, Let it go . . .  Like the hit song from Disney’s Frozen says, “Let it go.” But seriously, you need to let go of your control issues and trust your employees to make the right…
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  • 24 Office Etiquette Tips

    Patricia Lotich
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    I admit that I have been in the work force for a long time but I find it so disappointing to see the deterioration of basic etiquette and professionalism in the workplace. Some say it is just “this generation” but I’m not convinced, because I see it in all demographics. I believe it is a symptom of a culture that is modeled from the top down. Employees model the behaviors of leadership and an organization’s culture is built off of the behaviors of those who lead the organization. Office etiquette and professionalism is important because it lays the foundation for productivity,…
  • 17 Ways Managers Can Show Employees Appreciation

    Patricia Lotich
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    It is a sad truth, but all too often employees hear only from the boss when they mess up or when it is time for the dreaded performance appraisal. Employees should receive feedback more often about what they are doing right, than what they are doing wrong.  Emphasizing positive behaviors can reinforce them, and in doing so can minimize negative behavior patterns. Employees are continually being asked to do more with less and this phenomenon means work environments need to be positive and nurturing – if the goal is to meet corporate objectives. Managers need to pay attention to front…
  • Are You Aware of Negative Customer Reviews?

    Patricia Lotich
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    Successful business owners understand the importance of keeping customers happy. Many use creative approaches to creating a customer service culture and have a strategy for customer satisfaction.   However, many organizations are disconnected from their customers and often are not aware of unresolved issues that their customers may have. The internet has changed the game in customer satisfaction and understanding how your customer uses the internet to share their experiences is important part of a customer service strategy.   5  Ways to Learn What Your Customers Think of Your Products or…
  • Human Resource Management in Small Business

    Patricia Lotich
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    Let’s face it, managing people is not why an entrepreneur goes into business.  Small business owners often lack the interest or skill-set to manage their most valuable asset – their human resources. Human resource management is a science of its own that entire degrees and certification programs are made of.  There are many aspects of managing the human resource part of a business, regardless of its size. 6 Areas of HR That Every Organization Should Manage 1.  Compensation and Benefits Successful organizations understand the importance of providing competitive compensation and…
  • Coaching as a Leadership Competency

    Patricia Lotich
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:41 am
    Many organizations encourage their leadership team to coach employees in performance,  skill development and career planning. Coaches can have a positive affect on the development of employees. We all come from different backgrounds and have differing frames of references.  Some people are taught professionalism growing up and others have never been exposed to proper business protocol or etiquette.  This is when a coach can help teach employees how to earn the respect of others and behave professionally in the work place. This becomes even more important as an employee develops, grows…
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    Fizzle

  • 5 Things I Learned In My First REAL Year of Entrepreneurship

    Richard Boehmcke
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    A month before turning 29, after having spent the majority of my 20′s working for five different companies, I finally decided to strike out on my own. In September of 2012 I said goodbye to what I hoped would be my last office job. In October, I created an online business that would teach entrepreneurs how to get started with online video. Even though I technically started my business in October, the first 6 weeks were spent building a website (I had no skills and no experience doing so), and the next two months were spent blindly going to networking events and slowly becoming aware…
  • Tactics To Understand Your Ideal Client, Reader or Market (FS050)

    Chase Reeves
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Last week was the first part of an excellent series where we bring experts in to shed light on how they discover, define and target their audience. We talked about how this process can make the difference between a product/service/article released into crickets (people ignoring you) or released into the hearts and minds of an engaged audience (ready to buy something from you). This episode is the second in the series featuring more honest answers from real entrepreneurs about how they discover, define and target their ideal clients and tribes as well as: Killer notes on Corbett’s audience…
  • Start With A Small, Intense Fire

    Chase Reeves
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    Q: What’s the secret of growing a startup? “You’ve got to start with a small, intense fire. Suppose you’re the Apple I. They only made about 500 of those things, so, all they had to do was find 500 people to buy these computers, and they launched Apple. APPLE! So you gotta find a small number of people. It’s necessarily a small number of people. It’s impossible to make something that a large number of people want a lot. You’ve got to find people who want what you’re making a lot… and that’s necessarily going to be a small number. That’s okay. That’s how these giant…
  • Discover, Define & Target Your Audience (FS049)

    Chase Reeves
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    There’s one question that can get to the heart of whether what you’re working on is a soon-to-be-failed side project or a business with a good shot at financial success. This is the question that kickstarted my career as a designer. After wallowing and fiddling with side projects for years, I finally grokked the bit I was missing. In this episode you get to hear a handful of experienced entrepreneurs, people who are actually earning a living doing something they care about (in many cases a handsome living), answer that question along with some insights from the Fizzle team about:…
  • How Contempt Breeds Business Cancer (& 5 Ways to Kill It)

    Chris Johnson
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    Every business owner gets a Spidey Sense. You learn to see trouble before it starts. You wouldn’t need much of a Spidey sense to feel the danger from Jon’s presales email: Jon: “Does your product work with Powerdirector? I’m on a rush deadline—I need it to work with PowerDirector.” (Keys: word ‘need’, rush, budget software). My answer: “I’ve never had any Powerdirector requests — sorry. You could try to use our free version to see if it fits.” Jon’s response: “Real nice customer service.” … some time passed … Jon: “I bought it anyway. You promised 58 clips…
 
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    Small Business Blog - Montreal Financial

  • 5 Income Tax Tips from the Trenches

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

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

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

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

    Ronika Khanna
    19 Jul 2013 | 12:20 pm
    The Canadian real estate market has been a good place to invest in recent years, although comparisons to the US real estate bubble, which finally culminated in 2008, are continuing to intensify. Potential homeowners often find themselves seduced by their vision of the perfect home in the perfect neighbourhood and end up in a difficult situation, referred to as “house poor”, where the majority of their disposable income goes to paying down their mortgages.  This can be avoided by ensuring that you realistically assess what you can afford and being financially responsible. Prepare…
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    The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan

  • Mad Marketing #27: Why I’m a Better Marketer than Seth Godin

    Marcus Sheridan
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:13 am
    It’s podcast time again everyone! Yep, that means your ride to work this week may just seem a little quicker as you give it a listen. Even better, in this episode I discuss why I’m clearly (wink, wink) a better marketer than Seth Godin, how Disney World crushes SeaWorld when it comes to making people happy, and a critical technique for your next big speech or presentation that’s sure to give you better results. In other words, we talk about lots of good stuff…and I can assure you that you’ll laugh and learn a little as we share some time together. As always,…
  • Why Exclamation Points are Dead and You should Never Use them in Your Content Marketing Again

    Marcus Sheridan
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    Guess what? When you use exclamation points in your web copy, it has the opposite effect you’re looking for! Really, it’s true! So the next time you’re thinking about using an exclamation point in your content marketing, don’t do it! The Death of the Exclamation Point This article is going to be short and sweet, but because this problem keeps coming up again and again in the content marketing space, I decided to address it today. Here goes… Almost every day I find myself looking at dozens of blog articles, web pages, and landing page offers that my clients have produced in an effort…
  • 5 Major Mistakes Businesses Keep Making with their Website’s Homepage Design

    Marcus Sheridan
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    With the web and the way we treat the process of online search evolving quicker than any of us can possibly imagine, the need for a GREAT website has never been greater. But here is the question: How do you define the phrase “Great Website?” As I’ve been speaking and consulting about this topic over the last couple of years, this has become my favorite question to ask clients and audiences. And 9 times out of 10, no matter the industry the person is in, the answer sounds something like this: “I want to find what I’m looking for…and I want to find it quickly.” Think about that…
  • Mad Marketing #26: Why It’s Time for Sales and Marketing to Merge

    Marcus Sheridan
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Well it’s that time again folks! In this episode of the Mad Marketing Podcast, we go off script a bit this week to discuss something that has been on my mind for quite some time now–the problem of silos in most organizations when it comes to sales and marketing departments. To help with the discussion, I invited my friend and author of Same-Side Selling, Ian Altman, to share the Mad Marketing floor. For those of you that don’t know Ian, he (along with Joey Coleman) is my partner with the Remarkable Growth Experience and is one of the best speakers and presenters I’ve…
  • 10 Qualities of the Best Content Marketing Managers Today

    Marcus Sheridan
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    The more my company teaches, trains, and assists organizations with their content marketing efforts, the more I realize that nothing great ever seems to occur unless there is a super star behind the wheel within the organization. And in most cases, this person is referred to as a Content Marketing Manager (CMM) or possibly a Chief Content Officer, but ultimately, the name isn’t what matters. Instead, what matters is that they(the organization) have one in the first place. And once they do have one, they need to be good. But what defines “good” in this case? What skill-sets should you…
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    Ventureneer - Small Business

  • 4 Steps To Scratching Your Entrepreneurial Itch

    Geri Stengel
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:15 am
    Female entrepreneurs get it: Women have become the power users of technologies such as the internet, mobile, and social networking. “Female users are the unsung heroines behind the most engaging, fastest growing, and most valuable consumer internet and e-commerce companies.  Especially when it comes to social and shopping, women rule the Internet,” wrote Aileen Lee in TechCrunch. Lee is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm. read more
  • A Surefire Way To Increase The Number Of Jobs Created In The Tech Sector

    Geri Stengel
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When you’re successful, you don’t think  about changing the way you do things. But, more and more, data is showing that changing the way technology companies do things could improve their success. The technology sector is not tapping all the know-how that is available to it. Imagine how many more jobs would be created if the industry grew to its full potential! read more
  • 7 Lessons Finding Love Can Teach You About Business

    Geri Stengel
    13 Feb 2014 | 7:02 am
    It’s nearly Valentine’s Day so it only seems natural that I do a story about the business of love. read more
  • Overwork, binge working, and when to say "go home"

    Guest Blogger
    11 Feb 2014 | 4:59 am
    By Carrie Winans “It took about 200 years for unions to get us a 40 hour work week and it took smartphones about 5 years to completely take them away” – Bob Sullivan, NBC Nightly News. What do the United States, Argentina, and Sudan have in common? Surprisingly, it’s overworked employees. With no required time off each week, these nations share a chronic overwork epidemic. read more
  • Want Venture Capital? Here Are 10 Must-Haves

    Geri Stengel
    6 Feb 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Think you want to raise venture capital? You’d better be prepared to deliver a pretty big return on investment to VCs. Before you waste your time and that of the VC by asking for a meeting, make sure your business can leap the bar set by VCs. read more
 
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • 3 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Inside and Outside of the Office

    Michael Hourigan
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Tuesday April 22nd can only mean one thing this year – the celebration of Earth Day! Having started in 1970, Earth Day has since become a global event for more than 192 countries throughout the world as a means to honor the environment and the planet as a whole. And even if you don’t consider your business to be considered traditionally “green” don’t worry – you can still join in on the big day and make a point to change how your office saves on energy and helps out in the local area! Utilize your electronics. Even the infamous Apple logo at Apple stores throughout the country…
  • Homegrown in Durham Kicks Off

    Michael Hourigan
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    At Shoeboxed we’re developing a platform to help build and grow small businesses, starting with their receipts. Our ambitious goal is to have a hand in creating more small businesses by alleviating the time and headache surrounding accounting and bookkeeping. The need for services like Shoeboxed is increasingly felt in our hometown of Durham, NC where an economic and social revitalization has led to a record number of small businesses. There is still much room for growth though. Seeing the struggle firsthand and knowing the potential impact we can make has led Shoeboxed to start our…
  • A Sneak Peek at Our New Mobile App

    Michael Hourigan
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Coming soon to an iOS App Store near you: The Shoeboxed Receipt and Mileage Tracker – redesigned for the new world (iOS7) and complete with a whole new suite of features and tools. But beauty is only skin deep, right? So aside from looking a lot better there will be a number of long requested and highly valuable features now available to users. Here are our favorites: Syncs all receipts & business cards, across all devices. If a receipt is available online, it will be available on your phone. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, right? DIY data enter receipts from the phone. Whether…
  • Building The Perfect Team with Shoeboxed and Bench: A User Success Story

    Michael Hourigan
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    With Shoeboxed, there has never been one “best” way to use our service to stay organized. And after processing over a billion dollars of expense data since 2007, we say that from years of firsthand experience! Shoeboxed takes enormous pride in serving clients from around the country and across the globe, all of whom use our service in a myriad of ways to fulfill a whole host of organizational needs in both their personal and professional lives. Introducing: Forrest Wright Profession: Creative Director, Page 90, Inc. Location: San Diego, CA Website: www.page-90.com LinkedIn: Forrest…
  • Join the Shoeboxed Team at Paradoxos!

    Emily Farrar
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    For the second year in a row, Shoeboxed is proud to be a sponsor of PARADOXOS, a one-of-a-kind festival in downtown Durham, N.C. This year’s festival will pack ideas, collaboration, fun and innovation into April 9-12, 2014. The schedule includes events that will show off all the awesome stuff happening in the tech, art, food, music, beer and nightlife scenes in Durham. PARADOXOS features a wide variety of events so it’s sure to appeal to everyone, including the construction of a Rube Goldberg machine, a pub crawl, a trivia night, a dynamic speaker event called The NEXT, art…
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    Home Based Business Ideas

  • Standing up To Speed With Great Home Business Concepts

    DanielNBrown
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:43 pm
    There are a number of factors that individuals start their own home businesses, including a passion for a particular product and services or a have to have versatile hours! With your home based business, you can be your own employer and work when it’s convenient. Read this article for pointers on ways to start a [...]
  • Standing up To Speed With Great Home Business Concepts

    DanielNBrown
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:43 pm
    There are a number of factors that individuals start their own home businesses, including a passion for a particular product and services or a have to have versatile hours! With your home based business, you can be your own employer and work when it’s convenient. Read this article for pointers on ways to start a [...]
  • The Abcs Of Making Money Online

    DanielNBrown
    29 Mar 2014 | 9:45 pm
    What do you wish to do online to generate income? Would you like to sell your products? Do you have abilities you could contract out online? Do you have a funny bone which needs to be shared with viral videos? Think about the ideas below as you choose which niche to pursue.
  • The Abcs Of Making Money Online

    DanielNBrown
    29 Mar 2014 | 9:45 pm
    What do you wish to do online to generate income? Would you like to sell your products? Do you have abilities you could contract out online? Do you have a funny bone which needs to be shared with viral videos? Think about the ideas below as you choose which niche to pursue.
  • Operate Company Like A Pro

    DanielNBrown
    8 Mar 2014 | 9:44 pm
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    ReachLocal Blog: Online Marketing to Reach Local Customers

  • Take Action Now! 3 Tips for Getting Found in Local Search [Study]

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    Does showing up in local search really matter for a small business? Of course it does. It's one of the main goals for both business owners and marketers in order to help local consumers find their businesses in search engines.   And the latest local search study results prove that this isn’t a dying trend. In fact, with the number of consumers using tablets and smartphones to search for local businesses, the importance for businesses to show up in local search results continues to increase. So, what can you do to make sure your local business shows up when consumers – both on…
  • 3 Ways Our Clients Got Better Marketing Results

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Search engine advertising is an effective online marketing solution for small- and medium-size businesses because it works quickly to help consumers who are actively searching for business products and services find SMBs online. Check out these ReachLocal review videos to hear from some of our clients who have seen results from search engine advertising. You’ll hear how paid search advertising from ReachLocal helped them reach the right consumers, helped drive leads, and ultimately enabled them to increase revenue.   Reports and Call Recording Help Business Follow Up…
  • The Technology that Helps You Get More from Search Advertising

    4 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Search advertising is an effective way to help local consumers searching online for products and services like yours to find your business. But did you know that not all search advertising solutions are created equal? ReachSearch helps businesses get more conversions like calls, emails, and Web forms for their budget – because it’s optimized to do just that. So, what’s our secret? Check out this infographic to see how our conversion optimization technology works to help our search advertising clients get better results from their search engine marketing spend.   Related…
  • Introducing Our New CEO, Sharon Rowlands

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
    We are excited to announce that Sharon Rowlands has joined ReachLocal as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors. She has more than 20 years of experience leading multi-billion dollar companies serving small and medium-sized businesses, financial markets, and enterprise customers. In addition, she has significant public company board experience, having served on the ADP board from 2008 to 2011 and as a member of the Constant Contact board since 2010.  “Sharon brings a wealth of expertise to ReachLocal. She has been recognized for driving strong growth and…
  • Announcing ReachSEO: Helping Drive Leads, Show ROI from Organic Search

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    We’re excited to announce the launch of ReachSEO™, a best-practice search engine optimization solution that helps local businesses drive more organic search traffic to their ReachEdge website, which is designed specifically to convert those visitors into leads – and sales. Because ReachSEO works directly with our ReachEdge marketing system, which provides a conversion-optimized website, integrated lead management, and mobile reports, it offers valuable insight into your ROI, making it clear exactly what leads and customers you’re getting from SEO.  ReachSEO helps…
 
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    Women Unlimited Worldwide

  • Podcasting Webinar

    Julie Hall
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:25 am
    I hope you enjoy the webinar – don’t worry, the black screen clears after a couple of minutes. Kris has shared lots of great tips around how to be more successful in your podcasting activities. She also shares some information around her new Podcasting School – which is really worth taking if you are considering podcasting as she shortcuts a lot of the process and gives great tips and ideas on how to be more successful as a podcaster. You can find out more about Kris’ course here along with more videos! Or if you want to sign up straight away you can join here.
  • Feeling stuck in your business? 5 steps to get you moving

    Carole Bozkurt
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:10 am
    Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut? Or as if your business keeps stalling for reasons you can’t quite understand? Do you ever find yourself wishing you could recapture the professional progress you made in the past? These kind of feelings are incredibly common but before you start adjusting your actions, first you need to change the way you think and the way you approach particular challenges. In a moment, I’ll take you through five steps designed to help shake up your thinking for the better. But first I’ll let you in on a little secret…one of my guilty pleasures in life…
  • Free Podcasting Webinar

    Julie Hall
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:44 am
    I am really excited to be able to share with you this opportunity to learn all about podcasting from my personal coach and mentor Kris Gilberston. Last year I launched my own podcast, MicroEntrepreneur and I have to say that hands down, it is my favourite form of content marketing … and what’s even better is that it seems to the way thatcreates the most loyalty amongst my community as well. Everyone is jumping on the content bandwagon right now, but podcasting is still relatively new and it offers a great opportunity to stand out in an ever increasingly crowded marketplace. So I…
  • Women Unlimited is expanding across the UK

    Julie Hall
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    WOMEN UNLIMITED IS EXPANDING ACROSS THE UK TO PROVIDE LOCAL FEMALE BUSINESSES WITH TRAINING AND PEER GROUP SUPPORT Women Unlimited is expanding across the UK and launching additional local Business Clubs to assist the exploding numbers of Female-led enterprises. The Women Unlimited Team are running a road show of recruitment days through April and early May in London, Bristol and Birmingham in search for local business leaders to open up Business Clubs in their local areas. Details of venues and dates can be found…
  • 3 ways to escape the overwhelm vortex

    Joanna Pieters
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    You’ve got soooo much on… you can’t see how you’re going to get through the next day, never mind the next month… you’re being pulled further and further down into your own whirling, swirling world… Stop there, superwoman! I’m going to throw you the rope to grab onto, and a way to pull yourself out. But let’s get one thing straight. It is almost impossible pull yourself out of a vortex. You need someone else to help you. Thankfully,  the world is full of people with amazing skills, ready and waiting to be on the end of that rope. So grab…
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    Firefly Coaching

  • Want Your Marketing to Be Easier? Describe Your Ideal Clients

    Stephanie Ward
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:52 am
    Your marketing will be easier and more effective if you are exceptionally clear about who your ideal client is. Watch this short video to find out how to do describe your ideal client. Click here to view the embedded video. The strategy in the video is also applicable if your ideal clients are businesses. Describe in detail the type of business that would be your ideal client. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below:   “Clarity affords focus.” Thomas Leonard Click to Tweet Once you are clear about who your ideal clients…
  • Learn from My Big Fat LinkedIn Mistake

    Stephanie Ward
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    You want your awesome blog posts to reach as many people as possible. There are loads of ways to make this happen, for tips on getting your posts seen by more people read my post, Why Your Blog Posts Are Not Being Seen: 9 Ways to Fix This. But today, I want to focus specifically on how you use LinkedIn to gain attention for your content. There are two main ways to share your blog posts on LinkedIn. One is to share it as a status update. Another way is to share it in the discussion area of groups you are a member of (you can be a member of up to 50 groups). By posting to groups you will…
  • The After Sale Opportunity You Should Never Ignore (It’s Not What You Think)

    Stephanie Ward
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:38 am
    After someone buys something from your business what do you do? You could try to upsell them but not everyone likes to do that. Watch this short video to discover a fabulous alternative is to upselling. And even if you like to upsell, you can still use this option in addition to upselling. Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below:   “Don’t try to increase what they can do for you. Elevate what you can do for them.” Daniel Pink Click to Tweet I highly recommend Daniel…
  • 9 Mistakes to Avoid When Naming Your Business

    Stephanie Ward
    7 Mar 2014 | 2:31 am
        Just because you’re not a mega brand (yet), choosing an amazing name for your business is critically important. I’ve got a laundry list of rules about naming below for you below. And don’t worry, it’s virtually impossible to make sure the name you choose will pass the test on all of these rules. Simply use them as a guideline to steer you toward the name that will work the best for your business. Bonus, these rules can also be applied when naming a product or service. Remember, your name doesn’t have to explain everything. A killer tagline can provide insight into what…
  • Are You Showing the Real You in Your Business?

    Stephanie Ward
    21 Feb 2014 | 1:13 am
    Trying to be a certain way because you think that’s the way you’re supposed to be is exhausting and it’s not effective. You are unique, quirks and all, and the more you let that show, the more your business will grow. Watch this short video to find out why. Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below:   “Don’t be afraid to show your flaws. Imperfections are real and people respond to real.” Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson Click to Tweet I highly recommend…
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    Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business

  • How to Stop Cloning Unsuccessful Businesses

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:35 pm
    “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” ~ Mark Twain What makes you different? One thing that makes humans amazing is that there are not (and never have been) two people that are exactly alike. Try matching your fingerprints or dental impressions to anyone who has ever lived. It’s impossible! You are absolutely unique. Your business is absolutely unique. So, why is it that your business looks similar to every other business in your industry? Shouldn’t you stand out from the crowd like a 7-foot tall 3rd grader? How would that help…
  • Engagement Matters 17: How To Become An Engagement Juggernaut

    Wil Hart
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Connecting with the right groups of people is important as an entrepreneur. Who are the people with whom you need to build relationships? They are prospects, clients and referral partners! See how you can become an engagement juggernaut by staying engaged with the groups of people who build your business. The post Engagement Matters 17: How To Become An Engagement Juggernaut appeared first on Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business.
  • Engagement Matters 16: Get Massive Exposure for Your Business

    Wil Hart
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    Learn how to create massive exposure for your business by using LinkedIn! It is highly possible that hundreds if not thousands of your ideal clients are looking for solutions to their problems in the LinkedIn groups. Now is the time for you to show up and shine as a true solution provider. The post Engagement Matters 16: Get Massive Exposure for Your Business appeared first on Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business.
  • How to Profit From Your Social Media Profiles

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    There is only ONE reason you should have a presence on social media for your business. That’s right. Just ONE. The reason is – to use the platform to connect with ideal prospects and get them on YOUR mailing list. It doesn’t matter how many fans, followers or connections you have if those "relationships" aren't generating revenue for your business. To get results from the time spend tweeting, updating your Facebook page and posting on LinkedIn, you need to have in place a strategy that converts your connections to email subscribers. Once a social media connection joins your email…
  • Engagement Matters 15: Increase Your Social Media Activity by 120%

    Wil Hart
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    Engagement is the key to starting and building long lasting relationships both online and offline. We have been using an outstanding tool that can increase your engagement with your social media contacts by as much as 180%. After you enjoy the video, follow SmartSimpleMarketing on Instagram! The post Engagement Matters 15: Increase Your Social Media Activity by 120% appeared first on Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business.
 
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  • Love in Dark Places Premiere [Photos!]

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    The premiere of Love in Dark Places was a huge success! We had a great turn out, our sponsors left happy, and I had a chance to finally share my story. In short . . . it was awesome. Big shout out and thanks to everyone that attended, the cast, crew, and our supporters. Stay tuned, DVD and digital releases are up next! Check out photos from the premiere by click the image below. The post Love in Dark Places Premiere [Photos!] appeared first on RodKirby.com.
  • The Joy Series Promo Video

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:41 pm
    After working for almost 24 hours straight on this, my wife’s book trailer is finally done! We shot it yesterday evening and I’ve been working feverishly to get it ready for release. Well, the time has come. Check it out right now! (Be sure to watch it in HD!) Get Joy on Kindle for only $3! Or, get your autographed copy today!   The post The Joy Series Promo Video appeared first on RodKirby.com.
  • Joy Promo Video Coming Soon!

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:31 pm
    My wife, Kim, is an amazing author and has written a series called, “Joy.” It’s about 3 couples in the middle of their relationships trying figure things out. If you haven’t read any of the books yet, they’re only $2.99 on Kindle (but you can get an autographed copy for $10 ea). For the Love in Dark Places premiere, we’re debuting a promo video for her books that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen! It’ll be like a mini-movie that takes the best parts of the first book to draw you in as a viewer. Take a look at the screen shot below and get…
  • A Sneak Peek at the Final Cut of Love in Dark Places [Photos!]

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    22 Mar 2014 | 5:29 pm
    After an entire year of filming, editing, dealing with technical difficulties, and more, Love in Dark Places is finally almost ready for it’s debut! I just completed the final cut of the film (which is a challenge all by itself) and I’m really happy with where the film is. The next steps are color correction, color grading, sound editing, and sound mixing. Every step brings the film closer to release which gets me more excited everyday. To celebrate, I thought I’d share a few screenshots of the film’s opening segments to show off how the color correction and grading…
  • Love in Dark Places – Teaser Trailer

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    2 Feb 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Check out a sneak peak at my latest short film, Love in Dark Places! The post Love in Dark Places – Teaser Trailer appeared first on RodKirby.com.
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    Women Entrepreneurs - The Secrets of Success blog

  • Business Growth Strategist Kelly Roach on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Kelly's show will be rescheduled.   Kelly Roach has helped hundreds of individuals rapidly grow their businesses and multiply their incomes. Whether starting or growing a business, you can create unparalleled success in record time with Kelly’s time compression coaching skills that will help grow and build your business faster and more effectively. Kelly began her career as a Sales
  • 5 Ways to Simplify Your Goal-Setting

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    Setting goals doesn't have to be a chore. And it doesn't have to become an exercise in frustration. Yes, it can be disappointing to have goals, then feel overwhelmed when it comes to getting things done. But there are ways to make goal setting easier and certainly less stressful. Here are some tips: 1. Decide what you don't want - yes, we often spend more time focused on what we don't want,
  • Let the 80/20 Principle Pay Off for You!

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    by Ali BrownIt pays to play to your strengths. But how do you pinpoint the areas that will increase revenue and earn you more money? Simple: by following Pareto’s Principle.Developed by Italian economist and sociologist Vilfredo Pareto, this short, simple rule states that 80% of our results come from 20% of our activity.You may have heard that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time, and the
  • Why I Have Regrets

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    by Doreen Rainey I am always fascinated when people say they have no regrets. REALLY?None? Zero? Nada? Zilch?How is it possible to have NO regrets?A regret is defined as feeling sorrow or remorse, Regret is often a feeling of sadness, shame, embarrassment, annoyance or guilt after one acts in a certain manner and later wishes not to have done so. Based on these definitions, how can anyone say
  • Award-winning TV & Radio Personality Monique Caradine on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Topic: Are women secretly afraid of their inner millionaire? Monique Caradine is an award-winning TV & Radio personality, Speaker and a Money & Marketing mentor for women entrepreneurs. She uses her nearly two decades as a producer and on-air personality and 10 years as an entrepreneur, to help women in business be seen, make an impact and make money. Monique has been featured on the top
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  • How to make Instagram better.

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

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

    John Simoudis
    17 Jan 2014 | 11:46 am
    In my years working as a creative especially around jewelry and timepieces, I have found it hard to explain to clients all the work that is necessary to make luxury objects appear perfect.This video of an expert retoucher's job on a Rolex Daytona is the perfect illustrator of how meticulous post-production is essential for optimal results.Visit me at: www.simoudis.com
  • JAR exhibit at the MET.

    John Simoudis
    4 Dec 2013 | 4:40 am
    Nothing can prepare you for the beauty that is JAR. Beauty needs no explanation. Visit me at: www.simoudis.com
  • The Unforgettable Photograph - by George Lange

    John Simoudis
    16 Oct 2013 | 2:20 pm
    When I was starting my design practice 15 years ago I met George Lange, celebrity photographer. George, for those who are lucky enough to know him, is one of the most affable, talented, energetic creatives on the planets. George was the first photographer to entrust me with styling an important photo shoot and over the years he and I worked on many exciting and memorable projects.George holds a very special place in my heart so, right off the bat, I want to be clear that I'm very biased about reviewing his great new book, The Unforgettable Photograph.Full of incredible George Lange photos,…
 
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    Small-Business

  • 3 Ways To Put An End To WordPress Blog Comment Spam

    Andrew Wise
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Blog comment spam will make a mark on your blog after a few months of publishing; basically when your website starts to attract social shares and receives organic traffic from search engines. Google’s penguin algorithm vowed to penalize websites that used blog comment spam signature for generating low quality backlinks. Also, the search engine giant announced that they are going to consider the links as ‘nofollow’, so spammers won’t get any benefit from targeting WordPress blog comments and public referrer lists. However, they still keep on coming in the same old…
  • What Are The Types of Web Hosting Services and Which is Best?

    Andrew Wise
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:31 am
    Owning a website comes with a lot of decisions to make. Aside from the important choices of your design and your domain name, another very important choice in creating a business website is how you will host the site. Web hosting can be flexible, but finding the right plan that meets your growth needs and your budget should be your top priority. Making an informed decision about hosting will mean that you know what options are available for your site. Shared HostingThe least expensive options to buy web hosting is the shared web hosting option. This option allows a service to host your…
  • How to Make Relocating Drop Dead Simple

    Andrew Wise
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:30 am
    Relocating for a job can be a tricky and stressful process. You have your start date set, and that’s your deadline for finding a new place to live, moving your belongings to a brand new city, and wrapping up details in your old hometown. If you’re still house-hunting when your job starts, things can get even more hectic. Keeping calm and organized can help to bring everything together, though, and before you know it, you’ll be settling in in your new place and enjoying your new job. Here are a few tips on how to simplify the relocation process. 1. Ask About Relocation…
  • How to Launch an E-Commerce Website and Accept Payments Online

    Diane Seltzer
    19 Mar 2014 | 12:25 pm
    A guide to implementing a payment ready e-commerce platform that is secure and seamless for optimal conversion With an e-commerce site, your business can serve customers practically anywhere an Internet connection is available. This freedom to conduct business anytime, anywhere gives small businesses unbridled opportunity to reach new markets. Niche businesses, indie businesses, and micro-businesses are thriving today because e-commerce removes the constraints of selling within a particular geographic area. Online businesses have at least one thing in common with most brick-and-mortar…
  • Why LinkedIn Company Pages are More Important than Groups

    Diane Seltzer
    7 Mar 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Build your LinkedIn strategy with Company Pages for more engagement, traffic and real customer opportunities When I first started out with my LinkedIn marketing strategy it was all about groups. I thought groups were the best way to reach new people and promote our small business… more so than a Company Page. And at that time they were. But LinkedIn Company Pages have come a long way in the past few years and present far more opportunities for growing your business. Before Company Pages became the dynamic showcase that they are today (more on that in a bit), we chose to move forward on…
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    Constant Contact Blogs

  • Lessons from Game of Thrones on Multi-Channel Marketing

    Christopher M. Litster
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    I love Games of Thrones — or GOT for those in the know. I’m a big fan of the books and I’m thoroughly enjoying how the stories are being brought to life in the HBO series. As I’m sure other fans would agree — it’s been exciting to see those intense book moments play out on the TV screen. Moments like the Red Wedding, Purple Wedding, and who doesn’t love the dragons! I’m looking forward to one other big event which I’m not going to mention to avoid spoiling it for anyone not up to speed with the books. As much as I’ve been impressed with the…
  • Read This Post If You Use an @AOL.com Email in the “From” Address of Your Email Campaigns

    Tara Natanson
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    We recently told you about a policy change by Yahoo that was made to combat spoofing attacks. Unfortunately, as a side effect, if you use a Yahoo email address to send emails from your Constant Contact account, some of those emails might not get delivered. On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, AOL made a similar change in their authentication policy for people sending from @aol.com email addresses. This means that if you’re sending email through an email service provider (ESP) — like Constant Contact — using an @aol.com address as your “from” address, your email will be rejected and recorded…
  • How to Hire the Right Virtual Employee for Your Small Business

    Susan Solovic
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    If the trend toward using virtual employees continues to grow, someday going out for drinks after work and lunchtime pot lucks may be relegated to our fond memories. First, I should clear up the term virtual employee a little. The person isn’t virtual, the person’s location is virtual — or more simply: online. Your online marketing person could be in Peoria, while your graphic designer is located in Cape Town. Not having consistent personal contact with your virtual employee poses problems and risks, and somewhat changes the hiring process. There are two general areas you need to…
  • A Missed Opportunity No Business Can Afford

    Ryan Pinkham
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    Did you hear the story about the Wheel of Fortune contestant, who guessed every letter in the puzzle, but still managed to miss his chance to win $1 million by mispronouncing one word? What a missed opportunity! Everything he needed to be successful was right in front of him, and he still let the opportunity slip away. It seems like mistakes like these are only heard of on game shows or TV competitions, but these types of missed opportunities happen all the time when marketing a small business. One example of this is when business owners fail to ask for feedback from the people who matter…
  • 3 Award Winning Small Business Marketing Campaigns

    Ryan Pinkham
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    Each year, the Small Business Online Marketing Contest hosted by the City of Chicago Treasurer’s Office, provides incredible examples of how small businesses can use marketing channels like email and social media, to run successful campaigns that attract new customers and help them do more business. This year, Constant Contact was a proud sponsor of the event. Here’s a look at this year’s top winners, and what you can learn from the success of their campaigns: 1st Place – Motion PR The Business Motion PR is a Chicago public relations agency whose heart and soul is unparalleled…
 
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  • One in five insolvencies are due to late payment

    admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:41 am
    Photo Credit: MacBeales via Compfight cc A fifth of all insolvencies are caused by cash flow problems arising from late payment of invoices, according to R3, the Association of Business Recovery Professionals. In a survey of its members, R3 found that almost half (47%) had dealt in the past year with an instance of corporate insolvency in which late payment was a major or primary factor. Nearly three fifths (59%) ranked the construction sector as the worst culprit for late payment, wholesale and retail sectors were listed by just 5% each, and 3% blamed hotels and restaurants, the public…
  • How to invoice properly

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Photo Credit: Alwyn Ladell via Compfight cc  Invoicing is an essential part of ensuring you maintain your business’s cash flow. If you  carried out the correct procedure when you opened the account then you should be able to invoice accurately as you will have the correct name and address. Be clear on your invoice with regards to what you are actually invoicing for. Make sure your collection policy is clear and outline how you will collect the money. Be prompt; very often invoices are not raised for several weeks after the work has been carried out, this isn’t good practice. Not…
  • Ministry of Justice promises no more ‘cowboy bailiffs’

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Photo Credit: The Sun and Doves via Compfight cc Changes to the Tribunals, Courts & Enforcement Act 2007 introduced on April 6th aim to ensure bailiffs are not able to treat debtors unfairly, such as by removing essential goods from their homes.     Under a commitment set out in the Coalition Agreement, the government has altered the rules on bailiffs, in an effort to eliminate aggressive behaviour and intimidation.   The new rules also put in place fixed fees for bailiff activity, so the amounts charged to debtors cannot become punitively high without good reason.  …
  • FLA reports double-digit growth in consumer finance

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Photo Credit: Håkan Dahlström via Compfight cc   The latest data from the Finance & Leasing Association shows strong growth across the board in new consumer finance business during February 2014.     Over the course of the month, the FLA saw a 14% rise in new business, when compared against February 2013.   Store credit – including both bricks-and-mortar retail outlets and online finance – saw a 12% rise in new business growth.   Point-of-sale finance grew 23%, and second charge mortgages were up by 32% volume and 57% value.   Overall, just less…
  • How to invoice properly – and promptly

    admin
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Photo Credit: Alwyn Ladell via Compfight cc Invoicing is a headache for many people in business, but if you can’t keep track of customer payments, you risk looking unprofessional and losing substantial amounts of would-be profit.     The key to invoicing properly is to be prompt – the sooner you request payment, the sooner it will be made, and the sooner you chase unpaid invoices, the more likely you are to recover any outstanding amounts owed.   Some people are required by law to issue an invoice for any payments received – this is the case if you and your…
 
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    Small Business Bliss

  • Branding is a journey

    Martina Iring
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:53 am
    Branding is an important part of any small business. It encompasses the visuals, such as logo and colour scheme. As well as the personality of the brand – how things are communicated, what the business is about, values and mission, raison d’etre. Your branding is what sticks with people. It’s what will resonate (or not). It’s how you will be remembered. It gives off an impression of your business. It helps people decide if you’re right for them. Phew! Branding is pretty darn important then wouldn’t you say? And for this reason, branding is something that really, really stresses…
  • 7 tips for being your most productive you

    Martina Iring
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    This post is sponsored by Visa Business. We all have those days. 5 o’clock rolls around. The work day is over. And you’re sitting there without a clue as to what you got accomplished. Where did the time go? What have I been doing all day?? It’s not a good feeling. But as small business owners and entrepreneurs, we all have days like that. In fact, everyone does, no matter if you’re a stay at home mom or an office worker. Sometimes it all just hits the fan. A crisis. An unexpected hurdle. Not feeling on top of your game. It’s just a fact of life. And we have to allow ourselves the…
  • Getting started with Twitter advertising

    Martina Iring
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:16 am
    I was granted some free Twitter advertising credits from the good folks at SocialOomph, so it was a great opportunity to test drive the ad platform, which was only just recently rolled out to accounts in Canada. Why would you advertise on Twitter? Make people more aware of your brand and your business Highlight a special promotion Boost your followers Get your content in front of more people Bonus – with your Twitter advertising account you get access to Twitter Analytics, their proprietary tracking and analytics platform. Step by step guide to setting up Twitter ads When you set up your…
  • Small business around the world – Nicaragua

    Martina Iring
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Another adventure taking my small biz on the road with me… this time, Nicaragua! Gorgeous landscapes, friendly people, delightful frequency – a destination I would recommend without hesitation. This was my first time working in a country like Nicaragua – less developed, less infrastructure and slightly more challenging, but still awesome. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to read about some of the things I learned about working from roads less traveled. Here are some of the best small businesses I saw along the way… Awesome community business initiative – gorgeous…
  • Small business marketing case study – running a successful crowd sourced funding campaign with Living Light Coconut Tree

    Martina Iring
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:45 pm
    For this blog post I’m thrilled to feature my dear friend Rya and her awesome coconut butter business Living Light Coconut Tree. Rya’s story is really inspirational. We were returning together from one of our spirituality workshops down in Florida and in transit started chatting about Rya potentially starting a little coconut butter production business. We were brainstorming flavours and fun names for them during our layover, I offered a few marketing tips and mentioned that the whole crowd source funding thing might be a good option for her on the train ride home and next thing…
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    Business Success Tips in a Blog

  • Seth provokes thought but what is "generous"?

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    Seth provoked a thought today with his usual precision.  Saying "no" to conventional wisdom. If generosity makes you happy, what is generosity?  Is it based on your own inner gut?  Or do you rely on others for the definition as they say "you are generous if you give/donate more"? Wikipedia helps: Generosity (also called largess or largesse) is the habit of giving without expecting anything in return. It can involve offering time, assets or talents to aid someone in need. Often equated with charity as a virtue, generosity is…
  • Linkedin 102 Video: Communication Settings to Impress and Protect

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:47 am
    Here is another video which walks through the basic settings for your Linkedin profile.  If you remember, in the Linkedin 101 video, I emphasized how important it is to understand the Linkedin settings FIRST.  If you use Linkedin with the automated default settings, you may do more harm than good.   The video goes step by step to show you more than just ideas.  Every Linkedin account will be set up differently based on comfort levels and goals.  There is no such thing as permanent and if you have a change of mind, you can uncheck or make changes in a flash. Don't…
  • I died at 55

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    22 Mar 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Oddly enough it was not personal catastrophes, pain or losses that pushed me to the point of death.  It was, instead, the people who believed.  They believed in me more than I. The biggest changes came from two things:   Introductions  - A friend or associate had just enough appreciation of my hard work to introduce me to another who would change my life. Or Invitations - They would make an invitation and ask me to attend an event, a club, a meeting, a dinner, etc. With each introduction and invitation I have connected with people who leave me humbled and…
  • I "Stole" these awesome photos from Getty Images - here's how

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:51 am
    You have searched for images that will set you apart and come up empty.  Better yet, you hope to find free images or graphics for your website or blog.  Maybe you have resorted to "borrowing" them from another website (which is most likely theft).  No one notices and "everyone" is doing it, so how bad can it be? Enter Getty Images, the authority for all things photo.  Getty Images flips a switch and 35+ million photos are available for free. (Restrictions apply)  As with anything free, there are a few limitations.  "Free" rarely gives you much power or control.
  • Spring Clean Your Business Approach

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Spring cleaning is here again.  While your mind may be focusing on social media and how to make a Google+ brand page, it’s also the ideal time to simply spring clean your business.  Take time to clean your workplace, evaluate your processes and focus on making improvements – 27 percent of people in a recent survey said they feel disorganized at work.  Here are just a few ways to organize your business so you can work more efficiently. Give Your Workspace a Makeover If the thought of de-cluttering your desk and workspace makes you nervous, you’re not alone. Just remember…
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    Finance and Business

  • Are Payday Loan Replacement Payments Troubling You?

    suwandi
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    Payday loans are defined as the borrowing of money within a short period at a tedious interest rate. The individual who is in need of money surrenders a cheque which is post-dated, filling the amount borrowed along with the processing fee in reciprocation of the cash. The lender clings to the issued cheque and issues money on the specified date which is normally the consequent payday. These loans are otherwise termed as cash advance loans or cheque advance loans. It is an unsecured loan since the loan repayment might or might not be associated with the payday of the borrower. To obtain a…
  • Finding and Acquiring Small Business Grants!!!

    suwandi
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Small business grants are the most discussed topic among the entrepreneurs. This is due to the fact that the funds for businesses and access to the outstanding amount are limited. Most of the U.S. departments do not offer grants for small businesses or start-ups. State governments offer grants with various options. These programs are awarded to businesses which operate in the fields of medicine or education. Grants are not as easy as you think; they are provided under strict eligibility criteria. Grants are considered to be reputed because they are authoritative but time-consuming, and at the…
  • Loan Modification To Avoid Property Foreclosure

    suwandi
    4 Oct 2013 | 9:09 am
    Having purchased a home with great difficulty and undergoing various processes, everyone would want to retain the property and to avoid foreclosure. But, unfortunately for most of the people, it becomes a great task to make payments regularly towards the loan availed for the purchase of their homes. It becomes necessary to look for options to tackle the situation. Loan modification is one of the ideal ways to avoid foreclosure. Loan modification enables modifying of the terms and conditions of the loan to enable the homeowner make the payments with ease. Benefits of loan modification for the…
  • Objective of Loan Modification

    suwandi
    4 Oct 2013 | 9:08 am
    The purpose of loan modification is to help the homeowners who are unable to make their home loan repayments or those who feel that they will not be able to maintain prompt payment in future. The same is applicable to any type of loan if the borrower’s financial condition makes it difficult to be prompt in payments. With loan modification the homeowners can retain their property by making adjustments in the loan terms to enable comfortable repayment. For the borrower of any loan, with loan modification the repayment amount is much reduced by modifying the terms of the loans. Benefits of…
  • Advantages of Instant Loans

    suwandi
    4 Oct 2013 | 9:06 am
    In spite of high interest rates and short term, the demand for instant loans has been consistently increasing due to the advantages attached to the offer and the urgent financial requirements of the borrowers. The loans are unsecured ones, and there is no credit check for the approval of the offer. The process of application and approval is simple and fast and the consumers are able to access the loans instantly when there is the requirement of funds for emergency expenses. You need to be cautious against the unscrupulous lenders who make profit by exploiting the borrowers’ grave financial…
 
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    Surefire Social

  • Improving User Experience: Where to Start

    Abdul El-Tayef
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    When it comes to company websites, small business owners often find it difficult to prioritize their maintenance and optimization efforts. Keeping a business website up to speed with the changing web can feel like a full time job. While they understand that search engine optimization is important, they also recognize that the user experience is just as critical. According to local marketing experts, the best websites integrate SEO and user experience into a seamless collaboration. Move Away from Broad Terms The main issue here with the term “user experience” is that web designers and…
  • How Premarketing Can Improve Your Sales Conversions

    Brian Seskin
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    At a fundamental level, the job of small business owners is to solve their customers’ problems, whether they need to have a cavity filled, repair a leaky roof, or find legal council. In some cases, you may have the solutions to your customers’ problems before they themselves even know they have a problem. This proactive approach to marketing translates easily to the web, where it is now possible to get into consumers’ heads, so to speak, as they’re trying to solve a particular problem. For several years, marketers have relied on remarketing as a primary way to reconnect with people…
  • Rich Pins Take Pinterest to a New Level

    Alexandra Reichenbach
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    Although Pinterest started out as another image gallery website, it has transformed into much more. It’s now a major player in the  influential, unpredictable world of social media with continued growth expected on the horizon. Pinterest is also proving itself as a critical local social media marketing tool, allowing businesses who capitalize on this resource to reach new heights. When it comes to commercial users, Pinterest is living up to the hype. It recently elevated its game with the introduction of Rich Pins, which are now used by the top retail companies. Although, as of now, only…
  • How to Amplify the Benefits of PPC Using a Sound SEO Strategy

    Brian Seskin
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:50 am
    Organic search results are responsible for over 94% of clicks in Google, almost 92% of which are for sites on page 1. However, getting to page 1 in organic search can be a very time consuming process and the results may vary depending on the competitiveness of your keywords. This means that if you’re a small business in a very crowded industry and area, your SEO campaign may not bear fruit within the time frame and price range you expect. The disadvantages of SEO are the advantages of PPC Even though only 6% of searchers click on paid links, there are many compelling reasons you should…
  • Multi-Location Businesses Investing Aggressively in Digital for Local Marketing – New Report from BIA/Kelsey and Surefire Social

    Chris Marentis
    17 Mar 2014 | 8:34 am
    Findings from the report, including how brands and multi-location businesses harness the power of their local affiliate networks for digital local marketing strategies, will be presented during March 25 webinar. Top 5 Channels Used By Franchises for Local Advertising Chantilly, Va. and Herndon, Va. (PRWEB) March 13, 2014 A new report by BIA/Kelsey and Surefire Social highlights opportunities for brands to effectively market across their local affiliate networks (franchisees, dealers, contractors and agents) and examines the related challenges that must be addressed. “Succeeding in National…
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    The Bottom Line

  • Cheat Sheet: Use Your Schedule C To Plan Your Year Ahead

    Chris Peden
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Tax time is over.  All the rushing around is over.  You got the return filed, and either the refund is in the bank or the tax payments have gone out. That Schedule C you filled out to report your self-employment income was a hassle, wasn’t it?  Sure the online software from GoDaddy Online Bookkeeping made things easier, but it was still took a little time to make sure everything is in the right spot. But now it’s time to put away your tax return, and get back to building your business. Not so fast!  That schedule C contains a lot of information that can help you boost your business.
  • Tax Tuesday: Tax Time TuneUp for a Less Taxing 2015

    Jennifer Dunn
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:43 am
    Whew! Well that’s all done with. You finally managed to get all your taxes done in time and sent in to the IRS and your state. Or you didn’t and filed for a tax extension, so you’ve got taxes coming up again in a few months. Either way, though, for right this second you can relax… Except now – while you’re likely still suffering from your Tax Day Hangover – is the perfect time to make sure tax time never hassles you again. To help you get organized and master tax time, we present to you our Tax Time Tune Up. Tune Up Day 1: Track Income and Expenses…Automatically! One of the…
  • GoDaddy Online Bookkeeping’s Weekly Small Business Forecast: Week of April 21st

    Jennifer Dunn
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:07 am
    The SBA introduces a new program to help older entrepreneurs get their dreams in motion. Also, now that tax time is over, is it time to evaluate where you are with your business? We show you why you should. All this plus links and more in our Forecast! Small Business News That May Impact Your Week We tend to think of entrepreneurs as wide-eyed youngsters eager to start their lives and make an impact on the world. However, that’s obviously not the whole truth, as anyone of any age can have a dream and start a business. In fact, it happens every day. Colonel Sanders is one example as he…
  • What to Keep in Mind during Your First Year as an S Corp

    Deborah Sweeney
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Deciding to start your own business is a huge decision, no matter what year you start up in. However, it is just the tip of the iceberg of the many decisions you’ll have to make as an entrepreneur. After deciding what kind of business to run and your company name and location, you have to think about what sort of business entity you’d like to file as and which one suits your business best. One available option is the S Corp. An S Corp is often thought to be a type of corporation, but in actuality it’s a C-Corporation with an S-Corporation tax election. Upon declaring this election, the…
  • Survive April’s Sales Tax Due Dates “Perfect Storm”

    Mark Faggiano
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mark Faggiano is the founder and CEO ofTaxJar, a service built to make post-transaction sales tax compliance easier for multi-channel ecommerce sellers. Mark’s passion is solving complex problems for small businesses. He previously cofounded and led FileLater to become the web’s leading tax extension service for both businesses and individual taxpayers before being acquired in 2010. At TaxJar, we help online sellers determine how much sales tax they’ve collected from all channels, organize their info in the way that individual states want to see, and keep track of which states you paid…
 
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  • Can this one marketing strategy increase sales for your business?

    12 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    Can this one marketing strategy increase sales for your business? I was very surprised by where I came across this marketing strategy. I was not expecting it at all. I did not even realize it until about a week after it had happened and I decided to purchase from this company again. Then I knew that it works, because it was working on me without even initially noticing it. Listen to the podcast below to find out what this marketing strategy is.
  • CRM Software Comparison - Salesforce vs SugarCRM vs Zoho vs Sage CRM vs Insightly vs Infusionsoft vs Marketo vs Custom Google Drive CRM System

    5 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    CRM Software Comparison - Salesforce vs SugarCRM vs Zoho vs Sage CRM vs Insightly vs Infusionsoft vs Marketo vs Custom Google Drive CRM System Could you grow your sales by 50% using a CRM sofware system? In this article I take a look at what a CRM system is, what the goal of having a CRM system should be and compare some of the most common CRM systems on the market. If it is a leading CRM option for small businesses it is included in this article. Which CRM system is best for your business?
  • How To Increase Sales Now - Website Traffic & Conversion Optimization Services

    22 Mar 2014 | 4:45 am
    How To Increase Sales Now - Website Traffic & Conversion Optimization Services A few days ago I was talking with a friend of mine who suggested to improve our blog I should write articles that are less static (like our post The 7 Key SEO tasks) and to make it include more specifics on things we are going for our clients. This blog article is our first attempt at make our blog less static. Hopefully you enjoy our new approach. Let me know what you think when you are done reading it.
  • B2B Marketing Help - Can You Grow Your Business By Using This One Simple Marketing Idea?

    14 Mar 2014 | 4:45 am
    B2B Marketing Help - Can You Grow Your Business By Using This One Simple Marketing Idea? This past weekend I got to go skiing for free. Yes for free. How you ask... All because of this great marketing program initiated by Volkswagen. Still not quite sure how I got to go skiing? Intrigued about what is so great about this Volkswagen marketing program that I am dedicating an entire blog post to it? Curious as to why I am calling this the best marketing idea I have seen yet this year? Click on this blog post and listen to the podcast to find out the entire story.
  • Blue Ocean Strategy Examples & Return On Investment

    10 Mar 2014 | 4:32 am
    Blue Ocean Strategy Examples & Return On Investment This blog article takes a look at what kind of ROI some companies have achieved by implementing a blue ocean strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne. Click the link above or the picture below to read more.
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  • Internet marketing tips to help your business grow

    admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    To do business online, you must have Internet marketing tips handy to guide you. Internet marketing is a relatively new marketing strategy and everybody is doing internet marketing these days. Internet marketing is all about promoting, selling and buying of goods and services in the World Wide Web. There are many website in the internet, and so the trick lies in bringing visitors to your website by adopting effective internet marketing tips and strategies. The first thing for internet marketing for your product is to have a website for the product. This is the first and foremost internet…
  • Internet Marketing Tips

    admin
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    If you are running a home business you are surely aware of how important it is to have a good marketing strategy in effect. If you want to make a lot of money using the internet, you will have to know how to market your company effectively. There are a couple of tips that you can follow when you are trying to figure out how to make internet marketing work for you. 1. When you are looking into internet marketing ideas you will want to make sure that you leave no stone unturned. There are hundreds of internet marketing strategies that you can use; it is just a matter of finding out which one…
  • Internet Marketing to Double or even Quadruple you Income

    admin
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    WANT TO KNOW HOW ORDINARY FOLKS LIKE YOU AND ME DOULBE, TRIPLE OR EVEN QUADRUPLE OUR INCOME, ONLINE OR OFFLINE? If you have even a passing interest in the topic of Internet Marketing, then you should take a look at the following information. This enlightening article presents some of the latest news on the subject of Internet Marketing. Internet Marketing: Why is it One of the Most Cost-Effective Ways to Advertise your Business I will touch on the most popular subject when people talk about Internet Marketing. And that is Affiliate Programs. When you think about Affiliate, what do you think…
  • Increasing Sales Through Strategic Internet Marketing

    admin
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:26 am
    The Internet has now become an important medium for product and service advertisements. Almost every company that can afford print, radio and TV advertisements have also ventured into placing ads on the Internet. But with millions of websites out there being visited by millions of computer users, how can you make sure that your ad can be seen by your target customers and that your leads will be followed by these users? Here are a few tips. 1. Place an ad on the websites frequented by your target customers. Before doing this, you need to define who will be your target customers. Placing an ad…
  • Internet Marketing to Increase Web Site Traffic

    admin
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:09 am
    Want to know the best Internet marketing strategies that maximize network marketing Internet businesses to peak potential? Just remind yourself that itís all about WEB SITE TRAFFIC. Online advertising (plus Internet marketing affiliate programs) are your exclusive way to significantly increased online traffic. How powerful is your current strategy for Internet marketing online advertising? Have you formulated an effective yet basic plan for your business home Internet marketing promotion? So many potential entrepreneurs have dreams of marketing on the Internet. Yet, the sad reality is that…
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     Vistage Executive Street Blog

  • Five Questions Every Strategic Leader Needs to Answer

    Margaret Reynolds
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    As leaders we wake up every morning and wonder if we are making a difference.  The truth is, for many of us, we are not. Read MoreThe post Five Questions Every Strategic Leader Needs to Answer appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Keep Your Workplace Humming With Engaged Employees

    Steve Cohen
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
    Every organization faces management issues which if ignored, can be perilous. Not long ago a suburban bank lost a huge chunk of its staff when Read MoreThe post Keep Your Workplace Humming With Engaged Employees appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Leader?

    Jayne Latz
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    “If a leader can’t get a message across clearly and motivate others to act on it, then having a message doesn’t even matter.” Read MoreThe post Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Leader? appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Dr. Gustavo Grodnitzky Webinar Summary—Ready or Not, Here They Come! Understanding and Motivating the Millennial Generation

    Rebecca McCarthy
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    In the very near future, there will be 84 million retiring Baby Boomers, followed by 68 million Gen Xers to replace them. This will create Read MoreThe post Dr. Gustavo Grodnitzky Webinar Summary—Ready or Not, Here They Come! Understanding and Motivating the Millennial Generation appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • You’re Not the Person I Hired: Barry Deutsch Webinar Summary

    Rebecca McCarthy
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    Why do 56% of all executive hires fail in their first year to eighteen months? Because most companies don’t hire according to a documented process. Read MoreThe post You’re Not the Person I Hired: Barry Deutsch Webinar Summary appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
 
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    Griselda Togobo's blog | Author, Speaker & Small Business Growth Consultant

  • 10 Lessons from running the London Virgin Marathon

    Griselda K Togobo
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    I completed the London Marathon last Sunday in one piece. Thank GOD. I can now understand why only 1% of the population have run a marathon. To be honest I had thoughts of quitting throughout the race.  It was far harder than I had expected it to be and quitting was on my mind from mile 10 right down to mile 23! That’s the honest truth. I had started training for the marathon but hit a bad patch towards the end. It all started 3 weeks before the marathon when I had my last and final training run. It wasn’t intended to be my last run but I just got so busy with work and family (having…
  • {Video} 3 tips from Deirdre Bounds on taking an idea from bedsit to £20m on exit

    Griselda K Togobo
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
     I caught up with Deirdre Bounds at the Super Growth Conference I hosted last week. Deirdre is the founder of one of the world’s biggest gap year travel company and she shares some tips in this 3 minutes video on how she took an idea from her bedsit to a multi-million global business. Deirdre’s top 3 tips for growing your business are: 1. Marketing, Marketing, Marketing – 20% of your time and turnover needs to go towards marketing your business, even in a down economy.  Don’t cut back on your marketing because marketing will bring in the sales you need to grow. 2. Work…
  • Super Growth Conference 2014 – Reporting Back

    Griselda K Togobo
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:37 am
    People have been asking me how the Super Growth Conference went. Words can’t describe the energy on the day. It was the just the most inspiring, fun loving, positive gathering of people I’ve ever had the privilege of being part of. I thought I would share just a few of the emails I got from delegates at the Super Growth Conference. “This was by far the most fantastic and enriching experience of my year.” Guiliane B. “ABSOLUTELY LOVED being with everyone on THURSDAY. FABULOUS EVENT!!!#BRILLIANT!!!” – Nicky Pattinson “Wow, what a day! fabulous…
  • The most important question you should ask yourself about growing your business

    Griselda K Togobo
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:37 am
    Why do you want to grow your business? It seems like a pretty simple and obvious question but the answer is not very easy to find. Most people say money is the reason why they want to grow their business. For some people, this is true money is a big enough motivation whilst for others its. If you are one of those who won’t do anything for money then its time to really ask yourself what yo I thought I wanted to grow my business because I wanted to make money. Whilst making a good living is still one of the reasons why I want to grow my business, I’ve since found out that its not my…
  • WIN a free ticket to the Super Growth Conference

    Griselda K Togobo
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:34 am
    Its 15, 14…days to the Super Growth Conference!!! I can’t tell you how excited I’m to be hosting this event. I’ve heard from many people who want to attend the event but unfortunately some cannot really afford to come when you take the travel and accommodation into account. If you know me, you’ll understand that I’m always always keen to help. In anyway I can. I’m super passionate about getting entrepreneurship to work for those committed enough to take a chance. I want every single entrepreneur to not only be successful but to also be happy whilst…
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    Loftis Consulting Business Blog

  • Free Consumer Webcast – How to Use Tax Return to Create a Personal Financial Plan

    Loftis Consulting
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
      The 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy and the AICPA PFP Division are sponsoring a free webcast on using your personal tax return to creat a personal financial plan.  You will learn what planning steps to take and how to ensure your retirement plan delivers, evaluate investment strategies and protect assets.  It will be held 1 – 2 pm EST on April 29.  To register, follow the link.
  • 2014 IRS Standard Mileage Rates

    Loftis Consulting
    9 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am
    Beginning January 1, 2014, the IRS recommended mileage rates for businesses for tax purposes is 56 cents, which is half a cent less than 2013 rates.  If your business uses the IRS recommended rates be prepared to adjust for 2014.
  • Year End Small Business and Individual Tax Tips – 2013

    Loftis Consulting
    3 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am
    Jacqueline Frew of Frew & Associates is this week’s guest blogger. Ms. Frew specializes in tax planning for individuals, business owners and businesses. In this blog post, Ms. Frew provides helpful year-end tips to save on this year’s and next year’s taxes.   The 2013 tax year includes both tax increases and the expiration of many tax deductions if congress does not act before the year-end. For businesses, tax breaks that are available through the end of this year but won’t be around next year unless Congress acts include: 50% bonus first-year depreciation for…
  • Five Ways to Manage Cash Burn

    Loftis Consulting
    30 Sep 2013 | 7:00 am
    Many companies, both small and large, believe that all growth is good but it is not.  If your business cannot obtain the cash needed either through operations or through outside financing such as a bank you may grow yourself right out of business.  One example of this is Krispy Kreme Donuts. Krispy Kreme closely monitored the quality of its products through its store bakery locations but once Krispy Kreme rapidly expanded into grocery store chains it did not have the financial resources to make sure quality standards were consistent.  In other words, they spread themselves to thin. …
  • JOBS Act Investor Solicitation Rules Goes Into Effect Today

    Loftis Consulting
    23 Sep 2013 | 7:00 am
    Finally, the day has arrived.  Today companies can advertise private placements to the general public using general advertising methods including social media; however, the private placements can only be sold to accredited investors.  Notice that I said accredited investors not just plain ordinary investors and this is a different funding source than through crowd funding which has a different set of rules.  Accredited investors are believed to be more investment savvy and thus have less rules but it is up to you, the seller, to verify that your buyer of the private placement meets…
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    Intuit Small Business Blog

  • Former Politician Turns to Sweet Business

    Laura McCamy
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    “As a policymaker, I spent a lot of time on economic development,” says Nancy Nadel, who served on the city council of Oakland, Calif., for 16 years before retiring in 2012. The former politician has since turned her attention to developing a small business, The Oakland Chocolate Co. “I have always been interested in science and in art,” says Nadel (pictured), who has an art degree and previously worked as a geophysicist and an environmental engineer. “Chocolate is a wonderful, complicated process that satisfies a lot of those interests.” Her introduction to making chocolate came…
  • Skype Your Way to a Better Bottom Line

    Dave Clarke
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
    Since its release in 2003, Skype — the world’s first practical VoIP service with video — has enabled geographically distant colleagues to converse as close as face-to-face as possible without being in the same place at the same time. Businesses big and small have adopted and adapted the service to lower costs and increase revenues in interesting  ways. Here’s how various entrepreneurs and organizations are using Skype to their advantage, plus five features that may boost your bottom line. Skype on the Job Jason McCoy, a voice-over artist who operates McCoy Productions, uses Skype as…
  • Social Media: Keeping Up With the Competition

    Dave Clarke
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    You want to keep tabs on your competitors’ social media activity, but staying on top of your own online initiatives and overall presence is already a time-consuming chore. How can you possibly manage to do both? By using an inexpensive tracking tool like MentionQuintly, or Perch These web-based and mobile apps capture mentions of terms or companies you specify on Facebook, Foursquare, Google+, Instagram, Twitter, Yelp, and daily deal sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial. For example, Perch aggregates social media feeds into a single stream, showing small-business owners the social…
  • Simplify Your Social Media Efforts With Buffer

    Brenda Barron
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    If you truly want to influence people and establish yourself as an expert in your field, your social media presence needs to go beyond Twitter and Facebook. But maintaining multiple accounts across networks can be a time-consuming endeavor. Content curation via a scheduling app is perhaps the most efficient way to extend your reach. You can not only post your own original material, but also share other people’s relevant content with your fans and followers. Offering valuable information about your industry on a regular basis will help you to develop a reputation as a thought leader.
  • Leadership Lessons From the Sea

    Katherine Gustafson
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:06 am
    Crane Stookey brings a unique perspective to coaching business leaders and organizations through individual and systemic change. As a former tall-ship officer and founder of the Nova Scotia Sea School, Stookey draws from the lessons he learned while at sea, such as the importance of trusting your crew and letting the boat’s needs guide your decision-making He also believes strongly in using meditation to bring the power of one’s inner thoughts to his or her outer performance. Stookey (pictured, on his ship) shares many of his insights in the 2012 book Keep Your People in the Boat:…
 
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    My Parsons Family

  • Build Your Own Pergola

    Chris Parsons
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    I got this crazy idea that I would build a pergola onto my house in my backyard. I’ve never built… anything. Luckily, my Dad & brother are both pretty handy so I called ‘em up! It came out AWESOME! I love it! Here it is finished (Instagram style). In case you get this crazy idea too, I’ll show you exactly how I did it. And how I would do it differently if I were to do it again… 16′ lumber, 6′ truck bed The first thing I would recommend is, if you have to buy 16 ft lumber – have a way to transport it other than a 6 ft truck bed. I had to lay…
  • Why I’m a Protestant

    Chris Parsons
    30 Sep 2013 | 10:19 am
    EDIT: The original article was aimed at Catholics, but was quite naive of me to believe Catholics cared why Protestants broke away or wanted to consider the legitimacy of this. So the article has been reworked to… Why I’m a Protestant I was baptized Roman Catholic, then my parents switched to Methodists when I was a kid (I was an atheist though). Now, I’m non-denominational/reformed Presbyterian (that’s Protestant, duh!). The interplay between Catholicism and Protestantism has always interested me. As an atheist, it seemed like it was just a matter of preference. As a…
  • Why Christians Should NOT legislate Morality

    Chris Parsons
    26 Jul 2013 | 2:11 pm
    There are two types of morality: Social Morality and Personal Morality. Thanks to God’s grace (and imprint of His laws on our hearts), practically all cultures to ever exist have recognized basic communal rights and have Social Morality. This could be summarized by the “Golden Rule” “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” But of course Christianity goes much further than this… Christianity says not only is it wrong to steal and murder, but to covet and hate. It says that there things are absolutely wrong, even when they do not affect other…
  • My experiences with Supplements & Health Gadgets

    Chris Parsons
    16 Jul 2013 | 3:08 pm
    I’ve spent entirely too much money on supplements and health products over the past couple years. All of them had “scientific evidence”, were supposed to be amazing, get fantastic results, etc but very few of them were worth the money. What have I tried? Vitamins, Fat burners, Muscle Builders, Cognitive Enhancers, you name it… Multi-vitamins? No noticeable improvement in any area and pretty sure I pissed most of it out. Better to juice with kale, ginger, and nutrient dense vegetables if you want extra vitamin insurance. Fish Oil? Slight improvement at mega-dose levels…
  • A Fair Perspective on MLM companies

    Chris Parsons
    9 Jul 2013 | 1:10 pm
    Are MLM companies becoming more popular? Or is it just a function of the people I’m friends with on Facebook? It seems like everybody is getting in on it… MLM = Multi-Level Marketing, also known as Network Marketing, or (not affectionately) as “pyramid schemes”. MLM companies have sales forces that are compensated not only for sales they personally generate, but also for the sales of the other salespeople that they recruit. For example: I start selling MLM ‘Product X’ to my friends/family/co-workers and make 10% for each item I sell. Then one of my…
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    Blue Kite Marketing blog

  • Marketing Your Business: Are You Fishing in the Right Pond?

    Laura Click
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
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  • 12 Presentation Tips That Will Help You Wow Your Audience

    Laura Click
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
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  • Newsflash: PR Does Not Stand for Press Release

    Laura Click
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
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  • Create a Simple Social Media Plan in 5 Steps

    Laura Click
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
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  • What Happens if You Succeed?

    Laura Click
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
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    Barry Moltz

  • The Duct Tape Guy Does it Again

    Barry Moltz
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    ABC=  “Always Be Closing“-  from Glengarry Glen Ross ABC= “Always Be Connecting”- John Jantsch I love John Jantsch’s books. They are always easy to read and have a load of action steps that any small business owner can take to improve their company right now. I got an early copy of Duct Tape Selling: Think Like a Marketer-—Sell Like a Superstar and it’s another gem. John discusses how the job of any sales person has totally changed. Information on the Internet has shifted the very foundation of this process. Sales people no longer have to just close but…
  • Welcome Weirdos and Misfits

    Barry Moltz
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:36 pm
    I am a Chris Brogan fan. His daily writing seems to talk directly to me. In his new book, “The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth”, he writes a manifesto of entrepreneurship for the rest of us. It includes:  1. Admit you are a freak. Do business on your terms. Follow your passion. 2. Define success for yourself. For me, it’s being able to support my family at something I love doing. 3. Learn a new skill. Take joy in improving your weaknesses. 4. Have a disciplined routine to be productive. This is necessary in always on, 24/7 culture. 5. Fall in love with not knowing. This is…
  • #269 Tom Hopkins, Yukari Kane, Debra Learner, Barbara Weltman, Daliah Saper – Apr 15,2014

    Barry J Moltz
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Guests: Tom Hopkins, America's Top Salesperson tells us what to do when the cusotmer says no. Wall Street Journal reporter discusses what to expect from Apple under Tim Cook. Debra Learner shows how to detect depression in the workplace. Barbara Weltman shows us last minute small business tax tips. Daliah Saper points out legal issues around domain names. Sponsored by Sage One, Nextiva, and Saper Law Offices.
  • #268 Adam Bryant, Mark Rockefeller, Scott Hirsch, Daliah Saper, Larry Caretsk – Apr 08,2014

    Barry J Moltz
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Scheduled Guests: NY Times Columnist Adam Bryant shows us how to build a culture. Mark Rockefeller demonstrates an alternative way to fund your company. Scott Hirsch discloses the easiest way to build an app. Daliah Saper talks about when you need an attorney for your business. Larry Caretsky explains what to do in a crisis. Sponsored by: Sage One, Nextiva and Saper Law.
  • On Second Thought, Nice Guys Can Finish First

    Barry Moltz
    5 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    In a world that always seems to be about “me first,” it can be hard to see the value of niceness in the business world. It turns out that there may be more to altruism than vague moral brownie points: being nice and helpful can pay off more than being selfish and cutthroat. Stefan Klein, author of the best-selling book “The Science of Happiness,” recently wrote a new book entitled “Survival of the Nicest: How Altruism Made Us Human and Why It Pays to Get Along.” In it, Klein convincingly argues that folk wisdom such as “nice guys finish last” and “greed is good” are…
 
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    Free Enterprise

  • Can Cyber Insurance Pay Off for Your Business?

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    Cyber insurance shouldn't be foreign to small business owners, and it can potentially keep your homefront secure. More and more, companies are turning to cyber insurance policies to safeguard their online reputations. From mom-and-pop shops to big corporations, CNBC reports that cyber insurance is helping businesses insurance against cyberattacks and other online threats. What do you need to know about cyber insurance to make it work for your business? What Is Cyber Insurance? Cyber insurance seeks to insure companies against liability from cyberattacks. Much like homeowners might purchase…
  • 7 Tips for Take Your Daughter/Son to Work Day

    Jenny Tsay, Esq.
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    This Thursday is Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day. This annual holiday seeks to strengthen the connection between parents and children when it comes to work and education. Here are seven tips to keep in mind when preparing your office for the holiday. Make the office kid-friendly. Business owners are responsible for making sure that their offices are a relatively safe environment and can be liable if for accidents and injuries occur on the property. So check for any dangerous conditions that kids might get caught up in. Leave the pets at home. Even if you're office has policy that…
  • For Earth Day: 5 Environmental Tips for Businesses

    Jenny Tsay, Esq.
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Happy Earth Day! Business owners who "go green" are not only helping the environment, but they can also reap financial rewards. From tax incentives to energy saving methods to help businesses save money, business owners should consider helping out Mother Nature. So here are five environmental tips for businesses. Government incentives for going green. Depending on your state's laws, you may be able to get tax deductions or credits for operating your business in an energy efficient commercial building. For example, the federal government gives a corporate tax credit to businesses that use…
  • Top 5 Tips for Effective Staff Meetings

    Jenny Tsay, Esq.
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    Staff meetings are a great way to brainstorm new ideas for the business and do a round-up of the current happenings in the company. How can you make them more effective? In order to facilitate a good meeting, there are a few things business owners can do to make the most out of the session. So rather than making a staff meeting something employees dread, here are five tips for effective staff meetings: Encourage participation. Nothing is worse than holding a staff meeting where only one person is talking the whole time and no one gives any feedback. To avoid that scenario, business owners…
  • General Mills Nixes 'Clickwrap' Arbitration Terms

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:14 pm
    General Mills has nixed its controversial legal terms which potentially would have forced consumers into arbitration for "liking" the company online. After less than a week of worried consumers raising questions about the cereal titan taking away their rights to sue, General Mills took down its newest legal terms on Saturday night. The company decided to go back to its original online legal terms, citing that their new policy was "widely misunderstood, causing concerns among our consumers," reports The New York Times. Will this General Mills flap serve as a warning for other corporations…
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    BuzzBooster Marketing Advisors: Shahar and Nash

  • Multitasking is Impossible

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    The brain cannot multi-task so what is it that you have been doing all this time? With your hosts Nashlah and Shahar from BuzzBooster. The post Multitasking is Impossible appeared first on NeuroMarketing | Small Business Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Emerging TV viewer types

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Emerging TV viewer types “Professional” Critics Middle-age professionals, successful and digital savvy, have limited time and demand quality. Characterized by their skepticism, interest in keeping up with media & pop culture and drawn to immersive story driven, and cerebral shows. Young Digital Nomads Born into “get what I want – when I want it” media landscape, these college age and 20-something’s are much more likely to go ’off the grid’, snacking on TV media clips, viewing online or through alternative viewing means (laptop, Netflix, Hulu, Roku, etc.) Social…
  • High Performers Are Covertly Victimized, Unless They’re Altruistic

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    In a study set in a Midwestern field office of a U.S. financial services firm, high-performing employees were more likely than average workers to report that colleagues covertly victimized them through such behaviors as sabotage, withholding resources, and avoidance, says a team led by Jaclyn M. Jensen of DePaul University. High performers’ average score on a 1-to-5 victimization-frequency scale (from “never” to “once a week or more”) was 3.37, with the greater the performance gap in the workgroup, the greater the victimization. The effect was most pronounced for high performers who…
  • Are Millennials Just Like Boomers? [Boomerology Revealed TV # 05]

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    http://www.boomerologyrevealed.com Ernesto Verdugo and differences between generations. Would you use a Happe? Check it out. Some cool facts about baby boomers and a trip to memory lane. Also some facts about sugar and your health. Your likes shares,comments really matter and please don’t forget to subscribe. Sign up for our monthly giveaways at http://www.boomerologyrevealed.com The post Are Millennials Just Like Boomers? [Boomerology Revealed TV # 05] appeared first on NeuroMarketing | Small Business Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Are You Future Oriented? Your Language Tells the Tale

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    The structure of the language spoken by a company’s top team affects the firm’s planning for the future, according to doctoral student Hao Liang, Christopher Marquis of Harvard Business School, and two colleagues. If the language is English, Spanish, or one of many others that use mainly grammar, rather than context, to distinguish present from future (“It is raining,” “It will rain”), people tend to focus less on the future, presumably because it seems more distant. On corporate social responsibility, which is a highly future-oriented activity, firms in countries speaking these…
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    Dean R Black - Simple. Consistent. Authentic.

  • The Deadly Art Of Persuasion – Get More Sales and Conversions!

    Dean R Black
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    * Over 100,000+ people have been "sold" and bought at least ONE of his products (yah, his stuff converts)
  • Traffic Domination Formula – Learn To Generate Leads On Demand

    Dean R Black
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    Video marketing (when done right) can pull in TONS of traffic for both your videos, as well as your lead capture pages.
  • Video Marketing Secrets Revealed

    Dean R Black
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Getting in front of a camera and making videos might be intimidating for you. If you could conquer the fear that you have over being in front of a camera then Youtube video marketing will be a fantastic vehicle for  generating leads for your business. The fact is that youtube video marketing is a very […]
  • LinkLuv – Rank Your Content With Social Bookmarking LinkLuv

    Dean R Black
    21 Feb 2014 | 4:29 am
     You hear it all the time…Google is Looking For Social Engagement as a Part Of Their Algorithm. Well I have The Proof That This is True. I Ran A Little Test and The Results Were STUNNING! In The Video Below I Am Going To Show You EXACTLY What The Test Was and The Results….. But […]
  • How To Increase Your Search Rankings Using Google Plus!

    Dean R Black
    9 Feb 2014 | 8:34 am
    When you think of search you think of Google. So why not use the tools Google has to help you in your search rankings. Google literally GIVES you powerful tools to help you rank your content better. Do you know what they are? Most do not and yet they are sitting right there on your computer […]
 
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    Noobpreneur.com

  • How Workflow Automation Improves Your Business Profits

    Ivan Widjaya
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:40 am
    Did you know that overheads burn your business profits? It’s only logical for business owners to focus on reducing overheads, as 10 percent overhead costs reduction means 10 percent more profits. Unfortunately, overheads are simply unavoidable. With businesses working hard to juggle relationships, processes and tasks, can you and your team really manage them by spending more working hours? The answer is no. Why? It’s mainly because time is the most important resource, one that can be exhausted very quickly but can never be retrieved; you need to use it wisely, e.g.… Continue…
  • How You Can Leverage Text Message Marketing To Increase Customer Engagement

    SMB Authors
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Text message marketing has been an effective marketing stream for over 10 years, but it’s been only in recent years that it has exploded into one of the more popular ways to stoke consumer engagement. It’s popular because it’s easy, quick, and it helps the consumer feel more connected with your company. It’s also the preferred method of communication for about 85% of all cell phone users. Bring on the Encouragement Encouraging people to participate in a text marketing program isn’t difficult at all, but it does require that offers are relevant and…
  • How Small Business Owners Can Prep Their Office for a Spring Break Vacation

    Deborah Sweeney
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    With the snow having melted in most states by now (sorry, Minnesota), entrepreneurs everywhere are emerging from the intense winter work hibernation where they put in early mornings and late nights, to stretch their legs and feel the sunshine that comes with spring. Now that tax season is over and we’re four months into the calendar year, it’s time for small business owners to take a break to rest and recharge before hitting the ground running again. The best way to accomplish this?… Continue reading » The post How Small Business Owners Can Prep Their Office for a…
  • The Benefits of Becoming Your Own Boss

    Ivan Widjaya
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:18 am
    Many people contemplate the idea of saying goodbye to their office job and pursuing the thing they really love doing by becoming their own boss. Yet for so many of us, this idea doesn’t ever come to fruition. There might be many things holding you back from taking that leap, but if you’re seriously contemplating leaving your nine-to-five job and starting life as an entrepreneur, here are five reasons to start your own business. Get paid for your passion One perk of starting your own business is to transform the thing you love into what you do for a living.… Continue reading…
  • Accounting Staff Among Those Most Likely to Receive Ire of Colleagues

    Ivan Widjaya
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    In the office, there’s a strong likelihood that there’s someone who doesn’t always play by the rules. They might do so because they hate their job, don’t get along with their colleagues or just because they have their own way of doing things. Whatever the reason may be, they always find a way of making things more difficult for everyone else in the office. A survey conducted amongst office workers throughout the UK found that 18% of those surveyed said people working in HR departments were most likely to be obstructive at work, with accounting and finance workers…
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    Big Brand System

  • The “One True Calling” Hoax: How to Avoid This Business Disaster

    Pamela Wilson
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you heard this before? “Everything will fall into place once you’ve found your one true calling.” Are you actively seeking your one true calling? Are you feeling frustrated because you haven’t found it yet? That might be because the search is unnecessary. I recommend you call off the hunt, and do something else instead. Searching for answers and feeling frustrated? Here’s the cruel reality about searching for your “one true calling.” It seems like you’re accomplishing something, but really, you’re just thinking about accomplishing something. And the longer…
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    Phoenix Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos

  • Facebook Decreases Organic Reach for Business Pages – Is it Time to Break up?

    Wendy Kenney
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Facebook Decreases Organic Reach for Business Pages – Is it Time to Break up? Have you heard the news? Facebook has decreased the organic reach of business pages again. Before you break up with Facebook completely, here are 5 easy status updates you can post to help increase your organic reach. Phoenix Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • MUST DO MARKETING ACTIVITIES FOR YOUR AUTO REPAIR SHOP

    Wendy Kenney
    5 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    MUST DO MARKETING ACTIVITIES FOR YOUR AUTO REPAIR SHOP Even if you don't own an auto repair shop, these MUST READ marketing ideas in this article that are relevant to small businesses of any size. Phoenix Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • 5 Fun and Friendly April Fool’s Day Pranks

    Wendy Kenney
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:12 am
    5 Fun and Friendly April Fool’s Day Pranks 5 Fun and Friendly April Fool's Day Pranks Phoenix Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • 67 Best Mother’s Day Marketing Ideas

    Wendy Kenney
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:37 am
    67 Best Mother’s Day Marketing Ideas One way to have a successful marketing campaign is to tap into what’s currently or what is going to be a trend in the media such as a national holiday. And Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Mother’s Day is one of the most popular holidays for consumer spending, coming in fourth after Christmas, […] Phoenix Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • How to Get TOP Google Rankings

    Wendy Kenney
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:54 am
    How to Get TOP Google Rankings I consider Neal Patel one of the foremost SEO Experts in the universe.  Here’s one of his recent posts about How Google Determines Where to Rank Your Website. According to Neal, Google uses over 200 ranking factors in its algorithm that decides where your website ranks. Here are just a few of those factors. Is […] Phoenix Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
 
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    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense

  • Why Does Your Brand Exist?

    Bulldog Drummond
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Written by Rick Liebling Over the last couple of years it has become fashionable to say, “You don’t own your brand—the people do.” Social media has apparently given the power to consumers, and marketers are just along for the ride. I think this is an accurate statement—if you manage a brand that doesn’t actually stand for something. And the truth is that most brands don’tstand for something. Oh, sure, they parrot some mumbo jumbo about providing best-in-class this or leading-edge that, or they talk about shareholder value. It’s usually in the form of some Vision or Mission…
  • Bulldog Design: Total Woman Gym + Spa—Designed With Women In Mind

    Bulldog Drummond
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Women do it all. They run Board meetings, cook dinner, drive carpool, host book clubs, organize the family’s activities—and even occasionally squeeze in some “me time”. So whether it’s a relaxing yoga session, an invigorating Zumba dance class or a revitalizing deep tissue massage, all women need to take the time to care for themselves—and it’s even better when it’s done in a space designed with their needs in mind. Total Woman was built over thirty years ago on the principle of women living their best lives. Building a loyal following in a number of California communities,…
  • Brand Stories

    Bulldog Drummond
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Twenty noteworthy CEOs attempting to solve the world’s greatest challenges.
  • Close The Experience Gap

    Bulldog Drummond
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Written by Scott Schimmel Fyodor Dostoevsky famously wrote, “Every man has some reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone, but only to his friends. He has others which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But finally there are still others which a man is even afraid to tell himself, and every decent man has a considerable number of such things stored away. That is, one can even say that the more decent he is, the greater the number of such things in his mind.” Let’s be honest and admit that you and I aren’t as awesome as we wish…
  • Brands That Survive

    Bulldog Drummond
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
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    EpicLaunch

  • Standing Out and Standing Proud: How to Get your Business Website to the Top of Search Engines

    EpicLaunch
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:52 am
    You want customers to notice you, and come to your website. But, you need search engines to notice you too. That’s how people end up finding you roughly 80 percent of the time. Here’s how to get the attention you so desperately need.  Make Your Site SE Friendly Marketing companies, like Yodle.com, take website design so seriously that they offer website design services. Sometimes, it’s the only way to make sure that the client’s site is designed properly. if you’re designing your site yourself, or if you just don’t have the money to hire an outside agency, make sure that you do…
  • The future of the workplace in three points

    EpicLaunch
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    “The workforce is getting away from the idea that you have to work at a fixed place at a fixed time. Travelling into the office increasingly seems like a 19th Century practice particularly to the generation of workers for whom communication electronically while on the move is second nature.” These are the words said by Peter Thompson, Director of the Future Work Forum, in 2006. Beyond doubt, the world of work has been and still is in the midst of radical change. Central to this “revolution” are the word “flexibility” and “mobility”: the number of new startups and work-at-home…
  • 5 Ways to Have Your CPAs Pay for Themselves

    NatalieBracco
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    When it comes to small businesses, it’s important to know everything that can be deducted. You may be paying way more than you actually should. Here are a few ways to have your CPAs pay for themselves by discovering these deductions. Your Home Office There’s a shocking number of people who work from home that choose to not deduct the cost of doing so. There are many reasons for this, the primary of which is that many small business owners believe that this is a red flag for an audit. That’s not the case. If you have an area of your home that you use exclusively for business,…
  • How To Plan For Company Growth & Avoid Growing Pains

    EpicLaunch
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    “One of the greatest achievements a person can strive for is starting a successful business. Once that business is up and running, many people believe that the hardest part is over,” stated CEO and Internet Guru Danny DeMichele.“However, businesses, not unlike humans, are living entities that must be nurtured properly over the years. As a business expands, growing pains debilitate some companies, stifling their success until problems smooth out. Preparation and planning are key elements to avoid company growing pains to move business forward swiftly.” Here are a few helpful tips from…
  • Do Transactional Emails Work More Effectively Than Bulk Emails For Business Owners?

    EpicLaunch
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:59 am
    If you’re an online marketer, you might know a bit about the difference between bulk emails and transactional emails. In case you don’t, here’s the essential scoop. Bulk promotional emails are the kind of messages that all marketers who do email marketing know intimately; they’re all the messages you send on a regular basis as part of an opt-in subscription model of email addresses collected from your blog or site. These could be weekly newsletter messages, regularly scheduled sales offers or anything you’re promoting to your readers on a regular basis. By nature these kinds of…
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    Words For Hire by Karen Swim

  • Blogging, Life and Gasping for Air

    Karen Swim
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    Oxygen mask To start writing again, you just have to write. Pretty simple advice but it’s true. Today feels like as good time as any to just write. As I sat down to write the typical blog post, you know the one with nuggets of wisdom, and how-to do that thing you don’t know how to do, this post was standing in the way. Yes, that post – the one you’re never supposed to write on a business blog because of branding, image and all that jazz. Luckily for me I’m not chased down my paparazzi or swarmed by swooning fans that care about me maintaining an “image.” This year was supposed…
  • Red Carpets, Gold Statues and Your Daily Work

    Karen Swim
    3 Mar 2014 | 6:20 am
    Academy Award Oscar Last night Hollywood honored its own with the Annual Oscars. Whether or not you’re a fan of award shows (admittedly I am not) there is an opportunity to learn what it takes to have an award winning performance. Below are 5 lessons that I learned from this year’s Oscars: Choose great projects. Do not limit yourself to only taking on big budget or high profile projects. Choose work that excites you, and even scares you a little. A project that ignites your creativity and makes you want to explore and learn more will have a bigger payoff than going after dollars  or…
  • Savvy Solos, Saucy Speakers and Super-Sized Learning

    Karen Swim
    24 Feb 2014 | 11:33 am
    The 2014 Solo PR Summit was an experience that I will forever cherish. It was billed as a one-of-a-kind event and it delivered. I have had the pleasure of working with Kellye Crane for about a year and she never ceases to amaze me with her smarts, passion and innovation. 2014 Solo PR Summit The Solo PR Summit was truly designed for independent practitioners. Yet, what made it over the top special was the attendees. I felt like I was truly among my tribe. Everyone from the speakers to attendees was welcoming and gracious. Knowledge and tips were freely shared, and no question was too small to…
 
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    Web Marketing Therapy Blog

  • Twitter’s New Layout

    Katherine Garcia
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Twitter has changed. The new twitter profile is more eye appealing, easier to navigate and seems to have more of a Facebook feel to it. In celebration of our love for Twitter, we decided to show you the features of the new layout as well as tell you how you can upgrade to the brand new profile layout. Let’s get tweeducated! Photo Dimensions Twitter has become a more visual experience. Both profile photos and header photos now appear to be larger, which makes profiles seem more appetizing to the eye. When uploading photos to your new profile, consider adding Twitter’s recommended…
  • Social Media – Timing is Everything

    Kelly Kohen
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:36 am
    Social Media is confusing for a lot of business owners.  You want to be genuine and offer value to your followers on Facebook and Twitter as well as connections on LinkedIn, but you also want to ensure they are reading and seeing all this wonderful information you are sharing.  What are the prime times to post? Being the proud owner of two cats, I could easily relate to all of the fun kitty puns in Kimi Mongello’s post discussing the best times to post on different social media platforms.  While these times may vary depending on your business, they are a good starting point! Thanks…
  • Wordless Wednesdays – The Secret to Change

    Kelly Kohen
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:47 am
  • Driving Towards Marketing Success

    Katherine Garcia
    4 Mar 2014 | 1:52 pm
    I couldn’t agree more with Lorrie Thomas Ross’ statement about web marketing tools and marketing success: “It is not the tools. It is how we use the tools that matters.” The marketing tools available to us to drive our web marketing are endless! But these tools don’t drive themselves - you have to drive them!   It’s time to plan out what tools you need and learn how to drive them. I’ll give you an example. Let’s say you are interested in using Google Adwords for your business, but you don’t anything about it. Well, you can start off by…
  • Productivity Tips for Entrepreneurs

    Web Marketing Therapy
    24 Feb 2014 | 3:55 pm
    The following infographic is art therapy for any entrepreneur or web-working professional.  I have a newfound love for a website called Funders and Founders. They explain entrepreneurship and startups visually through infographics. (thank you!!!) Everything in the infographic below is logical and sensible.  I prescribe you take this art therapy as a weekly dosage until you implement some of the creative ideas into your workday! Productivity infographic created by Funders and Founders www.FundersAndFounders.com
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    The Rise To The Top: Helping you generate big time revenue through your own online products & programs

  • How To Create An Easy-To-Implement Facebook Marketing Plan That REALLY WORKS

    David Siteman Garland
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    I get this question A LOT (and by a lot I mean, um, a lot): “David, what is YOUR #1 SOURCE for traffic/building audience/email list/subscribers?” Drumroll please… The answer is… FACEBOOK Yes, good ole Facebook. The FB. But here is the thing, most people (and this used to be me) spin and kick the tires on Facebook. I know this, because I used to be one of them. Meaning…I had a fan page. Made some posts. But I never really had a PLAN and wasted a ton of time (I mean who wastes time on Facebook Fail to plan, plan to fail and waste lots of time looking at exes.
  • The 7 Most Important Tweaks You Can Make To Your Website To 3x/4x Your List In The Next 6 Months

    David Siteman Garland
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Happy start to the week! Getting ready for Passover here at the Garland household (AND my floor hockey team going for our 4th straight championship AND the NHL Playoffs). Oh and it is the last week of my 20s. I turn the big ole 3-0 on Saturday (19th). All kinds of cool stuff going on and hope you are rocking and rollin’ as well. I’ve got something epic for you this week and that is a FREE training webinar happening on Thursday: Click here to check out what we’re doing and to register if you’re interested: “Rapid Listbuilding For Hypergrowth: The 7 Most Important…
  • 5 weird tweaks I did to my webinar presentation which doubled my sales (and you can totally steal ‘em)

    David Siteman Garland
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Webinar hard…tweak hard. That’s my new song.  Anyway… I remember, as recently as least year, I was “meh…OK” at webinars. What do I mean? Well as you know (captain obvious here) webinars really serve two major purposes: Teach something cool to your attendees that they can use Have a product/program to sell at the end I always felt I was decent at #1 but sort of “flew by the seat of my pants” for #2. Meaning, I didn’t really have a process in place to make sure I rocked out with the sales part of my webinar. Long story short, I learned a system from my buddy John…
  • Success Story: How a former park ranger & teacher created and launched her first online course (that brought in over $50k!) with Nikki Elledge Brown

    David Siteman Garland
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    This is one of those proud papa bear moments. Recently, I reached out to a bunch of my Create Awesome Online Courses (CAOC as the cool kids call it) students who have launched their business online for some INSANELY candid interviews about their experience. Why? I’m freakin’ proud of them (like beyond words). I want YOU to get fired up and inspired (or if you are fired up and inspired…even MORE fired up and inspired) and hearing from people who are having success is going to get you going I’m a really good teacher (hah) Anyway…let me share with you a rock star in every sense…
  • Ask David: Should I include a private Facebook group in my products & programs?

    David Siteman Garland
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    “David, should I include a private Facebook group with my products & programs?” Wonderful question, grasshopper. Watch my answer below: …and let me know in the comments section YOUR experience with private FB groups in either running them or being a part of them BECOME A RISE VIP FOR FREE. ENTER YOUR EMAIL BELOW AND RECEIVE: David's advice, tips & strategies and more to help you create and sell digital products and programs online Surprises, VIP-only content & find out about all kinds of cool things first (including limited seating online workshops, webinars,…
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    Entrepreneurs Unpluggd

  • Lessons from Shark Tank: Stupid Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

    Guest Author
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    As you might know, Shark Tank is a show on ABC where entrepreneurs pitch their product to investors in front of a live audience. While most of us will never pitch to investors on television, the pressure we feel in the investment “shark tank” can feel just as intense. While some entrepreneurs can get things off the ground without investors, many can’t. They need to persuade investors to take them seriously in order to get their endeavor going. Unfortunately, all too often, stupid mistakes prevent that from happening. Let’s look at 3 mistakes wannabe entrepreneurs made while presenting…
  • Legal Matters: What Are the Benefits of Where You Form an LLC?

    Christine Mortensen
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    We asked our community what legal questions we could have answered for you and Heather Harper, who is speaking at our upcoming Law Summit on May 3rd responded: What are the benefits of forming an LLC in Illinois vs a foreign LLC in Delaware? Even though the initial filing is more expensive, if you are just starting out does the more simpler tax filings, etc. make up for it? If you file as an Illinois LLC will venture capitalists be ok restructuring the company into a Delaware Corp in order to invest? Or will this create an unnecessary barrier? This question presents several discreet…
  • Wrongful Termination or Rightful Firing? A Business Owner’s Perspective

    Guest Author
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Hiring employees can be fun and exciting.  You bring a great new person on board and you’e excited about showing them the ropes.  But, as we all know, not everyone who shines in an interview is quite as impressive on the job.  And the firing process isn’t usually so fun. No matter what the situation is, letting someone go is never pleasant, and often results in a bit of anxiety for both parties.  You worry about your soon-to-be former employee’s reaction, and she worries about her future.  It’s an emotionally-fraught exchange, certainly, but the law shouldn’t necessarily come…
  • The Top 5 Signs You’re Being Overlawyered

    Guest Author
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:37 am
    How to Avoid Paying for Unnecessary Legal Fees Some people fear dealing with attorneys for the same reason they fear dealing with mechanics. If you’re not a car expert yourself, you tend to worry that the mechanic may take advantage of you, fixing things that were never broken and charging you for unnecessary labor.  The problem is, you might not know enough about cars to call the guy out, so you grudgingly pay. It’s the same kind of underhanded activity that gives attorneys a bad name and it’s called “over-lawyering.”  As an individual or small business owner, legal fees could…
  • The Hidden Danger Being a Solo Entrepreneur

    Melanie Grillet
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    So I’ve achieved my dream of owning my own business, helping people through our coaching, and having an entirely free and mobile lifestyle. It’s AWEsome. I love it so much, I’m fueled daily to work on my business from the early morning to the wee hours, unless I’m hanging with my hubby or doing something else cool. So what’s the problem? Well, I’ve noticed in my intense devotion toward my solo entrepreneurial pursuits, that that’s exactly what they are… solo. Running an online/over-the-phone business, it’s easy to lose social connections as you work work work on all the…
 
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    Launch Grow Joy

  • The most important page on your website

    launchgrowjoy
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    Do you often wonder what the most important page on your website is? If your guess is the HOMEPAGE, you are partly right. There is one other page on your site that is even more important than your homepage. Can you guess what it is? In today’s Launch Grow Joy Show podcast, you’ll get to hear my take on what the most important page on your site is and WHY. You’ll also hear how to best set up that page to engage and connect with your audience and to turn visitors into lifelong customers. CLICK TO LISTEN You can also...
  • Why your business should be on Google+ with +Yifat Cohen of @MotechMarketing

    launchgrowjoy
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Have you been thinking about using Google+ for your business? I know I have (check out my previous post about moving from Facebook to Google+), but my experience with it is so limited, so I thought I should invite Yifat Cohen, the G+ Go To Gal, to join me today and talk about Google+. I think you’ll be inspired to add Google+ to your marketing strategy after listening to this episode. CLICK TO LISTEN You can also listen on iTunes or download this episode by clicking here. ABOUT YIFAT COHEN Yifat is Your G+GoTo Gal and she is passionate about...
  • Tamara Monosoff of @MomInventors – How to get your product idea to market [PODCAST]

    launchgrowjoy
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:13 am
    Welcome to the first episode of THE LAUNCH GROW JOY SHOW Podcast! Do you have an idea for a product and not sure where to start? Or do you already have a product that you’d like to get in front of your target audience? If so, listen to this week’s Launch Grow Joy Show interview with Tamara Monosoff, a successful mom entrepreneur whose products have been featured in almost every major media outlet and in thousands of stores. CLICK TO LISTEN You can also listen on iTunes or download this episode by clicking here. ABOUT TAMARA MONOSOFF Tamara is a...
  • Why I am closing my business

    launchgrowjoy
    2 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    It is with a bit of sadness that I write this post… but this is where I am at today. If you’ve been following me for a while, you may remember that in July 2013 I launched a new soap company, Soaps to Live By (you can read about it here). This company has been years in the making – it’s actually one of the first ideas that I got when I thought about starting a business over 10 years ago, but for various reasons I decided to launch other companies instead. So when I had some “downtime” last summer,...
  • Why and how I’m changing my Facebook strategy

    launchgrowjoy
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you are a small business owner you probably have a Facebook page for your business. I have one for both of my businesses (you can see them here and here) and I can’t imagine where my business would be without Facebook! Over the last few years I’ve been excited to see that the number of clients and Facebook users who have been following my business page has increased to over 7,000! However, while my LIKES have increased, the number of people who actually see and interact with my posts has actually decreased. The screenshot below shows my Facebook page’s...
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    Business Broker Blog

  • A job or own a business…8 ways to know?

    Alan Brind
    5 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    Alan Brind The ultimate test of your business can be found in a simple question: would someone want to buy your company? Whether you want to sell your business next year or a decade from now, you must be building an asset someone would buy – otherwise, you have a job, not a business. Here are eight […] The post A job or own a business…8 ways to know? appeared first on Business Broker Blog.Business Broker Blog - NEW YORK'S PREMIER BUSINESS INTERMEDIARY
  • 5 “strategic” ways to sell your company

    Alan Brind
    17 Mar 2014 | 8:26 am
    Alan Brind Did you see the news recently that Facebook has acquired Internet messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion?…YES! $19 billion. Which represents the largest-ever acquisition of an Internet company in history. WhatsApp is a pearl for sure. The messaging service allows users to avoid text-messaging charges by moving texts across the Internet instead of the mobile […] The post 5 “strategic” ways to sell your company appeared first on Business Broker Blog.Business Broker Blog - NEW YORK'S PREMIER BUSINESS INTERMEDIARY
  • 6 little things that make a big difference to the value of your company

    Alan Brind
    13 Feb 2014 | 10:19 am
    Alan Brind With the Sochi Olympic Games taking place this month, it is interesting to reflect back on some of the big events of the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. In the Men’s Downhill race at Whistler, for example, the winning time of 1:54:31 was posted by Didier Défago of Switzerland. The time among medalists was the […] The post 6 little things that make a big difference to the value of your company appeared first on Business Broker Blog.Business Broker Blog - NEW YORK'S PREMIER BUSINESS INTERMEDIARY
  • Four Ways to Protect Your Turf

    Alan Brind
    22 Jan 2014 | 9:17 am
    Alan Brind Warren Buffett famously invests in businesses that have what he calls a protective “moat” around them – one that inoculates them from competition and allows them to control their pricing. Big companies lock out their competitors by out-slugging them in capital infrastructure investments, but smaller businesses have to be smarter about how they defend their […] The post Four Ways to Protect Your Turf appeared first on Business Broker Blog.Business Broker Blog - NEW YORK'S PREMIER BUSINESS INTERMEDIARY
  • Do you have a billion dollar business hiding inside your company?

    Alan Brind
    3 Jan 2014 | 5:56 am
    Alan Brind Asking customers to pay to join a special group of your best patrons can increase your revenue, encourage customers to buy new products and services from you, and provide a healthy boost to your cash flow. Just ask Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com and the chief architect behind Amazon Prime. In exchange for $79 […] The post Do you have a billion dollar business hiding inside your company? appeared first on Business Broker Blog.Business Broker Blog - NEW YORK'S PREMIER BUSINESS INTERMEDIARY
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    The Metropreneur Columbus

  • Columbus Chamber Celebrates 130 Years

    Walker Evans
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The Columbus Chamber has been around for awhile — 130 years to be exact. The organization will be celebrating this milestone this Spring with a special recognition from City Council and with a staff volunteer day at the Junior Achievement of Central Ohio’s JA BizTown. “As we mark 130 years, it is a perfect time […]
  • Applits Allows Socially Driven App Creation

    Susan Post
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Developing an app takes a lot of time and money, not to mention some highly technical expertise. But if you’ve ever had a great idea for an app, the Applits platform might be able to help you turn it into a reality. Developed by two Ohio State students, the site promotes socially driven app creation, […]
  • Capture Education Uses Technology to Advance Class Scheduling

    Susan Post
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    One local company is garnering national attention for their software product, ScheduleSmart. Capture Education’s tool is out to reform the way students in grades K-12 schedule their classes. “We take information about an individual’s learning style, interest, aptitude, career interests [and] intelligence type and we use that data to project courses and pathways that the […]
  • At Work: Crimson Design Group Grows into a New Space

    Anne Evans
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Some people just know from a young age that they want to own their own business. “I knew at the age of 13 that I would own my own business,” says Cheryl Beachy Stauffer, Principal and CEO of Crimson Design Group. “After working in the design industry I knew it was time to start my […]
  • Inc@8000 Continues to Build Ecosystem for Entrepreneurs in New Albany

    Susan Post
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    After three years, New Albany’s business incubator, Inc@8000, continues to build a collaborative ecosystem for startups. The space at 8000 Walton Parkway provides offices, conference rooms and other shared areas for its tenants, as well as an invaluable, built-in network. Inc@8000 focuses on attracting tech-based businesses with scaleable products, but also houses entrepreneurs that are more service-based. […]
 
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  • 3 Ways To Up Your Web Content And Up Your Game

    Adam Toren
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Great written content is only the bare minimum in today’s online world. You’re going to need more than just great articles to make your website stand out on the crowded web. Deliver real value with great content that’s available through a multitude of mediums. Here are three content strategies that will take your online game to the next level. Infographics Information presented in a graphically designed, beautiful layout makes for great content that goes viral quickly. It’s appealing to the senses to digest statistics and tips that are organized visually. Like any great content, make…
  • The Top 5 Tech Investors For 2014

    Matthew Toren
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    The tech world is a myriad of brains, innovation, and big money. The last couple decades have produced hundreds of technology wonders all striving to be king of the hill. Goetz, Andreessen, Fenton, Thiel, and Hoffman are among the most powerful tech leaders around, and one thing is for sure, they all have one thing in common––they eat, sleep, and breathe tech. Here is our list of the top five most influential tech investors for 2014. Jim Goetz Jim Goetz has a resume that could turn many engineers and investors green with envy. Forbes Midas list, which came out on March 26 crowned Goetz…
  • The Top 5 Best Cities For Possibility

    Adam Toren
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Every year there’s a list of cities that have been researched to be the best of some category. There are the “most livable,” cities and the “happiest,” the “Best for VC Capital” and more, but can you put a measure on the cities with the most possibility? According to GOOD Magazine, you can. In their Winter 2013 Edition, the folks at GOOD created what they call the “Good City Index” which they believe comprehensively, if inexactly, measures the spirit of possibility in cities across the globe. It’s a fascinating idea that, according to their editors, they approached by,…
  • Snap for Cash: 8 Ways You Can Make Money Online With Photography

    Matthew Toren
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    A high quality camera, a little luck, and some ingenuity could lead you from dabbling in a hobby to making instant fast cash selling photographs online. Investing just a little bit of your time, say four hours a week, could have you snapping for cash in no time! Check out these eight ways you can make money online with photography and get paid today! Selling products online. You have heard the saying presentation is everything. This theory certainly applies to the art of taking a product and making it look its best in an effort to sell more onlineProducts sell much better when they are…
  • Creating New Worlds With MyDream

    Adam Toren
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Allison Huynh is a co-founder and CEO of MyDream — a 3D online social game where children and adults alike can control their environment and alter the game’s landscape to create their own imaginative world. Think of MyDream like Minecraft meets Kahn Academy: it has an educational aim toward K-12 without any of the prevalent violence found in other games. Users can explore MyDream and even shape it through its open platform nature, using their own real-life skills to explore and create their own personal worlds. Allison’s background with shaping her own world is not exclusive to her…
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    Barbara’s Blog

  • The Language of Plastic

    Barbara Weltman
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you accept credit cards, electronic transfers, and other non-cash forms of payment, become familiar with the new terminology that you’ll have to be fluent in for your business. Here’s a vocabulary list; there’ll be a test! Chip cards. These are credit cards with integrated circuits in them (also called IC cards); see EMV below. CNP. Card Not Present are transactions processed without the merchant viewing the card (e.g., online transactions). Digital currency. This is convertible virtual currency, which is digitally traded between users and can be purchased for, or exchanged into,…
  • Lessons from the GM Fiasco

    Barbara Weltman
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    GM failed to install a part for its ignition switch and the result was as many as 29 fatalities, millions of recalls, a testy appearance by GM’s CEO, Mary Barra, before Congress on April 2, and other unfavorable consequences. The cost of the component is between $2 and $5; the cost to GM to address the claims of victims’ families and the recall of 2.6 million vehicles (6.3 million globally) will run in the billions. Criminal charges may be filed against some GM personnel (the engineers knew of the faulty ignition switch more than a decade ago). And the cost to GM’s reputation and…
  • Are You Accepting Virtual Currency?

    Barbara Weltman
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    According to Bitpay.com, more than 20,000 businesses accept virtual currency as payment for their goods and services and charities accept it for donations. You can find merchants in Bitpay.com’s directory, CoinVoice, and at SpendBitcoins.com, which claims to be the largest directory for places accepting Bitcoins. About virtual currency Virtual currency, such as Bitcoin, is an Internet-based “digital” currency, the value of which fluctuates. Bitcoin is increasingly accepted as payment for goods and services, and there are even Bitcoin ATMs that exchange the virtual currency for cash.
  • Planning for Personal Catastrophes

    Barbara Weltman
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:10 am
    Business owners know to plan for catastrophic events, like storms, fires, and prolonged power outages, that can temporarily put them out of operation. There are numerous resources to help with disaster and recovery planning for a business. But what about a personal catastrophe, such as a serious illness or accident, a divorce, or a death in the family? What would this mean to your business and how should you handle it? A recent death in my family prompted me to consider this matter. I had business events scheduled that involved many other people. Sadness about the death and related…
  • 5 Things to Know About Estimated Taxes

    Barbara Weltman
    20 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you’re self-employed or own an S corporation, estimated taxes usually are the way in which you pay your federal income taxes. The deadline for 2014 is fast approaching, so get ready now. 1.    What are estimated taxes Estimated taxes are not a separate tax levy, like a sales tax or excise tax. They’re merely a way to pay your taxes on a pay-as-you-go basis rather than waiting until you file your return. Essentially, estimated taxes on self-employment income and for certain other taxes are a substitute for income tax withholding on wages. 2.    When estimated taxes are due…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog

  • Administrative Professionals’ Day 2014

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    As the work force expanded during and following World War II, secretaries became an essential part of the growing economy. Though traditionally thought of as a job for women during the transition from de facto homemaker, the profession has evolved in title, responsibilities and diversity. April 23 is Administrative Professionals' Day 2014, an excellent opportunity to surprise administrative employees with personalized business gifts. The history National Secretaries Week, the precursor to Administrative Professionals' Day, was launched in 1952. It was organized by the National…
  • Spring cleaning: Fostering a more productive workspace

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    Along with warm weather, picnic lunches and outdoor activities, the spring season brings along the perfect time to tidy up around the office. Businesses should take advantage of the new season by cleaning not only their physical spaces, but their digital operations as well. Organizing company operations can help improve productivity among employees, as it can provide a cleaner workspace, easier access to documents and more space for workers to conduct their operations. Break out the window cleaner and start pumping your favorite tunes because it's time to follow these tips and get to…
  • Simple techniques for destressing in the workplace

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    Stress Awareness Month offers an excellent opportunity to discuss stress in the workplace and encourage employees to practice destressing techniques.  The Health Resource Network has sponsored Stress Awareness Month since 1992 in an effort to create a national conversation about the effects of stress. The goal is to spread information about why stress is dangerous and how to cope with it. The organization also wants to change misconceptions about stress that are ingrained in American culture. "Even though we've learned a lot about stress in the past twenty years,…
  • Ways to ensure your company is #trending

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    Maintaining an active presence on social media is key to any company's survival. Whether you're sending pictures on Instagram or tweeting updates on Twitter, taking advantage of these social sites can help businesses deliver virtual coupons, send company updates and digitally communicate with consumers. There are several ways to ensure your social presence is at the top of its game, but one of the easiest ways to maximize your reach is by mastering the hashtag. Some of the most popular networks use hashtags to classify information and separate trending topics. While not all sites…
  • Designing an office environment for maximum productivity

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:40 am
    Based on the assumption of a 40-hour work week, employees spend nearly 25 percent of a given year at the office. As a result, the appearance and atmosphere of an office is key for employee happiness and retention. "Equipment and decor can influence productivity and mood, and the floor plan can facilitate the flow of energy and ideas," contributor Jerry Jao wrote in Forbes. Even if operating on a tight budget, it's important to allocate enough resources to establish a comfortable environment that lends itself to efficient and effective workflow. Though it may not seem like an…
 
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    Firmology

  • How Should You Measure Sales Productivity?

    Lauren Licata
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    Measuring sales productivity has always been important for sales people, and now that businesses are more data-driven, it is crucial for every sales team to have good time and productivity tracking practices. Those who don’t are quickly being left in the dust. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be hard to implement productivity tracking practices that can show you where you’re wasting time, and where you should put more energy to get the most out of every minute you spend selling. We talked to some experienced salespeople about how they track their own productivity, and which metrics are…
  • What Google’s Revamped AdWords Can Do For Your Small Business

    Laura Whitener
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Successful marketing campaigns take a lot of work, and often a dedicated person (or staff) to keep it running smoothly. When Google first launched AdWords, the work load became a bit more streamlined: your online campaigns were manageable from a dashboard, you had access to multi-functional reports, and you had control over the direction in which your ads were sent. But managing your campaign was still somewhat cumbersome and the science behind the service wasn’t as accommodating of the fact that the majority of consumers were migrating the majority of their time online via app usage. SEE…
  • Reputation Management Tips For SaaS Vendors

    Jeff Mason
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Get Savvy, Not Sassy, When Your SaaS Service Hiccups Everyone has a right to express their opinions about your company and the products and services you provide. Today, consumers have a variety of communication methods at their fingertips and the ability to share viewpoints at a blazing speed with a large number of people. Protecting your brand and your reputation is paramount.  The question is will you take control and will you manage your reputation or will you just let the cards fall where they may? Eventually You’re Going to Have an Outage If you’re a software as a service (SaaS)…
  • LinkedIn Reaches 300M Registered Users With Major Growth From India And Brazil

    Prasant Naidu
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    LinkedIn, the chosen social network for professionals, has announced that it has now more than 300 million users globally. Revealing the milestone on its blog, Deep Nishar shares that more than half of these members come from outside of the U.S., while there are 100 million members in the U.S. In January 2013, LinkedIn said it hit 200 million registered members, so the company has seen an average 6.6 million new registrations a month over the past 15 months. During the fourth quarter of 2013, LinkedIn had shared it receives 139 million monthly unique visitors and 48 million SlideShare…
  • Facebook’s ‘Nearby Friends’ Is More About Discovering Friends Than New People, Gets Its Location Sharing Right Though

    Prasant Naidu
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:56 am
    In 2012 serendipitous discovery of people via apps was labelled as the next big thing in the Valley. You were expected to open your phone and up pops a list of potential new best friends. You walk to them, say hello and buy a drink to let the conversations happen. That cool it was and it was supposed to work the same way. This also led to a battle amongst the “people discovery apps” which grabbed the attention of media and VC pockets too. Highlight wanted to introduce you to strangers on the street, Sonar hoped to connect you with friends of friends at a bar, and Glancee wanted to hook…
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    Company Founder

  • What Boomer Businesses Have Going for Them

    Paul Morin
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    What Boomer Businesses Have Going for Them By Lynne Strang John Olson was 40 years old when he founded Graystone Industries, a Georgia-based pond and fountain supplies business. Today, Olson’s company is among the leaders in its industry. But what if he had started it ten years earlier? “It would not have been successful,” he says. “I could not have run a company as a younger man.” Olson isn’t the only 40-and-older business owner who feels this way. Between 2011 and 2013, I interviewed dozens of late-blooming entrepreneurs to write a book about the success principles they used to…
  • Define Success – A Million Dollar Check In The Mail?

    Paul Morin
    12 Feb 2013 | 4:48 pm
      Define Success – A Million Dollar Check In The Mail? How do you define success? The answer to this question is likely to be different for every person. Is it as simple as earning a large sum of money – receiving a “million dollar check in the mail?” Perhaps, but I’d argue that “success” is much simpler than that.  It may have nothing at all to do with making a certain amount of money.  Rather, I believe, success is achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself. Which goals should you set for yourself?  Well, that’s up to you!  It’s a very personal decision! …
  • Success – You Have To Want It More

    Paul Morin
    5 Feb 2013 | 5:54 pm
    Success – You Have To Want It More The best way to increase your odds of achieving success in your endeavors is to want it more than your competitors. I’ve heard this expression quite a bit and as time has gone on, I have come to believe it’s correct. Obviously there are extrinsic factors over which we have no control, some or all of which impact our likelihood of being successful in our endeavors.  Holding those extrinsic factors constant though, one of the main differentiators between those who are successful and those who are not is that they want it more! What does “want it…
  • Instruction Is One Thing. Encouragement Is Everything.

    Paul Morin
    30 Jan 2013 | 1:25 pm
    If you are a mentor, coach, teacher, parent, or anyone who provides guidance to other people, it is critical that you understand the importance of encouragement. Think of the good teachers, bosses and mentors you’ve had in your life.  What impact would their instruction have had on you without their accompanying encouragement? You may say, well, I can think of good instructors I’ve had who didn’t give me kind words of encouragement along the way.  I’ll give you that – I’ve had such instructors too.  But think about it for a moment, did they not encourage you in their own way.
  • 14 More Ways To Accelerate Your Learning And Progress

    Paul Morin
    27 Jan 2013 | 7:55 pm
    14 More Ways To Accelerate Your Learning And Progress Hopefully, the first seven ways to accelerate your learning and progress were helpful.  Here are fourteen more to help you build and maintain momentum in pursuit of your dreams and objectives. 1.     Conquer performance anxiety. Performance anxiety can stop you dead in your tracks.  If the anxiety is extreme, you may not be able to perform at all.  There are techniques for overcoming performance anxiety.  Figure out what works for you and use it religiously.  Seriously, relax!  You’re good.  You just need to believe in…
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    Codeless Interactive, LLC

  • Why Comments for Business Blogs are Useless

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

    Brad Smith
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Most company’s fail online because they don’t track or measure enough things. They’re flying blind. And they have no clue (a) what’s working, (b) what’s not working, and (c) how to improve the former and curb the latter. Almost everything we do is data-driven. The Codeless branding, positioning, and services all focus on the technical side of marketing, and tracking metrics is a fundamental building block of our DNA. Recently I saw a post on the HubSpot blog about 7 metrics to watch weekly. It had good content. Nearly all of HubSpot’s stuff does. But I take…
  • 3 Killer Local SEO Tips for New Google Changes

    Brad Smith
    17 Feb 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Last year, Google released over 17 algorithm updates according to one unofficial report. Each algorithm update shuffles the deck on which factors should be emphasized or de-emphasized (and thus raising or dropping websites which adhere to them). But while these large updates get all the news and attention, Google continues to constantly roll out updates for how they display information. And these changes to the search engine result pages (SERPs) highlight key trends to how users and search engines are evolving. So if you want to use SEO to drive real business objectives like revenue and…
  • The Complete Dummies Guide to Hiring a Developer (For Non-Technical People)

    Brad & Jeff
    28 Jan 2014 | 7:00 pm
    It’s funny because Blogspot sucks. The best website can be a great asset — something that generates WAY MORE revenue and value for your company compared to the small initial investment. Trouble is… most aren’t. Most become huge liabilities, spiraling outside of scope and dragging on until it costs your company WAY more in support and maintenance than whatever it brings in the door. There are a few easy scapegoats to point the finger at (like the overpriced ad agency or unqualified designer you hired). But the surprising truth? In most cases, it’s not their fault.
  • 50 Ways to Get Customers in 2014

    Brad Smith
    15 Jan 2014 | 7:36 am
    The holiday & New Year period is a great time to stop, hit the “Pause” button for a few days, and get outside of the daily grind. Many times through-out the year we keep our heads down, focused on simply surviving the day-to-day, and we completely neglect the bigger picture. We might have been efficient last year, knocking off to-do list items. But should you even have been doing that stuff in the first place? Right now is the time to re-calibrate. It’s time to not only figure out what new things you’re going to introduce over the next few months, but more…
 
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    Adrian Swinscoe

  • When will Direct Line join the UK’s magic circle?

    adrianswinscoe
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:14 am
    Regulatory changes in the UK legal market have allowed supermarket chain The Co-operative, haulage company Eddie Stobart and insurance provider Direct Line to adopt alternative business structures (ABSs) and offer legal services in a range of areas. Could these firms challenge the magic circle in pure revenue terms one day? Possibly. If we assume that […]
  • Five ways to become more agile and responsive to your customers’ needs

    adrianswinscoe
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    About a month ago I wrote a piece called: Are You Sure Your Customers Will Wait Two Years For You To Change? The title and thrust of the piece was based on a conversation that I had had with Mark Lancaster, CEO of SDL, where he said: “When an executive team, in a large organisation, […]
  • Customer experience requires a new type of responsive leader – Interview with Sid Banerjee of Clarabridge

    adrianswinscoe
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    Today’s interview is with Sid Banerjee, CEO of Clarabridge, a leader in the Customer Experience Management (CEM) space, particularly when it comes to helping firms mine their customer data to make better business decisions. Sid joins me today to talk about why he thinks industry, what firms can do to respond to the changes around […]
  • Abandon email as a customer service channel at your peril

    adrianswinscoe
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:20 am
    When it comes to customer service and the channels that businesses use to serve their customers, most of the talk in the marketplace is about self-service, smartphone apps, social media etc etc. All of which, I think, are really exciting and useful and these new channels are pushing the boundaries of how customers can get […]
  • Everyone can create a ‘Genius Bar’ customer experience – Interview with Gary Ambrosino of Timetrade

    adrianswinscoe
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:07 am
    Today’s interview is with Gary Ambrosino, President and COO of Timetrade. Gary joins me today to talk about the the work that they are doing helping a number of top banks in the USA transform their in-branch customer experience, how every retailer can now deliver a ‘Genius Bar’ experience and what retailers can do to […]
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    EnMast

  • 5 things your small business can’t survive without

    Devan Perine
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    Food, water, shelter–we can all agree– are some of the things we can’t live without. If you have a car in the city, you might add gas to that list. Then there are some other things that we can live without and can’t really afford, but we buy them anyways. On the flip side, there are things in our business that we think we might be able to live without, but in actuality, our business cannot survive without them. This confusion can be deadly to our business. We allocate precious resources to pursuits that seem important, but not crucial. And we can ignore or minimize other…
  • How to turn leads into paying clients

    Devan Perine
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Looking for some proven ways to help you turn that leads list into paying clients? Jill and Brad talk about the most effective ways they’ve found to get leads and prospects on their client list. They also talk about how to handle the pile of business cards you get from networking events and meetings and put it to good use. Plus they bring on business owners — Zack Price over at Blog Into Book, and Denna Szwajkowski of Milk Bottles – to break down their business. And if you haven’t gotten their free ebook yet, Productivity: How To Take Over The World Without…
  • 9 must-have team communication tools for your small business

    Alina Vrabie
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you care about how your company communicates, you’re probably in constant search for the perfect app for your team. There are lots of good apps out there, and each of them has its benefits and drawbacks. Chances are your team needs a combination of tools, depending on the communication problem you’re trying to solve. So how do you decide which apps will help your team communicate easier, rather than burden their workflow? That’s where this list of tools comes in handy! These are some of the most innovative team communication tools out there, with a great potential to…
  • Meet an EnMast Member: Candace Chira of The VA Bug

    Devan Perine
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    This month the spotlight is on Candace A. Chira, Owner of The VA Bug, a full-service virtual assistant firm specializing in marketing and social media. She’s a TON of fun to talk to and incredible sweet! And if you’re looking for a VA, she’s your gal! We were glad for the chance to talk with Candace about some of the challenges and perks of being a small business owner. Tell us about why you started your business. After years of experience as an administrative assistant, I stepped away from the work place when I had my children. When they got older and I was ready to…
  • If you’re a business owner, you work for a crazy person

    Brad Farris
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    I’ve often said that when you work for yourself you have a crazy person for a boss. But I’ve come to realize that I’ve actually got several bosses, and they’re all, to some extent, crazy. Let me introduce you my office full of nut job bosses. Each and every one of them lives in my head; and at any given moment, they are all talking. Here are the 4 main bosses in my head: Miranda Priestly Source: Crushable My main boss makes me think of Miranda Priestly in Devil Wears Prada. On the outside she seems pretty rational, calm, and well put together. The vision of efficiency,…
 
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    Deimar - Business Tips and Strategies for Entrepreneurs

  • Workplace Analytics is Not About Spying On Your Employees

    Deimar Gutierrez
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Workplace Analytics can take your company to the next level. However, it is not about spying on your employees, but finding improvement points.  Whenever a friend showed me, he had cams and microphones all over his company, I could not stop thinking about how managers distrust their employees. Whether a company wants to prevent loss of productivity or to improve its performance, some measures are not only invasive, but also irrelevant and do not contribute to the growth of the organization. There are many ways companies can track employees' non-work activities (eating, sleeping,…
  • How-to Make Your Employees Care About Your Company

    Deimar Gutierrez
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is no reason for your employees to care about your business, if you do not care about them. Many growing businesses and established companies experience, at some point, working with employees who do not care about their companies. This organizations feel they got no employees willing to run the extra mile that the company requires to achieve its goals. This phenomenon is very common, and despite what business owners want to believe this is caused by shortcomings in the leadership of the organization. Moreover, often companies forget that their employees are a big part of their…
  • Intuition - The Key to Business Success in Tough Times

    Deimar Gutierrez
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Studies show that to succeed entrepreneurs must be able to make quick decisions, learn from their mistakes and implement new ideas constantly. During 6 years Barbara Bird and J. Robert Baum, professors of management and entrepreneurship, tracked a group of business owners from 2002 to 2008 measuring their small business’ success through the recession. They found out that the businesses who survived the economic downturn were those able to adapt to changing business climates, pivot for headwinds, and constantly try new things. According to Barbara Bird, associate professor of management…
  • Companies Need Women Leadership Style

    Deimar Gutierrez
    17 Mar 2014 | 6:08 am
    Each day there are more women leading all types of organizations. Their leadership style has been the key to achieve it, considering challenges they face in on our society to do so. Historically, leadership has carried the notion of masculinity and the belief that men make better leaders than women is still common today. In fact, in some societies, such as African, it is believed that men lead and women follow. The societal conventions regarding gender and leadership traditionally exclude women. Therefore, in order to reach a leadership position, women are not only required to be able to…
  • 3 Simple Strategies to Foster Innovation at Your Company

    Deimar Gutierrez
    12 Mar 2014 | 4:30 am
    Fostering a culture of innovation is critical to the success of a company. These strategies will help you achieve it.Provide Lots of Free Time to Think. Different studies such as the one conducted by Accenture show that employees got an entrepreneurial drive. However, nearly 40% of employees say they are too busy with their day to day tasks, to pursue innovative ideas. In this line of thought, the only time employees got to be creative is on their free time. If you think about it, most people state getting their best ideas in the shower, at the John, in the car, at the gym, etc. but…
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    Small Business Bonfire

  • 7 Ways to Make Your Membership Cards More Memorable

    Matt Payne
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:47 am
    By Matt Payne Groucho Marx famously said he didn’t want to belong to any club that would have him as a member – but maybe if he had been given a better membership card he would’ve changed his mind? Here are 7 ways to make membership cards that customers are proud to own. 1. Make It Pretty So many membership cards look boring, dull and uninspiring, fulfilling only a utilitarian function. The design for such cards is sometimes a product of laziness but often it’s motivated by fear – fear that an interesting, colourful, bold or artistic design might offend someone’s taste. The result…
  • How to Calculate Your Small Business Market Share

    Emily Suess
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    By Emily Suess If you take the time to calculate your small business market share, you can measure how well you’re performing in comparison to your competitors. Simply defined, market share is the percentage of business that your business controls out of the total amount of business within your given market or industry. Calculating Your Market Share There are essentially two ways to determine how much control you wield within the market: by sales percentage or by unit percentage. Calculating your market share by sales percentage is straightforward. Let’s say you sell sports apparel. If…
  • 6 Tips for Writing Attractive Online Job Descriptions

    Emily Suess
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    By Emily Suess Today’s online job postings shouldn’t just include a litany of duties and skill requirements; they should be advertisements that attract the most talented and well-qualified employees to vie for the chance to join your team. Start with these tips to attract high-quality applicants. 1. Don’t mimic postings from other companies. Let’s make this clear right away: every company is different, and it’s a bad idea to copy verbatim from other businesses’ postings. If it’s your first time writing a job description, resist the urge to lean too heavily on the descriptions of…
  • Three Causes of Social Media Fatigue and How to Overcome Them

    Alyssa Gregory
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    By Alyssa Gregory In the past 6-ish years since I first began using social media, I have found that my enthusiasm has been cyclical. I go from excited to dedicated to bored to burnt out, and back again. It’s almost like clockwork. I’ve started to take note of these cycles to see if I could pinpoint the cause in order to revise my strategy. Here is a look at what I’ve pinpointed as common causes of the low points in my social media activity, as well  as some tips on how I minimize the negative and work on beating social media fatigue. Cause: New Platforms Just when you think…
  • 8 Secrets to Creating an Awesome Workspace

    Rob Young
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:27 am
    By Rob Young of Moo It’s no secret that we love seeing the extraordinary products that many MOO-users create: from the small businesses, to the artists, the designers, the writers, the cupcake connoisseurs. In fact, we tend to get slightly jealous and go on week-long binges, trying to channel our inner talents into something as brilliant as the snaps (and snacks!) we get sent. The thing we love second to that is seeing the workspaces where it all happens: writers’ nooks, the lab of a tech aficionado, the birthplace of a start-up, and the kitchen of a culinary whizz. Do you need the…
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    Small Business Tips and Resources-The Small Business Playbook

  • Small Business Toolbox – April Fifteenth

    Gary Shouldis
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Each week I like to post useful tools and resources that you may be able to use for your business.  The resources I post here are either free or available at a low cost.I don’t go into much detail here, so feel free to check them out yourself and let me know what you think.  If you know of any great tools and services that will help small business owners, please share them in the comments below. Click Tale – Record visitors to your website and see how they behave while navigating your site.  Also includes heat mapping and a host of other analytics to learn more about your site…
  • 5 Things a Small Business Owner Will Never Tell You

    Gary Shouldis
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Starting and running your own business is hard…..really hard.  Some days in fact you may question why you ever made the entrepreneurial leap of faith.  Having your own business is alot like riding a roller coaster, lots of highs and lows, and sometimes you may get queasy. Anyone that has their own business has, at times, experienced the freedom and joy that only being your own boss can bring.  But has also experienced the stomach turning, stress inducing moments where you wish you were back in a safe warm cubicle somewhere, trying to look busy until 5PM comes around. When things are…
  • Small Business Toolbox – April Fifth

    Gary Shouldis
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    Each week I like to post useful tools and resources that you may be able to use for your business.  The resources I post here are either free or available at a low cost.I don’t go into much detail here, so feel free to check them out yourself and let me know what you think.  If you know of any great tools and services that will help small business owners, please share them in the comments below. Movenote – Create easy to use video presentations from right inside your Gmail inbox. Cyfe – All in one business dashboard that lets you create a custom dashboard with all of you…
  • 8 Principals and Laws Every Business Owner Should Know

    Gary Shouldis
    5 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Cicero Every great business should be governed by a set of rules and laws that they follow. As the owner of your business, you largely create these sets of laws and principles.  These may take the form of your customer service promise, your employee code of conduct, and how you as a business owner operate your business.  These guiding practices help to ensure that your business remains consistent and you don’t go off track as time passes. There are also universal laws and principles that can help guide you as a business and a business owner.  There are hundreds of these universal…
  • Small Business Toolbox – March Thirtieth

    Gary Shouldis
    30 Mar 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Each week I like to post useful tools and resources that you may be able to use for your business.  The resources I post here are either free or available at a low cost.I don’t go into much detail here, so feel free to check them out yourself and let me know what you think.  If you know of any great tools and services that will help small business owners, please share them in the comments below. Firechat – Open source chat software that lets you create a chat feature on your website. QuickSprout – Free website analysis tools that will give you some great insights for improving…
 
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    CorporationCentre.ca Small Business Blog

  • Named vs. Numbered Corporations

    CorporationCentre.ca
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
    Choosing a name for your business can be a tough task. Not only do you need to come up with something distinctive and original that describes your company, you also have to make sure that the name isn’t similar to any other named corporation out there. Each jurisdiction has its own set of requirements for names and this can lead to a frustrating process.  Sometimes your first choice just doesn’t cut it and you have to go back to the drawing board.  Numbered corporations allow you avoid delays and expense involved in searching for and reserving a corporate name. So if…
  • Canadian Corporate Taxes

    CorporationCentre.ca
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    How to Maximize Your ReturnIt’s that time of year again –the dreaded tax season.  For business owners with incorporated corporations whose fiscal year has ended, this means having to file two separate returns – personal and corporate. It’s a daunting task to say the least, which is why many businesses chose to hand over their paperwork and receipts to a trusted accountant. But for those of you who are do-it-yourself types, here’s a guide to help you maximize your corporate tax return.Type of CorporationsThere are various types of corporations in Canada, all of which are subject…
  • Free Shipping on Business Registration

    CorporationCentre.ca
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    If you’re thinking of starting a small business, now is the time!Why not start small with a business registration? A business registration, or sole proprietorship, is the simplest form of operating a business - the registration process relatively easy and the start up costs can be minimal. This week we’ll save you even more with FREE shipping on any business registration orders. From April 14-18 use the promotional code CCBR19SHIP* in your shopping cart to receive the free shipping discount ($19 value). Use the promotional code yourself or pass it along to the other entrepreneurs in…
  • Averting Disaster – Do Your Research (Part 1)

    CorporationCentre.ca
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    I was recently privy to one of the worst branding disasters I’ve ever encountered. The effect on the team launching the product was near catastrophic and hindsight proved just how avoidable it all was. There are a few simple rules to a product launch and I’m hoping that my recent experience can shed a light on how to avoid this problem in the future.The following story is true. Certain names and details have been altered to protect the privacy and integrity of those involved.The ProductI work as a digital media consultant responsible for developing content for various companies that…
  • How To Start a Non-Profit Corporation

    CorporationCentre.ca
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    The non profit sector is one of the fastest growing in North America today.  With over 15,000 registered charities in Canada alone, it is important for newly formed non profits to fill an existing need in the community.  Non profit organizations must have a clear understanding of their mission and goals in forming the organization in order to not impede on existing corporations and to find success as an organization. Similarly to corporations, non profits need to also address the legal requirements associated with starting their organization.  Non profit corporations are…
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    The Business Advisor

  • A Daily Ideas List

    Mike Major
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:04 am
    Here’s an idea to create ideas. Why not start building a Daily Ideas List ? Take a sheet of paper each morning and write down this phrase: “I could solve this problem or achieve that goal IF . . .” and then list at least ten ideas. Choose one idea and implement it immediately. Developing [...]
  • 5 Steps to Smooth Operations

    Mike Major
    27 Feb 2014 | 1:20 pm
    It happens to many of us at some point or another – you get an emergency call or there’s a sudden onset of a health problem, and at a moment’s notice you have to take time away from your store. Are you prepared? Is your staff? If you have invested in a culture that delivers [...]
  • Who decides?

    Mike Major
    28 Nov 2013 | 1:01 pm
    In my early sales career, I sold radio advertising. If you’re also in Business-to-Business selling, you’ll know that sometimes it can be difficult to know who makes the final decision to buy your product or service. If you’re asked to send a sample, or make a demonstration, you need to be clear about who will [...]
  • How to Use The ‘Zoom Effect’

    Mike Major
    23 Sep 2013 | 8:03 pm
    (. . . to Avoid Confusing Customers) Imagine a photograph of a Monarch butterfly When you see the photograph you can immediately recognize it from its black-orange-white wing pattern. If you zoom in with camera and photograph a portion of the wing, you still might recognize the pattern of shapes and colours. But if you [...]
  • Avoid Micro-Management

    Mike Major
    7 Aug 2013 | 10:23 am
    Do you ‘manage people’ or mentor and support competencies and activities? Here are six ‘red flags’ which suggest you might be in danger of micro-managing your sales team.  1. You monitor and manage tasks rather than encourage core competency For example, collecting 50 business cards per day is a data procurement task, while training to achieve [...]
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • $51.6 Million for Small Businesses During First Quarter

    Chris
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    I’m happy to report that the outlook for America’s small business owners continues to brighten. We still have a long way to go to help small businesses grow and create jobs, but we’re seeing more confidence from our primary job creators in small (and important) increments. In January we announced that our 2013 loan volume topped our 10-year average by 77.3%. Through the first quarter of 2014, we’re 2.3% ahead of our 2013 pace. A couple things contribute to this uptick. [Go here to read our official first quarter press release.] First of all, I believe that small business owners are…
  • Guest Blog: Open Letter to Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

    Chris
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    Charles H. Green, Managing Director of the Small Business Finance Institute and regular contributor to the Coleman Report, has penned an open letter in response to comments from Jeff Sessions, Republican Senator from Alabama, that appeared in a Bloomberg BusinessWeek article yesterday. I happen to think Charles’s stance is right on the money and I’ve received his permission to feature his letter here as a guest blog (our first ever, I might add). After you read what he has to say and the article from Bloomberg BusinessWeek (here), I’d really like to know your thoughts. Leave…
  • Small Business Commercial Finance Update for April 2014

    Chris
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    I haven’t posted an update like this in a couple months because we’ve been so busy closing commercial loans like the one you’ll read about in this April 2014 Commercial Finance Update. It was a $12 million project to fund the purchase of a 428,867 square foot industrial facility in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, and our client only had to put down 10% of the total project cost (keep reading for more details). Also, the 20-year fixed rate on our loan program has dropped to 5.18%, and you’ll see what that means in terms of monthly payments in the Structure & Rate section. Without any…
  • SBA 504 Loans At Your Fingertips

    Chris
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    We’re thrilled to announce something HUGE today. Ever since I got my first iPhone, I’ve wanted to make use of touchscreen technology in the small business lending industry. With the recent proliferation of biometric technology and the opportunity to work with the NSA (can’t divulge many details), we’ve been able to develop a loan application that requires only a thumbprint. The following press release is being distributed with all the details, and you can experience it for yourself at www.504touch.com.  SBA 504 LOANS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Mercantile Capital Corporation…
  • An Open Letter to Maria Contreras-Sweet

    Chris
    24 Jan 2014 | 9:12 am
    Last July, speculation swirled about who the next SBA Administrator might be. It had been five months since Karen Mills announced that she would step down, and we were all starting to wonder about the future of the post and the agency. I joined the conversation, though not to guess who the nominee might be — instead I put forth a list of qualities the next SBA Administrator should possess and embody. Now that President Obama has nominated Maria Contreras-Sweet, I have a few suggestions for her to consider. My latest blog for The Huffington Post is an open letter to Ms. Contreras-Sweet.
 
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    Business Pipeline

  • Creating a Secure Password

    Jacqueline Edwards
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    Creating a secure password isn’t as difficult as […] The post Creating a Secure Password appeared first on Business Pipeline. This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Using Social Media to Land Your Next Job

    Jacqueline Edwards
    14 Feb 2014 | 9:37 am
    Using social media to land your next job is possible bu […] The post Using Social Media to Land Your Next Job appeared first on Business Pipeline. This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Best Interview Questions for Interviewee

    Jacqueline Edwards
    12 Aug 2013 | 6:50 am
    Best interview questions to ask on your interview are n […] The post Best Interview Questions for Interviewee appeared first on Business Pipeline. This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Best Ways To Be Productive

    Jacqueline Edwards
    8 Aug 2013 | 9:17 am
    Best ways to be productive is to categorize your task i […] The post Best Ways To Be Productive appeared first on Business Pipeline. This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Debt Collections Tactics

    Jacqueline Edwards
    29 Jul 2013 | 7:35 am
    Debt collections tactics are something many small busin […] The post Debt Collections Tactics appeared first on Business Pipeline. This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
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    RunApptivo

  • 6 Money Saving Tips for Small Businesses

    Maya Pillai
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Every business, large or small, is established with the motive of profit-making. Successful businessmen have their own signature style of managing their business. Service or manufacturing, there is always scope for improvisation in order to increase the efficiency of the resources that would enhance a business’s bottom line. However, charging a higher price for a product or service to your customers is certainly not the right way to enhance your profitability in the long run. Profitability will come your way spontaneously when you rein in the operating cost of the business. Let us take a…
  • Is Snapchat for your small business?

    Maya Pillai
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:23 am
    Snapchat is a social app for your smartphones. Young people who are either in high school or in college use this social media application to connect with their friends. Instead of texting, they use videos and photos to convey their message. Snapchat is a mobile application that can be downloaded on to an iPhone or Android device. The young crowd finds this interesting because they do not have to manage an online profile. That is once the post (photos or videos) is viewed by the receiver, it is automatically deleted within 10 seconds. However, a recent version of Snapchat, known as Snapchat…
  • Tips for saving time in the morning

    Maya Pillai
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    Many of us find getting out of the door in the mornings on time can seem like a constant battle. A recent study conducted by Today Show/AOL survey revealed that on average women spend 6.4 hours each week on their appearance. While, men spend a total of 4.5 hours a week getting ready to leave for work. Whether you are single, married or have kids, getting out the door on time can be a hassle if you are not organized. Here we have put together a few tips that will help save time in the morning. There are a few things you need to do if you want to leave home on time looking refreshed, focused…
  • Why SEO is Still Important for Small Businesses

    Guest Blogger
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    SEO, or search engine optimization, has gotten a bad rap over the past couple of years, particularly in the wake of Google’s recent algorithm changes. Some people have even declared that SEO is dead or moribund. Some insist that PPC, or pay per click, is a better tool to drive traffic to one’s site and is well on its way to replacing SEO. But rumors of SEO’s death are premature. And while small businesses that can afford a PPC strategy should certainly consider using this marketing tool, SEO is still very important and should be part of any business’s overall marketing plan. SEO is…
  • Small Business Events March – June 2014

    Maya Pillai
    12 Mar 2014 | 4:30 am
    Small and medium business events such as seminars and free tradeshows give startups and also established businesses an opportunity to meet likeminded people, exchange business cards and also to understand the latest developments in their industry. Attending these events provide additional insights into the many services and resources available for small businesses. Thanks to the Internet, for those who are not able to make it physically to these events, can attend the live webinars. At these webinars, you can interact with the hosts, chat with the subject matter experts and also exchange your…
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    Best Small Biz Help

  • Cash Flow Management Tips

    Dawn Fotopulos
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Did you know that you could be showing a profit and still be going bankrupt? It’s true. The definition of bankruptcy is running out of cash. Profits and Cash Are Different Why are profits and cash flow often very different at a point in time? Here are five common reasons and what you can do […]
  • Minimum Wage of $10 is Maximum Headache for Small Businesses

    Dawn Fotopulos
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    Minimum Wage Increase Hurts Profits Raising the minimum wage to $10 or more per hour puts a tremendous burden on small businesses. They’re already hurting from decreased revenues as households reduce spending due to high unemployment. The Real Cost of Minimum Wage Increase Most people don’t realize that when the government mandates small businesses take […]
  • Small Biz Check Up

    Dawn Fotopulos
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:07 pm
    It’s the first week of April. How are your financials doing? It’s time for a small biz check up. By now, all your financials on the first quarter of 2014 should be available to you. If not, get on your bookkeeper or accountant to reconcile your bank accounts and send you the Net Income Statement for the […]
  • Four Bookkeeping Tips for Small Businesses

    Dawn Fotopulos
    26 Jan 2014 | 6:21 pm
    It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted. I’ve missed my readers! As of late August, I’ve been under contract to write “….A Survival Guide for Small Business Owners” due out September 2014. AMACON Books, the publishing arm of the American Management Association is my wonderful publisher. Please mark your calendars in early September for […]
  • Shop Small Movement- Be A Part!

    Dawn Fotopulos
    28 Nov 2013 | 12:07 pm
    Shop the small businesses in your neighborhood. Follow the #shopsmall movement on Twitter. Every dollar you spend stays in the neighborhood and enriches all our lives. Thank the grocer, the dentist, the dry cleaner operator, the shoe shine guy, your plumber, your electrician, the local baker and restaurant owner. Without them, our lives would not […]
 
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    Solopreneur Solutions

  • Pinterest Followers for Your Boards

    Donna Amos
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Are you using Pinterest for your business?  Want more followers? Here is a simple way to build your Pinterest followers. Do you know if you click on your boards you will see how many are following that board. Put your boards that have the most followers in the top row so people can see them as soon as they visit your business page. Using the board widget you can display the latest 30 pins from the board that has the most followers which will direct viewers to the board when they click on it. Check out the  widget builder page to get started. Follow Solopreneur Solutions, LLC’s…
  • 5 Ways to Create Pinterest Success

    Donna Amos
    16 Mar 2014 | 10:19 am
    Pinterest is a unique social media website that allows users to basically pin different types of information similar to how you would pin items to a bulletin board. When you pin items to your profile page, others can view those items and either like them or repin them to their own boards. This is how content circulates around this websites quickly. Here are 5 ways to Create Pinterest Success quickly to help increase traffic to your website. In recent studies it has been shown that approximately 80% of all posts are repins. What that means is the majority of people on Pinterest are focused on…
  • What to Expect in the World of SEO in 2014

    Donna Amos
    15 Feb 2014 | 7:55 am
    The first month and a half of 2014 is now behind us. How fast time flies! It feels like just the other day we were ushering in the New Year. We are yet to get into the depths of 2014 and what it entails for the world of SEO. What is going to happen in SEO this year? What should we expect from Google? Are we going to be seeing more changes to the Google algorithm? My answer to the above questions can only come from an educated guess. I base my response on previous trends and what happened just before the close of 2013. So here are some key issues I think will be playing a big role in SEO in…
  • Social Media Graphics Solutions

    Donna Amos
    5 Feb 2014 | 7:22 am
    Are you looking for a social media graphics solution? I may have the answer for you. I am a pretty smart gal when it comes to technology. I can figure out how to use most any program, website or app — except, that is, for Photoshop. I’ve attempted to learn Photoshop a few times, but it always kicks my butt. I even attempted to use similar tools such as Gimp or Pixlr. In the end, I often hire graphic designers to create the images I need for clients and my own business. Images have become important in social media. A lot of people think of Pinterest, but even Facebook favors posts with…
  • Tips for Solopreneurs: Social Media Case Studies

    Donna Amos
    1 Feb 2014 | 1:18 am
    There are many tools that solopreneurs need to learn to achieve success. Of those, social media is one of the strongest marketing mediums that can turn the efforts of one man into a marketing reach that only the largest of enterprises could ever hope to achieve. Below are a few lessons to learn from previous social campaigns. By learning from them, you can achieve similar success in your own endeavors. 1. Creativity Drives Engagement Imagine how you would get in contact with a tough audience to reach. For example, what would you do to reach an audience of people who thrived on the sport of…
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    Head Exposed

  • Lessons for Small Businesses from the GAME OF THRONES

    Nelson Nigel
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:51 am
    Game of Thrones is like no other TV series we’ve seen in a long while. With great screenplay and great acting, it is both sensational and sophisticated entertainment. It is also educational TV fare. Small businesses especially those owned and run by women and minorities can learn […]
  • After the Contract: Five Realities for a Small Business Owner

    Nelson Nigel
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    Winning a contract is only the beginning, not the end of the procurement process. For small businesses participating in procurement, winning a contract from a government agency or a larger company opens a window of opportunity. As mentioned, winning a contact is only the beginning and only […]
  • Compliance Matrix + RFP = Perfect Results

    Nelson Nigel
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Any company or government agency needs goods and services provided by other business entities. To fulfill the need, the said agency, department or company, opens its doors to procurement or sourcing the best possible product and service from the best company that will deliver the said offer/s. […]
  • Working with SUNY Procurement: An Opportunity

    Nelson Nigel
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:36 am
    In New York, there are many procurement opportunities. Usually, small businesses provide goods and service to larger companies or government agencies (in both local and state level) in New York. It helps greatly that New York is the financial capital of the United States and one of […]
  • Managing Proposals: A Key Skill in Procurement

    Nelson Nigel
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    Operating a business requires a lot of activities and projects. For many business owners, one of the most important skills to master is making proposals to other businesses and managing them when won. An entrepreneur who cannot write proposals for their business limits their market and audience […]
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    Funding Gates Community

  • Using Contracts to Get Paid on Time

    Meredith Wood
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    What if you could get more clients to pay you on time, without investing more of your valuable resources into that painful process? Adding the right language to a contract at the beginning of a project can help make sure you get paid for your work on time – and eliminate the headache of having to chase down your clients later. Consider the miscommunications that can arise in a transaction: businesses want to pay with a check when you only accept credit cards, or maybe they can only issue payment a certain period of time after they receive the invoice; sometimes wires get crossed and one of…
  • How to Make the Dreaded Chargeback Work in Your Favor

    Meredith Wood
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Ah, the chargeback. Even if you are not familiar with the term, you definitely are familiar with the practice. A chargeback occurs when a consumer files a dispute regarding their credit card statement, and the card provider forcibly removes funds from the business and places it back in the account of the consumer. The Pros and Cons of a Chargeback A customer can file for a chargeback for a variety of reasons, ranging from fraudulent charges to simply feeling the services/goods rendered were not of a sufficient quality. From a consumer’s perspective, the chargeback can be a lifeline during a…
  • The Benefits of Outsourcing for Small Businesses

    Funding Gates
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
    As a small business owner it is easy to get bogged down in administrative tasks that pull focus from your core business.  There are invoices to file, accounts to pay and manage, supplies to order, marketing to do and on and on. In many cases outsourcing some or all of these tasks can be beneficial to your overall focus without taking much away from your bottom line. Business Management & Administration As more and more businesses have moved to virtual environments for their teams, virtual business management and administration has grown as a field. Essentially, these are people that…
  • Local Search Tips for Small Businesses

    Funding Gates
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    For modern businesses, the importance of embracing local search simply cannot be overstated. There’s no getting around the fact that location-based services are being used more and more each day, especially given the popularity of smartphones and tablets. Local search isn’t going away anytime soon, which is why it’s essential for today’s small businesses to learn how to incorporate it into their online strategy. Fortunately, it’s not nearly as difficult to embrace local search as many people think. So long as you work off of the following tips, you shouldn’t run into any…
  • Employee Performance Reviews Can Be Fun

    Guest Author
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    To no one’s surprise, research indicates that most people dislike performance reviews.[1] So why would we work in an area so many dislike? Because we know we can fix this. It’s easy to spot the bad performance reviews. How Not To Conduct Performance Reviews Send an ecard.   Text notes to the reviewee.               Make it a team effort.           Benefits of Performance Reviews According to Gallop, performance reviews improve employee engagement, which in turn improves customer satisfaction, productivity and profitability.
 
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    On Our Bikes

  • School’s out

    Jon Stow
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    The last bell When I was at school, back in the mists of time, even when the last bell rang we could not pack up and leave the classroom until we were dismissed by the teacher. It might be different now of course. However, a desperate rush for the door would not seem to indicate much enthusiasm for the subject we were being taught. Not far down the road is the main office of a local vocational training centre. At 5pm there is a veritable stream of employees and possibly some students out of the door and down of the road, many lighting cigarettes or on their phones as soon as they step out of…
  • Here’s not looking at you

    Jon Stow
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    Even walking down the street, there are people with whom we have a connection. We exchange glances and we smile. We smile about the weather, their child, our dog, the shop window we peer through. We recognise those we pass as individuals and we even form a vague impression as to what sort of people they are, even if we cannot know. Then there are other people with whom we cannot have a connection. They avoid our smile and look away. They may have headphones plugged into their ears. They may be looking at their phones, so risk bumping into us or the nearest lamppost or road sign. They hardly…
  • The hard sell and me

    Jon Stow
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:02 am
    Playing hard ball When I moved from employment to running my own businesses I did a few sales courses. The first one I was obliged to undertake as it went towards getting and accreditation with a membership organization. The technique they employed was the hard sell. Being wet-behind-the-ears as an independent business person, and also intimidated by being overseen on my first sales appointments by a “mentor”, I thought this was the way to go. The plan was to make the “prospect” or victim feel really in pain and then offer a solution at a price. The “close” involved applying…
  • Do keep up!

    Jon Stow
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    Has your business changed in the past few years? Mine has. In fact, since I first started working in my profession as a young lad, the entire nature of what people like me do has changed beyond recognition. My first proper job involved using a pen all day. On my first day I was given a pile of dividend counterfoils relating to the income of a recently deceased gentleman, shown the format in which I had to list his dividends for the year, and left alone to get on with it. This chap had had maybe a hundred shareholdings. It actually took me more than a day to write them out and to do some of…
  • Getting advice for free

    Jon Stow
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:28 am
    Last time I mentioned those time-wasters who call or email on the pretext of getting a quote, or sometimes even without the pretext, just to get free information. It is so annoying. However, we can understand that not everyone wants to pay. Many do want a free ride. The downside for them is that even if they do get free information from one of us in an unguarded moment, it is probably of little value. Think about it. No telephone call or brief interaction will entail a proper exchange of information for the free provider to give any useful advice. Vital facts will get left out, context will…
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  • 10 Reasons why SEO costs way more than Google Adwords anyday!

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

    Stephen
    12 Mar 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Here are the top ten reasons why as an entrepreneur, you need to find and network and possibly work alongside other entrepreneurs. 1. You learn much faster working alongside other entrepreneurs than sitting in your dining room at home. 2. You are more motivated to get sales because you are in a competitive environment where your peers are getting sales. 3. You use the contacts you make around you to make other contacts and then make more sales. 4. You can find partners to work alongside you to mutual advantage 5. Other Entrepreneurs may know investors who are interested in investing in your…
  • FREE Powerful Facebook Post Editor

    OIiver
    6 Mar 2014 | 5:44 am
    If Facebook is part of your digital campaign, this is a must have tool, it’s a little known tool called the “Facebook power editor”. It used to be a Chrome plugin but can now be accessed at the below link, (requires Google chrome to view). https://www.facebook.com/ads/manage/powereditor/ What exactly does the power editor provide? The power editor allows you to make use of all post features available that are not always available from the standard page admin. You can preview posts before you publish them, schedule posts, add call to actions such as “shop now”,…
  • Facebook advertising fraud – Are you losing out?

    OIiver
    17 Feb 2014 | 3:59 am
    Used Facebook advertising before?   What has been your experience?  This video is very much worth watching if you own a Facebook fanpage and a stark warning of the advertising model being used by the giant social network. Who really is liking your page and more importantly are they engaging in your page?  The truth is Facebook is limiting the number of fans that actually see your posts, and then force you to pay to reach the remainder of your “legitimate fans”. Video credit goes to Veritasium on YouTube.   What are your thoughts and experiences?  Let us know in the…
  • Get a free .eu web domain

    OIiver
    13 Feb 2014 | 4:06 am
    Currently www.ovh.co.uk are offering a brilliant deal! Get a free .eu domain for 1 year with no obligation to use their hosting, of course you will have a renewal fee each subsequent year after.. Offer expires 28th February Get your domain here
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  • 10 Reasons why SEO costs way more than Google Adwords anyday!

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

    Stephen
    12 Mar 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Here are the top ten reasons why as an entrepreneur, you need to find and network and possibly work alongside other entrepreneurs. 1. You learn much faster working alongside other entrepreneurs than sitting in your dining room at home. 2. You are more motivated to get sales because you are in a competitive environment where your peers are getting sales. 3. You use the contacts you make around you to make other contacts and then make more sales. 4. You can find partners to work alongside you to mutual advantage 5. Other Entrepreneurs may know investors who are interested in investing in your…
  • FREE Powerful Facebook Post Editor

    OIiver
    6 Mar 2014 | 5:44 am
    If Facebook is part of your digital campaign, this is a must have tool, it’s a little known tool called the “Facebook power editor”. It used to be a Chrome plugin but can now be accessed at the below link, (requires Google chrome to view). https://www.facebook.com/ads/manage/powereditor/ What exactly does the power editor provide? The power editor allows you to make use of all post features available that are not always available from the standard page admin. You can preview posts before you publish them, schedule posts, add call to actions such as “shop now”,…
  • Facebook advertising fraud – Are you losing out?

    OIiver
    17 Feb 2014 | 3:59 am
    Used Facebook advertising before?   What has been your experience?  This video is very much worth watching if you own a Facebook fanpage and a stark warning of the advertising model being used by the giant social network. Who really is liking your page and more importantly are they engaging in your page?  The truth is Facebook is limiting the number of fans that actually see your posts, and then force you to pay to reach the remainder of your “legitimate fans”. Video credit goes to Veritasium on YouTube.   What are your thoughts and experiences?  Let us know in the…
  • Get a free .eu web domain

    OIiver
    13 Feb 2014 | 4:06 am
    Currently www.ovh.co.uk are offering a brilliant deal! Get a free .eu domain for 1 year with no obligation to use their hosting, of course you will have a renewal fee each subsequent year after.. Offer expires 28th February Get your domain here
 
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  • Acronyms: Does BS Stand for Business Strategy?

    Tim Berry
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    What do you think of when you see the acronym “BS?” Do you think of business strategy? Maybe you should.  I have nothing against real business strategy. I’ve posted on strategy often here. My favorites include 3 stories your business strategy depends on and defining small business strategy. My sense of it, boiling down three decades of small business — plus a fancy MBA degree — is that good strategy always looks, after the fact, like it was always obvious.  Real business strategy is mostly just focus. It’s about what you don’t do, sort of like how a marble sculpture is formed…
  • Strategist? No, Please; not Me

    Tim Berry
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:13 am
    I don’t want to be a strategist. Yeah, like you, I like to be a thinker. I like analysis. And strategy sounds cool. But the term strategist is too much pomp, arrogance, a relative of using utilize instead of use, or at that point of time instead of then.  What reminded me was The Difference Between a Social Media Strategist and a Person Who is Just Good on Social, over on on Business 2 Community blog. I like the post and it’s core content, but I hate the way they label strategist as good and just good on social media as bad. They’ve got their labels reversed.  They say:  A social…
  • Will Web Metrics Kill Professional Journalism?

    Tim Berry
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The crumbling of mainstream journalism worries me. But am I just being nostalgic? Was it really that good in the past? The Portland Oregonian, one of the grand old daily newspapers they used to use an example when I was in J-school in 1971, and is still printing big paper newspapers every day, is changing the game for its reporters. They’re going to be paid for traffic. They have to post often on the live website. The should “stir up conversations among reader.” (More on that below) David Carr followed the announcement with a thoughtful New York Times post on the underlying trend.
  • I’m Too Busy To Read That Book on Busyness

    Tim Berry
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    This interesting book review came out this morning on slate.com: In her new book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, Washington Post reporter Brigid Schulte calls this cultural epidemic the “overwhelm,” and it will be immediately recognizable to most working adults. “Always behind and always late, with one more thing and one more thing and one more thing to do before rushing out the door.” I haven’t read the book and I probably won’t. But I certainly recognize the condition.  I also like the title on the Slate piece, which you can see in the illustration,…
  • What’s the Difference Between Angel Investor and VC?

    Tim Berry
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:06 am
    I see this confusion a lot: People use the terms “venture capital,” “venture capitalist,” and “VC” to apply to any outsider investing in a startup. However, it’s really useful to draw some distinctions in this area, between three important classifications: venture capital, angel investors, and anybody else.  Venture capital means big-money investment managed by professional investors spending other people’s money. The money comes from extremely wealthy people, insurance companies, university endowments, big corporations, etc. Think of Kleinert Perkins et al., First Round,…
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  • Shakespeare would have loved Scentsy

    Christine
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Happy Birthday Shakespeare!!!  I think you are 450 years old today?  I've been to your Globe Theatre in London and I know its the 3rd version of the Globe but I wonder what it was like to listen to one of your awesome plays back then.  I have studied your plays in school and even seem some hollywood peeps like Kevin Spacey perform.  I wish your plays werent soooo long though...seriously most of them are at least 3 hrs?  I know there wasnt much to do back then but how did you not fall asleep?   Its a shame that there was no electricity back then but if there was I…
  • Love Scentsy Element Warmer

    Christine
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    A simple earthenware surface reflects the sweet purity of Love's message.  Brand New this spring/summer 2014 season.  Part of the Element Warmers collection.  Element Warmers use a heating element to safely warm fragrant wax without illumination.  Just right for offices, halls and bedrooms. 9cm tall.   Love Scentsy Element Warmer £25/€31 View the new Spring/Summer 2014 Scentsy UK/Ireland Catalogue
  • Lace Scentsy Warmer

    Christine
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    Capturing the elegant details of intricate lace, this innovative Scentsy warmer is hand-wrapped in genuine lace and dipped in liquid clay before it is kiln fired.  In the kiln, the lace is burned away leaving its exquisite detail in the porcelain.  One of my personal favourite warmers in the new Spring/Summer 2014 Scentsy catalogue.   Lace Premium Scentsy Warmer £35/€41   View the new Spring/Summer 2014 Scentsy UK/Ireland Catalogue  
  • Top 5 Facebook Posts through April 2014

    Christine
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:52 am
      Post by LDN Wickless Candles - Independent Scentsy Consulant. Post by LDN Wickless Candles - Independent Scentsy Consulant. Post by LDN Wickless Candles - Independent Scentsy Consulant. Post by LDN Wickless Candles - Independent Scentsy Consulant. Post by LDN Wickless Candles - Independent Scentsy Consulant.
  • Pros and Cons of Working from Home

    Christine
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    So had to go to the post office to mail Scentsy orders and cause it was so nice outside I decided to turn it into a long walk and some exercise.  I was thinking whilst I was walking through the blossoming trees that it would be a lot harder to do these long walks if I had a 9-5 job.  I actually love this about working from home is that I can go to the cinema if I want in the afternoon or go out for a walk, go to my favourite Thursday yoga class or take a nap.  I hated fighting the commute every morning on London's transport system and having someones armpit in my face on the…
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  • Air Conditioning Tune Ups in Phoenix Will Save You Money

    siteadmin
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Being a Phoenix AZ homeowner, you may be wondering how to save money on energy costs while enjoying a cool, comfortable indoor environment. One of the most cost effective ways to enjoy a cool home is to schedule an air conditioning tune-up to ensure that your air conditioning unit is operating at its peak level of performance. Our air conditioning expert technicians perform the best tune-ups so that you can enjoy affordable and cool comfort in your home. Our tune-up services begin with a complete system inspection to check for worn electrical connections, proper refrigerant level and…
  • Find an A/C Installation Expert Using These Tips

    siteadmin
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    You don’t want your A/C and heating units installed by just anyone. Look for local HVAC companies who have been in the business for years. Companies who have been around for multiple years or generations have built a reputation for quality service. Hiring an HVAC contractor with experience is a must. With today’s sophisticated heating and cooling systems, you want to make sure to find an HVAC company that is licensed, bonded, and insured. This will confirm that the contractor is competent, skilled, and insured against any injuries on the job. Find NATE (North American Technician…
  • Your Homes Air Quality May Be the Cause of Sleepless Nights

    siteadmin
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    For those with allergies or asthma, falling asleep can be challenging—especially during the spring. But why do allergies and asthma symptoms act up inside? (Aside from the pollen you’re letting into your home.) This might surprise you, but your home’s air pollutant levels may be 2 to 5 times higher than the air outside, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These toxic pollutants aggravate allergies and asthma symptoms. These pollutants come from a variety of common household products like: * Air Freshners * Cleaning Products * Paints * Furnitures In this article,…
  • Does Your Phoenix Home Need A/C Repair?

    siteadmin
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:50 pm
    With high temperatures well over 100 degrees during our hot, dry summer months, air conditioning your Phoenix, AZ home remains a top priority. Maintaining your AC system during the colder parts of the year is a great way to avoid any costly damages or failures when the heat comes this spring. If your air conditioner is faulty or isn’t operating efficiently, it may be in need of professional repair. Cool Touch can provide your home with cool temperatures this spring and summer. Call us today for more information. Comprised basically of an evaporator and condenser, indoor and outdoor…
  • Air Conditioning is Important to Our Pets

    siteadmin
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:20 pm
    There’s been a raging debate over whether or not it’s only crazy pet owners who leave the a/c on all day for pets. I can see both sides: Sure, it’s pitiful to see dogs pant and cats make themselves as flat as possible to beat the heat, especially during heat waves. On the other hand, their ancestors lived outside for eons before we domesticated them, so surely they must be heartier than we give them credit for. What’s more, round-the-clock AC is exorbitantly expensive and contributes significantly to climate change. Because of the soaring demand for air conditioning…
 
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    Social Enterprise Buzz

  • Understanding SIB interest among Canadian investors

    Melissa Ip
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    Although none exist in Canada at the moment, there’s been lots of interest by the country’s governments to create, or at least explore the possibilities of, social impact bonds (SIBs). But what do investors think about them? To find out, the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing and Deloitte surveyed 80 potential SIB investors, including foundations, philanthropic organizations, individuals, banks, wealth managers, cooperatives, venture capitalists, and family offices. Familiarity with SIBs The results show that 90 percent of respondents “were familiar to some degree with SIBs”. Some…
  • Ironing out the kinks in anemia

    SEB staff
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    This sponsored post, part of a series on Asia’s Young Social Entrepreneurs, is brought to you by DBS Bank. In partnership with the National University of Singapore, DBS is a proud supporter of the Social Venture Challenge, an Asia-wide competition for social enterprises. Dhanvin Mehta describes his sister Rajvi Mehta as someone with perseverance. She’s the kind of person who will keep problems, big and small, at the back of her mind and not let them go until they get solved. Her biggest challenge yet is to create a world without anemia. In 2010, when Rajvi was a sophomore at Brown…
  • When social enterprise gives the impression of CSR

    Melissa Ip
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    Australia-based Thankyou Group, a self-proclaimed social enterprise, launched new television ads to showcase their products and attempt to educate Australians on the meaning of social enterprise. “We felt it was important to take a different approach with this ad. We wanted it to be more than just about Thankyou and our products; we also wanted to help educate the public on what social enterprise is,” said Justine Flynn, Director of Brand and People, in a news statement today. The ad begins by describing poverty as a massive issue. Even though the public is aware of this, they often…
  • Sensimat: A new technology to prevent bed sores

    Melissa Ip
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are common for those whose mobility is confined, such as wheelchair users. It happens when the skin is pressed against a surface for prolonged periods because of the inability to change positions or sense the need to do so. The average person shifts their position unconsciously, just as they do when breathing. It’s automatic. But in the US and Canada, for instance, there are three million wheelchair users, of which over 300,000 have a spinal cord injury that impairs sensation under the torso and increases susceptibility to bed sore injuries because…
  • European Commission received a record 1,200 entries for the social innovation competition

    Melissa Ip
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Last fall, the European Commission launched a second social innovation competition, asking Europeans to once again come up with ideas to tackle unemployment in the region. It announced today that over 1,200 proposals were received, up from over 600 in the competition’s inaugural year. The country with the most entries was Italy (351) followed by Portugal (170) and Romania (98). The “others” category in the chart consists of: Ireland (9 entries), Cyprus (8), Finland (8), Estonia (6), FYR of Macedonia (6), Croatia (4), Luxembourg (4), Norway (4), Serbia (2), Slovakia (2), Albania…
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  • An Insight Into Form Elements Which Need To Be Organized And Aligned

    Christian Trejo
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:45 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life All web designers have to tackle form elements which include radio buttons, checkboxes, select boxes and input boxes. You can create outstanding form elements from scratch. You can beautifully design a contact page if you create well designed web forms. For your web projects, you can make use of CSS and HTML to design […]
  • How to Boost Your Success Today With E-Mail Marketing

    Christian Trejo
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:27 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life Email marketing is tough these days. There are people that treat their blocked list like their own personal guard at the gate, and why not! It is the thing that stops them having to sift through hundreds of emails in their junk folder. The fact is that useful stuff does often land in the […]
  • Stop Losing Sleep Over Your Business Goals – Make Going Global Easier

    Christian Trejo
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:18 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life For many businesses, the ultimate goal is to reach a global market. While a business may have the means of going global, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to be a simple process. There will always be barriers when it comes to growing a business outside of its own region, especially when trying […]
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  • Elements of a Successful Social Media Marketing Campaign

    Christian Trejo
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:33 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life Everyone aspires to succeed in their social media marketing efforts. These platforms are considered as the best medium to carry out your marketing efforts since they are quick, inexpensive and imminently scalable. Social media could be called as the guerrilla marketing with steroids, which happens to be an enticing sea of potential consumers dwelling […]
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  • How to Make Sure Your Business Gets Paid

    Lyve Alexis Pleshette
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com If you are not paid or do not get paid promptly for your products or services, you cannot expect your business to last very long. Here is how to minimize losses and overdue accounts, and make sure that your business gets paid This article was written by Lyve Alexis Pleshette for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: What is a Payment Gateway? How to Collect from Customers Who Don’t Pay Collecting Past Due Debt with Existing Customers in the Lawncare and Landscaping Industry
  • Starting a Newsletter: Success Starts with Your Strategy

    Contributor
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:24 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Thinking of publishing your own newsletter or ezine? Know how you can direct your publication to the right people, for the right reasons. Start with the right strategy. This article was written by Contributor for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Write a Winning Email Newsletter Top 10 Ideas to Find Engaging Content for Your Email Newsletter A.J. Wasserstein: Success Starts with the Right Choice of Business
  • What Makes a Good Podcast?

    Contributor
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com There are many, many things that separate a "good" podcast from all the rest. If you want to make your podcast better and attract more listeners, learn the factors that make a good podcast. This article was written by Contributor for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: 5 Benefits of Podcasting Why Add Podcasting to Your Online Marketing Mix What Makes a Good Business Plan?
  • Collecting Past Due Debt with Existing Customers in the Lawncare and Landscaping Industry

    Contributor
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com As a business owner, it is important to develop methods to help resolve past due debts with existing customers. Learn tips for lawncare and landscaping professionals to recover past due debt year-round and in the off season. This article was written by Contributor for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Collecting Receivables During the Holiday Season How to Double Your Debt Collections How to Collect from Customers Who Don’t Pay
  • How Being an Unpaid Consultant Can Help Increase Your Sales

    Contributor
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Customers form their strongest relationships with people who give the most value. In today’s selling environment, what you sell – be it a product or service – is, in itself, the least valuable thing that you offer. Know how being an unpaid consultant can help increase your sales. This article was written by Contributor for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Simple 3-Step Selling Process to Increase Sales Easy Ways to Increase Your Sales Volume 5 Sure Ways to Increase Sales Immediately
 
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  • How Social Media is Revolutionizing the Small Business World

    Carissa Dunphy
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Undoubtedly, the emergence of social media has not left anyone indifferent, revolutionizing the way we communicate in our day to day, as well as the way we acquire and share information. These channels have progressively been making an appearance to the point that they have been integrated into our daily lives and routines, especially through the development of mobile technology. Thus, it is difficult for a notification on Facebook to go unnoticed; we keep abreast of the latest news today thanks to Twitter, or our professional network LinkedIn is ever extending. This activity inevitably…
  • 5 Tips on How Businesses Should Manage Staff Handbooks

    Carissa Dunphy
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Staff handbooks are becoming more and more popular with employers. A highly useful tool for the management of employees, staff handbooks serve to define and characterize in detail the relationship between the employer and the employee. They might not be an obligation like contracts of employment, but they can still prove to be vital in situations where the employer needs to assert itself or solve difficulties between employees. There are ways to make the management of staff handbooks easier and quicker. This article takes a quick look at them.   Creating Staff Handbooks It is generally…
  • Tax Breaks for Energy Efficient Businesses

    Carissa Dunphy
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    As a business owner, you’re no doubt always looking for ways to save money. One often overlooked, but incredibly useful tool for earning back money is the 179D, a tax deduction for business owners, architects, and engineers, and contractors of energy efficient buildings. Even though most modern office buildings already meet the energy efficiency standards detailed in the 179D, the tax benefits often go unclaimed. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Curtis Buck of Buck & Associates, an energy auditing and consulting firm, and learn more about the 179D. Here are some of his…
  • Credit Card Processing Tips for Small Businesses

    Carissa Dunphy
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Recent studies have shown that more than half of America’s 27 million small businesses still don’t accept credit cards, which is very surprising when you consider how much they’re worth to the economy. Cards account for well over 60% of offline transactions and their market share is increasing all the time, so they cannot be ignored for much longer.  This article includes tips and advice that will help you choose the right credit card processing solution for your business. Shop Around There are so many different options available, so you need to do a lot of research before choosing a…
  • 5 Ways to Quit Wasting Time as a Business Owner

    Carissa Dunphy
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:26 pm
    If you’re like most business owners, there’s never enough time in the day to get what you need to do done. You often wish you could clone yourself, but alas, you cannot. Still, I’m willing to bet there are areas where you’re wasting valuable time you could be spending on other activities that would help you grow your business. 1. Are You Doing All Your Admin? If you’re a one-man or one-woman show, probably so. But there’s no reason you need to. Most of administrative tasks are automated and simple enough to hand over to someone else. This could be your chance to delegate. It’s a…
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  • Make your BIZ + LIFE better and easier, by doing this…

    Barbara Austin
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    So… You and me, we’re the independent “march to the beat of our own drum” entrepreneur types… You’re so independent + tenacious, you probably like to do EVERYTHING yourself—as much as possible. Especially if you’re a solopreneur like me. I totally get it. I’m a hands-on kind of gal, and I like having control over […]
  • Why you might not need that re-design, after all…

    Barbara Austin
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:52 pm
    You know how it goes… The business you started with, never stays the same for long. We can’t help it, right? In order to grow and prosper, we have to change, and change we do. Inevitably, that little seed of a business we started ages ago has morphed into something totally different. Perhaps even BIGGER […]
  • Instant Intrigue! 4 Must-Have Elements for a Captivating Home Page

    Barbara Austin
    25 Feb 2014 | 11:07 am
    You know that feeling, when you land on a new website, and you’re instantly intrigued? Like you just can’t wait to explore + learn more about that person/organization/business, because their home page totally speaks to you? For me, it feels like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow! I mean, let’s […]
  • Never Build a Website Without Doing This ONE Essential Thing, First

    Barbara Austin
    18 Feb 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Here’s the thing, about your website… It’s like the sun around which all your other planets rotate. If your source of light & warmth isn’t there, or isn’t shining as brightly as it should, the rest of your solar system suffers (like your social media following, networking efforts, and other ways you market yourself to […]
  • One Simple Trick to Greater Satisfaction + Fulfillment, and a Loyal Audience of Clients & Customers

    Barbara Austin
    12 Feb 2014 | 3:14 pm
    I’ve heard it said, that becoming an entrepreneur is the quickest path to self-discovery/self-improvement. And I think it’s absolutely true! We have to know who we are, before we know what it is we’re meant to do & who we’re meant to serve. We have no choice but to build self-discipline, learn how to sell […]
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  • Important facts about creating an effective Fitness Website Design

    wst-web-access
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:21 am
    For promoting the fitness or health related business, it is important to have an effective fitness website design which forms an essential part of the advertising. As compared to other conventional methods of advertising the method of creating a website reaches a large number of audiences around the world. This in turn helps the business to grow and improves the cash flow in the business. The online web builders such as web start today, have made it easier for the business professionals to create a website for their business themselves. For creating a website through these online web…
  • Useful Design Hints for Insurance Website

    wst-web-access
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:39 am
    A website is the presentation of the products and services offered by the business. It only becomes successful if works for the benefit of the customers. Designing an insurance website involves lot of creativeness and planning for overshadowing the other insurance websites present online. The online web builders allow the insurance agents to create and manage their websites on their own. These builders provide various other features that can be used by the business owner to make his website professional and more attractive. These websites builders offer various professionally designed web…
  • Building a Quality DIY author Website Design

    wst-web-access
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:51 am
    The writers and authors are adventurous and creative by nature. When it comes to building a website it is usually a love it or hate it experience, as it involves the cost and time which is very precious in today’s world. But the online website builders have made it possible for the authors to create their own website in a few minutes and without having any previous experience or technical knowledge about web designing. Web start today has proved to be one of the best online web builders available on the internet. Online web builders allow the authors to enjoy DIY website building The online…
  • A responsive Event Management Website -A platform to showcase your events

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    21 Apr 2014 | 11:43 pm
    As more and more people are nowadays opting to go online, the internet has become an important part of our lives. There are various things that one can do online which includes booking of hotels, flights, searching for restaurants, grocery shops etc. It has become really important for the businessman to create a website for his business in order to compete in the market. For an event manager, showcasing the best work proves very beneficial and he can do it easily with the help of his own website. The event manager can save his money by creating his own website himself through online web…
  • Get a free website for child care business with Web Start Today

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    21 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    According to a survey, there are more than 50% mothers that are working outside the house and this is the main reason behind the increase in the demand of the child care centers. This is the best opportunity for the people who love working with kids and it sounds like an ideal business opportunity where one can invest. While taking a decision for opening a child care business it is important to consider the 2 things to make it a successful venture. Choosing the location While planning for opening a child care business, the first thing that comes to the mind is the place. Whether to use the…
 
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  • 6 High-Tech Gadgets for the Connected Business Traveler

    Melinda Emerson
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Guest Article If the hardest part of travelling includes leaving all your favorite toys behind, worry no more. The next time travel takes you away from home, try taking these cool tech gadgets along for comfort. They weigh next to nothing. They’re portable, practical and full of functionality. Bring them along once and you’ll never be able to leave them behind again. International Sim Card  A cell phone is one thing. A global cell phone that lets you connect to anyone from anywhere in the world is something else all together. The next time you’re in the deepest, darkest…
  • 5 Best Moments of #SmallBizChat

    Melinda Emerson
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Have you ever had a million dollar idea?  Well that’s how I felt the day I launched #SmallBizChat. My initial idea was to create a peer-to-peer mentoring program online for small business owners, but what it has turned into over the last five years is a movement of people focused on small business excellence. This week marks the fifth anniversary of #SmallBizChat. I call it my Twitter talk show.  Every Wednesday night from 8-9pm ET, for five years straight I have interviewed a small business expert, live on Twitter, to help entrepreneurs get answers to their small business questions. Back…
  • How to Manage Work and Family as You Grow Your Small Business

    Melinda Emerson
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9 pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with @AmyWalkerCoach.  Amy Walker is a Business Family Balance expert – with a husband, 5 little boys and 2 companies to run, she has to be.  Amy is passionate about assisting women to create strong businesses that bless and benefit their families.  Her mission is to teach women the specific skills they need to play full out in business and rock the Mommy role.  She has trained…
  • The Lifeline of Your Business: 5 Rules to Loving Your Sales CRM

    Melinda Emerson
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Guest Article Don’t hate your sales CRM.  It’s your friend.  Really it is.  An effective CRM – Customer Relationship Management – system can be the lifeline of your business.  I have had the pleasure of using five different CRM systems (plus spreadsheets, notebooks, and my good old memory) over the last 15 years.  Quite frankly, I think CRM systems are required by law to bring some level of pain and misery to all of their users.  However, learning to live in harmony with your sales CRM will bring sales outcomes that exceed your greatest expectations.  One CEO said, ‘It’s…
  • The Daily Deal Isn’t Dead Yet

    Melinda Emerson
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    We all know that consumers are not as excited about the Groupon emails that land in their inboxes as they used to be, and we’ve all heard the horror stories of businesses that were overwhelmed or even destroyed by a poorly planned campaign. But, some businesses are making them work. Here’s one. 24-year-old Jacomo Hakim, known to his friends as DJ Jacomino, was instructed by his father to get a real job. Inspired by the lap band surgery his dad underwent, he created a business to tailor clothes to match his father’s new look and size. Mr. Hakim started a custom tailoring business making…
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  • Improved batteries could offer more life for electric cars

    admin
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    Alternatives to using crude oil has been welcomed with opened arms by some Americans. The fact that gasoline prices have continued to rise since the 1970s has played a role in the acceptance of the alternatives. Included among the alternatives are battery and electric cars. In addition, electric and battery operated cars are expected to safer for the environment than crude oil. Extending the life of batteries used by electric cars However, the cars have limits. For example, they have been shown to travel less distances than cars that run on petroleum. To combat this limit, scientists have…
  • Gene therapy could be key to helping the blind to see

    admin
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    By Rhonda Campbell You don’t have to have lost total ability to see in order to be blind. In fact, the National Federation of the Blind says that blindness exist if a person’s “sight is bad enough—even with corrective lenses—that they must use alternative methods to engage in any activity that persons with normal vision would do using their eyes.” The government takes a different approach, stating that to be legally blind, a person’s vision must be “20/200 or less in the better eye with the best possible correction or that the visual field must be 20…
  • Strong math skills can help your finances

    admin
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:25 pm
    By Rhonda Campbell If you use more of your left brain than your right, there’s a good chance that you are good at math. Reason for that is that the left side of the brain is used to perform logical tasks. Types of tasks that require you to think logically include creating and maintaining budgets, organizing files, and, yes – performing math equations, including complex math equations. Strong math skills could help make you wealthy Leaning more toward logical thinking than idealism has been shown to have a direct impact on how much money you’ll earn. Consider this. U. S. News…
  • Linking spiritual laws to success and prosperity

    admin
    15 Mar 2014 | 2:11 pm
    MEET Jim Phillips — Jim Phillips is a gifted speaker, seminar leader and certified life, spiritual and business coach. His true passion is the exploration and application of spiritual law as it applies to prosperity and overall quality of life. One of Jim’s gifts is his ability to help others understand and apply complex spiritual concepts to their personal life. Jim currently resides in Aldie, VA where he continues his writing, coaching and speaking. To learn more about the availability of the book, to schedule a book signing or speaking engagement, contact Jim at 703-626-8441 or…
  • New Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Debuts

    admin
    8 Mar 2014 | 9:26 am
    By Rhonda Campbell Samsung has been developing patented technology to entertain people for 70 years. Founded in Korea, Samsung began as a trading company. Since its founding, the company has developed personal computers, televisions and mobile telephones. Samsung continuing to be a frontrunner in the mobile technology space Although Samsung’s hasn’t received as large a share of the mobile telephone market as Apple, it is a leader in the industry, having developed well over 800 million mobile telephones. At the start of the new year, the company released its much talked about…
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  • Ask Me a Marketing Question about Your Small Business!

    Gail Oliver
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Are you finding marketing your business a challenge? Tell me what has you stumped and I will answer questions in a future post.Filed under: Home Tagged: i need help marketing my product, need help marketing my business, need marketing help, need marketing help my business, need marketing help my website
  • Where to Sell Your Eco-Friendly Products Online

    Gail Oliver
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant In honor of Earth Day, I thought I would help out entrepreneurs and other small businesses as to where they can sell their eco-friendly wares online. Bambeco is a sustainable online marketplace offering everything from home goods to gadgets to pet products. If you would like to submit […]
  • How to Get More Sales at Your Online Store with Targeted Shop Sections

    Gail Oliver
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:53 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant Right now, every online shop I visit has the same old, broad-based categories – Mother’s Day Gifts, Grad Gifts, Easter Dresses…boring! When you have a potential buyer on your shop’s landing page, try to narrow in on their specific wants and needs and you may find you sell more. […]
  • 7 Creative Real Estate Marketing Ideas for Realtors

    Gail Oliver
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:26 pm
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant I market all types of businesses, and the real estate industry seems to always be looking for truly fresh, creative and innovative ways to market their business. So I did a little brainstorming and came up with what I think are some innovative marketing ideas for realtors. Even if you don’t sell […]
  • How Customer Review Sites Like WeeSpring Will Change Online Shopping

    Gail Oliver
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant WeeSpring is a customer review site specifically for baby and kids products. From within one product page, WeeSpring allows parents to: review a product rate a product as “love” “have” “want” or “regret” add the product to their gift registry or wish list share their review on social media share […]
 
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  • Giving and receiving good customer service – the small business way

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    The owners of small and medium-sized enterprises seem to have rather high standards when it comes to the companies with which they do business – at least according to the findings of a study conducted by small business marketing agency Cargo in partnership with online research solutions provider Toluna. Specifically, as reported by eMarketer, researchers found that nearly half (47.3 percent) of the small business owners who took part in the Cargo/Toluna poll believed providing lackluster customer service was a mistake most often made by brands. Moreover, 44.7 percent cited being talked…
  • 4 tips for aspiring women business owners

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    In a recent article for Entrepreneur.com, Dana Loberg, CEO and co-founder of social network and movie marketing platform MovieLaLa, offered four tips for aspiring women business owners. Specifically, according to Loberg, successful women entrepreneurs are those who do the following: 1) Take personal questions from their investors in stride Investors want to know what they’re getting into, and sometimes that means asking questions about entrepreneurs’ personal AND professional lives. “Part of it is curiosity and part (probably subconsciously) is worried that you might pop out…
  • How to use the small business edge to your advantage

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Large corporations have always been considered a threat to startups, mom-and-pop operations, microbusinesses and other small and medium-sized enterprises, but in recent years, SMBs have had another foe with which to contend: E-retailers. So, in an age when a consumer can walk into a big-box brick-and-mortar establishment that stocks whatever he or she needs all in one place or make a purchase by simply clicking a few computer keys or pressing a couple of smartphone buttons, how can SMBs hope to compete? The answer is in their name. Small businesses are just that: Pint-sized, personal and…
  • Put a modern twist on small business customer loyalty

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    By and large, entrepreneurs understand that existing customers are more valuable to their companies than new ones. That said, they are still struggling to implement small business marketing tactics that spur loyalty and keep consumers coming back for more, according to recently released research from online small business community Manta in partnership with independent market research and advisory firm BIA/Kelsey. “The benefits of loyalty marketing are proven – increased customer spending, higher retention – yet, few SBOs even have a program in place,” wrote Jed…
  • How can small businesses use mobile technology to their advantage?

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    The proliferation of smartphones and tablets has had a transformative effect on companies across industries. Forward-thinking entrepreneurs are adapting their small business marketing strategies to appeal to the ever-growing mobile consumer base. According to Pew Research, 90 percent of American adults own a cell phone, and 63 percent use their devices to access the Internet. Mobile technology offers small businesses invaluable opportunities for improving productivity and connecting with their target audiences. In the coming years, smartphones are bound to become even more ubiquitous, so…
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    Small Biz Viewpoints

  • How to Protect Your Business from lawsuit in BYOD Environment

    SmallBizViewpoints
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    Letting employees use their own smartphones for work related activities can bring lawsuits if you are not careful. Learn how to protect your business from BYOD. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Small Business Owners – Do not Neglect Existing Customers to Attract New Ones

    SmallBizViewpoints
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:23 pm
    It costs lot more to attract new customers than to retain existing ones. How to take care of existing customers to increase sales and profit. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Many Uses of Shipping Containers for Small Business

    SmallBizViewpoints
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Shipping containers have transformed the global trade. Innovative companies are finding novel uses of those containers for housing, storage and data centers. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How can Small Businesses Promote Products with Regifting

    SmallBizViewpoints
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Promotional products tied to your products provide great marketing buzz and sales boost along with long-term benefits. How can you successfully use promotions in your marketing. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Do You Know Who Your Competitors Are?

    SmallBizViewpoints
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Taking a simplistic view of the competition can put you out of business in the long-term. Use this guide to really know your competition. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Startup Chat #65 – Freedom, travel and entrepreneurship with Natalie Sisson

    Dan Norris
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    COMPETITION: Win a free marketing guide for kickstarter, by telling us the coolest place in the world to work from. Comment below to enter, best answer wins. This week we chat with Natalie Sisson the Suitcase Entrepreneur. Natalie travels the world working out of her suitcase and inspires other to do the same. iTunes | Stitcher | YouTube | RSS Background and links Been travelling full time for 4 years Teaches people how to build online businesses. Has 8 revenue streams Suitcase Entrepreneur site Natalie on Twitter (@nataliesisson) Suitcase Entrepreneur book Kickstarter Guide High Flyer…
  • Everything I’ve learned about business, compressed into 7 days

    Dan Norris
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Hi there, I’m currently putting the finishing touches on my book The 7 Day Startup. It contains everything I have learned about business in 8 years, compressed into a 7 day action plan. The book will be free. I will also be releasing all of the content of the book via blog posts on this blog and other blogs. Each chapter will be modified into an acceptable blog post for the site it’s intended for. I will also be offering 1 podcast interview for every one of the major topics in the book. If you would like to have me on your show / site, then please read on. Articles The book covers…
  • Small business book review #4 – Influence by Robert Cialdini

    Eric Conley
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    A big, friendly WP Curve welcome to our friend, Eric Conley. In this post, Eric will share how Robert Cialdini’s book Influence helped him improve his fitness, make new friends and even learn the piano. Skill building is not a matter of “working harder” — instead it is the result of habits and psychological influence.  The best in their field recognize the power of daily marginal gains and enjoy the process, versus the result.  It boils down to this: Don’t improve yourself. Let enjoyment improve you. Robert Cialdini wrote a masterful book on the art of persuasion, entitled…
  • 5 simple triggers to write better content, faster

    Alex McClafferty
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Writers who frequently produce long-form, high quality content fascinate me. Three noteworthy writers I wanted to learn from are Neil Patel, Tim Ferriss and my co-founder Dan Norris. They share an incredible knack for producing long-form content at a breakneck pace. Truthfully – I’m green with envy and wanted to find a way to create better content, faster. So, I did my homework. Writers who frequently produce long-form, high quality content fascinate me @wpcurve - CLICK TO TWEET Studying the gurus Tim Ferriss gets into his writing zone in the wee hours of the morning. He takes…
  • Startup Chat #64 – How to beat Harvard on iTunes with Billy Murphy

    Dan Norris
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:59 pm
    iTunes | Stitcher | YouTube | RSS This week we chat with Billy Murphy from foreverjobless.com. We talk about his background in poker and building ecommerce sites and his new podcast. The trick he revealed for launching his podcast into the iTunes top 3 is so simple you’ll wish you thought of it yourself. You can’t crush it with a 500 word article @billymurph via @wpcurve – CLICK TO TWEET First entrepreneurial endeavor Sold baseball cards for a profit When he was 17, had a job for a month or two – then quit After college, worked a commission only gig for 4 – 5…
 
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    Resource Nation Small Business Articles & Advice

  • 5 Ways to Streamline Your Email Campaigns for Mobile

    Resource Nation
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Have you seen the latest email research? According to Litmus, 43% of emails are now opened on a mobile device such as a smart-phone or tablet (Tweet This). Some companies report an even higher mobile base, with up to 50 percent and even 65 percent of emails being opened on the go. What’s more, according to Litmus, only 3 percent of readers review a single email in multiple environments. Takeaway Message: You may only get one shot. What’s the implications for small businesses? Optimizing your email campaigns for mobile is no longer merely a nice thing to do – now it’s an…
  • Your Instagram Game Plan: 3 Must-Dos

    Resource Nation
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    Two-hundred million users – who doesn’t want a piece of the Instagram pie? And accordingly, you started by posting a photo of Richard, your eager-to-please admin assistant, as he poured coffee at Monday’s all-hands-on-deck meeting. Okay, so it didn’t exactly go viral, and your first foray into Instagram might have been a tad anti-climatic. Don’t get discouraged; that’s what we expect with a hit and miss approach. Instead, try developing a focused and achievable game plan. Keep it simple:  If you implement these 3 strategies and nothing more, you will be ahead…
  • Shopify, PayPal, and New POS Tech Making it Easy to Pay

    Guest Author
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Out of any of the sundry realms in which millennial technologies have changed the rhythms of life on the planet, none has been so turned on its head than the realm of sales. From the way companies brand themselves to innovations in CRM, technology is redefining what we buy by expanding the possibilities of how we can buy it. Nowhere is this shift more evident than in that final and crucial point of sales:  the payment process. By simultaneously making POS more robot-edged and custom-tailored, new tech is making online transactions boom to a $200 billion + piece of pie and streamlining…
  • Facebook Marketing: You’re Doing It All Wrong

    Guest Author
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’ve been in digital marketing since 2008, four years after Facebook first launched. And despite the significant evolution of marketing – it feels like social media marketing has become a bit stagnant. Countless social media tools have come out since to help us make our efforts more efficient. But unfortunately most of these tools and solutions focus on the ‘internal’ management of social media profiles and communities. Sure, this streamlines the process, but this implies that most small businesses currently have communities large enough to require these robust tools. This does not…
  • Employee Engagement: What Will Your Verse Be?

    Resource Nation
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:07 am
    Look around the office: are your employees emotionally engaged in their work? Are they your loudest advocates and ambassadors outside of the office, when no one’s watching? If your employees are going through the motions, showing up to be seen and counted, then it’s a fair bet they are not engaged. And I’d wager, further, that their apathy is a drag, a costly drag, on your enterprise.  Actively disengaged employees alone cost the U.S. between $450 billion to $550 billion each year in lost productivity, and are more likely than engaged employees to steal from their companies…
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  • Where to Find Good Content To Share Online

    Tanya Smith
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    If you are looking to source quality content you can share online there are several ways that you can get it done.  Of course, the first approach is to write the content yourself. But, if you don’t enjoy writing, aren’t good at it, or just don’t have enough time in your day to write, what other choices do you have? Use a Freelancer or Ghostwriter Hiring a freelancer or ghostwriter is a great option for getting all of your content created. The major thing to note is  this can get expensive…fast. Be prepared to pay based on how many words you want per article. A few…
  • My List of the Best Content Curation Resources

    Tanya Smith
    11 Mar 2014 | 12:37 am
    Finding ideas for great content can take a lot of time.  As an entrepreneur, it’s important to create a library of sources you can go to for finding new ideas.  One of my favorite tools for creating libraries and lists is called List.ly and I’ve used this tool to put together a hot list of my favorite content curation sites right now. If you’ve been to the resources page, you have seen List.ly in action – I track a lot of my favorite lists there. To learn more about what content curation is, check out my blog post Introduction to Content Curation. How To Use Content…
  • An Introduction to Content Curation

    Tanya Smith
    6 Feb 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Ever had a trusted friend share their thoughts on the latest movie you should go see, or the fabulous dessert at a new restaurant?  The person didn’t just say, “Go check it out”.  They probably added their opinion along with just enough details to get you interested so you’d buy a ticket and watch the movie yourself. Content curation is like that.  The more you share good quality stuff, the more reliable you become as a content resource.   Content curation is a hot topic right now, and it has quickly become high on the online buzzword bingo list. But like most…
  • 10 Creative Ways to Use Evernote For Easy Content Planning

    Tanya Smith
    16 Jan 2014 | 3:00 am
    Getting and keeping your content organized can be a real problem with everyone’s busy lifestyles. We’re bombarded with way too much information on the internet and contacts we make through our professional and personal relationships.  Sometimes it’s hard to remember to save things and later, remember where we saved them. That’s where Evernote comes in. Evernote is a great resource for saving everything from simple to-do list to recipes, images and photographs and web pages we want read later.  I’m a huge fan of using Evernote to plan and store ideas for content…
  • Why People Don’t Share Content

    Tanya Smith
    15 Jan 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Sharing content has become more important than ever before in the online marketing space. The problem is not everyone wants to do this. In a short video, I will explore a few simple reasons why we don’t share and in a future post I’ll share ways we should combat these objections to sharing. The video shows 4 key reasons for not sharing then breaks down what each of these may look like. Most people don’t share because they are: Scared Suspicious Lacking resources Don’t know how Do you fit into any of these categories?  What else is holding you back from delivering…
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  • Six Figures in Seven Years: From Slacker to Guru

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

    Gregg Rodriguez
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    Originally posted on grodland: brainstorms that mean business™: They say it’s lonely at the top, but where exactly is the top? Do we ever reach it? Here is why I ask that question: One of my many nephews is going off to college, finally. I use the word “finally” only to make a point. He’s 21. Although, I wholeheartedly believe 21 is a very good age to begin college, and 25 even better–18 is still too young an age to be granted such freedom, and expected to stay focused at the same time. I also refer to this with “finally” because at that age when someone decides to put off…
  • Thanks to all those who follow my blog!

    Gregg Rodriguez
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:50 am
    It rule appreciate that you follow my blog–and honored that you read my writing, especially when there’s a deep blue sea of blogs out there. For that I am truly grateful. I am always open to your ideas, suggestions for topics and willing to answer your questions. Brainstorm your way to Success! I hope you guys have a great week. If you are looking for a job, I wish you the best on your job search. Remember to customize your resume to each job–almost as if you drafted the resume especially for that potential role. And don’t be afraid to use their own words on your…
  • Succeeding in an Age of Uncertainty or How to Keep Your Job!

    Gregg Rodriguez
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:26 am
    “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill Uncertain job market We live in uncertain and unpredictable times. We always have. It’s actually the norm, although we only notice it during really tough economic times because people talk about it more. That’s the good news. The bad news is that going forward, we we’ll be talking about this, and living an Age of Uncertainty all the time. It’s almost guaranteed. Have you noticed that companies undergo huge transformations almost every other year now–even where you work? Though some…
  • Beyond New Year’s Resolutions

    Gregg Rodriguez
    4 Jan 2014 | 7:40 am
    For years, as many others do, I made a New Year’s Resolution. Giving up something, vowing to do more of something or starting to exercise more or eat a What’s your #resolution? better diet. It took me until a few years ago to realize that doing that was for the most part pointless, for several reasons: 1) The resolution was too broad, not quantifiable or measurable; 2) I didn’t create a roadmap or plan for achieving my goal; 3) I didn’t check in to see how I was doing; 4) I didn’t learn from my failure for the next year. Though my list has evolved and improved since the very…
 
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  • Leverage Financial Literacy Month to help your small business

    Hiscox Blog
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It’s essential to be on top of your small business finances. This Financial Literacy Month, make it a priority. Financial Literacy Month has been celebrated each April since 2000 as a means of improving the financial knowledge and habits of Americans.  While the initiative mainly speaks to individuals, small business owners have a big stake in financial literacy as well – for themselves and for their enterprises. In short, small business owners need to be literate about their company’s financials in order for their businesses to be successful.  No matter how much of a non-numbers…
  • Insuring your tax preparation practice

    Hiscox Blog
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Book keepers and tax preparers have access to important client information. In cases such as this you want to ensure your small business is properly insured. If you’re one of the million-plus people working as a tax preparer, by now you’ve wrapped up preparing your client’s returns in time to meet this year’s deadline. Hopefully the tax season wrapped up with all satisfied clients. But you may also be thinking about what you’ll do if one of those clients isn’t happy with the outcome of your work. As an entrepreneur in the tax preparation field your small business is susceptible to…
  • One piece of marketing advice every IT consultant can use

    Hiscox Blog
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series IT consultants seriesLearn how vanity URLS can be a simple, yet impactful way, to make your IT consulting firm stand out. As an IT consultant you’re no doubt familiar with vanity URLs – perhaps painfully so, due to past client demands.  Just in case you’re not though, a vanity URL is a custom URL that makes it easier for people to remember and find your website, or specific sub-pages.  Vanity URLs should be easy to remember and share. This ease of remembering and sharing is why vanity URLs can be a marketing boon to IT consultants.  With so…
  • Does your financial planning business have the right business insurance?

    Hiscox Blog
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Financial advisors help clients avoid surprises within their finances. You can also avoid surprises in your financial advising practice by making sure you’re properly insured. The first half of the year is generally a welcome relief for financial advisors who often spend the last months of the year strategizing with clients and creating financial plans for the upcoming year.  With less hustle and bustle, now is the perfect time to work on your financial consultancy’s marketing plan, sign up for continuing education for yourself or your staff and make sure the small business insurance…
  • How to professionalize your freelance business

    Guest Blogger
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Shara Gibson , Emily Diaz and Hannes Luth share their business insight during the event. Local D.C. business owners gathered to gain insight on how to make their businesses stand out. A mix of writers, consultants and public relations professionals gathered at The National Press Club in Washington D.C. on April 3rd to learn how to personalize their freelance business and exchange ideas with their peers. Panelists included Shara Gibson of the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development, founder of Cosita Boutique, Emily Diaz and media trainer and consultant Hannes Luth of Wunderbar…
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  • 4 Things Upper Level Management Should Consider Before Your Next Company Meeting

    Contributor
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: When holding a company meeting, it’s easy to watch as things spiral out of control when lower and upper management don’t agree on everything. While it’s inevitable that people won’t always reach the same conclusion, it’s still important to allow dialogue and ensure everyone can speak. With this in mind, here are four things upper level management needs to consider before your next business meeting. Purpose: Believe it or not, when setting up company meetings, upper level management often forgets the theme or purpose of the meeting. To accomplish…
  • Is Your Business Properly Embracing Technology?

    Annette Hazard
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Most of the business world is at a crossroads. Many business owners are still resistant to or unaware of new technologies, despite the ways these innovations can streamline, support, and grow business. Not every cutting edge tool has a place at every business, but there are a few that absolutely do. No matter the size or scope of your operation take a moment to ask yourself if your business is really embracing technology the way it should. Web Presence and Social Media Most companies see the value of a web presence. Still, too many try and rely on a…
  • Company Crackdown: Five Ways Your Business Can Expand This Year

    Brooke Chaplan
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Almost every business owner dreams of expanding in order to increase profits and reach new audiences. In many cases, an expansion is inevitable for certain businesses. No matter what happens, control the amount of success that your business has. In five ways, learn how to make your company more widely recognized this year. Select the Type of Expansion Decide how you want the business to grow. Sell the same products in different locations, or join forces with another company. If you could increase your customer base by selling more products to more people…
  • Does Your Business Really Need an Accountant?

    Contributor
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: When you own a business, you should always ensure that your books are kept updated throughout the year. The tax man won’t look kindly upon you if your records have been thrown together during the last minute and fail to summarize your incomings and outgoings. That said good accounting isn’t all about pleasing the tax office. By keeping detailed financial records you’ll have more opportunities to improve your business model. For example, good record keeping can open up finance opportunities; help you establish realistic goals; and, most importantly,…
  • Taking Care of Your Customers: Six Ways to Go Above and Beyond in Customer Service

    Contributor
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: No business can thrive if it doesn’t have a great customer service department. From cell phone to cable companies, the biggest complaint that the average customer has is that they received poor service when they had a question or a concern. To ensure that your company doesn’t cause your customers stress, here are six ways to go above and beyond in your customer service department. 1.  Start With Comprehensive Training So many companies send poorly trained customer service representatives straight into the trenches and then wonder why their…
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    JDR Group's 'Digital Prosperity' Blog

  • How to Deal With Bad Reviews for Your Business in Google

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:31 am
      Introduction Have you received a bad review on Google or online? Are you unsure on what to do next about it? It’s becoming ever more important to make sure you have a great reputation within the online world. One bad review can potentially lose your business customers, which means in the long run it could affect your whole business. Many businesses don’t feel that this is an important issue to combat and they are more focused purely on what money is coming into the business. In this article I will be discussing what Reputation Management is, and how you can help…
  • Where Do I Start With Social Media? A UK Business Owner’s Guide

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Most businesses use social media as part of their online marketing plan and it is very easy to feel like you have been left behind when you are not using social media. If you are a business which isn’t using social media then it might be time to consider using it because social media offers you the chance to spread the word about your business’ services and/or products. However if you are a business who is using social media or a business thinking about using social media in your marketing plan, are you aware of how imperative social media actually is for a business?
  • Why Should I Outsource Social Media Management?

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    You can’t go anywhere these days without being reminded about Social Media. Adverts and TV shows invite you to interact on Twitter and Facebook, online publications and newspapers allow you to share stories on Social Media networks, and of course we can access them on the go from all Smart devices. Social Media has become such a big part of our lives that many of us would struggle without it. It lets us communicate thoughts, messages and opinions instantly to anyone around the world, as well as giving you the power to shape opinions and actions.
  • 9 Things Every E-Commerce Business Should Be Doing To Succeed

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Having an E-Commerce business can be very stressful and you may think you are doing everything possible to succeed. However are you unsure on certain areas of your business or unsure what your website should include? In this article I will be discussing 9 points which you should be doing in order for your E-Commerce business to succeed. An E-commerce website needs to include so many things now days, it can become confusing as to what yours has and what it needs. Most people just presume that all you need on an E-Commerce website are products and once you have a wide range of them, your…
  • What Would a Mobile App Look Like for Your Business?‏

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    You hear a lot about mobile apps but if you had one what would it do? A mobile app is rapidly becoming an essential business tool as the huge growth in mobile usage means that the majority of your clients, your customers and your potential customers are using devices like smart phones and tablets in their day to day lives, both in business and even more so in the consumer environment. What Can A Mobile App Do? There are many ways in which you can take advantage of the growth in mobile technology as a business. Think about your website, most small to medium sized businesses websites are a good…
 
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    THE RESOURCEFUL CEO™

  • Book Excerpt: Venture Capital and PIPE Financing

    Tiffany C. Wright
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    PIPEs are not pipes! No wrenches needed! PIPEs are private investments in public equities, typically made by hedge funds. Hedge funds (via PIPEs or private investment in public equities) and venture capital both can play a significant role in helping medium-sized businesses access the cash they need to impact the business. Below is a fully copyrighted excerpt – a case study / example of the PIPE and venture capital combination – from my new book, The Funding Is Out There! (Note: the case studies are all 100% real. Some of the identifying characteristics, including names and…
  • What Is Interim Management?

    Tiffany C. Wright
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    SMB owners and investors bring in interim management to address stressful situations and issues current management does not have the skill or desire to. People often ask me, “What is interim management?” Instead of defining it myself, I thought I’d share a very well written article by Anna Fedorova who runs an interim management firm. The Resourceful CEO previously provided interim management, both long-term and short-term, but now solely focuses on project-based interim management to resolve specific issues or achieve specific financial goals. -  TCW What Is Interim…
  • Seeking Funding? Private Equity Insights (Video)

    Tiffany C. Wright
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    You may need to kiss a few proverbial frogs before you find the best PE firm for your needs. Here are two videos representing different financing perspectives for medium-sized businesses. Are you seeking funding to grow your business or for other needs? You may be interested in pursuing investment from a private equity firm to acquire funds to grow and strengthen your business. Or you may be interested in selling off a small stake (minority ownership share) in your business to generate cash and extract funds to personally monetize some of your company’s value. In both scenarios it is…
  • Event: Legal Strategies to Manage Your Business

    Tiffany C. Wright
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE) presents: “Ask the Professionals” Legal Strategies to Manage the Human, Contractual, and Monetary Resources of Your Business www.AskTheProfessionals.eventbrite.com  ACE, in partnership with the law firm of Smithers Thornton & Ume-Nwagbo, LLC (STU) Date: Friday, May 9th, 2014 Time: 8:30 AM – 1:45 PM (a 1/2 day workshop)  Where: Club E Atlanta 3707 Main Street College Park, GA 30337 (Atlanta metropolitan area) Additional: Optional Networking   1:45 PM – 3:00 PM Cost: $25.00 *  *Includes complimentary breakfast and…
  • 5 Methods Few Business Owners Consider to Obtain Financing

    Tiffany C. Wright
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    This is a abridged compilation of subjects covered in my new book: The Funding Is Out There! Access the Capital You Need to Impact Your Business. – TCW The definition of a small business depends on who you talk to. Even then, the size criteria changes. Even the Small Business Administration (SBA) has definitions and classifications that depend on the industry. For the SBA, a small business ranges from $0.75 million to well over $35.5 million. (See below for a link to the SBA’s size reference chart.) For small to medium businesses, finding the right mix of operating cash flow and…
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    Small Business Heroes

  • Good with figures? The best small business accounting software out there

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    So you’ve got a great idea, a growing team, and the future is looking bright – but, unfortunately, there’s a side to all small businesses that often fills the founder with dread. Yes – we’re talking accounts. Now, the more mathematically gifted of you may do better in this sphere, but it’s not just a matter of doing a few sums – there are still issues of filing, organisation, and the dreaded taxes (boo, hiss). You could outsource to an accountant – but why not try some of the amazing cloud-based software that’s out there instead? It could save you time, money…
  • Breaking Lent in style: the world’s most extravagant dishes

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    Ah, Easter – a time to stuff ourselves silly on chocolate eggs and hot cross buns, falling face-first into all the wonderful food we denied ourselves through Lent. But why stop at a measly Flake? Here are some of the most extravagant and decadent dishes available from restaurants, cafes and stalls the world over. 1.    Deep-fried haggis Let’s start at the (financially) reasonable side of the scale. Available from any self-respecting chip shop north of the border, deep-fried haggis is a calorie-packed twist on a classic recipe – stuffed sheep’s stomach dipped in batter and…
  • Is the customer always king? How to deal with difficult customers

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    When you’re running any kind of business, whether it’s a small start-up or a huge corporation, your customers always remain key to your success. It’s important to treat everyone with fairness and respect, and it’s your responsibility to provide them with a high-quality service. However, it’s also important to be aware that bad customers exist, and to take the necessary steps to minimise their impact on your business – knowing how to deal with difficult customers is invaluable, whatever your industry. What is a bad customer, and what harm can they have on my business? If you’ve…
  • The 6 weirdest computer viruses of all time

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    There’s been a lot of talk recently about the ‘Heartbleed’ virus, which affected the security of websites all over the globe. Small business owners all everywhere have been busy frantically updating their websites, changing passwords, sending panicky emails to customers and crossing their fingers. But viruses are almost as old as the internet, and some of them aren’t necessarily malevolent – just plain old strange, sometimes stupid, and always annoying. Here are a few of the weirdest computer viruses. The implant virus Remember MS-DOS? This virus shocked users everywhere by…
  • Everything you need to know about social media advertising part one: Facebook and Twitter ads

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    Back in the dark ages when tweeting was for birds and only vandals left messages on people’s walls, it was pretty difficult to reach a large audience if you were a small business, unless you shelled out a wad of cash on flashy TV ads or a prime-time advertisement slot on local radio. In recent years, months and weeks, major social networks have been opening up their advertising platforms to small businesses, presenting a huge opportunity for SMEs to connect with customers and potential customers on a budget that needn’t break the bank. Not just this, but these advertising platforms have…
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    OPEN Forum

  • 6 Productivity Habits of Top Thought Leaders

    Mike Michalowicz
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    As an entrepreneur, I’m always on the lookout for words of wisdom from fellow innovators. Looking to the rule breakers (who often evolve into rule makers), I’ve come up with these six ways to successfully challenge the status quo. 1. Get regular exercise. Studies confirm what we’ve always suspected—that people who get regular exercise perform better on cognitive tests and are more creative than people who are sedentary. Guy Kawasaki, business guru, bestselling author and public speaker extraordinaire, has certainly found that exercise provides a welcome break in the middle of his…
  • Forget BYOD—It’s All About the BYOS

    Kelly Spors
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    It turns out that “bring your own device,” or BYOD—the concept that employees use their personal devices like iPads or smartphones for work—is so 2013. IT experts have coined a new phrase: BYOS, bring your own software. Now that employers have embraced the idea of letting employees use their personal devices, they are now questioning whether they should also let them use the same software programs that they use in their personal lives, according to NPR’s Marketplace. It’s a workplace trend that’s already happening whether employers like it or not. Many employees are forgoing the…
  • Why Night Owls Are Better Than Early Birds

    Vivian Giang
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Waking up at the crack of dawn, the early bird might catch the worm, but that worm no longer guarantees success. The once-dubbed lazy and irresponsible night owls are rising up! What’s changed? It all comes down to our economy changing from an industrial to a technological one. It used to be mandatory for everyone to come to the office at a certain time in order to perform certain tasks. This is no longer the case. Technology allows us to collaborate without physically being present, and the only thing that matters is if you’re able to bring in numbers—not that you’re on…
  • Lumoid: “Try and Buy” Camera Gear Site Finds Gold in Its Data

    Donna Fenn
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    As one of the co-founders of True&Co, 30-year-old Aarthi Ramamurthy’s mission was to change the way women shopped for intimate apparel by creating an online, algorithm-driven, “try and buy” platform for bras. Now she’s taking that experience and applying it to her new startup, Lumoid, which allows photography enthusiasts to rent pricey camera gear and take it for a test drive before buying.     To get the equipment that’s the best fit for their needs, consumers tell Lumoid what they’ll be photographing (wildlife, weddings, landscapes, babies, etc.), and the…
  • Staycations: 6 Ideas for Relaxing and Recharging at Home

    Vivian Wagner
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    By definition, entrepreneurs are hard-working and driven. Unfortunately, that often means they avoid taking much-needed breaks and vacations. Or they’re unwilling to spend money on elaborate trips, preferring instead to invest their cash in their businesses. While all of that makes sense, the fact is, the most successful entrepreneurs are those who take time off from their hectic daily lives to think, rest and recover. If you need a break but just don’t want to spend the time or money needed to get out of town, staycations can provide all the benefits of a vacation with none of…
 
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    Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories

  • Entrepreneur’s Dictionary

    Entrepreneur Writer
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:42 am
    Like in almost any other area, entrepreneurs have their own slang. The guys from the online courses provider – Udemy has decided to make a kind of entrepreneur’s phrasebook, where you can see some of the most common buzzwords founders of new businesses use. I was surprised about how many words I didn’t know, but […] You can also check these cool posts:   How To become An Entrepreneur – The Very First Steps -   Entrepreneurship Trends -   7 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Don’t Do -   How Entrepreneurs Find Cash For…
  • Money For Nothing – The I Am Rich Mobile App

    Entrepreneur Writer
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    Sometimes consumer’s behavior doesn’t really make sense… This is what the people with some really crazy business ideas take advantage of, and this is how their ideas work. This is a story of one really weir idea, that didn’t make millions, but it’s worth knowing about it big time. Why? Because it’s really simple, anyone […] You can also check these cool posts:   Starting a Mobile Apps Business? See These Stats -   Instagram – An Online Idea For $1 Billion -   Doctor On Demand On Your Mobile Phone -   From…
  • What Is Financial Leverage?

    Entrepreneur Writer
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Financial leverage in simple words is simply a way for achieving bigger results with relatively small amount of capital/financial resouces. This is usually possible with the help of credit, but leverage could also be achieved with the help of some financial instruments like derivatives. In the most common case, borrowing against the initial amount of […] You can also check these cool posts:   High Interest Savings Account -   Crowdfunding -   Daymond John – About The Lessons He Learned From His… -   Daymond John – A Short…
  • See How Riches Avoid Paying High Taxes

    Entrepreneur Writer
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    Two things nobody can escape – the first one is death and the second one taxes. Well, even though I completely agree with number one, in reality most of the riches out there know many ways to escape, or at least reduce their taxes. Did you know that poor people pay taxes at rates two […] You can also check these cool posts:   The Habits Of The Wealthiest People -   The Best Cities For Starting A Business In The US -   Mortgage Calculator with Taxes and Insurance -   Business Loans Calculator -   What Is The Price Of Your Freedom? -…
  • How Successful People Differ From Unsuccessful Ones

    Entrepreneur Writer
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    Do you hate changes in your life? Do you like taking all the credit for your successful activities, without sharing it with the people, who helped you? Does the success of the others arouses envy in you? Do you watch TV everyday? If the answer of most of these question is yes for you, you […] You can also check these cool posts:   The Power Of Taking Action -   7 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Don’t Do -   Even The Most Successful Fail -   8 Things All Successful Entrepreneurs Do -   Top 13 Qualities Of Successful Entrepreneurs -…
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    How to Write a Business Proposal

  • UX Design Beyond the Internet: Three Offline Exercises for App Designers

    Emil Lamprecht
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    While the term and job title of UX Designer was born recently out of the tech scene, the practice of user experience design has been crucial to product development since the first time someone handed a friend their latest invention and asked “What would you do with this?” The layout of a retail store, the design of a cash machine, the ergonomics of your fancy cheese knife; these things are not simply decided by chance and whim or, at any rate, in the search for perfection, they shouldn’t be. There is always an argument for great design being art in its ignorance to necessity, but…
  • The Business Proposals that Built a Billionaire: Michael Kors edition

    Todd Spear
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:16 am
    In February, fashion designer Michael Kors was added to the world’s billionaires. Since his company went public in late 2011, Kors’ personal fortune has been inching toward the one billion mark. At last, he has arrived. Kors, you might say, was always destined for stardom. He starred in a Lucky Charms commercial in 1964 during a brief stint as a child actor (his mother, Joan, was a model with plenty of connections). Kors has had a long and illustrious career in fashion, and reaching billionaire status is simply the latest in his long list of accomplishments. You see Kors is literally a…
  • 4 Sales Tips You Can Swipe from the Smoothest Business Proposals of all Time

    Todd Spear
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    We’ve been glad to see how much you, our readers, are enjoying our Business Plans the Built a Billionaire series. So much so that we’ve decided to take the idea and run with it, honing in on some of the cleverest, most intriguing, and smoothest business proposals of all time. Keep in mind that the business proposals that make this list are not necessarily the biggest ever – they’re the ones we have found that we think you can learn from. So we’ve given each one an overview and a “takeaway tip” to help you relate the lessons to be gleaned to your own entrepreneurial activities.
  • What We Learn from Them: Sales & Social Media Tricks from Our Partners

    Jennifer Riggins
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    First, we talked about What We Learn from YOU. Now it’s time to talk about what we’ve learned from our partners in crime. Seriously the best part of working for a startup is learning and doing new things every day. That is especially the case when I work with our integration partners and other SaaSy friends, like in our ongoing series of free webinars. Just last week, I’ve learned so much from a few of our partners that I thought I’d share with you now their innovative ways to connect with clients on and offline. So let’s dive in and reveal (or steal?) some of their secrets!
  • How to Spot Social Buying Signals

    Vishal Pindoriya
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    People are sharing their lives online in an unprecedented way through multiple channels, the hashtag #IncabableOflivingInTheMoment springs to mind. This live tweeting is useful for marketers because people are inadvertently revealing their needs and desires attune to their potential purchases. A buying signal is a signal from a potential customer that shows intent to buy a product or service. Spotting these signals could mean the difference between potentially securing the lead, by ushering it through buying process, or just letting it disappear amongst the noisy social media landscape. Even…
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    Ayojideonline Providing Easy Business Solutions

  • How to Create an Outline For All of Your Article

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:22 am
    We’ve done it through junior high, it expanded longer through high school, then on college it became chapters. No matter how many times a person have done it, writing articles has proven to be a task many has continuously avoided.  Now at a time when writing articles could help your job or work, facing the job at hand can be still faced with unfriendly behavior. While there are a great number of people who do not have the same attitude in article writing as others, there are still those who would rather walk in piping hot coals than do some article writing.  What set other people…
  • Effective SEO Comes Cheap

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
    Search engine optimization or SEO is the hottest and about the best way to drive targeted traffic to your website.  Maximizing the benefits of a well-SEO'ed website will yield lots of earnings for the marketer.  However, SEO-ing your site might cost you thousands of dollars if you are such a newbie on this field. But to tell you the truth, you can essentially get information on low cost SEO anywhere in the Internet. But only several really show you how to work out an affordable search engine optimization endeavor. And those few that really inform include this article. 1. Link…
  • How To Write The Resource Box That It Makes People Click

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    The internet is the information highway, this phrase has been used so may time it should be nominated for the Internet Cliché Award. People that go to the internet are subdivided into groups, but generally, they are out to search information.  Whether for gaming, business, fun or anything else the internet has provided us with information that has proved to be very beneficial.  Through the recent years many people have learned the secrets of Search Engine Optimization. More and more sites have seen the effects articles have done for the traffic of their sites.  Some have even…
  • Read About Ten Thieves Of Your Finances and Correct Them

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:17 am
    Money is never enough, Even if your monthly income tripled, you will still have more needs and wants than your money can afford. It is more money, more problems. And so it is difficult to ever make enough money be able to satisfy all the wants you have.  But you don’t have to make enough money to satisfy all your wants. Don’t struggle to get more streams of income and make more money.  Rather have an objective evaluation of your lifestyle and spending habits and you will see the holes through which your money has been going out. This post will expose to you Ten thieves that take…
  • Fantastic Tactics: Low Cost Advanced Website Traffic Tactics For Everyone

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    Advanced website traffic tactics might sound daunting, but if you make it low cost then you have nothing but a win-win situation.  Employ low cost advanced website traffic tactics and you're in for a huge online success. What are these low cost advanced website traffic tactics anyway? Surprise yourself by finding out that some of these tactics you can practice without having to spend a cent! 1. Write an article. You write an article, mention your site, submit it to e-zines and garner traffic from curious visitors. It's as simple as that.  Don't just stop at one website - post your…
 
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    Strategy Lab Marketing

  • How The C-Suite Are Using Social Media

    jephmaystruck
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
    They aren’t, that’s the easy answer. Well not yet. The executives in and around Regina and Saskatchewan are slower to adopt this new found social technology. Sure there are some very social executives (and a social Premier!) you’ll find out about them in the presentation but for the vast majority of leaders in the business community have fallen prey to the “I don’t have enough time” and the “I don’t get it” virus. So how is the C-Suite using Social Media? They use Twitter and LinkedIn. The presentation below is mostly focused on…
  • 25 Inspiring Quotes On Shipbuilding, Leading, Design and Happiness [From 8 Books]

    jephmaystruck
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:46 pm
    From 8 of my favourite books comes these inspirational quotes. From shipbuilding to eating order, you’ll find a beautifully selected cross section of smart, inspiring and quotes that simply make you smile. Enjoy. I love this quote because I think most people are driven to shoot for the moon. They’re told to have a modest life, sit in a row, do what your told, don’t talk out of line, and hopefully after 13 years of this they’ll want to work in a factory taking orders from people in big offices. Well it turns out that’s no fun, especially for those just starting at…
  • Let’s Teach Our Kids To Code

    jephmaystruck
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    “Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer… because it teaches you how to think.” -Steve Jobs   I think this video is amazing. Kids need to learn more about computers, more about the internet and more about how the future is going to be created by them. Lets teach our kids to code.
  • Want To Make a Change? Kill A Sacred Cow

    jephmaystruck
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    Change doesn’t “just happen”. In any environment forces combined to create friction or resistance which changes the environment over a long period of time. In nature, sacrifices are made to ensure the long term stability of the eco system. You can’t have change without sacrifice. Change and growth don’t happen without some sort of friction. If life is difficult that means you’re sacrificing short term gain for a long term payout. I love the Hugh McLeod quote of “choosing an easy life rarely ends up with much of either”. The most successful…
  • Don’t cha put it in your mouth…Your Favourite Commercials of The 1990′s

    jephmaystruck
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:21 am
    An entire generation was taught not to put things in our mouths because of this commercial. What a catchy tune! Do you think we all still know this song because is has such a great hook? Or because it was completely overplayed from 1993-1998?  You be the judge. Around Regina, you can still look someone in the eye and say “some people think I eat too many chocolate bars” and you’ll get the response, “or that I don’t wash my face.” This commercial inspired a generation of kids to care about their appearance, especially their face. Also, when one eats a…
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • 3 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Inside and Outside of the Office

    Michael Hourigan
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Tuesday April 22nd can only mean one thing this year – the celebration of Earth Day! Having started in 1970, Earth Day has since become a global event for more than 192 countries throughout the world as a means to honor the environment and the planet as a whole. And even if you don’t consider your business to be considered traditionally “green” don’t worry – you can still join in on the big day and make a point to change how your office saves on energy and helps out in the local area! Utilize your electronics. Even the infamous Apple logo at Apple stores throughout the country…
  • Homegrown in Durham Kicks Off

    Michael Hourigan
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    At Shoeboxed we’re developing a platform to help build and grow small businesses, starting with their receipts. Our ambitious goal is to have a hand in creating more small businesses by alleviating the time and headache surrounding accounting and bookkeeping. The need for services like Shoeboxed is increasingly felt in our hometown of Durham, NC where an economic and social revitalization has led to a record number of small businesses. There is still much room for growth though. Seeing the struggle firsthand and knowing the potential impact we can make has led Shoeboxed to start our…
  • A Sneak Peek at Our New Mobile App

    Michael Hourigan
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Coming soon to an iOS App Store near you: The Shoeboxed Receipt and Mileage Tracker – redesigned for the new world (iOS7) and complete with a whole new suite of features and tools. But beauty is only skin deep, right? So aside from looking a lot better there will be a number of long requested and highly valuable features now available to users. Here are our favorites: Syncs all receipts & business cards, across all devices. If a receipt is available online, it will be available on your phone. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, right? DIY data enter receipts from the phone. Whether…
  • Building The Perfect Team with Shoeboxed and Bench: A User Success Story

    Michael Hourigan
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    With Shoeboxed, there has never been one “best” way to use our service to stay organized. And after processing over a billion dollars of expense data since 2007, we say that from years of firsthand experience! Shoeboxed takes enormous pride in serving clients from around the country and across the globe, all of whom use our service in a myriad of ways to fulfill a whole host of organizational needs in both their personal and professional lives. Introducing: Forrest Wright Profession: Creative Director, Page 90, Inc. Location: San Diego, CA Website: www.page-90.com LinkedIn: Forrest…
  • Join the Shoeboxed Team at Paradoxos!

    Emily Farrar
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    For the second year in a row, Shoeboxed is proud to be a sponsor of PARADOXOS, a one-of-a-kind festival in downtown Durham, N.C. This year’s festival will pack ideas, collaboration, fun and innovation into April 9-12, 2014. The schedule includes events that will show off all the awesome stuff happening in the tech, art, food, music, beer and nightlife scenes in Durham. PARADOXOS features a wide variety of events so it’s sure to appeal to everyone, including the construction of a Rube Goldberg machine, a pub crawl, a trivia night, a dynamic speaker event called The NEXT, art…
 
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    The Best Direct Sales Companies

  • Overview of the JewelScent Home Business Opportunity

    Angie Nelson
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:28 pm
    JewelScent is a direct sales company that offers scented household and personal care items that include a surprise jewel. These jewelry items range in value from around $10 to over $1,000. In addition to the standard candles, they also carry soaps and beads. Products are made in the USA and from natural products. In addition to their “Share & Earn” product credit program, JewelScent also offers a home business opportunity. Compensation:  Base commission is 20% on personal sales. An additional 5% commission is available as you move up the ladder. Sponsoring reps can earn 5% on second…
  • TuVous: Ground Floor Independent Fashion Consultant Opportunity

    Angie Nelson
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:59 am
    TuVous is a new direct sales company currently in pre-launch phase. The company, when fully launched, will offer fashion-forward items. I recently held an interview with the TuVous President Ryan Daley to find out a little more about their upcoming business opportunity. What commission can consultants expect to make?  A Consultant at a party, show, or through their online sales will be able to make 20-55% retail commissions from the sale of TuVous fashion products.  Those who build downline organizations, and help build success will be able to participate in a Compensation Plan which will…
  • The Gardenuity Associate Opportunity: Start A Garden-Inspired Business

    Angie Nelson
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Gardenuity offers a fabulous ground floor opportunity in a unique direct sales niche – gardening. The company’s product line includes plants, seeds, tools and more. Compensation:  Gardenuity Associates can earn up to 30% commission on personal sales. Build a team and earn team commissions on your 3 first levels.  (Base commission is 20%.) Start-Up Costs: Business Kits start at just $49. The Basic Business System includes 12 months of personal website, digital marketing materials and online training. Larger kits are available $95 and $195 and include the above plus product samples,…
  • How Much Can I Make as a Pure Romance Consultant?

    Angie Nelson
    30 Mar 2014 | 6:37 am
    Romance parties have been increasing in popularity for the past 10 years. Pure Romance got its start in 1993. The company specializes in “relationship enhancement” products and offers a lucrative home business opportunity. Compensation:  Pure Romance Consultants earn up to 40% commission on personal sales. Team building is not required though you will receive commissions on downline sales if you decide to sponsor new reps. Start-Up Costs: The Basic Kit is $149 with a retail value of $250. It includes top selling products, samples, catalogs, order forms, free personal website and…
  • How to Start Selling Avon

    Angie Nelson
    23 Mar 2014 | 2:12 pm
    The initial investment to sell Avon is extremely low, as are the ongoing costs. Avon is a unique opportunity in that the product line is so extensive and constantly changes. Though their products are still strongly focused around cosmetics and beauty after 125 years, you can now find a little bit of everything in their weekly campaigns. Though their main sales strategy is not a party plan, your earnings are primarily generated through personal sales. Compensation: Up to 50% depending on your level of personal sales. You can also earn earn up to 12% of your teams’ sales. Start-Up Costs:…
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    The Consultant Killers

  • Allenstown Medical Centre | website ideas

    Dave Gillen
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:36 am
    Hi Jane, Your website has some good features and I hope the video above gives you some ideas for where to take it next. Below is a summary of the main improvements mentioned in the video. 1) Small fix on homepage slider – the image file names are showing (e.g. IMG_4293.jpg). Either rename the files (using staff names for example) or stop them from displaying. 2) Number of pages on the site. Currently you only have 7 pages. Each service listed on the homepage is an opportunity to add a page targeting that service. On each page, simply explain who might use the service and walk them…
  • Website ideas for Sigmatech

    Dave Gillen
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Hi James, I hope the video above gives you some good ideas for generating more business through your website. I think you have a good looking site with plenty of good info, so it’s the right time to turn our attention to getting more customers. The main ideas from the video are summarised below: 1) Homepage A statement up-front that puts your business into context (i.e. we do X for Y) It should basically say who your main/ideal customers are (big biz, small biz, industries?) and where (Brisbane). When a potential customer lands on your site, relevance in everything. Their first question…
  • Web Opportunities for Aussie Lutwyche

    Dave Gillen
    23 Jan 2014 | 10:23 pm
    More Customers on the Web for Aussie Lutwyche Hi Alan, thanks for taking the time to visit. Please watch the video below to discover five things Aussie Lutwyche can do today to get more customers online. Watch the video Summary – Website 1. Make it easy to take the next step. On the default page of the Lutwyche Aussie site,  the “Free appointments” tab in its current position disappears once you start reading. If this is the next step you want your visitor to take, you need similar tabs or links throughout the main body text, so a they don’t have to go looking for it.
  • Online Marketing Strategy for a Mining Software & Data Services Company

    Dave Gillen
    2 Jan 2014 | 12:51 pm
    WEB REVIEW – MAXWELL GEOSERVICES Hi Viv, please see the video below for a review of the current Maxwell Geoservices website and online presence. The goal? To help you generate more business online. Watch the video review Summary The Maxwell Geoservices website is quite attractive, but I think the following improvements will help to make your website a source of greater credibility, and more traffic and leads. These factors will have a big impact on the amount of business your website is able to generate for your company. Website Your website has some nice design, but has a very…
  • Turning a mining consultant website into a business asset

    Dave Gillen
    16 Dec 2013 | 3:26 pm
    WEB REVIEW – AUSTRAL-ASIA GEOTECHNICAL (CONSULTANTS) Hi Rhys, thanks for taking the time to visit. Please see the video below for a review of the current Austral-Asia Geotechnical website. The goal? To turn your website into a business asset that generates more business for you. Watch the video review Summary The Austral-Asia Geotechnical website is neat and adequately describes your service offerings, and I think you’ve done a pretty good job of using images from on the job to convey a sense of involvement in active projects. So I don’t think there’s a real need for…
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    Part Time CFO Services: Rock Solid Finance

  • SaaS Business Model: Use Excel, not Magic, to Calculate Sucess

    davidworrell
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Nearly every kind of software is now offered online as “Software as a Service“, or SaaS.  If you’re thinking of creating a SaaS business model, you can look forward to recurring revenue and high profit margins… if it works. But the key to growing a great SaaS business is to sell a lot of customers while keeping the cost of sales in check. A lot of entrepreneurs and VC use a “Magic Number” to judge SaaS companies’ success. The theory is that you can onlybe successful if your annual revenue for a customer is greater than 75% of what it costs you to make the…
  • The $24 Wrong Number — Calculate The True Cost of Sales

    davidworrell
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    Quick!  Do you know the cost of sales at your company? If you make sales by phone, maybe you think, “phone calls are free”.  Well, yes…and no. Let’s get specific.  What’s the per call cost of sales by phone? Would you believe that telesales cost most companies almost $24.00 per call?  I’m not suggesting that every time you speak to someone it costs $24… Its much worse than that.   I’m saying, “Every time your sales person TOUCHES the phone it costs you $24.”  How can that be? In the last sales organization I ran, we had a…
  • What is Income? 4 Revenue Recognition Rules You Love to Break (but shouldn’t)!

    davidworrell
    16 Feb 2014 | 6:35 pm
    It seems to go against the grain of strict accounting rules, but it is true nonetheless: How you organize your financial statements is entirely up to you.  It’s a freedom that can help you better understand your business — so long as you tread carefully. Nowhere is this freedom more important, and more often abused, than in the “Income” section of your P&L. What you consider income and when you recognize it (called revenue recognition) are key to a good understanding of your business.  Do it wrong and you’ll not only fool yourself about your income, but…
  • How to See a Cash Flow Crisis Coming: Prevention is the Only Cure

    davidworrell
    16 Jan 2014 | 12:47 pm
    As a strategy and finance turnaround consultant, I have worked with many companies in crisis – usually one triggered by cash flow problems. The company’s bank account is heading toward the red and the business owner wonders how to meet future expenses. Cash flow crisis require fast action and the first step is to look closely at the financial statements. The income statement and balance sheet provide vital clues about cash flow and all the business practices that influence it. Within a short period of time the financial statements can tell me a story about the company—the good, bad and…
  • 6 (Legal) Ways to Fix Year End Financial Statements and Pay Less Tax

    davidworrell
    7 Jan 2014 | 6:01 am
    The sun has set on 2013 and your year-end financial statements look a bit gloomy. Maybe you are showing a bad loss – or maybe too much profit. You need financial statements that will impress your banker, let you pay less tax, and better position you for profits in the new year. But how? Fortunately, accounting rules are flexible enough to help you out without getting you in hot water, In fact, there are plenty of ways you can change your financial reporting to produce ‘better looking’ – and truly more meaningful – financial statements without ever straying into legal,…
 
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  • Your Business’ Website: It’s Time to Do Some Spring Cleaning

    kutenda support
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Your Business’ Website: It’s Time to Do Some Spring Cleaning Just like your home, your small business website also requires a yearly spring-cleaning. It’s very easy to let things slip, and the results of that could be a decline in traffic, reputation and consequently sales. This is a rather insidious way for you to lose traction with your website, as you don’t immediately see it occurring. But it’s very real, and will have very real results. So in the spirit of prevention, here are 5 ways you can make a positive change in the way your sites appear, operate and…
  • Soaked gadgets? You can save them

    kutenda support
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Just how many times have you lost your phone in the toilet? How about permitting that tablet slide into the pool? Do you know what steps to take to rescue your gadgets from these watery graves? If not, you could be in for disappointment you don’t need. It’s true–you may be able to rescue gadgets that you’ve immersed. Saving drowned technology First, make certain that no power is flowing through your iPad, smart phone or Tablet. This is particularly important: Water isn’t what’s going to destroy your gadgets. The electrical shorts that water causes will do…
  • Want to be really safe? Here’s how to back up your Evernote notebooks

    kutenda support
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:58 pm
    You may think that you’ll never need to back up files, images or videos that you save in an Evernote notebook. Since of course, not only will your files be stored on your own computer or device, they’ll also be stored on Evernote’s own servers. Not as safe You may be wondering: Do I really need to back up my Evernote notebooks? How-To Geek would answer with an emphatic “yes!” The reason being Evernote isn’t a backup system. It’s a synching system. And in a worst-case scenario, Evernote’s remote file store can be wiped. Then, the local file store could be…
  • A closer look at how the Internet really works

    kutenda support
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Business Insider recently ran an interesting look at how the Internet works. It’s a fascinating account since many people have become reliant on the world wide web in such a short period of time. Most people don’t actually know how this enormous communications and information tool actually works. Business Insider, though, found several interesting facts about what goes on online. As reported by the story, 27 percent of U.S. consumers use their mobile phones and the mobile Internet to shop. Seven percent of U.S. consumers have purchased items from online auction websites. U.S.
  • Don’t Make These Social Media Mistakes!

    kutenda support
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:18 pm
    5 Deadly Social Media Mistakes to Avoid Understanding what NOT to do when it comes to social media is almost as important as knowing what you should do. Here are several social media mistakes to avoid at all costs! Jokes at other people’s expense – It should go without having to say, but you must think before you send anything out into cyberspace for the world to see. Above all, don’t try and take advantage of someone else’s bad luck or indiscretion to promote your own products or services. While a celebrity death or shameful scandal might appear to be easy fodder for…
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    Orlando Realty Consultants

  • Mortgage Regulations Change In 2014

    Jenny Zamora
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    With 2014 came a whole new list of regulatory and legal changes for mortgage companies.  These rules and regulations where established with the intention to help both lenders and borrowers from making bad decisions when it comes to home mortgages. Here are a list of regulations that began in January that will affect the mortgage process for potential home buyers according to the Assoc of Mortgage professionals.   New Mortgage Regulations   * Stricter Regulations for the Self-Employed. People that don’t have an IRS form w-2 will be finding it more difficult when applying for a…
  • EDC of Metro Orlando Brings Seven Projects and 2100 Construction Jobs to Central Florida

    John Conde
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission started its ‘Brand Orlando’ campaign with a lot of vigor and the results of the effort have been positive. The EDC has managed to rope in seven new construction projects at various sites in Orlando. Hard work of the EDC has finally paid off. The Commission has been striving hard to make this happen, from several high-level meetings with site consultants to pick up lucrative sites to discussions with brand executives to pitch these sites as favorable to the real estate business community; it has been a tough ride. But, it all seems to be…
  • This Spring May Just be the Best Time to Buy a Home in Orlando

    Jenny Zamora
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation has some good news for all real estate buyers. Results from a new survey conducted by the Virginia-based government-sponsored enterprise, point towards a slight dip in the mortgage rates across all of America. The spring buying season has commenced and decreased mortgage rates may be just the extra push that home buyers need to kick-start their spring purchases. The average rate of interest on a sta