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  • 6 Elements Your Small Business Website Needs

    Small Biz Daily
    Rieva Lesonsky
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Omri Allouche When stressed for resources in both time and money, many small business owners are asking themselves whether they should invest in building a website. The answer is a resounding yes. According to a GE Capital Retail Bank study, 81 percent of consumers go online before heading out to the store. A business looking to attract customers must have an attractive website waiting for them on the web. But what is an attractive website? First and foremost, it is a website that speaks about what is special and unique in your business. Include these six essential elements in your small…
  • How to Grow a Site Into a Successful Venture With Just Content

    Entrepreneur
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Websites don't always require costly features, gimmicks or tricks to scale. Often it just comes down to good content.
  • 3 Ways to Tap Into the Most Powerful Content Tool Ever Created

    Content Marketing Institute
    Scott Aughtmon
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    In his book, Winning the Story Wars, Jonah Sachs suggests something shocking: He says that those who tell (and live) the best stories will rule the future. I am about to show you how one of the most cited financial works in the 20th century got its start as content marketing. Not only that, I will show you how it became famous because it tapped into a powerful content tool that Sachs talks about: stories. The book you didn’t know began as content marketing This tale begins when a man named George was born on November 7, 1874. He was pretty adventurous: In the 82 years he lived, he was…
  • How Small Businesses are Keeping Up with The Modern World

    onSMB
    Ivan Widjaya
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
    From the busy financial district of Wall Street to the […] The post How Small Businesses are Keeping Up with The Modern World appeared first on onSMB.
  • Grow Your Business With a SWOT Analysis

    Small Biz Daily
    Karen Axelton
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky Is it time to send in the SWOT team to help your small business? Not to be confused with SWAT, SWOT is a business growth tool in which you assess your company’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. After all, if you want to succeed, you need to have a realistic idea of what’s working for—and against—you. Recently, the CAN Capital inaugural Small Business Health Index survey polled small business owners to discover what they see as their biggest opportunities and threats in the coming year. Here’s what they found. Strengths: Small business owners are…
 
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    Fast Company

  • Amazon Fire Phone Review: Ambitious and Inventive, But a Version 1.0 Product

    Harry McCracken
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Even a company like Amazon can't build a fully competitive phone on its first tryIt's 2014. The dynamics of the smartphone business seem pretty well settled. The iPhone and handsets based on Google's Android have divvied up the market between them, leaving little room for underdog alternatives such as Windows Phone. Only a company of stratospheric ambition and audacity would arrive on the scene with a smartphone based on yet another new platform.Read Full Story
  • Google Announces $1 Million Engineering Challenge

    KC Ifeanyi
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    The task: Build a laptop-size power inverter.Google has $1 million with your name on it: All you have to do is prove you're nothing short of an engineering god.Read Full Story
  • The TSA Wants You To Redesign Its Slow Lines

    Ainsley O'Connell
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    TSA PreCheck, the fast-lane program for frequent travelers, is far from ready to justify its $85 price tag. Enter crowd-sourcing.The Transportation Security Administration has been proudly touting its TSA PreCheck program for months, promising low-risk travelers "expedited, more efficient security screening" in exchange for $85 and a background check. Too bad nobody bothered to design how the two-tier system would work in practice.Read Full Story
  • iTunes Is Irrelevant. Now What?

    John Brownlee
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    The beta release of iTunes 12 is as much of a mess as ever, but Apple doesn't think it's worth rebuilding.A tumorous coalescence of features added higgledy-piggledy over 13 years, iTunes is the definition of a Frankenstein app.Read Full Story
  • Museums And Heritage Sites In Syria Are Under Siege

    Ainsley O'Connell
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Experts are training locals to preserve and protect art and antiquities.The civil war devastating Syria and spilling into Iraq has claimed yet another casualty: museums and cultural heritage sites. As evidence of destruction mounts, the international community is moving to action. What we're doing is cultural triage.Read Full Story
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    VISANOW Global Immigration

  • The VISANOW Sales Team “Restarts” at iO Chicago

    Jake VanKersen
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    Way back in January, the VISANOW sales team had a kickoff to get ready for the year. With the first six months of this year in the rear view mirror and sights set on what lies ahead, the sales team took an afternoon to “restart.” The Sales Team Restarts As Vice President of Sales, Joseph Kim explains that he “wanted to give the Corporate Sales and Client Management teams an experience outside of the office to get away from the everyday grind. We all get into mid-year ruts. The ‘VISANOW Sales Restart’ day was meant to reenergize and refresh each team member so they can…
  • What is the Difference Between a B-1 and a B-2 Visitor Visa?

    Gabrielle Gottfried
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    Not sure if you should apply for a B-1 or B-2 Visitor visa? It all comes down to what you plan on doing while you are in the United States. The B-1 Visitor Visa If you are coming to the United States to do any kind of business-related activities, you are going to want to apply for the B-1 Visitor visa. Some of the most common “business-related” activities include: -       Negotiating or signing contracts. -       Purchasing business supplies. -       Attending a business meeting, exhibit, or convention. -       Settling an estate. -       Taking an exam held…
  • Here’s What Happened After The Senate Passed Immigration Reform…

    Gabrielle Gottfried
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:31 am
    It’s the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Senate passing S.744 aka Comprehensive Immigration Reform. From the Senate it moved right on to the U.S House of Representatives where…it just stalled. And while it sat stagnant in the House the political world was filled with activity around the issue of immigration reform. Here are the top five major events that have happened since the Senate passed immigration reform.  The Government Shutdown When House Republicans and Senate Democrats couldn’t agree on a budget, the U.S. government shut itself down.  The shutdown of the federal…
  • FWD.us Poll: Americans (Overwhelmingly) Want Immigration Reform

    Gabrielle Gottfried
    12 Jun 2014 | 9:07 am
    FWD.us has released a study revealing Hispanic and U.S. voter sentiment towards immigration reform.  The results are an overwhelming support from across the political spectrum to see immigration reform passed in order to fix a broken system. Here are 5 findings that we found extremely interesting regarding the Hispanic population in the U.S. and the U.S. voting population: Three-fourths of Hispanics would be more likely to listen to Republican ideas on other issues if they support immigration reform. If Republicans helped pass immigration reform, they could be heard more effectively by the…
  • Immigration Reform After Rep. Eric Cantor

    Jake VanKersen
    11 Jun 2014 | 1:42 pm
    In a defeat that stunned everybody, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) lost the primary election for his congressional seat in Virginia’s 7th District. This loss is noteworthy for a few reasons, one of which being the fact that Cantor is the House Majority Leader and the last time a sitting majority leader lost a primary was 1899. However, when it comes to immigration reform, Cantor’s loss is especially noteworthy… and troubling. Cantor is not known as a “adamant champion” of reform, and yet his Tea Party challenger, Dave Brat, used immigration as a key point of difference between the two of…
 
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    Small Business Labs

  • For Freelancers, It's All About Networks

    Steve
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    We've been involved in several recent studies that show the importance networks play for freelancers and other independent workers (independent consultants, contractors, self-employed, etc.). The chart below is from the Freelancers Union report How to Live the Freelance Life. It shows how freelancers turn to their network to find work, collaborate on projects, meet new people and stay on top of their industry.     Most of this was not a surprise to us. But we were surprised that over half of the respondents listed "help me stay sane" as being an important or…
  • Part-Timers, Labormetrics and the Just in Time Workforce

    Steve
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The New York Times article A Push to Give Steadier Shifts to Part-Timers covers the growing opposition to the practice of rrequiring workers to be “on call” at short notice or scheduling them for shifts and then sending them home if business looks light.  The issue is nonstandard work schedules makes life much more difficult, especially for those with children. Key quote: The actions reflect a growing national movement — fueled by women’s and labor groups — to curb practices that affect millions of families, like assigning just one or two days of work a week or requiring…
  • The Rise of Social Commerce Platforms

    Steve
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Chloe+Isabel is an online social jewelry retailer and they recently raised $15 million in venture funding. Their platform allows women to build online stores featuring their favorite Chloe + Isabel jewelry, then market them via on and offline social networks. Think Tupperware parties going digital. They are one of many companies creating social commerce platforms targeted at women. Other examples include Stella & Dot (jewelry and accessories), Ruby Ribbon (clothing). The business model of these firms is straight forward. It used to be called multi-level marketing, but that got a bit…
  • Bitcoin Gaining Funding, Market Momentum

    Steve
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    CoinDesk, an online site that covers the Bitcoin industry, released their State of Bitcoin Q2 2014 report. It shows that despite setbacks and negative press, the Bitcoin industry continues its rapid expansion. The chart below (from CoinDesk's report) shows their summary of the key things that happened Bitcoin wise in Q2. Also released recently was Business Insider's analysis of the amount of venture capital flowing into the Bitcoin industry. They point out it's similar to the amount of money raised by Internet startups in the mid- 1990s. Bitcoins are clearly gaining momentum and…
  • The Tiny House Movement

    Steve
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Bloomberg's Tiny Houses Big with U.S. Owners Seeking Economic Freedom covers the nascent tiny home movement. Homes are generally consider tiny if they are less than 500 square feet in total and they can be much smaller - as small as 100 square feet.  They're also called micro-homes and as the article points out, most industry analysts think there are only a few thousand in the U.S. In addition to freestanding micro homes, micro-apartments are also becoming more popular. Generally anything under 400 square feet is considered a micro-apartment and some cities - San…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Rant: Entrepreneurship, Dropouts, and Bad PR

    Tim Berry
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I was writing an email to these folks and I just stopped and deleted the draft. Why waste the time raising entrepreneurs I don’t even know. My complaint? I got to my office this morning after a few weeks elsewhere and found the results of a concentrated campaign for me to write about a certain entrepreneur and his startup. He’s all about how he’s so successful as a college dropout. I have one package containing a coffee mug with chocolate drops, and another with a copy of his book. Both contain a personalized letter from him, with what looks like a signature. Both contain business cards…
  • I Really Don’t Like All This Sh*t

    Tim Berry
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Some of the best and brightest, some of the most educated people I know, have decided that it’s cool to use the word “shit” to replace the old-fashioned words “things,” “stuff,” “work,” and so on. That’s too bad. Of course I remember “get your shit straight,” a phrase that’s as old as the golden age of hippies in the late 1960s. That was as common as “groovy” back in the day. So, millennials: you hate “groovy,” right? Yeah, that feels old to me too. And I’m old. But did you have to adopt shit?  But, damn! Google “do epic shit” and you’ll find a…
  • Where Business Wisdom and Life Intersect

    Tim Berry
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    This image, proving again that a picture is worth a thousand words (although, not, I’m told, for SEO purposes, but on well …). My thanks to Jordi Pedrol, who shared it where I saw it; and to whoever drew it (not me), and to the generations of sages who teach it. (Image: Jordi Pedrol via LinkedIn)
  • New Research on How to Motivate Your Employees

    Tim Berry
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:44 am
    Motivating employees is case by case How to motivate employees? According to new research, messages from on high need to be more abstract and less details. And messages from immediate supervisors need to be more concrete. Here’s the summary: In particular, they found that the right message from the right person — a concrete call to action from a leader close to a follower and an abstract message from a leader hierarchically distant from a follower — elicited a stronger commitment and willingness to take action. Their studies also proved the opposite was true, that when distant leaders…
  • 3 Things Never to Tell an Entrepreneur About her/his Spouse

    Tim Berry
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:32 pm
    I just read 7 Things Never to Tell Your Spouse About Business Finances, posted by Barry Molz on Amex OPEN forum. I like Barry and I like his work.  I’ve been on his podcast before and it was great. But his tone of voice in this post makes me uncomfortable. If you’re curious, compare Barry’s tone in that post to mine in some of my (somewhat confessional) posts on me and my wife and entrepreneurship: My biggest startup boost, for example; or this true story on relationships vs. new business. And yes, my wife and I have been married 44 years, in a relationship that has survived years of…
 
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    Copyblogger

  • Beyond Niches: Tap Into This Psychological Driver to Create the Ultimate Message

    Demian Farnworth
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The number of blog posts published every day is absurd. Let’s just say it exceeds the population of the four largest countries in the world and be done with it. Maybe that’s true and maybe it isn’t. The point is — and we all know it — the volume of written content online is overwhelming. And let’s not forget about other media: videos, podcasts, Google+ Hangouts, photographs, etc. Shock is one way to describe our reaction to the tonnage dumped each day. Despair is another — especially for content producers who want to find an audience. The…
  • Case Study: How One Veteran’s Podcast Built a Million-Dollar Business

    Beth Hayden
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    After spending many years in traditional career fields — including real estate, finance, and eight years as an Army Officer — John Lee Dumas still felt unfulfilled. He couldn’t shake the feeling that his real calling was still out there — that there must be a way for him to feel excited to go to work every day. He took a leap of faith and launched an interview-based business podcast called EntrepreneurOnFire. Within its first few months, the podcast became a top-ranked iTunes business podcast and earned a coveted spot on the “Best of iTunes” list. The podcast…
  • 5 Subtle Writing Strategies That Drive Email Signups

    Ramsay Taplin
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Email subscribers are your protection from Google. Even Brian Clark agrees with me on that one. Your email list is a group of readers who have chosen to get information from you. They want to hear from you, and you want a large email list that is full of potential clients or customers. But how do you gain more email subscribers? You already have so many ongoing content marketing tasks. When it comes to growing your email list, which methods work and which ones are a waste of time? In this post, I’m going to share five writing strategies I use on my blogs and online advertising campaigns…
  • No Blog Traffic? Here’s a Simple Strategy to Seduce Readers and Win Clients

    Henneke
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You sit down at your desk. You start your computer. You check Google Analytics and your email provider dashboard. A deep sigh escapes from your soul. Why is your number of email subscribers still so low? Why aren’t readers flocking to your blog? And when will those business inquiries finally arrive? We all know that blogging is hard work, but what should you do when your efforts don’t seem to pay off? Should you cross your fingers and keep plugging away? Hope that your readership will snowball? Pray that business inquiries will soon flood your inbox? You need a new blog strategy, not…
  • Pamela Wilson Is Now Working With the Copyblogger Team

    Sonia Simone
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    I am so pleased to announce that Pamela Wilson is going to be working with the Copyblogger Media team on some cool new projects. You may know Pamela from her many Copyblogger posts, or from her business, Big Brand System, where she gives out lots of great business and design advice to help business owners look more professional, cohesive, and successful. She’s an award-winning graphic designer and marketing consultant who’s been helping small businesses and large organizations create “big brands” since 1987. Pamela also has a real gift for taking complex marketing tasks and…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Summertime Logo Fun

    Mike
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Summertime, right? Business tends to slow, strategy meetings are put aside in favor of ling weekends and early-dismissal Fridays. Vacations crowd the schedule, choices have to be made about which music festivals to attend, the grill and that beautiful whole snapper await and, frankly, our focus gets a bit soft. Between the chilled cocktails and the (please pass the) guacamole we find it a bit hard to concentrate. So what better time to take a few minutes for a bit of business fun, right? And what could be more fun than looking at a few great logos and deciphering the meaning hidden in each…
  • Small Business and Startups: 7 Habits of Me

    Mike
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Steven Covey started it all with his seminal book, “7 Habits of Effective People.” His work has spawned hundreds of blog posts – a quick search turns up the “21 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs,” and the “7 Habits of Effective Managers,”  even the “10 Habits of Happy Mothers.” All of this exploration of habits and success, habits and effectiveness, habits and happiness led me to ask myself: “Self, I ask, what are your habits? Are they effective? Do they lead to my own success and happiness?” “Hmmm,” I answer,…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #229 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The image above is from a very interesting deconstruction of the impact Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi has on the teams for which he plays. Today, Messi is generally considered to be the top soccer player in the world. Amazingly,…
  • Small Business and Problem-solving: Take a Walk

    Mike
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Sometimes I wake up in the night thinking about my company. On occasion it can be difficult to get back to sleep, especially when some recently wrestled-with and unresolved issue is nagging at me. My mind gets stuck on a problem or a question and sleep can be elusive from that point forward. I think this is a fairly common phenomenon for small business owners and many have  told me they experience the same problem. I just returned from a 2-week vacation, which was greatly appreciated luxury. I visited places I had never been, experienced a culture that was brand-new to me, saw art and…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #228 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:21 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The image was taken during the filming of the movie Titanic. Although much of the movie is set on the ocean, the “ocean” the actors jump into is just a giant, 3 feet deep pool. More strange and mind blowing movie facts in the…
 
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    The Franchise King®

  • Franchise Professionals: Nominate Your Peers For This Award

    The Franchise King®
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Nominations are now open for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards, and this year, I’m looking to get even more of the franchise community involved. Remember back in 2012, when Dina Dwyer-Owens, Chairwoman and CEO of The Dwyer Group, was named a Top 100 Champion during the 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards in New York City? I do, I was there to congratulate her. What franchisors, or franchise professionals, will be up on stage this year?   Franchise Professionals: Nominate Your Peers For This Award This is your chance, fellow franchise professionals, to nominate the most…
  • Working With A Franchise Broker: Only One?

    The Franchise King®
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    If you’re thinking about working with a franchise broker to assist you in finding a franchise to own, I’d like to offer you some useful tips you can use. Would you like to know why I’m doing this? Keep reading.     I Was A Franchise Broker That’s right: I’m a former franchise broker. I know how brokers work. And, if you’ve been a subscriber to my VIP Newsletter and/or to this franchise blog for a while, you know how I roll. Roll: I provide straightforward, no-spin information and advice on all aspects of franchising. So, if you want to learn how…
  • Why Is LeBron James Opening 10 Pizza Franchises in South Florida?

    The Franchise King®
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    Cleveland basketball fans may now have another reason to feel paranoid today. That’s because Lebron James is buying a pizza franchise -10 of them, actually…and opening them up in South Florida. South. Florida. That’s where King James decided to “take his talents” 4 short years ago. And, now that’s where he’s investing a teeny-tiny portion of his money.   Which Pizza Franchise Is LeBron Investing In? Have you ever heard of Blaze Pizza? Me either. Until now. From their website: “Exceptional quality at lightning fast speed is what we’re…
  • The Top 50 Franchises From Another Country

    The Franchise King®
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
      Top Franchise Lists There are: Top 50 franchise lists. Top 100 franchise lists. Top 500 franchise lists. Even lists of the top 10 franchises. My point: There are certainly lots of lists these days. It can be hard to figure out what’s what with some of them.   Are Franchise Lists Important? Yes and no. Yes, because they can serve as a good starting point if you’re at the beginning of your franchise opportunity search. No, because not all of them will be a fit for you-and what your vision of a franchise of your own may be. Does that make sense? There’s one more…
  • Pizza Franchise War In Australia May Hit U.S. Shores

    The Franchise King®
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Pepperoni. Mushrooms. And, for those who like it hot-how about some Banana peppers? What do you like on your pizza? More importantly, how cheap do you want it?   Pizza Franchise War In Australia May Hit U.S. Shores That’s right: A price war between pizza franchises in Australia has been brewing baking for a while in Australia for a while. And, soon, U.S. pizza lovers could benefit from it. Keep reading.   The Federal Supreme Court The Federal Supreme Court (in Australia) has just ruled in favour of cheaper pizza. (Notice how the word “favor” is spelled.
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    800 CEO Read

  • How Not To Be Wrong

    Michael
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    TweetI must preface this review by letting you know that I am not the kind of person inclined to read a book about mathematics. I have very little background in math—if I remember correctly, my undergraduate education required two courses. Despite my typically non-mathematical disposition, How Not To Be Wrong called to me from the shelf. “When am I going to use this?” This is the quintessential complaint-cum-question from elementary school students the world over. It is also the introduction to Jordan Ellenberg’s new book dedicated to explaining exactly when and how we can and do use…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Intel Trinity

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Tweet The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company by Michael S. Malone, Harper Business, 560 page, $34.99, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9780062226761 The Mark Zuckerbergs and Steve Jobs of the world have received an enormous share of the past decade’s business and cultural limelight, and with good reason: they, along with a growing number of Silicon Valley tech innovators, have altered how we as individuals exist within a larger cultural context, how we gather and digest information, and how we interact with one another. Often…
  • Jack Covert Selects – How the World Sees You

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Tweet How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination by Sally Hogshead, HarperBusiness, 428 pages, $29.99, Hardcover, ISBN 9780062230690, July 2014 The massive amount of research that went into Sally Hogshead’s new book, How the World Sees You, is staggering. For the past decade, she’s been scouring books and source materials, conducting polls and surveys with hundreds of thousands of people, and working with teams in the real world social labs of companies like AT&T, General Electric, and Cisco to discover how fascination works in both the…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Alliance

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    Tweet The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, Chris Yeh, Harvard Business Review Press, 193 pages, $25.00, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9781625275776 As I read The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age, I wondered if I was really the right person to be reviewing this book. In the first few pages, I learn that referring to your company as a “family” isn’t appropriate; and that the assumed employee/employer fidelity founded on a sort of professional monogamy is archaic. (“It’s just business” has become the ruling philosophy. The…
  • Thinker in Residence – John Hope Bryant on Business and Books

    dylan
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Tweet “It’s not like we delivered ‘the memo’ and poor, working class and middle class folks flubbed it and failed the test. We were simply never given the memo.” ~John Hope Bryant Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, spoke of the Declaration of Independence as a promissory note “to which every American was to fall heir.” This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. He went on to say that…
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    SmallBizTechnology

  • Summer Is Here. Sales Are Down. 7 Cool Ideas To Heat Up Summer Sales #OwnYourSummer

    Ramon Ray
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    For many businesses, summer is traditionally a slow month. The heat slows our bodies down (I guess that impacts sales), folks are focused on going away for an annual vacation, children are home from school and people want to leave their offices early and have FUN! While some businesses thrive during the summer, others dread the 3 months of heat, beach and vacations because their customers attention is even more distracted then it might usually be. There’s several things you can do to turn up summer sales and look FORWARD to the summer month. Check out Infusionsoft’s “Own…
  • Why Every Business Needs External Storage – Collaboration, Backup, Save Money. (Video Interview)

    Ramon Ray
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve used external storage devices for years – plugging them directly into my computer and more recently attaching them directly to my network. Seagate recently launched a new line of external storage devices which make it easier to leverage external storage in your business. These new drives provide a much easier interface and enable you to easily use your drive how you see fit. While Seagate is not going to get rid of Dropbox and other online storage solutions, Seagates new drives do enable you to easily share files with others – just as easy as you can do with an online…
  • 9 Simple and Free Tech Support Tips For Your Office (Tip 3: Chrome Can Help You Access A PC Remotely)

    Ramon Ray
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Bobbi Dangerfield, Dell’s head of customer experience, shares her insight on how small businesses can have an awesome tech experience. 1.    Take advantage of the diagnostic tools available on your employees’ systems and on the internet – for example, Dell provides diagnostics online in the form of Dell PC Diagnostics. If there’s something wrong with your Dell system, you can run this and organize a part dispatch without having to pick up the phone. 2.    If you have employees based in a satellite office or work with freelancers, try using a remote desktop session to fix…
  • 9 Things Your Company Should Do Before Switching Email Service Providers

    Young Entrepreneur Council
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    What’s your best tip for switching email service providers for your company? The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. 1. Make Sure Your Data Migrates When it comes to switching email service providers, the most frustrating thing can be when your data doesn’t migrate, or when your email client doesn’t immediately recognize…
  • The 6 Best SaaS Solutions for Scheduling Business Appointments

    Young Entrepreneur Council
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    What is your favorite SaaS solution for scheduling appointments or phone calls easily? The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. 1. AppointmentCore We just started using AppointmentCore to automate our appointment scheduling. We love how it integrates with Infusionsoft, GoToMeeting and Google Calendar. Highly recommended! - Pete Kennedy,…
 
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    Small Business Trends

  • Ease Your Workers’ Financial Worries with Health Care Benefits

    Tom Giddens
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Over the past year, small-business owners made careful financial decisions about hiring and compensation, which are likely to result in maintaining or growing sales in the year ahead. Some employees, on the other hand, have not been as strategic with their finances as their employer. The 2014 Aflac WorkForces Report found that 56 percent of employees don’t have a financial plan in place to help them achieve financial goals and prepare for unexpected challenges or events. And only 25 percent of employees completely or strongly agreed their families are financially prepared for an unexpected…
  • What Is the Best Time to Send Marketing Emails?

    Annie Pilon
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Email marketing can be a powerful tool for small businesses. And it seems easy enough – create content, send to your email list. But there are actually more things to consider if you want to get the most out of your email marketing efforts. One of the things you can do is send out emails at a time that is optimized for your target audience. To do this, you need to first decide who your target audience is. And then you need to figure out when those people are most likely to read their emails. Luckily, MailChimp’s Chief Data Scientist John Foreman recently shared some insights about the…
  • Moovd: Create Video in Two Minutes — With Some Tweaking

    Joshua Sophy
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    A lot of big companies have produced attention-grabbing ads using only text. Some have even plunked down millions to run these ads during big TV events, like the Super Bowl. (Think back to  T-Mobile’s text-only “We Killed The Long Term Contract” ad from the 2014 Super Bowl, for example!) Si Gornick knows that small business owners don’t have that kind of marketing budget … not even close. That’s part of the reason he created Moovd. Moovd is a browser-based “kinetic typography” generator that you can use to create a similar ad or other…
  • Our Best Tips for Marketing Your Business on Facebook

    Shawn Hessinger
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    If your business uses a Facebook Page for promotion, there’s a lot more to maintaining your presence on the site than just posting updates. Maintaining a good Facebook Page includes engaging with the public, responding to comments from your followers, and keeping the site updated with current information. There are caveats to these rules, too, of course. How can you maximize Facebook for your business? Here are some articles that Small Business Trends has created on the topic. Hopefully, these will be resources for your small business while maximizing Facebook as a marketing and…
  • Camp GLP Combines Summer Camp and Small Biz Accelerator

    Annie Pilon
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Imagine an event that’s one part summer camp and one part small biz and personal growth accelerator. The result is Camp GLP, Sept. 11-14, 2014 an event designed to help small business owners and entrepreneurs take their efforts to the next level. Think of it as summer camp for adults. The camp’s founder Jonathan Fields explained in an email interview with Small Business Trends: “We wanted to create a way for entrepreneurs, makers and aspiring world-shakers to step out of their everyday reality, reconnect with people who are going through similar journeys, rediscover play and nature,…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Where's your bumper?

    Seth Godin
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    If you spend just a few minutes listening to a great radio station, you'll know it's them. They've worked hard to make sure that the promos they run sound unique and welcome and friendly. You're home. People in radio call these little promo moments, "bumpers." Now that we're all in the media business, we can have them too. During their glory days, MTV understood this. Anyone could run music videos, of course, but the promos, the little in-between shorts, those could only belong to one network. Many listeners to Sirius/XM recoil when they hear the incessant bumpers that run on channels devoted…
  • Finding your peer group

    Seth Godin
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:53 am
    Your peer group are people with similar dreams, goals and worldviews. They are people who will push you in exchange for being pushed, who will raise the bar and tell you the truth. They're not in your business, but they're in your shoes. Finding a peer group and working with them, intentionally and on a regular schedule, might be the single biggest boost your career can experience.        
  • Go first

    Seth Godin
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    Before you're asked. Before she asks for the memo, before the customer asks for a refund, before your co-worker asks for help. Volunteer. Offer. Imagine what the other person needs, an exercise in empathy that might become a habit.        
  • Two new videos

    Seth Godin
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    No content online is 'rare', but here are two presentations you might not have seen before: ...from the Maker Faire, and here's a speech I did last year at Nearly Impossible in Brooklyn: Seth Godin | Nearly Impossible 2013 from Nearly Impossible on Vimeo.        
  • Weight thrown and the slippery slope

    Seth Godin
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Sometimes it's fun or profitable to throw your weight around, to get customers or partners or students or the media or even local government agencies to do what you need them to do. Inevitably, weight throwers come to a fork in the road: Are you doing this to get people to do what's good for them or what's good for you When a teacher uses her power to get students to study (not in their short-term interest, at least not right now), she's doing them a service. When a retailer or manufacturer uses purchasing power and scale to bring a product to market that people weren't expecting, it's…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • Weekend Favs July Nineteen

    John Jantsch
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    Weekend Favs July Nineteen written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week. I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you check them out if they sound interesting. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from Flickr or one that I took out there on the road. Part of my presentation at World Domination Summit Good stuff I found this week: Briefmetrics – Weekly email report for your Google Analytics…
  • SEO Blended Copy: Dos and Don’ts for Boosting Your Website’s Organic Discoverability

    Guest Post
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    SEO Blended Copy: Dos and Don’ts for Boosting Your Website’s Organic Discoverability 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 Maria Orozova – Enjoy! These days, it’s all about organic: organic produce, organic pressed-juice, holistic baby diapers made from all-organic materials – the list goes on. So, it should come as no shock the role that organic SEO plays in your website’s discoverability, even over paid alternatives like pay-per-click.
  • Using Forums to Market New Products and Services to Existing Customers

    Guest Post
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    Using Forums to Market New Products and Services to Existing 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 Patrick Clinger – Enjoy! Businesses of all stripes are always looking for new customers to buy their products or services. However, sometimes businesses ignore the best place to look for new sales:  through customers who have already purchased products and services in the past.  Tapping into your existing customers to boost your sales is smart…
  • How to Incorporate Brand Advocates into Your Marketing Strategy

    Guest Post
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    How to Incorporate Brand Advocates into Your Marketing Strategy 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 Holly Cordner– Enjoy! photo credit: Intersection Consulting via photopin cc When asked about how and why they make purchases, most people say that reviews and recommendations play a major role. That holds true even in the B2B marketplace—according to one study, 60 percent of B2B tech buyers look at peer reviews before making buying decisions. This…
  • The Secret to Getting Much More Done

    John Jantsch
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    The Secret to Getting Much More Done written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Mostly I write about marketing and running a business, but I’ve sometimes strayed into writing about the fact that running a business takes figuring out how to get lots done every single day. Time seems to be the most precious resource of all when it comes to get things done, but I contend it’s managing energy is more important that trying to manage time. See, the thing about time is that you can’t control it any way really – you can’t…
 
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • How to make water, pushpins, and Boring remarkable

    Andy Sernovitz
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a post from our WordofMouth.org project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. It’s easy to feel like the underdog out there sometimes. Maybe you can’t afford that store space in the cool part of town, maybe it’s hard for your product to stand out, or maybe you have a name like Boring. Whatever your obstacle, you can make your stuff more remarkable with a little ingenuity. Here are three word of mouth strategies that turned underdog situations into word of mouth opportunities: 1. Make a scene 2. Make a partnership 3. Make it…
  • Newsletter #997: The “Make It Ugly” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    17 Jul 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.] The race to make the flashiest, most impressive, and most beautiful is a crowded one. Sometimes it’s worth it to make something great — but sometimes, doing the opposite can help you stand out. Here are a few examples to inspire you: 1. Compete with personality 2. Try lots of different things 3. Make it one-of-a-kind 4. Check it out: Fly Art 1. Compete with personality For crowd-funded…
  • Why useful is remarkable

    Andy Sernovitz
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a post from our WordofMouth.org project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. We love viral stunts and funny ads as much as the next person. But there’s a more sustainable way to get your customers to talk about you that earns word of mouth for the long term. Here are three ways to do something so useful your customers can’t help but talk about it: 1. Make recommendations 2. Do more than say “thanks” 3. Make the small details count 1. Make recommendations When you check out at Barnes & Noble, they give you a list of…
  • Newsletter #996: The “Your Customers are Innovators” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    10 Jul 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.] Paying attention to your customers’ feedback, criticisms, and compliments isn’t enough. You could be missing something even more remarkable: the innovative ways they can promote your stuff. Here are three examples of when companies were inspired by their customers: 1. Show them off 2. Make them feel special 3. Focus on specific groups 4. Check it out: London’s historic paintings…
  • Turn business trips into word of mouth trips

    Andy Sernovitz
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a post from our WordofMouth.org project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. You don’t have to have a physical store to get out there, meet your fans, and earn word of mouth face-to-face. But you also don’t have to hold a big, expensive event to do it. When a team from Pinterest went to South by Southwest in Austin, they didn’t fly from San Francisco. Instead they drove a rented Winnebago on a massive road trip, stopping along the way to meet their fans. That way, they turned something they were already doing —…
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    The Get Smart Blog

  • World Cup 2014 Social Media Recap

    Bridget Ayers
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Not only was the 2014 World Cup exhilarating for players and die-hard fans, but by the numbers, this sporting event was exciting people all through the Facebook- and Twitter-spheres.   According to Twitter data, the World Cup final game set new records: 618,725 tweets were sent every minute, discussing the match 32.1M World Cup tweets were sent during the final match in total, down significantly from Germany’s shocking 7-1 victory against Brazil, which with 35.6M tweets during the shocking Germany vs. Brazil game, where Germany pulled a victory of 7-1, remains Twitter’s most…
  • What To Know About WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

    Bridget Ayers
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    If you are considering using WordPress for your next website or blog, you should know whether you want to use WordPress.com or WordPress.org. What is WordPress? WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that people all over the world use to power their blogs and websites. WordPress launched in 2003 and since then has grown to be a dominating force on the web. WordPress was used by more than 22.0% of the top 10 million websites as of August 2013! [Source] See Also: How To Increase Your Blog Traffic With Twitter WordPress.com vs WordPress.org So what is the difference between…
  • The Best Smartwatch on the Market

    Bridget Ayers
    4 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    With so many smartwatches on the market, it can be hard to find to answer that burning question: What’s the best smartwatch on the market? While there are many different needs and opinions on wearable tech, these smartwatches have caused buzz for what’s available on the market now. Pebble Steel [image] One of the best-looking smartwatches on the market, the Pebble Steel still reigns as the best smartwatch on the market. In appearance, it doesn’t scream “smartwatch!” with a techie look, but rather has a more traditional, upgraded look that comes with both a metal and a leather…
  • How to Use Google Fonts in WordPress with a Plugin

    Bridget Ayers
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    When we are using WordPress, most of us are looking to create a site that is visually appealing and interesting, as well as easy to use without the difficult of having to delve into the coding side to gain this great web design. The Google Fonts WordPress Plugin now makes this possible and quite simple with a bit of work with Font Manager and with just a few clicks.   Google Fonts Plugin Features You have over 600 fonts to choose from. You can preview your Google Fonts without refreshing the page right in the WordPress Customizer. This plugin automatically enqueues all stylesheets for…
  • Slingshot: The New App from Facebook

    Bridget Ayers
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Facebook Creative Labs recently released a new app called Slingshot, which follows Paper to mark the second Facebook app released to date. Slingshot mimics the idea behind Snapchat, as it also offers temporary photos and videos; however, Facebook had to put a distinctive mark on its new app, so Slingshot adds this twist: in order to view incoming messages, you must first send something back to the friend who sent it to you. See also: Facebook Pages Update: Coming to a business near you On the Slingshot blog, “Introducing Slingshot“ states that the development team wanted to…
 
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Why we don't speak up at work

    Claire Lew
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    A few weeks ago, a friend told me he was thinking about quitting his job. He said it was because of communication breakdowns between him and his boss. Small moments of poor communication had snowballed into a deeper, gnawing frustration for my friend. I asked if he’d mentioned these moments to his boss. Maybe his boss had no idea these were problems in the first place. My friend acknowledged that this was most-likely true. But then he said this: “Even if I did speak up, I don’t think anything would change.” His words struck me. I had almost forgotten – I had felt the exact same way…
  • The Distance goes tiki

    Wailin Wong
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    I first noticed the Hala Kahiki about a year ago driving north on River Road through the Chicago suburb of River Grove. I glanced at its colorful exterior and quirky signage and wondered, “What’s the story there?” The wonderful thing about journalism is that it’s a professional excuse to be nosy. I contacted the bar owner, Jim Oppedisano, et voilà! Our newest story for The Distance takes you inside the Hala Kahiki, a tiki bar established nearly 50 years ago by a family that’s never traveled west of California. One of the many fascinating things about the Hala Kahiki is that its…
  • Contest: Two Free 3-Day Passes to Pitchfork Music Festival

    Jamie
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Our friends (and Basecamp customers) at Pitchfork Media are bringing the Pitchfork Music Festival back to Union Park in Chicago this July 18–20. They use Basecamp to plan and organize the entire event, and we’re giving away two pairs of 3-day passes to the festival to celebrate! How do you enter? Tweet a lyric, song title, album name, or artist related to “Basecamp”. Add the hashtag #basecampmusic. Here’s an example: Ace of Basecamp, The Sign-off. #basecampmusic— asianmack (@asianmack) July 7, 2014 When is the contest over? We’ll be watching the…
  • Talking with a UbiDuo

    Jason Fried
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:15 am
    A few weeks ago I spoke at Inc’s GROWCO conference in Nashville. After my talk, I had a scheduled book signing over in the conference bookstore area. Most people came up, said hi, chatted a bit, bought a book, shook hands, and then moved on. But one guy came up, put a laptop-like device on the table, unhinged it, spun one side around to me, flipped up a little screen, and then did the same on his side with his half of the device. It took about 10 seconds to set up. Then he started typing. The screen was split in two horizontally. At the top was what he was typing. On the bottom was what…
  • Crossing Streams

    Jamie
    3 Jun 2014 | 9:06 am
    When I switched to Android a few years ago, I promised myself this: I’d switch back the minute Apple added smart notifications, app data sharing, widgets, and a better keyboard to iOS. Apple’s WWDC keynote yesterday was exciting. Craig Federighi is super awesome (I wanna hang out with him). iOS is finally getting the Android features I love. Yesterday I was ready to switch back, but now I’m not so sure. Some iOS fans have pointed to Google’s Android as being a poor copy—thermonuclear theft. On the surface there are similarities, but conceptually Android started from…
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    Small Biz Survival

  • 7 Strengths of Small Town Businesses #5: More knowledgeable

    Becky McCray
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    7 Biggest Strengths of Local Shops And how you can build on them. Remember the 7 Weaknesses of Local Shops? They were crazy popular because they touched a nerve. I acknowledged that some of our local businesses really need to step up to earn business today. This series is the flip side of that idea. Small town stores have strengths, too. Our best local shops know a lot about customer service and community, and every business would be wise to learn from our strengths. Strength 1: Get to know you.  Strength 5: More knowledgeable. We have the luxury of educating customers, knowing that if they…
  • Brag Basket for July 18

    Becky McCray
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Photo by Naama ym on Flickr. The Brag Basket is open! This one is for July 11-13, 2014. Orange you glad I didn’t make a pun in the headline this week? ;) What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your brag there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your brag. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a…
  • The Little Things Can Derail Your Marketing

    Glenn Muske
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Derailed train (CC) RJP, on FlickrWhen you think of marketing for your small business, have you thought about the little things that might undo your major efforts? It may seem a little crazy or even funny that small things might make a major advertising campaign ineffective. Yet think about how you react to what some might call the little things. An example of a little thing is how you dress when you are not at work. Remember, reputations are formed not just where you work but anytime you come into contact with your current or future customers. However, your reputation goes beyond your…
  • 7 Strengths of Small Town Businesses #4: More flexible

    Becky McCray
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    7 Biggest Strengths of Local Shops And how you can build on them. Remember the 7 Weaknesses of Local Shops? They were crazy popular because they touched a nerve. I acknowledged that some of our local businesses really need to step up to earn business today. This series is the flip side of that idea. Small town stores have strengths, too. Our best local shops know a lot about customer service and community, and every business would be wise to learn from our strengths. Strength 4: More flexible. Maybe this was a secret, but small town businesses have the luxury of presuming people are…
  • In the Brag Basket, success tastes sweet

    Becky McCray
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Photo by Damian Gadal on Flickr. The Brag Basket is open! This one is for July 11-13, 2014. Grab a sweet berry and enjoy while sharing everyone’s good news. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your brag there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your brag. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a…
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    Marketing Practice

  • Revotron : The 3 in 1 engine

    Harish B
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    Brand : RevotronCompany : Tata MotorsBrand Analysis Count : # 544Revotron is the new hope of Tata Motors. Tata Motors which once was the number 2 in the Indian car market, is now finding it difficult to be in the top 5 thanks to the nagging quality issues coupled with a negative brand perception. This brand is another example of  ingredient branding.But Tatas are known for its resilience and Revotron is the result of a serious introspection and investment in developing an indigenous petrol engine with global standards. And from the media reports , Tata Motors have managed to live up to…
  • Choco Moonz : Not Only But Also

    Harish B
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:27 am
    Brand : Choco MoonzCompany : Perfetti VanMelleBrand Analysis Count : # 543Cadbury Shots now has a competition. Perfetti has launched its version of Shots branded as Choco Moonz. The new product has the same form factor as Shots but the difference is that Moonz has almonds inside it. Cadbury Shots has been a very successful product for Cadbury. It gained almost 3% value share within a year of its launch. The smart pricing and a very good campaign propelled the popularity of the brand. The brand's tagline " Man Main Laddu " has become a part of the lingo.Every successful product attracts…
  • Market Stat : Ice cream market

    Harish B
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:34 am
    According to a report in Outlook Business, Indian Icecream market is worth Rs 3620 crore and premium segment constitutes 10% of this market.The percapita consumption in India is 250 ml while that of US is 20 litre in a year.Amul leads the market with 30.5 % share and HUL 's Walls with 20.7 % . According to the report the market is growing at 15-20% each year and is expected to double in the next four years. That means the market will be Rs 5330 crore in 2018  
  • Brand Update : Maggi with Madhuri wants to make pursuit of health enjoyable

    Harish B
    22 Jun 2014 | 8:12 am
    In the latest campaign for Maggi Atta Noodles, Nestle has roped in Madhuri Dixit as the celebrity. The new ad promises Maggi to be healthy and enjoyable- which has been the brand promise for years.watch the ad here : Maggi with MadhuriAccording to media reports, the brand wants to make health enjoyable. The reports suggest that often kids view the pursuit of health to be boring. ( source ) and increasingly kids stay inside immersed in video games and playstations ( certain sections of course ) .Hence the brand took the proposition - health ko mazedaar banao ( make health enjoyable ) as the…
  • Brand Update : Orient Electricals rebrands to Orient Electric for a bigger market play

    Harish B
    19 Jun 2014 | 4:58 am
    In a significant move, Orient Electricals has rebranded itself to Orient Electric. In the new avatar, the brand aims to be a significant player in the Rs 5200 crore Indian home appliances market. Orient - a brand from CK Birla group is a major player in the electric fan category. The Rs 642 crore brand now is spreading its wings to a much broader market play.Orient is a well known brand in the fan category. But that itself can be a limitation for a brand which is aiming to be relevant to other categories as well. Hence Orient decided to rebrand itself so that it could endorse a wider array of…
 
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    Mobile Marketing Watch

  • MMW Interview: Marketers Making Mobile Optimization a Higher Priority

    Michael Essany
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This week, MMW sat down with Marc Poirier, Co-Founder and EVP of Business Development at Acquisio,  for an exclusive interview to discuss the happenings and emerging trends in marketing today. MMW:  Forbes jokingly called this the “third annual year of mobile,” why is 2014 really the year for marketers to make changes for mobile optimization?  Marc:    Mobile has been a buzzword for three years, especially for search marketers because search is the fastest growing channel within mobile marketing. Before 2014 mobile was a hot topic because it was new and search marketers were just…
  • Yahoo Earns ‘Flurry’ of Headlines After Latest Acquisition

    MikeR
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Yahoo and Flurry are now one. On Monday, Yahoo announced that the two companies will merge with Yahoo acquiring the analytics giant for an estimated $200 million. “Analytics are critical for all mobile developers to understand and optimize their applications,” a statement from Yahoo reads. “Yahoo and Flurry are reinvesting in developers and continuing to build great analytics products. The combined scale of the two companies will accelerate revenue growth for thousands of developers and publishers across the mobile ecosystem.” In addition, the statement continues, the…
  • Turning Emails into Powerful Branding Tools

    Michael Essany
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    When it comes to email, most marketers would love it if the people on their email list look forward with bated breath to opening every email that they sent. Of course we all know that this isn’t exactly true. In fact, it’s usually just the opposite, explains Laura Walsh, a Digital Marketing Coordinator at Keystone Click in a recent commentary. That being said, whether or not people are climbing over each other to open your emails doesn’t mean that you can’t still use them to brand your business. Email remains one of the best ways to brand your company, even in the face of stiff…
  • Gartner Says the Business Consumer Requires a Digital Workplace

    ChristaH
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    According to a new report from Gartner, the world’s IT leaders “have a significant opportunity” to contribute to the business by creating what Gartner calls a more flexible work environment that accommodates the needs of the business consumer. In short, it’s all about going digital as fast as humanly possible. “Starting with the rise of PCs and the internet era, users have a greater influence on IT strategy and we are currently witnessing the rise of what Gartner calls the “business consumer” — an employee for whom business activities are one part…
  • Done Deal: Facebook Now Owns Oculus

    MikeR
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus is now complete. On Monday, Facebook’s purchase of the virtual reality pioneer was, as anticipated, approved by regulators. According to details coming to light in the last 24 hours, the price of the acquisition clocked in at $2,001,985,000. So what’s next for Facebook and its newest addition? Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg provided some direction back in March when the purchase was initially announced. “Our mission is to make the world more open and connected For the past few years, this has mostly meant building mobile apps that…
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    Branding Strategy Insider

  • Brands Must Proactively Build Systems Of Trust

    Walker Smith
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    As any banker will tell you, the moment a bank is forced to ask depositors for trust is the very moment at which, for all practical purposes, that bank becomes insolvent. A run is sure to ensue. Nobody wants their money in a bank with even the slightest chance of losing it. The mere mention of trust spooks people. Financial regulators know this. Saving banks from having to ask for trust is one of the main purposes of deposit insurance. Government guarantees that all account losses will be made whole give troubled banks a turnaround chance they wouldn’t get if they had to ask customers…
  • Retail Brand Strategy: Role Of The Flagship Store

    Mark Di Somma
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    As the downtown areas of major metropolitans reclaim popularity and no small element of retail cool amongst the citerati, more and more globally scaled brands are scaling up their physical presence with impressive and expensive flagship stores that literally showcase who they are and what they have to offer. It’s tempting to see these stores as shops. Yes, they often provide a shopping function (which in itself differentiates them from pure-play concept stores) but the best flagships add a new dimension of physicality to a brand. They define in materials, aesthetics and by location how a…
  • Brands Must Know The Scales And Values Of Talk

    Mark Di Somma
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    “Everybody’s talking at me. I don’t hear a word they’re saying,” observed Harry Nilsson in 1969. 45 years on, it seems a lot of people are still not listening – but brands should be. New findings from Gallup suggests marketers may be pinning the wrong hopes on social media. While brand owners and managers continue to view Facebook and Twitter as opportunities to increase visibility and interaction, consumers are much less swayed. In fact, “Social media are not the powerful and persuasive marketing force many companies hoped they would be,” concludes the report, with just 5% of…
  • How To Avoid Short-Selling Your Brand Story

    Mark Di Somma
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    I’m dismayed by how frequently the conversation around content seems to devolve to quantity and tactics. That’s hardly surprising in some ways because of course the two are quickly linked. When everyone’s using the same tactics, quantity starts to look like the only differentiator. Too many brands are in love with frequency. But you don’t build a deep and storied brand purely by posting and retweeting with gusto. Roel De Vries, Corporate VP, Global Head of Marketing, Communications and Brand Strategy, at Nissan Motor Co. summed it up really well in an interview with Jennifer Rooney…
  • The Twenty Most Common Brand Problems

    Brad VanAuken The Blake Project
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    After thirty years experience in brand management and marketing, I have directly advised more than 150 brands and indirectly advised (through educational workshops, Just Ask responses, pro bono work, etc.) more than twice that number. That is to say, I have dealt with many brands’ problems in one way or another. Here is my observation of the twenty most common brand problems. No one in the organization has a solid understanding of the brand’s consumers or their needs. The brand does not stand for anything and it does not promise anything. It is just a name and a logo. The brand touts a…
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    All You Need Is A Good Idea!

  • Below average

    Jay H. Heyman
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    I think my annual creativity contest might have used the two ads above as the subject. As in, “Explain what the heck these ads are trying to say and win my book.” Though I might make a (weak) case for the tagline, “Beat Average,” I can find —pun ahead — no nourishment in the headlines. If you understand the ads, please explain them to me in the comments. You won’t win a contest, but you will have my creative gratitude. Got the idea? Related articles Average Stock Market Returns Aren't Average Are You Average Or Are You Fit? Be a Great Marketer, Not an Asshole
  • We have a winner(s)

    Jay H. Heyman
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    First, let me thank all the creative types who entered the “Write a slogan. Win a book” blog contest. The rules were simple, the number of clever entries astounding. What you were required to do was follow the examples from the “Honesty in advertising” blog, creating truthful ads for products or services; what these products actually are, as opposed to their official claims. And for the first time, we have a tie! Two winners. (And yes, according to the newly revised rules,they will each receive a copy of my book, “All You Need Is A Good Idea!” and not have to share a copy.) So,…
  • Write a slogan. Win a book.

    Jay H. Heyman
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:08 am
    Yep, it’s that time again. I go on vacation, and you enter my blog contest, for the chance to win a signed copy of, “All You Need Is A Good Idea!” This year, it should be more fun than ever, at least for me. There is a very funny website called honest slogans. It features real truth in advertising, creating painfully honest slogans for products (a few samples above). And that’s what this year’s contest would have you do. Create an “honest” slogan for a well-known brand. Simple as that! Though there are, as always, a few asterisks. *Enter as often as you like, using the comment…
  • Test your eyesight

    Jay H. Heyman
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:17 am
    Though I am not an art director, I still realize there are certain things you just don’t do; mix too many fonts on one page, use all caps for headlines, use white type on a dark background, and so on. So I am amazed when I see ads like the one above. Ads that not only use light type on a dark background, but, combined with a sans serif face and a tiny font, make the paragraph so uninviting to read the copywriter should sue. Add up all the questions, (calling it “The” tequila, why is the guy holding a lantern, what does the slogan have to do with any of this?) and it seems to lack a good…
  • It can’t just be different.

    Jay H. Heyman
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:01 am
    It is so nice when someone as famous as Jeff Bezos provides the text for my blog.  Mr. Bezos, founder and chief executive at Amazon, was quoted in an article in the New York Times. He was being interviewed about the new Fire phone and was asked the simple question, “Why did you make a phone?” (Substitute “ad campaign” for “X” in the following.) “We don’t start out by saying, ‘We have to build an X.’ We say, ‘If we were going to build an X, how would it be different? How would it be better?’ And it can’t just be different. It has to be different constrained by…
 
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    Starting Your Own Business with Erica Douglass

  • How I Helped Ramit Sethi Break Through Barriers and Earn Millions of Dollars

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

    Erica
    30 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Something wasn’t right, and I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what it was. On the surface, it seemed like I had the best life. A popular blog with millions of readers. The perfect relationship with Brian, the most adoring fiance in the universe. A great set of supportive friends and a nice social standing in Austin, TX. And, last but not least, an awesome company, making marketing software, with a great team, that was making money and (finally!) shipping products. Yet something lurked just beneath the surface. It would come out at awkward times, like 3AM, when I would wake up…
  • My Personal Transformation: 6 Life Lessons From 6 Years of Blogging

    Erica
    5 Dec 2013 | 2:25 pm
    I launched erica.biz on December 4, 2007. This week, I’m celebrating 6 years of blogging here. Wow! It’s been just over 6 years since I sold my last company, as well, and I’m amazed at how much I’ve grown. This week, I figured I’d do something special, and share some of the deep, heartfelt lessons I’ve learned in the past 6 years. Some of these were tough for me to grok. All of them have changed me as a person. This may be a tough read for some of you…but I hope these lessons will have as much of an impact on your life as they did mine! Lesson 1: You…
  • How To Become A Writer

    Erica
    1 Nov 2013 | 9:37 pm
    Through a sort of strange coincidence, I found myself reading Tucker Max’s blog today. If you know who Tucker Max is (and many people do), you may think I was reading his famous “asshole” blog. Interestingly enough, though, Tucker seems to have matured lately, and is now writing a more thoughtful blog on how to become a writer, run a startup, and get published. He highlights a thought-provoking question on his post “How To: Find A Mentor”: “‘Why do you want to be a writer?’ 99% of [people who tell me they want to become a writer] have no fucking…
  • When The Sh*t Hits the Fan With Your Startup

    Erica
    7 Aug 2013 | 12:03 pm
    Here’s the story of how our funded startup almost collapsed–how we recovered, and how ultimately we became better and stronger because of it. It was January 2013 and we’d run into some issues scaling our business. We’d made design decisions on how we built our tool back in October 2010 that were starting to bite us hard as we tried to gain larger clients. Neither Parnell (my co-founder) and I had done anything wrong–we’d just originally built our software to serve the needs of an SEO consultant (me, back then!) and those decisions weren’t scaling to…
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    Plan and Grow Your Business

  • Shoestring Marketing Budget? Get Your Customers to Do It For You

    Sarika Periwal
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    To survive as a business you need sales, and to generate sales you need marketing. It is for this reason that most businesses set aside a sizable chunk of money for advertising, but wouldn’t it be grand if you could generate sales by getting your existing customers to do your marketing for you? If you... The post Shoestring Marketing Budget? Get Your Customers to Do It For You appeared first on Plan and Grow Your Business. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • The Key Elements of the Financial Plan

    Trevor Betenson
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Whatever type of plan you're writing, there are a few key financial items that you should definitely include. I'll explain what they are, why they're important, and how you should create them. The post The Key Elements of the Financial Plan appeared first on Plan and Grow Your Business. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • The Baker’s Guide to Opening a Successful Bakery

    Lisa Furgison
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you the one that makes killer cakes for every birthday? Do you churn out to-die-for donuts? If you’re ready to turn your talents into a profitable bakery, you’ve come to the right place. There’s money to be made in the baking biz. The baking industry accounts for $311 billion in total economic output, according... The post The Baker’s Guide to Opening a Successful Bakery appeared first on Plan and Grow Your Business. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • What Is the Future of Retail?

    Candice Landau
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you own a brick-and-mortar business, or are thinking of setting one up, you’ve likely seen plenty of reports that imply the future of shopping is online and that it is also “mobile.” You’re right to be concerned about what this means for your business, but perhaps not in the way you may think. Firstly,... The post What Is the Future of Retail? appeared first on Plan and Grow Your Business. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Run a Business in Prison (Orange is the New Black, Season 2)—Minor Spoilers

    Jonathan Michael
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Netflix original series, Orange is the New Black, takes a gritty, poignant, and hilarious look at life inside a women’s federal prison. The show premiered in 2013 to critical acclaim, and in June 2014 Netflix released all 13 episodes of its second season. The show recently won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Comedy... The post How to Run a Business in Prison (Orange is the New Black, Season 2)—Minor Spoilers appeared first on Plan and Grow Your Business. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
 
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    Jacoline Loewen

  • 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…
  • Barry Critchley, Financial Post: Sluggish tone of Canadian mergers and acquisitions

    28 Nov 2013 | 1:30 pm
    How is the Canadian economy's health? One measurement is to examine the number of mergers and acquisitions being sealed across the country. As usual, finance guru, Barry Critchley, Financial Post gives details in a great article in the Financial Post. It sounds as if it is a good time  to sell your business:Crosbie & Co. has crunched the numbers and the sluggish tone of the Canadian mergers and acquisitions continued in the recently completed third quarter.“According to Colin W. Walker, Crosbie, Strong value in the face of weak activity partly reflects the fact that that many…
 
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    Small Biz Daily

  • 4 Steps to Business Efficiency

    Rieva Lesonsky
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Lucinda Smith As a small business owner, efficiency and productivity can be a key driver to business success. However this can only be achieved if your workforce is provided with the correct tools and training to do so. Here are a few business efficiency tips that will improve your small business: 1. Create and update business processes. Every organization needs a business processes so they have a firm infrastructure for business’s functions to feed into. Think of it as a set of guidelines (you might already have it in place and not realise). A good way to start off is to document how…
  • Grow Your Business With a SWOT Analysis

    Karen Axelton
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky Is it time to send in the SWOT team to help your small business? Not to be confused with SWAT, SWOT is a business growth tool in which you assess your company’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. After all, if you want to succeed, you need to have a realistic idea of what’s working for—and against—you. Recently, the CAN Capital inaugural Small Business Health Index survey polled small business owners to discover what they see as their biggest opportunities and threats in the coming year. Here’s what they found. Strengths: Small business owners are…
  • 6 Elements Your Small Business Website Needs

    Rieva Lesonsky
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Omri Allouche When stressed for resources in both time and money, many small business owners are asking themselves whether they should invest in building a website. The answer is a resounding yes. According to a GE Capital Retail Bank study, 81 percent of consumers go online before heading out to the store. A business looking to attract customers must have an attractive website waiting for them on the web. But what is an attractive website? First and foremost, it is a website that speaks about what is special and unique in your business. Include these six essential elements in your small…
  • Pizza: Have It Your Way

    Rieva Lesonsky
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky A few months ago Burger King apparently officially dropped its “have it your way” slogan. But that doesn’t mean the concept is dead, especially in the fast-casual food sector. Fed by Chipotle’s phenomenal success, other food concepts, notably salads and burgers (and of course other Mexican restaurants), quickly offered diners the ability to customize their meals. In fact Nancy Luna, food reporter for The Orange County Register, says the fast-food industry is shifting “to meet consumer demand for consistency and speed…Diners are taking…
  • 6 Budget-Friendly Yet Creative Ways to Market Your Website

    Rieva Lesonsky
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Kayla Matthews Let’s face it; running a small business in this economy is difficult. Worse yet, in order to succeed you’ll need to get your website or brand out there in front of people, which takes time and money. In most cases, it’s money that’s the issue. Even if you do have a budget, you probably don’t have enough to go toe-to-toe with big businesses. However, there are ways around that. 1. Maintain Your Google Local Business Listing You’d be surprised how many customers actually discover new local businesses through a simple Google search. That’s…
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    Lip-Sticking

  • How Networking Can Change Everything

    Yvonne
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Guest post by Georgina Stewart We all have a sizeable personal network, which can be made up of family, friends, neighbours, ex-work colleagues, or fresh acquaintances. While, in terms of a successful application, networking will often play a vital role. If an employer is uncertain about employing you, then a ringing endorsement from someone in your network can be the decisive factor. "It's not what you know, but who you know" is a general truth for a reason. It often happens to be true. Networking has always been important. In the age of social media it's also possible to build up contacts…
  • Where are they now? They're Still with Me!

    Yvonne
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Yvonne and Susan at BlogHer by Yvonne DiVita "There she is! Oh my GOD! It's really her!" I wasn't the only one throwing my arms up with loud cries of excitement as I rushed across the gleaming lobby of the hotel, that fated day back on the ancient history days of that initial launch of the great BlogHer community. Women of all sorts flung themselves across the lobby, roaring like wild waterfalls, cascading into each other, full of sincere passion and delight, that morning. The rush was never ending, each woman eager to make sure she could find the right 'her' and 'her' and 'her'; so many…
  • Just Like a Girl

    Yvonne
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    Bloom Shopper diva blue by Yvonne DiVita *I received a free bike bag as compensation for this post. I received it because I wanted to test the bag out - I told the folks who sent it that I'd do an honest, genuine review. So, these are my honest thoughts on the Basil bag...  I do a good bit of traveling, as, I expect, do many of you. We travel for business and pleasure and generally bring that obtrusive laptop along because...well, we want to stay connected.  Until recently, I had not found a good laptop bag, one that was easy to carry, attractive (yes, I care about that stuff), and roomy. I…
  • Not Enough Women Business Leaders: Is it Our Fault?

    Yvonne
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    by Megan Totka Despite the fact that women now account for nearly 60 percent of the U.S. workforce, just 4 percent of the CEOs at Fortune 500 companies are female – and women make up just 17 percent of Congress members and 12 percent of state governors. But why? A sttudy recently released from Florida International University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte doesn’t have the answers, either. Researchers set out to find the “why” behind the lack of women in leadership positions by looking at data from several previous studies and analyzing it. Some factors considered…
  • The Art of Poetry and Life in Your Business

    Yvonne
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    And a child shall lead us... to step away from the dull, to be silly and outrageous, to live the poetry of our lives by Yvonne DiVita I've been recommending folks step away from their business books and their seminars, from their social media and their conferences; step away and find a quiet corner to read... something inspiring. A classic novel. A story about life gone wrong, saved by a child or a dog. And, poetry. Yes, even poetry. Poetry, so says Wikipedia, "...has a long history, dating back to the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh. Early poems evolved from folk songs such as the…
 
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    OnStartups

  • The Gentle and Visual Guide to Startup Marketing

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

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

    2 Jun 2014 | 11:41 am
    “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure” - Bill Gates Much digital ink has been spilled trying to caution startup entrepreneurs against making mistakes. Type "mistakes entrepreneurs make" into Google and you'll find thousands of articles, sternly forewarning against the most prevalent pitfalls and errors that stand between you and your startup's success. But wait a second. How many times have you heard "We learn from our mistakes"? As an entrepreneur and investor, I've definitely made some doosies - and if my experience is any…
  • Hiring Employee #1 At A Startup: Expectation vs. Reality

    12 May 2014 | 11:29 am
    This is a guest post by Jenn Steele.  Jen is the Head of Growth at RecruitLoop, an online recruitment marketplace based in San Francisco and Australia. Previously of Amazon and HubSpot, Jenn is passionate about growing humans and companies, working out, and wine. Follow her @jennsteele I fired the first person I ever hired. I didn’t expect to have to do that. I expected that I’d be building my team with this person at my side. I expected this person to add value from the get-go. I expected that this would be a long-term professional relationship. Reality, however, was…
  • Happy Birthday BASIC, Thanks For Making Me Possible

    7 May 2014 | 12:35 pm
    This month marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of the BASIC (Beginners All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) computer language. I have fond memories of BASIC -- without it, my life may have turned out very differently. I went to highschool in a small town in India (Bilimora).  It was the mid 1980s  There were no computers at my school.  Best I knew, there were no personal computers in the entire town. Then, I went to mechanical engineering school in a larger town (Surat).  They had PCs.  6 of them, if I recall correctly.  In a "computer lab".  It…
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    Content Marketing Institute

  • 3 Ways to Tap Into the Most Powerful Content Tool Ever Created

    Scott Aughtmon
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    In his book, Winning the Story Wars, Jonah Sachs suggests something shocking: He says that those who tell (and live) the best stories will rule the future. I am about to show you how one of the most cited financial works in the 20th century got its start as content marketing. Not only that, I will show you how it became famous because it tapped into a powerful content tool that Sachs talks about: stories. The book you didn’t know began as content marketing This tale begins when a man named George was born on November 7, 1874. He was pretty adventurous: In the 82 years he lived, he was…
  • Why We Are Hiring for a New Content Role (and You Should Too)

    Joe Pulizzi
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last November, I keynoted the Niche CEO Summit alongside some amazing publishers, including Michela O’Connor Abrams, President of Dwell Media. If you are not familiar with Dwell, they have evolved from a small, niche print magazine focused on design to a fast-growing multimedia design brand. Under Michela’s leadership, they’ve become one of the top websites in the world, have nearly 300,000 paid subscribers to their magazine, and have social media audience numbers that would make you blush (including over 500,000 followers on Twitter). Sure, they’ve struggled, like all…
  • How to Find the Right Writer for Content Creation

    Jodi Harris
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    According to CMI’s 2014 B2B Content Marketing research report, 55 percent of B2B businesses are challenged with producing enough content, and 47 percent are struggling to produce the kind of content that engages. While many considerations factor into meeting these challenges, it’s a safe assumption that the need for skilled writers is near the top of the requirements list. In fact, 64 of the B2B organizations surveyed are already outsourcing content creation to stay in step with consumers’ voracious appetite for relevant news, information, and advice. And, one topic that…
  • The Week in Content Marketing: Do We Have a Credibility Problem?

    Joe Pulizzi
    19 Jul 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 discuss Walmart’s big data move and what it means for brands. We also talk about new research indicating that sponsored content may have a trust problem and explore what an article looks like when a freelance writer “resigns” from content marketing. Our rants and raves cover NBA star LeBron James’ digital-only announcement of his return to Cleveland and an inaccurate portrayal of content marketing, and we cap off the show with a #ThisOldMarketing…
  • Effective Content Marketing: 5 Steps to Track Your Efforts

    Michele Linn
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    One popular definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results. The definition of content marketing insanity? Creating content, just throwing it out there and hoping for good results… and then repeating the process, ad infinitum. To break this crazy cycle, you should periodically be taking a critical look at your content marketing to understand what’s working and what isn’t — even if this means you have less time to publish new content. In this eighth and final installment of our “Back to Basics” series, we’ll…
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    Jill Konrath's Fresh Sales Strategies

  • How to Leverage Trigger Events for Faster Sales

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever heard of trigger events? If not, you're in for a wonderful wakeup call. A trigger event is a sudden change in a company's priorities. Your prospect may have been happy with the status quo yesterday, but these new circumstances create or deepen business issues that can no longer be ignored.  Here are some examples of events that can potentially create sales opportunities for you:
  • If You're Not Using This Email Prospecting Tool, You're Missing Out

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    You know what I hate? Not knowing if my prospect has opened my emails ... wondering if they disappeared into a black hole ... and never being able to catch them on the phone. I suspect you feel the same way. That's why I wanted to let you know about Signals, a new, free and easy email prospecting tool that I'm loving. Here's why:
  • How to Know if Your Prospecting Email Message is Effective

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Salespeople spend an inordinate amount of time developing cold call emails, hoping they'll create the perfect message that will get prospects to say, "Yes! I want to meet with you immediately." That would be great, but it takes a lot of practice to find the best way to pique your prospects' interest. Here are 3 ways to evaluate the effectiveness of your prospecting email: 
  • Is Your Prospecting Email Spam – or Not?

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Is it spam to send a prospecting email to someone you don't know? I get asked about that a lot. Nobody wants to be seen as a spammer. So, let me give you some guidelines. Officially, an email is spam when you're blasting a huge number of people with the same message. It's also spam if your email lacks official contact information or people can't unsubscribe from these massive blasts.
  • Selling at Trade Shows: A Lesson From a Hot Shot High Tech Company

    26 Jun 2014 | 7:41 am
    Last year I spoke at Dreamforce with my client DiscoverOrg.com. (If you sell into the IT area, check them out.) Over 130,000 Salesforce.com customers, developers and partners were there. After our talk, I went to DiscoverOrg’s booth for a book signing. The exhibit hall was a zoo. When all my books were gone, I spent time observing their salespeople in action. It was fascinating.
 
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    B2B Lead Blog

  • Lead Capture: How undermining value impacts conversion

    info@meclabs.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetLess is not always necessarily more when it comes to a lead capture process. I say this in light of best practices that often argue otherwise. In this B2B Lead Roundtable Blog post, we’ll examine a recent experiment in which the MECLABS research team explored how undermining the value you offer prospects can potentially impact your conversion. Before we jump in, however, here are some of the notes on the testing to add some context and perspective on the experiment. Background: An addiction and mental health rehabilitation facility. Goal: To increase the total number of leads…
  • Lead Nurturing: Why good call scripts are built on storytelling

    info@meclabs.com
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetIn teleprospecting, it’s not just about what you “ask” prospects; it’s about when you ask them. This is where a lot of teleprospecting gets it wrong. Intuitively, fast, upfront and to-the-point seems like a sound approach and I’m a big fan of brevity. But, I also believe in timing and sequence, as both can make or break conversion. In this B2B Lead Roundtable Blog post, we’ll break down a call script used for voicemails from a lead nurturing experiment to better understand how positioning your “ask” at the right time can aid your lead nurturing efforts. Breaking down…
  • 3 Factors that Connect Value Prop to Prospects

    info@meclabs.com
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetThere is one question at the heart of lead generation that your marketing efforts should clearly answer. “If I am you ideal prospect, why should I buy from you rather than your competitors?” To put this into perspective, take a few moments and ask yourself, “Do I clearly and succinctly state the core value proposition of the product or service that I am marketing?” In other words, what’s the elevator pitch for what you offer in the marketplace? Take a moment to write it down. Here are a few examples of poor value propositions from the MECLABS Value Proposition Development…
  • Lead Generation: Streamlining the process for quality over quantity

    info@meclabs.com
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetFor her first week on the job, Debbie Pryer, Program Manager, Siemens Healthcare, arrived ready to accept an intimidating challenge: Bring Marketing and Sales together for one common cause – generating quality leads. According to Debbie, the process in place had been corrupted and broken by a system of incentives to drive lead volume with little check and balance in place for assessing lead quality before the handoff to Sales. The end result was a sales team overwhelmed with unqualified leads, 65% of which were tossed out. “I had a roadmap of what was wrong,” Debbie said. “I had…
  • Email Marketing: 3 lead nurture paths you should automate

    info@meclabs.com
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetMarketing automation can help you manage lead nurturing efforts in a complex marketplace. So where do you even begin in terms of an automation strategy? In today’s B2B Lead Roundtable Blog post, we’ll look at three lead nurture tracks you should automate to aid your email marketing efforts from a MarketingSherpa Lead Gen Summit 2013 presentation featuring Keith Lincoln, Vice President of Marketing, SmartBear. Path #1. Separate users from prospects When you boil down behavior automation, using prospect actions as triggers for email sends ultimately creates a list within a list as…
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    Rebel CEO

  • 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…
  • Get Financially Organized – A 20 Something’s Guide to the Real World

    Bill DAlessandro
    23 Aug 2010 | 6:02 am
    My younger brother just graduated from college this year and is getting settled into a new job, life on his own, and financial independence. Along with his first paycheck, he’s also been bombarded with a lot of new financial choices and a lot of acronyms (IRA, 401k, etc). Everyone knows they should be saving money, but the reality is that nobody ever tells you exactly how to go about it short of stuffing cash under your mattress. This post isn’t going to be an in depth discussion of what stocks to buy or how much of your net worth to put in bonds – rather, I want to focus on…
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    Innovation Management

  • Inovar para Prosperar – Sem Risco… Sem Inovação

    Filipe Costa (Organizador)
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:27 pm
    A segunda parte de uma série de artigos de Robert Brands discute a necessidade e a importância de correr riscos para alcançar Inovações bem sucedidas. Devido à elevada taxa de insucesso, as organizações que buscam a prática da Inovação devem ter uma tolerância para o fracasso. O material é baseado em 25 anos de experiência prática no espaço de Inovação e no livro “Robert's Rules of innovation”.
  • Inovar para Prosperar – A Importância da Inspiração

    Filipe Costa (Organizador)
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Este é o primeiro de uma série de artigos que levam em consideração a necessidade de Inovação e compartilham alguns dos imperativos para criar e manter o "NOVO" nos negócios ou nas organizações. O material é baseado em 25 anos de experiência prática no espaço de Inovação e no livro "Robert’s Rule of Innovation".
  • Como Inovar: O Processo de Inovação

    Filipe Costa (Organizador)
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Muitas pessoas presumem que a criação de novas ideias é o início do processo de inovação, mas isso não é verdade. Ideação ocorre no meio do processo de inovação controlado, que apresentamos neste capítulo.
  • Como Ser um Inovador de Classe Mundial

    Filipe Costa (Organizador)
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Um conceito equivocado comum hoje é que os inovadores são pessoas criativas por natureza. Especificamente, muitas pessoas pensam que os inovadores nascem com habilidades intuitivas e visões de mundo que diferem do resto da população. Isso simplesmente não é verdade. Inovadores não nascem, eles são feitos. Mas podemos aprender com alguns atributos-chave compartilhados por líderes inovadores.
  • Como as Empresas Exploram o Potencial de Usuários Inovadores – Quatro Exemplos da Alemanha (Parte II)

    Filipe Costa (Organizador)
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Enquanto os dois métodos anteriores – Netnografia e Observação de Solução em Mídia Social – delinearam o potencial de métodos passivos em usar o poder da mídia social para a inovação, as próximas duas abordagens permitem que as empresas interajam com os consumidores. Ferramentas de Configuração bem como Concursos de Inovação convidam usuários de fora das quatro paredes da empresa para se tornarem parte ativa do desenvolvimento de novos produtos. Na segunda parte deste artigo, você vai aprender como Audi e Henkel habilitaram a multidão e os transformou em co-produtores.
 
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    The Global Small Business Blog

  • Are You An American Maker?

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:49 pm
    iStock/ThinkstockIf you make your products in America, this is your chance to be recognized as one of the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Winners.Martha, her panel of judges, and the American Made community are selecting the next generation of American Made entrepreneurs: those who are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; improving local communities; and changing the way we eat, shop, work, and live.Nominations:  June 3 - August 29, 2014Turn your passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life.  Nominate yourself…
  • Today in Global Small Business: eBay Shuts Down Small-Business E-Commerce Software Products

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    iStock/ThinkstockWhat's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:Stuck on how to craft an export business plan?  Look no further at the LEBP.Even large deals support small businesses through Ex-Im Bank financing.How do we get globalization right?Why eBay is shutting down small-business e-commerce software products.Why Google+ dropped profile photos.Don't know too much about Alibaba?  Here's a short course.
  • 110 Real Recipes for Serious Fluffernuts

    19 Jul 2014 | 4:29 am
    ©2014 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.OK, I admit.  I love the combination of Marshmallow Fluff and peanut butter (throw in a couple of sliced bananas too and I am in food heaven).  If you are in the same camp, then you will love this book.By the way, my copy (as the photo shows) says 110 recipes yet the Amazon listing says 50 - so shop around to grab the more comprehensive book!
  • 10 Factors to Consider Before You Import

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:41 am
    iStock/ThinkstockHere are ten factors to consider before you decide whether to import products from overseas for your global small business.Here's a snapshot of one example:4. Is importing actually cost effective?Once you have an idea of the final landed cost of an item, you’ll be able to check whether importing will be a cost-effective option for your business. There are a lot of additional charges you’ll need to pay over and above the cost per unit from a factory overseas, and these can add up. You’ll want to be able to make a reasonable return on investment after all these costs have…
  • Taking On Global E-Commerce

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:56 am
    iStock/ThinkstockTaking on global ecommerce is not an easy process for merchants, small business owners and newbies – and can be quite challenging to say the least.  Language barriers, payment methods, cultural differences, not to mention regulatory requirements vary dramatically from country to country.Digital River World Payments lays out four distinct strategies for making “going global everywhere” work with its recent white paper, “Going Global, Selling Local: Preparing Your Business to Grab Its Share of the Online Market" (requires quick registration to download).  It…
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    Entrance Software » Blog

  • Increase The Scalability And Efficiency Of Your Oilfield Services With Field Data Capture Software

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

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

    Patrick
    11 Jun 2014 | 7:24 am
    During the PNEC conference on May 20-22, 2014, there were multiple presentations showcasing their various level of success in IT and data management projects. One key theme that kept appearing was the topic of “aligning business units with IT departments” for a joint effort of implementation. However, for most of the presentations, there was no further explanation of how to make this happen. This is an epidemic among multiple industries, but it is particularly severe in the energy space. For many organizations, IT departments work in silos, and business units do not know how to manage…
  • 3 Signs that your data is trapped and 3 simple steps to unleash it

    Eric
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:42 am
    I attended the 18th International Conference on Petroleum Data Integration, Information and Data Management (commonly known as the “PNEC” conference) on May 20-22, 2014.  As I reflected on the various papers and talks, it was clear that “Big Data” is both a significant challenge and an amazing opportunity for upstream oil and gas.  I was inspired by a talk on the topic of Big Data and it got me thinking about how you actually go about unlocking the power of Big Data. 3 signs that your data is trapped Too much data Consumers of data in the business typically lack the technical skill…
  • How to leverage standards in the Oil and Gas Industry

    Eric
    4 Jun 2014 | 9:04 am
    The oil and gas industry is both blessed and cursed by the proliferation of various standards for data organization and exchange.  Standards are vital to efficiency in creating and managing a master data management or system integration initiative in any industry, none more so than oil and gas.  The Standards Leadership Council is a roll-up organization that includes represents the industry standards leaders: Energistics MIMOSA Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP) Object Management Group (OMG) OPC PIDX POSC Caesar Association (PCA)…
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    Art Biz Blog

  • I Love Email (But I Love Real Mail More)

    Alyson Stanfield
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    You know I love email, right? I don’t necessarily love all of the spam that hits my inbox or the countless hours I spend reading and replying to email, but I can’t imagine running my business without it. How would I ever be able to help as many people as I do for such a bargain rate? And as much as I love email, I love real mail even more. The supplies arrive. Why You Should Rave About Real Mail, Too Here are three reasons why I’m raving about real mail to my students, members, and private clients, and why you should, too. 1. Real mail is tactile. Envelopes and postcards are things you…
  • 3 Thought-Provoking Questions for a Better Artist Statement

    Alyson Stanfield
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    A strong artist statement is essential to the effective marketing of your art. There’s no skating by on this one. You need at least one artist statement for each body of work you create. Writing your statement is a process. Like any other type of writing or artmaking, you can’t expect to nail it in a single sitting. And, like all good things that take time, it will be time well spent. The process helps you gain clarity about your art. ©Terri Schmitt, Lemons and Ball Jar. 16 x 20 inches. If you can’t define your art in a statement, you will likely face difficulty marketing your work.
  • Is Your Art Just Free Décor?

    Alyson Stanfield
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:11 am
    There are all kinds of places where you could show your work. Coffee shops would love to have your art! Salons would fawn over it! Professional offices would think they’d died and gone to heaven! This is great news for you, especially when you are just starting out. It’s a stamp of approval when public spaces want to show your work. ©2014 Ginny Herzog, Relic 12-514. Oil, cold wax, and collage, 30 by 40 inches. Used with permission. Almost every artist does the “free” circuit. It’s where you get your toes wet. These seemingly low-risk venues offer a place for you to learn how to…
  • Conquering Newsletter Anxiety

    Alyson Stanfield
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:31 am
    Most artists start an e-newsletter with good intentions of staying in touch with their list. They imagine a monthly newsletter with regular columns, special features, and a calendar of upcoming events. It starts out good enough, but then something goes wrong for some artists. Shirley Williams recently sent opt-in requests to her list in order to comply with Canada’s anti-spam legislation. After I confirmed, I got this delightful reply. I thought the “VIP List” was a nice touch at the top. It goes a little like this . . . One newsletter goes out and contains every possible bit of…
  • How I Became the Boss of My Inbox

    Alyson Stanfield
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:32 am
    As I write this, I’m sitting with an inbox with far more messages than is comfortable for me. I usually keep a relatively sparse inbox, but the messages accumulate from time to time. Here’s the ugly truth. I know that 177 messages isn’t a lot for most people, but it is for me. Instead of beating myself up over it, I’m going to hold myself accountable to under 20 messages before this post is published. Because, I’ve learned . . . I am the boss of my inbox. I refuse to let email messages control my life. I’m in charge. You, too, are in charge. You have to…
 
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    Cash Flow Analysis

  • 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…
  • Setting up SurvivalWare to Run on a Network – Part 1: Sharing Data

    survivalware
    20 Jun 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Many customers have asked how to setup SurvivalWare to run on a network so that a common data file can be shared.  This is desirable when you have a controller updating monthly data for an owner or CFO, and both want access to the data.   Keeping the data on the network is nice for a single user as well.   That way, the data is backed up regularly whenever the network is backed up. This blog article shows you how to point SurvivalWare to access data in a shared folder.   We will publish Part 2:  Sharing custom logic and reports in a later article. Here’s how to share SurvivalWare…
  • Look before you Leap

    survivalware
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:42 am
    Building a business is about constantly testing and evaluating business models to see what works best.  You often have to take a leap of faith because the outcome of a major decision – such as a project  - or  a new marketing campaign – or an acquisition –  is uncertain and unknowable.  Yet you don’t do these things blindly.  You have certain expectations about what will happen and when you’ll know if something is a success.  “Look Before You Leap” means that you state these assumptions and expectations explicitly, and analyze what might happen…
  • Understanding Your Cash Flow in 10 Minutes or Less – Webinar May 20, 2104

    survivalware
    20 May 2014 | 4:43 am
    We just put the finishing touches on the content for today’s webinar featuring Philip Campbell and his Cash Flow Focus report.   The Cash Flow Focus Report is designed to help you understand your cash flow in 10 minutes or less each month.  There are still seats available – so please register if you haven’t already.  A link to the recorded webinar will be sent to all who register. In addition to Philip’s spiel, I’ll be showing off some of the features in SurvivalWare Simple, which we are officially releasing today.  Another reason to register for…
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    dmiracle

  • 6 Reasons Life Coaching Websites Fail

    Dawud Miracle
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Why is it that most life coaching websites fail? That question shouldn’t come as a shock. It may be that your own website isn’t getting you the results you want or expect. Some people say that there’s too much competition out there. That life coaching websites fail because there’s too many people doing life coaching. Well, I certainly don’t believe that’s true. There’s far, far, far more website designers than life coaches. While there are certainly struggling website designers there’s many more who are squeaking out a living – or better.
  • Don’t Let a Little Fear Stop You From Doing What You Love

    Dawud Miracle
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Do you remember the first time you rode a bike as a kid? I do. I remember being scared out of my shorts. I remember my dad saying, ‘son, don’t let a little fear stop you from doing what you love.’ Those words have stuck with me since. Don’t let a little fear stop you from doing what you love. That’s the same lesson I was trying to teach my my little girl the other day when I took her off her training wheels to go on a family bike ride around the neighborhood. On one hand, she was excited. But at first the excitement was buried under immense fear that she…
  • How Life Coaches Can Make Website Marketing Simple

    Dawud Miracle
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    After all these years I’m still amazed at how difficult people make marketing online. It just doesn’t have to be that way. You can make website marketing simple. I won’t waste either of our time with why website marketing can seem complex, complicated and overwhelming. You probably already have enough experience yourself to know what’s not working. So we’ll focus on what does work. More specifically we’ll spend the rest of this sort article looking at the three uncomplicated things you need to make website marketing simple. Each of these have their own…
  • Have You Forgotten Why You’re in Business? I’m Guilty!

    Dawud Miracle
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    It’s true, I am guilty. The past few years has seen my life take many unexpected twists and turns. All right, let’s not sugar coat it. There were times where events in my personal life seemed flat out impossible to deal with. I won’t get into the gory details here but it was horrific at times. I suffered, my kids suffered, and my business suffered. So often these past few years I was just getting by; doing what I could to keep my family going. I had lovely clients and did good work for them. I always tried to give my best to my clients. But due to my personal life I could…
  • 7 Steps to Clarifying Your Website Needs

    Dawud Miracle
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:43 am
    It’s difficult to develop a website to promote your practice without clarity. Clarity in vision. Clarity in message. Clarity in audience. Clarity in need. So often I talk to people who are fuzzy about having a website. They know they need one. But their lack of clarity stops them from moving forward. Often weeks, and then months, go by with little or no action. Many give up. Some end up taking yet another marketing course thinking that will help – and it can. Yet, nothing is more effective then simply getting started. The process of preparing a website (design, features, content)…
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    Business of Software US 2014

  • Building successful in house innovation teams. Jeff Gothelf at Business of Software Conference USA 2013

    Mark Littlewood
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    Jeff Gothelf left college to run away and join the circus. Not only does he have some great thoughts on keeping innovation fresh within larger, established organisations, he also spills the beans on how the human cannonball works. A great talk that looks at the three core elements you need to consider to give your in house innovation teams as much chance of success as you can in your company. Transcript Jeff Gothelf: Morning. Audience: Morning. Jeff Gothelf: Nice. Excellent. You have this sense that reminds of the psychology 101 course, I signed up for my first semester in the freshman…
  • Future Software Leader? Want to come to BoS? Apply here for an Avangate Scholarship

    Hermione Crease
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    If you are an ISV – an innovative software vendor – or working on a cool new online service, and you would love to come to BoS but can’t finance it this year, we have some great news.The excellent folk at Avangate are once again supporting Business of Software scholarships that will allow you to join us in September. This is always a fascinating search and this year there are scholarships for three companies – businesses that aim to be future software leaders.We’re very excited to see who will be selected. As well as scholarships, Avangate will also be hosting a dinner…
  • Lightning Talk recommendations – doing a good deed for a friend.

    Hermione Crease
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    So – to borrow a Valley meme – here’s the thing. We know a lot of people out there have great stories that would make epic lightning talks. We know, because other people – their ‘friends’ – tell us so. Sometimes, when we approach these people, they say ‘oh no, I would rather spend the afternoon learning to play the bagpipes while undergoing root canal work than do a Lightning Talk.’ Which is fair enough so we strike them off the list. And sometimes they say: ‘Really? I’ve always wanted to try a Lightning Talk but never thought…
  • Where are they now? Four lightning talks to remember…

    Hermione Crease
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    Our search for the 2014 lightning talk stars is continuing. We think every single person who gets on a stage at BoS and puts their story across in 7 and a half minutes is a hero. You can share the thrill (and win a free place at Business of Software) by applying for a Lightning Talk here before the 19th July deadline.  Officially we’re not allowed favourite Lightning Talks. But some talks do stand the test of time better than others – here’s four that have really stuck in our memories. 1. Alexis Ohanian, Reddit (2008) Or is it Pierre Francois of 74 signals? Cutting, funny…
  • What should attendees put up with a software conference? Nothing but the best according to Ian Clifford

    Mark Littlewood
    4 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    Ian Clifford, Founder of YouRock, attended Business of Software Europe Conference last week and we were delighted to receive this guest blog post. We LOVE the idea of an Attendee Manifesto. Perhaps we should have it printed on the back of one of these excellent cards from Alex Osterwalder? I attended the Business of Software Conference Europe event in Cambridge last week. It was a revelatory experience and has changed my view of conferences for good. I have a new life marker now. Everything will be measured as ABoS and PBoS (Ante-Business of Software and Post-Business of Software) and…
 
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    Rise of the Innerpreneur

  • The Emotion of Money

    Tara Joyce
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    I want to share this fantastic example of how much we are motivated by our emotions when it comes to money, and valuing things. Ask yourself: Is the value of the Empire State Building high because the value of rent is high, or vice versa, is the value of rent high because the building is highly valued? What do you think? Does it change if I asked you to substitute WHAT you are valuing? Is the value of a cow high because the value of calves and milk is high, or vice versa, is the value of milk and calves high because cows are highly valued? In altering WHAT you are valuing, did your…
  • Pay What It’s Worth: The Book

    Tara Joyce
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    After five years of experimenting with not setting prices, in Pay What It’s Worth: Building Your Sustainable System for Not Setting Prices, I introduce this pricing innovation and share integral strategies for creating a balanced exchange experience, empowering both your customer and you to fairly value what’s being exchanged. explore how an open pricing system with Accountability. Norms. Disclosure. creates and sustains a relationship of Mutual benefit. Exchange. Connection. between customer and creator shaping an economy of integrity for your business to be valued in and grow from…
  • The Thing That Means SO MUCH

    Tara Joyce
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    A Calling I’ve always wanted to — and knew I needed to — WRITE a BOOK. If I knew anything about myself, I KNEW this. And this KNOWING was so powerful that it became incredibly painful. Resistance But I didn’t know how, so I tried to escape from IT. The pressure of IT. For a while. With time and practice, it became not so much the WRITING that weighed, but THE (unwritten) BOOK itself. As did my resistance to ALL THE MEANING I had now placed on IT. Nothing meant more than creating THE BOOK I always dreamed of, and so under this heavy weight IT sat stagnant. IT meant too much to…
  • Grace Clapham & Solonia Teodros: Innerpreneur Spotlight

    Tara Joyce
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:33 am
    GRACE CLAPHAM & SOLONIA TEODROS Co-Founders of The Change School @TheChangeSchool Grace Clapham | Solonia Teodros We are: Changepreneurs My passion is for: Solonia: Helping individuals and organisations become global citizens through community engagement, social innovation, cultural understanding and human-centered design. Grace: Helping individuals maximize their potential, connecting sectors and cultures, bridging gaps, enabling and inspiring individuals and organisations to live more creatively and collaboratively for collective impact. Our business helps you: Our business helps you…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • Roll-up Strategy for Chinese Food

    Jeff Cornwall
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Jason Gries TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Roll-up Strategy for Chinese Food appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Entrepreneurial Approach to Real Estate

    Jeff Cornwall
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Mark Hill TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Entrepreneurial Approach to Real Estate appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Ghandi’s Seven Dangers to Human Virtue

    Jeff Cornwall
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Also the seven dangers to human liberty… 1. Wealth without work 2. Pleasure without conscience 3. Knowledge without character 4. Business without ethics 5. Science without humanity 6. Religion without sacrifice 7. Politics without principle TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Ghandi’s Seven Dangers to Human Virtue appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Two of my Favorite Topics: Entrepreneurship and Beer

    Jeff Cornwall
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Bailey Spaulding TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Two of my Favorite Topics: Entrepreneurship and Beer appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Founder of eSpaces Talks about Next Projects

    Jeff Cornwall
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Phil Gibbs TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Founder of eSpaces Talks about Next Projects appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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    The Small Business Watchdog

  • June-July 2014 Issue of The Small Business Advocate Released

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

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

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

    BrookeNelson
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The Office of Advocacy is hosting two roundtable listening sessions concerning the presidential memorandum issued on March 13, 2014, directing the Department of Labor to propose revisions to modernize and streamline the existing overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The two roundtables will be held on: Friday, July 11, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (EST); and Friday, July 18, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (EST). Both sessions will be held at the U.S. Small Business Administration, Eisenhower B Conference Room (concourse level), 409 Third Street, SW, Washington,…
  • Roundtable to Address Proposed Increase in Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

    BrookeNelson
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:34 am
    The Office of Advocacy is hosting a roundtable discussion on July 8, 2014, to discuss a rule proposed by the Department of Labor implementing Executive Order 13658, which increases the hourly minimum wage for federal contractors, subcontractors and their workers to $10.10 per hour. Advocacy is interested in obtaining feedback from small business stakeholders at the roundtable because it has heard concerns from small federal contractors and subcontractors that this rule would have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small businesses. Please see Advocacy’s Regulatory…
 
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    PaySimple Blog

  • 15 Negotiation Strategies & Tactics for Small Business

    Lisa Hephner
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Negotiation skills are a key tool for every small business owner. You need to employ them every day for situations ranging from the trivial, like creating a rotating vacation schedule for your team, to the extreme like renewing a contract with your top customer. The importance of the situation will likely dictate how much preparation and effort you expend on it, but at their core negotiations are all the same in the sense that they require a group of parties to reach a point of agreement—even if that point is to completely disengage. The art of negotiation is the interplay required to get…
  • 8 Ways Starting a Business is Like Ironman Training

    Kristin Piccirillo
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am 13 days from competing in my third Ironman and am at the point where all I do is eat, sleep, and breathe the sport. The effort and focus that the hours of training requires, as well as the strain that it puts on my free time, is not unlike what is required when you decided to launch a business. You know (and hope) that the blood, sweat, and tears will all be worth it in the end, so your passion keeps you pushing. I’ve reflected on the past six months of training and realized that, no matter what you’re preparing for, the fundamental pieces of a plan must be assembled to ensure…
  • Memejacking for Small Business Marketing

    Lisa Hephner
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a small business owner, you probably have a limited marketing budget, and you not only need to stretch every dollar but also to squeeze every bit of value out of it that you can. Your dream campaign is likely one that resonates perfectly with your customer base, goes viral, gets you large numbers of likes and shares, and results in spectacular ROI for customer acquisition and sales. While it is perfectly possible that you’ll hit on such a killer idea, it is something of a long shot—especially since you’re a small business owner, not a professional marketer, videographer, graphic…
  • Surprise and Delight – 5 Tips to Try For Your Business

    Leah Bowes
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    As a customer, there is nothing better than being surprised and delighted by the service you experience, and usually it’s all about the details.  My husband and I recently moved and as a result were in the market for some a lot of new furniture.  We bought a custom couch from a local, independent furniture store and were impressed throughout the experience.  A few weeks after our couch was delivered, we received a handwritten note thanking us for our business.  It was a thoughtful way to follow up and a great tactic to remind us about their store, just at the right time. If you work…
  • Free Tool Helps Keep Your PC Drivers Up-to-Date

    Lisa Hephner
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    A computer driver is a piece of software that enables your computer to communicate with the hardware and devices attached to it. You’re probably most familiar with installing device drivers—software that enables your computer to use an external monitor, a mouse, a printer, or a scanner. However, drivers are also used to enable your computer to communicate with hardware components you don’t see, and may not even know are there, such as video cards, audio cards, Bus controllers and chipsets. Hardware and device manufacturers routinely update their drivers to fix problems and to provide…
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • Seven TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Needs to Watch

    Emily Farrar
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    It’s tough to run into an entrepreneur who hasn’t heard of TED Talks, whether they attended one in person or viewed a talk via YouTube. If you don’t know what a TED Talk is, here’s the brief lowdown on the series. TED Talks (the acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design) are conferences held worldwide where influential speakers are given about 18 minutes to present a message in an innovative way, or as the TED tagline proclaims, create a message filled with “ideas worth spreading.” While sharing ideas worth spreading might sound difficult to do on the surface, TED…
  • How to Send a Magic Envelope [VIDEO]

    Emily Farrar
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Of all of the different ways you can get your receipts to Shoeboxed, our famous Magic Envelopes have always been a fan favorite. After all, what’s easier than stuffing a prepaid envelope full of paper clutter and dropping it in the mail? If you’re a new Shoeboxer or you aren’t quite sure if you’ve been using your Magic Envelopes to their full capacity, don’t worry! Watch the video above to learn everything you need to know about sending in a Magic Envelope. More questions about our Magic Envelopes and mail-in service? Visit our Help Desk or give us a shout on…
  • Shoeboxed for Small Business Owners [VIDEO]

    Emily Farrar
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    As a first-time business owner, Rimas Vilgalys was searching for a solution to help him track expenses and digitize business documents. He found a solution in Shoeboxed, and later found out that we’re both located in Durham, North Carolina! In this video, you’ll meet Rimas, founder and CEO of Brother Vilgalys Spirits Company, and find out how he uses Shoeboxed to help him run his small business. We’re thrilled to be able to help small businesses (especially those in our backyard!) grow. Whether you need to track expenses for tax purposes or finally get rid of that filing…
  • 7 Things You Don’t Want to Hear About Small Business Deductions

    Emily Farrar
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    This guest post is brought to you by TaxAlli.com, we pair you with real life accountants and use cloud software to make small business accounting awesome. While running a small business and claiming tax deductions are essentially synonymous, most small business owners don’t have an accurate understanding of how most tax deductions actually work or the limitations the IRS imposes around certain benefits. This means that, come tax time, a lot of business owners are a bit disappointed when they either get an unexpected tax bill or a much smaller refund than they were counting on. Maximizing…
  • 6 Home Automation Gadgets to Smarten Up Your Small Business

    Emily Farrar
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    There are a lot of correlations between running a small business and running a home. In many ways, a home is a small business (just without the profit part). You already know that advances in home automation technology can save you a bundle on your home’s utility bills, so why not apply that same technology (and money savings) to your small business? Whether your home is already fully automated, or you haven’t even started considering how to put the Internet of Things to work for you, consider incorporating one or all of these connected devices into your small business to save…
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    Business Pundit

  • Zen Planner’s Critical Flaw As A Gym Management Software – Review

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

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

    Gerri
    4 Mar 2014 | 10:13 am
    Some people take the position that the Great Recession is over. Others state that there is a new normal when it comes to poverty in the United States. It could be argued that both positions speak the truth. Some states in the country are experiencing great employment and high levels of median household income, while others are still registering high levels of unemployment with many households below the poverty level. Looking across the country at two aspects of poverty, the number of people relying on food stamps and the jobs that were lost during the 2007-2009 recession, may show a picture…
  • 10 Chain Stores People Can’t Get Enough Of

    Gerri
    3 Mar 2014 | 11:12 am
    Most people have their favorite small time local shops for their local sustainable goods, or their top fashion finds, but there are some chain stores in the United States that people just love to pieces. Even in a tough economy, people still need their basic clothes, home goods, and food and chain stores are often the place to get the basics. So, where do people go for the real essentials? There are few stores that top the list.  
  • Are You A Slave To The Grind?

    Gerri
    27 Feb 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Although the practices of slavery that were common during the days of President Lincoln are long behind us, some of the core concepts of slavery that once invaded the United States are far from dead. The corporate world holds fast to some of the techniques that plantation owners used to make money where business management is concerned, or perhaps it’s just an eerie similarity. Slavery was first justified as an institution in 1660. However, the practice was in wide use since 1619, when the first 20 indentured servants were brought to U.S. shores from Africa to Virginia. By the…
 
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  • Key Features of a Great Small Business CRM

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

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

    smallbizbee
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Ah…the mysterious hedge fund. To most, hedge funds are known for their lack of transparency and for operating in the shadows of Wall Street bluster. Images of hedge funds invoke fear and discreetly celebrated financial windfalls in dim, velvety Manhattan clubs and coastal golf courses spangled with seagulls. Most citizens have never fully understand what hedge funds do and, and many have even blamed hedge funds for the problems of society. It is unfair, of course, to discriminate against hedge funds as a class. Just as there are good seeds and bad seeds through every facet of society,…
  • Food Business Ideas You Can Explore

    smallbizbee
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    If you are an aspiring entrepreneur thinking of starting a food business, you will be happy to know that there are a lot of opportunities for you in the food industry. One of the advantages of having this kind of business is that you will always have customers regardless of the economy and other factors which may affect other industries. For example, some people may actually stop purchasing clothes or jewelries but you can safely bet that no one will ever stop eating. However, your success as a business owner ultimately depends on delivering quality food and service. Selecting the right…
  • 5 Money Saving Tips for Running a Small Business

    smallbizbee
    20 Jun 2014 | 12:32 pm
    No matter what you are selling whether a product or a service if you let you costs spiral out of control you can quickly find your small business in financial difficulty Here are top tips from The Buying Power to make sure that doesn’t happen to you: 1. Don’t waste your energy Across the country people are struggling with high energy costs at home. High energy costs are also hurting businesses too. In fact, the Carbon Trust estimates that for many businesses, a 20% saving in energy costs would have the same effect on the bottom line as a 5% increase in sales. Here are some simple…
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Detroit Suspends Water Shutoffs After Protests and U.N. Condemnation

    Eric Justian
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Following massive Friday protests that led to nine arrests, the city of Detroit announced on Monday it is suspending its sweeping water shut-offs for 15 days to launch a massive campaign to inform city residents of water assistance.
  • Elon Musk Lays Out Future Plans for Tesla

    RP Siegel
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    In a recent interview with AutoExpress magazine, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company's future plans, which include a lower-priced Model 3 and upgrades to the original Roadster.
  • Shared Value: Double the Value?

    3p Contributor
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    While the debate about Porter and Kramer's creating shared value (CSV) concept has lately taken a more critical view, two aspects of the concept have largely been neglected: instrumental versus ethical CSR and the lack of interaction between business and academia.
  • Kung Fu and the Art of Living in Systems

    GreenFutures
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    There’s conflict within every system, but we can learn to respond with grace and creativity – argues Jeremy Mathieu, a student of the martial arts and sustainability professional.
  • British Supermarket Powered By Food Waste

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    The British supermarket chain, Sainsbury’s announced that one of its stores will be powered by its food waste. All of the electricity used by the store in Cannock, England will come from what’s called anaerobic digestion, which turns food waste into bio-methane gas that is used to generate electricity.
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    Solo Entrepreneur Blog | Resources For The Solo Entrepreneur Lifestyle

  • Turning “I Can’t” Into “I CAN”

    Susan Martin
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    “I’ll never be able to do THAT…”, “forget it, it’s too hard…” “I’m not good at…” Many of us engage in some negative self talk or have an inner critic that rears it’s ugly little head from time to time. And although it’s a common human trait, if you run a business or work for yourself, you’ve got to be especially mindful not to let your inner critic or “gremlin” have too much influence, because it can undermine your ability to run your business successfully, achieve your goals and perhaps even more importantly, lead a happy, fulfilling life. Now don’t get me…
  • What To Do When Fear Gets In The Way Of Taking Action

    Fabienne Fredrickson
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Recently a student told me how she had a lot of fear about her small business and how to get clients. She had an enormous number of opportunities coming her way, but she felt afraid to take any action. That fear made her feel like a failure and unworthy of such opportunity. As a result she was paralyzed – she couldn’t seem to take the next step on anything. You may think this is crazy, but the first thing I said was “Congratulations!” I could tell she was about to make a lot of money in her business. How did I know? The same exact thing happened to me back in 2007. I too was freaking…
  • Select The Perfect Images For Your Marketing Materials!

    Karen Cappello
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    When posting your blog or designing your information products and landing pages, a photo can help make everything pop. Fotolia offers affordable creative imagery and gives you more than 20 million inexpensive royalty-free images. Fotolia is the first worldwide microstock organization to offer both crowd-sourced and professional images on one site. They have a vast community of artists, graphic designers, and a select list of well-known agencies to choose from. Tens of thousands of images, illustrations and videos are submitted every day. Here are 3 simple steps to purchase images from…
  • 10 Incredible Mobile Marketing Insights

    Marley Majcher
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Did you know that it takes 90 minutes for the average person to respond to an email but 90 SECONDS for people to respond to a text message? How about that mobile coupons get TEN TIMES the redemption rate of traditional coupons? Though these facts can be fun to learn about, you can also use them to your advantage when deciding what marketing techniques to implement. Check out the full list at brandingnetworks.com So what do you think? Give me your comments and feedback below. And, oh, by the way, don’t forget to tell a friend if you like what you see! xo Related posts: Make 2014 Count…
  • The Writing Life – The Fine Art of a Difficult Conversation

    Michele Pariza Wacek
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    This week I’ve been living in a major burst of writing energy and creativity. Book writing is going gangbusters (so far the new book is on track to be out right around Aug 1 or 2 so stay tuned) plus several other super cool projects are starting to come together in my head and I can just see how beautifully everything is going to come together. Very much I’m feeling like I’m “in the flow” and not just when I’m writing. My creativity is in a lovely flow as well, like a dam has opened and the ideas are pouring out in record speed. So what happened to cause this? Well I think it can…
 
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  • Natural pacemakers are almost here

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Natural pacemakers are almost hereGettyTraditional pacemakers can lead to infection and need to be replaced regularly -- but that will soon change.What will fix 'slow heart rhythm forever'More from Everyday HealthWorms can prevent drunknessOrganic foods may be healthier
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    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    US says Russia not linked to the downing of jetAPSenior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday there's no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the crash of MH17.Accusations they did level at RussiaMore MH17 coverageBodies arrive in Ukraine city Black box data reveals clues
  • Clippers CEO: Coach to quit if Sterling stays

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Clippers CEO: Coach to quit if Sterling staysGettyDoc Rivers has said he'll resign if Donald Sterling remains owner of the team, CEO Richard Parsons testified Tuesday.'That would be a disaster'More sports coverageSterling goes on lawsuit spreeBig 12 commish: 'Cheating pays'
  • Obama's health care law hit with massive blow

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Obama's health care law hit with massive blow Getty A federal court delivered a serious setback to Obamacare on Tuesday that could affect millions of Americans insured under the law.Ruling's 'significant consequences' More newsBoehner hurls blame at ObamaClinton speaks out on Russia
  • Major success on HIV treatment is first-of-its-kind

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Major success on HIV treatment is first-of-its-kindGettyResearchers at Temple University say that they've successfully found a method that could eventually 'cure AIDS.' How soon humans could be treatedMore to readAtari bets its future on gamblingGoogle adds free Wi-Fi to Uber
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    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Natural pacemakers are almost hereGettyTraditional pacemakers can lead to infection and need to be replaced regularly -- but that will soon change.What will fix 'slow heart rhythm forever'More from Everyday HealthWorms can prevent drunknessOrganic foods may be healthier
  • US says Russia not linked to the downing of jet

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    US says Russia not linked to the downing of jetAPSenior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday there's no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the crash of MH17.Accusations they did level at RussiaMore MH17 coverageBodies arrive in Ukraine city Black box data reveals clues
  • Clippers CEO: Coach to quit if Sterling stays

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Clippers CEO: Coach to quit if Sterling staysGettyDoc Rivers has said he'll resign if Donald Sterling remains owner of the team, CEO Richard Parsons testified Tuesday.'That would be a disaster'More sports coverageSterling goes on lawsuit spreeBig 12 commish: 'Cheating pays'
  • Obama's health care law hit with massive blow

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Obama's health care law hit with massive blow Getty A federal court delivered a serious setback to Obamacare on Tuesday that could affect millions of Americans insured under the law.Ruling's 'significant consequences' More newsBoehner hurls blame at ObamaClinton speaks out on Russia
  • Major success on HIV treatment is first-of-its-kind

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Major success on HIV treatment is first-of-its-kindGettyResearchers at Temple University say that they've successfully found a method that could eventually 'cure AIDS.' How soon humans could be treatedMore to readAtari bets its future on gamblingGoogle adds free Wi-Fi to Uber
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    Natural pacemakers are almost hereGettyTraditional pacemakers can lead to infection and need to be replaced regularly -- but that will soon change.What will fix 'slow heart rhythm forever'More from Everyday HealthWorms can prevent drunknessOrganic foods may be healthier
  • US says Russia not linked to the downing of jet

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    US says Russia not linked to the downing of jetAPSenior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday there's no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the crash of MH17.Accusations they did level at RussiaMore MH17 coverageBodies arrive in Ukraine city Black box data reveals clues
  • Clippers CEO: Coach to quit if Sterling stays

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Clippers CEO: Coach to quit if Sterling staysGettyDoc Rivers has said he'll resign if Donald Sterling remains owner of the team, CEO Richard Parsons testified Tuesday.'That would be a disaster'More sports coverageSterling goes on lawsuit spreeBig 12 commish: 'Cheating pays'
  • Obama's health care law hit with massive blow

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Obama's health care law hit with massive blow Getty A federal court delivered a serious setback to Obamacare on Tuesday that could affect millions of Americans insured under the law.Ruling's 'significant consequences' More newsBoehner hurls blame at ObamaClinton speaks out on Russia
  • Major success on HIV treatment is first-of-its-kind

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Major success on HIV treatment is first-of-its-kindGettyResearchers at Temple University say that they've successfully found a method that could eventually 'cure AIDS.' How soon humans could be treatedMore to readAtari bets its future on gamblingGoogle adds free Wi-Fi to Uber
 
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    Natural pacemakers are almost hereGettyTraditional pacemakers can lead to infection and need to be replaced regularly -- but that will soon change.What will fix 'slow heart rhythm forever'More from Everyday HealthWorms can prevent drunknessOrganic foods may be healthier
  • US says Russia not linked to the downing of jet

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    US says Russia not linked to the downing of jetAPSenior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday there's no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the crash of MH17.Accusations they did level at RussiaMore MH17 coverageBodies arrive in Ukraine city Black box data reveals clues
  • Clippers CEO: Coach to quit if Sterling stays

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Clippers CEO: Coach to quit if Sterling staysGettyDoc Rivers has said he'll resign if Donald Sterling remains owner of the team, CEO Richard Parsons testified Tuesday.'That would be a disaster'More sports coverageSterling goes on lawsuit spreeBig 12 commish: 'Cheating pays'
  • Obama's health care law hit with massive blow

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Obama's health care law hit with massive blow Getty A federal court delivered a serious setback to Obamacare on Tuesday that could affect millions of Americans insured under the law.Ruling's 'significant consequences' More newsBoehner hurls blame at ObamaClinton speaks out on Russia
  • Major success on HIV treatment is first-of-its-kind

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Major success on HIV treatment is first-of-its-kindGettyResearchers at Temple University say that they've successfully found a method that could eventually 'cure AIDS.' How soon humans could be treatedMore to readAtari bets its future on gamblingGoogle adds free Wi-Fi to Uber
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    Natural pacemakers are almost hereGettyTraditional pacemakers can lead to infection and need to be replaced regularly -- but that will soon change.What will fix 'slow heart rhythm forever'More from Everyday HealthWorms can prevent drunknessOrganic foods may be healthier
  • US says Russia not linked to the downing of jet

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    US says Russia not linked to the downing of jetAPSenior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday there's no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the crash of MH17.Accusations they did level at RussiaMore MH17 coverageBodies arrive in Ukraine city Black box data reveals clues
  • Clippers CEO: Coach to quit if Sterling stays

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Clippers CEO: Coach to quit if Sterling staysGettyDoc Rivers has said he'll resign if Donald Sterling remains owner of the team, CEO Richard Parsons testified Tuesday.'That would be a disaster'More sports coverageSterling goes on lawsuit spreeBig 12 commish: 'Cheating pays'
  • Obama's health care law hit with massive blow

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Obama's health care law hit with massive blow Getty A federal court delivered a serious setback to Obamacare on Tuesday that could affect millions of Americans insured under the law.Ruling's 'significant consequences' More newsBoehner hurls blame at ObamaClinton speaks out on Russia
  • Major success on HIV treatment is first-of-its-kind

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Major success on HIV treatment is first-of-its-kindGettyResearchers at Temple University say that they've successfully found a method that could eventually 'cure AIDS.' How soon humans could be treatedMore to readAtari bets its future on gamblingGoogle adds free Wi-Fi to Uber
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    Natural pacemakers are almost hereGettyTraditional pacemakers can lead to infection and need to be replaced regularly -- but that will soon change.What will fix 'slow heart rhythm forever'More from Everyday HealthWorms can prevent drunknessOrganic foods may be healthier
  • US says Russia not linked to the downing of jet

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    US says Russia not linked to the downing of jetAPSenior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday there's no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the crash of MH17.Accusations they did level at RussiaMore MH17 coverageBodies arrive in Ukraine city Black box data reveals clues
  • Clippers CEO: Coach to quit if Sterling stays

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Clippers CEO: Coach to quit if Sterling staysGettyDoc Rivers has said he'll resign if Donald Sterling remains owner of the team, CEO Richard Parsons testified Tuesday.'That would be a disaster'More sports coverageSterling goes on lawsuit spreeBig 12 commish: 'Cheating pays'
  • Obama's health care law hit with massive blow

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Obama's health care law hit with massive blow Getty A federal court delivered a serious setback to Obamacare on Tuesday that could affect millions of Americans insured under the law.Ruling's 'significant consequences' More newsBoehner hurls blame at ObamaClinton speaks out on Russia
  • Major success on HIV treatment is first-of-its-kind

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Major success on HIV treatment is first-of-its-kindGettyResearchers at Temple University say that they've successfully found a method that could eventually 'cure AIDS.' How soon humans could be treatedMore to readAtari bets its future on gamblingGoogle adds free Wi-Fi to Uber
 
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    Natural pacemakers are almost hereGettyTraditional pacemakers can lead to infection and need to be replaced regularly -- but that will soon change.What will fix 'slow heart rhythm forever'More from Everyday HealthWorms can prevent drunknessOrganic foods may be healthier
  • US says Russia not linked to the downing of jet

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    US says Russia not linked to the downing of jetAPSenior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday there's no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the crash of MH17.Accusations they did level at RussiaMore MH17 coverageBodies arrive in Ukraine city Black box data reveals clues
  • Clippers CEO: Coach to quit if Sterling stays

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Clippers CEO: Coach to quit if Sterling staysGettyDoc Rivers has said he'll resign if Donald Sterling remains owner of the team, CEO Richard Parsons testified Tuesday.'That would be a disaster'More sports coverageSterling goes on lawsuit spreeBig 12 commish: 'Cheating pays'
  • Obama's health care law hit with massive blow

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Obama's health care law hit with massive blow Getty A federal court delivered a serious setback to Obamacare on Tuesday that could affect millions of Americans insured under the law.Ruling's 'significant consequences' More newsBoehner hurls blame at ObamaClinton speaks out on Russia
  • Major success on HIV treatment is first-of-its-kind

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Major success on HIV treatment is first-of-its-kindGettyResearchers at Temple University say that they've successfully found a method that could eventually 'cure AIDS.' How soon humans could be treatedMore to readAtari bets its future on gamblingGoogle adds free Wi-Fi to Uber
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  • US says Russia not linked to the downing of jet

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    US says Russia not linked to the downing of jetAPSenior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday there's no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the crash of MH17.Accusations they did level at RussiaMore MH17 coverageBodies arrive in Ukraine city Black box data reveals clues
  • Clippers CEO: Coach to quit if Sterling stays

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Clippers CEO: Coach to quit if Sterling staysGettyDoc Rivers has said he'll resign if Donald Sterling remains owner of the team, CEO Richard Parsons testified Tuesday.'That would be a disaster'More sports coverageSterling goes on lawsuit spreeBig 12 commish: 'Cheating pays'
  • Obama's health care law hit with massive blow

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Obama's health care law hit with massive blow Getty A federal court delivered a serious setback to Obamacare on Tuesday that could affect millions of Americans insured under the law.Ruling's 'significant consequences' More newsBoehner hurls blame at ObamaClinton speaks out on Russia
  • Major success on HIV treatment is first-of-its-kind

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Major success on HIV treatment is first-of-its-kindGettyResearchers at Temple University say that they've successfully found a method that could eventually 'cure AIDS.' How soon humans could be treatedMore to readAtari bets its future on gamblingGoogle adds free Wi-Fi to Uber
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    Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News

  • Asia stocks rise as risk aversion wanes, Aussie spikes

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:29 pm
    By Shinichi Saoshiro TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks edged up on Wednesday as risk aversion triggered by recent geopolitical tensions continued to ebb, while the Australian dollar spiked on stronger-than-expected inflation data. Violence continued in Gaza, but hopes rose for an easing of tension in Ukraine after pro-Russian rebels handed the flight recorders and victims' remains from a downed Malaysian airliner to international authorities. In currencies, the Australian dollar, already on a bullish footing after the country's central bank chief on Tuesday chose not to talk down the…
  • U.S., European airlines halt flights to Israel due to instability

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Air carriers in the United States and Europe on Tuesday halted flights to Tel Aviv after warnings from governmental agencies in an effort to ensure passenger safety as turmoil in Israel and the region intensified. U.S. carriers Delta Air Lines, American Airlines Group and United Airlines were the first to announce cancellations until further notice, followed by flight stoppages by European carriers, including Germany's Lufthansa and Air France. American Airlines said late on Tuesday that it would halt flights to and from Tel Aviv through Thursday while it monitors the situation.
  • Shanghai police detain five in McDonald's, Yum-linked China food safety probe

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Shanghai police said they have detained five people in an investigation into a Chinese-based supplier of foreign brands including KFC-parent Yum Brands Inc, McDonald's Corp and coffee chain Starbucks Corp over allegations the firm supplied its clients with stale meat. McDonald's and Yum, along with a number of other global brands, have pulled products off their shelves after it emerged that Shanghai Husi Food, a unit of U.S.-based OSI Group LLC, had supplied expired meat to clients in China as well as Japan. (Reporting by Adam Jourdan; Editing by Himani Sarkar)
  • Puerto Rico debt crisis headed for U.S.-style bankruptcy resolution

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Momentum is building toward a deal that would make painful losses inevitable for investors holding about $20 billion in bonds issued by Puerto Rico's highway, water and electricity authorities even as some big U.S. mutual funds launch a legal battle to squelch a new law that authorizes a restructuring. The Puerto Rican government and most of its creditors have hired U.S.-based bankruptcy experts to advise them through the Caribbean island’s efforts to solve its debt problem, and the resolution figures to look a lot like a U.S.-style bankruptcy. The crisis came to a head late last month…
  • SEC poised to end $1 a share for some money funds

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:58 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Regulators are expected to vote Wednesday to end a longtime staple of the investment industry — the fixed $1 share price for money-market mutual funds — at least for some money funds used by big investors.
 
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    The Retail Doctor Blog

  • How Can Retailers Stop Creating Angry Employees?

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    Retail traffic is slowing.
  • Can You Pay A Living Wage To Your Retail Employees?

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    Recently, Gap raised their minimum wage for their retail employees to $9 an hour for all of their brands; next June, they will raise it to $10. IKEA too has just announced that on Jan.1, their rate will jump to $10.76 an hour. To put that in perspective, that is 48% higher than the federal minimum.
  • How To Choose The Right Retail Sales Training For Your Store

    1 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Congratulations for reading this – it means you don’t have to be convinced that training your retail crew how to sell is necessary.   You understand that training is something you do – ongoing – like an athlete working to perfect their form, not something you did – once –  like visiting the City of Mermaids in Florida. Good. Most retailers know they have to train new hires at some level. The best know they have to constantly train their entire staff.
  • Retailers: The Most Conspicuous Thing You’re Not Doing

    30 Jun 2014 | 5:30 am
    Retailers keep surprising me. The music is pumped-up in their stores to try to fill the quiet, sterile environment where employees linger with Bluetooth gadgets in their ears. Outside of the counter area, I rarely see anyone actually working with a customer. Merchandise displays are often perfect (and untouched,) yet they are littered with signage offering discounts of 20-40%. This is a picture of a struggling retailer… not a successful one.
  • Small Business Owners, Would You Fire You?

    25 Jun 2014 | 1:12 am
    If you own a business, you have had to terminate employees. You had assessed their behaviors and found them taking more away than adding to your customers' enjoyment of doing business with you.
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    Business Insider

  • Michael Sam's Response To Tony Dungy Is Pure Class

    Paul Szoldra
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Michael Sam responded in what was probably the most gracious way possible to comments former NFL coach Tony Dungy made about not wanting "to deal with" the openly gay player if he were still coaching. "Thank God he wasn't St. Louis Rams' coach," Sam said jokingly to reporters on Tuesday. "But I have a great respect for Coach Dungy, and like everyone in America, everyone is entitled to their own opinions." That was about all Sam wanted to say about Dungy, who told Tampa Tribune on Sunday: "I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a…
  • Businessman David Perdue Scores Big Upset Victory In Georgia Republican Senate Primary Runoff

    Julia Cannon
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Self-described "outsider" candidate David Perdue claimed an unexpected victory in Georgia's Republican U.S. Senate primary runoff after a brutal, nine-week intra-party fight against his competitor, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston. The results were tight throughout the night, hovering around 50-50 throughout, but the businessman Perdue ultimately secured 50.9% of the vote, according to The Associated Press. Kingston, an 11-term congressman lagged behind by 1.7%, finishing with 49.1% of the final tally.  Perdue claimed victory in front of an enthusiastic crowd in Buckhead, Georgia, and spoke of…
  • Dick's Sporting Goods Cuts 400 Jobs Since Americans Are Less Interested In Golf

    David M Brooks
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:11 pm
    The PGA may have just finished the British Open, but back in the U.S., Dick's Sporting Goods appears to be finished with the PGA.  Dick's, the sporting goods superstore and largest retailer of TaylorMade and Callaway golf products, fired more than 400 PGA professionals hired at stores across the country, according to the Wall Street Journal.  Dick's had planned to have a PGA professional at every store in hopes to differentiate itself from online retailers. However, factors like a sluggish economy and the decline of Tiger Woods forced the store to abandon hopes of dominating the…
  • REVIEW: Amazon's New Fire Phone Has Some Fun Features, But You're Going To Miss All The Best Apps (AMZN, T)

    Jillian D'Onfro
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Amazon's first smartphone, the Fire Phone, hits stores July 25, and comes bundled with a free year of Amazon Prime, which includes free shipping on thousands of items as well as a growing selection of free movies, books, and music. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduced the phone at its launch event by saying that the company decided to try something completely innovative and different. The Fire Phone certainly is different thanks to its 3-D effects and camera mode that can automatically identify real-world objects, but it's still missing essential apps and services the iPhone and Android…
  • Satya Nadella Just Made The Single Best (And Most Obvious) Decision For Microsoft Windows (MSFT)

    Julie Bort
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Satya Nadella just confirmed that the company was going to merge all of its major versions of Windows into one huge Windows platform. Microsoft had been inching up to this for a while. At its developers conference in April, the company announced developer tools for "Universal Windows Apps" also known as the "Holy Grail" of app development. These tools let developers write their app once to make the app compatible with all the major versions of Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox. But that's not the same as consolidating the operating system itself, which is what Nadella just promised to do. "This…
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    HBR.org

  • 4 Things You Thought Were True About Time Management

    Amy Gallo
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    I don’t know anyone who doesn’t struggle with how to make the most of their time at work. How do you stay on top of an overflowing inbox? How do you get work done when your day is taken up by meetings? How can you get through a continually expanding to-do list? How do you even find time to make a list in the first place? To make matters worse, there are lots of misconceptions about what time management really comes down to and how to achieve it. Let’s look at some of the most common suggestions and assess whether they’re actually true. It’s about managing your time. False. Time…
  • Expressing Your Vulnerability Makes You Stronger

    David Brendel
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Can vulnerability fuel growth and success? Consider the landmark research of psychologist Brené Brown as described in her book Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. It shows that we thrive in our relationships and careers when we engage deeply in complex, stressful scenarios. Success is about participating proactively in life—not about winning a game or profiting monetarily. “There is no triumph without vulnerability,” she writes. Brown’s research resonates with ideas Malcolm Gladwell developed in his book David and…
  • To Fix Health Care, Leaders Need to Let Go of the Status Quo

    Jonathan Bush
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    In health care, the Hippocratic Oath — “first, do no harm” — can hold as much sway in the board room as it does in the exam room. Among health care leadership, it can have the unintended effect of promoting inaction over change and innovation. As a result, U.S. health care has become akin to a smothered child—stifled and arrested. If we actually gave it some room to breathe, if we metaphorically opened the doors to let it run around outside, take chances, and fall down occasionally, it could grow into something different, surprising and more satisfying than anything we could have…
  • When Fighting with Your Boss, Protect Yourself First

    Annie McKee
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever felt like your boss is out to get you? Maybe you’re paranoid. But then again, maybe not. There are a lot of bad bosses out there, leaders who aren’t stupid but lack emotional intelligence. Their self-awareness is strikingly low, they’re clueless when it comes to reading people, they can’t control their emotions, and their values seem to be on a permanent leave of absence. These dissonant leaders are dangerous. They derail careers and blow up teams. They destroy people — sometimes overtly, sometimes slowly and insidiously. Over time we can find ourselves in…
  • Marketing’s New Digital Role Is Shortchanging IT

    Chris Taylor
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every revolution has its vanguard. Throughout technology’s history, that vanguard has been the part of an organization willing to invest for one or both of two reasons: it is having significant trouble with the status quo or it has a compelling vision that things could be done in a new, better way. When computerization first became widespread decades ago, in the vanguard were accountants, who desperately needed to automate number crunching and reporting. The world was globalizing, corporations expanding, and spreadsheets and paper would no longer suffice. From those early, mainframe-led…
 
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    Free Small & Medium Business Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • Phone Systems Comparison Guide: Small to Midsize Businesses

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    We have compiled all the information you need in this free and comprehensive comparison chart. Click on to browse dozens of phone systems from top vendors, allowing you to quickly and easily compare options side-by-side on over 20 performance metrics, including:Key features of each productIntegration optionsCosts and pricingAnd much more!Prepared in an easy-to-use Excel spreadsheet, you can edit and add information to suit your analysis and presentation needs. Download this complimentary guide today to educate yourself and evaluate the phone system that best serves your business needs!Request…
  • eBook: New Mid-Market Supply Chain Technologies to Improve Efficiency and Reduce Costs

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    Business-to-consumer giants, such as Amazon and Zappos, are now delivering goods with unprecedented speed, efficiency and visibility, and their efforts have effectively raised the bar for mid-market companies. Customers accustomed to this level of service have already started holding mid-market businesses to higher standards. At TAKE Supply Chain, we anticipate this to increase as companies of all sizes become more automated and advanced. There is a very real possibility that your legacy technology is costing more than the value it adds, inhibiting growth or obstructing competitive advantage,…
  • eBook: 10 Minute Guide to Increasing Supply Chain Visibility

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    With unpredictable economic shifts, natural disasters, and other potential supply chain disruptions, it is now more important than ever to implement visibility strategies targeted to your organization’s needs and investment resources. Supply chain technology advancements help you automate work processes, collaborate with suppliers, and manage data within the four walls (materials, manufacturing, shipping) and at your supplier sites across the globe. Download this eBook for guidance to create an integrated visibility system that delivers maximum global visibility, partner collaboration…
  • eBook: Cash is King - And So is Your Supply Chain

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    While cash is important for all businesses, cash flow management is especially vital for mid-market companies in today’s economic landscape. Because of their size, mid-market companies have a smaller financial war chest than their larger competitors, which means they have a reduced margin of error for the timing of inflows and outflows, a thinner cushion for tough financial situations and a smaller investment pool (including less access to capital) for financing growth. As a result, it can take more effort and precision for mid-market companies to remain in a strong cash position. The…
  • Background Checks: Understanding Who You Are Hiring

    7 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Hiring the right job candidates the first time protects your business from fraud and long term losses. The median loss suffered by smaller organizations in 2008 was $200,000, according to ACFE's Report to the Nation. While employers can and should implement monitoring programs within their organization to prevent theft and violence, preventing un-fit employees from entering their workforce will not only save initial training resources, but will prevent potentially damaging losses over time.While background checks cannot guarantee a flawless hiring process, they can dramatically improve the…
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    NASE Staff Blog

  • Passing the Health Care Buck

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

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

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    Posted by Katie Vlietstra--&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.sba.gov/" target="_hplink" style="line-height: 1.5;">Small Business Administration (SBA)&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is our nation's direct link between the administration and America's small business community. The agency provides benefits such as advocacy and support, loans and access to capital and entrepreneurial development to ensure the small business community continues to move our…
  • New Leader Announced for the Small Business Administration

    22 Jan 2014 | 10:56 am
    <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Posted by Katie Vlietstra-- Nearly one year after Karen Mills announced her resignation as head of the Small Business Administration, President Obama announced the nomination of Maria Contreras-Sweet to lead the organization pending Senate confirmation.</span></p> <p>Maria Contreras-Sweet, herself previously a small business owner, comes to the position with significant private and public sector experience that will no doubt be significantly important to her as she works to quickly move on key areas of concerns for the…
  • The New Year – Time to Get in Shape

    10 Jan 2014 | 10:25 am
    <div>Another holiday season has come and gone and hopefully all of your best wishes came true.&nbsp; Most of us are now focused on the New Year with high expectations and new commitments for success.&nbsp; And in many cases that includes those high minded New Year&rsquo;s resolutions that probably include losing a few pounds or maybe just striving to get in shape.&nbsp; Committing to better health is a great way to start the year whether that includes a better diet, a daily walk or short jog, or maybe even just one less dessert each week.&nbsp; The key is to just…
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    Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global

  • Opportunities Exist in the Middle East for Women Business Owners

    Laurel J. Delaney
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    Sarah Hildersley, Regional Coordinator – South West, Overseas Business Networks Program, Business West , talks about her time in the Middle East and the opportunities which exist for UK companies. It’s important to highlight that women can do business in the Middle East. However, you should factor in the need to dress quite conservatively – I used to take a pashmina to meetings in Jordan, where it simply meant there would be less risk of giving mixed messages. It certainly helped reduce unwanted attention in the souks. Read the entire article:  Women Doing Business in the…
  • Resources for Women Who Export

    Laurel J. Delaney
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    Women business owners face unique challenges as they look to exporting.   But let me share a tip with you on how to overcome those challenges. In early 2012, the State Department asked me to write an article about women energizing world economies. In it, I talk about my experience in starting and running a global business, Globetrade.com, and serving as a consultant to countless global women business owners. My key point: In order to gain self-confidence and overcome social attitudes, women need to network continuously, support each other, look for role models, update their knowledge and…
  • Do Not Hesitate: Move Into New Markets

    Laurel J. Delaney
    6 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    As a woman business owner, are you cautious when it comes to taking risks?  You are not alone.  Many business women are but when big risks lead to big rewards, female leaders must develop a different attitude if they are going to increase their growth prospects. According to a US survey many female business owners struggle to find an appropriate balance between risk and caution. The survey of nearly 250 women by the Commonwealth Institute South Florida found female leaders and owners are optimistic about growth for their businesses in 2014. But while they express interest in expanding…
  • Beijing, Tianjin and Heibei Province Women Entrepreneurs Collaborate

    Laurel J. Delaney
    28 Jun 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Women entrepreneurs in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province are willing and able to actively participate in a new type of collaboration.   The three associations of women entrepreneurs sought to implement the Beijing, Tianjin and Heibei Province collaborative development strategy, a joint initiative of the three women entrepreneurs, and signed the “Women Entrepreneurs Association of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei letters of intent” Agreement. The move aims to combine the three regions’ women entrepreneurs respectively with the advantages of modern industrial division, to…
  • Join Laurel Delaney For An Export Webinar (9/18/14)

    Laurel J. Delaney
    22 Jun 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Plan in advance and register to participate in Laurel Delaney’s export webinar taking place on September 18, 2014 at 12 p.m. ET/9:00 a.m. PT.  The webinar is hosted by Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP).  WIPP is on the forefront of giving women-owned small businesses the tools and access necessary to be a part of the ever-expanding global economy.  Some facts from the SBA Office of Advocacy’s recent report, Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories: There are a growing number of small businesses exporting each year, and the data shows that a total of 304,867…
 
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  • How To Use POEM To Boost Your Marketing Strategy

    Aileron
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Marketing used to be easy to execute because it was all about formulating a paid media strategy. The small business owner would spend their budget on print advertising with third party publications or at trade shows. Unfortunately, as the joke goes, "The business owner knew that 50% of their marketing worked, they just didn’t know which 50%!" Larger companies hired celebrities (think Brad Pitt for Chanel No. 5 and Danica Patrick for GoDaddy) to endorse their products. By enlarge, advertising was an acceptable, yet inefficient way to find new customers.
  • From Outliers To A Growing Force: What Do Women Entrepreneurs In The Middle East Need To Thrive?

    Ashoka
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For many years in the Middle East, the harsh weather, the oil wealth, male dominance of the public space, as well as a traditional patriarchal society made it difficult—or unnecessary—for women to enter the business world. But some were able to break through and thrive in that sector. Arab Women Entrepreneurs have always existed, long before the term became a buzzword.
  • Mission Statements That Aren't Bogus: A Corporate Culture Secret

    Micah Solomon
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:55 pm
    A company's culture can be built on words—but only if those words represent something the leaders of your corporate culture (not only your consultants) believe.. Examples from Zappos, Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons.
  • CHOICE Claims Solution To Ending Poverty

    Devin Thorpe
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Dr. James Mayfield has spent much of his life working to end poverty and he thinks he's got it figured out.
  • Cambodian Civil Rights Leader Freed - Did Network Effect Help Her Cause?

    Tom Watson
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Mu Sochua's arrest by Cambodian authorities on charges of insurrection was hardly the biggest international news headline in a week of war, death and destruction on front pages and throughout news feeds. Indeed, after the elected opposition Member of Parliament and five others were taken into custody after a clash in Phnom Penh's Freedom Park over the rights and wages of Cambodian garment workers, coverage was understandably scant against the horrific backdrop of Gaza and Ukraine.
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    The Rise To The Top: Helping you generate big time revenue through your own online products & programs

  • 5 key mistakes to avoid when creating (and marketing) your online course (and what to do instead!)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Reclaiming Your Attitude

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    What does your attitude say about you? Being positive isn't always easy. However, it does (and will) affect the outcome that you receive. I'm sharing a personal story with you.
  • 3 Popular Ways to Create Quality Website for Small Business

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Do you need a small business website? If so, find out three popular ways to create a quality website for small business in this article.
  • Magnetically Build Your List and Attract New Leads

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Even if you're not currently offering a lead magnet on your website, you've probably seen them before - a free report for opting into an email newsletter, a free music download for filling out a survey, and so on.
  • Going into Information Overload

    3 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    Ever go to a Conference with a ton of great "things" that you are going to do when you arrive back in your office. Sometimes that just doesn't happen - avoid information overload.
  • Developing a Winning Team

    2 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    Employee growth and development is essential to building a winning team. Check out these tips for creating effective employee development plans.
 
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    Online sales proposals | Mimiran

  • Sell More by Being Less of a Salesman and More of a Doctor

    Reuben
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
    The sales profession has a problem. Most people don’t like and don’t trust sales people. In Gallup polling of how the public sees people in different professions, salespeople rank with members of Congress and advertisers, below lawyers. While the slimy, self-interested sales rep is simultaneously a cliche, a stereotype, and a far-too-accurate view of many members of the profession, I noticed something when I started interacting with sales people as a young software engineer. The most successful sales reps seemed to actually care about their customers first, and themselves second.
  • The Importance of Writing Well (Microsoft CEO Edition)

    Reuben
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Persuading people effectively requires good communication. In many cases– email, reports, sales proposals, that means writing well. Writing well isn’t just about sounding good, it’s about the writer forcing herself to think clearly, to package those thoughts in a digestible form, and transmitting those thoughts to another mind. Reading most corporate communications, you’d think that the purpose of writing was to celebrate muddled ideas and lower runaway productivity by sucking up time from readers without relaying anything of meaning or value. (For more, see why your…
  • The Secret Trick for Reviewing Your Proposal before You Send It

    Reuben
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
    Reviewing a proposal is a critical step in creating a winning proposal, but one we don’t often talk about. Fred Wilson has a great post about Checking Your Work. He’s talking about blog posts, but the lessons apply to any kind of writing, especially sales proposals. There are pieces of proposals that are part of your template and you rarely if ever vary. But the critical parts are the ones about the specific customer problem and your specific solution. The ones that will vary. And the ones that make all the difference not only for the proposal, but for the success of the project.
  • 3 Magic Words for B2B Sales

    Reuben
    6 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Courtesy of Seth Godin. Don’t blow it (the secret of b2b). If you cut your price for no reason, does that make prospect think you are more or less likely to blow it? If you talk about how awesome your company is, but your proposal demonstrates no real knowledge of the prospect’s particular problems and specific solutions, does that make your prospect think you are more or less likely to blow it? In your sales proposals, show that you understand the problem, you understand what success means, and that you have a path to get from the problem to the success without blowing it.
  • Is Your Sales Team Digging in the Right Place?

    Reuben
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Indy has the key to the map room. So while the bad guys are tearing up the whole desert, he goes straight to the right place. What if you could have the key to the map room when it comes to follow up on your quotes and proposals? Because what’s less fun that writing a proposal? Trying to follow up. Even though you set up the follow up meeting before you committed to the proposal (right? If not, learn from me, this helps a little), that meeting got rescheduled, and then you leave a voicemail, and then, should you leave another one? Was my price too high? Are we out of the running? How…
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    Business.com B2B Online Marketing Blog

  • B2B Blog Roundup: The Shifts and Tools of Content Marketing and Lead Engagement

    Betsy Scuteri
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The B2B sector continues to shift marketing spend from traditional to digital (38.7% devotes at least 30% of their budget on digital, up 30% from 2013) and digital content continues to matter. 3 out of 4 marketers are investing more in it. This is good news for me in that I have job security; bad news in that the playing field is no longer the same. The bar has been raised and will continue to be. 1) 70% are relying more on content now than they did a year ago 2) Marketers first need to define a strategy for content and then one for the actual distribution of that content and 3) Collecting…
  • Developing a Content Marketing Strategy…That Actually Works

    Ann Smarty
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Creating a content marketing strategy is easy. Creating one that actually manages to significantly increase visibility and promote engagement? That isn’t always quite so simple. We live in an age where marketing is a given for anything from product based selling to personal blog promotion. Whole marketing campaigns exist to promote social media profiles, and influencers are literal commodities in their own rights. People trade off of their reputation in a way more direct than ever before. In short, it has made it harder to stand out. Despite all of the changes, content is still king.
  • 10 Ways to Avoid False Negatives in Performance Marketing Campaigns

    Guest Author
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Many beginner marketers launch new performance marketing campaigns without having the fundamentals in place.  In doing so, they run the risk of making bad decisions on the long-term potential of an online marketing campaign. This post explores one potential pitfall for marketers in this situation, which I call the “false negative.” With a performance marketing “false negative”, you might end up killing a promising campaign because of poor initial results.  Sometimes (admittedly, a lot of times) online marketing campaigns fail to deliver expected results. When those happen, you want…
  • Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation – Avoid the Heartburn and Re-Engage Your Audience

    Rachel Youngberg
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    As most of you have heard, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) is taking effect on July 1, 2014, affecting all email marketers with an audience in Canada. The law was implemented in order to “help protect Canadians while ensuring that businesses can continue to compete in the global marketplace.” Yes, the laws are getting stricter for sending marketing emails in Canada. Yes, you need to ensure your recipients are opting into your subscriptions for promotional emails and texts. And generally no, you cannot send misleading emails, collect personal information electronically without…
  • 6 Simple Ways to Improve Your Email Marketing

    Guest Author
    18 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Email is one of the most popular forms of direct marketing. According to iContact, 15% of marketing dollars are dedicated to email, yet many businesses waste dedicated resources due to ineffective email copy (Tweet This!). To create a successful B2B email, you first need to make sure you have direction. A clear brief outlining the key message and calls to action (CTA) of your email acts as a guiding beacon for your journey to effective email writing. Related: The Email Marketer’s Project Brief Template With a clear brief in mind, you can then supercharge your copy with the six…
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    MyWifeQuitHerJob.com

  • Income Report: How My Blog Performed As A Business In The First Half Of 2014

    Steve C
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    Back in 2009 if you asked me whether I thought my blog could ever make more money than my day job, I would have said “Hell No!”. In fact, my Mom is still amazed that MyWifeQuitHerJob.com is able to make any money at all. Just the other day, I had a Skype chat with my mom and she was like… Mom: Let me get this straight. People sit at their computers, click on your ads and you make money? I still don’t understand how that works. So can you just sit at home all day and click on your own ads? Would you like me to help you out by clicking on one of your a— Me: NOOO!!!
  • 2 Simple Tweaks That Doubled My Email List Signups And My Take On Single Vs Double Optin

    Steve C
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    Out of all the traffic sources that bring in revenue to MyWifeQuitHerJob.com, most of the money that I make is derived directly from my email list. Without my email list, I would not be selling very many copies of my ecommerce course. Without my email newsletter, I wouldn’t be converting nearly as many affiliate offers. And without email, I would not be receiving as much traffic as I currently receive today. Because email is such a crucial part of my blogging business, it’s important for me to maximize the size and quality of my email list. So today, I wanted to share with you 2…
  • MWQHJ 027: Andreea Ayers On How To Create A 6 Figure T-Shirt Business And Get Featured In 200 Magazines

    Steve C
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    I’m really happy to have Andreea Ayers on the show today. Out of all of the possible products to try to sell online, selling t-shirts is probably one of the hardest. But Andreea managed to take her t-shirt business to over 6 figures in profit by being extremely focused and by leveraging publicity. Today, Andreea runs the popular site LaunchGrowJoy.com where she teaches other people how to run a successful online wholesale business. What You’ll Learn How Andreea sourced her first products and found her first vendors How Andreea started designing her own shirts without any knowledge…
  • How We Grew Our Online Store In The First Half Of 2014

    Steve C
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    My wife just closed the books on the first half of 2014 and I’m happy to say that we are on track for another record year. Following a similar theme to last year, my wife and I have been focusing our efforts on further outsourcing our business. Our kids are getting older now and they have tons of activities which now require more and more of my wife’s time. As a result, we have invested some additional capital into a larger office space and we’ve taken on another employee. This now makes for a grand total of 2 full time employees and 1 part time/temporary employee on an as…
  • MWQHJ 026: How Autumn Wyda Quit Her Job To Sell Wedding Invitations And Thrives In A Competitive Niche

    Steve C
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Autumn Wyda quit her job cold turkey in order to start Shine Wedding Invitations, a beautiful website that sells wedding invitations online. Now quitting her job took a lot of guts because she gave up her salary even though her business wasn’t making any money. But she had tremendous confidence in her abilities and today she runs a very successful online stationery shop that makes enough money that her husband quit his job too to join her. Autumn is a true entrepreneur she shares a lot of the strategies that she used to promote her shop in a very competitive niche. Enjoy! What…
 
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    Optimal Digital Marketing

  • Distractions and Flow – The Importance of Focus

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

    Erik Kielisch
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Negative SEO is a marketing bogeyman. It’s the dirty tactic worried and whispered about, but few have seen it. However, with Google’s continuous devaluation of spammy links, negative SEO is definitely a possibility. And that’s scary. Negative SEO is exactly what it sounds like: SEO tactics that negatively affect your site. It means that someone is sabotaging your site to damage its search ranking. Negative SEO Tactics That’s usually done by creating bad links to your site to damage your search visibility. Another dirty tactic is finding your competitions’ great links, creating a…
  • How Implementing Kanban Won Us an Innovation Award

    Brandon Wentland
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Last Wednesday, Optimal was honored to accept the 2014 Small Business Innovation Award at the Chamber Trifecta event with almost 600 fellow business professionals in attendance. When I accepted the award, I acknowledged that “what” we do is innovative, but I am most proud of “how” we do it. That’s the innovation the outside world never gets to see. Here is a glimpse of that. How do we scale? As the business began to scale, we started running into information issues. Just the sheer quantity of things that needed to be done was overwhelming and almost paralyzing. Where do you even…
  • Is Your Website Ready for Google Penguin 3.0?

    Erik Kielisch
    20 May 2014 | 11:38 am
    Google’s Penguin Mafia is preparing to unleash Penguin 3.0. Is your website ready? Image courtesy of Antarctica Bound. If not, your site could disappear from search results. It could take weeks or months to recover. In that time, your traffic could plummet, your business could suffer, and your competitors could take your lost position. We’re not exaggerating.  It’s happened at least twice before in April 2012 and May 2013. No wonder SEOs are holding their breath, anticipating Google’s latest update to their now infamous Penguin algorithm (rumored to drop May 2014). Google Penguin…
  • How to Use Facebook Graph Search for Content Marketing

    Erik Kielisch
    6 May 2014 | 2:00 am
    Making great content your users will love can be tough. How do you know if they’ll enjoy and share it? You can guess, or you can know with Facebook’s Graph Search. If you have a Facebook account, you can see what your fans like, and what your competitors’ fans like. And it’s free. It shows you, in order of most to least liked, the following: Athlete Book City College Country Employer Game Grad School High School Interest Language Movie Musician Political View Region Religion School Sport Sports Team TV Show How to Use Facebook Graph Search Since we’re talking about content…
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    Flyte New Media

  • How Zombies Helped Me Build My Brand

    Rich Brooks
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    This post is sponsored by Visa Small Business, but the opinions are all mine, and any comments are all yours. By showing your personality and being yourself, you can quickly break through barriers and make business connections that really matter. Birth of the Undead Back when I first got started on Twitter in aught seven, I didn’t know what to put on my Twitter bio. So, I played it safe and mentioned only my occupation: I run a web design and Internet marketing company. After a couple of years I found my voice on Twitter and decided to inject a little more of my personality into my bio; a…
  • CHART Metalworks Christens Responsive E-Commerce Site

    Chris Felax
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:54 am
    The Client: CHART Metalworks creates custom nautical-themed jewelry “for you to tell your own story.” The Objective: Promote and sell more nautical jewelry through a redesigned e-commerce site. The Tools: The site was build on WordPress. The shopping cart is Shopp. The design and development came from flyte new media. The Outcome:  CHART Metalworks re-launched their e-commerce website that showcases their products, custom jewelry options, and upcoming events and new products. It features custom pieces, best sellers, gift cards, and a blog. Responsive Web Design = Mobile…
  • 30 Essential Travel Apps You Can’t Leave Home Without

    Rich Brooks
    13 Jun 2014 | 6:06 am
    This post is sponsored by Visa Small Business, but the opinions are all mine, and any comments are all yours. Sometimes Skype or Google Hangouts aren’t enough. You need to press the flesh and look right into your customers’ eyes. For times like that, you need to leave your office and meet face to face. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile, there are plenty of apps to make your next business trip as effective and affordable as possible. Here are 30 essential travel apps to maximize the ROI of  your next business trip.  BOOKING TRAVEL PLANS Hipmunk…
  • Thanks, Joan!

    Rich Brooks
    13 Jun 2014 | 5:35 am
    Wishing you the best, Joan, in your next adventure! This week marks the last week that we’ll enjoy Joan Crocker as a full time employee here at flyte. And, perhaps more importantly, her dog, George. What’s Joan been up to? She’s been working with many of our clients on their digital marketing needs. For the past two years she’s handled their SEO, doing keyword analyses and creating keyword matrices for our copywriters to help them rank higher in the search engines. She’s run their Facebook advertising campaigns. Scheduled their tweets. Helped them read their…
  • This One Tool Will Help You Reach More Customers, Guaranteed

    Rich Brooks
    5 Jun 2014 | 12:52 pm
    The purpose of your business blog is to attract your ideal customers. But if you’re not using their language, they’ll never find you. Here’s how you can use a free tool to uncover what they’re searching for, jump on emerging trends, and generate more leads for your business. Hair replacement or restoration? A while ago I was doing some research for a hair restoration company. They often used the terms “hair replacement” and “hair restoration,” and I was curious to find out which phrase was more likely to attract their ideal customer. I went over…
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    Digital Marketing - Matt Freedman

  • 5 Disruptive Techs Transforming Retail

    Matt Freedman
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:27 am
    More and more technologies are driving transform in the retail shopping experience forever. This will impact multiple industries, and is another example of the next wave in digital disruption Though it applies to other retail, the example in this Huffington Post Article is clothes shopping — specifically, a new approach that will give you back massive amounts of time in your life and make the experience fun, fast and super-personalized. Gone are the wasted hours in dressing rooms or combing through racks and finding nothing in your preferred size or style. The five converging…
  • Digital Disruption: Unleashing the next wave of innovation

    Matt Freedman
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:47 pm
  • Buying behaviour is changing

    Matt Freedman
    6 Aug 2013 | 10:13 pm
    “In the hypercapilalist economy-characterised by continuous innovation and dizzying speed of change – buying things in the markets and owning property becomes an outdated idea, while “just in time” access to virtually every kind of service, through vast commercial networks operating in cyberspace, becomes the norm. We increasingly pay for the experience of using things – in form of subscriptions, memberships and leases – rather than pay for the things themselves. The bottom line: we are spending more and owning less.” – Jeremy Rifkin, The Age of Access: The new…
  • How do you get one million likes on facebook

    Matt Freedman
    27 May 2013 | 4:54 pm
      Question How do you get one million likes on Facebook? Answer Pick a subject that polarises people such as politics or religion Make an inflammatory statement Sit back and let it happen A Facebook post from “Meanwhile in Australia“, was posted on 8 May calling for the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard to resign if they got 1 Million likes. Well they are far from 1 Million, but in less than three weeks they’ve managed to get 91k likes, 3.7K comments and over 4k shares. I showed this to my wife last night (who leans to the left politically) and she said jokingly,…
  • Flybuys / Yahoo!7 Browser Toolbar – Big Data Play

    Matt Freedman
    14 May 2013 | 4:04 am
    Do you remember the Yahoo toolbar plugin? It was that annoying browser plugin that seemed to get automatically installed when you downloaded free applications such as Adobe Reader or Google Apps circa 5 years ago. Well it seems that the Yahoo! Toolbar is still around and through a partnership with Coles Flybuys, might start to get some traction again. I was interested to receive an eDM from Flybuys today asking me to download the new Flybuys toolbar (a partnership with Yahoo!7) with the incentive that I’ll get up to 100 Flybuys points for searching using the tool. For most people this…
 
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  • Understanding Google Webmaster Tools

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

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

    Marty Diamond
    4 Jun 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Alexa is known as a site that offers website analytics and even ranks sites based on traffic. A lot of website owners that are concerned about Alexa rank, aren’t entirely certain what it is, and if it really matters? And if it does matter, who does it matter to? This article will answer those questions. Does Alexa Rank Really Matter? The biggest thing is the give you an idea about Alexa in order to understand them. What is Alexa? Alexa.com started off with the purpose to give users website analytics tools for website owners to determine several things: Amount of Traffic Bounce Rate…
  • Panda 4.0 – Time to Wake Up!

    Marty Diamond
    28 May 2014 | 11:28 am
    If you’ve been hoping to slide with mediocre content, or can’t identify what mediocre content is, your site will be in for a scary surprise, SEO-wise. Panda 4.0 is here! For several years, Google has been trying to make website owners aware that unique and quality content is the key to getting ahead. While many have talked the talk, they’ve never walked the walk in terms of improving their content. There are thousands of sites built to cater toward bloggers, Internet Marketers, and many other niche. So, how can you get your site out of the content doldrums and come out on…
  • The Skinny on SEO for Images

    Marty Diamond
    20 May 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Images on websites are suppose to help a site. The purpose usually is to attract new buyers, readers, and subscribers. Images are also something that people can immediately connect with and decide in a moment whether they like you or what you’re saying, or maybe they will leave your site and never return. Just plopping up an image won’t do. Of course, for the visitor, they don’t care, but for search engines like Google, those images can be a leg up on getting traffic. So, how can you capitalize on this? In this article, you’ll learn how to optimize your images for…
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    Profitable Growth

  • 10 Warning Signs Your Business is Out of Focus

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

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

    Andy Birol
    25 May 2014 | 7:21 am
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer April 7, 2014 You need capital for your company to grow, but you may want to reconsider venture capital. The basic problem with partnering with venture capitalists is that their need to earn quick, big returns conflicts with your goal of building your business. Growing a company’s customer base rarely enriches a venture capitalist as much as the next round of investors. Click here to read more.
  • How to know a business owner is about to fall from grace (and what to do about it)

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

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

    Mark Wilston
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:12 am
    The Smartphone revolution has significantly influenced the web design basics and today designers and developers are focusing on websites that are mobile-friendly and will help their clients penetrate this ever-growing mobile internet user base. With the booming mobile internet traffic, a technological evolution has gripped the world with respect to mobile website design. A mobile […]
  • Responsive Website: A Requirement More Than a Trend

    Mark Wilston
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:54 am
    During the earlier days, it was enough to have your own website. But later as the time changed, so did the needs. Next what is much required is “interactivity” and more social networking plug-ins. The focus is undoubtedly a clear one in terms of the requirements. And the priority is the website with “mobile” version. […]
  • WordPress for Android 2.9 Released – Many New Features Introduced

    Mark Wilston
    10 Jun 2014 | 11:17 pm
    It’s time to celebrate for the Android app users of WordPress. WordPress announced the release of Android 2.9 which is now available to install in the Google Play Store. The new version brings in many exciting new features which includes bug fixes and enhancement that will allow you to follow and post blogs using your […]
  • How Drupal 8 has Revolutionized CMS?

    Mark Wilston
    27 May 2014 | 1:17 am
    The latest edition of Drupal 8, the extremely popular Content Management System enterprise, has made it big this time. Indeed, there is a lot of excitement among the Drupal community developers regarding the release of this version. Talking of the previous versions of Drupal, till date all the released versions of Drupal have come up […]
  • Run your App at Google App Engine using PHP

    Mark Wilston
    19 May 2014 | 4:15 am
    Now, you can easily get PHP support on Google App Engine to enable you to run your app on GAE. In this article, we are going to explain the procedure to run your app on GAE. We’ll mostly use PhpStorm here, because of its ability to support GAE’s projects in different ways; however, you are […]
 
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    BizCentral USA » Blog

  • Which Business Certification is Right For Your Business?

    Helene Huynh
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    Private Business Certification vs. Government Certification When looking at business certifications, the question asked most frequently is, “Is there really a difference between which business certification I receive?” The very honest answer to this question is yes. It makes a large impact which agency you choose to certify your business through. There are generally four different levels of business certifications: Local - This certification can be obtained by a local government certifying office, such as a city or a county.  You would want to obtain a local certification if you want…
  • Why Isn’t Social Media Making Me Money?

    Helene Huynh
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Why Isn’t Social Media Making Me Money? You’re a small business owner and you’ve set up a website and Facebook account to hop on the social media marketing bandwagon. Great! A couple of months pass by and although business is picking up, you noticed that you get little to no business from your social media. “OK, well my business has a Facebook, shouldn’t I be buried in money now?”  Not necessarily. This is one of many common misconceptions about social media marketing.  Social media marketing is not just about posting statuses, tweets, and pictures. It is all about…
  • Top 9 Burning Questions You Have about Websites

    Helene Huynh
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Whether you may or may not have a website up yet for your business, we can all agree that having a website is imperative for your small business, and is an undeniable element for your company to thrive in this competitive market. It represents your brand, keep your prospective customers engaged online, and facilitates conversion…meaning more money! Here is a comprised list of the most common questions asked about websites. How much is a website? Depends on your budget,  what type of website you need, the complexity of the site, the amount of control you need over it, and who is going to…
  • Business Owners Don’t Plan to Fail, They Fail to Plan

    Helene Huynh
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:14 am
    Business Owners Don’t Plan to Fail, They Fail to Plan You’ve heard it before, a business plan is important because it’s a roadmap for your organization to align their goals in the right direction. But why is it REALLY important? Let’s just say you go to a bank for a loan, the first thing they’ll ask you is “Where is your business plan?” A business without a business plan is like a teacher without a curriculum, a sports team without a game plan. Organizations that perform at the highest levels have some sort of formalized business plan, but that does not mean…
  • 8 Simple Steps to Create a Marketing Plan

    Helene Huynh
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:05 am
    With the explosion of internet popularity and mobile devices over the last several years, the marketing landscape has become quite overwhelming. We have moved way beyond a listing in the yellow pages, a few strategically-placed ads and coupons, and a press release in the local paper. Now small business owners must consider websites, social media engagement, blogs, and what customers are saying about their business online, just to start. If you find yourself getting lost in the excess of options, the best course of action is to step back and review your approach – your marketing plan.
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    Business Credit

  • Here is a Quick Way to Get Cash for Real Estate Investing

    Marco Carbajo
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Cash for Real Estate Investing One of the most common questions I have been getting lately is “How can I get the cash I need to fund my real estate deals?” This post is for those of you looking for a fast and effective way to get the cash you need to execute your deals. […] The post Here is a Quick Way to Get Cash for Real Estate Investing appeared first on Business Credit.
  • The Ins and Outs of a Business Car Lease

    Marco Carbajo
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Business Car Lease Are you using your personal vehicle for business purposes? Have you considered leasing or purchasing a car in your company’s name? In today’s post we’re going to cover the ins and outs of business car leasing. When you lease, your monthly payments are usually lower than when you buy and you get […] The post The Ins and Outs of a Business Car Lease appeared first on Business Credit.
  • What Does Your Experian Business Credit Report Say About Your Company?

    Marco Carbajo
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Experian Business Credit Report Have you checked your Experian Business Credit Report lately? Does your company’s report have depth, diversity and density? Did you know banks, credit card issuers, suppliers and lenders use Experian Business to prescreen and identify companies to solicit credit offers to? In the previous post we talked about deciphering your Equifax […] The post What Does Your Experian Business Credit Report Say About Your Company? appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Deciphering Your Equifax Small Business Credit Report

    Marco Carbajo
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Equifax® Small Business Credit Report Did you know Equifax® generates 158 billion credit score updates on a monthly basis and 60,000 updates per second for consumers? While we already know that Equifax® is a major consumer reporting agency but did you know they are also a major player in the business credit reporting industry as […] The post Deciphering Your Equifax Small Business Credit Report appeared first on Business Credit.
  • The Business Credit Profile Road Map Lenders Wish You Knew

    Marco Carbajo
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:59 am
    Business Credit Profile In a recent article via the SBA.gov Community, I wrote an article explaining the ten can’t miss business credit profile tips for small business owners.  It’s essential to realize that in today’s lending and credit environments your business credit profile plays a key role. From a lenders perspective, a business with a […] The post The Business Credit Profile Road Map Lenders Wish You Knew appeared first on Business Credit.
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    The Work at Home Woman

  • Is Your Website Set Up To Grab Clients?

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Danielle Buffardi In this digitally-driven world, it’s imperative to have an eye-catching website. Unfortunately not every company has one of those, and if you’ve ever come across one – I bet you remember your experience with it quite clearly. Either it was set up to busily, or you couldn’t find what it was you […]
  • Interview with Carly Fauth — Head of Marketing for Money Crashers

    wahanelson
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tell us about Money Crashers and your functions as head of marketing. Money Crashers is a personal finance website. It’s goal is to educate its readers and followers on ways to better manage money, including articles on saving for retirement, investing, cutting monthly bills, and budgeting, among many other topics. I’m responsible for all general […]
  • My Top 5 Business Blunders

    wahanelson
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Cathi Nelson When I started a new business after spending 17 years in direct sales, I thought I knew the keys to success, being self-motivated, having passion, and being willing to take risks as well as the importance of setting goals. Yet in retrospect, there was so much more I wish I had known. […]
  • 5 Tips to Make Social Media Marketing More Efficient

    wahanelson
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Jess Weddle Social media marketing is practically a requirement for today’s work-at-home woman … but it’s also a giant time-suck. Don’t lie – you know you’ve logged onto Facebook to do a quick work update and ended up spending an hour scrolling through your news feed and commenting on your friends’ pics. There’s nothing wrong […]
  • 5 Tips for Getting Your Product Featured in a National Gift Guide

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dawn Berryman More than likely you are overloaded with pool parties, play dates, back-to-school shopping, and vacation planning. July is the heart of summer. So, why should you be thinking about the holidays now? Christmas in July isn’t just a marketing ploy to get you to spend money now, during a down-time in the […]
 
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  • TLC for Community Managers – Tips To Avoid Burnout

    Vanessa DiMauro
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Community management burnout – its impact and how to avoid it – is an evergreen topic at every gathering of social media practitioners.  It is a tough, never ending job that knows no bounds – all done through email and online communications. I doubt there are many other professions where time online is so high.   We all know the problem exists, however until the typical online community scales their resources to offer their fierce leaders some breathing room, it remains a job hazard.  My favorite insider community manager joke is “I am smiling from my wrists…
  • Social Business and the Responsive Enterprise

    Vanessa DiMauro
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
      The Social Business era has arrived, and with it, individual customers now have a voice. “Listen to me,“ they shout from digital rooftops. “Meet my needs and exceed my expectations,” they demand – online and offline. They’re not passive recipients of products, services and one-way messaging any more. Since the dawn of commerce, businesses have tried to get closer to their customers. That day is here. Customers are clamoring for greater intimacy with firms they trust, to drop the veil, raise the shades, get close and personal, have a real conversation. Sadly, many customers get…
  • Social Media for Strategy-Focused Organizations

    Vanessa DiMauro
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:17 am
    By Vanessa DiMauro and Adam Zawel As social media is growing up, so is executive leadership’s understanding of how it can support or enable an organization’s strategy. My colleague Adam Zawel, community director for Palladium Group’s online community and I wrote an article about the powerful impact social can have in aligning strategy with operations. Palladium was founded by leadership giants Drs. Robert Kaplan and David Norton.  The firm helps organizations effectively and sustainably execute their strategies through the use of the Balanced Scorecard, Strategy-Focused…
  • Secrets of Great Communities And Community Managers

    Vanessa DiMauro
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:51 am
    Last week I delivered a presentation “Secrets of Great Communities and Community Mangers” at the KAConnect conference.  It was a wonderful, inspiring event for knowledge management professionals in the Architecture & Engineering (an $11B industry). Given the focus of their practice, this industry is fueled by a unique balance of structure and creativity.  The gauntlet had been dropped on helping make sense of the complexities of employing  professional collaboration to create buildings, cities and parks.  While there are many things to be said about this topic, here are 5…
  • 56 Lessons From 20 Years of Online Community Building

    Vanessa DiMauro
    28 May 2014 | 5:41 am
    Ever wonder what it takes to succeed with online community strategy and operations?  Here are 56 lessons learned culled from 20 years of online community building experience. 1.  To succeed at online community building, your organization must be able to give members a reason to convene – online or offline. 2.  Take time to validate your community strategy with prospective members. They will likely help you make important adjustments to the plan. 3.  The sponsoring organization must create a balance of “gives” to members and “gets” from members – no community can be one-sided;…
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  • 4 Steps to Business Efficiency

    Rieva Lesonsky
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Lucinda Smith As a small business owner, efficiency and productivity can be a key driver to business success. However this can only be achieved if your workforce is provided with the correct tools and training to do so. Here are a few business efficiency tips that will improve your small business: 1. Create and update business processes. Every organization needs a business processes so they have a firm infrastructure for business’s functions to feed into. Think of it as a set of guidelines (you might already have it in place and not realise). A good way to start off is to document how…
  • Grow Your Business With a SWOT Analysis

    Karen Axelton
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky Is it time to send in the SWOT team to help your small business? Not to be confused with SWAT, SWOT is a business growth tool in which you assess your company’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. After all, if you want to succeed, you need to have a realistic idea of what’s working for—and against—you. Recently, the CAN Capital inaugural Small Business Health Index survey polled small business owners to discover what they see as their biggest opportunities and threats in the coming year. Here’s what they found. Strengths: Small business owners are…
  • 6 Elements Your Small Business Website Needs

    Rieva Lesonsky
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Omri Allouche When stressed for resources in both time and money, many small business owners are asking themselves whether they should invest in building a website. The answer is a resounding yes. According to a GE Capital Retail Bank study, 81 percent of consumers go online before heading out to the store. A business looking to attract customers must have an attractive website waiting for them on the web. But what is an attractive website? First and foremost, it is a website that speaks about what is special and unique in your business. Include these six essential elements in your small…
  • Pizza: Have It Your Way

    Rieva Lesonsky
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky A few months ago Burger King apparently officially dropped its “have it your way” slogan. But that doesn’t mean the concept is dead, especially in the fast-casual food sector. Fed by Chipotle’s phenomenal success, other food concepts, notably salads and burgers (and of course other Mexican restaurants), quickly offered diners the ability to customize their meals. In fact Nancy Luna, food reporter for The Orange County Register, says the fast-food industry is shifting “to meet consumer demand for consistency and speed…Diners are taking…
  • 6 Budget-Friendly Yet Creative Ways to Market Your Website

    Rieva Lesonsky
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Kayla Matthews Let’s face it; running a small business in this economy is difficult. Worse yet, in order to succeed you’ll need to get your website or brand out there in front of people, which takes time and money. In most cases, it’s money that’s the issue. Even if you do have a budget, you probably don’t have enough to go toe-to-toe with big businesses. However, there are ways around that. 1. Maintain Your Google Local Business Listing You’d be surprised how many customers actually discover new local businesses through a simple Google search. That’s…
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  • Making Money With Amazon FBA: Why It Works

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

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Over the last few months, I have been testing the strategies in DS Domination. Full disclosure: I purchased the DS Domination product (no discount or comp) and I also signed up as an affiliate. Before I tell you about my experience with DS Domination, I want to give you a little background  about my experience with eBay. A few years ago I was an eBay Powerseller, featured in Entrepreneur Magazine as the # 2 eBay seller in the State of Washington. So I have some experience with eBay which will come in handy as we take a closer look at DS Domination. Let’s start with some basics. What is…
  • $300 Amazon FBA Profit From Wandering Target Store

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    One of the e-commerce strategies I am testing has to do with finding items that you can sell on Amazon FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon). So for a little experiment, my wife and I went to Target to see if you can actually find items that would make money on Amazon. One item we found was a remote control jet ski that was selling on Amazon for $38.97 (lowest price!), but I could buy them at Target for $17.48 on sale. After shipping and paying Amazon fees, the profit on that item would be $8. Our Target had 20 of them on the shelf, so the potential profit on that one item would be $160. We found several…
  • Ann Sieg Will Pay You $100 If You Fail

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Can you imagine Vemma, Visalus, It Works Global, Organo Gold or Empower Network saying the following: “Go through a handful of simple steps over the next 30 days and if you don’t make money, I’ll pay you $100.” That would be huge news, right? Well that is exactly what Ann Sieg is doing for those who are taking advantage of her new e-commerce strategy. Ann will be explaining her $100 guarantee and all of the details on an invite only webinar tomorrow. Here is your link: Ann Sieg E-Commerce Webinar More… For my stats and data peeps: E-commerce between now and 2017…
  • How To Sell To 244 Million Amazon Customers

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    As some of you know, I have been testing the e-commerce strategies using DS Domination with Ann Sieg’s team. The first part of the strategy is to locate items on Amazon and list them on eBay for a higher price. It works. In fact, I did $5,172.10 on eBay in my first 30 days (a little less than 30 days actually). But eBay sales were just the beginning. The 500 pound gorilla is Amazon… With 244 million active buyers, Amazon is a goldmine for those who want to learn how to build an e-commerce business. There are a couple of ways to do it on Amazon. One involves using your cell phone…
 
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    Springwise

  • Stick-on knobs let iPad DJs mix with physical dials

    Springwise
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 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. Music consumption has almost completely lost its physicality since the advent of digital, with entire back catalogs available at the click of a button. Musicians and producers themselves are now using virtual instruments and equipment such as DAW software and tablets have given rise to the iPad DJ. Catering to the latter in particular, Tuna Knobs aim to bring the tactile…
  • Business card doubles as a free train pass for recipients

    Springwise
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Add / Remove There’s a famous scene in American Psycho when Patrick Bateman and his colleagues compare business cards. The scene is humorous because business cards are seen as old fashioned in the digital age, but the truth of the matter is that a good one can still make a brand or client memorable. The Kokopelli hostel in Peru recently embedded its business cards with altitude sickness-curing medicine to help backpackers remember it’s name. Now the Russian arm of Greenpeace has created EcoCard, a business card that’s getting more people to use public transport by combining…
  • Zoo Jeans are ‘designed’ by lions, tigers and bears

    Springwise
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Add / Remove Regular readers of Springwise may remember our recent coverage of Gaolhouse Denim, the social scheme that provides prison inmates with tailoring skills by getting them to create premium jeans for consumers. Now another charitable cause has developed Zoo Jeans, created with fabric that’s pre-ripped and chewed by dangerous animals before being fashioned into a pair of trousers. Conceived by Japan-based I&S BBDO for the Kamine Zoo in Hitachi City, the raw denim used to create the jeans is first wrapped around the favorite toys of the lions, tigers and bears that live at…
  • Cat face detection helps track the health of multiple pets

    Springwise
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    Add / Remove Facial recognition isn’t solely capable of identifying humans, as proved by ideas such as PiP — the database that uses the technology to reunite lost pets with their owners. Now Taiwan’s Bistro is a feeding device that uses facial recognition to track the unique health metrics of individual cats. Cats are individuals just like people, and they each have their own dietary needs according to their personal health. Bistro is a smart food hopper that is capable of holding water and feed, as well as tracking exactly how much cats take each time they use it. The device…
  • Smart thermometer enables old ovens to connect to smartphones

    Springwise
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:36 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. New devices — such as Mellow, the water cooker that can be operated through a smartphone — are making food preparation much easier for those without the skills or time to cook a meal to perfection. For those not planning to trade in their oven or grill anytime soon, however, Range OI is a device that turns any existing cooker into a smart one. Currently seeking funding on…
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    The Social Monica

  • How Responsive Design Helps to Grow Online Phlebotomy Directories

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

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

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

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

    monica
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:08 am
    Is Facebook no longer “cool”? The rise of Facebook has to be one of the most extraordinary stories of the Internet era. From nowhere Facebook has risen to be one of the great internet behomyths. In 2004 Facebook was unheard of. Ten years later it is a billion dollar listed company that has made many people extremely rich. At the time of its initial IPO, fibrillar first 2012, the documentation of Facebook announced that the company had 845 million active monthly users there were 2.7 billion daily likes and comments on the website. However it is now the case, according to Facebook…
 
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    Jeff Korhan

  • Here’s How to Communicate with My Business

    Jeff Korhan
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:33 am
    Does your business have a system for receiving, organizing, and processing inquiries? This is vital for converting your content marketing, SEO, and social media into profitable outcomes. How a business communicates with its communities is marketing. Tweet this The smart ones use it to distinguish their company as professional, caring, and easy to work with. Since every business is unique, I’ll share key elements of our process that you can adapt to yours. I’m confident you will learn new ideas for improving your communications, while also helping you get more of what you need from me.
  • 3 Content Marketing Planning and Productivity Tips

    Jeff Korhan
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    As we cross the annual midpoint, many businesses experience a transition period, making this an ideal time to assess marketing effectiveness to make the necessary adjustments for finishing the year strong. However, unlike the obvious transition to a new calendar year, this yearly midpoint often passes by with the lazy summer that accompanies it (here in the northern hemisphere). That is unfortunate, because now is the time for ramping up to still accomplish annual objectives, or even raise targets if everything is working out well. Planning and productivity is always relevant, because time is…
  • Marketing to Be a Distinctive Business

    Jeff Korhan
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Everyone is on a journey. Our job as businesses is to make the journey of our potential buyers better in some way. We have to be THE preferred solution – the oasis in a desert of clutter that inspires them to action. This means becoming a distinctive business. Failing to distinguish your business is to become extinct, at least according to notable author Tom Peters. Take the Risk of Being Direct When a business graciously says no, it instantly becomes distinctive. Does your marketing not only address how your business can help, but what it will NOT do? If your process is sound, your…
  • Markets are Lazy and Forgetful

    Jeff Korhan
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    Is your business one of the best-kept secrets in its industry? Assuming your general capabilities are in order, the reason for this is more than likely your marketing. #1 – It lacks clarity and is therefore confusing. #2 – It is inconsistent and therefore not memorable. Both challenges are easily resolved Tell the Market Only What You Do Best In the real estate industry, the valuation of a parcel of land is determined by what is known as it’s highest and best use. It’s location and other factors will determine if that use is for retail, commercial, or residential development.
  • Marketing to the Worldview of Your Customers

    Jeff Korhan
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:43 pm
    A worldview is a philosophy or set of values through which people interpret and interact with the world. Do you understand what this is for your ideal customers? Communities align with businesses and brands that reaffirm their worldview. Tweet this This is the power of your story. The Market Shapes Your Story When you launched your small business, you most likely tested the idea by sharing it with friends who eagerly supported you. In fact, a few of them probably became your first customers. If your business delivered on its promise, those early customers shared your story with their friends,…
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    SmartCEO

  • Crowdfunding: Opportunity or risk for individual investors?

    april
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    Thought Leadership on Real Estate Accounting presented by Friedman LLP. Would you like the opportunity to own a piece of residential or commercial real estate or make an investment in a mortgage loan? Today, investors around the country are receiving e-mails and other solicitations, as well as hearing from the media, about the opportunities to invest in the booming real estate market.  Online, it appears as if hundreds of companies are interested in offering qualified investors with the opportunity to invest in commercial and residential real estate. It is as easy as searching for…
  • Conversion of real estate for alternative use throughout New York City

    april
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    Thought Leadership on Real Estate Accounting presented by Friedman LLP. The real estate market in New York City has recovered from the recession of 2008. The improvement has marked a rapid conversion of office buildings, hospitals, parking garages and other asset classes into luxury rental and condominium residences, hotels and in certain instances specialty office space. The conversion of properties is taking place in each and every borough especially in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.Lower Manhattan A joint venture of Rose Associates and DTH Capital are converting the 66 story, Art…
  • Let the Buyer Beware – Hidden Sales Tax Liabilities in Business Acquisitions

    CBIZ MHM, LLC
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    Thought Leadership on Innovative tax planning strategies for every stage of your business presented by CBIZ MHM, LLC. Don’t you hate it when you think you have scored yourself a “deal,” only to later realize that your great deal was actually a dud. Yes, that terrible feeling of buyer’s remorse. It can happen to anyone regardless of whether you are purchasing a used car, affordable electronics or a piece of real estate. In the same vein, business acquisitions can also create buyer’s remorse.Given the dollars and potential risk at stake, purchasers of a business typically spend…
  • Who is your #1 sales person?

    Socialfix Media
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Thought Leadership on Web Development presented by Socialfix Media. We often refer to your website as a 24 hour a day 7 day a week sales machine. A well designed and executed site will have all of the best attributes of a top performing sales rep. It is informative, efficient in delivering compelling brand values that speak directly to the emotional and functional needs of the visitor, and always tells the visitor next steps to closing the sale.So now you have the world’s best sales rep at your disposal. Would we just let him sit at his desk and wait for the phone to ring? Or would you…
  • Cloud storage, NAS or both?

    Atlantic-IT.net
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Thought Leadership on Managed IT Services presented by Atlantic-IT.net. The simultaneous explosions of big data and mobility have organizations scrambling to figure out the best way to store and backup data. While the amount of data being produced and the number of devices being used has skyrocketed, storage and backup strategies haven’t been able to keep up. This can have a significant impact on performance, productivity, customer service and disaster recovery.There are two primary storage options for small to midsize businesses:Cloud-based storage has emerged as an appealing option…
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    Indianapolis Marketing | Web Design | Roundpeg

  • How to Keep Your Team on Schedule

    Anne
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Running a business is crazy difficult. Not that I know from personal experience, but I do work for someone who owns a business and I don’t know how she keeps her head on straight. Lorraine manages customers, potential new customers, her own workload, her employees and their projects and two cats. That’s a lot. My head is spinning just reading that. But she’s got the process down so everyone communicates what’s going on effectively and work doesn’t get backed up. Granted we are all pretty exceptional when it comes to time management (or we do a really good job of…
  • Developing Your Sitemap

    Jarred
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Every time the ball starts rolling with a new web design client, we run through the same preliminary set of procedures. The first step is the keyword and industry research which is used to develop your website’s sitemap. What is a sitemap? It is a visual outline of how your website’s pages are interconnected, starting at the top with your root domain (often referred to as your homepage). We work with you to figure out all sorts of things to include in this document, including how you want your users to interact with your homepage, which pages you want to be in your navigation…
  • What I Read

    Lorraine
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    While I hope small business owners across America wake up every morning to read Business Notes from Roundpeg, there are lots of other great business blogs out there. I know this because I read many of them for ideas, inspiration or answers to questions I have about social media, inbound marketing, SEO, design, branding and even photography. There isn’t time every day to read them all so I collect my favorites in Feedly.  Then when I have time, I can quickly browse, share and even bookmark so I can come back to them later. So what do I read? Here is a list of my current favorites and…
  • Meeting Management Tips for Better Web Design

    Peter Wolfgram
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Some meetings happen in a clearing in the woods with a table full of jelly donuts. Most don’t. Most meetings not set in Twin Peaks happen over the phone or by video conference and email. Remote meetings are especially common in web design. Meeting remotely lets everyone keep a tighter schedule. And like a good pot of hot coffee, digital tools are supposed to smooth the way for good discussion. Unfortunately, the message often gets lost, even when the mail goes through. Let’s use email and video better and improve the quality of web design meetings. How to Email Like A Web Designer…
  • Reusable Content

    Lorraine
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    In the last few months we have been writing about content marketing, talking about content management and teaching business owners how to use these strategies to bring prospective customers to their web site time and time again. We have also been sharing success stories about companies who have been successful using this approach. We have spent a good deal of time writing all those blog posts, creating slides for seminars, recording podcasts and assembling white papers. We do it because we want to be considered  subject matter experts. To establish our authority we need to have more than…
 
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    The Thriving Small Business

  • Team Charter Statement – Why Writing a Team Charter and Purpose Statement is Important

    Patricia Lotich
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Businesses that look to improve their systems and processes often form teams to work on improvement efforts.  Successful teams are driven by directives of the organization and are steered by a Team Charter. According to High Performance Teams, a team charter statement is “a written document that defines the team’s mission, scope of operation, objectives, time frame and consequences.” Spending the time to develop a team charter and purpose statement can help ensure team support and resources are available.  A charter helps clarify support and resource allocation from management. This…
  • Reducing Employee Absenteeism – 4 Ways to Reduce Employee Absenteeism

    Patricia Lotich
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    I had a question from a reader who asked, “Do you see the causes of workplace absenteeism as a management problem or a personal problem”? Second, “what do you think is the most effective way of reducing employee absenteeism in the workplace?” Excessive absenteeism can be caused by any number of things – personal problems, employee performance issues, lack of clear expectations or a dysfunctional work environment. So to answer the first question – “do you see the causes of workplace absenteeism as a management problem or a personal problem”  – my answer would be, I think it…
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Paid Time Off

    Patricia Lotich
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    Many organizations provide paid time off benefits for their employees.  Being paid when not working is a great employee benefit (just ask anyone who works in the trades, like a carpenter, cement finisher, brick layer, etc.) and should be appreciated by employees. Paid time off benefits can be packaged in any number of ways.  The traditional benefit model is that employees are allowed a week or a couple of weeks of vacation and a few sick days per year.  The different models of these benefits can be all over the map. I’ve seen vacation benefits as conservative as one week a year and as…
  • 5 Things Employers Can do to Manage Grief in the Workplace

    Patricia Lotich
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:44 am
    My daughter recently called to let me know that a co-worker of hers – a young husband and father of two small children was the victim of a violent murder.  My daughter was very upset and overwhelmed with concern for her friend. Her emotions were those of grief, anger, empathy and care for the young family he left behind. She has a very verbal personality so she was able to talk through this broad range of emotions that she was dealing with while figuring out how to manage the workplace grief. This incident reminded me of the handful of times throughout my career that I had to…
  • 10 Tips for Handling Customer Complaints

    Patricia Lotich
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:58 am
    Anyone who has a business has had the experience of dealing with customer complaints. While listening to a complaining customer is not something most people enjoy, a complaining customer can be an organization’s friend if they try to learn from the complaint. There are lots of things customers can complain about – communication breakdowns, process failures, faulty products, rude employees and unclean facilities, just to name a few. If taken seriously, these seemingly annoying encounters can shed revelation on areas in the organization that need improvement.  For example, if a…
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    Fizzle

  • Pleasure Before Business

    Caleb Wojcik
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Have you been to a conference before where there are more people wearing a kilt and a Darth Vader helmet while riding a unicycle playing a bagpipe that shoots flames out the back than people wearing a suit and tie? That’s the kind of conference Chris Guillebeau’s World Domination Summit is. It is a little different. A little “unconventional” if you will. So in the spirit of doing things differently, I won’t be showing off a bunch of my pictures of the amazing people and food or the four-hour long academy Fizzle led. These are my three takeaways from WDS 2014…
  • Money Isn’t the Point

    Corbett Barr
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    I’m decompressing from the World Domination Summit, trying to piece together the themes from this year, and understand what I’ll take away long-term. The older I get, and the longer I’ve been an entrepreneur, the more I keep asking myself “what’s the point?” As in, what’s the point of goals we work towards, and accomplishments we hold up and celebrate in ourselves and others? This can be a dangerous road. Sometimes you get deep into the meaning of life. I ended up in some deep existential conversations at this year’s WDS because of where my head has been. I think…
  • How to Delegate & What to get off Your Plate (FS063)

    Chase Reeves
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    There are things in all our businesses we hate doing. And at a certain point, we have to ask ourselves if we’re trapped working in our businesses without any time or energy to work on them. In the last episode we covered how to navigate these things when you can’t afford to pay for help. In this episode we share: How to decide what to delegate A few categories of tasks you could delegate Some tips and tricks for delegating and dealing with VA’s, vendors, partners and contractors What you shouldn’t delegate Enjoy! And if you have any questions please let us know in the…
  • Failure Is An Option

    Chase Reeves
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I received an email today that my good friend’s company is shutting down, pulling the plug, closing up shop. This is something he poured himself into… Rush prep for impromptu big meetings… Stressed late night presentation tweaks… Early morning service calls from the east coast… Blood. Sweat. Fight. Hustle. Muscle… and now tears, packing up, figuring out how to sell the servers, saying goodbye and good luck to employees. I’m gutted for them. Another app I enjoyed, Readmill, has this on their homepage today: “Readmill has closed. We can’t find…
  • The Multiple Hats of the Solopreneur (FS062)

    Chase Reeves
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    At first, you may need to wear all the hats in your business, doing all the work yourself because you can’t afford to hire people to help you. In this conversation we get some clarity about what those hats are, which ones are important and how to think about them. We also share a handful of hats we’re deciding never to wear again. Enjoy! Push Play: The Multiple Hats of the Solopreneur (FS062) / Listen to The Multiple Hats of the Solopreneur (FS062) A podcast for creative entrepreneurs and honest business builders... TO SUBSCRIBE: simply search for “The Fizzle Show” in…
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    Small Business Blog - Montreal Financial

  • Guidelines For Deducting Conference and Training Expenses

    Ronika Khanna
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Attending conferences and investing in ongoing training can be a great way for small business owners to keep current on industry developments and improve their skills.  It also allows for networking opportunities and occasionally includes trips to exotic locations (and Las Vegas), which can be a nice break.  The best part is that the cost of both the events and travel are deductible against your business income, subject to specific guidelines discussed below.Conferences/Conventions/Seminars:Only 2 events per year are deductible.Per IT-131R2 The conventions must be:(a) held by a…
  • 5 Income Tax Tips from the Trenches

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

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

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

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

  • Why Podcasting is Becoming Better than Blogging for Building Trust, Engagement, and Loyalty

    Marcus Sheridan
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    2 years ago, a huge portion of the emails I received from my audience looked something like this: “Marcus, just found you recently and have been reading all your stuff…” Today, these very same types of emails tend to look like this: “Marcus, just found you recently and have been listening to all of your stuff…” It’s the same email with one monumental difference. The Power of Listening over Reading The shift above didn’t hit me until recently but as I’ve contemplated this movement and the way people are engaging with content it all makes very obvious sense: Podcast listeners…
  • What’s More Important Inbound Tactics or Inbound Strategy? An interview with Eric Keiles

    George Thomas
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    When a company realizes that their current marketing is not working, they start to look for new things to do to get the job done. In today’s world it takes you about 5 minutes and you realize that new way is inbound marketing. Only problem, inbound comes with a ton of things to do, which is great in a way, but not in another. The good news is that you will have plenty of tools to help you get your company back into its marketing glory. The bad news is that you might think you can just jump in and start doing “STUFF”. This is kind of like trying to drive a car with no engine.
  • Mad Marketing #32: Legacy, Leadership, and Staying Way Ahead of the Competition

    Marcus Sheridan
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hello everyone! It’s podcast time again which means your drive to work just got a lot quicker with a few more smiles hopefully mixed in as well. In this episode, I’ll be riffing away on a variety of subjects, including: Lebron James’ example of how one man can change through personal development and what that means for his legacy The importance of being “thoughtful” in business and life The issue of Content Marketing Buy-In How Podcasting builds more trust than blogging– and why that is. The incredible necessity to always stay at least 5 years ahead of the…
  • The 10 Commandments of Getting Content Marketing Buy-In Every Time

    Marcus Sheridan
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    I’ll admit it—I’m on a content marketing buy-in kick. But you can’t blame me, really. The #1 email I get here at The Sales Lion comes from wildly frustrated and often depressed (no, not kidding) marketers who are trying to get management and employees to buy-in to this thing we all call content marketing. Furthermore, I have reached the conclusion that NOTHING GREAT HAPPENS IN THIS SPACE WITHOUT BUY-IN. (yes, I was yelling there, just in case you couldn’t hear what I was saying ) And if I may brag for just a minute, in the last 3 years I’ve experienced a LOT of success getting…
  • The Problem of Developing Your Company Voice: An Interview with John Bonini

    George Thomas
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    Hello everyone, it’s George Thomas again and I’m happy to bring you another educational interview to help empower your company with Inbound Marketing best practices. Today I sit down with the incredibly smart and talented John Bonini, Marketing Director for Impact Brand & Design. In this interview, we discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to company messaging and voice–as well as some salient points regarding building your brand in an online world. (Below is a summary of John’s interview) Why are some companies so confusing when it comes to…
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • Seven TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Needs to Watch

    Emily Farrar
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    It’s tough to run into an entrepreneur who hasn’t heard of TED Talks, whether they attended one in person or viewed a talk via YouTube. If you don’t know what a TED Talk is, here’s the brief lowdown on the series. TED Talks (the acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design) are conferences held worldwide where influential speakers are given about 18 minutes to present a message in an innovative way, or as the TED tagline proclaims, create a message filled with “ideas worth spreading.” While sharing ideas worth spreading might sound difficult to do on the surface, TED…
  • How to Send a Magic Envelope [VIDEO]

    Emily Farrar
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Of all of the different ways you can get your receipts to Shoeboxed, our famous Magic Envelopes have always been a fan favorite. After all, what’s easier than stuffing a prepaid envelope full of paper clutter and dropping it in the mail? If you’re a new Shoeboxer or you aren’t quite sure if you’ve been using your Magic Envelopes to their full capacity, don’t worry! Watch the video above to learn everything you need to know about sending in a Magic Envelope. More questions about our Magic Envelopes and mail-in service? Visit our Help Desk or give us a shout on…
  • Shoeboxed for Small Business Owners [VIDEO]

    Emily Farrar
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    As a first-time business owner, Rimas Vilgalys was searching for a solution to help him track expenses and digitize business documents. He found a solution in Shoeboxed, and later found out that we’re both located in Durham, North Carolina! In this video, you’ll meet Rimas, founder and CEO of Brother Vilgalys Spirits Company, and find out how he uses Shoeboxed to help him run his small business. We’re thrilled to be able to help small businesses (especially those in our backyard!) grow. Whether you need to track expenses for tax purposes or finally get rid of that filing…
  • 7 Things You Don’t Want to Hear About Small Business Deductions

    Emily Farrar
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    This guest post is brought to you by TaxAlli.com, we pair you with real life accountants and use cloud software to make small business accounting awesome. While running a small business and claiming tax deductions are essentially synonymous, most small business owners don’t have an accurate understanding of how most tax deductions actually work or the limitations the IRS imposes around certain benefits. This means that, come tax time, a lot of business owners are a bit disappointed when they either get an unexpected tax bill or a much smaller refund than they were counting on. Maximizing…
  • 6 Home Automation Gadgets to Smarten Up Your Small Business

    Emily Farrar
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    There are a lot of correlations between running a small business and running a home. In many ways, a home is a small business (just without the profit part). You already know that advances in home automation technology can save you a bundle on your home’s utility bills, so why not apply that same technology (and money savings) to your small business? Whether your home is already fully automated, or you haven’t even started considering how to put the Internet of Things to work for you, consider incorporating one or all of these connected devices into your small business to save…
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    Home Based Business Ideas

  • 4 Pieces Violet Silicone Coasters Excellent Home & Kitchen Decoration idea 100% Peace of Mind Guarantee!

    DanielNBrown
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Lavender colored things are all the rage at the minute. They are in magazines, brochures, brochures and interior decoration stores. Possibly it's the ethereal look or the way the color makes you feel however these definitely lovely lavender 3d petal clover coasters are to die for. They are an actually scrummy, welcoming and a gorgeous [...]
  • 4 pieces Brown Silicone Coasters Hollow Out Design Good Grip- 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!

    DanielNBrown
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Don't you think that these coasters are the most delightful and stylish coasters offered on the market today? We would describe them as the most splendid pieces of art; you could ever set your eyes on. They're just excellent. They're made from silicone obviously, and now with the innovation of technology, they do imitate crocheted [...]
  • Never Worry About Plumbing Issues At All With These Suggestions

    DanielNBrown
    6 Jul 2014 | 9:44 pm
    How many times have you called in a plumber, only to have him charge you an expensive price for a straightforward repair that you could have done yourself? If you know a little more about your plumbing system, you can save a lot of money. Read this write-up dealing with some plumbing guidelines that you [...]
  • Helpful Video – Using A Coupon Code With Natizo Measuring Spoons

    DanielNBrown
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:44 pm
    There are coupon codes all over the internet nowadays and numerous sites that focus on publicising coupon codes they have discovered. I've purchased a couple of things online now and have to confess the first time I tried to apply a promo code I got a bit confused. Working out where and when to enter [...]
  • Useful Video – Using A Coupon Code With Natizo Measuring Spoons

    DanielNBrown
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:44 pm
    There are discount coupon codes all over the internet these days and many websites that focus on publicising discount coupon codes they have found. I've bought a couple of things online now and have to admit the very first time I attempted to use a discount coupon code I got a bit confused. Figuring out [...]
 
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    ReachLocal Blog: Online Marketing to Reach Local Customers

  • Behind the Marketing: The Technology that Drives ReachLocal Solutions

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    In the age of digital marketing, there’s one thing that can separate a good campaign from a great campaign: the technology behind it. And at ReachLocal, we’ve learned a thing or two about what makes digital marketing technology work to help local businesses succeed online. Our experience running thousands of high-quality search advertising, display, retargeting, and SEO campaigns has helped us continuously refine our solutions in order to help our clients get more leads and customers online.  So, what does our technology look like? Here’s an overview of how four of our…
  • Want Insight Into Your Twitter Performance? Try the New Organic Dashboard

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Ever wonder how many impressions and engagements your organic tweets generate on Twitter? If you’re a Twitter advertiser or a Twitter Card publisher, you’ll now be able to see all of this data and more with Twitter’s rollout of its enhanced tweet activity dashboard. Analytics in this new Twitter dashboard provide valuable data into how well (or not so well) any particular organic tweet is performing on the platform. Understanding these new insights can help you see what topics reach your audience and can help you create and curate content that gets the most engagement,…
  • 4 Steps to Powerful Lead Management for Your Local Business

    10 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Local business owners all start their businesses with different goals in mind: to use their unique skills, to solve a problem (or solve it better than competitors), to contribute to their community, or to make money from something they do well. But in order to reach those goals, it’s important for SMBs to not only focus on how to reach local consumers online, but also on how to convert them into leads and customers. That’s where great lead management comes into play. In this ReachLocal presentation, we share four best practices for the lead management aspect of your marketing…
  • What Is Google My Business? Tips for SMBs

    8 Jul 2014 | 3:22 pm
    For many small business owners, managing and syncing all their information on Google+ and Google+ Local was becoming redundant and time consuming. Google’s response to this is Google My Business. So, what exactly is Google My Business? It’s a centralized place to manage your business across all of Google. This new platform eliminates the need for multiple business profiles, making it easier than ever to create and optimize your presence across Google Search, Maps, and Google+, and to manage it via mobile, too! From this one dashboard, you can edit your business info, share…
  • 8 Inspirational Quotes to Celebrate Small Businesses

    4 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    Small businesses have multiple ways to define “independence.” Being an entrepreneur and running a small business often comes with its own set of challenges, and overcoming those hurdles takes hard work and dedication. But when the job is done, it’s also something to be proud of. And celebrating the success of small businesses is something we love to do at ReachLocal. So, to keep you going this year, here are a few of our favorite inspirational business quotes from successful leaders who know a thing or two about what it takes to make businesses thrive:  1. Sara Blakely:…
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    Women Unlimited Worldwide

  • 6 Easy steps to break the worry cycle…

    Wendy Kerr
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s 2am again. For the 5th night in a row, you wake up. Your head is swimming with the same thoughts, the same problem over and over again. Countless hours are spent going over the issue and yet no solution appears. There never will be a solution magically appearing at 2am. You’re exhausted, tired and short on new ideas. From the experience of my own sleepless nights and that of my clients, I know that it’s extremely difficult to solve the problem with the same thinking that created it. This is because we get trapped in our patterns of thinking and reach for the most familiar…
  • Is your brand in need of an evolutionary or revolutionary change?

    Karen Haller
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:37 am
    Have you ever found yourself looking at your business branding and thinking it’s time for an overhaul, a reassessment or a refresh? Your business could just be in evolution or revolution mode. A business brand is a living entity. As it evolves and matures over time you’ll find yourself going through phases of reassessment to ensure your business remains true, articulating its authentic personality and values in alignment for the products and/or services it stands for. Brand evolution is when you are looking to make small, incremental changes, tweaks to your current business branding.
  • How to protect your online content

    Suzanne Dibble
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:32 am
    How to identify content theft and find your stolen content How do you protect your online content?  Content is king and these days any business who wants to go places puts an awful lot of time and effort into producing quality content. So it is particularly galling when one of your competitors comes along and rips off your last blog post that you spent hours putting together. So what can you do to identify content theft – after all the world-wide web is a big place… Well there are certain things you can do immediately to check on content that is already out there and whether it is…
  • Marketing: Getting back to basics

    Deborah Rowe
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:22 am
    Amongst other more lengthy descriptions, the Chartered Institute of Marketing defines marketing as “The management process responsible for identifying, anticipating and satisfying customer requirements profitably”.  It’s all about getting the right product or service, to the right people, at the right time, in a way that suits them and is at a mutually beneficial price. Without proper marketing it’s difficult for a business to get close to its customers and give them what they want. The good news is that many small businesses are already applying the basic marketing principles…
  • Finding the perfect fit for your ‘Business & Lifestyle’ … dream!

    Teresa Mitrovic
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    Finding the perfect fit between a gorgeous lifestyle and a flourishing business is the stuff of dreams. There are a few remarkable people who seem to navigate life with such finesse they barely break a sweat, and there’s the rest of us who feel as though we’re standing on shifting sands trying to keep our balance while all around us chaos reigns. You’re not alone – everyone who strives to build a business and a home life comes face to face with finding their fit at some point in their journey – but there is hope, even when your business demands more time and energy than you…
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    Firefly Coaching

  • A Unique Way to Say Thank You and Make an Impression

    Stephanie Ward
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:11 am
    Do you ever want to thank someone but an email doesn’t seem like enough and sending something via snail mail isn’t possible? If so, I have the perfect solution for you in today’s video. Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below: In addition to PaperlessPost, which I mentioned in he video, another fabulous option is punchbowl. “Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” G.B. Stern Click to Tweet And for even more on saying thank you check out my post, Are You Saying Thank You Enough?
  • What Happens in Greece After Dinner and How to Be Remarkable

    Stephanie Ward
    4 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
        Greece has stunning beaches, extraordinarily friendly people, and divine food. And after almost every meal in Crete you get a free Greek surprise which is either a small sweet dessert or an alcoholic drink called Raki. And if you’re really lucky, you get both. Raki is brought to the table in various sized bottles with shot size glasses. It is a clear drink and looks like water (oh, but it ain’t) hence the nickname, firewater. Since almost every restaurant does this, it seems impossible to stand out. One Greek restaurant on Crete figured out a way to do this. Their Raki is…
  • Not Getting Enough Clients From Your Ezine? Watch This

    Stephanie Ward
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:56 am
    If you’re not happy with the results you’re getting from your ezine, I have the solution for you. Watch this short video (less than 3 minutes) to find out how the right way to make sales with your ezine. Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below:   “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Michael Jordan Click to Tweet If you haven’t started sending out an ezine, be sure to check out my posts on creating your valuable free giveaway and ezine. Do you make offers in…
  • Normally I Tell Business Owners Not To Do This

    Stephanie Ward
    6 Jun 2014 | 3:11 am
        You know that focus is critical when marketing your business. You need to resist the temptation of continuously getting drawn into the latest marketing fad. Usually I advise business owners to pick a few marketing strategies and stick to them, which is a smart thing to do. You also need to know which of your marketing strategies are the most effective. For more on this, check out my post: How to Stop Wasting Money on Your Marketing. But once you’re clear about what works, and you’re doing that consistently, it’s OK to add an additional marketing strategy or expand your…
  • Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Show Your Prices on Your Website

    Stephanie Ward
    16 May 2014 | 1:28 am
    Should you put your prices on your website? There isn’t a right or wrong answer to this one. There are reasons for sharing and reasons for not sharing. The most important things is to think about it and be clear about the decision you make, either way. I have a preference for one and I’ll tell you all about it in the video. Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below:   “Transparency is sexy.” Danielle LaPorte Click to Tweet Where do you stand on sharing your prices on your…
 
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    Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business

  • How To Go Offline And Still Grow Your Email List

    Wil Hart
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Engagement Matters Episode 29: When making connections with people, what is better than a face to face encounter? When you attend live events, be sure to use the experience as an email list building opportunity. Learn how you can grow your subscriber list by having an active share at live events. The post How To Go Offline And Still Grow Your Email List appeared first on Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business.
  • How to Craft Awesome Newsletter Content

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    The number one question I get from clients regarding their newsletter content is “What should I be writing about?”. Many small business owners mistakenly believe that they shouldn’t email their list unless they have something new and noteworthy to share. Still others are under the mistaken impression that every single newsletter should be a sales email. Great newsletter content doesn’t have to just include exciting events, product launches or new offerings. In fact, the bulk of your email content may not even focus on your products and services at all. Here are 5 newsletter content…
  • Do You Have Amnesia Already?

    Wil Hart
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    Engagement Matters Episode 28: Don't forget the power of starting and growing an email community of sometimes pre-qualified leads. "Sometimes" is key because many people (or bots) join your list with no intention of connecting with you. But, that shouldn't cause you to get amnesia, cannot generate both engagement and income. Let me show you how to do both. http://www.smartsimplemarketing.com/profitable-newsletter-kit/ The post Do You Have Amnesia Already? appeared first on Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business.
  • Email Frequency: How often should you email your list?

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    You click send, take a deep breath, cross your fingers, and mutter ‘the email frequency prayer’: Please let me be sending this at the best possible time. Please let people actually open it. Please let people click on the links. Please don’t let my email frequency be too often. Amen. For many entrepreneurs, determining email frequency can be an ongoing nightmare from which they never wake up. Are you sending your email at the best possible time? Will anyone open it? Will they fulfill the call to action you’ve painstakingly crafted?      While there are no hard and fast rules,…
  • Magnetically Build Your List and Attract New Leads

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Even if you’re not currently offering a lead magnet on your website, you’ve probably seen them before – a free report for opting into an email newsletter, a free music download for filling out a survey, and so on. Some small business owners go to great lengths to offer dynamic lead magnets, or as we like to call them “problem solving gifts”. They put in lots of time and money to create a product or service that they could, in essence, sell for a profit. But instead of selling the solution, they give it away to build credibility and generate leads. Others focus on a small, simple…
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  • 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…
  • Love in Dark Places Premiere [Photos!]

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

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

  • How to Craft Awesome Newsletter Content

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Sydni Craig-Harthow often should you email your list? The number one question I get from clients regarding their newsletter content is "What should I be writing about?".Many small business owners mistakenly believe that they shouldn't email their list unless they have something new and noteworthy to share. Still others are under the mistaken impression that every single newsletter should be
  • 3 Reasons Why There's Nothing Wrong with Being a Dreamer

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Deborah A. Bailey Have you ever been told that dreams don’t matter? Or that they’re lame? Or that dreaming isn’t as important as doing? If so, it’s time to rethink that advice. 1. Dreams are expressions of your desires Whether you call it a dream or a vision or a goal, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you know what you want. A lot of people don’t have a clue what they really want.
  • The Power of Persistence with Dr. Pei Kang on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Dr. Pei (Pronounced “pay”) believes in the riches of each individual and the power of positioning, planning and persistence. Pei came to the US in her 20’s. She is currently the business executive and co-host of the “ReLaunch” show. she is also a gifted endodontist (root canal specialist) and yoga instructor. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, Tae Kwon Do, and playing doggie-mom. She calls
  • Celebrate with CorpNet.com! Free LLC and Incorporation Packages to Start Your Business

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    July 2014 marks the fifth year CorpNet.com has helped entrepreneurs start a business. To show their appreciation to the entrepreneurial community, CorpNet is launching a special offer all of July: Free LLC formation and incorporation packages. During this limited time, they will waive the service fees for any basic LLC or incorporation package to help make it easier for those looking to finally
  • How to Think Like an Entrepreneur Interview on ReLaunch Radio

    11 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    Want to get motivation on navigating your way from career to business? Listen to my interview on ReLaunch radio with hosts Joel Boggess and Dr Pei Kang. Listen to my interview here: http://www.findingyourvoiceradio.com/deb-bailey/ Subscribe to ReLaunch radio on iTunes (free): https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/relaunch!/id875232538 About Joel & Pei Joel Boggess is the host of the “ReLaunch”
 
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    Image Design Blog

  • AlienSkin Exposure 6 - Review

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

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

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

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

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

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    I was boarding a very early morning flight to Dallas. One of the pilots of the plane, Gerald Higginbotham, was greeting every single person who walked on the plane. He was so outgoing and engaging. He welcomed everyone and built rapport with many of the passengers. He would ask, “Where are you going?” If they said anywhere other than Dallas, he would say, “Well we’re flying to Dallas, and as long as that is on your way, you’re on the right plane.” Then he would laugh. He had lots of little sayings that put smiles on everyone’s faces. I was sitting in…
  • THE Small Business Expert’s 4 Step Process for Hiring The Right Employee

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    Hiring employees is one of the most difficult and expensive aspects of building a business.  Therefore, I’ve created a four step process to help you make sure your investing in the right talent from the beginning. The first step in this process is to Identify Your Needs. Examine what’s happening in your business right now. Are things starting to slip through the cracks? Are you missing deadlines? Are you reaching the point of being burned out? Any of these situations can be indicators that it’s time to bring someone on board to assist you. My strategy for adding…
  • Unpleasing Means for Pleasing Ends

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Much of what you might need to do in your business to achieve a desired outcome might not please you while you’re doing it. The same holds true for personal goals. Jogging for many miles to reduce your waistline, or saving more and spending less will not necessarily make you feel better on any given day. One fine day, however, when your waistline is at the trim target you’ve chosen, or your savings account has grown to a healthy balance, you begin to understand that less than pleasing means contributed to the highly pleasing outcome. One of the better ways to handle critical tasks…
  • 9 Ways To Inspire Your Startup Team To New Heights

    Martin Zwilling
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Startups provide business leadership with new products, services, and new revenue models, but leadership startups can only be built by entrepreneurs who are leaders themselves, and incent leadership in the team around them. Leadership which incents other people to be leaders is called “contagious leadership.” John Hersey, in his book “Creating Contagious Leadership,” describes nine required skills or habits for inspiring a contagious leadership culture within a startup, as well as within other types of businesses, or even life in general. He and I believe that leaders…
  • Is Innovation Dead? Hardly.

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    I’m willing to go out on a limb and make a prediction today that I pledge to stand by: Tomorrow’s prognosticators will be just as wrong as today’s prognosticators. With apologies to Nostradamus adherents, if history has taught us anything, it’s that those who attempt to predict the future always get it wrong. I bring this up today because once again someone has sounded the death knell of innovation. Recreating a recent debate between two Northwestern University colleagues, The  Wall Street Journal reported, “Robert Gordon, a curmudgeonly 73-year-old…
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  • How to Make Sure Customer Relationships Go Beyond the First Date

    Miranda Paquet
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Building a strong relationship takes time. It’s true in your personal life and it’s certainly true when it comes to your business. And while you’re likely making new connections for your business every day, it’s not always easy to keep that relationship going beyond the first interaction. To help you avoid future heartbreak, let’s take a look at a simple plan you can follow to make sure your new customers turn into long-lasting relationships for your business: Make sure you’re looking good. Hopefully you’d put in more effort than just rolling out of bed before going on a date…
  • When is a Good Time to Review and Renew Your Business Plan?

    Hal Shelton
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This is the third in a four-part series by Hal Shelton, SCORE small business mentor and author of The Secrets to Writing a Successful Business Plan. In the previous two installments, we looked at “4 Sections Every Business Plan Must Have (and Why They’re Important)” and “Why You Need a Business Plan (and the Best Style for You).” This month, we discuss the best times to update your business plan.     In this post, you will learn what events trigger a need to update your business plan, how updating a business plan differs from creating the original, and who should be involved in…
  • [Video] Market Your Business on a Shoestring Budget: Collaborate

    Susan Solovic
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    Editor’s Note: This summer, we are partnering with Susan Solovic, THE Small Business Expert, to share actionable tips to help you market your small business on a budget. This is the third of a series of videos with Susan Solovic. Put together a group of synergistic, non-competitive businesses in your area and agree to cross-promote. You can use coupons, fliers, reciprocal website links, bundled promotions, or social media platforms.  By collaborating with each other, you can expand your customer base because you’ll be reaching new people. Watch this week’s Market Your Business on a…
  • How to Use Customer Feedback to Improve Your Business

    Jason Fidler
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    It has been said that customer feedback is one of the most valuable gifts a business can receive. Which is true, but sometimes collecting that feedback can be a challenge. Just ask, Scott Jangro and Damien Ambrose, founders of content marketing platform Shareist. Shareist participated in the pilot of the Constant Contact Small Business Innovation Program, a new program designed to support entrepreneurs and startups as they solve problems for small businesses. One of the goals Shareist had when joining the program was to find a way to more effectively elicit feedback from their customers. More…
  • [New Data] Canadian Small Businesses Behind the Curve on CASL

    Crystal Woody
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:41 am
    Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) became official on July 1, ushering in a new era for online marketing. We recently surveyed Canadian small businesses to get their take on CASL, their preparedness for the legislation, and the impact they expect CASL would have on business. We found that, despite the long ramp up period before the legislation went into effect, most Canadian small businesses are still behind the curve when it comes to fully understanding the new legislation and what steps they need to take to be compliant. Our survey showed: Less than half of small businesses understand…
 
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    UBC - a place of mind

  • Two-Stage Exam: Introduction and Resources

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Time to dive in! After thinking about them for a long time, this term I’m converting my exams into two-stage exams. Step 1. I shorten the exam so it’s doable in about 2/3 of the testing time slot. Step 2. Students write the exam individually. Step 3. Students immediately — during the same class period — write the same […]
  • Alumni Spotlight: Hamad Abdullah Alhomiedan

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Hometown: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia What is the Saudi Student Society? As you may know, the Saudi Students Society of BC (SSSBC) is a non-profit organization, it helps students settle in Vancouver upon their arrival by guiding them throughout the transition period they go through and helping them find accommodation, cars and furniture. Also, it offers […]
  • DFATD Announcement of FM Baird Visit

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    On July 22 the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development confirmed previous reporting in the Mongolia press that Foreign Minister Baird will be visiting Mongolia later this week: In his first trip to Mongolia, Baird will discuss the … Continue reading →
  • UBC sponsors Canadian war literature world conference in Ottawa

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    Renowned authors to speak about Canada’s First World War literary contributions.
  • Ghana children’s verbal stories turned into school books

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Folk tales come to life in print thanks to team of UBC teacher candidates.
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  • Filofax Classic Personal

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    22 Jul 2014 | 2:29 am
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    8 Jun 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Matt Cutts talks about a common SEO mistake. More videos: http://www.youtube.com/GoogleWebmasterHelp Webmaster Central Blog: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/ Webmaster Central:…
  • Don’t buy traffic genesis – traffic genesis pre-launch review

    admin
    8 Jun 2014 | 8:47 pm
    http://www.makeactualmoneyonline.net Don’t buy Traffic Genesis – Traffic Genesis pre-launch review Andy Jenkins and Mike Filsaime have released a pre launch video of a brand new and awesome… Video Rating: 0 / 5 http://www.trafficgenesisreview.org/ If you’ve been marketing online for any amount of time at all, then you know the burning question that has gone through …
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  • Shortcuts to effective cash flow management

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    Photo Credit: Community Friend via Compfight cc   Let’s be clear about one thing upfront – effective cash flow management is not an area where you should be cutting corners, as it’s at the very heart of why you are in business in the first place.     However, that being said, there are some techniques to help improve your cash flow management, which many people in business are not aware of.   You might associate some of the tips below with big brands, and think that they are out of reach for SMEs, but in principle there is no reason why anybody…
  • Counting the cost of cash

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Photo Credit: Mukumbura via Compfight cc   You might think that only taking cash keeps your cash flow simple and your costs down – after all, it’s in the name ‘cash’ flow, right?     But according to PayPal, some of the complications of accepting cash payments could be adding to the real-terms running costs of businesses in ways they don’t immediately realise.   For example, when you accept cash payments, that cash has to go somewhere – and that means counting it all out, bagging it all up, and taking it all to the bank.   You might…
  • Payment practices ‘must be published’ under Small Business Bill

    admin
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Photo Credit: natloans via Compfight cc   The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, introduced to Parliament at the end of June, sets out several measures that aim to improve small businesses’ access to finance.     Significantly though, this is not only in the sense of enabling SMEs to borrow money more easily – or even to borrow against outstanding invoices, as has been the case in previous government efforts to help with SME cash flow.   Instead, part of the proposed legislation calls for bigger companies to publish their payment practices for…
  • Average SME trade debt hits £1.3m

    admin
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    Photo Credit: Images_of_Money via Compfight cc If you received this month’s CPA newsletter, you’ll have seen our report about trade debt – the combination of outstanding and overdue invoices – and how research has shown it is a particular problem for the smallest of companies.     With smaller overall cash flow, a smaller quantity of trade debt can leave micro-businesses without access to a greater proportion of their working capital.   The figures from specialist solicitors Debt Guard showed that the average trade debt among micro-businesses is…
  • Affordability ‘not properly checked’ in 6 of 10 payday loans

    HarrietThacker
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Photo Credit: Thomas Hawk via Compfight cc   The recent reports about payday loan lender Wonga using made-up solicitors to threaten legal action for non-payment are only one part of the problems faced by some borrowers of firms throughout the industry.     According to Citizens Advice, many borrowers were simply not properly background-checked to determine whether they would be able to repay their debt.   In 60% of cases where the individual later approached Citizens Advice for help tackling their debt, they had not had their affordability tested properly.   And the…
 
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    Small Business Bliss

  • Small business by the numbers – how do you measure up?

    Martina Iring
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    I kind of love statistics. I’m a bit of a nerd that way. But I haven’t done too much stats stuff here on the blog. So when I was invited to publish this infographic by Dealstruck, I thought “sure, why not, let’s do something a little different here.” In looking over the numbers, I decided it would be kind of fun to compare myself to these stats and take a bit of time to reflect on my entrepreneurial journey… so have a gander at the graphic and then check out my personal reflections below. Then feel free to share your own!     7 out of 10 small businesses last at…
  • Set the tone for your biz – finding your ideal voice

    Martina Iring
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    This post is sponsored by Visa Business. Did you know that you have a voice? Any business, no matter how small or large, has one. What do I mean by voice? I mean the tone of your communications. How you come across in your content. What your copy says about you and your biz. The personality that shines through your words. This happens online (via your website, blog and social media profiles), as well as offline (via brochures and sales letters) and in each and every interaction with your business online or off. Your tone or voice absolutely affects how your audience perceives you and your…
  • What’s up with Canada’s new anti-spam law?

    Martina Iring
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:15 pm
    I’ve been getting a glut of emails from Canadian small businesses and organizations scrambling to comply with the new law going into effect tomorrow (July 1, 2014) – Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). Have you been getting them too and wondering whether you need to do anything? I figured that some of you out there might be a little confused by this whole change, so this post will give you a real quick low down. These emails also made me realize just how many organizations weren’t following long-standing email marketing best practices, so it’s an ideal time…
  • Google My Business – from business directory listing to social media profile

    Martina Iring
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:12 pm
    It’s official – Google has officially merged its Google Places listings with Google Plus to create Google My Business. Phew! Your business page has been automatically merged into a Google Plus account. I noticed it on my Google plus profile – local profiles I manage showed up as Plus pages. And then not too long after that got an email from Google about it officially letting me know. It’s rolling out gradually so if you don’t see it yet, it’s coming! What’s the deal? Well, the difference now with this is that this is not strictly a local business listing, as it was with Google…
  • Haven’t been on LinkedIn in a while? Some things you might want to check out…

    Martina Iring
    22 Jun 2014 | 10:24 am
    I have to admit that I’ve kind of dropped off the LinkedIn train lately. You can’t be everywhere at once and sometimes you just have to pick and choose where you will focus your efforts. My top 3 social media channels are Twitter, Facebook and then Google Plus. I sprinkle LinkedIn in when I have time, which hasn’t been the case much lately, apart from sharing my latest blogs. For businesses selling to or providing a service to other businesses, LinkedIn is a super important channel for connecting with their target market. So to hop myself right back on to the LinkedIn train, I’ve…
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    ENTREPRENEURSHIP Where Business Marketing Collide with Human Nature

  • Consideration, Respect and the Devil

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Don't talk to sales people, they are the devil.  If you act like a sales person, people will think you are the devil.  Labeling people is detrimental to good relationships.  It is a bit like saying "all blondes are dumb" or "all accountants are boring".  If you label people, you are the devil. Sales people can seem like the devil.  So can entrepreneurs who are too focused, marketing strategists who don't connect well, working mothers who are over their head or someone who is having chronic health issues. People who are: Desperate With low confidence Hiding reality…
  • Six Tips to Hiring the Best Employees

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Small businesses often begin with just a few family members or even as a solo venture.  Hiring strangers to take on integral roles and represent your business can be scary – but the economy is on the upswing and a recent survey even tells us that more than seven-in-ten businesses plan to grow their business over the next six months. So many businesses are finding themselves in the position of needing more employees.  As you contemplate how to hire a web designer or prepare to bring on an SEO specialist, consider these tips: Clearly Explain the Position No matter where you post…
  • What to Offer on a Website for Amazing Results

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    What will it take to get a yes?  Not just a nod of the head, but action in the form of an introduction. What it takes has been referred to as an ethical bribe, bait, an offer, a bargain, something free and by many other names.  I like to think of it as something valuable that will have high impact and make their day.  You can do it online, in a radio spot, by phone or on the TV.  The reason the Internet is a great option is because of the cost and convenience. If you have any to all of the offers on the list below, you increase your chances of getting an introduction.
  • The best free press release sites to spread your message

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    In a previous article, I have shared over 50 different free press release sites.  Instead of a large list, you need a more specific solution.  While it is difficult to point to any one free press release site as a clear winner, websites such as PRUrgent.com has been raved about even though it only has a PageRank of 3.  OnlinePRnews.com, is another free press release site that stands out.  You can find it on the list below which shows the best opportunities. Included on the "best list" is PRLog.org.  You appreciate this resource because it allows links, tagging and…
  • Throw away the Cash Register and use Vend as a POS on an iPad

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    VendHQ.com offers any business the opportunity to take a hammer to their old cash register and start using an iPad or PC tablet as their POS system.  In so many businesses, the physical cash register has become an dead weight and anchor though certainly a necessary piece of equipment.  For mobile businesses, sales people and consultants, the lack of a cash register has put limitations on closing the deal. I remember in 1993 when I wrote a check for $23.000 for a brand new computerized POS system which allowed us to improve speed of service, accuracy, auditing, customer loyalty and…
 
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    Surefire Social

  • Simplify Tasks with the New Google+ Dashboard

    Alexandra Reichenbach
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Businesses that tap into the wealth of Google tools—which now include Google+, Google AdWords, Google Offers, Google Maps, etc.—are sometimes overwhelmed by all of the data that’s made available. Each Google tool comes with its own set of data and management system, all of which take time to review, manage, and analyze on a regular basis. Depending on the size of your business, managing Google may even seem like a full-time job. Thankfully, Google has recently introduced a dashboard that combines data from all of these tools and makes it available to business users through an…
  • How to Apply LinkedIn Paid Media to Your Business

    Alexandra Reichenbach
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Although Facebook and Twitter receive a significant amount of media attention, local marketing experts agree that LinkedIn can be just as powerful for businesses that want to advertise online. Because LinkedIn has maintained a reputation for professionalism, users are often more receptive to the messages they receive on the social media platform. With 150 million users, LinkedIn advertising can boost sales for business-to-business marketers—but only if you make wise marketing decisions. Create Your LinkedIn Ad Fortunately for small businesses, LinkedIn’s ad creation platform is one of the…
  • How Contractors Can Market Around Weather Changes

    Chris Marentis
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    During the spring and summer months, consumers in many parts of the country are braced for dangerous weather that may cause damage to their homes. For contractors, this could be a valuable opportunity to get your name circulating, by teaching your homeowners how to protect their homes and property. Even if the storm doesn’t hit—or if it’s not as severe as expected—homeowners will still appreciate the effort your business made to reach out to them during a possible crisis. Here are a few ways to create marketing opportunities while you’re facing severe weather forecasts in your area:…
  • How to Make the Most of Recent Pinterest Updates

    Alexandra Reichenbach
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    Pinterest, arguably one of the top social media networks for business has been making a host of changes designed to improve the user experience. Here’s how small businesses can use these recent changes to better connect with a larger pool of Pinterest users. Take advantage of a sharing network that’s seeing explosive growth while only in its infancy. For Pinterest, Bigger Is Better Because Pinterest is a visual platform, its team is always looking for ways to make it more, well, visual. Which brings us to a recent, and quite noticeable change; Pinterest increased the size of its images.
  • Using Facebook’s New Behavior-Based Targeting

    Alexandra Reichenbach
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    Most of us turn to Facebook at least once a day, if not once an hour. What you may not pay much attention to are all of the Facebook “Like” and “Share” buttons on other websites, but they are now coming into play with recent news that Facebook is introducing behavior-based ad targeting. Thanks to all of those Facebook data snippets that are now found scattered throughout the web, Facebook can collect data about what users are doing online, even when they’re not on Facebook. How Facebook Targeting Works Now Small business owners have been experiencing success with targeted Facebook…
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    The Entrepreneurs Club of America

  • Inspirational Quotes on Customer Service

    Kasey Marlow
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:11 am
    Inspirational Quotes on Customer Service
  • Marvin on the 5 Selfies

    Kasey Marlow
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Whether you are operating a company, or the head of a family, Mr. Marvin Montgomery’s article below talks about what it takes to be successful. Please read on. Kip Marlow, Host of Entrepreneurs Club Radio
  • Entrepreneurs Club Radio – July 21, 2014 Show

    Kasey Marlow
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    Please tune in Monday at 4 PM ET to listen to Christine Blake, CEO of Cardinal Community Credit Union. Learn the entrepreneurial skills she has used to build her organization to over $100,000,000 in assets.
  • Value versus Price: Choose One

    Kasey Marlow
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    Many entrepreneurs and small business owners start out getting customers with price only. Now, more and more businesses are looking at value pricing to make money and keep their customers happy.
  • Sunday Quotes July 13, 2014

    Kasey Marlow
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Quotes on leadership from Ronald Reagan's new book "Lead Like Reagan."
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    Blog

  • Find The Top SEO Companies The Easy And Quick Way

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

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

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

    31 May 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Can this one marketing strategy increase sales for your business? I was very surprised by where I came across this marketing strategy. I was not expecting it at all. I did not even realize it until about a week after it had happened and I decided to purchase from this company again. Then I knew that it works, because it was working on me without even initially noticing it. Listen to the podcast below to find out what this marketing strategy is or click here to create your own marketing strategy. 
  • CRM Software Comparison - Salesforce vs SugarCRM vs Zoho vs Sage CRM vs Insightly vs Infusionsoft vs Marketo vs Custom Google Drive CRM System

    31 May 2014 | 1:16 pm
    CRM Software Comparison - Salesforce vs SugarCRM vs Zoho vs Sage CRM vs Insightly vs Infusionsoft vs Marketo vs Custom Google Drive CRM System Could you grow your sales by 50% using a CRM sofware system? In this article I take a look at what a CRM system is, what the goal of having a CRM system should be and compare some of the most common CRM systems on the market. If it is a leading CRM option for small businesses it is included in this article. Which CRM system is best for your business? Contact us now to find out. 
 
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    Internet Marketing Strategies And Tips

  • Internet Marketing Services That Deliver Traffic

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    Internet marketing in itself is a wide domain supported by multiple theories and tactics but not all of them are effective enough to drive sales. The core idea behind any Internet marketing strategy is to create a web presence by using various Internet marketing services to drive revenue and achieve maximum ROI. The question is what are the key components of Internet marketing services and how can they drive ROI? To understand it better, we need to first identify what a successful online strategy must be like. A fundamentally strong online strategy should be able to achieve the following: 1.
  • Internet marketing services- Patience for Long Term Ranking Results

    admin
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    If you keep a check on the online world, you must have come across the very famous word, Internet marketing services or more popularly known as SEO or Search Engine Optimisation. Born in 1995, SEO has come a long way since then and now you can find numerous companies offering Internet marketing services in UK. If we go by the trend, UK is the hottest destination for Internet marketing. Maximum companies or websites across the globe are turning towards the UK for getting their website optimised and to enjoy higher search engine rankings. Search engine marketing in UK has witnessed radical…
  • Internet Marketing Services

    admin
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    There are very few internet marketing services worth while out there today. Many internet marketing services are just scams pure and simple. Many of these internet marketing services make promises they cannot and will not deliver on. Many people have lost a ton of money on these internet marketing services. Some of these internet marketing services include things like “We will send 1 million targeted hits to your website for 2999.95″. Most of these internet marketing services are bogus. Many good and hardworking people are trying to make a living online and these sham internet…
  • Internet Marketing Strategies For Consumers

    admin
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:28 am
    Business is the basic path where money is invested and in lieu of the invested money we have financial benefits or returns after certain period of time that is known as profit. Profit can be earned and to run the business with ease, some crucial and strategic planning has to be imposed. But often people get fall all over the place due to improper steps to run the business. Now the revolution hits to defend and run your business in the proper and risk free manner i.e. Internet marketing. The Search Engine Optimization Management is the destination for those entrepreneurs and businessman who…
  • Internet Marketing Strategies for Local Business

    admin
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:28 am
    Now more then ever profitable opportunities exist to promote your local business on the Internet. Through search engine optimization, pay per click advertising, email marketing and local listings, you can connect with a willing audience. Your customers are turning to the Internet to find local products and services. If your competitors have an online presence and you don’t, guess who gets to take home the prize Below are several crucial techniques for promoting your business regionally: Listings in local search engines and directories Pay Per Click advertising in Google and Yahoo Email…
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     Vistage Executive Street Blog

  • How to Infuse, Discover and Enhance Creativity within Your Organization

    Vistage Staff
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Artie Isaac has worked for more than 30 years with highly creative people, addressing challenges and opportunities facing more than 1,000 companies. Since selling his Read MoreThe post How to Infuse, Discover and Enhance Creativity within Your Organization appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Health Tips for High Performing Executives

    Vistage Staff
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Brad Davidson explores unique strategies for improving health, the effects of sleep on high-performing executives, as well as which foods are best for breakfast and Read MoreThe post Health Tips for High Performing Executives appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Whistleblowers: More Protection Than You Think

    Steve Cohen
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    If you remember Edward Snowden, you might think that being a whistleblower is not a good thing. Snowden revealed a secret U.S. surveillance program that Read MoreThe post Whistleblowers: More Protection Than You Think appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Use Gamification and Digital Signage to Keep Work Interesting: Score IS Being Kept

    Rick Mattock
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Many of you are embarking on gamification initiatives to increase employee engagement, productivity and morale. But sometimes people are leaving out the public display of Read MoreThe post Use Gamification and Digital Signage to Keep Work Interesting: Score IS Being Kept appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Video Blog – Agile Development: Raising the Bar to Create a Competitive Edge

    Mitch Gooze
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Implementing rapid feedback through the use of the Agile Development process can create a real competitive advantage if executed correctly. Watch this short video blog Read MoreThe post Video Blog – Agile Development: Raising the Bar to Create a Competitive Edge appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
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    Griselda Togobo's blog | Author, Speaker & Small Business Growth Consultant

  • How NOT to invite a connection on LinkedIn

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

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

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

    Griselda K Togobo
    19 May 2014 | 11:51 pm
    My son loves dinosaurs. I couldn’t stand the sight of them before I had him but having spent far too many hours reading “Mad about dinosaurs” (one of his bedtime reads) I know far too much about dinosaurs. Nobody knows why dinosaurs become extinct but one of the theories being bounced about by scientist is that they couldn’t adapt to the changing climate. So, the world woke up one day and dinosaurs were gone. Each time I read about dinosaurs, I’m reminded of just how important it is to be adaptable in life. Being flexible and able to adapt in business is essential for survival. Yet,…
  • Growth Myth #4: You can keep growing your business with the same loyal team you started off with

    Griselda K Togobo
    29 Apr 2014 | 10:56 pm
    You need a core group of loyal dedicated people to help you grow your business. However the people you start with are not always the right people to take you where you dream of going. This is probably one of the most uncomfortable and toughest decisions you have to make as an entrepreneur. What I’m suggesting applies to any team size or type, virtual, in-house or outsourced. It can be a huge barrier for most people and for myself, I know its never easy making the decision to part ways with anyone. This is one of the reasons why you have to be committed to developing your team so that they…
 
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    Intuit Small Business Blog

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

    Angela Stringfellow
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:16 am
    Google has launched a new portal, Google My Business, designed to simplify and demystify Google visibility for small businesses. Google My Business provides a central hub for small, local businesses to manage their presence on Google Search, Google Maps and Google+ from a single dashboard. Getting on Google is Simpler than Ever Before Google My Business, small-business owners and marketers had to update their business information on each of these services separately, a confusing process for business owners already crunched for time. “We see our customers struggle with this all the time,”…
  • How to Use Hashtags on Twitter and Other Social Networks

    Michael Essany
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:53 am
    Any business navigating the world of social media marketing needs to know how to use hashtags. What is a hashtag? On Twitter, a hashtag (denoted by the # symbol) turns any word or group of words that directly follow it into a searchable link. This allows users to organize content and track discussion topics based on those keywords. Clicking on the hashtag will bring up posts that mention a subject, along with constantly updated posts in real time. Most major social media platforms now support hashtags, including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, and Tumblr. According to the…
  • Should You Buy a New Top-Level Domain Name for Your Business?

    Kathryn Hawkins
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:33 am
    Now it’s easier than ever before to buy a branded URL for your business. With the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ rollout of more than 1,400 themed domain extensions over the course of the year, you can now buy the website address of your choice with a .bike, .coffee, or .lawyer top-level domain, to name just a few of the options. If the .com website address of your choice isn’t available, a themed domain extension may seem like an attractive option — but is it worth building your online brand around it? Consider the following points. .Com Domains Still Dominate…
  • In the Trenches: Communicating How We Work More Clearly

    Brett Snyder
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:28 am
    We just had our annual Cranky Concierge get together in June, and as always, it was a lively couple of days. We came up with a laundry list of things we want to do better, and one of the bigger themes was around better communicating how our business works. Oh sure, our clients usually know what they’re getting when they sign up for our service, but there are bits and pieces of the business that they we could explain better and earlier in the process. The hard part has always been figuring out how to share this info without overwhelming people. Fortunately we were able to work through a…
  • How to Market to a World Hooked on Instant Gratification

    Suzanne Kearns
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:08 am
    It’s no longer enough to give customers great service and competitive prices. Today, they want all of that — and they want it now. With the advent of modern technology and instant-response social media platforms, people have lost the ability to wait. Tweets, Facebook posts, and texting require no patience and provide users with immediate gratification. And now people are beginning to expect the same from the companies they buy from. So, how can you take advantage of this trend in your marketing efforts? Here are five suggestions. 1. Play up the time savings you offer. People want things…
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    ChrisReimer.com

  • Texting and Driving – Dangerous!

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

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

    Chris Reimer
    13 Feb 2014 | 8:32 am
    “I don’t understand his world, but I do understand he’s part of mine.”The post A Gay NFL Player? Dale Hansen Says We’re Going to Be Fine appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Social Media Look Ahead for 2014

    Chris Reimer
    14 Jan 2014 | 8:18 am
    What are the social media trends we should be keeping an eye on during the coming year? I recently appeared on Fox 2 TV with Angela Hutti to provide my social media look ahead for 2014. We discussed Google Plus, Snapchat and Twitter. The discussion on Twitter at the end had to be cut short [...]The post Social Media Look Ahead for 2014 appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Social Media Year in Review – 2013

    Chris Reimer
    30 Dec 2013 | 8:13 am
    I recently joined Angela Hutti on Fox 2 TV to discuss 2013′s social media trends. Here’s what I saw when I reflected on the year. MORE: Mobile – More people are living their entire lives on their mobile devices. And they’re comfortable doing so. Ads – Facebook rolled out ads in your newsfeed, and Instagram [...]The post Social Media Year in Review – 2013 appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
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    Blue Kite Marketing blog

  • Content Curation: 3 New Tools To Discover & Share Content

    Laura Click
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • The Problem with Cheap Social Media Marketing

    Laura Click
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:16 am
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  • Why You Should Use Your Personal Social Media Profiles for Business

    Laura Click
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:20 am
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  • 5 Tips to Avoid Getting Ripped Off by Digital Marketing Scams

    Laura Click
    12 Jun 2014 | 6:05 am
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  • Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should

    Laura Click
    5 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
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    Barry Moltz

  • #283 Frank Gruber, Jay DesMarteau, Andy Feit, and John Oecshle

    Barry J Moltz
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Scheduled Guests: Frank Gruber talks about his new start up book, Startup Mixology from his Tech Cocktail experience. Jay DesMarteau reveals TD Bank's survey of small business owners likes and dislikes. Andy Feit shows how to protect your email from getting hacked. John Oecshle demonstrates the key way to retain customers. Sponsored by Sage and Nextiva.
  • Homer Economicus: The Simpsons and Economics – Read at your own risk

    Courtney Deruy
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    In his book Homer Economicus: The Simpsons and Economics, author Joshua Hall uses the Simpsons and their hometown of Springfield to reveal that economics is everywhere. The title of Homer Economicus is a play on the economic term homo economicus, which conceptualizes the perfectly rational individual. The clever title essentially captures what the book aims to achieve – teach economic principles in an entertaining and culturally relevant way. The book, comprised of 16 chapters and 189 pages, is effectively broken into three main sections, starting with the economic basics and moving to…
  • #282 Sanjeev Agrawal, Jenny Q. Ta, Julia Tang-Peters, Kevin North

    Barry J Moltz
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Scheduled Guests: Sanjeev Agrawal demonstrates CollegeFeed- a brand new way for college graduates to find jobs. Jenny Q. Ta shows how to negotiate anything. Julia Tang Peters challenges you to be a real leader. Kevin North shows where to get started with ecommerce. Sponsored by Sage Summit and Nextiva.
  • App to Help Small Businesses Shop, Save, and Give

    Courtney Deruy
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    Small business owners are always looking to save money. Here’s a simple way to do just that. Check out the Goodshop app on the iTunes store. This app has aggregated all of the best deals and coupons for thousands of stores, complete with ones that small businesses utilize often including OfficeMax, Amazon, Expedia, Vistaprint, Target, and more. In addition to saving money on office supplies, airline tickets, and other normal purchases, the app allows users to donate an average of 3% of purchases to a cause of their choice at no extra cost. When users sign up for Goodshop and click on the…
  • #281 Scott Starbuck, Joe Langner, Kathy D’Agati, Ellen Harnett, Michelle Salatar

    Barry J Moltz
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Scheduled Guests: Scott Starbuck of CIty Soles shows the secret how to take a retail store and put it online. Joe Langner of Sage reveals the latest results of the small business mobile survey. Kathy D'Agati and Ellen Harnett demonstrate how to make a career change with Back to Basic Wellness. Michelle Salatar of Sumer shows how to do effective copywriting for your web site and content marketing. John Bates has the secrets to get to speak at TEDX. Sponsored by Sage and Nextiva.
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    Free Enterprise

  • Is Kickstarter or Crowdfunding Money Taxable Income?

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Small businesses may be very successful raising funds through Kickstarter, but those who receive those funds shouldn't forget the potential tax implications of crowdfunding. For its part, Kickstarter (with the caveat that they are not tax attorneys) claims that in general, "funds raised on Kickstarter are considered income." However, the crowdfunding platform also claims that Kickstarters may be able to classify certain funds as "nontaxable gifts" instead. So which is it? Should businesses treat Kickstarter or crowdfunding money as taxable income? Need legal advice on how your small business…
  • Obama Bars Anti-Gay Discrimination by Federal Contractors

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    President Obama has signed an executive order barring the federal government and its contractors from discriminating against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees. Private employers in many states can still fire employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, so this executive order gives a new layer of employment protection for some LGBT workers. The Huffington Post reports that this order does not include an exemption for religious employers. How exactly will this executive order change employers' anti-discrimination policies? Need legal advice on how your small…
  • Yahoo! Exec Accused of Harassment Countersues for Defamation

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    A Yahoo! executive who's being sued over alleged sexual harassment has countersued her accuser for defamation. Maria Zhang, Yahoo!'s Senior Director of Engineering, filed suit against Nan Shi, the woman who accused her of coercing her into multiple sexual encounters for fear of her job. Zhang claims in her countersuit that the allegations are entirely false and that Shi's only goal is "financial gain," GeekWire reports. Could Zhang's accuser be facing more liability than the Yahoo! exec? Need legal advice on how your small business should operate? Consult with an experienced business attorney…
  • Renting Musical Instruments via Sparkplug: 5 Sound Legal Tips

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    The Internet's sharing economy -- fueled by breakthrough startups like Airbnb and Uber -- has made its way into a somewhat unlikely new area: musical instruments. A new service called Sparkplug allows musicians with musical instruments, gear, or practice spaces that aren't being used to rent it out to other musicians who may need it. Unlike Craigslist, eBay, or other sites where users can buy and sell musical gear, Sparkplug allows musicians with valuable equipment to generate income during downtime without having to part ways with a prized musical instrument or hard-to-find amplifier. Sound…
  • 7 Legal Tactics That May Help You Avoid Layoffs

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    Layoffs are an unpleasant task for any small business, and if they can be avoided, all the better. That may have been a discussion within Microsoft prior to its announcement that the company would be cutting 18,000 jobs. The New York Times reports the tech giant will be making the lion's share of cuts from its Nokia-acquired groups -- about 12,500 jobs. Severance pay and other layoff costs add up for any company, and Microsoft estimates it will dole out between $1.1 to $1.6 billion to cover the massive cuts. While your business isn't as big as Microsoft, you may be able to avoid layoffs by…
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    BuzzBooster Marketing Advisors: Shahar and Nash

  • Millennials Spend More Time With Digital Than Traditional Media

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

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Here is a chart showing how we watch TV The post How Americans watch TV shows appeared first on NeuroMarketing | Small Business Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Boomers Need to Watch What They Eat [Boomerology Revealed #15]

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    We boomers want to live forever. Well, we need to take care of our health and what we eat. Nutritionist Jackie Keller is on this episode and will tell you what to do. Watch all episodes on Boomerology Revealed The post Boomers Need to Watch What They Eat [Boomerology Revealed #15] appeared first on NeuroMarketing | Small Business Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Featured at the Medtrade Newsletter

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Quick note to let you know that the Medtrade newsletter has featured one of our articles this week. I’ve pasted the link below for you. Medtrade is the biggest trade show for the HME industry. We are speaking there in October We have 2 sessions this coming October: Monday Oct 20th at 3:15: New rules to market to America’s biggest, wealthiest and most influential group- Baby boomers and Thursday Oct 21st- 4pm- Online Video Revolution- How to reinvent and market a HME business using online videos. Don’t forget to add them to your calendar. Here is the link for the article:…
  • Success ain’t For Cry Babies

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here is another episode of BuzzBooster Tv. This week we invited business coach Robert Imbriale to discuss success, failure and why success ain’t for cry babies. This is episode 124 Check the Buzz and Biz app on Roku for more episodes. Online watch past episodes here The post Success ain’t For Cry Babies appeared first on NeuroMarketing | Small Business Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
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    BJ Strawter

  • Blank screens are scary

    Billy Strawter Jr
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm
    There its is. Blinking. Patiently waiting for something. Anything to happen. The blinking cursor. The modern (what do I put here?) day version of pen to paper. Oh how I loathe thee. I’ve missed writing. Many a time I’ve opened up my laptop, started writing, then the inspiration was gone. Just like that.  I’m fickle that way. It’s why I have mad love for my writer friends. It’s no easy task to write well, let alone share your thoughts in a concise way that captures a 140 character attention span. I’ve even thought about making those same writer…
  • Let Them Eat Cake

    Billy Strawter Jr
    7 Jan 2013 | 2:06 pm
    It started with a simple tweet. still want cake :(January 3, 2013 8:06 pm via Tweetbot for MacReplyRetweetFavorite@noisyzenSamantha W. @noisyzen me tooJanuary 3, 2013 8:18 pm via Twitter for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite@bjstrawterBilly Strawter Jr Three words launched my journey to bake a cake. Like Inception, an idea had taken hold, it grew until finally the need…rabbit hole. Moving on… The point is I wanted cake and nothing would stand in the way of making that happen. I Googled a simple cake recipe (seriously, how hard could it be?) and off to bake we went. We were mixing, egg…
  • Network Email Marketing is Annoying

    Billy Strawter Jr
    31 Dec 2012 | 11:50 am
    Blame the email on the cat <RANT>Being in marketing, I find myself at a few networking events. Yay me. Lately there’s a trend I’m not particularly found of:  Being added to email marketing campaigns from my business card. I get it. It’s a simple and quick way to build up your e-blast, newsletter, gobbly wobbly (yep) list. But it’s also in poor taste. So in traditional me fashion I wrote out a few words of semi-wisdom. 1.  Getting a business card is not an OPT IN Just because you were given a business card doesn’t mean anyone wants a marketing…
  • Any Excuse for Red Velvet

    Billy Strawter Jr
    30 Nov 2012 | 1:32 pm
    From time to time I like to write about my life as I live it. All business makes Billy a dull boy…I recently made  a friendly wager on the Michigan vs. Ohio State game. If Michigan won I would get brownies. If that other school won I had to make red velvet cupcakes with gray frosting. Game day rolled around and I thought it would be nice to watch the game with baby girl. Except two minutes in to the first quarter she says “I think you better have your baking supplies ready…” This is not how I raised her. Clearly the prospect of cupcakes had broken her down. Still,…
  • KitchenAid, We have a problem

    Billy Strawter Jr
    3 Oct 2012 | 8:34 pm
    I have a recurring nightmare. It’s about accidentally sending a tweet or posting a status that is totally inappropriate for a corporate client. If you’ve been around the social media scene for a minute you’re certainly familiar with “The Tweet” heard ’round the world. I wouldn’t wish this kind of mistake on my worst enemy. It makes my stomach hurt just thinking about it. You would think that most of us had learned our lesson. Maybe put a few safe guards in place to avoid this sort of thing from happening. So you can imagine my surprise when I came…
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    Noobpreneur.com

  • Is the Value of Your Services in Sync With Your Rates?

    SMB Authors
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Setting appropriate prices is one of the trickiest aspects of doing business for any size outfit, but the risks you assume by pricing incorrectly are even more significant when you’re an entrepreneur. Set prices too low and you could erode your business’s financial viability.… Continue reading » The post Is the Value of Your Services in Sync With Your Rates? appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Investing in Real Estate: The Do’s and Don’ts of Successful Investment

    Ivan Widjaya
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:56 am
    For some individuals, the concept of investment is something that has become second nature over time. With high volumes of disposable income and an eye for generating profitable returns, it appears relatively easy to create a strong investment portfolio which more than repays an initial investment over a concerted period of time.… Continue reading » The post Investing in Real Estate: The Do’s and Don’ts of Successful Investment appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • How to Set Up a Clothing Business

    Ivan Widjaya
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Clothing is big business in Europe and North America. In Britain, style-conscious shoppers spend around £20 billion on clothing and there are many different types of clothes shops, including large department stores, high street chains and thousands of independent retailers across the country.… Continue reading » The post How to Set Up a Clothing Business appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • How to Boost Morale and Productivity in the Workplace

    Ivan Widjaya
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    It is an indisputable fact that not all small businesses are created equal, either in terms of their standing or the market that they operate in. So although many may have prospered in the wake of the recent economic recovery, this sudden and pronounced growth has created additional issues for ambitious entrepreneurs.… Continue reading » The post How to Boost Morale and Productivity in the Workplace appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • The Advantages of Becoming Self-Employed

    Ivan Widjaya
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:23 pm
    If you’re seriously considering self-employment, it’s important to be aware of the benefits and the challenges of striking out on your own. Becoming self-employed can be challenging and even quite scary at times, as it marks a completely new phase of your career and means that your whole approach to work and the way you see risks/uncertainties may have to change.… Continue reading » The post The Advantages of Becoming Self-Employed appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
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    BizDharma.com

  • 8 Things I Learnt By Being Incubated Abroad

    Himanshu Chanda
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Lessons from a startup which has been incubated by 500 Startups in the US. With focus on the growing Indian Market, Annkur shares what he learnt from being incubated abroad
  • India and the dilemma of privacy

    Himanshu Chanda
    29 Jan 2013 | 1:13 pm
    A post about how Indian culture evolved and role privacy plays in the same. Highlighted a few examples where privacy breach is so obvious and yet very prevalent in India.
  • Should cofounders code for the startup? Outsource? Lets end the debate

    Himanshu Chanda
    25 Dec 2012 | 3:06 am
    A post answering whether co-founders should code in their own startup, build teams, hack or simply outsource. This post clarifies several misconceptions that are faced by startup founders today.
  • Planning to transfer your website? Here are a few things to take care

    Himanshu Chanda
    3 Dec 2012 | 9:23 pm
    Have recently transferred BizDharma to a new web host and things have improved with respect to site load time and expansion. I thought a quick post on things to take care during migration will help you, so here we go.
  • Lessons learned pitching my startup idea to a gamut of customers

    Himanshu Chanda
    25 Oct 2012 | 9:20 am
    The most repeated task that I have done in the last 30 days is pitching my startup idea to a whole bunch of users. Here is a brain dump of lessons I have learned pitching my dear startup idea to a whole bunch of users
 
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    Big Brand System

  • The Future of Big Brand System, plus a 4 Letter Word You Should Know

    Pamela Wilson
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This past Monday morning, Copyblogger Media announced a new team member. Me. I appreciate all the warm wishes of congratulations I’ve received this week. And I also want to address those of you who asked about the future of Big Brand System. In a nutshell, Big Brand System is not going away. Changing a little, yes. But — if anything — this will become an even more valuable place to find information about marketing your business. Here’s what I have planned: The blog will move to an every-other-week schedule I am committed to continuing to offer you quality information and…
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    Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos

  • 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 […] Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • How to Increase Your Website Ranking on Google with New Google My Business

    Wendy Kenney
    17 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    How to Increase Your Website Ranking on Google with New Google My Business 3 quick and easy tips to increase your website ranking on Google by using the new Google My Business. Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • 19 Tricks to Increase Your Website Ranking on Google

    Wendy Kenney
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:56 pm
    19 Tricks to Increase Your Website Ranking on Google Find out easy tricks to increase your website ranking on Google gleaned from Google and search engine optimization experts all over the world. Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • Automotive Expert Matt Allen

    Wendy Kenney
    8 May 2014 | 11:58 am
    Automotive Expert Matt Allen Automotive Expert and Radio Show Host, Matt Allen, is frequently called on by the media as an expert in automotive-related stories. Find out more: Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • Mother’s Day Story Ideas

    Wendy Kenney
    6 May 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Mother’s Day Story Ideas Here are some Mother's Day story ideas. If you are a journalist, feel free to use these, no need to contact me. Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
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    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense

  • Culture Eats Strategy For Lunch

    Bulldog Drummond
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Written by Shawn Parr Get on a Southwest flight to anywhere, buy shoes from Zappos.com, pants from Nordstrom, groceries from Whole Foods, anything from Costco, a Starbucks espresso, or a Double-Double from In N’ Out, and you’ll get a taste of these brands’ vibrant cultures. Culture is a balanced blend of human psychology, attitudes, actions, and beliefs that combined create either pleasure or pain, serious momentum or miserable stagnation. A strong culture flourishes with a clear set of values and norms that actively guide the way a company operates. Employees are actively and…
  • The Wonders Within Your Head Infographic

    Bulldog Drummond
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    What you consume consumes you.
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    Bulldog Drummond
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
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  • Assume At Your Own Peril

    Bulldog Drummond
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Written by Scott Schimmel Can you think of a time when you discovered that your assumptions didn’t match reality? A time when you found out that the real story was very different than the story you were telling (and actually believing)? This has happened to many of us, many times. I remember finding out that a couple young guys I was supervising weren’t doing their jobs. At all. For months. I remember the time I found out through a performance review that someone under me didn’t feel supported or cared for by me. I remember the meeting when I heard that one of my long-time coworkers was…
  • So, Who Wants to Be An Innovator?

    Bulldog Drummond
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Written by Hilton Barbour Back when I started my career (or when dinosaurs ruled the earth) there was a very different perspective of innovation and innovators. Innovators were an elite group of secret, almost mythical creatures toiling away in labs far from the prying eyes of competitors, or even colleagues, without a C-suite designation. As a lowly advertising guy, I never saw these folks until they unveiled the fruits of “Project Thunderstruck” to the client. Another sign o’ the times—innovation projects weren’t funded unless they had some kind of quasi-military-superhero name.
 
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    Web Marketing Therapy Blog

  • Best Lengths for Facebook posts, Tweets and more

    Katherine L. Garcia
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    This infographic will give you a huge sigh of social media marketing and content marketing relief. The next time you’re writing a blog post or creating social media posts, reference this healthy advice from Buffer, explaining the ideal lengths of social media posts: a blog post, a title tag, Facebook posts, Tweets, and more. Everything in this graphic is backed by research. (We are obsessed with marketing smarties!) Photo via Buffer Web Marketing Therapy prescribes this as needed as you engage in online content marketing. Healthy marketing hugs!
  • Understanding Copyright Use of Web Images

    virtualwordspecialist
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    image: morgueFile free photo Images used with text on the web are not only visual eye candy but can also (when used with search optimization best practices) great for SEO. But know that there are rules when using images!  Basic understanding and education of copyright use for web images can help avoid common (and sometimes costly) mistakes while still enhancing web content with images. An article by a site called SkilledUp.com called: “Web Photos 101: Copyright ‘Fair Use’ For Web Images” provides easy-to-understand language to better understand image copyright “fair use” that…
  • Vocus Demand Success Highlights: Supercharged!

    Lorrie Thomas
    12 Jun 2014 | 9:49 am
    I’m still buzzing from the Vocus Demand Success Marketing & PR Conference in DC last week. I gained wisdom attending sessions and gave insights as a speaker too. The conference was fun, energetic, and oozed savvy people in the marketing field.  Despite the diversity of attendees, we all shared a common passion – to help our companies and consumers connect with content. My session was called Supercharge Your News Releases.  I co-presented with Quin Woodward Pu and Abby Hammer (two brilliant professionals I might add!). Quin and I gave real-life examples about our experience…
  • Advanced Google Search Strategies

    Katherine L. Garcia
    22 May 2014 | 1:52 pm
    I admit it, I’ve googled myself once or twice before. Fine, dozens of times. With such a common last name (shout out to all of the Garcia’s!), it’s nice to know what organizations quote me in their sites and to see what is out there in search-land about me! Through first-hand experience, our team has found strategic ways to find links to content on Google search that we would have never been able to find if we simply just wrote the name of the company or person we were searching for on the Google Search bar. We do this when we are looking for content for client’s press…
  • Press Release Writing Best Practices

    Web Marketing Therapy
    19 May 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Press releases can help get your news in the news as well as connect with target markets to educate and build meaningful connections.  Learning how to articulate a marketing message in proper press release format is a powerful communication skill that will help you no matter what industry or company size. In my recent Writing Press Releases course on lynda.com, I share press release practices that work beyond getting media attention.  I talk about ways that press releases can help get your news in the news, while working to increase your credibility, visibility and overall sellability.
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    The Rise To The Top: Helping you generate big time revenue through your own online products & programs

  • 5 key mistakes to avoid when creating (and marketing) your online course (and what to do instead!)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Avoid Rookie Mistakes: Understand the Power of Marketing Videos

    Christine Mortensen
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Video brings a lot of value to the marketing table for entrepreneurs. Here are the facts: Forrester Research’s Dr. James McQuivey says a one-minute video is equivalent to 1.8 million words. Online engagement measurement and usage site comScore says almost 50 percent of Internet users view at least one video online each month. Forbes says 75 percent of executives watch work-related videos each week. As you can see, incorporating video into your marketing strategy can potentially provide an enormous ROI. Avoid making a rookie mistake and seriously consider integrating videos into your…
  • How To Use Mobile Devices For Entrepreneurial Success

    Christine Mortensen
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Today’s entrepreneurs do business and manage their enterprises on the go while traveling, visiting customers and vendors, or poolside during time with the family. It’s no longer necessary to spend eight or 10 hours every weekday in an office behind a desk and in meetings.The flexibility and accessibility that smart phones, tablets, and apps provide are staples of the modern work world. Smart Phones are the New Business Steering Wheel Not too long ago, keeping in touch with subordinates, meeting with customers and vendors, and talking to the banker were all done from a central location –…
  • Are Copywriting and Design Mutually Exclusive Skills?

    Christine Mortensen
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:15 am
    A young, talented copywriter we’ve worked with at Sprk’d recently found an amazing opportunity on the creative team at one of the most well-know hotel brands out there. Even though she’s focused on writing she’s also always had an interest in learning design. She asked me a question: As a designer, do you think the two skills [design and writing] are mutually exclusive? People have told me, “you’re either a writer or a designer”, but I’m interested in both. Here was my response and I am curious to hear how you would have answered: I do not…
  • How to Make Your Workday Healthier and More Productive

    Guest Author
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:59 am
    Working hard or hardly working? Rapidly growing technological advances have not only raised the bar for all of us, but also made us more inactive. We are now expected to be multitasking throughout the workday, and most of our tasks don’t require us to get off our seat!  Here are a few tips to help make you feel healthier, more alert, and more productive during your workday: 1. Have a meeting? Why not take a walk? Break out of the meeting room, and have walking meetings instead! Not only will the change in surroundings inspire new ideas and creativity, but the physical activity will also…
  • Transform Email Into Powerful Online Sales Presentations

    Christine Mortensen
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:21 am
    When email became readily available to the public in the early 1990’s it changed the way sales people interacted with clients, potential clients and possible leads. The door-to-door salesman quickly faded and instead a new world of opportunities surfaced. Since that time, nothing has shaken the business world to that next level as email did in the 90’s, until now… PointDrive, a Chicago based company, has established a solid foundation transforming emails into powerful online sales presentations.  Below are five reasons why I love PointDrive: 1. Technical Integrations PointDrive easily…
 
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    Launch Grow Joy

  • The Importance of Video for Product Entrepreneurs: Why Beautiful Photos Aren’t Enough Anymore

    launchgrowjoy
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:53 pm
    This is a guest post from Tweli.com For years there has been an ever-increasing emphasis on the use of quality photos for marketing your products or business. Real estate websites claim that good photos increased the sale price of a home by as much as 47 percent. And lately it seems as if everyone takes amazing pictures for photography blogs and social sharing sites. All of this adds up to a realization that while beautiful photos used to set you apart in the market, static pictures aren’t enough anymore. When everyone has beautiful photography, the reality is that they’re barely...
  • ASK ANDREEA: What should your priorities be when you are first starting a business?

    launchgrowjoy
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Do you want to start a business but feel overwhelmed about what your priorities should be? In today’s podcast I’m going back to the ASK ANDREEA series where I answer a question from one of you. Here’s today’s question: “I’m trying to start a small accessories line. However, there’s just me. I’ve received positive response to my jewelry but if I get an online store or get my products in stores how can I be sure I can keep up with production if it takes off. I’m not sure what my priorities should be at this point. Does it make...
  • Does your product need a branding tuneup?

    launchgrowjoy
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    This is a guest post by Lidia Varesco Racoma I love branding. For almost 15 years, Ive been running a graphic design studio and helping clients create effective branding and marketing. Last year, I launched typebaby, a line of typographic baby and kids apparel. I got just as excited about developing the branding and I did about developing the product line. I recently held a branding “tune-up” workshop to help fellow moms in business discover key aspects of their brand. At the end of this post, you will be able to download the worksheet (tweaked for product businesses) for your...
  • Choosing the Direct Sales business model with Kara Wiegand of @ThreadsWW

    launchgrowjoy
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    Have you considered implementing a direct sales model for your business? If you are not familiar with direct sales, here’s a quick rundown: direct sales is when you sell your products away from a physical store location and instead sell through sales consultants who host trunk shows, demos, in-person events and even online. In today’s podcast episode, Kara Wiegand of Threads Worldwide and I talk about why she and her business partners, Angela Yost and Lindsay Herron, decided to sell their handcrafted products through Direct Sales Consultants instead of selling to retailers. CLICK…
  • How to get your products in holiday gift guides

    launchgrowjoy
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:19 am
    Do you want to get your products in magazines’ holiday gift guides? I know it may seem a little early to think about your products as a holiday gift, but June, July and August are the months when most national magazines plan their holiday gift guides. You’ll want your products to be a part of these holiday gift guides because it can mean a lot of sales over the holiday for your business. It can also increase your credibility among other journalists and media, as well as increase awareness of your brand among your target customers. Here are some simple-yet-effective...
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    Business Broker Blog

  • Planning to Sell? “THE” most important question

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

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

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

    Alan Brind
    2 May 2014 | 11:42 am
    Alan Brind As a small business owner, have you been waiting for the economy to turnaround before selling your business? If your answer is yes, now’s the time to start planning your transition as economic conditions improve. As bank lending eases and buyer liquidity improves, you’ll want to be ready to tap into the market and take […] The post Small Business Owners, are You Planning for the Economic Uptick? appeared first on Business Broker Blog.Business Broker Blog - NEW YORK'S PREMIER BUSINESS INTERMEDIARY
  • A job or own a business…8 ways to know?

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

  • Good Vibes Winery Creates Urban Winery Experience

    Susan Post
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    An urban, bustling street wouldn’t be the first place one would expect to find a winery, but Good Vibes Winery is making a plethora of wines from their Westerville location. Tony Klausing opened the shop almost two years ago, creating not only a quite place to grab a glass of wine, but a stylish event […]
  • ForgeX Building Innovative Partnerships Between Businesses

    Susan Post
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Marrying innovative entrepreneurs with established corporations, ForgeX is building a network aimed at accelerating high-growth businesses. Entrepreneur and mentor Victor Thorne is the connector behind the network looking to build disruptive technologies. Thorne describes the principle behind ForgeX as two ends of an hourglass. One end is large corporations with employees with ideas. The bigger […]
  • SCORE Providing Mentoring Resources for Entrepreneurs

    Susan Post
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A facet of the Small Business Administration, SCORE provides support for new entrepreneurs to established businesses through their mentoring and other business development resources. SCORE’s free consultation services help businesses get started, help them grow and help them solve problems. “The bulk of what we do is help startups with their business plans,” says Columbus […]
  • What You Should Know About the Attorney-Client Privilege

    Bill Nolan
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    We have written here and here about how your email communications can come back to haunt you, and here about how you can often save legal fees by calling your attorney sooner. An important related topic often misunderstood by businesspeople is the attorney-client privilege. What is it? What does it mean? How can it help protect your business? I […]
  • Unlimited Media Building Websites for Small Businesses

    Susan Post
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A small business serving other small businesses, Unlimited Media offers full-service web presence, social media and graphics for local, independent business owners. Mayda Sanchez-Shingler is behind the enterprise that was recently named home-based business of the year by the Small Business Administration. From the site to the graphics, Sanchez-Shingler is capable of building it all for […]
 
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    Blogtrepreneur - The Business of Blogging For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • Blinkist Helps You Read Books in Only 15 Minutes

    Blogtrepreneur
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a busy entrepreneur, you have been conditioned to consume an overwhelming amount of information by feverishly scrolling and swiping your way through hundreds of brief news updates and 140-character industry tidbits, so reading actual books from cover to cover has become somewhat of a luxury that many of us can only fit into our occasional weekend getaway (if we’re lucky). Aside from choosing to sleep even less than you already do or squeezing in a chapter here and there during bathroom breaks, there just isn’t a lot of time leftover to read everything on your wishlist from start to…
  • Turning Passion into Profit with the Co-Founders of Kandy Kruisers

    Adam Toren
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Entrepreneurship is about turning your passion into your profession. That’s certainly what the brilliant minds behind Kandy Kruisers did. And these start-up entrepreneurs are making big waves in the skateboarding market -- while they’re still in college! Timur Daudpota, Hamza Amir and Jesus Hernandez are three college guys from the University of Houston who got together to collaborate and create, Kandy Kruisers, their own vintage inspired, colorful skateboard. Kandy Kruisers began when they were freshman in college and noticed longboards everywhere on campus. They loved longboards, but…
  • Four Ways You Can Succeed as a Social Media Superstar

    Matthew Toren
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ever wonder why some small businesses seem to rock at social media whilst others (maybe even yourself) are anything but superstars? I am going to give you the secret formula in this post. People like to buy; they don’t like to be sold to. This can be a tricky proposition and has to be done with a well laid out strategy. The formula consists of four social media basics, that when combined will take your from a ho hum marketer to super stardom.1. Be ConsistentEverything about your social media strategy needs to be consistent––from your tone to the frequency of posts. There’s nothing…
  • Made in America: 3 Entrepreneurs Who Are Making Their Businesses Work in the USA

    Adam Toren
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Every entrepreneur knows that starting a business is never an easy feat, but starting your business in America is said to be particularly challenging. While there may be challenges to business here in the states, there are plenty of advantages and opportunities, too. While some may find that sourcing your business abroad is the best course of action, there are many entrepreneurs who want to create their products and services at home in their local communities across America. To help you understand some of the challenges and opportunities of making a business in America, here are three…
  • 25 Tweetable Twitter Tips You Wish You Knew Years Ago

    Matthew Toren
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Twitter hit the scene in 2006 and since then most industry experts have taken notice and have tried to master the art of promotion through this valuable and widely used social network. In 2013, Twitter was one of the 10 most-visited websites, and has been described as "the SMS of the Internet” according to Wikipedia. Updates have made the platform more valuable and given brands the opportunity to reach exponential limits. But, don’t we all wish we knew back in 2006 what we know now. Here are 25 tweetable Twitter tips you wish you knew years ago: 1. Tweet and tweet a lot. In the fast paced…
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    Barbara’s Blog

  • Hobby Lobby Case and Your Small Business

    Barbara Weltman
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in a case brought by a company contesting the government’s rule under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) that it provide 20 types of contraceptives to employees despite the religious objections of its owners to 4 of these types. The company’s owners were victorious. The court said that regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA), which generally prohibits the government from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion.
  • Summertime Reading

    Barbara Weltman
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    For many people, spreading out on the beach may mean reading pulp fiction or gossip magazines and zoning out. For others, like me, it’s an opportunity to read books on business that have been waiting to be read. (I’m not making any judgments about which path is better, and maybe you can do both.) Whether you like holding a book or an iPad (or other Kindle device), keep Benjamin Franklin’s advice in mind: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Here is a list of books that I hope to tackle this summer (likely I won’t get to all of them despite my ambitions). Some are…
  • Summertime and Your Business

    Barbara Weltman
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Now that we’re into summer, is your business ready for the season? Here are some changes you might consider at this time. Casual dress code Some businesses relax their dress code during the summer to allow for more casual attire. This can be a slippery slope, with some employees wearing what an owner may deem to be inappropriate attire. If you want to change your dress code, be clear about what is and is not acceptable. Ties may become optional in the hot weather but likely flip flops are out. See the EEOC’s rules on permissible dress codes. Summertime hours Depending upon the nature of…
  • Are You Liable for Trust Fund Penalties?

    Barbara Weltman
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    You are if you’re an employer who willfully failed to deposit with the Treasury the required income taxes and the employee share of FICA withheld from wages. These taxes are called trust fund taxes because you are withholding and depositing them on behalf of employees. Unfortunately, when cash is tight, some employers may use these funds to pay other bills. A report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said that as of June 30, 2012, employers owed the government $14.1 billion in delinquent employment taxes. What the report found It criticized the government for not…
  • The Deluge of Businesses for Sale: What It Means to You

    Barbara Weltman
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s been reported that between 7 and 10 million businesses will be up for sale in the next several years as Baby Boomer owners retire (or die). The book entitled The $10 Trillion Opportunity expects $10 trillion to change hands in the next decade or so from the sale of these businesses. If you’re planning on selling your company within this time frame, make sure you are positioned to get the most you can in light of the number of other businesses for sale. Get your financials in order You won’t be able to get a good valuation or speak with prospective buyers unless you know where you…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog

  • Developing a healthy workplace for employees

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Promoting physical fitness in the office is essential for fostering a healthy environment for all employees. Whether your office is trading donuts for fruit or swapping traditional chairs for exercise balls, there are several innovative improvements that can greatly increase productivity, satisfaction and happiness in the office. As you begin to encourage physical fitness in the workplace, examine the ways you can best promote healthy lifestyles among employees.  The benefits of a healthy workplace According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, physical activity…
  • Optimizing mobile strategies for small businesses

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Smartphones and tablets have revolutionized the realm of small business - from providing easier ways for consumers to connect to their favorite brands to allowing brick-and-mortar stores faster and more efficient ways to protect their data. As technological corporations continue to unveil new advances and mobile devices, people find new ways to implement these devices in their everyday lives. According to a recent study from ComScore, smartphones and tablets account for 60 percent of all digital media time – a 10 percent rise from 2013. Specifically, the source noted that…
  • Thinking outside of the box: Fun promos for the summer

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Companies are constantly trying to remain competitive among the vast array of other brands on the market. Certain businesses stand out among the crowd due to quality, service and products – many of which are determined by the marketing campaigns undertaken by the brand. One surefire way to further distinguish your company is by adopting practices unique to your brand, such as developing social media campaigns pertaining to your offerings or distributing promotional products that other businesses may not have thought to. As you sift through the myriad products offered by Myron, think…
  • Win big in Myron’s 2 photo contests

    14 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Do you have a knack for photography? Looking to show off your artistic talent and earn a chance to take home big prizes? You're in luck, as Myron is hosting two separate photo contests open to any individuals with an eye for art and desire to win big. Both contests, which ask people to deliver photographs that adhere to a separate set of standards, are calling for submissions until Sept. 30, 2014. Winners' images will be featured in a series of promotional wall calendars, which may be seen by a great deal of individuals and companies over the course of the next year. Deliver a…
  • Attracting summer travelers and tourists to your business

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    Summer offers the ideal time during which consumers can travel. People frequently take advantage of the warmer weather by venturing to tropical or beachside locations, as they enjoy spending their days by beautiful bodies of water. Alternatively, bustling cities typically see an influx in tourists, as people use vacation time to visit these large and fast-paced places.  Whether your business is situated near a tourist trap or favorite spot for summer travelers, there are a variety of ways to attract these potential customers to your brand. As the summer continues to progress, consider…
 
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    Firmology

  • 8 Tips To Help You Keep Your Data Safe

    Brittany Klontz
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Playing it Safe: Small Businesses Can’t Sidestep Data Security In 2012, more than 78% of businesses had suffered at least one data breach in the last two years, according to a Trend Micro-sponsored study conducted by the Ponemon Institute. No matter their size, all businesses using any kind of internet or wireless connectivity need to be aware of data security in order to keep data as safe as possible. Below are eight tips to get your SMB off on the right foot towards securing your data. 1. Identify Your Sensitive Data and Delete the Unnecessary Information Go through all of your…
  • My Success Story: How Ryan Jenkins Reignited His Motivation

    Ryan Jenkins
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    I was in my car inside the company parking deck dreading going inside to start yet another workday. My soul screamed having to divorce my personality and passions every day before entering the doors of work. Wasn’t I full of hope, energy, and creative ideas once? How did I get here? It’s as if I bought something I was super stoked about only to experience buyer’s remorse once I brought it home. Except my remorse was surrounding my career…my life. Fast forward five years and I found myself as an internationally recognized speaker and author sharing stages around the country with fellow…
  • Mobile Banking: Casual, Convenient, Safe

    Eran Feinstein
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Growing Mobile Industry Offers Opportunities For Rural and Poorer Demographics, Countries Around the world, mobile banking is picking up steam as a banking choice for a number of practical reasons. One of the most prevalent of those reasons is that mobile banking is a convenient and simple way to bank; another is that it gives those who don’t have access to traditional brick-and-mortar banks, a way to safely deposit their money, shop, pay bills, and transfer funds between themselves and other individuals or organizations. The World Bank noted that in 2013, 2.5 billion people—about…
  • LinkedIn Acquires Newsle, The Google Alerts Of Professional News

    Philip Nowak
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    LinkedIn has acquired Newsle, the news alerts startup for your professional and social network. Newsle sends email alerts to its users whenever it finds news about their social network connections. We founded Newsle with a simple goal: to deliver important news about the people who matter to you. Three years and 2 million users later, we’re happy to say that we’re well on the way toward realizing that goal. LinkedIn is equally passionate about offering insights that can help professionals better do their jobs and will help us accelerate our efforts by making Newsle available to its…
  • 3 Questions Business Leaders Should Ask Themselves Before Solving ANY Problem

    David J.P. Fisher
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    Strategize Your Problem Solving To Improve Your Leadership A while back, I heard a stand-up comedian talk about the three questions you should always ask before you tell your significant other anything: Does this need to be said? Does this need to be said right now? Does this need to be said right now by me? The joke works because many of us don’t think before we speak and act.  (These questions are also great to ask in professional relationships, but that’s for another article.) A place you can see this lack of forethought in the business world is the rapid-fire manner in which…
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  • Why Your Website Conversions Suck (And How to Fix It)

    Brad Smith
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Most people that land on your website aren’t going to buy anything. Average website conversion rates hover around 1% for eCommerce sites (or sites that sell products and low priced services directly) and around 5% for lead generation sites (or sites that sell complex services where the transaction happens offline). That means the majority of website visitors — the ones you worked so hard to lure, persuade, cajole or purchase to visit in the first place — will leave your site forever. One of the biggest reasons people “Bounce” (or leave your site quickly) is…
  • Customer Research: How to “FAIL-Proof” Your Marketing

    Brad Smith
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Last week I wanted to use the latin expression “el al.” in a client report. However I, after all, don’t speak latin. So before sending it over, I decided to double check both usage and spelling to be 100% sure it was going to be used properly. After pulling up the Merriam Webster online dictionary, here’s what I saw (scroll down to the comments for the punch line): Perfect. Nice, value-adding comments. I bet adding social comments sounded like a good, “trendy” idea in some stodgy boardroom. But now Merriam Webster’s complete lack of forethought comes…
  • How to Create a Successful Content Strategy for the Web

    Brad Smith
    26 May 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Crafting a successful content strategy for the web is the first step to getting more customers and clients through digital marketing. Without it, your ads won’t perform, your SEO won’t attract new people, and your social campaigns won’t inspire anyone to engage with you. Here’s why, and how you can improve yours today. Why is Content Necessary? The most effective and profitable way to get new customers is organic search (SEO). A study of over 77,000 orders by market research giant Forrester Research found search engines to be the best online marketing channel for new…
  • Why Comments for Business Blogs are Useless

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

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

    adrianswinscoe
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    #180405687 / gettyimages.com Today’s interview is with Vivek Jetley, Senior Vice President and co-Head of Analytics and Head of Corporate Strategy at EXL, a business process solutions company that integrates operations management services, decision analytics and technology platforms to help their clients deliver immediate results and long-term business impact. Vivek joins me today to talk […]
  • How equal are your relationships with your customers?

    adrianswinscoe
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    The equality of the relationships that businesses have with their customers was an idea that came up in a recent interview that I conducted with John Marick, the co-founder and CEO of Consumer Cellular, the awarding winning provider of cell (mobile) phones and services in the US. Consumer Cellular is a rising star in the […]
  • Using customer reviews to drive service improvement, WoM and growth – Interview with Jan Jensen of Trustpilot

    adrianswinscoe
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Today’s interview is with Jan Jensen, the CMO of Trustpilot, an open, review-driven community connecting online consumers. Through their platform Trustpilot also help companies proactively collect reviews and get real insight from their customers. Launched in 2007, their service has seen rapid adoption with already more than 7.5 million reviews of over 85,000 individual companies. […]
  • Customer Relations – learn to look as well as listen

    adrianswinscoe
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:44 am
    This is a guest post from Jennifer Welford, Small Business Team – Accounts and Legal. ‘Ethnography’ is one of those obtuse marketing words, like ‘psychographic’ or ‘ideating,’ which marketing industry insiders often use to maintain an aura of deep intellect in their field so that business owners simply must hire them. Put simply ethnography is […]
  • How we built a community of customer advocates – Interview with Joan Babinski of Brainshark

    adrianswinscoe
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    #165567554 / gettyimages.com Today’s interview is with Joan Babinski, founder and vice president of marketing at Brainshark, which helps thousands of companies around the world improve productivity with cloud-based business presentation solutions for sales, marketing and training. Joan joins me today to talk about Brainshark and how they built a community of customer advocates that […]
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  • Keep on Keepin’ on: How to persevere and get work done

    Brad Farris
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    I’m a swimmer. Swimming laps is one of the few forms of exercise that I can sustain on a regular basis. But I have a slight problem with counting laps. I push a way from the wall and I think in my head one. I get to the next wall and I think two. A little while later I’ll get to a wall and I won’t remember what lap I’m on! So I’ll try to remember the last number I thought of — then I add one to that. The problem is, I started off counting the lap I was beginning, not the lap I just finished. So when I get to my goal (say 20 laps), I still have one more to…
  • The greatest lessons I learned from my mentors

    Devan Perine
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    Everyone needs a mentor, especially business owners!And often times, we need several. They help shape us into the people that we are. They help us through challenges, give us resources when we need them, and come alongside us when we need it most. Jill and Brad talk about their top mentor lessons from their mentors in their lives, and also talk to business owner guests Nicole Knepper of Moms Who Drink & Swear, Ethan Austin of Give Forward. You’re going to love it. And find out how to find your own mentor! (Podcast player opens up on Breaking Down Your Business or subscribe on…
  • What to do when… You’re not sure you can keep going

    Brad Farris
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    My business started off so strong. But the last year or so it’s been really rough. The clients are there, but they’re so much more demanding. I’ve lost a couple of key team members, and I just don’t know how many more weekends I can work. My family is angry (and they should be) and my bank account isn’t showing the fruits of my labor. Maybe this entrepreneurial thing just isn’t for me. First of all, let me say it: we’ve all been there. Even the “rock star” entrepreneurs — those folks writing books and giving speeches? —…
  • Stop business owner burnout with better systems

    Korbett Miller
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    “I used to like my business, now I can’t stand it. It’s just  not the same anymore.” I have a unique business.  I run around in my pajamas and have fun for a living.  I am a martial arts instructor.  However, I know several “successful” school owners who no longer like their business.  I have had my business for the 18 years (and I still love it).  In addition being a professional instructor and school owner, I am real estate investor, and rare horse breeder.  Most importantly, I have been married for the last 18 years and have a family that I spent…
  • Every time you feel down about your business, remind yourself of these 6 things

    Brad Farris
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The cost of success: Is it worth the price of admission? When we work on something truly great (you are working on something great aren’t you?), we will face adversity. There will be times when the whole world seems hell bent on putting brick walls in your path. But there’s only one way to respond when the universe conspires against you: keep going. Don’t believe me? Check out this list: Facing rejection? JK Rowling wrote her first “Harry Potter” manuscript while she was getting divorced, on welfare, and living with her daughter in a small apartment. Her agent…
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    Deimar - Business Tips and Strategies for Entrepreneurs

  • Building Loyalty From The First Interview

    Deimar Gutierrez
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    A successful employer-employee relationship requires mutual investment to create common value. From the first interview, both must identify if they share common goals that they can achieve together. They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. True. However, they usually refer to the candidate, not the employer. The first impression is important for both the prospective employee and the employer. And hence the importance that both parties are as clear as possible from day one.Related post: What Drives a Sucessful Onboarding Process In fact, about 35% of…
  • How-to Recruit Passionate Employees

    Deimar Gutierrez
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Recruit employees passionate about life. Given that, employee work passion is a reflection of great leadership within an organization. Engaged employees generate both a better corporate image, and greater profitability for the business.  Passionate employees are engaged employees. Engaged employees not only outperform others, but also are interested in the success of the organization. Additionally, they understand how they impact the organization's goals, which allows them to work smarter, contribute to the company's key objectives, and develop new skills and competences according to…
  • How-to Earn Your Employees' Trust

    Deimar Gutierrez
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:33 pm
    The best way to increase your team performance is earning your employees' trust. Winning the customer's trust, in your products and services, is as important as getting employees to trust each other. Trust is essential to boost employee engagement, motivation and honesty. Managers able to earn their team's trust make better decisions. Having an open communication with their teams allows them to identify obstacles for the organization and overcome them by relying on their employees' feedback and knowledge of the situation. In other words, they count with the support of their teams in…
  • Why Your Creative Ideas Are Rejected

    Deimar Gutierrez
    10 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    Innovation challenges the status quo, as a result creates uncertainty. People fear the unknown, thus have a natural tendency to reject creativity.  Although managers attempt to foster creativity and innovation in their organizations, innovative ideas, are often rejected. In part, this phenomenon can be explained by the way we are wired, which precludes us from fully embracing new ideas. Our survival instinct, linked to our reptilian brain or R-complex makes us fear the unknown.  It is difficult to understand the consequences of something new, so in order to…
  • Young CEO = Innovative Company

    Deimar Gutierrez
    20 May 2014 | 4:00 am
     It has been proven that there is a strong link between the age of the leader and the probability of breakthrough innovation.Some companies relate youth with inexperience, others with innovation and new ideas.  No doubt the leaders of many large companies have great expertise and background, in their industries, as a result of years of work and dedication. However, what is special about the young blood, that every day, there are more CEOs in their twenties leading major organizations? For many companies, especially those in crisis, innovation is a source of…
 
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    Small Business Bonfire

  • 6 Tips for Dealing with Brand Trolls

    Emily Suess
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:20 am
    By Emily Suess Ugh. Internet trolls are the worst, and if you’re not careful they can get way out of hand. Trolls exist solely to be disruptive and generate negative attention for themselves. They take on different forms, but they all waste your time and energy. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to deter and get rid of brand trolls. Set up a troll log. Before you ever encounter your first troll, set up a system for tracking them. Take screenshots, setup a spreadsheet, create an internal Twiki—whatever works best. Then keep the information available so that anyone who handles…
  • The Power of Communication: Get Smart and Cut Through the Noise

    Jo Disney
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:48 am
    By Jo Disney The world is full of noise. Twitter alone is responsible for around 500 million tweets per day, not to mention all the other shares, posts, clicks, hits, hacks and general chit-chat going on across the web, every single second. For business owners, that’s a lot of noise to contend with. It’s a global problem, and you’re certainly not alone. The Internet is flooded with content of varying degrees of quality and value. It’s information overload – and the messages we are trying to communicate are suffering as a result. Communication is probably the most…
  • How to Make Your Own Explainer Video

    Matt Zajechowski
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:35 am
    By Matt Zajechowski Perhaps you’ve noticed that your business partners or competitors have been updating their YouTube channels or posting new videos on their websites. It seems that everyone with a camera and basic video editing software is making videos for their business these days, and there’s a good reason for that. Business explainer videos have grown more popular as marketing research has revealed that: Original videos are the medium with the most organic reach on Facebook. 92% of mobile video watchers share videos with others. 96% of consumers say they find videos helpful in…
  • How to Battle Complacency

    Alyssa Gregory
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:39 am
    By Alyssa Gregory Complacency is a sneaky thing, mainly because it starts off with a positive feeling. You may have just done something phenomenal, reached a significant goal, or achieved a big success. Understandably, you take some time to revel in the “not doing” that comes after an accomplishment; that period of self-satisfaction and celebration. But what happens if you don’t come out of the haze of success? You move on, of course, but without the same sense of urgency, without the drive and the tenacity that helped you achieve your big win in the first place. You start…
  • 3 Free Tools to Help You Plan Your Small Business Finances

    Alyssa Gregory
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    By Alyssa Gregory One of the toughest challenges faced by new (and sometimes established!) small business owners is figuring out their business finances. It can be difficult to accurately estimate start-up costs and ongoing expenses before you have a financial history to use as a basis for your forecasts. But there are a few free tools available that will help you make more accurate financial plans when you’re starting and managing your small business. Here are three to check out. 1. Quickbooks Startup Financial Planner This financial planner uses information from the QuickBooks database as…
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  • How To Boost Sales In Your Startup (Part 2)

    Kurt Graver
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    In the article  "What To Do When Sales Are Slow (Part 1) we discussed how to start approaching improving your sales when you start up. Topics mentioned were analysing your business plan, comparing performance to your plans and how to understand your customer.In this article we will discuss the for a couple other ways you can correct slow sales in your start up.Sales processYour marketing may be attracting potential new clients/customers. However, if your sales processes are not set up correctly you may be missing out on sales. Based on what you have learned about your target market from…
  • How To Boost Sales In Your Startup (Part 1)

    Kurt Graver
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    “If you build it he will come” - A quote from the movie Field of Dreams. Many startups go into business with believing that as soon as they launch they customers will rolling in and buy.However, reality is far different than the movies. One of the most common challenges that start-ups may encounter are lower than projected sales. Below are the steps you need to take to try and boost sales and get your start up back on track.1. Analyse Your Business PlanThe first thing to do when sales are slow is to analyse your original plan and find out whether you are carrying out what you originally…
  • Top Business Ideas For People On A Budget

    Kurt Graver
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    What is the best business to startup? This is a question are asked several times a week. Its actually really difficult to answer as it depends on the ambition, character, skills, experience, education and motivation of the person who wants to start the business. Another huge factor in choosing which business to start-up are funding and support you have available to start a business.Below is a list of common business ideas that require a low capital investment. The list is full of generic businesses, what makes a business is its Unique Selling Point (USP). Always try distinguish your business…
  • How 3D Printing Will Bring A Revolution In Industries

    Kurt Graver
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Long ago when 3D printing was doing rounds in industry circles many called it an impractical and “Fantasy” technology. However, 3D printers were manufactured, have evolved and survived the test of time. Today, it has changed the way how parts and products are made. The buck doesn't stop here. This technology has reached dizzying proportions and guarantees to bring revolution in many sectors, to the point of disrupting the entire manufacturing landscape. Mentioned below are some of the industries where 3D printing will affect the most.Core manufacturingTools, jigs and prototypes are some…
  • 4 Ways to Help Separate Your Startup from the Rest

    Kurt Graver
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    Congratulations on taking the plunge and pursing your dream of starting a new business! But as many experienced business owners will tell you, launching a business is the easy part — it’s keeping that business afloat that gets a bit tricky. So how can you increase the chances that your business will be one of those that survive and thrive? By ensuring that it stands apart from its competition. One of the biggest reasons that businesses fail is not that they were ill-conceived or doomed from the start — they fail because they simply got lost in the mix. Succeeding in business means…
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    B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ

  • Preparing to Sell Your Business? (1)

    Keith Simmons
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    1st in a series of articles focusing on how to prepare a business for a successful sale, we discuss specific actions you can take to greatly improve the ability to sell your business. Often the price an owner asks is determined by their personal retirement needs but is not representative of what a buyer is willing to pay.… Read more >The post Preparing to Sell Your Business? (1) appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • Is your business ready for Mobile payments?

    Larry Francis
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    Mobile payments: Finally ready to take off? For quite some time there has been a fair amount of discussion and false starts regarding payments via mobile devices. It seems  we are getting further along and that businesses and consumers are getting more comfortable with available products, services and technology.… Read more >The post Is your business ready for Mobile payments? appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • US BEER DISTRIBUTION GROWTH IN A FLAT MARKET

    Larry Francis
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    As I reflected on the article, For Small and Large Brewers, the U.S. Market Is Open, I was happy to hear of this small business success and hopeful that similar opportunities could be seized by business owners of similar or vertical businesses.… Read more >The post US BEER DISTRIBUTION GROWTH IN A FLAT MARKET appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • Measure Your Financial Literacy with This Test

    Stu Lipkin
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:11 am
    Being a financial person I make certain assumptions about the financial literacy of people.  Living and breathing numbers all day long leads me to believe that most people understand the basics of financial stability and wealth.  I found this test/article to be extremely revealing and the results to be  somewhat disappointing.… Read more >The post Measure Your Financial Literacy with This Test appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • Restaurant Payroll, # 1 Cost saver.

    Jerry Snearly
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    The best way to control Restaurant payroll is by having your weekly Labor Schedule end to Tuesday. Most General managers control their payroll by a percent to sales by week. Mondays and Tuesdays have the lowest sales with usually the highest percentage payroll.… Read more >The post Restaurant Payroll, # 1 Cost saver. appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
 
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    Small Business Tips and Resources-The Small Business Playbook

  • Small Business Toolbox – July Twenty

    Gary Shouldis
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Each week I like to post useful tools and resources that you may be able to use for your business.  The resources I post here are either free or available at a low cost.I don’t go into much detail here, so feel free to check them out yourself and let me know what you think.  If you know of any great tools and services that will help small business owners, please share them in the comments below. Pamela – Desktop download that lets you automatically record your Skype calls.  Great for teaching and conducting interviews via Skype.  They offer a free trial of the full version and a…
  • What Spending 117K Has Taught Me About Working With Freelancers

    Gary Shouldis
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Have you ever thought about hiring a freelancer online before?  If anyone could benefit from outsourcing, it would be small business owners, Lord knows us small biz owners have our plates full. Over the years my web marketing company, 3Bug Media, has outsourced over 100k worth of freelance work.  That’s only counting using online freelancing platforms like Odesk and Elance, it doesn’t include hiring one off contract jobs locally.  I’ve hired online freelancers for things like web development, graphic design, CAD drawings, writers and bookkeeping to name a few. While I do…
  • Small Business Toolbox – July Seventh

    Gary Shouldis
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Each week I like to post useful tools and resources that you may be able to use for your business.  The resources I post here are either free or available at a low cost.I don’t go into much detail here, so feel free to check them out yourself and let me know what you think.  If you know of any great tools and services that will help small business owners, please share them in the comments below. Creately – Powerful and free diagram software.  Work online and collaborate on projects with others. Glip – Free messaging and productivity tool that lets you easily collaborate with…
  • Does Facebook Advertising Work For Small Business?

    Gary Shouldis
    29 Jun 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Does advertising on Facebook really work? Yes and no.  For most small businesses, probably more on the “no” side.  That is, unless you really know what you are doing when it comes to creating an effective advertising campaign. I had 6 people email me last week asking if advertising on Facebook was a waste of time.  I thought it would make a good blog post as Facebook is doing a lot of outreach these days trying to recruit small business owners to advertise on their platform. I’m not a big fan of Facebook when it comes to advertising, I feel like the idea of paying a few…
  • Small Business Toolbox – June Twenty Eight

    Gary Shouldis
    28 Jun 2014 | 5:22 am
    Each week I like to post useful tools and resources that you may be able to use for your business.  The resources I post here are either free or available at a low cost.I don’t go into much detail here, so feel free to check them out yourself and let me know what you think.  If you know of any great tools and services that will help small business owners, please share them in the comments below. Cyfe – Create a custom dashboard that houses your social, marketing and web analytics all in one place. Quabel – Free browser based writing tool that lets you write distraction free.
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    CorporationCentre.ca Small Business Blog

  • Lessons From the FIFA World Cup

    CorporationCentre.ca
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    Business owners around the world are breathing a collective sigh of relief now that the grand spectacle that is the FIFA World Cup has come to a close, signaling, at long last, that it is back to business as usual. Although soccer doesn’t have the deep roots in North America as it does in other parts of the world, the FIFA World Cup is widely regarded as the planet’s most important and widely viewed sporting event, and one reaches a truly global audience. The World Cup only takes place every four years and this year’s host nation, Brazil, is the country whose economy is most directly…
  • Strategies For Juggling Multiple Projects

    CorporationCentre.ca
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    If you run your own business, chances are you have a seemingly endless to-do list that can overwhelm the senses and would lead a more fragile mind into despair. Sometimes the first thing on everyone’s to-do list is to figure out which item on the to-do list to actually do first. Like a car with standard transmission often the hardest thing is just getting the car rolling. Here are a few handy tips and tricks on how to manage all the items on that list so you can get out of first gear and get into the fast lane.Organize Your ProjectsNo two projects are created equal and it’s up to you to…
  • The High Cost of Free Labor

    CorporationCentre.ca
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:50 am
    When I was in college there was a word that floated around the halls in whispers. It drew people in, it had a story attached to it, and it caught the attention of anyone who heard it – it was the word “internship”.What Belongs to HistoryOnce upon a time, internships were seen as being set aside for, and granted only to, the most exemplary individuals. The way to get an internship took time, effort, and the ability to connect with the people who could get you to where you wanted to go. It carried an uncommon caché that lauded the intern as the bright eyed next generation. It was a…
  • Work-Life Balance: Remember, it’s Saturday!

    CorporationCentre.ca
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:58 am
    It was a glorious Saturday afternoon in early summer and I was hunched over a picnic table garnishing a hamburger when my cell phone rang. I had been in the middle of a good laugh after someone had told a delightful little anecdote but noticed it was one of my employees and, since they were calling me on the weekend, thought it must be something important.I politely excused myself and gave my employee my undivided attention. I had handed him a rather large project from an important client and several weeks earlier had asked him how long it would take to complete the project. They were…
  • The Power of Affiliate Marketing

    CorporationCentre.ca
    11 Jun 2014 | 11:30 am
    A savvy entrepreneur is always looking for alternative sources of revenue and affiliate marketing can be a powerful way of generating income while cutting through a lot of the time consuming legwork of manufacturing, branding, and developing marketing strategies. At its core, affiliate marketing involves bringing a particular product to the attention of your consumers and sharing the revenue generated from the sale of that product through you, with whoever supplied the product.Affiliate Marketing in Real TimeAs an example, in order to provide context, imagine that Happy X is a supplier of…
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • Bigger SBA 504 Loans, Greater Small Business Confidence

    Chris
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Last week we released our official lending figures for the first six months of 2014. Our performance has been decently strong so far, but no record-breaking pace to report this time. Our loan closing numbers have been steady, and we’ve worked hard to provide our small business clients with the best financing and best service possible, but the bigger story is the size of the loans we’re closing these days. (You may be thinking, “It’s not the size of the loan that matters…” But, well, it kind of does.) [Go here to read our official mid-year press release for 2014.] After doing some…
  • Commercial Finance Update: World Cup Edition

    Chris
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:41 am
    GOAL! (and other soccer words) It’s World Cup time, which means most of the world is watching soccer with an even greater interest than usual. We, too, have World Cup Fever, but we would never let it get in the way of your commercial real estate financing needs. However, if you do happen to call during a USA match, you’ll probably have to leave a message. Just fair warning. With that lone World Cup caveat, here’s the latest news about smarter small business commercial real estate financing… Featured Project: - Planet Fitness - Muncie, Indiana - $1.18 million total project cost…
  • Commercial Finance Update: May 2014

    Chris
    19 May 2014 | 11:48 am
    New and Improved! Since so many of us read emails on our mobile devices these days, we’re trying something new with our May 2014 edition of our Commercial Finance Update. We’ve revamped the format in order to deliver both mobile-friendly and printer-friendly editions of our monthly update. If you didn’t get our mobile version, you can view it here. The printer-friendly version is available for download below. Just click the image to open the PDF file in a new window, then you can print and/or save the file for future reference. As always, if you have questions about how we…
  • Success: Ignoring the Critics

    Chris
    16 May 2014 | 9:13 am
    There’s a good chance that you or someone you know has bought into the hype surrounding Beats headphones. If not an actual set of headphones, you can probably find a product with Beats audio integrated somewhere close by. Believe it or not, Beats now owns about 70% of the headphones market, and Burt Helm from Inc. magazine recently sat down with the company’s founders to talk about the secrets to their success. As always, we read articles like this to see if there are any nuggets of wisdom we can apply to our business and share with other small business owners. (Plus we love…
  • The Future of Facebook

    Chris
    6 May 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Right now, more than 1.2 billion people use Facebook worldwide. As usual, Mark Zuckerberg is setting lofty goals for the company and its technology. Mobile is a big deal. Virtual reality will be a big deal (says Zuckerberg). Working with developers to create cross-platform apps is a big focus, and making Facebook more stable so it can handle and promote increased development is a necessity. Zuckerberg talks in-depth about the future of Facebook in a recent article on WIRED.com, and it’s sort of hard to imagine what any of it means for ordinary users and small businesses. Here’s…
 
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    Business Pipeline

  • Work from Home Meeting Places

    Jacqueline Edwards
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    More and more people are working from home and seeking […] The post Work from Home Meeting Places appeared first on Business Pipeline. This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • How to Buy WordPress Themes

    Jacqueline Edwards
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    This is a complete guide on how to buy WordPress themes […] The post How to Buy WordPress Themes appeared first on Business Pipeline. This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Improve Your Online Presence

    Jacqueline Edwards
    3 Jun 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Improve your online presence by taking it local. Your l […] The post Improve Your Online Presence appeared first on Business Pipeline. This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Valuable Lessons Small Business Should Remember

    Jacqueline Edwards
    21 May 2014 | 7:17 am
    Valuable Lessons #1 Surround yourself with an excellent […] The post Valuable Lessons Small Business Should Remember appeared first on Business Pipeline. This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Digital Relationship Building

    Jacqueline Edwards
    13 May 2014 | 8:32 am
    Digital relationship building drip campaigns, email bla […] The post Digital Relationship Building appeared first on Business Pipeline. This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
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  • Work Smarter Not Harder

    Maya Pillai
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    It is said that when one lives for a stronger purpose, then hard work is not an option but a necessity. No matter how inspirational this saying may sound, it doesn’t have much to do with real life scenarios. The endless list of tasks that need to be completed on time, the overbearing bosses and ever-increasing work pressure render the convention of hard work ineffective. When time is your enemy and productivity is your goal, you need to be a step ahead. That’s when your mental agility and out-of-the-box thinking comes into play. Smart work is the latest buzzword in the modern-day…
  • 5 Tips to Keep Your Meetings Productive

    Maya Pillai
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    Do your subordinates perceive workplace meetings as boring and futile? Have you given a thought on making them more interesting? Making your meetings more fun shall spontaneously make them more interesting and productive as you begin to achieve the underlying objectives. Holding meetings with your team is one of the best means of strengthening interpersonal relationships, boosting morale, identifying the predicaments and coming up with solutions as a team, thereby promoting team effort. We bring to you five simple tips that will turn dreary business meetings into a productive exercise. Define…
  • Communicate with Your Team Effectively

    Maya Pillai
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    As a manager, you are obligated to do everything it takes for your team to be able to function cohesively and cordially. It begins with understanding the significance and mechanism of effective communication. Communication, in simple terms, means transmission of ideas, thoughts, emotions, etc from one person to another. However, effective communication also involves certain steps on the part of the receiver, such as decoding the message as intended, comprehending the same and giving feedback. When you have a two-way dialogue with your team members, it eliminates the prevailing confusion and…
  • Find Yourself a Business Mentor

    Maya Pillai
    19 Jun 2014 | 4:28 am
    The importance of having a business mentor has often been undermined by many of us. In the modern day business environment where competition has taken a front seat, it becomes all the more necessary to find yourself a suitable mentor who will advice you and guide you through the maze of corporate warfare. Who is a Mentor? Sometimes, we tend to confuse business mentors with the allies in our network. However, the major difference between the two is that a mentor has an enduring dedication towards and inherent investment in our current and potential endeavors. Your mentor is one whom you want…
  • The Risks of Starting a Startup

    Maya Pillai
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many people consider becoming entrepreneurs for varied reasons. Before venturing into business it is important to be aware of the associated risks. This will definitely help improve the chances of succeeding. As in life, in business also, entrepreneurs need to take risks. The challenge is to anticipate pro-actively all possible risks to emerge as financially successful, reputed, efficient and long lasting business venture. These are some helpful suggestions to identify and mitigate different aspects of business risk. Evaluate how good your business idea is – There’s no point of investing…
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  • Like to Know.IT Can Make You A Fortune

    Dawn Fotopulos
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    How to Monetize Instagram Top style bloggers can make over $1 million dollars per year  if they can build their audiences large and loyal enough. This article on LinkedIn identifies blogs like Man Repeller, Bag Snob and The Blonde Salad. The only way they could generate seven figure sales is by making it easy for instagramers […]
  • Bonjour Creperie – Small Business Proud

    Dawn Fotopulos
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Bonjour Creperie- Sweet Success Philadelphia is a city known for its historical richness, and perhaps just as much, for its incredible food. During the summer the city hosts handfuls of outdoor events, and ubiquitous at these events are the famed Philly food trucks. The food truck craze has gotten so big that there are festivals […]
  • #Small Biz Proud from Capital One Spark

    Dawn Fotopulos
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Wow, do I love how small businesses are celebrated by Capital One Spark. Alex Spector, the founder of Accutek,  has an amazing story. He and his family are from Ukraine, the country that is suffering terribly from civil war right now. They started a business that calibrates pipettes, something every scientific lab in the world […]
  • Starbucks Offers Workers Free College Tuition at Arizona State University Online

    Dawn Fotopulos
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Starbucks has yet another great giveaway; Free College Tuition. It’s called the Starbucks College Achievement Plan. Is a college education still part of the American Dream? As a college professor I can attest, yes it is. First, it was healthcare. Now, it’s free college tuition. These guys are always smart about investing in their barristas. […]
  • Why Most Small Businesses Lose 80% of Potential Sales

    Dawn Fotopulos
    13 Jun 2014 | 5:04 pm
    I hope you had an OMG moment like I did reading these stats. They come to us from the sales experts at the National Sales Executive Association. Follow Up Success.com  captures these statistics perfectly. Here are two eye-popping takeaways: Almost exactly half of sales people NEVER FOLLOW UP with a prospect. If a small business owner […]
 
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  • Top 7 Books Every Solopreneur Should Read

    Donna Amos
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Top 7 Books Every Solopreneur Should Read Top 7 Books Every Solopreneur Should Read Donna Amos | 7 items | 0 views Every solopreneur should fill their book shelves (or digital shelves) with these 7 books. Follow List Embed List Share 1. Think and Grow Rich During our ten-year association, I learned the missing number to my combination for worldwide successful achievement. The Master Mind Principle: two or more persons working together in complete harmony toward a mutual goal or goals...Napoleon Hill's philosophy teaches you what you were never taught. 0 votes Comments   …
  • Social Media Tools

    Donna Amos
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
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  • Apps for Small Business Owners

    Donna Amos
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:06 am
    Small business owners are undoubtedly incredibly busy people. With low budgets and a handful of resources, they must make up for a lack of manpower by being a jack of all trades. As such, there’s no wonder that most owners look to technology to help save a little bit of time. One way that you can incorporate technology into your small business operations is to use mobile apps. In today’s world of social media and networking, business owners need to be represented online, whether it’s through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or even their own website. These three social media…
  • Developing a Startup Marketing Plan

    Donna Amos
    21 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    Congratulations on starting your own business! Isn’t that why you are thinking of developing a startup marketing plan? Often new business owners don’t think they need a formal business or marketing plan. But I say these two living documents are a must — not an option — to not prepare (and refer to often). Not sure how to create those plans yourself? Hire a consultant. For marketing plans, you can even use the services of a Score counselor for free. Without marketing, no one will know about your business. A marketing plan offers a detailed outline of the strategies and tools that…
  • Mobile Marketing is Here to Stay

    Donna Amos
    24 May 2014 | 6:16 am
    Considering embracing a mobile marketing strategy? The posts below offer some mobile tips you may find of interest. Mobile Marketing and Technology shared several posts about mobile payments.  If you offer a product or service that your clients would find it convenient to purchase on their mobile devices it is almost a must have. Small Business Mobile Marketing Tips Business 2 Community Small businesses may feel they lack the expertise to launch an effective mobile marketing campaign. How can they compete with bigger companies and stay ……
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  • 5 Small Business Traits that Lead to Money Management Success

    eCapital
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    The words “struggling economy” sprinkle most news stories online and off when discussing the business climate and small business landscape in general in the U.S. If you look beyond the headlines, however, there are modest signs of an economic recovery that should be encouraging to you and other small business owners. In a recent report by the Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom the authors surveyed more than 700 small business owners and discovered that despite conventional wisdom, growth is real and happening.  “The economy has moved in the past year—slowly, but trending upward, and…
  • Top Online Marketing Trends for Summer 2014

    JM Freuler
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    Summer is finally here, and the change of season has many business owners contemplating ways in which they might be able to take their marketing efforts to the next level. As most professionals are well-aware of, the Internet has all but completely changed the ways in which most companies go about their marketing, as online marketing is more pertinent than ever in the past. Marketing trends are always shifting, however, and staying on top of the changes is essential to finding success in today’s business landscape. Without further adieu, here are just a few of the top online marketing…
  • 5 Reasons to Keep Your Books Up to Date

    Barbara Weltman
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    Let’s face it: one of the least fun things about running a business is recordkeeping. However this somewhat tedious chore is vital to your success. Here’s why you should routinely keep track of your income and expenses. 1. Track cash flow One of the fastest ways to go out of business is to run out of money to pay your bills. To avoid this unfavorable result, you need to keep an eagle eye on your cash flow. This means checking regularly on your accounts receivable (money that is owed to you) and your upcoming financial obligations (money you’ll need to spend to pay your bills). The only…
  • Will Businesses Benefit from Promoted Pins on Pinterest?

    JM Freuler
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    In three years, Pinterest has been able to accomplish incredible things.  As of late April 2014, there have been 30 billion items pinned and 750 million boards created on the site and through the Pinterest app.  Now, the company is taking things to the next level by making Promoted Pins a paid tool for marketers to use. Pinterest first announced its intentions in September 2013.  Now, the company has made an official announcement about its first paid test involving a number of brands in different industries.  Among the most notable are ABC Family, Banana Republic, Expedia.com, General…
  • How Saying “No” Can Strengthen Your Client Relationship

    JM Freuler
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    In order to keep your customers paying you on time – and happy to do so – you need to proactively maintain your relationship with them. And in order to keep up a good relationship with your clients, you need to be able to say “no” in the right situation. Maintaining Barriers When making collections calls or writing collection emails, you might get sob stories about why a client hasn’t paid you on time this month. If you’re not a fan of confrontation, this call might feel easier if you just agree to let the client pay you next month. No harm, no foul, right? Wrong. If you don’t…
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  • Getting the sack

    Jon Stow
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    Are you ready? Getting the sack is what launched my “career” as an independent person. Yet as an employee, if you are “terminated” it is a terrible shock, the stuff of nightmares. I had a bad dream about it last night; being called in to the boss and taking only a few seconds to realise what was going on. I must confess that when it did happen to me, I told my then boss exactly what I thought about him and the firm that was getting rid of me. I quite surprised myself, and even looking back, what I said was uncharacteristic even bearing in mind the provocation. Immediately after being…
  • The Success Shop?

    Jon Stow
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:03 am
    Opening a new shop is a daunting experience, and if you are going to do so then you must plan very carefully. I have already mentioned that the level of overheads is an important consideration. Property taxes and especially rents are a very large cost beyond which you must raise your turnover by a very substantial amount in order to have enough profit to live on. If you are not sure what sort of business you want, have a look at a franchise. You have to make sure that there will be enough profit for you after paying the franchisor, but the advantage is that you will have a tried and tested…
  • The Failure Shop

    Jon Stow
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:53 am
    Photo by Jon Stow There is a new business in our urban village and I really hope they are successful. The owners have taken a shop at the end of the “main drag” and we have a new florist. It is quite a good position for passing trade. I bought a pot plant from them which was on display outside the shop, and perhaps the position will suit a florist more than the other businesses that have occupied that shop. Oh, yes, there have been quite a few. It is important for any new business owner to do their “homework”. How much is the rent? Will the turnover sufficiently exceed the running…
  • Was it small business or the internet that changed my life?

    Jon Stow
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:12 am
    Seafront bikes It is no secret that I started my own business after the world of employment left me, and I could not get another job. There was no grand plan. I just got “on my bike” to get some money coming in. Back then, 2002, the main way of getting business (I thought) was advertising. I have written before about the money spent on directories such as Yellow Pages and Thomson Local. They were a waste of time and that was because they really said nothing about my business apart from listing it under a category, but also because customers were actually talking to each other,…
  • Burying the bad news

    Jon Stow
    2 Jun 2014 | 2:45 am
    Google is being required by the European Court to allow individuals to request that certain personal information about them will; not be found in a search. This does not mean that if you already know the web address where such information is to be found you cannot see it. It is just that Google cannot lead you there. This is rather worrying and one wonders exactly whose rights are being protected here. This article states: “the BBC learned that more than half of the requests sent to Google from UK individuals involved convicted criminals.” Well, if I want to know whether my potential…
 
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  • Choosing the right topics to blog about

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tim Berry
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I was writing an email to these folks and I just stopped and deleted the draft. Why waste the time raising entrepreneurs I don’t even know. My complaint? I got to my office this morning after a few weeks elsewhere and found the results of a concentrated campaign for me to write about a certain entrepreneur and his startup. He’s all about how he’s so successful as a college dropout. I have one package containing a coffee mug with chocolate drops, and another with a copy of his book. Both contain a personalized letter from him, with what looks like a signature. Both contain business cards…
  • I Really Don’t Like All This Sh*t

    Tim Berry
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Some of the best and brightest, some of the most educated people I know, have decided that it’s cool to use the word “shit” to replace the old-fashioned words “things,” “stuff,” “work,” and so on. That’s too bad. Of course I remember “get your shit straight,” a phrase that’s as old as the golden age of hippies in the late 1960s. That was as common as “groovy” back in the day. So, millennials: you hate “groovy,” right? Yeah, that feels old to me too. And I’m old. But did you have to adopt shit?  But, damn! Google “do epic shit” and you’ll find a…
  • Where Business Wisdom and Life Intersect

    Tim Berry
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    This image, proving again that a picture is worth a thousand words (although, not, I’m told, for SEO purposes, but on well …). My thanks to Jordi Pedrol, who shared it where I saw it; and to whoever drew it (not me), and to the generations of sages who teach it. (Image: Jordi Pedrol via LinkedIn)
  • New Research on How to Motivate Your Employees

    Tim Berry
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:44 am
    Motivating employees is case by case How to motivate employees? According to new research, messages from on high need to be more abstract and less details. And messages from immediate supervisors need to be more concrete. Here’s the summary: In particular, they found that the right message from the right person — a concrete call to action from a leader close to a follower and an abstract message from a leader hierarchically distant from a follower — elicited a stronger commitment and willingness to take action. Their studies also proved the opposite was true, that when distant leaders…
  • 3 Things Never to Tell an Entrepreneur About her/his Spouse

    Tim Berry
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:32 pm
    I just read 7 Things Never to Tell Your Spouse About Business Finances, posted by Barry Molz on Amex OPEN forum. I like Barry and I like his work.  I’ve been on his podcast before and it was great. But his tone of voice in this post makes me uncomfortable. If you’re curious, compare Barry’s tone in that post to mine in some of my (somewhat confessional) posts on me and my wife and entrepreneurship: My biggest startup boost, for example; or this true story on relationships vs. new business. And yes, my wife and I have been married 44 years, in a relationship that has survived years of…
 
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  • Scentsy Greece Incentive Trip: In Pictures

    Christine
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    So the Scentsy Incentive Trip to Greece was in May and I'm barely just posting pictures.  I've had some family things to deal with and quite a bit of other things on but I am aware that this blog has been ignored and I'm going to do my best to fix that....Well I'll for sure try!! Anyway, I do want to tell you all about it but I will post pictures for now.  These arent all of the pictures I'm afraid and the rest are viewable on my Facebook page for Scentsy. Enjoy and dont forget that you too can be a part of this.  I never thought I'd be earning incentive trips!!!    …
  • Scentsy France Produits Printemps / Été 2014

    Christine
    29 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Printemps Été Scentsy produits sont maintenant disponibles en France Pour commander Cliquez ici et changer le drapeau dans la main droite Angle supérieur à la France Parfois avec des commandes que vous aurez besoin de mettre d'abord votre code postal que le site peut être étrange Visitez mon page Facebook ICI où je poste souvent des articles de blog écrits par des clients français (en français Je ne suis que l'apprentissage du français, mais j'ai réussi à le faire ok avec Google Translate pour remplir…
  • Black Zebra Scentsy Warmer

    Christine
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    A dramatic take on traditional zebra, this all-black warmer showcases contrasting shiny and matte stripes.  Part of the Scentsy Element Warmer Collection.  Element Warmers use a heating element to safely warm fragrant wax without illumination.  Just right for offices, halls and bedrooms. 9cm tall.   Black Zebra Scentsy Element Warmer £25/€31
  • Shakespeare would have loved Scentsy

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

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

    siteadmin
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Your air conditioner blows cool air into your home from the indoor unit, where the evaporator and blower are stored. When there are problems going on with your blower, you can experience significant decreases in air flow, warm air, or even system failure. As we head into the hot Phoenix AZ summers, which happens to be the busiest time of year for HVAC contractors, there are a few common problems in regard to your system’s blower that we see a lot of while performing a/c repairs in Phoenix. Fan Problems The blower in your unit is a fan that blows the cooled air into your duct system. The fan…
  • Is Turning Off Your A/C a Smart Idea?

    siteadmin
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:12 pm
    A recent Slate article made fun of a new trend in the Northeast. Apparently, homes and businesses are shutting off their air conditioning in the middle of summer as a way to save the environment. Supposedly, air conditioning is an unnecessary “comfort” and people should simply learn to adjust to whatever temperature is outside. As Arizonans, we all just shake our head at this logic. It would be absolutely crazy to turn off our a/c in the middle of a Phoenix AZ summer. While “adjusting” to an “extreme high” of ninety degrees for a few days each summer is certainly possible in New…
  • Watch Out for these Air Conditioning Nightmares

    siteadmin
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Living in Phoenix AZ has many luxuries. We get seven months of really awesome weather which makes up for the other five months of really intense heat. In Phoenix we have all major sports teams, all the big concerts, beautiful lakes and mountains, and if you want to ski in the winter you can drive two hours north and get radical, and when you’re done, you can drive back down to the valley back into seventy degree temps. The valley of the sun also offers some of the best fine dining in the country and we’re becoming more well known for our micro brews and wine. Having many luxuries…
  • How to Avoid Heat Related Illnesses During A/C Failure

    siteadmin
    3 Jun 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Phoenix Arizona is one of the hottest places in the country from May to September. Heat related illnesses are common during the summer months and year after year, nearly 2,000 people visit Arizona emergency rooms because of heat-related illnesses. Some heat illnesses could even be fatal. Over 1,500 deaths from exposure to excessive natural heat have occurred in Arizona from 2000 to 2012. If you’re beginning to hear weird sounds coming from your A/C unit that’s a sign it’s time to have it checked. Letting whatever the issue is, even the smallest of issues, can cause further…
  • When the A/C Unit Blows Warm Air or Sounds Strange

    siteadmin
    29 May 2014 | 2:21 pm
    In Phoenix Arizona the summer days feel like an oven. Literally, you feel like you just walked into one of those big pizza ovens all the mom and pop pizza shops have across town. The sun is so direct out here and very powerful that anything exposed to sun light all day can take a serious beating. You air conditioning unit is no different than anything else sitting out in the sun. Wear and tear on your cooling system can start to take place and before you know it, Wham, your system has started showing signs of trouble. Follow these tips to prevent air conditioning system breakdown. To keep…
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  • A molecular diagnostics company joins Canada’s impact investing platform

    SEB staff
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Proteocyte Diagnostics Inc., a company with a unique test for early identification of oral cancers, announced that it has officially joined MaRS’ Social Venture Connexion (SVX). Proteocyte is a Canadian molecular diagnostics company that has developed a novel diagnostics test, Straticyte, that accurately detects precancerous oral lesions at high risk of becoming cancerous. The company will be providing Straticyte as a commercial diagnostic test service to dental clinics and oral pathology labs. “As an innovative healthcare company focused on preventing cancer, Proteocyte has a…
  • Millennials don’t want to invest in the stock market

    Melissa Ip
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    Recent research by UBS revealed that millennials (defined as people between the ages of 21 and 36) are not investing in the stock market. UBS speculates that this behaviour is the consequence of millennials having nightmares about living through the 2008 financial crisis or seeing their parents struggle through the recession. They are described as skeptical about chasing markets. The research surveyed 1,000 millennials and found that they hold an average 52 percent of their assets in cash and only 28 percent in stocks. Non-millennials, on the other hand, hold only 23 percent of their assets…
  • Hippocampus raises $2.4 million to expand in South India

    SEB staff
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    Unitus Seed Fund, India’s most active seed-stage impact investor, has invested in a new financing round for Hippocampus Learning Centres, the leading rural kindergarten and remedial school programs provider based in Bangalore. The new financing round was led by Asian Development Bank with participation also from Khosla Impact venture fund. Hippocampus also announced that it is now operating in four districts in the Indian state of Karnataka, is starting to scale up availability of its EnglishSTAR and MathSTAR tuition programs, and hopes to be operating in 10 districts in South India by…
  • Why Deloitte UK is choosing to work with social enterprises

    Melissa Ip
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:36 am
    Deloitte revealed today that it will be working with 12 new social enterprises in the third year of its Social Innovation Pioneers program. As with previous years, this group will get an estimated £1 million in support from Deloitte employees. In practice, this program has helped social enterprises formulate and implement strategies, look at alternative ways to generate revenue, or create an approach to seek investment. But it’s not just social enterprises that are benefitting. Deloitte is too. “This program continues to provide the perfect opportunity for our people to use their skills…
  • Bill Drayton on the importance of empathy

    Melissa Ip
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:01 am
    The single most important skill that every person must have today is empathy, according to Bill Drayton. The Ashoka founder, widely accredited with coining the phrase “social entrepreneur” which he nearly named “public service entrepreneur” instead, visited Toronto last week and drew a large crowd to come hear him speak. In 1980, Drayton founded Ashoka based on the idea that leverage was important for catapulting the citizen sector. “What’s the most powerful force in the world? Of course it’s the big pattern change idea, but only if it’s in the hands of a really great…
 
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  • When Work Feels Like A Hobby: 6 Steps to Prove You Are Doing What You Love

    Christian Trejo
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:29 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life Each person seeks to find the ultimate happiness- that joyful feeling where all the pieces of puzzle fit together perfectly. This kind of happiness is totally possible; however it is possible in those short-lived moments. This kind of happiness seizes to exist once happiness is paired with excitement and joy. It is not possible […]
  • How To Become An Expert In Business Intelligence

    Christian Trejo
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:07 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life The concept of business intelligence or business refers to the set of strategies using historical and current data of a company, organizing and analysing them properly in order to transform them into valid operational and strategic decisions for the company, brand or organization. Mastering the methods, techniques and tools of business intelligence is no […]
  • Helping Manufacturers With New Software Options

    Christian Trejo
    9 Jun 2014 | 1:21 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life Customers, whether they are consumers or other businesses, may not realize the immense managerial feats that are required to store, process, and ship items that end up at vendors. The distribution and logistics business is extremely complex and requires a scientific and analytical mind to process all the variables involved to move products across […]
  • 10 Tips For Hiring The Best Employees

    Christian Trejo
    3 Jun 2014 | 1:59 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life The success of your business depends on the quality of your employees. Small businesses, especially, know that making a bad hire can ruin the productivity of their entire team. So entrepreneurs are obsessed with this. Here’s a compiled guide with 10 tips to hire several businessmen. Almost all respondents stress the importance of hiring […]
  • Piano Tiles: The New Popular Game App!

    Christian Trejo
    9 May 2014 | 9:41 am
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life “Just one last time” you will find yourself thinking as you begin to play this addictive game. Piano Tiles (iOS) or Don’t Tap the White Tile (Android) are two names for the same game developed by Hu Wen Zeng. An incredible game, it has made the cut in the top 10, of the App […]
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  • 50 Books on Starting a Food Business

    Nach Maravilla
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Food has always been a popular business, with an ever-growing demand. If you are thinking of starting a food business, here are books to help you launch and succeed in the food business. This article was written by Nach Maravilla for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Must-Read Books When Starting a Business How to Start a Food Business How to Start a Food Business in Texas
  • Marketing on a Zero Budget

    Isabel Isidro
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com For a start-up, a limited operating budget can be a big drawback for marketing and introducing the new business into the market. With zero budget for advertising or any promotional activities, learn how you can get the word out about your business. This article was written by Isabel Isidro for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Launch a Creative Marketing Campaign with a Limited Budget Competitive Intelligence on a Small Budget 5 Tips for Trade Show Success on a Small Budget
  • How to Start a Lawn Service Business

    Jenny Fulbright
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Learn how to get started in the lawn service business, including business processes from legal structure to regulations to licenses to surety bonding to choosing a name. This article was written by Jenny Fulbright for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Starting a Lawn Care and Landscaping Business Additional Services for a Landscaping or Lawn Care Business Benefits of Surety Bonds: How Being Bonded Helps Home Business Owners
  • 10 Ways to Reduce Shopping Cart Abandonment

    Nach Maravilla
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Every day, you are losing potential orders from shoppers abandoning their shopping carts on your website. If you want to increase your online sales by reducing the number of users who abandon their shopping carts, here are 10 surefire ways to do it. This article was written by Nach Maravilla for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: 8 Tips to Reduce Shopping Cart Abandonment How to Choose a Shopping Cart System for Your Online Store 5 Common Ecommerce Errors
  • How a Merchant Cash Advance Can Help Your Small Business

    Contributor
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com The tight lending market has spurred demand for alternative sources of financing for small businesses. One potential source of funds is the merchant cash advance. Learn how merchant cash advances work, and what you need to watch out for. This article was written by Contributor for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: What You Need to Know About Merchant Accounts Merchant Account: How to Accept Credit Card Payments Online Future Credit Card Sales: Small Business Financing Alternative
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  • Debugging the Myths about Being Entrepreneur

    Carissa Dunphy
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:06 am
    You want to be an entrepreneur so badly that it has become your second nature to evaluate the income—minus the overhead cost – of every business you passed by on the street. You also have been a regular subscriber of business magazines like Time, Forbes and whatnot. Moreover, you have this very brilliant business idea that you can be the next Jobs. But is it enough for you to succeed in the business space? You can proudly say yes, until you finish reading some myths below: Being Your Own Boss Gives You Freedom Handing in your resignation letter to your boss who constantly nags you about…
  • The Most Powerful Free Tools Available to Small Businesses

    Carissa Dunphy
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:47 pm
    These days many of the best tools available for small businesses are actually entirely free. This is thanks to the web and thanks to new business models that allow companies to make money from advertising and other means rather than having to rely on direct sales. For small start-ups and entrepreneurs this is great news as it puts force multipliers in their hands without breaking the bank, allowing them to compete with larger companies even if they don’t have the same resources. The only trouble traditionally has been finding them, which is why we’re going to look at some of the…
  • 5 Ways Small Businesses can Utilize Cloud Computing

    Carissa Dunphy
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Put simply, cloud computing means storing data and accessing applications, documents and software via the internet instead of the more traditional method of using your computer’s hard drive. A lot of people wonder why it’s known as the cloud, this is just a metaphor for the Internet. Cloud computing services have completely transformed the way in which many businesses store, share and access data, below are some of the ways businesses are utilizing cloud computing:   Editing and sharing documents Office software such as Microsoft Office is used by millions of businesses worldwide.
  • The Benefits of Team Building Activities for Your Business

    Carissa Dunphy
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    The benefits of team building activities are so significant that almost all large businesses and organizations have incorporated team building strategies in to their standard training curriculum. But regardless of size, all businesses should partake in team building activities. In this article I will highlight the many benefits that team building activities can offer to a business.   Improved employee relationships Team building activities provide employees with a chance to participate in an activity where everyone begins with an equal level of knowledge about the task at hand. The…
  • 5 Personality Traits That Can Kill Your Business

    Carissa Dunphy
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:44 pm
    There are many personality traits that great entrepreneurs have in common – Bill Gates is tenacious, he never gave up even when faced with setbacks; Arianna Huffington is a creative, out-of-the-box thinker, and David Neeleman is highly responsive to both employees and customers. But there are also personality traits that can kill your business. Here are 5 personality traits that you should consider and try to avoid when optimizing your behavior. Each of these can significantly impact the success of your business. Rejects Change An entrepreneur needs to accept and adjust to constant…
 
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  • Put Your Business Name in Lights!

    Barbara Austin
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:49 pm
    When you land on a new website, where’s the first place your eyes go? To the header, right? You’re looking for the company name, maybe the tagline too—because that’s where you’ll get the first hint at what that business is all about. Now, think about your own site header—specifically, your business name. Obviously, you want […]
  • Your one-stop shop for graphics, video clips, and more…

    Barbara Austin
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:00 pm
    In the last year, I’ve used a lot of stock photography. Much more than I ever had before. (If you’re a regular reader of Designed2Flourish magazine, you know where most of those photos end up!). And the more time I spend searching for and acquiring these photos, the more surprised and delighted I am by […]
  • 6 Tips to Find Fantastic Stock Photos

    Barbara Austin
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Ah, what would we small biz owners do without stock photos? The big dogs with corporate-size budgets, have fancy on-site studios and staff photographers to fulfill their photographic requirements. Thankfully, we don’t need any of that—as long as we know where to look, to find the images we need. But, with so many different options, […]
  • A Simple Strategy to Get More Clicks, Subscribes, & Purchases on Your Book or Magazine

    Barbara Austin
    10 Jun 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Here’s a hint: It’s all about the cover. It doesn’t matter how we shop for books and magazines—whether it’s in a physical bookstore, or online via Amazon.com—the cover is, more often than not, the lure that makes us want to pick it up (or click) to learn more. For example, the dystopian book series that’s […]
  • The ONE Marketing Strategy That Really Makes Your Brand Shine

    Barbara Austin
    3 Jun 2014 | 3:12 pm
    In both business and life, I prefer things to be as simple as possible (maybe you do too?). So, juggling a dozen different marketing tactics, giving a little bit to each, and only getting a little bit of ROI back from each? That’s just not gonna fly. By contrast, I LOVE focusing a large chunk […]
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  • SEO Tips for Small Businesses

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    18 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    SEO, or Search Engine Optimization is one the most touted digital marketing trick. I wouldn’t say over-rated here, because SEO is indeed one of the key and imperative factor for increased traffic and visibility, online. But is it really that tough and arduous to get it right? I shall leave that on you to decide, and meanwhile share some quick and easy SEO tips, just like our effortless, stress-free website builder to help you set your website, blog, or any other online asset right. 1. Get That Title Precise How did you plan to start reading this blog post? Or for that matter whatever you…
  • Small Business — Effective Digital Marketing Strategies & Ideas: Series 4

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    14 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    Allow me to share some facts first: Over 1/3 of Facebook’s 600 million+ user base uses Facebook Mobile Over 50% of Twitter 165 million user base uses Twitter Mobile 200 million+ YouTube views occur on mobile devices per day One half of all local searches are performed on mobile devices On analyzing these facts and figures together, we would realize that how mobiles, smartphones have entered and become an imperative marketing channel. How they have become an indispensable part of every business’s digital marketing strategy and hence, our today’s strategy — Mobile Marketing. Get…
  • Small Business — Effective Digital Marketing Strategies & Ideas: Series 3

    wst-web-access
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Before we discuss another noteworthy marketing strategy, let’s think and reason out why would anyone come to your website? Why would they spend their time reading, your information/thoughts/about you? Why of all would they choose to interact with you? The answer could be you are an expert in that field, you can guide them well with their queries and/or may be you know it all. But of all above, one thing is for sure and a must, and that is your content strategy to engage, share information, form a connect is perfect. And that’s what we plan to get yours right too — Content Marketing…
  • Small Business — Effective Digital Marketing Strategies & Ideas: Series 2

    wst-web-access
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    We are sure that with Web Start Today web designs by your side and our last blog in the same series about how to perk up your website, your website must be shining & gleaming, outshining your competitors. But let me remind you, while it is one of the most important step but that’s just the starting of the journey. Another important step, marketing tool you must explore is Social Media — Leverage it. Know Your Handles Spend some time knowing your target audience, their habits, and analyze which social media handle will work best for your business. For instance, for a jeweler or a…
  • Small Business — Effective Digital Marketing Strategies & Ideas

    wst-web-access
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:49 am
    You might be producing best of the product, or providing flawless services or simply selling the finest, but for it to sell and your business to succeed and flourish, your target audience/potential customers need to know about you — you need to market yourself, your business. And that’s what this blog is all about — effective digital marketing tips for Small & Medium Businesses. So let me come out clearly. Grow out of your Shop Foremost, you need to be present online, and that’s why we are here — Web Start Today, a premium website builder. A website, aptly designed as per your…
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  • 5 Ways to SEO Power Your Blog

    Melinda Emerson
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Guest Article You are taking all levels of effort to make sure your blog is branded, engaging and consistent, but are you powering it with SEO tactics to fuel an engagement from the most important of Internet entities – Google? Google loves to scour blogs and is happy (yes, happy) to reward genuine ‘white hat’ content. However, Google cannot reward what it cannot scrutinize. That means all of your hard work in building your blog’s brand awareness, positioning yourself as a thought leader, nurturing connections with social media influencers and generating timely, entertaining and…
  • Blogging Series Part 3: How to Monetize Your Blog

    Melinda Emerson
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    While the benefits to blogging are many in terms of the traffic it brings your business, there are even more ways to profit from blogging. One of the main benefits of building a huge following on your blog is to become a person of influence. Once you are a person of influence, you can monetize your blog because there are corporations who will pay for access for your audience. There are several strategies you can use to monetize your blog, but we’ll focus on four. 1. Selling Your Own Products The natural fit for creating revenue from your blog is selling your own products and services.
  • How to Develop Your Content Strategy

    Melinda Emerson
    17 Jul 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 John Hall, @influenceandcoJohn is the co-founder and CEO of Influence & Co., a content marketing firm that focuses on strategic alignment across all long-form content marketing efforts including external thought leadership, owned-media publication development, blog content, and whitepaper development, all strategically aligned to authentically grow influence and…
  • How to Conduct a SWOT Analysis on Your Small Business

    Melinda Emerson
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Guest Article A good business leader needs to know where they are strongest and where they are weakest in the course of their everyday operations. Understanding what aspects of a company that are pulling their weight and what aspects of a company have been underperforming is easier said than done, however. The SWOT analysis, which stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats, represents a common metric tool used to study and document a business’ strengths and weaknesses in order to better prepare a business plan to improve upon their existing performance. Plan the…
  • Blogging Series Part 2: How to Launch a Blog

    Melinda Emerson
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Blogging is the best thing I ever could have done for my business. Why? Because when new clients contact me for my marketing consulting services, we do not ever discuss if I can solve their problem, we only discuss my availability and the fee. My expertise is so well demonstrated online through blogging, that I attract my best target customer to my business, and they already see me as their best resource. How would you like to create a new sales funnel? I hope that I have convinced you in Part 1 of this series that blogging is essential to your marketing strategy. If you are ready to get…
 
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  • Using your creative talents to build a successful enterprise

    admin
    12 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    By Rhonda Campbell The first years of your working career might be spent trying to find jobs that pay the rent or mortgage. If you use your creative or artistic abilities several times before and after you start working these “pay the bills” jobs, you might feel a twinge of regret, something pulling you to change careers. This is what happened to Christine Hughes, owner of Darling Studio. Take creative talents from part-time to full-time business success Christine shares at her official website that, “Like many artists, I took the long way here. I studied communications…
  • Boost your chances of getting jobs you really want

    admin
    21 Jun 2014 | 9:40 am
    By Edward Johnson Online job boards come with specific advantages. Search for employment at online job boards and you gain access to hundreds of jobs in a matter of minutes. Pay attention to salaries associated with specific jobs, and you could also discover pay ranges for jobs that interest you. Identifying responsibilities aligned with work roles, noticing the signs of a stable company versus a company that’s struggling to get a handle on its cash flows and getting an idea of how long a role has been open are other advantages you get access to when you search for employment using…
  • Marrying great restaurants and great business deals

    admin
    7 Jun 2014 | 1:39 pm
    By Rhonda Campbell Annually restaurants in the United States generate more than $665 billion in sales, according to the National Restaurant Association (NRA). A good portion of this revenue comes from entrepreneurs and senior business leaders, people who understand the value of good communication and rewarding dining. When clients love great food you introduce them to Simply inviting an existing or prospective client out to lunch or dinner can create feelings of appreciation in these guests. Choose the right restaurant and entrepreneurs could close a deal they’d been working on for…
  • How to eat to lose 10 pounds fast

    admin
    31 May 2014 | 10:22 am
    By Rhonda Campbell   Losing weight and getting down to a healthy weight is a sign of self-love. Even losing 10 pounds could help you avoid high blood pressure and joint pain. Dropping weight could also set a positive example for your children and grandchildren. Weight loss that leads to better health Dr. Oz puts it this way, “The average American woman has a BMI of 28, which is overweight – nearly obese. Her waists measures 37 inches, almost 5 inches too wide, and she weighs nearly 165 pounds. In 1960, the average American woman’s weight was 140 pounds. If we continue at this…
  • Press Releases – Distribution Sites Worth Trying

    admin
    17 May 2014 | 1:58 pm
    By Eric Bradford Found on Photoblip.com Press releases are effective at getting the message out about new product releases, management changes at your company, acquisitions and mergers and quarterly revenues results. You can also use press releases to: Announce upcoming business events Share information about new business partnerships (an example of this is when a new product dealer signs an agreement to stock and sale your products) Let the media and readers know about community events your company will attend Report the results of a conference you attended or hosted Provide details on a…
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  • Why Artisans May Want to Rethink Selling to the Low End Market

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant I have had a lot of very successful small businesses, who are technically having great success selling on popular online marketplaces, come to me and ask for advice as to why that despite this success, they are still not making money. Here is the conundrum. When you try to sell to the low-end market (which these businesses are), you have to be able to produce significant volume in order to make any money because your profit margins are so thin. To meet this significant volume means you have to hire additional labor, which again cuts into…
  • Why You Should Be Pitching Your Products to be in Holiday Gift Guides NOW

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant I had to re-run this post I ran last year, but with a few updates. As you may know, print magazines typically work about four months in advance. So, right now they are planning their December issues (which go on sale in November), and a big part of any December issue is a holiday gift guide. So if you want your products to be included, you need to be pitching them to editors now. How to Pitch Email is still the best way to pitch to writers and editors. Keep it short and to the point, n one has the time to read a huge pitch. Include a…
  • Why Polyvore is a Marketing Goldmine for Ecommerce Shops … and Not Just For Fashion

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    by Gail Oliver Polyvore is a social media shopping site that has been around for a while, in fact, I have been recommending it to my clients for a few years. In its origins, members would create “sets” of fashion outfits typically on a certain style or theme. These sets include links to buy the items shown directly from the online shop they appear on. Polyvore has grown significantly since its early days and now you will see sets for every type of product – beauty, weddings, entertaining, decor, home goods, babies & kids, vintage and even local shopping. The target market…
  • You’ll Sell More If Your Product Photos Show Solutions to Customers’ Problems

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    by Gail Oliver I have written before about how to Up-sell More of Your Products Using Vignette-Style Photos, and How to Make a Photo Sell Your Products, but I wanted to give you an example of a photo that got me to buy. I saw these framed letters at Ballard Designs recently and thought they were nice, but felt that I had no need. Then I saw the second photo on their design blog. I had been looking for something to fill up a long narrow wall in my home and this was the perfect solution. But as a customer, I had walked away initially because I didn’t understand right away how I could…
  • Is Your Small Business Targeting the College Crowd?

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:53 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant Just last week Target announced it would be setting up an online gift registry for college students. The service is not yet available in-store, but what it means it that parents can set up a subscription service online to send their kids any products off their Target registry – from toothpaste to sheets. Now, this is a smart marketing idea in so many ways. The advantage to the customer is that parents can control what kids are spending by ordering the products for the student instead of parents giving their kids the money to buy these…
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  • 5 ways to foster a productive and innovative workplace

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    Innovation and productivity are two cornerstones of small business success, as these elements will help your company grow and transform. A stale, stagnant work environment can leave employees without much will to go above and beyond what is required of them, which can hinder your enterprise’s rate of development. Proactively addressing productivity levels and bolstering enthusiasm in the workplace will directly benefit your company, as productive employees are far more likely to come up with new, innovative solutions for improving and changing various aspects of the business. There are…
  • 5 tips for finding the right employees

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    Economic expansion means companies large and small are getting bigger and stronger, which means many will need to hire more employees to accommodate their growing and changing needs. In fact, a recent survey from Manpower Group revealed that the outlook for hiring in the third quarter of 2014 is up 14 percent, which is the highest level since mid-2008. The Small Business Administration reported that small businesses are responsible for 55 percent of all jobs in the U.S. For startups looking to bring on new staff members, finding qualified applicants for available positions is much easier…
  • Best and worst states for small businesses

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    So many factors contribute to the success of a small business, and location is one of the big ones. Even for companies that operate solely online, where they choose to set up their base of operations can make a difference. Some states provide better resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs than others, whether in the form of community support or assistance with regulations and small business compliance. With factors such as zoning, health and safety, employment, taxes and licensing to consider in starting a new enterprise, having access to resources can help small business owners save…
  • 2014 already shaping up to be successful for small businesses

    9 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    Small businesses have been a growing force among the industry in recent years, and the latest reports only strengthen that statistic. A study from Manta, an online community for small business owners, looked into not just how these startup owners and entrepreneurs are faring in the current economy, but how they personally are taking to their ventures. The majority of the responses were positive, and one interesting finding of the study has to do with an up-and-coming demographic. The millennial generation is blossoming in the small business market, and the survey found both men and women…
  • How can mobile technology help small businesses?

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Whether small business owners are just starting out or want to compete with larger companies, they’ll need every advantage they can get. Mobile technology is an excellent resource for businesses to gain a leg-up on the competition. Companies have many options if they want to put mobile to work, from investing in productivity apps that can help with day-to-day operations to interacting with customers, sharing news updates and promoting sales and other services. Before companies can get the most out of mobile technology, it’s a good idea to have a solid understanding of the various…
 
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  • Innovative Ways to Track the Reach of Television Programming

    SmallBizViewpoints
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    A new breed of technology tracks the television viewing habits around the world. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How Online Training can Help Franchises Grow

    SmallBizViewpoints
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Online training can help franchises provide uniform and cost effective training to all franchisors. Explore various options and benefits of online training for franchises. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Small Business Owners: Cover Your Legal Bases before Getting into Trouble

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    13 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    Small business owners can get into lot of legal hot water if they are not careful about protecting themselves beforehand. Learn different types of lawsuits and how to deal with them. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Finding an Engineering Position at a Small Company

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    8 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Tips for job seekers on finding the right engineering position at a small company. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 4 Marketing Mistakes Small Business Should Avoid

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    3 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    These 4 marketing mistakes can cost small businesses dearly. Avoiding them is a must to improve sales and reduce cost. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • How to Get a Business Loan Approved: Advice from 22 Small Business Finance Experts

    DanielleRoller
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Thanks to the internet, web apps, and various methods of business automation that now exist, starting a new business today is undoubtedly much easier than it was even just a decade ago. But unless you are a lean technology startup that is built either wholly or mostly on the web, there are some time-old growth challenges that are unavoidable for new and growing businesses, one of which is building capital. For many businesses, building capital inevitably means successfully obtaining a business loan. As a company that works closely with businesses as they build capital, we at Direct Capital…
  • 10 Features Your Business Website Should Have

    DanielleRoller
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Direct Capital does their best to help small businesses in every way. We know owning a business can be overwhelming, so we are here to offer some tips to make things a little easier. This article will provide insights on your Business’s Website. We’ve generated a list of the Top 10 Features Every Good Business Website Should Have: 1. Clear Description of Who you Are Your homepage is the first thing people will see when browsing your website. To attract their attention, you should clearly show your name and what you do. You want to encourage them to stay on your site, so give them a good…
  • 50 Money Management Blogs to Help You Take Control of Your Finances

    DanielleRoller
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Everyone can hope for a better financial future – whether for yourself or your business, there’s always room for more money. But not everyone is a money-management genius or a stock-market expert, so it’s helpful to turn to someone with more experience for answers to your most burning financial questions.   We’ve identified 50 of the best money management blogs to help you get a better handle on your personal and business finances, with tips for investing, planning for retirement, organizing business finances, curbing spending and more. You’ll find answers to just about…
  • Equipment Insurance

    DanielleRoller
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    When you lease equipment for your business do you think about what insurance you will use? Scott Lynch discusses the importance of insuring your equipment and how to go about finding the right one for your business. Equipment that is financed will require insurance just like a car that is financed. You can either go through a 3rd a party insurer or your financier might be able to offer competitive rates. If you already have insurance for the equipment you will lease be sure to provide the proper documentation to your financier for proof. Not only do you need insurance in order to lease…
  • 50 Accounting Blogs You Should Follow

    DanielleRoller
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Accounting is one of the most challenging aspects of running a business – heck, it’s one of the most challenging aspects of life. If you’re not a knowledgeable accountant, bookkeeping and financial management is likely one of the biggest hassles you encounter on a day-to-day basis. Business owners have more than just the tax man to worry about when it comes to finances. White-collar crime is a prevalent problem in society, with cases spanning every sector from not-for-profits to multi-national corporations. Corruption aside, there’s payroll, record-keeping, and ever-changing…
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    WP Curve

  • Our exact hands off process for hiring developers offshore

    Dan Norris
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:56 pm
    When I started WP Curve, it was just me and my lead developer Andrew. As we signed up more clients, we had to hire more people – fast. Fast forward 12 months and we employ 16 people in total across 10 different cities. We need one more developer for every ~30 customers we sign up. When we started growing at ~60 customers per month, we realised we needed to put a robust process together for managing it. It’s funny because I started out in HR, but left because I didn’t like it. Now I find myself writing HR policies! In this post, I will run through our exact process. This is an…
  • Website Review: 10 ways to improve appetizingsites.com

    Dan Norris
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Here’s post number 2 in my new series of free website reviews. In this review, I run through appetizingsites.com and suggest 10 ways to improve it. I’ve based these around some of the ideas in our website review template which you can grab at the end of this review. The only people that use the word Solution are hair dressers. Create copy that speaks to real people – CLICK TO TWEET About Appetizing Sites The founder Jason contacted me and provided this information: The site is a side project for his agency designed to bring in more consistent revenue. Launched 1.5 years…
  • Frank Body – 0 to 350,000 Instagram followers in 12 months

    Dan Norris
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:13 pm
    This is a story I’d collected for my upcoming free book, The 7 Day Startup. I collected at least 30 stories and I had to remove about 10 of them. This was one of the best but I felt it wasn’t the most practical for the readers of the book so I decided to post it up here. It’s short but there are a few more resources at the bottom. In early 2013, a regular customer walked into a cafe in Melbourne and asked for some used coffee to be used as an exfoliate. Steve Rowley, the owner of the cafe, naturally saw this as a business opportunity. Who wouldn’t? Speaking with his…
  • Website review of Cars 4 Motor Group

    Dan Norris
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Hey guys last week on my email list, I offered to review a few websites / businesses. Here is my review of Cars 4 Motor Group with all of the details. If you have any opinions on what I say or how to help Richard with his business please help out in the comments below.  If you like this content, comment and I’ll do more like this. Here is the video, I’ve written up the details below. Here is the slidedeck for the review Cars 4 motor_group_website_review_wpcurve from Dan Norris Copywriting – Start with why customers wouldn’t choose you, as opposed to why they would.
  • How Stacey Jacobs launched with paying customers in 7 days – 7 Day Startup Case Study

    Dan Norris
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Yesterday I was putting the finishing touches on my book, The 7 Day startup and I came across this story on Startup Smart. It runs through how Stacey Jacobs, launched her startup Tidy in 1 week. I reached out to Stacey to get all of the nitty gritty details. After being in the startup world for some time, Stacey decided she wanted to give it a crack herself. Rather than procrastinate for months or years, like many wantrepreneurs, she made it happen – fast! With the help of a bunch of simple tools, she was able to launch her company and get paying customers within 7 days. Here is a…
 
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    Resource Nation Small Business Articles & Advice

  • Upcoming Travel? 5 Tips to Get Work Done While on the Road

    Megan Totka
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    If your job requires you to travel, you probably know how challenging it is to get much accomplished between boarding flights, attending conferences and meetings and getting much-needed sleep. The hassle of traveling combined with work stress can make business trips very taxing. Recent research from the CWT Travel Solutions Group tells us that an employee traveling for work can lose up to 6.9 hours on a trip due to stress (Tweet This). To better manage your email and workload so your return to the office isn’t too overwhelming, take a look at these five tips. Be Realistic When it comes to…
  • Boom or Bust: Keeping One Step Ahead In The World of Retail

    Guest Author
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    You need an edge in business. Most of the time, you’re flying blind. You wonder how it is that everyone around you is doing so well while you feel like you’re on shaky ground. The truth is that your competitors aren’t really all that well off either. They’re just keeping up appearances. Here’s how to ditch the status quo, stay one step ahead, and actually be confident in your company. Establish a Killer Email Marketing System You have to step up your marketing game. Most companies that are successful use a sophisticated system to send out weekly or monthly reminder emails, but…
  • 5 Important Lessons to Teach Your Sales Staff

    Guest Author
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    One challenge for sales managers is making the transition from being an individual sales contributor to being responsible for the performance of other sales people. If the sales people on your team are less experienced or less skilled than you, there might be a learning curve. One of the most crucial roles for a sales manager is to lead by example and constantly teach, train and mentor the sales team. Here are five of the most important sales concepts to relate to your team to help your sales people exceed expectations: 1. Sales is a process Sales is about building relationships, and that can…
  • The Perfect Cold-Calling Email

    Resource Nation
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Cold-calling emails can be tough to write, and it’s disheartening getting lack-luster results after spending hours writing and sending. However, when written well, “cold emails” are definitely an effective form of networking. Here are some tips to writing the perfect cold-call email that will get you the responses you’re looking for. Have a clear subject Writing a clear email subject is always important, but it’s doubly so when cold-calling. Since the person you’re emailing probably has no point of reference for you or your email, the subject of the email needs to be concise and…
  • 5 Ways to Learn About Business Finance Without Getting a Degree

    Guest Author
    17 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    In today’s world of technology and instant information, learning about any subject isn’t impossible — this includes the seemingly opaque world finance. Sure, going to college and earning a piece of paper that proves your financial foundation is always an option, but you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on tuition to become the next financial guru. With that said, here are five ways to learn about finance without getting a degree from an expensive institution. Read a Clear, Concise Introductory Book on Finance Before you dive deeper, familiarize yourself with and…
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    Tanya Smith Online

  • Using an RSS Reader to Find Content Ideas

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

    Tanya Smith
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    According to the Radicati Group, the majority of email traffic comes from business email, which accounts for over 100 billion emails sent and received per day. And the fact is, as a business owner the more content you put out, the more likely you are to get content in return, mostly in the form of email. Responsive emails could include reports you’ve set up to monitor your sales activity, social media comments about your brand, questions being asked, purchases made (cha-ching), or any number of things. It’s a fact … email is here to stay and it’s a huge part of every day business…
  • How to Grab Your Reader’s Attention in 15 Seconds or Less

    Tanya Smith
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Grabbing your reader’s attention within the first 15 seconds of seeing your content is critical to keeping them on your website. However, if you can hit  a reader right at the start by tackling the most important question of “What’s in it for me?”, you’ll have a good chance that they’ll read or consume whatever content you are providing. Basically, if your marketing and your content don’t answer this question in fifteen seconds or less, chances are you’re going to lose your visitor. So how exactly do you grab your reader’s attention and…
  • What’s the Purpose of Your Content

    Tanya Smith
    4 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you gotten in the habit of just slapping up a new article or blog post on your site, just to add something fresh and new? If so, you may be missing out on traffic and new readers. Let me explain. People visit websites and blogs because they are looking for information. Much of the time they have a problem which they want to solve. How many times have you been grateful to someone when they told you how to fix something or said that a certain product is what you need? Think about how you can apply the “purposeful content” principle to your blog and to other content you share…
  • Social Media Tools That Help You Automate Sharing Content

    Tanya Smith
    7 May 2014 | 3:43 am
    There are a number of tools and services out there designed to help time-stretched business owners manage your content on social media accounts without being there 24/7. Love it or hate it, social media tools that automate your content can save you time for a number of reasons: They let you schedule posts far in advance – you can save time by batching your social media content creation. They make it easy to share your new blog posts automatically. They let you post content on a pre-defined schedule (e.g. every day at 1pm) rather than forcing you to input a set date and time for each…
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    grodland: brainstorms that mean business™

  • Passion or Money: Gleaming the Career Cube

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

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

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

    Gregg Rodriguez
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    Originally posted on grodland: brainstorms that mean business™: They say it’s lonely at the top, but where exactly is the top? Do we ever reach it? Here is why I ask that question: One of my many nephews is going off to college, finally. I use the word “finally” only to make a point. He’s 21. Although, I wholeheartedly believe 21 is a very good age to begin college, and 25 even better–18 is still too young an age to be granted such freedom, and expected to stay focused at the same time. I also refer to this with “finally” because at that age when someone decides to put off…
  • Thanks to all those who follow my blog!

    Gregg Rodriguez
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:50 am
    It rule appreciate that you follow my blog–and honored that you read my writing, especially when there’s a deep blue sea of blogs out there. For that I am truly grateful. I am always open to your ideas, suggestions for topics and willing to answer your questions. Brainstorm your way to Success! I hope you guys have a great week. If you are looking for a job, I wish you the best on your job search. Remember to customize your resume to each job–almost as if you drafted the resume especially for that potential role. And don’t be afraid to use their own words on your…
 
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    Small Business Blog | Hiscox

  • TweetChat recap: Making the most of summer months

    Tiffany Winbush
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Hiscox Entrepreneur-in-ResidenceMake the most of the remaining months of summer. Our second TweetChat with Hiscox Entrepreneur-in-Residence Brian Moran took place last week. Our first TweetChat focused on small business efficiency and this month’s chat shared tips on how small business owners can make the most out of the remaining two months of summer. Brian’s most recent post for the Hiscox small business blog highlighted 5 steps to making the most of summer months. The TweetChat expanded on this topic and provided tips on work-life balance,…
  • Summer insurance tips for real estate agents

    Hiscox Blog
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Business picks up for real estate owners during the summer. Make sure you’re insured with the proper small business insurance coverage. The last few years have been tumultuous for real estate, to say the least.  The pendulum-swing shift from a sellers’market to a buyers’and back again, seems to happen faster than ever, so small business owners in the real estate industry must remain vigilant about market micro-trends.  This summer’s biggest news?  It’s estimated that 60% of all homes will be bought and sold from May to August. As a real estate professional you’re in the thick…
  • Liability and equipment coverages your photography business needs this summer

    Hiscox Blog
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    Photographers should keep small business insurance top of mind as they create memories this summer through their pictures. Everyone loves the beginning of summer – especially entrepreneurs and small business owners experiencing increased sales as warmer temperatures motivate people to do things they put off during colder months.  Photographers in particular like summer because the season brings demand for wedding photography, outdoor family portraits, graduation headshots and other seasonal shoots.  As you’re busy scheduling these or other types of work, traveling to location shoots and…
  • Lebron James scores a communications win with his Cleveland return

    Hunter Hoffmann
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    The front page of James’ hometown newspaper, The Plain Dealer, after he announced his return to Cleveland. Lebron James now understands the true value of his name and what it represents. Taking my talents to South Beach What a difference four years makes.  After the ill-conceived LeBron Decision in 2010 tarnished a personal brand many thought was untouchable, Lebron James learned his lesson, got better advisors and did it the right way this time.  It’s not just about the feel good story of him returning to Cleveland, and Northeast Ohio where he grew up, though that also helps. …
  • Join us for a TweetChat on making the most of your summer months

    Tiffany Winbush
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hiscox Entrepreneur-in-Residence Brian Moran shares tips on making the most of the summer months as a small business owner. In May, the Hiscox Entrepreneur-in-Residence Brian Moran, hosted a Hiscox TweetChat on small business efficiency. Tips from the chat included outsourcing non-essential work, completing tasks correctly the first time in order to avoid having to do them again and to always ask yourself if an opportunity will bring you closer to your goals. This month, we’re hosting another TweetChat with Brian next Tuesday, July 15 at 8:00pm ET. The chat will discuss in further detail…
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    Rabid Office Monkey for Business

  • 5 Ways to Boost Customer Loyalty

    Stacy Jackson
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Gabriel Bristol, president and CEO of Intelicare Direct offers 5 tips for improving customer loyalty. Source: www.businessnewsdaily.com You know what they say . . . it costs more to add new customers than it does to retain existing customers. Are you taking the necessary steps to boost customer loyalty? Gabriel Bristol points out five key areas for improving customer loyalty: service issue resolution communication rewards “thank you” messages/deeds How do you increase customer loyalty in your business? The post 5 Ways to Boost Customer Loyalty…
  • Managing Cash Flow: 4 Tips for Small Businesses

    Stacy Jackson
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: These four tips will help making managing your business’s cash flow much easier. Source: www.businessnewsdaily.com Are you effectively managing your cash flow? It can be tough when you are a small business owner. However, these four tips can help: Remote deposits Review of your payroll process Incoming & outgoing payments management A business credit card Check out the full post at Business News Daily for more details. The post Managing Cash Flow: 4 Tips for Small Businesses appeared first on Rabid Office Monkey for Business.
  • Facts About Getting Legal Funding

    Contributor
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: If you have ever had to obtain legal funding for a serious car accident on the road, you will understand the minefield of finding an appropriately willing lending company to help you get things sorted. The purpose of this post is so that others know the things to look out for and avoid when attempting to get help during a trying time. If you have never been involved in an accident in your life, are fully insured, and have always paid your dues on time then, with no points on your licence, and are considered by every person that you know to be an…
  • Strategies For Increasing The Visibility Of Your Small Business

    Contributor
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Nowadays, the business world has turned out to be quite competitive and many small business owners are looking for the best strategies to drive customers to buy their products. To this effect, the emergence of online marketing trends can help them a great deal in realizing gains and gaining ranks within the shortest time possible. As a small business owner, there are things that you can do to ensure that your business website visibility on search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo increases and this may imply that you will compete favorably with others…
  • How Wearables Dictate Business and Marketing Trends

    Contributor
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: When we think of pioneer gadgets in wearables industry, such as MP3 players and pagers, which rose to prominence some twenty-five years ago, it seems as if that happened a century ago. The unparalleled progress in information technology has made some of the predictions from SF movies scientific and technological become real, everyday devices. And while gadgets like smartphones and tablets have become household names and almost inseparable from the body, the new stage in the IT rise is already going on – wearable integrating gadgets, called wearables.
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    JDR Group's 'Digital Prosperity' Blog

  • How To Overcome ‘The Marketing Problem’

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Over the past ten years, I have met many businesses in a huge variety of different industries from hairdressers to engineers working with cutting edge technology, from retailers to wholesalers, from tradespeople to professionals, manufacturers and service businesses.
  • Are You Getting Results From Your Website? How To Audit Your Digital Marketing

    23 Jun 2014 | 2:40 am
  • How to Create a Business Case for an Increase in Marketing Budget

    16 Jun 2014 | 2:30 am
    When many of us are still feeling the pinch due to the economic downturn, you need to remain cautious about decision making, spending and budgeting within your business. These uncertain times also mean that you have to prioritise if you want your business to ride the storm, and increasing your marketing budget should be one of those top priorities. 
  • How Does Business Coaching Help With Digital Marketing?

    13 Jun 2014 | 1:30 am
      Lots of our clients that we speak to are surprised to hear we started as a coaching business, but digital marketing was a natural next step for us. In this article I am going to outline what coaching is, how we got into digital and how our coaching comes through our service.
  • Inbound Marketing, Online Advertising & SEO: JDR’s One Day Marketing Workshop

    11 Jun 2014 | 10:48 pm
    The JDR Group have once again joined together to host a One Day Marketing Workshop open to all our clients. The latest took place on Thursday 5th June at the Leicester Marriott Hotel. This is a key event we regularly host for our clients. We want to give our clients a better understanding of a range of topics including online marketing, marketing trends, tactics and techniques.  This allowed our clients to get away from their busy working environment to spend a day with four internet marketing experts to help work on their business marketing strategy, meet other business owners and spend…
 
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    Blog | Harbor Compliance» Illinois Secretary of State Closed Due to Small Fire

  • Illinois Secretary of State Closed Due to Small Fire

    James
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    7/22/2014 – The Illinois Secretary of State is closed today due to a small fire. Though the fire has been contained, the building is experiencing electrical issues and has no air conditioning. As a result, the state is only able … Read more >>
  • When Should I Incorporate My Nonprofit?

    James
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    One of the toughest parts of starting a nonprofit is knowing whether to incorporate, and when to do so. The decision has two factors: whether you should register as a nonprofit corporation in your state, and when, between concept and … Read more >>
  • UPDATE: New IRS Form 1023-EZ

    James
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    On July 1, 2014, the IRS released Form 1023-EZ, a new way of applying for federal tax exemption under 501(c)(3). At the time of the announcement, there was much uncertainty about the effectiveness and desired outcomes of this new form. … Read more >>
  • The Hidden Cost of Business Ownership: Eternal Vigilance

    James
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty.” In the world of small business, eternal vigilance has a more tangible value: keeping your business afloat and your information private. New business owners … Read more >>
  • Breaking Up With Your Registered Agent

    James
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    You’ve seen the warning signs and red flags. You pay to receive documents, a service you thought you had already paid for with your annual fee. You were supposed to receive an annual report notice, but didn’t, and now you … Read more >>
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    Small Business Heroes

  • Are you wasting valuable time on inefficient bookkeeping? There’s an easy solution.

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    By Heather Baker, MD of TopLine Comms My love affair with accounting software started in 2010 when I began using Xero. It revolutionised the way my business manages its books, and helped me to make sense of our accounting process for the first time (I know – scary to think I didn’t have a handle on this 2 years into running my company!). I was so happy to have found it and I thought no one would ever make a piece of software that I love as much as Xero… Then I found Receipt Bank and sparks flew all over again. Receipt Bank helps people deal with receipts and invoices Receipt Bank is…
  • Small businesses with a difference: the heartbreak coach

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Sara Davison runs a business unlike any other.  Her experience of divorce, combined with her skills as a life coach, inspired her to create a divorce coaching programme that helps people get through the trauma of heartbreak. We talked to Sara more about her unique business, and what heartbreak coaching entails! How did you get into heartbreak and divorce coaching? I’ve been working in personal development for seventeen years now. I’ve worked with really great motivational speakers, such as Anthony McKenna, and became a market practioner myself, coaching clients to achieve their goals. I…
  • 6 top apps for business trips this summer

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    Andy Speight, managing director, Digital Trip Whether you want to keep on top of business stuff while you’re taking a trip abroad this summer, or you’re travelling for work, when it comes to technology there are other things to consider apart from remembering the right adaptor. From helping you around to sussing out the local lingo, there are plenty of apps that can improve your trip – ones that will save you from having to pay hefty bills, stop you getting ripped off, and even prevent you from burning in the sun. No more getting lost or being laughed at by locals – with these…
  • Why Dolly Parton is a small business inspiration

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    Working 9-5 – what a way to make a living! Yes, Dolly Parton knows how to follow a dream – leave the office drudgery behind, put on a little sparkle, and #achieve your goals. But she’s also a down to earth kinda gal who’s worked extremely hard to get where she is – and she’s always stayed true to herself. Here are some Dolly Parton quotes which small business owners all over the world can learn from. “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader.” “It’s hard to be a diamond in a…
  • Six ways that automation can supercharge your business

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    Guest post by Breathe HR If business owners weren’t able to automate, or at least partially automate, many day-to-day tasks then they wouldn’t have any time left to focus on doing the most important thing of all: making money. Whilst it’s possible to hire staff specialising in areas such as human resources management, administration, project management and customer relationships, these can prove to be very costly hires that will ultimately eat into your bottom line. A route many small businesses turn to is to have members of the team turn their hand to these areas in addition to their…
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    OPEN Forum

  • How to Succeed After Failing in Business

    Darren Dahl
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    By every count you could think of, Bill Bartmann had achieved big-time success. As the founder and CEO of Commercial Financial Services (CFS), a debt collection service, Bartmann pioneered a new, friendlier way to collect money from those who owed it, and his company flourished as a result. In 1997, Bartmann was named one of the wealthiest people in the world by Forbes, which estimated his net worth as something north of $3 billion. Then Bartmann lost it all. As a result of a crime committed by one of his associates, the U.S. government put CFS on trial and indicted Bartmann on 58 separate…
  • Want to Create Compelling Facebook Ads? Here’s How

    Kelly Spors
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    As Facebook tries to convince small businesses to advertise, it’s doling out lots of advice. Its latest pointer: Tell your story before trying to sell your stuff. A new study conducted by social media advertising technology firm Adaptly found that Facebook ads that tell a brand story—versus, say, promoting product deals or asking people to take a specific action right away—are more likely to generate results. In May Adaptly  worked with lifestyle and fashion site Refinery 29 and tested two types of Facebook ads: “sustained call to action” ads that focused on generating specific…
  • 5 Public Speaking Tips From the Pros

    Dorie Clark
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Whether it’s a pitch for funding, a talk in front of your local Chamber of Commerce or a demo of your new product, every small-business owner eventually has to make a public presentation. Of course, for many that’s a terrifying thought: “What will capture the crowd’s attention? How can I keep them engaged? How can I keep calm?” No one has a better understanding of audience dynamics than professional speakers, who make their living giving talks around the world. Make your next presentation shine with these five helpful tips from speaking professionals. Kill the Slides…
  • 4 Things You Must Know Before Running a Social Media Contest

    Gini Dietrich
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    At last count, Pinterest had 53 million unique users a month. With all those enthusiastic pinners, you might think building a contest around people pinning and creating boards would be a no-brainer for a social media campaign. That’s what Cole Haan thought when it launched its pin-it-to-win contest, which offered a $1,000 shopping spree in exchange for creating boards titled Wandering Sole. The rules were straightforward: Pin a minimum of five images from the brand’s Wandering Sole Pinterest board, add photos of your favorite places to wander, and use the hashtag #WanderingSole.
  • 5 Smart Ways to Train Your Staff on New Technology

    Chuck Cohn
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Think back to your college graduation. When you walked across that stage and received your diploma, you may have believed your education was complete. Of course, you soon realized that wasn’t true. Our society is defined by change, and staying current is crucial—especially in regards to technology. Your business depends on your staff remaining up to date in this field. And here’s why: Old technology can hamper team members’ work and cost you countless hours of productivity. Outdated software is an enormous security threat. Your system is only as strong as the weakest link in your…
 
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    How to Write a Business Proposal

  • Client Tales: How A Personal Touch Helps Contentful Sell to Enterprise

    Sajad Ghanizada
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    “Quote Roller makes it really easy for us to create, send, and sign proposals. It gives a professional impression to our enterprise clients.” – Contentful Contentful is a content management API that makes content strategists weak in the knees! This company allows individuals and teams to create content once and distribute it across different media in a custom and adaptable way. You know those articles and information your company shares across the web and various apps? Yeah, those posts that look perfect on your website but cut off on Android devices and look terrible on…
  • Quote Roller and Intuit QuickBooks Online, Cash In On Proposals

    Jennifer Riggins
    4 Jun 2014 | 7:05 am
    First, we let you sync your QuickBooks Online contacts with Quote Roller, now we’ve kicked it up a few notches with a deeper integration, allowing you invoice using QuickBooks Online (QBO) from a Quote Roller proposal. In this blog post, we’re going to teach you to close out your deals by doing what you do best, get paid! Intuit QuickBooks Online How to Login Using Intuit Credentials We’ve integrated with Intuit, allowing you to have a single sign-in for both products. If you’re already an Intuit user, follow these simple steps to authorize your integration and start…
  • Acquiring New Business By Solving Your Clients’ Problems (Instead of Pitching Them Your Product)

    Jeremy Girard
    27 May 2014 | 7:05 am
    “A man who buys a drill doesn’t want a drill. He wants a hole.” This saying, which is attributed to Theodore Levitt – an American economist and professor at Harvard Business School, is one that you frequently hear during sales seminars and trainings. The principal behind this idea is that people do not want the product or service we can sell them – they want the outcome of that service.   Clients don’t hire a web designer or an agency because they want to engage in the process of a website redesign, as enjoyable as we may try to make it for them. They don’t hire us…
  • Seven Tips to help you JUICE your business proposal acceptance rate

    Todd Spear
    19 May 2014 | 10:08 am
    How would you like to juice your bid acceptance rate? That’s right, you are reading this correctly. I did say “juice.” Before you discredit me out-of-hand, allow me to explain what the heck I’m talking about. I’m talking about radically rethinking something important: the things that you’re doing wrong. I’m not asking you to buy snake oil, read a book, or anything other than alter what’s not working in your business proposal process. And that can mean a lot of things. Here, we’ll go through 10 things to consider changing today to juice up your business proposal acceptance…
  • Most Asked for Integration: Quote Roller Joins Salesforce’s AppExchange

    Jennifer Riggins
    13 May 2014 | 7:05 am
    Quote Roller is excited to join the Salesforce AppExchange and we wanted you, our loving clients, to know first. Now, Quote Roller’s Enterprise and new Team Plan subscribers and Salesforce’s Enterprise, Unlimited, and Developer editions can go ahead and send proposals straight from their Salesforce account. The client and opportunity details auto-populate your rockin’ Quote Roller proposal, along with, amazingly, your pricing and catalog details. Are you excited? How do I set up my Quote Roller addon You can start in Quote Roller or in Salesforce, but I think it’s a bit easier to…
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  • How To Survive Until Your Business is Off the Ground…

    10 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    What of the most difficult things to do when you first go into business is waiting for the money to start flowing… or simply to pay the bills… breaking even is always nice.  Honestly, don’t let the hype out there fool you… Don’t buy into you can get rich overnight. Most of that is a bunch of “you know what”. It is simply not that easy. The online world is just like the offline world when it comes to business. When you start a business expect there to be a learning curve, expect to work hard, work long hours, and even invest money before you see a decent profit. Like this…
  • Some Self Improvement Products Available Nowadays

    10 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    1. Self improvement audio programs. One of the most effective learning tools available. In the fast paced world of today, finding time to read can be difficult. But it is easy to use otherwise wasted commuting and traveling time productively. You can use this self improvement product to transform boring train or flights into inspirational personal development and learning experiences. Imagine how much information you could take in a matter of months and what it could do to for your motivation to improve your life. There are also those self improvement Videos and DVD's. Although you may not be…
  • Extrodinary… This Internet Business

    10 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    This internet business. Did you know you can make money online? Legitimately. For real. No joke. I didn’t believe it myself a few years ago, but here I am. Making money… Seriously though. There is so many things going on online it’s just remarkable.  The environments we find ourselves in change so rapidly it’s a wonder how one can keep up… but keep up we must. There are many things one can do to make GREAT money online… BUT you can have the greatest opportunity there is sitting in front of you, but the success we all have long term relies on two things:  1) Persistance…
  • 10 things a person should do To Help Find Opportunity, Capture and Succeed at it:

    10 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    1.    The first thing you need to do is Study and Learn everything you can. Start with my Free eCourse or Subscription Below. It’s designed to give someone an overview of what’s going on on-line. It’s built to draw you a picture of what is possible.  It will help lead anyone to THEIR Opportunity. The minutes someone takes to take the free eCourse will save them 100s of hours bumping around trying to sift through all the useless information online.  I’ve done it for you; I’ve spent hours online seeking opportunities and Learning.  2.   …
  • The Trouble With Forums

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    The trouble with forums is the medium is imperfect. We have to rely on one of our senses to interpret our communications with each other. Our sense of sight. You have people from all over the world. Different backgrounds, different educations, different values, different attitudes, and different personalities. The medium itself is expressionless. Expression and body language are big parts of communication. Many forums have used smilies as a means to express yourself better by giving the post a mood.  There are many little notations you can add to express your mood or reactions.
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    Strategy Lab Marketing

  • 3 Things Great Leaders Always Do

    Jeph
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:45 am
    Why is it so rare that employees look up to their boss? Why is it that most senior leadership are referred as more of the senior part and not so much the latter? How come more people don’t look up to the leader of the organization? Why is it so rare to find a visionary, humble, head of an organization? In the future we’ll look up to leaders who understand and act upon these 3 must do’s. 1. You must have a clear vision. If your staff don’t know where you’re going it’s going to be very difficult to follow you. If your vision isn’t simple most people…
  • If You Want To Be an Amazing (Blank), Study the Amazing (Blankers)

    Jeph
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:06 am
    It’s a simple thought that has profound consequences. If you wish to be the best, you must study the best. If you want to be amazing at golf, study the great golfers. If you want to be an amazing comedian, watch the great comedians. If you want to be a world renown hypnotist, you’d be wise to study the greatest hypnotists in the world. Never before has it been easier to study the masters of our craft. Whatever you do, whatever you’re into, you can find someone in the world who’s amazing at it and better yet you can subscribe to their YouTube channel. Start following…
  • 3 Must Do’s To Tell a Compelling Story

    Jeph
    10 Jun 2014 | 3:15 pm
    1. Start off with a big bang Introductions mean a lot in documentaries. They set the stage for what’s about to come. The intro can either turn the viewer on, having them beg for more, or can work against the film by boring the $!%$ out of the audience. Searching for Sugarman begins with the controversial story of how Rodriguez killed himself. Some say it was a gun to the head, some say it was the most gruesome suicide in history, where he doused himself in gasoline and lit himself on fire in front of an audience. The beginning of this documentary in incredibly captivating, you…
  • The Leaked New York Times Innovation Report & Why It’s Important

    Jeph
    4 Jun 2014 | 12:14 pm
    The New York Times (on purpose or not) leaked an innovation report which ended up being a scathing analysis of how far behind the times the Times really are. From one of the worldwide leaders in Journalism comes a humble look at their own efforts digitally. They recognize how behind they really are but it seems that they have a plan to become more relevant to a larger audience in the future. Some important highlights of the 90 page report: Competition is increasing and some of their competitors are producing some massive numbers. EG: Flipboard getting more traffic to the New York Times’…
  • How Education Will Change [Presentation]

    Jeph
    24 May 2014 | 8:03 pm
    How Education Will Change from Jeph Maystruck 1. Be prepared for Non-Linear learning. Students don’t just learn the grade 6 curriculum and enter grade 7 with a predictable knowledge base anymore. Kids can learn about what ever they want thanks to services like The Khan Academy, iTunes U and other Massive Open Online Courses (mooc’s). The teacher may not be the smartest person in the room anymore (arguably never was) on certain topics. We need to be prepared for this. 2. We need to change curriculums faster. We need to help students learn as fast as the world is changing.
 
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • Seven TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Needs to Watch

    Emily Farrar
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    It’s tough to run into an entrepreneur who hasn’t heard of TED Talks, whether they attended one in person or viewed a talk via YouTube. If you don’t know what a TED Talk is, here’s the brief lowdown on the series. TED Talks (the acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design) are conferences held worldwide where influential speakers are given about 18 minutes to present a message in an innovative way, or as the TED tagline proclaims, create a message filled with “ideas worth spreading.” While sharing ideas worth spreading might sound difficult to do on the surface, TED…
  • How to Send a Magic Envelope [VIDEO]

    Emily Farrar
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Of all of the different ways you can get your receipts to Shoeboxed, our famous Magic Envelopes have always been a fan favorite. After all, what’s easier than stuffing a prepaid envelope full of paper clutter and dropping it in the mail? If you’re a new Shoeboxer or you aren’t quite sure if you’ve been using your Magic Envelopes to their full capacity, don’t worry! Watch the video above to learn everything you need to know about sending in a Magic Envelope. More questions about our Magic Envelopes and mail-in service? Visit our Help Desk or give us a shout on…
  • Shoeboxed for Small Business Owners [VIDEO]

    Emily Farrar
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    As a first-time business owner, Rimas Vilgalys was searching for a solution to help him track expenses and digitize business documents. He found a solution in Shoeboxed, and later found out that we’re both located in Durham, North Carolina! In this video, you’ll meet Rimas, founder and CEO of Brother Vilgalys Spirits Company, and find out how he uses Shoeboxed to help him run his small business. We’re thrilled to be able to help small businesses (especially those in our backyard!) grow. Whether you need to track expenses for tax purposes or finally get rid of that filing…
  • 7 Things You Don’t Want to Hear About Small Business Deductions

    Emily Farrar
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    This guest post is brought to you by TaxAlli.com, we pair you with real life accountants and use cloud software to make small business accounting awesome. While running a small business and claiming tax deductions are essentially synonymous, most small business owners don’t have an accurate understanding of how most tax deductions actually work or the limitations the IRS imposes around certain benefits. This means that, come tax time, a lot of business owners are a bit disappointed when they either get an unexpected tax bill or a much smaller refund than they were counting on. Maximizing…
  • 6 Home Automation Gadgets to Smarten Up Your Small Business

    Emily Farrar
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    There are a lot of correlations between running a small business and running a home. In many ways, a home is a small business (just without the profit part). You already know that advances in home automation technology can save you a bundle on your home’s utility bills, so why not apply that same technology (and money savings) to your small business? Whether your home is already fully automated, or you haven’t even started considering how to put the Internet of Things to work for you, consider incorporating one or all of these connected devices into your small business to save…
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  • 6 Tips to Expand Your Blog Audience

    Cami Bird
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    Today’s post is brought to you by Cami Bird of MarketMeSuite.  You have reached a plateau. You’ve built a beautiful and engaging website, you’re relatively active on your social channels, you’ve had your blog up and running and you’ve been working on content marketing for months. There’s just one BIG problem: you aren’t getting the expected views to your website. While you’ve started off on the right foot, there are a few extra steps you can take to expand your blog audience even further. Dig a bit deeper into these 6 audience-expanders to see what you may be missing out…
  • 3 Content Marketing Metrics You Should Report Every Week

    Ryan Kettler
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    How often do you review your content marketing metrics and report results to your leadership team? That question to marketers is like when a dentist asks you, “Have you been flossing regularly?” Usually the answer is what they want to hear and a lie, or it’s what they don’t want to hear and the truth. No matter if you are a CMO of a large Fortune 500, own or run a small business, or are in charge of marketing at any size company – keeping and reporting metrics is very valuable. If you’re running a content marketing campaign and expect to see results, you…
  • How One Financial Advisor Achieved Super Results Using BoostSuite

    Ryan Kettler
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    If you’ve ever wondered how a tool like BoostSuite can help you generate more traffic and customers online, I’d like to introduce you to James Brewer of Envision 401k Advisors. James (or JB as we know him) was kind enough to sit down with me for an interview to discuss his trials and tribulations as a small business owner and how BoostSuite has been able to help him achieve more results with less. I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to his struggles and revel in his successes. Click the play below to listen to the whole thing.   Here are a couple quotes from JB…
  • Weird Al’s “Word Crimes” Demonstrates The Importance of Grammar and Proofreading in Content Marketing

    Ryan Kettler
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Everybody Shut-up! You’ve got to love an instantaneously relevant and hilariously funny Weird Al parody. I grew up listening and laughing to hits such as “Like a Surgeon”, “Another One Rides the Bus”, and “Amish Paradise”. Do you have a favorite? I might have found a brand new one myself. In today’s auto-correcting, spell-check-ignoring, bad-grammar-using, WTF-did-Jaden-Smith-just-say?-society, we seem to have gotten away from the basics, and frankly, I’m annoyed by it all. Maybe it’s my age, maybe it’s in my nature? As a…
  • Content Marketing is a Beach

    Ryan Kettler
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    No matter where you’re from, if you’ve ever been to the beach, you know just how much fun it is. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it. Lying in the sand, soaking up the sun, floating in the waves – it’s pure bliss. You’ll let your cares slip away with every sip of a tasty beverage, listening to some of your favorite beach tunes (I recommend Bob Marley, Jimmy Buffet, and some Country). I just returned from a 4th of July trip to Ocean Isle Beach in beautiful southern North Carolina and while I was there, all I could think about are the similarities…
 
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    Diagramified.com

  • How to Start a Business

    Marcus Schaller
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    Starting a business isn’t easy, but the steps you’ll need to take aren’t nearly as complicated as you might think. This graphic shows an introductory bird’s-eye view of the process…the rocket strapped to your back is optional.
  • Bitcoin Basics

    Marcus Schaller
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    If you’ve ever asked yourself “what the heck is a Bitcoin?” then this graphic is just for you.
  • Gentle Leader

    Marcus Schaller
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:03 am
    A dogs natural opposition reflex can turn a walk around the block into a game of tug-of-war. Traditional harnesses may actually do more to trigger this reflex (think Arctic sled dogs), while collars focus harmful pressure on a dog’s throat. Gentle Leaders and similar products work like power steering for dogs, slowly turning the head when they start to pull. Where the head goes, the body goes.
  • How QueVision Makes My Trip to the Supermarket Much Less Stressful

    Marcus Schaller
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Who doesn’t hate waiting in long lines at the supermarket? We just want to get in, get our groceries, and get on with our lives. What we usually get instead are annoyingly long waits. So when I started shopping at my local Ralphs, I was delighted to see they always had just the right number of registers open, ready to speed customers on their way. Turns out this attention to faster customer service is no accident. Thanks to QueVision, an innovative solution developed by British tech firm Irisys, Ralphs and other stores in the Kroger family have made shopping for groceries a lot less…
  • Kindle Direct vs Traditional Publishing

    Marcus Schaller
    22 Jun 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Self-publishing has evolved from vanity press to industry killer. One reason is the introduction of Kindle Direct, a mainstream alternative to traditional publishing that offers a level of control, speed to market and profit margin that traditional publishing channels simply cannot match. I created this graphic to highlight the enormous logistical difference between electronic and paper publishing, and its impact on both authors and readers.  
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    Marketing and Small Business Blog

  • How Online Marketing and SEO Really Works

    Ken Tucker
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Get Yourself on the First Page of Google! Sound familiar?  How many emails or calls do you get about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) services that will get you on the first page of Google?  You know they're probably spam, but they just nag at you and make you wonder if it is possible. This presentation was done by Ken Tucker of Changescape Web for the June 2014 St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce Technology Committee. Learn how online marketing and SEO really works, and what strategies and tactics make the most sense for businesses and learn why SEO services fail too…
  • 3 Ways You Can Benefit from Social Media Contests

    Ben Chambers
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Social media is a fantastic tool to connect with customers.  Posting compelling content and interacting with people’s responses gives you the ability to build social proof and enable people to know, like, and trust your company.  A powerful, but underutilized tool in this area is the contest.  Companies should look at using contests to get people energized, engage, and ready to share your content.  Here are three ways contests will help enhance your social media following: 1. Contests Expand Your Reach Most contesst involve some type of requirement that people share a…
  • When Should You Post on Social Media?

    Ben Chambers
    20 Jun 2014 | 1:14 pm
    People ask all the time about when they should post content to social media.  This is a tricky question, and honestly, I wish my answer was something other than "it depends."  People put content together so potential customers can see it, so it makes sense that they want to guarantee the right eyes are seeing it.  Just as television and radio advertisers pay more to have their content displayed in primetime, companies using social media do everything they can to make sure that their content is published at the right time of day. My Clever Agency put together a fantastic…
  • Changescape Web Adds Inbound Marketing Certification

    Ben Chambers
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Changescape Web is happy to announce that Ben Chambers has completed Hubspot’s Inbound Marketing program and is officially an Inbound Marketing Certified Professional.  The program involves an in-depth training process followed by a certification exam. “This is a great honor,” said Chambers.  “I enjoy helping clients discover new marketing solutions, and this enhances my ability to do so.  Inbound marketing is one of the most effective ways to generate traffic and increase a company’s visibility, and this training provided me with the tools to deliver those results to…
  • Social Media Updates and Ads St. Charles Chamber Presentation

    Ken Tucker
    4 Jun 2014 | 7:29 am
    Facebook gets a Facelift!  And so does Twitter and LinkedIn.  The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce invited us to discuss these changes, and we were happy to help the local businesses begin navigating the changes. Learn what the latest changes are from the big 3 of social media, why these changes have been made, and whether they are good for your business. This presentation also discuss advertising on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and why you might want to consider these three social media platforms for cost effective and accountable advertising.  Growing a business is…
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    The Best Direct Sales Companies

  • Become an Independent Chocolatier with Dove Chocolate Discoveries

    Angie Nelson
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Dove Chocolate Discoveries is a Division of Mars, Inc that offers a premium line of Dove Chocolates that are not available in stores – only through Independent Chocolatiers. There is something for everyone: from Martini and smoothie mixes, savory sauces, easy and delicious desserts to fabulous ready to enjoy products such as sea salted caramels! Compensation Plan: Sales commissions range from 25-40%. Overrides of 3-5% are available on all team members plus there is a manager bonus of 3% on entire team sales. There are no downline limits. Start-Up Costs: The starting kit is $115…
  • New Direct Sales Companies: EcoGloMinerals

    Angie Nelson
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:56 am
    EcoGloMinerals is a new direct sales company offering mineral makeup that is animal-friendly, gluten- and corn-free, certified organic and free of silicones, oils and waxes. Their product line currently includes everything from mineral foundations to lip colors to makeup brushes. Compensation:  Base commission is 25% with up to an additional 10% available for high ranking leaders. Consultants can also earn two levels down when building a team. Payments are made via PayPal. Start-Up Costs: Starter Kits range in price from $70 to $240 and include ample marketing materials and product samples.
  • Overview of the Linen World Consultant Opportunity

    Angie Nelson
    29 Jun 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Linen World has been in business since 1979. According to the company’s owners, they never strived to be a big company, only a GREAT company. In addition to the obvious product offering – linens – Linen World’s product line also include housewares, tote bags and more. The company’s success was built on the backs of their consultants. Today they continue to offer an affordable home business opportunity to those with an entrepreneurial spirit. Compensation:  20% Start-Up Costs: Linen World currently has two consultant opportunities available. Internet Marketing Consultant – This…
  • Start an Internet Home Business with Kitsy Lane

    Angie Nelson
    23 Jun 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Special Offer: Attend the 101 Webinar and receive a free pair of earrings! Kitsy Lane launched in 2012. This company offers jewelry and accessories from emerging designers or from on-trend value-priced brands. As a Boutique Owner, you can choose from over 700 items to feature in your storefront. Boutique Owners can build their business online with the company’s social media integration and recently introduced virtual parties and/or make sales in-person with trunk shows and catalogs.   Compensation: Boutique Owners earn up to 35% on customer purchases. Payments are sent once per…
  • Hope At Home: Earn A Living While Making An Impact

    Angie Nelson
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Hope at Home and ONEHOPE Wine is a cause-centric brand that strives to turn “giving back” into a lifestyle of hope and change. In addition to offering a lucrative home business opportunity, the company donates half of all profits to partner non-profits and an additional 15% to the non-profit of the party host’s choice! Not only is the wine award winning, but it makes an impact in your community. Indulge. Do Good. #WineNot? Compensation Plan: 20% of event and online storefront sales Start-Up Costs: The Event Kit is currently $99 and includes 6 bottle of ONEHOPE Wine, order…
 
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    Part Time CFO Services: Rock Solid Finance

  • Bridge Loans: How Friends Can Get You Cash When Investors Can’t

    Molly
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    Whether your business is growing rapidly or just getting started, you need cash.  But negotiating with investors or VC can take a long time – time you don’t have. Most entrepreneurs report that investors take 6 months or more to write a check. You need cash NOW… not months from now when investors have finished picking apart your business plan and negotiating deal terms. To get money in the door more quickly, entrepreneurs are turning to “bridge loans“.  The idea is not new, but recently it has come into wider use by emerging companies and angel…
  • Crowdfunding Rules: Compare your Options for Equity and Fundraising

    David Worrell
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:26 am
    Think “Crowdfunding” and you might think of Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Both are good sites, but soon new crowdfunding rules will unlock powerful new options for fundraising online. Yes, Kickstarter and other pre-sale sites have funneled over $1 billion to start-up projects since 2009, but serious angel investors and VC were not among those writing checks. Since investors can’t yet buy equity (ownership) in your company online, they are not typically interested in these kinds of crowdfunding sites. QUICK HISTORY LESSON In an attempt to protect investors and prevent another…
  • How Financially Disciplined is Your Company? 3 Rules for Surviving any Storm

    David Worrell
    12 May 2014 | 11:00 am
    The recession is over, leaving behind a wake of net losses, bad cash flow and bankruptcies among those hardest hit. At the same time, other companies have emerged unscathed.  What factors separate those that made it through the recession from others that did not? I’ve worked with dozens of companies over the last 5 years and believe that the survivors all have one thing in common: a mature and disciplined finance function that protected them from the worst of the storm by providing key data, information and insight to guide management decisions. Business is always subject to external…
  • Business Plan Wizardry: How to Write a Novel on One Page

    David Worrell
    3 May 2014 | 6:52 am
    The magic of Harry Potter recently found its way into business strategy and planning.  In fact, author J. K. Rowling gave up one amazing secret to her creative genius that every entrepreneur should use for writing a business plan. No, she did not conjure her 3,407 page chronology using black magic, a wand, a spell or a potion. In fact, the task of writing 7 Potter books was based on the magic of a single, hand-written page. If you ever wondered how she managed to plan and keep track of the interwoven story lines in the 766 page Order of the Phoenix, check out this picture recently released…
  • 10 Things to Love about Xero Cloud Accounting Software

    David Worrell
    29 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Like all great businesses, Xero started with a clear mission: to make life easier for small businesses.  In particular, Xero set out to:  - embrace simple user interfaces - help improve cash flow - improve collaboration between businesses, vendors and customers Sounds ambitious, but here’s 10 ways Xero brought the dream to life:   1.Visual Cash FlowXero has a great Dashboard that shows bank balances, invoices, bills and expenses. This creates an interactive cash flow graph and a ‘watchlist’ that lets you monitor specific accounts. Visualizing your up-to-date cash flow puts you…
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    waypointsg.com

  • Not all project-management tools are created equal

    kutenda support
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Project-management software can help your teams stay on task. With this tool, you can clearly organize tasks specific to each team member. And once team members complete their tasks, they can quickly check it off your to-do list. But there are many, many project-management tools out there. How can you determine which one is ideal for your business? Comparison Fortunately, PCMag.com has already done the research for you. A newly released review of project-management tool Asana contains a handy matrix comparing Asana to its competitors. The matrix lists the pros and cons with each tool. Asana…
  • Small Business IT Services Can Help Keep Data Secure

    Patrick Scully
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    The past few years have demonstrated how much of a problem security can be for companies of all sizes. Some of the largest retailers in the United States have had to announce that they experienced data breaches that touched not just their own data, but also private financial information about their customers. While large corporations are very valuable targets, smaller companies can’t afford to assume that they would never attract the attention of cyber criminals. Paying for small business IT services rather than trying to handle everything internally is the best option in most cases.
  • Boost your small business with these IT projects

    kutenda support
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:06 pm
    You want your small business to grow in 2013. You have dreams of reaching new revenue records and increasing your staff. You would perhaps love to add new locations. But how will you achieve this growth? You might consider taking a look at IT. Taking on the right tech projects could make your small business more efficient and provide your employees with the tools they need to snag more customers and sell more products. Listed here are three IT projects recommended by the Small Business Computing.com website that can increase your business’ bottom line this year. Bring Wi-Fi to your…
  • Thought about Using Vine for Short, Sharable Videos?

    kutenda support
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:29 pm
    How to Use Vine in Your Small Business Marketing Ever thought of using Vine for brief, sharable videos for your business? If not, you definitely should. Creating these videos is probably already within your skill set and technology, as many are simply using their smartphones and publishing these by the boatload. So what is Vine? So, in case you’ve not yet delved into just what Vine is and just what it can do on your behalf, here’s the short version: Vine is a video sharing platform on Twitter that allows you to create and upload 6-second videos to Twitter. So what good is a 6-second…
  • The debate over employee-monitoring heats up

    kutenda support
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As the owner of a small business, you have the technology available to determine what Web sites your workers visit while sitting at their desks. You are able to monitor how they use Twitter and Facebook. It’s also possible to tap into their smart phones to determine where they physically are throughout the day. But just because you can do this, it doesn’t mean you ought to. Privacy in the tech age Thomas Claburn, editor-at-large with InformationWeek, recently tackled the debate over employee monitoring in a recent online feature. In it, he quoted a wide array of experts, all of whom…
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    Orlando Realty Consultants

  • Ravaudage Residential Project Stops

    John Conde
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
                The construction of the mixed-use Ravaudage project at US Highway 17-92 and Lee Road in Winter Park has stopped. It is being said that the73-acre development halted partly, as its property-tax agreement was not accepted by the city. The agreement, as the Orlando real estate developer Dan Bellows says, would finance the public road and utility improvements. Requests denied   Bellows had publicly said that the project will, in all probability, not be completed without the approvals. Orlando city has consented to the request made by Bellows where he…
  • How Realtors Get Paid On A Short Sale- Video

    John Conde
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    How Realtors Get Paid On A Short Sale 407-902-7750 The way realtors get paid in a short sale scenario which is very different from a traditional listing. In a short sale situation the seller is typically upside down on their mortgage which means that there is more money owed on the property than the property is actually worth. A short sale is a pre-foreclosure arrangement between the homeowner and the lender in which the lender is agreeing to the sale of a property for less than what’s owed on the mortgage in order to re-cooperate some of their money rather than foreclosing on the…
  • Average Home Price in Orlando Rises to $165K

    Jenny Zamora
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
                  The average price houses in Orlando rose in May, making it the fourth successive month to touch $165,000. According to Orlando realtors, this has been a peak period since 2008.   According to reports published by Orlando Regional Realtors Association, prices inched up about 1.5 percent in April and about 13.7 percent in May compared to the rates of last year. The report of the association mainly reflects the sales which occurred in Seminole and Orange counties.   The previous time prices of homes were this high, was in December 2008.
  • Sale of 203 Condo Units In Orlando

    John Conde
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
                      A Madison Capital Management affiliate has been advised by Cushman & Wakefield in the context of the sale of 203 condominium units within 272 Heritage Estates, a Class A community in Orlando. The firm has also garnered about $15.7 million in debt and has organized equity financing by a joint venture from Centersquare Investment Management. Centersquare is BNY Mellon’s investment boutique for real estate deals. This was done on behalf of buyer. Five-year financing was provided by Key Bank.       Fractured…
  • Downtown Orlando to Get New Apartment Complex

    Jenny Zamora
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
                  Work is scheduled to start during the third week of June on a nine story apartment building complex in uptown Orlando. The area close to Lake Eola has been subjected to minimal development after the crash in Orlando real estate about seven years ago.   Development by Jefferson Apartment Group   Two acres of land were purchased at South Osceola Avenue and East Church Street by Jefferson Apartment Group during first week of June this year. The seller was an investor based in Ohio. According to the Jefferson Apartment Group spokesperson,…
 
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  • 10 warning signs to look for when buying a business

    Matthew Snelleksz
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Buying a business will probably be the most important and largest investment decision you will ever make in your working life. It may seem like a gamble, either giving you financial freedom or destroying your financial future. From my years of experience in undertaking due diligence work for potential business owners, I have unmasked some alarming warning signs. If they were caught sooner, potential buyers would have saved thousands of dollars. I have a belief that no one sells a good business. Why would you? If a business is running well and providing cash flow and profits — and the owner…
  • The worst marketing advice I’ve received

    Liam Shorte
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:27 pm
    When it comes to growing your business, you are often reliant on the expertise of others who have been there and done that (or promote that they have), and you may miss their hidden agenda. In 2006, I was getting my financial planning business off the ground and felt the time was right to find new clients. I chose to run a direct media campaign with a distribution of flyers to attract local interest as it seemed a simple and low cost option. To help with the flyer layout, I spoke to a local graphic designer who I later found out was on a commission from the printer and distributor. The…
  • 6 ways to stop losing clients

    Trudi Masalski
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:22 pm
    For some businesses, existing clients tend to play second fiddle to prospects. However, studies have shown that it can be 5 to 10 times more cost effective to keep a client than to acquire a new one. So why do companies spend so little time and money retaining clients? The tips below ensure your clients stay on board for the long haul. 1. Get the basics right Send invoices on time, follow up on unpaid invoices, and aim to answer all queries right the first time, every time. If you can’t help them immediately, always keep them in the loop with your progress. Getting the basics right will…
  • Why price is often irrelevant

    Rhondalynn Korolak
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:56 pm
    There is a well-known truism that while some consumers might base their purchases on price, most will gladly pay a premium to get great service. Turns out, this is both practical and profitable advice. But what amounts to ‘great service’, and how can you develop it in your business? Most customers are loyal if you are able to provide them with a solution to their number one source of pain. As long as you focus on solving their issues — and prove you can — you are likely to get more customers and sales. Your customers will continue to buy from you until you stop solving problems and…
  • How to spend just 15 minutes daily managing your social media

    Ailsa Page
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Yes, it is possible to manage your social media in 15 minutes a day. First you need a plan and an understanding of what you want to achieve on social media for your business. With that in hand, you are ready to implement your strategy in no time at all. Some of the preparation includes having a clear purpose for being on social media, such as engaging with customers and potential customers, keeping abreast of issues and building your brand. Identify who you want to follow closely on social media and organise a way of doing this easily with tools such as SocialOomph or Hootsuite. Use these…
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  • 5 New Products from Stanley That Make It Easier to Work and Organize

    Whitney Richardson
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The tool manufacturer adds anti-vibrating hammers, a storage container and varied tape-measure lengths to its inventory. Customers often look to upgrade their hand and power tools for models with new and helpful technologies. Stanley’s new hand tools and organizer offer that convenience for everyday tasks. Stanley’s new hand tools and organizer offer that convenience for everyday tasks. The company announced new releases to its FATMAX line in the form of Anti-Vibe two-piece hammers, and 16- and 30-foot auto-locking tape rules. The former involves a two-piece core to isolate more…
  • Lowe’s Holoroom Helps Customers Visualize Their Renovated Space

    Whitney Richardson
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The home-improvement chain uses a virtual reality technology bring renovation-minded shoppers’ ideas to life. The benefit of offering plenty of home-improvement options is that customers can find pretty much anything they can think of through a hardware retailer. That can also be a downside, though, when the nearly limitless selections impede decision-making and customers have a hard time figuring out how they should move forward. Lowe’s has created a solution to this problem, however, with a new augmented reality concept to better help customers picture the end result: the Lowe’s…
  • How to Put Energy Savings and Security Solutions Right in Your Customers’ Hands

    Whitney Richardson
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Home-automation systems provide high-tech security solutions and insight into eco-friendly activity patterns, keeping homeowners in control of all aspects of their daily lives — right from their smartphones. There’s no question about it: People are busy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that working adults with children under the age of 6 spend about 3.5 hours a day on leisure activity. The rest of the day is typically filled with work, housework or primary or secondary (doing something else while watching a child) child care. For adults with no children under the age of…
  • Don’t Let Paint Go to Waste

    Whitney Richardson
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:25 am
    A student proposes a more efficient paint holder that helps insulate against temperature fluctuations and prevents drying. Painting is an easy way to refresh the look of a home. But when the job is done, paint cans are relegated to a random corner of the garage until a touch-up is needed. There, they are forgotten and begin to deteriorate. That doesn’t have to be the case going forward, though. University of Nottingham student Alec Machin’s winning design through the RSA Student Design Awards proposes a new system for packaging and storing paint. Other than actually holding paint, the…
  • Wanted: A Dog Toy That Holds Up Under Pressure

    Whitney Richardson
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    The Tuggo dog toy features durable plastic and rope to entertain dogs of all sizes for hours. All dog owners, at one point or another, have probably questioned why they routinely buy dog toys that they know won’t hold up to aggressive play from their pets. But one owner finally got fed up enough to do something. Adam Harrington’s dogs chewed up every toy he brought home, prompting him to go out and buy more. Rather than dishing out more cash for more toys, he thought it was time to try something new. Enter the Tuggo dog toy. The signature product features a 10-inch hollow plastic ball —…
 
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  • 20 Simple Tips for Branding Your Business Online

    Kim George
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    The internet is a great place to start and build a brand. In fact, with the help of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube it’s much easier and inexpensive to brand your business these days.Take for instance YouTube star Michelle Phan.  Michelle starting posted makeup tutorials videos on YouTube and has amassed more than 6 million subscribers.  Michelle now reportedly makes millions of dollars a year due to her YouTube Channel and has now has her own makeup line, book deals, and more. (This lady is ballinnnn)Tips for Branding Your Business OnlineIf you are…
  • 6 Tips for Successfully Outsourcing Using oDesk.com

    Kim George
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Outsourcing is every entrepreneur’s and small business’s best friend. Not only does it help your business grow and reduce overhead, but it also lets you set and manage your budget with ease.The emergence and growth of various outsourcing sites make it even easier since you can connect with freelancers from all over the world, letting you tap into large pools of talent.What Do You Need to Know Before Outsourcing Using oDesk?oDesk.com is my preferred outsourcing platform since it offers variety and more freedom in terms of financing.Although there are thousands of highly skillful…
  • 10 Tips for Creating a Killer Homepage for Your Small Business Website

    Kim George
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    Happy Tuesday peeps!On last week I decided to do a complete overhaul of my web design company’s site – Websites4SmallBiz.Sure the previous website was great, however having the Type-A personality that I have, I decided to give the website a complete facelift – with a stronger focus on my homepage.In addition to updating the website, I also added a new entry level website package for small business and startups that is priced at $497.00.  You can find out more about this package here.As you know, your websites Homepage is the first thing that your visitors will see – and is an area…
  • 15 Easy to Create Lead Generation Magnets for Attracting Prospects

    Kim George
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Happy Wednesday everyone!  I am still recuperating from last week, but wanted to make sure that I delivered this blog post for you guys. Getting traffic to your website is one thing, but capturing that traffic is an entirely different one.  The goal of lead generation is to get prospects to show they are interested in your products and services. In order to do this, you need to create some type of free or low-cost item that you can offer to prospective customers in your target market.  These types of items are called Lead Generation Magnets.What is a lead generation magnet?Lead…
  • Monthly Small Business Roundup (June 2014)

    Kimberly
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:07 am
    Hey peeps!  Here are some of the latest and greatest in small business news and entrepreneurship from around the web. Enjoy!Just a note, I will be out of pocket on next week.  I truly hope that each and every one of you enjoy your 4th of July Holidays!  Entrepreneurship  Here are some tips for building your personal brand using social mediaA great list of 7 ways that entrepreneurs find focusHere are 7 brands that redesigned their logo the right way Marketing and SalesHow to boost the effectiveness of your online formsHere are 12 ways to keep your business growing and gaining…
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  • Two New Virtual Locations Added for Hotspot Shield – Germany & Canada

    Peter Nguyen
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Anchorfree has recently added servers in Canada and Germany to create virtual locations in these countries. We now have virtual locations in 6 countries: USA, Japan, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Germany. The addition of these 2 new virtual locations means you have access to a larger pool of VPN servers and IP addresses, giving you the fastest connections possible wherever you are. So, If you are living in Canada or Germany, you now can enjoy faster connections to access blocked content, protect your privacy, and secure your Internet communications. Benefits for Expats If you are a…
  • Could License Plate Recognition Databases Infringe on Your Privacy?

    Peter Nguyen
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:04 am<