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  • The thing that happened before this

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The most underrated scene in the Wizard of Oz is the hallway leading up to the audience with the great and powerful one. One of the reasons that Oz is seen as being particularly great and powerful is that it's just so much trouble to get to see him--and that hallway is the perfect metaphor. I still remember visiting a talent agency in Hollywood a decade ago. The lobby was far bigger than most people's homes, and it was totally empty, a long, long walk from the automatically opened door to the Centurion at the desk. Contrast this with a doctor's office I recently visited. He was sharing space…
  • Why Amazon Is Copying Zappos and Paying Employees to Quit

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

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:13 am
    You will never, ever run out of strangers. And so, the goal of perfectly pleasing an infinite number of passersby is a fool's errand. They come with their own worldview, their own issues, their own biases. Since they don't know you or trust you and don't get you, they're not inclined to give you the benefit of the doubt or invest what it takes to understand you. Sure, some of them will applaud or smile or buy. And if that's your mission, have fun. But perfection in stranger-pleasing? Not going to happen, not worth the journey. For some people, some of the time, the only response is, "it's not…
  • [Infographic] Consumer Payment Preferences

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

    Small Biz Daily
    Rieva Lesonsky
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Rob Young Anyone faced with the daunting prospect of launching their own startup will inevitably come to a point where they feel swamped by an avalanche of information and advice. To avoid the suffocating effect this can have on you it doesn’t hurt from time to time to take a deep breath and remember that ultimately there are just two essential ingredients to every startup victory: people and products. Your Product. What makes your product or service stand out from the crowd? It could be the quality, price, ease of use, or its aesthetical appeal – it doesn’t matter what the…
 
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    Fast Company

  • How Chelsea Is Changing The Clinton Foundation

    Chris Gayomali
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Here's how Bill and Hillary's daughter is making a difference at the Clinton Foundation.The Clinton Foundation's troubles are well-documented. In this month's Fast Company cover story, Danielle Sacks writes about the impact Chelsea Clinton's "hands-on" involvement has had at her parents' organization:Read Full Story
  • Scientists Clone Stem Cells From Adults For The First Time

    Alice Truong
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    This comes a year after researchers created the first early-stage human clones derived from infant and fetal cells.For the first time, scientists have created early-stage embryos using cloned cells from adults.Read Full Story
  • Facebook's "Nearby Friends" Feature Notifies You When Friends Are Around

    Alice Truong
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:14 am
    Similar to Apple's Find My Friends app, Nearby Friends can notify users if friends are close by. Facebook stresses the feature is optional.Facebook is rolling out a feature to help users find and connect with online friends in real life.Read Full Story
  • Evernote And Moleskine Team Up To Create Smart Business Notebook

    Alice Truong
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
    The notebook is geared toward workers jotting down notes in meetings.Evernote and Moleskine are at it again. The two companies have partnered up to create a special notebook for Evernote users geared toward enterprise customers.Read Full Story
  • How Nike Turned An Italian Suit Label Into The Air Jordan XX9s

    John Brownlee
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Following a series of incidents in which shoes have fallen apart on the basketball court, Nike releases the Air Jordan XX9s. A 250-year-old weaving technology makes them the toughest and lightest Jordans to date.A well-designed clothing label is resilient. The signature of a designer, it is strong enough to stand up against years of wear, comfortable enough to feel like it isn't there at all, and vivid enough to make a garment's designer standout. For the Air Jordan XX9s, Nike's designers have taken the most invisible part of any garment and turned it into a basketball shoe--literally.Read…
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    VISANOW Global Immigration

  • H-1B Alternatives: F-1 OPT STEM Extension

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

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

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

    Jake VanKersen
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The May 2014 visa bulletin has been released. Family-Sponsored Visas Family visas or green card petitions are segmented into different priority levels. Applicants with U.S. citizen family petitioners will have priority over those with family members who only have green cards. The different types of family-sponsored visa categories are roughly as follows: F1: The unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. F2: The spouses and children of Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs or green card holders). F2A: Spouses and Children of LPRs. F2B: Unmarried Adult Children of LPRs. F3: Married sons and…
  • Do I Really Need an Attorney for my B-2 Visa?

    Zofia Mrozowska
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:26 pm
    You can apply for B-2 visa on your own, but with the high denial rates do you really want to risk it? “Do I really need an attorney to help me with my B-2 visa?” We hear this question a lot from people when they are debating the best route to take when applying for a B-2 Visitor visa. The honest answer to that question is no, you don’t need an attorney to help you with your visitor visa. Just like you don’t need a scuba instructor to teach you how to scuba dive. However, the denial rates for the B-2 visitor visa are exceptionally high. Even the U.S. State Department cautions people…
 
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    Small Business Labs

  • Cities, Economic Uncertainty and Job Hopping

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

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

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

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

    Steve
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    CLASP, a policy shop focused on issues related to  low-income people, has an interesting paper on the impact of nonstandard schedules on workers. The quick summary is it makes their life more difficult, especially for those with children. Key quote: Volatile, nonstandard schedules are a becoming characteristic of low-wage employment, increasing the child care challenges of workers who already face significant barriers to accessing affordable, quality child care. We've been following the shift towards the increasing use of on-call workers, just-in-time workers and nonstandard work…
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    Planning Startup Stories

  • Will Web Metrics Kill Professional Journalism?

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

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

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

    Tim Berry
    6 Mar 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Throw away the script; give your people more autonomy to identify and solve problems. — Shep Hyken (@Hyken) March 4, 2014 Not that long ago I discovered, to my dismay, that some customer support and customer service people didn’t want autonomy. I always thought, like my friend Shep Hyken suggests in the tweet above, that everybody wanted to use judgment and decide things on a case-by-case basis.  But I was discussing this in a business owner workshop once when one of the owners in the group said: Actually that’s not really true. Lots of people want not to think about it, and not to…
  • Are you Running a LIFO Time Management Strategy? How Bad Is It?

    Tim Berry
    27 Feb 2014 | 8:29 am
    Do you do what I do? I suspect a lot of us do. With me it’s not just what’s urgent or important, but also what’s on the screen, which window is in the forefront, and what just happened.  It’s like urgent vs. important vs. recent. With a distortion filter for fun, or interesting.  The title of this post comes from basic accounting, handling inventory for accounting purposes as either last in first out (LIFO) or first-in first-out (FIFO). Lately I’ve been doing extreme LIFO. And I’m not sure that’s good.  Urgent vs. Important. It’s a really old paradigm, right? I bet…
 
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    Copyblogger

  • How to Choose Arresting Images for Your Blog Posts (And Why You Should)

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

    Sean Smith
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    You want to grow your business, right? You want downloads of your app, people buying your products, readers on your blog, and evangelists on social media, don’t you? Fair enough, that’s what we all want. But you’re missing something essential. People won’t ever know you, hear from you, understand you, follow you, or engage with you because of one simple flaw. Your target isn’t small enough. Seems counter-intuitive doesn’t it? It isn’t. Building an audience online should be born the same way it is offline: from person-to-person. First, define who you are…
  • Are You Really a Writer … Or Just a Copyist?

    Raubi Perilli
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    There is a terminology problem plaguing the content community. It’s confusing marketers, it’s misleading clients, and it’s causing an identity crisis among content creators everywhere. It seems that no one really knows what it means to be a writer. And Merriam-Webster isn’t much help when it comes to defining this person. A “writer is someone whose work it is to write books, poems, stories, etc.” Or even more vague, a writer is “someone who has written something.” And as Sonia Simone recently pointed out here at Copyblogger, there are even some…
  • 12 Examples of Native Ads (And Why They Work)

    Demian Farnworth
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Despite all the hype, native advertising remains a fuzzy concept for most marketers. According to our 2014 status report: 49 percent of respondents don’t know what native advertising is 24 percent are hardly familiar with it Another 24 percent are somewhat familiar Only 3 percent are very knowledgeable So, given the lack of awareness (and people mistaking it for other things, like sponsorship), we thought it would be a good idea to walk you through about a dozen examples of native advertising — and why they work. Let’s get going. 1. Print advertorials … starting with…
  • Removing Blog Comments: The View So Far

    Jerod Morris
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Shockwaves. That’s what this post by Sonia Simone sent through the Copyblogger community. The post, you’ll recall, announced our decision to remove blog comments and gave the reasoning for why we decided to do so — reasoning that some accepted at face value, others parsed for hidden meaning, and the rest ignored before ZOMG’ing to their social account of choice to share the headline. Agree or disagree, trust or question, the one constant was that everyone had a reaction. Now almost three weeks later, it’s time for us to react to the reaction. In this episode,…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Extending Unemployment Benefits: Why it Matters to Small Business

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

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

    Mike
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:05 pm
    The modern miracle that is the Internet provides us with tools that allow many of us to work anywhere, anytime. For instance, with the assist of a strong wifi signal and a headset, crowdSPRING’s crack customer service team can work their shifts from any random Starbucks or local cafe. And with SaaS project management software, such as Basecamp, chatrooms like Campfire, Help Desk tools like Zendesk, and video conferencing services like Google Hangouts, and internet based phone services like Skype and IfByPhone teams have the ability to work remotely, while fully engaging with their…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #217 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:28 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The video above is a creative and fun take on the song “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry, performed in 20 different musical styles (as it would have been performed by Queen, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Frank Sinatra, etc).
  • TV Advertising: What I Miss

    Mike
    23 Mar 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Recently, as I binged through multiple streaming episodes of the Wire on HBO, House of Cards on Netflix, and Homeland on Showtime, I had an uneasy feeling that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Something was missing from the experience. An absence that the marketer in me noticed but, at first, could not quite put my finger on. Sitting back watching Season 2, as Kevin Spacey channeled the Danish Prince and Robin Wright hit the perfect notes as Lady MacBeth of our nation’s capital, it suddenly hit me. What I wanted was a big ol’ bowl of popcorn! No, wait. I don’t like…
 
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    The Franchise King®

  • Franchise Loans to Help Your Business Thrive

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

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

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

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

    The Franchise King®
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    You may say it doesn’t matter, but it probably does. You may be able to fool yourself into believing the following statement: “I don’t care what others think about me.” The fact is , you do. We do. For the most part. Keep reading.   Does It Matter? Let’s say you’re on the hunt. You want to be your own boss, and the business model of franchising is attractive to you. Let’s also say you’re willing to learn how to buy a franchise-the right way. Let’s even go as far as saying you feel pretty confident when it comes to understanding what…
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    800 CEO Read

  • Thinker in Residence: A Q&A with Warren Berger

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

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

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

    Jon
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    TweetWe are now accepting submissions for the 2014 Business Book Awards. Thousands of business books are published each year, each with the potential to promote change and enlighten the way people think about business. We began recognizing these efforts in 2007 with the 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards, highlighting the best works in a number of categories. Each book is judged on the originality and applicability of its ideas and the quality of its content. Any business book published in the U.S. within the year 2014 is eligible within the following categories: Leadership Management…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Soft Edge

    800-CEO-READ
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    Tweet The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success by Rich Karlgaard, Jossey-Bass, $28.00, Hardcover, April 2014, ISBN 9781118829424 When you see a book has a foreword written by Tom Peters,and an afterword penned by Clayton Christensen, you pay attention. When the author of that same book is the publisher of Forbes, you get your wallet out. And the return on the investment of time and money you put into Rich Karlgaard’s new book, The Soft Edge, will be well worth it. Karlgaard begins The Soft Edge by describing a “triangle of long-term company health.” The first two edges…
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    SmallBizTechnology

  • Technology and Smiles: Brooklyn Bakery Brings In the Dough With iPad POS and Analytics

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

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

    Ramon Ray
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you’re considering enabling an internet monitoring software  services for your employees, there’s a new service, Rawstream that you might want to check out. Rawstream gives businesses peace of mind by identifying how much time employees spend on Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, even downloading movies overnight with office bandwidth (it actually happens). Rawstream also identifies shared docs which infringe company policies. Rawstream doesn’t just track Dropbox, but also users who share files via Google Drive, OneDrive or Cubby. As Rawstream’s founder Brian Azzopardi says…
  • Google Will Index Disqus Comments. Small News, Big Impact.

    Ramon Ray
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    You know that search engines mine data on web sites – hence the content you produce is important. Disqus recently announced that now Google can search Disqus comments as well. This is not earth shattering news, but it does indicate one thing. Your web site (blog, social) content is important but you can also gain some “keyword” love by commenting on discussing boards – in particular Discus. Happy Chatting. The post Google Will Index Disqus Comments. Small News, Big Impact. appeared first on SmallBizTechnology.
  • Is It Time To Stop Using Checks? GoDaddy and Dwolla Encourage Move Electronic Payments

    Ramon Ray
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    I was at my local Shopright last week and saw an older lady pull out her check book and write a check (cheque) for groceries. On one hand, it is quite “old fashioned” to write a check, but on the other hand, I bet that lady has little, if any debt. Yesterday I was at the auto body shop and a lady brought about $2,000 in cash to pay for something. Cash and checks are nice – but they slow things down and are not so secure. GoDaddy recently partnered with Dwolla to make it even easier to send and receipt payments. Dwolla competes with Paypal and Zipmark and makes it easy for…
 
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    Small Business Trends

  • How to Create Buyer Personas for Your Content Marketing Strategy

    HigherVisibility
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Many small business owners are revamping their content marketing strategy this year. While there are lots of different ways to alter your strategy and stay safe being discussed among the Webmaster and SEO community, one of my favorites is by creating buyer personas. It’s creative and it’s a great way to try something new, so there’s really no reason not to get started. How Buyer Personas Work and Why They Matter Creating buyer personas essentially means you’re really digging into the buyer habits and patterns of everyone in your audience. Typically, you’ll have several different…
  • A Plug-and-Play Customer Loyalty Program for Small Businesses

    Joshua Sophy
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Punch cards for your repeat customers will soon be a thing of the past. But it’s difficult for small businesses to afford those plastic key cards that you might get from a place like a grocery store or gas station. Huzzah Media says its new Huzzah Loyalty platform is one solution. In fact, the company is targeting businesses with fewer than 10 employees that are still looking for ways to keep their valued customers coming back. Huzzah VP of Marketing Greg Garrick told Small Business Trends recently that a company survey found nearly half of all small business owners consider repeat…
  • Small Business Opinions Divided on Plastic Bag Fees

    Shawn Hessinger
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Dallas recently passed a citywide 5-cent fee on plastic bags. New York City is considering a 10-cent fee. Similar plastic bag fees (or bans) on plastic bags already exist in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Supporters of the fees and bans say they will help raise awareness about the damage these bags do to the environment. Business groups say the added cost will hurt both consumers and businesses. In a statement issued to FoxBusiness.com, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura explained: “We are reviewing the legislation and speaking to our members, but…
  • Now All You Need to Deposit a Check is a Smartphone

    Joshua Sophy
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Trips to the bank may soon be a thing of the past. New imaging technology lets you take a snapshot of a check with your smartphone and use that to make your deposit. Mitek Systems says it has partnered with more than 2,000 financial institutions – including the top 10 retail banks in the U.S. – to bring mobile check deposits to customers. For a lot of small business owners, the ability to deposit a check they receive without having to plan a trip to the bank could save time and money. Provided your bank uses Mitek’s licensed technology, all you have to do with your…
  • Why Your Yahoo Local Reviews Are Disappearing

    Shawn Hessinger
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Let’s say you’ve amassed years worth of mostly positive reviews on your Yahoo Local listing. Then, all of a sudden, your Yahoo Local reviews disappeared and they aren’t showing – but Yelp reviews are showing instead. This is exactly what happened to Dan Tringale, owner of Colonial Hardwood Flooring of Lexington, Mass. Tringale says his company had amassed six years of mostly positive reviews on Yahoo Local. But when a new deal between Yahoo and Yelp went into effect, all that changed. A few weeks ago, Tringale estimates about 50 of his reviews on Yahoo Local…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The bottomless pit of pleasing strangers

    Seth Godin
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:13 am
    You will never, ever run out of strangers. And so, the goal of perfectly pleasing an infinite number of passersby is a fool's errand. They come with their own worldview, their own issues, their own biases. Since they don't know you or trust you and don't get you, they're not inclined to give you the benefit of the doubt or invest what it takes to understand you. Sure, some of them will applaud or smile or buy. And if that's your mission, have fun. But perfection in stranger-pleasing? Not going to happen, not worth the journey. For some people, some of the time, the only response is, "it's not…
  • The thing that happened before this

    Seth Godin
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The most underrated scene in the Wizard of Oz is the hallway leading up to the audience with the great and powerful one. One of the reasons that Oz is seen as being particularly great and powerful is that it's just so much trouble to get to see him--and that hallway is the perfect metaphor. I still remember visiting a talent agency in Hollywood a decade ago. The lobby was far bigger than most people's homes, and it was totally empty, a long, long walk from the automatically opened door to the Centurion at the desk. Contrast this with a doctor's office I recently visited. He was sharing space…
  • Connecting dots (or collecting dots)

    Seth Godin
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Without a doubt, the ability to connect the dots is rare, prized and valuable. Connecting dots, solving the problem that hasn't been solved before, seeing the pattern before it is made obvious, is more essential than ever before. Why then, do we spend so much time collecting dots instead? More facts, more tests, more need for data, even when we have no clue (and no practice) in doing anything with it. Their big bag of dots isn't worth nearly as much as your handful of insight, is it?        
  • Trust and attention, the endless dance

    Seth Godin
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:51 am
    The two scarce elements of our economy are trust and attention. Trust is scarce because it's not a simple instinct and it's incredibly fragile, disappearing often in the face of greed, shortcuts or ignorance. And attention is scarce because it doesn't scale. We can't do more than one thing at a time, and the number of organizations and ideas that are competing for our attention grows daily. The dance happens because often, it seems as though we need to trade trust in exchange for attention. We have to rely on gimmicks, or overpromise and hype in order to get people to, "look at me!" And of…
  • The right moment

    Seth Godin
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    You might be waiting for things to settle down. For the kids to be old enough, for work to calm down, for the economy to recover, for the weather to cooperate, for your bad back to let up just a little... The thing is, people who make a difference never wait for just the right time. They know that it will never arrive. Instead, they make their ruckus when they are short of sleep, out of money, hungry, in the middle of a domestic mess and during a blizzard. Whenever. As long as whenever is now.        
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    HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review » Tom Davenport

  • What Makes Big Data Projects Succeed

    Tom Davenport
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    In conversations with executives, many of the same misconceptions about big data projects — and what makes them successful — keep coming up.  To help clear the air and foster a better understanding of what makes big data initiatives succeed, here are some of the key things I’ve learned from companies that are realizing substantial business value with their big data initiatives. Technology: The most popular misconception many organizations have is that big data projects are all about technologies that are specific to big data—Hadoop, Python, Pig, Hive, etc. It is certainly true that…
  • Book Publishing’s Big Data Future

    Tom Davenport
    3 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    The publishing industry is not one of the overachievers in terms of its use of big data. And since my book on big data—Big Data @ Work—is out, I thought it might be fun to speculate on what big data will do to the business of publishing books. The goal of any publisher is to get its content bought and read. In the past, publishers could know only if their books and magazines were bought, and knowing even that was problematic. With the advent of Nielsen’s Bookscan in 2001, publishers could begin to receive point of sale data from physical bookstores. Of course, physical bookstores, both…
  • Big Data and the Role of Intuition

    Tom Davenport
    24 Dec 2013 | 5:00 am
    Many people have asked me over the years about whether intuition has a role in the analytics and data-driven organization. I have always reassured them that there are plenty of places where intuition is still relevant. For example, a hypothesis is an intuition about what’s going on in the data you have about the world. The difference with analytics, of course, is that you don’t stop with the intuition — you test the hypothesis to learn whether your intuition is correct. Another place where intuition is found in analytical companies is in the choice of the business area where analytical…
  • The Big Lesson from Twelve Good Decisions

    Tom Davenport
    28 Oct 2013 | 5:00 am
    How is it that managers facing high-stakes decisions, despite all the resources and knowledge available to them, often make them so poorly?  In large part, it’s because their whole perspective on decision-making is wrong. Managers think of major decisions as choices they must make in order for the work of the organization to proceed. The truth is that decision-making is work.  This simple shift in perspective – seeing big decisions as tasks to be managed – has huge implications. It means they should be approached with the same level of discipline and direction good managers bring to…
  • What to Ask Your "Numbers People"

    Tom Davenport
    12 Jul 2013 | 7:00 am
    If you’re a manager working with the analysts in your organization to make more data-driven business decisions, asking good questions should be one of your top priorities. Many managers fear that asking questions will make them appear unintelligent about quantitative matters. However, if you ask the right kinds of questions, you can both appear knowledgeable and advance the likelihood of a good decision outcome. In my new book (co-authored with Jinho Kim) Keeping Up with the Quants, and in a related article in this month’s HBR, we list a lot of possible questions for various…
 
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    Bill Taylor on HarvardBusiness.org

  • Why Amazon Is Copying Zappos and Paying Employees to Quit

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

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

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

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

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

  • How Corporate Investors Can Improve Their Odds

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

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

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

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

    Scott Anthony
    31 Jan 2014 | 10:00 am
    One of the first, and most lasting, pieces of career advice I received came from Linda Bush, my first project manager when I was a wee pup working at McKinsey & Company. “Ask a lot of questions,” Linda advised me. “You might think you are being annoying, but it’s the only way you learn. And trust me, people will tell you when you have crossed the line.” There’s nothing quite like asking a good question. Bush’s advice helped me in those early days to learn about technical tasks (the magic of pivot tables in Excel), the seeming banalities of the working world (the mysterious…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • 4 Realities of Inbound Marketing You Can’t Afford to Neglect

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

    John Jantsch
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Rules For Modern Selling written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Bill Caskey The game of selling has not really changed that much – the job is to build relationships, provide value and help people solve their problems – in the end, if you are to succeed, that means selling things. What has changed dramatically, however is the way you accomplish many of these things. The way you sell must change because the way people buy has certainly changed. My guest for this week’s episode of the Duct Tape…
  • How to Get Sales and Marketing On the Same Page

    John Jantsch
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    How to Get Sales and Marketing On the Same Page written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing The title of today’s post became one of the major sub themes of my upcoming book Duct Tape Selling. It didn’t start out that way, but in working with more and more sales departments it became clear that the move to inbound and social selling occurs much more effectively when there’s a culture of cooperation and integration within sales and marketing departments. Sadly, this is rarely the case. In fact, I’ll be presenting my view of the sales and…
  • 5 Essential Elements of a Useful Social Media Plan

    John Jantsch
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:56 am
    5 Essential Elements of a Useful Social Media Plan written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing photo credit: mkhmarketing via photopin cc Living inside the bubble of the social media marketing world, it’s easy to forget that many organizations still don’t know how to reconcile social media into their everyday sales and marketing routine. I taught the executive team of a very successful organization the basics of social media this past week and it was a great reminder that focusing on tactics without an organized strategy is still the…
  • Weekend Favs April Twelve

    John Jantsch
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    Weekend Favs April Twelve written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week. I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you check them out if they sound interesting. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from Flickr or one that I took out there on the road. Good stuff I found this week: Snappy Checkout – Simple and slick looking way to add shopping cart to your site Syndical – Service that makes…
 
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • Newsletter #984: The “Tell Them Why” Issue

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

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

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

    Andy Sernovitz
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Don’t send a generic survey. Definitely don’t send a long survey. Instead, ask: What one thing can we do better? You’ll get great ideas you can actually use.
  • Newsletter #983: The “It’s Not an Ad” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] People don’t share advertising with their friends — but they will share something fun, exciting, and surprising. Are you doing that with your direct mail, posters, or TV commercials? Here are three examples of how to make marketing more than just an ad: 1. It’s not an ad. It’s a cat toy. 2. It’s not an ad. It’s a photo op. 3. It’s not an ad. It’s fun.
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    The Get Smart Blog

  • What to Know about the Heartbleed Security Flaw

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

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

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

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

    Bridget Ayers
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Pinterest can be an excellent tool for businesses to connect with potential customers, provide interesting content, and gain visitors to company websites… if you do things right. If you’re wondering how to use Pinterest for business, check out these tips:   Using Pinterest for Business [image] 1. Pin content that looks good. This tip may seem pretty basic since Pinterest is a visual platform, but think of each board as a collage. Pin pins that are interesting on their own, with a picture that captivates and makes pinners want to click through, but also consider the overall look of…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Dragons on the far side of the histogram

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

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

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

    Jonas Downey
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that computers and user interfaces peaked in the 1980s. Everything was clear and simple, without all of our modern annoyances like portability, color, touchscreens, and the Internet. With that in mind, we took a long, hard look at Basecamp. We asked questions like: Is Basecamp as simple as it can be? Should we make Basecamp less colorful? What if Basecamp was stored on 800kb floppy disks? When is Knight Rider starting? So today, after months of work, we’re excited to announce that Basecamp is going back to basics. We’ve…
  • Basecamp network attack postmortem

    David
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:01 am
    As we detailed in Basecamp was under network attack, criminals assaulted our network with a DDoS attack on March 24. This is the technical postmortem that we promised. The main attack lasted a total of an hour and 40 minutes starting at 8:32 central time and ending around 10:12. During that window, Basecamp and the other services were completely unavailable for 45 minutes, and intermittently up and down or slow for the rest. In addition to the attack itself, Basecamp got put in network quarantine by other providers, so it wasn’t until 11:08 that access was restored for everyone,…
 
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    Small Biz Survival

  • Building a tech startup in a small city

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

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

    Becky McCray
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Photo courtesy of Wave Apps. I realize that no one likes accounting, but I like WaveApps. I like that they focus on businesses with 9 or fewer employees, or no employees at all. I know that there are a lot of specialty apps out there, one for invoicing, one for receipts, something else for payroll. I don’t need the job of bringing that data together, so I like that Wave includes all the parts of accounting most businesses of this size need: invoicing, accepting payments, payroll. I don’t like that they have not completed online tax payments for all states yet. I like being able to…
  • We have lots of room in the Brag Basket

    Becky McCray
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Photo (CC) by Helen ST on Flickr. The Brag Basket is open! This one is for April 11-13, 2014 What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your brag there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your brag. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a friend. Do you have to be from a small town? Well, no, not really. Just…
  • Business: A Way of Life or a Way to Make a Living?

    Glenn Muske
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Photo (CC) by LPHR Group, on Flickr How do you view your business? Is it a way to make a living or a way to live your life? That is a question business owners commonly ask themselves or are asked by researchers. People start businesses for a variety of reasons. However, many of the reasons fall into one of these two categories. From an economic development point of view, having people looking to make money would build the strongest economy. Yet research has not consistently found income being correlated to one or the other of these drivers. Instead of what a person wants being significant to…
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    Marketing Practice

  • How marketers visualize deadly Germs !

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

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

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

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

    Harish B
    30 Mar 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Its interesting and often painful ( as a parent) to see how marketers try to squeeze the money out of your pocket. After successfully launching the chocolate egg - Kinder Surprise, the Italian confectionery major Ferrero has followed it up with Kinder Schoko Bons Crispy which is essentially Kinder Joy minus the toy. As usual, the pack is pretty expensive at Rs 60 for a pack of 9 chocolates.The pack with has the same color combination of the popular Kinder Joy is widely available across various retail formats thus ensuring that it will not miss the kid's eyes. Ferrero has been…
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  • Company of One

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

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

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

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

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

  • Is Smartphone Innovation Slowing?

    Jared Reitzin
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    With smartphone penetration in the U.S. market now well above 60%, it’s clear that smartphones have “arrived.” But now that smartphones have thoroughly wowed us with their potential, have the makers of today’s leading smartphones stopped innovating like they used to? It’s no secret that Apple has faced a barrage of criticisms stemming from the company’s perceived sluggish penchant for innovation. But such critical barbs are now prevalent across the hardware landscape. While the Galaxy S5 is an evolutionary product, there is not enough in there to make…
  • Beyond Customer Feedback: How to Know What Your Customers Really Want (and Give it to Them!)

    Michael Essany
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    The following is a guest contributed post from Loren Padelford, Skura‘s Executive Vice President of Sales. Today, the B2B buying process begins when prospects access a company’s website, mobile app, blog, whitepaper, or attends a hosted webinar. Technology adoption among consumers has picked up pace and because of this, marketers have had to adjust their lead generation and engagement tactics to target the buyer earlier on in the sales process. As a result of reduced interaction during the early stages of the buying process, businesses today gain less direct feedback regarding…
  • Yahoo Wants to Take a Bite Out of Apple

    MikeR
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    There’s a covert operation underway at Yahoo today (okay, so maybe it’s not exactly covert any longer, but it’s serious stuff nonetheless). Yahoo’s chief executive officer, Marissa Mayer, is poised to make the pitch of her career in the coming weeks. And it’s to Apple. According to knowledgeable industry sources, Yahoo’s boss wants to win Apple’s affections and inspire the iDevice maker to dump Google and make Yahoo the default search engine on all Apple products. “A number of Yahoo insiders I have talked to said her plan to pitch Apple on the…
  • Ford Remains a Big Driver of Innovative Automobile Marketing

    ChristaH
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    It’s unlikely that Henry Ford, the iconic American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company, could have envisioned a time when his visionary vehicles would be promoted on small mobile devices, throughout robust social networks, and across a vast digital marketing landscape. But Henry Ford and his team have always been innovative marketers, even in what now harkens back to relatively ancient times in the world of advertising. Fifty years ago, Ford famously sliced and diced a new Mustang convertible and sent it in pieces up an elevator to the top of the Empire State Building…
  • Mobile Education Market Growing Faster Than Anticipated

    Michael Essany
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    TechNavio is out with a new report, the findings of which were shared with MMW on Wednesday. The report, which focused on the Global m-Education Market, projects a CAGR of 20.58 percent from 2014-2018, indicating that the mobile education industry is growing much faster than originally anticipated. The report highlights the need for innovative learning methods and demand for distance learning as two main factors driving this growth in the market. Education, like every other sector, is being forced to evolve with technology, the report notes. “Teachers need to adopt a creative approach…
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    Branding Strategy Insider

  • The Role And Value Of Branding

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

    Mark Di Somma
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    Actions and reactions are a strange two-speed dance in the context of market agility. Reactions are the responses that competing companies must actually make together and in a co-ordinated manner to shifts in market dynamics and / or customer expectations. Doing so sets a new norm over which the participants themselves can then compete. The airline industry generally, with the exception of the upper-market carriers, has reacted to economic pressures by dropping ticket prices and introducing fees for services. Shifting the emphasis from prestige to transport, and charging people for everything…
  • How Brands Should Say Goodbye To Customers

    Mark Di Somma
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    Brands and customers part company for all sorts of reasons. Relationships are tidal. We outgrow the need for a brand or product, our tastes or priorities shift, we don’t live where we lived or work where we worked or spend our time doing what we used to do all the time, perhaps we decide to pass on the latest upgrade. And, objectively, that’s a healthy thing. Those ebbs and flows provide markets with movement. They ensure that new players can enter and gain new customers and current players can change their position in a sector as they gain or lose followers. Most brands have their heads…
  • Questioning The Quest For Brand Differentiation

    Mark Di Somma
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    For some time now, brands have pursued difference. Spurred on initially by Jack Trout, they’ve positioned, disrupted, innovated…all with that elusive goal in mind. To stand out and stand apart from their competitors. Benefits, positioning, pyramids, strategies…a lot of time and energy has gone into trying to help brands achieve difference. Everyone’s been on that quest to become a Purple Cow. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a Seth Godin fan and, inspired by that, the call for differentiation has been a recurrent theme in my own work, but there’s no denying that for the most part…
  • The Customer Experience Workshop

    Derrick Daye
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    The Blake Project offers a highly impactful and interactive brand strategy workshop that pairs the insights of customers and brand stakeholders for a day-long collaborative session where a unique, customer-valued and brand-centric customer experience is co-created. The power of this workshop resides in the collaborative process. Working, imagining and creating together, customers interact with their company ‘peers’ to create the template for an enhanced experience that will build equity and value for both the brand and its customers. Facilitated by the seasoned brand experts of The Blake…
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    Men with Pens

  • The Bad Writing Advice that Kills Your Success

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

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

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

    James Chartrand
    17 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I'm a client. I get approached by designers, web architects and copywriters all the time. They pitch me the same pitch - over and over. I don't like being blunt, but the whining pitch to be hired just comes off as pleading. Painful, desperate pleading. Angry yet? Good. If you want to differentiate yourself from the rest of the poverty herd, here's a checklist of what a client really wants from you – directly from a client's perspective. Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! The Truth: What a Client Really Wants from You first appeared on Men…
  • Do you believe in ‘never give up’?

    James Chartrand
    10 Feb 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It's a shame that giving up is often seen as reproachable, even shameful. We're infused with the message that stopping what you've started is a bad thing to do. People are encouraged to see it through, no matter how hard, tough, difficult or complicated the situation. I see and hear it from people all the time: "I have to see this through," they say. "I can't give up on my dream." Yes. Yes, you can – and sometimes that can be the best decision of all. Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Do you believe in ‘never give up’? first…
 
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    IttyBiz

  • Why People Still Suck, No Matter How Hard They “Try”

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

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

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

    Naomi Dunford
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    File this one in the “When six students ask the same question in the same month, it’s probably a good idea to write a post about the answer” department. So, let’s talk about incentivization, which my spell check tells me isn’t a word, but is a hell of a lot more elegant than “sweetening the pot so more people will buy the stuff you’re shilling”. Some products are ridiculously easy to incentivize. Digital products tend to be the stock example. Giving a 25% price cut on a digital download is generally straightforward, because there’s nothing physical going out that’s going…
  • Jack, aged 7.5, on practice and perfection

    Naomi Dunford
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:18 am
    “You know the saying “practice makes perfect”? I think it’s possible. I think it’s possible to practice so much that you’re perfect. But I think it would be a lot more right to say that practice might make perfect but it probably just makes you a lot better than you are now. Which is still good. It’s just not perfect. Like, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t practice. But you shouldn’t practice thinking you’re going to get perfect, because you’re probably not. And that would just be really disappointing. (And if you’re…
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    All You Need Is A Good Idea!

  • How can you get on this list?

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

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

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

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

    Jay H. Heyman
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    I am saddened to have to say goodbye to the e-trade baby. They are killing the kid (metaphorically), and replacing him with a talking cat. I really liked the campaign, and though I never bought the underlying premise that trading with e-trade is so easy a baby could do it, I thought it had many good points. Not the least of which was that it stood out from a bunch of competitors. I am sure they have good reasons for this change; research, focus groups, changing economic times, new competition, lower market share, a desire for a new message, possibly even the old classic excuse, corporate…
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    Bplans Blog

  • 11 Things Only Parents Can Teach Their Kids About Business

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

    Lisa Furgison
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Thousands of business owners have turned to Kickstarter, an online fundraising site, to help raise capital for new ventures. Raising capital for your business isn’t easy, which is why so many entrepreneurs are attracted to Kickstarter. If you’ve got an idea, you can create a page on Kickstarter, highlight your project, and ask backers to support the idea financially. The site so far has raised $988 million for more than 56,000 projects. While an online campaign may seem like an easy way to dig up grassroots funding, it’s not as easy as just setting up a site and collecting…
  • How to Start Your Business and Keep Your Day Job (Without Going Nuts)

    Kelly Gurnett
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Testing out your idea for a new business before you quit your day job is always a wise idea. It gives you a chance to make sure you really enjoy working for yourself and that your business is economically viable, while still allowing you the financial security of a steady paycheck. It can be a great way to “test-drive” your entrepreneurial dreams. That said, having a side hustle is by no means easy. In fact, one of the things it winds up testing, inadvertently, is whether you’ve got the dedication and motivation it will take to be an entrepreneur. If you can manage the stress of day…
  • Americans Are Quitting Their Jobs and Pursuing Entrepreneurship

    David Nilssen
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The number of Americans quitting their jobs is at a 5-year high, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Entrepreneurial activity has also been on the rise as of late, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. Could these trends be related? I’d say so. The number of Americans quitting their jobs is at a 5-year high, and the number of entrepreneurs is growing, too. During the recession, Americans were staying put in their jobs even if they were unhappy. Recently, however, people are feeling much more confident in their ability to find a soft landing if they jump ship. Some of…
  • What No One Ever Tells You About Business Failures

    Tim Berry
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    The mythology of failure rates is greatly exaggerated, I think. Not that you’re not going to do it anyhow, just like I did, but, for the record, you know they say seven out of ten startups fail within three years, and that comes from research that was done. But more and more there is an alternate group of sort of naysayers, and I think I’m one of them, who says, “Yeah, but those statistics are wrong because they just work on legal records, government statistics on businesses starting and businesses failing, and they forget the fact that some significant percentage of…
 
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    SiliconBeat

  • Americans both optimistic, pessimistic about future of tech

    Levi Sumagaysay
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:26 am
    Americans expect “great breakthroughs” in technology and science in the next 50 years, and the majority of them think those advances will be mostly positive, according to a new Pew...
  • Lyft launches program to drive for charity

    Heather Somerville
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
    Ridesharing service Lyft announced Thursday a new charity service to deliver supplies to the needy and offer free rides to the elderly or sick. Through Lyft for Good, a nationwide program, drivers...
  • Does Yahoo want to be Apple’s mobile search engine?

    Brandon Bailey
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    The Internets are abuzz with a juicy report that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is launching a bold move to supplant Google as the default search engine on Apple’s popular iPhones and iPads. But like so...
  • Oracle issues more fixes for bug-prone Java

    Steve Johnson
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    Oracle has just issued another raft of fixes for its widely used Java software, which has a reputation as one of the buggiest products on the market. Over the past year, the Redwood City tech giant...
  • On topic: Tech news to know now

    Levi Sumagaysay
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    We’re serving up your Thursday tech tapas. Most analysts reportedly still like Google stock, but the company’s shares are down more than 4 percent as of this post, the day after its...
 
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    Chief Home Officer Home Office, Home-Based Business, Remote Work, Telework & Cloud Computing

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • When Investing in a Startup, What Rights Should You Have?

    Rieva Lesonsky
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Cliff Ennico “I am a retired entrepreneur – I turned a $7 million company into a $60 million company and then sold it. I’ve joined a group of angel investors. We meet once a month and review business plans for startup companies in our area. And yes, we socialize and sometimes have a drink or two. Most of the startups we look at are ‘not ready for prime time,’ but at an entrepreneurship event sponsored by a local college I became acquainted with a startup that I may want to help out, both personally with my time and contacts and financially with a reasonable amount of my money.
  • Droidpak: A Windows Malware which Infects Android Devices

    Rieva Lesonsky
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    By James Edwards Symantec researches recently found a Windows threat that tries to infect Android devices. The threat involves malware, but it can be prevented. If you own an Android device, you may not have been thinking much about protection from malware. Unfortunately, just like any other type of computer-related technology, your device might be at risk for attack. This is a concern for many people with these devices. Symantec researchers note this is the first time they are aware of Windows malware that has been specifically designed to infect Android devices. Up until recently, it had…
  • The Essential Ingredients for your Startup Victory: People and Products.

    Rieva Lesonsky
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Rob Young Anyone faced with the daunting prospect of launching their own startup will inevitably come to a point where they feel swamped by an avalanche of information and advice. To avoid the suffocating effect this can have on you it doesn’t hurt from time to time to take a deep breath and remember that ultimately there are just two essential ingredients to every startup victory: people and products. Your Product. What makes your product or service stand out from the crowd? It could be the quality, price, ease of use, or its aesthetical appeal – it doesn’t matter what the…
  • Is Your Online Video Consistent With Your Business Image?

    Karen Axelton
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Kevin D. Johnson, Jr.  Marketing consistency is the key for any brand or company. Many small business owners put a great deal of value in their logos, blog design, website and custom social media pages, but fail to realize that it’s just as important to have the videos they post on their websites, blogs and social media pages reflect the same level of quality as the other forms of marketing. When your web videos and your other branding efforts don’t reflect the same quality, It’s like buying a new suit but wearing old tennis shoes with flapping soles. It can paint a confusing…
  • Tools that Help to Curb the Feeling of Social Isolation in Virtual Workers

    Rieva Lesonsky
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Peter Davidson Virtual work is slowly becoming the norm, and an increased number of people are working from the comfort of their own homes. Loneliness may be one of the few negative aspects of working remotely. Without the daily interactions, meetings, and griping that occur in a traditional work place, loneliness can creep in and even affect the work of a remote employee. Just as advances in technology have made it easier than ever to work remotely, there are many tools that can ease loneliness in virtual employees. Skype Skype is a fun way to interact with people from all around the…
 
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    Lip-Sticking

  • Home & Family and the Hallmark Channel celebrate season 2 with the Renew-It-All Sweepstakes

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

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

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

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

    Donna DeClemente
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    By Donna DeClemente, Donna's Promo Talk Tomorrow is the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament, the first PGA major of the year. Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia has been the host of this yearly tournament since 1934. This year the biggest talk of the tournament has been that Tiger Woods will not be playing in the Masters for the first time in 20 years because of a back injury. Tiger recently announced he had a successful surgery for a pinched nerve that has been hurting him for several months. Phil Mickelson, a three-time Masters champion and the reigning Open Championship winner, is…
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    OnStartups

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • For Brands, Facebook Is Now a Content Publisher — Not a Community

    Robert Rose
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    “It’s time for marketers to treat Facebook as the publisher it has become.” Earlier this month, at Content Marketing World Sydney, I made this exact statement in response to a question I received — and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. Much has been made of the decline in organic reach for Facebook brand pages. Most recently, EdgeRank Checker published research on April 1 (and it was no joke). Organic reach for most Facebook pages currently hovers around 6.5 percent — down from 17 percent a mere 24 months ago. Some have theorized that this is…
  • How to Audit Your Website Content for SEO

    Amanda DiSilvestro
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Website content audits for SEO purposes have had a negative stigma associated with them for quite some time. It’s true that they can be tedious and time consuming, but by now most content marketers know that they are absolutely necessary for driving website success. Thanks to Google’s frequent algorithm updates and improvements, SEO rules and best practices are constantly changing. Reevaluating your SEO and your strategies is one of the only ways to stay on top of these changes and continue to move your website content forward. An SEO website audit doesn’t have to be…
  • How to Spot True Social Media Talent Amongst the ‘Experts’

    Jonathan Crossfield
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    How many social media experts does it take to change a light bulb? Never mind; we’ll come back to that. But first let’s look at what we mean by the term “social media expert” in the first place: “You’re a master of Farmville, know the best filters for sunset photos on Instagram, and Stephen Fry once replied to you on Twitter… so why not become a social media expert? All you need is a simple WordPress blog, an account in each of the major networks, and HootSuite installed on your laptop, and you too could be charging high hourly fees for generic advice…
  • Auditing Your Social Media Content: 5 Issues to Tackle

    Anthony Gaenzle
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:14 am
    I wrote an article recently about there being no such thing as a “quick” content audit, which led me to start thinking about the same process as it relates to social media content. Social media is such an effective method of distributing and amplifying your content that, in my mind, the channels and pages that you use as a part of your social media marketing campaign deserve just as much care and attention. The same basic principles discussed in my previous article apply when conducting a social media audit — you simply can’t cut corners and expect to achieve great…
  • Blog Marketing: 4 Steps for Drawing Attention to Your Posts

    Greg Digneo
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    You know you’re in a fight right? No, you won’t be throwing kicks and punches, but you are in a bloody scrap to win the attention of your customers. The blogosphere is a noisy, congested space where everyone is shouting at the top of their lungs trying to get noticed. According to Digital Buzz Blog, there are 2 million blog posts published each day. And each one is screaming for attention. If you are like me, you’ve tried everything the “experts” preach in order to get your posts noticed: You tried writing every single day. You tried writing short posts. You…
 
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    Mario Sanchez Carrion

  • The Smoking Room

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

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

  • Words Decision Makers Love to Hear

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

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

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

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

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

  • Lead Qualification: Webinar marketing strategy boosts conversion 500%

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

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

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

    info@meclabs.com
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetIf you want a snapshot of the user experience on your websites from the perspective of your prospects, just ask them. This is exactly what James Coulter, Marketing Optimization Specialist, Sophos, did to better understand how prospects were engaging the organization’s website. James shared some of Sophos’ user feedback that he really took to heart during his presentation at Optimization Summit 2013. “I really wanted our website to be something that would help them in their purchasing decisions,” James explained. I would wager there are many B2B marketers reading this who receive…
  • Marketing 101: How to get started in lead generation

    info@meclabs.com
    17 Mar 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetI was recently reading your blog “Lead Generation: Who knows the customer better – Marketing or Sales?“ on b2bleadblog.com. It’s been really fascinating to me to try and figure all this sales and qualifying a lead thing out. I’ve been employed to do a tough task in a small composite company that doesn’t have the finances to employ specialists. Do you have any advice or books on how to effectively get leads and qualify them and the processes involved in doing so? Kind regards, Philip La Trobe, business development analyst (A young man employed to revamp a…
 
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    About.com Entrepreneurs

  • Taking Stock After Tax Time

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

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

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

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

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

  • Taking Innovation Training to the Next Level: Integration With Employee Networks

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

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

    Jean-Philippe Deschamps
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:02 pm
    In its research report “CEO Challenge 2014, ”[1] The Conference Board lists the ten most important challenges facing CEOs in 2014. Innovation ranks N°3 in this survey of 1,020 responses, on a par with operational excellence. Innovation was the N°1 issue in 2012, and in 2014 it is still the N°1 challenge in China. This article (in a series of seven) looks at the theme of innovation governance from a top management angle.
  • Managing consumer behavior in ideation contests

    Alexandra Gatzweiler, Vera Blazevic and Frank T. Piller
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Increasingly many consumers are interested in becoming an active part in idea generation. The increasing online connectedness and emerging methods and platforms for co-creation provide consumers with the opportunity to play a greater role in the exchanges with companies and their value creation. The TIM Research Group of RWTH Aachen University is working on a study about the management of ideation contests, and seeking the input of InnovationManagement.se readers.
  • Can Innovation Be Learnt?

    Anthony Ferrier
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    The first whitepaper in this series focused on the benefits generated from training employees in innovation skills. A natural extension of that approach is to now focus on what innovation training really means to an organization. In other words, what actually is innovation training, and more importantly, can innovation be learnt?
 
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    Freelance Folder

  • Easy Accounting Tools for Your Freelance Business

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

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

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

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

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

  • All Dressed Up and Ready to Go Global

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    iStock/ThinkstockWhere are the current revenue-generating opportunities on the horizon?  E-commerce and apparel manufacturers.  Put them together and you have a perfect formula for global growth.  As stock analyst Bridget Weishaar writes for Morningstar:We think modern technologies and consumer preferences demand an entirely different skill set from companies than in the past. In fact, we think current innovations have given companies an unprecedented opportunity to develop direct relationships with their customers [and the chance to expand in growing global markets] to…
  • Franchising Has Gone Global

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Photodisc/ThinkstockWhat's the big industry trend or hot topic these days at franchising conventions?  Take it global.  That's what Chad Finkelstein says at the Financial Post.  He adds:I have no empirical evidence to support my position on this, but I think the appeal of international franchising is guided by one or a combination of the following: the cache and promotional benefits of being able to claim your franchise concept transcends borders; a strategic choice based on identified market trends; favourable economic and regulatory conditions that remove certain barriers to…
  • The Accidental Exporter

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:47 am
    iStock/ThinkstockAre you an accidental exporter?  You react to opportunities that come your way as opposed to preparing well in advance for them?  That's the difference between an accidental exporter and an intentional exporter. An intentional exporter does his or her homework, makes exporting a strategic priority and identifies overseas growth opportunities for the business."Despite the instantaneous exposure to global markets through the web, many small businesses are not prepared for dealing with customers overseas and are becoming ‘accidental exporters’, having not planned…
  • Web Technology Enables Remote Coaching From Anywhere in the World

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:43 pm
    iStock/ThinkstockWeb technology allows us to sell products and goods everywhere provided the customer has an Internet connection.  Take career coaching, a fast-growing and largely unregulated market. A decade ago the Kentucky-based International Coach Federation had 2,100 members; that number has since grown eightfold, to 16,600.In 2004 the Harvard Business Review estimated that executive coaching alone was a $1 billion industry. Aided by Web technology that enables remote coaching from anywhere, the business is gaining ground in some unexpected corners of the world.Read more:  An…
  • Embrace Spring

    12 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
    ©2014 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.“Don't go fighting against the Spring.” - E.M. Forster, A Room with a View(Photo taken on the 28th floor at 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois)
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    Entrance Software » Blog

  • SharePoint Trends for 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • Impatience Killed the Blog (Revive It!)

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

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

    Alyson Stanfield
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    In my last post, I made the case that your blog is a gold mine for you. What I didn’t say is that it’s only a gold mine if you are consistently committed to blogging and to improving with each post. You can only fulfill this commitment with rich content. But what do you write about and where do you find it? It’s probably not under the wood boards of the deck, but you never know. On pages 143-44 of I’d Rather Be in the Studio, I lay out 32 specific ideas for newsletter or blog post content. But before you can make that list useful to you, you must know your purpose.
  • The Gold Mine in Your Artist Blog

    Alyson Stanfield
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    Last week I asked how you’re going to be marketing your art differently now that Facebook Reach is plummeting. It’s tempting to just jump to another social media site. Google+ anyone?. I would encourage you, as I always have, to build up content on your site first. As this Facebook brouhaha has reminded us, we don’t own social media sites. Their stockholders do. We will never be in control of what they do with their platforms or how they make money. But we do own and can control our own sites. We can build up beautiful content, links, and Google juice on a blog. Wouldn’t you rather…
  • Twitter Tweekly for April 6, 2014

    Alyson Stanfield
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:47 am
    Others might take issue, but I say these are my top tweets from the past two weeks. Please Share with the Art Biz Coach Community <With Facebook’s new algorithm, not enough artists are seeing this post. It’s important to share your accomplishments.> It’s Brag Saturday on my FB page! C’mon over and tell us what you’ve been doing facebook.com/artbizcoach/ph… Evaluating your art instructors. What did you like/dislike. Share on the Art Biz Blog artbizblog.com/2014/03/evalua… Art, Artists, Art World Who’s Buying What? 10 Surprising Facts survey of…
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    Meryl's Notes Blog at meryl.net by Writer Meryl K. Evans

  • Don't let your content marketing be cursed

    Meryl K Evans
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:33 am
    Concept of brain image from Big Stock Hank Stroll, one of my first clients and a dear friend, would occasionally reply to my email with a chuckle telling me I’m doing what his wife does. He explained that his wife and I sometimes had a tendency to talk about something and he’d have no clue what we’re talking about. Like he entered the middle of a conversation. “Talk to me like I don’t know anything,” he’d write. I fell victim to the curse of knowledge. And it’s everywhere. Maybe even in your company’s content. It could be the website or…
  • A Content Marketing Fail That Doesn’t Have to Happen

    Meryl K Evans
    15 Jan 2014 | 7:16 am
    Red shed image from Big Stock As we planned to move back to Texas and buy our first home, Paul (rockin’ better half) and I decided to start fresh. We sold most of the furniture we had at our place in Washington, D.C. Although our new home was barren for a while, one of the first things we shopped for was a bedroom set. I always liked the one my parents had that came with shelves and a built-in reading light. We found something similar, but excitement turned to disappointment when the furniture arrived. The set was fine as it was what we expected. It was the color that was wrong. Since…
  • Stop the Stupidity!

    Meryl K Evans
    19 Nov 2013 | 11:02 am
    I grew up playing all kinds of sports even football. The flag kind, but it was still football. You name it … I tried it at least once. Dang! How did you come up with hockey? In all fairness, hockey didn’t have many fans in Texas unless they were transplants. So youth hockey was nonexistent until the Stars moved to Dallas from Minnesota. Because of sports, I developed a habit of exercising as a kid. Eventually, team sports faded and I relied on boring cardio machines and dumbbells to put the heart through the paces and keep the muscles from melting away. Really, I don’t mind…
  • Reaching Out to Readers on Social Media

    Meryl K Evans
    23 Oct 2013 | 6:07 am
    Welcome to meryl’s notes blog (this here place you’re lookin’ at) in Plano, Texas. We’re honored to be a stop in Eleanor Vincent’s WOW! Women On Writing Blog tour. We’re giving away a copy of her moving memoir Swimming with Maya: A Mother’s Story. Read on to see how you can win. If you want to keep up with tweets on this book, the hashtag is #SWMaya. Reaching Out to Readers on Social Media by Eleanor Vincent In an age when you can download a book to your e-reader in 9 seconds that costs less than the movie playing at your local Multiplex, what is the…
  • Content Marketing Gone Zombie

    Meryl K Evans
    2 Oct 2013 | 2:32 pm
    Zombies are in. I think its popularity started with PopCap Games’ “Plants vs. Zombies,” which took up many hours of what little free time I had. Now, I wasn’t the likely candidate to be a fan of the game because I’m so not a fan of horror. Yet PopCap created a cute and fun game. Yes, I said cute in referring to a game with brain-eating creatures. C’mon. It has a dancing zombie with backup dancers. Admit it. That’s cute. Zombies Everywhere That’s the extent of my interest in zombies. I will not read “World War Z.” I will not view its…
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    Making Business Social

  • Oprah Winfrey

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

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

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

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

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

  • Pam Abrahamsson: Innerpreneur Spotlight

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

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

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

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

  • My Chat with Peter Smith of Golden Spiral Creative

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

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

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

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

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

  • Promising Startups Recognized by Water Technology Nonprofit

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

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

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

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

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

  • [Infographic] Consumer Payment Preferences

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

    Lisa Hephner
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a small business owner you probably know that social media is an important marketing channel. But, you may have questions about exactly how to best implement a social media marketing strategy tailored to your type of business and your particular customer base. Simply searching the web for how-tos and advice can deliver a deluge of posts and articles. However, it is hard to know how reputable this advice is, and how relevant it is for your small business specifically. While there is certainly something to be said for expert third party advice, no one knows the interworking of social media…
  • Leverage Customers to Increase Marketing for Your Business

    Graham McBain
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    Whether you know it or not, your current customer base falls into four main categories, and how you manage that portfolio of customers can make a difference to the bottom-line. In the Ultimate Guide to Small Business Financial Management  we show you how determine  which customers fit where by plotting their satisfaction with your business vs. the revenue they bring in. After you bucket your customers, you can effectively convert your existing client base into more revenue and increased exposure for your business. One category of customer,  “The Marketing Opportunities” might not…
  • PaySimple Safe from Heartbleed

    Lisa Hephner
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    You’ve probably heard about the Heartbleed SSL vulnerability that is compromising secure Internet communication worldwide. If you’re concerned about your PaySimple account, don’t worry– PaySimple systems are NOT AFFECTED by Heartbleed. If you haven’t heard about the threat, or have simply heard the name but not the details, here are the key points: The Heartbleed Threat Heartbleed allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of OpenSSL software. This means that even if you see an “https” in your browser url bar, and…
  • How Better Invoicing Can Get You Paid Faster

    Mark Pickart
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    You’ve gotten a new customer to try your business and have provided them with your top-notch service or product.  Now all you need to do is collect your payment…easy, right? Well, as it turns out, not always. One of the biggest frustrations I hear from small business owners I work with each day is that they have problems getting a customer to pay on-time, which then leads to cash-flow problems because they can’t pay a vendor, or start one of the many new projects they are interested in pursuing.  The numbers agree…according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 53% of small…
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • A Sneak Peak at Our New Mobile App

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

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

    Emily Farrar
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    For the second year in a row, Shoeboxed is proud to be a sponsor of PARADOXOS, a one-of-a-kind festival in downtown Durham, N.C. This year’s festival will pack ideas, collaboration, fun and innovation into April 9-12, 2014. The schedule includes events that will show off all the awesome stuff happening in the tech, art, food, music, beer and nightlife scenes in Durham. PARADOXOS features a wide variety of events so it’s sure to appeal to everyone, including the construction of a Rube Goldberg machine, a pub crawl, a trivia night, a dynamic speaker event called The NEXT, art…
  • The Top 5 Document Scanners for Small Businesses

    Emily Farrar
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    If your small business is ready to go paperless, you’re going to need a powerful document scanner to take you from hard copy-zero to digitized hero. Some of the best digital scanners available today are single-function scanners that are designed specifically to turn documents, receipts, and business cards into editable, exportable, searchable data. If you’re serious about going paperless, one of those dinky, multi-function scanner/printer/fax hybrids just won’t cut it. Top scanners are able to: Detect document size Scan large stacks of documents at once Scan multiple pages per minute…
  • When Uncle Sam Screws Up: What to do if the IRS loses your refund

    Emily Farrar
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:50 am
    If the IRS loses your refund, or refunds the wrong amount, or just never sends your refund at all, no problem! Simply call ‘em up, let them know you haven’t received your funds, and watch as the missing money magically appears in your bank account. Right? Unfortunately, a missing or inaccurate tax return refund can be really difficult to track down. Long wait times on the phone and the inability to simply text Uncle Sam to get the issue resolved can mean waiting weeks, months, even over a year to get your money back. Here is what you can do to make sure a lost refund ends up in the hands…
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    Small Biz Bee

  • Choosing the Right Source of Business Finance for Your Business

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

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

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

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

    smallbizbee
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:26 pm
    We have seen many exciting trends in 2013 that significantly affected the way companies go about their marketing campaigns. Monetization and visual marketing were on the rise and had most influence. Are they going to continue to spread in 2014 or will some new trends take the initiative? Companies large and small are waiting in anticipation to implement new trends in their social media marketing campaigns. So, without further ado, there are the predictions for new social media marketing trends in the new 2014. Apps and Mobile Phone Coverage Despite the growth of smart phones…
 
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    Home Office Envy

  • So, I Wish you Have a Happy Swimming!

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

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

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

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

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

  • TONIGHT! Stories and Beer: Farm-to-Bottle Entrepreneurship

    Marissa Rosen
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Join us at the Impact HUB SF - or online - for “Stories & Beer” on April 17th when Nick Aster will be chatting with Almanac and Headlands Breweries.The post TONIGHT! Stories and Beer: Farm-to-Bottle Entrepreneurship appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Coastal Ecosystem Restoration Yields Remarkable Returns

    Andrew Burger
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Returns of $15:1 and more job creation than offshore oil & gas development are among the economic benefits of coastal ecosystem restoration projects, according to a study of projects on three U.S. coasts by the Center for American Progress and Oxfam America.The post Coastal Ecosystem Restoration Yields Remarkable Returns appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Energy Efficiency: The Nation’s Cheapest Energy Resource

    Mike Hower
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    What method of electricity generation is cheaper than solar, wind, oil or even coal? Trick question; it’s energy you don’t need to produce in the first place. Energy efficiency programs aimed at reducing energy waste cost utilities only about 3 cents per kilowatt hour, while generating the same amount of electricity from sources such as fossil fuels can cost two to three times more, according to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).The post Energy Efficiency: The Nation’s Cheapest Energy Resource appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet,…
  • Walmart’s New LED Light Fixtures to Save $34,000 per Store

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Walmart recently announced that it will buy LED ceiling lighting fixtures for new supercenters in the U.S., stores in Asia and Latin America, and Asda locations in the U.K.The post Walmart’s New LED Light Fixtures to Save $34,000 per Store appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Fighting the Descent Into Oligarchy with Corporate Social Responsibility

    3p Contributor
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    A recent study from political science professors at Princeton and Northwestern concludes that America is, as the incomparable Hamilton Nolan put it, actually more like an oligarchy than a democracy. In other words, it is corporations and wealthy individuals -- not unions, public interest organizations or regular humans -- who control the levers of power in America.The post Fighting the Descent Into Oligarchy with Corporate Social Responsibility appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
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  • 7 Signs You Aren’t Earning Enough

    Michele A Scism
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    When was the last time you looked at a salespage from (fill in the name of your nearest competitor) and thought “I am just as good as she is – why is she charging *that much* (some amount 2 to 3 times more than you charge for a nearly identical program)? Urrgh!.” Sometimes that feeling is jealousy pure and simple and you just need to raise your prices and get on with your life. But, other times, that green eyed monster is a sign of a (very common) problem that will stop your business dead in its tracks. The question to ask yourself – Are you an underearner? According to Barbara…
  • How To Create An Effective Facebook Ad

    Meredith Eisenberg
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    At some point, it becomes worth it to pay for some extra exposure. A good place to start is Facebook. For as little as $5 a day, you can reach hundreds of very targeted visitors. According to Pew Research, 71% of adults who use social media are now on Facebook, you can reach more of your target audience for a very small investment. Here are some tips for creating a Facebook Ad that work: 1. Know Your Ideal Client Profile One of the huge advantages of Facebook is that you can finely target who sees your ad. You can target by age, gender, hobby, other people the person is following, geography…
  • Change and You-Use Affirmations to Shape Your Time!

    Paula Eder
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Change is a fact of life. Whether it’s change that we choose, change that evolves over time, or change that arrives suddenly, change is disruptive… and change changes us! There are the changes that come with aging. They arrive gradually but can feel sudden when they enter our consciousness. There are the changes that come from our environment, and there are the changes we choose – the new habits we nurture … or the old ones that we decide to let go of. Sudden or gradual, chosen or not, the one thing that we have absolute control over is how we respond to change. And that’s where the…
  • 68 Seconds to Creation!

    Karen Cappello
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    When I began my coaching practice, I was very intrigued by the concept of manifestation. I listened to hours and hours of Abraham-Hicks audios. I read Laura Day, Catherine Ponder and Wayne Dyer, and was very intent on unlocking the secret to instant manifestation. In fact, this concept still intrigues me to this day. The idea that pure thought, held for a certain period of time, could replace hours and even years of action in the creation process was one that I played with a lot in those days. In fact, it was said that 17 seconds of pure positive thought energy would equal 2,000…
  • Cash Flow, Profitability and Bookkeeping

    Susan Martin
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Larry runs a marketing company in a suburb of Chicago. He’s had a lot of success over the past year, but you’d never know it from what was happening with his bank account. It seemed that whenever he sat down to write payroll checks or pay vendors he always came up short and often couldn’t afford to cash his own paycheck. When Larry first called me, he had just bounced a couple of checks to key vendors, and was very concerned about cash flow. He seemed anxious to get this problem solved as quickly as possible. I asked him for a recent set of financials including a Profit and Loss…
 
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  • Hiring Smarter: Creating Music in Retail

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

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

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

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

    Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:20 am
    Macy’s annual flower show is in full bloom at their flagship store in NYC (and a few other locations) now. If you are in the area, make a trip as it has to be one of the last vestiges of when department stores used events to differentiate one over the other. I was in their store last year and saw long-term employees who were very proud it was their thirty-ninth show; you could see it in their smiles and hear it in their voices. Smaller stores still do events such as book signings, story time, trunk shows, parties, live music, movie launches and new product arrivals.  All in the goal of…
 
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  • Chinese Government Admits One-Fifth Of Country's Farmland Is Polluted

    Associated Press
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:56 pm
    BEIJING (AP) — China's government says in a report that nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is polluted, mostly from yearslong accumulations of toxins from factories, mining and agriculture. The report raises sharp concerns about the country's food safety after years of unbridled industrialization. Results of a nationwide survey of soil samples taken from 2005 through last year show contamination in 16.1 percent of the country's soil overall and 19.4 percent of its arable land. More than 80 percent of the pollution is the result of inorganic toxins, with the top three identified…
  • Police Officers Raided Someone's Home Over A Fake Twitter Account

    Paul Szoldra
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Setting up a satirical or parody Twitter account could land you in jail, according to Peoria, Ill. police. Police officers raided a home on Tuesday hoping to nab the person behind the now-suspended Twitter account of @PeoriaMayor — seizing computers, phones, and bringing in several people for questioning, AP reported. "They brought me in like I was a criminal," Michelle Pratt, 27, told the Peoria-Journal Star. "They said they had a search warrant and took all the electronic devices that had Internet access. They said there had been an Internet crime that occurred at this residence." The…
  • These Are The Crazy Things Americans Think Will Be Possible By 2064

    Lisa Eadicicco
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    A world where teleportation is possible and human organs are primarily grown in labs may only be 50 years away. At least that's what Americans think, according to a new survey. The Pew Research Center has published a new study detailing how Americans see the future of technology and science. Pew conducted a phone poll of 1,001 American adults living in all 50 states between February 13 and 18 to come up with its results.  Here are some of Pew's most interesting finds: 39% of those polled believe that scientists will have developed the technology to teleport objects. 33% expect that…
  • Essential Tips For Saving Time In Google Search And The Chrome Browser

    Lisa Eadicicco
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Have you ever gotten frustrated after combing through search results that aren't even related to what you're seeking? Or how about having to repeatedly press the back button in Google Chrome to find that website you saw about eight pages ago? Google is loaded with tips and tricks that make it easier to search for content and navigate websites. Even if you've read dozens of tip articles and claim you're a Google expert, chances are there are a few hidden gems you've yet to uncover. Here are a few hacks that will help you zip around Google Search and Google Chrome like a pro. Use two periods to…
  • Man Convicted After Selling $2.6 Million In Cheap Batteries The US Navy Used On Ships

    Associated Press
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Southern California man who fled the U.S. to live on his yacht has been convicted of selling the U.S. military more than $2.6 million in cheap, knock-off batteries that were used in aircraft carriers and submarines. Federal prosecutors say Didier (Did-ee-yay) De Nier was convicted Wednesday of conspiracy and wire fraud. His wife previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy. De Nier was CEO of a company that sold the government 80,000 batteries that were used as emergency backup power for Navy vessels. Authorities say De Nier and his workers removed "Made in China"…
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  • Best of the IdeaCast

    HBR IdeaCast
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Featuring Jeff Bezos, Howard Schultz, Francis Ford Coppola, Maya Angelou, Nancy Koehn, Rob Goffee, Gareth Jones, Cathy Davidson, and Mark Blyth. Download this podcast
  • How to Have an Honest Data-Driven Debate

    Michael Schrage
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Malcolm Gladwell of bestselling Tipping Point and Outliersfame proposed a delightfully provocative way to begin his onstage debate with Sports Gene author David Epstein about whether practice or genetics is the better guarantor of professional success. But instead of launching directly into argument, said Gladwell, they’d start by summarizing their opponent’s best arguments. The exceedingly careful, precise and thoughtful characterizations of each other’s position that followed proved remarkably entertaining and informative. More importantly, it facilitated one of the…
  • Help Your Employees Find Flow

    Terri Griffith
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Holacracy. Results-Only Work Environments. These new, more flexible ways of working may be a step too far for many organizations. Still, greater employee freedom can create a better sense of “flow,” which enhances engagement, retention, and performance. This can be achieved by loosening your grip on work practices — but you don’t have to let go completely: remove obstacles, set boundaries and meaningful goals, then let work take its course. Stefan Groschupf, founder and CEO of Datameer, a big data analytics company, talked with me about how he tries to reduce negative…
  • The Secret Ingredient in GE’s Talent-Review System

    Raghu Krishnamoorthy
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    GE is often highlighted as an organization that develops some of the most effective leaders. Most companies have a version of the talent-review system we use at GE. But judging from what I hear from managers of companies that visit us to benchmark our system, the difference between our approach and theirs does not lie in forms, rankings, tools, or technologies. It lies in the intensity of the discussion about performance and values. The debate, the dialogue, and the time taken to have an exhaustive view of an individual − evaluating them based on both what they accomplish and how they lead…
  • The Two Questions Every Manager Must Ask

    Freek Vermeulen
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    When something seems too good to be true, it usually is. And management techniques, practices, and strategies are no different. When you read a business book or attend a presentation on a particular management practice, it is a good habit to explicitly ask, “What might it not be good for?” When might it not work; what could be its drawbacks? If the presenter’s answer is “there are none,” a healthy dose of skepticism is warranted. Because that’s unfortunately not how life works, and that’s not how organizations work. It relates to what Michael Porter meant with being “stuck in…
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  • 10 Minute Guide to Increasing Supply Chain Visibility

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

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

    1 Mar 2014 | 12:20 am
    Hosted VoIP makes businesses look professional, run more efficiently, and grow more profitable. But pervasive myths are keeping some businesses from taking advantage of this high-growth, proven technology. Don't miss out on the benefits of VoIP because of misinformation about mobility, ease of use, sound quality, and the appropriateness of VoIP for small businesses, where it really excels.Download this Executive Brief to debunk 3 myths about VoIP-based business phone service.Request Free!
  • Business Growing Pains: 5 Ways VoIP Helps

    1 Mar 2014 | 12:20 am
    In particular, communication systems often become a stumbling block for small businesses trying to expand.Read this eGuide to learn how companies like yours use VoIP to deal with the problems of growth, including:Containing expansion costsMinimizing relocation downtimeAnswering increasing phone trafficHandling remote worker issuesGetting taken seriously as an emerging businessRequest Free!
  • The Cost Advantages of Using a Hosted Unified Communications Service

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

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

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

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

    Laurel Delaney
    22 Mar 2014 | 5:34 pm
    According to Gemma Bulos in her article “Water, Dignity and Sustainable Livelihoods for Women in Kenya,” women outnumber male entrepreneurs in developing economies because they face higher barriers to entry in the formal labor market and have to resort to entrepreneurship as a way out of poverty. From Africa to Asia and elsewhere around the globe, the containers, the clothes, and the scenery may be different but the experience is the same. Women carry the weight of water on their backs, literally and figuratively. Worldwide, it is estimated that on a single day women can spend…
  • Gains in Women’s Status and Gender Equality Worldwide

    Laurel Delaney
    15 Mar 2014 | 6:04 pm
    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program released Women’s Lives and Challenges: Equality and Empowerment since 2000 (PDF, 18171K), a report that assesses gains in women’s status and gender equality worldwide. This report, among the most extensive recent assessments of women’s status, looks at women’s progress in four continents and more than 45 countries.  Women’s Lives and Challenges evaluates trends in women’s employment, domestic decision-making, exposure to violence, and access to education and…
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  • How Learning An Additional Language Could Influence Your Business

    Cheryl Conner
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Countries beyond the U.S. (like Britain for example) have established progressive initiatives to make their workforce more multilingual to improve their economic advantages. Yet the issue goes largely unaddressed in America, author Benny Lewis maintains.
  • Bill Cassidy Providing Emergency Assistance To Wealthy Televangelists

    Peter J Reilly
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Bill Cassidy, Republican Congressman from Baton Rouge, LA and physician was in the news last week as he provided emergency treatment to a fellow passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight.  He may well have gained one more vote in his Senate race.
  • Rating Restaurants On How Socially Responsible They Are

    Anne Field
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Social enterprise SWICH rates restaurants according to how socially responsible they are, aiming to boost patronage of such establishments.
  • Small Inflow To High Yield Mutual Funds Decimated By ETF Outflows

    Matthew Fuller
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Retail-cash outflows to high-yield funds totaled $223 million in the week ended April 16, as a $292 million withdrawal from exchange-traded funds wiped out a $69 million infusion to the mutual fund segment, according to Lipper. This is the second inverse reading in this manner in four weeks.
  • Private Equity's New Macro Challenges

    Bain Insights
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:58 pm
    For decades, private equity (PE) firms made money by focusing on the microeconomics of businesses and letting the macro conditions take care of themselves. While investors focused on industry dynamics and company performance, macro factors such as currency movements, monetary policy, technological changes and demographics faded into the background.
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    The Rise To The Top: Helping you generate big time revenue through your own online products & programs

  • The 7 Most Important Tweaks You Can Make To Your Website To 3x/4x Your List In The Next 6 Months

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

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

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

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

    David Siteman Garland
    14 Feb 2014 | 8:59 am
    Who is ready for a brand spankin’ new mini lesson? *raises hand* Here is a problem faced by mediapreneurs of all experience levels (from bright eyed bushy tailed newbie to seasoned veteren): How often should you send emails out to your list on a weekly basis? Now, I’m not talking about special things you might be doing (like a webinar or a free video series or something), I’m talking just in any given week, how many emails should you send (and when)? If you haven’t thought about this before, don’t freak out. A few years ago, I didn’t either. I would send…
 
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    Online sales proposals | Mimiran

  • Streamlined Copying of Quotes for Proposal Templates

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

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

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

    Reuben
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:29 am
    We’ve all heard how when you assume, you make an ass out of you and me. In sales, we’re taught to never assume anything, to always ask open-ended questions to understand the customer’s real issues. This advice is usually great, except for one key exception, which Jill Konrath highlights. (Go watch her video now, it’s only 90 seconds.) If I may paraphrase Jill Konrath, I think of this as “assume that you can help– if so, what symptoms might you expect to see? And what benefit would the customer get from fixing the underlying issues?” You might be…
  • If You’re Getting Pushback on Price, You’re Probably Not Proving Value

    Reuben
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:09 am
    If your prospects push back on your price, you’re not giving them the right value. Let’s talk about what happens in the worst case, when sales reps just toss out some numbers without even really understanding the customer’s problem. Of course the prospect will push back on price. It’s the only thing they have. Hopefully, you’ve done your homework and followed the advice of Marc Wayshak’s article 3 Ways to Build Value, you know your prospect’s challenges, understand their goals, and have clear objectives for the project. However, if you don’t…
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    Business.com B2B Online Marketing Blog

  • 14 Resources to Reference When Writing a Blog Post

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

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

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

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

    Rob Canning
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    You’ve crafted your blog strategy, painstakingly laid out an editorial calendar, and spent countless hours (and perhaps precious cash) creating blog posts for your business.  How do you know if your effort is paying off? Determining whether your blog strategy is failing or succeeding can be achieved with a few simple steps. 1. Start by Understanding Your Goals First and most importantly, understand the goal of your blog.  Is it designed to establish thought leadership for your brand, generate leads, build up your social following, better understand your audience, etc.?  It may sound…
 
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  • MWQHJ 006: How Polly Liu Created An 8 Figure Business Selling Wedding Favors Online

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

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

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

    Steve C
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    Click Here To Enter My Podcast Giveaway Contest This particular episode is very special to me because Viv and Joe are both close friends of mine. We all went to Stanford together and majored in engineering. Viv and I studied electrical engineering while Joe focused on mechanical engineering and product design. As you will discover in this podcast, when a power couple like Joe and Viv start a business, it’s destined to be successful. Follow their journey on how they started from nothing to creating Orbit Baby, one of the most successful high end baby stroller companies in the world. You…
  • MWHQJ 003: How Neville Medhora Makes 6 Figures Selling Copywriting Courses Online

    Steve C
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    Click Here To Enter My Podcast Giveaway Contest I’m really happy to have Neville Medhora on the podcast in this episode. Neville is someone who I met at FinCon by random chance. He bought his conference tickets last minute and he just happened to walk in just as I was heading out with friends. Anyways, we started talking and I found out that he’s been killing it online selling various info products on his blog at NevBlog.com. In fact, he’s never had a full time job and he’s been making a living off of the Internet ever since college. In today’s episode, Neville…
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    Optimal Digital Marketing

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why We’re Shutting Down flyte.biz

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

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

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

    Rich Brooks
    10 Feb 2014 | 10:24 am
    A Beginner’s Guide to Blogging for Your Business Blogging has been promoted as a powerful tool for increasing your search engine optimization, establishing your expertise, and generating leads for your business. But blogging takes time and resources away from other things your small business can be doing to generate more leads and sales. Is blogging good for your business?   In this article we’ll look at why blogging can benefit your business, how to get started, and ultimately how to grow your business through blogging.   Why should I blog? There are many reasons why blogging…
  • How My Trainer Got Me to Spend an Unplanned $250 with Anchoring

    Rich Brooks
    5 Feb 2014 | 7:39 am
    Do you ever struggle with trying to sell a high priced, high value item? By using a technique called “anchoring,” you can greatly increase your chances of making the sale. Here’s how.  It was around New Year’s, and I was falling into that trap of looking for new ways of staying fit and losing weight. I’m actually pretty good about going to the gym, but I was feeling that I had plateaued and things were getting stagnant. In my inbox that morning I saw a Groupon for an hour of one-on-one personal training in kettlebells for ten bucks.   TEN BUCKS!!   I figured…
 
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    Diamond Website Conversion » Blog

  • How Important Is Responsive Design For Website Conversion?

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

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

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

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

    Marty Diamond
    30 Jan 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Just attended a Market Motive Webinar with Bryan Eisenberg on Conversion Copywriting…and one of the things he recommended was Click to Tweet – a WordPress plugin that lets you easily set up a quote on your blog that your readers can click to tweet. Here’s what it looks like on one of our recent blog posts on refreshing and re-purposing your content:     The plugin is free at WordPress Plugins –  here’s the link to get Click to Tweet .  It’s easy to install, just follow the directions under the Installation Tab   Once you’ve…
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    Profitable Growth

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

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

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

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

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

    Andy Birol
    5 Feb 2014 | 11:34 am
    Background Menard (www.menardusa.com) a design-build specialty geotechnical contractor who offers value engineering and innovative techniques to deliver practical, sustainable solutions such as controlled modulus columns (CMC’s), which are a technologically superior alternative to deep (pile) foundations that support buildingsUnder the leadership of its CEO, Seth Pearlman, Menard had experienced great success by servicing general contractors and highway contractors as well as property owners in the energy, commercial building sectors. The Challenge Despite the great recession of 2008,…
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  • What’s New in WordPress 3.9 “Smith”? A Lot!

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

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

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

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

    admin
    29 Dec 2013 | 10:18 pm
    In one of our previous posts, we have talked about ecommerce design trends for 2013 and this post is more likely about digitalization in 2014. 2013 has been a magnificent year for digital technology and Internet landscape, where we witnessed paradigm shift in search algorithms, social media, advertising and analytics. Gone are the days when […]
 
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  • 10 Tips to Make Your Website a Lead Generating Machine!

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

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

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

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

    Candace Pavlas
    4 Mar 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Should I start my small business website now? The answer is, yes! If you have a business, you should have a website. Period. No question. Without a doubt. It is important to think about getting your website started now instead of waiting and potentially losing the majority of your audience who are active internet users. That said, it’s not enough that you just have a website. You must have a professional-looking site if you want to be taken seriously. Since many consumers now search for information online prior to making a purchase at a brick-and-mortar store, your site may be the first…
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    Business Credit

  • How to Obtain Business Credit with Low FICO® Scores

    Marco Carbajo
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Want to know how to obtain business credit? Learn what types of business credit you can obtain even if you have bad personal credit or no credit at all.
  • Your Guide to Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns

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

    Marco Carbajo
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:56 pm
    What is considered creditworthy? Discover the three main types of credit ratings lenders used to assess your personal and business creditworthiness.
  • How to Accept Mobile Payments that Build Your Business Credit

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

    Marco Carbajo
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:19 pm
    D&B Viability Rating™ Do you have a viable business? Is it capable of growing, functioning, and developing as an independent entity?  These are important questions any business, investor, or business partner would want to know prior to doing business with you. While you may be familiar with D&B’s Paydex® Score, which is based on your […]
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    The Work at Home Woman

  • Four Steps to Creating Your Work at Home Career

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

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Do you struggle with what to make for dinner? Worry no more — because we’re giving away a Tastefully Simple Tonight Collection (Spring-Summer 2014), valued at $57.99. This kit allows you to make 10 meals to put in your freezer for busy weeknights, or just make ‘em as you go. All under $2.69 per serving! […]
  • How Great Writing Helps Expand Your Brand

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Deborah Sweeney, CEO of MyCorporation.com The Internet has revolutionized marketing forever. Ads were once expensive, and had to be in your face or no one would pay attention to them. Today, you don’t have to slap potential customers over the head with pictures of your product or slogans in order to get them to […]
  • Interview with Becky Flansburg — Virtual Assistant and Freelance Writer

    wahanelson
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tell us a little bit about your entrepreneurial journey. I’ve only had four jobs in my 48 years on this earth; babysitting, picking sweet corn, working in the office products industry, and running my successful virtual assistant and freelance writing business. Pretty amazing in a world where some people change jobs like they change socks! […]
  • You’re Personally Invited to CAbi’s B.I.G. Event

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    By Holly Reisem Hanna This season, CAbi is inviting you to experience the brand in a very special way through a live broadcast at one of their 30 viewing locations (which includes the Austin area)! Engage with their incredible (and fun!) CAbi Community, get a sneak peek of upcoming fashion and learn more about a […]
 
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    Leader Networks blog

  • Fixing Your Intranet: A Guide For Leadership

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

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

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

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

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

  • When Investing in a Startup, What Rights Should You Have?

    Rieva Lesonsky
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Cliff Ennico “I am a retired entrepreneur – I turned a $7 million company into a $60 million company and then sold it. I’ve joined a group of angel investors. We meet once a month and review business plans for startup companies in our area. And yes, we socialize and sometimes have a drink or two. Most of the startups we look at are ‘not ready for prime time,’ but at an entrepreneurship event sponsored by a local college I became acquainted with a startup that I may want to help out, both personally with my time and contacts and financially with a reasonable amount of my money.
  • Droidpak: A Windows Malware which Infects Android Devices

    Rieva Lesonsky
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    By James Edwards Symantec researches recently found a Windows threat that tries to infect Android devices. The threat involves malware, but it can be prevented. If you own an Android device, you may not have been thinking much about protection from malware. Unfortunately, just like any other type of computer-related technology, your device might be at risk for attack. This is a concern for many people with these devices. Symantec researchers note this is the first time they are aware of Windows malware that has been specifically designed to infect Android devices. Up until recently, it had…
  • The Essential Ingredients for your Startup Victory: People and Products.

    Rieva Lesonsky
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Rob Young Anyone faced with the daunting prospect of launching their own startup will inevitably come to a point where they feel swamped by an avalanche of information and advice. To avoid the suffocating effect this can have on you it doesn’t hurt from time to time to take a deep breath and remember that ultimately there are just two essential ingredients to every startup victory: people and products. Your Product. What makes your product or service stand out from the crowd? It could be the quality, price, ease of use, or its aesthetical appeal – it doesn’t matter what the…
  • Is Your Online Video Consistent With Your Business Image?

    Karen Axelton
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Kevin D. Johnson, Jr.  Marketing consistency is the key for any brand or company. Many small business owners put a great deal of value in their logos, blog design, website and custom social media pages, but fail to realize that it’s just as important to have the videos they post on their websites, blogs and social media pages reflect the same level of quality as the other forms of marketing. When your web videos and your other branding efforts don’t reflect the same quality, It’s like buying a new suit but wearing old tennis shoes with flapping soles. It can paint a confusing…
  • Tools that Help to Curb the Feeling of Social Isolation in Virtual Workers

    Rieva Lesonsky
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Peter Davidson Virtual work is slowly becoming the norm, and an increased number of people are working from the comfort of their own homes. Loneliness may be one of the few negative aspects of working remotely. Without the daily interactions, meetings, and griping that occur in a traditional work place, loneliness can creep in and even affect the work of a remote employee. Just as advances in technology have made it easier than ever to work remotely, there are many tools that can ease loneliness in virtual employees. Skype Skype is a fun way to interact with people from all around the…
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    MLM Blog - Network Marketing Blog

  • TelexFree Charged With Fraud Shut Down As Billion Dollar Ponzi Scheme

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

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

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

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

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    3 Feb 2014 | 12:46 pm
    For the past two weeks I have watched the media talk about the Seattle Seahawks going up against Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl. It never seemed to be the Denver Broncos vs. the Seattle Seahawks.  Always Manning. It goes without saying that Manning had one of the best statistical NFL seasons by a quarterback of all time. He’s very, very good. But better than a team of 11 guys? No one person is better than eleven. You can quote me on that. And the Seattle Seahawks proved that by stomping Peyton Manning (and the Broncos) 43-8 in Super Bowl 48. When I am working with a team, I like to…
 
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    Springwise

  • Simple device lets motor impaired kids know what it’s like to walk

    Springwise
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Add / Remove For centuries now, those with neuromuscular disorders have had to rely on the wheelchair to get around and many spend their whole lives seated. In the past we’ve seen AMS Mekatronic’s Tek RMD wheelchair add-on make strides to help paraplegic people get up and stand unassisted. Now opting for a much more simple solution, Upsee is a harness that lets parents use their own legs as a support, in order to give their disabled children the sensation of walking. Created by UK-based product designer Firefly — which develops postural solutions for children — the kit comes…
  • Crowdfunded goods at crowd-determined prices

    Springwise
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:53 am
    Add / Remove Platforms such as Kickstarter and Etsy have enabled a whole generation of crafters and creatives to market their unique goods, and we’ve even seen retail outlets dedicated to only selling work from independent talents in the form of sites like TinyLightbulbs. Now Singapore-based Haystakt is offering a twist on the crowdfunded model, dropping the price of artisanal products for every purchase made after the funding target has been reached. Makers with at least a working prototype of their original product can launch a pre-order campaign through the site, setting an initial…
  • Micro self-storage will stow single boxes for 24 hours

    Springwise
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:32 am
    Add / Remove We recently saw how Japan’s smart NeutralBOX is enabling homeowners to take advantage of self-storage-style capabilities in their own home through smartphone organization. For those who need to clear a bit of space in their home for a short space of time however, the UK’s LOVESPACE will take even just a small box of items off customers’ hands for as short as one night. Homeowners booking the service simply let LOVESPACE know what they need storing — whether it’s a box, bag or bike — as well as the dates it should be collected and brought back. Users…
  • Buy an apartment in this Brazil complex, get a free USD 1,000 bike

    Springwise
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
    Add / Remove Buying a home is already the largest single purchase many will every make in their lifetime, without taking into account all of the accoutrements that come with furnishing and decorating it. We’ve seen a number of businesses offering extras along with properties in recent times, including Canada’s World Housing, which builds a home for a family in need for every property bought. Now, Brazil’s newly-designed Huma Klabin construction is offering every resident a complementary fold-up bike. Located in São Paulo, the building will be situated close to a number of…
  • Kids’ book teaches young girls to code

    Springwise
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Add / Remove Books still play a major part in the development of children’s understanding of the world, of which new digital technologies are most definitely now a part. We recently wrote about MakerBot’s LEO the Maker Prince kids’ book, which teaches readers about 3D printing, and now Hello Ruby is another title — this time designed to appeal to girls — that hopes to get them inspired by the web and programming. Created by Linda Liukas, who for the past three years has been teaching programming and encouraging more young women into the field through the Rails Girls…
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    Jeff Korhan

  • How to Use Social Media to Grow Your Email Subscribers

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

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

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

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

    Jeff Korhan
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:20 am
    Are you familiar with the negotiating practice of asking for a commitment for a commitment. It’s an important one for building and sustaining relationships, and that makes it essential for successful sales professionals and online marketers Selling is A Series of Mini-Commitments Especially in regards to online marketing, there is often the unrealistic expectation of consummating a sales transaction without first developing a relationship with the prospective buyer. Relationship selling is much like a courtship. There are intentional actions taken that are designed to build familiarity…
 
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    SmartCEO

  • Core strength

    Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Thought Leadership on Doing Business Downtown presented by Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. Do a web search for “downtown resurgence” and you will be confronted by an impressive list of areas across the country that are benefitting from increased investment, employment, and residential growth. Whether in traditional downtowns or in town centers being built using the New Urbanist model, more and more people want to live and work in dense, mixed-use communities.Close to home, large-scale urban renewal projects in downtown Columbia and Towson, for example, are capitalizing on this trend,…
  • Are your employees stressed out?

    Atlantic Financial Federal Credit Union
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Thought Leadership on Credit Unions as a Benefit presented by Atlantic Financial Federal Credit Union. Take a second to just relax and breathe, it’s easy enough, but there are not many opportunities to regroup during a stressful work day. Unfortunately, business owners and employees get bogged down with deadlines, meetings, and responsibilities that turn into frustration and migraines. And that’s just from work.Employees are also under high financial stress. In 2013, 71% attributed money as their top reported source of stress in a survey conducted by the American Psychological…
  • Mandatory audit firm rotation – changing for the sake of change?

    Weyrich, Cronin &#38; Sorra, CPAs &#38; Business Consultants
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Thought Leadership on Applying Business Acumen to the Non-profit World presented by Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra, CPAs & Business Consultants. Many non-profit boards are raising the idea of mandatory audit firm rotation (MFR) because of the ongoing buzz that has circled around this concept for the past few years.  There is no requirement for rotation to occur in the non-profit or private company sectors at a firm or partner level.  Currently, publicly traded companies are required by the Securities and Exchange Commission to rotate audit partners but are not required to rotate audit…
  • Calculating SEO ROI for B2Bs

    CC&#38;A Web Development
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    Thought Leadership on Web/SEO presented by CC&A Web Development. Search engine optimization (SEO) is often misunderstood by the business world. The name makes it sound as if it’s a strict technical science or exact mathematical equation. But SEO is significantly more than a cold science procedure or rigid math calculation; it’s the heartbeat of a company’s entire online marketing presence.The old “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” adage is a perfect example of SEOs value in online marketing. A business can have top-notch…
  • 5 reasons incentive travel outperforms cash or merchandise

    Peak Performance Meetings &#38; Incentives
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    Thought Leadership on Meetings & Incentives presented by Peak Performance Meetings & Incentives. Discover the Advantages of Corporate Incentive TravelCountless studies have shown that, with the right goals and rewards in place, people work harder and generate the sort of innovative problem-solving skills and approaches that revolutionize any sales or business process.Providing valuable incentives for employees is a great way to motivate them to go above and beyond for your business. Historically, many companies have used cash and merchandise as sales incentives but these tactics…
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    Indianapolis Marketing | Web Design | Roundpeg

  • How to Prepare for Your Business Meeting

    Anne
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Making the most out of your meetings with your marketing team is a lot like going to your doctor’s office. Have a prepared list of questions As a small business owner you are going to have regular meetings with a slew of professionals who are all working to make your business the best it can be. Whether you plan a business meeting with your marketing team, legal council or investors, you need to be prepared with a list of questions. You hired these people, so you need to ask them what they are doing to help you and whether it’s working or if you need to change things up.
  • 4 Facets Of Killer Homepage Images

    Peter Wolfgram
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The most important element on your homepage is the image right below your logo and navigation bar. You might call it the banner or the header. This image and its accompanying text and call to action will decide whether a new visitor stays and becomes a customer or furiously clicks “Back” to get out. In contemporary web designs, this area is grows so large it fills the screen on most tablet and desktop computers. It’s kind of a big deal. How do you design a homepage image area that wows and works? Start with a photograph or graphic that shines with these four facets. Large…
  • How to Build a Project Timeline

    Lorraine
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    When you first start thinking about those important dates like deadlines for projects, birthdays, anniversaries and vacations, they seem so far away. You feel like you have plenty of time to plan, buy gifts or work on the project, but you get busy. The days fly by and suddenly you are out of time. Have you ever noticed how important dates sneak up on you? While I can’t call and remind you to send a birthday card to your mom or buy the plane ticket for your much needed vacation, these simple tips may help you build a project timeline to meet your next deadline. Proper Planning Start with…
  • Logo Design Style Swap

    Jenna
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Logos are an important part of a brand’s image.  It only takes a couple seconds for a viewer to decide whether a design leaves a positive or negative impression on them. That’s why it’s unbelievably important for brands to convey the right message quickly These first impressions are made subconsciously and are based on the combination of several different factors. We’ve shown you before what happens when some of our favorite logos have their colors swapped or lose the typefaces that made them so iconic. The results ranged from comical to just plain awkward, so…
  • How I Beat Writer’s Block

    Lorraine
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    This may surprise many of you who have read my blog posts and newsletters for years, but I am not a writer. For me, the blank page is intimidating. I know writing is vital to my success so I’ve come up with a number of strategies which help me get past writer’s block. Break the Block Talk before I write- I naturally think aloud. I often brainstorm with other members of the team or my friends about potential topics. Working through the content verbally makes it easier for me to put the sentences together when I sit down to write. If no one is around, I will often dictate the same…
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    The Thriving Small Business

  • 17 Ways Managers Can Show Employees Appreciation

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

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

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

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

    Patricia Lotich
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:28 am
    Most entrepreneurs go into business so they can have a measure of control over their lives, their business aspirations and their schedule. While controlling your destiny and independence is a wonderful thing, it does come with some challenges. Once a business owner is managing the day-to-day operation of their dream, it doesn’t take long before their battery (passion) starts to wane. Often this is because this person now carries the weight, and has sole responsibility, of the business. Bringing customers in, managing the finances and dealing with the human resource issues can take its…
 
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    Fizzle

  • Start With A Small, Intense Fire

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

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

    Chris Johnson
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    Every business owner gets a Spidey Sense. You learn to see trouble before it starts. You wouldn’t need much of a Spidey sense to feel the danger from Jon’s presales email: Jon: “Does your product work with Powerdirector? I’m on a rush deadline—I need it to work with PowerDirector.” (Keys: word ‘need’, rush, budget software). My answer: “I’ve never had any Powerdirector requests — sorry. You could try to use our free version to see if it fits.” Jon’s response: “Real nice customer service.” … some time passed … Jon: “I bought it anyway. You promised 58 clips…
  • 3 Story Tools Your Brand Needs (FS048)

    Chase Reeves
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Your brand could move people from bored, unmotivated, and ignoring you to driven, curious, interested, and dynamically involved in your business. Chances are that’s not happening for you. In this episode Chase shares insights about story that can help your brand do just that, including: 3 elements of story that will change how you look at your business The paradigm shift responsible for why the big guys (Pat Flynn, Steve Kamb, Corbett) wanted to work with Chase in the first place A simple equation for telling a compelling story (or tagline, headline, etc) Some jokes about Caleb’s…
  • Processing Praise, Ignoring Crickets & Why We Need Validation

    Caleb Wojcik
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    As I was listening to this conversation Chase and Chris Ducker were having (the audio of which is below this post), it made me think of something all entrepreneurs struggle with. There is a feeling of validation that we all expect to feel whenever we share or publish something online. You know the feeling. You finally hit publish on a blog post, send an email newsletter, or even post a photo on Instagram and then there is silence. You wait, hoping that people will like, retweet, reply, comment, share or do other vanity metrics. You want to be validated. You want your ideas to resonate with…
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    Small Business Blog - Montreal Financial

  • 5 Income Tax Tips from the Trenches

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Major Mistakes Businesses Keep Making with their Website’s Homepage Design

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

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

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

    Marcus Sheridan
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    One of my favorite photos from speaking at SMMW—love the smiles! :) I have so much on my mind tonight. I’m 24 hours removed from attending Social Media Marketing World with almost 2000 other people and I’ve literally just received an email from an attendee that has inspired me to go ahead and write this post. The email was unique, as the sender had verbally recorded a “thank you note” into his phone immediately after listening to my closing keynote Friday night. Certainly a creative way to send an email, this is what the man said (in summary): “Marcus, you recently said in a…
  • The Real Reason Copyblogger Should be Commended for Turning Off Blog Comments

    Marcus Sheridan
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:01 pm
    It appears Copyblogger has exercised their rights as a business….Oh my! I’m going to be short and sweet with this post, so here goes… Copyblogger, one of the biggest content marketing “blogs” in the world, turned off their comments last week. And, as one might expect, a lot of folks in the digital space have made negative statements regarding the situation. Frankly, it reminds me of the time my friend Chris Brogan unfollowed everyone(131k people) on Twitter. Just as with this situation, people seemed to go after Chris for simply exercising his right to listen to his personal…
 
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    Ventureneer - Small Business

  • 4 Steps To Scratching Your Entrepreneurial Itch

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Sneak Peak at Our New Mobile App

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

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

    Emily Farrar
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    For the second year in a row, Shoeboxed is proud to be a sponsor of PARADOXOS, a one-of-a-kind festival in downtown Durham, N.C. This year’s festival will pack ideas, collaboration, fun and innovation into April 9-12, 2014. The schedule includes events that will show off all the awesome stuff happening in the tech, art, food, music, beer and nightlife scenes in Durham. PARADOXOS features a wide variety of events so it’s sure to appeal to everyone, including the construction of a Rube Goldberg machine, a pub crawl, a trivia night, a dynamic speaker event called The NEXT, art…
  • The Top 5 Document Scanners for Small Businesses

    Emily Farrar
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    If your small business is ready to go paperless, you’re going to need a powerful document scanner to take you from hard copy-zero to digitized hero. Some of the best digital scanners available today are single-function scanners that are designed specifically to turn documents, receipts, and business cards into editable, exportable, searchable data. If you’re serious about going paperless, one of those dinky, multi-function scanner/printer/fax hybrids just won’t cut it. Top scanners are able to: Detect document size Scan large stacks of documents at once Scan multiple pages per minute…
  • When Uncle Sam Screws Up: What to do if the IRS loses your refund

    Emily Farrar
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:50 am
    If the IRS loses your refund, or refunds the wrong amount, or just never sends your refund at all, no problem! Simply call ‘em up, let them know you haven’t received your funds, and watch as the missing money magically appears in your bank account. Right? Unfortunately, a missing or inaccurate tax return refund can be really difficult to track down. Long wait times on the phone and the inability to simply text Uncle Sam to get the issue resolved can mean waiting weeks, months, even over a year to get your money back. Here is what you can do to make sure a lost refund ends up in the hands…
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    Home Based Business Ideas

  • Standing up To Speed With Great Home Business Concepts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Feeling stuck in your business? 5 steps to get you moving

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

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

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

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

    Julie Hall
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    When you market to everyone, you market to no-one. Starting in April, we are really going to get under the skin of your ideal client so that you are marketing smarter and to the right people first time. Forget target markets… for micro businesses it’s all about getting one customer at a time. Who is your customer and how well do you know them? What we will be covering in your Ideal Customer What you should be looking for The mistake most small business owners make The difference between your Target Market and Your Ideal Customer… and why it matters How do you identify your ideal…
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    Firefly Coaching

  • Learn from My Big Fat LinkedIn Mistake

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

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

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

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

    Stephanie Ward
    17 Feb 2014 | 8:36 am
        Here are three low-cost ways to get clients fast plus a video with additional practical tips. 1. Referrals Referrals are fast and free way to get new clients. But don’t wait for them, be proactive and ask for them. Ask in an email, on the phone, or in person. Ask current clients, previous clients, and people in your professional networks. Only ask for one person and give some context about what you’re looking for so it’s easy for the person to help you. Make asking for a referral a daily or weekly habit. Another way to get referrals is to give them. It’s critical to…
 
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    Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business

  • Engagement Matters 16: Get Massive Exposure for Your Business

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

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

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

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Whether your business “recipe for success” is focused on a few key milestones or you have a big, hearty vision you’re working to achieve, you’re going to get the best results when you use high-quality "ingredients." By that I mean you can "cook up" a profitable email list that is highly responsive, builds connections with your current and potential clients, and allows you to market your brand over time just by using the "ingredients" you probably already have. What ingredients? Here are 15 you can put together to build a high quality list: 1. Your Website Offer visitors a FREE gift in…
  • Engagement Matters 14: How to Stay Connected with Your Target Market

    Wil Hart
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    If you want to increase the engagement with your target market, always be a problem solver. Think about the keep in touch strategies that you are currently using. How well are they working for you? This video will take you step by step and show you why it is a valuable engagement tool for Smart Simple Marketing. Build your very own keep in touch strategy and be consistent to keep your target market engaged. The post Engagement Matters 14: How to Stay Connected with Your Target Market appeared first on Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small…
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    Subscribe to the Success Center!

  • Are you planting in good ground?

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Seed time and harvest Sowing and reaping God gives seed to the sower Are you planting in good ground? The post Are you planting in good ground? appeared first on RodKirby.com.
  • The Joy Series Promo Video

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

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

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

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

  • Award-winning TV & Radio Personality Monique Caradine on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

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

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:18 pm
    by Kendall SummerHawk Whatever stage of business development you’re currently in, you’ll want simple ways you can improve your results. Making more sales, attracting ideal clients, up leveling your branding, hosting workshops, affording more team, growing your list and more.Where most women entrepreneurs struggle is in knowing which activities they should prioritize first and even more
  • How to Profit From Your Social Media Profiles

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    by Sydni Craig-HartThere is only ONE reason you should have a presence on social media for your business.That's right. Just ONE.The reason is - to use the platform to connect with ideal prospects and get them on YOUR mailing list.It doesn't matter how many fans, followers or connections you have if those "relationships" aren't generating revenue for your business. To get results from the time
  • Business and Money Mentor Elena Camp on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Elena Camp, business and money mentor to women entrepreneurs, returns to Women Entrepreneurs Radio. She helps women who are in business or want to start a business make six figures and beyond. Her purpose is to help women make more money, do what they love and enjoy more freedom. She has a signature system that provides the tools and support to help women entrepreneurs: Increase their Cash
  • Author Kimberly Palmer on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    7 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Kimberly Palmer, author of The Economy of You Kimberly Palmer is the senior money editor for U.S. News & World Report and writes the popular Alpha Consumer blog. Along with her staff job, she maintains independent side businesses. She is the creator of Palmer’s Planners, her own line of digital financial guides and money organizers for major life events and goals, such as having a baby, buying
 
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    Small-Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 3 Social Media Time-Saving Tips for Business Owners

    Kristen Curtiss
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    “Time is money!” It’s a saying that you’ve probably heard over and over again, but have you ever actually thought about the meaning behind it? Constant Contact conducted a survey where we asked small business owners how much an hour of their day is worth, and it turned out to be a whopping $273! The astonishing thing in that survey was not just the value of time, but the fact that those businesses spent approximately 33 hours per week on marketing activities. That’s a lot of time … and a lot of money. Social media is a large part of most businesses marketing efforts, and it’s…
  • 5 Ways to Give Your Contact List More Visibility on Social Media

    Ryan Pinkham
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If someone has decided to “like” you on Facebook, follow you on Twitter, or connect with you on LinkedIn but hasn’t signed up to receive your email newsletter or announcements, it may be because they’re unaware that the opportunity to sign up exists. For others, it may be because they’re not sure what to expect when signing up. People are protective of their information online and some people may be reluctant to join your contact list before reading your content and seeing what you have to offer. By giving your content visibility you’ll have more people clicking through to join…
  • 5 On-Page SEO Factors All Small Businesses Need to Focus On

    Ryan Kettler
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    How do you ensure that you’re getting as many relevant visitors as your can to your site from the right search engines? The answer is with search engine optimization (SEO). SEO can be confusing if you’re new to it, especially if you don’t have any help. The easiest, most effective way to optimize your website is to create a simple checklist that you can refer to time and time again. Once you determine which focus keywords are most relevant to your business, you’ll then need to add them to your new and existing website content so the search engines can understand what they’re about.
  • Get Customers to Come Back Again and Again: 5 Things You Should Try

    Ryan Pinkham
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    Every morning, my dog Zoe and I start the day with a walk down Main Street in my hometown. Despite only a handful of stores being open at that time, Zoe stops in her tracks when we pass the local pet store, trying to convince me to go in. For a pet store, getting dogs excited about coming back isn’t a tough sell. Getting their owners to come back on a regular basis takes a little more work. This particular pet store does this with a loyalty program that rewards customers with offers and discounts. It’s nothing complicated — a punch card that customers present to the cashier each time…
  • A Chat About the Twitter Profile Redesign [Speakeasy Podcast #70]

    Dave Charest
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    What’s in this episode? 11 minutes of marketing awesomeness. This week’s topic: Twitter announced a major redesign for profile pages this week, which includes a new look and a number of new features for users to sort and find content. With the redesign, Twitter has introduced a number of ways for businesses and organizations to showcase their brand and make a more meaningful impression when people visit your profile. Listen in as we discuss the following changes: New header image Bigger profile picture More visibility for profile information Pin tweets Best Tweets New content…
 
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    Cash Protection Agency Ltd

  • How to invoice properly

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

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

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

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

    admin
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Photo Credit: Kaptain Kobold via Compfight cc   SMEs across the country are being urged to get involved in UK Trade & Investment’s Export Week, which is taking place now until April 11th.     An itinerary of 70 events is already underway, with trade workshops and seminars, along with sessions on marketing and intellectual property.   The event builds on estimates from the Confederation of British Industry, which believes that the UK economy could receive between £20 billion and £50 billion if all mid-sized businesses were to reach their full potential.  …
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    Small Business Bliss

  • 7 tips for being your most productive you

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

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

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

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

    Martina Iring
    5 Mar 2014 | 4:34 pm
    You’ve probably noticed tweetable links on other blog and websites. Essentially, with just a click, you’re able to share something (whether a comment, quote, statistic, fact or something else awesome and interesting) via Twitter. Creating such tweetable links makes it SUPER easy for anyone reading your content to share that juicy little tidbit. And we all know in our time starved lives, if it’s easy and fast, we’re much more likely to do it. Which benefits you as it encourages more Twitter interaction for your business and more views of your content. How is a tweetable…
 
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    Business Success Tips in a Blog

  • Linkedin 102 Video: Communication Settings to Impress and Protect

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

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

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

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

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    12 Mar 2014 | 5:05 pm
    You are going to enjoy this brand new webinar recording about Linkedin.  Whether you are brand new as a rookie or a pro, you will find value.  Listen to the experts as they share the "Making LinkedIn Your Lead Generation Machine" webinar.  LinkedIn expert, Viveka von Rosen and Nimble CMO, Eric Quanstrom are the presenters and you will find them both to be a wealth of information.  I am not a big fan of watching a webinar with two people presenting as a team.  The conversation between presenters might become a distraction. This video offers a special bonus with…
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    Finance and Business

  • Are Payday Loan Replacement Payments Troubling You?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Improving User Experience: Where to Start

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

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

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

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

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

  • Survive April’s Sales Tax Due Dates “Perfect Storm”

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

    Chris Peden
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Your taxes have been filed.  Isn’t that a relief?  All that time you spent combing through your records, trying to piece together your financial life over the past year is done.  No more forms to sign and trying to figure out what your accountant is asking for. Time to sit back and relax.  You don’t need to worry about this financial stuff for another year. But then you think to yourself “This was such a royal pain.  What can I do so that this is not such a hassle next year?” Fortunately, there are a few things you can do.  Let’s take a look through a few of them. The first…
  • Tax Tuesday: How to File for a Tax Extension

    Jennifer Dunn
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    It’s April 15th. You’ve been number crunching all day but still feel like you’ve just started. While you’ve been denying it all day, you’re starting to realize there’s absolutely no way you’re going to finish your taxes on time. It’s starting to look like you’re going to have to miss the deadline, which you know is not going to end well for you. Hey, we’ve all been there. Life gets in the way. You don’t have all the tax forms in time. Maybe there was a family emergency that’s taken up all your time. It happens and you shouldn’t feel bad about it. What should you do?
  • New Webinar: Why It’s Okay to Cheat on eBay with Amazon

    Jennifer Dunn
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:51 pm
    You really want to go multi-channel with your ecommerce business but you’re not sure how. Also, you have this nagging feeling that you’re “cheating” on your preferred channel if you hop to another. Our next webinar on Wednesday, April 23rd at 10 AM PDT, will show you not only why you should go multi-channel but also explain why it’s ok to do so! Kat Simpson, ecommerce expert and pro FBA seller, will go over all the basics as well as some in-depth tips and tricks that will show you why you should seriously consider expanding your company’s reach online. Sign…
  • GoDaddy Online Bookkeeping’s Weekly Small Business Forecast: Week of April 14th

    Jennifer Dunn
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    It’s officially tax time! Haven’t started yet? It’s actually not the end of the world. Speaking of taxes, some interesting numbers show just how much time is being spent on doing them. This and much more in our Small Business Forecast! Small Business News That May Impact Your Week Need further incentive to get help with your taxes? According to recent research by the National Small Business Association, 53% of small business owners report their biggest challenge is the “administrative burden” related to tax prep. 47% said their biggest challenge is actually…
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    Blog

  • Can this one marketing strategy increase sales for your business?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    admin
    17 Mar 2014 | 6:09 am
    Blogging is a concept that started in late 90s. It used to be a way to comment an existing webpage, an opportunity for visitors and readers to react or voice out oneís opinion on the said page. What started as a single-sentence commentary has evolved into pages of personal take on just about anything and everything under the sun. As it continues to move forward, online advertising has tapped into the blogís potential. Here are 5 reasons why you should use blogging as an Internet marketing tool. 1.Blogging is simple. The simplest way to get your piece on the net is through blogging. No…
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     Vistage Executive Street Blog

  • Join.me – The Web Conference Landscape Has Changed

    Philippe Cesson
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    Those of you who know me or have seen me speak are very aware how much I abhor complicated technology. My belief is that technology Read MoreThe post Join.me – The Web Conference Landscape Has Changed appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Who is De-Railing your Organization?

    Beth Miller
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    After two years, you make the decision to let go of an employee and now start hearing from employees all the problems this leader had Read MoreThe post Who is De-Railing your Organization? appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • The Difference Between Your Website Home Page and Your Landing Pages – Why You Need Both

    Michael Lieberman
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you’re like most business owners you’re probably doing a lot of your own marketing or maybe you have a couple of venders providing services Read MoreThe post The Difference Between Your Website Home Page and Your Landing Pages – Why You Need Both appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Making Tough Decisions: Reward Good Employees by Removing Bad Ones

    Steve Cohen
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    I’m sure you’ve seen advice regarding employee bonus and incentive systems, including some that are quite complex. The idea is that, to achieve a high-performance Read MoreThe post Making Tough Decisions: Reward Good Employees by Removing Bad Ones appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • The Innovation Dilemma

    Leo Bottary
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:07 pm
    According to Yahoo! Finance columnist Rick Newman, “Seems everyone talks about innovation, but not everyone knows what it means.”  Today, at the Vistage Executive Read MoreThe post The Innovation Dilemma appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
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    Griselda Togobo's blog | Author, Speaker & Small Business Growth Consultant

  • 10 Lessons from running the London Virgin Marathon

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

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

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

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

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

  • Shop Local: The Stores You Oppose Started Small And Local

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

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

    Eric J. Nisall
    26 Feb 2014 | 8:27 am
    I have lots of clients who make me shake my head. There’s the people who hand their kids everything on a silver platter. There’s the guy who calls at least once a week with a new scheme to avoid paying taxes (“scheme” being the operative word). There’s the other guy who doesn’t want to pay taxes via salary but then wants a bigger tax refund at the end of the year.   If you’re going to request a discount on something, be smart about it.   Then there’s the person who inspired this little story. Well, honestly I wouldn’t have even…
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    Intuit Small Business Blog

  • Simplify Your Social Media Efforts With Buffer

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

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

    Carla Turchetti
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:21 am
    As an entrepreneur, you know all about the power of social media: It can help you build your brandpromote your business, and connect with customers. But before you write your next post or tweet, consider whether your current strategies are making efficient use of your time and resonating with your market. Your venture needs a social media plan as much as it needs a business plan. Any successful social media campaign begins with a goal in mind and an awareness of which platforms are engaging your target audience. Your approach doesn’t have to be complicated. Putting the right messages in the…
  • Facebook Reaches Out to Small-Business Owners

    Carla Turchetti
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:21 am
    In an effort to learn more about how its social network fuels business success, Facebook is reaching out to expert entrepreneurs through its newly formed Small and Medium Business Council. The council convened for the first time in March at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., reports David Cohen, editor of the AllFacebook blog. Eighteen entrepreneurs from 12 businesses make up the council, which is designed to be a give-and-take between the world’s largest social media network and representatives of the millions of business owners who actively use it to reach customers.
  • Selling Antiques Online to a New Generation of Collectors

    Katherine Gustafson
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Douglas Scott thinks that analog treasures and digital media are a perfect match. Through his new venture, an online marketplace for antiques and fine arts called The HighBoy, he aims to redefine how relics are sold online and make them relevant to young collectors. Scott got involved in the antiques industry when he took over online marketing for Alhambra Antiques, his father-in-law’s shop in Coral Gables, Fla. He says it was a much-needed change of pace from his previous job as a business consultant at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, which required a lot of travel. He moved on to become…
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    Blue Kite Marketing blog

  • 12 Presentation Tips That Will Help You Wow Your Audience

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

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

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

    Laura Click
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
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  • How to Build an Effective Blog Team

    Laura Click
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:54 am
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    Barry Moltz

  • The Duct Tape Guy Does it Again

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

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

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

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

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

  • Can Facebook 'Likes' Block Business Lawsuits?

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
    If consumers "like" your brand or business, does that mean they won't be able to sue you? That's what cereal giant General Mills is attempting to do, by forcing those who "like" them on Facebook, enter sweepstakes, or download coupons to agree to arbitration instead of suing in civil court for any potential legal disputes. The New York Times suggests that even purchasing General Mills products might impose "forced arbitration" on consumers. Can a similar arbitration policy keep your company's fans from suing your business? 'Forced' Arbitration In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that…
  • 7 Tips for Negotiating a Pop-Up Store Lease

    Jenny Tsay, Esq.
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    Pop-up stores can be a great, low-cost option for businesses that are just getting started. But much like signing a long-term retail lease, pop-up business owners might need to do some negotiating. Pop-up store owners in Detroit are learning this first-hand, as many have been testing out the market by renting out small, unused retail spaces for short time periods, according to The New York Times. So if you're thinking about signing a lease for a pop-up store, here are seven tips that may come in handy for your lease negotiations: Make sure you know what's covered. Even if you plan on opening…
  • US Airways' Porn Tweet: 5 Lessons for Businesses

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    US Airways received an online beating Monday for a tweet that took off and went viral: a pornographic picture posted to Twitter in response to a customer's complaint. After the customer tweeted @USAirways complaining of a flight delay, the company's social media team attached a NSFW photo of a naked woman aiming a model jetliner toward her private parts. US Airways is calling the incident a "mistake," but it will not be firing the employee responsible, reports Forbes. Worried about your company's own turbulent tweets? Keep these five lessons in mind to avoid any similar social media snafus:…
  • Should Your Business File for Bankruptcy?

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    Should your small business file for bankruptcy? If you find yourself asking this question, you're not alone. Filing for bankruptcy doesn't necessarily mean throwing in the towel. On the contrary, it may just mean a fresh start for you and your business. Here are five factors to mull over when deciding if your business should file for bankruptcy: 1. Business Bankruptcies Pretty Much Mandate an Attorney. Personal bankruptcies can sometimes be handled by individuals without professional legal help, but the stakes are even higher when it comes to business bankruptcies. Your small business is…
  • 5 Ways to Lower Your Small Business' Tax Rate

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    For Tax Day, here's something for small business owners to consider: Your business could be paying much less in taxes by taking some tips from big corporations. Some of America's most profitable companies like Apple and Microsoft have effective tax rates lower than 30 percent, as Forbes points out. So what can you do to effectively lower your small business' tax rate? Here are five ideas that may pay off for you: Reorganize for tax purposes. There are any number of ways in which you can legally organize your small business, and even incorporating can lead to a myriad of options. If you…
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    BuzzBooster Marketing Advisors: Shahar and Nash

  • Are You Future Oriented? Your Language Tells the Tale

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    The structure of the language spoken by a company’s top team affects the firm’s planning for the future, according to doctoral student Hao Liang, Christopher Marquis of Harvard Business School, and two colleagues. If the language is English, Spanish, or one of many others that use mainly grammar, rather than context, to distinguish present from future (“It is raining,” “It will rain”), people tend to focus less on the future, presumably because it seems more distant. On corporate social responsibility, which is a highly future-oriented activity, firms in countries speaking these…
  • How to use colors in Marketing [BuzzBooster TV #119]

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    Discover how to use colors in your marketing. Colors evoke responses from prospects and clients so you need to understand how they work. With Shahar and Nashlah marketing advisors at BuzzBooster   The post How to use colors in Marketing [BuzzBooster TV #119] appeared first on NeuroMarketing | Small Business Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • The Price of Popularity: Lower Ratings

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    In the two years after books win splashy awards such as the Man Booker Prize, their average ratings on Goodreads.com decline by about a quarter-point on a 1-to-5 scale, whereas those that were runners-up maintain their high ratings, say Balázs Kovács of the University of Lugano and Amanda J. Sharkey of the University of Chicago. A big award draws a larger audience, which includes a greater proportion of people whose tastes aren’t aligned with the book’s style or subject. Also, readers sometimes react negatively to popularity and are thus more inclined to give lower evaluations to…
  • How your spine affects your brain

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
      Coming up on April 15th on Boomerology Revealed: How your spine affects your brain with Dr Shannon Parisi The post How your spine affects your brain appeared first on NeuroMarketing | Small Business Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Your Belief That the World Is “Just” Can Make You Cruel

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    eople’s wish to see the world as just and orderly sometimes leads them to harm those who have already suffered injustice, according to Daniel P. Skarlicki and R. Anthony Turner of the University of British Columbia. In an experiment, managers with self-reported hiring experience provided lower ratings for fictitious job applicants whose only difference was that they had been mistreated by their former employers, such as by being laid off without notice. People derogate victims in this way to avoid the cognitive dissonance that comes from trying to understand how individuals can suffer…
 
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    Dean R Black - Simple. Consistent. Authentic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 9 Business Blogs You Need to Read Today

    Ivan Widjaya
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    I love reading business blogs, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they are not mainstream; I’m looking for fresh insights and going non-mainstream is the way to go. Secondly, as I own and manage business blogs, I need to watch for some of the players in the industry to learn what they are up to, and adopt one or two things that I think beneficial for my own blogs. You can probably pick at least three identifiable blogs out of the following list.… Continue reading » The post 9 Business Blogs You Need to Read Today appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Hiring a Ghostwriter for Your Business Blog: Some Practical Tips

    Ivan Widjaya
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Ghostwriters work in almost every industry you can imagine. While often confused with content writers, journalists, technical writers, etc. A ghostwriter’s specific job is to either: perfectly mimic your current writing style, or (with permission) write on your behalf using your name (such as for blogs where you haven’t established a voice of your own yet, but you’ll be taking the credit yourself.) In the context of blog writing, you would hire a ghostwriter to write in your style, using your direction, with the finished product passing for a post you wrote yourself.……
  • Boosting Your Small Business Social Signals: Will You Incentivize Your Audience?

    Ivan Widjaya
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    There are some talks about social media marketing for small business that leads to one big question: Does boosting your small business’ social signals matter in improving your bottom line? The answer is pretty obscure, in my opinion. You see, social signals are supposed to now be major factor Google uses to find relevant content for their users since the complete “Hummingbird” overhaul last year. That fact is pure speculation though. Yet, many social media marketers and inbound marketers are offering a service to grow your social signals by getting a number of social media…
  • The Paperless Office – More Hope Than Reality?

    SMB Authors
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    When we moved into the digital era in the 1970s, it was confidently predicted that we would develop into a “paperless society”. Since then, we have struggled towards achieving this utopia, particularly with the concept of the paperless office. Paper and the Environment Over the past 30 plus years, there has been a rising consciousness about the impact of paper production on the environment and the destruction of trees. This has led to increased moves to reduce over-dependence on paper within the office environment, leading to waste reduction initiatives and better recycling…
  • Want to Own a Business? Here is a Reality Check First

    SMB Authors
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Starting and owning your own business is the American dream. But dreams are…well…often far from reality. When you’re starting your own business, the reality is that you might end up eating a lot of peanut butter and mac-and-cheese for years and years. So, if you’re accustomed to taking your steady paycheck and dining out, you’re in for a rude awakening. Starting a business is tough, possibly tougher than anything you’ve ever done in your life. So right away, get rid of any grand notions that it will be easy or that you’ll get rich quick.……
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    Big Brand System

  • How to Spring Clean Your Marketing

    Pamela Wilson
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Don’t you love spring? After a long winter, everything is fresh and new. Sunshine floods into all your dark corners, and makes you realize … “Uh-oh. I need to do some clean up!” The same thing happens with your marketing. At some point, you look at your marketing materials and realize there are a few items that are a little off kilter and messy. They’re not as consistent as you’d like. Or they’re promoting things that no longer reflect the direction of your business. Time to update your marketing and get it working again! How do you know it’s…
 
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    Phoenix Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bulldog Design: Total Woman Gym + Spa—Designed With Women In Mind

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

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

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

    Bulldog Drummond
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
  • What does being the brand mean to you?

    Bulldog Drummond
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    What does being the brand mean to you?
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    EpicLaunch

  • The future of the workplace in three points

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

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

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

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

    Kuty Shalev
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:26 pm
    These days, the abundance of freelancers and cloud computing allows you to manage your well-running engine of a company from the comfort of your home — but not without clear communication, set goals, and the right team. To find success, you need to follow these fundamentals of maintaining productivity while managing your team remotely: 1. Start With the Right Team The first thing I look at when hiring remote team members is their list of past accomplishments. I need to see not only what they’ve done in the past, but what they learned from it. For example, if you’re looking for a good…
 
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    Web Marketing Therapy Blog

  • Social Media – Timing is Everything

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

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

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

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

    Web Marketing Therapy
    8 Feb 2014 | 2:45 pm
    We talk a lot on the WMT Healthy Marketing Advice blog about the power of an organization’s online presence.  More and more, YOUR online presence is becoming a critical marketing asset to help you grow your career and/or to help you support work at your organization. Click here to register for the free personal branding webinar on 2-19-14 at 2:30pm EST! On February 19th at 12:30pm EST, I will be leading a FREE Wednesday Webinar on Personal Branding for InternetMarketingClub.org. It’s important to align your online efforts toward a common goal (site, blog, LinkedIn profile,…
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    The Rise To The Top: Helping you generate big time revenue through your own online products & programs

  • The 7 Most Important Tweaks You Can Make To Your Website To 3x/4x Your List In The Next 6 Months

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

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

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

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

    David Siteman Garland
    14 Feb 2014 | 8:59 am
    Who is ready for a brand spankin’ new mini lesson? *raises hand* Here is a problem faced by mediapreneurs of all experience levels (from bright eyed bushy tailed newbie to seasoned veteren): How often should you send emails out to your list on a weekly basis? Now, I’m not talking about special things you might be doing (like a webinar or a free video series or something), I’m talking just in any given week, how many emails should you send (and when)? If you haven’t thought about this before, don’t freak out. A few years ago, I didn’t either. I would send…
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    Entrepreneurs Unpluggd

  • Legal Matters: What Are the Benefits of Where You Form an LLC?

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

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

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

    Melanie Grillet
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    So I’ve achieved my dream of owning my own business, helping people through our coaching, and having an entirely free and mobile lifestyle. It’s AWEsome. I love it so much, I’m fueled daily to work on my business from the early morning to the wee hours, unless I’m hanging with my hubby or doing something else cool. So what’s the problem? Well, I’ve noticed in my intense devotion toward my solo entrepreneurial pursuits, that that’s exactly what they are… solo. Running an online/over-the-phone business, it’s easy to lose social connections as you work work work on all the…
  • Explainer Videos 101

    Guest Author
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    1. What is an explainer video? Explainer Videos. Ok, by now you’ve probably heard this term a million times. Especially since, as an entrepreneur, you’ve probably worked hard mastering ways in which to get the word out on your company’s product or service. You may even have your own video on your homepage that shares with the world what you do. If so, great work But maybe you’ve heard about them, but are still wondering what all the buzz is about. Don’t worry. It’s not too late. (The rest of this post is for you.) So, what is an explainer video you ask? An explainer video is a…
 
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    Launch Grow Joy

  • Why your business should be on Google+ with +Yifat Cohen of @MotechMarketing

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

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

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

    launchgrowjoy
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you are a small business owner you probably have a Facebook page for your business. I have one for both of my businesses (you can see them here and here) and I can’t imagine where my business would be without Facebook! Over the last few years I’ve been excited to see that the number of clients and Facebook users who have been following my business page has increased to over 7,000! However, while my LIKES have increased, the number of people who actually see and interact with my posts has actually decreased. The screenshot below shows my Facebook page’s...
  • Q&A: I’m setting up an online store. What shopping cart software should I go with?

    launchgrowjoy
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    The explosive growth of eCommerce is making business ownership a reality for even more aspiring entrepreneurs, which means I get a lot of questions about what’s the best shopping cart software for you to set up your online store with. I know many of you use sites like Etsy and Artfire to sell your products, but opening your own store with its own shopping cart will help you get the most out of your online business by letting you control how your customers shop. To help you make the choice that’s best for you, here is my take on choosing...
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    Business Broker Blog

  • 8 ways to know if you have a job or own a business

    Alan Brind
    5 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    Alan BrindThe ultimate test of your business can be found in a simple question: would someone want to buy your company? Whether you want to sell 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 ways to […]The post 8 ways to know if you have a job or own a business appeared first on Business Broker Blog.Business Broker Blog - NEW YORK'S PREMIER BUSINESS INTERMEDIARY
  • 5 “strategic” ways to sell your company

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

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

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

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

  • What Should Legal Services Cost? A 3-Step Approach

    Bill Nolan
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    In the last 10 years, there has been an enormous amount of dialogue on the cost of legal services. What does it all mean, and how do you sort through it all so that your company can spend the greatest proportion of your resources on your mission rather than legal services? First, there are a […]
  • Proven Talent Behind New Firm, Fort, Help Organizations Create Brands

    Susan Post
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    A strong brand and inspiring culture can propel a company’s success – as demonstrated by the founders behind new branding firm, Fort. Fort combines two creatives with proven talent – Tom Lennox, founder of Pelotonia, and Terry Rohrbach, founder of award-winning brand visualization company, and Pelotonia’s brand partner, Base Art Co. “This is a really good […]
  • Heroes2u Fosters Memorable Conversations for Meaningful Causes

    Susan Post
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    What well-known figure would you chat with if you had the chance? Taking this concept and adding technology and a charitable cause is the backbone of new startup, Heroes2u. The platform makes donating to charitable causes more accessible and appealing to younger generations. Most events in the non-profit industry come with a price tag that […]
  • Women’s Fund Study Examines Economic Security for Women in Central Ohio

    Nichole Dunn
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Columbus was ranked the seventh-best city for female entrepreneurs in 2013 by a Forbes study. While Columbus provides a strong platform for female business creators, a recent Women’s Fund of Central Ohio study paints a bigger picture of the economic status of women in Columbus. Below, the organization’s president, Nichole Dunn, answers The Metropreneur’s questions […]
  • Simple and Effective Tips on How to Avoid Burnout

    Katelyn Oster
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    As an entrepreneur, work-life balance can be a difficult and elusive beast. ‘Busy culture’ is a sign of the increasing complexity of both modern technological systems and social expectations. Entrepreneurs particularly feel the strain of these demanding expectations, often pulled in many directions, sometimes spreading themselves too thin. The added stress of filling all of […]
 
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    Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

  • The Top 5 Tech Investors For 2014

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

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

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

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

    Adam Toren
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    One of the very expensive aspects of today’s college education are the pricey textbooks. Most of the books students need aren’t widely available and that book monopoly means high prices and high demand for college bookstores. David Miller, CEO of SlugBooks.com encountered this very scenario as a student at UC Santa Cruz and decided to take action. Started in 2008, SlugBooks.com has grown to give college students access to more affordable textbook options to buy and rent from anywhere in the country. I caught up with David to ask him about SlugBooks.com, how it works and how he…
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    Barbara’s Blog

  • The Language of Plastic

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ways to ensure your company is #trending

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

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

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    The desire to add customers and increase market share is undeniable. On the surface, it seems to be the most logical approach to increase profits. However, according to Forbes, building relationships with current clients is important. Addition and subtraction of clients Gaining customers is more expensive than maintaining a business agreement with a familiar customer. According to the source, losing a client and simultaneously signing a new contract can still bring profit margins down because of additional costs associated with acquiring new business. The financial costs of…
  • Embrace Reach As High As You Can Day

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    Each day offers the chance to work toward personal and professional goals. With Reach as High As You Can Day, April 14, just behind us it's a great time to plan or evaluate achievable goals. Setting and succeeding When reaching for the stars, a clearly defined objective pinpoints the specific ball of light to shoot for. Determine what can be attained and outline the steps that will bring results. Setting smaller goals and assigning due dates for them can make the ultimate dream seem less daunting, according to Lifehack Expert Scott Christ, a writer and entrepreneur. One way to…
  • How to throw an Easter-themed party for employees

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    Easter is a defining holiday of springtime that ushers in thoughts of blossoming flowers and children running through the yard hunting for Easter eggs. However, celebrations aren't just for kids. The Easter season is a great time to remind employees how valuable they are with a themed party and personalized business gifts. Decorations A common decorative theme for springtime events, especially Easter, is a pastel color palette. Start by dressing up the party space with balloons, streamers and color coordinated paper goods. Shades of pink and purple are often associated with…
 
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    Firmology

  • Catching Your Clients’ Eyes: How to Stand Out Among Competition

    Courtney Merz
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Raise the Bar For Your Competition By Showing Off Your Good Side If you’re a small business owner or manager, then you most likely take pride in your organization. If your highly trained, super-experienced team adheres to the highest standard of service in your niche, if your customers love you and the results you give them, then you should have no trouble bringing in new clients. But you do because there are many other organizations and teams that can do the same or similar work in your area. Your problem isn’t performance or results, it’s visibility. So how do you stand out in a…
  • Plan For Disaster Recovery With Server Virtualization

    Matt Smith
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Ensure Your Business Stays Functional Even If You Experience Server Hiccups Having a disaster recovery plan is critical; without one, your business may not be able to come back from events such as data loss, service interruptions, and other unforeseen occurrences. Here’s a look at some of the consequences of downtime and how server virtualization can help you prepare and come back. The High Cost of Downtime Unplanned downtime costs businesses an average of $7900/minute. The average length of downtime events is about 90 minutes. Using those two averages, it’s easy to see that even a short…
  • Technology News for Small Businesses & Online Startups [April 15th, 2014]

    Philip Nowak
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Podio is Holding a Live Support Event on May 6th, 2014. Podio, the Copenhagen-based project management platform, is holding a live support event for new and existing customers. The event will be held online, but those in Denmark really benefit as they get to check out Podio’s offices, meet the team, and free drinks/snacks. Register and read more >> Base Releases Appointment Scheduling. Sales and CRM software provider, Base, has released the ability for customers to schedule and track meetings on their phone, tablet, or computer. Features include two-way Google Calendar sync,…
  • Dropbox Opens Office in Australia; Hiring IT, Sales, User Ops

    Philip Nowak
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    While Google is making news with the expansion of Google Computing infrastructure to startups within Asia Pacific, Cloud file storage provider, Dropbox, has announced its own with the opening of a new office in Australia. The Sydney office will be its fifth, the others in San Francisco (HQ), Dublin, Austin, and New York. The new office will be focused on growing Dropbox’s enterprise business. It’s all part of its “Chapter 2″ plan of acquiring corporate clients ahead of an eventual IPO, as its rival, Box, hopes to strengthen its leading position in the enterprise…
  • Google Expands Cloud Platform to Asia Pacific

    Philip Nowak
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Citing the success of Google Cloud Platform built businesses such as Angry Birds (Rovio) and Snapchat, Google has announced plans to expand its infrastructure to support companies in Asia Pacific. In addition to the platform itself, the website and developer console will be available in Japanese and Traditional Chinese. Google Cloud Platform is a set of compute, storage and big data products that allow developers to build on top of the same infrastructure and technology that powers Google. The expansion means that local developers across Asia Pacific can now experience better performance and…
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  • What Boomer Businesses Have Going for Them

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why Comments for Business Blogs are Useless

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

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

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

    Brad &#38; Jeff
    28 Jan 2014 | 7:00 pm
    It’s funny because Blogspot sucks. The best website can be a great asset — something that generates WAY MORE revenue and value for your company compared to the small initial investment. Trouble is… most aren’t. Most become huge liabilities, spiraling outside of scope and dragging on until it costs your company WAY more in support and maintenance than whatever it brings in the door. There are a few easy scapegoats to point the finger at (like the overpriced ad agency or unqualified designer you hired). But the surprising truth? In most cases, it’s not their fault.
  • 50 Ways to Get Customers in 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 9 tools that will improve your team communication

    Alina Vrabie
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    If you care about how your company communicates, you’re probably in constant search for the perfect app for your team. There are lots of good apps out there, and each of them has its benefits and drawbacks. Chances are your team needs a combination of tools, depending on the communication problem you’re trying to solve. So how do you decide which apps will help your team communicate easier, rather than burden their workflow? That’s where this list of tools comes in handy! These are some of the most innovative apps out there, with a great potential to improve your…
  • If you’re a business owner, you work for a crazy person

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

    Kaleigh Moore
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    So, let’s say you’ve been working for a company for a while, and you really want to find a way to accomplish some new tasks or take on new roles with your position. You’re ambitious, hungry, and ready for a challenge. But that means figuring out how to convince your boss that A) You’re ready B) You’re capable and C) You’re serious. Or maybe you need to bring something important or a new idea to their attention and be taken seriously. Our handy graph displays how much time you’ll probably spend getting ready to make that request. Don’t sweat it—worrying is normal. It helps…
  • Email sucks! 5 email alternatives you should check out

    Devan Perine
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    We all have a love / hate relationship with email. For some of us, it’s more hate than love. Jill and Brad talk about different email alternatives that they’ve tried to help keep your inbox from being a daily overwhelming process with different tools, apps and processes. Take a listen to the latest podcast, and maybe.. just maybe you might be able to accomplish INBOX ZERO. They also bring on wonderful small business owners, Aksh Gupta of Occasion, and Gini Dietrich of Spin Sucks and Arment Dietrich to break down their business. You will love them! (Opens up podcast player on…
  • Cube vs. Corner: Is it appropriate to wear headphones at work?

    Devan Perine
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Cube vs. Corner is the place were we tackle and issue from two sides: the boss’s perspective, and the employee’s perspective. This time we’re tackling wearing headphones at work. There’s been some controversy whether or not it’s appropriate to wear them in the office, major critics site that employees isolate themselves from company culture and miss opportunities to collaborate and innovate with others. Brad and Devan talk about how wearing headphones at work has affected their office: BRAD I know that a lot of your work requires big chunks of time when you can…
 
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    Deimar - Business Tips and Strategies for Entrepreneurs

  • How-to Make Your Employees Care About Your Company

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

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

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

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

    Deimar Gutierrez
    4 Mar 2014 | 4:30 am
    Leaders who listen are able to create trustworthy relationships, which allows them to effectively inspire the professional development and overall performance of their teams.Studies have shown that in a typical business day, we spend 45% of our time listening, 30% of our time talking, 16% reading and 9% writing. In addition, we learn about 5% we know by listening. Therefore, listening business context helps us to develop better relationships, expand our knowledge, be great negotiators, and detect and resolve problems faster. Reason why successful leaders are active listeners, which allows…
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    Small Business Bonfire

  • 6 Tips for Writing Attractive Online Job Descriptions

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

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

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

    Eunisse De Leon
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:24 am
    By Eunisse De Leon Reality check: you don’t need a million dollar marketing budget to get more customers for your business. It’s the 21st century wherein people can find just about anything anywhere anytime in a matter of seconds, and there are so much more potential marketing channels besides the generally expensive traditional media outlets. Build a Website The biggest no-brainer for any small business looking to expand its customer reach today and tomorrow is to establish an online presence, and the foundation is an official website. When people want to know where the best affordable…
  • Three Benefits of Using Help Desk Software

    John Coyle
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:42 am
    By John Coyle A qualified help desk professional is able to harness technology to shoot down any problems that may chip away at an organization’s productivity.  With that end goal in mind, there are a number of benefits to actually using help desk software to foster greater harmony between your technology and the pros that use it. Here are three. 1. Increase Employee Efficiency Some days, it seems like the work of a help desk professional is never done. At any given moment, a wide range of issues can crop up that require immediate handling. Help desk software can streamline the…
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    Small Business and Startup Consultants | Business Startup Advice

  • How Will You Beat Your Competition

    Kurt Graver
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:28 am
    Proving that there is a market for your business is the first step in building a successful business plan. Demonstrating that your business can beat the competition is the next stage. In your business plan, you need to demonstrate they your business has the capability to get people to choose your business over your closest competition.There are three main ways to differentiate your business from the compaction These are.1. Cost LeadershipBecoming the lowest price supplier or retailer in the market will give your business a competitive advantage. You need to decide whether your business…
  • Micro-Consulting Official Launch

    Kurt Graver
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:03 am
    We are proud to announce we will be launching Micro-consulting an affordable fixed priced consultant serviced aimed at small businesses and startups. Micro-consulting enables small-business owners and entrepreneurs to solve common business problems quickly and at a fraction of the price of traditional consulting.We have been helping small businesses and startups improve their business through planning, financial control and operational efficiency so it was a natural progression to start offering them packaged solutions for some of the most common business problems.Micro-consulting is a…
  • Top Mistakes To Avoid When Trying To Get Funding

    Kurt Graver
    4 Mar 2014 | 2:45 am
    Finding investment for your business, whether you are a startup or an established business can take a long time and there are several hurdles to overcome. To make the process a lot easier for you and your team its best to cut out some of the common mistakes.Below are some of the most common funding mistakes.HonestyInvestors do not like surprises. They want honesty and transparency. The quickest way to lose investor interest is not to be truthful with them about your business. No business is perfect, try to give the investor a positive, well-rounded and honest account of your business.Any…
  • Start Up Loan Partners Offers & What Not To Put In Your Cash Flow

    kurt graver
    14 Feb 2014 | 10:35 am
    If you are successful in your startup loan application you will get access to lots of free resources from partner organizations.   It would be wise to utilize these offers and factor them into your business plan and cashflow.The amount of partner offers is increasing all the time.  For the latest offers please check out the page below.http://www.startuploans.co.uk/corporate-partners/Partner Offer HighlightsStartup PR - £150 PR Package fromSimply Business - 15% Off Business InsuranceSantander - 2 Years Free BankingFreelancer.com - 12 Months Premium Membership worth £370Create.net -…
  • How Are You Going To Make A Profit

    kurt graver
    14 Feb 2014 | 10:10 am
    Explaining how much money your business will make is a crucial part of your startup loan application. Your application will not be successful if your business if your plan does not forecast a profit and can sustain a full-time employee (this can be the owner) by the end of the first year. This does not mean you should be overly optimistic in your plan as you will have to substantiate your assumptions and provide backup information where possible. Explain exactly how your business will generate revenue, including all potential revenue streams. Will your revenue come from sales, advertising or…
 
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    Small Business Tips and Resources-The Small Business Playbook

  • Small Business Toolbox – April Fifteenth

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

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

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

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

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

  • Canadian Corporate Taxes

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

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

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

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

    CorporationCentre.ca
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:41 am
    We all come to a crossroads at some point in our life - a defining moment to choose one path over another and accept where it leads us. After college I bumped around from job to job trying to build up my experience, and my resume, looking for the right opportunity to grow and be a part of something big. I hated it. I mean I really couldn’t stand it. Everything about holding a job made me feel rotten inside. It’s not that I’m averse to working hard, or that I think that having a job is wrong for everybody, it was just that after a decade in the rat race I discovered a few important…
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    The Business Advisor

  • A Daily Ideas List

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

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

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

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

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

  • Guest Blog: Open Letter to Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

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

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

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

    Chris
    24 Jan 2014 | 9:12 am
    Last July, speculation swirled about who the next SBA Administrator might be. It had been five months since Karen Mills announced that she would step down, and we were all starting to wonder about the future of the post and the agency. I joined the conversation, though not to guess who the nominee might be — instead I put forth a list of qualities the next SBA Administrator should possess and embody. Now that President Obama has nominated Maria Contreras-Sweet, I have a few suggestions for her to consider. My latest blog for The Huffington Post is an open letter to Ms. Contreras-Sweet.
  • 2013 By the Numbers

    Chris
    20 Jan 2014 | 6:09 am
    I’ll be perfectly honest with you: last year was full of uncertainty, surprises, frustrations, victories, and defeats. I knew at the outset that 2013 would be a rather “interesting” year for Mercantile and the SBA 504 lending industry in general. There was good news and bad news regarding supply and demand. More business owners sought SBA financing, but the expiration of the 504 refinance program left a gaping hole in the range of services we could provide for them. I predicted that SBA 504 loan volume would be down by 30% industry-wide, and I was nearly right — I read just the other…
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    Business Pipeline

  • Creating a Secure Password

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

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

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

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

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

  • Is Snapchat for your small business?

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

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

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

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

    Guest Blogger
    11 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    Most small business owners were feeling optimistic at the start of the year, according to a Gallup/Wells Fargo poll. The vast majority felt their prospects for 2014 were better or about the same as they were for 2013. The primary concerns for those not feeling optimistic were the Affordable Care Act, the overall health of the economy and the perpetual bickering in Washington, D.C. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 6.7 percent in December, the lowest reading since November 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Small businesses are the primary job creators in America, and most must…
 
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    Best Small Biz Help

  • Small Biz Check Up

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

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

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

    Dawn Fotopulos
    28 Nov 2013 | 11:56 am
    In this season of giving thanks, it seemed fitting that we remember how it all started. Below you will find the unedited version of Abraham Lincoln’s speech to encourage all Americans to give thanks for all our blessings. His words from 1863 ring true through the generations.  Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers and subscribers.  […]
  • 8 flavors, a soda and more

    Stephanie Jonasson
    10 Oct 2013 | 1:36 pm
    When Sally Mengel and Rachel Moore debuted Loblolly Creamery in 2012, they could not have expected how wildly popular it would become in just two years. Both relied on previous restaurant experience as they tapped into the growing local, artisan food community in Little Rock and developed ice cream flavors that are created from scratch […]
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    Solopreneur Solutions

  • Pinterest Followers for Your Boards

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

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

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

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

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

  • After the Contract: Five Realities for a Small Business Owner

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

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

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

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

    Nelson Nigel
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:05 am
    Diversity is part of change. The nature of a business and the business industry is full of changes – including the client and the providers who must be at par with such developments. Diversity has been happening constantly in the business world. However, it wasn’t talked about […]
 
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    Funding Gates Community

  • Employee Performance Reviews Can Be Fun

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

    Fundbox
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    It costs money to run a business. Thankfully, the tax code works in favor of small businesses in the form of tax deductions. From the overheads involved in running a home office to the expenses incurred on the road, there are numerous tax benefits designed to offset the cost of doing business. However, many of these deductions are overlooked or poorly understood, especially by new business owners. For example, along with the home office deduction, the cost of healthcare premiums, and other substantial deductions, did you know that you can deduct the interest paid on any financial debts…
  • 6 Ways to Immediate Growth Capital and Cash Flow

    Guest Author
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    Small business owners face several challenges, with perhaps the largest being a lack of cash flow and available options to fund growth. Even with a great product or service, most small businesses either succeed or fail as a result of their cash flow management. So how do you grow your company without a pile of cash sitting in the bank? Fortunately, you have several options. Some are risky. Some take a little investment. Some are a little harder to come by. Below, we’ve listed the 6 top options for funding small business growth: Take on a new partner or consider outside investors. If your…
  • Learn About Receivables Management With Top QB Pro Advisors!

    Funding Gates
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Have you seen the recent updates and changes to the FG Receivables Manager? Are you interested in getting advice from some of the leading QuickBooks Pro Advisors on receivables management? Then be sure to check out the Funding Gates team dropping by Gina Rodkey’s Google Hangout. You’ll see some familiar faces and learn some insider tips on collections management!
  • 4 Great Alternatives to PowerPoint

    Funding Gates
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    If you put together presentation decks regularly, or are just starting out but the thought of PowerPoint makes you want to cry, fear not! There are a ton of new options for your presentation needs, and many of them include rich media options that will bring your presentations to life. PowerPoint has been the mainstay of the slide deck world, it had the first mover advantage.  But it also ends up looking somewhat dated and stale no matter what you do. Apple opened with a fresh volley against PowerPoint several years ago when it fully revamped its operating system. Keynote, made popular by Al…
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    On Our Bikes

  • School’s out

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

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

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

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

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

  • Will Web Metrics Kill Professional Journalism?

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

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

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

    Tim Berry
    6 Mar 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Throw away the script; give your people more autonomy to identify and solve problems. — Shep Hyken (@Hyken) March 4, 2014 Not that long ago I discovered, to my dismay, that some customer support and customer service people didn’t want autonomy. I always thought, like my friend Shep Hyken suggests in the tweet above, that everybody wanted to use judgment and decide things on a case-by-case basis.  But I was discussing this in a business owner workshop once when one of the owners in the group said: Actually that’s not really true. Lots of people want not to think about it, and not to…
  • Are you Running a LIFO Time Management Strategy? How Bad Is It?

    Tim Berry
    27 Feb 2014 | 8:29 am
    Do you do what I do? I suspect a lot of us do. With me it’s not just what’s urgent or important, but also what’s on the screen, which window is in the forefront, and what just happened.  It’s like urgent vs. important vs. recent. With a distortion filter for fun, or interesting.  The title of this post comes from basic accounting, handling inventory for accounting purposes as either last in first out (LIFO) or first-in first-out (FIFO). Lately I’ve been doing extreme LIFO. And I’m not sure that’s good.  Urgent vs. Important. It’s a really old paradigm, right? I bet…
 
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    Scentsy Blog

  • Top 5 Facebook Posts through April 2014

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

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

    Christine
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Easter is coming up soon and if you want to do something different for the Easter baskets this year, why not do Scentsy for your gift giving.  I love spring time and Easter to me here in the UK means blossoms and Hot Cross Buns and a relaxing Sunday afternoon going through the park.  I'm used to a lot more candy because I grew up in the states than you get here in England but to be honest its better for my figure that I'm here. ;) My first pick is kind of an obvious choice and is currently available in our special Spring Warmer Bundle with a £20/Eur Savings---our Easter Egg…
  • New Directions for the ole Blog

    Christine
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    So I've been neglecting my Scentsy Blog for quite a bit and I want to change that.  I used to post quite fun posts which I want to bring back, plus I want to add more personal things.  I want to use this blog as a chance for you to get to know me better for one.  I'm quite active on social media but its all so quick and short----a blog gives more opportunity for you to know me. My inspiration for blogging is an artist I've mentioned before on some of my youtube videos---Kelly Rae Roberts.  Not going to link to her here as its against Scentsy rules but I love how she does…
  • Zen Rock Scentsy Element Warmer

    Christine
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:57 am
    The Zen Rock Scentsy Warmer is inspired by tranquil spa rocks.  It combines a sleek modern design with the soothing, organic tones of nature.  What are Element Warmers?  They have all the benefits of Scentsy but in a more discreet package.  Element Warmers use a heating element to safely warm fragrant wax without illumination...Just right for offices, halls and bedrooms. One of the most popular Scentsy Warmers currently in the Spring/Summer 2014 UK/EU Catalogue.  £25/€31
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    Cool Touch Blog

  • Find an A/C Installation Expert Using These Tips

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

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

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

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

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    10 Mar 2014 | 9:38 am
    Although residential and commercial spaces use similar kinds of cooling systems, there can be fundamental differences as well. These differences depend on the size of the workspace, type of AC unit, ventilation and budget for installation and maintenance. A commercial HVAC system lets your business control the climate of your work environment, in order to promote production, to make clients feel comfortable, and to keep sensitive materials in good condition. Whatever the reason, you need the guidance and expert skills of commercial AC repair technician. That’s where Cool Touch comes in.
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  • Sensimat: A new technology to prevent bed sores

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

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

    Melissa Ip
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    For some, landing on a website that automatically plays a sound can be downright annoying. For people with visual impairment who rely on screen readers, having multiple audio sources playing at the same time can make the website impossible to use. Over the weekend, the Hong Kong government presented awards to 110 businesses and organizations with website and mobile app designs that facilitate access by all, including people with visual, physical, hearing, and cognitive impairment. The awards, part of the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme, first began in 2012 to show appreciation for local…
  • Social enterprise at the BoP an encouraging sign, says Sankalp director

    Melissa Ip
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    After a rigorous six-month application, evaluation, and mentoring process, the Sankalp Social Enterprise Awards has chosen the final eight social enterprises to compete for a $40,000 grand prize. They are Swayambhu Biologics (Agriculture, Food & Livelihoods), Aura Herbal (Clean Energy/Technology), Karadi Path (Education & Vocational Training), Kinara Capital (Financial Inclusion), iKure (Health, Water & Sanitation), Spatial Ideas (Technology for Development), MicroGraam (Women Empowerment), and Nokooda (Clean Cookstoves). In addition, the Sankalp People’s Choice Award went to…
  • Gulf region gets Ashoka support

    Melissa Ip
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Ashoka Arab World has launched a new program to give social entrepreneurs in the UAE and the Gulf region a helping hand. The project, unveiled at a launch event in Dubai, is called the Arab World Social Entrepreneurship Program (ASEP), and will help social entrepreneurs in the areas of healthcare, women participation for inclusive growth, and environment scale up their operations. The idea is to connect social entrepreneurs with business entrepreneurs. A group of business entrepreneurs from the region has already been enlisted to participate in this initiative. Under the ASEP, social…
 
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  • An Insight Into Form Elements Which Need To Be Organized And Aligned

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

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

    Christian Trejo
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:18 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life For many businesses, the ultimate goal is to reach a global market. While a business may have the means of going global, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to be a simple process. There will always be barriers when it comes to growing a business outside of its own region, especially when trying […]
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  • Elements of a Successful Social Media Marketing Campaign

    Christian Trejo
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:33 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life Everyone aspires to succeed in their social media marketing efforts. These platforms are considered as the best medium to carry out your marketing efforts since they are quick, inexpensive and imminently scalable. Social media could be called as the guerrilla marketing with steroids, which happens to be an enticing sea of potential consumers dwelling […]
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  • How to Avoid Online Distractions and Manage Your Time Well

    Contributor
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com As your home business grows, you may find yourself a little overwhelmed with how much is left to be done. The amount of work increases. Learn time management strategies for home business owners This article was written by Contributor for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Manage Multiple Priorities How to Manage a Crisis and Avoid Damage to Your Company’s Reputation Top 10 Distractions When Working from Home
  • 2-Step Process to Help You Achieve Your Goals

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    17 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com If you have goals in life, how do you manifest them in your daily life and make them as clear as it can be. Learn some ways of goal manifestation using a 2-step process to help you achieve your goals This article was written by Contributor for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: 10 Tips for Creating Positive Momentum to Achieve Your Goals 9 Steps to Achieve Your Goals 10 Brilliant Steps to Attaining Your Own Goals
  • Do You Have What It Takes to Succeed as an Entrepreneur?

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    16 Apr 2014 | 5:41 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Do you have what it takes to succeed at owning and operating your own business? When starting your own business, having the desire to accomplish your goal is not enough. To help you succeed as an entrepreneur, follow these seven success survival tips. This article was written by Contributor for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: 6 Skills Every Entrepreneur Need to Succeed Frictionless E-Commerce: What It Takes to Succeed Online 25 Quick Tips on How to Succeed in Business
  • 5 “Easy” Ways to Earn Money Online for Extra Cash

    Jenny Fulbright
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com If you think starting your own online business, or selling on Ebay or Amazon is too hard, too stressful, too time consuming and too involved, you can choose to participate in money-generating schemes that may be “easier” while allowing you to stay at home. This article was written by Jenny Fulbright for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: 8 Ways to Earn Money from Online Videos How to Earn Money on the Web Tips on How to Earn Money from Home
  • How to Achieve Breakthrough in Your Marketing and Win More Customers

    Charlie Cook
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Do you ever get frustrated with your marketing? Are you putting in a lot of effort but not getting the results you want? Don't you wish you could just hit a switch and get a better response from your mailings, sales calls and web site? Try these ideas to achieve breakthrough in your marketing. This article was written by Charlie Cook for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: 6 Ways to Increase Your Customers 5 Magnets Guaranteed to Draw New Customers to Your Business Base Your Marketing on How Prospects Make Buying Decisions
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  • Credit Card Processing Tips for Small Businesses

    Carissa Dunphy
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Recent studies have shown that more than half of America’s 27 million small businesses still don’t accept credit cards, which is very surprising when you consider how much they’re worth to the economy. Cards account for well over 60% of offline transactions and their market share is increasing all the time, so they cannot be ignored for much longer.  This article includes tips and advice that will help you choose the right credit card processing solution for your business. Shop Around There are so many different options available, so you need to do a lot of research before choosing a…
  • 5 Ways to Quit Wasting Time as a Business Owner

    Carissa Dunphy
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:26 pm
    If you’re like most business owners, there’s never enough time in the day to get what you need to do done. You often wish you could clone yourself, but alas, you cannot. Still, I’m willing to bet there are areas where you’re wasting valuable time you could be spending on other activities that would help you grow your business. 1. Are You Doing All Your Admin? If you’re a one-man or one-woman show, probably so. But there’s no reason you need to. Most of administrative tasks are automated and simple enough to hand over to someone else. This could be your chance to delegate. It’s a…
  • How Keyword Research Helps SME’s Get Ahead in the Search Engine

    Carissa Dunphy
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Like all other types of marketing, SEO is all about planning the right campaign. You can put in as much effort as you like, with the most talented staff, but if you don’t have your strategy mapped out then you won’t hit the desired heights. Keyword research is a huge part of planning an effective marketing campaign. How can you use it to grow your small business online? Let’s take a look: Identify your keywords No-one knows your business better than you. So consider your business and the products and services you provide and identify which terms you believe your target market will…
  • Steps to Maximize your Small Business Marketing

    Carissa Dunphy
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:25 pm
    I am so grateful for the experience of appearing on ABC’s “Shark Tank.”  While many of the viewers at home think those who appear on the hit show become instant millionaires, the reality is most don’t, and some consider their exposure and re-runs a key ingredient in marketing their brands.  Should anyone rely on a television appearance or a write-up in a notable magazine as the cornerstone of marketing strategy? Entrepreneurs from the second and third seasons who slipped out of the limelight due to the saturation of nearly 200 entrepreneurs who have appeared since,…
  • 5 Best Jobs for Small Town Business Owners to Post

    Carissa Dunphy
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Life in small towns differs from life in big cities in a lot of ways, including how people look for jobs. Business owners operating out of small towns need to know what kind of people they’re likely to attract through employment ads and what kind of jobs these type of people are likely to seek. Though there’s generally less competition for jobs in small towns, business owners need to be more careful about finding applicants who are truly qualified and most likely to stay in the position for longer than their counterparts in bigger locales. Here are some sample job titles and why…
 
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  • 5 Tips To Help You Be a Successful WAHM (Work-At-Home Mom)

    Small Business Articles
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:24 am
    Being a Successful WAHM It’s never easy being a mom trying to juggle a work at home job with a family life. 15 years ago, most people never even heard the acronym WAHM (work-at-home mom). Women usually had to make the decision to stay at their 9am-5pm job and find childcare or become a stay at home mom without any additional income. Luckily, a question today’s Moms can ask is “What kind of work can I do from home? According to parenting.com the desire for family flexibility is the number-one reason most Moms want to work from home. Working as a virtual assistant (VA) is a…
  • Outsourcing: It’s Not A Dirty Word

    Small Business Articles
    10 Feb 2014 | 8:21 am
    When some people hear the word outsource, they start to panic. These people believe that the word outsource means shipping jobs overseas instead of keeping them in the United States. News flash panicked people: that’s not always the case. Sure, some companies do outsource some of their jobs to overseas companies because they’re generally cheaper, but in today’s service-based economy, there is a ton of outsourcing done right here in the USA. As a businessperson, your time is valuable. It may actually worth your time to spend a few dollars to outsource the following jobs to trusted US…
  • 6 Marketing Mistakes Almost All Small Businesses Make

    Bonnie Weaver
    5 Feb 2014 | 5:29 am
    Owning small business is difficult enough without inadvertently shooting yourself in the foot but unfortunately, that’s what all too many small businesses are doing day after day. Too many entrepreneurs make major marketing mistakes without even realizing it, sacrificing customers and creating more work for themselves in the long run. Every small- to medium-sized business has its own set of marketing challenges but there are a few universal truths when it comes to small business promotion. Here are six marketing mistakes all most small businessesmake that you should avoid at all cost… 6.
  • Do You Want More YouTube Subscribers?

    Small Business Articles
    3 Feb 2014 | 6:58 am
    Just posting videos on YouTube doesn’t mean people will actually watch them. It takes some effort on your part to ensure they can be searched for by people who would watch them. This means getting your videos ranked higher in the search results. Sadly, this is a double edged sword as you need more views to get your videos to rank higher. One way to get more views is to have more people to subscribe to your channel. So if you want more subscribers and more views on your videos then you need to do the following to be successful. The More Videos on Your Channel the Better It is a well known…
  • How Can Mind Mapping Improve Business Performance?

    Small Business Articles
    25 Mar 2013 | 7:40 am
    Whether in a meeting or preparing to deliver a pitch to a potential client, the most common way we would prepare would be with traditional chronological sequencing of our preparation ideas and notes. Engrained in the psyche from an early age to copy from the board or a lecturer, it makes perfect sense to why we do such tasks in this way. For some it works, but for the more innovative, creative members of our team this form of sequencing could lead to a lack of understanding of certain tasks, demotivation and boredom. So what are the options? What is Mind Mapping? During the 1960’s &…
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  • Make your BIZ + LIFE better and easier, by doing this…

    Barbara Austin
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    So… You and me, we’re the independent “march to the beat of our own drum” entrepreneur types… You’re so independent + tenacious, you probably like to do EVERYTHING yourself—as much as possible. Especially if you’re a solopreneur like me. I totally get it. I’m a hands-on kind of gal, and I like having control over […]
  • Why you might not need that re-design, after all…

    Barbara Austin
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:52 pm
    You know how it goes… The business you started with, never stays the same for long. We can’t help it, right? In order to grow and prosper, we have to change, and change we do. Inevitably, that little seed of a business we started ages ago has morphed into something totally different. Perhaps even BIGGER […]
  • Instant Intrigue! 4 Must-Have Elements for a Captivating Home Page

    Barbara Austin
    25 Feb 2014 | 11:07 am
    You know that feeling, when you land on a new website, and you’re instantly intrigued? Like you just can’t wait to explore + learn more about that person/organization/business, because their home page totally speaks to you? For me, it feels like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow! I mean, let’s […]
  • Never Build a Website Without Doing This ONE Essential Thing, First

    Barbara Austin
    18 Feb 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Here’s the thing, about your website… It’s like the sun around which all your other planets rotate. If your source of light & warmth isn’t there, or isn’t shining as brightly as it should, the rest of your solar system suffers (like your social media following, networking efforts, and other ways you market yourself to […]
  • One Simple Trick to Greater Satisfaction + Fulfillment, and a Loyal Audience of Clients & Customers

    Barbara Austin
    12 Feb 2014 | 3:14 pm
    I’ve heard it said, that becoming an entrepreneur is the quickest path to self-discovery/self-improvement. And I think it’s absolutely true! We have to know who we are, before we know what it is we’re meant to do & who we’re meant to serve. We have no choice but to build self-discipline, learn how to sell […]
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  • Benefits of Insurance agents’ Websites

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    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    An insurance agent is always dependent upon the quality insurance leads in order to grow his business. Creating their own website is one of the best solutions to their marketing problem, as websites are the cheapest and convenient way to advertise the product or services. Insurance websites provide the best opportunity to the customers to communicate with the insurance agents without spending a single penny and from anywhere. The customers can get the solution to their problems by just clicking on the web pages of the insurance websites. So for the ease of the consumers and to have a huge…
  • A Responsive design for Dry Cleaning Business website

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    16 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    “A dry cleaning business can bring a steady income if located in a well trafficked area by offering its valuable services”. This statement is true, but quite outdated. In today’s world of internet, everything is just a click away and is available at your doorstep, even the dry cleaning service. There has been a lot of competition in the dry cleaning service market so every store is trying to fetch more and more customers. Having their own Responsive website is the best and convenient way to reach the local customers. Nowadays, it does not matter where the dry cleaning store is located.
  • How to Design Your Photography Website for having a successful Business

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    15 Apr 2014 | 11:55 pm
    For a professional photographer, it is of utmost importance to add the clients through the website. An effectively designed website can help the photographer to get new clients every day. But before proceeding further it is essential for a photographer to know about the features of an impressive and effective website. Choosing an attractive and relevant domain name Selecting the best and relevant domain name for the photography website is the first and the most essential step. It must not contain difficult and strange spellings. It is believed that the shorter the better. The domain name must…
  • How to get the website on Google

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    15 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
    How to get the website on Google is another way of asking the question, how to attract more and more traffic to the website. Getting more traffic to the site simply means that more and more people are viewing the site on a daily basis. It also means that the site is search engine optimized. It is not so difficult these days; one can easily create his site in few minutes with the help of online web builders like web start today. These online web builders also allow its users to make their website SEO optimized. If done correctly, one can have his site on Google in three days or less. Doing the…
  • How to create a Photography Website in 5 Steps

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    14 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    Websites are wonderful tools for the photographers who want to display beautiful images and sell photo collection online. So, there are lots of photographers that are interested in knowing the basics of creating a photography website. Earlier it was a bit difficult to create a website as it involved a huge amount as well as time. But, the online web builders like web start today has eliminated this drawback and provided a platform where the photographers can create their own website themselves and in a few minutes. The online web builders provide the photographers with ready to use…
 
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  • How to Manage Work and Family as You Grow Your Small Business

    Melinda Emerson
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9 pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with @AmyWalkerCoach.  Amy Walker is a Business Family Balance expert – with a husband, 5 little boys and 2 companies to run, she has to be.  Amy is passionate about assisting women to create strong businesses that bless and benefit their families.  Her mission is to teach women the specific skills they need to play full out in business and rock the Mommy role.  She has trained…
  • The Lifeline of Your Business: 5 Rules to Loving Your Sales CRM

    Melinda Emerson
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Guest Article Don’t hate your sales CRM.  It’s your friend.  Really it is.  An effective CRM – Customer Relationship Management – system can be the lifeline of your business.  I have had the pleasure of using five different CRM systems (plus spreadsheets, notebooks, and my good old memory) over the last 15 years.  Quite frankly, I think CRM systems are required by law to bring some level of pain and misery to all of their users.  However, learning to live in harmony with your sales CRM will bring sales outcomes that exceed your greatest expectations.  One CEO said, ‘It’s…
  • The Daily Deal Isn’t Dead Yet

    Melinda Emerson
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    We all know that consumers are not as excited about the Groupon emails that land in their inboxes as they used to be, and we’ve all heard the horror stories of businesses that were overwhelmed or even destroyed by a poorly planned campaign. But, some businesses are making them work. Here’s one. 24-year-old Jacomo Hakim, known to his friends as DJ Jacomino, was instructed by his father to get a real job. Inspired by the lap band surgery his dad underwent, he created a business to tailor clothes to match his father’s new look and size. Mr. Hakim started a custom tailoring business making…
  • Creative Ways To Leverage a Virtual Assistant in Your Small Business

    Melinda Emerson
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9 pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with Rebekah Quintana @BekahQ. Rebekah owns Sidecar Executive Support, a Virtual Assistant company. She wants nothing more than her clients to succeed, and LOVE their business. When shes in the “sidecar” of her clients business, shes able to help them stay on target, and grow their business—all accomplished through her diverse work history and mad skills. She offers her clients:…
  • Small Business Tax Tips for Last Minute Filers

    Melinda Emerson
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Guest Article Depending on where you live, a good majority has already witnessed wild weather patterns since the New Year. According to most calendars though, spring has officially sprung! And according to Uncle Sam, the time of the dreadful deadline draws nigh. Now, hold your horses, before you gallop into a frantic frenzy, we’d like to share a few valuable tips to help you in tax planning, preparation and preventative maintenance: 1. Filing Extension.  The IRS requires each taxpayer to file a complete and accurate return but there are times when the deadline catches up to you.   An…
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  • Gene therapy could be key to helping the blind to see

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    6 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    By Rhonda Campbell You don’t have to have lost total ability to see in order to be blind. In fact, the National Federation of the Blind says that blindness exist if a person’s “sight is bad enough—even with corrective lenses—that they must use alternative methods to engage in any activity that persons with normal vision would do using their eyes.” The government takes a different approach, stating that to be legally blind, a person’s vision must be “20/200 or less in the better eye with the best possible correction or that the visual field must be 20…
  • Strong math skills can help your finances

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    25 Mar 2014 | 12:25 pm
    By Rhonda Campbell If you use more of your left brain than your right, there’s a good chance that you are good at math. Reason for that is that the left side of the brain is used to perform logical tasks. Types of tasks that require you to think logically include creating and maintaining budgets, organizing files, and, yes – performing math equations, including complex math equations. Strong math skills could help make you wealthy Leaning more toward logical thinking than idealism has been shown to have a direct impact on how much money you’ll earn. Consider this. U. S. News…
  • Linking spiritual laws to success and prosperity

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    15 Mar 2014 | 2:11 pm
    MEET Jim Phillips — Jim Phillips is a gifted speaker, seminar leader and certified life, spiritual and business coach. His true passion is the exploration and application of spiritual law as it applies to prosperity and overall quality of life. One of Jim’s gifts is his ability to help others understand and apply complex spiritual concepts to their personal life. Jim currently resides in Aldie, VA where he continues his writing, coaching and speaking. To learn more about the availability of the book, to schedule a book signing or speaking engagement, contact Jim at 703-626-8441 or…
  • New Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Debuts

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    8 Mar 2014 | 9:26 am
    By Rhonda Campbell Samsung has been developing patented technology to entertain people for 70 years. Founded in Korea, Samsung began as a trading company. Since its founding, the company has developed personal computers, televisions and mobile telephones. Samsung continuing to be a frontrunner in the mobile technology space Although Samsung’s hasn’t received as large a share of the mobile telephone market as Apple, it is a leader in the industry, having developed well over 800 million mobile telephones. At the start of the new year, the company released its much talked about…
  • Low paying jobs are becoming the norm

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    25 Feb 2014 | 1:26 pm
    By Charles Dundley During 2013, more than 2.1 million jobs were added to payrolls in the United States. The fact that millions of adults landed new jobs, some after struggling through a long period of unemployment, is good news. However, many of these jobs pay less than the average annual wage American workers make. A job isn’t always a step up According to Bloomberg, “Occupations paying below-average wages accounted for more than half of last month’s U.S. payroll increase, a dynamic that may restrain consumer spending and the economic recovery.” In addition to paying…
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  • How to Get More Sales at Your Online Store with Targeted Shop Sections

    G.B. Oliver
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:53 am
    by G.B. Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant Right now, every online shop I visit has the same old, broad-based categories – Mother’s Day Gifts, Grad Gifts, Easter Dresses…boring! When you have a potential buyer on your shop’s landing page, try to narrow in on their specific wants and needs and you may find you sell more. […]
  • 7 Creative Real Estate Marketing Ideas for Realtors

    G.B. Oliver
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:26 pm
    by G.B. Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant I market all types of businesses, and the real estate industry seems to always be looking for truly fresh, creative and innovative ways to market their business. So I did a little brainstorming and came up with what I think are some innovative marketing ideas for realtors. Even if you don’t sell […]
  • How Customer Review Sites Like WeeSpring Will Change Online Shopping

    G.B. Oliver
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    by G.B. Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant WeeSpring is a customer review site specifically for baby and kids products. From within one product page, WeeSpring allows parents to: review a product rate a product as “love” “have” “want” or “regret” add the product to their gift registry or wish list share their review on social media share […]
  • How to Get Your Business Noticed on Pinterest Using Long Pins

    G.B. Oliver
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:29 am
    by G.B. Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant I’m sure you have read many times, that some of the most repinned pins on Pinterest (say that three times) are long pins. Because Pinterest has a vertical display, long pins that take up several rows tend to get noticed more, and the more noticed, the more repinned. […]
  • Hot Product Trend 2014: Maps

    G.B. Oliver
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:28 am
    by G.B. Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant Everywhere I look, someone is putting a map on something. From baby onesies to jewelry, maps are a hot retail product trend in 2014. Why Are Maps So Popular? We see maps all the time in our daily lives without even realizing it. How many people have a […]
 
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  • How to use the small business edge to your advantage

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Large corporations have always been considered a threat to startups, mom-and-pop operations, microbusinesses and other small and medium-sized enterprises, but in recent years, SMBs have had another foe with which to contend: E-retailers. So, in an age when a consumer can walk into a big-box brick-and-mortar establishment that stocks whatever he or she needs all in one place or make a purchase by simply clicking a few computer keys or pressing a couple of smartphone buttons, how can SMBs hope to compete? The answer is in their name. Small businesses are just that: Pint-sized, personal and…
  • Put a modern twist on small business customer loyalty

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    By and large, entrepreneurs understand that existing customers are more valuable to their companies than new ones. That said, they are still struggling to implement small business marketing tactics that spur loyalty and keep consumers coming back for more, according to recently released research from online small business community Manta in partnership with independent market research and advisory firm BIA/Kelsey. “The benefits of loyalty marketing are proven – increased customer spending, higher retention – yet, few SBOs even have a program in place,” wrote Jed…
  • How can small businesses use mobile technology to their advantage?

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    The proliferation of smartphones and tablets has had a transformative effect on companies across industries. Forward-thinking entrepreneurs are adapting their small business marketing strategies to appeal to the ever-growing mobile consumer base. According to Pew Research, 90 percent of American adults own a cell phone, and 63 percent use their devices to access the Internet. Mobile technology offers small businesses invaluable opportunities for improving productivity and connecting with their target audiences. In the coming years, smartphones are bound to become even more ubiquitous, so…
  • Women business owners well-positioned for success

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Inc. Magazine’s Eric Schurenberg opened last year’s Women’s Summit, held in New York City, by listing attributes typically exhibited by the business leaders of today. He stated that contemporary corporate chiefs tend to exhibit softer qualities, a departure from what Democrat & Chronicle contributor Amanda Altman described in a September 2013 article for the publication as “the hard-nosed qualities you saw in the boardroom wrapped in a suit.” Welcome news for women This is good news for women business owners, as characteristics such as empathy, vulnerability,…
  • How can small business sales teams identify the right customers?

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    In a small business sales environment, it’s crucial that employees remain focused on selling to their target customers. All too often, sales representatives’ efforts are distracted by the desire to make any and every conversion possible. As Business 2 Community contributor Sheen Chen recently pointed out, this can become detrimental to a small business’s growth. While firms might experience a short-term revenue boost by selling to non-target customers, doing so will limit their potential to obtain more ideal customers. Create a sound business model Chen advised entrepreneurs…
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    Small Biz Viewpoints

  • Many Uses of Shipping Containers for Small Business

    SmallBizViewpoints
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Shipping containers have transformed the global trade. Innovative companies are finding novel uses of those containers for housing, storage and data centers. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How can Small Businesses Promote Products with Regifting

    SmallBizViewpoints
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Promotional products tied to your products provide great marketing buzz and sales boost along with long-term benefits. How can you successfully use promotions in your marketing. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Do You Know Who Your Competitors Are?

    SmallBizViewpoints
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Taking a simplistic view of the competition can put you out of business in the long-term. Use this guide to really know your competition. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Case Studies in Growing Business by Going Green

    SmallBizViewpoints
    11 Feb 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Going green and growing profit doesn't have to be mutually exclusive. Learn how these businesses did both with sustainable business model. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The State of Social Media in 2013

    SmallBizViewpoints
    4 Feb 2014 | 7:59 pm
    How did consumers and publishers use social media in 2013. Infographic showing the state of social media in 2013. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    WP Curve

  • Startup Chat #65 – Freedom, travel and entrepreneurship with Natalie Sisson

    Dan Norris
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    COMPETITION: Win a free marketing guide for kickstarter, by telling us the coolest place in the world to work from. Comment below to enter, best answer wins. This week we chat with Natalie Sisson the Suitcase Entrepreneur. Natalie travels the world working out of her suitcase and inspires other to do the same. iTunes | Stitcher | YouTube | RSS Background and links Been travelling full time for 4 years Teaches people how to build online businesses. Has 8 revenue streams Suitcase Entrepreneur site Natalie on Twitter (@nataliesisson) Suitcase Entrepreneur book Kickstarter Guide High Flyer…
  • Everything I’ve learned about business, compressed into 7 days

    Dan Norris
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Hi there, I’m currently putting the finishing touches on my book The 7 Day Startup. It contains everything I have learned about business in 8 years, compressed into a 7 day action plan. The book will be free. I will also be releasing all of the content of the book via blog posts on this blog and other blogs. Each chapter will be modified into an acceptable blog post for the site it’s intended for. I will also be offering 1 podcast interview for every one of the major topics in the book. If you would like to have me on your show / site, then please read on. Guest posts The book…
  • Small business book review #4 – Influence by Robert Cialdini

    Eric Conley
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    A big, friendly WP Curve welcome to our friend, Eric Conley. In this post, Eric will share how Robert Cialdini’s book Influence helped him improve his fitness, make new friends and even learn the piano. Skill building is not a matter of “working harder” — instead it is the result of habits and psychological influence.  The best in their field recognize the power of daily marginal gains and enjoy the process, versus the result.  It boils down to this: Don’t improve yourself. Let enjoyment improve you. Robert Cialdini wrote a masterful book on the art of persuasion, entitled…
  • 5 simple triggers to write better content, faster

    Alex McClafferty
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Writers who frequently produce long-form, high quality content fascinate me. Three noteworthy writers I wanted to learn from are Neil Patel, Tim Ferriss and my co-founder Dan Norris. They share an incredible knack for producing long-form content at a breakneck pace. Truthfully – I’m green with envy and wanted to find a way to create better content, faster. So, I did my homework. Writers who frequently produce long-form, high quality content fascinate me @wpcurve - CLICK TO TWEET Studying the gurus Tim Ferriss gets into his writing zone in the wee hours of the morning. He takes…
  • Startup Chat #64 – How to beat Harvard on iTunes with Billy Murphy

    Dan Norris
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:59 pm
    iTunes | Stitcher | YouTube | RSS This week we chat with Billy Murphy from foreverjobless.com. We talk about his background in poker and building ecommerce sites and his new podcast. The trick he revealed for launching his podcast into the iTunes top 3 is so simple you’ll wish you thought of it yourself. You can’t crush it with a 500 word article @billymurph via @wpcurve – CLICK TO TWEET First entrepreneurial endeavor Sold baseball cards for a profit When he was 17, had a job for a month or two – then quit After college, worked a commission only gig for 4 – 5…
 
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    Resource Nation Small Business Articles & Advice

  • Your Instagram Game Plan: 3 Must-Dos

    Resource Nation
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    Two-hundred million users – who doesn’t want a piece of the Instagram pie? And accordingly, you started by posting a photo of Richard, your eager-to-please admin assistant, as he poured coffee at Monday’s all-hands-on-deck meeting. Okay, so it didn’t exactly go viral, and your first foray into Instagram might have been a tad anti-climatic. Don’t get discouraged; that’s what we expect with a hit and miss approach. Instead, try developing a focused and achievable game plan. Keep it simple:  If you implement these 3 strategies and nothing more, you will be ahead…
  • Shopify, PayPal, and New POS Tech Making it Easy to Pay

    Guest Author
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Out of any of the sundry realms in which millennial technologies have changed the rhythms of life on the planet, none has been so turned on its head than the realm of sales. From the way companies brand themselves to innovations in CRM, technology is redefining what we buy by expanding the possibilities of how we can buy it. Nowhere is this shift more evident than in that final and crucial point of sales:  the payment process. By simultaneously making POS more robot-edged and custom-tailored, new tech is making online transactions boom to a $200 billion + piece of pie and streamlining…
  • Facebook Marketing: You’re Doing It All Wrong

    Guest Author
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’ve been in digital marketing since 2008, four years after Facebook first launched. And despite the significant evolution of marketing – it feels like social media marketing has become a bit stagnant. Countless social media tools have come out since to help us make our efforts more efficient. But unfortunately most of these tools and solutions focus on the ‘internal’ management of social media profiles and communities. Sure, this streamlines the process, but this implies that most small businesses currently have communities large enough to require these robust tools. This does not…
  • Employee Engagement: What Will Your Verse Be?

    Resource Nation
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:07 am
    Look around the office: are your employees emotionally engaged in their work? Are they your loudest advocates and ambassadors outside of the office, when no one’s watching? If your employees are going through the motions, showing up to be seen and counted, then it’s a fair bet they are not engaged. And I’d wager, further, that their apathy is a drag, a costly drag, on your enterprise.  Actively disengaged employees alone cost the U.S. between $450 billion to $550 billion each year in lost productivity, and are more likely than engaged employees to steal from their companies…
  • One Trend No Small Business Can Afford to Ignore

    Resource Nation
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Trends come and go. Some stick, but most fade faster than you can say VHS. That said, there is one trend of such magnitude that no small business can afford to ignore. The impact of mobile is transforming not only how companies market their products and services, but it’s also changing workplace culture as we know it. First, what does the data tell us? According to the Pew Research Center, more than half of American adults have a smartphone, about two-thirds have a laptop, and 34 percent own a tablet. Studies indicate that anywhere from 41 to 50 percent of emails are currently being…
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    Tanya Smith Online

  • Where to Find Good Content To Share Online

    Tanya Smith
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    If you are looking to source quality content you can share online there are several ways that you can get it done.  Of course, the first approach is to write the content yourself. But, if you don’t enjoy writing, aren’t good at it, or just don’t have enough time in your day to write, what other choices do you have? Use a Freelancer or Ghostwriter Hiring a freelancer or ghostwriter is a great option for getting all of your content created. The major thing to note is  this can get expensive…fast. Be prepared to pay based on how many words you want per article. A few…
  • My List of the Best Content Curation Resources

    Tanya Smith
    11 Mar 2014 | 12:37 am
    Finding ideas for great content can take a lot of time.  As an entrepreneur, it’s important to create a library of sources you can go to for finding new ideas.  One of my favorite tools for creating libraries and lists is called List.ly and I’ve used this tool to put together a hot list of my favorite content curation sites right now. If you’ve been to the resources page, you have seen List.ly in action – I track a lot of my favorite lists there. To learn more about what content curation is, check out my blog post Introduction to Content Curation. How To Use Content…
  • An Introduction to Content Curation

    Tanya Smith
    6 Feb 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Ever had a trusted friend share their thoughts on the latest movie you should go see, or the fabulous dessert at a new restaurant?  The person didn’t just say, “Go check it out”.  They probably added their opinion along with just enough details to get you interested so you’d buy a ticket and watch the movie yourself. Content curation is like that.  The more you share good quality stuff, the more reliable you become as a content resource.   Content curation is a hot topic right now, and it has quickly become high on the online buzzword bingo list. But like most…
  • 10 Creative Ways to Use Evernote For Easy Content Planning

    Tanya Smith
    16 Jan 2014 | 3:00 am
    Getting and keeping your content organized can be a real problem with everyone’s busy lifestyles. We’re bombarded with way too much information on the internet and contacts we make through our professional and personal relationships.  Sometimes it’s hard to remember to save things and later, remember where we saved them. That’s where Evernote comes in. Evernote is a great resource for saving everything from simple to-do list to recipes, images and photographs and web pages we want read later.  I’m a huge fan of using Evernote to plan and store ideas for content…
  • Why People Don’t Share Content

    Tanya Smith
    15 Jan 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Sharing content has become more important than ever before in the online marketing space. The problem is not everyone wants to do this. In a short video, I will explore a few simple reasons why we don’t share and in a future post I’ll share ways we should combat these objections to sharing. The video shows 4 key reasons for not sharing then breaks down what each of these may look like. Most people don’t share because they are: Scared Suspicious Lacking resources Don’t know how Do you fit into any of these categories?  What else is holding you back from delivering…
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    grodland: brainstorms that mean business™

  • Six Figures in Seven Years: From Slacker to Guru

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

    Gregg Rodriguez
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    Originally posted on grodland: brainstorms that mean business™: They say it’s lonely at the top, but where exactly is the top? Do we ever reach it? Here is why I ask that question: One of my many nephews is going off to college, finally. I use the word “finally” only to make a point. He’s 21. Although, I wholeheartedly believe 21 is a very good age to begin college, and 25 even better–18 is still too young an age to be granted such freedom, and expected to stay focused at the same time. I also refer to this with “finally” because at that age when someone decides to put off…
  • Thanks to all those who follow my blog!

    Gregg Rodriguez
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:50 am
    It rule appreciate that you follow my blog–and honored that you read my writing, especially when there’s a deep blue sea of blogs out there. For that I am truly grateful. I am always open to your ideas, suggestions for topics and willing to answer your questions. Brainstorm your way to Success! I hope you guys have a great week. If you are looking for a job, I wish you the best on your job search. Remember to customize your resume to each job–almost as if you drafted the resume especially for that potential role. And don’t be afraid to use their own words on your…
  • Succeeding in an Age of Uncertainty or How to Keep Your Job!

    Gregg Rodriguez
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:26 am
    “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill Uncertain job market We live in uncertain and unpredictable times. We always have. It’s actually the norm, although we only notice it during really tough economic times because people talk about it more. That’s the good news. The bad news is that going forward, we we’ll be talking about this, and living an Age of Uncertainty all the time. It’s almost guaranteed. Have you noticed that companies undergo huge transformations almost every other year now–even where you work? Though some…
  • Beyond New Year’s Resolutions

    Gregg Rodriguez
    4 Jan 2014 | 7:40 am
    For years, as many others do, I made a New Year’s Resolution. Giving up something, vowing to do more of something or starting to exercise more or eat a What’s your #resolution? better diet. It took me until a few years ago to realize that doing that was for the most part pointless, for several reasons: 1) The resolution was too broad, not quantifiable or measurable; 2) I didn’t create a roadmap or plan for achieving my goal; 3) I didn’t check in to see how I was doing; 4) I didn’t learn from my failure for the next year. Though my list has evolved and improved since the very…
 
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    Small Business Blog | Hiscox

  • One piece of marketing advice every IT consultant can use

    Hiscox Blog
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series IT consultants seriesLearn how vanity URLS can be a simple, yet impactful way, to make your IT consulting firm stand out. As an IT consultant you’re no doubt familiar with vanity URLs – perhaps painfully so, due to past client demands.  Just in case you’re not though, a vanity URL is a custom URL that makes it easier for people to remember and find your website, or specific sub-pages.  Vanity URLs should be easy to remember and share. This ease of remembering and sharing is why vanity URLs can be a marketing boon to IT consultants.  With so…
  • Does your financial planning business have the right business insurance?

    Hiscox Blog
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    <h2> Financial advisors help clients avoid surprises within their finances. You can also avoid surprises in your financial advising practice by making sure you’re properly insured. <h2> The first half of the year is generally a welcome relief for financial advisors who often spend the last months of the year strategizing with clients and creating financial plans for the upcoming year.  With less hustle and bustle, now is the perfect time to work on your financial consultancy’s marketing plan, sign up for continuing education for yourself or your staff and make sure the small…
  • How to professionalize your freelance business

    Guest Blogger
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Shara Gibson , Emily Diaz and Hannes Luth share their business insight during the event. Local D.C. business owners gathered to gain insight on how to make their businesses stand out. A mix of writers, consultants and public relations professionals gathered at The National Press Club in Washington D.C. on April 3rd to learn how to personalize their freelance business and exchange ideas with their peers. Panelists included Shara Gibson of the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development, founder of Cosita Boutique, Emily Diaz and media trainer and consultant Hannes Luth of Wunderbar…
  • Insuring against nature for wedding planners

    Hiscox Blog
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    When working with brides and grooms on their big day, wedding planners have to be prepared for anything. The same goes for insuring their business. Spring is slowly coming to life and that means that summer is right around the corner. Summer weddings are the epitome of easy elegance – at least in photos.  Magazines and websites idealize them, as do your clients, but summer weddings have a way of throwing curveballs.  Weather that changes quickly, bug armies and blazing temperatures not in the forecast eight months ago are just three things that are out of your control. As a professional…
  • Hiscox Small Business Corner: Some Like it Organized

    Tiffany Winbush
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Hiscox Small Business CornerHelping others organize their space came natural for Michelle Powell. She followed this passion and became a small business owner. We’re always excited to feature entrepreneurs in the Hiscox Small Business Corner. It’s an opportunity for us to showcase small business owners and their passions. We’re also hopeful that these features will provide inspiration as you launch or focus on growing a business. Today’s small business corner features Michelle Powell, founder of Some Like It Organized, a professional organizing…
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    Rabid Office Monkey for Business

  • New Age of Internet Search

    Contributor
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: When using the Internet, people used to head online with their computer or laptops. Now, Internet users use search engines and visit websites from a variety of devices like tablets and mobile phones. With this change, a site owner needs to develop a strategy to attract these visitors and prevent them from leaving. It is not easy as it takes time and effort to build a site for both mobile and desktop users. Here are four ways to design a mobile-friendly site that converts visitors into customers. Simple design: A visitor on a smartphone will want to access…
  • 7 Ways Mobile Apps Can Positively Effect Your Business

    Contributor
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: There is a good chance that your staff or customer spends a lot of time of their device. There is now also a great chance that your business may benefit from app. Here are seven ways mobile apps can positively affect your business. Mobile app development helps turn popular website pages into easy access sites to make purchases while on the go. If you sell products, you must create the user experience with the mobile device user in mind. Smartphone purchases generate higher revenues for businesses than the traditional PC. In 2012, 50 percent of sales for…
  • The New Rules of Marketing Management

    Contributor
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Marketing is a thrilling field, and one of the things that makes it so exhilarating is the fact that it’s always evolving. The rules that might have applied in the past to marketing management won’t necessarily cut it today. Here’s a glimpse into the new rules that are governing the marketing industry today: More Coaching, Less Commanding In the past, marketing managers predominantly led from a dictatorial, commanding position, but now that role has shifted and they are doing more coaching instead. In order to lead a successful team, the team has to…
  • Vocus Delivers “The Marketer’s Guide to Social Media 2014”

    From Around the Web
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Vocus Delivers “The Marketer’s Guide to Social Media 2014” (via PRWeb) Guide takes readers through 2014’s pivotal trends – Facebook is not dead, new networks appear daily, and visual media is the common language Social media is constantly evolving and continues to mature. To succeed in social, marketers will need to…   The post Vocus Delivers “The Marketer’s Guide to Social Media 2014” appeared first on Rabid Office Monkey for Business.
  • The Top 5 Games Every Office Needs

    Contributor
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: We may be stuck in an office for most of our lives but that doesn’t have to mean that it can’t still be fun. In today’s society where an increasing number of people are working longer hours it’s easy to get stressed out, so entertainment and mental stimulation are more important than ever. The days of ‘Mad Men’ style offices where entertainment mostly involved drinking liquor and smoking all day are gone. Despite not being able to do this any longer, there’s still a lot of fun to be had in an office to relieve stress. Here are our essential…
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    JDR Group's 'Digital Prosperity' Blog

  • Why Should I Outsource Social Media Management?

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    You can’t go anywhere these days without being reminded about Social Media. Adverts and TV shows invite you to interact on Twitter and Facebook, online publications and newspapers allow you to share stories on Social Media networks, and of course we can access them on the go from all Smart devices. Social Media has become such a big part of our lives that many of us would struggle without it. It lets us communicate thoughts, messages and opinions instantly to anyone around the world, as well as giving you the power to shape opinions and actions.
  • 9 Things Every E-Commerce Business Should Be Doing To Succeed

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Having an E-Commerce business can be very stressful and you may think you are doing everything possible to succeed. However are you unsure on certain areas of your business or unsure what your website should include? In this article I will be discussing 9 points which you should be doing in order for your E-Commerce business to succeed. An E-commerce website needs to include so many things now days, it can become confusing as to what yours has and what it needs. Most people just presume that all you need on an E-Commerce website are products and once you have a wide range of them, your…
  • What Would a Mobile App Look Like for Your Business?‏

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    You hear a lot about mobile apps but if you had one what would it do? A mobile app is rapidly becoming an essential business tool as the huge growth in mobile usage means that the majority of your clients, your customers and your potential customers are using devices like smart phones and tablets in their day to day lives, both in business and even more so in the consumer environment. What Can A Mobile App Do? There are many ways in which you can take advantage of the growth in mobile technology as a business. Think about your website, most small to medium sized businesses websites are a good…
  • Is Facebook Really For Business People?

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    As a B2B telemarketer I speak with hundreds of businesses on a daily basis. Social Media is regularly discussed as a platform for business marketing. It would seem that some business people have aversions for the use of Social Media. This does not change the fact that Social Media, especially platforms like Facebook, are being used very successfully by business people all over the world. Facebook is the King of Social Media, with more than an outstanding 1.5 billion users worldwide. Every day, more than 3 billion posts are liked and commented on and over 450 million photos are uploaded.
  • A Social Media Marketing Guide for UK Solicitors

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    As a constantly busy Solicitor firm in the UK, it’s likely that you will be frustrated by Social Media marketing and see it as just another expense. In this digital world we are always reminded of its power for businesses, but surprisingly few know how to use it effectively. But there are many reasons for Solicitors to use Social Media marketing, and they don’t have to be complicated.
 
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    THE RESOURCEFUL CEO™

  • Event: Legal Strategies to Manage Your Business

    Tiffany C. Wright
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE) presents: “Ask the Professionals” Legal Strategies to Manage the Human, Contractual, and Monetary Resources of Your Business www.AskTheProfessionals.eventbrite.com  ACE, in partnership with the law firm of Smithers Thornton & Ume-Nwagbo, LLC (STU) Date: Friday, May 9th, 2014 Time: 8:30 AM – 1:45 PM (a 1/2 day workshop)  Where: Club E Atlanta 3707 Main Street College Park, GA 30337 (Atlanta metropolitan area) Additional: Optional Networking   1:45 PM – 3:00 PM Cost: $25.00 *  *Includes complimentary breakfast and…
  • 5 Methods Few Business Owners Consider to Obtain Financing

    Tiffany C. Wright
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    This is a abridged compilation of subjects covered in my new book: The Funding Is Out There! Access the Capital You Need to Impact Your Business. – TCW The definition of a small business depends on who you talk to. Even then, the size criteria changes. Even the Small Business Administration (SBA) has definitions and classifications that depend on the industry. For the SBA, a small business ranges from $0.75 million to well over $35.5 million. (See below for a link to the SBA’s size reference chart.) For small to medium businesses, finding the right mix of operating cash flow and…
  • Seeking Funding? Use Hedge Funds (via IPOs)

    Tiffany C. Wright
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    PIPEs allow you to IPO at a lower cost. According to a January 2006 Inc. magazine article, approximately $3 billion in private investments in public equities (PIPEs) was put into more than 300 companies with annual revenues under $5 million. PIPEs, a little known, complex financial vehicle, enable publicly traded companies to sell stock to accredited investors at discounted prices. These publicly traded companies are typically small (revenues of $2 – $10 million) and medium-sized (in terms of capitalization) firms that trade over the counter (OTC). Most of the companies that obtain…
  • High Performance Communication Skills Intensive – Part 1

    Tiffany C. Wright
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    This new teleseminar series, “High Performance Communication Skills Intensive,” is a follow up to the High Performance Communication for Engineers webinar provided on March 20 by a friend and business associate of mine, LaShanya Aikerson Sullivan of Aikerson Consulting Group. That webinar had over 120 attendees! TeleSeminar High Performance Communication Skills Intensive (Part 1) Wednesday, April. 9th 6:30pm – 8:00pm EDT Communication is essential to any successful enterprise. When you focus on the details and changes in those details, it can be difficult to come up and look…
  • 7 Steps to Building a Powerful Strategic Management Team

    Tiffany C. Wright
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    A powerful strategic management team really helps your company achieve its objectives. This guest post by Mark Polman speaks to the power of both team work and a disciplined strategy in an organization. When you harness the two, you help your company complement implements its strategy and achieve its objectives very fast. – TCW 7 Steps to Building a Powerful Strategic Management Team When your company is faced with a major opportunity or challenge, how do you go about managing it? If for example you’ve decided that your IT system is dated and inefficient and you want to gut it and…
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    Small Business Heroes

  • Breaking Lent in style: the world’s most extravagant dishes

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    Ah, Easter – a time to stuff ourselves silly on chocolate eggs and hot cross buns, falling face-first into all the wonderful food we denied ourselves through Lent. But why stop at a measly Flake? Here are some of the most extravagant and decadent dishes available from restaurants, cafes and stalls the world over. 1.    Deep-fried haggis Let’s start at the (financially) reasonable side of the scale. Available from any self-respecting chip shop north of the border, deep-fried haggis is a calorie-packed twist on a classic recipe – stuffed sheep’s stomach dipped in batter and…
  • Is the customer always king? How to deal with difficult customers

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    When you’re running any kind of business, whether it’s a small start-up or a huge corporation, your customers always remain key to your success. It’s important to treat everyone with fairness and respect, and it’s your responsibility to provide them with a high-quality service. However, it’s also important to be aware that bad customers exist, and to take the necessary steps to minimise their impact on your business – knowing how to deal with difficult customers is invaluable, whatever your industry. What is a bad customer, and what harm can they have on my business? If you’ve…
  • The 6 weirdest computer viruses of all time

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    There’s been a lot of talk recently about the ‘Heartbleed’ virus, which affected the security of websites all over the globe. Small business owners all everywhere have been busy frantically updating their websites, changing passwords, sending panicky emails to customers and crossing their fingers. But viruses are almost as old as the internet, and some of them aren’t necessarily malevolent – just plain old strange, sometimes stupid, and always annoying. Here are a few of the weirdest computer viruses. The implant virus Remember MS-DOS? This virus shocked users everywhere by…
  • Everything you need to know about social media advertising part one: Facebook and Twitter ads

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    Back in the dark ages when tweeting was for birds and only vandals left messages on people’s walls, it was pretty difficult to reach a large audience if you were a small business, unless you shelled out a wad of cash on flashy TV ads or a prime-time advertisement slot on local radio. In recent years, months and weeks, major social networks have been opening up their advertising platforms to small businesses, presenting a huge opportunity for SMEs to connect with customers and potential customers on a budget that needn’t break the bank. Not just this, but these advertising platforms have…
  • A small business introduction to PPC advertising

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    Search marketing is a great way to bring customers right to your digital doorstep, but online advertising can be a tricky business. With “Google” now serving as a synonym for search, you’d be forgiven for thinking that PPC (pay-per-click) advertising begins and ends with that search engine – but what about Bing Ads? The Microsoft advertising platform is similar to Google’s with one main difference: its range extends across the Yahoo! and Bing networks. And while Google has the lion’s share of traffic (about 90% of the UK’s search engine market share),…
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    OPEN Forum

  • After Hours: A Coffee-Fueled Journey Through New York

    Jehangir Irani
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Entrepreneurship is a unique, 24/7 journey that often blurs the lines between personal life and professional life. Unlike a typical corporate job, there’s no punching out and calling it a day. Running your own business doesn’t come with an “off” switch and entrepreneurs are often at their most productive during late-night conversations and brainstorms fueled by cold pizza or cocktails. It’s also when they’re at their most colorful. In “After Hours,” a new OPEN Forum photo essay series, we tag along for the ride, to capture this slice of entrepreneurial life. Elisabeth…
  • 3 Travel Apps to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

    James O'Brien
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Even small-business work trips rack up points on a company’s carbon footprint. Every flight, every train, every rented car counts. Many consumers, especially millennials, expect businesses to not only provide high-quality goods and services, but for those business owners to also do good and care for the quality of the communities in which they work. With Earth Day approaching, let’s take a look at some leading apps and systems that enable business travelers to plan their routes in advance—with the goal of reducing the environmental toll business travel takes. And we’ll…
  • Would You Pay Your Employees to Quit?

    Kelly Spors
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Mega-online retailer Amazon recently turned some heads when news got out that the company offers thousands of dollars to each fulfillment center workers willing to quit his or her job.     CEO Jeff Bezos recently explained the Amazon’s “Pay to Quit” program in a letter to shareholders: Once a year, we offer to pay our associates to quit. The first year the offer is made, it’s for $2,000. Then it goes up one thousand dollars a year until it reaches $5,000. The headline on the offer is “Please Don’t Take This Offer.” We hope they don’t take the offer; we want…
  • Keep Your Business Afloat During a Crisis

    Julie Bawden Davis
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Small-business owners aren’t immune to life’s ups and downs. A sudden health diagnosis, a divorce or an unforeseen financial stress can make an entrepreneur feel isolated and desperate. When a small-business owner comes to such a critical crossroads, the decisions made can have profound and lasting effects on the company. “There is almost always hope for business owners—even when they think there is nothing left to do,” says David Wimer, co-author of INSIGHT: Business Advice in an Age of Complexity, which addresses this topic. “Owners need to know there are many options…
  • 6 Tricks for Writing a Sales Proposal That Wins Business

    Mike Michalowicz
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Whether you’re selling something that costs $1,000 or $100,000, putting together a compelling sales proposal is time consuming and can be intimidating. Writing that proposal, though, and taking the time to do it right, may be the most productive use of your time. Don’t make the mistake of carelessly throwing a whole lot of facts and figures at a client and hoping you will magically walk away with a sale. Consistently using a formula for building a compelling proposal will improve your sales and make you much more confident. 1. Use the power of comparison. Try this experiment: Find one of…
 
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    Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories

  • See How Riches Avoid Paying High Taxes

    Entrepreneur Writer
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    Two things nobody can escape – the first one is death and the second one taxes. Well, even though I completely agree with number one, in reality most of the riches out there know many ways to escape, or at least reduce their taxes. Did you know that poor people pay taxes at rates two […] You can also check these cool posts:   The Habits Of The Wealthiest People -   The Best Cities For Starting A Business In The US -   Mortgage Calculator with Taxes and Insurance -   Business Loans Calculator -   What Is The Price Of Your Freedom? -…
  • How Successful People Differ From Unsuccessful Ones

    Entrepreneur Writer
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    Do you hate changes in your life? Do you like taking all the credit for your successful activities, without sharing it with the people, who helped you? Does the success of the others arouses envy in you? Do you watch TV everyday? If the answer of most of these question is yes for you, you […] You can also check these cool posts:   The Power Of Taking Action -   Even The Most Successful Fail -   7 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Don’t Do -   8 Things All Successful Entrepreneurs Do -   Top 13 Qualities Of Successful Entrepreneurs -…
  • 12 Successful Entrepreneurs Who Worked A 9-5 Job Until Their 30s

    Entrepreneur Writer
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    Have you ever had the thought ‘It’s too late for me to start a business’ running through your mind? You might have even believed in it, but here are 12 good examples about why you shouldn’t have. The guys and gals from fundersandfounders.com have made this cool infographic, on which you can see 12 super […] You can also check these cool posts:   What Was the First Job and Career of Some Billionaires? -   The Amazing Stories Of Several Young And Successful… -   How Successful People Differ From Unsuccessful Ones -…
  • Wealth Inequality In America Has Been Getting Stronger For The Last 70 Years

    Entrepreneur Writer
    2 Apr 2014 | 1:23 am
    The richest are getting richer and the poorest are getting poorer. Everybody knows about this and many things that this is a flaw of modern economy, but surprise… this is not something new at all. Things has been so for many many years and this is not going to stop anytime soon. Contrariwise, the inequality […] You can also check these cool posts:   World Wealth Distribution -   How To Make A Billion Dollars? -   See How Riches Avoid Paying High Taxes -   The Habits Of The Wealthiest People -   The Best Cities For Starting A…
  • Even The Most Successful Fail

    Entrepreneur Writer
    24 Feb 2014 | 6:18 am
    Rich and successful also cry. Failure is not a rare event even among the greatest entrepreneurs and inventors. What they do differently is that they just try again, without losing motivation. Persistence is the quality that can make miracles with anyone. Most of the people simply find it easier to give up something, instead of […] You can also check these cool posts:   Some Facts For Boosting Your Start Up Motivation -   To Continue Trying Or When To Give Up? -   The Power Of Taking Action -   Some Of The Biggest Internet Start Up Crashes -…
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    How to Write a Business Proposal

  • The Business Proposals that Built a Billionaire: Michael Kors edition

    Todd Spear
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:16 am
    In February, fashion designer Michael Kors was added to the world’s billionaires. Since his company went public in late 2011, Kors’ personal fortune has been inching toward the one billion mark. At last, he has arrived. Kors, you might say, was always destined for stardom. He starred in a Lucky Charms commercial in 1964 during a brief stint as a child actor (his mother, Joan, was a model with plenty of connections). Kors has had a long and illustrious career in fashion, and reaching billionaire status is simply the latest in his long list of accomplishments. You see Kors is literally a…
  • 4 Sales Tips You Can Swipe from the Smoothest Business Proposals of all Time

    Todd Spear
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    We’ve been glad to see how much you, our readers, are enjoying our Business Plans the Built a Billionaire series. So much so that we’ve decided to take the idea and run with it, honing in on some of the cleverest, most intriguing, and smoothest business proposals of all time. Keep in mind that the business proposals that make this list are not necessarily the biggest ever – they’re the ones we have found that we think you can learn from. So we’ve given each one an overview and a “takeaway tip” to help you relate the lessons to be gleaned to your own entrepreneurial activities.
  • What We Learn from Them: Sales & Social Media Tricks from Our Partners

    Jennifer Riggins
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    First, we talked about What We Learn from YOU. Now it’s time to talk about what we’ve learned from our partners in crime. Seriously the best part of working for a startup is learning and doing new things every day. That is especially the case when I work with our integration partners and other SaaSy friends, like in our ongoing series of free webinars. Just last week, I’ve learned so much from a few of our partners that I thought I’d share with you now their innovative ways to connect with clients on and offline. So let’s dive in and reveal (or steal?) some of their secrets!
  • How to Spot Social Buying Signals

    Vishal Pindoriya
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    People are sharing their lives online in an unprecedented way through multiple channels, the hashtag #IncabableOflivingInTheMoment springs to mind. This live tweeting is useful for marketers because people are inadvertently revealing their needs and desires attune to their potential purchases. A buying signal is a signal from a potential customer that shows intent to buy a product or service. Spotting these signals could mean the difference between potentially securing the lead, by ushering it through buying process, or just letting it disappear amongst the noisy social media landscape. Even…
  • Using Quote Roller + Zoho CRM to Keep Your Sales Funnel Flowing

    Todd Spear
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:17 am
    Building a business is all about customer relationship management (CRM). That’s precisely what led me to trying out an app from one of Quote Roller’s integration partners, Zoho CRM. Although I use the services of several products from our integration partners myself (Google Drive, Box, and PayPal), I wanted to share my experience using one of my favorites: Zoho CRM. You see, even before I started blogging for Quote Roller, I was using Zoho Mail for my professional emails (and Gmail for personal), and dabbling with some of the company’s other app offerings now and then. I have long been…
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    Ayojideonline Providing Easy Business Solutions

  • Starting an Affiliate Marketing Campaign

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    Some business owners opt to start an affiliate marketing campaign as part of their overall marketing strategy. In most cases the affiliate marketing campaign is only a small portion of the overall marketing strategy but there are some business owners who opt to rely exclusively on this type of marketing.  The main purpose of doing this is to save money while still achieving valuable advertising. However, once a business becomes more successful they should consider being more proactive and combining affiliate marketing with other types of Internet marketing such as placing banner ads and…
  • Computer Safety Security Ethics and Privacy Tips

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:53 am
    Today, many people rely on computers to do homework, work, and create or store useful information. Therefore, it is important for the information on the computer to be stored and kept properly. It is also extremely important for people on computers to protect their computer from data loss, misuse, and abuse.    For example, it is crucial for businesses to keep information they have secure so that hackers can’t access the information. Home users also need to take means to make sure that their credit card numbers are secure when they are participating in online transactions. …
  • Thing you should know on How to Start a Poultry Farm

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:43 am
    Poultry farming is one of the most important aspect of farming for many reasons. It creates great business opportunity for Entrepreneurs, and provides employment for the job seeking citizens.  This will help you make your decision as regards starting your own poultry farm. The Chicken and it's products are very rich source of protein, you and I need the proteins derived from chicken to maintain healthy living. It is generally believed that every child needs not less than an egg a day for their normal growth. While every adult needs like ten in a week; Poultry also provides meat for…
  • Using Online Courses for Internet Marketing

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:32 am
    Online courses, or email courses are becoming an increasingly popular way for savvy Internet marketers to promote their products and services. Online courses or email courses essentially include short online presentations or emails which include insightful information on a particular niche subject.  These courses are usually offered in multiple, short segments to keep the students interested in the topic. This type of advertising serves a useful purpose and many of the participants do not even realize they are being subjected to a marketing campaign.  This article will discuss…
  • Requirements and How to Start Sachet Pure Water Production

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    Sachet Water (Pure Water as it is popularly called in Nigeria) is one of the products out there that is in high demand. Hundreds of millions of sachets are consumed everyday, and the demand of Pure Water supply is always on the rise as the population keeps increasing. Go to any major city in Nigerian, you'll see how the streets are littered with empty sachets of pure water which is the testimony to the  quantity that is consumed everyday. A smart investor knows that the best product to deal on is the product in high demand, that automatically placed pure water production business…
 
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    Strategy Lab Marketing

  • 25 Inspiring Quotes On Shipbuilding, Leading, Design and Happiness [From 8 Books]

    jephmaystruck
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:46 pm
    From 8 of my favourite books comes these inspirational quotes. From shipbuilding to eating order, you’ll find a beautifully selected cross section of smart, inspiring and quotes that simply make you smile. Enjoy. I love this quote because I think most people are driven to shoot for the moon. They’re told to have a modest life, sit in a row, do what your told, don’t talk out of line, and hopefully after 13 years of this they’ll want to work in a factory taking orders from people in big offices. Well it turns out that’s no fun, especially for those just starting at…
  • Let’s Teach Our Kids To Code

    jephmaystruck
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    “Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer… because it teaches you how to think.” -Steve Jobs   I think this video is amazing. Kids need to learn more about computers, more about the internet and more about how the future is going to be created by them. Lets teach our kids to code.
  • Want To Make a Change? Kill A Sacred Cow

    jephmaystruck
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    Change doesn’t “just happen”. In any environment forces combined to create friction or resistance which changes the environment over a long period of time. In nature, sacrifices are made to ensure the long term stability of the eco system. You can’t have change without sacrifice. Change and growth don’t happen without some sort of friction. If life is difficult that means you’re sacrificing short term gain for a long term payout. I love the Hugh McLeod quote of “choosing an easy life rarely ends up with much of either”. The most successful…
  • Don’t cha put it in your mouth…Your Favourite Commercials of The 1990′s

    jephmaystruck
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:21 am
    An entire generation was taught not to put things in our mouths because of this commercial. What a catchy tune! Do you think we all still know this song because is has such a great hook? Or because it was completely overplayed from 1993-1998?  You be the judge. Around Regina, you can still look someone in the eye and say “some people think I eat too many chocolate bars” and you’ll get the response, “or that I don’t wash my face.” This commercial inspired a generation of kids to care about their appearance, especially their face. Also, when one eats a…
  • What Is True Power?

    jephmaystruck
    4 Mar 2014 | 6:04 am
    In every relationship on the planet, whether that be a strong or a week tie, there’s a power balance in each and every one. By power I mean authority but not in the traditional sense. You can have contrived power, this is classic dictatorship. This power balance is highly skewed towards the dictator and the further down the line you get that less respect they have for the person in charge. In the 1993 classic, Schindler’s List, Oskar Schindler talking to Amon Goeth (a notorious Nazi Army Commander) about what real power is, Schindler defined it as “power is when we have…
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • A Sneak Peak at Our New Mobile App

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

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

    Emily Farrar
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    For the second year in a row, Shoeboxed is proud to be a sponsor of PARADOXOS, a one-of-a-kind festival in downtown Durham, N.C. This year’s festival will pack ideas, collaboration, fun and innovation into April 9-12, 2014. The schedule includes events that will show off all the awesome stuff happening in the tech, art, food, music, beer and nightlife scenes in Durham. PARADOXOS features a wide variety of events so it’s sure to appeal to everyone, including the construction of a Rube Goldberg machine, a pub crawl, a trivia night, a dynamic speaker event called The NEXT, art…
  • The Top 5 Document Scanners for Small Businesses

    Emily Farrar
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    If your small business is ready to go paperless, you’re going to need a powerful document scanner to take you from hard copy-zero to digitized hero. Some of the best digital scanners available today are single-function scanners that are designed specifically to turn documents, receipts, and business cards into editable, exportable, searchable data. If you’re serious about going paperless, one of those dinky, multi-function scanner/printer/fax hybrids just won’t cut it. Top scanners are able to: Detect document size Scan large stacks of documents at once Scan multiple pages per minute…
  • When Uncle Sam Screws Up: What to do if the IRS loses your refund

    Emily Farrar
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:50 am
    If the IRS loses your refund, or refunds the wrong amount, or just never sends your refund at all, no problem! Simply call ‘em up, let them know you haven’t received your funds, and watch as the missing money magically appears in your bank account. Right? Unfortunately, a missing or inaccurate tax return refund can be really difficult to track down. Long wait times on the phone and the inability to simply text Uncle Sam to get the issue resolved can mean waiting weeks, months, even over a year to get your money back. Here is what you can do to make sure a lost refund ends up in the hands…
 
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    The Best Direct Sales Companies

  • TuVous: Ground Floor Independent Fashion Consultant Opportunity

    Angie Nelson
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:59 am
    TuVous is a new direct sales company currently in pre-launch phase. The company, when fully launched, will offer fashion-forward items. I recently held an interview with the TuVous President Ryan Daley to find out a little more about their upcoming business opportunity. What commission can consultants expect to make?  A Consultant at a party, show, or through their online sales will be able to make 20-55% retail commissions from the sale of TuVous fashion products.  Those who build downline organizations, and help build success will be able to participate in a Compensation Plan which will…
  • The Gardenuity Associate Opportunity: Start A Garden-Inspired Business

    Angie Nelson
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Gardenuity offers a fabulous ground floor opportunity in a unique direct sales niche – gardening. The company’s product line includes plants, seeds, tools and more. Compensation:  Gardenuity Associates can earn up to 30% commission on personal sales. Build a team and earn team commissions on your 3 first levels.  (Base commission is 20%.) Start-Up Costs: Business Kits start at just $49. The Basic Business System includes 12 months of personal website, digital marketing materials and online training. Larger kits are available $95 and $195 and include the above plus product samples,…
  • How Much Can I Make as a Pure Romance Consultant?

    Angie Nelson
    30 Mar 2014 | 6:37 am
    Romance parties have been increasing in popularity for the past 10 years. Pure Romance got its start in 1993. The company specializes in “relationship enhancement” products and offers a lucrative home business opportunity. Compensation:  Pure Romance Consultants earn up to 40% commission on personal sales. Team building is not required though you will receive commissions on downline sales if you decide to sponsor new reps. Start-Up Costs: The Basic Kit is $149 with a retail value of $250. It includes top selling products, samples, catalogs, order forms, free personal website and…
  • How to Start Selling Avon

    Angie Nelson
    23 Mar 2014 | 2:12 pm
    The initial investment to sell Avon is extremely low, as are the ongoing costs. Avon is a unique opportunity in that the product line is so extensive and constantly changes. Though their products are still strongly focused around cosmetics and beauty after 125 years, you can now find a little bit of everything in their weekly campaigns. Though their main sales strategy is not a party plan, your earnings are primarily generated through personal sales. Compensation: Up to 50% depending on your level of personal sales. You can also earn earn up to 12% of your teams’ sales. Start-Up Costs:…
  • Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good as a Charity by Dawn Lilly Consultant

    Angie Nelson
    9 Mar 2014 | 5:55 am
    Charity by Dawn Lilly is a new direct sales company. The company offers cruelty-free, paraben-free cosmetics. As the name suggest, the company is also charity-centric. One dollar from every product sale is donated to a charity chosen each month. Consultant payments are made via check or PayPal. Compensation:  Consultants earn 20% commission on all personal sales. Earn 5% commission on team sales when recruiting new consultants. Start-Up Costs: There are no required investments. Catalogs can be purchased for under $15. An optional starter kit that includes product can be purchased for $150.
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    The Consultant Killers

  • Allenstown Medical Centre | website ideas

    Dave Gillen
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:36 am
    Hi Jane, Your website has some good features and I hope the video above gives you some ideas for where to take it next. Below is a summary of the main improvements mentioned in the video. 1) Small fix on homepage slider – the image file names are showing (e.g. IMG_4293.jpg). Either rename the files (using staff names for example) or stop them from displaying. 2) Number of pages on the site. Currently you only have 7 pages. Each service listed on the homepage is an opportunity to add a page targeting that service. On each page, simply explain who might use the service and walk them…
  • Website ideas for Sigmatech

    Dave Gillen
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Hi James, I hope the video above gives you some good ideas for generating more business through your website. I think you have a good looking site with plenty of good info, so it’s the right time to turn our attention to getting more customers. The main ideas from the video are summarised below: 1) Homepage A statement up-front that puts your business into context (i.e. we do X for Y) It should basically say who your main/ideal customers are (big biz, small biz, industries?) and where (Brisbane). When a potential customer lands on your site, relevance in everything. Their first question…
  • Web Opportunities for Aussie Lutwyche

    Dave Gillen
    23 Jan 2014 | 10:23 pm
    More Customers on the Web for Aussie Lutwyche Hi Alan, thanks for taking the time to visit. Please watch the video below to discover five things Aussie Lutwyche can do today to get more customers online. Watch the video Summary – Website 1. Make it easy to take the next step. On the default page of the Lutwyche Aussie site,  the “Free appointments” tab in its current position disappears once you start reading. If this is the next step you want your visitor to take, you need similar tabs or links throughout the main body text, so a they don’t have to go looking for it.
  • Online Marketing Strategy for a Mining Software & Data Services Company

    Dave Gillen
    2 Jan 2014 | 12:51 pm
    WEB REVIEW – MAXWELL GEOSERVICES Hi Viv, please see the video below for a review of the current Maxwell Geoservices website and online presence. The goal? To help you generate more business online. Watch the video review Summary The Maxwell Geoservices website is quite attractive, but I think the following improvements will help to make your website a source of greater credibility, and more traffic and leads. These factors will have a big impact on the amount of business your website is able to generate for your company. Website Your website has some nice design, but has a very…
  • Turning a mining consultant website into a business asset

    Dave Gillen
    16 Dec 2013 | 3:26 pm
    WEB REVIEW – AUSTRAL-ASIA GEOTECHNICAL (CONSULTANTS) Hi Rhys, thanks for taking the time to visit. Please see the video below for a review of the current Austral-Asia Geotechnical website. The goal? To turn your website into a business asset that generates more business for you. Watch the video review Summary The Austral-Asia Geotechnical website is neat and adequately describes your service offerings, and I think you’ve done a pretty good job of using images from on the job to convey a sense of involvement in active projects. So I don’t think there’s a real need for…
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    waypointsg.com

  • Soaked gadgets? You can save them

    kutenda support
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Just how many times have you lost your phone in the toilet? How about permitting that tablet slide into the pool? Do you know what steps to take to rescue your gadgets from these watery graves? If not, you could be in for disappointment you don’t need. It’s true–you may be able to rescue gadgets that you’ve immersed. Saving drowned technology First, make certain that no power is flowing through your iPad, smart phone or Tablet. This is particularly important: Water isn’t what’s going to destroy your gadgets. The electrical shorts that water causes will do…
  • Want to be really safe? Here’s how to back up your Evernote notebooks

    kutenda support
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:58 pm
    You may think that you’ll never need to back up files, images or videos that you save in an Evernote notebook. Since of course, not only will your files be stored on your own computer or device, they’ll also be stored on Evernote’s own servers. Not as safe You may be wondering: Do I really need to back up my Evernote notebooks? How-To Geek would answer with an emphatic “yes!” The reason being Evernote isn’t a backup system. It’s a synching system. And in a worst-case scenario, Evernote’s remote file store can be wiped. Then, the local file store could be…
  • A closer look at how the Internet really works

    kutenda support
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Business Insider recently ran an interesting look at how the Internet works. It’s a fascinating account since many people have become reliant on the world wide web in such a short period of time. Most people don’t actually know how this enormous communications and information tool actually works. Business Insider, though, found several interesting facts about what goes on online. As reported by the story, 27 percent of U.S. consumers use their mobile phones and the mobile Internet to shop. Seven percent of U.S. consumers have purchased items from online auction websites. U.S.
  • Don’t Make These Social Media Mistakes!

    kutenda support
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:18 pm
    5 Deadly Social Media Mistakes to Avoid Understanding what NOT to do when it comes to social media is almost as important as knowing what you should do. Here are several social media mistakes to avoid at all costs! Jokes at other people’s expense – It should go without having to say, but you must think before you send anything out into cyberspace for the world to see. Above all, don’t try and take advantage of someone else’s bad luck or indiscretion to promote your own products or services. While a celebrity death or shameful scandal might appear to be easy fodder for…
  • 8 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Facebook Page

    kutenda support
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:11 pm
    How to Bring Your Facebook Page to Life! Wondering how you can improve your Facebook page quickly and easily? There are several ways to make this happen, but to get you off to a flying start we’ll limit ourselves to just eight for now. These methods will not only help you to get more visibility in Google, but in addition lay the foundation for better customer relationships that lead to greater loyalty, which has obvious and numerous benefits. Make a Commitment – Facebook takes some time and thought. Many are the marketers who have planned to use a Facebook page for business, and…
 
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    Orlando Realty Consultants

  • Central Florida’s Real-Estate Bust May Just be Over

    John Conde
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
      Word is around the Orlando real estate market that Central Florida’s real estate bust has come to its end. There are not one or two, but three different sources that are ready to vouch for the positive turn of events in Central Florida. The three different sources and data contained in their industry reports  – all of which were released within a week’s time, point towards a growing industry.       Three sources, three reports and several reasons to revel     Industry reports focusing on the real estate and construction market of the US as a…
  • Things to Consider Before Installing a Pool in your Yard

    KandaceH
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    A pool in your backyard can make summers fun for your whole family. You can have guests over and enjoy backyard gatherings all summer long. But before you have that pool installed, there are some items to consider that may or may not change your mind.   Pool Security If someone sneaks into your yard and gets hurt in your pool, you could be held responsible. What kinds of security measures are you installing to go along with your pool? You could install a pool alarm, or you could put a privacy fence up around your yard to keep everyone else out.   Pool Safety When considering getting…
  • Orlando Foreclosure Activity #1 in the Nation – Real Estate Business Stays Unaffected

    Jenny Zamora
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    A new industry report places Orlando first in its list of cities and metropolitan areas with maximum foreclosure activity for the month of March. The number of foreclosure filings in the Orlando real estate marketplace increased by 13 percent in comparison to the figures from one month earlier (February 2014).   According to some Orlando realtors, the March foreclosure figures also bear another distinction. With a total of 2,886 foreclosure listings in the community, the March figures represent a nine-month high. But Orlando real estate agents are not worried. The figures are still lower…
  • Top Notch Property: Tips to Prepare for an Open House

    BrookeC
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    You only get one chance to make a good first impression, and an open house is the moment to make your home shine. Dozens of people will walk through your home, check out the layout, and even peek in your closets to see if it meets their needs. During this time you will want your house to look as amazing as it possibly can. Get your home ready for an open house in a few simple ways. Clean Everything Cleaning is the most important thing that you can do before an open house. Sweep and vacuum, mop the floors, clean out the cabinets, get rid of clutter, and spray the house with air freshener. Some…
  • Selling Property: Additions That Can Increase Home Value

    KaraM
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
        If you are trying to sell a property, you know that making your home stand out from the competition can be difficult. However, there are some additions that can increase a home’s value and make the house easier to sell when it hits the market. 1 Count the Bathrooms Never underestimate the power of an additional bathroom in your home. Everyone can use another bathroom. This is particularly true if the home you want to sell only has one bathroom; most buyers won’t even consider a home with only one bathroom. If your home has two stories, make sure there is at least one…
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  • My favourite productivity tools for business

    Aishah Mustapha
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:20 pm
    It’s not a coincidence that cloud computing is the bedrock of more than a few billion dollar companies. Cloud solutions allow you to do more with the same amount of time. We asked 6 Pulse authors which godsend little helpers they use to run their business and life. Rhondalynn Korolak, Imagineering Now I like Pivotal Tracker for project management. It’s easy to prioritize tasks, track comments or collateral, and manage the time spent doing work. It allows you to estimate how much time it will take for everyone to complete the work. I use Jing desktop photo and video recorder for…
  • 6 steps to jumpstart your social media presence

    Cara Pring
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Social media is always one of the first marketing channels to suffer when time gets tight (and let’s face it, in the SMB world, time is always tight). As it isn’t considered to be a quintessential ‘direct-response’ channel that delivers measurable sales (though it can be), it can be a little neglected in favor of more traditional marketing tactics like paid search, email or even print. 1. Prioritise, prioritise, prioritise. The simple truth is that for social media to get results for your business, you need to make it a priority — and never is this more important than in the…
  • Accountants’ input to drive the new ELS

    Alistair Nestor
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    Our recent interview with the ATO’s Mark Jackson – Deputy Commissioner of Business Reporting and Registrations – revealed some pretty fine news for Australian accountants. The interview focused on the looming transition from the existing Electronic Lodgment System (ELS) to the shiny new Standard Business Reporting (SBR) framework. And while the ATO is expecting efficiency gains for small businesses, there are other, perhaps less obvious advantages for those in the accounting industry. In this excerpt from the interview, Mark talks about the opportunities for tax agents to provide input…
  • Are you made for teleworking?

    Leon Gettler
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:59 pm
    If you’re sick of working in an office from 9 am to 5 pm or have day dreamed about branching out on your own, you’re hardly alone. The answer to this may lie in teleworking. And it’s pretty much looking like the future. Consider this survey published by Mashable from collaboration software company Wrike. 83% of respondents said they work remotely at least part of the day. Add to that a report from Smart Company telling us that more Australians are starting online businesses in the face of economic pressures. On top of that, government figures show that nearly 1 million people run a…
  • 7 ways to ease business cash flow

    Janna Fikh
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:20 pm
    If you have a small business, cash is king, and knowing how to free up cash is important from the very start. 1. Review your Terms of Trade  Decide early on in your business what your Terms of Trade will be. Will you have a 7-days, 14-days or 30-days limit to pay for goods or services? Make sure this is clearly indicated at the bottom of your invoices. Have you clearly stated, “7 days from receipt of product” or “7 days from receipt of invoice”? This can make quite a difference in terms of getting paid on time. Is Cash on Delivery accepted or not? Make a clear decision. Review your…
 
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    Industry Edge

  • Canadian Retailer Discovers New Products, Solutions to Problems at National Hardware Show®

    Melissa Willets
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    One hardware retailer explains what he finds valuable at the National Hardware Show®. Name: Adam Busscher Store: Picton Home Hardware Building Centre Location: Prince Edward County, Ontario Time in Business: 38 years Specialty: ”We are a full-service home improvement center with skillfully trained staff in all departments. Our store size is 30,000 square feet, and we pride ourselves on our customer service and our depth of product selection.” Most of the vendors at the show I would not generally have the opportunity to see. When was the first time you went to the National…
  • The National Hardware Show® Brings Together Cutting-Edge Products and Companies

    Ricky Ribeiro
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Take the opportunity to discover new products and categories, learn about new market trends, network with thought leaders and build relationships at the year’s biggest industry event. Are you looking to get direction on emerging industry trends, find information on new product offerings and learn strategic insights to grow your business? Then make sure to pack your bags, book a flight to Las Vegas and head over to the 2014 National Hardware Show® May 6–8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Hands-on access to live demos is what retailers across the country wait for each year to help them…
  • Wisconsin Retailer Finds True Added Value in Niche Offerings and Creative Thinking

    Melissa Willets
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    One retailer explains why he values the National Hardware Show. Name: Greg Schlecht Store: Greg’s True Value Location: St. Francis, Wis. Time in Business: 18 years Specialty: Outdoor power equipment sales, rental and repair; moving rentals; and tool sharpening Retailers must offer new niches and update our merchandise selection. What do you like best about attending the National Hardware Show? The National Hardware Show invites me to think outside the box of the programs and merchandise selection of the co-ops. It is enlightening for independent retailers to see what the world has to offer.
  • Solo Measurement Problems Solved With Tape-Ease® Rubber Grip

    Alexis Davis
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am
    Contractors can struggle to secure measuring tape without a helping hand to hold it. The Tape-Ease® Rubber Grip provides measuring assistance for any job. It’s a common experience: You’re trying to measure something long — maybe a countertop — when all of a sudden, the tape measure’s hook slips off the edge and the tape snaps back. Contractor Michael Rafter knew this problem all too well. He often worked alone but found it difficult to take long measurements without a helping hand. After researching solutions, he created the Tape-Ease® Rubber Grip to hold measuring tape in place…
  • Highlights of the National Hardware Show – Your Guide to the Products, Parties and Endless Opportunities

    Christopher Brandon
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:48 am
    The most important industry event is coming, and you do not want to miss it. The National Hardware Show will return to the Las Vegas Convention Center on May 6. This must-attend event for industry professionals will feature three days of product demos, industry networking and good ol’ fashioned fun. More than 2,600 exhibitors will appear at this year’s show, creating a tremendous opportunity for buyers to network with manufacturers and leaders in the industry. Attendees will be able to source more than 250,000 products in 15 unique product categories offered by big brands and independent…
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    Small Business Sense

  • How to Write Email Marketing Copy that Converts

    Kim George
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    Email marketing is one of the best forms of online marketing strategies since it’s cheap and personal. However, it’s a strategy that few small business owners seem to get success from.If you’re not one of those “few people,” then it’s time to re-evaluate your marketing approach and start following these tips for writing email marketing copy that converts…Create Catchy HeadlinesThe first thing that your subscribers will see upon receiving your email is the headline—your subject line. That very line decides whether your email will be read or marked as trash or, worse, spam. The…
  • 7 Must-Read Content Marketing Resources

    Kim George
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    “Content marketing is a marketing technique of creating and distributing valuable, relevant and consistent content to attract and acquire a clearly defined audience – with the objective of driving profitable customer action”  - Content Marketing InstituteAre you currently using content marketing strategies in your small business?  If not, you should start as soon as possible. Content marketing is single-handedly one of the best strategies to use for marketing your products and services.  This form of marketing accomplishes the following:Educates your target audienceAttracts new…
  • Ten Affordable Online Fax Services for Small Businesses

    Kim George
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    One of my favorite cloud apps and resources in my small business tech arsenal is an online fax service.  This service makes it super easy for you to send and receive faxes from anywhere in the using a device with internet access.   What is an Online Fax Service?Online fax services – better known as “Internet fax” applications allow you to retrieve fax messages via the web. Here are a few benefits and advantages of using an online fax service:  You will have the ability to access your fax messages from anywhere in the world via your email with a device that has an internet…
  • The Best Times to Post and Share Content on Social Media

    Kim George
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    Timing is everything. Figuring out the best times to post content to social media accounts can be a challenge. I was browsing through some articles on last week and ran across some information that I wanted to share with you today.I for one am very active on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+ – where I network with other fellow small business owners and entrepreneurs, share helpful tips and content and lastly promote my services.  If you are not currently using social media platforms, I highly recommend that you start. What Are the Best Times to Post to Your…
  • 10 Examples of Well-Crafted Email Signatures for Businesses

    Kim George
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    One of the most overlooked places to market your company is via your email signature.  I’ll be the first to admit, I did not have anything special in my email signature – outside of the normal stuff that you see in email signatures such as:NamePhone numberEmail addressWebsiteIt wasn’t until a few weeks or so ago when I received an email message from a fellow small business owner and blogger that a light bulb went off.  His email signature was one of the first things that jumped out at me.  It too included all of the basics – yet it had one key ingredient that my email signature did…
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  • Malvertising: The Biggest Threat to Mobile Security

    Peter Nguyen
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Every time you use your mobile device to access the Internet, millions upon millions of invisible threads connect your device with the cyberverse. While the Internet is an invaluable tool, it is also a breeding ground for every kind of digital threat, and those threats constantly evolve. Take malvertising, for example; according to experts, it recently surpassed pornography as the largest threat to mobile security. So what exactly is malvertising, and how does it threaten your device’s security? Malvertising: The Worst of Two Worlds The terms “malvertising” and “malverts” are…
  • Internet Safety Tips for Seniors

    Peter Nguyen
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    Senior citizens are connecting to the Internet in greater numbers every year. According to the findings by the Pew Research Center, 53% of American seniors age 65 and over use the Internet or email. This makes  seniors are among the fastest group of internet users. Unfortunately, seniors are vulnerable to identity theft & various internet scams due to their lack of internet and computer skills. They are also more trusting. These factors make them easy targets for cyber criminals to prey on. The infographic below reveals some important internet safety tips to protect seniors from…
  • Can Posting Selfies Online Get You Hacked?

    Peter Nguyen
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Selfies are a rapidly growing trend, with data indicating that selfies make up nearly a third of all photos taken by people age 18 to 24. Roughly half of all men and significantly more than half of all women have taken a selfie at some point. What many people don’t realize, however, is that these seemingly innocent self-pics can harbor some serious threats. Read on to find out how posting a selfie really can get you hacked, and what you can do to limit these dangers. The Data Contained in a Selfie Most photos taken on a smartphone get tagged with the exact coordinates of the location…
  • How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online

    Robert Siciliano
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    Every parent should know all the ways they can keep their kids safe in the online world. In McAfee’s 2013 study, Digital Deception: Exploring the Online Disconnect between Parents and Kids, it was found that: 86% of kids think social sites are safe and post personal information such as their email addresses (50%) and phone numbers (32%) 48% have looked at content their parents would disapprove of 29% of teens access pirated illegal digital media 12% of teens met a stranger online and then in the physical world 54% of kids say their parents aren’t involved in their digital lives at all…
  • How Data Brokers Get Your Personal Information

    Robert Siciliano
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    Data brokers have lots of personal information about you; here’s what you can do about that. Ever heard of the term “data broker”?  What do you think that is? Think about that for a moment. Yep, you got it: An entity that goes after your data and sells it to another entity. The entity that gets the data, the broker, is called a consumer data company. They snatch huge amounts of data from individuals all over the planet and sell it. And who wants your personal information? Your information is of significant value to marketers, companies doing background checks and in some cases, and the…