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  • Mobile Marketing: The Week in Review

    Mobile Marketing Watch
    ChristaH
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    In case you missed it, here are some of the top stories in mobile marketing and advertising we’ve been following this week. ANA Survey: At Least Half Of Marketers Don’t Have the Data to Do the Job Right There are a lot of buzzwords out there — and a lot of confusion about what to do when there’s a dearth of data. Marketers are wrestling with everything from “programmatic buying” to “native content” to “mobile marketing,” yet many don’t have the tools to properly use the tech. Email Marketing: Consumers Love to Hate It, But It’s Getting Better Recent research shows…
  • Enabling Women Entrepreneurs to Make Better Use of Technology to Grow Their Businesses Globally

    Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global
    Laurel J. Delaney
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Recently, the U.S. Department of State announced a new partnership between Ernst & Young (EY) and the Bureau of Information Resource Management’s Office of eDiplomacy at the Department of State outlining a public-private partnership that will directly benefit women entrepreneurs in four Latin American countries as part of the Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas Initiative (WEAmericas). WEAmericas was launched  in 2012 by President Obama at the Summit of the Americas. WEAmericas leverages public-private partnerships to encourage inclusive economic growth in the Western…
  • Freelance Economy Supply and Demand Growing

    Small Business Labs
    Steve
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    I attended the Staffing Industry Analysts Contingent Workforce Summit a couple of weeks ago. This show is targeted at contingent workforce managers at large companies and provides a forum to discuss best practices around the hiring and managing of contingent workers (freelancers, independent contractors, etc.). As you can see from this write up on the conference, large corporations are forecast to increase their use of contingent workers over the coming years.   It's not just the SIA forecasting this increase. Ardent Partners, a research firm focused on procurement issues, is also…
  • For a More Productive Office, Appeal to the 5 Senses (Infographic)

    Entrepreneur: Latest Articles
    Nina Zipkin
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The solution to a work space that’s out of whack is right under your nose.
  • Twitter Will Teach The Homeless To Code When Learning Center Opens This Summer

    Fast Company
    Peter Wade
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Twitter-funded San Francisco facility NeighborNest will offer a safe place for city's poorest to learn tech and resume-writing skills.This summer Twitter will open a learning center in San Francisco in order to teach the homeless and some of the area's poorest citizens tech skills, The San Francisco Chronicle reports.Read Full Story
 
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    Fast Company

  • Twitter Will Teach The Homeless To Code When Learning Center Opens This Summer

    Peter Wade
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Twitter-funded San Francisco facility NeighborNest will offer a safe place for city's poorest to learn tech and resume-writing skills.This summer Twitter will open a learning center in San Francisco in order to teach the homeless and some of the area's poorest citizens tech skills, The San Francisco Chronicle reports.Read Full Story
  • You Can Now Watch A Full Movie On Oculus Rift

    Nikita Richardson
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    How does the Zachary Quinto-produced horror movie Banshee Chapter look on the much-discussed VR device?It's been more than two years since virtual reality device Oculus Rift made its debut, and while the possibilities remain exciting, so far the reality has been less thrilling. But today the technology is taking a big step: A full-length 3-D movie that you can strap to your head and immerse yourself in.Read Full Story
  • Why Did Apple Apparently Send Porn To This Unsuspecting App Developer?

    Sarah Kessler
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    The company included explicit screenshots in a message expressing concerns over a new app.Complaining about Apple's process for approving new content for the app store is something of a sport among developers. The process, they say, is too strict, takes too much time, and interferes with the "launch-fast-and-iterate" product philosophy.Read Full Story
  • Doctors Use Adult (Not Embryonic) Stem Cells To Grow And Implant Petri-Dish Retina

    Peter Wade
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    The medical breakthrough could lead to cures for other diseases.The clones are coming! The clones are coming! (Maybe.) Doctors have grown a retina in a petri dish using stem cells from a 70-year-old patient's skin and successfully transplanted the retina to her eye at Japan's Riken Center for Developmental Biology.Read Full Story
  • Scientists Experiment With... Robotic Bacteria?

    Neal Ungerleider
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    A team at MIT has begun work on microscopic bacteria-like robot which can be injected into the human body.MIT researchers are researching robotic bacteria that walk through human bodies that could help deliver drugs to different organs and even detect tumors. In a journal article published in Physical Review Letters, a team lead by Alfredo Alexander-Katz described how they could make robots reminiscent of 1980s science fiction movie Innerspace.Read Full Story
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    VISANOW Global Immigration

  • Green Card Recruitment: Job Postings

    Jake VanKersen
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    ***   Part of the Green Card recruitment process is proving to the USCIS that the candidate that you are petitioning is not only the best person for the job, but that it can’t be filled by a U.S. worker. In order to prove that you did your due diligence in trying to find a U.S. citizen to fill the position you will need to file a recruitment report of the job postings you made of that position. You will want to include a report of the various places that you have posted the job including newspapers, LinkedIn, internal postings and anywhere else. Watch out latest video to find out more…
  • When to Open a Green Card for an Employee

    Jenny Terlinden
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
      In order to ensure continued work authorization for your foreign national employees, it’s important to consider sponsoring them for Green Cards with plenty of time before their max-out date. As a general guide, we suggest starting the process at least 2 years before the max-out date. For those who don’t know, a max-out date is the date by which an employee must leave the U.S. In general, work visas are temporary in nature and can be renewed, but many are not designed to be used indefinitely. H-1B employees are allowed 6 years in H-1B status. L-1A employees get 7 years; L-1B…
  • How to Bring your Fiance to the U.S.

    Aneesah Ali
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
      Are you wondering how to bring your fiance to the U.S. to get married? Here’s what you need to know about the K-1 fiance visa process: Before you can bring a fiance to the U.S., you need to determine if you qualify: The petitioner (person bringing the fiancé to the U.S.) must be a U.S. citizen. You and your fiance must have met in person within the last 2 years. (One of the ways that you can prove this is by providing pictures of the two of you.) You must intend to marry within 90 days of your fiancé arriving in the U.S. You must be legally free to marry. You must be able to prove…
  • Video: Green Card Overview

    Jake VanKersen
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    If you are a U.S. employer you have the opportunity to sponsor a foreign national for permanent residence through the Green Card process. An employer can obtain a Green Card for employees or candidates in the following employment-based categories. EB-1: Individuals with extraordinary abilites EB-2: Individuals with advance degrees EB-3: Professional/Skilled workers EB-4: “Special Immigrants” EB-5: Investors The process for filing a Green Card petition will depend on the category the employee fits in. For the EB-2 and EB-3 categories you will first need to file a labor…
  • VISANOW Green Card Recruitment Services

    Molly Susman
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    At the risk of making an understatement, there is a lot work that goes into getting a Green Card for an employee, and as an HR manager you already have a lot on your plate. Which is why VISANOW offers our clients a Green Card recruitment service that makes it faster and easier for HR managers to get the talent their company needs. Before approving a Green Card labor certification, the U.S. Department of Labor requires an employer to actively seek to hire a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. Recruitment Activities In order to demonstrate that you did your due diligence, you will need…
 
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    Small Business Labs

  • Freelance Economy Supply and Demand Growing

    Steve
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    I attended the Staffing Industry Analysts Contingent Workforce Summit a couple of weeks ago. This show is targeted at contingent workforce managers at large companies and provides a forum to discuss best practices around the hiring and managing of contingent workers (freelancers, independent contractors, etc.). As you can see from this write up on the conference, large corporations are forecast to increase their use of contingent workers over the coming years.   It's not just the SIA forecasting this increase. Ardent Partners, a research firm focused on procurement issues, is also…
  • HBR on Freelancers and Word of Mouth

    Steve
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    The HBR's The Freelance Economy Still Runs on Word of Mouth covers data from the MBO Partners State of Independence study showing word of mouth is the dominant way freelancers and other independent workers find work. The chart below describing this data is from the HBR article.      What is interesting is it's not just this study.  All of the studies we've done looking at this topic over the last few years shows word of mouth is not only the dominant source of work, but if anything is becoming even more important.   The chart below is from the…
  • Independent Work - Tastes Great, Less Filling

    Steve
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    At first glance comparing independent work with a beer commercial doesn't seem to make sense.  But segmentation data from the MBO Partners 2014 State of Independence study indicates there are similarities.   Miller's "Tastes Great, Less Filling" ad series, which they used to launch the lite beer segment in 1974, is considered one of the most successful ad campaigns of all time.  The goal of these ads was to communicate the two key consumer benefits of Miller Lite.  As part of the 2014 State of Independence research we conducted a cluster…
  • 5 Interesting Thought Pieces on the Future of Work

    Steve
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Really interesting set of thought pieces - they call them frameworks - from Society and Data on the future of work.  The 5 papers are: Understanding Intelligent Systems unpacks the science fiction stories of robots to look at the various ways in which intelligent systems are being integrated into the workforce in both protective and problematic ways. Much of what’s at stake in this domain stems from people’s conflicting values regarding robots, drones, and other intelligent systems. Technologically Mediated Artisanal Production considers the disruptions introduced by 3D…
  • Wage Versus Education Gap

    Steve
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Their are two really interesting male/female gaps in the U.S.  The wage gap, where men make more money on average than women, gets a lot of attention. The education gap, where women and girls out perform men and boys at all levels of education, gets less attention. Also getting little attention is the fact that these two gaps are linked. Over time those that are better educated will be paid better. And as we've written about before, women currently comprise about 57% of all college students and it is expected this will grow to about 60% by 2019. Women also out number men in most…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • The Frightening Decline of Distribution of Wealth

    Tim Berry
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Today is Blog Action Day, an annual tradition since 2008, and this year’s theme is inequality. It’s hashtags are #BAD2014 #Blogaction14, #Inequality, #Oct16. It’s scary to me that we don’t all take better distribution of wealth as automatically important, and self evident. I remember being a kid, in the 1950s and 1960s, when everybody I knew, everybody in the mainstream news media, and everybody anybody talked to, assumed that concentration of wealth in just a few hands was a symptom of an underdeveloped, third-world economy. We who lived in the United States, we all agreed, were…
  • Don’t Underestimate the Power of Fear

    Tim Berry
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Whether you’re making a speech before thousands of people in an auditorium or just two people in the small conference room, there are professionals who proclaim confidence is key. Stay poised – be bold – win your audience with self-confidence. I’ve noticed a much different pattern with myself, though, when public speaking. It came up again just this week when I did a segment at the Ready to Launch conference in New York, sponsored by Entrepreneur.com and Canon. (That’s me on Tuesday in the image here … and my thanks to fellow-speaker Ivana Taylor of DIYMarketers…
  • Nobody is Going to Pay You For Your Ideas

    Tim Berry
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Yesterday somebody posted an interesting comment on the bottom of my post ‘How to Sell an Idea to a Big Company.’ Sadly, that post explains to people why they can’t sell their ideas to big companies. Most of the 70-some comments there are from people who ignore what the post says and share how great their ideas are. This one is slightly different. This commenter This person acknowledges the problem, as follows: How do I sell not an idea but my involvement in creating ideas to a reputable company? Is there a way for me to work (preferably from home) and continually provide my endless…
  • When So-called Experts Say Don’t Do a Business Plan…

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

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

  • Focus on These 4 Steps to Harness the Addictive Power of Email (And Turn Your Traffic Into Business)

    Henneke
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are you working your butt off to run your business, but you still feel like you’re not making enough progress? In addition to building a social following, writing weekly blog posts, and managing your client load, perhaps you’d also love to develop digital products or write a book. But it’s difficult to find the time when you juggle so many demands, right? Building a thriving online business may often feel like an insurmountable task. But when you learn the right way to apply the addictive power of email, you’ll possess a dynamite business tool. A laser-sharp focus on…
  • The Ultimate Copy Checklist: 51 Questions to Optimize Every Element of Your Online Copy [Free Poster]

    Aaron Orendorff
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    So, you’ve written a piece of sales copy. Congratulations — that’s no small feat. But, before you celebrate, there’s just one issue: Now what? After all, as I’m sure you’ve heard before: “There is no such thing as great writing. Only great rewriting.” And why is “great rewriting” important? One reason: the bottom line. Will it compel? Will it convert? Will it close? You need to learn how to optimize first draft copy to support your bottom line. A step-by-step optimization guide Optimizing your own copy is a bit like scaling Mount…
  • How Empathy Maps Help You Speak Directly to the Hearts of Your Audience

    Jerod Morris
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As we enter the conclusion of our three-part series on content strategy, you should already know what your audience believes about the world and have a narrative mapped out that will allow you to confirm your audience’s worldviews. Now it’s time to explain the final piece of the content strategy puzzle. This piece creates an emotional connection between you and your audience. It’s a component that makes your audience think: “Hey, they get me. They understand me. They know what I’m thinking and feeling.” I’m talking, of course, about empathy —…
  • Guest Posting Best Practices From Copyblogger’s Guest Post Gatekeeper

    Stefanie Flaxman
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many years ago, when I began developing my personal guest posting strategy, Copyblogger sat atop my “Where I Want to Guest Post” list. Five years later, I achieved my goal. So, how did I spend the time between making my list and May 23, 2013 when my first blog post appeared on Copyblogger? Rigorously practicing my writing, of course. Although I had high hopes of guest posting for Copyblogger during the early stages of my online copy editing business, it was my rejection from Copyblogger that shaped my subsequent guest posting success. Ironically, it also led me to my current…
  • Why Copyblogger Is Killing Its Facebook Page

    Erika Napoletano
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you ever stared at something, knowing you’re doing everything right, but it still won’t … freaking … work? That’s how Copyblogger has felt about its Facebook page for quite some time. As of today, the page has 38,000 “fans,” but Copyblogger’s presence on Facebook has not been beneficial for the brand or its audience. Just over three months ago, Brian Clark reached out to me for some extra help on the page. He thought that, given the success I have with my own Facebook page, several others I’ve managed for clients over the years, and…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Twitter Link Roundup #240 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Mike
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, we post links to posts or videos we 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 we’ve liked and shared this past week! The video above is an object lesson in how, sometimes, what looks like a dumb idea can actually work out pretty well… enjoy! 10 Best Practices For Email Marketing For Small Business and Startups – crowdspring.co/1t8KeUm Small…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: bokomoslav

    Audree
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project. Let us start the slow clap for bokomoslav. Check out more great work on bokomoslav’s profile page. Nicely done, bokomoslav, nicely done!   Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: LuW Fresh from the SPRING: lamosca04 Fresh from the SPRING: Ender
  • 10 Best Practices For Email Marketing For Small Business and Startups

    Ross
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Marketers are seeing an alarming trend. Although 122 billion emails are sent every hour, a large and growing percentage of emails are never read. This is not surprising – most marketing emails are simply pure spam without any creative or substantive value. Even worse, really bad marketing emails can easily destroy a company’s reputation and annoy even the most loyal customers. How can you get your customers and prospects to open your email? What can you do to help ensure that your email campaigns don’t anger loyal customers? We’ve previously written about Email Design…
  • Small Business and Startups: Number One Leadership Skill

    Mike
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    “Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald Let’s see. Strength? Nah. Productivity? Nope. Ability to instill fear? No way. The number one skill any great leader needs is the ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and quickly. Great leaders do display strength and determination, that’s for sure; great leaders do lead by example and can get piles of work done in the time it takes to write this paragraph; great leaders can also be intimidating, no doubt (if in doubt about any of these characteristics read up on General…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #239 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Mike
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, we post links to posts or videos we 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 we’ve liked and shared this past week! The image above is a from a very special luncheon. A group of second graders was treated to lunch at one of New York’s finest restaurants, Daniel. Have fun watching Jeffrey Blitz’s video for The New York Times Helpful Tips…
 
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    The Franchise King®

  • Cyber Attacks: Should Franchise Owners Worry About Them?

    The Franchise King®
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    Are you a franchise owner? If so, should you worry about cyber attacks? The answer: Yes. Should you lose sleep over the possibility of a cyber attack on your franchise business? The answer: No.   Cyber Attacks: Should Franchise Owners Worry About Them? Cyber attacks are ugly. They have the potential to wipe out a lot of data, and can really hurt your business. And, they are taking place right now. Today. As you’re reading this franchise blog post. Click This Screenshot To See Live Cyber Attacks Courtesy of Kapersky.com Thank you, Mr. Kapersky. Your live map is amazing. And, really…
  • Franchising Is A Scam

    The Franchise King®
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    That’s right. Franchising is just a big-old scam. With a capital “S.” Are you surprised to see a statement like that coming from me? The Franchise King®? What’s the deal? After all, I’m the guy who for years has been 100% focused on providing useful franchise tips, information and advice to prospective franchise owners from around the world. I want people to buy franchises! I want people to become their own bosses. I want people to not  have to work in corporate America if at all possible. I want people to be able to live their dreams. Heck, I’ve written well over 2,000…
  • The Magic Of Franchise Financing

    The Franchise King®
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    (Guest post) Can you become rich by opening up a franchise? Possibly! However, if you’re able to open 5 or 10 successful franchise locations, you’re more likely to get rich. The good news is that a business owner that is able to successfully operate one franchise location, is likely to be able to get financing to opening additional franchise locations at very attractive interest rates and terms. One of the major benefits of opening a franchise versus starting an independent business is the ability to access capital, which can fund rapid growth.   In General Banks Don’t Like…
  • Franchise Opportunities: Opening A UPS Store

    The Franchise King®
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    (Sponsored Post) I’ve never met anyone who hasn’t heard of The UPS Store®. It’s quite difficult to ignore a brand that has over 4400 units operating in the U.S. It’s quite the franchise. It doesn’t hurt that the UPS® brand itself, the parent company of the franchise, has been around since 1907. Fact: UPS is the world’s largest package delivery company. Using the most advanced technology, combined with access to global resources, plus an integrated network of physical, technological, and human assets, UPS provides an infrastructure that most franchisors wish they…
  • 90 7-Eleven Franchises For Sale In New York

    The Franchise King®
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    There well over 8,000 7-Eleven locations in the U.S. and Canada: More than 6,000 are owned and operated by franchisees. 7-Eleven retail franchises are very familiar across most of the U.S. The executive team at 7-Eleven headquarters wants it to be a 100% franchised here. Can it be done? Fact: 7-Eleven stores number 53,000+in 16 countries; 87 percent of them are 7-Eleven franchises. Based on that, 90 7-eleven franchises for sale in New York…actual units being offered for sale, isn’t a number that’s out of line.   7-Eleven Accolades 7‑Eleven has has won a lot of awards…
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    800 CEO Read

  • ChangeThis: Issue 122

    dylan
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Tweet The Entrepreneur’s Journey by Kevin Kruse “This manifesto both celebrates and encourages entrepreneurship because we need entrepreneurs to fight the dragons that roam the globe: civil wars, extreme poverty, disease, water scarcity, domestic violence, illiteracy, and so many others. We need modern-day heroes who courageously take personal risks as they build new companies.” The Growth Hacker Wake Up Call: How Growth Hacking Rewrote Marketing’s Best Practices by Ryan Holiday “It was only a matter of time before someone smart said, ‘It doesn’t have to be this way. The…
  • Friday Links

    Ryan Schleicher
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Tweet➻ There is no shortage of reporting about startups and innovation, but the vast majority of articles focus on companies in or around the 95014 zip code. Today we look at two unlikely innovators whose path to success wound through places very far removed from typical Silicon Valley incubators (though there was Valley investment involved). First up, Frederick Hutson, who used his time spent in prison to launch a company that would ultimately serve the people with whom he had shared cells. Frederick Hutson looked like he had everything going for him: he had a clean record, built some…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Innovators

    Michael
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Tweet The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, 560 pages, $35.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781476708690 In the introduction to The Innovators, Walter Isaacson briefly shares the story of the book’s completion and publication. The book has been over a decade in coming, says Isaacson, and its development was interrupted twice by focused biographies on Einstein and Steve Jobs. For the length and scope that The Innovators covers, its introduction is brief, but it shares some valuable insights into…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Leading the Life You Want

    Sally
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Tweet Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life by Stewart D. Friedman, Harvard Business Review Press, 256 pages, $27.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781422189412 In 2008, I chose Stewart Friedman’s Total Leadership as the top book in the Personal Development category of our annual business book awards, saying, “In Total Leadership, Stewart Friedman, founding director of the Wharton Leadership Program, presents a concrete methodology for building a more integrated life. His program is really a practice, requiring both action and reflection … ” In many ways,…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Uncontainable

    Ryan Schleicher
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Tweet Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives by Kip Tindell, Grand Central Publishing, 272 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781455526857 At a time when the largest online retailer in the world—the one that strives to be The Everything Store—is perpetually in the news for strong-arming suppliers and is facing a supreme court case resulting from, as Salon’s Elias Isquith recently put it, “the company’s longstanding habit of finding creative new ways to exploit and insult its workers,” it is refreshing to…
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    SmallBizTechnology

  • Is Your Tech Making You Productive Or Inefficient? Work With Purpose To Get More Done.

    Ramon Ray
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    A person can’t be 100% productive all day. As much as you want to make the most of every minute, to get shit done, to hustle, it’s just not humanly possible. Concentration is like a muscle, it needs to rest to be able to function, and it shouldn’t be overworked, otherwise it’ll simply burn out and take longer to get back into the swing of things. For this reason even an employee working an 8 hour workday need to take breaks to stay productive. I’ve asked Julie Gifford with Desk Time to give us more insight into the important issue of work, productivity, and…
  • 15 Key Strategies for Marketing to Different Generations

    Carolyn Crummey
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    The most effective way to market your growing business is to customize the marketing strategy to your target customer demographics. Until a few years ago, you would have been right in thinking that differentiated marketing is for the big players with big budgets. However, that is no longer true. The internet has become the great marketing leveler, allowing growing businesses to effectively customize their approach to marketing to different generations at affordable costs. Apart from your product itself, demographics are a major influence in buying behavior. Individuals born at different…
  • Walmart Updates Website to Compete with Amazon in a Battle of the Ecommerce Space

    Carolyn Crummey
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Amazon is clearly the dominate force in the eCommerce space, with over $67.9 billion in online sales in 2013. But online retail is a BIG space and the question becomes, “if someone else can create the same experience as Amazon, can they take a portion of those sales?” Walmart is testing that very question and recently updated their website in efforts to create a better online shopping experience for it’s visitors. Smallbiztechnology.com editor, Ramon Ray took a look at the new Walmart website and put it to a buying test against Amazon to compare the two. He writes about the…
  • How to Use the Most Powerful Sales Tool: YouTube

    ChamberofCommerce
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    In baseball utility players are never the stars; they’re pretty good at everything, but don’t excel in anything. In content marketing, the story is different. According to a study conducted by Aol Platform, when it comes to online sales, YouTube works best at the beginning of the sales cycle and also as the “closer.” In product videos, YouTube is used 18 percent of the time at the top of the sales funnel and 14 percent of the time as the last step in the sales cycle. In addition, it’s used 14 percent of the time as the sole content vehicle for online sales. Not…
  • Why This Cuban Bakery Beat Dunkin Donuts With Niche Marketing

    Ramon Ray
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Recently I parked my car in front of a Dunkin Donuts to use their WiFi while I waited for one of my children to finish taking some tests at a local high school. I got hungry and was thinking about going into Dunkin Donuts to get something to eat. But I looked around and noticed a bakery, Domingo’s Bakery. I went inside as a I wanted a freshly made sandwich that’s similar to what I would make at home. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE D&D chicken sandwiches, donuts and other food. However, at that time, I wanted something different. Walking into Domingo’s Bakery I was…
 
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    Small Business Trends

  • Holiday Tips Twitter Chat; and Samsung TV and Digital Signage Contest

    Laura Leites
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This rest of October and into November continues to be a busy time for small business events.  Join us Tuesday evening, October 28th at 8 pm Eastern for a Twitter chat about preparing your business for the Holiday season and preserving your sanity in the process. And don’t forget to check out the Samsung business television and digital signage makeover.  Lucky winners could get the impressive new Samsung television designed for commercial use, that includes the ability to create and display digital signs.  Awesome! To see a full list of events or to submit your own event, contest or…
  • From Our Community: eCommerce Trends, Operations Advice

    Small Business Editor
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Running an eCommerce business can be complicated. There are so many different tools and trends to keep up with in order to remain successful. But the experts in our small business community have a lot of helpful tips to offer ecommerce businesses, along with many other types of businesses. Read on for a full list of small business tips and resources in this week’s Small Business Trends community news and information roundup. Use Apple Pay for eCommerce Business (Marketing Land) Apple just launched Apple Pay, its mobile payment system for stores and businesses. But the system could mean…
  • 13-Year-Old Entrepreneur Makes a Deal with a “Shark”

    Aubrielle Billig
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    At an age when most kids may be thinking about the next new video game, Noah Cahoon, 13, was thinking of how to expand his father-son business, Paper Box Pilots. Recently, Cahoon was featured on the ABC pitch show, Shark Tank, where he was offered $35,000 for a full half of the business from Kevin O’Leary, a big name in the toy industry. And O’Leary was not the only shark to bite. Since childhood, Noah Cahoon and his entrepreneur father, Brian, have created decals for cardboard box planes as entertainment for Noah and then for his younger brother, Milo. They decided last…
  • Read “Hooked” and Learn to Build Habit-Forming Products and Services

    Ivana Taylor
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people were hooked on your products and services? That’s not only every marketer’s dream, it’s the dream of every business owner; to have a flood of new, loyal customers who can’t live without their product or service. You might think that creating addicting products and services is some kind of mystery, but it’s not. According to a brand new book that I just received to review, it’s something that you can actually engineer. The book I’m talking about is called Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal (@nireyal) with Ryan Hoover…
  • Groupon Introduces Pages, Google Rolls Out Penguin Update

    Small Business Editor
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This week, online deals service Groupon introduced a new feature called “Pages.” The new feature is similar to Yelp in that it gives businesses an online space where they can display information and allow visitors to leave feedback. And that wasn’t the only online update in the business world this week. Google also rolled out a new version of Google Penguin, which decreases search engine rankings for sites that violate Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. These updates could have a definite impact on small businesses. But they aren’t the only news stories that have…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The dorm-room startup mindset

    Seth Godin
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    "Selling enough records to make another record." Rick Rubin started DefJam in his NYU dorm. Steve and I built TSR in Curtis Hall, and I went on to build my publishing business in my wife's dorm at NYU. It happens more than you might guess, and the reason it works is something you can use, even if you're not in college or living in a dorm... You sell enough records to make another record. You're not trying to sell the company or to make a huge payroll or to make sure the stock options are in place. You're building something. The only way to build something when you don't have money to invest…
  • Flags and mascots

    Seth Godin
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    They are tribal symbols. They're a beacon, a way we know where to assemble and where to hang out. But they are not us. They are not real. Just symbols. Don't win the game for the wolverine, don't root for one side because of the orange stripes on their flag. That's obvious. But sometimes, a human being is a stand-in for a mascot, and when he misbehaves or disappoints, we confuse his role with what we stand for. We defend him as if we're defending ourselves, because he's a symbol. Symbols don't do anything. People do. We do.        
  • Handshakes and contracts, the future and the past

    Seth Godin
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    If you lease a car, borrow money for school or engage in some other complex transaction, there's a contract to sign. It's filled with rules and obligations, and the profit-maximizing finance organization does everything it can to do as little as it can (and make you responsible for as much as it can). This sort of contract has evolved into a battle, an effort to get something now and deliver as little as possible later. Loopholes and fine print are there for a reason, and it's not to make you happy. Contracts like this are about the past. "We agreed on this, go read your copy, we don't care…
  • Taking the plunge

    Seth Godin
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    Maybe that's the problem. Perhaps it's better to commit to wading instead. Ship, sure. Not the giant life-changing, risk-it-all-venture, but the small. When you do a small thing, when you finish it, polish it, put it into the world, you've made something. You've committed and you've finished. And then you can do it again, but louder. And larger. It's easy to be afraid of taking a plunge, because, after all, plunging is dangerous. And the fear is a safe way to do nothing at all. Wading, on the other hand, gets under the radar. It gives you a chance to begin.
  • Biggest vs. best

    Seth Godin
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:13 am
    There's not much overlap. Regardless of how you measure 'best' (elegance, deluxeness, impact, profitability, ROI, meaningfulness, memorability), it's almost never present in the thing that is the most popular. The best restaurant, Seinfeld episode, political candidate, brand of beer, ski slope, NASDAQ stock, you name it. Compare them to the most popular. Big is a choice. So is best.        
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • Weekend Favs October Twenty Five

    John Jantsch
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    Weekend Favs October Twenty Five 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. My friend Chris Guillebeau visited Kansas City this week. Good stuff I found this week: Kapost – new feature allows you to do a complete…
  • Why You Need Social Media for Customer Support

    Guest Post
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    Why You Need Social Media for Customer Support written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Abby Perkins– Enjoy! photo credit: shutterstock There’s more to running a successful business than having an incredible product or service. Those things may generate revenue, but to attract – and retain – loyal customers, you need to provide impeccable customer support. Companies with reputations for taking care of their customers tend to fare much better than…
  • Marketers Must Be More Accountable Than Ever

    John Jantsch
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Marketers Must Be More Accountable Than Ever written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Paul Roetzer Back in the day all a marketer need do is create a compelling ad, run it in the right place and if sales went up, job well done. Today there are several hundred television options in a local market, countless social channels and a host of web and mobile advertising platforms to choose from. More than ever marketers must measure every event and track performance based goals and objectives they can impact. My guest for this…
  • How To Avoid the 3 Most Costly Mistakes When Using Google AdWords

    Guest Post
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    How To Avoid the 3 Most Costly Mistakes When Using Google AdWords written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Adam Lundquist– Enjoy!  photo credit: Red X via WikiMedia Commons Do you ever feel like your small business would get a better return on investment by literally lighting your money on fire than using Google AdWords? You began your AdWords campaign for your small business with high hopes and launched it, excited to fulfill orders from your new customers.
  • The Secret to Getting More Repeat Customers

    Guest Post
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    The Secret to Getting More Repeat Customers written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Rachel Daley– Enjoy!  So you’ve made a sale. “YES! I sold my product! Ultimate goal met!” Mmm… not quite. One of the most critical post-sale mistakes is to assume that your job is done once you make the sale. What if I told you that you can turn that one sale into repeat sales to grow your business? Turns out, what you do after the sale is just as important…
 
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • Newsletter #1011: The “Potty” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    23 Oct 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.] Bathrooms are important. They can be the forgotten back corner of your store that your customers totally judge you on — or, if you’re Buc-ee’s (a Texas gas station famous for their plentiful, clean bathrooms), they can be your crowning word of mouth achievement. Here are three lessons from bathrooms: 1> Start conversations 2> Flip a switch 3> Find your niche 4> Check it out: The…
  • And that’s exactly why I blog every single day…

    Andy Sernovitz
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Blogging is a long-term game.  You’re not going instantly viral. You’re not shooting for the home run post. But every post builds your reputation. Every post drives you hired in the search engines. Week after week, more people know about you and what you do. And then, out of the blue … you get the big win. My friend Scott — the Nametag Guy — hit it big: The Today Show was doing a segment about wearing nametags, googled the word “nametag,” found me at the top of the page one, and then did a story on my business: And THAT’S exactly I blog every…
  • Toying with emotions will backfire

    Andy Sernovitz
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Yesterday’s post about a viral video from KLM turns out to be a marketing stunt. It may backfire on them.   On the other hand, many TV commercials are fake stories.  How do you know when you’re risking upsetting people? When you toy with their emotions. If people know it’s fiction — all good. If people were tricked into feeling emotions — and later find out they were duped — they get mad. If they shared the content with their friends — and later find out they were duped — and then get embarrassed — they get really mad. Be careful. When…
  • Cute puppy + Genius word of mouth marketing from KLM

    Andy Sernovitz
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Do you want genuine, meaningful word of mouth?  Do something worth talking about. P.S. It’s not a viral video that matters. It’s a video of something that matters that goes viral.
  • Never underestimate the cost of negative word of mouth

    Andy Sernovitz
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Angry, frustrated customers talk. A lot. Pete Blackshaw’s book title said it well: Satisfied Customers Tell Three Friends, Angry Customers Tell 3,000. Too often, otherwise well-meaning organizations forget how expensive negative word of mouth is. Corners get cut, standards get lowered, and quality slips. And as soon as customers notice and start talking, it takes 10 times the effort and resources to turn it around than it would to just do it right the first time. How a word of mouth marketer does it: One of Zappos’ core missions is to deliver “WOW” through service.
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    The Get Smart Blog

  • Atlas by Facebook Changes Advertising for Business

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

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

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

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

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

  • 122.01

    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Entrepreneur’s Journey by Kevin Kruse “This manifesto both celebrates and encourages entrepreneurship because we need entrepreneurs to fight the dragons that roam the globe: civil wars, extreme poverty, disease, water scarcity, domestic violence, illiteracy, and so many others. We need modern-day heroes who courageously take personal risks as they build new companies.”
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    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Growth Hacker Wake Up Call: How Growth Hacking Rewrote Marketing’s Best Practices by Ryan Holiday “It was only a matter of time before someone smart said, 'It doesn’t have to be this way. The tools of the Internet and social media have made it possible to track, test, iterate, and improve marketing ...' That person was the first growth hacker.”
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    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Effective Leaders Create Discomfort by Marcia Reynolds “The best leaders make us feel unsure of ourselves. They help us recognize that what we think is true, is not. Their reflections make us stop and think. Then their questions break down our frames. They create these disruptions with courage, care, respect, and a firm belief in our highest potential.”
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    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Driving Results Through An Organizational Constitution by S Chris Edmonds “An organizational constitution outlines your team’s purpose, values, strategies, and goals. It paints a vivid picture of success, values, and behaviors. It maps out how to work from that picture each day. An organizational constitution gives employees’ jobs and roles meaning and clarity.”
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    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Detecting and Surviving Seven Silent Growth Killers by Robert Sher “Many of the problems that midsized companies must deal with are not obvious. They grow out-of-sight in the dark recesses of midsized organizations, unrecognized by management in their daily routines until they emerge as full-blown crises that can threaten the present and future of the business.”
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Basecampy?

    Nate Otto
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    If there was a buddy cop movie starring the Geico gecko and the Aflac duck, I’m pretty sure it would outperform “Edge of Tomorrow” at the box office. We love our anthropomorphized branding mascots. Shortly after Basecamp hatched its own such character, I was watching a big event on TV, and it seemed as though every product in every commercial had sprouted arms and legs. I guess we are part of the zeitgeist. While I would love to take credit for inventing our Basecamp creature because he came out of the tip of my Micron, the fact is Jason asked me to create it, and it’s pretty hard to…
  • Google made one of Android's jokes into something clever.

    Jamie
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Face Unlock is one of those features that surprises you. “Wow, this is pretty cool.” But after the novelty wears off some things become apparent: it doesn’t work very well, it isn’t very secure (it can be fooled), and you look kinda silly trying to unlock your phone with your face. A few weeks ago John Gruber tweeted: Question for Android users: is face recognition unlocking still a thing? http://t.co/xajitLBQLg— John Gruber (@gruber) October 10, 2014 It reminded me of how Google creates these sci-fi things but doesn’t implement them very well. Often times…
  • iPad Spinners

    Shaun
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Last March the iPad team asked me to design some custom loading screen spinners for the Basecamp app. None of these have made it into the app yet, but I thought it would be fun to share some of the tests.
  • Admire someone? Write them an email, you might be surprised.

    Dan Kim
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Last week I attended the Digital PM Summit in Austin (Basecamp was a proud sponsor of the event!). There were a lot of great speakers, but the one I really wanted to see was Mike Monteiro. I’ve admired Mike’s work from afar for many years because it’s so honest and direct. I watched Mike’s entire talk – What Clients Don’t Know (and Why It’s Your Fault) – and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was so great, I wanted to say thanks—it’s the least I could do for something I liked so much. I looked through the crowd for a while, but was never able…
  • How Basecamp helped the Golddiggers get our act together

    Emily Wilder
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    My relay team goes by the name “Alaska Golddiggers,” because race officials frown on us calling ourselves the more accurate “Team Shitshow.” For a group of otherwise competent women, we’ve managed to screw up a lot during our annual participation in the Klondike Trail of ’98 International Road Relay, a 10-leg, 175-kilometer race that follows the trail of the gold rush stampeders from Skagway, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon. Past oopsies include failing to renew passports on time, forgetting our running shoes, traveling with 11 people on an RV that sleeps 8, misestimating the correct…
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    Small Biz Survival

  • Good news casts a long shadow in the Brag Basket

    Becky McCray
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    Your good news casts a shadow that actually encourages others in the Brag Basket. Photo (CC) by marc falardeau on Flickr.   The Brag Basket is open! This one is for October 24-26, 2014. Bring your good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your good news. I’ll add it to…
  • Customers are switching to small retailers

    Becky McCray
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    Consumers are changing their shopping behavior. It’s good news for small business. Photo by Becky McCray. Last week, we talked about how big box retailers are getting smaller. Why is the big box retail sector making this expensive and difficult change to smaller stores? Because consumers have already started changing. Humorist David Sedaris summed up this consumer feeling in an interview. “I’d rather go to an actual shop — preferably a small one — than to a harshly lit superstore, or, worse still, a website,” Sedaris said. “I don’t want to buy my books and my…
  • A good catch in the Brag Basket

    Small Biz Survival
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    Looks like a good catch of good news in the Brag Basket today! Photo (CC) by ePi.Longo on Flickr.   The Brag Basket is open! This one is for October 17-19, 2014. Bring your good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your good news. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t…
  • Use Your Small-business Advantages

    Glenn Muske
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Holder Drug by Becky McCray via Flickr When asked if they have any advantages as a small business, many owners respond negatively. The fact is, small-business owners, especially those in rural areas and small towns, have many advantages they can use to enhance the success of their store. Knowing the audience is a huge advantage. Yet they often do not make full use of this close audience connection. Knowing the audience allows an owner to more completely understand the problems his or her client is having. It also should help develop brand advocates. They are people who, via words and actions,…
  • Why big box stores are getting smaller and what that means to small towns

    Becky McCray
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:54 am
    Big boxes are looking to smaller stores. The natural extension of this trend is to even smaller stores, like the ones in your small town. Photo by Becky McCray.   “Everything gigantic in American [retail] is about to get smaller or die.” That’s the dramatic claim by contrarian economist James Kunstler,writing about the big retail sector in Business Insider. He says big retail is on the brink of scale implosion. Kunstler points to the same trends that are affecting small towns: online shopping, global delivery, higher fuel costs plus a few other factors including tighter corporate…
 
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    Superinnovators

  • Michael Porter Takes Regional Economic Development to Task

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

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

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

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

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

  • Brand Update : Raymond formally enters into ready-to-wear segment

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

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

    Harish B
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    The festive season of 2014 saw the launch of  limited edition Wagon R Krest. Wagon R which was launched in 1999 is still the 4th largest selling car brand in India. The product is a classic example of how consistent performance + value-for-money positioning will achieve long-lasting success in Indian market. Wagon R has become a success because it is one of  the most practical car in the Indian roads. Be it space, comfort or reliability, Wagon R has delivered consistently over the last 15 years.On the product front, Maruti has been very smart in ensuring that the product…
  • Schmitten Chocolate : Love to Love it

    Harish B
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    Brand : SchmittenCompany : Rajhans GroupBrand Analysis Count : # 550The Rs 4500 chocolate market has a new player- Schmitten. Schmitten is a Swiss chocolate made in India ! or to be fair, this chocolate is positioned as a Swiss chocolate. The new brand comes from Rajhans group which is a Rs 3500 crore real-estate developer. The new brand- Schmitten is positioned as a premium brand competing with the like of Cadbury Silk and Temptation. Schmitten is the mother brand which is being launched as a moulded chocolate like Dairy Milk. Schmitten also has another product - Hoppits which is a…
  • Brand Update : Xcent ropes in Shah Rukh Khan

    Harish B
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    Xcent launched by Hyundai in the sub-meter category has been well received by the customer. According to newsreport, the brand has sold around 35000 units since its launch. To boost the existing success,the brand now has decided to leverage its prized asset- the brand ambassador- Shah Rukh Khan.  SRK has been the brand ambassador of Hyundai for the last 16 years. According to NDTV, this 16 years association is a record for any brand-celebrity in India. From the launch of Santro to the i10, SRK has been the integral part of the brand campaign for Hyundai. But more than the brand…
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    Mobile Marketing Watch

  • Goodbye CTR: That Metric Doesn’t Cut It for Mobile Ad Measurement

    Michael Essany
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Once upon a time, the Click-Through-Rate (CTR) was the holy grail of engagement metrics. Not now. “Marketers only using clickthrough rates (CTRs) to measure mobile ad performance may need to take a step back and re-evaluate, based on a September 2014 report by xAd, Nielsen, and Placed,” explains a recent eMarketer report. “According to the research, while CTR has been the standard metric for online banner ad engagement, it doesn’t completely cut it when looking at mobile ads.” There’s more than one reason why. Between the bevy of accidental clicks on small…
  • Apple Pay Plus Retargeting is Powerful One-Two Punch

    J. Barton
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Apple Pay, the new mobile payments system, is here. Now available to consumers, the system is being praised by direct response and retail brands. Apple Pay allows users to store their credit card information on their iPhones and pay from their devices. But there’s more on the horizon. “The company already has plans for using the service to bolster iAd, its mobile ad network: A new feature would integrate Apple Pay with Apple’s iAd mobile ad network in the form of a tap-to-buy button embedded in mobile ads, according to those familiar with the developments,” according to…
  • Mobile Marketing: The Week in Review

    ChristaH
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    In case you missed it, here are some of the top stories in mobile marketing and advertising we’ve been following this week. ANA Survey: At Least Half Of Marketers Don’t Have the Data to Do the Job Right There are a lot of buzzwords out there — and a lot of confusion about what to do when there’s a dearth of data. Marketers are wrestling with everything from “programmatic buying” to “native content” to “mobile marketing,” yet many don’t have the tools to properly use the tech. Email Marketing: Consumers Love to Hate It, But It’s Getting Better Recent research shows…
  • Forrester: Marketers Should ‘Embrace Responsive Web Design’

    MikeR
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    According to a new report from Forrester, eBusiness teams are “doubling down on rebuilding their legacy desktop site experiences.” The end goal? To make their web presences truly responsive across all web-enabled touchpoints. But as the report notes, this is an enormous undertaking and “few organizations have the budget or risk appetite to ‘responsify’ all of their web assets in one fell swoop.” Many start with the easy places — the home page, the category pages, the campaign landing pages — after all, these pages don’t contain complex…
  • Telmetrics Talks About Call Attribution Best Practices

    Michael Essany
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Marketers need clear attribution strategies. It’s essential to validating that their offline lead generation is having an impact. Call measurement and analytics technology company Telmetrics knows this — and has some recommendations for best practices. According to the company, calls are a “critical way to measure offline ad engagement and, for many categories, are a must-have part of the attribution toolkit.” “Most digital and mobile ad campaigns help drive offline purchases, making it critical for today’s marketers to ensure they have strong attribution programs…
 
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  • Rebranding Your Price

    Mark Di Somma
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    As technology and globalized business models continue to deliver efficiencies and new opportunities, every sector will face disruptive pricing that in effect re-costs what the market would otherwise pay. Many of those movements will naturally be downward; others will lift the entry point. Amazon has effectively reframed the cost of books; Samsung and others are resetting the cost of owning a tablet; Tesla has redefined what an electric car is and also the cost of owning one. But in response to competitor moves, so many brands make pricing changes without making changes to the brand at the…
  • Brand Experience In A Post Advertising World

    Chris Wren
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    Customers are intimately familiar with how brand excitement or brand dislike is communicated: word of mouth, written recommendations, ratings, reviews, etc. Everyone can access information about a brand’s stuff – the good, bad, and ugly. When digital was young, we approached it with an advertising mindset. But digital media, mobile media, and social media are really three names for the same thing: a social web that is powered by human media. And anytime humans are in the mix, we need to be thinking about behavior. Convincing people to change is a like a game, and brands that create the…
  • Designing A Likeable Brand

    Mark Di Somma
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    The flipside of a marketplace where brands encourage people to buy for emotive reasons is that brands also need to counter consumers’ personal reasons not to buy. Some of these reasons may be legacy. Some may seem to be convenient self-interest. Others may look like they’re based on ignorance, bias, selfishness. They probably don’t make sense to you. That’s important because…actually, it’s not. It’s not important at all. The problem that matters is not your opinion of why your buyer won’t buy – it’s the fact that they have this opinion, that it’s rational to them and…
  • Inaction Strategy: Greatest Threat To Brands

    Mark Di Somma
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    “I never worry about action, but only inaction.” ~ Winston Churchill There’s a simple, human reason why behaviors happen time and time again. We are creatures of habit and familiarity. It is much more comforting to keep hammering away at what we know than it is to stop, reappraise the problem and completely redesign the playbook. Relentless speed and ubiquitous impatience have spawned an approach to strategy based on “not enough time”. The underpinning philosophy is that there are either not enough minutes in the day to do the thinking, or even if these can be found, the…
  • 4 Monumental Shifts In Brand Culture

    Mark Di Somma
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    The context for cultures is changing. In four vital ways. Firstly – the relationship between customers and companies is shifting as social media dissolves the traditional divide between the parties. Specifically social has shifted the goalposts in terms of familiarity. Facebook, Google and Twitter have brought consumers closer to brands than ever before. And as people shift their relationships with brands, the processes that link customers with brands and their cultures are also changing. Those relationships are becoming much more interactive and increasingly they’re taking place in real…
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    IttyBiz

  • Freebie Friday #3! (Clear, Not Clever Titling)

    Naomi Dunford
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:06 am
    Freebie Friday continues! If you missed the last two weeks’ editions, then check out Getting Great Testimonials and Training People To Be Trained By You.  This week’s release is Clear, Not Clever Titling, which will help you in your quest to name your products and services in a way that increases the chance people will pull their Visa cards out. (Yay!) For those new to Freebie Friday, we are sending out samples from our BIG LAUNCH class (opening up in late December) so you can get a feel for what’s inside. These freebies are what we call the “Launch…
  • 4 Ways To Clean Up Your Email List

    Naomi Dunford
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    This post is by request from Beth. If you’d like to ask a question or suggest a topic of your own, you can do so at the Request Line. List bloat! The bane of online marketers everywhere! (Or so it’s said.) For the uninitiated, we’re talking about inactive subscribers on your email list. These may be truly inactive subscribers (abandoned email accounts or people who filter out your email) or de facto inactive people who tend to never open – or respond to – your emails. These inactive individuals create what’s called “list bloat” (well, at least that’s what we call it), and…
  • Should You Have A Signature Service?

    Naomi Dunford
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It is generally accepted as lore that if you want to be a Very Important Coach Indeed – or, in fact, be able to purchase Christmas gifts for your loved ones – you must have a Signature Service. A signature service, also known as “Off The Shelf”, “5 Step Program”, and a few other things that enterprising gurus have trademarked – basically means factory coaching. The client comes in one end, goes through a prefabricated set of steps in a pre-assigned set of time and hocus pocus alakazam, comes out fixed, whole, and ready to refer rich friends to you. So. Is a signature service…
  • Do I Really Need to Pick a Niche?

    Naomi Dunford
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The word on the street is (and kind of always has been) that you MUST pick a niche or your business will fall into obscurity, and you will end up in the streets panhandling next to all the other poor saps who didn’t pick their niche. (And all the while you’ll be begging for scraps, because one of your fellow panhandlers “niched down” his location to in front of the bus stop, thereby taking your best prospects before they even got to you. Oh, the humanity.) This is a particularly frequent piece of advices for coaches. And it should be, because many coaches articulate their target…
  • How Big Does My List Need To Be?

    Naomi Dunford
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    While we’re getting the new coaches’ class ready to open up this week, we have another question for all you coaches out there. (Actually, this applies to everyone, so whether a coach or not, keep reading anyway.) So! You have a list, are getting a list started, or sitting around thinking “Eeek! I really need to get a list going. And the thing you’re particularly wondering about is how many people you need to get on this list so you can make the money already. The answer to that question is pretty simple, but it’s going to sound a little complicated. Let’s start from the…
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  • Open at your own risk

    Jay H. Heyman
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    In a world where packages provide stern safety warnings — Do not accept if seal is torn. Please use by yesterday. Fresh until stale. Tamperproof seal — where the government keeps track of expiration dates, and where items are packaged in such a manner that scissors, knives and teeth are the tools necessary to successfully to remove the contents, there is one amazing anomaly. My daily morning English muffin. As delighted as I am to note that the nooks and crannies are still there after all these years, the packaging seems a throwback to the time when milk came in bottles, and seltzer was…
  • Clichés can work just fine

    Jay H. Heyman
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    We all attempt to avoid clichés when we’re writing. Old, tired phrases and idioms lead to ideas going unnoticed; the thought is so familiar it is glossed over, its content ignored. Ahh, but those wonderful exceptions. If you can take a well-known phrase, and rely on its very familiarity to more quickly make your point, then it can work very well. Years (decades) ago, I used this technique for a campaign for General Mills’ Total breakfast cereal. There was an expression going around at that time, “Today is the first day of your life.” To which I just added, “Start it right with…
  • Is your coffee good cup after cup?

    Jay H. Heyman
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Some coffees are good to the last drop. Some are heavenly. Some are the best part of waking up. And you probably can name the brands behind each campaign. But I defy you to identify the coffee brand that is paying for this ad. It probably cost a lot of beans (pun intended), but it’s as bland as decaf. Now we know how difficult it is to own a look, or a logo, or a tag line. But most coffees already have their own identity. So when your only text is as dull as “Say good morning to a good day with a coffee that’s good cup after cup,” well, someone is not really trying very hard. And I…
  • Why do we celebrate Columbus day?

    Jay H. Heyman
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Today is Columbus day, when we celebrate a man “discovering” an island—The Bahamas—already populated with tons of people, while seeking and avowing he had indeed found a shortcut to India. This very funny clip explains it all. HBO does not allow it to be embedded, but it is well worth viewing.And HBO would prefer I mentioned, ALL RIGHTS BELONG TO HBO. ALL CREDITS TO "LAST WEEK TONIGHT" SHOW. Enjoy. Related articles Chicago's Columbus Day Parade 2014
  • Jerry Seinfeld is not being funny.

    Jay H. Heyman
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Cover of Jerry Seinfeld My entire working career has been in advertising, from my early days in the mailroom (yep, that’s really how you once started), to opening my own agency. I have always enjoyed the creativity, been good at it, and never knowingly made someone—subliminally or otherwise—buy something they didn’t want. And now that I have told you more than you might ever want to know, let me add that I have never seen a full episode of Seinfeld, though I do enjoy Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. But when Jerry Seinfeld receives an advertising award, and states in his acceptance…
 
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  • Ten Tools You Can Start Using Today to Maximize Your Productivity

    Angelique O'Rourke
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Everyone wants to be productive. In fact, most people are looking for ways to become more productive than they already are. Just this morning, we posted about ways to be productive even during your down time and I have to say, having tried the Pomodoro Technique myself, I can vouch for the efficacy of that method.... The post Ten Tools You Can Start Using Today to Maximize Your Productivity appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Be Productive, Even During Downtime

    Belle Beth Cooper
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    With all the updates from Apple being released lately, I’ve been spending more time than usual sitting at my desk waiting for files to download or for my computer to restart. It’s a common time-waster for me, even when it’s not release season at Apple. I’m often sitting at my desk waiting for a file... The post How to Be Productive, Even During Downtime appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Your Guide to Launching a Home-Based Business

    Lisa Furgison
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Thinking about starting a business from your home? Plenty of well-known businesses have started with simple home-based roots. For example, in 1994 Jeff Bezos founded Amazon from his garage in Washington, and Harley-Davidson started out of a home—and a shed—in Wisconsin. In fact, statistics show that 69 percent of U.S. entrepreneurs start their business at home.... The post Your Guide to Launching a Home-Based Business appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Do This One Thing Before You Write Your Business Plan

    Noah Parsons
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    So, you’ve been asked to write a business plan. It’s likely that your mind is filling with images of long documents, bad memories of writing term papers, and worries about doing market research and creating financial forecasts. Take a deep breath. It doesn’t have to be that way. Today, I’m going to walk you through... The post Do This One Thing Before You Write Your Business Plan appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 10 Business Books Every Savvy Entrepreneur Should Read [+ GIVEAWAY]

    Candice Landau
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Below we’ve compiled a list of books that you’ll find particularly helpful if you’re starting a business. That said, even if you’re already in business or not planning to get into business anytime soon, these are all excellent reads that will teach you how to do things better, faster, and more efficiently, and they’ve all... The post 10 Business Books Every Savvy Entrepreneur Should Read [+ GIVEAWAY] appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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  • Cook vows to bring Apple Pay to China

    Julia Love
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Apple CEO Tim Cook vowed to bring his company’s full complement of products and services to China, starting with Apple Pay. During a four-day trip to China this week, Cook told the official...
  • The dream of the ’90s is alive in Facebook Rooms

    Mike Murphy
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    Ah, the 1990s: The grunge music, the overabundance of  flannel, the anonymous chat rooms you explored on your 28.8 dial-up modem. Facebook is reviving at least one of those blasts from the past with...
  • VC’s confidence is waning, but investments continue at record pace

    Heather Somerville
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    The market is gyrating and IPOs are screeching to a halt — and now venture capitalists, who have been throwing buckets of money at tech startups all year, are now starting to lose confidence....
  • Wanna be cuter? (There’s an app for that)

    Patrick May
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Virtual reality is getting more unreal all the time. Take the latest offering from Looksery, a company who took to Kickstarter recently to raise funds for a mobile video app that helps all of us look...
  • Group issues personal privacy-protection guide

    Steve Johnson
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Worried about people spying on you?  Well take off that silly tinfoil hat and consider checking out the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s latest “surveillance self-defense” report....
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    BizSugar / Published News

  • TrendPal — Episode 11 and 1 or 42? [podcast]

    lyceum
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:17 am
    Episode 11 and 1 or 42? "42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything." - Hitchhiker Wiki [Editor's note: We talked for almost 12 minutes, so the audio file on Audioboom is part 1, missing the last part of our podcast. You could listen to the full episode on17 Vote(s)
  • Is Your Online Marketing Strategy Stale?

    nicolemunoz
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:12 am
    Gone are the days when search engine optimization was based on the number of links to your site. Read how to get quality links and how to ake others to share your content.17 Vote(s)
  • Do Not Feed the Trolls

    lyceum
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    Have you experienced Internet users with too much time on their hands? What is the philosophical root of bullying? A parasite with a low self-esteem? It is time to fight back against the trolls of the modern age, in a positive way! Paul Alborough, a.k.a Professor Elemental, has started a campai16 Vote(s)
  • “I Have To Speak To You In Bullet Points…….”

    dabrock
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:59 am
    Understanding our customers' behavioral styles is critical to our effectiveness in connecting with and communicating to them. There are a number of tools that help us understand the behavioral style of our customers (and colleagues). They go by the names of DISC, Meyers Briggs, and others.17 Vote(s)
  • Revealed: Franchising Is A Scam

    franpro
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:53 am
    You're reading it right. Franchising is nothing buy a big, fat scam. Grab a pot of coffee and read my in-depth article on the greatest business model ever developed. Then, decide for yourself. 18 Vote(s)
 
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  • Selling the family business: legacy or leftovers?

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Family business owners who are considering selling are often discouraged by the question, ‘what will I do now?’ according to Dr. Tom Deans, former business owner and author of "Every Family’s Business." In an interview, Deans said that owners’ identities often get so wrapped up in the business that they find it difficult to imagine life after the company is sold.To overcome this barrier, it’s important to frame the question more personally. He recommends asking ‘who will I be?’ The answer can then form the vision for the family legacy and provide a critical piece of the puzzle.
  • Lessons in finances by FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014

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

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

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

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

    Rieva Lesonsky
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Connor Chan Promotional items, free swag, product giveaways—let’s be honest, these are some of the things that make events like trade shows and conventions worth attending. Who doesn’t love getting a free t-shirt or pen? Or be amazed by some of the amazing trade show exhibits that just WOW their audience? Still, let’s not forget that companies give trade show swag away for a reason: to advertise their names and spread the word about how awesome they are. There’s no hard science as to why certain trade show giveaways work better than others. Maybe it has something to do with logo…
  • 3 Steps to Creating a Brand Customers Can Identify

    Rieva Lesonsky
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Katherine Johnson It has to be said that a good logo or business card will instantly draw the attention of potential from customers. As a start-up company, you need to consider how you want to be seen. Using professional logos, designs, packaging, and advertising will help you stand out from the beginning, helping you get the customers you want. Here are three ways you can better identify yourself through branding. Your Logo: Easy to Identify A logo is absolutely critical to the success of your business. The logo is the basis for everything you’ll do, from branded display units to…
  • When Does a “Small Business” Become a “Venture”?

    Rieva Lesonsky
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Cliff Ennico I am pleased every year to host a program for the New York State Bar Association (www.nysba.org) on “Representing the Startup Venture.” Whenever I do this program, the question inevitably arises: what is a “venture” and how does it differ from any other business startup? It’s actually quite simple. A startup business can be either: a “small business” or “personal business;” or a “venture.” Let’s start with the small (or personal) business, which has the following characteristics: Retail or Service Business. If a business involves manufacturing or the…
  • Dangerous Work? 4 Policies for Extra Employee Safety

    Rieva Lesonsky
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Anica Oaks Safety in the workplace is a serious concern. Accidents and injuries cost companies millions each year in terms of lost productivity and increasing insurance premiums, not to mention potential legal concerns. Common sense safety measures only go so far. Having policies in place to create a safe environment for workers is paramount to reducing the danger involved in any job. Continuing Safety Education and Training Training employees on a regular basis can help them learn safety protocols, which will increase the likelihood of them following safety procedures and knowing and…
  • Top Success Factors in Sales Management

    Rieva Lesonsky
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Alison Brattle When it comes to establishing the key elements of increasing sales, the best source of information is surely successful salespersons and teams. A study undertaken by Achieve Global reveals interesting findings, which companies seeking to boost their sales performance will undoubtedly find useful. The study focussed on two main areas. First, sales professionals were asked to identify the activities in each phase of sales that they felt were most influential on their success. The sales process was identified as follows: Preparing to sell (understanding the products or…
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  • Your Power is in Your Voice #womenofpower

    Yvonne
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    by Yvonne DiVita "It's great reconnecting," she said. Her voice boomed through the phone with a power that penetrated my entire body. It dominated her presence. I could see her speaking to me, through the miles between us, the phone line, the very air separating us. "I agree," I said, without anywhere near as much impact, I am sure. We talked business. We talked personal lives. We laughed. We shared a few stories. We took the frayed edges of our lost connection and began to repair them. The color of our lives improved. We went from gray to red... and variations between.  I find it…
  • Conversation with A Friend #friendshipendures

    Yvonne
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Dr Lorie Huston and Yvonne at WIPIN by Yvonne DiVita   #friendshipendures “This is an amazing event,” she said as we met in the narrow hall of the exhibit area for BlogPaws Denver, 2010. Her blue eyes sparkled like a sunny afternoon in June. I have to admit, I was pleased with all the praise coming our way. The event was the second BlogPaws, here in Denver, back in our launch year. I remember the conversation so well because having someone of the stature of Dr. Lorie Huston compliment you is not something you forget. “Thank you,” I said. We shook hands. We talked a bit more about why…
  • Blogging is So 1999!

    Yvonne
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    by Yvonne DiVita It may only be October but the New Year is looming. Somehow, once we hit September, the days and weeks pass by in a blur and before you know it, Jolly Old St Nick is arriving, with the celebratory night called New Year's Eve, hard on his heels. I wonder how St. Nick celebrates - does he just crash and heave a big sigh, and wait for his wife to bring him a beer? #thingsthatmakeyougohmmmm Over the last two years, as I've worked more intimately in blogging and programs with brands, over at BlogPaws, my emerging and strong community of pet people who blog or tweet or just connect…
  • #Sunisforshining Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying

    Yvonne
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    by Yvonne DiVita "You're just so hard to work with!" Harsh words to hear. Especially given the fact that I'm not hard to work with. Yes, I am proud and confident and I can be domineering. But, I also listen well and 99% of the time try to see things from the other person's viewpoint. The incident causing this statement arose from an event that had happened several weeks prior. The person making the statement had worked with a competitor, a big competitor, to devise some online content that she now wanted ME to share.  I was surprised. I was confused. I was ... slowly, a bit angry. "I'm here,…
  • Can We Trust Women Empowerment Ads?

    Yvonne
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Guest post by Katie Parsons By now you’ve probably seen the viral “Like a Girl” video ad from Always that features men and women from different age groups performing physical actions like running or throwing a ball like (you guessed it) a girl. The ad, directed by women’s rights documentary maker Lauren Greenberg, has been hailed as an empowering one for both genders by proving that perceptions of what women can and cannot do are vastly man-made. The ad joins a growing list of them that highlight strong, powerful women who are comfortable in their own skin, including those from brands…
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  • 10 Tips For A Successful Startup Job Search

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

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

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

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

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

    Joe Pulizzi
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher This week, Robert and I ponder the ANA’s acquisition of the BMA, and take issue with a column lamenting the “good old days of content.” We also dig into the smart reasons Copyblogger has given for killing its Facebook page, explore the implications of yet another content agency mega-deal, and discuss “priceless” advice from MasterCard’s VP of global digital content. I rave about a fascinating “Meet Me at Starbucks” video, while Robert applauds a…
  • Is Paid Advertising Worth It? B2B Content Marketers Share Their Insights

    Michele Linn
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Did you know effective B2B marketers are using paid advertising more often than their less effective peers? While we have talked a lot about the need for a documented content marketing strategy, CMI research also reveals that effective marketers are using more paid advertising, which makes sense. As we often say, you need to market your marketing. And, while earned and owned media are quite prominent, those who fare better in content marketing rely on paid media as well. Our qualitative, executive research and conversations with marketing leaders reveal the same thing. But, perhaps…
  • The Pivot: From Banking Journalism to Content Marketing

    Pamela Muldoon
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Ann Handley and content marketing go together like peanut butter and jelly: You really can’t have one without the other. As Chief Content Officer for MarketingProfs, a best-selling author of Content Rules (co-written with C.C. Chapman) and the recently published Everybody Writes as well as a seasoned marketing speaker, Ann has proven to be one of the best in content marketing today. In this conversation that took place during Content Marketing World 2014, Todd Wheatland sat down with Ann to get to know a bit more about the woman behind the online persona.  Entrepreneur, writer, marketer,…
  • 4 Ways to Break the Insanity of Content Marketing Competition

    Joe Pulizzi
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    There has been no shortage of posts and articles regarding the onslaught of content in all areas of marketing. Yes, everyone’s a publisher … we are all competing for attention with the Googles and LinkedIns of the world. But what’s on my mind is this: Are we, as content marketers, creative enough with our stories and our distribution options? Do we do the same things our competitors are doing? Are we just trying to tell the same story incrementally better? Shouldn’t we look to carve out something new? Don’t compete Peter Theil, co-founder of PayPal (with Elon Musk) and Facebook’s…
  • Go Agile: Adapt 12 Principles to Content Marketing

    Jeff Freund
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Let’s start with some introductions. Content Marketing, meet Software Development, whose job is to continually deliver high-quality, functional software. And Software Development, meet Content Marketing, whose job is to continually deliver high-quality content that has an impact. You have some big things in common. One of the most helpful shared topics is how to run “The Factory.” For content marketers, it’s the Content Factory, and for developers, it is the Product Factory. Incredible time has been devoted to increasing the throughput and quality of content or software development.
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    Jill Konrath's Fresh Sales Strategies

  • Powerful Sales Brain Trust Speaks on #1 Competitive Edge

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

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    At Dreamforce last week, Bob Perkins of the AA-ISP (American Association of Inside Sales Professionals) interviewed me and Trish Bertuzzi on key learnings and takeaways. (Trish is the CEO & Chief Strategist of The Bridge Group, a leading inside sales consultancy.) In it, I share a key question every sales manager should ask their interviewees. It's a topic I'll be speaking more about at the INSIDE SALES 2014 Conference November 6th in Minneapolis.
  • Why My LinkedIn Profile Isn't Good Enough

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    I have a confession to make. I haven't updated my LinkedIn profile* for 18 months. I know. Shame on me. I'm supposed be a leader on things like that, but I'm human too. If you looked at my profile, you'd probably think it's fine. It doesn't read like a boring resume or make me look like a hungry, job-hunting sales vulture. It doesn't sound like a self-serving company brochure. It's customer focused, showcases my expertise and establishes my credibility. It's my professional presence online. Even LinkedIn says it's well done.  But here's the truth. My LinkedIn profile doesn't reflect…
  • I Hate LinkedIn Profiles Like This ...

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Every time I do a Sales Acceleration workshop with a new client, I go to LinkedIn to check out the profiles of people who will be attending. Invariably, I see Summary sections that read like this:  Big Deal's innovative solutions are blah, blah, blah. Our extensive client list includes these marquis organizations. We specialize in all this stuff.  Quota-busting sales professional with 15 years experience in technology sales. Doggedly persistent, tough negotiator and fearless competitor.  Yes, that's a bit of hyperbole. But I think you get what I mean. And, my guess is that 85%…
  • One Mind-Boggling Sales Statistic

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Two weeks ago I spoke at LinkedIn's SalesConnect Conference in San Francisco. Over 500 sales leaders came to learn more about leveraging LinkedIn to drive revenue. Mike Derezin, VP of Sales at LinkedIn, shared one statistic that was mind-boggling: Sales professionals who use social selling are 51% more likely to exceed their quota. Got your attention yet? I sure hope so. At this point, you're probably asking, "So what exactly is this 'social selling' thing?" According to LinkedIn, the primary components are in the graph below.
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    B2B Lead Blog

  • Where’s the Passion in B2B Marketing?

    info@meclabs.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    TweetI’m writing this post at Dreamforce 2014. It’s been an amazing experience, and I’ve loved meeting leaders in sales and marketing from all over the world and being part of this community. In one of the keynote sessions with Tony Robbins, Tony talked about the power of engagement, citing a Gallop poll that showed 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. This was 142-country study of 180 million employees called the State of the Global Workplace. According to this study, the U.S., which demonstrated the highest level of employee engagement, reported that 29% of…
  • Building Your Strategic Lead Generation Portfolio

    info@meclabs.com
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetTo be successful at lead generation, marketers can’t rely on one specific tactic. Rather, they must leverage a portfolio of channels. The best marketers approach their work like a portfolio manager would run a mutual fund. Portfolio managers are constantly thinking about, and testing, the optimal investment strategy. They analyze the financial marketplace and make choices that balance high risk and high reward with tried-and-true methods to achieve the highest return from their investment portfolio. A while ago, I created a mind map of lead generation channels for my book Lead…
  • 31 Tips for Improving Sales and Marketing Lead Generation Alignment

    info@meclabs.com
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetMore often than not, there seems to be a disconnect between Marketing and Sales. Not having these two teams aligned can be a vital — and costly — mistake. How does your sales team perceive the leads Marketing produces? Be honest. They love them — couldn’t be happier! They complain about lead quality. They complain about lead volume. The say leads, what leads? Marketing gives us leads? If you chose answer No. 1, the first thing I would say is, well done. The second thing I would ask is, when was the last time you talked with your sales team? Lead generation is an iterative…
  • 6 Ideas to Create More Relevant Lead Nurturing Emails

    info@meclabs.com
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetI’m writing this post while attending the ExactTarget Connections 2014 event. I’ve learned a lot from listening to the sessions and speakers here. As I listened to attendees and speakers, I frequently heard the same keywords, such as: Personalization Segmentation Customer focus Data Connection Authenticity But something I wanted to hear more about was relevance. People aren’t trying to open and click your emails. They’re looking for reasons to delete them. A recent MarketingSherpa survey of email recipients found that 58% of those who stop reading, disengage or…
  • 5 Ways to Deal with Change for Successful Marketing

    info@meclabs.com
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetAs marketers, we deal with a lot of change. The B2B marketing world is exploding with touch points, channels and marketing technology, just to name a few blasts of change. We need to navigate toward creating more content, generating more leads and achieving more results. Even our customer buying process has changed. Our customers are moving deeper into their buying process before they need to directly engage with us or our sales team. But consumers aren’t the only ones who have changed; companies have changed too. According to Adobe’s Digital Road­block report, published…
 
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    Rebel CEO

  • How to Deal with Too Much Email

    Bill DAlessandro
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Like many people, I get way too much email. You probably do, too. Until recently, I didn’t have a good system for dealing with my inbox volume, which was nearly 500 messages per day. That’s nearly one every waking minute! I’ve tried in the past to use the “batching” technique and only check emails every so often, but I found that this just leads to email procrastination, while important messages go unanswered (for further thoughts on my attempts to prioritize email, read “The Urgent vs. Important Matrix”). A CEO friend of mine emailed recently asking…
  • Thailand Won’t Make You Happy

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

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

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

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

  • Methods of Measuring Ideas for Innovation

    Rui Santo
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:25 am
    Turning ideas into numbers and knowing the characteristics of the Ideal Idea (0.00iur) is like having a compass and knowing the safe harbor where the minimal risks of innovation converge. Mathematically identifying desired ideas by users, extracted from simplified mathematical formulas, is the Holy Grail that eliminates uncertainties and passionate discussions, which are unhelpful in choosing ideas.
  • Only Engaged Innovation Teams Succeed

    Rui Patricio & Juan Cano-Arribí
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    Engagement of teams is a must-have when addressing the key issues related to sustainable innovation programs. In the second of a series of articles focused on Innovation Culture, we are going to share our views about the way organizations should stimulate and encourage the creation of teams truly committed with innovation. Besides the more usual ad hoc requirements regarding team and individual creative performance, having a clear focus on team management is essential to achieve a more balanced and sound innovation program.
  • Innovate or Perish- Yes, that’s the Reality

    InnovationManagement
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    You’d be hard pressed these days to find a single CEO who doesn’t endorse the “innovation is very important to us” statement. So why are we not seeing the same level of commitment when it comes to actually creating the working conditions where innovative teams can thrive and deliver results? Don't miss your opportunity to make that change happen. You can take action to help your business evolve with the times and deliver tangible results.
  • Five Ways to Boost Innovation Governance for Growth in 2015

    Luis F Solis
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Innovation governance translates corporate strategy into robust, results-driven portfolios. Who among the executive ranks would oppose that? With innovation governance, the short and the long-term innovation opportunities are balanced, resources are strategically allocated (especially people), and the organization acquires an improved ability to achieve both stretch growth goals and market differentiation.
  • Novo Relatório: O Estado da Inovação na América Latina

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Para compreender as condições em torno da inovação na América Latina em detalhes, INSITUM realizou um estudo qualitativo e quantitativo, com mais de 300 das maiores organizações latino-americanas. O estudo trouxe à luz muitos dos contextos, barreiras, necessidades e resultados em torno da inovação em organizações latino-americanas. Este artigo explora alguns dos resultados e oferece um download gratuito do relatório completo.
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    Freelance Folder

  • Client Interaction Fundamentals

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

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

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

    brantwilson
    25 May 2014 | 10:42 am
    If I said you could start today and be a full blown web designer – making $50 per hour or more – in just 8 weeks, would you be interested? If you’re a regular reader of FreelanceFolder, the answer is most likely, “You bet!” People, like you, who visit this site are looking for expert [...] The post The Fastest Way to Become a Web Designer appeared first on Freelance Folder.
  • Does Your Freelance Website Pass The 5 Second Test?

    Conrad Feagin
    9 May 2014 | 7:15 am
    1… 2… 3… 4… 5… Five seconds. That’s the amount of time you have to grab your visitors’ attention on your freelance website. Yep, you read that correctly… Only five seconds! Studies have proven over and over that most visitors truly are surfing. They are rapidly clicking from one site to another until they find [...] The post Does Your Freelance Website Pass The 5 Second Test? appeared first on Freelance Folder.
 
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    The Global Small Business Blog

  • A Look at Lyon, France

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:29 am
    Here's an assortment of pictures I took during my trip to Lyon, France to attend the World Entrepreneurship Forum.  The multicolored building is the hotel where I stayed - the Novotel Lyon Confluence, which is situated in the heart of the trendy district between the Rhône and the Saône.All the other photos are taken within walking distance from the hotel.  It's an absolutely beautiful area.Photos courtesy:  @2014 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.
  • Tell Stories at a Global Scale

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    iStock/ThinkstockCarrier Kerpen, a contributor at Forbes, interviews Sonia Carter, Head of Digital and Social Media Marketing for Mondelez Europe on her podcast, “All The Social Ladies.”Here are a few insights from her interview with Sonia:Cast a wider net.Tell your stories at [global] scale.Disseminate your learning globally.Each point comes with its own takeaway.  On No. 3, for example, the takeaway is:Use what you learn from the successes and failures of your campaign to inform the rest of your business across global markets.Read the entire article:  3 Sweet Tips From…
  • To Go Global, What's Your First Country to Enter and Why?

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    ThinkstockI've been a member of LinkedIn for a number of years and one group out of many that I joined is International Trade Network.  Recently, member Bill Elmer posted a question to the group:  If you were to expand overseas, which country would be your first choice and why?The article below highlights twelve of the answers. I have intentionally left out the members’ name attributed to a comment to protect their interests. If you would like to review the more than 225 comments to date, I highly recommend you join the group; I’ll see you there.Read:  If you were to expand…
  • Around the World, Kids Can Learn By Tinkering

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:17 am
    iStock/ThinkstockWhat happens when you give a roomful of kids a stack of tablet computers?  With no instruction whatsoever, you'd be surprised how fast students figure things out.  That information is according to Leslie Engle Young, who was at a schoolhouse in Agorhome, Ghana when she witnessed this firsthand. Young is the director of impact for Pencils of Promise, a New York City non-profit that has built nearly 250 schools across Ghana, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Laos.To learn more, read:  Going Global?  The Growing Movement to Let Kids Learn Just by Tinkering
  • How An International Brake Manufacturer is Accelerating Ahead in North America

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:14 am
    iStock/ThinkstockInternational brake maker Brembo S.p.A. is accelerating ahead in North America, Homer, Michigan to be exact.  A little history on Brembo:Brembo is now a fully fledged multinational with operations in three continents and production facilities in sixteen countries.  It also has commercial branches in Sweden, France and Germany and markets its products in a remarkable seventy nations worldwide.  The group has a workforce of around 7000 employees, approximately 10% of whom engineers and product specialists engaged in vital research and development…
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    Art Biz Blog

  • Who You Are and What You Do

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

    Alyson Stanfield
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The darnedest thing about having a website: just because you build it doesn’t mean people will come. Creating a website is just the first step. Now you have to get people to visit it, and driving traffic to your site is an ongoing task. It should always be top of mind. ©John-Michael Korpal, Twig Balloons. Mixed media, 6 x 8 feet. Used with permission. See if you could add some of these ideas to your marketing mix and get more eyes on your art. Best, Basic Practices 1. Write a newsletter article with a hook, which requires recipients to visit your site to read the end of the article. 2.
  • What Your Art Business Will Cost You

    Alyson Stanfield
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    When you own your own business, it’s important to look at expenses as well as income in order to remain profitable. I looked into various (not all – not even education or supplies and materials!) expenses for artists and thought it might be interesting to share the results. Feel free to add to our completely unscientific list in a comment on the Art Biz Blog. Maggie Ruley’s Key West studio. Used with permission. Studio Space These numbers are based on responses I received through Twitter and Facebook. (sf = square feet) Central Virginia (476sf): $355/month Key West, FL (750sf – 3…
  • This Is Only A Test: Marketing Experiments to Improve Results for Your Art Business

    Alyson Stanfield
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    You are undoubtedly investing a lot of time and resources into your art business: websites, blogs, social media, newsletters, postcards, and more. As an entrepreneur interested in earning money from your art, you want to understand what’s working and what isn’t. ©C. Tanner Jensen, L’Air du Temps II. Oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches. Used with permission. Every marketing effort should be a test. Nothing on your plate should be considered sacred. You aim for increasingly better results. Test it! What brings you the most clicks? What has given you the most shares on Facebook? What did you…
  • Attract More Blog Traffic

    Alyson Stanfield
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    This article is an edited excerpt from the soon-to-be-released newest edition of I’d Rather Be in the Studio. This Quick-Start Manual outlines the key areas you need to work on if you want more blog visitors. And who doesn’t want more blog visitors? Focus on Content More than anything else, good content will attract people to your blog. Create a regular schedule – perhaps once a week in the beginning – of writing and posting images of your art. Readers need to know they can depend on you. Feature other people on your blog, like loyal blogger Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson did (above…
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    Cash Flow Analysis

  • The A-3 Targets Exercise

    survivalware
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    The A-3 Targets exercise is a great way to bring some discipline to your financial planning function.  A-3 is short for “Annual” and “3 Months”. Philip Campbell describes the process in a recent blog post.  
  • Financial Forecasting Webinar – October 14, 2014

    survivalware
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
            I’m excited to announce a brand new, free webinar on the power of financial forecasting. You will learn how to use financial forecasts and projections to enhance confidence, credibility and trust with everyone interested in (and invested in) the financial success of your company. Creating the forward looking view of financial performance is a surprisingly effective way for entrepreneurs (and CFOs) to play a more strategic and vital role in the future of your organization. Here’s what happens when you create clarity and insight using forecasts: You…
  • Small Data, Big Results

    survivalware
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    It seems like you can’t turn around without reading yet another article about Big Data and how it is transforming our lives as business people and entrepreneurs.  Big Data is everywhere:  page views, visitors, clicks, eyeballs, cookies, the Twitter fire hose,  cross referenced databases – you name it – we are inundated.  A month or so ago there was an article in the Wall Street Journal about Data Scientists – the next Big Thing in occupations you wished you had gone into when you were first starting out.  Companies are paying $200,000 to $300,000 a year for the…
  • DrillDown – an essential tool for financial analysis

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

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

  • 31 things I learned the hard way about growing a SaaS business. GBP from Duane ‘Startup’ Jackson, Kashflow

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

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

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

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

    Hermione Crease
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    Is product management the most overlooked market opportunity for software right now? Nils Davis, BoS attendee, is throwing down the gauntlet: Most of you have the ambition to get big. How do you do that? The only way to get big as a product company is for people to buy your product. Preferably a lot of people, for significant amounts of money at a time. Duh! But why would people buy your product? We know there are products that people don’t buy. We don’t want those – because you can’t get big, or even grow at all. If you look at the revenue line for a product that no one buys…
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    Rise of the Innerpreneur

  • A Space for You = An Advertising Opportunity

    Tara Joyce
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    I’ve been lovingly writing Rise of the Innerpreneur for over six years now, and in that time, I’ve published over 397 articles. Man oh man, that’s a whole lot of time, energy, and love I’ve put into this little space on the interweb. Part of my experience with writing this blog has been handling the visibility it has brought, and the various forms in which it can arrive. One common theme as the blog’s visibility has grown is the increasing number of businesses approaching me about advertising on ROTI. To date, I have said no to these requests… In part…
  • Who Defines My Needs?

    Tara Joyce
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    I make a difference by being what I am. I add value to my world by being the light I am, and by holding onto this light no matter what externally arrives to me. To do this, I need to protect myself from the overwhelm of the external world. I need to protect who I truly am. I can not lose myself; and it’s important I acknowledge the force by which others may seem to want me to. I need ways to deal with the tension between taking care of my inner business and taking care of external affairs. As a child, it could be hard to know what was right — the authority figure who wanted me to…
  • The Truth About Our Darkness

    Tara Joyce
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    We don’t really have a problem with peoples imperfections. We don’t really hate the dark aspects we each contain. It feels like we do, but our feelings can be misleading sometimes. It’s easy to point out and judge another for the things that aren’t perfect about them. If you decide to take on this job, your list will easily become a mile long. We are not perfect, and you’re always going to be able to find evidence to back this truth up. No matter the person. What you really have a problem with, when you find yourself angered by another and their imperfections…
  • Dancing with Flow

    Tara Joyce
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    The flow doesn’t arrive until you break past your barrier. Your barrier appears as that “thing” you feel prevents you from starting. And that “thing” is the part of you that resists the activity, that says you can’t do it. You can. Once you start, despite this feeling of being blocked and unable, you will find your groove. You will get into your flow. Once you’re in it, from there, it becomes hard to stop. Our flow feels so good that we can begin desiring it non-stop, without realizing that without our wane, our time of reflecting and in-action, our…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • Bootstrapping a Gourmet Mac and Cheese Business

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

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

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

    Jeff Cornwall
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Alex Bertelli of Havenlock TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Military Experiences Applied to Startup appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Leading a Startup Within a Family Business

    Jeff Cornwall
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Luci Armitstead leads a startup within a family business TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Leading a Startup Within a Family Business appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
 
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    The Small Business Watchdog

  • Innovative Funding Model from Silicon Valley Could Change How Non-Profits and Socially Responsible Firms Do Business

    BrookeNelson
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    By Jonathan Porat, Regulatory Economist Startups such as Dropbox, Reddit, and Airbnb have become aspirational success stories for entrepreneurs. They have made people’s lives easier, disrupted established industries through simple innovations, and in some cases received billion-dollar valuations. Some people however may not be aware that these high-growth and high-value startups have all taken advantage of an innovative funding mechanism for small businesses: the accelerator program. Now, startups in the non-profit sector are taking note and hoping to use this model traditionally leveraged…
  • Advocacy Helps Guide Small Food Importers through FDA Regulations

    BrookeNelson
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    By Yvonne Lee, Region 9 Advocate Jacklyn Sher’s parents were refugees from Laos who came to the United States in 1976 with nothing but hope for a better life for their family. They worked hard—their first job was as night janitors at a fast food restaurant—and saved enough money to buy an old station wagon. The Shers then started delivering soy sauce to southern California food businesses. Twenty-seven years later, HC Foods is a successful food import and distribution company serving food businesses throughout the western U.S. This family-owned business now employs 25 workers and the…
  • Proposed DOJ Rules Would Require Small Movie Theaters to Purchase Expensive Accessibility Devices for Disabled Patrons

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

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

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

  • Reads of the Week – Oct 24th

    Kristin Piccirillo
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    We know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week from around the week of topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites that we may have missed in the comments. ____________________________ Google launched a new Inbox with the goal to help you gain more control and make your life easier. Should you try to score an invite? Here’s a review from someone who gets 700 emails a day. Entrepreneurs have long been thought of as primarily male. Why don’t more Women get Venture Funding? A Q&A with a VC. Less than 2/3 of…
  • What Small Business Owners Need to Know About FICO Score 9

    Lisa Hephner
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a small business owner, the ability to obtain low-rate credit is critical to your business success. Unfortunately, many small business owners find that credit decisions for their business are based on their own personal credit, not simply on the creditworthiness of their business—even if the business is incorporated. This is a bigger problem for brand new businesses than it is for established ones, but even small businesses that have been successful for decades are often asked for personal guarantees and have business credit decisions based (at least partially) on the credit scores of…
  • Reads of the Week – Oct 17th

    Kristin Piccirillo
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    We know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week for topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites that we may have missed in the comments. ____________________________ Customer Service is more than a buzzword. It’s how your company can differentiate itself. How do you get started, and who does it well? Here are 7 examples from those who do it best. The only way to continue running your company is to get paid! This articles explains ‘How to replace late with early‘ and two other tips to reduce late payments.
  • 9 Video Marketing Resources for Your Small Business

    Lisa Hephner
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Watched any good online video lately? If you’re like most of your small business customers, the answer is probably “yes.” According to a recent Invodo report, VIDEO STATISTICS: THE MARKETER’S SUMMARY 2014, shoppers who view videos are 1.81 times more likely to buy than those who don’t. Additionally, the study reports that 90% of consumers watch online video, two thirds watch product videos when they encounter them, 71% say that video is the best way to “bring a product to life” and 57% of online shoppers who view product videos are more confident in their purchase and less…
  • Hate Making Collection Calls? Three Tips to Reduce Late Payments.

    Amanda Jurgens
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Does the thought of following up on unpaid invoices make you want to run for the hills? Do you picture yourself as Dog the Bounty Hunter every time you come across a late paying customer? Maybe you don’t mind the awkward conversation, but have seen the blow to your cash flow firsthand. You don’t have to accept late payments as a business owner. Here are 3 ways to put your business in control: Make it Painfully Easy Let your customers pay with what they are more likely have on-hand – credit cards! Providing multiple payment options ensures your customers can choose their preferred…
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • What’s New at Shoeboxed This Week

    Emily Farrar
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Greetings, Shoeboxers! This week, we have a couple new and exciting things we think you should know about: We’ve improved Gmail Receipt Sync. Our receipt importer is now smarter than ever after improvements to its receipt recognition abilities! If you haven’t tried it yet, set it up here. You can now sort your Business Cards and Other Documents by name and date on the document. We hope that you’re enjoying the many improvements we’ve released over the past few weeks. If you missed those updates, you can read them here and here. As always, if you have any questions…
  • Expense Reporting Made Easy: A Shoeboxed Success Story

    Emily Farrar
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:18 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. “It’s so easy to snap a photo and file it away so that you can get rid of the paper and have an electronic copy ready when you need…
  • iOS Update: iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Views!

    Emily Farrar
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Make sure to update the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker on your iPhone and/or iPad today! Version 5.1.3 is now available for download from the App Store and includes a few important updates: We fixed the issue with the app crashing when you submit a photo of a receipt. The extracted total and tax amounts for each receipt will now display in your account’s default currency. We added views optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. So don’t wait– update today! As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the new version by emailing us at…
  • Three Surefire Ways to Gain Funding For Your Business

    Shoeboxed Contributor
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Whether you’re in the beginning stages of starting your new business or your current business needs a little extra cash to start a new project, gaining extra money quickly is something every business will go through at some point or another. Luckily, there are a couple different ways to do just that! Here are three very effective ways to go about earning money for your business: Have a solid business plan. The best way to gain third-party investors is to have a great business plan all set and ready to go. Not only are they great for showing potential investors how worthwhile investing in…
  • Searching Your Shoeboxed Account is Easier than Ever

    Emily Farrar
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    You asked and we listened! Searching your Shoeboxed account just got a lot easier. While search works the same way– just type your query into the Search everything bar in the top right corner of your online account– the results you’ll receive will look a lot different. The new search results page offers great new features and functionality, many of which were requested by you, our users! Changes to look for: All results for your search query are displayed on one page, instead of sorted by document type Design enhancements to match our new receipt tables We also have plans…
 
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    Business Pundit

  • The 10 Coolest Corporate Campuses in the World

    Gerri
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    For all of you high achievers out there, your workplace is probably the largest single place that you spend time in. While there have been some wacky theories over the years as to what type of office surroundings make more productive, when you see the perfect office, most of the times it’s obvious. From a corporate perspective, whatever keeps employees stress-free, in touch with the brand, and creative often increases productivity. But this is easier said than done. And many firms throw tons of money at atrocious offices. For some inspiration, check out our picks for the ten best…
  • 10 Incredible Innovations Born from Social Media and Crowdsourcing

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

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

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

    Gerri
    4 Mar 2014 | 10:13 am
    Some people take the position that the Great Recession is over. Others state that there is a new normal when it comes to poverty in the United States. It could be argued that both positions speak the truth. Some states in the country are experiencing great employment and high levels of median household income, while others are still registering high levels of unemployment with many households below the poverty level. Looking across the country at two aspects of poverty, the number of people relying on food stamps and the jobs that were lost during the 2007-2009 recession, may show a picture…
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    Small Biz Bee

  • Small Businesses Feeling the Fear and Doing It Anyway

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

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

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

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

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

  • Here’s What I Learned At Transformation Camp

    Meredith Eisenberg
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Well, I never thought I would be posting a picture of myself in a sports bra on the Internet (even a carefully cropped one). I wanted to show you the end result of an amazing adventure I’ve been on over the past 3 months. In early June, I got an e-mail from Bill Phillips with the headline – I’ll pay you to lose weight. I thought OK… he wants me to sell his supplements. Groovy. What the e-mail was really about was a challenge (almost a dare) to pay $1500, come to his Transformation Camp, follow his plan to the letter, and reach a weight loss goal. If successful, he would refund the…
  • Do You Need a Bookkeeper or a CPA?

    Michele A Scism
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Successful entrepreneurs know their numbers. Do you? Not knowing your numbers can be a serious problem. I recorded this video for you to help you determine if you need a bookkeeper and then to share with you what a bookkeeper should be doing for you. View the latest episode of my video podcast: Related posts: Track Where Your Best Clients Come From How to Create Revenue Projections How to Spring Clean Your Business for Maximum Efficiency and Growth Tips For Using A Virtual Assistant To Help With Your Finances 4 Important Reasons To Keep Up On WordPress Updates
  • Is Overwhelm Preventing You From Doing What Matters?

    Susan Martin
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Happy fall! Are the seasons changing in your neck of the woods? We’ve already had some chilly, grey days here in NYC. The beautiful weather we’ve had may sadly be over as we rapidly approach Halloween. My neighborhood is already decked out in spiderwebs, ghosts and goblins. And as our thoughts turn to tricks and treats, I can’t help making the connection between kids, candy, overwhelm and accomplishing what matters…let me explain: When my daughter was about 4, I took her trick or treating and she got WAY too much candy, in fact it was spilling out of the little pumpkin…
  • How To Motivate Yourself – Even on the Off Days

    Monica Shah
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    In this week’s video, I’m showing you how I stay inspired and motivated, no matter what is going on. You’ll hear a story about a recent argument between my partner and I and how we used one piece of paper to solve it! And how that piece of paper has helped me make thousands of dollars. And you’ll get to see a card that my mom wrote to me before she passed away. Here’s the thing – every day there are so many chances for you to lose your momentum. And then you may end up on the couch watching five episodes of True Blood – in a row. Ahem – not that I know anything about that.
  • Stuck? Scared? Turn Toward Trouble and Find Time!

    Paula Eder
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    When you’re stuck, scared or just plain stymied, the temptation is to turn (or run) away from whatever you perceive as the problem. It’s instinctual – a knee jerk reaction that may have saved us back when dinosaurs wandered the earth. But it often doesn’t serve us now. In fact, in many cases it’s about the worst thing you can do if you’re stuck or scared. Turning away doesn’t make the problem disappear – but it DOES keep you from moving ahead. When it comes to finding time, turning toward the problem is what you need to do. And you can train yourself to do it – even when…
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  • Toxic chemicals found in some Halloween items

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Toxic chemicals found in some Halloween items McVayAn advocacy group tested over 100 Halloween products for toxic chemicals linked to a host of very serious health problems. Disturbing results just revealed More to note Cover letter mistakes to avoid Reasons for a lateral job move
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    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Marine killed in Iraq in the fight against ISISKTLALance Cpl. Sean P. Neal died during a noncombat incident this week, becoming the second American casualty of the ISIS campaign. Officials shed little light on deathMore newsDozens die in boat accidentISIS clashes in Lebanon kill 5
  • Ghoulishly good Halloween savings hacks

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
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  • Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71APThe British musician best known for his work as the lead vocalist and bass player of super group Cream died Saturday at his home. Classic rock songs he's known forMore entertainment news'Duck Dynasty' star hospitalizedLake Bell welcomes new baby
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    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
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  • Toxic chemicals found in some Halloween items

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Toxic chemicals found in some Halloween items McVayAn advocacy group tested over 100 Halloween products for toxic chemicals linked to a host of very serious health problems. Disturbing results just revealed More to note Cover letter mistakes to avoid Reasons for a lateral job move
  • Marine killed in Iraq in the fight against ISIS

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Marine killed in Iraq in the fight against ISISKTLALance Cpl. Sean P. Neal died during a noncombat incident this week, becoming the second American casualty of the ISIS campaign. Officials shed little light on deathMore newsDozens die in boat accidentISIS clashes in Lebanon kill 5
  • Ghoulishly good Halloween savings hacks

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Ghoulishly good Halloween savings hacksFlickrThe cost of Halloween tricks can be frightening, but we've got a treat to help you cut costs without skimping on the scare factor.Plus, a secret to make drinks glowMore from Savings Experiment Insure your smartphone for lessMaking loyalty cards work for you
  • Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71APThe British musician best known for his work as the lead vocalist and bass player of super group Cream died Saturday at his home. Classic rock songs he's known forMore entertainment news'Duck Dynasty' star hospitalizedLake Bell welcomes new baby
  • Lowering the enormous cost of child care

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
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  • Toxic chemicals found in some Halloween items

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Toxic chemicals found in some Halloween items McVayAn advocacy group tested over 100 Halloween products for toxic chemicals linked to a host of very serious health problems. Disturbing results just revealed More to note Cover letter mistakes to avoid Reasons for a lateral job move
  • Marine killed in Iraq in the fight against ISIS

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Marine killed in Iraq in the fight against ISISKTLALance Cpl. Sean P. Neal died during a noncombat incident this week, becoming the second American casualty of the ISIS campaign. Officials shed little light on deathMore newsDozens die in boat accidentISIS clashes in Lebanon kill 5
  • Ghoulishly good Halloween savings hacks

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Ghoulishly good Halloween savings hacksFlickrThe cost of Halloween tricks can be frightening, but we've got a treat to help you cut costs without skimping on the scare factor.Plus, a secret to make drinks glowMore from Savings Experiment Insure your smartphone for lessMaking loyalty cards work for you
  • Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71APThe British musician best known for his work as the lead vocalist and bass player of super group Cream died Saturday at his home. Classic rock songs he's known forMore entertainment news'Duck Dynasty' star hospitalizedLake Bell welcomes new baby
  • Lowering the enormous cost of child care

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
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  • Toxic chemicals found in some Halloween items

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Toxic chemicals found in some Halloween items McVayAn advocacy group tested over 100 Halloween products for toxic chemicals linked to a host of very serious health problems. Disturbing results just revealed More to note Cover letter mistakes to avoid Reasons for a lateral job move
  • Marine killed in Iraq in the fight against ISIS

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Marine killed in Iraq in the fight against ISISKTLALance Cpl. Sean P. Neal died during a noncombat incident this week, becoming the second American casualty of the ISIS campaign. Officials shed little light on deathMore newsDozens die in boat accidentISIS clashes in Lebanon kill 5
  • Ghoulishly good Halloween savings hacks

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Ghoulishly good Halloween savings hacksFlickrThe cost of Halloween tricks can be frightening, but we've got a treat to help you cut costs without skimping on the scare factor.Plus, a secret to make drinks glowMore from Savings Experiment Insure your smartphone for lessMaking loyalty cards work for you
  • Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71APThe British musician best known for his work as the lead vocalist and bass player of super group Cream died Saturday at his home. Classic rock songs he's known forMore entertainment news'Duck Dynasty' star hospitalizedLake Bell welcomes new baby
  • Lowering the enormous cost of child care

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Lowering the enormous cost of child careShutterstock Americans spend an average of $7K annually for child care, but there are ways to save without compromising the quality of care. Babysitting co-ops in your areaMore in FinanceMusic streaming for less Secrets of outlet store pricing
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  • Toxic chemicals found in some Halloween items

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Toxic chemicals found in some Halloween items McVayAn advocacy group tested over 100 Halloween products for toxic chemicals linked to a host of very serious health problems. Disturbing results just revealed More to note Cover letter mistakes to avoid Reasons for a lateral job move
  • Marine killed in Iraq in the fight against ISIS

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Marine killed in Iraq in the fight against ISISKTLALance Cpl. Sean P. Neal died during a noncombat incident this week, becoming the second American casualty of the ISIS campaign. Officials shed little light on deathMore newsDozens die in boat accidentISIS clashes in Lebanon kill 5
  • Ghoulishly good Halloween savings hacks

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Ghoulishly good Halloween savings hacksFlickrThe cost of Halloween tricks can be frightening, but we've got a treat to help you cut costs without skimping on the scare factor.Plus, a secret to make drinks glowMore from Savings Experiment Insure your smartphone for lessMaking loyalty cards work for you
  • Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71APThe British musician best known for his work as the lead vocalist and bass player of super group Cream died Saturday at his home. Classic rock songs he's known forMore entertainment news'Duck Dynasty' star hospitalizedLake Bell welcomes new baby
  • Lowering the enormous cost of child care

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
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  • Toxic chemicals found in some Halloween items

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Toxic chemicals found in some Halloween items McVayAn advocacy group tested over 100 Halloween products for toxic chemicals linked to a host of very serious health problems. Disturbing results just revealed More to note Cover letter mistakes to avoid Reasons for a lateral job move
  • Marine killed in Iraq in the fight against ISIS

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Marine killed in Iraq in the fight against ISISKTLALance Cpl. Sean P. Neal died during a noncombat incident this week, becoming the second American casualty of the ISIS campaign. Officials shed little light on deathMore newsDozens die in boat accidentISIS clashes in Lebanon kill 5
  • Ghoulishly good Halloween savings hacks

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Ghoulishly good Halloween savings hacksFlickrThe cost of Halloween tricks can be frightening, but we've got a treat to help you cut costs without skimping on the scare factor.Plus, a secret to make drinks glowMore from Savings Experiment Insure your smartphone for lessMaking loyalty cards work for you
  • Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71APThe British musician best known for his work as the lead vocalist and bass player of super group Cream died Saturday at his home. Classic rock songs he's known forMore entertainment news'Duck Dynasty' star hospitalizedLake Bell welcomes new baby
  • Lowering the enormous cost of child care

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Lowering the enormous cost of child careShutterstock Americans spend an average of $7K annually for child care, but there are ways to save without compromising the quality of care. Babysitting co-ops in your areaMore in FinanceMusic streaming for less Secrets of outlet store pricing
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  • Toxic chemicals found in some Halloween items

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Toxic chemicals found in some Halloween items McVayAn advocacy group tested over 100 Halloween products for toxic chemicals linked to a host of very serious health problems. Disturbing results just revealed More to note Cover letter mistakes to avoid Reasons for a lateral job move
  • Marine killed in Iraq in the fight against ISIS

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Marine killed in Iraq in the fight against ISISKTLALance Cpl. Sean P. Neal died during a noncombat incident this week, becoming the second American casualty of the ISIS campaign. Officials shed little light on deathMore newsDozens die in boat accidentISIS clashes in Lebanon kill 5
  • Ghoulishly good Halloween savings hacks

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Ghoulishly good Halloween savings hacksFlickrThe cost of Halloween tricks can be frightening, but we've got a treat to help you cut costs without skimping on the scare factor.Plus, a secret to make drinks glowMore from Savings Experiment Insure your smartphone for lessMaking loyalty cards work for you
  • Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71APThe British musician best known for his work as the lead vocalist and bass player of super group Cream died Saturday at his home. Classic rock songs he's known forMore entertainment news'Duck Dynasty' star hospitalizedLake Bell welcomes new baby
  • Lowering the enormous cost of child care

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Lowering the enormous cost of child careShutterstock Americans spend an average of $7K annually for child care, but there are ways to save without compromising the quality of care. Babysitting co-ops in your areaMore in FinanceMusic streaming for less Secrets of outlet store pricing
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  • Toxic chemicals found in some Halloween items

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Toxic chemicals found in some Halloween items McVayAn advocacy group tested over 100 Halloween products for toxic chemicals linked to a host of very serious health problems. Disturbing results just revealed More to note Cover letter mistakes to avoid Reasons for a lateral job move
  • Marine killed in Iraq in the fight against ISIS

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Marine killed in Iraq in the fight against ISISKTLALance Cpl. Sean P. Neal died during a noncombat incident this week, becoming the second American casualty of the ISIS campaign. Officials shed little light on deathMore newsDozens die in boat accidentISIS clashes in Lebanon kill 5
  • Ghoulishly good Halloween savings hacks

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Ghoulishly good Halloween savings hacksFlickrThe cost of Halloween tricks can be frightening, but we've got a treat to help you cut costs without skimping on the scare factor.Plus, a secret to make drinks glowMore from Savings Experiment Insure your smartphone for lessMaking loyalty cards work for you
  • Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71APThe British musician best known for his work as the lead vocalist and bass player of super group Cream died Saturday at his home. Classic rock songs he's known forMore entertainment news'Duck Dynasty' star hospitalizedLake Bell welcomes new baby
  • Lowering the enormous cost of child care

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Lowering the enormous cost of child careShutterstock Americans spend an average of $7K annually for child care, but there are ways to save without compromising the quality of care. Babysitting co-ops in your areaMore in FinanceMusic streaming for less Secrets of outlet store pricing
 
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    Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News

  • Panasonic says to transfer Sanyo TV unit in U.S. to Funai Electric

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:39 pm
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Panasonic Corp said it is transferring its Sanyo television unit in the U.S., which supplies sets to Wal-Mart Stores, to Funai Electric Co. of Japan in return for annual royalty payments. The move allows Panasonic to exit an unprofitable business. The transfer of the unit will likely be completed before the end of March, a spokesman for Panasonic said on Sunday, after the Nihon Keizai newspaper reported it would sell the business to Funai Electric . ...
  • ECB faces test of its own as Europe braces for landmark banking review

    25 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    By Laura Noonan and Eva Taylor FRANKFURT (Reuters) - After putting the euro zone's top 130 banks through their paces, the European Central Bank will face a test of its own on Sunday - will its landmark health check succeed in convincing investors the region's lenders are safe? The ECB will announce the names of 25 banks that held too little capital at the end of last year, along with details of around 10 banks that have not yet made up the shortfall. The announcement is due at 1100 GMT. ...
  • Twitpic links, photo archive will 'stay alive' due to deal with Twitter

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    The popular service for sharing photos on Twitter is set to close today, but its founder says the Twitpic domain and photo archive have been "given" to Twitter, so photos and links will be around awhile.>
  • Stephen Hawking joins Facebook, jokes about being an alien

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Deciding, perhaps, that Facebook will bring him closer to the masses, the famed physicist signs up and shares a post that says being curious is vital in today's world.>
  • DUI suspect accuses cop of nabbing nude photos from her iPhone

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    A California woman claims a Highway Patrolman saw personal images on her iPhone and sent them to his own personal cell phone. Court records reportedly say the officer called the practice "a game.">
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    The Retail Doctor Blog

  • Retail Holiday Sales: It's Called Thanksgiving, Not Thanksgetting

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    The US Thanksgiving holiday will be celebrated this year with retailers opening on Thanksgiving and people leaving their homes to shop instead of sharing their day with loved ones.  Thanksgiving I still believe, is about giving, not getting. Thanksgiving used to be a holiday where several generations of family and friends would be seated around a large dinner table listening as Grandfather said grace, then watching as Dad carved the turkey and Mom brought out the pies. The kids were sitting quietly at a separate table. It is an image captured in a Norman Rockwell painting.  It is…
  • Are You Overlooking This Advanced Retail Selling Technique?

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    One of the most basic elements of any retail sales training program is covering product features and benefits. The feature is a fact you can’t dispute; the benefit is what the customer gets from that fact. You know that already, I hope. But many times what is heard on the salesfloor is only a list of features. Boring. Boring. Boring. And overwhelming. And it frequently trips a customer’s idiot switch.
  • Why Retailers Should Display Christmas Merchandise Before Halloween

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    It's that time of the year ... Time for the leaves to change... Corn mazes to sprout up... Pumpkin spice latte... and the perennial favorite of writers everywhere... "I can't believe they already have Christmas stuff out and its not even Halloween." Y-A-W-N. Oh, excuse me, I suppose I should be in the camp talking about "the good old days" when Ralphie and Flick would admire the merchandise retailers had put in the shop windows during the annual Christmas parade at Higbees.
  • 7 Retail Headlines To Scare You About This Holiday Season

    12 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Retail is predictable in many ways. The same predictable, negative retail holiday sales stories pop up about bricks and mortar retailers every year. I’ve studied these stories each year and there is a pattern…
  • Sales Training: How to Get Started and What to Expect

    5 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Imagine being in an airplane and overhearing a voice from the cockpit saying, “Just keep the nose in the air and if the warning lights don’t go off, call me.” You, as a flight attendant, might begin preparing yourself for a crash. Many small business owners open their own retail stores with a similar message to their employees,  “Just help the customers and if you get overwhelmed, call me.”  That’s probably why so many crash…
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    Business Insider

  • Fed to enter new 'normal' with expected QE stimulus end

    Paul Handley
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    Washington (AFP) - The US Federal Reserve is likely to make a final push into the post-crisis era this week with a decision to finally wind up its six-year-old economic stimulus operations.A few worrisome clouds over the global economy might be expected to give Fed Chair Janet Yellen's Federal Open Market Committee pause when they meet on Tuesday and Wednesday.But after repeatedly signaling the end this month of the bond-buying program known as quantitative easing, the Fed is unlikely to change course, analysts say.The Fed is currently adding $15 billion in cheap funds to the economy per…
  • Gear shift needed to meet climate pact deadline: observers

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Bonn (AFP) - Nations will have to roll up their sleeves and make important compromises to meet the deadline, just 14 months off, for a global pact on curbing climate change, observers say.Worrying signs of obstinance emerged from six days of UN talks in Bonn which ended Saturday.Experts said those discussions fell short of their goal to set parameters for a ministerial-level drafting meeting in Lima in December for a deal to be inked the following year."There are some danger signals about the way we're coming out of here. We're not as far along as I'd hoped we would be," Alden Meyer of the…
  • Medical establishment also a casualty of Ebola crisis

    Richard Ingham and Elisabeth Zingg
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Paris (AFP) - Beyond the human tragedy of the Ebola epidemic unfolding in west Africa, the crisis is claiming a collateral victim: trust in the medical order.The biggest casualty is the reputation of the UN's World Health Organization (WHO), which analysts fault for foot-dragging and misjudgements.Also under assault are Big Pharma, the West's aid policies in Africa and public faith in the rich world's lavishly funded health systems. "Failures in leadership have allowed a preventable disease to spin out of control, with vast harms to social order and human dignity," a commentary carried by…
  • Pellegrini defiant despite Hammer blow

    Ian Winrow
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:48 pm
    London (AFP) - Manuel Pellegrini has insisted it is too early to write off Manchester City's chances of retaining the Premier League title after their 2-1 defeat at West Ham United.Saturday's loss at Upton Park was City's second league defeat of the season and meant they missed out on the chance to reduce what was Chelsea's five-point advantage at the top of the table ahead of the leaders' match at Manchester United on Sunday.City's reverse in east London capped a bad week for Pellegrini's side, who days earlier had squandered a two-goal lead in a draw away to CSKA Moscow that left their…
  • Giants steam-roll Royals to level baseball World Series

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:47 pm
    San Francisco (AFP) - The San Francisco Giants piled up runs relentlessly in an 11-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday to level the 110th World Series at two games apiece.With the win, the Giants gained some much-needed breathing room, ensuring that Major League Baseball's best-of-seven championship showcase will return to Kansas City for game six on Tuesday.Before then, the Giants will have a chance to regain the Series lead at home when they host game five on Sunday.The Royals, back in the post-season for the first time since they won their only World Series crown in 1985, had…
 
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    HBR.org

  • The Internet of Things Will Change Your Company, Not Just Your Products

    Joey Fitts
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have had a front row seat as companies have struggled to enter the emerging world of the Internet of Things — first, 10 years ago as a vice president at Ambient Devices, an MIT Media Lab spinoff that was a pioneer in commercializing IoT devices, and then as a consultant. One of the biggest obstacles is that traditional functional departments often can’t meet the needs of IoT business models and have to evolve. Here are some of the challenges that I’ve observed: Product management. Successful IoT plays require more than simply adding connectivity to a product and charging for service…
  • My Dentist 3D Printed My Crown

    Saul Kaplan
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a tech junkie and geek wannabe I’ve been paying attention to 3D printing and the exploding maker movement. When I say paying attention, I mean reading about it, watching hackers and hobbyists make stuff, and wondering if there is more to the technology than the brightly colored plastic tchotchkes cluttering my desk. 3D printing really hasn’t affected me yet. That is until I recently chipped a tooth and had no choice but to visit my family dentist. It was the dentist’s chair that more than any article or demo converted me to the potential of 3D printing. Sometimes disruption has to…
  • Stop Calling People Out

    Jeff Giesea
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Pretend that you occasionally lose your temper in meetings, and my aim is to get you to change. The next time I see you lose your cool, I say one of two things: Hey, timeout. You just did it again — you lost your temper with Mario. This is the third time I’ve seen you do this in the last two days. C’mon, this behavior HAS to stop. or: Hey, can we chat for a sec? I noticed you just lost your temper with Mario. Did you notice that too? You are so good at running these meetings, I can only imagine how much more effective you’re going to be as you move past this behavior. What can I do to…
  • Engaging in a Vice Can Stimulate Creativity if It’s Framed as a Duty

    The Daily Stat
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    In contrast to the belief that autonomy energizes us and heightens our well-being, researchers in Hong Kong found that people experience increased vitality and show greater creativity after being directed to do something — specifically, engage in a (very mild) vice. Participants who were assigned to buy a celebrity photo album (that’s the vice), as opposed to a computer-programming tutoring book, and then asked to write an ad for a bike were judged to show better creative performance than those who had been given free choice or assigned to buy the computer book (6.42 versus 5.54 and…
  • What It Will Take to Change the Culture of Wall Street

    Steven G. Mandis
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    William C. Dudley, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, gave a speech Monday in which he used the word “culture” 45 times. Here’s how he defined it: Culture relates to the implicit norms that guide behavior in the absence of regulations or compliance rules—and sometimes despite those explicit restraints. … Culture reflects the prevailing attitudes and behaviors within a firm.  It is how people react not only to black and white, but to all of the shades of grey. Like a gentle breeze, culture may be hard to see, but you can feel it. Culture relates to what…
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    NASE Staff Blog

  • The New Approach to Get Customers Banging on Your Door

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

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    By Jeff Davidson, MBA, CMC (NASE Guest Blog Post)<br /> <a href="http://breathingspace.com/">breathingspace.com</a><br /> <br /> You do your best as a self-employed professional, but some days you are simply swamped by too much competing for your attention. When a flood of items compete for your attention, each item can loom larger in importance than it actually is. Here is a classification system to help you maintain perspective:<br /> <br /> Classifying Communication<br /> <br /> Bits: The lowest level of input, bits are single…
  • Small Business Is All Around Us

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

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

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

  • Are You Attending the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2014?

    Laurel J. Delaney
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    The 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, in its fifth year, will convene thousands of participants on November 19-21 in Marrakech, Morocco, and will highlight the impact of technology on modern entrepreneurship. The 2014 Summit takes place during Global Entrepreneurship Week, making it the largest of the thousands of entrepreneurship events taking place around the world that week. Are you attending? To learn more and to register, visit:  Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2014  (Read the news.) Photo courtesy:  GES Posted by:  Laurel DelaneyFiled under: Announcement, Conference, global women…
  • Laurel Delaney’s Export Readiness Talk

    Laurel J. Delaney
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Filed under: Education, Exporting, Video Tagged: export readiness, Laurel Delaney, Utah Global Forum
  • Meet Sara Murray, a Most Promising Woman Entrepreneur 2014

    Laurel J. Delaney
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:48 pm
    buddi (https://www.buddi.co.uk/healthcare.php) British entrepreneur Sara Murray, 45, has been named one of Fortune magazine’s ‘Ten Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs 2014’ for her creation of buddi, the tagging system originally designed to locate lost children. Now used by more than 100 local authorities in the UK to help monitor the vulnerable, it has also been taken up by police forces on three continents to keep track of offenders.  Murray set up the firm in 2005 after temporarily losing her child in a supermarket. Congratulations Sara!  We are very proud of you. Read the entire…
  • Enabling Women Entrepreneurs to Make Better Use of Technology to Grow Their Businesses Globally

    Laurel J. Delaney
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Recently, the U.S. Department of State announced a new partnership between Ernst & Young (EY) and the Bureau of Information Resource Management’s Office of eDiplomacy at the Department of State outlining a public-private partnership that will directly benefit women entrepreneurs in four Latin American countries as part of the Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas Initiative (WEAmericas). WEAmericas was launched  in 2012 by President Obama at the Summit of the Americas. WEAmericas leverages public-private partnerships to encourage inclusive economic growth in the Western…
  • Jack Ma Says Chinese Women Are Becoming Superwomen

    Laurel J. Delaney
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Jack Ma, Alibaba At the Clinton Global Initiative’s 10th annual meeting in New York on September 23rd, Jack Ma, founder of the Alibaba Group (pictured), says: “I admire Chinese women because a large number of them are both responsible mothers and successful entrepreneurs,” said Ma, adding that Chinese women have become superwomen, many of whom depend on Alibaba’s entrepreneurship platform. China-based e-commerce giant Alibaba, which went public on the New York Stock Exchange this month, has female employees which account for 40 percent of Alibaba’s staff, and…
 
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    Forbes - Entrepreneurs

  • Service To School: Helping Veterans Get Into Top Schools

    Thomas Ehrlich and Ernestine Fu
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Motivated to help other veterans also study at top universities and maximize their education benefits, Tim Hsia and Augusto Giacoman founded the nonprofit organization Service to School in June 2011. Today, Service to School has a proven track record with over a hundred veterans admitted to top schools like Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Northwestern, Wharton, Columbia, and Notre Dame. The group has also brought on board advisors including Marine General Jim Mattis, VeriFone Corporation Chairman Les Denend, and Stanford Professor Charles O?Reilly III.
  • 12 Intriguing Laws Of Business Power

    John Greathouse
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    A number of my UC Santa Barbara entrepreneurial students have asked my opinion of Robert Greene's The 48 Laws Of Power, prompting me to check it out. Given the book's commercial success, I had high hopes. Sadly, I was disappointed by Greene's Machiavellian cynicism.
  • Dolce & Gabbana Cleared Of Tax Evasion, Could Help Lionel Messi Trial

    Robert W. Wood
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Dolce & Gabbana Are Ruled Innocent of Tax Evasion, Which Could Help Embattled Footballer Lionel Messi, Still Facing Trial In Spain, Even If it's Too Late to Help Wesley Snipes.
  • 73 0f 100 Swiss Banks In Bed With The IRS Are Eyeing The Sofa

    Robert W. Wood
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    73 of the Swiss Banks That Grabbed a U.S. Amnesty Deal Have Second Thoughts, Are Pushing Back, and Want a Better Deal.
  • Looking For A Deal? How Meta Brands Will Change Everything

    Kevin Ready
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    What do you think of when you think of a Brand? We know brands like Nike, Toyota, and Apple in a very intimate way?they have distinctive personalities and we may even feel like we have ?relationships? with them. The power and the meaning of "Brand" has some powerful implications for us as consumers, entrepreneurs and business people, but the idea of "Brand" may now be under pressure from an emerging new way of doing business.
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    Online sales proposals | Mimiran

  • Do Your Proposals Put Your Prospects to Sleep?

    Reuben
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    I’ve seen many proposals that are The Worst Movie Ever. Don’t make your proposals like this…   Yes, you usually need some legal-type language, but you can still make a proposal interesting and compelling. If it’s important enough for the prospect to want to spend time on it, you should be able to make them want to spend time reading about how you’re going to help them solve it.
  • Austin Sales, Proposals and Pricing Meetup

    Reuben
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    Got questions (or answers) about sales, proposals, and/or pricing? Join the Austin Sales, Proposals, and Pricing Meetup Group. We’ll be discussing tips, tricks, pitfalls, etc, to help you sell more effectively and profitably, how to attract the right kind of customers, and more. First meeting 9/24 at Sherlock’s in Austin at from 11:30-1.
  • Apple Watch, Value, Price, and Frame of Reference

    Reuben
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:54 pm
    John Gruber has an in-depth piece about Apple Watch over on DaringFireball. It’s well thought-out, but what’s particularly interesting is his guess at the prices of the three different tiers. Apple announced that the watch would start at $349, which clearly is for the sport version. The regular edition and the “Edition”-edition will be more. Gruber thinks much more. My guesses for starting prices: Apple Watch Sport (aluminum/glass): $349 (not a guess) Apple Watch (stainless steel/sapphire): $999 Apple Watch Edition (18-karat gold/sapphire): $4999 In short: hundreds for…
  • Proposal Writing Style: Formality and Clarity

    Reuben
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    There are two ways to look at writing style: formality and clarity. The formality of the writing, formatting, and imagery will depend on your customers. A professional party planner may promise to “keep the drinks flowing, the music thumping, and the dance floor full until the small hours”, with pictures of happy people having a great time. If you’re implementing accounting systems, people might have different expectations for how formal your writing is. Even when writing formally, let some personality come through. People buy from people, not companies, but especially in formal…
  • Defining the Customer’s Commitments in a Proposal

    Reuben
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    In addition to clearly defining what we are not doing as part of a project (see What You’re Forgetting to Include in Your Proposal), we need to define what we need the customer to do to make the project successful. There are no magic wands, and vendors almost always need some level of help to deliver results. Sometimes this help is minimal. Sometimes it means weeks or months of close collaboration with key personnel who already have busy schedules. Sometimes it means access to sensitive documents or data. Sometimes it means obtaining, cleansing, and stitching together information that…
 
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    Business.com B2B Online Marketing Blog

  • The SMB Guide to Mobile Marketing

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

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

    Shayna Marks
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    The work of a marketer is never done, but with a little advice from the experts, your marketing efforts can be more inspired, effective and engaging. Whether your business is B2B or B2C, these insightful tips from the pros will get you thinking about marketing in a different way. Here are 19 of our favorite words of wisdom from some of the great minds paving the way, especially in the digital landscape. “The biggest titles don’t always have the biggest brains. Instead, go after key influencers.” Guy Kawasaki, Chief Evangelist, Canva (Tweet This!) “A story is at its best when it’s…
  • How to Make the Most of What You Have: Lead Conversion Optimization Tips from Jim Wang of Microblogger.com

    Morgan Quinn
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    What is top-of-mind for B2B marketers right now? According to a 2013 survey from The B2B Technology/Marketing Community on LinkedIn, 61% of responders said the biggest challenge they face is generating leads. And not just any old lead, but quality leads that actually convert. For the B2B marketers who feel held to time-consuming and expensive campaigns, there’s good news: the same study also found that the most effective lead generation tactic used by marketers is the company website, and another survey from MarketingSherpa found that marketers are increasing their spend yearly, with most…
  • 3 Major Marketing Fails, Risks, and Fixes

    Morgan Quinn
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    He was wearing a robe and slippers, day-old stubble, jeans, and a dirty T-shirt. A cigarette dangled from his lips as he leaned underneath the “No Smoking” sign and muttered: “You hiring?” “Why, where have you been? You’re exactly what I’m looking for!” (Not!) As business owners, we can’t help but look outside and wonder “what in the world are people thinking?” when they unsuccessfully market themselves as employees. Before we cast judgment, though, let’s talk about how difficult marketing our own businesses can be (and the…
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    MyWifeQuitHerJob.com

  • How One Innocent Line Of Javascript Code Can Put Your Entire Website At Risk

    Steve C
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Over the past several years of running my online store course, I’ve noticed some very disturbing trends with a fair number of students in my class. First off, I want to preface this post by saying that most of the students in my course do not have a programming background nor do they join my class with a solid grasp of how web technologies work. As a result, whenever they need or want a certain feature for their shopping cart that hasn’t been covered in the class, they do what any normal person would do… They do a search on Google, look for a plugin, widget or piece of code…
  • MWQHJ 041: How To Make Money With Every Online Business Model Out There With Pat Flynn

    Steve C
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    I’ve known Pat Flynn for 4 years now and he continues to impress me everyday. He’s one of those guys who always has an open mind and is constantly trying out new business models to see if they work. That is why I’m thrilled to have him on the show today to talk about all of his successful online business “experiments”. In just under an hour, we’ll cover almost everything from starting a niche site to affiliate marketing to writing software etc… You name it and we’ll pretty much cover it in this interview. Definitely a must listen! BTW, in case…
  • MWQHJ 040: How Keith Walker Disrupted The Movie Theater Industry With an iPad And Raspberry Pi

    Steve C
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    As a big movie buff, I’ve always wondered how the movie industry works and how movie theaters manage stay in business. As it turns out, movie theaters have been on the decline for the past several years thanks to DVDs and services like Netflix. That is why Keith Walker and his partner Matt Sconce decided to completely disrupt the entire industry with their site MovieHeroes.com. Their technology allows movie theaters to instantly adopt an all you can eat Netflix type of business model to maximize profit. And their results have been staggering. The theaters that have adopted…
  • How To Validate Your Business Idea So You Don’t Lose $82,000 Like Noah Kagan

    Steve C
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:09 pm
    This post was written by Noah Kagan, Chief Sumo at SumoMe.com, the free tool to grow your website traffic. Noah and I first met when I interviewed him for my podcast and he really knows his stuff when it comes to marketing and sales. In this post, he tells his story about a huge mistake he made that caused him to lose $82000 and how he approaches new business ventures today. At one point in time I was the largest Facebook game developer with nearly 5 million players. This was awesome and I was generating $40,000 a month. I moved the company to Argentina, drank wine, learned Tango and hung…
  • MWQHJ 039: How To Run A 6 Figure Mommy Blog While Homeschooling 7 Kids With Toni Anderson

    Steve C
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    Today I’m thrilled to have Toni Anderson on the show. Toni and I met at the World Domination Summit last year and she’s one of my favorite mommy bloggers of all time. I always love talking to Toni because every time I talk to her, I realize how much of a cake walk my life really is. Toni runs the ridiculously popular blog, TheHappyHousewife.com, where she blogs about how to better manage your household. And here’s the kicker. The woman has 7 kids and she homeschools all of them. In addition to the blog, she also runs a conference and she consults on the side. In short, her…
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    Flyte New Media

  • How Do I Activate Google Webmaster Tools?

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

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

    Rich Brooks
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    This post is sponsored by Visa Small Business, but the opinions are all mine, and any comments are all yours. Having a diverse workforce can be a challenge for small businesses, especially in certain parts of the U.S. or globally. To get the benefits of diversity, you may need to expand your thinking. Many large companies must comply with corporate or even governmental diversity mandates. They are also made up of such large workforces that it’s easy to cultivate a rich mixture of experiences and people. But smart businesses—of any size—don’t view diversity as a requirement, but rather…
  • How Do I Become an Internet Sensation? Follow This One Rule.

    Katrina Crowell
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    Rebecca Black. Antoine Dodson. Psy. What do all of these people have in common? They’ve all managed to take a slice of fame, by joining the ranks of a phenomenon of the 21st Century called “Internet Sensations”. Being an Internet sensation can result in record contracts, television appearances, book deals, advertising endorsements, even lucrative contracts with major cosmetic companies... And of course – cold, hard cash. The facts don’t lie: Making yourself an Internet sensation can pay off big time. OK – So, coming back down to earth – it’s safe to say that most of us…
  • How to Retarget Your Ads on Facebook

    Katrina Crowell
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    Retargeting on Facebook is a digital marketing tactic that’s been getting a lot of attention lately. And rightly so – because retargeting gives you a chance to reach customers who are serious about purchasing your product or service. If you’ve never heard of retargeting, you’ve probably experienced it. Ever looked at—say, a pair of boots—online and then seen ads for those boots at every site you go to after that? Well, those ads aren’t coming from the magic internet marketing fairy – They’re coming from a digital marketing tactic called retargeting.  How do…
 
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    Profitable Growth

  • Does Your Company Culture Need To Change With The Times? Don’t Sing The Blues; Learn From The Blues.

    Andy Birol
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Does the strong and deep company culture you have nurtured and sustained still resonate with employees and attract customers? As new generations replace retirees and your customers change, is your company culture still aligned with your company’s goals? If you are thinking your company culture is too embedded to change, consider the most truly American form of music, the Blues, and you will see that if it’s culture can change with the times, so can yours! How so? The Blues as a music form was born out of the roots of slavery and Jim Crow but was first heard across the world through…
  • Go Away to Come Back; Business Lessons From Seven Continents.

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

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

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

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

  • This Halloween – PixelCrayons offers 15% discounts on all MarkUp Services

    Mark Wilston
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    You all must be planning to have great fun on this Halloween. To make the occasion even more special and exciting for you, PixelCrayons is offering 15% PSD to HTML discount on all its price packages including the options of integration to CMS and shopping carts. When witches go riding and black cats are seen, […]
  • PhoneGap – Is It For You or Not?

    Mark Wilston
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
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  • 10 Attributes of Stylish Application Development

    Mark Wilston
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    The world of application development is continuously witnessing new changes and innovations. From enterprise software to entertainment apps, developers are revolutionizing the application development process. With the emergence of smartphones, a new phase of mobile application development has gripped the world, and in the recent years, a range of adorable apps have hit the mobile […]
  • Learn from Your Competitors to Expand Your Ecommerce Business

    Mark Wilston
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    A number of new players are entering the ecommerce business space on a daily basis. Does it make the competition fierce? Or, is it taking away the business share of the existing online stores? The questions are worth exploring and the answers could reveal you some new business insights. It is a fact that more […]
  • Why social media advertising is important for a web store?

    Mark Wilston
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:09 pm
    The importance of social media for business success is no more a hidden secret. E-commerce stores can especially gain from the social media advertising. Millions of people are available online at any time on social networks and advertising on popular social media websites could prove a profitable idea to draw the traffic and enhance the […]
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    Business Credit

  • The Best Online Business Directories to Get Listed With

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

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

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

    Marco Carbajo
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Business Best Practices Credit Cards One of the challenges facing business owners in America today is the lack of business credit education. An area of particular interest is in the proper use of credit cards. According to Tower Group’s recent report, more than two-thirds of business owners use credit cards for business, but of those […] The post Attention Business Owners: Best Practices for Using Credit Cards appeared first on Business Credit.
  • UCC Financing Statement: Is One Filed Against Your Business?

    Marco Carbajo
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    UCC Financing Statement In the past several posts we talked about deciphering your Equifax Small Business Report, Experian Business Report and Dun & Bradstreet Report. We broke down the various groups of data that make up your company’s credit report with public filings being one of them. Public filings include records such as bankruptcies, liens, […] The post UCC Financing Statement: Is One Filed Against Your Business? appeared first on Business Credit.
 
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    The Work at Home Woman

  • Don’t be a Blogger Behaving Badly

    wahanelson
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Rebecca Flansburg The online world/blogosphere is filled with tons of amazing tips and advice on how to be a super- dynamic-the-bees-knees-type blogger. However, I am fairly certain that there is not nearly as much information about what to NOT do available for those of us whose blog is an important part of their livelihood. […]
  • Enter to Win a Total Defense Kit from Nature Unleashed – Value $109.70!

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We’re excited to be partnering with Nature Unleashed for this earth-friendly giveaway! You can proactively shield your total environment by unleashing nature’s powerful work in your home to protect yourself and your loved ones with the all-inclusive ‘Total Defense Kit’ and tote bag – valued at $109.70! The kit contains: 1 Anolyte C™ (Cleanser) 32oz […]
  • Start Treating Your Blog Like a Business – 5 Reasons You Need Cloud Storage

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    By Holly Reisem Hanna Thanks to WD for sponsoring today’s post and for providing me with a My Cloud EX2 to use and review. When I began my blogging journey, I backed up my computer files on multiple flash drives. Yes, I know, not a good strategy, but I wanted to save money. But after […]
  • Pinterest is Perfect For Direct Sales Consultants

    wahanelson
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Deb Bixler Pinterest means Pin things of Interest on your bulletin boards. Pinterest is fun and profitable! After only a couple of pin boards and a few pins I quickly saw people coming to my websites from Pinterest. After just over a year it is the top social referrer to my website, even beating […]
  • You’re Personally Invited to Be a Work at Home Fashion Insider

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    By Holly Reisem Hanna This fall, CAbi is inviting you to experience the brand in a very special way through a live broadcast at one of their many viewing parties! You’ll get to engage with the CAbi Community, get a sneak peek of the spring trends, and find out more about working from home as […]
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    Leader Networks blog

  • Why Listening Communities Belong in Your Marketing Strategy

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

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

    Vanessa DiMauro
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    Don Bulmer and I are thrilled to share the findings of our  latest study, The Social Consumer,  and we think this is the most exciting one yet!  We researched the factors that inform, impact and shape trust, loyalty and preferences of the digitally connected consumer. We tested the belief that brands which can tap into the emotions about and awareness of their values (human/social) are most likely to inspire positive action and loyalty from consumers.  This is our third research collaboration since 2009, as part of our fellowship with The Society for New Communication Research. We were…
  • Big List 2.0: The Top B2B Online Customer Communities 2014

    Vanessa DiMauro
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    I am thrilled to share the most comprehensive directory of B2B online customer communities on the web and perhaps even the planet! We published our first Big List in 2011 and just finished an exhaustive period of research and review to bring you the following 106 dynamic communities. From IT pros and CIOs to plumbers, baristas, and dentists. From frequent fliers to small business owners, you’ll find them all and more, right here. The Big List functions as a much deserved acknowledgment of B2B communities and their dedicated community managers, fierce executive champions and collaborative…
  • Spotlighting *Your* B2B Online Community – Call for Participation

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

  • 5 Tips for Choosing Your Trade Show Giveaways

    Rieva Lesonsky
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Connor Chan Promotional items, free swag, product giveaways—let’s be honest, these are some of the things that make events like trade shows and conventions worth attending. Who doesn’t love getting a free t-shirt or pen? Or be amazed by some of the amazing trade show exhibits that just WOW their audience? Still, let’s not forget that companies give trade show swag away for a reason: to advertise their names and spread the word about how awesome they are. There’s no hard science as to why certain trade show giveaways work better than others. Maybe it has something to do with logo…
  • 3 Steps to Creating a Brand Customers Can Identify

    Rieva Lesonsky
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Katherine Johnson It has to be said that a good logo or business card will instantly draw the attention of potential from customers. As a start-up company, you need to consider how you want to be seen. Using professional logos, designs, packaging, and advertising will help you stand out from the beginning, helping you get the customers you want. Here are three ways you can better identify yourself through branding. Your Logo: Easy to Identify A logo is absolutely critical to the success of your business. The logo is the basis for everything you’ll do, from branded display units to…
  • When Does a “Small Business” Become a “Venture”?

    Rieva Lesonsky
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Cliff Ennico I am pleased every year to host a program for the New York State Bar Association (www.nysba.org) on “Representing the Startup Venture.” Whenever I do this program, the question inevitably arises: what is a “venture” and how does it differ from any other business startup? It’s actually quite simple. A startup business can be either: a “small business” or “personal business;” or a “venture.” Let’s start with the small (or personal) business, which has the following characteristics: Retail or Service Business. If a business involves manufacturing or the…
  • Dangerous Work? 4 Policies for Extra Employee Safety

    Rieva Lesonsky
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Anica Oaks Safety in the workplace is a serious concern. Accidents and injuries cost companies millions each year in terms of lost productivity and increasing insurance premiums, not to mention potential legal concerns. Common sense safety measures only go so far. Having policies in place to create a safe environment for workers is paramount to reducing the danger involved in any job. Continuing Safety Education and Training Training employees on a regular basis can help them learn safety protocols, which will increase the likelihood of them following safety procedures and knowing and…
  • Top Success Factors in Sales Management

    Rieva Lesonsky
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Alison Brattle When it comes to establishing the key elements of increasing sales, the best source of information is surely successful salespersons and teams. A study undertaken by Achieve Global reveals interesting findings, which companies seeking to boost their sales performance will undoubtedly find useful. The study focussed on two main areas. First, sales professionals were asked to identify the activities in each phase of sales that they felt were most influential on their success. The sales process was identified as follows: Preparing to sell (understanding the products or…
 
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    Springwise

  • Project 3D prints photographs to keep memories alive for the blind

    Springwise
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Add / Remove The world is becoming an increasingly visual one thanks to the advent of computers and touchscreen displays, which are now embedded into our daily lives. For people without vision, their environment is one that needs to be heard and felt, meaning that core aspects of life are becoming closed off. We recently wrote about the Japanese government’s project to 3D print contoured maps for the blind, demonstrating how new tech can actually benefit those with sight problems. Now Singapore’s PIRATE3D is hoping to use 3D printed models as a memory aid for blind people,…
  • Interactive app provides extra content during orchestra performances

    Springwise
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Add / Remove Using a phone during an opera or classical music performance has long been considered a huge faux-pas. However, venues such as Rhode Island's Providence Performing Arts Center have already launched schemes to allow certain sections of the audience to use their devices to livetweet shows. Now the Philadelphia Orchestra has created LiveNote, an app designed to help the audience learn more about the concert they're watching. The app serves as a digital version of the traditional program notes that are often provided for operas and orchestra performances. Alongside…
  • Small device charges smartphones through daily activity

    Springwise
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:41 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. Springwise has already covered a slew of innovations that are attempting to tackle the problem of smartphone charge — from a subscription model for restaurants to solar-powered festival tents — testament to how perennial a problem it has become. The latest effort is AMPY, a device that stores kinetic energy from walking, running and cycling, and uses it to charge…
  • Anti-aging skincare products personalized with DNA analysis

    Springwise
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Add / Remove Different people see different effects from anti-aging products, because our bodies don't react to chemicals in the same way. France-based Personal Cell Services has already made moves to individualize skincare by incorporating consumers' own stem cells into its products. Now the UK's Geneu has developed U+, a system that uses in-store gene analysis to tailor skincare to each customer's DNA. One of the reasons that people react differently to chemical products is that around 0.1 percent of our is unique to us. Founded by Chris Toumazou — who is also chief…
  • Smart conference badge aims to replace business cards and brochures

    Springwise
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    Add / Remove Conferences overwhelm attendees with information about the latest products and services, but neither buyers nor sellers have the capacity to remember everything they see and everyone they speak to. Hoping to change this, Loopd is a conference lanyard that tracks wearers’ movements, enabling them to review their interactions and access extra content. The Loopd system consists of three elements; beacons, the Loopd chip and the Loopd app. The beacons are placed around the event space and deliver data to the chips worn around attendees’ necks, detailing where they are in…
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    PR Newswire: Business Technology

  • Smart Solar Market Insights Forecast 18% CAGR to 2018

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    DALLAS, October 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ReportsnReports.com adds Global Smart Solar Market 2014-2018 and Smart Solar Market [Communication, RFID, Automation, Metering, Automated Meter Reading, Solar Meter, Intelligrid, Integration and Platform Monitoring, IT & Analytics]: Global...
  • Chideo Continues To Expand Its Music Industry Presence To Help Those In Need

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Chideo, the first interactive charity broadcast network, today announced it has expanded its roster of award-winning musicians with its newest ambassador, Grammy® Award-winning rock band Train. The legendary rock band will leverage its...
  • iWitness Personal Safety Smartphone Application Readies for International Launch

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    SEATTLE, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Violence and crime are global issues that affect individuals of every age, gender, race, and socioeconomic status. Now, there's a personal safety app for iOS and Android mobile devices aimed at preventing attacks and safeguarding evidence of any...
  • Digital Power Corporation awarded additional $1.6M Defense Export Order

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Power Corporation (NYSE MKT: DPW) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Digital Power Limited, has secured an additional $1.6M order from the Republic of Korea  to provide uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems to be...
  • SecurityScorecard CEO to Speak at Advisen Cyber Risk Insight Conference

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Why and how financial institutions must understand all the cyber risks they face as well as those of their business partners will be the topic addressed by Dr. Aleksandr Yampolskiy, CEO and founder of SecurityScorecard Inc., at the Advisen...
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    Jeff Korhan

  • LinkedIn Influence: How to Build a Profitable Digital Presence

    Jeff Korhan
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (0:37:24) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business Powered by Simple Podcast Press This is Episode 14 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Are you overwhelmed with digital and social media? Then maybe you need a fresh approach. In this episode Stephanie Sammons shares her secrets for establishing your LinkedIn Influence, while also building a profitable digital presence across every other social media channel that makes sense for you and your business. The practices…
  • How Storytelling Grows Your Social Media Audience

    Jeff Korhan
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Are your social media profiles glorified resumes, or do they tell people what they really want to know – who you are and why they should care about you and your business? In addition to technology changing, everything about people and business is changing too. This means your social media has to meet new expectations. Media that markets these days does much more than create awareness. It makes meaningful connections, which means it inspires. The easiest way to accomplish that is by telling stories. Everyone is a Storyteller Don’t think that you are not a storyteller, because you have been…
  • Business Niche: How to Build a Predictable Income Model

    Jeff Korhan
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Listen to the Episode Below (0:38:31) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business Powered by Simple Podcast Press This is Episode 13 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Mike Rorie is the founder of one of the largest landscape management companies in the United States that employed 550 employees at its peak, before selling to a national firm in 2006. To grow and manage a business of that magnitude requires a lot more than had work. In this episode Mike shares why it’s vital to find a business model that…
  • How to Be Famous for Your Business Content

    Jeff Korhan
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    As a marketer you no doubt are familiar with the expression “Content is King” – but do you know who is credited with first coining it? I posed that question to my audience at a recent content marketing conference here in Chicago. To my surprise, nobody knew the answer. While it is sometimes disputed, Bill Gates is most often credited for one simple reason: He published it. This is why your business needs to get serious about publishing business content. Claim Your Signature Content New ideas often slowly emerge from everyday circumstances. This is why they seem common to those that are…
  • Community Value: How to Grow Your Business Audience

    Jeff Korhan
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (0:25:52) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business Powered by Simple Podcast Press This is Episode 12 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. John Lee Dumas has built a spectacularly successful online business in a very short period of time. He is best known as the founder of EntrepreneurOnFire, a daily podcast show launched just two short years ago that is now approaching one million monthly downloads, not to mention earning millions of dollars in annual revenue. Out of that…
 
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    SmartCEO

  • Granite Partners, LLC – Brand Capture

    elwood2700
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    GRANITE PARTNERS’ START-UP STORY Granite Partners began as a virtual group of consultants who shared leads, responsibilities and a passion for marketing, and could connect clients to resources nationwide. Each consultant had a specialty, which allowed David Poulos to expand Granite Partners’ reach to big clients and quickly scale up to fill any marketing need. Despite its deep pool of resources, Granite Partners still struggled to break into the market because, at the time, Poulos’ chief competitors were ad agencies that boasted profitability for their clients without any proof that…
  • Outsourcing mobile device support makes sense

    Marina Locks
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Thought Leadership on Managed IT Services presented by Atlantic-IT.net.  Whether your organization issues company-owned mobile devices or supports a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) program that allows the use of employee-owned devices, mobility is becoming more and more difficult to manage. These are just a handful of questions that time-strapped IT managers are grappling with today: How do you balance control with user privacy? How do you determine what types of mobile devices, operating systems and applications to allow? How do you protect these devices and the sensitive data accessed…
  • Sales tax laws still struggling to keep up

    Marina Locks
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Thought Leadership on Tax Planning for the Middle Market presented by Friedman LLP.  In recent years, the big sales tax topic has been the emergence of the so-called “Amazon” laws, whereby an out-of-state Internet retailer who has a “click-through” arrangement with a local vendor must collect sales tax in that state, even if it has no physical presence there. New York was the first state to enact such legislation, and currently about a third of all states have similar statutes. Prior to these laws, states primarily imposed tax on vendors with a physical in-state…
  • Before you respond to that email, pause

    Marina Locks
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Someone sends you an email message or a text, and you’re unsure how to respond.  It’s about a complex negotiation, or a politically sensitive situation. Or maybe it’s just from a person who unnerves you. For a moment, you pause. But for most of us, most of the time, that pause doesn’t last long. Instead we react, feeling the need to immediately craft a response. And often we then hit “send” without fully thinking. The result: an awkward or incomplete message that causes the recipient to pause, then react, often starting or continuing a cycle of miscommunication and…
  • The idea vs. execution debate: why ideas are everything

    Marina Locks
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    Leonardo da Vinci never stopped exploring and challenging conventional wisdom. And neither should you. This brief conversation had its roots firmly anchored in the topic of M&A—when to sell, when to buy and who the management team should be. Beyond the obvious talk of the role of lawyers and brokers, the discussion rubbed me the wrong way. The thinking that new ideas are simply distractions that cost money and can possibly be setbacks gave me a stomach ache. And it did so because I disagree. I would submit: New ideas are not only important, they are golden. Read the source article at…
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    Roundpeg | Indianapolis | Web Design | Social Media | Marketing

  • You Don’t Have to Write Your Own Blog Posts

    Anne
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Even though you own your own company doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself. You don’t have to design your own logo or build your own website. There are professionals who went through many years of school so they can help turn your dreams into reality (without having a mental breakdown). But one thing most small business owners choose to do on their own is write blog posts. I get it. You know your business and your industry better than anyone else, so why wouldn’t you write your own blog posts? But there’s no shame in hiring someone to write content for you…
  • 5 Core WordPress Plugins For Small Business Websites

    Peter Wolfgram
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Writing and creative expression are the heart and soul of WordPress. Plugins are the liver, kidneys, immune system and more. Pick your favorite organ and I guarantee there’s a parallel to the essential functions performed by plugins on millions of WordPress sites. Like organs, some plugins are more useful than others. You don’t need both of those kidneys, after all. But your self-hosted WordPress site needs all five of these core plugins. Wordfence Security Ok, let’s get site security out of the way. Not anybody’s favorite topic. We’d like websites to be more…
  • SEO 201: Cheat-Sheet

    Jarred
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Are you a business owner with plans for a new marketing strategy or website? If so, you’ve probably already been told by your friends, co-workers and back-seat-consultants that search is your gateway to the promised land. In the past few months, I’ve seen a rampant increase the the number of owners (specifically those with small businesses) obsessing over the need for improved SEO (search engine optimization) and ranked positioning in Google. Unfortunately, this is a detrimental way to handle your strategy. So whats going on with owners? My theory: They’ve been fed a lot of…
  • How Authentic is Your Brand?

    Anne
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Last weekend I was aimlessly scrolling through Twitter when I landed on a Tweet from Buzzfeed that questioned the authenticity of a brand I frequently support. Madewell is the sister company of the J.Crew empire. The tweet said, “How Madewell Bought And Sold My Family’s History.” Now I’m pretty familiar with this company, so I was really intrigued to see if this story actually had any substance to it or if it was just some random person looking for 15 minutes of fame. I’m talking to you, crazy Frozen lady. The article was pretty enlightening. It turns out Madewell as…
  • Seminar: Rock the Holidays

    Roundpeg
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    It’s that time of year – the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us. There is no better time to reach out to your customers, bring new clients in, and  boost repeat and referral business! Whether you run a retail shop, provide a specialized home service or offer services to other businesses this workshop will provide simple, practical tips for closing out 2014 on a high note. Participants will learn: How to leverage social media to engage new and existing customers Which  promotions and special offers work for your business right now-  best ways to drive response from…
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    The Thriving Small Business

  • What Can We Learn From The Ebola Nurse Whistle Blower?

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

    Patricia Lotich
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    According to a 2013 Employee Job Satisfaction report by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 81% of US employees reported overall satisfaction with their current job.  The purpose of the survey was to identify those factors that contribute to employee satisfaction in the workplace. Employees who are satisfied with their jobs are more committed, productive and more likely to stay with an organization. Read the Full Article →The post How to Improve Job Satisfaction and Job Performance appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: Using Text Analytics to…
  • Internal Problems Can Impact Your Customers – Are You Aware?

    Patricia Lotich
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    A friend was telling me about some of their small business problems and how difficult it was getting the executive level leadership to understand the day-to-day issues that employees were dealing with.  She was telling me about the major disconnect between upper management and employees who interact with the customers. The conversation reminded me of a study done in 1989 by Sidney Yshido called  The Iceberg of Ignorance.   Read the Full Article →The post Internal Problems Can Impact Your Customers – Are You Aware? appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also…
  • Employee Recognition – How Important Is It?

    Patricia Lotich
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Employees like to feel valued and appreciated for what they do.  When employees commit to working for an organization, they like to feel like they are part of a team and family. Often, they spend more time with coworkers than most other people in their lives. Recognizing the contributions employees make to an organization helps solidify relationships, fosters employee engagement and loyalty to the organization. Read the Full Article →The post Employee Recognition – How Important Is It? appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: Employee Recognition…
  • Public Relations Strategy: Why Your Organization Needs One

    Patricia Lotich
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    Every organization should have an interest in public relations.  The ability to maintain a positive public image is critical to achieving corporate objectives. What is public relations?  According to Wikipedia, the definition of public relations is “a field concerned with maintaining public image for high-profile people, commercial businesses and organizations, non-profit associations or programs”.  Read the Full Article →The post Public Relations Strategy: Why Your Organization Needs One appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: YouTube – Five…
 
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    Fizzle

  • How To Learn New Skills (FS077)

    Chase Reeves
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    How do you go about building new skills when you need them but you don’t yet have them? Maybe you need to learn how to create a blog or podcast. Or maybe you want to get better at design. Maybe you need to do some customer research but you don’t know how. Or maybe you’re trying to write killer articles that get shared and make some serious impact. I’ve been stuck in that mire before. Too much to learn. Don’t know where to start. Don’t know what to expect. What I didn’t know then is that there are some stages to learning new skills, and, with a little…
  • 2 Questions to ask Yourself About the “Equal Odds Rule”

    Chase Reeves
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I watched Woody Allen’s Sleeper last night. It’s an early 70’s faux-future weirdness movie… in a good way. There’s an orgasm machine. (Which, by the way, I think we’ve come far enough into the future to deserve an orgasm machine. We all work hard, we deserve this. C’mon the future!) Ok, back to movies. Have you seen any Woody Allen movies? Whatever you think of Woody Allen, his love life or the quality of his movies you cannot argue with the sheer NUMBER of movies he’s put out over the course of his life. He’s averaged about one movie per…
  • A Better Personal Brand (FS076)

    Chase Reeves
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Everybody talks about personal brand. Some people have made their whole business about it. Others have made their whole business through it. I find that a lot of the time, when people ask about personal brand, they’re really asking about an “easy button.” “Can you help me look better than I actually am?” There’s a lot of bullshit in the world of “personal branding.” There’s also a lot of honest-to-god intentionality, forethought, hard work and perseverance. Dive into this conversation with us to get some of the nitty gritty about how to do…
  • What Gets Measured Gets Done

    Corbett Barr
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    The Fizzle team has been hyper-focused on growth over the past month, and we’re seeing encouraging results. As a team, we select a different “theme” each quarter to guide our project work. Our current theme is simply membership growth. We always care about growth, but these themes give us a chance to turn all our attention to one specific thing for a while to make new breakthroughs. When the growth theme began, I started by creating an all-new metrics dashboard (we use a great tool called Geckoboard to monitor our most important stats). On this dashboard, I added some basic…
  • What’s New in Fizzle

    Barrett Brooks
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Whew. It’s been a busy couple of months since we last updated you on what’s new inside of Fizzle. We’ve released an all new member dashboard, two new courses on video production and product creation and two new founder stories with inspiring entrepreneurs. If you’re not a Fizzle member, here are a few brand new things that might make you tempted to try Fizzle for just $1 for your first month » The New Member Dashboard and Paths As Fizzle has grown, so has our need to help our members know where best to start with our training. So we went back to the drawing…
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    The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan

  • The Hubcast #13: Inbound as a Recruiting Tool, Smart CTA’s & Selling Management on HubSpot

    George Thomas
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    The Hubcast Podcast Episode 013 Welcome back to The Hubcast folks! As mentioned last week, this will be a weekly podcast all about HubSpot news, tips, and tricks. Please also note the extensive show notes below including some new HubSpot video tutorials created by George Thomas. Show Notes: Inbound and Content Marketing World Collide Next [...]
  • “I’ve Got a Pocket Full of Stress, but I’m with You.”

    Marcus Sheridan
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    In this industry, we hear lots of talk about “engagement”, “being social” and all those other pretty-sounding phrases. But I get it—being human matters. In fact, I was reminded of this principle while attending a conference in NYC a couple of weeks ago. The event—Business Gets Personal—was put on by 3 extremely well known thought [...]
  • Mad Marketing #37: Thoughts on the Crazy State of Content Marketing Measurement and ROI

    Marcus Sheridan
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s that time again everyone! In this fast, fun, and furious episode of the Mad Marketing Podcast we talk about a wide range of marketing and personal topics that have been rummaging through my brain in the past few weeks. Specifically, in this episode we discuss: Why people look at me funny when I’m in [...]
  • The Hubcast #12: Is HubSpot Stock a Smart Investment & Thoughts on Enhancing the New Editorial Calendar

    George Thomas
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    The Hubcast Podcast Episode 012 Welcome back to The Hubcast folks! As mentioned last week, this will be a weekly podcast all about HubSpot news, tips, and tricks. Please also note the extensive show notes below including some new HubSpot video tutorials created by George Thomas. Show Notes: HubSpot IPO Despite the turbulence, Boston-based Hubspot launched with an [...]
  • Is Your Company Producing the Wrong Type of Content? A Strategic Look

    Marcus Sheridan
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    When it comes to the mistakes businesses make with respect to an effective content marketing strategy, the list is a long one. But perhaps, at the top of the list, is the reality that so many businesses are producing the wrong type of content—at least when it comes to generating revenue for the company. For [...]
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • What’s New at Shoeboxed This Week

    Emily Farrar
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Greetings, Shoeboxers! This week, we have a couple new and exciting things we think you should know about: We’ve improved Gmail Receipt Sync. Our receipt importer is now smarter than ever after improvements to its receipt recognition abilities! If you haven’t tried it yet, set it up here. You can now sort your Business Cards and Other Documents by name and date on the document. We hope that you’re enjoying the many improvements we’ve released over the past few weeks. If you missed those updates, you can read them here and here. As always, if you have any questions…
  • Expense Reporting Made Easy: A Shoeboxed Success Story

    Emily Farrar
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:18 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. “It’s so easy to snap a photo and file it away so that you can get rid of the paper and have an electronic copy ready when you need…
  • iOS Update: iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Views!

    Emily Farrar
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Make sure to update the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker on your iPhone and/or iPad today! Version 5.1.3 is now available for download from the App Store and includes a few important updates: We fixed the issue with the app crashing when you submit a photo of a receipt. The extracted total and tax amounts for each receipt will now display in your account’s default currency. We added views optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. So don’t wait– update today! As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the new version by emailing us at…
  • Three Surefire Ways to Gain Funding For Your Business

    Shoeboxed Contributor
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Whether you’re in the beginning stages of starting your new business or your current business needs a little extra cash to start a new project, gaining extra money quickly is something every business will go through at some point or another. Luckily, there are a couple different ways to do just that! Here are three very effective ways to go about earning money for your business: Have a solid business plan. The best way to gain third-party investors is to have a great business plan all set and ready to go. Not only are they great for showing potential investors how worthwhile investing in…
  • Searching Your Shoeboxed Account is Easier than Ever

    Emily Farrar
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    You asked and we listened! Searching your Shoeboxed account just got a lot easier. While search works the same way– just type your query into the Search everything bar in the top right corner of your online account– the results you’ll receive will look a lot different. The new search results page offers great new features and functionality, many of which were requested by you, our users! Changes to look for: All results for your search query are displayed on one page, instead of sorted by document type Design enhancements to match our new receipt tables We also have plans…
 
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    ReachLocal Blog

  • 17 Tips to Help You Handle Online Complaints & Negative Reviews

    Amy Neeley
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    No matter how well you run your business, chances are at some point you’ll have to deal with online complaints, upset customers, or negative social media comments. How well you handle these situations can impact your online reputation and sometimes even mean the difference between keeping or losing a customer. So here’s a round up of 17 tips for dealing with angry customers, negative reviews, social media complaints, and negative tweets, along with links to the full articles so you can read more. Dealing with Customer Complaints 1. Address a Complaint Immediately Whether you’re dealing…
  • Consumers Found Me, Now What? ReachLocal & Google Webinar

    ReachLocal
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Get Google’s latest research on consumer buying behavior plus actionable tips on turning your website visitors into customers with our upcoming webinar, Consumers Found You, Now What? In this exclusive Google-sponsored webinar, you’ll learn about: Consumer buying behaviors and the role of mobile Website best practices that convince visitors to contact you Lead management tips that will help you turn more leads into customers Don’t just get website visitors; get customers! Register now and mark your calendar for October 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. CDT (2 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT)The post Consumers…
  • 7 Mobile Marketing Stats Every Local Business Should Know

    Tiffany Monhollon
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    For today’s local businesses, having a robust online presence has become a necessity. But is your business up to speed on the demands for mobile marketing as well? Here are five mind-blowing stats about mobile every local business needs to know. 1) Smartphones have hit mainstream. One significant contributing factor in the rise of mobile marketing is the dramatic increase in mobile device usage across all demographic groups. In fact, according to a report by Pew Research, an estimated 58% of American adults now use a smartphone on a daily basis. 2) Time spent on mobile devices is on the…
  • Survey: The Secret Fears of SMBs

    Tiffany Monhollon
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    Being a small business owner can be incredibly rewarding, but like most careers, it’s not without its challenges. From managing your team to dealing with finances to finding time to focus on sales and marketing, it can be a lot to juggle. But what really keeps you up at night as an SMB? With Halloween right around the corner, we want to give you the opportunity to anonymously share your secret fears as an SMB, so we can share a selection of these quotes, along with some tips to help alleviate these fears, in an upcoming post. Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the…
  • 5 Tips & Tools to Get Great Images for Your Business

    ReachLocal
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:15 am
    With high-speed Internet the norm rather than the exception today, images have become an important part of the Web. Additionally, sites like Google Images and Pinterest essentially “reward” pages that have high-quality imagery by making it easier for Web browsers to find these pages. That’s why it’s so important to have pictures not only on your main webpage but also on your subpages, blog posts, and across your social media profiles. If you’re at a loss for how to find or produce business images, consider these five tips and tools to help steer you in the right direction. 1. Keep…
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    Firefly Coaching

  • Smart Marketing Tips from David Allen of Getting Things Done

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

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

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

    Stephanie Ward
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:20 am
    What is on the ‘Contact’ page of your website? If your answer is, “not much” then you need to watch this short video because you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to connect with more people. Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below:   If you don’t have a valuable free giveaway to offer as your call to action, read this: Do You Offer a Free Valuable Giveaway? And if you’d like even more tips for your website, check out my post: Is Your…
  • Turn Your Marketing Chaos Into Den of Zen

    Stephanie Ward
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:10 am
        You are constantly bombarded as a business owner about everything you should be doing to market your business. There are always new platforms, tips, tricks, and foolproof methods you are told to try. But it doesn’t have to be complicated. The key concepts of marketing remain steadfast. You want to be able to connect with people, build relationships, and let them know how you can help them. The actual ‘how’ of doing this varies from business owner to business owner and the ‘how’ is less important than the fact that you actually do it. It all boils down to making smart…
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    Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business

  • Webinar Checklist: 5 Must-Have’s For Massive Webinar Success

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever wondered why some webinars are wildly successful, while others fall flat? Or why some webinars enjoy thousands of attendees while others are attended by 20 people, tops? The truth is that successful webinars follow a proven checklist that virtually guarantees their success. This checklist contains 5 crucial elements that must be included in your webinar presentation in order for it to be successful. If you’re looking to increase attendance, engage your audience, and convert leads into paying customers with a webinar, make sure your next presentation includes these 5 things:  …
  • Creating A Webinar That Converts: The Timing, Format, And Structure Of Your Next Webinar

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    If you’re using webinars to grow your business, there is nothing more important than the timing, format, and structure of your presentation. Some marketers argue that these technical aspects of your presentation are even more important than the content itself! Why? Because it is the timing, format, and structure that determine whether your prospect converts into a paying customer by the end of the webinar. Here are proven best practices to follow when deciding how long your webinar will be, what format it will be presented in, and how it will be structured from beginning to end.    …
  • Don’t Become a Victim of Disengagement

    Wil Hart
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Engagement Matters Episode 38: How can you maintain your connection with people? It takes a conscientious effort of focus and practice. Think about the number of people you have met in a business setting over the past 7 months. With how many of them do you still keep in touch? Learn how to keep a high level of engagement with prospects, clients and referral partners. The post Don’t Become a Victim of Disengagement appeared first on Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business.
  • Webinar Marketing for Newbies: 5 Steps To Creating and Marketing Your First Webinar

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you’ve never created a webinar before, the thought of webinar marketing can be really intimidating. You’re probably wondering... How will I work out the technical aspects of holding a webinar? How do I give people access to the webinar? What platform should I use for hosting the webinar? What should the webinar be about, anyway? How do I get people to attend my webinar? Don’t worry! While webinars are certainly more technically involved than other types of content marketing, once you get the first one under your belt you’ll be off to the races. Here are five easy steps to creating…
  • Top 10 Reasons To Hold A Webinar Today

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Are you currently using webinars as part of your content marketing strategy? If not, you may have an outdated idea of exactly what a webinar is and just how powerful webinars can actually be. In the past, webinars were used primarily for product demonstrations and to usher customers through a company’s sales funnel. Today, webinars are being used for everything from list-building and panel discussions to interactive courses and mastermind groups. The 21st century webinar is all about engagement: allowing your customers to connect with you and your brand on a personal level in order to…
 
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  • Watch Lecrae Kill the 5 Fingers of Death! [Hip-Hop Freestyle]

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

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

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last year the Lord put it on my heart to share a dark secret that I hid for many years. During a 3 year period of my life I recklessly had unprotected sex with prostitutes. I was looking for love in dark places, but by the grace of God, I was able to find my way out of the wilderness. I have since adapted my story into a film that explores what happens when you try to fill holes in your heart with sex instead of the love of God. I’m extremely proud of it and I pray it blesses you just as much as it blesses me. Love in Dark Places is now available for rent and buy through Vimeo On…
  • Film-Com 2014 is a Wrap! [Photos]

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    21 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    I can’t tell you enough how awesome #filmcomnashville is. It’s not just a film conference/expo, it’s a market place for film makers, writers, producers, and more. Last year was my first time going but I learned even more this year. It was a great journey and I’m definitely looking forward to new connections, greater experiences, and more abundant opportunities coming my way! Check out some cool pictures that I took of my journey below. Enjoy! Click Here to View Full Gallery! The post Film-Com 2014 is a Wrap! [Photos] appeared first on RodKirby.com.
  • Announcing: Joy the Series

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    6 Jun 2014 | 5:47 pm
    I’m pleased to announce Kirby Media Productions’ next project, Kimberly Kirby’s Joy (the series)! That’s right, we’re turning my wife’s book, Joy, into a TV series. For the uninitiated, Joy is a series of books that follows the lives of three couples as they learn the hardest lesson in love; when to hold on and when to let go. The series is a drama written by Kim and I and directed by yours truly (of course!). Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to develop the script and get ready to shoot a pilot this summer.   The post Announcing: Joy the…
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    Women Entrepreneurs - The Secrets of Success blog

  • Get Moving! How to Let Go of What's Holding You Back.

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Deborah A. Bailey Have you ever felt that if you had more money, or more degrees or knew more of the “right people” you’d be okay? Perhaps you feel that you’re too old to go for your dreams. Or maybe you believe you don’t have the advantages that others do. Ever had these types of thoughts? It’s so easy to become blocked by your own fears and limited beliefs. But what can you do about it?
  • The Myth of Employee Burnout with Matt Heller on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Matt Heller has spent 25 years in the amusement/theme park industry. Starting as a ride operator at Canobie Lake Park just out of high school, Matt has enjoyed a robust career around the industry with leadership positions at Canobie, Knottfs Camp Snoopy, Valleyfair and Smiles Entertainment Center. Pulling from his previous leadership experience, in 2003 Matt joined Universal Orlando Resort as
  • Turning On Your Money Taps

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Alicia Forest, MBAThe Business Shifter™One of the things I worked on for several years was cleaning up my money issues. That included everything from thinking I have to work really hard to make a lot of money, to taking care of old debt, to having a plan for paying down new debt, to plugging even the slightest money leak.The truth for me was that I tended to not pay attention to my money as
  • The Esendemir Sisters Founders of Flatbread Grill on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Esendemir Sisters are three Turkish-American millennials who grew up in near poverty. The sisters, Fusun, Gonca and Arzu Esendemir, started Flatbread Grill, a fast casual Mediterranean restaurant concept, back in 2007, at the height of America’s worst economic recession. The Esendemir Sisters oversaw every aspect of the brand’s creation through menu development, interior design and
  • Closing Open Loops

    13 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Lisa Sasevich Are you “thinking about” advancing yourself with some additional training, personally or professionally? Maybe you’ve got something in mind, such as going to an event you heard about or investing in a training that entices you every time you think about it. You know you want to, you know that it would be valuable, which is why you haven’t said no to it, but you haven’t said
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    Small-Business

  • Why We Miss the Target

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    It was just about 30 years ago while working one of my first sales Jobs. I had returned to the office totally disgusted. Why? Because my prospect just didn’t “get it.” He said “no” despite the fact that the product would have helped him immeasurably. I was disgusted at my prospect for not understanding. Fortunately, a very-wise and seasoned executive at the company took me aside and said, “Burg, always remember… ‘When the shooter misses the target, it ain’t the target’s fault.’” I must have been in learning mode that day…
  • Can We Put ‘Affordable’ Into the Affordable Care Act?

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:31 am
    Many of us are familiar with Rick Harrison from the hit reality TV show Pawn Stars and for years we’ve listened to him gripe about the amount of work he’s able to squeeze out of his son Corey and his employee ChumLee. But on his , it was the Affordable Care Act that took his first salvo of criticism. “It’s really difficult to do business sometimes. Just for my little pawn shop the insurance for my employees went from $19,000 to  $30,000. Last month,” Harrison explained. “I have 60-year-old women working for me who have to have pregnancy coverage now. I…
  • When Women Encounter a Different Kind of Pay Gap (WSJ.com Video)

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Published on October 24, 2014 More women are starting their own businesses only to find a different kind of pay gap. Small business expert Susan Solovic joins Tanya Rivero on Lunch Break.
  • Top 10 Internet Law Developments of 2014: Part II

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Each year around this time I write an update for my one-volume handbook on Internet law designed for lawyers who represent online businesses.  As part of this update, I list what I consider to be the 10 most significant developments in Internet law over the past year.  I devoted to four of these developments. Here are the rest of this year’s selections: Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (UFADAA). What happens to your digital assets when you die or become disabled?  In July 2014, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, a highly…
  • Make Every Member Of Your Startup Act Like An Owner

    Martin Zwilling
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Every startup lucky enough to get some traction gets to the point where they decide to hire some “regular employees” for sales, marketing, and administrative tasks. Then they are surprised to see productivity and creativity take a big dip. What they should be doing is hiring only “entrepreneurs,” meaning people who think and act as if this is their own business. This commitment to hire people who think like entrepreneurs, or instill an “owner’s mindset” in every employee, should be a high priority in every business. It’s what every customer…
 
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    Constant Contact Blogs

  • How One Law Firm Uses Constant Contact to Build Client Relationships

    Miranda Paquet
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Building client relationships is one of the most important things you can do in legal services industry. This is something Carrie Bonnet, marketing director at Rains Lucia Stern, PC, knows well. “We’re not focused on advertising; we’re focused on building relationships,” Carrie explains. Since 2010, Rains Lucia Stern, PC has relied on Constant Contact’s suite of online marketing tools to help build those relationships in a number of different ways. This includes: Using email to stay in touch with contacts Hosting events to connect with clients Collecting feedback with online…
  • How to Create Fruitful Co-Marketing Relationships

    Ryan Kettler
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    Fall is my favorite season. Everything is constantly changing: the weather, the daylight, the leaves, the routines, and of course, the food. Restaurants, breweries, markets, bakeries, and coffee shops are just some of the places where you can go to get a taste of fall. One of the things I love most about enjoying a taste of fall, is that you’re constantly reminded of all of the relationships that go into delivering them to your plate. Farmers, restaurant owners, suppliers, and brewers all rely on each other, and help each other a lot in the process. As a small business, there’s a good…
  • What Google Inbox Means for Small Business Marketing

    Christopher M. Litster
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    You may have heard that yesterday, Google launched a beta version of a new email product called Inbox. So what is this Inbox thing? What does it mean for Gmail users? And what does it mean for small business marketing? Let’s get one thing out of the way first: Inbox does NOT replace Gmail. If you have a Gmail account right now or you have Gmail users on your email marketing lists, don’t worry. Those addresses will continue to work. Inbox is simply a new way for users to view and engage with their Gmail account. Instead of the list of emails that you are so familiar with on Gmail,…
  • How to Use Pinterest to Increase Holiday Sales

    Danielle Cormier
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Social media is playing a bigger role in consumer shopping habits than ever before. One recent survey found that social media will influence half of all holiday sales in 2014. If you are looking to use social media to increase your holiday sales this year, Pinterest is a great place to start. Why Pinterest? Pinterest users approach the site with more of a shopping mentality than on other social sites. While you may use other networks — like Facebook or Twitter — strictly for engagement purposes, on Pinterest you’re able to connect with consumers at a unique stage of the buying process:…
  • Is Your Logo Making the Best Impression for Your Small Business?

    Susan Solovic
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Before your customers know anything about you, they’ve probably seen your logo. What do people say about first impressions? I’ve recently created a logo and tagline for our Outrageous Success movement on Facebook. I did not want to rush the process for two reasons. First, I understand its importance and second, a good logo conveys a lot of information, often in a fairly abstract format. Sometimes you need to really think deeply and give yourself enough time to understand what it is you’re communicating. If you don’t have a logo for your business or are considering a new…
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    UBC - a place of mind

  • Open education in Philosophy

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Right now I’m working on a chapter for an anthology on teaching philosophy; it is a kind of summary and expansion of a presentation I did for the American Association of Philosophy Teachers meeting last July, in Minnesota (see here for my blog post about this presentation). The anthology contains papers about presentations at the […]
  • Is Law School Stress a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    The topic in my Ethics and Professionalism class recently was mental health and fitness in the legal profession. The guest lectures and discussion revolved a lot around issues of alcohol and substance addictions in the profession. One student commented that in the “swag bag” given to first years during orientation, there were brochures about depression […]
  • Dream run for Heat men’s soccer ends in CW quarterfinals

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:43 pm
    No. 3 UBC Thunderbirds ultimately prevail against a resilient Okanagan squad 3-0 in Vancouver to advance to the Final Four.
  • Costly errors give Bisons straight set victory

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:35 pm
    UBC Okanagan commits a few too many follies at home as the visiting Manitoba Bisons got an easy pass to a 3-0 ouster of the Kelowna squad.
  • Heat unseat the champs in four

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Three Heat girls in double-digit kill totals en route to No. 4 UBC Okanagan’s ouster of the defending CIS national champion Bisons 3-1
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  • Professional Web Design Services – Online Marketing and Advertising

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

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

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    28 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
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  • Iwebplan | Online Consulting | Darren

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

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    Hello Citizens of the world, We are Anonymous. Dear brothers and sisters. Now is the time to open your eyes and expose the truth! It has come to our attention that Go Daddy, an Internet domain registrar and web hosting company has gained the attention of anonymous and the world yesterday as it was experiencing “intermittent outages.” As silly as it seems, many members of anonymous are still puzzled whether it was truly an Anonymous member or a government entity is still unknown. However, many of us have concluded that Go Daddy was taken down because of its support for SOPA, the…
 
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    Cash Protection Agency Ltd

  • Who’s to blame for Wonga’s worries?

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:31 am
    Photo Credit: giginger via Compfight cc The payday loan lender Wonga recently revealed plans to write off some of its worst debts, amid a climate of increasing calls for responsibility when approving high-interest, short-term loans. Payday loans are a last resort for many people, but are by no means a ‘get out of jail free’ card, attracting high rates of interest if they are not repaid within a few days as the product is intended to be. Wonga recently announced it will write off 330,000 customer debts with arrears over 30 days – equivalent to £220 million – along with…
  • Keep your credit control close and your cash flow closer

    admin
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    Photo Credit: KJGarbutt via Compfight cc Research from the Forum of Private Business reveals how small businesses are having their finances pinched as the economic recovery accelerates – putting cash flow and credit control high on the agenda for the coming months. In its Cost of Doing Business survey, the FPB looks at a broad range of different influences on income and outgoings, to determine how robust business finances as a whole are at the moment. For a start, it’s worth noting that only 3% of firms surveyed said they are able to pass costs on to their customers – and in…
  • Spoof debt recovery emails raise virus threat

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Photo Credit: Robert Scoble via Compfight cc A spate of fake debt recovery emails has continued to cause headaches for those small companies whose email addresses have been ‘spoofed’. This is the process by which a real person’s name and email address appears in the ‘Reply To’ field, but is not actually the individual who sent the email. It does not require the person’s email to be hacked – anyone can theoretically specify any reply name and address – although most present-day internet service providers and email providers require you to prove…
  • The Top 10 Excuses for Non-Payment

    admin
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Photo Credit: le temple du chemisier via Compfight cc A shortlist from Best4DebtCollection.co.uk runs through the ten most common excuses for non-payment – and it will come as no surprise to anyone who has been in business for a while. Top of the list, which was published on UK Debt Collection News, is the excuse that the debtor is waiting for their own customers to pay before they can meet the cost of their invoice – although there is no legal reason why this should be a valid defence. At number two, the argument that a cheque was sent but lost in the post – again, this is…
  • Most SMEs believe banks would lend

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:50 am
    Photo Credit: InternationalHouseManchester via Compfight cc The majority of small and medium-sized business owners now believe their bank would approve any reasonable application for lending, according to research by Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks. Around three fifths of those surveyed said they are confident their application would be accepted – but many are looking for the banks to do more to protect the finances they make available to businesses. The survey found that 51% would feel even more confident about borrowing from their bank for purchasing equipment and premises, or hiring…
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    Small Business Bliss

  • What you definitely don’t want on your website… broken links!

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

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

    Martina Iring
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Things are always changing over at Facebook. All these changes can start to get frustrating to a busy small business owner. Perhaps it’s better to stop thinking of Facebook as a social media platform that can be mastered with an unchanging rule book and start thinking of it as a living breathing organism that will constantly grow and evolve with the times. For the last little while, there were some “best practices” recommended to small business owners that you can now throw out the window. So let’s just say “Ixnay to the estbay acticespray”! Hoping this might sound…
  • How to change your prices… and feel good about it!

    Martina Iring
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    Money. That word can bring up a lot of different emotions in a small business owner. Desire. Discomfort. A whole range. Let’s take a look at the business world out there. A huge corporation for the most part is all about the money. Profit, profit, profit. This obsession with growth and let’s face it, downright greed in many cases, is something that mires capitalist societies. Small business owners on the other hand (at least the ones that resonate with what we’re about here) care about much, much more than just money; they are passionate about what they do and have started…
  • Where you’re at right now is perfect

    Martina Iring
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    I was reading a content piece online a little while back from a well-known internet marketing guru. It went a little something like this… “If you don’t have x number of website visitors, you are a failure.” Ouch. I understand why we see these types of statements. It’s about igniting a spark. Getting people to want to take action and make improvements. I get it. I also really don’t like it. Personally, I feel like these types of communications mire internet marketing and the web space. And I don’t think that they are helpful. Because us entrepreneurs and small business owners…
 
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    ENTREPRENEURSHIP - Where Business Marketing Collide with Human Nature

  • Starting from scratch

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:32 pm
    You have skills. In fact, sometimes you hear from others that you are are a genius as people gain from your wisdom and experience. You have decided to take advantage of your talents. and think "If I am such a genius, why not add to my income and monetize my deep expertise?"   Being an expert is not near enough and while you may have heard "you are a genius", you remain an unknown to the world.  So you start from where everyone does, from scratch... at the beginning.(You may still be starting from scratch even after two years of effort.) First, inventory your skills, talents and…
  • You have been flagged and found unworthy - Your next step is >

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The world has become more sensitive and for good reason. It is now difficult to offer value, resources to a blog or website via social platforms such as Linkedin or forums without someone misunderstanding intent. Too many think "tactics and tricks" vs "value". Intent is just as difficult to know when someone shakes hands with a smile as it is when a link is shared in a social network online. Time of course cures this. In the meantime, there is someone watching for rules to be broken or believe that any link is automatically "bad". On the surface, your website could easily look more like a…
  • Manifesto of Content Strategy by Rand Fishkin [video]

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    Marketing considerations for content strategy vs. content tactics can and will be explained in this video.  Breaking Internet marketing down from from complicated to simple, Rand Fishkin gave this talk at the SEOmoz Meetup at the Search Church on 5/10/12.  He talks the keystone of SEO: content and how many marketers believe they are making sales directly. Instead content marketing is meant to build familiarity, build likability, and build trust. And the only way to do great content is to do it over and over again.
  • Nominations are open, its your move

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    If your business model is one which requires a personal sales process and proposals, are you ready to reach out to the leadership of a company to say: “I appreciate your story so much and truly believe in your future success. I would like to nominate you for SBA’s 2015 Small Business Week Awards. I need your help to complete the nomination. Can you help?” When you ask such a question, the conversation changes.  It is no longer about what you can get. It is about how you can make an impact and do so by proving your character and your expertise. Every day there are opportunities to…
  • Before Hiring Inbound Marketing Services

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    Interested in taking your business from offline to online?  This checklist will help you to prepare for inbound marketing services. If your business is in start-up mode, this checklist can also be a guide to improve your chance of success. Before considering hiring an inbound marketing services company or agency, consider the following: Planning: Clear financial goals Strategic marketing plan Customers: Very specific defined target market segments/niches Buyer personas defined Customer database Competition in the client's niche People: A marketing team (internal) Understanding and…
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    Finance and Business

  • Ideas For Building A Social Media Marketing Campaign Successfully

    Post Link
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    This content is provided by www.litbloc.com ? then we can help. Do not overlook social networking as a way of advertising your business; some people do. It is a very useful marketing tool. Social media marketing may greatly increase the scale of customers that a business reaches out to. This article can help you begin a campaign using social media marketing. Use lists as much as possible. People love lists because they are easy to read and easy to pass on to their friends. When you produce blogs or articles with lists, those who find the information you provide useful are more likely to pass…
  • Lending Options are Online Even When You Have Impaired Credit

    Post Link
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Financial circumstances are actually difficult these days. Some people are residing from one paycheck to another, and all it takes is for someone to suffer the loss of their own work, as well as to have an unpredicted sickness along with tremendous medical bills to pay out and therefore all of a sudden, they are struggling simply to pay bills. The regrettable aspect is that many times people’s credit history is definitely affected, and because of no carelessness of their own making. There is a tendency for banking institutions to view damaged credit ratings and believe that that…
  • What Pay Day Loans Will Offer You

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    24 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Get urgent $ 400 mycashnow.com Albuquerque, NM no faxing instant paid 10 electronically deposit. You can also apply urgent $ 800 cashland cash advance Riverside California low apr . When you are like many people, you may have skilled some monetary lack currently! If you are a little lacking cash and considering a payday loan. The subsequent write-up will handle this issue with tips to assist teach you, and be sure you make the most efficient selection possible. An important hint to anybody looking to take out a pay day loan is to ensure that no matter what financial institution you happen to…
  • It is essential that every individual knows how to properly manage his or her personal finances. If a person does not know the right way to manage their money, it is very easy for them to fall into debt and potentially lose everything. This article contains a number of personal finance tips to help people manage their money.

    Post Link
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    Interested in www.cashinginpension.co.uk ? then we can help.Above And Beyond: Matching Spending To Income Don’t be exclusive! Many companies throw a curve-ball into their contract- a piece saying you can only work with them. If you want to make the most money for yourself, steer clear of those companies that require you to sign these. It’s best to work for a company willing to share the field, not only are they more confident in their products, but they also are more likely to have your best interests in mind. If you need more income, start your own business. It can be small and…
  • Financial burdens come in all shapes and sizes. You could owe a ton for a student loan, your mortgage or credit card debts. Regardless of what you spent the money on, it has to be paid back. When you are struggling to do that, debt consolidation may be the answer you seek.

    Post Link
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    Interested in Interested in In Need Of Debt Consolidation Help? Get It Here Use bankruptcy as a negotiation tool. Creditors would rather get some of their money back than get nothing at all. Let them know that if your debt cannot be reduced, you will probably be forced to file bankruptcy. This can spur the creditor to resort to a more satisfactory compromise that reduces the debt owed. Before choosing a debt consolidation company, ask how the counselors of the company are paid. If the answer is “on a commission basis”, then you may be best to look elsewhere. Someone working for…
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    Surefire Social

  • What Google’s Penguin Update Means for Local Marketers

    Chris Marentis
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    By now, everyone has heard that last week, Google confirmed the release of the first Penguin update in more than a year. The main reason for this update, according to Google, was to punish ‘spammy’ websites that violated the company’s guidelines for linking. Companies that follow the rules of the road, so to speak, are likely to be rewarded with better search results. For many local marketing experts, this update has been long awaited. What Businesses Should Do Local businesses may want to keep an eye on their Google search results for any significant changes. If you have dropped…
  • How Remodelers Can Build Trust with Customers

    Chris Marentis
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Before any customer is ready to make a purchase, they must first believe that business has their best interests at heart. Depending on the products or services you provide, this trust can go a long way. Say for instance someone is looking at your business to install a new roof on their house. That’s an expensive undertaking and one that requires a decent amount of trust in your business to perform a good job. Otherwise, they will turn to a competitor with a better reputation. Truly effective local internet marketing is a matter of communicating your business’s credibility to your target…
  • 4 Ways to Get Better Results from Blog Posts

    Chris Marentis
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Even after your marketing team has gone to the trouble of creating engaging and original content for your blog, there’s still more that needs to be done. Unfortunately, simply publishing new content doesn’t guarantee people will visit your site. By following, content creation guidelines though, you can bring your content to the masses with just a few simple steps. Use Short URLs for Social Media First, make sure you’re sharing your new content with people who are already interested in what you have to say—your social media followers. That’s obvious. Use short URL services such as…
  • Here’s Why Your Content Marketing Isn’t Working

    Chris Marentis
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Content marketing can bring enormous success to your company—but only if it’s properly executed. Too often businesses fail to create content that engages their customers on multiple platforms, and there are a few main reasons for this. Keep Advertising to a Minimum First, even though the ultimate goal of your business blog is to generate more business, it’s important that it doesn’t come off that way to customers. Your first goal should be to create content that your customers want to read—and that means that it can’t be one long advertisement for your company. To connect with…
  • 5 Proven Ways to Make Your Content Shareable

    Alexandra Reichenbach
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    We find ourselves in an era where it’s no longer enough to simply have great content. Whether it be in the form of a blog, e-book or webinar, if your content doesn’t get shared, its impact will be minimal to nonexistent. Thanks to the convenient social media sharing buttons that are now widely available, it’s easy for your customers to pass along your content to a friend. However, where many fall short is not knowing how to create content that encourages others to share it. This question troubling many marketers has a few solutions that could help the creation of engaging content.
 
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    The Entrepreneurs Club of America

  • Inspirational Quotes for the Entrepreneur

    Kasey Marlow
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    The Wisdom of Steve Jobs • “Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.” • “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” • “Things don’t have to change the
  • Entrepreneurs Club Radio – Dr. Stephen Christensen

    Kasey Marlow
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    Dr. Stephen Christensen, Dean of the Business School at Concordia University, and founder of The Teen Entrepreneurs Academy. Learn about at 12 year old millionaire with 5 employees We’ll talk about the three E’s of Entrepreneurship- Experience, Enthusiasm, and Excellence. Learn about the importance of having a mentor.
  • Inspirational Quotes for the Entrepreneur

    Kasey Marlow
    4 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    • “The man who stops advertising to save money is like the man who stops the clock to save time.” –Thomas Jefferson • “Almost always the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.” — Martin Luther King, Jr. • “Progress is the activity of TODAY and the ASSURANCE OF TOMORROW.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Self-Doubt Can Lead to Self-Discounting

    Kasey Marlow
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Would you like to be a better sales person? Self-doubt could destroy you. In this guest post, Marvin Montgomery nails it. We must have complete confidence in our company’s products or we will have a difficult time selling them.
  • Shari’s Ah Ha Moment

    Kasey Marlow
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Shari Fitzpatrick was a successful mortgage broker. She had lots of customers, but added a little “pizzaz” to her marketing by making chocolate covered strawberries as a “give-away” to her clients.
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  • SEO vs PPC - Why SEO gets the better ROI than Google Adwords or Bing Ads

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    SEO vs PPC - Why SEO gets the better ROI than Google Adwords or Bing Ads In this podcast I discuss which of SEO vs PPC gets the better ROI. If after you listen to this information you have further questions or require additional information, just send us an email or give us a call. From this podcast I think you will get valuable information that will help you determine how to best allocate your marketing budget.    
  • Web Marketing Agency Myths

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

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

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

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

  • Internet marketing predictions for 2006

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Internet marketing has been making some pretty dramatic changes over the last few years, like the growth and evolution of the search engine optimization industry, viral marketing, pay-per-click advertising and the mainstream adoption of blogging. Despite the recent changes I predict that even greater change is still yet to come, thanks in part to the growth of broadband internet access, advances in hardware and software technology, and marketers need to reach consumers through multiple mediums. As people’s lives become more busy, fragmented media will result in more opportunities for…
  • Internet Marketing Professionals

    admin
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Internet marketing professionals. The secret key to the money chest! The internet has made starting a business easier than ever before, unfortunately the average person who starts an online business does not know anything about internet marketing. Internet marketing is a unique skill that involves website design, search engine optimization and marketing strategies to attract targeted visitors to your site. It takes years of learning and practice to gain the knowledge and skills to become your own Internet marketing professional. This time can be too long to wait for business success. And the…
  • Internet Marketing Promotion Advertising

    admin
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Given my present understanding of my ubiquitous lack of understanding of the world in general, I canít help but smile just a bit when I think about my beliefs when I was around 15 years old. I was in 10th grade at the time and good god did I ever have it all figured out. On a pretty consistent basis I would use words like ìignorance, short sighted and unawareî when talking to my mother; and I guess probably most other people that had the misfortune of chatting with me. As you can probably guess, it turned out that I really didnít know everything. Well, here I am a full-grown adult and,…
  • Internet Marketing Research With Google, Ebay And Amazon

    admin
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    Internet searches are extremely effective in finding not only how popular your topic is, but how to set up your autoresponder for maximum results. A vast majority of internet users find what theyíre looking for by searching, whether they use a general web search engine like Google or a site-specific engine to wade through consumer mega-sites like e-Bay and Amazon. A quick search on your topic will reveal how many people are interested, and what convinces them to check products out. Google Without a doubt, Google is the most popular internet search engineóso much so, its name has become a…
  • Internet Marketing Software: The Secret to Serious Online Profits

    admin
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    You have invested in website building and finally you have your state of the art website. You get excited about the massive income your website will bring to your bank account. You engage the ordinary marketing methods i.e. PPC and the Classifieds. Two months down the line, your excitement is dying down. You havenít made a single sale. In fact you wonder whether you will ever make any profitsÖ It is a known fact that 95% of internet marketers never make it into profitable business. Only 5% become successful. You need to be smarter to be among the 5% successful marketers. But you ask meÖhow…
 
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     Vistage Executive Street Blog

  • A Question of Content Effectiveness

    Jona Jone
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    As a content marketer, the effort to put together your product or services for exposure is no joke. It’s a herculean task: from making a Read MoreThe post A Question of Content Effectiveness appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • My Favorite Peer Leadership Story

    Leo Bottary
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Before I start, let me share why it’s my favorite peer leadership story.  It happened more than 20 years ago and features my daughter, who Read MoreThe post My Favorite Peer Leadership Story appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Nine Principles to Achieve Breakthroughs

    Jerry Cahn
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Working with entrepreneurs who are creating new processes, products and companies and “intrapreneurial” corporate executives seeking to do the same, I’m always seeking models to Read MoreThe post Nine Principles to Achieve Breakthroughs appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Bottom Up Innovation: Engaging Your Entire Workforce to Create Innovating Ideas

    Vistage Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Vistage Executive Summits Presents A Special Interview with Deborah Perry Piscione Does your company culture empower your employees to achieve their very best in innovation? Read MoreThe post Bottom Up Innovation: Engaging Your Entire Workforce to Create Innovating Ideas appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Conversational Blind Spots at Work

    Judith E. Glaser
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Twenty-eight years ago I began my first experiment in what I call conversational intelligence. I was hired by Union Carbide to work with 17 high-powered Read MoreThe post Conversational Blind Spots at Work appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
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    Bleau

  • Ce mai punem noi in cafea

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

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

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

    bleau
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Din luna septembrie a anului trecut m-am mutat in Germania alaturi de Andreea. De atunci bineinteles a inceput lungul proces de a invata limba germana si am acceptat provocarea de a-mi imagina o creatura firava si frumoasa atunci cand cineva rosteste Schmetterlinge: Am descoperit ca cea mai usoara metoda pentru mine de a retine cuvinte este  sa le pun intr-un context amuzant sau ridicol. Altfel spus, imi e mai usor sa retin germana atunci cand Andreea si alti prieteni de aici rad copios cand “nemtesc”. Prima creatie in acest sens este o corcitura rezultata din multele iesiri in…
  • The Way Home, un joc semnat moWOW

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

  • Tracking The Progress Of My Hardest Hit Fund Program Application

    Eric J. Nisall
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    (Almost) Everyone knows about the housing crash that ruined many peoples’ lives and help throw the country into an economic tailspin. Lots of people are aware of the government’s Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) and Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) that came from that financial ruin. Few people have heard of the Hardest Hit Fund, which was for all intents and purposes a “bail-out” for the states that were…you guessed it!…the hardest hit by the housing crash. I happened to stumble upon the site and said “what the fuck, I qualify so…
  • Shop Local: The Stores You Oppose Started Small And Local

    Eric J. Nisall
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    The calls to “shop local” have been growing louder year after year. Even one of the largest credit card companies, American Express, started a movement called “Small Business Saturday” to entice consumers to shop at small businesses. It seems that society has become a bit hypocritical lately. As a whole, we applaud entrepreneurial spirit and even encourage people to start a businesses to achieve financial success (although it isn’t always the answer or even the right thing for certain people). But then we condemn big-box national chains for whatever reason with…
  • The BIGGEST SECRET About Taxes You Will EVER Read!

    Eric J. Nisall
    12 Mar 2014 | 11:50 am
    I bet you thought you were going to be blown away by some super-secret, S.H.I.E.L.D. level 10-access info, huh? You probably saw the title and thought “Oh, wow, now I’m going to get the real scoop!” Or, perhaps you just clicked on the link because it looked really important with the uppercase font showcasing the “biggest secret” that would be revealed. Well here it is…. You are gullible, and everyone knows it! Why, you ask?   Not everything that people say are secrets are even remotely close to that. It’s generally just a ploy to get your…
 
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    The Deluxe Blog

  • Searching Online for the Best Contractors: My Journey Building a Home

    Nalie Lee-Heidt<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Nalie-Lee-Heidt-300x228.jpg" alt="Nalie Lee-Heidt" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Last year, my husband and I took the big plunge and decided to build a new home.  While the experience was a bit arduous at times, we were excited about the finished project – especially the idea of walking into a “move-in-ready” house. It wasn’t until we finally moved in that I realized our new home didn’t feel like home – well, not yet anyway.  There were so many large and small projects ahead of us that I decided to make a list of things we needed to finish: Landscaping, Deck / Patio, Bar, Better Closet Design & Storage, Gutters, Painting and Interior Design, to name a…
  • [Video] Deluxe Designs OK Corral Stables’ Website to Attract More Tourists

    Julie Gordon<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Julie-Gordon-FB.jpg" alt="Julie Gordon" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    In the mid-60′s, Ron Feldman left the east coast to and headed to the foothills of the Superstition Mountains, just outside of Phoenix. Once acclimated to the area, he decided to open OK Corral Stables. “Ever since I was a kid growing up in Buffalo, NY, I read and dreamed about going after the Lost Dutchman Mine out in Superstition Mountains,” said Ron.  And for the last 45 years, Ron, his wife Jayne, and their two sons have been catering to both locals and tourists, providing scenic trail rides and lifelong memories. While the scenery hasn’t changed, the way people…
  • Deluxe eChecks: Discover the Fast, Easy Way to Send Payments

    Deluxe Blogmaster<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Deluxe-Thumbnail.jpg" alt="Deluxe Blogmaster" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    We know from our recent research that small businesses want an e-payment method that’s easy for everyone to use. It needs to be widely accepted and simple to send and receive payments – criteria that perfectly describe Deluxe eChecks. Anyone can send or receive our eChecks, securely, quickly and less expensive than paper checks. Other forms of e-payments, such as online pay systems, may require the user to enroll not only to send a payment, but to receive one as well. With Deluxe eChecks, your payees never have to sign up for an account unless they want to. It’s as easy for them to…
  • 10 Ways to Create a Strong Brand Identity Using Business Cards

    Deluxe Blogmaster<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Deluxe-Thumbnail.jpg" alt="Deluxe Blogmaster" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    Whether you are looking for a job or running a business, giving out business cards is crucial to marketing your skills or services. Business cards speak volumes about who you are, what you offer, and how serious you are about marketing yourself and business. They’re great for giving out quick information, and you can carry them with you everywhere. Here are some tips for using business cards to increase your chances of landing a job or creating a business opportunity. 1. Never leave home without them. Before leaving home, make sure you take some business cards with you. Any ‘per…
  • 10 Easy Ways To Track Marketing Response Rates

    Brian Morris<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/brianmorris1-150x150.jpg" alt="Brian Morris" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Marketing metrics play an important role in understanding how effective your campaigns are, and the metric that many marketers live and die by is response rate – the percentage of potential customers who take the next step in the purchasing process from the entire pool of campaign recipients. Typical response rates run between one and two percent, though marketing materials distributed to in-house mailing lists can generate response rates of five percent or greater. When you know your response rate, you can test and tweak different marketing materials to achieve greater success; the…
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    Quickbooks

  • How to Boost Profits by Retaining Customers

    Katherine Gustafson
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Customer retention is a bit of a holy grail for small-business owners. A study done ten years ago by Bain and Company and Harvard Business School showed that a mere 5 percent increase in customer retention can translate to a bump in profits of between 25 and 95 percent. An updated version of the study looking at e-commerce found the same promise of profit through customer loyalty. However, while the cost to acquire new customers is even higher for online businesses, the rate of return from keeping them is even better. “The evidence indicates, in fact, that web customers tend to…
  • 9 Signs You Need an Accountant

    Jaimy Ford
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    As a small-business owner, up until this point, you may have managed your money successfully. Software programs like QuickBooks make it possible, even if you don’t have much financial knowledge or experience. However, as your business — and revenue — grow, managing your financials may become a task you don’t have the time or knowledge to manage. Specifically, when it comes avoiding legal and compliance issues, accountants can be worth their weight in gold. If you’re not sure if you need to hire an accountant, look for these nine signs: 1. You Aren’t Familiar With Accounting If…
  • 9 of the Best New Business Apps of 2014

    Tim Parker
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    2014 has been a big year for business apps. Many received significant updates to take advantage of Apple’s iOS 8 and iPhone 6 launch, while others are new to the market. Now is the perfect time to take a look at what you’re currently using and try some of the handy new mobile business apps of 2014. Mailbox (picture; iOS, Android. Free): Mailbox offers a much-needed solution for a problem plaguing anyone whose email inbox doubles as a to-do list. Mailbox allows you to reorganize your inbox with a few swipes, hide emails and return them to your inbox on a specified date, and learn from…
  • Can You Afford a New Employee?

    Jaimy Ford
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    If you have more work than you can manage or your employees are claiming that they are completely overwhelmed, it may be time to increase your staff. Being short-staffed does more than just increase stress for you and your team. It can limit your growth potential as you are forced to forgo promising business opportunities because you simply can’t take on more work. In addition, it can eat into your bottom line when too-busy employees provide shoddy customer service, make costly mistakes, or cut corners to keep up with their workloads. Still, don’t take hiring a new employee lightly.
  • Which States Are Friendliest to Small Business?

    Katherine Gustafson
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Professional services marketplace Thumbtack.com has been surveying the business-friendliness of U.S. states for three years now, and new results were released this summer. The 2014 Small Business Friendliness Survey, undertaken in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, includes feedback from more than 12,000 small-business owners. Respondents rated Texas, Utah, and Idaho best for small business, while California and Rhode Island came out on the bottom of the heap. The professionals surveyed pointed to ease of professional licensing requirements and convenience of tax filing as the most…
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    ChrisReimer.com

  • Happywork TV Episode 6: Give Your Employees a Chance to Improve and Succeed

    Chris Reimer
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    In Episode 6 of Happywork TV, I discuss the fourth of 46 work commitments in my new book, “Happywork.” Here it is: “I will provide my employees the tools and training they need to have a chance to succeed … I will remember that it’s not just the business owner who comes to work everyday […] The post Happywork TV Episode 6: Give Your Employees a Chance to Improve and Succeed appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Loving Soccer is Unamerican, According to Mark Reardon

    Chris Reimer
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    Mark Reardon thinks soccer is Communist, and of course he’s crazy. But at least he let me plug my book. I always love going on KMOX radio – thanks so much Mark for having me in. Let it be known – soccer is an awesome spectator sport! —–> LISTEN HERE The post Loving Soccer is Unamerican, According to Mark Reardon appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 5: Be Kind to Others

    Chris Reimer
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    In Episode 5 of Happywork TV, I share a quote I read on SI.com. Most NFL players don’t help their opponents up off the field when a play is over, but one player does. And he catches some criticism for it. He doesn’t care, and I love that. Yes, two teams are trying to beat […] The post Happywork TV Episode 5: Be Kind to Others appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 4: Give Your Employees Direction

    Chris Reimer
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    In Episode 4 of Happywork TV, I discuss the third of 46 work commitments in my new book, “Happywork.” Here it is: “I will give my employees direction … I do not want my employees to have to wonder what is most important to me.” As I say in the video, I think it’s great […] The post Happywork TV Episode 4: Give Your Employees Direction appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 3: Don’t Rule With Fear

    Chris Reimer
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    In Episode 3 of Happywork TV, I take a quick break from discussing the 46 work commitments contained in my book to comment on an article I saw on Sir Richard Branson’s blog. Sir Richard was giving an external talk about Virgin’s new unlimited leave policy, and found that certain people in the room were […] The post Happywork TV Episode 3: Don’t Rule With Fear appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
 
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    Blue Kite Marketing blog

  • Should Your Business Avoid Social Media? {Podcast}

    Laura Click
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
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  • Which Social Media Networks are Worth Your Time?

    Laura Click
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
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  • How Cause Marketing Can Boost Your Brand

    Jan Morrison
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    We've Moved! Update Your Reader Subscription Don't miss another blog post! Click here to update your readerhttp://feeds.feedblitz.com/bluekitemarketingblog Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
  • 6 Steps to Becoming a Thought Leader in Your Industry

    Laura Click
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    We've Moved! Update Your Reader Subscription Don't miss another blog post! Click here to update your readerhttp://feeds.feedblitz.com/bluekitemarketingblog Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
  • The Best Editorial Calendar Planner for WordPress

    Laura Click
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
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    Barry Moltz

  • How to Set Your Price For Maximum Profit

    Barry Moltz
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    This post is one in a series of tips designed to help small business owners better-navigate the challenges of today’s startup environment and is sponsored by Canon MAXIFY – the printer lineup crafted to help small business owners increase productivity so that they can focus on everything else that matters. For more information about the Canon MAXIFY printer lineup visit www.usa.canon.com/MAXIFY Most small business owners don’t charge enough for their product or service. They typically undervalue what they offer customers because of fear. They want to raise their sale price so they…
  • Algorithm to Solve Bad Roommate Pairings

    Courtney Deruy
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    Nightmare roommates are feared by college students everywhere. Surely everyone has heard a story about roommates who are so incompatible that they can’t stand to be around each other–a major problem because they must live in a 10×10 foot space together. Having a “nightmare roommate” inevitably causes unwanted conflict and stress, and in extreme cases can affect academic performance and drive students to leave school. To avoid this situation, many students take matters into their own hands by choosing to live with people they already know or by taking to Facebook to meet and…
  • #295 Sue Ershler, David Meerman Scott, Dawn Fotopulos, Susan Barancini-Moe

    Barry J Moltz
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Susan Ershler is an international speaker, business executive, and along with her husband, became the first couple to climb the Seven Summits. She is the author of the new book Conquering the Seven Summits of Sales - From Everest to Every Business. Susan shares the lessons she learned from mountain climbing that can translate into success at the workplace. David Meerman Scott is an internationally acclaimed sales and marketing strategist whose books and blog are must-reads for professionals seeking to generate attention in ways that grow their business. He is the author of the books New…
  • Do You Provide Excellent Customer Service?

    Courtney Deruy
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    A worldwide survey completed by ZenDesk has determined the top 10 countries with the best customer service. Where is the United States on this list? Well, it isn’t. The United State ranks in at #15 with 82% overall customer satisfaction. One would think that a country with a 15 trillion dollar economy and the biggest, most powerful companies in the world–who undoubtedly have big marketing budgets–would provide the best customer service. The ZenDesk report shows this is not the case. New Zealand claims the number one spot with an overall customer satisfaction rate of 92%.
  • #294 Genevieve Thiers, Jody Thompson, Gary Shinner, Matt Wilson, Carmen Sognovi

    Barry J Moltz
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Genevieve Thiers is the founder of Sittercity.com and a co-founder of Contactkarma.com and OperaModa.com. Genevieve and her companies have won over 15 awards. She talks about why women businesses are growing rapidly and what small businesses can do to take advantage of the trend. Jody Thompson, along with her partner Cali Ressler, is the Founder of CultureRx and co-creator of the Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE). She is the author of two books on managing work and work-life balance. Jody explains why most people don't enjoy work and what can be done to fix it. Gary Shinner and Jill…
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    Free Enterprise

  • 5 Lessons From NBC's Unpaid Intern Settlement

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Broadcast network NBC has agreed to settle claims filed by former interns who claimed the network's unpaid internship program violated federal and state labor laws. A group of interns led by ex-"Saturday Night Live" intern Monet Eliastam filed the class action lawsuit last year alleging that unpaid interns were being used in place of normal workers at NBC. The suit also alleged that NBC's internship program failed to provide academic or vocational training. If approved by the judge in case, the $6.4 million settlement would be distributed among thousands of former interns, reports The…
  • Do You Need to Register a Trademark?

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, or device -- such as a brand name or logo -- which identifies your business or product and distinguishes it from other similar businesses or products. The owner of a trademark can enforce his trademark rights to prevent others from infringing upon it by using a similar name or selling the same goods or services under a different name. But how are those rights established? Do business owners need to register a trademark in order to protect their trademark rights? Common Law Trademark Rights A trademark does not necessarily need to be registered with the…
  • 3 Local Laws to Know Before Starting a Business

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    If you're starting a new business, there are probably any number of things that require your immediate attention. But among your foremost priorities should be educating yourself on the local laws that may affect your business. Putting off potential legal issues until after your business is already open may end up costing you big in the long run. What local laws do you need to know before you start your business? Here are three to get you started: Zoning. Zoning laws control the type of businesses that may occupy certain areas. In addition, commercial zoning laws may regulate other sort of…
  • Can Flex Time Pay Off? 3 Things Employers Should Know

    William Peacock, Esq.
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Today is National Flex Day, an occasion to celebrate the benefits and importance of flexible work arrangements: telecommuting, flex time (no more 9-to-5), and compressed work weeks (longer shifts, fewer days). Flex time is great for employees seeking work-life balance, especially those with dependent family members (children and the elderly) whom they have to care for. It's also surprisingly important for employers. Here are three reasons why: 1. It Makes Working Moms Happier. WorkingMoms.com, one of the biggest proponents of National Flex Day (and the source from whence this blog topic was…
  • Shirtless Chili's Worker Fired Over Facebook Photos

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    A worker at a Florida Chili's restaurant was fired after posting a series of shirtless pictures of himself in the restaurant's kitchen on Facebook. The pictures, posted by a man calling himself Justin Speekz on a publicly visible Facebook profile, were labeled "Sexy Cooks of Chili's," reports Tampa's WFTS-TV. The pictures were discovered on Facebook by a customer of the restaurant.Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which regulates restaurants, said there did not appear to be any violations in the photos, as no food was being prepared at the time they were taken; the…
 
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    BuzzBooster Marketing Advisors: Shahar and Nash

  • How Network Marketing Can Save Baby Boomers From The Retirement Crisis

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

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

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Online recommendations might be as influential as in-person ones, but the vast majority of word-of-mouth (W-O-M) impressions about brands occur offline, at least among Millennials (18-34). That’s according to new figures released by the Keller Fay Group, which show that some 84% of Millennials’ word-of-mouth impressions about brands take place offline – with 71% the result of face-to-face conversations (versus just 3% over social media). Not surprisingly, digital media acts as more of a W-O-M driver for Millennials than for other adults, referenced in 25% and 19% of impressions,…
  • Advertising to Baby Boomers

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    There’s tremendous logic in advertising to Baby Boomers in the US: they control by far the largest share of discretionary spending of any generation, and they are heavily reliant on advertising as a product information source. Yet only a small portion of advertising dollars are targeted to them, with many Americans complaining that advertisers fail to cater to aging consumers. Marketers must also overcome obstacles, such as Baby Boomers’ skepticism about advertisers’ trustworthiness. A report released in late 2012 by Nielsen and BoomAgers estimated that less than 5% of advertising…
  • Are Young People Watching Less TV?

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    Nielsen’s most recent study indicates that Americans aged 18-24 watched a weekly average of a little less than 22 hours of traditional TV during Q1 2014. That was a 95-minute drop-off from Q1 2013, which in turn had been down by 80 minutes from the year before. In fact, in the space of 3 years, Q1 TV viewing by 18-24-year-olds dropped by a little more than 4-and-a-half hours per week. That’s a substantial amount, equivalent to roughly 40 minutes per day. Traditional TV viewing among 18-24-year-olds in Q1 2014 was down by almost 7% year-over-year. The decreases in viewing might reflect…
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  • Sharengine – Unleash The Power Of Social Media

    Dean R Black
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    What Is Sharengine And How Can It Help You? Sharengine is the missing link between relevant content and affiliate traffic but the coolest thing is this, the referring affiliate actually gets credit for sharing the content. With Sharengine you can do this. Let me explain what it is and how it works. Sharengine – What […]
  • MLM Lead Generation Secrets To Explode Your Online Business

    Dean R Black
    29 Apr 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Each business, it does not matter if it is online or offline has to get leads to build upon and get more sales. This is what makes MLM lead generation such an important part of any business, because that’s where the gold lies. Once you understand how and when to get leads that convert, you […]
  • The Stupid Simple Guide to Becoming a YouTube Lead Generating Machine

    Dean R Black
    25 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    “The Stupid-Simple Guide to Becoming a YouTube Lead Generating Machine” Uncover the Hidden Secrets to Generating Upwards of 33 Leads per Day on YouTube Even if You’re Shy, Technically Challenged, or Plain Afraid to Get on Camera! ************************************************************************************************************ On This webinar you’ll get the inside scoop on how to use YouTube to Generate Massive Leads […]
  • 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.
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    Noobpreneur.com

  • 11 Characteristics of a Great Startup CEO

    Publicize
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Nowadays, it seems like with an innovative idea and a quick LinkedIn update, anyone can transform themselves into a CEO. Having the next brilliant idea for a product or a service however is just one, very small step on the road to becoming a successful entrepreneur.… Continue reading » The post 11 Characteristics of a Great Startup CEO appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • New NYC Fitness Startup Caters to Growing Desire for More Variety and Flexibility in Workout Choices

    Gavin Apter
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Fitness is an ever-growing niche in health industry. The lucrative fitness market is great for budding entrepreneurs who are passionate about fitness and helping people to get fit. If you are one of them, here are 5 trends you should explore more: photo credit: Edson Hong 1.… Continue reading » The post New NYC Fitness Startup Caters to Growing Desire for More Variety and Flexibility in Workout Choices appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • 5 Ways to Apply Domestic Energy-saving Measures at Work

    Phil Foster
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:19 am
    Cutting back on energy consumption has been a prominent theme in the public eye for a while now. Price hikes and the environmental impact of using too much energy have left many people concerned about the size of their carbon footprint.… Continue reading » The post 5 Ways to Apply Domestic Energy-saving Measures at Work appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • This Travel Tech Startup Will Change The Way You Do Tour Guiding and Travel Planning: Guiddoo

    Ivan Widjaya
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Do you enjoy travelling? I know I do. Given the fact that I run a location independent business, my best perk is the ability for me to travel anytime, anywhere. For those who knows me for a long time, they know that I’m not a backpacker.… Continue reading » The post This Travel Tech Startup Will Change The Way You Do Tour Guiding and Travel Planning: Guiddoo appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Business Insurance: Three Things Every Business Owner Should Know

    Ivan Widjaya
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:28 am
    Business insurance is an essential investment for every business, whether you’re a bustling start-up or well-established company. The type of insurance that will best serve your needs will vary, depending on your business type, size and your main trade. Figuring out exactly what you need from your business insurance policy can get complicated – so here are the three must-have business insurance facts to consider.… Continue reading » The post Business Insurance: Three Things Every Business Owner Should Know appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
 
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  • Talking Content Marketing with Big Brand System’s Pamela Wilson

    Clark Buckner
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This interview was conducted by Clark Buckner from TechnologyAdvice. He’s based in Nashville, and his company provides expert comparisons between the best crm solutions for small business owners, customer loyalty plans, innovative employee programs, and much more. Be sure to also check out their technology conference calendar. Clark asked me some of the same questions I’ve heard from many Big Brand System readers these past few months. Enjoy — and if you have follow-up questions, let me know in the comments section. –Pamela Pamela Wilson, owner of Big Brand System, spoke with me about…
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  • One Irresistible Offer Your Customers Can’t Refuse!

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

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

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

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

    Wendy Kenney
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    How to Write the Perfect Headline Everyone who manages a blog  wants to know how to write the perfect headline; the types of headlines that get shared on social media. Because the simple truth is the more shares your blog gets, the more traffic your website gets. Neal Patel, who is one of the foremost search engine optimization experts in the […] Top 10 Most Trusted Forms of Advertising-Which Advertising Medium is Best (Infographic) Great writing, a love story Infographic- How The Words You Use Have an Impact On Marketing & Sales Auto Repair Marketing Company | 23 Kazoos -…
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  • 7-Year-Old Redesigns Sauce Label To Look Less Like It Contains Cat Poop

    Bulldog Drummond
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Harry Deverill didn’t understand the label of his favorite brown sauce so he contacted the makers and asked if he could recreate a label that made sense. His design is now on store shelves across Britain.  
  • Nike EHQ: Genealogy of Innovation

    Bulldog Drummond
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
  • Lessons From A Start-Up As They Happen

    Bulldog Drummond
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Chapter 2: Designing the Wings  Written by Erika Penner and Elisa Hills On our quest to build a plane, we’re quickly realizing it’s the wings that allow us to fly. In our startup journey the wings represent the idea. We know that the more aerodynamic the wings, the faster and higher the plane will climb. Similarly, the better designed the idea is, the higher and faster the business will climb. “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” – Robin Williams This quote from the late Robin Williams resonated with us given the journey that we’ve been on…
  • City Farm

    Bulldog Drummond
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    As part of the City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, we explore the technological, environmental, social and economic design of scalable systems capable of producing affordable and high quality food in the heart of our future cities.
  • Fast Company’s Innovation By Design: Nike President & CEO Mark Parker

    Bulldog Drummond
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
 
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    EpicLaunch

  • Is your business ready for a rate rise?

    Patrick Foot
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:50 am
    Back in 2008, predicting how long the global financial slowdown may last was a tough proposition. That didn’t stop many commentators and analysts from giving the recovery a duration though, and those who plumped for 2015 as the year we finally see light at the end of the tunnel may now be gearing up for a deserved pat on the back. There have been many twists on the road to economic recovery so far, and with Germany’s alarmingly poor economic figures over the past few weeks it would appear that the eurozone is not yet ready to resume business as usual. But despite numerous false dawns,…
  • How Voice Recognition Learns From You, and What It Means

    EpicLaunch
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Automatic speech recognition technology (ASR) and its complementary technology known as (interactive voice response technology) are both major milestones in the development of human – machine interaction. These technologies are often used in telephone customer service systems, voice recognition systems for computers belonging to the physically disabled, more efficient text editing software and, most notably, in the control systems of certain modern mobile devices. The most notable of these last being the Siri interface found in Apple’s later model iPhones. Now that you have a basic…
  • How Your Health & Beauty Business Can Flourish

    EpicLaunch
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    The term ‘social’ is one we’re all familiar with. We’re constantly checking our feeds on a personal level, and it’s no different for businesses. Engaging with your customers is essential for new companies, and the health and beauty industry is perfect for this as it’s such a personal service. Here’s three ways to successfully interact with your customer-base using modern technologies. Get a Mobile App Shopping online is second nature to customers these days and 85% of consumers favour apps over mobile websites. Make sure you have an app for iOS, Android, and Windows so you can…
  • Efficiently and Effectively Establishing your Small Business Start Up

    EpicLaunch
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    In the quest to launch a successful business start-up, UK entrepreneurs have never had more assistance. With the government keen to back independent ventures and a renowned U.S. start-up accelerator crossing the Atlantic to assist Britain’s brightest business stars, anyone with dedication, intuition and a sound commercial idea can proposer in 2014. There are many potential obstacles to launching a successful start-up, however, especially for individuals who have a time-sensitive concept that must be quickly realised. Quickly and Easily Launching your Start Up With this in mind, what…
  • Fresh Focus: Choosing the Best Contact Management System for You

    EpicLaunch
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    One of the things you’ll often hear about in the real estate business is a contact management system. Contact management systems are software programs that help you better organize your professional life by managing appointments, contact information for clients, and automatically following up with prospects and clients in a systematic way. Here’s how to choose the right one for your practice. Get An Industry-Specific App In the world of CMS, there are a lot of choices. Most of those choices are generic options. And, yes, a generic option beats no option at all, but having a real…
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    Web Marketing Therapy Blog

  • The Power of Your Profile Picture

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

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

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

    Katherine L. Garcia
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    New organic insights are now available on Twitter. They positioned it for advertisers, but we’ve researched it and even if you’re not advertising on Twitter, you can still glean some great information – all free. Here are the new insights Twitter is providing: Impressions: Number of people who saw your tweets. Engagement: Total number of someone who interacted with your tweets. Engagement rate: The number of engagements divided by the total number of impressions. Link clicks Hashtag clicks User profile clicks Media clicks and more! You can also export your twitter…
  • Marketing With Purpose

    Web Marketing Therapy
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    I’ve been teaching marketing to university students, clients and corporate employees for years. They come to my classroom for a number of reasons.  Some because their boss needs them to boost SEO, some to enhance their social media or overall marketing efforts, some to get that next best job and some to grow their business. One of the biggest patterns (or in psychology, the “pain points”) I see is fear and wrong mindset.  I hear lots of “I don’t have time” or “I don’t know anything about this” or “I am afraid” or “I am overwhelmed” and…
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    Entrepreneurs Unpluggd

  • Lessons We Can Learn From Inspiring Entrepreneurs

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

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

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

    Guest Author
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    You know feedback is important. But how does one go about getting it? Here’s a blueprint. Feedback has always represented a critical part of our transactions and interactions – from cavepeople sharing monosyllabic banter, through the old-school suggestion box, and into the social media echo chamber. Indeed, businesses and organizations are constantly reminded that they need to be facilitating and responding to customer feedback. We’ve seen the stats. We’ve read the articles. It’s important. We get it. But how does one go about facilitating feedback? We all know it’s…
  • Spotlight on Ben Parr: Elevate Chicago Speaker

    Stella Fayman
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    He majored in Science in Human Culture in college and went on to become co-editor of Mashable. Now he’s a published author and has his own fund, Dominate Fund.  Self-described he is “an entrepreneur, journalist, adrenaline junkie and aspiring world changer.” Ben Parr has made a name for himself knowing everything that’s going on with tech, and recognizing trends in technology. At Mashable, he quickly rose through the ranks from guest blogger to staff writer to co-editor just as social media took off and became a household topic. Now, Ben uses all he’s learned…
 
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    Launch Grow Joy

  • Four Key Parts of Running an Online Sale that You’re Probably Doing Wrong

    launchgrowjoy
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    This is a guest post from MadeFreshly. Everyone knows the basics of running an online sale. Discount your inventory, and spread the word, right? Not quite. While that’s not wrong, it’s not the whole story either. You’re probably missing out on a few crucial parts of running a successful sale. To experience the perks of a sale like: Getting rid of excess inventory/last season’s goods Giving customer’s incentive to make the purchase Being more attractive to potential customers Engaging with your social media audience Directing traffic to your store Bringing in more sales! …there…
  • The year of YES with @TraceeSioux

    launchgrowjoy
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:24 pm
    What if you did everything your soul told you to do – in your business or in your personal life – for one year? Today’s guest, Tracee Sioux, did just that! In today’s episode, Tracee and I talk about the “soulconomy,” what it means to say YES to everything your soul tells you to do and the difference between successful entrepreneurs and those who are constantly struggling with their business. Click the button below to listen to this episode and then I’d love to know what your biggest takeaway is from this episode. Leave a comment below and let me...
  • How to license your products with @JimDeBetta

    launchgrowjoy
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Have  you thought about licensing your products but are not sure where to start or whether or not it makes sense for your business? In today’s podcast interview, Jim DeBetta, who has helped thousands of entrepreneurs bring their idea to market, shares with you the step-by-step process to license your products. We also talk about things to look out for, whether or not you need a lawyer and how to get the most out of your licensing deal Click the button below to listen to this episode and then I’d love to know if you have considered licensing or if... The post How to license your…
  • 4 Steps to Working with Social Media Influencers to Grow Your Following

    launchgrowjoy
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:26 pm
    This is a guest post from Mei Pak of The Pragmatic Designer A big challenge faced by a new business is getting your product in front of people. How can you grow your social media following and expose your product to more people if nobody knows you exist? An easy way to increase your exposure is to collaborate with people who already have lots of engaged followers.  There are so many things you can do to market your products, most of which take time and money and have no guarantee of success. Getting your product into the hands of a... The post 4 Steps to Working with Social Media Influencers…
  • Five essential elements every online store should have

    launchgrowjoy
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Do you have an online store that gets some traffic, but not enough sales? Or do you want to increase your visitor-to-buyer conversion rate, but are not sure how? That’s why I created this Five Part podcast series and you’re invited to listen! Every day over the next five days you’ll learn about a different aspect of your website and what tweaks and changes you can make to increase sales on your website. NOTE: If you don’t yet have an online store, my top two recommendations are BigCommerce and Shopify. If you are not yet subscribed to The Launch Grow... The post Five…
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  • A Different Approach to Marketing:

    Alan Brind
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Alan Brind By Victoria Munro and Dave Block Achieving success in today’s economy demands a different approach to marketing and relating to current and future clients. We can no longer rely on marketing strategies that have worked in the past. Rather, knowing that people choose to do business with those they know, like and trust, we should […] The post A Different Approach to Marketing: appeared first on Business Broker Blog.Business Broker Blog - NEW YORK'S PREMIER BUSINESS INTERMEDIARY
  • The End of The Journey-Transitioning

    Alan Brind
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Alan Brind Business owners are generally pretty competent when it comes to managing their business, but when thinking about transitioning that business they have no idea where to start. Generally, exiting their business isn’t something in their everyday experience and therefore, they don’t know what they don’t know. Planning for Transitioning On-the-other-hand, some may understand the exit process, […] The post The End of The Journey-Transitioning appeared first on Business Broker Blog.Business Broker Blog - NEW YORK'S PREMIER BUSINESS INTERMEDIARY
  • FSBO…Tips for Potential Buyers

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

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

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

  • Marysville Entrepreneurial Center Creating Community for Entrepreneurs in Union County

    Susan Post
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    A community of like-minded individuals can be an invaluable resource for a small business owner. The Marysville Entrepreneurial Center is providing just that, as well as other training resources and office space for small business owners in Union County. Since its launch in 2008, the MEC has undergone changes, but is poised for continued growth […]
  • Food Trucks: Not Just A Seasonal Business

    Kevin Brennan
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    As the summer sizzle begins to cool off, restaurateurs look for ways to welcome the coming cold months by incorporating the winter season into their business model. Perhaps they will begin to offer more seasonal items like hearty comfort food to take customer’s minds of the impending winterapocalypse. They may begin to decorate the inside […]
  • Local Video Game Developers to Gather for Industry Conference

    Walker Evans
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    The second annual Ohio Game Developer Expo (OGDE) takes place this weekend at COSI following a very successful debut last year at the Ohio Union. Event coordinator Chris Volpe said that the original goal was to gather 50 local industry professionals and startups, but the event ended up attracting around 750 people. “This year we’ve […]
  • Center for Social Enterprise Development Offers Resources for Building Social Enterprises in Central Ohio

    Susan Post
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Applying for grants and pitching to investors are two very different processes, but an increasing number of non-profit leaders are finding themselves in a positions where they need to understand both thanks to the rise of social enterprises. Social enterprises take business ideas that complement a non-profit’s mission and put them into motion, allowing them […]
  • Amp Speaker Case Turns iPads Into Theatrical Experience

    Susan Post
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    If there is one area for improvement on the iPad, it’s probably sound quality. While the device obviously has sound, it’s not optimized for hearing things from far away or group viewing experiences, only limiting its list of uses. OIO is out to change that with Amp, a sleek speaker system case for iPad Air. […]
 
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    Blogtrepreneur - The Business of Blogging For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • What Can a Homeless Guy Learn From Sir Richard Branson?

    Matthew Toren
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Wear a condom Actually, that’s what Richard Branson says is the best advice his father gave him. The world’s favourite billionaire’s dad was obviously a wise man too. So what can a homeless guy really learn from Branson? A lot. Then again, it’s fair to say we can probably all learn a lot from Branson. Many of us already have. His wisdom and philosophy inspire countless people around the world from all walks of life, from the very best people in business, politics, sports and the arts, to not so well-known people like homeless Kiwi, Jody Lloyd. That’s right, Branson’s…
  • Two Parents Turn $700 Savings Into a Million Dollar Business

    Matthew Toren
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    When you think of a new baby, immediately we think “sleep deprivation.” Most parents have experienced sleep issues with babies or toddlers, but one Texas couple took matters into their own hands and invented a solution to their daughter’s sleep problem. After two weeks of utter exhaustion, Stephanie was desperate to help her daughter sleep (which also meant mom and dad could finally sleep!). When their hand-sewn invention worked like magic and their baby sleep 12 straight hours the first night (and each night thereafter), the Parkers knew they had something special. The power mom and…
  • An Honest Look at Startup Health From U.S. Business Owners [Visual Survey]

    Matthew Toren
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The American Dream is alive and well with entrepreneurs starting their own business ventures left and right. While many aspiring entrepreneurs might be discouraged by the dismal survival rates of startups, others might be surprised that the beginning might not be as difficult as they thought. Intuit conducted a survey of 500 small business owners across the U.S. to better understand how startups get started, and to glean wisdom from entrepreneurs who have either succeeded or failed at starting a business. The results showed that 64% of small business owners start their business with less than…
  • 3 Tips To Avoid Scheduled Social Media Disaster

    Matthew Toren
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    You may think that programming all your social media messages for the weeks at a time is a good thing, but there are some serious mistakes to that strategy alone. Like any good marketing plan, a balanced blend is what’s needed to succeed and pre-programmed messages alone won’t cut it. Here are 3 tips to help you avoid scheduled social media disaster. Problem: You Look Fake When you schedule all your social media ahead of time through a service like Hootsuite, your posts all show up with a little line of subtext that discloses they’re coming from hootsuite, so everyone knows your faking…
  • 3 Reasons Not Hiring a Coach is Costing You Money

    Blogtrepreneur
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    You may thinking a coach or a paid mentor is something you can’t afford, but the better question to ask yourself is can you really afford not to have one? Coaches come from every profession and can offer you valuable structure, insights and motivation to take your business and yourself to the next level. There is certainly a cost associated with a coach, however they can offer up time savings and experience that will super charge your success. Here are three reasons you need to hire a coach for success. Coaches Can Give You Shortcuts A great coach is someone who is occupying a position or…
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    Barbara’s Blog

  • Economy Better but Small Businesses Aren’t Hiring

    Barbara Weltman
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman Various economic indicators continue to show that the U.S. economy is getting stronger: GDP is up, unemployment claims are down. How is this good news being received in the small business community? The Hartford’s 2014 Small Business Success Study found that owners are feeling better about things in general, but this isn’t translating into expanding their payrolls. Some key findings from this study: 77% feel successful (up from 70% in 2013) 56% view slow economic growth as a risk to their business (down from 67% in 2012) 40% think taxes are a major risk (down from…
  • It’ll Never Happen to You, But What if it Does?

    Barbara Weltman
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman Dramatic traumatic events, like the Oklahoma beheading at the Vaughn Foods front office on September 25, is not likely to happen in your company, but what if the unspeakable should happen? Maybe something less dramatic but still traumatic could happen. Can you avert a crisis? How would you handle it if something terrible happens? It could happen to you The statistics on workplace violence are startling. According to the CDC, homicides in the workplace average 700 per year. “From 2003 to 2012 over half of the workplace homicides occurred within three occupation…
  • Should You Sign a Business Associate Agreement?

    Barbara Weltman
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman No, this isn’t a contract to do business with another firm. It is an acknowledgment you may be asked to sign if you do business with a medical office or other “covered entity” and you have access through your work to protected patient information (including a patient’s name, address, and Social Security number). It requires you, as a business associate, to protect the privacy of the covered entity’s patient information. If you never do business with any covered entity, you can ignore the information about a business associate agreement, but if you now do or…
  • Business as Benefactor to Workers and Government

    Barbara Weltman
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman A century ago, businesses’ contract with workers was simple: Workers put in a certain number of hours (albeit what would be excessive in FLSA parlance) and companies paid them a fixed wage. Clearly, this is not the only thing for which companies are responsible. How and when did the change in business’s responsibilities toward workers (and the government) change? Business vis-a-vis employees This basic compact began to change in the 1940s when defense contractors used the perk of health coverage to recruit workers to their plants, according to an NPR…
  • Don’t Waste Your Time and Effort

    Barbara Weltman
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman As business owners, we’re busy people and must make every minute, and every dollar, count. We know that certain business goals are commendable, but often our efforts to see them through are worthless. Here are 5 actions you shouldn’t take, and a better way to achieve the desired results. 1. Asking for something without any compensation Want a referral? Want responses to your questionnaires? Merely asking for action likely will produce only a minimal response. Better way: To receive a better response, offer compensation of some sort (e.g., a gift certificate, a…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog

  • Remember to give thanks to customers and associates during November

    brafton
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    There are probably many people who contribute to the continued success of your small business. The Thanksgiving season is the perfect time to let these customers, business partners and staff members know how much you appreciate their support. Here are a few ideas on how you can give thanks during November. Gift for a gift Get everyone in the holiday spirit by hosting a food drive for the community food pantry. A charitable drive is a great way to boost your brand's reputation and encourage the community to give back during the holiday season. "Thanksgiving is a perfect time for…
  • Promote democracy on Election Day with great custom products

    brafton
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    There's no better way to show your company's patriotic spirit on Election Day than with personalized promotional items. This holiday always falls on the Tuesday of the first full week in November, which is Nov. 4, 2014, and it welcomes registered voters to head to the polls and make their voice heard. Encouraging residents to cast their vote for town and state officials is a great way to show that you business is invested in the future of the community. Here are a few ways you can use marketing efforts and promotional products to celebrate democracy this Election Day. Be a…
  • Encourage your employees to personalize their workspace

    brafton
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    Your employees spend a lot of time in the office each day, and it can quickly become a chore when the atmosphere is boring. If your staff haven't already spruced up their cubicles or desks, encourage them to do so. As long as they keep their space clean and presentable, there's no harm in a little bit of personalization. In fact, there are a number of notable benefits to having a decorated and welcoming workspace. Benefits of baubles A bare cubicle can become exhausting during a 40-hour week. By encouraging your employees to decorate their work space, you allow them…
  • 4 easy ways to retain patients at your medical practice

    brafton
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Whether you're a doctor, dentist or medical specialist, it's important to ensure that your patients are satisfied and will continue to come to your practice. If you've had a concerning number of customers leave your business, you might want to make some changes to increase your retention rate. Use these four easy steps to provide a great experience for your patients. 1. Multiple appointment reminders Sometimes your patients might be missing their appointments simply because they forgot. Most medical practices hand out appointment cards as their customers leave, but it's…
  • 5 tips for planning end-of-year company events

    brafton
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    The beginning of November is the ideal time to start planning your company's holiday or end-of-the-year party. You may think you have ample time, but remember that the winter season is busy, not only for your employees, but for other companies as well. Don't wait until last minute to call a venue or caterer, or else you might end up out in the cold. Use these five tips to get ahead on your party planning and hold an awesome bash. 1. Use last year's feedback If a holiday celebration is a tradition with your company, take some time to get feedback from past gatherings.
 
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    Firmology

  • Meet & Greet: David Haber of Bond Street, a Small Business Lending Marketplace

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

    Dean Wiech
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Implementing a “bring your own device” (BYOD) policy for your organization can be extremely beneficial, but if not done correctly can also cause several problems. One of the main reasons that companies implement BYOD is to lower their costs associated with purchasing a large number of computers or tablets. Many security issues can arise, as well as an increase in time spent by the IT department on setting up and monitoring all of the employee’s devices. Though BYOD may lower costs of technology, if not implemented correctly it can actually result in higher costs in areas such as the…
  • SMB Workforce Part 3: Values and Culture in the Workplace

    Jennifer Ludwigsen
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Organizational culture determines the tone of every business process, from policies and staffing structure to customer interaction and facility design. Your business’s culture defines the standards and unique environment your customers crave while creating value by setting you apart from the competition. How can entrepreneurs and small business owners cash in on culturally-driven positive outcomes? It starts, like most business endeavors, with a dream. Define Your End Goal Picture the perfect working scenario. How do coworkers treat each other? What does conflict resolution look like? If…
  • Are You Using Pinterest To Improve Your Branding?

    Peter LaMotte
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Visual Branding Is An Important Part of Social Media Marketing Top brands have been flocking to Pinterest for some time now and a quick look at key statistics about the hugely popular photo-sharing social media site explains why: 70+ million total Pinterest users 40 million monthly active users 23% of Pinterest users visit the site at least once daily While brands like Starbucks, Nordstrom, Whole Foods Markets and others “get” Pinterest and its vast appeal, other businesses are still struggling to see how Pinterest boards and pins can translate into prospective customers and followers.
  • Meet & Greet: Jüri Kaljundi of Weekdone, Hassle-Free Employee Progress Reports

    Jüri Kaljundi
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Firmology’s Meet & Greet series takes an inside look at the technology available to small business owners and entrepreneurs, straight from the founders who built them. Name: Jüri Kaljundi Title: Co-founder Company Name: Weekdone Company One Liner: Hassle-free employee weekly progress reporting system Location: Estonia and USA Tell us about yourself and your background. I prefer to introduce myself as a product guy with tech background and sales and marketing management experience. I am an entrepreneur and the co-founder of Weekdone, a weekly employee reporting service. My background…
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  • The Pain-Free Way to Create an Inbound Marketing Strategy

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

    Brad Smith
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Getting people to answer surveys is a nightmare. But fortunately for us, survey answers are not the best solution to customer research. If actions speak louder than words, then ANALYTICS always trump SURVEYS. [Click here to tweet this quote] For example, if we’re trying to figure out “what” to tweet, “when” to tweet it, and “why” to tweet at all, then you have to look at real, live user behavior to glean insights. Luckily, there are a variety of tools and social media research tips to quickly answer these questions if you’re not afraid to…
  • 3 Killer B2B Content Marketing Examples

    Brad Smith
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The value and ROI of content marketing varies wildly by industry. But content marketing works BEST in the least likely place: old, stodgy B2B industries. Why? Because these industries usually have complex products or services and a long, consultative sales cycle. Content creation, optimization and promotion helps you scale your efforts by addressing each stage of the buying cycle and speeding up the learning curve through educational or insightful content in different formats. The Catch-22 however, is that most B2B companies think they’re too “boring” to make it work.
  • Why Your SEO Keyword Strategy is Broken (And How to Fix It)

    Brad Smith
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Keyword rankings are flawed. Everyone’s search engine result pages (SERPs) are currently being personalized based on the following information: Your past browsing history Your physical location And your social media connections That means the individual keyword rankings are personalized too. So you and I, searching for the same keyphrase, will undoubtedly see different results. But wait, it gets worse… Keyphrase-specific data is disappearing at an alarming rate. That means when you login to Google Analytics (or any other popular analytics program), your organic keyword data is…
  • How Understanding Consumer Behavior Cures Low Sales

    Brad Smith
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    In 1995, Sheena Iyengar, a professor of business from Columbia University, conducted a study about jam. She set up a sample booth of Wilkin & Sons jams in a California gourmet market and switched from offering a selection of 24 jams to a group of 6 jams every few hours. Each customer tasted (on average) 2 jam flavors regardless of the size of the assortment. And each of them received a coupon for $1 off of one jam. Here’s where the study gets interesting… Only 40% of customers stopped for the small assortment, while 60% paused for the large one. BUT – a whopping 30% of people…
 
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    EnMast

  • Meet EnMast Member Corinne Flanagan, of US Tube Supply

    Devan Perine
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    We’d like to introduce you to Corinne Flanagan, Chief Financial Officer of U.S Tube Supply. They’re a wholesale supplier of steel pipe and tube materials throughout the United States and Canada. They’re a husband and wife team with a few employees located in St. Petersburg, Florida! What made you decide to start a business? My husband and I started the business in 2009 for several reasons. First of all, we wanted to find a way to utilize our past business experience, education, and personal creativity in building a company of our own. We have the opportunity to work on what is…
  • How to organize a conference for small business owners

    Devan Perine
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Jill just got done organizing a conference for her company, The Founding Moms called FMCON here in Chicago. She learned quite a lot about what it’s like running a conference, and how much work it entails. She shares her top tips on how to organize a conference on this episode of Breaking Down Your Business with Brad. PLUS they talk to small business owners Nate Burgos is the founder of Design Feast, and Anna Stout is the founder of Astute Communications. Running a business can feel lonely — hopefully this episode will help you see that you’re not alone in it! (Podcast…
  • 5 common IT mistakes small business owners make

    Pierre Namroud
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Equipping your business with the proper IT tools and solutions right from the get-go can make all the difference to get your business processes running smoothly and efficiently. Nowadays, there are very affordable solutions out there, allowing SMEs to be equipped with the best software systems. Unfortunately, not all SBOs take the proper measures when it comes to their business’ IT needs. As an IT consultant and provider, I have seen my fair share of IT mistakes made at companies of all sizes. One company in particular will always stand out for me as they made not one but several of the…
  • 4 situations when small business owners MUST look at their numbers

    Brad Farris
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    “Numbers get confusing. I’m never quite sure what I should be looking at. But my gut has never failed me.” Most small business owners are most comfortable making decisions intuitively; when they look at a situation and they just know the answer. These gut decisions are really useful. They can be quick. They are based on our past experience. They’re great; as long as the decision we are making is similar to a situation we have seen in our past. In a situation like this, our gut is well informed, and the decision is likely a good one. But there are situations where our…
  • Top 5 things every business owner needs to know (but doesn’t)

    Devan Perine
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Business owners need to know how to do a lot of things. How to do payroll, how to hire, how to fire, how to sell… the list goes on. But if you ask any business owner, they’ll admit there’s a lot of things they don’t know either. In this episode of Breaking Down Your Business, Jill and Brad talk about the top 5 things business owners don’t know. They also have on great guest (fellow small business owners) Andrew Tarvin is the founder of Humor That Works, that will make you laugh, and Peter Durand is the founder of Alphachimp who will blow your mind. You…
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    Deimar - Business Tips and Strategies for Entrepreneurs

  • Tips to Implement Environmental Standards in Your Business

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

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

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

    Deimar Gutierrez
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The spaces we occupy affect us psychologically, and therefore impact our creativity and performance at work. Neuroscience has proven that our brain is malleable even in our adulthood. The surrounding environment has a huge impact both on the way our brains develop and how that brain is transformed into a unique human mind. In this line of thought, the spaces we occupy shape who we are and how we behave. Thus we can conclude that our work space has a big impact on both our psychological well-being and performance. Considering the amount of time an employee spends at work it is…
  • How-To Promote The Long-Term Success Of Your New Hires

    Deimar Gutierrez
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The early days of an employee in a company are crucial not only for their short and long-term performance but also on their satisfaction and engagement with the organization.Related post: Why Employees Quit Their Job To achieve this, companies must understand that "the success of the first day of work is determinated by how the company supports and encourages employees to (1) Demonstrate what they bring to the company, (2) Generate impact on their position from day one, and (3) Create social bonds within the company." Read more about "What Drives a Successful Onboarding Process." A…
 
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    Small Business Bonfire

  • What to Do When Your Business Becomes Your Life

    Richard Titus
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    By Richard Titus Having a business that you love and feel passionate about can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. Not only does a great business bring you financial rewards, but it also adds to a person’s life creatively, socially, and even spiritually. Having a business you feel passionate about can also have its drawbacks, particularly when it demands so much of your time that it and your life become one in the same. In order to live a life that feels manageable and balanced, it’s important for people to separate their work time from their personal time. If you’re…
  • 6 Tips for Conducting Skype Interviews

    Emily Suess
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    By Emily Suess Video conferencing technologies like Skype make it easier for small business owners to interview remote workers, contractors, and new hires who don’t currently live locally. Here’s how to get through a video conference interview successfully and attract top talent from virtually anywhere in the world. 1. Test your technology. Before the interview, do a test run to verify that your Internet connection and software are working as intended. Don’t just open Skype and check your WiFi signal, place an actual call to someone and make sure they can hear you and see…
  • The Road to Success Through Paid Social Amplification [Infographic]

    Jennifer Landry
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    By Jennifer Landry Whether you’re part of a large company or run a small business, advertising is an important aspect in any marketing campaign. Unfortunately, the traditional marketing and advertising process has changed significantly just in the past decade. In fact, 95 percent of people do not trust traditional advertising. Instead, people are turning to customer reviews and social media to help make with their purchasing decisions. These social networks are now one of the most influential tools available to companies if they want to increase brand recognition and interest. While…
  • How to Work Forecasting Into Your Workflow

    Kristen Gramigna
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:21 am
    By Kristen Gramigna  Forecasting generally becomes a key focus following a significant business event that’s either remarkably positive or highly negative. Though nothing is predictable with certainty, forecasting is a tool that can work to remove such “hindsight is 20/20” regret, and improve the likelihood that decisions are informed, and based on past performance and the intellectual predictions of the professionals managing an initiative. Despite what you may think, working forecasts into your workflow isn’t reserved for larger businesses with dedicated analytical teams, nor does…
  • What to Know About Funding Your Small Business with Kickstarter

    Emily Suess
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:13 am
    By Emily Suess By now you’ve probably read the incredible story of Zack Brown who raised tens of thousands of dollars earlier this year with his potato salad project on Kickstarter. Not only did it generate a lot of buzz for the crowdfunding site, but it got a lot of small business owners and would-be entrepreneurs wondering how they could use the site and sites like it to get funding for their business ideas. If you’re thinking of launching a Kickstarter campaign, here’s what you need to know. Not Every Project Gets Accepted Anyone can create an account and submit a campaign to…
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    CorporationCentre.ca Small Business Blog

  • Celebrating Small Business in Canada

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

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

    CorporationCentre.ca
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    In addition to integrity and resoluteness in decision-making, great leaders often possess an intangible knack for mobilizing people of disparate backgrounds, personalities, and values toward common goals—maximizing the potential of the team.How do they do it?Over the past three decades, researchers have identified emotional intelligence as a crucial component of professional success, self-actualization, and exemplary leadership.What is emotional intelligence?Emotional intelligence, sometimes abbreviated as EI or EQ, is a term that first appeared in the 1980s, and came into popular usage…
  • The Write Way: Effective Business Writing

    CorporationCentre.ca
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    It’s hard to overstate the importance of effective writing to the success of a business endeavour. The words you choose to describe your idea, product, or service can make or break a prospective transaction, and attract or repel clients. Furthermore, proficiency in writing can make the difference between being perceived as a consummate professional, or an overweening amateur.The basics always matterIn the era of spell-check, it’s easier to avoid egregious spelling errors than it was in the past. But there is a pitfall: when we rely on technology to correct our mistakes for us, we risk…
  • Establishing Success in 10 Seconds

    CorporationCentre.ca
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    It’s an old cliché that you only get one chance to make a first impression, but unlike with the opposite sex, if practice made perfect it means that all that time spent practicing amounts to dollars left on the table just trying to get it right. You can read over the volumes of thick tomes dedicated to unraveling the mystery as to what to say to make the perfect first impression, or simply be aware of the fact that a first impression of you is made even before you open your mouth – the implications this has for business are unfathomable.A couple of compelling theories to considerIn a…
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • Commercial Finance Update: October 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to motivate your employees in the contemporary business scenario

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

    Maya Pillai
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    The world is a constantly changing place. It is important that your business keeps on changing to remain relevant and competitive. Your business needs to keep moving forward in order to survive and grow irrespective of the economic situation or other factors beyond your control. We look at some valuable tips that will help your business keep moving forward: Make a detailed plan- This will give you clarity of vision. It will help you note down what you want to achieve and how to go about achieving it. Also, it will guarantee you don’t forget anything important – a lot better than relying…
  • Are you geared up for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014 sales

    Maya Pillai
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    In the year 2013, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales had increased by 15% and 18% respectively. This report was released by a trend tracking firm, ComScore. They also reported that there’s a probability of a greater increase in the after Thanksgiving sales in 2014. It’s the time of the year when you should get the most possible sales. Have you made the necessary preparation to meet the demands of your customers? It’s the era of mobile browsing and shopping. It goes without saying that the sales happen through social referrals.  Here are a few things that merchants can do to get the…
  • How to handle difficult customers

    Maya Pillai
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    All businesses have to deal with disgruntled customers at some point of time. Some customers may have genuine grievances while some may not. In either case, one must learn to handle the customer as well as the situation properly. We take a look at different strategies and techniques to handle difficult customers. Be specific - When the customer is making general complaint, ask the customer to be specific. Then provide specific and measurable solutions for his problem. It is a good idea to give a time frame in which the issue will be resolved. Agreeing with the customer doesn’t always help -…
  • Ways to influence customers and their buying decisions

    Maya Pillai
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:27 am
    It is the customers who have the power to make or break a business. Hence it is essential that enterprises focus on customer satisfaction and loyalty. There exist time tested techniques to bond with customers and positively influence their buying decisions to your favor. Go the extra mile to make customers feel special- Smile and welcome your customers with genuine warmth. A friendly attitude and taking pains to be interested in them will do wonders. This way the customer feels that they are being treated as human beings and not as monetary resources. Tell the stories about your products and…
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  • Accounting for the Numberphobic; Book Rally!

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

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

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

    Dawn Fotopulos
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Joan Rivers on Ed Sullivan Joan Rivers was genuinely funny. I miss her early days when her self-deprecating humor and keen observation of every-day life and relationships made all of us take ourselves far less seriously. She made us laugh when all the evening news would broadcast was the Vietnam War, the gas crisis and […]
  • How Small Businesses Can Save Green While Going Green

    Dawn Fotopulos
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Greening your business is a smart move but it also can be an expensive one. Alternative energy sources are often more costly; the same goes for many things marketed as recycled or upcycled. While certainly well worth it considering that big businesses are often capable of doing more to clean up the earth than individuals […]
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  • Matching Keyword Relevance with Domain Name – The Google Way

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

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

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

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

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

  • Changes to ISO 9001 Standard for 2015

    Michelle
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    changes have been made to the ISO9001:2015 QMS standard. Some of the changes are going to make it easier for a Quality Manager to manage their system, but... You might also be interested in these:    Business Brilliance Mastermind Group  New Google SSL Rules  My Top Free & Cheap Marketing Tools For Small Business  Top 10 Marketing Strategies That Increase Sales  Service Feedback For A Job Well Done  What is Your Customer Relationship Management Strategy?Copyright © We Can Help Your Monetize Your Passion! All Right Reserved. 2014.Powered by Readers…
  • Business Brilliance Mastermind Group

    Michelle
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Share your business brilliance with other like minded business owners at your level to achieve outstanding results in your profits and performance. Together we can: develop win-win partnerships build relationships help each other grow, raise revenue, and significantly increase profits share ideas and have fun doing it educate and learn from each other build on […] You might also be interested in these:    Changes to ISO 9001 Standard for 2015  New Google SSL Rules  My Top Free & Cheap Marketing Tools For Small Business  Top 10 Marketing Strategies That…
  • My Top Free & Cheap Marketing Tools For Small Business

    Michelle
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    These free & cheap marketing tools for small business will save you money and time Below is my favourite list of free marketing tools you can use for online sales and marketing. Email marketing is a brilliant strategy to keeping in touch with your customers and keeping them informed. Some of my favourite email marketing […] You might also be interested in these:    Changes to ISO 9001 Standard for 2015  Business Brilliance Mastermind Group  New Google SSL Rules  Top 10 Marketing Strategies That Increase Sales  Service Feedback For A Job Well Done…
  • New Google SSL Rules

    Michelle
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This infographic was posted by James Schramko on 23 August 2014. New Google SSL rules. A bit confusing maybe, but something you should know if you have a website as Google has changed the rules again. Ask your host for help or contact SuperFastBusiness With James Schramko You might also be interested in these:    Changes […] You might also be interested in these:    Changes to ISO 9001 Standard for 2015  Business Brilliance Mastermind Group  My Top Free & Cheap Marketing Tools For Small Business  Top 10 Marketing Strategies That Increase…
  • Top 10 Marketing Strategies That Increase Sales

    Michelle
    19 Dec 2013 | 7:06 pm
    Looking for local marketing strategies that increase sales? Below is SlideShare presentation I created – Top 10 Tips for Increasing Local Sales to test the rankings for keywords. I came across SlideShare while searching for very competitive keywords and there are people on SlideShare with hundreds of thousands of views. So for a short list of […] You might also be interested in these:    Changes to ISO 9001 Standard for 2015  Business Brilliance Mastermind Group  New Google SSL Rules  My Top Free & Cheap Marketing Tools For Small Business…
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  • Raising Capital For Your Small Business: Debt or Equity?

    Barbara Weltman
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    If you need money to start or expand a business, which is the better way to do it: borrow money or bring in investors? The answer will be different for each business. Here are some factors for your consideration. What is Debt? What is Equity? In deciding between debt and equity, understand your relationship to the party with the money: Debt means taking on the obligation to repay the amount of funds that have been advanced to you, plus interest stated in the loan agreement. Your ability to borrow depends on your creditworthiness because the lender wants to be sure of repayment. For a small…
  • The Small Business Guide to Zoning Laws & Building Permits

    Funding Gates Blog
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Running a small business is not just about providing your product or service. Sure, you have to do the obvious things like stay on top of the competition, pay your bills, and thrill your customers and clients. But small business ownership also comes with a slew of regulations, which differ depending on your location, the structure of your business, and your industry. Here is a beginner’s guide to the basics for starting a business: zoning laws, building permits, and commercial licensing. I. Small Business Zoning Laws Cities and towns are usually divided into ordinances, which specify…
  • 3 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know About Apple Pay

    Funding Gates Blog
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:24 pm
    When Apple announced the rollout of Apple Pay with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this fall, it became clear that the mobile wallet is here to stay. Google Wallet introduced the idea in 2011, but concerns about privacy in a near field communication (NFC) payment system have persisted. Already, six banks, 31 businesses, and 18 apps are participating in Apple Pay, with more to join later this year. But what does this mean for small businesses? It’s certainly a great way to build trust with your customers, something that is uniquely important to small businesses and their…
  • The Faces of Funding Gates: Meet One of Our Users!

    Diana Mackie
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Above: Stacy (left) and Heather (right)  It’s no secret that we love our customers here at Funding Gates. We so enjoy getting to know each user, company, and industry that we wanted to share some of them with you all! We’re delighted to introduce everyone to one of our real users, Stacy, from Cano Electric in Texas. In a rush? Skip straight to the Key Learnings at the end of this post to see what incredibly useful business lessons can be learned from Cano Electric’s best practices. Faces of Funding Gates: Stacy Van Pelt Position: Accounts Receivable & Billing Company:…
  • How to Be More Productive: What to Put off & What to Do NOW

    Diana Mackie
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    When running a small business, your time is both incredibly valuable, and probably very packed. When your small business depends on you, it’s very important to make every minute count! If you’re like most small business owners, wondering how to be more productive, this is the guide for you! We’ve outlined some of the 2 most important areas of growing and running a small business, that you should focus your time on first. Most Important: Customer Service Customer service is a great place to start because it’s a “gateway” to so many other areas; your business’ reputation, customer…
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    On Our Bikes

  • Cheapskate prospects

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

    Jon Stow
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:44 am
    A couple of weeks ago I needed to buy some software and found a company that seemed to offer what I wanted: a single license for a one-off project. I chose them because although I am very happy with my current supplier (this is for tax compliance) I needed a program for a back year which they could not supply to me. I downloaded the program, found the license key, emailed for an activation key, and waited… several hours when I wanted to get the job done. Eventually I had the email in reply, copied and pasted the key, and Hey Presto, the program worked. I duly entered the required…
  • Where we are now

    Jon Stow
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    Canary Wharf from Excel Centre (Photo credit: Jon Stow) We can all look back and regret decisions we have made. I could if I felt like it. Should I have been more serious about that girl? Should I have had ambitions to be a Lloyd’s broker when I was a lad? Should I have accepted a posting in the Far East? Should I have taken that job? Should I have left that job? We did not know then what we know now. We started our businesses based on what we knew then. We have learned along the way, and with hindsight we can see our mistakes. That is called experience. As long as we learn from it, we…
  • Are your prospects in harmony with your business?

    Jon Stow
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    I guess we can all make a splash once to get noticed, and a joke might be the way to do it. Will prospects really remember a business for the one joke, repeated over and over again, or will they get bored? Here is eHarmony’s current ad in the UK:         I would rather that my potential clients felt they could relate to my business and feel comfortable that I could give them what they wanted. Here is a confession. I have played the dating agency game, and did computer-dating back in the Seventies and Eighties (yes, they had computers then). I would far rather have…
  • Unreliability, sickies and trust

    Jon Stow
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    Rayleigh Market – Photo credit: Jon Stow A long time ago, when I worked in London, I had a female colleague who called in sick on a Thursday every four weeks. No one thought too much of it and if we are honest, we supposed there might be a biological reason for her absence and she had our sympathy. At least she had our sympathy until one day one of my work-mates who lived in the same town saw her on a “sickie Thursday” selling on a market stall. Obviously she was rostered by the family to work the stall every four weeks on market day. I am not sure who actually “grassed up” my…
 
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • The Frightening Decline of Distribution of Wealth

    Tim Berry
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Today is Blog Action Day, an annual tradition since 2008, and this year’s theme is inequality. It’s hashtags are #BAD2014 #Blogaction14, #Inequality, #Oct16. It’s scary to me that we don’t all take better distribution of wealth as automatically important, and self evident. I remember being a kid, in the 1950s and 1960s, when everybody I knew, everybody in the mainstream news media, and everybody anybody talked to, assumed that concentration of wealth in just a few hands was a symptom of an underdeveloped, third-world economy. We who lived in the United States, we all agreed, were…
  • Don’t Underestimate the Power of Fear

    Tim Berry
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Whether you’re making a speech before thousands of people in an auditorium or just two people in the small conference room, there are professionals who proclaim confidence is key. Stay poised – be bold – win your audience with self-confidence. I’ve noticed a much different pattern with myself, though, when public speaking. It came up again just this week when I did a segment at the Ready to Launch conference in New York, sponsored by Entrepreneur.com and Canon. (That’s me on Tuesday in the image here … and my thanks to fellow-speaker Ivana Taylor of DIYMarketers…
  • Nobody is Going to Pay You For Your Ideas

    Tim Berry
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Yesterday somebody posted an interesting comment on the bottom of my post ‘How to Sell an Idea to a Big Company.’ Sadly, that post explains to people why they can’t sell their ideas to big companies. Most of the 70-some comments there are from people who ignore what the post says and share how great their ideas are. This one is slightly different. This commenter This person acknowledges the problem, as follows: How do I sell not an idea but my involvement in creating ideas to a reputable company? Is there a way for me to work (preferably from home) and continually provide my endless…
  • When So-called Experts Say Don’t Do a Business Plan…

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

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

  • Scentsy Christmas Collection 2014

    Christine
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    I'm a bit late posting this but Here's the Holiday Collection Scentsy has put out for the 2014 Christmas season.  That said, in less than 20 days they've already sold out on the red bauble.  Merry and Bright is no more.  These Christmas Warmers are limited edition, so only a finite amount of them in existence and this one went fast.  So if you see any of these others that you like that you want, its best to act as quickly as you can!!! If you need advice on scents to go with your new Christmas warmers let me know! Scentsy Christmas Warmers 2015
  • No Place Like Home Scentsy Warmer

    Christine
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The No Place Like Home Scentsy Warmer is one of my personal favourites for new warmers in the Autumn/Winter Catalogue.  It looks even better in real life and pictures just dont do it justice.  Its a dark red house with a black roof and little lights giving a cozy home feel.  You can leave off the top or put the top on.  The scent escapes through the little stars which if you didnt know are symbols for Scentsy!!  This is a QUALITY warmer, not your cheap-o tea light burners for sure! Want to make your house feel like a duvet day?  Combine this warmer with Autumn…
  • Scentsy UK & EU Incentive Trip 2015

    Christine
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Scentsy Incentive Trip has been announced for the UK and Europe (UK, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany) and we are off to the Canary Islands off the coast of Spain to Tenerife.   My goal is to earn TWO spots for myself and my partner James who has never been on a Scentsy Incentive Trip. Last year I took my sister on the incentive trip to Greece because my partner was too sick to go. They've announced the hotels and it looks fantastic.  We are staying at the Costa Adeje Gran Hotel which is a 5 star resort.  We also have two excursions: -A Dolphin and Whale Watching Boat…
  • Scentsy Christmas Collection 2014

    Christine
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Available from 1st October, the 2014 Scentsy Christmas Collection.  Scentsy have seriously outdone themselves this year dont you think? My personal favourite is the snowman who is so cute, but the red cardinal has caught my eye as well.  Such a gorgeous collection of Scentsy Warmers.  Which one is your favourite? To order Click on Shop Now yellow Star button until you get to my Scentsy sponsored website and then change your flag for whatever European Country you are from.  These warmers are available Europe and United Kingdom only.  If you are interested in warmers…
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider

    Christine
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    I'm not a fan of Spiders.  They freak me out BIG TIME.  Ever since I moved here to the UK, I've noticed how much bigger the spiders are in this country.  It must be the rain and the fact they love it here or something.  Being not a fan of spiders, not sure why I watched Arachnaphobia when it came out but it did and it kind of made my fear of spiders worse.  If I see a spider in the house, I usually leave it alone unless I'm cleaning cob webs out and then they need to move along and I push them on the way.  So thankful the spiders here arent as big as the film…
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    Cool Touch Blog

  • Does Your A/C Unit Need a New Motor?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tips for Women Home Business Entrepreneurs

    Isabel Isidro
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Women in business are becoming commonplace. Get tips for women home business entrepreneurs from Lesley Spencer, the founder and director of Home Based Working Moms This article was written by Isabel Isidro for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: What Motivates Women to Start a Business? 5 Common Problems of Women Small-Business Owners How Home-Based Business Entrepreneurs Succeed
  • How to Turn a Hobby Web Site into a Business

    Isabel Isidro
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Majority of the web sites that compose the millions of sites on the Web are operated by enthusiasts and hobbyists. Learn how Darnell McGavock turned his love for soul food cooking into a successful small business website. This article was written by Isabel Isidro for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Sell Advertising on Your Web Site How to Turn from a Hobbyist to a Business Owner Usability: One Key to Web Site Success
  • How to Recession-Proof Your Retail Business

    Ted Hurlbut
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com We are living in a more competitive environment amidst unstable economic and political certainties. Learn the ways you can recession-proof your retail business. This article was written by Ted Hurlbut for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Recession-Proof Your Business: Small Business Survival Guide Managing Retail Price-Point and Margin Pressures Selling a Sense of Urgency in Retail
  • 5 Tips to Reduce Risk When Starting a Small Business

    Brendon Pack
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Like many adventures, taking a headfirst dive into a shiny new small business involves taking a big leap of faith. Learn some of the basic measures you can put in place to reduce this risk and give yourself the best chance of being successful. This article was written by Brendon Pack for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Limit Your Risk and Minimize Cost When Starting a Business Minimize the Risk to Your Personal Credit When Starting a New Business 8 Tips to Reduce Shopping Cart Abandonment
  • How to Launch a New Product Successfully

    George Rodriguez
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Launching a new product is a big gamble, especially if your whole business rests on it.  Here are some of the best strategies you can use to launch a new product successfully This article was written by George Rodriguez for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: When to Launch a New Product How to Launch Your New Business Website On-Time How to Launch a Successful Startup
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    Sweet Dreamz Design » Blog

  • My #1 Tip for Putting Your Ideas Into ACTION

    Barbara Austin
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Today, I’m trying something new! I’ve decided to experiment with doing occasional “visually-rich” posts: sort of like a video-blog, except it’s not a video—it’s a 2D image with a simple tip baked in. And little-to-no extra words. Fun for me to create, and easier for you to “digest” quickly and then get on with your […]
  • Sweet Brand!: How James Avery Makes Southern Gals Like Me Swoon (3 Ways to Be Irresistible to Your Customers)

    Barbara Austin
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    {The Sweet Brand! series appears on the 1st Monday of each month, and features awesome niche brands, small companies, solo businesswomen, and even celebrity brand personalities. The purpose of this series is to introduce you to businesses that are kickin’ it in their brand, and to point out what they’re doing right—principles that you can […]
  • 4 Secrets to Publishing Your Own Digital Magazine

    Barbara Austin
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    I won’t lie—publishing a digital magazine is a lot of work. But, I just keep going back for more…because obviously it’s a great way to gain new subscribers (some of whom later become my clients)…but also, I just love the medium, and I have a blast designing each mag! I’ve done four in all, and […]
  • Crafting a New Goodie for Your Tribe? Consider This…

    Barbara Austin
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    When you’re creating a new course, a product, or a new e-book or magazine for your tribe, of course you want it to stand out on its own, right?! But what if you get so caught up in giving your product its own mini-brand, that you forget it also needs to align with your BIZ […]
  • The Stock Photo Police (Are They Coming for YOU?! Two Steps to Ensure They Won’t…)

    Barbara Austin
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    ♪♫ Bad girl bad girl, ah-what-ya-gonna-do, ah-what-ya-gonna-do when they come for you? ♫ ♪ So many of us have done it: Used copyrighted photos without permission, posted an image online without crediting the photographer, and risked inviting stock photo companies and photogs alike to come after us with copyright infringement suits and who-knows-what other legal […]
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    WebStartToday Blog

  • Web Start Today: SEO Friendly CMS

    wst-web-access
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Opting for a Content Management System (CMS) platform for a website is an intelligent choice. A CMS not just aids in organizing, editing, and modifying the information including content, images, or videos, but it saves a lot of time and money too. And to top it all, if you are lucky enough to search and find a better CMS, just like Web Start Today, you could do it all without any technical knowledge or coding skills too. Web Start Today makes website building and maintenance possible even for a novice. Another very important feature which Web Start Today promises to keep up with unlike other…
  • Top 5 Web Design Blunders

    wst-web-access
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Responsive/mobile designs, flat designs and recently, material design by Google, trends keep coming and going especially in a fast-paced world of web designs. This doesn’t mean at all that you can afford to ignore them, but what it means is, there is something common, worth holding on to and when these common slip-ups happen, even a congenially stunning web design can break and ward off  customers. So here are some top blunders to stay away from:  Color & Contrast Something that loses out to make it to the top priority while building a web design are colors & contrast. Not just…
  • The Big Digital Transformation – Are you part of it?

    wst-web-access
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    So it started with a desktop, and later laptops, smartphones, tablets, and now almost everything right from your entertainment device, TV to a necessity wear, watch, internet or better said, digitization has changed the way it works.  It’s the era of digitization, and to be successful, stand in the marketplace, you need to digitally transform. Digital Transformation, or in simpler words, enhancing customer experience at every touch point by realigning business models using technology; is how we, Web Start Today plans to differentiate you amongst the thousand others in the marketplace. …
  • SEO – A Magical Wand or an Over-hyped Nothing

    wst-web-access
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    So we often speak and meet a lot of our customers, and apart from few others, all have a similar query, i.e., “Despite having a great website online, why don’t I get traffic? Why don’t people know me? Regardless of providing best of services and numerous testimonials on my website, why don’t they see me when they are looking for similar services?” And we just have one thing to say, “Is your site, search engine optimized?” or “are you following SEO rules?” and what we hear them say is, “Does that really matter?”, or sometimes worse, “what is it?” Before we think and…
  • Responsive Web Design: Design for Future

    wst-web-access
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    The ever evolving technology has leap frogged from basic desktop computers to sleeker and smarter netbooks, tablets, and smartphones. And with this revolution, it’s not just about smaller screens, higher resolution displays but a shift in thinking process, and the way technology is used. These smart devices have become much more common than it used to be, and it would be a waste for web designers to not take advantage of the same.  And hence, Responsive Web Design by Web Start Today, a single design answer to multiple screens. Responsive web designs are crafted to optimize the visitor’s…
 
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    SucceedAsYourOwnBoss.com

  • Why Mindful Eating Matters to Your Small Business Success

    Melinda Emerson
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with Kelly Springer MS, RD, CDN, @KellysChoiceLLC. Kelly Springer’s passion for nutrition started at a very young age and grows stronger every day. She has been very fortunate to have worked in multiple areas of nutrition. She started her career at 17 years old pushing tray carts and delivering menus in the hospital. Kelly attended West Virginia University where she received her BS in…
  • Make More Than A Hi-Tech Worker

    Melinda Emerson
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Guest Article Here’s A Business That Requires No Education and Training, You Can Make More Than A Hi-Tech Worker and Get A Discount On A New Car The internet changed the jobs picture in America and created new money making opportunities along with it.  People drive taxi cabs today and put up with the low pay because they can’t find anything better. The average taxi driver today makes about $30,000 per year and they seem to constantly live in fear that they will pick up a customer who will not pay or worse a customer will do them harm. There is a new game in town called UBER. You probably…
  • How to Make More Time for Sales in Your Business

    Melinda Emerson
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    If you’re not making the sales you want for your small business, you should assess how much time you’re spending (or rather, not spending) on nurturing and generating sales. When you’re a solopreneur, it’s you who is responsible for not only sales, but also operations, marketing, admin… the whole gamut. While you can’t yet clone yourself, you do need to maximize the time you spend on each area, particularly sales. Here’s how. Find Extra Time Before you laugh at the idea of finding an extra second in your overstuffed schedule, hear me out. So many of us waste part of our days on…
  • How to Master, Manage and Communicate Your Message

    Melinda Emerson
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with @kimydavis. Kim Y. Davis is a Houston-based journalist, speaker and consultant. She writes and produces print, online and video content for various media outlets about sports, politics and other issues. As a consultant, she helps corporations, non-profits, entrepreneurs and individuals find their voice, develop their message and tell their story. Kim helps people to be heard in a time…
  • 5 Tips for Turning Great Ideas into Products

    Melinda Emerson
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Guest Article It’s no secret that discovering that one great product idea is an arduous journey in itself. Many people spend months and years hunting for that great idea and for many, it seems like the most difficult part of the invention process. Unfortunately, conceiving that great idea is only the beginning of a very grueling, yet also very exciting and rewarding, journey. If you’re in the situation where you are ready to turn your idea into a product and embark on what could be the best journey of your life, here are five important tips you need to know. It doesn’t matter what you…
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  • More than 10 practical steps to help you land your next job

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

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

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

    admin
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    It’s a challenge, but you’ve found a way to juggle working a rewarding job or running your own business and raising a healthy family. Now you’ve hit a snag. Your child loved daycare, playing and interacting with other children and daycare workers. But, something has changed. Simply mention school to your preschooler and she starts crying, that or she grows sullen and nearly refuses to talk. It’s no wonder that you’re concerned. The good news is that your child isn’t the only kid in town who would rather stay home (or nearly anywhere else, for that matter)…
  • Top tips dream chasers need to stay out of trouble

    admin
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    By Eric Bradford Dream chasers need a bit of delusion to keep pressing forward, especially during times when their efforts yield little to no results despite how long they have been burning the midnight oil. Even when dreams are fulfilled, there’s the work of maintaining a dream. In fact, this work has, at times, seemed harder than realizing a dream in the first place. If dream chasers aren’t careful, they could become overly frustrated and give up. They could also fall into depression or get trapped in the haze of a dream and ignore signs that it’s time to start heading…
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    Attention Getting Marketing

  • 7 Small Business Saturday Marketing Ideas for Your Online Business

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Consultant Small Business Saturday (just 6 weeks away on November 29th) is where consumers are encouraged to buy from local businesses, particularly for their holiday shopping. It is an initiative that was started by American Express back in 2010, and it always takes place on the Saturday after the Black Friday shopping day (which is the day after the US Thanksgiving holiday). Now, while online businesses benefit from Cyber Monday two days later, your online business can still take advantage of Small Business Saturday with these easy marketing ideas.
  • If Your Small Business is Failing, It Isn’t Always Your Marketing

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Consultant Do you know about the four Ps of marketing – Product, Price, Place, Promotion? They are in that order for a reason. The problem most small businesses and entrepreneurs make is that they do not spend enough time on the first P – the Product. They get anxious and excited and jump right ahead to the next three. Then, when the business starts to fail, they automatically think the problem must be their price, where they are selling, and/or their marketing efforts. But more than likely the reason the business is failing is because they didn’t make…
  • 3 Types of Customers Your Small Business May Be Ignoring

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant I am amazed at how many people set up an online business and then quickly expect world domination, getting thousands of orders daily from customers in every part of the globe. The truth is, a successful business can get the majority of their customers from these three sources: 1. Repeat Customers We seem to always be on the hunt for new customers, but what is wrong with your old or current ones? Depending on the nature of your business, 30% or more of your sales should come from repeat customers. Plus, it is much easier to sell to a…
  • My Marketing Insider Tips for October

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant I have been swamped with clients so I have been absent from my blog for a week and I also will not be getting out my October Insider Report as a result. Bad for me, but good for you as I will give you just a snippet of what I was planning to cover here. New Selling Opportunities  Major retailers continue to look to indie designers to enhance their product lines. Retailer Club Monaco recently launched a new accessories line called The Pieces with jewelry and hand bags from indie designers. Think about retailers whose brand suits your…
  • 3 Online Retailers with Amazing Blogs

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant Everyone keeps telling you how you need a blog as a secondary alternative to drive traffic to your online store. It can be very effective as you target your prospective market with articles they care about, and it inadvertently brings them over to your online store. But a blog is a lot of work, so don’t venture into it lightly. Some big retailers do it really well, with ideas that may inspire you. 3 Online Retailers with Amazing Blogs 1. West Elm Home retailer West Elm has a blog called Front + Main. They cover categories their…
 
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    Paychex BuildMyBiz

  • A strong company culture can drive success

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Human resources for small businesses and leaders alike need to work together to build a company culture capable of motivating employees to work to the best of their abilities. If staff members are showing up to work without any motivation, their performance is bound to suffer. By creating a workplace culture that makes employees proud, organizations can optimize operations and improve the work-life balance of their personnel. However, office culture isn’t something that can be forced. While it is a powerful tool, business lifestyles need to grow naturally to strengthen their…
  • The search for new talent to grow a business

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Human resources employees are faced with the vital task of recruiting and hiring new talent to help spur emerging organizations in their quest for expansion. Small business sales and performance all depend on the workforce both behind the scenes and on the front lines. These are the people with whom customers and clients will be interacting, helping to build relationships and establish loyalty to a brand. If employees don’t accurately represent the morals and goals of a company, it could damage the reputation of a business and cost essential revenue. HR departments need to take care…
  • 4 traits of all authentic leaders

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    From local business owners to powerful Fortune 500 CEOs, company leaders need to be authentic if they want to command respect in the workplace and be successful. While it’s true that all leaders have their styles, tactics and personalities, if personnel aren’t confident in their leaders’ abilities, businesses will ultimately suffer. Nevertheless, there are a few qualities any company owner should possess to convey a sense of authenticity to staff and help boost small business sales through a more efficient team. For rivals to take an organization seriously, they need…
  • Can human resources harness analytics?

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    Human resources for small businesses are faced with a growing number of tasks and obligations vital to the continued operation of their companies. Ultimately, they’re charged with finding the best and brightest out of a vast talent pool before their competitors find them first. Once those star performers are hired, HR also has to onboard them and make sure they adjust appropriately to their new environment. Any errors matching personalities on work teams could mean wasted resources as well as reductions in revenue and assets. However, as these challenges become more daunting, small…
  • How to recognize employees the right way

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    Owners and professionals who oversee human resources for small businesses need to find ways to properly motivate employees if they want their organizations to be as successful as possible. Any company that has to interact with customers or clients needs to ensure its staff are best reflecting the firm. When staff members come face-to-face with constituents or speak directly to them via phone, it’s not hard for people to tell if employees are happy. Personnel who enjoy what they’re doing are typically more inspired to go out of their way to please a customer. If clients…
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    Small Biz Viewpoints

  • Starting a business? Read this FAQ First

    SmallBizViewpoints
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    Starting your own business may seem daunting at first. Read this FAQ to understand what is involved and how to jump start it. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Infographic: How can Network Management Software Improve IT Operations

    SmallBizViewpoints
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Network management software can improve the IT operations and reduce risk. This Infogrpahic shows the benefits of the software. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Money Hacks for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

    SmallBizViewpoints
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Managing your personal and professional finances is as important for small business owners as managing a business. Here are the tips on how to do it right. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Improve Trading Performance with Binary Options

    SmallBizViewpoints
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:19 pm
    How binary options can improve the trading performance. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Use Data Analytics to Effectively Manage Loan Portfolio

    SmallBizViewpoints
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    Getting business insight on the loan portfolio using big data analytics can help improve the loan performance and profitability. Learn how to use data analytics. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Point Blank | Direct Capital

  • How Halloween Can Affect Your Bottom Line

    Alex Myers
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Scaring Means Caring: Find Out How Part of managing a business is keeping your customers and employees happy. The happier they are, the more efficiently they work and the more your customers keep coming back. So how does having happy employees contribute to your bottom line? Forbes reports that when employees feel the company they work for takes their interests seriously, they are more likely to take the company’s interests to heart. A study mentioned in that article found: “Companies that effectively appreciate employee value enjoy a return on equity and assets more than triple that…
  • How to Cut Operating Expenses: 28 Experts Reveal The Best Ways Small Business Owners Can Reduce Monthly Operating Costs

    Scott Lynch
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    For many small businesses, regardless of its stage of growth, there are usually a number of standard monthly costs that always seem to dig into the business’ bottom line profits. Whether it’s vendor and supply costs, marketing and advertising costs, human resources costs, or otherwise, these costs are a pain to deal with, yet they are necessary to the fundamental operation of the business. As a company that provides business financing to many different types of companies, we at Direct Capital have a great interest in helping our clients maximize their financial strategy at the…
  • How to Make Twitter Work for Your Small Business

    Alex Myers
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Ask and You Shall Receive: Using ‘Retweet’ in Your Message Gets Better Response With 255 million total users, more and more small businesses are utilizing Twitter to market their products and services. Why? Because Twitter makes marketing your business easy and ensures that you’re hitting a wider audience. The marketable audience on Twitter accounts for approximately 15% of all adults in the U.S. This includes 26% of people between the ages of 18 and 29. Are you reaching the right people at the right time? Here’s how you can make the most of Twitter for your small business:…
  • Top 50 Trucking and Commercial Trucker Blogs from Around the Web

    Scott Lynch
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    An October 2014 report from the Boston Globe makes it clear that commercial trucking is the industry to be in, now that the economy is improving and there is a growing demand for goods again. In fact, trucking and truck drivers are a critical part of the US economy, having hauled 69.1 percent of all US freight, compared to about 15 percent by rail. Also according to the article, the American Trucking Association is saying that new drivers with commercial driving licenses (CDLs) “are virtually guaranteed jobs.” With the expected boom in the commercial trucking industry, it becomes even…
  • How to Make Facebook Work for Your Business

    Alex Myers
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Know When Your Customers are Online An integral part of owning a business is knowing how to own social media. You have to be everywhere your customer’s are – and engage them so they keep coming back for more. Do you know what it takes to make social media work for your business? We do – and we want to help. Direct Capital has created a series of blog posts to help you make the different social media platforms work for you.  Today we’re going to focus on Facebook. There are roughly 1.3 billion monthly users on Facebook, so it’s important that your social strategy* is strong.
 
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    WP Curve

  • September WP Curve monthly report 11% growth, best selling book and more

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

    Tom Morkes
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Today is the last day to get the #1 free startup book on Amazon The 7 Day Startup – grab it here for free. And Tweet about it by clicking here! Note from Dan: Hey guys, a few weeks ago I hired Tom to help me with the launch of my first book, The 7 Day Startup. It was the best decision I have made in a long time. The book has been downloaded over 6,000 times in a few days and is the #1 free book in the Startups category on Amazon Kindle (#2 in the whole business category). Tom has also been working on this post to reveal everything we did, I hope you like it. Over to Tom.  I met Dan…
  • The 7 Day Startup book has launched and it’s free till Friday

    Dan Norris
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Hey guys just a quick post to let you know my book The 7 Day Startup is now available. We are writing on a series of posts about how we are going with the marketing but here are the main links for now: Here is a link to the main landing page with all of the details. Here is a direct link to the book on Amazon (free till Friday). If you are outside the US just search ‘7 Day Startup’ in the Amazon store in your country. I’ve put together hundreds of free resources for the book on the resources page here. I started an ambassadors group on Facebook for people to help with the…
  • How to build a scalable WordPress business in 1 week (WordCamp Syd slides)

    Dan Norris
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Here are my slides from my presentation at WordCamp Sydney on 28 September 2014. I’ve embedded them below and you can also download them underneath. If they produce a video, I’ll add it here as well. I run through how to build a WordPress business, with a focus on growth. I’ve also included some pics and tweets from the presentation Dan Norris WordCamp Sydney – How to build a scalable WordPress business in 1 week from Dan Norris Download PPT | Download PDF Visit this link to get the 7 Day Startup book Visit this link for all of the free 7 Day Startup resources. Twitter…
  • Preparing your WordPress site for content marketing success

    Dan Norris
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:38 pm
    I’ve written a lot on this blog about content marketing. However I haven’t put together a specific post about how to get an existing WordPress site ready for a content marketing strategy. In this article I’ll go through that in detail looking at design, speed, navigation, conversion and must have plugins. 1. Website Design You’ve heard that content is king right? Well design is becoming an increasingly important way to differentiate your site. Without great design your exceptional content may not be consumed! I know when I go to a blog these days the design of the…
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    Tanya Smith Online » Tanya Smith Online - Helping Service Providers Share and Stand Out

  • Why Canva Is So Hot For Social Media Branding

    Tanya Smith
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    You will find Canva on just about any page you visit online these days – Facebook, random blogs, and more.  That’s because this simple online tool can make non-artists into graphic pros in minutes. Okay, maybe that’s a bit too far…graphic designers are still the pros. But in a pinch, if you need images that look amazing and professional?  Canva is a super option. And it’s free to get started! No monthly fees, beautiful images, plug and play templates. It’s like having your own self-service graphic artist on retainer at all times. You just start by…
  • Planning Your Content the First 30 Minutes of the Day

    Tanya Smith
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
      The morning planning session is one of the few time management techniques that just about every self-development speaker and every business coach teaches. From Anthony Robbins to Brian Tracy to David Allen – they all teach one form or another of this technique. Using this time to plan out your content can make a huge impact on how much you put out in your media streams. That’s because the first 30 minutes of your day are the most important minutes of the day. These  will generally help shape and guide everything you do for the rest of the day. Spending just 30 minutes on…
  • 10 Easy To Use Visual Content Creation Tools

    Tanya Smith
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    Visual content marketing is becoming increasingly popular and it is essential for branding and social media sharing. The growth of social networking platforms like Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, Timeline feature of Facebook is evidence that people want to see what they are buying. And marketers are attracted to using visual content because images increase buying behavior and communicate more immediately than text.  They help you tell a story…fast. So what kind of content is “visual”?  Visual content includes images, along with videos, infographics, memes, word…
  • Create Great Content Tip – Write From an Interview

    Tanya Smith
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    This weeks’ content tip: Get on social and tell people you need an interview about a subject you are passionate about.  Don’t take silence as an answer.  Find a person and interview them.  Transcribe it and add your personal notes. “People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it’s simply necessary to love.” ~ Claude Monet
  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Social Media Content

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

  • Hiscox challenges small business owners to Encourage Courage

    Tiffany Winbush
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    Hiscox Small Business Insurance launches new branding campaign to Encourage Courage. At Hiscox, we help small business owners, consultants and entrepreneurs build, grow and protect their businesses. We enjoy working with these communities because we know that starting a small business takes courage and risk. These traits are similar to those we value in our employees. We’re proud to encourage courage in our customers as well as in ourselves. We take risks everyday to help our customers become the best small business owners that they can be. We know that our customers need to take risks…
  • 5 things you need to know about starting a photography business

    Hiscox Blog
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Creating your own business can take a lot of hard work, and learning how to start a photography business is no different. Learning how to handle the administrative aspects of starting a small business is just as important as honing your craft. Here are five things to think about when starting a photography business. Set a budget Learning how to manage your cash flow is important for a small business. Lenses, cameras and editing software are necessary investments for photography businesses, but being mindful of what you spend your money on is also important. While it may seem tempting to empty…
  • How to prepare your small business for the fall

    Hiscox Blog
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Fall is in full swing. Use the tips below to keep your small business on track. Every year as the days get shorter and leaves start to brown, we begin to hear a lot about winterizing homes and gardens to prepare for the coming winter. What we don’t hear so much about is getting your small business into gear for the fall and winter seasons. Your business probably doesn’t have a water heater to flush or chimney to sweep, but it might have some leaves to rake.  Here are several smart steps you can take to make sure you’re ready to tackle the last quarter of the year with gusto. Travel If…
  • How can entrepreneurs build a great business plan?

    Hiscox Blog
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Business plans help clarify small business goals, as well as the steps needed to achieve them. In order to attract attention from investors, writing a business plan detailing how you will implement your business’ strategy is imperative. Learning how to make a business plan can seem daunting, especially when you’re new to running a business altogether. Here are the different pieces that all business plans should have, and why they are important. Executive Summary  The executive summary introduces your business and its future goals. This will include a mission statement detailing what your…
  • Bookkeeping tips for small businesses

    Hiscox Blog
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Small business bookkeeping is just one of the many tasks every business owner must handle. Successful businesses know that in order to stay afloat, they need an efficient process for everything from tax forms to inventory. Staying on top of your small business bookkeeping can be tough, but doing so will give you better control of your business expenditures and a better idea of your profit margin. Here are some tips to help you better manage the bookkeeping for your small business. Separate your business and personal bank accounts It can become hard to keep track of business expenditures and…
 
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    Rabid Office Monkey for Business

  • Rules of a Successful Business Lunch

    Contributor
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Just last week I had a great client passing through and he invited me and several members of my office to lunch. It got me thinking about what makes for a successful business lunch. So I decided to pen down these simple rules to act as a guideline. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Coffee You, just as well as I, know that in today’s world we are non-stop. Working hours don’t end when we leave the office nor meals happen at the particular time they once used to. So, when you say you want to take out your business partner for lunch, you are not necessarily…
  • Six Simple Ways You Can Guarantee Your Business Is Unique

    Contributor
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Whether you are starting a new business or you are trying to transition your existing business in some way, you may be focused on creating an experience for your customers that is unique and different from the competition. While it may be impossible not to be compared in some ways to your competitors who are in the same line of work, you ideally may want your customers to proclaim to others that you offer something that others do not. By spending a few minutes reflecting on some of the options available, you may be able to find success with your goal. Find…
  • Are You Using Ad Customizers in Google AdWords?

    Stacy Jackson
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Source: www.linkedin.com If you are a Google AdWords user, have you experimented yet with ad customizers? Check out this overview of customizers I recently posted on LinkedIn, and learn how you could use them for your business!               The post Are You Using Ad Customizers in Google AdWords? appeared first on Rabid Office Monkey for Business.
  • The Home Office Revolution – Infographic

    Stacy Jackson
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: The post The Home Office Revolution – Infographic appeared first on Rabid Office Monkey for Business.
  • Doing the Dirty Work: How to Perfect Your Project Schedule

    Brooke Chaplan
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: It seems that there’s nothing more rewarding or frustrating than completing a weighty project. However, this task can and must be done on time. In many cases people feel overwhelmed or incompetent in bringing a big project together from start to finish. If this is your challenge, rest assured it can be done with expedience and excellence. The secret is simple, create a schedule that keeps you on track to finishing the project. To do so, utilize the following three tips. Create SMART Goals This is probably the most surefire path to success in…
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    JDR Group's 'Digital Prosperity' Blog

  • What Can Business Owners Learn From The Poor Implementation Of The New Car Tax System?

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
      A few months ago I was enjoying a nice latte with one of my friends when eventually, as guys do, we started talking about cars - I can talk about cars for hours! But you will be relieved to know I won't bore you with the details of that. He mentioned that the whole car tax system was being overhauled, and explained that it was going to be more convenient for us all to tax our cars. This was music to my ears, as I am one of those people always scrambling around at the last minute to get my car tax done in time.
  • JDR Group’s New Inbound Marketing Certifications From Hubspot

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    It’s official. The JDR Group has achieved Inbound Marketing Certification, Partner Certification, Hubspot Certification and HubSpot COS Design Certification!  As of August 2014, the hard work of our team has been rewarded with these four forms of Certification from Hubspot. They demonstrate our expertise in inbound marketing and also our knowledge of Hubspot as a tool to help businesses grow.
  • Inbound Marketing - Which Premiership Football Team Are YOU?

    25 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    I have two big passions in life. At work my passion is for Inbound Marketing; helping businesses discover the benefits of Inbound Marketing and seeing them succeed in gaining better qualified leads and converting them into sales. Outside of work, I’m a big football fan. Witnessing the changing fortunes, the ups and downs of each premier league team made the 2013/14 one that was entertaining right until the final whistle.
  • 5 Ways to Outperform your Local Competitors

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Do you know exactly where you are getting your customers from on the internet? Are you getting many customers who are located close to you? This may be something you are currently missing out on. You need to stand out from the crowd locally. You don’t want to be in the shadows of your competitors. You need your website to be seen more times that your competitors. You need your business to outperform your competitors - and here are 5 ways to do it:
  • 4 Social Media Mistakes That Will HARM Your Business

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

  • Understanding Electronic Filing in Your State

    James
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Many states offer electronic filing options for business registration. As more states finally move into the 21st century (half-joking, of course), online filing will become the norm, and mailing a filing will become a thing of the past. As you … Read more >> The post Understanding Electronic Filing in Your State appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • Nonprofit Compliance, Post-IRS Determination Letter

    James
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    After months of preparation and waiting, you finally receive your IRS Determination Letter! That means the startup process is over, right? Sadly, no. A “determination letter” is official confirmation from the IRS that your 501(c)(3) application has been approved. With … Read more >> The post Nonprofit Compliance, Post-IRS Determination Letter appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • Online Filing Now Available in Pennsylvania

    James
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    Beginning October 8th, the Pennsylvania Department of State is launching online filing services for Pennsylvania professional license holders, corporations, and other business entities. Businesses incorporating in Pennsylvania, and those obtaining business licenses, can use the online filing service in … Read more >> The post Online Filing Now Available in Pennsylvania appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • Online Fundraising, Perfectly

    James
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Online fundraising is a tremendous opportunity for nonprofits of all sizes. These days, any organization with a website can woo donors and compete for scarce funding, wherever it may be hiding. However, some organizations are just plain better at it. … Read more >> The post Online Fundraising, Perfectly appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • 3 Ways Your Business Structure Affects Your Startup Marketing Strategy

    James
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    Did you know the business structure you select, and the business name you register, affects your startup marketing strategy? We’ve already discussed the steps required to choose and to register your business name. Once you’ve decided, it will affect your … Read more >> The post 3 Ways Your Business Structure Affects Your Startup Marketing Strategy appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
 
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    THE RESOURCEFUL CEO™

  • Smart Companies Radio – Interview

    Tiffany C. Wright
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Smart Companies Radio is a channel on blog talk radio. On October 3, 2014 host Kelly Scanlon interviewed guest, Tiffany C. Wright (me), about The Resourceful CEO and new book, The Funding Is Out There! Access the Cash You Need to Impact Your Business. The interview includes tips and insights into finding frequently overlooked sources […]
  • 50-50 Business Partners – Video

    Tiffany C. Wright
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Many business owners start or purchase businesses as 50-50 partners, as in, “I own 50.0%; you own, 50.0%.” What do I say to business owners BEFORE they enter into such an agreement? DON’T DO IT!! A Majority Is Needed Someone MUST take the lead. That means someone must have majority ownership. Majority may be 51%; […]
  • Firing/Laying Off Employees as a Small Business Owner

    Tiffany C. Wright
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have had experience “letting go” of employees for a variety of reasons including lay-offs and poor performance. Here are three suggestions to handle this with grace, dignity, and compassion: .. Figure out who you will let go and inform them: .. First and foremost, if you believe you will need to let go of […]
  • The Importance of Job Costing- Video

    Tiffany C. Wright
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Job costing is critical to the success of most businesses. You need to know what jobs are unprofitable (yes, unprofitable!), what jobs are highly profitable, and, in general, what jobs are more or less profitable than other. Job Costing Definition According to Chapter 19 of the Principles of Accounting (John Wiley & Sons) Job costing […]
  • Employees Working From Home – 3 Key Points

    Tiffany C. Wright
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’m often asked by business owners how to set up the infrastructure to support employees working from home. By this, these owners are not simply referring to computer systems and intranets, but the means to provide confidence to co-workers and managers that the employees are, in fact, working from home! Today, I thought I’d address […]
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    Small Business Heroes

  • Feel the fear and do it anyway: starting your business as a single parent

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    Whatever your lot in life, starting your own business is a challenge. Even if you have all the resources (by which I mean funding) that you could possibly need, there’ll be hurdles that you will inevitably face at one point or another. And getting ready to take on said hurdles as a single parent? Well that’s just crazy, right? Wrong. You may get anxious just thinking about trying this for yourself, but I’m here to remind you that those nerves are OK – and that your dreams of starting your own small business are entirely within your grasp. There are a number of examples out…
  • Start your subscription business – why you need to take action now

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    The subscription business model is going from strength to strength as more and more companies evolve from selling products to becoming service providers. Technology giants whose brands have become synonymous with innovation, like Spotify, Netflix and Amazon, all understand the value of the subscription business model and are making active use of it to launch exciting new service offerings. In recent weeks, we have even seen Amazon start testing a new eBook rental service called Kindle Unlimited, which offers subscribers unlimited access to more than 600,000 titles on any device for less than…
  • Startup business headaches: how to cut corners

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    Running a business is never a straightforward affair. It doesn’t matter how much knowledge you have within your sector, problems will inevitably occur. Unfortunately, you’ll always run into a few things that you can’t do yourself; accounts and tax returns, marketing and promotion, the drafting of contracts, etc. There are, however, plenty of ways to cut corners and ensure your operation doesn’t suffer. Outsource specialist tasks There are certain tasks in business that require specialist training. If you make mistakes in your tax return you could be subject to penalties;…
  • The science behind superior office design

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:46 am
    When it comes to the places in which we work, there are so many different variations out there that it can be difficult to know which layout is best. Fortunately, there has been plenty of research done on the topic with results pointing towards modifications that can induce or hinder worker productivity, morale and ideas. Here are some of the many ways in which science has shown us precisely which workplace factors enter into a better corporate environment and why they affect our mental and physical condition. Ceiling height affects thinking One of the more unusual ways in which building…
  • Calling all student entrepreneurs!

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    EO’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards are open for entries! The Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is one of the biggest and best global competitions for student entrepreneurs who actively run a business alongside their studies. With more than 1,700 competitors from over 20 countries, the awards are a brilliant opportunity for student entrepreneurs to make connections, find resources and grow their businesses. GSEA nominees compete in qualifying competitions for the chance to advance to the Global Finals, which will be held on 15-17 April 2015 in…
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    OPEN Forum

  • Heart and Soul: The Emotional Ties Between Small Businesses and Customers

    Darren Dahl
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Barnard is one of those picturesque towns you associate with Vermont. Tucked up in the middle of the state beside the sparkling waters of Silver Lake, Barnard is a small town—there are just 1,000 full-time residents—but it’s a vibrant one all the same. The town has even become increasingly popular with younger folks who’ve moved to the area. And, for the past 180 years, the Barnard General Store has served as the physical and spiritual center of the community. Housed in a striking two-story white-washed building, the store has long served as a central gathering point for residents…
  • How Small Businesses Can Use Facebook’s New Rooms App

    Kelly Spors
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Facebook launched a new iPhone app on Thursday called Rooms that will let users create small message boards devoted to specific topics—similar to perhaps Reddit or Yahoo Message Boards. The new app is not brandished with Facebook’s logo. On the contrary, the company is trying to keep Rooms very separate from its social-networking site and won’t even ask users to connect to their Facebook address book. Anyone can start a chat about something and invite people they think would be interested. They can create a QR code that can be posted on social media, such as Facebook or Twitter, that…
  • Royal Razor Barbershop: Using Small Business Saturday to Attract New Customers

    Phaedra Hise
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Nicholas Cassadine knows it’s easier and cheaper for a small business to keep existing customers happy rather than focus on acquiring new ones. But for a barbershop, business growth depends on attracting new clients. “Even though some of our customers come in once a week, the time you can actually spend with that person is limited,” Cassadine says. “They only have one head.” So Cassadine uses Small Business Saturday as part of an ongoing effort to tempt new people to walk in the door of Baltimore’s Royal Razor Barbershop.  Cassadine first opened for business in the fall of 2012,…
  • One Easy Way to Hire Better Employees

    Erika Napoletano
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    When I was part of corporate America’s workforce, I was inarguably hired for my experience. What can I say? I’m a mean writer, and I give good interview. But as a business owner, I’ve made some mistakes. And while I make small mistakes daily, there’s one mistake I’ve made that’s bigger (and more costly) than others: I hired people for their experience. Yep. I hired people who looked great on paper, but when it came to putting the skills they claimed to have into practice, let’s just say I was left hanging. And it’s no one’s fault but my own. To help you avoid this same…
  • 6 Steps to Turn Your Local Business Into a Local Institution

    Manpreet Singh
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    This summer, employees and patrons of Market Basket, a New England supermarket chain, banded together to thwart the ousting of beloved CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. In doing so, Market Basket turned every corporate cliché on its head. While money might be able to buy out business partners, it can’t buy out love. The campaign to bring back Demoulas proved that, as social capital, love’s buying power can beat corporate shares. Community investment can inspire the kind of customer loyalty that turns small and medium-sized businesses into unofficial local institutions. It can even carry an…
 
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    Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories

  • Advertising With … Drones

    Entrepreneur Writer
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Today you can see ads everywhere – on the TV, on this site, on your way back home… Ads are literally everywhere, but I have never thought about this way of advertising – with drones. It’s simply genius. It’s definitely the type of ads that make good impression and that are well remembered. Imagine that you are doing your work at the office and you... You can also check these cool posts:   WhatsApp – The Start Up That Brought 19 Billion To Its -   A Story Of A 7 Years Old Entrepreneur -   From Breeding Reptiles to…
  • Top 15 Business Sites Today

    Entrepreneur Writer
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:40 am
    Which are the top business sites on the Internet today? We have prepared a nice list with the top most engaging and valuable business portals on the web nowadays. Here they are:   (www.finance.yahoo.com) !Yahoo Finance is the most visited business portal in the US. It has more than 37 million unique users every month. It provides financial and business information from all around... You can also check these cool posts:   We’ve Been Published on Some Big Sites -   LinkedIn’s History -   Guest Posting (Blogging) - Great Business Ideas,…
  • LinkedIn’s History

    Entrepreneur Writer
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    LinkedIn is currently the most successful and progressive business oriented social media site. Today it’s used by more than 260 million people from all around the world and the site has around 180 million unique visitors every month. It’s the 11th most popular site on the globe according to Alexa’s rankings. But things were not that great and sweet all of the time… Actually,... You can also check these cool posts:   Top Social Networks For 2013 -   Guest Posting (Blogging) -   When Is The Best Time To Post On Social Sites? -…
  • How To Incorporate Yourself/Your Business In The USA

    Entrepreneur Writer
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    In the life of any entrepreneur, one day comes the moment for incorporating his activities. And then usually comes the question ‘Who the heck do I do that?’. What type of a company would you found, if you needed to do that? Would you found a C Corp, or you would choose sole proprietorship? May be founding a LLC? What are the differences between... You can also check these cool posts:   The Best Cities For Starting A Business In The US -   How Successful People Differ From Unsuccessful Ones -   How To become An Entrepreneur – The Very…
  • 5 Things Vital For The Success Of Any Start Up According To Richard Branson

    Entrepreneur Writer
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
      Richard Branson is well known entrepreneur all around the world. But he is not just an entrepreneur, he is a serial entrepreneur. Branson has started hundreds of successful companies, most of which are still operational today. He has not only made billions of dollars this way, but also he has acquired an enormous amount of experience. On the video below he shares a... You can also check these cool posts:   What Was the First Job and Career of Some Billionaires? -   How Richard Branson Made His Billions -   How Entrepreneurs Think - Great…
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    Strategy Lab Marketing

  • Not All Websites Are Created Equal: A beginners guide to website strategy

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

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

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

    Jeph
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Every year in my class at SIAST (or Saskatchewan Polytechnic) we always go over Chip and Dan Heath’s Made to Stick. One of the best breakdowns of why some marketing messages stick and why others don’t. The authors break it down to the “SUCCES” principles. Simple, Unexpected, Concrete, Credible, Emotional, Stories. Using this framework you can apply it to any campaign, message, or advertisement. Read the book if you want to actually understand the SUCCES principles. I use a slide deck like the one above and ask the class to run the ads in the presentation through the…
  • 9 Lessons Learned Volunteering on Not-For-Profit Boards

    Jeph
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:44 pm
    1. The world is changing faster than you can imagine. “Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data — so much that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone.” -IBM On a single day on the Internet there are: Over 2 million Google search queries 48 hours of new YouTube videos 684,000 bits of content shared on Facebook More than 100,000 tweets $272,000 spent on e-commerce Source: Webopedia If you disappeared tomorrow, who would miss you? What distinct advantage does your organization create? Why is your mission a noble cause? Ask these…
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    Fit Small Business

  • Invoicing With Online Payment Processing

    Jason Rueger
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    There are many different services that now make it easy to email  invoices to clients and allow them to pay by entering their credit card information online. Setting up an account with these online payment services is simple, and most have basic invoice templates that allow you to just plug in your information and send […] The post Invoicing With Online Payment Processing appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • How to Reduce Retail Theft In Your Business

    Jason Rueger
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    U.S. businesses lost around $40 billion in 2013 to retail theft, more than 1.3% of overall retail sales, making retail theft one of the biggest problems facing small business retailers today. After reading this article, you will know the 3 main kinds of retail theft and learn how to reduce the amount of retail theft […] The post How to Reduce Retail Theft In Your Business appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • Best Ecommerce Platform – BigCommerce vs. Shopify vs. Volusion

    Jason Rueger
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    In this article we review 4 popular ecommerce platforms and recommend what we feel is the best option for your small business. We compared the cost vs. value of BigCommerce vs. Shopify vs. Volusion vs. 3dCard for the brick and mortar small business owner who is looking to do a significant amount of online sales. […] The post Best Ecommerce Platform – BigCommerce vs. Shopify vs. Volusion appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • Inventory Management – The Small Business Owner’s Guide

    Jason Rueger
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Small business inventory management is an important part of retail success. It will help you know what is coming into your store, what is leaving it, and how much money you are actually making or losing on those items. After reading this article, you should understand the three components of a successful inventory management system, […] The post Inventory Management – The Small Business Owner’s Guide appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • How to Choose CRM Software For Your Business

    Jeremy Marsan
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    Part two in our series on CRM Systems, this guide is to help small business owners choose the right CRM software. After reading, you’ll be able to determine which features you need, what amount of technical support you’ll require and roughly how much CRM software costs. Looking for CRM Software?  We Recommend Insightly.  Choosing the […] The post How to Choose CRM Software For Your Business appeared first on Fit Small Business.
 
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • What’s New at Shoeboxed This Week

    Emily Farrar
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Greetings, Shoeboxers! This week, we have a couple new and exciting things we think you should know about: We’ve improved Gmail Receipt Sync. Our receipt importer is now smarter than ever after improvements to its receipt recognition abilities! If you haven’t tried it yet, set it up here. You can now sort your Business Cards and Other Documents by name and date on the document. We hope that you’re enjoying the many improvements we’ve released over the past few weeks. If you missed those updates, you can read them here and here. As always, if you have any questions…
  • Expense Reporting Made Easy: A Shoeboxed Success Story

    Emily Farrar
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:18 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. “It’s so easy to snap a photo and file it away so that you can get rid of the paper and have an electronic copy ready when you need…
  • iOS Update: iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Views!

    Emily Farrar
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Make sure to update the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker on your iPhone and/or iPad today! Version 5.1.3 is now available for download from the App Store and includes a few important updates: We fixed the issue with the app crashing when you submit a photo of a receipt. The extracted total and tax amounts for each receipt will now display in your account’s default currency. We added views optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. So don’t wait– update today! As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the new version by emailing us at…
  • Three Surefire Ways to Gain Funding For Your Business

    Shoeboxed Contributor
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Whether you’re in the beginning stages of starting your new business or your current business needs a little extra cash to start a new project, gaining extra money quickly is something every business will go through at some point or another. Luckily, there are a couple different ways to do just that! Here are three very effective ways to go about earning money for your business: Have a solid business plan. The best way to gain third-party investors is to have a great business plan all set and ready to go. Not only are they great for showing potential investors how worthwhile investing in…
  • Searching Your Shoeboxed Account is Easier than Ever

    Emily Farrar
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    You asked and we listened! Searching your Shoeboxed account just got a lot easier. While search works the same way– just type your query into the Search everything bar in the top right corner of your online account– the results you’ll receive will look a lot different. The new search results page offers great new features and functionality, many of which were requested by you, our users! Changes to look for: All results for your search query are displayed on one page, instead of sorted by document type Design enhancements to match our new receipt tables We also have plans…
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    BoostSuite

  • How Your Online T-shirt Business Can Benefit From Co-Marketing

    Owen Andrew
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    You believe you have a talent and an eye for making appealing t-shirts, and could find some success selling them, which has led you to launch a website to do just that. Now what? You’re a t-shirt designer, not a master marketer. How do you go from operating an online store in the desolate, barren wastelands of the Internet, where not a soul stirs (or shops for t-shirts), to one that has a prime corner location in the Internet’s Mall of America? You might have a few general ideas jotted down on your pad of ideas, things like “e-mail campaigns” and “be active on social media” and…
  • How to Make Your Business More Visible Using Social and Blog Content

    Cami Bird
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    For businesses of all sizes, being visible to your target audience of customers and prospects is a high priority. Can people find you online? Do people know about your business? Do people know about what your business does? Do they follow your business after the first sale and become repeat customers? With content marketing you can boost your visibility, taking advantage of the keywords that are most searched for and applying them to the content you create. It’s a simple four-step process: 1. Start a Blog Blogs used to be considered personal web journals, but quickly developed into a…
  • Video Marketing and Why You Should Be Doing It (Facts and Stats)

    Ryan Kettler
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Today’s guest post was written and compiled by Bill Gray of www.sitbin.com. Google has begun structuring search results to reward sites that include video. According to Forrester Research, any video in an index of searched keywords has a 53 times greater chance of appearing on the first page of search results than a text page. In general, Google tends to use video results for these types of keywords: How-to keywords (“how to make a video”€), Reviews (“HP laptop reviews”), Tutorials (“€œOnline video tutorials”€), Anything fitness or sports…
  • BoostSuite Reaches 20,000 Users

    Ryan Kettler
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Today we’re excited to announce that we’ve reached yet another important company milestone – 20,000 BoostSuite users! This news is indicative of an increasing trend: more small business marketers are holding themselves accountable by taking their results into their own hands. These Do-it-Myselfers are building their audiences with co-marketing, sharing content from and with their partners. They know BoostSuite works so they are willing to spend more of their time working on their co-marketing. BoostSuite’s 20,000th user is Anicca of Thriving Mostly Raw. Anicca provides her clients…
  • 3 Tips For Determining the Length of Your Next Blog Post

    Ryan Kettler
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Now that more and more businesses have discovered content marketing, there is a flood of new content being generated in almost every industry, usually in the form of blog posts. There is€™ a lot of great content being produced, but also a lot of pretty terrible content too. Let’€™s first talk about what makes blog posts and other online content great. I believe that content is great when it does three things: intrigue, inspire, and compel. Intriguing content arouses the curiosity and interest of the reader. It fascinates them, urging them to read more. Inspiring content fills…
 
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    The Best Direct Sales Companies

  • Start An Online Business Selling Chelsea Row Jewelry

    Angie Nelson
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Chelsea Row is an online social selling company from Kitsy Lane also offering jewelry. They are one of the up-and-coming companies offering their consultants the ability to conduct virtual trunk shows, or a vParty, in addition to the traditional home party shows. vParties are becoming increasingly popular and allow consultants to conduct shows anywhere, anytime from the comfort of your home. Compensation:  Consultants earn 25% to 35% commission on personal sales. Start-Up Costs: The Party Starter Kit includes basic business supplies and $600 in store credit to select the jewelry of your…
  • pawTree: Ground Floor Business Opportunity for Pet Lovers

    Angie Nelson
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    pawTree is a direct sales company with a focus on natural and nutritious pet food. Their product line includes pet food and treats free of poultry byproducts, grains and artificial ingredients. All items are also made in the U.S.A. In addition to their popular pet food products, the company also offers a home business opportunity. As a petPro, you will have the chance to earn an income when sharing healthy creations with other pet parents. Compensation:  Consultant commission is 10% to 20% on personal sales. petPros also earn $25 to $100 for recruiting new loyal customers and team members.
  • Ground Floor Jewelry Business Opportunity with Bella Vintaj

    Angie Nelson
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Bella Vintaj is a new home party plan company offering boutique jewelry. Today we are sitting down with a member of the Bella Vintaj staff to learn more about this exciting new home business opportunity. Bella Vintaj – Pure, love worn jewelry™ Handmade in the USA! Please tell us a little about Bella Vintaj and the products you offer. Bella Vintaj is a boutique jewelry business opportunity, built by women, for women, just like you. We enlighten and inspire women to express who they are through the jewelry they wear. There are more financially successful women in direct sales than any…
  • Free Beta Ambassador Opportunity With Zindigo

    Angie Nelson
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Zindigo is a new fashion social selling company. This opportunity appears to be largely dependent on Facebook marketing at this time which does give me pause. Many direct sales companies have recently found their links marked as spam by Facebook due to over-sharing by reps. I will remain cautiously optimistic about this opportunity at this time. Compensation:  Earn 40% commission on personal sales and 10% on gift cards. Refer your friends and earn 3% on their sales. Payments are made once per month via a prepaid Zindigo MasterCard. Start-Up Costs: There are no investment costs at this time,…
  • New! Ground Floor Direct Sales Opportunity with Northern Clover

    Angie Nelson
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Today we are sitting down with Jane Kwa, founder of new direct sales company Northern Clover.  Please tell us a little about Northern Clover and the products you offer. Northern Clover is a ground floor direct selling jewelry company that appeals to all women – styles that are on trend, exclusive and at an exceptional price point yet elegant at the same time. Northern Clover’s jewelry is designed to complement a woman’s individual look, understanding she possesses the freedom to create her own style. They are now seeking founding style consultants and offer a affordable startup kits…
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    Orlando Realty Consultants

  • Why Hire A Top Realtor? VIDEO

    John Conde
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
        Why Hire A Top Realtor 407-902-7750   If you are looking to sell your home you don’t want just any Orlando realtor, you need the best realtor, one who is an expert in the area you’re looking to buy in with proven results.     Having the right real estate agent representing you can help you sell your home quickly and for the best price. Buying or selling a home will be one of the most important decisions of your life so make sure you hire an agent that understands exactly what you expect from them.       Orlando real estate agents are not…
  • Orlando Realtor – Seller Series part 6

    John Conde
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
                    I hope you’ve enjoyed reading our 6 part seller series thus far. This final edition of the series goes over what to do when the time finally comes to move out. Moving is just as exciting as it is stressful. Your Orlando realtor should be able to ease the stress by providing you with some insight on how to make the move go smoothly stress free as possible. Here are some tips that will help you get ready for moving day.     You can choose to do the work yourself by renting a moving truck and enlisting the help of friends…
  • Tips On Re-Habbing Homes In Orlando

    John Conde
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
                    Buying Homes In Orlando   When you buy an Orlando investment property that you intend to fix and flip, there are three different ways it can go. You either make a nice profit, you break even or you lose money. Obviously no one wants to lose money or break even because breaking even is also a loss when you consider the time and effort you spent on the project that you didn’t get compensated for. Being an Orlando real estate agent as well as seasoned investor, I’ve made every mistake you can possibly make flipping homes in…
  • Orlando Realtor- Seller Series part 5

    John Conde
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
      Let Your Realtor Do The Negotiating   In this week’s edition of our six part seller series, we will be talking about how your Orlando realtor can help you with the negotiation process when you start receiving offers on your home.               Negotiating offers   It’s part of a realtor’s job to negotiate the price on a listing, which is why it’s important to allow your listing agent to negotiate offers on your behalf instead of you dealing directly with the buyer or buyer’s agent. Your agent should already be…
  • Before You Buy A Home

    Jenny Zamora
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
                Things To Do Before You Buy A Home Do your homework before you buy a home. Buying a home will be one of the most important decisions that you will make in your lifetime. Most home buyers get a bit overwhelmed when they realize that that they are about to be on the hook for an enormous debt for the next several decades.   In order to avoid these feelings of doubt and anxiety is to make sure that you’re buying a home that you can really afford. Here are some tips you can use that will help you to make good choices when it comes to buying a…
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    Growing Your Biz

  • How to Attract Good Clients and Get Them to Refer Their Friends

    Susan Brown
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    As a professional running your own business one of the biggest struggles to overcome is figuring out how to attract the “good clients.” These people or businesses are the ones... Read more » The post How to Attract Good Clients and Get Them to Refer Their Friends appeared first on Growing Your Biz.
  • How to Really Make Money on Fiverr

    Susan Brown
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Are you wondering how to start an online business on Fiverr that can help you pay your bills, develop your portfolio, and build up your brand online? While I’ve written... Read more » The post How to Really Make Money on Fiverr appeared first on Growing Your Biz.
  • 7 Compelling Reasons to Get a Virtual Phone Number for Your Home Business

    Guest Author
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Got a virtual number for your home business? If you are a self-employed professional, an artist selling crafts online, or you run your micro business from a home office, there... Read more » The post 7 Compelling Reasons to Get a Virtual Phone Number for Your Home Business appeared first on Growing Your Biz.
  • 10 Ways to Face Your Fear of Success and Beat It!

    Susan Brown
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:53 am
    For some people the fear of success can be much bigger and more daunting than the fear of failure. Though this may seem a bit ironic, it actually makes a... Read more » The post 10 Ways to Face Your Fear of Success and Beat It! appeared first on Growing Your Biz.
  • Top Fiverr Alternatives in 2014 (That Aren’t a Waste of Time)

    Susan Brown
    12 May 2014 | 2:52 am
    Are you a freelancer looking for some good Fiverr alternatives? Whether you are interested in selling your services or you are looking to buy services for your micro business, Fiverr... Read more » The post Top Fiverr Alternatives in 2014 (That Aren’t a Waste of Time) appeared first on Growing Your Biz.
 
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    The Pulse Australia

  • How to find freelancers online

    Fran Molloy
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    There’s no excuse now for any business to have an amateurish logo, website or content. Access to experienced freelancers online means polished marketing materials, clever copywriting and proficient programming skills is just an email away. But how do you find the right freelancer for you? Around 9% of Australia’s labour market is freelance, which means you can tap into a highly skilled workforce to get custom design, coding and writing done at a fraction of the cost of hiring an in-house expert. There are hundreds of online freelance marketplaces, giving access to millions of freelancers…
  • 4 proven ways to work smarter, not harder

    Liam Shorte
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Time is money, and small business owners understand this better than anyone else. They are used to working on a tight budget, and do as much work themselves to reduce costs. This is why it’s important to prioritise tasks which give the most value, delegate when possible, use technology, plan your time better or outsource as much as possible. 1. Delegate or outsource basic tasks If you have jobs that are repetitive, then these are ideal for outsourcing. Here are some examples: One business outsources its reminder calls for annual inspections to a call centre service called PCC Solutions. He…
  • Time to love your super again with Super Guarantee freeze

    Scott Haywood
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Remember Stevie Wonder’s classic song from 1984, “I just called to say I love you”?  Well, while your superannuation fund does not have a phone, it is time to tell it you love it. Why? Due to the deal done between the Palmer United party and the coalition to remove the Carbon Tax, there is now a freeze on the Super Guarantee (SG) contribution rate, which was previously planned to increase under the previous government. With the cost of living and property prices in major capital cities staying high, wages flat lining and inflation rising, you need to understand the implications of…
  • What cloud accounting offers your business

    Colin Dunn
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Cloud accounting is a hot topic right now, and with good reason. Just as online banking revolutionised the way in which we undertake our banking operations (starting in the mid-90s and becoming accepted as mainstream perhaps 10 years later, despite lots of scaremongering around security) cloud accounting is doing the same. It’s estimated that fewer than 20% of businesses currently use a cloud accounting system, but already studies are showing that those that do are more likely to achieve better results (see the 2013 MYOB Business Monitor for one example of such a study). Here are five…
  • 5 quick ways to make a sale

    Ailsa Page
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    If business is looking a little slow and you need some quick sales to keep things heading in the right direction, take action. Here are five things you can do to get the sales sheet to a healthy state. 1. Reconnect with your existing customers Pick up the phone and ring your customers to see if there is anything you can help them with. They might need a reorder of products, and you could add a special promotion such as free delivery to encourage sales. Often customers will respond: “I’m so glad you called — I was running out of that!” You end up doing them a favour. If you offer a…
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    Industry Edge

  • What Paint Products Interest Consumers?

    Whitney Richardson
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Find out what paint products consumers are interested in and how they plan to use them. Paint is an easy way to refresh the look of a home, which is why nearly half of American homeowners plan to tackle a painting project by the end of this month. According to the Sherwin-Williams 2014 National Home Design and Color Survey, living/family rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms are among the most popular to update. Color preferences vary by age and gender. Color preferences vary by age and gender, but there are plenty of fashionable colors from which to choose. We highlight the results of the survey and…
  • Caesarstone Unveils Elegant Counter Design

    Whitney Richardson
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    The company’s new Calacatta Nuvo finish mimics the look of marble while providing a clean, neutral look for surface areas. Variations of gray have had significant staying power in the world of kitchen and bath design. Consumers now have one more option to add to their list of potential finishes: Caesarstone’s Calacatta Nuvo finish. Consumers now have one more option to add to their list of potential finishes: Caesarstone’s Calacatta Nuvo finish. This month, the quartz counter manufacturer launched the new 20 design, which features a clean white background with subtle veins of gray…
  • Inspired Home Provides an Online Outlet for Homewares

    Whitney Richardson
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    The new website connects consumers of all generations with the products and educational tools they need to help turn their houses into homes. The Internet has forever changed the world of commerce, in both exciting and challenging ways. Millennials have been a driving force behind new online shopping trends, from smartphone price comparisons to online deals and coupons. According to research from Jones Lang LaSalle for its “United States Millennials Outlook,” although they are frequent shoppers, they “use much of their shopping time to gather information and garner the best…
  • This Year’s Cool Bathroom Products

    Whitney Richardson
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    Not all bath fixtures are created equal. We highlight prominent product launches throughout the year. Most Americans prefer to remodel rather than move, a 2014 Houzz & Home survey revealed. The most popular space to renovate? The bathroom. Here are some of the most interesting bath products to hit the market this past year. To help fuel customers’ remodeling dreams, here are some of the most interesting bath products to hit the market this past year and why customers may be interested in their unique features. Vessel Bathtubs Luxury continues to rule the bathroom, with many consumers…
  • How Technology Can Open Doors for Customers

    Whitney Richardson
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    New door-lock solutions feature technological advances that make home entry more convenient and secure. Home automation has become increasingly popular in recent years as more streamlined and affordable products have come to market. But according to Lowe’s 2014 Smart Home Survey, “62 percent of Americans rank security and home monitoring as the most beneficial reason to own a smart home.” 62 percent of Americans rank security and home monitoring as the most beneficial reason to own a smart home. “In general, Americans feel positively toward products that will make their homes safer,…
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    Small Business Sense

  • 8 Types of Tweets that Get Attention and Reshared the Most on Twitter

    Kim George
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Twitter happens to be one of my absolute favorite social media marketing platforms that I use to connect with fellow entrepreneurs, share content from the blog and build authority in the small business space. With more than 645 million registered users on the site, it’s no wonder that Twitter is one of the most popular social networks used. Benefits of using Twitter for Small BusinessSome of the main benefits of using twitter for small business include:To connect with more people in your marketplaceKeep up with trends in your industryGet more business exposure 8 Tweets that Get Attention…
  • 6 Essential Mobile Office Tools for Entrepreneurs on the Go

    Kim George
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    One thing is very evident…21st century business owners have without a doubt embraced the “mobile” culture.  The accessibility of a wide range of mobile applications and devices has made it easier for businesses large and small to work anywhere and anytime.  It is likely that if you are running a small business, chances are you own some type of smartphone or mobile device that you can NEVER leave home without (I am definitely guilty of this). Mobile Office Tools for Entrepreneurs on the GoThat said–I am rounding up a list of 6 essential mobile office tools that you can help you…
  • Responsive Websites: Here is How They Work [Infographic]

    Kim George
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    It may or may not surprise you that 60% of Internet access is mostly mobile. Yep, its true! Using mobile devices to search the internet to find information on products and services is very popular these days. This is why it is so important for businesses of all sizes to invest in responsive websites. Unfortunately, small businesses have not jumped on the “mobile” bandwagon just yet.  As a matter of fact, earlier this year, Marketing Land reported that only “6 percent of SMBs have mobile sites, 45 percent don’t have any site at all“.  Bananas right?What are…
  • 7 Handy Resources to Help You Boost Social Engagement with Facebook

    Kim George
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Are you aware that Facebook currently has more than 1.5 billion users worldwide?   With so many people using this platform (and social media in general) these days, it definitely begs the question – how can you as a business owner better interact with and reach your audience more effectively with Facebook?    Before I get into the 7 Resources that you can use for boosting social engagement, I think it’s best to discuss what  “engagement” really is… in simple terms.    What is “Engagement?”I recently read an article over the weekend that stated most small business…
  • 10 Simple Ways to Transform Your Invoices into Marketing Machines

    Kim George
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Happy Wednesday all! Invoices can be very effective marketing and promotional tools for small businesses. Yet, they are one of the most overlooked places for communicating offers and incentives to customers.So, this begs the following question…Are you effectively using your invoices as additional marketing collateral in your business?How to use invoices for marketing purposesThere are several types of incentives, offers and marketing messages that can be communicated to your clients via your invoices. According to Inform Billing and PB.com, here is a list of 10 different ways that you can…
 
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  • More Than 20% of Financial Malware Attacks Target Bitcoin

    Peter Nguyen
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    According to recent reports, criminals target Bitcoins in more than one-fifth of financial malware attacks. Specifically, Bitcoin miners accounted for 14 percent of all financial attacks, while Bitcoin wallet-stealers accounted for 8 percent in the second quarter of 2014. Hackers also used keyloggers, or keystroke logging malware, to steal users’ authentication credentials for online payment systems and banking in four percent of financial attacks. While traditional banking malware still accounts for the largest number of monetary attacks at 74 percent, the fact that Bitcoins are…
  • Beware of the POODLE Bug

    Peter Nguyen
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Do you spend a lot of time surfing the Internet at public places such as Starbucks? There’s a new security bug that you should be aware of. This security vulnerability could give hackers access to your bank, social media, and email accounts! This security hole is called POODLE. No, it doesn’t behave or bark like a dog. POODLE actually stands for “Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption.” What is the POODLE bug? POODLE is a security bug in version 3 of the Secure Sockets Layer protocol (SSLv3). It was recently discovered by Google researchers. SSL protocol is used to…
  • How Safe is the Digital Wallet on Your Smartphone?

    Peter Nguyen
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Apple’s new digital wallet software may revolutionize the way people pay for things. While the digital wallet concept and various apps have been in use for years, few people have really embraced the technology. This may be due to the limited number of merchants who accept wallet apps, or technology barriers that prevent seamless integration between various apps and networks, or a low level of trust in the safety and security of digital wallets. Apple’s entry into the digital wallet market may change all of that by capitalizing on its excellent reputation for simplicity and its…
  • It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month

    Peter Nguyen
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:58 pm
    This month marks the 11th anniversary of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, National Cyber Security Month was created to raise awareness among the public about cyber security. As the same for last year, this year’s theme is Our Shared Responsibility. With the internet becoming a more integral part of our daily lives, it’s important for everyone to take necessary actions to protect yourself and to make…
  • Russian Internet Censorship: How it Helps Keep Putin in Power

    Peter Nguyen
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:46 pm
    When Vladimir Putin first became the Prime Minister of Russia in 1999, approximately 2 million members of his public had access to the Internet. Fast-forward 15 years: Putin is now the country’s president, and nearly half of Russia’s 144 million people have access to the web. At first glance, that statistic seems impressive. Russia’s Internet use has indeed grown during the last decade and a half. When you consider the fact that about 85 percent of the 319 million people in the U.S. habitually use the Web, however, it becomes clear that Russia is lagging behind the times.
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    The Blog from Instore

  • 5 Tips for Building an Eco-Friendly Restaurant Business

    Matt Niehaus
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    "Going green" has become a popular catch phrase in recent years, referring to everything from restaurants to clothing to transportation. We all want to be more environmentally friendly, but creating a rooftop garden or getting certified as an organic restaurant isn't realistic for every business. Fortunately, there are smaller, simpler steps you can take to reduce your impact on the planet. These are not only good for the environment, but they could also help boost your bottom line and win over eco-conscious customers. Here's a look at five ideas to get you started. Use digital receipts Many…
  • Winning With The Underdog Strategy

    Matt Niehaus
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At our company, we’ve built a culture that thrives on overcoming challenges imposed by limited resources. Matt Niehaus, Killer Startups
  • Should Your Restaurant Ban Cell Phones?

    Matt Niehaus
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Fed up with customers staring at their phones and snapping photos instead of enjoying the meal or each other's company, restaurants in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and other places around the world have banned cell phones—or at the very least, asked guests not to use them during their meals. Should your restaurant follow suit? Here's a look at the pros and cons of cell phone bans in restaurants. Pros: A more serene experience. When customers yak on their phones, it often disturbs other patrons. So, banning cell phones helps create a more enjoyable experience where customers are encouraged…
  • The Pros and Cons of Pop-Up Restaurants

    Matt Niehaus
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Pop-up restaurants — where customers enjoy a meal in a non-traditional, non-licensed venue—have been trendy for a couple of years now. Creative restaurateurs and chefs have brought the pop-up concept to a host of unexpected locations around the world, including a tram in Zurich, Switzerland, a chocolate factory in Somerville, Massachusetts and a museum terrace in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pop-up restaurants can help get customers excited about your brand. Still, preparing a multi-course meal in a space without a commercial kitchen and bringing in customers to an unfamiliar venue…
  • 4 Tools for Tracking Restaurant Customer Information

    Matt Niehaus
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The more you know about your restaurant customers, the better you can serve and market to them effectively. So how can you find out more about your anonymous guests? Try these tools for collecting and tracking customer data. Google Analytics If you have a website for your restaurant, Google Analytics can provide a wealth of data about who is visiting your site and how they are getting there. Are site visitors all coming from your city, or from a range of nearby towns? If you’re seeing traffic from a range of towns, that can be a clue that you have more potential customers than you think, so…
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    SOHO Tech Training

  • 3 Reasons to Dress Up When You Work from Home

    Deb Lee
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    To all you freelancers out there in your pajamas: I feel you. While other professionals run around in suits and silk blouses from 8 to 5, we rock a sunup to sundown workday clad in sweats and an oversized T-shirt. Though dressing up to work from home may seem pointless, it’s not. What you wear […] The post 3 Reasons to Dress Up When You Work from Home appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • How to Communicate & Collaborate With Your Virtual Assistant

    Deb Lee
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Today’s post was written by Janet Barclay. So, you’ve decided to hire a virtual assistant (VA)! Good for you. You’re going to love having the time and energy to focus on your business goals instead of stressing out over day-to-day work. But where do you start? Tasks to Delegate to Your VA With so many tasks […] The post How to Communicate & Collaborate With Your Virtual Assistant appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • What Can an Evernote Business Certified Consultant do For You?

    Deb Lee
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Do you know what an Evernote Business Certified Consultant is? I do! As matter of fact, I’m now the proud owner of that title. Along with several other professionals, I recently completed an intense training program hosted by Evernote. This means that my new certification gives me specific knowledge and expertise to help small businesses successfully implement Evernote […] The post What Can an Evernote Business Certified Consultant do For You? appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • Top 5 Tech Tools for Your Sales Team

    Deb Lee
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Today’s technology has transformed the way new business is brought in. Sales teams are equipped with tools that weren’t even available five years ago. There are tools that set up goals and motivate your sales team to target, contact, and close with the customers that will maximize your profits. Sales managers can also monitor and […] The post Top 5 Tech Tools for Your Sales Team appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • How to Create a Blogging Guide for Your Small Business Blog

    Deb Lee
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    At first glance, blogging may seem to require little effort. Just sign up for WordPress, get a hosting company, grab a nice skin (or theme) for your blog, and then start writing. Simple, right? In theory, it really can be that simple. But, if you’re serious about blogging, it often takes passion — for the topic you’re […] The post How to Create a Blogging Guide for Your Small Business Blog appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
 
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    VerticalResponse Blog

  • How to Tell If Google’s Penguin 3 is Affecting Your Backlinks [VIDEO]

    Derek Overbey
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Google is constantly making changes to their algorithms, but do you know how the latest Penguin 3 release is affecting your site? In this short video, we show you how to tell if this latest release is impacting your backlinks in a positive or negative way. We also provide actionable tips about how you can change your backlinks if you’re seeing less than favorable results from the Google Penguin 3 release.  Get more marketing tips and advice in the weekly VR Buzz.    © 2014, VerticalResponse Blog. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this…
  • 12 Images You Should Share on Social Media

    Contributing Author
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Posting photos to social media is one of the fastest, easiest and fun ways to promote your business as well as boost engagement with your audience. If you’re not sure what types of images make for good exposure, use this list as your guide: 1. Customer photos. Show off your customers’ satisfaction with your product, enjoying the benefits of your service, or just happily browsing in your store. The Epicurean Connection
 has plenty photos of smiling, dancing and satisfied customers on Instagram. You could also get your customers to post photos of them using your products. Check…
  • What Gmail’s Inbox App Means to Your Email Marketing

    Kim Stiglitz
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Google announced a new app called Inbox and it could bring some major changes to how subscribers that receive your emails in Gmail interact with them. Here’s what you need to know about how this new app could impact your email marketing. What is Inbox? Image courtesy of the Official Google Blog Inbox is an app from Google that helps organize and group emails in your inbox by relevance, similar to how Gmail tabs work now. The app also has features to help stay on top of the email in your inbox. Two features that are the most newsworthy are Bundles and Highlights. Bundles is a feature…
  • 8 Easy SEO Tools Everyone Should Use

    Chipper Nicodemus
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Search engine optimization is something you need to do to help people find your business online. To help you ace those SEO efforts, we’ve got 8 awesome tools you should use. We’ll cover both free and paid options that are efficient and easy to use, even for beginners. So let’s get our SEO tools on! Free Tools Who doesn’t love a free tool, especially when it also happens to be awesome?  1. Google Analytics: The gold standard for analytics tools. Odds are, your business is already using this tool to monitor your site’s traffic, but if you’re not, it’s…
  • 3 Ways to Break Through the Noise at a Trade Show

    Janine Popick
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    We recently attended and exhibited at a retail trade show in Las Vegas. It was a large, multi-day event with over 14,000 attendees and tons of booths on the show floor – a daunting experience if you don’t exhibit at trade shows regularly or can’t afford a huge, flashy booth. With that, here are three ways you and your business can break through the noise at any trade show and make sure you come home a success: 1. Personality Counts The very nature of trade shows demands that you have personality. From the look and feel of your booth to the people who are working at it –…
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    Matt's Chat

  • 3 Simple Ways to Differentiate Yourself from the Competition

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Across industries, the up-turn in Entrepreneurship has seen increased competition in recent times.  Whilst great to see such "green shoots" emerging in the economic sense, many business owners are starting to feel increased pressure to perform in a crowded marketplace.  So how can we ensure that our prospects beat a happy path to our door, rather than our competitors?  If you've ever answered the question "What's your USP" with the response "Great customer service", it's time to get real.  Here are 3 ways you can differentiate in a more sustainable and game-changing way...
  • 10 Tips for Increasing Brand Awareness with Social Media Marketing

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    It seems a bit "retro" to be talking about brand awareness through social media, but many businesses - especially service oriented - still struggle to make their content stick.  Content only does it's job when the right people see the right posts and shares, and many marketers still struggle with this more than the content creation itself.
  • The Best 8 Things About Content Marketing for IT Firms

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:12 am
    This month we're focusing on how IT firms in particular can benefit from great content marketing.  Today, we're dealing with the justification aspect.  Need to get buy-in from the powers-that-be?  Hovering on the verges of starting your own online campaigns?  Here's 8 great reasons to take the leap...
  • @HubSpot Unveils Sales Platform and Much More at #Inbound14

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Sales teams have never faced so much pressure to move with the ever-changing face of the client or consumer.  Buying decisions and patterns seem to change on line with the many technological advances of recent times; a perfect example being the trust that consumer hold in review sites such as TripAdvisor and G2Crowd, over and above the personal, omni-faceted referral or recommendation.  Never before have people seeked out so much social proof before spending their hard-earned dollar. In addition, the role of the salesperson has changed, and for the better.  The consultative…
  • The reign of the opt-out culture: Ice-bucket autoplays cause data spikes

    6 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
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    Kim Yuhl

  • Nothing Makes People Laugh More Than Real Life

    Kim Yuhl
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    It’s true! The funniest stories we tell usually involve the mistakes we make – at least that is very true for me. Telling stories helps to put things in perspective and frees us from the burden of mistakes. It can often be through our storytelling that we find the lesson or additional lessons. Finding the laughter in […]
  • 4 Words Holding You Back and One Will Surprise You

    Kim Yuhl
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    There are all sorts of words that when spoken can hold you back. Words like can’t, impossible and won’t are perfect examples. When I started thinking about words that might be holding me back, I really took note of what I was saying and hearing in various conversations with family, friends, clients and acquaintances. I […]
  • Is Life Too Distracting?

    Kim Yuhl
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Phone in your hand, TV on in the background and your laptop is on your lap – does that sound familiar? Think back on this last week, how many times during a conversation were you distracted with your smart phone, something on TV or your surroundings? We know we shouldn’t, but we do it anyways. What […]
  • Happily Ever After Exists But There’s A Catch

    Kim Yuhl
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    There were many days on my journey to finding happiness that I doubted it even existed. I was so focused on trying to be happy that I wasn’t allowing myself to feel happy. It wasn’t until I spent an afternoon with a friend and her toddler that it dawned on me: happiness isn’t a thing […]
  • Get Happier by Putting Yourself First

    Kim Yuhl
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    For October, Happier by the Month is tackling the Beliefs Life Zone. What does belief mean to you? Well, here it is defined: Words, trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something – those are some pretty powerful words! Believing in someone or something says hope is alive. Believing in someone or something brings dreams […]
 
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  • Why Your Accountant Should Write Your Business Plan

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
        Have you written a business plan for your small business? Or are you planning to sit down and write it up soon? In either case, you have found—or will encounter soon—the financial dilemma. It’s a dilemma, of course, only to the non-accountants of the world. Sure a business plan has a lot of sections, not all of them pertaining to money. But if you think about it, who is the business plan for, ultimately? Yes it’s so you can prove to naysayers that you have a viable, money-making venture. Yes it’s to keep you on track over the years. But mostly, the business plan exists…
  • Who Says Family and Business Don’t Mix?

    4 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
        Are you a small business owner with a family to support? It’s not always easy to start a business and still have time to invest in your spouse and children, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. In fact, learning how to balance the different parts of your life that don’t mix well is a hallmark of a well-rounded person. If you’re having a hard time reconciling the two worlds of family and business, it’s time you did something about it.   Priorities and Planning Be purposeful about your life. Carpe diem, as it were. Do you spend a lot of time logging hours at…
  • Secrets to Keep Customers Coming Back

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:52 pm
        Sure, you went through business school. You learned how to keep books, use cutting edge software, even do market research to get the most clients for your new business. But did you learn good people skills? These days, that’s often what separates competing businesses from each other and what keeps people coming back. Do you want to retain customers? Then you and your staff should master these important business skills—which are people skills too.   Do you listen well? If you ask your staff if they believe they’re good listeners, chances are they’ll nod in the…
  • What Should You Do to Keep Your Business Safe?

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:11 pm
        Probably find out what accounting mistakes to avoid! Putting your business at risk with silly number mistakes—or lack of knowledge—just isn’t an option these days. That’s why we’ve found this list of 3 accounting mistakes that put your business at risk. Avoiding these mistakes will help you stay functioning and successful longer, paving the way for long-term security for your business and its assets (and saving you money!).   Mistake #1: Failing to Keep Expense Receipts Keeping receipts isn’t just a nice thing to do for a business—it’s key for avoiding…
  • Top Online Tools to Steer Clear of Business Frustrations

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
        All small business owners have been there—wasted time on unfamiliar tasks, frustrated by wasting money because you don’t know the ropes yet. But now there are ways to avoid these things. Experience is always the best teacher, but in our internet-based society, there’s no excuse for wasting your energy. Here are 7 internet resources that use cloud storage to help your business run smoothly—from the start.   Website Design First, create your website at Strikingly.com, then go to Canva.com to design your logos and layout. The best part? They’re both free. Canva.com…
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  • Survey Shows More B2B Marketers Are Turning To Content Marketing

    Godot Media
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Do you have a content marketing strategy? If yes, is it a documented one? According to a survey conducted by the Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs, more and more B2B marketers and organizations are turning to content marketing and making it their primary marketing tool. However, the survey also suggests that while it is quite helpful to have a content marketing strategy in place, it is more beneficial to have a strategy that is documented. Simply put, those who write down their strategy, produce more effective content, and are more successful in their businesses. In the survey,…
  • Is Audio The New Kid On The Block?

    Godot Media
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    As content marketing strategies pick up speed, new content marketing tools like podcasts are being discovered as ways of getting the point across in marketing campaigns. Marketers are starting to realize that there is a lot more that can be done to promote brands other than using written content. During the Golden Age of Radio, people sat glued to the radio and listened to news bulletins, commercials, drama and more with a lot of interest. We are seeing the same trend with the increase in the number of people who regularly tune in to listen to podcasts. Now that a lot of marketing campaigns…
  • The Top 15 Mistakes to Avoid In Content Marketing Strategy

    Godot Media
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:19 am
    Content is king – and if you still haven’t boarded this train, you are missing out on a lot of profitable opportunities. However, to get the most out of your content marketing strategy, you must plan and be consistent in your content. Here are the top 15 common mistakes that you can avoid making when planning your content marketing strategy. 1. DON’T do it for the sake of doing it. Content marketing strategy is serious business and if used the right way, they can help your business reach new heights. Have a plan before moving forward with your content, and discuss potential…
  • Using Content for Client Acquisition

    Godot Media
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Experts agree that the key to effective content marketing lies in the creation of useful content. Content marketing is an on-going process that involves identifying dynamic platforms, which allow you to communicate with the target audience, without necessarily selling to them. It is an opportunity for a brand or a company to share valuable information that is likely to influence buying decisions. Content marketing is a great tool in not only spreading brand awareness, but can also be used as a powerful strategy in client acquisition. Thanks to the widespread use of the internet buyers are now…
  • Top 99 Social Media Marketing Blogs List (81 – 99)

    Godot Media
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:58 pm
    81. Top Dog Social Media Top Dog Social Media is one of the few companies that are on the forefront of social media marketing. It focuses on building relationships with the help of technology and helps other companies uncover the true potential of social media in the success of a business. Top Dog Social Media was founded by Melonie Dodaro, an expert social media strategist. She has spoken on numerous forums and has even published her work in several social media journals. 82. Social Media Today Social Media Today is an online community for people in the fields of advertising, marketing, PR,…
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  • Use LinkedIn To Embark On Your Dream Career

    Barry
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    LinkedIn’s used daily by millions of us. Usually we just log in to check Inmail and any updates. You could, however, use LinkedIn to embark on your dream career. An increasing number of companies and agencies are using LinkedIn for their recruitment efforts. It even has a specific premium product called LinkedIn Recruiter which is not only growing in functionality but also in popularity with employers searching for talent. While the network grows in popularity as a resource for applicants so too does the importance of taking the network seriously and managing your personal brand…
  • Final Touches For Tomorrow’s Customer Event

    Barry
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    We’ve finished the final touches for our customer event tomorrow. Presentations are ready, banners and ‘take homes’ created and packed and everyone’s excited for a great day at the Museum of London! Among the topics covered will be: Winning the ongoing battle for talent Protecting your people data Beyond the Org Chart Taking your seat in the Boardroom – Raising HR’s profile with business analytics An agile approach to flexible working Tomorrow’s event promises to be the most popular to date and we’re all looking forward to sharing all the latest…
  • The Two Faces Of Social Media In The Workplace

    Barry
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    The two faces of social media in the workplace require policing and careful thought by HR and leaders alike. It’s proved to be of huge benefit to businesses when used correctly, but also the bane of HR departments when abused. First, the potential issues which can occur: Employee’s social updates can be a reputation management nightmare With the potential scenario of every employee updating multiple social networks a number of times per day, it’s easy to see how quickly something can spread at an alarming rate. This is great when the content shared is a glowing review of…
  • Want To Telecommute? Here’s What To Consider

    Barry
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Working from home sounds like the perfect answer to balancing work and life, but it may not be for everyone. Do you want to telecommute? Here’s what to consider: Do you have the necessary equipment at home? If your office is anything like ours, then most, if not all, employees will be equipped with laptops. This is partly due to security considerations, but also for flexibility in allowing employees to work from anywhere; particularly useful, not just for the odd occasion that it may be easier to telecommute, but also for practical reasons, especially given the time of year and the…
  • The Future Is Now And HR Should Be Ready

    Barry
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Technology’s moving faster than ever and sometimes it’s hard to keep up. The future is now and HR should be ready, here’s some things to prepare for. Recruitment’s becoming a ‘buyers market’ Recruitment will become as much a ‘buyers market’ as a ‘sellers’ one. Top talent will choose where they work and who for. Brands will have to prove that they offer the environment and culture that beats the competition or risk losing the best applicants. Ensuring that employees have access to benefits that are useful in the real world is key.
 
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  • Tips to Implement Environmental Standards in Your Business

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

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

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

    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The spaces we occupy affect us psychologically, and therefore impact our creativity and performance at work. Neuroscience has proven that our brain is malleable even in our adulthood. The surrounding environment has a huge impact both on the way our brains develop and how that brain is transformed into a unique human mind. In this line of thought, the spaces we occupy shape who we are and how we behave. Thus we can conclude that our work space has a big impact on both our psychological well-being and performance. Considering the amount of time an employee spends at work it is…
  • How-To Promote The Long-Term Success Of Your New Hires

    9 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The early days of an employee in a company are crucial not only for their short and long-term performance but also on their satisfaction and engagement with the organization.Related post: Why Employees Quit Their Job To achieve this, companies must understand that "the success of the first day of work is determinated by how the company supports and encourages employees to (1) Demonstrate what they bring to the company, (2) Generate impact on their position from day one, and (3) Create social bonds within the company." Read more about "What Drives a Successful Onboarding Process." A…
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  • Select Labs Automates Time and Attendance with WaspTime

    Brian Sutter
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    When the medical practitioners of North and South Carolina need laboratory diagnostics, they often turn to the blood and urine analysis services of Select Labs. Despite the advanced technology Select Labs used to ensure the accuracy of its analysis, it struggled with its monthly payroll services. With over 150 employees, the company needed a better [...]
  • Tracking Government Grants: Compliance with Federal Regulations

    Jason Sentell
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    When people think of government grants, it’s likely their first thought is of grants for student financing enabling teenagers to attend college. However, there are many grants and sub-grants offered to businesses for a variety of reasons. Grants may be obtained to fund scientific and technology projects, medical research, conservation efforts, economic agendas, and other [...]
  • National Boss’s Day: 4 Ways to Be a Great Boss Today and All Year Long

    Brian Sutter
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    Boss’s Day, also known as National Boss Day, is Thursday, October 16th. Dedicated to all employers, National Boss Day is meant to improve the relationship between employers and their staff. Although there are tips for winning over your boss and tips for celebrating the holiday, the day traditionally focuses on employees taking the opportunity to [...]
  • The Cost of Picking from the Wrong Inventory Bin

    Jason Sentell
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Whether you’ve built the latest, high-tech, data-driven warehouse fulfillment center or just set-up a few plastic totes in your garage, accurately delivering a customer’s purchase is crucial.  Being right 99% of the time seems like a pretty solid percentage—until you calculate what that 1% actually costs an organization. These costs include: Wasted man-hours Expensive shipping [...]
  • 4 Reasons Education Needs Mobile Asset Tracking

    Jason Sentell
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    There’s no doubt that mobile devices are changing the way today’s students learn—in fact, over half of students (60%) use mobile devices for anytime research, according to the 2013 Speak Up Survey from Project Tomorrow.  However, that isn’t the only way mobile technology can make a difference in the classroom. From simplifying the process of [...]
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  • Total Recall and How to Avoid It

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    The 1990s film “Total Recall” was billed as one of the most expensive productions of its time. When it comes to product recalls any business that is faced with one may find the same. Product recall can be expensive, logistically challenging and in terms of the company image, potentially fatal....
  • 4 Tips for Getting the Best Deals on Online Shopping

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Besides not having to leave the house and fight the crowds at shopping centers, especially during the holidays, the benefits of online shopping are numerous, not least of which is saving big. Other benefits of shopping online include the ability to research, compare prices, and find exclusive discounts from the...
  • 4 Reasons to Give Your Employees Company Smartphones

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Talk about a business perk! Many companies give their employees smartphones to use, and it’s not “just” for business; in fact, employees can use these phones for just about anything as long as it’s legal. Of course, it’s also a means for a company to make sure everyone has similar...
  • Making Credit Card Charging Safer in Today’s Hacking Climate

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Imprinting a credit card on duplicate paper seems like 19th century technology, but merchants relied on this payment solution as recent as the 1980s. Today’s payment types are so far-ranging that hackers have recently found pathways into some of the most secure servers, from retail giants to computer innovators. Whether...
  • How to Share Your Family Photos Safely While Maintaining Your Privacy

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    With so many recent instances of celebrities and other well-known individuals having their personal photo accounts hacked and stolen, many people are wondering whether it is possible to share their photos online without having someone access the photos without permission. New apps and other security features allow you to share...
 
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  • Are you worried your Dropbox Account could have been hacked?

    Sara Metcalfe
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:54 am
    A number of newspapers and online news sources have reported that the cloud data storage service Dropbox has been hacked and millions of usernames and passwords stolen. This is not true. So what is going on? It appears that the passwords and user names have been stolen from a variety of third party sites and then applied to DROPBOX on the assumption that some users will be using the same password for multiple sites and accounts. Unfortunately this is true. Despite advice to the contrary, many people continue to insist on using the same password for many or all of their online accounts. This…
  • An overview to flexible working

    Active_Business
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:40 am
    Changes that extend the right to request flexible working have now been put in place and have become law today. The government says it wants to remove the “cultural assumption” that flexible working only applies to parents or carers, and introducing these changes will make the workplace “fit tor the 21st Century” So, what will the future of flexible look like, and what is covered by the extended “right to request flexible working?” First point to note is that the legislation does not give employees the right to work flexibly, instead it provided the right to request this. The…
  • Gameover Zeus, Cryptolocker and how you can keep your computer safe from the new breed of hacker attack

    Sara Metcalfe
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:26 am
    It has been difficult to avoid the recent press coverage of increasingly prevalent hacker threats over the last week or so, with the authorities in the US making some headway against the rise of two pieces of malicious software known as Gameover Zeus and Cryptolocker. The two pieces of malware are increasingly used by criminal gangs as part of an organised cyber war against consumers, with the sole aim being to extort money or to trick the infected computer into automatically carrying out cyber crime. This represents a relatively new stage of cyber attack, combining offline criminal…
  • Business is becoming upwardly mobile

    Sara Metcalfe
    4 Jun 2014 | 4:23 am
    Part Two In the first section of this blog, we examined the growing trend in mobile working and why it is becoming the norm, instead of the exception. In the concluding section we’ll look at the very real benefits to be gained by both companies and workers. Boosting productivity What is clear is that companies who invest in mobile strategies are discovering huge increases in productivity. Software developers are producing new applications and platforms monthly designed to leverage maximum value for employers from mobile workers. The cloud is just the latest of these innovations that…
  • The benefits of mobile computing when out of the office – Part One

    Sara Metcalfe
    12 May 2014 | 2:12 am
    Business Is Becoming Upwardly Mobile. Technology has transformed the way we work. No longer are we tied to a desk, or a physical location. Mobile devices and the applications that go with them have transformed the world into one huge ‘virtual’ office. Wherever we are, whatever we do, we can now connect with work associates and partners, suppliers and customers, networks and data storage facilities, as well as all the IT applications and platforms we need to carry out our work. This has huge implications for how we do business. We now have the opportunity to work smarter and more…
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  • Important Fact about 8(a) Adjusted Net Worth Requirements

    Rick Otero
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    As you may be aware, the applicant for 8(a) Certification must have an adjusted net worth of less than $250,000 to get 8(a) Certified. However, here is an important fact that you must also consider. If the applicant is married, the SBA will consider the spouse’s financial situation also in determining whether the applicant’s access to capital and credit is diminished where the spouse has a role in the business (e.g. an officer, employee or director) or has lent money to, provided credit support to, or guaranteed a loan to the business. See CFR part 13: §124.104   Who is…
  • Active SBA 8(a) Certified Firms as of July 1, 2014 by Location

    Rick Otero
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    There are 7,078 active SBA 8(a) Certified firms as of July 1, 2014. Below is an info graphic showing the location by state and number of active SBA 8(a) Certified firms. The source of this information is the SBA Dynamic Small Business database. 8(a) Certified Firms as of July 1, 2014 The top five states with 8(a) Certified Firms are: 1. Virginia – 880 2. California – 789 3. Maryland – 668 4. Texas – 605 5. Florida – 441 The top five states or US territories with the lowest number of 8(a) Certified firms are: 1. Vermont – 2 2. U.S. Virgin Islands – 3…
  • 8(a) Program. Ownership vs. Control

    Rick Otero
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:15 am
    Control is not the same as ownership. For example a disadvantaged individual may own 51% of the business that is applying for 8(a) Certification but they may be found to not unconditionally control the company by the SBA. As defined by the SBA in CFR 124.106, the SBA regards control as including both the strategic policy setting exercised by boards of directors and the day-to-day management and administration of business operations of the business. In order to be found to control the business, here are the following requirements. 1. The disadvantaged individual must manage the daily business…
  • Do you meet the 70% Economic Dependency Rule?

    Rick Otero
    12 May 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Economic Dependence is a significant obstacle to the eligibility of many applicants desiring to gain 8(a) Certification for their firms. In fact, it is currently the issue for which we have to turn the greatest number of potential applicants away, until the issue is resolved. Here is a simple flow chart that will help you determine if economic dependency applies to your business. Click on the chart below to see a larger image. Economic Dependency Chart Need assistance with your 8(a) Application? With 14 years and over 2,000 successful applications under our belt, we can assure you that no…
  • List of Items needed to complete the SBA Form 413 (Personal Financial Statement)

    Rick Otero
    8 May 2014 | 10:40 am
    The following is a detailed list of items needed to complete the SBA Form 413 (Personal Financial Statement. Please note, this list may or may not cover every personal asset or liability you may have and should serve as only a general list. All statements mentioned below must be no older than 30 days old when submitted to the SBA, contain all pages of the statement, list all of the account holder(s) names, account numbers, type(s) of account and account balances. Assets: 1. Checking account statement. 2. Savings account statement. 3. IRA and any other retirement account statements along with…
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  • Why We Miss the Target

    Raymond Manley
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/10/why-we-miss-the-target/It was just about 30 years ago while working one of my first sales Jobs. I had returned to the office totally disgusted. Why? Because my prospect just didn’t “get it.” He said “no” despite the fact that the product would have helped him immeasurably. I was disgusted at my prospect for not understanding. Fortunately, a very-wise and seasoned executive at the company took me aside and said, “Burg, always remember… ‘When the shooter misses the target, it ain’t the target’s fault.’” I must have been in learning…
  • Can We Put ‘Affordable’ Into the Affordable Care Act?

    Raymond Manley
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:31 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/10/can-we-put-affordable-into-the-affordable-care-act/Many of us are familiar with Rick Harrison from the hit reality TV show Pawn Stars and for years we’ve listened to him gripe about the amount of work he’s able to squeeze out of his son Corey and his employee ChumLee. But on his recent Fox & Friends visit, it was the Affordable Care Act that took his first salvo of criticism. “It’s really difficult to do business sometimes. Just for my little pawn shop the insurance for my employees went from $19,000 to$30,000. Last month,”…
  • When Women Encounter a Different Kind of Pay Gap (WSJ.com Video)

    RoastedPixel
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/10/when-women-encounter-a-different-kind-of-pay-gap-wsj-com-video/ More women are starting their own businesses only to find a different kind of pay gap. Small business expert Susan Solovic joins Tanya Rivero on Lunch Break.
  • Top 10 Internet Law Developments of 2014: Part II

    Raymond Manley
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/10/top-10-internet-law-developments-of-2014-part-ii/Each year around this time I write an update for Advising eBusinesses, my one-volume handbook on Internet law designed for lawyers who represent online businesses.As part of this update, I list what I consider to be the 10 most significant developments in Internet law over the past year.I devoted last week’s column to four of these developments. Here are the rest of this year’s selections: Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (UFADAA). What happens to your digital assets when you die or become…
  • Technology at the Center of the Freelance Revolution

    Susan Solovic
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/10/technology-at-the-center-of-the-freelance-revolution/My parents were in business for themselves and they wanted nothing more than for me to go to college, get a good job with a big company, and work there until I retired with a gold watch and a nice pension.  While I tried to live the life they envisioned for me, two forces came into play.  First, the business paradigm changed and people weren’t staying with one company for their entire career.  In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics as of 2010 found the average time an American worker will stay at…
 
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  • Forget Twitter – These Brands Are Now Using Vine to Serve Their Customers

    Adele Halsall
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    For the last few years companies have been stepping up their game on social media; assimilating it into their customer service strategy along with helplines and emails. But where condensing customer advice down to 160 characters was once the challenge, now brands are looking to get a little more creative with a much less generous allowance – just six seconds of video. That’s not enough for a positive customer experience…is it? Vine as a Service Tool Since its launch in early 2013, Twitter’s video sharing app Vine has garnered over 40 million users, a large proportion…
  • How to Acquire the Perfect Service Representative

    Adele Halsall
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    This latest post comes from Stacey Oliver-Knappe, the chief consultant of The Customer Service Gurus. Before I opened a training company, I worked on the front lines of customer service. I have had positions with direct face-to-face customer service in hospitality, retail, and food & beverage positions. There was a period where I answered phones in a call center. This real world experience, coupled with my formal training, enables me to offer you a few tips on acquiring the perfect customer service representative. Hire the Perfect Person This is the number one requirement for any…
  • 7 Steps to Make Sure Your Energy Complaint is Dealt With

    Darren Cook
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Our latest post comes from Richard Hearne of 1Gas Connections, the nationwide experts in gas pipe and meter connections. Richard was kind enough to give us some insider tips on how to make sure your energy complaint is listened to and dealt with, swiftly and appropriately. When making a complaint to your energy provider it may often feel like your words are falling on deaf ears. However, there are methods by which your voice can be heard and your complaint dealt with effectively. Here are 7 important techniques that will help prepare you for the possibility of having to make an official…
  • Why Did This Customer’s Review of Pizza Express Go Viral?

    Adele Halsall
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    We’re all used to seeing customer reviews go viral…particularly reviews that tear a company apart. Which is why its rather surprising when we see the same wildfire response to a review with something positive to say for a change. That’s right, you read correctly – a customer review saying lovely things has actually captured the heart of the internet public Surprised? Curious? We were too. The review was originally posted on the website of UK regional newspaper, the Peterborough Telegraph, by a student no less, named Holly Aston. Holly, 17, is studying for a…
  • The 7 Charges Regularly Confusing Customers

    Adele Halsall
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:06 am
    It seems that as a customer, there’s an endless number of costly pitfalls to avoid. Just when your wallet is looking full and your bank balance healthy, another demanding expense will no doubt present itself. And to make things more inconvenient, there’s those additional costs we don’t even understand, but we pay them anyway. Why is this? Is it because we don’t have the energy to find out? Or are we just used to giving our money away? We decided to dig deeper into the seven charges that most commonly drive customers crazy, and explain them once and for all. 1. Service…
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  • 5-minute website fixes: Enable customer product reviews for your Online Store

    Yola
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    We’ve said it once (or maybe twice), and we’ll say it again – having online business reviews from real customers is imperative to building customer trust and credibility for your business website. It’s one of the best ways to stand out among your competitors. Since online business reviews carry so much pull (more specifically, 72% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations from real people), it’s only natural to want the ability to have customer product reviews for your Online Store – and moreover, on their products. Today in this…
  • 3 ways to prep your online business for the holiday season

    Yola
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:33 pm
    For online stores and offline retailers, building a website is a must have for any successful business. As a general rule, online shoppers research purchases online before buying. Therefore, every holiday season becomes a critical turning point for many online businesses as well as offline businesses. This is the time of year when most people spend spend spend. Whether you have a website or are still building, we’ll help you get your website ready for the holiday season with these easy tricks. 1. Analyze the past The first way to prep your online business for the holiday season is to see…
  • 5 ways to build customer trust with reviews

    Yola
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    Article written by Jeremy Gin, CEO of SiteJabber Consumer reviews can clearly be an important tool for online business owners—in 2012, Nielsen found that 70% of global consumers say they trust online reviews. The hard question is: how should online business owners manage their reputation? With over 45,000 online businesses reviewed on SiteJabber, we’ve had the opportunity to study what works for business owners – so, it is our pleasure to bring you the five best practices for leveraging consumer reviews to build trust and earn more loyal customers. 1. Choose the right review platform…
  • How to submit your website to Google

    Yola
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Congratulations! You’ve published your website. If you are building your website with Yola, we will automatically send it to the search engines to be reviewed after you publish. Once reviewed, ideally, the search engines will index your website for specific keywords. If you’d like to speed up this process, we’ve got a few tips for you here in this article. Google Webmaster Toolsis a program that you can use to help with your website indexing. Once you’ve signed up for an account, you can submit your website and sitemap for review. Note that Google uses the following disclaimer: “We…
  • Featured Websites: A journey through Pot o’Curry

    Yola
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    To celebrate National Curry Week in the UK, our featured website is Pot o’Curry! This beautiful website grabs your attention immediately and has a mouth-watering, professional design. In this post, we take you through our top 5 reasons why this website is great. 1. Eye-catching imagery One of the first things that grabs you about Pot o’Curry is its eye-catching imagery. You’ll notice that all the photos are clear and professional, and the size of the pictures do not compromise the quality. The close up imagery of the curry dishes entices you to try one, and the selection of spices in…
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  • Anything is Possible and Achievable!

    Chris Green
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    I have a younger brother. He’s bigger than me. He’s not really into business, he’s more of a musician and showman. Oh and he runs and runs and runs. This morning he taught me a massive lesson that we can all take to heart. It’s summarised like this: Anything is Possible and Achievable! And it looked like this on a Facebook post: The context of this is that this time last year Jon was heavier than he wanted to be, felt sluggish, his diet wasn’t great and he wasn’t doing any exercise. At all. Jon Just Does it So one day. When he got really fed up, he took it…
  • EP022 Fast Track Your Cash Flow

    Chris Green
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    We’ve all been there at some point. Waiting for clients to pay. Waiting for projects to start. Checking that bank balance to see if it’s increasing at all. They key is to do something about it as quick as possible. Cash flow is critical to any business and will probably be the number one thing that kills of small businesses this year. This episode is for you if you’re wanting to get your cash flowing quicker and clients paying faster. In this episode we cover how to: Find the low hanging fruit right now. Get paid up front. Get paid for all the work you do. Sell existing…
  • EP021 – Why You Should Charge More (Right Now)

    Chris Green
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:22 am
    In this episode we get straight to the point. In order to succeed in business as a consultant, coach or creative, you have to charge more. We’ve heard all the excuses. “Yeah, but people won’t pay more”, “I just charge by the hour” … etc etc. If that’s your mindset then unfortunately you’ll be finding yourself working far too hard, for far too little money. Most of us have been there. In this episode we interview Jason Kanigan and get him to reveal his thoughts and strategies on charging more. You’ll learn about: Finding clients with…
  • EP020 – Three Things 6 Figure Consultants do Differently

    Chris Green
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    From working and speaking with many consultants, creatives and coaches, we’ve found there’s a whole lot of challenges people have on a weekly basis. There’s also very clear strategies that really successfully people use on a regular basis to get their businesses well past the six figure level. In this episode you’ll learn: The seven most common stumbling blocks How you can conquer the hurdles. The three things that 6 figure consultants, coaches and creatives do differently. We always endeavor to have action points at the end of each of our episodes. If you’ve put…
  • EP019 – Never Leave a Sale Behind

    Chris Green
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    In this episode, John and I cover how to be persistent when going after new clients. Too many people give up quick or at the first objection and miss out. Here’s some interesting stats to consider the next time you’re talking to a prospective client: 2% of sales are made on the First contact. 3% of sales are made on the Second contact. 5% of sales are made on the Third contact. 10% of sales are made on the Fourth contact. 80% of sales are made on the Fifth to Twelfth contact. It’s pretty clear that you need a strategy based on persistence and multiple contacts to get the…
 
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    ServiceMaster of St. Paul and Maple Grove

  • It's Time To Get Ready For Winter

    Uriah Suarez
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The first day of autumn is just a few days away. Now is the time to get your home or business in shape before the cold winter snow and ice locks everything down. Give the floors a new life: Cut the summer crud with deep cleaning of your floors, carpet, upholstery and blinds. We offer tile and hardwood floor cleaning, buffing and waxing. We focus on stain removal and getting rid of all of the dirt from corners, grout, linoleum, tile and wooden floors. Floor Cleaning: Carpet Cleaning: Breath new life into your old carpets with deep carpet cleaning. We pretreat carpets and stains to make the…
  • Ice Dams Are A Winter Problem, And You Have Time To Prepare

    ServiceMaster Maple Grove
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    What are Ice Dams Minneapolis Winter Problems Ice dams are dangerous masses of ice that build up along the edge of pitched roofs that have a reservoir of trapped water beneath them. The reservoir of trapped water is is held in place by the surface of the roof and the ice which is why this situation is termed an ice dam. Problems with Ice Dams The biggest problem is that they are dangerous. They can slide off a roof with enough force to seriously injure people and property. Another problem comes from the trapped water. Gravity forces it to find little imperfections in your roof, and then it…
  • Do You Need Professional Carpet Cleaning?

    ServiceMaster Maple Grove
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Summer is nearing its end. When school starts up, the house may return to a peaceful and quite abode. The only blaring noise will be from those trails of dirt and grime that have been tromped into your carpets by those little feet marching from the mud pie factory to the fridge. That is a lot of noise coming from the carpets. Fortunately, ServiceMaster has a solution to fit your budget. Dirty carpets Carpets are not the only thing that get grimy over summer vacation. All that dirt and spilled drinks can get tracked into the grout on your tile floors. We offer complete tile and grout cleaning…
  • Back To School Cleaning Made Easy!

    ServiceMaster Maple Grove
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    They have had an entire summer to muck up the house like only children can do. Before you start a new school year, cleanup the worst of all that summer fun. ServiceMaster by Hedden is here to help you recapture the beautiful home Sterilize your Kitchen Get rid of the mess. Banish all of those crumbs. Throw out the dull, lackluster beaten down shine and restore the sparkle and brilliance to your kitchen with tile and grout cleaning. Our professional cleaners can safely remove stains from tile and grout and bring the dazzle back to your beautiful kitchen. Reclaim Your Carpets The kids have had…
  • Flooded Basement Cleanup And Prevention

    ServiceMaster Maple Grove
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Minneapolis Flooded Basements: Emergency Cleanup and Prevention Water is a vector for many waterborne health hazards. Mold, bacteria, and even viruses can take up residence in your residence. The recent storms have caused many problems with flooding. ServiceMaster by Hedden is your local flood water cleanup expert. We have the to equipment to remove water and deal with flood cleanup debris in basements, businesses, and home. What do you need to do when your property has been flooded? The first step is to remove the water. We make sure that there are no safety issues such as electricity and…
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    Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs

  • Marketing Strategies – Integrity in Marketing

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Do you realize that over 90% of the headlines you read and hear on the news are full of BS? Yep! They’re carefully crafted to shock, seduce and manipulate you to click or not change the channel. Advertising agencies understand that we now live in a short-attention span world and they’re very well-trained to know […] The post Marketing Strategies – Integrity in Marketing appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Marketing Strategies – It’s NOT Google Calling!

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    It’s my goal to teach entrepreneurs marketing strategies and how to navigate the Internet so they can benefit from all the opportunities it brings. However, many people are still reluctant and I can’t say that I blame them especially when there are so many scams going on. It truly outrages me that these things happen […] The post Marketing Strategies – It’s NOT Google Calling! appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Managing Overwhelm

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Today is Sunday and admittedly I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. Not by things I have to do but by things I want to do and don’t have the time. Is anyone with me? Education for the Home Business Entrepreneur – Managing Overwhelm Today I read this article by Mashable called 3 Phrases That Actually Make […] The post Managing Overwhelm appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Complacency is Cancer

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Take a moment of self-reflection. How do you take in information? Do you absorb it? Do you read it and think to yourself that you need to do it? Then a few seconds later the dog barks and you need to take him out – then the thought is lost? Do you revisit it? Do […] The post Complacency is Cancer appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Online Marketing – Let’s Do a Check Up

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    It’s not rocket-science the world around you is changing. The Internet is growing and expanding. As it expands, it creates change. The Internet will create opportunities – coincidently it will also end many industries as we know them. Some businesses will survive – some won’t. The pendulum has swung and now it’s time to get […] The post Online Marketing – Let’s Do a Check Up appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
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    The Maverick CEO

  • How I Grew My Twitter Following From 0 to 1800 in 10 months (For FREE)

    Christian Brodin
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Let’s face it, making it as a blogger or building a social media business, is probably one of the most difficult tasks that you have undertaken (ever?). That is unless you’re Lady Gaga and can get millions and millions of followers without losing a beat (no pun intended). But with the right tools and as little as [...] The post How I Grew My Twitter Following From 0 to 1800 in 10 months (For FREE) appeared first on The Maverick CEO.
  • The Greatest Gift Of Leadership….

    Christian Brodin
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    A leader’s job is not to do the work for others, it’s to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done, and to succeed beyond what they thought possible. – Simon Sinek   Training Wheels Ever since seeing one of his friends riding a bike without training wheels my son [...] The post The Greatest Gift Of Leadership…. appeared first on The Maverick CEO.
  • Fire Up Your Personal Brand! – Get The Clients that Speak To Who You Are

    Christian Brodin
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:36 pm
    With More than 1 Billion websites in the in the world putting a strong personal brand on the frontline of your sales process can be the most important thing you will ever do for yourself and for your business, and it could dramatically improve conversion rates and attract the Clients that speak to you! The real questions for [...] The post Fire Up Your Personal Brand! – Get The Clients that Speak To Who You Are appeared first on The Maverick CEO.
  • Cold Calls Aren’t Working! Here are 7 Proven Pressure-Less Sales Methods That Do.

    Christian Brodin
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    If I say cold calling, what is the first thought that comes to your mind? Strong Arm Sales Tactics? Unwanted phone calls when you least want them? Telemarketers? Failed Sales?     Im sure you wont be surprised when I tell you that in this recent British survey 90% of the respondents said that they do not trust cold callers. To [...] The post Cold Calls Aren’t Working! Here are 7 Proven Pressure-Less Sales Methods That Do. appeared first on The Maverick CEO.
  • Get Out Of The Rabbit Hole- One Habit That Will Get Your World Moving

    Christian Brodin
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Have you ever had the feeling when you wake up that the world is just against you? That no matter what happens that day, nothing will work, and all the people you will meet are there just to make your life worse? Yesterday I definitely had THAT feeling.   After missing a business appointment I spent [...] The post Get Out Of The Rabbit Hole- One Habit That Will Get Your World Moving appeared first on The Maverick CEO.
 
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    Dex Media

  • How to Get Your Business Ready for Small Business Saturday

    Jim Shannon
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    As Small Business Saturday draws inexorably near, now is the time to begin preparing for the onslaught of customers who will pass through your doors. Maybe not an onslaught, but at least a slaught; or a slew. Regardless, a little planning and prep will go a long way towards making Small Business Saturday a success,...continue reading … The post How to Get Your Business Ready for Small Business Saturday appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Holiday Email Marketing: Get Your Timing Right

    Jeff B. Copeland
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    ‘Tis the season for a really crowded email inbox – don’t let your holiday messaging get lost in the crowd. Email marketing firm Yesmail studied last year’s holiday campaigns by 30 name brands and came up with these email marketing tips for Halloween, Black Friday, Christmas and everything else in between. (Get your copy of...continue reading … The post Holiday Email Marketing: Get Your Timing Right appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Apple Launches Maps Portal with Local Business Owner in Mind

    Dex Media Contributor
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Do-it-yourself is not a cliche for most small business owners. It’s a way of life. With that in mind, Apple announced this week they have made it a little easier for the do-it-yourselfer at the top of all small business organization charts to put their shop on the map. Apple has launched a new portal for...continue reading … The post Apple Launches Maps Portal with Local Business Owner in Mind appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Custom Affinity: Find Your Display Ad Audience

    Jonathan Larkin
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    When running display ads, one of the most important paths to success is proper audience targeting. You can have the best banners, tag lines, and page position but still fail if you’re making bad targeting decisions. Audience targeting has undergone numerous overhauls in the search, display, and mobile spaces, and we now have a new AdWords-based...continue reading … The post Custom Affinity: Find Your Display Ad Audience appeared first on Dex Media.
  • What Small Business Saturday Means for Your Business

    Jim Shannon
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    November 29, 2014 marks the fifth year of the Small Business Saturday celebration. Sandwiched between the Black Friday feeding frenzy and the anonymous, monotonous mouse clicks of Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a financial force that continues to gain momentum. A grassroots movement, Small Business Saturday has become a cornerstone of local marketing as...continue reading … The post What Small Business Saturday Means for Your Business appeared first on Dex Media.
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  • Social Proof in Marketing

    Elliot Simmonds
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:25 am
    In a world where we are increasingly social and inter-connected, the concept of social proof in marketing has been talked about more and more. As a concept, social proof is one we all probably recognise. In short, it’s the phenomenon centered around the fact that individuals often do the things they see other individuals doing. Social Proof in Marketing Why does social proof marketing work? To some extent because we want to fit in (i.e. peer pressure), but in addition to this – particularly where purchasing decisions come in to play – we often believe that others are better informed…
  • Internal Linking In Websites

    Elliot Simmonds
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    We’ve been talking a lot of the Rippleout Blog recently about consumer psychology, and how important other people, and trying to understand them, is to a small business. However, whilst this is always really interesting, it’s also somewhat blue sky. So, for this week, we’re going to bring it a little bit closer to home and discuss internal linking within websites. Internal Linking In Websites – Don’t Make Your Visitors Search For The Information They Want Internal linking is one part of SEO over which you as a business owner (or just a website owner more generally) have…
  • The Psychology of Free Samples

    Elliot Simmonds
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    A couple of weeks ago in this blog we covered a concept called reciprocity – essentially, a common mental trait among humans which means we are prone to reciprocate gifts given to us, whether we expected to receive them or not. Normally, we’d leave this topic for a while, but it has recently been covered in detail in some of the more mainstream press, particularly in America, and so we’re going to dive a little deeper in to the psychology of free samples. {Tweet} The Psychology of Free Samples Some Benefits of Free Samples Whilst this article focuses largely on food, the general ideas…
  • The Anchoring Effect in Marketing

    Elliot Simmonds
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Use of the anchoring effect in marketing takes advantage of a flaw within the human mind which means we do not consider the value of an option based on its intrinsic value. Rather, we compare different offers against one another; we make decisions based on comparative values. In short, through the anchoring effect, we ‘anchor’ our decision making process to the surrounding situation, rather than thinking rationally to make the best decision overall. This has several applications in marketing which we will discuss here. {Tweet this} The Anchoring Effect in Marketing The Anchoring Effect in…
  • Reciprocity and Small Business Marketing

    Elliot Simmonds
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    Reciprocity is a potentially powerful tool in the marketing toolbox for any small business owner – it is something that affects the vast majority of people each and every day, but which is often overlooked by those without a basic knowledge of it. As such, we’ve created this short guide to reciprocity and small business marketing in order to explain the concept, and suggest some potential uses and pitfalls. {Share via Twitter} Reciprocity and Small Business Marketing What is Reciprocity? Reciprocity is a concept in psychology which suggests that, in the majority of people, there is a…
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    Small Business Pool

  • Q&A with Rahul Varshneya

    Small Business Pool
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am
    Q. What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur? A. My favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur is the fact that you truly define your success. You will grow as much as you really want to and that there’s no one else that controls your fate. Q. What do you feel is the major difference between entrepreneurs and those who work for someone else? A. Like I mentioned earlier, the biggest difference in my opinion is that Entrepreneurs get to define their own path to success. They go as far as they can imagine. Now one can argue the same for those who work for others, but those people…
  • Find a Mentor

    Small Business Pool
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    You might have the greatest start-up idea or have strong financial backing to kick-start your business, and to add to that, you might also have the knowledge and industry experience to get started on your entrepreneur journey, but ask yourself this: wouldn’t you rather ALSO have someone like a guide who could help you, or support you through the whole process of becoming a successful business owner? A good mentor is what you need! They help you think through the start-up phase with a more experienced outlook; suggest ways to do things the right way and sometimes also help you with…
  • Project Management Tools

    Small Business Pool
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:18 am
    Project management is the core functionality of any business or enterprise. In modern organizations, it is considered to be the highest responsibility task. Project management is used in any and all forms of projects, ranging from software development to developing hybrid robotic technologies. All project managers and teams use certain highly efficient tools to manage projects. These tools can be specifically designed tools or customized productivity tools that can be adopted for project management work. These tools help managers plan, manage and track their projects more effectively. Here is…
  • Customer Engagement is Key

    Small Business Pool
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:20 am