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  • 7 Essential Habits of Successful Business Owners

    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing
    John Jantsch
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    7 Essential Habits of Successful Business Owners written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing I’ve owned my business for over twenty-five years and I’d like to think I’ve learned a thing or two about what it takes to survive and, perhaps even, thrive as a business owner. Oh, I have lots left to learn and even struggle with doing some of things I have learned, even though I know better, but I’ve also acquired a few traits and developed a few habits that I believe serve me well. Some of these habits don’t come…
  • Instagram Rolls out New Tools for Businesses

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    Colleen Corkery
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    Instagram has officially jumped on the ‘social media is for businesses, too’ bandwagon. This week, the image-based social site with more than 200 million users worldwide, has announced a new suite of tools and real-time campaign data “to help brands better understand the performance of their paid and organic content on Instagram.” The tools available for businesses will include: Account insights – Impressions, reach and engagement analytics Image courtesy of Instagram Ad insights – Paid campaign performance including impressions, reach and frequency…
  • The Coolest Kickstarter ever raises over $13 million

    Small business news - CNNMoney.com
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:19 pm
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  • A Visual Guide to Local SEO for Small Business Websites

    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing
    Guest Post
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    A Visual Guide to Local SEO for Small Business Websites written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Justin Sturges – Enjoy! How to Build a Perfectly Optimized Local Website by Following the Google Guidelines! Building a winning local website is no simple task. We need content about our business, a blog, location pages, photos and galleries, contact pages and more! All this can quickly overwhelm budgets and plans. So in order to help, we’ve built an…
  • Where you’re at right now is perfect

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

  • Netflix Will Let Viewers Privately Share TV and Movie Recommendations

    Alice Truong
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    Recommendations will no longer show up on users' news feeds.You may not mind telling your Facebook friends that you are binge watching House of Cards, but it might be a different story when it comes to, say, Sabrina the Teenage Witch.Read Full Story
  • Reddit Launches Mobile AMA App

    Ainsley O'Connell
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    The company tries to present a friendly face to new users--and native advertisersReddit, the 113 million-strong online community where discussions about quantum physics exist alongside NSFW photos, is entering a new chapter. After hinting for months at plans to increase its revenue and its mobile capabilities, the company launched a mobile iOS app for its popular "Ask Me Anything" content earlier this week.Read Full Story
  • Why Google Won't Be Sending A Drone To Your Doorstep Anytime Soon

    Pavithra Mohan
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    According to NASA, drones won't replace humans without an air traffic control system in place to prevent nefarious 24-esque hacks.Last week, Google introduced Project Wing, an experimental, drone-based delivery system being developed by the semi-secret Google X innovation lab. The announcement came barely nine months after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed his plans to deliver packages to customers via octocopter in under 30 minutes.Read Full Story
  • Germany Bans Uber, Promises $327,422 Fine Per Illegal Ride

    Peter Wade
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    Plus, a look at Uber's legal troubles across the globe.Isn't it ironic? Uber, the ride-sharing service that borrows its name from the German language, has been banned in Germany. A Frankfurt court on Tuesday imposed a fine of $327,422 per ride for any Uber car found violating the ban.Read Full Story
  • Every Frame Of 5 Famous Films, Distilled Down To Their Color Palettes

    Carey Dunne
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    In "The Colors of Motion," a designer averages the colors of every frame of a film to explore how color shapes a visual story.When watching a film, thinking about color often takes a back seat to thinking about characters and plot. But unbeknownst to many viewers those elements are often strongly shaped by the colors in which they're rendered. (Just think about the transition from black-and-white to color in The Wizard of Oz.) With "The Colors of Motion," designer Charlie Clark offers an intriguing exploration of how color affects a film's mood. In the series, he extracts the average hue from…
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    VISANOW Global Immigration

  • FYI: Co-Sponsoring the Financial Income Requirement for U.S Immigration

    Zofia Mrozowska
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    If you do not meet the minimum financial income requirement needed for petitioning a loved one you can find a co-sponsor to help you. What is a co-sponsor? A co-sponsor takes on the financial and legal responsibility for the person you are petitioning. It is a binding contract that assures the U.S. government that the foreign national will be provided for financially. Who can be a co-sponsor to help me meet the financial income requirement? A co-sponsor can be a friend or family member as long as they meet the following requirements: They live in the U.S. They are 18 or older. They are…
  • The B-2 Visitor Visa Process

    Jake VanKersen
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
      The B-2 Visitor Visa Process If you are looking to visit the United States you might need a B-2 Visitor visa. This travel visa allows an individual to visit family, visit friends, see tourist attractions, go to a wedding, or even take a short recreational class. Unless you are a citizen of one of the countries on the Visa Waiver Program, you are going to need to apply for a B-2 Visitor visa. To  apply for visitor visa you will need to fill out the DS-160 form and schedule an interview at nearest the U.S. Embassy or consulate. After filling out the DS-160 form you will want to save…
  • FYI: The Financial Income Requirement for U.S. Immigration

    Zofia Mrozowska
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
      When applying for a U.S. immigration visa or Green Card the USCIS will want the petitioner (either a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident) to meet a financial income requirement. For example, when sponsoring a loved one, fiancé, or spouse, the petitioner must show proof of their ability to financially support the foreign national once they arrive in the United States. USCIS will determine if the petitioner is capable of supporting the person they are petitioning for by reviewing their affidavit of support. The fiance visa applicants must fill out the I-134 affidavit form. Green…
  • Five B-2 Visitor Visa Interview Questions to Expect

    Gabrielle Gottfried
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
      The B-2 Visitor visa process will require most applicant to attend a short interview.  It can be nerve wracking, but you’ll need to confidently answer some questions for a consulate officer.  These five questions will most likely be asked in the B-2 Visitor visa interview, so be sure to know the answers and practice your delivery for the best chances of approval.  B-2 Visitor Visa Interview Questions   Where are you traveling?  The consulate officer will want to hear the same information that you wrote on the DS-160.  If your information is unclear or contradictory, your…
  • U.S. State Department’s Technical Glitch is Causing Problems With Visas

    Jake VanKersen
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    A technical glitch has interfered with the issuing of U.S. travel visas. As The Wall Street Journal reports, the State Department experienced a technical glitch between July 19th and July 23rd. As of today, the problem hasn’t been completely resolved, though the system is back up and running. This issue has created a backlog of people waiting to hear about their visas. The problem originated with the Consular Consolidated Database and is not contained to any particular country or visa category. The State Department issued an apology through spokeswoman Marie Harf saying, “We…
 
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    Small Business Labs

  • Women, Seniors Leading Self-Employment Growth in UK & Canada

    Steve
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The UK's Office of National Statistics (ONS) released a report showing that self-employment in the UK is the highest its been since they started tracking it 40 years ago.   Their data shows the UK has 4.6 million people working for themselves, with 15% of workforce self-employed. This is up from 13% in 2008, and 8.7% in 1975.  They also report that: the number of self-employed aged 65 or older has more than doubled over the past 5 years. The number of women in self-employment is increasing at a faster rate than the number of men (although men still dominate self employment)…
  • Betting on Fusion Energy

    Steve
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Tech Crunch's Y Combinator and Mithril Invest in Helion, A Nuclear Fusion Startup covers a $1.5 million investment in Helion, a nuclear fusion startup. What makes this really intriguing is Helion's claim that it can produce, in 3 years, a fusion generator that's: "1,000 times smaller, over 500 times cheaper, and realizable 10 time faster than other projects." They go on to say they will be able to generate electricity for less than 4 cents per kilowatt hour.   What makes these claims so bold is most observers believe fusion energy is several…
  • It's Not Just Cloud Price Wars Driving Usage

    Steve
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The cloud storage price wars being waged by Google, Amazon, Microsoft have been getting a lot of press this summer.   As the chart below from TechCrunch's Cloud Storage is Eating the World Alive shows, since March of this year the cost per gigabyte of cloud storage has fallen by more than 50%. As the article points out, the current price is not far from $0.   But the price declines are not just limited to storage. Amazon, for example, recently announced price cuts ranging from 28% and 51% across a variety of their Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud product line. Cloud…
  • Y-Combinator Goes Freelance

    Steve
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Last week was Demo Day for Y-Combinator's summer batch of startups.   For those not familar with Y-Combinator, it's the most successful startup accelerator in the U.S. According to their website, since 2005 over 700 startups have gone through their program and today these firms have a combined market valuation of over $30 billion. Well known grads include Dropbox, Airbnb and Reddit. Only 3% of the startups that apply to their program are accepted.   The program lasts 3 months and culminates with Demo Day, when the 70 or so participating startups each get 2.5 minutes…
  • The Rise of Digital Nomads

    Steve
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Yahoo Travel's The New Digital Nomads - Run Your Business From Anywhere in the World covers the growing trend towards people professionals who are choosing a location-independent lifestyle that allows them to travel and work anywhere in the world. The Internet and a growing array of telework and online collaboration tools are the key enablers of the digital nomad lifestyle.   As long as they can find a decent Internet connection, laptop carrying nomads can work pretty much anywhere. Digital nomads who travel to exotic locations get most of the press, but more and more people…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • When So-called Experts Say Don’t Do a Business Plan…

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

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

    Tim Berry
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    I’m fascinated by the numbers Denise O’Berry turns up in her post Use Metrics To Manage Cash Flow – Small Business Expert Denise O’Berry. She quotes results of a survey sponsored by the American Institute of CPAs, which surveyed 500 owners of businesses averaging less than 10 employees and less than $2 million in revenues. According to this, the biggest worry of small business owners, is (drumroll): The number one issue facing small business is ensuring adequate cash flow from operations, according to 83% of survey respondents. That’s Denise quoting Bill Reeb, CPA, surprising…
  • The Broken Spreadsheet That Birthed a Business

    Tim Berry
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    I thoroughly enjoyed doing this Mixergy Interview, published this week, about how I bootstrapped Palo Alto Software from zero to about $10 million annual revenues: It started one morning at 2 a.m., when I had to deliver a finished set of financials the next morning. It was 2 a.m. and I was tired and done with the financials but I had done something in either Lotus 1, 2, 3 or Excel because I use both. I don’t remember which one it was but I had done something to break the damn spreadsheet! If the financials are going to work, when you change the assumptions the balance still balances and…
  • Rant: Entrepreneurship, Dropouts, and Bad PR

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

  • The Marketer’s Guide to Using Quizzes to Reach and Engage Your Audience

    Josh Haynam
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    On July 5, 2014, a food blog called Food52 shared a quiz on Twitter titled, “Which cake are you?” The quiz was built to raise awareness for several new cake recipes on the site, and the results of the quiz showed each quiz taker’s “cake type,” as well as a link to check out the recipe for said cake on Food52′s blog. By the end of the day on July 7, just three days later, the quiz had been viewed more than 20,000 times — it was a hit. Food52′s quiz-success story is not the only recent one. In the last six months, quizzes have been popping up at…
  • A Quick Note About the History of Labor Day That You May Not Realize …

    Jerod Morris
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The first Monday of September is upon us, which means that it is Labor Day in the United States (and Labour Day in Canada). Have you ever wondered why North America celebrates Labor Day in September, while many parts of the rest of the world celebrate International Workers’ Day on the first day of May? Turns out, U.S. political leaders in the late 19th century probably wanted to avoid association with the violent Haymarket Massacre that served as part of the inspiration for International Workers’ Day. (It’s a remarkable story, if you don’t know it.) Yes, while we think…
  • The 7 Things Writers Need to Make a Living

    Sonia Simone
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re a writer, you might have heard this most of your life. People don’t make a living writing. You should find something practical to do with your life. Smart, capable writers grimly pass around war stories on Facebook. Penny-a-word assignments, clients who don’t pay, disdain for our craft, and disrespect for our profession. And yet. Look around us, at this digital world so many of us spend our lives in. It’s made of ones and zeroes, yes. But it’s also made of words. The technology exists because we create words worth sharing Text, video, audio. It all…
  • Two Important Announcements for Writers

    Sonia Simone
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    First, you may have seen yesterday the abrupt announcement that Google is, at least for the moment, discontinuing their Authorship functionality for search results and webmaster tools. For those in our Authority community, as well as those in our Certified Content Marketer program, we’ll be holding a special live Q&A session with Brian Clark on what this means for web writers as we move forward. Just log in to your Member Dashboard to find out how to attend. You’ll also get your usual Tuesday email with all of the instructions. And secondly, if you aren’t in one of those…
  • How to Earn $250 Per Hour As a Freelance Writer

    Linda Formichelli
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    How sweet it would be to earn $250 per hour — as a writer, no less. Sounds like a crazy dream, right? It’s kind of like your dream to win America’s Got Talent with your nose whistling routine: Fun to think about, but it ain’t gonna happen. Well, I’m going to risk your snorts of disbelief by telling you $250 per hour is the average rate I earn with any type of writing I do, whether it’s copywriting, content writing, or journalism. I’m not special (though my mom thinks so). My writing skills are good, but not Donna Tartt good. And as you’ll see…
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  • Small Business Tips: 5 Great Online Tools (That I’ve never mentioned before)

    Mike
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    If I took the time to analyze the number of hours I spend doing my job online, and then add in the number of hours I spend online doing non-work stuff, the result would probably choke a virtual horse. At any given time I have several dozen browser windows and tabs open and am logged into numerous sites, working on multiple apps, and using an abundance of tools. Most of these are for work, though some overlap into my personal life and others are purely for fun. All are great resources and all of these provide me value in the form of efficiency, economy, or entertainment. My online tools for…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #232 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:51 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! If you’re a little kid and your dad is a video animator, you can have quite a lot of fun, as the above video shows. Empower Your Small Business, the latest crowdSPRING SmallBiz Newsletter – crowdspring.co/1zL7c26 Labor Day! TCB…
  • Labor Day! TCB and TCP

    Mike
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    “My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.” —Indira Gandhi Next Monday is not just a day off for our team, but is also the holiday that I believe matters most of all to businesses. This time last year I wrote about the protests that were occurring around the country in support of an increase in the national minimum wage rate and the movement to empower fast food workers. This is s subject that I care deeply about, and one that…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #231 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:33 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 Caesar’s movements as he defeated Pompey and allies in the civil was around 48 BC. You’ll find 39 more interesting maps that explain the growth and ultimately collapse of the Roman Empire, in the Other…
  • Cause Marketing on Ice

    Mike
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    The other day while sitting on the deck, we heard a great splashing sound from across the way. We looked over to see a neighbor pouring a huge bucket of ice-water over his head while his girlfriend recorded the chilly event on her smartphone. It took me a second to grasp what was happening, but I quickly realized that he was not crazy and not trying to cool himself off from the heat of a Chicago August. The guy was raising money for a charity which he may or may not even feel a particular affinity for. Right now, today, appearing in virtually every corner of the the internet you can be…
 
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    The Franchise King®

  • Subway® Franchise Opens In Polygamist Community

    The Franchise King®
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    A Subway® franchise has opened up in a closed community. A community that believes that one wife is just not enough for today’s men. A FLDS Community…. The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located  in Short Creek, Hildale, Utah. You know about them, right?     About FLDS Well, just in case you don’t know what the teachings of this Church are…I found them…just for you. “The FLDS Church teaches the doctrine of plural marriage, which states that a man having multiple wives is ordained by God; the doctrine requires it in…
  • Tubby’s Sub Sandwich Shop May Need Creative Franchise Marketing Help

    The Franchise King®
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    With a name like Tubby’s…. The name of this Michigan-based sub sandwich franchise chain came from the a popular comic strip character with the same name. That’s good to know, but how can Tubby’s new owners get around the name. A name that (to a lot of people) means “One that’s overweight.” Wait. Why am I being so gentle…so politically direct? That’s not me. I’m sorry. It will never happen again. Tubby=Fat   Tubby’s Gets New Owners The first Tubby’s Sub Shop was founded in 1968 by Richard Paganes, who at the time was…
  • The NLRB Franchise Business Decision: How Scary Is it?

    The Franchise King®
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:08 pm
    The NLRB Ruling could change the franchise business as we know it. I know that’s a dramatic statement…and I’m really not into drama, but their decision is  kind of scary. Keep reading to see why…   The NLRB Franchise Business Decision The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently announced that its Office of the General Counsel is going to name McDonald’s as a “joint employer” in upcoming court cases. The courts cases are based on complaints against McDonald’s franchisees. Franchisees. Stay with me here…     I’m going to share…
  • Working From Home Franchise Businesses

    The Franchise King®
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:39 am
    Are you looking to buy a franchise that you can run from home? Does working from home sound attractive to you? Are there legitimate franchise opportunities and business opportunities that offer the chance to work from a home office?   Working From Home Franchise Businesses There are  lots of franchises that allow you to work from home. Home-based franchises are popular, and they’ll continue to be because of the cost of entry. Most home-based franchises can be purchased for less than $100,000…a lot less. There’s no real estate involved, for one. And the inventory…
  • This Franchise Is Now 1,000 Locations Strong

    The Franchise King®
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    Hitting the 1,000 franchise location mark is a huge accomplishment. Most franchisors don’t hit it. That’s because it’s extremely difficult. Heck, hitting 100 franchise locations is hard. So, would you like to know what franchise concept just reached 1,000 franchise locations?     This Franchise Is Now 1,000 Locations Strong Massage Envy Spa®. This feel-good franchise concept just hit the 1,000 unit mark. Congratulations from all of us in The Franchise Kingdom! So, how did they do it?   Massage Envy Spa® Sells Non-Obvious Benefits This membership-based…
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    800 CEO Read

  • ChangeThis: Issue 120

    dylan
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Tweet Creating a Coaching Culture: A Playbook to Build Winning Business Teams by Nathan Jamail “In business, most of our employees are not as good as they could be—not because of our love for them or our desire to make their lives better than ours, but … because most of the time we think they are not worth the effort to really coach them.” Beyond Keeping Afloat: How Established Business Can Get Breakthroughs by Tony Davila & Marc J. Epstein “What can be done to avoid the seemingly inevitable drought of innovation that comes along with building and cementing the apparatus of…
  • Authors On the Road, Changing the World – John Hope Bryant

    Aaron
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    TweetIn the rapidly changing world of technology and the way we utilize that technology, we often forget many of our institutions were built over the phone, forming relationships with the people with whom we wanted to do business. In a group meeting here this week, our retired founder and president Jack Covert made the argument that if we want to maintain our current relationships better than our competitors and add something to their lives that others don’t, we need to pick up the phone and have a real conversation with these people we value. We are fortunate that our business is still…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Powers of Two

    Michael
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Tweet Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 339 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, August 2014, 9780544031593 There is something thrilling about reading accounts of great creativity. We love when a writer can bring together a collection of anecdotes that might reveal something profound about how to ignite the creative spark and nurse it into a blaze of genius. The purpose, of course, is not mere vicarious experience; we hope we can truly take something away—a recipe for innovation—that will help us spark innovation in…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Power of Noticing

    Sally
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Tweet The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See by Max H. Bazerman, Simon and Schuster, Hardcover, 215 pages, 9781476700298 Sandusky. Madoff. Enron. Hurricane Katrina. These are well-publicized examples of our failure to notice impending disaster. In his new book, The Power of Noticing, Max Bazerman expounds on these tales to reveal how we might learn from them in order to prevent similar calamities. As he says, “Understanding what is at work when we fail to notice is crucial to understand how we can learn to pay attention to what we’re missing.” In fact, in the worst cases, we…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The End of Absence

    Ryan Schleicher
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Tweet The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection by Michael Harris, Current, 243 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, August 2014, ISBN 9781591846932 Journalist Michael Harris approaches the often-discussed topic of the internet’s impact on our lives from a very specific angle: people living now who were born prior to 1985, who will be the only people in world history to know what life was like both with and without the internet. As part of this generation of people, Harris sets out to discover what we need to do to reclaim what the internet stole from everyday…
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    SmallBizTechnology

  • Free Shipping: Real Facts and Options for Small Business

    Ramon Ray
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    If you run an eCommerce business you’ve probably been tempted to offer free shipping in order to get more customers. But simply offering free shipping can be a big mistake if you don’t know all the facts and figures to make it work. I recently wrote a post for Endicia on Free Shipping – The Real Facts Every Small Business Needs to Know. The article covers three things that every samll business needs to know before offering free shipping as an option. Without knowing these simple facts, you could lose money and sales and see your small business crumble. The article also…
  • 4 Ways to Blend and Transform That Old School Marketing You Thought Was Dead

    Jennifer Peaslee
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’m sure by now you have heard that old school marketing is dead. With the growth of the internet, the popularity of social media and the boom of mobile devices, businesses are finding new ways to win over customers. Goodbye newspaper advertisement, hello Google Adwords campaign. Farewell printed flyer, hail ye social media announcement. Adios business newsletter, welcome company blog post. For the most part I agree that the changing direction of society requires a shift in marketing technique, but I also think that those who have become so negative about old school marketing aren’t…
  • How to Use Transactional Emails to Master the Customer Dating Game

    Carolyn Crummey
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Building a solid relationship with your customers is a whole lot like building a personal relationship with a partner. You have to build trust, be responsive, help them when needed…it’s a lot of work! And just like with personal relationships, there are some tried and true strategies you can use to win at the game of of customer love. Here are some tips and strategies on how to use transactional emails alongside your standard email marketing messages to build customer loyalty and trust.   Transactional emails are sent as a result of an action from your customer – invoices,…
  • HR Rules and Regs Are Impossible To Keep Up With. ThinkHR Has A Solution

    Ramon Ray
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Running a business is not easy. Sure there’s the joys of freedom and passion as indicated in the latest Infusionsoft Small Business Survey , however there are so many challenges. Tax compliance, regulatory compliance, marketing to get more customers and to keep the ones you have. For businesses who are growing, another headache is human resources management (HR). There’s a lot of information online you can “Google” but is this information correct? Does it meet your specific need? HR compliance is not something you can fudge. Of course if you have a lawyer,…
  • Hiring for Success: 4 Things to Seek and Avoid in a New Hire

    Ramon Ray
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    To ensure your next candidate is a lasting member of your team, it’s important that you know what you should search for as you filter through résumés. Here are a few things you should look for, and avoid, when going after a new hire. I am blogging on behalf of Visa Business and received compensation for my time from Visa for sharing my views in this post, but the views expressed here are solely mine, not Visa’s. Visit http://facebook.com/visasmallbiz to take a look at the reinvented Facebook Page: Well Sourced by Visa Business. The Page serves as a space where small business owners…
 
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    Small Business Trends

  • Going Nuts? This Family Business is, and They’re Doing it Successfully

    Annie Pilon
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Jeff Braverman didn’t start his family’s nut business. But he did help it stay relevant in an increasingly online world. Braverman’s grandpa Sol originally started Newark Nut in 1929. It was not until 70 years later that his grandson would hire a friend to build the company’s first website. NutsOnline was an instant success, as the small nut company was overwhelmed with orders. Braverman even remembers his father telling him to turn it off so that the small family business could keep up. But despite the success of NutsOnline, it wasn’t the company’s first choice in domains.
  • How to Get the Omnichannel Shopper Into Your Store

    Rieva Lesonsky
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Previously we covered the growing trend for online-only retailers to open physical stores to cater to consumers’ desire for a physical, in-store experience. And I’ve got some more good news for brick-and-mortar retailers from The UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper (PDF) study. The study describes today’s consumer as a “flex shopper” whose approach is dominated by the desire for convenience. While you might think that means shopping mostly online, in fact, the study found that only 39 percent of purchases are both researched and completed online. In the other 61 percent of cases,…
  • 5 Banks Allegedly Victims of a Cyberattack

    Joshua Sophy
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Cybercrime is a growing problem.  It seems like everyday you hear of a new hacking attack.  Even the largest banks are not immune.  Now comes news of five financial institutions allegedly being victims of a cyberattack. The attack on the financial institutions was sophisticated in nature. Hackers were able to abscond with sensitive information. This included checking and savings account information in what amounts to gigabytes of data. The FBI has launched an investigation into the cyberattack on these banking institutions. But, so far, no other bank other than JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • 10 Resources for Managing Your Online Reviews

    Shawn Hessinger
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Bad reviews aren’t just upsetting. If they give your brand a bad reputation with key customers, it can kill your business. That’s why business owners need to learn to cultivate good reviews and also deal with bad ones when they come. Luckily, we’ve got your back when it comes to managing your online reviews. We’ve collected some of the finest articles Small Business Trends has run over the years on managing your brand’s reputation online. Here’s a resource you can use to manage the good, the bad and anything in between. Help for Managing Your Online…
  • How to Fix What’s Wrong With Your Business Plan – You Have One, Right?

    Melinda Emerson
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Wondering why your business revenue is going in the wrong direction? It all goes back to that foundation you first created for your company — or sometimes didn’t create — and how solid it was from the start. Everything since then should be built on top of that foundation, that plan. Without a strong and clear strategic plan, your business may flounder, and you may make a lot of costly mistakes along the way. The following are some of the most common problems business owners have with regards to their business plan. 1. It’s Nonexistent Maybe you never slowed down enough to actually…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • While you were out... (news from late August)

    Seth Godin
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Two pieces of good news you might have missed while you were away: a. I posted an opening for one or two paid internships. You still have a week to share this with a friend. b. Thanks to my wonderful readers and my colleague Bernadette Jiwa, we were able to raise more than our goal of $200,000 for charity: water. Thanks to everyone who pitched in. We missed you. Welcome back.        
  • The wasteful fraud of sorting for youth meritocracy

    Seth Godin
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:52 am
    "Sorry, you didn't make the team. We did the cuts today." "We did play auditions all day yesterday, and so many people turned out, there just wasn't a role for you. We picked people who were more talented." "You're on the bench until your skills improve. We want to win." Ask the well-meaning coaches and teachers running the tryouts and choosing who gets to play, ask them who gets on stage and who gets fast tracked, and they'll explain that life is a meritocracy, and it's essential to teach kids that they're about to enter a world where people get picked based on performance. Or, they might…
  • Forgive yourself

    Seth Godin
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Forgive yourself for not being the richest, the thinnest, the tallest, the one with the best hair. Forgive yourself for not being the most successful, the cutest or the one with the fastest time. Forgive yourself for not winning every round. Forgive yourself for being afraid. But don't let yourself off the hook, never forgive yourself, for not caring or not trying.        
  • It's a great book, it has no typos!

    Seth Godin
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    And you really have to check out this hotel, it's dark in your room at night. And quiet, too. Quality is now a given. Quality alone is not remarkable. Surprise and delight and connection are remarkable.        
  • Turning passion on its head

    Seth Godin
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:03 am
    Instead of, "do what you love," perhaps the more effective mantra for the entrepreneur, the linchpin and maker of change might be, "love what you do." If we can fall in love with serving people, creating value, solving problems, building valuable connections and doing work that matters, it makes it far more likely we're going to do important work.        
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    HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review » Tom Davenport

  • A Predictive Analytics Primer

    Tom Davenport
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    No one has the ability to capture and analyze data from the future. However, there is a way to predict the future using data from the past. It’s called predictive analytics, and organizations do it every day. Has your company, for example, developed a customer lifetime value (CLTV) measure? That’s using predictive analytics to determine how much a customer will buy from the company over time. Do you have a “next best offer” or product recommendation capability? That’s an analytical prediction of the product or service that your customer is most likely to buy next. Have you made a…
  • 10 Kinds of Stories to Tell with Data

    Tom Davenport
    5 May 2014 | 9:00 am
    For almost a decade I have heard that good quantitative analysts can “tell a story with data.” Narrative is—along with visual analytics—an important way to communicate analytical results to non-analytical people. Very few people would question the value of such stories, but just knowing that they work is not much help to anyone trying to master the art of analytical storytelling. What’s needed is a framework for understanding the different kinds of stories that data and analytics can tell. If you don’t know what kind of story you want to tell, you probably won’t tell a good…
  • 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…
 
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    Bill Taylor on HarvardBusiness.org

  • The Best Leaders “Talk the Walk”

    Bill Taylor
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    One of the most ubiquitous aphorisms in business is that the best leaders understand the need to “walk the talk” — that is, their behavior and day-to-day actions have to match the aspirations they have for their colleagues and organization. But the more time I spend with game-changing innovators and high-performing companies, the more I appreciate the need for leaders to “talk the walk” — that is, to be able to explain, in language that is unique to their field and compelling to their colleagues and customers, why what they do matters and how they expect to win. The only…
  • 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…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • 7 Essential Habits of Successful Business Owners

    John Jantsch
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    7 Essential Habits of Successful Business Owners written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing I’ve owned my business for over twenty-five years and I’d like to think I’ve learned a thing or two about what it takes to survive and, perhaps even, thrive as a business owner. Oh, I have lots left to learn and even struggle with doing some of things I have learned, even though I know better, but I’ve also acquired a few traits and developed a few habits that I believe serve me well. Some of these habits don’t come…
  • Weekend Favs August Thirty

    John Jantsch
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    Weekend Favs August Thirty 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. photo credit: pablohart via photopin cc Good stuff I found this week: Megalytic – really great way to create simple and useful Google Analytics…
  • The Top Google Analytics Reports for Assessing Mobile Activity

    Guest Post
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:41 am
    The Top Google Analytics Reports for Assessing Mobile Activity written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Mark Hansen – Enjoy! As the use of mobile devices continues to increase, understanding the needs and behaviors of our mobile visitors is increasingly important. Instinctively, we know that mobile users are on the go, so they’re more likely to lose patience with a slow mobile site or poor user experience (UX). But what we need to learn is how…
  • A Visual Guide to Local SEO for Small Business Websites

    Guest Post
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    A Visual Guide to Local SEO for Small Business Websites written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Justin Sturges – Enjoy! How to Build a Perfectly Optimized Local Website by Following the Google Guidelines! Building a winning local website is no simple task. We need content about our business, a blog, location pages, photos and galleries, contact pages and more! All this can quickly overwhelm budgets and plans. So in order to help, we’ve built an…
  • What Does Charm Have To Do with Business?

    John Jantsch
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    What Does Charm Have To Do with Business? written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing podcast with Jordan Harbinger My guest for this week’s episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is Jordan Harbinger – cofounder of an amazingly successful business called The Art of Charm – a business with the tagline – where ordinary guys become extraordinary men. Now, to be fair, some amount of the work The Art of Charm does is teach guys how to meet women, but I for one believe that many of the elements regarding…
 
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • Give it away — to the people who matter

    Andy Sernovitz
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    There’s a rack of free magazines at Reagan Airport in DC, specifically near the NYC-DC shuttle gates. Why? Because some of the most influential people on earth spend hours there. Congresspeople, CEOs visiting Congresspeople, and other mega-important people with big business at the Capitol.  And they’re stuck and bored. So magazine publishers put out stacks of samples, which is an incredibly easy and cheap promotion. You hit a home run if you get those people to read your stuff. Lesson: Where are your influencers hanging out? What’s the easiest way to get a sample in their…
  • 4 proper steps to follow up a sale

    Andy Sernovitz
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We had a great adventure with Arkansas Valley Adventures on our family trip to Colorado. AVA really nailed the customer follow-up experience too. What they got right: Say “thank you” Ask for feedback  Ask for reviews and sharing in social media Offer a discount for a future purchase  Try these four things and you’ll turn one-time customers into long-time fans who promote you and come back for more.
  • Newsletter #1003: The “Blank Walls” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    28 Aug 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.] So much amazing potential is in a blank wall. It can bring a community together, help you spread the word about your stuff, and help your customers feel at home — you just have to tap into it. Don’t believe us? Here are three examples from businesses both big and small: 1. Make it beautiful 2. Make it complimentary 3. Make it a conversation-starter 4. Check it out: Your World of Text 1.
  • You need a 14-year-old boy

    Andy Sernovitz
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Every so often companies get in trouble for an ad campaign that has some dirty double entendre. Sometimes they do it on purpose, but usually they miss it. Because mature professionals aren’t looking for crude sex references in everything. Maybe you need a teenager or frat guy to help avoid unintentional scandal or offence. A few examples: (Acronym)
  • Steal?

    Andy Sernovitz
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    We have a new method for creating websites: We sort of steal things. It’s hard to come up with a perfect vision for a new site on a blank screen. So we have the entire team surfing for inspiration. We look at hundreds of sites and see what we love. A little of this color palate, that page structure, some of this navigation…  and we keep going until everyone says “THAT’S IT!” What we get is completely unlike any of the sites we’re inspired by, and it’s more of a mash-up. It’s uniquely ours, and it’s great.  Most important: We save months…
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    ChangeThis Newsletter

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    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Creating a Coaching Culture: A Playbook to Build Winning Business Teams by Nathan Jamail “In business, most of our employees are not as good as they could be—not because of our love for them or our desire to make their lives better than ours, but ... because most of the time we think they are not worth the effort to really coach them.”
  • 120.02

    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Beyond Keeping Afloat: How Established Business Can Get Breakthroughs by Tony Davila & Marc J. Epstein “What can be done to avoid the seemingly inevitable drought of innovation that comes along with building and cementing the apparatus of an established organization? How, as an established organization, do we maintain, and perhaps even build on the successes we have achieved?”
  • 120.03

    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Generation We: Why Me Doesn’t Work for One and Everyone, and What We Can Do to Change It by Steven Smith & David Marcum “Why does society tend to work in opposition to WE if WE is clearly a superior strategy? Why don’t human beings make stronger moves to get past ME ... ”
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    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Harvesting the Low-Hanging Fruit: The Easy Road to Higher Earnings by Jeremy Eden & Terri Long “The blinding rate of innovation over the past few decades has turned yesterday’s ‘impossible’ into today’s ‘of course.’ But one area has experienced a near complete lack of innovation over that same time period: the ways executives manage ... ”
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    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Improvise Your Way to Success by Steve Yastrow “The bottom line is that no one wants to be assaulted by one-way communication (a sales pitch). Rather, customers need to be invited into two-way conversations where we can be heard and understood.”
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Hamburger Helper

    Wailin Wong
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Businessmen like Ray Kroc and Dave Thomas have secured their places in the annals of the fast food industry. But what about Harry Holly? He invented the hamburger patty molding machine in the kitchen of the burger restaurant he opened after losing his job in the Depression. Holly’s patty press helped bring the modern fast food industry into existence by equipping McDonald’s and Burger King with machines that could efficiently produce standard-sized burgers. But 77 years after Holly founded his patty machine company, Hollymatic, neither inventor nor business has name recognition…
  • QUOTE: Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and…

    David
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and productivity. Teresa Amabile of Harvard Business School studied the daily routines of more than 230 people who work on projects that require creativity. As might have been expected, she found that their ability to think creatively fell markedly if their working days were punctuated with meetings. They did far better if left to focus on their projects without interruption for a large chunk of the day, and had to collaborate with no more than one colleague. —Decluttering the company [The Economist]
  • PHOTO: Just took an Uber Black Car to the office…

    Jason Fried
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Just took an Uber Black Car to the office today and noticed that they round down the price and make it clear on the receipt. $21.00 is definitely more luxurious than $21.71. Nice touch.
  • Hybrid : How we took Basecamp multi-platform with a tiny team

    Jason Z.
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    Yesterday we announced the official Basecamp app for iPad. Just like our other apps for iPhone, Android, and Kindle it’s a hybrid—a native wrapper around a mobile web core. We’ve written about this setup before but today I wanted to really get into the details to show how it all works and how we’ve been able to launch four distinct apps with a handful of developers, just 5 people in all. How it works Basecamp has variants for desktop, phone and tablet. Desktop is the default browser experience we launched in 2012. When it detects a mobile device or a native app declares…
  • Our favorite recent reads on the web

    Emily Wilder
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Each week, Know Your Company asks everyone at Basecamp a few questions, including one that helps us learn more about each other. Last week’s prompt was “What’s one great read on the web you’ve come across in the past month?” We enjoyed reading one another’s recommendations so much we wanted to share the results here! Javan Makhmali, Programmer: Love People, Not Pleasure – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/opinion/sunday/arthur-c-brooks-love-people-not-pleasure.html Dan Kim, All-purpose: This Paul Graham article from way back in 2007, titled “Stuff”.
 
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    Small Biz Survival

  • Brag Basket goes to the beach

    Becky McCray
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    I’m not on the beach, but the Brag Basket is. Photo (CC) by D on Flickr. The Brag Basket is open! This one is for August 29-31, 2014. Bring your good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your good news. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t like to brag? Just share some…
  • Small Businesses Must Track Their Dollars

    Glenn Muske
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    Photo (CC) OTA Photos, on FlickrMost small-business owners are not excited about handling the financial recordkeeping for the business, which should come as no surprise. Instead, business owners often put it off until later and, quite often, the “later” means tax time. Not keeping good financial records can result in a multitude of problems. At best, you may not maximize your return on investment. But the worst thing might be having to close the business and owing money to family, friends and even governmental agencies. Letting all of the other requirements of your business eat up your…
  • How I found my mission in three kinda-easy steps

    Becky McCray
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do I really have to know it all? Or would it be better to pick a specific and narrow mission?   Because I have a pretty specific mission, people have asked me how I decided on it and my niche. So here’s a little of that story. Finding my mission was about taking away, not adding to. I had lots of overlapping circles of topics, areas of interest, markets. Some of my circles were rural, entrepreneurs, tourism, small business, and economic development. Then there were other topics that intersect to some degree, so I have some interest in them, but they aren’t my primary things.
  • Look up! in the Brag Basket

    Small Biz Survival
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    When you look up, you can see the good news and the baskets on the ceiling. Photo by David Tan on Flickr.  The Brag Basket is open! This one is for August 15-17, 2014. Bring your good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your good news. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t…
  • Using Big Data in Your Small Businesses

    Glenn Muske
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    Photo (CC) Justin Grimes, on Flickr“Big data” and “mining big data” are terms that are appearing in business magazines and journals at lot these days. Yet small-business owners often are not sure if and how big data fits into their business. Nor do they know where to get it and how to analyze it, even if they would have it. Small-business owners need not be scared of the term “big data.” It simply means information of a size that you cannot analyze it by hand. You need to use some type of computerized tool to help out. But business owners need to remember that data is one key when…
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    Superinnovators

  • Change the Thinking, or Change the Behavior?

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

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

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

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

    Bill Burnett
    23 Dec 2013 | 6:10 pm
    Gamification typically involves applying game design thinking to non-game applications to enhance engagement. Gamification can make almost anything fun and engaging bringing out the player in any of us.Gamification isn’t just about setting up a formal game-like environment such as a frequent flyer program.  It can subtly tap into people’s natural love for the game, any game where there’s something at stake and a way to play with it.  That can dramatically change performance outcomes.Case Set-up - This was a real bank case, staff = 120 FTE. Credit card chargeback processing on…
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    Marketing Practice

  • Brand funda : Elasticity of Brand

    Harish B
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    Article Review : What Makes Brands Elastic? The Influence of Brand Concept and Styles of Thinking on Brand Extension Evaluation Journal of Marketing Vol. 74 (May 2010), 80–92 ( Link) In this very deeply research article the authors examine why some brands are more elastic than others. Here the authors describe elasticity as the ability of the brand to extend to other categoriesResearch suggest that brand extension success depend very much on the extension fit.That is whether the extensions fit the perception of consumers about the parent brand.The more elastic the brand is when the…
  • Layer'r Shot Deo : Pure Fragrance, Nothing Else

    Harish B
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Brand : Layer'rCompany : Adjavis Venture Ltd (AVL)Brand Analysis Count : # 547Layer'r was launched in 2013 by AVL which was founded by Mr Devandra Patil. Mr Patil was a co-founder of Paras Pharmaceuticals and later the brothers of Paras decided to start on their own after selling Paras to Reckitt.One of the brothers, Darshan Patel started the Fogg brand under the company Vini Cosmetics which recently became the market leader in the deo category. Devendra Patel entered the deo market with two brands- Layer'r Shot for men and Wottagirl for women.In the highly cluttered market for deos, the…
  • Park Avenue Beer Shampoo : Cheers to Man Hair

    Harish B
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    Brand : Park Avenue Beer ShampooCompany : JK Helene CurtisBrand Analysis Count : # 546Park Avenue is a cash cow in the portfolio of JK Helene Curtis which owns the prestigious apparel brands like Raymonds , Color Plus, Parx etc. This brand has contributed half of the turnover of the apparel business of the company. Later the company decided to extend the brands to categories like men's grooming market.According to Business Standard, men's grooming market is worth Rs 4000 crore growing at 25-30 % per annum. So for a company like JK Helene Curtis, it makes sense to extend a popular brand to…
  • He deodorant : Be Interesting

    Harish B
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    Brand : HeCompany : EmamiBrand Analysis Count : # 545Another deo hits the market with another big bang celebrity. This time, joining the brand-wagon is Emami with the new deo brand for men - He. He  is sort of interesting brand name which Emami chose to call its deo. Wondering how the company pulled off a generic name since it is very difficult to get trademark approval for generic names.The Rs 2300 crore deo market is crowded but growing fast to accommodate new players. He deo has roped in none other than Hrithik Roshan as its brand ambassador . The brand is currently running its…
  • Marketing for Small Business : Marketing Department vs Marketing Function

    Harish B
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    In a recent study conducted over several SME s in my state, I found that over 70% of SMEs reported that they have a marketing department. But when enquired about certain critical functions like product development or branding, many reported that these activites are not performed.It is important for small business to understand that mere existance of marketing deparment is not suffice, what is important is that critical marketing activties are performed. Several small business are still not aware about the importance of  having a systematic process of product development/…
 
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    Mobile Marketing Watch

  • U.S. Indoor Location Based Search Could Grow 45%

    J. Barton
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s the latest — and it’s growing. The number of places served by indoor Location Based Search providers is increasing at a rapid pace and is expected to grow to 45 percent of the market by 2018. As a result — of course — competition is heating up.  Major players in the U.S. market currently include Google, Point Inside, Micello, FastMall, and HERE, who together currently cover more than 25,000 venues in the US. As the demand for indoor LBS is increasing, and more business organizations are adopting indoor LBS, the number of venues in the US is expected to…
  • iWatch: You’ll See It Next Week, But You Won’t Touch It

    MikeR
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Apple has already distributed invites to members of the media for its September 9th event where the tech giant is expected to unveil the new iPhone 6 and long-rumored iWatch, but only one of those two products will reach consumers in the coming weeks. Re/Code‘s John Paczkowski says iWatch will take the stage next week, but it may not reach buyers until next year. “So that new wearable device Apple is introducing on September 9? It’s going to be a while before anyone is actually wearing it. Sources in position to know tell me it won’t arrive at market for a few months,”…
  • IDC Says the Rest of 2014 will be ‘Strong’ for Smartphones

    Michael Essany
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    With 2014 rapidly entering the home stretch, reports are coming in with regard to how the year will ultimately look in the record books for smartphones sales and industry growth. According to IDC, the smartphone outlook remains strong for 2014 (up 23.8%, despite what the research giants call “slowing growth in mature markets). When all is said and done, IDC estimates that more than 1.25 billion smartphones will be shipped worldwide in 2014. “Looking ahead, total volumes are forecast to reach 1.8 billion units in 2018,” the report summary reads, “resulting in a 12.7%…
  • NFC Inbound for iPhone 6

    ChristaH
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    Although Apple’s iPhone 6 has taken a back seat in the headlines this summer to more interesting rumors pertaining to the company’s long-awaited iWatch, iPhone 6 will likely surprise many consumers when it’s unveiled next week along with a vast array of snazzy new features and capabilities. Chief among the new bells and whistles is that which is made possible by Dutch chipmaker NXP. The company is said to be behind iPhone 6′s NFC capabilities. Apple has reportedly been interested in NFC since Steve Jobs was still the CEO. But only now is Apple finally ready to embrace…
  • The Battle for Samsung Product Ban is Back On

    MikeR
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    There’s just no backing down for Apple. Despite a federal judge’s ruling in the opposite opinion, Apple believes Samsung’s infringing products should be banned. According to The New York Times, Apple is now moving forward with an appeal even though it won the legal battle against Samsung. Last spring, jurors determined that Samsung must pay $119.6 million in damages pertaining to the violated Apple patents. Unfortunately for Apple, federal judge Lucy H. Koh won’t go one step further and ban the infringing products. “Apple has not satisfied its burden of…
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    Branding Strategy Insider

  • Why People Buy Products, Services And Brands

    Brad VanAuken The Blake Project
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    Why do people purchase the products, services and brands that they do? At a minimum, marketers should think about this periodically. Ideally, marketers should always be thinking about this. So, why do people purchase specific things? They solve problems. They make my life easier or safer or more pleasant. They are whimsical. They make me smile or laugh. They make me feel playful. They entertain me. They are beautiful. They are a source of awe or wonder. They calm me. They make me feel good about my life. I love to be surrounded by beauty. They surprise me. I love their unexpected nature. They…
  • How Brands Lose Sight Of Their Customers

    Mark Di Somma
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    How do service organizations, specifically large service organizations lose sight of the customer and the shifting demands of a dynamic market? Everybody says they’re in business to serve the customer, but the people who are actually customer facing and customer serving are often those with the least experience, the least knowledge and the least authority because that lowers cost-per-serve. Unfortunately, it also lowers quality, depth, flexibility and engagement, compromising the brand experience and making service a commoditized set of processes that frontline staff are judged on their…
  • Rethinking How To Reach Brand Audiences

    Mark Di Somma
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    We need to move on. That’s my take-away from a piece by Tara Walpert Levy. We need to move on from a mind-set based on reach and drop-off, and replace it with one centered on engagement and accumulation. “Historically, our media plans have focused more on exposure and broadcasting than engagement and response…,” writes Levy. “We focused on reaching as large an audience as we could and hoped or planned that of that 100%, we would eventually whittle down to the, call it 5%, of people who actually cared and mattered for our brand. We focused on reach because our ability to measure…
  • Repositioning The Competition

    Brad VanAuken The Blake Project
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    Marketers mostly focus on repositioning their own brands. But, you can also reposition a competitor’s brand. That is, you can create messaging about your brand that shed’s a negative light on the competitor’s brand, making your brand look better in comparison. Repositioning is how you adjust perceptions, whether those perceptions are about you or about your competition often hanging a negative on the competition as a way to set up a positive. Here are some examples of that. Avis leveraged its #2 rental car position with the tagline and campaign “We try harder,” implying that the #1…
  • Customer Co-Creation For Greater Brand Outcomes

    Kip Brown
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    Today on Branding Strategy Insider, another brand strategy question from the BSI Emailbag. George, a Director of Marketing in San Francisco, California writes: “Please describe the customer co-creation process and its benefits for building brands.” Thanks for your question George. Customer Co-creation is all about developing new ideas, services and products directly with your customers. By working together, companies and their customers create something new – something better – that they all believe in. When it’s done right it’s a powerful way to get to market quicker…
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    Men with Pens

  • Win a Scholarship to the Best Writing Course for Business Owners

    James Chartrand
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    Each time I prepare for a new session of the Damn Fine Words writing course, I open up the DFW writing contest. Many people tell me they wish they could register for the course, because if they could just get in... ... they'd finally have the skills to write engaging website copy that pulls in much-needed clients. ...they could make more money, instead of guessing at what to write and struggling to get words out on the page. ...they could feel excited and happy about writing for their business for the first time in their lives, instead of agonizing over every word. I want to help make that…
  • 5 Smart Sentences that Clients Need to Hear from You

    Agent X
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “Thanks, but we decided to go with someone else.” You don't understand what happened. You've lost the gig… but everything was going so well! The client seemed keen to work with you, you’d hammered out the details, and the only thing left was the final go-ahead to start the work. Instead of getting a green light, you receive a one-line email from the client that says they chose another freelancer. That’s when warning signals start going off in your head. Maybe the problem isn't with the client – maybe the problem is you. Click here to read the full article →Another…
  • How to Get Back to Writing After a Death in the Family

    Agent X
    26 May 2014 | 10:00 pm
    2013 was a good writing year. At least, for me: I wrote and self-published two books, began writing a third and had articles published as well. I was proud of what I'd accomplished and was determined to ride the momentum to make 2014 even better. I set my goals, made my plans, and on January 1st, I was off to the races. Then one morning in mid-February, I got the news that a cherished family member had died. All my writing progress came to a grinding halt. Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to Get Back to Writing After a Death in the…
  • How to Find Your Muse – and Fire Her

    Agent X
    22 May 2014 | 7:37 am
    The Muse - the source of creativity and inspiration that all writers search for so desperately. I’d found mine a few years back, and oh, what a vision she was! Airy and beautiful, lulling me with dulcet tones. I was enthralled. No more writer’s block, no more floundering for inspiration and ideas. She was the answer to my literary prayers. I summoned my beleaguered Muse more and more often until we arrived at an impasse. “I’m sorry,” she said, “but this is untenable. Can’t you do any of this yourself?” I sought out the answers on how to find my own inspiration, but the…
  • 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…
 
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    IttyBiz

  • 6 Remedial Rules For A Respectable Looking Blog

    Naomi Dunford
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    So, recently we posted the 6 unbreakable rules for contact pages. There was the threat of death, and also a kitten. Some time before that, we posted an idea of what to do if you don’t want to blog. This piece was borne of me being sick, and sad that the state of blogging is not what it once was. Well, I’m sick again. This time it was my fault. I broke a cardinal rule, which is: When the question is, “That should be okay to eat still, right?” the answer is NO. I ate something knowing full well I was taking my life into my hands, with predictable results. That leads me,…
  • What To Put On Your Contact Page: 6 Unbreakable Rules to Avoid Certain Death

    Naomi Dunford
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:45 pm
    The Contact page seems like such a simple little thing, doesn’t it? You wouldn’t think that certain death was even a possibility. Well! Aren’t you glad you read IttyBiz? Let’s discuss. We’ll start with the basics. Do you have a website? If so, does it have a Contact page? If so, please go to your Contact page now and read it. Go. Now. This will wait. The internet lasts forever. I will quietly hum in your absence. Ok. You’re back. Good. Now, I want you to think of the most exciting person or entity that could ever visit your website. Perhaps it’s the…
  • 13 Lessons on Unschooling and Running A Business

    Naomi Dunford
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:29 pm
    For the beautiful Ali Luke, who requested a post about unschooling while running a business. If we’ve never met, and you got here because some lovely unschooler forwarded this to you, hello, and welcome! I’m Naomi, one half of Naomi-and-Dave. I’ve been running IttyBiz since 2006, and we’re unschoolers. The boys - Jack and Michael – are 7 and 15. So. Unschooling and business. Here’s what I’ve learned so far. 1. Embrace multitasking. There is a lot of advice out there saying that when you multitask, you’re less productive. I would agree with that.
  • 4 Steps That Stop Your Brain From Hijacking Your Goals

    Naomi Dunford
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:52 pm
    In our summer business planning class, we ask people to select an Area of Devotion – like lead generation, or building up a back catalog, or improving conversion rates – and then set a goal for that area. Then we ask, “What does success look like for this goal at the end of six months?” The reason we ask this question is because we want them to come up with a specific goalpost that will feel satisfying to reach. It’s like when you’re cleaning up for company to come over – if you don’t know what “success” looks like, then you’ll never…
  • How To (Honestly) Love Your Customers

    Naomi Dunford
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    We’re bringing back some old favorites by request. If there’s anything you’d like to see us run again, please get in touch. This one is for Jenny. Originally published December 7, 2009 as Crushed Hopes and Spicy Chicken. I’m not a big cook. I’m not a cook at all, really. I didn’t cook before I started IttyBiz and I sure as hell don’t cook now. My husband and I eat out a lot, and if we’re not actually eating in a restaurant, somebody’s going for takeout. One day, we were having one of those not-really-an-argument arguments, the kind you’ll often see in…
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    All You Need Is A Good Idea!

  • Creative insights from Danny Meyer and Michael Kors

    Jay H. Heyman
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Cover of Depeche Mode Danny Meyer, of restaurant fame, and Michael Kors, fashion guru, were interviewed in the New York Times. When you have the time, read the entire fascinating article. But for now, let me quote one section of their (condensed) responses, which has particular relevance for us creative types. MK: I have to make time to daydream and change my eye.DM: Change your eye? I like that. What does it mean?MK: Mrs. (Diana) Vreeland was right: “The eye must travel.” You have to see something different, even if it’s just finding a new way to walk home. Or taking an extra day on a…
  • How come there’s no pine or apple in pineapple?

    Jay H. Heyman
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    If you read my blog, you almost certainly appreciate clever words. And whoever put this list together must really enjoy our language, with all its idiosyncrasies. (Though, among others, they left out, “I am certain you will relish the relish.) I am sure you will relish this holiday diversion.(Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning. A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym.)1) The bandage was wound around the wound.2) The farm was used to produce produce.3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse. 4) We must polish the Polish…
  • Two nice. One odd.

    Jay H. Heyman
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    Andrew & Peter Fabrikant buy diamonds and estate jewelry. I have seen their ads in The Times for many years, but this is the first time that I noticed this version. Which got a smile (my way of intuitively knowing if I like an ad/headline/slogan.) I really like the phone number and line, “Give Us A Ring Today.” And who would have thought I would feature a book that I did not write? But I smiled (see above) when I saw the subtitle. I bet you will too. Neither of these two will win fancy creative awards, but both show that someone is actually paying attention and caring. Rather than do…
  • Right brain. Left brain. Lefght brain.

    Jay H. Heyman
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I have always had a problem with the cliché right brain, left brain theory. You know the one. It states that the right and left hemispheres of the brain have different functions. The left brain is the logical side, while the right side is where creativity resides. My problem is based on an intense observational study of one: Me. I have found that while I am indeed a “creative,” and therefore should be right brained, I need structure and logic, no matter how convoluted it may appear to others, to guide me in my search for the creative answer. My ideas, good, bad…
  • Are icy bucket baths cool?

    Jay H. Heyman
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    Unless you have been living in a remote igloo, you have certainly heard of the new viral “Ice Bucket Challenge.” As Emily Steel explains in this article, people make a video of themselves dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads, post it on social media, and then challenge friends to do the same or donate $100 to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Results? 1.2 million videos on Facebook. 2.2 million tweets. $13.3 million in donations to the ALS Association, with over a quarter million new donors. While there are naysayers (though I have yet to actually hear anyone say, “Nay,” out loud)…
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    Starting Your Own Business with Erica Douglass

  • Ask Erica: “Why Did You Decide to Coach Full-Time?”

    Erica
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    In mid-July, I announced my new direction: coaching successful entrepreneurs full-time. By far, the most popular question I’ve gotten is “Why did you decide to coach full-time?” The answer, while simple, took me a while to get to. If you’re feeling stuck on your current path, keep reading, as the conclusion I came to (and how I figured it out) may help you, as well! The Question That Changed Everything The most motivating factor in my new career path as a CEO coach is contained within my answer to this question: “What’s the most exciting moment you’ve…
  • My Experience at YC Hacks (Y Combinator’s First Hackathon)

    Erica
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:36 pm
    I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. At 33 years old, I knew I’d probably be older than the vast majority of the 400+ people attending Y Combinator’s first YC Hacks hackathon. But other than that, I didn’t have many expectations. YC Hacks was my first real hackathon. Many years ago, I went to the first SuperHappyDevHouse (and then 19 out of the first 20 of them), but I never had built and launched a web app in a weekend. Even though I’ve held down full-time jobs as a developer, I still have trouble telling people “I’m a developer.” I’m not…
  • How I Helped Ramit Sethi Break Through Barriers and Earn Millions of Dollars

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

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

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

  • Can a Facebook Contest Help You Grow Your Business?

    Cidnee Stephen
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    One of our clients had a great idea for a contest. We decided to use Facebook as the platform for a couple of key reasons: Their page was relatively new and it needed a promotional shove to build the company’s brand on Facebook. We knew it was a very inexpensive promotion to run, thus reducing... The post Can a Facebook Contest Help You Grow Your Business? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • MicroAid: Helping Entrepreneurs Rise Out of Poverty

    Angelique O'Rourke
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    For those living in extreme poverty in developing nations, even the most entrepreneurial people face challenges. While in recent years, the rise of microloans and microcredit programs have certainly done some good, there are new ideas cropping up about ways to create sustainable change using education, business planning skills, and technology. To learn more, we... The post MicroAid: Helping Entrepreneurs Rise Out of Poverty appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • [SlideShare] A Brief History of Labor Day…

    Jonathan Michael
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    When was the first Labor Day? When did it become a national holiday? Who “invented” it? Take a light-hearted look back at the origins of Labor Day, a holiday where we can kick our feet up, enjoy a burger or beer, and celebrate our own hard-working awesomeness. A Brief History of Labor Day: How will... The post [SlideShare] A Brief History of Labor Day… appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 12 Ways to Get Your New Product into a Major Retail Chain

    Scott Gerber
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    What is one tip you have for getting a brand-new product into major retail chains? Getting a new, untried product into the market is tough. Major retail chains may not want to gamble on something brand new. To learn how other entrepreneurs managed to get their shiny new products into major chains around the country,... The post 12 Ways to Get Your New Product into a Major Retail Chain appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • The Latest Questions Small Businesses Are Asking

    Arlene Soto
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    How do I decide if a business idea is likely to be successful? What is meant by “company culture” and how is it important to my business? Do I need to hire a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for my small business? How do I sell my products to the federal government? What's your question? The post The Latest Questions Small Businesses Are Asking appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    SiliconBeat

  • Fighting words: Criticism of video games and gamers

    Michelle Quinn
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    The video game industry is still talking about the violent threats made against Anita Sarkeesian, a video game critic, who alerted the police last week and went into hiding, according to her Twitter...
  • German cabbies put the brakes on Uber

    Patrick May
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    In an attempt to stop San Francisco-based Uber from cutting into their taxi territory, German cabbies have persuaded a judge to prohibit their rival from picking up passengers, alleging the...
  • On topic: Tech news to know now

    Levi Sumagaysay
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Once again, we’ve got your tech news links right here. Apple is reportedly teaming up with Visa and MasterCard on an iPhone mobile wallet. Can Apple succeed where others have failed to make any...
  • Quoted: on the nude-photo theft and where to place the blame

    Levi Sumagaysay
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    “Blame the tech companies for delivering products with crappy default security settings, not the non-expert users whose accounts are hacked.” — Christopher Soghoian, principal...
  • Off topic: Novel emoji, the Midwest and the South, WWII in photos, money for mixed marriages

    Levi Sumagaysay
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    Can you decipher classic novels’ first lines — written in emoji? What Midwesterners think about which states are in the Midwest, plus Southerners’ views on what constitutes the South. An...
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    BizSugar / Published News

  • Systematically Build Personal Brand Authority

    Jed
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Building personal brand authority is perhaps the most important element of marketing today for a brand, business, or individual trying to gain an edge. Here are the elements required to systematically take you from where you are today to a place of elevated authority in your industry. 16 Vote(s)
  • 25 Actionable Items for Successful Video Marketing

    tuckerleroy
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    Successful video marketing may seem overwhelming. With affordable or free video editing tools and affordable equipment, you have what it takes to start promoting your business and its products or services on YouTube, Vimeo, and beyond. Here are actionable tips you can start implementing right away 17 Vote(s)
  • Top 10 Social Media Manager Blunders & How to Avoid Them

    StuartJDavidson
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Here are the top 10 most common social media manager blunders and the best ways to avoid them. Make sure you aren't making these rookie mistakes yourself!18 Vote(s)
  • A CrowdFunding 101 Infographic!

    JVRudnick
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:27 am
    Crowdfunding has been one of the best things ever to happen to artists and entrepreneurs. Every year since 2010 artists have received more funds from crowdfunding than they have from the National Endowment of Arts. Meanwhile, it's propelled new businesses, like Oculus Rift, which raised $2.4 mil22 Vote(s)
  • Grow Social Media Audience Through Communities

    rradice
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:17 am
    In today's fast-paced online environment, expanding your reach is critical. Not only will it establish credibility, but also professional relevance. To grab the attention of your target market, you must create a group of raving fans committed to sharing your mission and vision. Learn how you can gr22 Vote(s)
 
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    Chief Home Officer Home Office, Home-Based Business, Remote Work, Telework & Cloud Computing

  • Spartan No Longer: Road Tripping Tech With a Battle-Hardened Shell

    Jeff Zbar
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    Anyone who’s followed this home office, home-based business and road warrior / teleworker blog knows the Chief Home Officer has gone hardcore minimalist in recent years. The laptop bag went from carrying every possible tech accessory to a pared-down, Spartan approach that reduces clutter, weight and mental detritus. That’s even been the case with my smartphone case. In January, I switched to and reviewed the Q Card Case for my iPhone 4S. With my driver’s license and a couple of credit cards in the built-in sleeve, my traditional wallet was a thing of the past. But as I…
  • Road Trippin’ ‘Necessities’ Redefined: Booze, Food, Aux Power Take Equal Rank

    Jeff Zbar
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:58 pm
    If you were headed out to an event where provisions are a great unknown, what necessities would you deem essential? Clothing, a few toiletries, food and drink – even spirits. Of course. What about electricity? In modern culture, where the smart phone is as important to many as having access to a stocked ATM or one’s right arm, a long day of tweeting, Facebooking and shooting photos and videos could drain a device’s battery in no time. Thus, power is critical. Enter the PowerPak Xtreme. Called “the tank” by its manufacturer, New Trend, the battery power source…
  • Living Like a First-Time Dead Head: A Boomer’s Down’n'Dirty Guide to Surviving Four Days Tenting at the LOCKN’ Festival

    Jeff Zbar
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Get a first-person glimpse at the annual LOCKN’ Music Festival and what it takes for a suburban baby boomer to live like a veteran festival goer. Join a jam-band music lover and tech columnist at his first festival as he discovers how to survive four days in a tent and life amid the painted and dancing throngs. With a little technology, some online search, copious provisions from Costco, and the insights of fellow festival goers, we learn how to enjoy the festival lifestyle in what could be the start of a new pastime. Sorry, Dear Wife, you can have Celine and Barbra. I’ll be…
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Car Camping at a Music Festival

    Jeff Zbar
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:31 pm
    First thing I did when I learned the stars had aligned and I would be heading to the LOCKN’ Music Festival in Arrington, Virginia, in early September, was check the line-up. Man, my first festival would be a doozie – The Allman Brothers band (on their farewell tour, no less), Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Umphrey’s McGhee, and a host of other acts would be playing over four days. Image courtesy www.festivalsurvivalguide.com Almost as exciting, though, is that I would be camping for four nights. It had been years since I hiked and camped…
  • Small, Home-Based Business Work and the Flux Capacitor: 4 Tips to Surviving Change

    Jeff Zbar
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    After 25 years as a South Florida freelance corporate copywriter and journalist for national magazines and websites, you’d think I would have installed a flux capacitor in my home-based writing and editorial consulting business. You may know it as the little device from the Back to the Future franchise which empowered time travel. But it has so many more uses than just Dr. Emmett Brown’s DeLorean time machine. According to Uncyclopedia, the flux capacitor is a failsafe device to ensure failure of something other than that which you’d want to fail. Or something like that. It’s a bit…
 
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    Small Biz Daily

  • 5 Essential Training Tips for Managers

    Rieva Lesonsky
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By J.T. Ripton In this day and age, workers live in a fast-paced world where management continues to evolve and change. As a manager, you want to successfully lead your team while achieving the goals of the company that you manage. To find this success and balance, you’ll want to embrace the changes that surround you and know which key aspects of management should hold the most of your attention. Here are 5 key aspects of management that should play an integral role in the management of your company and employees: 1. To Get a MBA or Not to Get a MBA You do not “need” a MBA…
  • To Start Part Time or Full Time, That Is the Question

    Karen Axelton
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky “Don’t quit your day job.” If your best friend says this when you eagerly share your startup idea, you’d probably take it hard, wouldn’t you? Perhaps your buddy is just more tuned in to recent research on entrepreneurship than you think. A new study that followed thousands of small business owners reports that those who keep their day jobs during the startup stage are 33 percent less likely to fail than those who quit to start their companies. The study, Should I Quit My Day Job: A Hybrid Path to Entrepreneurship, presents some theories as to why “hybrid”…
  • Coffee Buzz

    Rieva Lesonsky
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky Life was a lot simpler for restaurant and bar owners back in the Mad Men days when martinis were considered “exotic” drinks. These days it’s a lot harder to keep consumers interested in alcoholic beverages (though whiskey is making a big comeback), as tastes seem to be continually changing. According to trends newsletter Cassandra Daily, the “adult beverage industry is feeling creative…and one of its newest innovations blends two of Millennials’ favorite [drinks]—alcohol and coffee.” The newsletter cites several companies introducing coffee-infused alcoholic…
  • Tyrrells Crisps: A Great Business Success Story

    Rieva Lesonsky
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Sarah Willis A pot of gold is often rumored to lie at the end of a rainbow, but some may find their fortune in a place even more unexpected than this. For one British entrepreneur, this was in a potato field. William Chase upmarket British crisps business Tyrrells in 2002. It has risen from a small artisan company to an international enterprise in just over a decade. Last year it was acquired by alternative investment provider Investcorp for over $165 million, a deal which won the GrowthBusiness M&A 2014 Deal of the Year award. How? How it started Farmer-turned-entrepreneur Chase…
  • Reading List 8.29.14

    Rieva Lesonsky
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky The life of a business owner is a busy one. If I had my way, days would be 30 hours long—and there’d be, like the Beatles sang: “8 days a week.” But there aren’t. So to help you stay on top of important small business news, information and advice essential to running your business, here’s my weekly Reading List. If you have articles you’d like to share, get them to me by end of day Wednesday every week. Best Practices What’s the future of social commerce? How to keep your small business secure. Is your website good enough for your customers? What is…
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    Lip-Sticking

  • What will your verse be? #theworldneedsart #artneedsyou

    Yvonne
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    The non-profit organization Art as Action means a LOT to me. I've been on the board for 2 years and counting. While I don't perform, my daughter and granddaughter do. They embody the concept of Artivism, which is to perform in support of community, to share something bigger than the individual. This organization is focused on people, and the concept that art is fundamentally a part of the human condition. We believe: the world needs ART. Art needs YOU See below: ART as ACTION nurtures & cultivates a wide range of Artivists including:  People with Parkinson's Disease who uncover their…
  • STOP Making These Writing Mistakes

    Yvonne
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess Oh the misteaks we've scene! (Please tell me you see the mistakes in that prior sentence!) I'm not certain whether it's the texting generation or pure laziness, but the mistakes I see in the daily missives I receive make me cringe -- especially when they come from #womenofdistinction for whom I have great respect. Here are five mistakes you should be aware of and eradicate from your writing: You type and then simply hit, "send." Whoops, did you even give your email a once-over? If you haven't had enough coffee before you hit reply all you may be sending along a…
  • #nevergiveup #womanofdistinction Woman of Distinction

    Yvonne
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    Yes I have tattoos. Yes I am pursuing my dreams of becoming a model... I have been told on several occasions that everything about me is perfect for modeling if only I didn't have those tattoos ... I've honestly thought about removing them to advance ... I have put each and every one of these beautiful tattoos on my body for a reason. Most of them are reminders ... visual tokens that show me how far I have come in this life ... I have spent years perfecting the art of loving myself fully and I have decided to not comprise who i am because my style doesn't for into the category mold of…
  • #WomenofWIPIN - Women in the Pet Industry Rock!

    Yvonne
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    by Yvonne DiVita The women of WIPIN rock big time! WIPIN is Women in the Pet Industry. I am a member. A proud member. This past weekend I experienced such profound acceptance by a large group of business women, it made me glad to be alive. Over and over, at the WIPIN conference in Portland, OR, women were saying, "Everyone here is so friendly! I am amazed by how giving they all are!" That's the catch-phrase of the weekend... Giving. The conference itself was about Growing. But we don't grow until we GIVE, isn't that true? Each woman brought a unique set of ideas with her. Each woman was an…
  • Creating Fresh Website And Blog Content: 3 Ways

    Yvonne
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess Does the idea of the "blank screen" make you cringe? It does for many entrepreneurs. After all, you're an expert in your business niche and that niche may not be writing. If you endeavor to write your own blog posts, here are three ways you can create content that will intrigue and enchant your readers: Use photos podcasts or video. As many blog sites to, host a "Wordless" day. As in a "Wordless Wednesday" in which you ask your readers to simply submit a photo under a stated theme. "Relaxation at home" for example could prompt your readers to send photos of…
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    OnStartups

  • Startup Traction Starts With The Right Goal. How To Get It Right.

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Vital Classes of Content: A Simple Framework

    Jeff Freund
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I have a picture sitting on my desk of my college rugby team. In the picture, there are two rows of a total of 18 young men in red and white striped uniforms, each with a very serious look on his face, as the team is about to take the field behind them. What makes this picture unique, and what often captures the attention of passersby, are the hand-woven, flower-adorned, palm frond hats each man is wearing — obviously not typical of the standard rugby uniform!  Recently, someone asked me about that picture and I found it difficult to explain, as the story behind the photo has several…
  • Confession: A Big Mistake We Were Making with Content Marketing

    Joe Pulizzi
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every now and again, we realize we aren’t following our own advice (gulp). While we have been big proponents of offering unique content in each of our channels — and have a channel strategy for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and others — we were overlooking our most critical channel: email. As I have talked about before, getting new subscribers is key to our business strategy, and it’s important to us that we are building on “owned land.” And while our weekly email newsletter was a great summary of our blog posts, it didn’t offer anything that people…
  • 4 Branded Content Lessons From a Content Cancellation

    Andrew Davis
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Image via Wistia.com Editor’s note: In his new column for Chief Content Officer Magazine, Andrew Davis is dishing out content marketing guidance to unsuspecting targets… whether they want it or not. This time, Davis serves up unsolicited advice to video hosting company Wistia, which recently canceled its regularly distributed video series called Top Hat Tuesday Tips  Alyce Currier Content Strategist Wistia.com Dear Ms. Currier, Put your top hat back on and bring back Top Hat Tuesday Tips. Seriously. I want it back. For 22 weeks, your awesome video production, marketing, and…
  • This Week in Content Marketing: Long Live the Content Editor

    Joe Pulizzi
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher In this episode, Robert and I speculate on SlideShare’s decision to make certain Pro features available free of charge, and comment on Clay Shirky’s assertion that newspapers are “dead men walking.” We also applaud Yahoo’s decision to launch “content box” native ads, discuss why marketers ought to view content creation the way a news editor does, and provide an update on the lawsuit “patent troll” Personal Audio launched against podcaster Adam…
  • Tricks That Will Bring Treats to Your Content Marketing Toolkit

    Ann Gynn
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every successful content marketer should have a trick or two that they can pull out to address their toughest business challenges. For example, for those of you who find it difficult to produce enough content to meet your marketing needs, you might want to try author Andrew Davis’ new action plan: Forego original content and leverage regularly scheduled columns on other publishing platforms. Or, if you are struggling to distinguish yourself from your competition, consider stepping up your content quality, or even producing original research, as Orbit Media’s Andy Crestodina has…
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    Jill Konrath's Fresh Sales Strategies

  • If You Think Sales is a Numbers Game - You're Wrong

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    We've been told for an eternity that sales is a numbers game. And it's still a popular belief today. The theory is that all we need to do if we want to be successful in this business is to call, call, call. If we do that, we'll fill our pipeline with a gazillion suspects, who'll turn into X number of prospects, opportunities, and ultimately, customers. We've been lead to believe that going after all those prospects is essential to our success. But what if it isn't? I'm serious. What if trying to work all those prospects contaminates our thinking and causes us to behave badly? What if we could…
  • [Webinar] Smart Sales Intelligence: Turning Insights into Action

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Don't miss this FREE, but invaluable session! With all the data out there, a big challenge for today's sales and marketing teams is knowing what to pay attention to. Our customers and prospects are overwhelmed as well. Yet to be effective, we need to cut through all this "noise" to connect with them.  In this 1-hour webinar with me & Joe Lucas (smart guy from InsideView), you'll discover how to:
  • The Secret to Getting a New Sales Job Fast

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Looking for a new sales job right now? According to research by Glassdoor, 45% of salespeople plan to start their search in the next three months and 68% want to switch in the upcoming year.  Wowza! That's a whopping number of you who are open to new opportunities. It also means you'll probably have tons of competition for any good position you find.  How do you stand out from the crowd?   Sales leaders are looking to hire self-starters. Of course, every salesperson describes him/herself that way ... but very few demonstrate it during the interview process. If you can, there's…
  • 10 Sales Plan Activities That'll Quickly Improve Prospecting Results

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Are you at the cusp of something new? Perhaps you've taken a new sales position. Maybe you're selling into new markets or to new buyers. You could be launching a new product or service. You might be responsible for onboarding a new rep. Or just maybe you've finally realized that you're doomed unless you figure out how to deal with today's savvy, frazzled, sales-averse decision makers. What's common between all those scenarios? You – or your new reps – are thrown into learning mode again. You're overwhelmed with the sheer magnitude of the task. You're not sure you'll ever figure it…
  • [Webinar] 5 Strategies for Leading a Quota-Busting Sales Team

    11 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Join me on August 14th! How can you get your sales team to consistently overachieve?  It’s a real challenge today, especially since so much has changed in the past few years — including customer expectations. Salespeople are struggling to catch up. In this free 30-minute webinar, you’ll get fresh insights and rock solid take-aways you can use right away. Specifically, you'll discover:
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    B2B Lead Blog

  • Lead Gen Tactics from 4 MarketingSherpa Case Studies

    info@meclabs.com
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetOur sister publication, MarketingSherpa, publishes three weekly newsletter case studies, and in the B2B beat in particular, those weekly articles routinely feature a story covering marketers tackling lead generation for the complex sale. For this B2B Lead Roundtable Blog post, I want to offer four of those case studies published over the last couple of years addressing that very topic. If you only have a few minutes, this post provides highlights from each case study. But, if you have more time, or if one really strikes you, click on the link for the entire article and supporting…
  • Why Servant Marketing Matters

    info@meclabs.com
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetAs I talk to marketing and sales leaders, I hear this reoccurring theme: “I want to do something that really matters; I want to feel what I’m doing is really making a real difference.” I feel the same way, but I’ve painfully learned that it’s futile to make changes outside before we make changes inside. This requires a different kind of thinking to drive a different way of marketing. In our rush to obtain leads, drive opportunities and close sales to move the sales needle, it’s too easy to forget that we need to address the needs, wants, hopes and…
  • How to Put the Customer First in Lead Generation

    info@meclabs.com
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetPutting customers first in lead generation. As marketers, we have more ways to observe our customers’ behavior and can leverage tools like marketing automation, Web analytics and CRM systems to help us manage all this complexity. Complexity found in things like Marketing-qualified leads (MQLs), Sales-qualified leads (SQLs), opportunities, lead engagement scores and other KPIs are helpful to see trends and measure what we deem important to us, but something is often missing. That missing piece is customer empathy. Unfortunately, empathy is often ignored or lost when we start to become…
  • Lead Generation: It’s all about building relationships

    info@meclabs.com
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Tweet“I think at its core, lead generation is really about relationships,” said Brian Carroll, Executive Director of Revenue Optimization, MECLABS. In a recent interview, Brian sat down with Steve Gershik of LeadSpace.com to talk a little shop about the fundamentals of lead generation, what’s new (and unchanged) in the world of the complex sale, and how empathy marketing is the way forward. Here’s a transcript of that discussion: Steve Gershik: My guest today is Brian Carroll. Brian is an old friend of mine, CEO of In Touch, which is a MECLABS company and an author of the industry…
  • Now, Go and Do: Create standardized, well-understood metrics for your organization

    info@meclabs.com
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetLast week’s MarketingSherpa Email Newsletter case study – Marketing Analytics: How a drip email campaign transformed National Instruments’ data management – covered an issue that affects many marketers in the digital marketing world: drowning in data that is potentially inaccurate. National Instruments, a global B2B company with a customer base of 30,000 companies in 91 countries, developed a drip email campaign around its signature product. The campaign was beta tested in three key markets: United States, United Kingdom and India. After the test was completed, the program rolled…
 
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    Innovation Management

  • Inovação Pode Ser Aprendida?

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:09 pm
    O primeiro artigo nesta série centrou-se nos benefícios gerados a partir de treinamento de funcionários em competências de inovação. Uma extensão natural dessa abordagem é agora se concentrar sobre o que o treinamento para inovação realmente significa para uma organização. Em outras palavras, o que realmente é o treinamento para inovação e, mais importante, a inovação pode ser aprendida?
  • The Growth Accelerator – Managing Innovation Based Growth

    Anders Johansson, Daniel Roos, Björn Nilsson & Karin Gyllin
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Growth is on the top of the management agenda as shareholders simply demand return on invested capital and current business is not delivering it. So what is the best route companies can take to achieve it? How can companies create and accelerate growth? To succeed companies must possess the capabilities and take a systematic approach to go beyond their core business.
  • Por Que Se Preocupar? O Valor de Treinar Seus Funcionários para Inovação

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:03 am
    Muitos programas de inovação de sucesso estão estendendo suas ofertas para incluir esforços de treinamento para os funcionários em torno das habilidades de inovação. Este artigo (o primeiro de uma série de quatro) examina os benefícios de tal abordagem para as empresas, os líderes de programa de inovação e os funcionários que participam.
  • Fostering Collaboration for Innovative Excellence

    Alicia Lawrence
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Innovation can take on many forms. From ideas sourced from a single individual or event to massive projects that require the effort of an entire team, multiple departments and various thought leaders, excellence often stems from collaboration. As a business leader or manager, are you taking the steps today to foster this collaboration for best results?
  • Crowdsourcing Risco e Recompensa – Como Avaliar Opções para o Sucesso

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Para adiantar em que posição estamos, sim – nós somos grandes apoiadores de acessar a sabedoria da multidão para muitas atividades – para o engajamento cidadão, inovação aberta ou crowdfunding. Dito isto, percebemos que é importante estar ciente do fato de que há riscos a serem considerados. Este artigo é uma resposta às preocupações levantadas por pessoas que encontramos ao longo do caminho de uma organização considerando crowdsourcing para atender a uma necessidade específica para a sua organização.
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    The Global Small Business Blog

  • Getting Ready to Head Out to Spain?

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:06 pm
    iStock/ThinkstockLand that new business in Spain and not sure how to make the best of the trip when you meet with your new customer?  Look no further. Erica Mills writes "How I Fell in Love with Affordable Spain" for International Living and makes you want to travel there sooner rather than later.What's to like about Spain?  According to Erica:For a start, the people are wonderful: warm, friendly, passionate, and incredibly helpful. They’ve figured out what’s important in life in Spain, too. Nationwide, the country still takes a daily siesta—a mid-day break—to make time to…
  • Today in Global Small Business: Rise of the Rest Road Trip

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    iStock/ThinkstockWhat's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:President Obama's Export Council in June discussed letters of recommendations to be delivered and adopted soon.Discover four ways to achieve new growth in developing countries.The reasons to go global and why so many small businesses are choosing to do so.Is something getting lost in the Hello Kitty translation?Why Yahoo is going back to the drawing board on its e-commerce strategy.The Rise of the Rest Road Trip with AOL founder and investor Steve Case.
  • What Is Genius?

    30 Aug 2014 | 1:25 am
    ©2014 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved."Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration." - Thomas A. Edison
  • Here's Why You Should Go Global

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    iStock/ThinkstockI was thrilled to become a LinkedIn Influencer and contribute articles in the area I am passionate about:  global small business.  LinkedIn Influencer is invitation-only, so Influencers must be invited to contribute.Here's my latest article.  Pulse picked it up as a top selection!10 Reasons To Go Global
  • Everything You Want to Know About Doing Business In Poland

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:42 pm
    iStock/ThinkstockPoland and the United States have a close bilateral relationship, fostering strategic and commercial cooperation. U.S. companies are active in Poland and have invested heavily since 1989 when the country transitioned to a market-driven economy. Abundant opportunities remain for U.S. firms in Poland.To learn everything you want to know about doing business in Poland, read the U.S. Department of Commerce's Country Commercial Guide 2012:  Doing Business In PolandIn addition, the World Bank Group offers an even more current economy profile on Doing Business in Poland.
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    Entrance Software » Blog

  • There Will Be Bugs! | Application Development Blog Series

    Eric
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Best practices for minimizing the impact and mitigating costs associated with fixing software bugs  First of all, let’s clear something up: what is a bug? A bug is a flaw in software that results in the application not functioning as intended, and is something that is theoretically preventable. There will be bugs in all of the software applications that you use in your business, whether you custom develop them or buy them “off the shelf.”  Just let that sink in for a moment. Changes, enhancements, or new features will appear periodically due to changes in the needs of the…
  • How custom software ages | Application Development Video Series, Episode 1

    Michael
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Not unlike hardware, custom-built software applications can age over time. There are a variety of ways that a business can outgrow a software application, and those aging applications can become more burdensome to maintain than to update or rewrite. We don’t typically think of software as something that can age. The code is written and run on a computer, so it doesn’t age like hardware does or like people do. It becomes obsolete or becomes less functional, unable to keep up with the demands of the business and the business users. Software is usually written based on a snapshot of…
  • Increase The Scalability And Efficiency Of Your Oilfield Services With Field Data Capture Software

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

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

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

  • How to Improve Your Slide Submissions for Juries

    Alyson Stanfield
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of the sessions at the Arts Festival Conference in Portland, sponsored by ZAPP, was “Public Portfolio Critique.” A mock jury of 6 people sat at the front of four screens in a large room. One at a time, artists’ slide presentations were projected as they might be in a slide jurying situation. The jurors offered valuable feedback for each set that was projected, and I took loads of notes. Here’s what I learned. Most of these notes are from the jurors, but I’ve thrown in some of my own observations. Patty Hankins’ booth shot for Beautiful Flower Pictures.   You have 20…
  • Capture Attention with a Whisper

    Alyson Stanfield
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Steve Cranford, Creative Chairman of the New York agency WHISPER, was my guest in the Art Biz Incubator last week. When I asked him in the interview why in the world a marketing firm would be called WHISPER instead of SHOUT, he replied: “The most important information you can share is whispered one-on-one.” The most important information you can share is whispered one-on-one.Click To Tweet Think about it. When you take out an ad or post to your blog and social media sites, you are broadcasting to the world. You would love it if thousands of people see your message. Because of this…
  • I Recommend These Services for Your Art Business

    Alyson Stanfield
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    In the beginning months and years of Art Biz Coach, I thought of my services as a one-stop shop. Bad idea. It’s never a good idea to try to be everything because you then become known for nothing. Over the years, I have learned to work to my strengths, which include helping artists with foundational marketing pieces like building mailing lists, nurturing relationships, and improving professional presentation. Artists usually begin with my Art Biz Bootcamp before we get into a private client relationship that helps them personalize their strategies. In addition, I am very good at helping…
  • It’s All About Your Mailing List

    Alyson Stanfield
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Michelle, a woman in my mastermind group, marveled at my list size: How did you get that many people on your email list? It was easy for me, I replied, because I understood the value of a list when I started my business. I was fortunate to appreciate the importance of a list due to positions in my past work experience. How I Built My List As an assistant to a U.S. Senator, I came to recognize that my boss’s donor list and my Rolodex (yes, it was that long ago) were the most valuable assets in our office to ensure continued community support. As a museum curator and educator, I knew how much…
  • Notes From an Artist Lecture

    Alyson Stanfield
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    As I was flipping through my notebook last week, I came across notes from a lecture by ceramic artist Doug Casebeer at the Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colorado on January 25, 2014. Doug Casebeer, Vessels. Image found without credit details on Northern Arizona University site. There is so much wisdom here that I’ve decided to share them in their raw form. Enough time has passed since I first heard these words that I hope I am honoring Doug’s intent. What The Artist Said It’s difficult to wear the title artist. I prefer the title builder. I seek to build community and friendships.
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    Biz Crusader

  • The Great Race. Are you in or out?

    John Park
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    There is a very intense and serious race taking place in our society. It is the Great Race to replace human expertise by duplicating it or even making it better via software. Whether it’s an app on your smartphone or an engineering marvel, the world is fundamentally changing around us. If your business makes alarm clocks, you should be alarmed by the simple app most people use on their phones. If you cast molds for models, you should probably invest in a 3D printing device. If you are a cashier, you should be paying close attention to the self-service registers popping up next to you.
  • Carpe Diem!

    John Park
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    I’ve never met him but his performance in this scene changed my life. Rest in PEACE Robin Williams. In this case, the world lost. Carpe Diem Everyone! Subscribe to Biz Crusader by Email
  • Successful businesses do this really well.

    John Park
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Thanks to Groupon and other group deal web sites, I’ve been to a number of business establishments once. Why just once? In most cases, we got what we came for and so so service–what you might expect from most retail businesses these days. These flash sale web sites offer an unprecedented advantage to business owners–the ability to clearly identity first time patrons. Why then did no owner, manager, cashier or server say to us… “Hello, I understand it’s your first time here. If there is anything I can do to make sure your visit is a great one, please let me…
  • The formula for obtaining what you WANT.

    John Park
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    I first wrote about this 4 years ago. Now more than ever, I believe it is applicable. Since first hearing the saying in college, the statement that has become a lifestyle for me is “You only get out of something what you put in to it”. It’s a simple theory but I often find myself at an advantage over others because I am able and wiling to embrace this saying as a way to take on any task or situation. The saying can be applied anywhere including in business, parenting, physical well being and yes even in love or relationships. In business, where are your limits? Are you willing to make…
  • When no one is looking.

    John Park
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    The USA Swimming Nationals is going on right now in our city, Irvine, CA. Like many of you, the only time I probably pay attention to swimming is during the Olympics. We forget sometimes the long and difficult road you must take to compete at these levels. One of our friend’s son got the surprise of a lifetime yesterday. He is a huge fan of superstar swimmer, Ryan Lochte. Naturally, this 11 year old boy was cheering loudly and relentlessly for his favorite swimmer in the stands. But after the contest is when something amazing happened. The 11-time Olympic Medalist walked up into the…
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    dmiracle

  • 4 Simple Steps to Create Headlines People Will Read

    Dawud Miracle
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    How do you write headlines people will read? Whether you’re writing blog posts, titles for your website pages or sales headlines for your landing page, you want to write headlines people will read. The reason should be simple – if your headlines don’t connect with them, they won’t ready the rest of your copy. Well, my friends over at QuickSprout created an excellent infographic to help you create headlines people will read. Think of this as your formula for writing great headlines. I want to point out a few things that will help you in creating headlines people will…
  • Do You Charge What You’re Worth?

    Dawud Miracle
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    Charging what you’re worth can be a challenging thing. But does that mean you shouldn’t charge what you’re worth? This morning I had a conversation with a good friend who’s a life coach. I know him and his work very well and I’ve given him a lot of advice over the years. His business is successful – he’s nearly full with clients every month. Yet, he struggles to get his head above water financially. Now knowing his work I know that he’s grossly under charging for his coaching. Yet he’s torn about raising his prices. On the one hand, he…
  • Do You Do What You Do Because You Love What You Do?

    Dawud Miracle
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:49 pm
    I feel fortunate. I love what I do. And I get to work with people who love what I can do for them. Do you love what you do? Loving what I do is literally the cornerstone of my business. I can’t do it any other way. In times that I’ve tried to work in promising ventures that I don’t love I find my heart isn’t in it. When my heart’s not in it then I’m not going to do it well and my promising venture becomes a dud. If I’m not in love with what I do I can’t do it well. Dawud, what do you mean by ‘love?’ It begins when I get out of bed…
  • Website Owners: What’s Your Quiet Desperation?

    Dawud Miracle
    9 Aug 2014 | 3:54 am
    In Walden, Thoreau famously wrote: “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.” I recently reread Walden. And since I’m so often thinking about websites and…
  • 5 Reasons You Have a Failing Online Business

    Dawud Miracle
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:28 am
    As a coach or healer it’s very easy to have a failing online business. Most of the people I work with have huge hearts. They want to make a difference in the world. And they want to help people have better lives. They spend their days reading and learning as much as they can. They attend gobs of events, webinars or teleclasses to learn great information or tools to share with their clients. Yet I see coaches and healers struggling all the time. They don’t have enough clients and they don’t always know what to do about it. And if they do know what to do they can’t seem…
 
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    Business of Software US 2014

  • Business of Software Conference Europe, the 1 minute summary.

    Mark Littlewood
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:07 am
    Very short (1 minute) video. Captures the spirit of Business of Software Conference Europe held earlier this year in Cambridge, England.
  • Business of Software Conference Sunday Afternoon Photowalk 2014

    Mark Littlewood
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:36 am
    If you are getting in early for Business of Software Conference, this is the perfect way to see a little of Boston, meet some great people and get the inside scoop on Boston’s best bars. Arriving into Boston early? Join your fellow Business of Software attendees for the Fourth Annual Photowalk and tour around Boston. This is a great way to meet other attendees before the conference kicks off. All skill levels and all cameras/camera phones are welcome! Bring a camera… or leave it at home and just walk around town with us. Everyone is welcome on this tour. Rain or shine, on September…
  • What kind of AdWords user are you?

    Hermione Crease
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    The doyenne of Adwords wranglers, Dave Collins, has put together a nice little cheat sheet for anyone who is trying to use Adwords more effectively. If you use Adwords, here are Dave’s thoughts on how to get more from your adwords budget. Perhaps you don’t have time to learn the intricacies of the system, so instead play it safe. Or you may be the person who simply trusts Google, and assumes that their defaults will be more or less aligned with your own best interests. Or maybe you’re the type of person who’s happy to throw money at anything and then measure what…
  • How to scale an international software business successfully. Thomas Erickson, CEO Acquia at Business of Software Conference 2013

    Hermione Crease
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Last week, Acquia announced a $50 million funding round for its open source web business including investment from Amazon.com. As Tom Erickson, CEO of Acquia spoke at Business of Software Conference 2013 on the topic of how to scale an international business successfully so this seems like a great time to share his insights. 7 companies, 7 million air miles. That’s a lot of experience in building successful international businesses to stuff into one head. Thomas Erickson, CEO, Acquia, unpacks his experience for the audience at BoS 2013 with some great examples of how it’s done…
  • Avangate scholarship winners for Business of Software Conference USA 2014

    Mark Littlewood
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    Avangate announced the recipients of its 2014 Business of Software Conference Scholarship today. The three winners, CloudPress, Effective Computing and Pivotdesk, will receive complimentary passes to the Business of Software Conference USA taking place in Boston September 15-17, as well as the opportunity to attend an Avangate networking dinner with software industry leaders.
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    Rise of the Innerpreneur

  • All Opinions Are Not Created Equal

    Tara Joyce
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    People will always have their opinions. And some of them may be about you, and about your work. An opinion is simply one person’s point of view, one person’s way of seeing things. It’s no stronger or weaker than any another perspective. It’s no more true or false. It’s simply one person’s judgement. Nothing more. It’s the way in which one delivers their opinion and why, that allows their perspective to hold more weight or less. How do you deliver your perspective? And why do you present it? Within these answers lies the true value of the opinion. Not…
  • Conclusions

    Tara Joyce
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:06 pm
    When I feel I need to perform, my mind jumps to conclusions over and over about how YOU are interpreting and enjoying what I am doing or have done. Over and over I come up with negative judgements about what I have produced, and what YOU have decided. I can’t be perfect. IT can’t be perfect. And yet I WANT (it) to be, and, in part, I feel I NEED (it) to be. Maybe then SHE would be satisfied. I AM my own worst judge. Perhaps, my conclusions will always happen. Perhaps, my mind, my inner critic, will always have something to say. But I DO have a choice in what I do with these…
  • What If You Didn’t Set Prices?

    Tara Joyce
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Have you ever considered why you choose to set prices? For most of us, we set prices because we have been taught, and we believe, that if we do not, our customer will not pay fairly for the item of value we are selling. This feeling, of others not being willing to pay, is based upon the assumption of scarcity that permeates, and is the foundation of, our modern economy and economic theory. >> Read the rest of the article on Local Organics Food Co-ops Network‘s blog. As my new book catalyzes me to be more public about my business model and pricing method, I’m receiving strong…
  • The Whole Truth About Giving Freely

    Tara Joyce
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    There’s always been something about the statement, “give freely, receive freely” that didn’t work for me, but I could never quite put my finger on it. The sentiment sounded so lovely, but I knew there was something I was missing. I needed to see beyond the freedom ideal, to the totality of the statement. Have you ever been given something that is more work to receive than the value you place on it? Have you ever been given something that came with conditions? If I give freely, without restraint, I will receive freely, without restraint. But is giving, and receiving, in…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • Diapers with a Triple Bottom Line

    Jeff Cornwall
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    Entrepreneurial Profile: Jessica Alba: The Honest Company Jessica Alba, a successful actress, founded The Honest Company with the vision of pursuing the three “P’s” of a triple bottom line business: profit, people, and planet.  The Honest Company initially sold diapers online, but quickly expanded its product line and began selling through retail stores, such as Target and Costco.  Through its commercial success, the Honest Company has realized economic growth, which is the first “P” of a triple bottom line business.  In 2012, its first year in business, the company had revenues…
  • Entrepreneur Helps Brings Clean Water

    Jeff Cornwall
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    Entrepreneurial Profile: Kathy Ku: SPROUTS of Water Kathy Ku, a graduate from Harvard University, applied the knowledge she gained during her college education to solve a pressing social problem.  Uganda has more than 10 million people without safe water to drink.  Ku launched SPROUTS of Water to provide affordable clay water filters to improve water quality and thereby help reduce waterborne illness, which is the leading cause of death among Ugandan children.  The idea for the business came to Ku when she was a nineteen-year-old volunteer at a clinic in Uganda.  Ku started her non-profit…
  • Healthcare Full of Interesting Niche Markets

    Jeff Cornwall
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Chris Redhage talks about the niche his company is exploiting in healthcare TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Healthcare Full of Interesting Niche Markets appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Entrepreneurs Bring Escape Game to the US

    Jeff Cornwall
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Jonathan Murrell TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Entrepreneurs Bring Escape Game to the US appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Entrepreneur Recognizes Importance of Culture

    Jeff Cornwall
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Tom Haarlander and Arciplex TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Entrepreneur Recognizes Importance of Culture appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
 
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    The Small Business Watchdog

  • Proposed DOJ Rules Would Require Small Movie Theaters to Purchase Expensive Accessibility Devices for Disabled Patrons

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

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

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

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

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

  • Two “Get Even” Apps for Small Business Travel

    Lisa Hephner
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hopefully you are reading this after a relaxing long Labor Day weekend. If you’re like many Americans this year, that holiday likely included some sort of travel. AAA Travel projects that 34.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home, 86% of them driving, over the Labor Day holiday. That’s a 1.3% increase from 2013, and the highest it’s been since 2008—which is a sign of economic recovery. That’s good news for you as a small business owner, even if you were too busy to take a vacation yourself. Finding the time for leisure travel may be something you can put off, but…
  • Reads of the Week – Aug 28th

    Kristin Piccirillo
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    We know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week for topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites (that we may have missed) in the comments. Pinterest releases new real-time analytics tool to help businesses assess the reach and success of ad campaigns and Twitter made it’s analytics tool free for everyone. By nature, entrepreneurs are among the most likely to suffer from burnout.  These 4 tips can help alleviate the stress that comes along with “being your own boss.” Independent contractors can be a great resource…
  • How Does A Question Mean?

    Lisa Hephner
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    For the English majors reading this, the post title will likely call to mind John Ciardi’s famous text How Does a Poem Mean? Ciardi teaches us to approach poetry by attempting to understand HOW a poem’s construct instructs our experience of it, rather than studying a poem by attempting to define WHAT it means. He writes: The point is that the language of experience is not the language of classification…So for poetry. The concern is not to arrive at a definition and to close the book, but to arrive at an experience. There will never be a complete system for “understanding” or for…
  • 7 Ways Your Business Can Benefit from Accepting ACH Payments

    Sarah Jordan
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2011 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.  Everyone knows that you can make payments by credit card, cash or check, but what are ACH payments? An ACH (or Automated Clearing House) transaction is the process of moving funds electronically from one bank account to another through a unique routing number, also found at the bottom of a paper check. If you pay your employees by direct deposit, ACH is already in your life. So, why should you provide this payment option to your customers? Here…
  • Reads of the Week – Aug 22th

    Kristin Piccirillo
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    We know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week for topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites (that we may have missed) in the comments. This tech start-uputilizes LinkedIn to recruit, and hold on to, top talent. The ALS ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ has taken over social media, and there are several important marketing lessons we can learn from it. Still a little confused about how Payment Gateways and Merchant Accounts work together? No worries! This article simplifies things by drawing parallels with your cell phone . A new…
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • Vote for Us in the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards!

    Emily Farrar
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    You might have heard that Shoeboxed was nominated for the Small Business Influencer Awards for the second year in a row. We’re thrilled to be nominated, but we need your help to win! You can vote for Shoeboxed right now here! The Awards are designed to recognize individuals and companies  who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful. The winners are chosen based off of popular vote and a panel of 14 hand-selected judges. Voting lasts now through September 15 at 2:59 p.m. Eastern time, so go cast your vote…
  • How to Make Your First Expense Report [VIDEO]

    Emily Farrar
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Making expense reports through Shoeboxed is super simple. Watch this helpful video starring our Lead Customer Advocate Colton to learn how to create your first expense report! Whether you’re using the mobile app or your online account, in just a few clicks you’ll have a neatly organized expense report that you can submit electronically, helping you get reimbursed faster. If you have more questions about creating expense reports or other features of Shoeboxed visit our Help Desk or give us a shout on Twitter at @ShoeboxedHelp. The post How to Make Your First Expense Report…
  • Receipt Management 2.0 Has Arrived

    Emily Farrar
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    We’re thrilled to announce that, starting tomorrow, the new version of our receipt tables will be the default in your online account! The new tables offer: A more simple and streamlined way to view and manage your receipts Two display formats to choose from – whichever strikes your fancy! New vendor and price range filters The new tables have undergone extensive testing by Shoeboxed users and our team, and we’re quite proud of the finished product. We hope that you find it to be an overall improved experience in managing your receipts! What are you waiting for?! Try them out…
  • We’re Nominated for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards!

    Emily Farrar
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Shoeboxed is proud to announce our nomination for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards in the Apps category. The Awards are designed to recognize the unsung heroes of small businesses – those who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful. The winners are chosen based off of popular vote and a panel of 14 hand-selected judges. This is our second time being nominated for the award and we would love all the support we can get! Voting lasts from August 29 at 3p.m. Eastern time through September 15 at 2:59 p.m.
  • iOS App Update: iPad Views, Business Cards and more!

    Emily Farrar
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    If you’re a regular user of the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker for iOS, we have good news for you! As of today, there’s an update available on the App Store that includes some new features and upgrades we think you’ll appreciate. The new version includes: iPad optimized views – Back and better than ever in this version of the app! The ability to choose Receipt or Business Card when submitting a document – This new option was added to clear up any confusion when it comes to submitting business cards through the app, as well as to cut down turnaround time…
 
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    Business Pundit

  • 10 Incredible Innovations Born from Social Media and Crowdsourcing

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

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

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

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

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

  • Decreasing Stress in the Workplace

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

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

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

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

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

  • Obama to Seek ‘Politically Binding’ Climate Agreement

    RP Siegel
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    With a United Nations summit meeting coming up in Paris next year that will attempt to come up with some kind of meaningful global agreement, the president is determined not to show up empty-handed this time.
  • Green Job Openings More Than Double in the Second Quarter of 2014

    Andrew Burger
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    More than 12,500 clean energy and transportation jobs were announced in this year's second quarter (Q2 2014), more than double that of Q1, according to a report from Environmental Entrepreneurs released on the eve of the Labor Day weekend.
  • The Value of Bike Sharing: Looking Beyond Carbon Emissions

    Raz Godelnik
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    When it comes to how green bike-sharing programs are, the focus should be their well-being impact, not their climate impact.
  • A Young African-American Banker with Pride

    3p Contributor
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Having been called on as a millennial to share my story for this article, I’m a little less suspicious of the label, and a little more interested in exploring what it means to me and what it might mean for the investment community. All of this talk of identity may seem a little sentimental for an investment publication, but I argue that identity will be a critical consideration for the investment community going forward.
  • Taking Sustainability Beyond the Company Walls

    Eric Justian
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    The difference between SABmiller's approach and other company-centered 'efficiency' efforts is the depth of focus outside the company's own walls.
 
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    Solo Entrepreneur Blog | Resources For The Solo Entrepreneur Lifestyle

  • Bad Gas at Macy’s

    Justin Krane
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    My wife and I had to buy our shmegeggy (crazy) kids some nice clothes for a Bar Mitzvah this weekend.   So we decided to go to the mall and hit up a few dept stores.    First stop.  Macy’s.  What a disaster that place was.  It wasn’t well lit.  I shoulda brought a flashlight. There were clothes and racks everywhere.  It was a total obstacle course.  The Macy’s presentation was a hodge podge. It looked like my garage.  Mondo bizarro. Plus there was no one really there on the floor to help us.   It was like someone had bad gas and just cleared everyone out! We were done. …
  • From Fit & Fine to Fabulous Tip #10 – Strategies for Game-Changing, High-Achieving Women

    Laureen Wishom
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Every woman should have her own definition of success. Most successful women also possess certain traits or characteristics that enhance their successful outcomes. I have spent the better part of my business life reading and studying women who have achieved great things in their careers and businesses. I have discovered that without passion, all the skills and expertise in the world won’t elevate you in your current craft. If you don’t love what you do, you’re probably not going to be motivated to go above and beyond, to be more innovative or to stand out in the workplace and/or…
  • Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness — Launching Yourself Into the Next Level

    Michele Pariza Wacek
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:30 pm
    One of the things I’ve realized over the past couple of weeks is how much launches are tied into stepping into your next level or playing a bigger game in your business. Think about it — when you’re ready to take the next step in your business (or maybe it’s a quantum leap), that may mean you need to change an existing product or program or start a new one. (And in order to fill it, you of course need to launch it.) …Or maybe you’ve decided you need to host your own event. (And in order to fill that, you’ll need to launch it.) …Or maybe you’re going to offer different…
  • Peace is the Way

    Jeanna Gabellini
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve had several BIG aha moments in my life, but the biggest transformation has come from a single focus … peace. You’d think that with a business name like MasterPeace Coaching my focus would always be about being at peace. Not so. I get caught in the same traps as everyone else when it comes to getting results, relationships and letting go of the past. I find myself focusing on single (not usually tragic) problems rather than being present to the abundance right in front of my face. This past week I was walking my daily route around the neighborhood and noticed a bright patch of green…
  • How Are You The Same?

    Holly Chantal
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:30 pm
    When creating your brand the main focus is usually on what makes you different. What are you bringing to the market that no one else is. What are you offering that hasn’t been seen a zillion times before? And yes, of course your brand is what sets you apart from your competitors. It is the vehicle of communication with your prospects and shows them why you are the obvious choice. In order to have that line of communication your prospects need to be aware of your brand. And that happens in a few ways. 1. You bring your brand to them where they are already hanging out. 2. Someone else refers…
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  • 107-year-old reveals 'secret' to long life

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    107-year-old reveals 'secret' to long lifeWGNMerle's close friend credits the 107-year-old's longevity to her constant mobility -- but Merle's 'secret' is much less complicated.Two simple words she sharesMore to seeGrads take ice bucket challengeMan saves fraternity brother's life
  • Family confirms that Joan Rivers is on life support

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Family confirms that Joan Rivers is on life supportGetty Melissa Rivers confirmed in a statement Tuesday that her mother is currently on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week.Reason she thanked Joan's fans In other newsUnderwood has big newsFirst pics of Jolie's wedding dress
  • School sends 5-year-old home because of hair

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    School sends 5-year-old home because of hairKOSAMalachi was really excited to start school -- until he was unexpectedly sent home on the first day. School policy he apparently brokeMore to watch107-year-old's 'secret' to long lifeLegos help solve murder case
  • Eagles crack top 10 in opening week rankings

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Eagles crack top 10 in opening week rankings GettyLast year's NFC East champs are ranked ninth, but you may be surprised who experts pick to contend for the Lombardi Trophy.Team that opens the season at No. 1More sports newsBoxer's musical tribute to the NFL Surprising NFL players cut
  • ISIS militants behead another American

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    ISIS militants behead another American SITE Intel GroupIslamic State militants released a video showing the graphic murder of Steven Sotloff only days after his mother begged for his safety.Group reveals its next targetMore on this storyISIS accused of war crimesUS hits another extremist group
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  • 107-year-old reveals 'secret' to long life

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    107-year-old reveals 'secret' to long lifeWGNMerle's close friend credits the 107-year-old's longevity to her constant mobility -- but Merle's 'secret' is much less complicated.Two simple words she sharesMore to seeGrads take ice bucket challengeMan saves fraternity brother's life
  • Family confirms that Joan Rivers is on life support

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Family confirms that Joan Rivers is on life supportGetty Melissa Rivers confirmed in a statement Tuesday that her mother is currently on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week.Reason she thanked Joan's fans In other newsUnderwood has big newsFirst pics of Jolie's wedding dress
  • School sends 5-year-old home because of hair

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    School sends 5-year-old home because of hairKOSAMalachi was really excited to start school -- until he was unexpectedly sent home on the first day. School policy he apparently brokeMore to watch107-year-old's 'secret' to long lifeLegos help solve murder case
  • Eagles crack top 10 in opening week rankings

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Eagles crack top 10 in opening week rankings GettyLast year's NFC East champs are ranked ninth, but you may be surprised who experts pick to contend for the Lombardi Trophy.Team that opens the season at No. 1More sports newsBoxer's musical tribute to the NFL Surprising NFL players cut
  • ISIS militants behead another American

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    ISIS militants behead another American SITE Intel GroupIslamic State militants released a video showing the graphic murder of Steven Sotloff only days after his mother begged for his safety.Group reveals its next targetMore on this storyISIS accused of war crimesUS hits another extremist group
 
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  • 107-year-old reveals 'secret' to long life

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    107-year-old reveals 'secret' to long lifeWGNMerle's close friend credits the 107-year-old's longevity to her constant mobility -- but Merle's 'secret' is much less complicated.Two simple words she sharesMore to seeGrads take ice bucket challengeMan saves fraternity brother's life
  • Family confirms that Joan Rivers is on life support

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Family confirms that Joan Rivers is on life supportGetty Melissa Rivers confirmed in a statement Tuesday that her mother is currently on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week.Reason she thanked Joan's fans In other newsUnderwood has big newsFirst pics of Jolie's wedding dress
  • School sends 5-year-old home because of hair

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    School sends 5-year-old home because of hairKOSAMalachi was really excited to start school -- until he was unexpectedly sent home on the first day. School policy he apparently brokeMore to watch107-year-old's 'secret' to long lifeLegos help solve murder case
  • Eagles crack top 10 in opening week rankings

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Eagles crack top 10 in opening week rankings GettyLast year's NFC East champs are ranked ninth, but you may be surprised who experts pick to contend for the Lombardi Trophy.Team that opens the season at No. 1More sports newsBoxer's musical tribute to the NFL Surprising NFL players cut
  • ISIS militants behead another American

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    ISIS militants behead another American SITE Intel GroupIslamic State militants released a video showing the graphic murder of Steven Sotloff only days after his mother begged for his safety.Group reveals its next targetMore on this storyISIS accused of war crimesUS hits another extremist group
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  • 107-year-old reveals 'secret' to long life

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    107-year-old reveals 'secret' to long lifeWGNMerle's close friend credits the 107-year-old's longevity to her constant mobility -- but Merle's 'secret' is much less complicated.Two simple words she sharesMore to seeGrads take ice bucket challengeMan saves fraternity brother's life
  • Family confirms that Joan Rivers is on life support

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Family confirms that Joan Rivers is on life supportGetty Melissa Rivers confirmed in a statement Tuesday that her mother is currently on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week.Reason she thanked Joan's fans In other newsUnderwood has big newsFirst pics of Jolie's wedding dress
  • School sends 5-year-old home because of hair

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    School sends 5-year-old home because of hairKOSAMalachi was really excited to start school -- until he was unexpectedly sent home on the first day. School policy he apparently brokeMore to watch107-year-old's 'secret' to long lifeLegos help solve murder case
  • Eagles crack top 10 in opening week rankings

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Eagles crack top 10 in opening week rankings GettyLast year's NFC East champs are ranked ninth, but you may be surprised who experts pick to contend for the Lombardi Trophy.Team that opens the season at No. 1More sports newsBoxer's musical tribute to the NFL Surprising NFL players cut
  • ISIS militants behead another American

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    ISIS militants behead another American SITE Intel GroupIslamic State militants released a video showing the graphic murder of Steven Sotloff only days after his mother begged for his safety.Group reveals its next targetMore on this storyISIS accused of war crimesUS hits another extremist group
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  • 107-year-old reveals 'secret' to long life

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    107-year-old reveals 'secret' to long lifeWGNMerle's close friend credits the 107-year-old's longevity to her constant mobility -- but Merle's 'secret' is much less complicated.Two simple words she sharesMore to seeGrads take ice bucket challengeMan saves fraternity brother's life
  • Family confirms that Joan Rivers is on life support

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Family confirms that Joan Rivers is on life supportGetty Melissa Rivers confirmed in a statement Tuesday that her mother is currently on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week.Reason she thanked Joan's fans In other newsUnderwood has big newsFirst pics of Jolie's wedding dress
  • School sends 5-year-old home because of hair

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    School sends 5-year-old home because of hairKOSAMalachi was really excited to start school -- until he was unexpectedly sent home on the first day. School policy he apparently brokeMore to watch107-year-old's 'secret' to long lifeLegos help solve murder case
  • Eagles crack top 10 in opening week rankings

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Eagles crack top 10 in opening week rankings GettyLast year's NFC East champs are ranked ninth, but you may be surprised who experts pick to contend for the Lombardi Trophy.Team that opens the season at No. 1More sports newsBoxer's musical tribute to the NFL Surprising NFL players cut
  • ISIS militants behead another American

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    ISIS militants behead another American SITE Intel GroupIslamic State militants released a video showing the graphic murder of Steven Sotloff only days after his mother begged for his safety.Group reveals its next targetMore on this storyISIS accused of war crimesUS hits another extremist group
 
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  • 107-year-old reveals 'secret' to long life

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    107-year-old reveals 'secret' to long lifeWGNMerle's close friend credits the 107-year-old's longevity to her constant mobility -- but Merle's 'secret' is much less complicated.Two simple words she sharesMore to seeGrads take ice bucket challengeMan saves fraternity brother's life
  • Family confirms that Joan Rivers is on life support

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Family confirms that Joan Rivers is on life supportGetty Melissa Rivers confirmed in a statement Tuesday that her mother is currently on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week.Reason she thanked Joan's fans In other newsUnderwood has big newsFirst pics of Jolie's wedding dress
  • School sends 5-year-old home because of hair

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    School sends 5-year-old home because of hairKOSAMalachi was really excited to start school -- until he was unexpectedly sent home on the first day. School policy he apparently brokeMore to watch107-year-old's 'secret' to long lifeLegos help solve murder case
  • Eagles crack top 10 in opening week rankings

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Eagles crack top 10 in opening week rankings GettyLast year's NFC East champs are ranked ninth, but you may be surprised who experts pick to contend for the Lombardi Trophy.Team that opens the season at No. 1More sports newsBoxer's musical tribute to the NFL Surprising NFL players cut
  • ISIS militants behead another American

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    ISIS militants behead another American SITE Intel GroupIslamic State militants released a video showing the graphic murder of Steven Sotloff only days after his mother begged for his safety.Group reveals its next targetMore on this storyISIS accused of war crimesUS hits another extremist group
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  • 107-year-old reveals 'secret' to long life

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    107-year-old reveals 'secret' to long lifeWGNMerle's close friend credits the 107-year-old's longevity to her constant mobility -- but Merle's 'secret' is much less complicated.Two simple words she sharesMore to seeGrads take ice bucket challengeMan saves fraternity brother's life
  • Family confirms that Joan Rivers is on life support

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Family confirms that Joan Rivers is on life supportGetty Melissa Rivers confirmed in a statement Tuesday that her mother is currently on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week.Reason she thanked Joan's fans In other newsUnderwood has big newsFirst pics of Jolie's wedding dress
  • School sends 5-year-old home because of hair

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    School sends 5-year-old home because of hairKOSAMalachi was really excited to start school -- until he was unexpectedly sent home on the first day. School policy he apparently brokeMore to watch107-year-old's 'secret' to long lifeLegos help solve murder case
  • Eagles crack top 10 in opening week rankings

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Eagles crack top 10 in opening week rankings GettyLast year's NFC East champs are ranked ninth, but you may be surprised who experts pick to contend for the Lombardi Trophy.Team that opens the season at No. 1More sports newsBoxer's musical tribute to the NFL Surprising NFL players cut
  • ISIS militants behead another American

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    ISIS militants behead another American SITE Intel GroupIslamic State militants released a video showing the graphic murder of Steven Sotloff only days after his mother begged for his safety.Group reveals its next targetMore on this storyISIS accused of war crimesUS hits another extremist group
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  • 107-year-old reveals 'secret' to long life

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    107-year-old reveals 'secret' to long lifeWGNMerle's close friend credits the 107-year-old's longevity to her constant mobility -- but Merle's 'secret' is much less complicated.Two simple words she sharesMore to seeGrads take ice bucket challengeMan saves fraternity brother's life
  • Family confirms that Joan Rivers is on life support

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Family confirms that Joan Rivers is on life supportGetty Melissa Rivers confirmed in a statement Tuesday that her mother is currently on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week.Reason she thanked Joan's fans In other newsUnderwood has big newsFirst pics of Jolie's wedding dress
  • School sends 5-year-old home because of hair

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    School sends 5-year-old home because of hairKOSAMalachi was really excited to start school -- until he was unexpectedly sent home on the first day. School policy he apparently brokeMore to watch107-year-old's 'secret' to long lifeLegos help solve murder case
  • Eagles crack top 10 in opening week rankings

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Eagles crack top 10 in opening week rankings GettyLast year's NFC East champs are ranked ninth, but you may be surprised who experts pick to contend for the Lombardi Trophy.Team that opens the season at No. 1More sports newsBoxer's musical tribute to the NFL Surprising NFL players cut
  • ISIS militants behead another American

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    ISIS militants behead another American SITE Intel GroupIslamic State militants released a video showing the graphic murder of Steven Sotloff only days after his mother begged for his safety.Group reveals its next targetMore on this storyISIS accused of war crimesUS hits another extremist group
 
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    Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News

  • Apple says celebrity attacks were targeted, did not stem from systems breach

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Apple Inc said on Tuesday the attacks that emerged over the Labor Day weekend on celebrities' iCloud accounts were individually targeted, and that none of the cases it investigated had resulted from a breach of its systems. "We have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet," Apple said in a statement. "None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple`s systems including iCloud or Find my…
  • Home Depot says probing 'unusual activity' after data breach report

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Home Depot Inc said on Tuesday it was working with law enforcement to investigate "some unusual activity" related to customer data but that it could not confirm if it had become the latest retailer to be hit by a large-scale security breach. "At this point, I can confirm that we’re looking into some unusual activity and we are working with our banking partners and law enforcement to investigate," Home Depot representative Paula Drake wrote in an emailed statement to Reuters. "If we confirm that a breach has occurred, we will make sure customers are notified…
  • Credit Suisse says is investigating allegations of trader misconduct

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    LONDON (Reuters) - Credit Suisse said it was investigating allegations of trader misconduct reported in the Wall Street Journal earlier on Tuesday. "With regard to the story published in today's Wall Street Journal, we cannot comment on employee matters under investigation," Credit Suisse said in a statement. "However, any allegations of this nature are taken very seriously at Credit Suisse." (Reporting by Clare Hutchison; editing by Keiron Henderson)
  • Hugo Boss says Permira to place 11.2 percent Hugo Boss stake

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German retailer Hugo Boss on Tuesday said an investment company controlled by private equity investor Permira[PERM.UL] is placing up to 7.9 million Hugo Boss shares. The shares, which amount to around 11.2 percent of the company's total capital, are being placed in an accelerated book building process, Hugo Boss said. The shares are being placed by Red & Black S.A., a company majority owned by Permira Holdings, Hugo Boss said. (Reporting by Edward Taylor; editing by Keiron Henderson)
  • Exclusive: Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management opens Dallas office in regional shift

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    By Elizabeth Dilts NEW YORK (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank AG's Asset & Wealth Management division said on Tuesday it has opened a private bank in Dallas with two former JP Morgan Private Bank executives at the helm. Mark LaRoe, a 30-year industry veteran who was previously the head of JP Morgan Private Bank in Florida and most recently its senior managing director in Dallas, was hired as Deutsche Asset's managing director and head of the U.S.
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    The Retail Doctor Blog

  • How To Sell Your Boss On Why You Need Sales Training

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    I sat next to a young woman on a plane to Chicago the other day. She was on the second leg of a trip home from Boston to Seattle. Her flight had been delayed and then finally canceled 8 hours earlier. “But,” she said, “I pleaded and cried and told them my mom was in the hospital and they put me on this flight. I put on a good show - with tears - and I got my way.” When it comes to getting our way, especially with a boss or someone in a position of power, most of us have little idea how to get what we want, so we accept what we get.
  • Retail Marketing Tip: Care About The Customer Pass-Off

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    Where do you think retail marketing starts? No, not a coupon or your website. It's by showing how much care you give at the end of a sale. In my work with window fashions dealers, I always suggested they leave a bouquet of flowers on the table after they had thoroughly cleaned up their work areas and cleaned the window glass. [Not an $85 bouquet of roses mind you, a $9.99 bunch from the local florist or even grocery store.] Why? It was unexpected and a nice touch to make their purchase a wow. It helped cement the manner the dealer went out of their way for the customer. That led to many more…
  • Omnichannel Warning: Retail Is About Discovery,Not In Being Discovered

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    I recently purchased a canteen. It is detailed in leather and has intricate lacing. Oh, I had no need for it. It wasn’t on sale. I didn’t spot it online. I saw it in a store. In Montana. For 75 bucks. And I don’t have a horse. And I don’t go camping.  I just liked it. That discovery is at the center of the debate about where shopping is headed.
  • 6 Smart Ways to Spend $1000 (Or Less) To Attract More Retail Customers

    24 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    When I was in fifth grade, my dad took me to the Schwinn bicycle shop in Toledo and told me I could have any bike I wanted for my birthday. So many possibilities! It was like winning the lottery! Nowadays, when it comes to my speaking and consulting business, spending money rarely has that exuberance. That’s because I have to do it if I want to remain competitive. Wanting to do it has little relevance. If I want to be here tomorrow, I need to invest today. For many retailers, investing in their business is usually thought of only in a crisis: We have to get a new A/C system; the…
  • 7 Cringe-Inducing Behaviors That Push Retail Customers Away

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:09 am
    There’s a boom of shiny objects out there for retailers to play with, from iBeacons that will deliver coupons to shoppers' smartphones when they stand in front of a display to virtual mirrors that dispense generic compliments when you try something on.  All over, retailers are struggling with lower footfall, with consumers waiting for the deal, and with the elephant in the room, the relentless push of Amazon. For you, it can feel like a no-win scenario.
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    Business Insider

  • Facebook And Google 'Degrade Our Humanity,' Says 4chan Founder (FB, GOOG)

    Nicholas Carlson
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    A couple years ago, 4chan founder Chris Poole gave a speech arguing that Facebook and Google "degrade our humanity." He said this because Facebook and Google do not allow users to be anonymous. Poole's argument was that by forcing users to go be their real names online, Facebook and Google force these users to live a single version of themselves online – the public-friendly version. Poole believes people actually have many versions of themselves offline – one for the office, one for home, one for the family, one for strangers. He believes people should be able to live as richly…
  • American Airlines: We Aren't Changing Reclining Seat Policies

    Matthew DeBord
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Fights have been breaking out in the suddenly unfriendly skies, over the right to recline your seat in coach. On Tuesday, a Delta flight was forced to divert from a scheduled landing so combative passengers could be kicked off. Given that there have been several of these incidents over the past week and a half, we wondered if the airlines were making any changes. Here's what American Airlines told us: There's no policy for reclining seats Since there’s no policy, cabin crews won’t be making proactive seat-reclining announcements American hasn't seen an uptick in unruly passengers, and…
  • NFL Experts Think There Are Only 7 Teams That Can Win The Super Bowl

    Cork Gaines
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    As we close in on the start of the 2014 NFL season, the experts have spoken and made their picks for who they think will play in this year's Super Bowl. While there is not one team dominating the picks this year, the experts seem to agree that there are not very many teams that can win their respective conferences this season. Using the picks of 82 experts at ESPN.com, SI.com, CBSSports.com, and NFL.com, the Denver Broncos are the team picked most often to the win the Super Bowl. Only six other teams were picked by the experts: Denver Broncos, 26.8% of experts pick to win Super Bowl New…
  • Company Confirms That Deceased Former US President Richard Nixon Is Not A Banker At JPMorgan (NUS, HLF)

    Myles Udland
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Richard M. Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, does not work as an underwriter at JPMorgan. However, someone named Richard M. Hixson does.  In a filing with the SEC on Tuesday afternoon, Nu Skin said that following questions regarding its credit facility document, it found that the document in question contained, "an inadvertent typographical error on the signature page." "The Amendment was signed by Richard M. Hixson, Senior Underwriter, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., not Richard M. Nixon," the company said. "As previously disclosed, the JPMC Agreement expired pursuant…
  • If This Company Succeeds, We Won't Be Fighting About Reclining Airline Seats

    Matthew DeBord
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Another week, another flight diverted because passengers were fighting over a reclining seat. It's the great airborne travel question of our age: To recline, or not to recline? Of course, the core of the problem is the coach airline seat itself. While there's been, it seems, near constant innovation for first- and business-class seats, the stalwart coach seat has suffered with the same design since the 1960s, according to AirGo Design, a Singapore-based startup that wants to reinvent the genre. "AirGo is the only aircraft seat in the world which is designed based on actual 3D scanning data of…
 
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    HBR.org

  • How to Manage Scheduling Software Fairly

    Ethan Bernstein
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Starbucks workers recently scored a point against the machine. After a lengthy New York Times story, the company decided to adjust some of their controversial scheduling practices, eliminating “clopening” — when workers are required to close at night and re-open in the morning — and requiring at least a week’s notice of upcoming schedules. In this case, “the machine” refers to a real machine: the highly sophisticated automated software Starbucks uses to schedule its 130,000 baristas, sometimes giving them less than a few day’s notice about their schedules in…
  • A Predictive Analytics Primer

    Tom Davenport
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    No one has the ability to capture and analyze data from the future. However, there is a way to predict the future using data from the past. It’s called predictive analytics, and organizations do it every day. Has your company, for example, developed a customer lifetime value (CLTV) measure? That’s using predictive analytics to determine how much a customer will buy from the company over time. Do you have a “next best offer” or product recommendation capability? That’s an analytical prediction of the product or service that your customer is most likely to buy next. Have you made a…
  • It’s Never Been More Lucrative to Be a Math-Loving People Person

    Nicole Torres
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Parents who spend a good chunk of the week shuttling kids to and from soccer practice or drama club might be comforted by new research that suggests this effort is not in vain – as long as their kids are good at math, too. A recent paper from UCSB found that the return on being good at math has gone up over the last few decades, as has the return on having high social skills (some combination of leadership, communication, and other interpersonal skills). But, the paper argues, the return on the two skills together has risen even faster. What does all that have to do with soccer practice?
  • Beware Consumers’ Assumptions About Your Green Products

    The Daily Stat
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    In an experiment, people expressed greater intentions to purchase a dish soap when they were told its environmental benefits were an “unintended side effect” of the product-development process, as opposed to a planned feature (5.65 versus 4.77 on a 9-point scale, on average), says a team led by George E. Newman of Yale. Results for other products were similar. The apparent reason: Consumers tend to assume that product enhancements in one dimension — such as environmental impact — come at the expense of performance on other dimensions.
  • What to Do on Your First Day Back from Vacation

    Peter Bregman
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    You come back from vacation and start your game of catch-up. This is an especially challenging game if you’re a senior leader. You have hundreds, maybe thousands of emails, a backlog of voicemails, and a to-do list that doubled or tripled in length while you were away. You need to respond to the pent-up needs of clients, managers, colleagues, employees, and vendors. You need to fight fires. You need to regain control. So you do your best to work through the pileup, handling the most urgent items first, and within a few days, you’re caught up and ready to move forward. You’re back in…
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  • Small Business Is All Around Us

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

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

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

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

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

    Laurel J. Delaney
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    “International Go Topless Day” 2014. I had to read this twice to understand what was happening.  On August 24th, New Yorkers – men and women alike – ditched their shirts and joined people around the world in celebration of “International Go Topless Day.” According to the New York Post: Around 200 bare-chested men and women chanted “Free your Breasts! Free your mind!” as they proudly marched from Columbus Circle down to Times Square and over to Bryant Park in the name of equality. A little history from Gawker on why this is happening: Every year since…
  • Meet Two Asia-Pacific finalists for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

    Laurel J. Delaney
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Jackie Stenson (L) and Diana Jue (R) of Essmart Global Jackie Stenson (L) and Diana Jue (pictured) bring social-impact technology to the populations who need it through their company Essmart Global.  This was a dream they nurtured during their undergraduate years at MIT.  They have been nominated as the Asia-Pacific finalists for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards and the only women from India on this list. After beginning operations, we’ve been supported by members of the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, which we won in 2012. We’re also supported by Echoing Green, which…
  • Shaping the Future of Women in Business Worldwide

    Laurel J. Delaney
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    Grand Hyatt, Beijing According to The United Nations, “the Asia-Pacific economy would grow by an additional $89 billion annually if women were able to achieve their full economic potential.”  Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia Pacific region. The APEC Women Leadership Forum has its program coming up soon – August 20 – 22nd.  They will discuss on how to enhance business networking, congregate role models to mentor next-generation leaders, explore new growth…
  • Businesswomen Are Ready to Become Global Players

    Laurel J. Delaney
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    The timing has never been better for businesswomen to get out of their own backyards and transition from local, regional or niche-market players into global players.  Here’s why. Women Are Ready to Take on the World The key:  It is evident that through export activities, women-owned firms grow more rapidly, hire more people, create more jobs and are more productive. Photo Credit: Jennifer Kumar Posted by:  Laurel DelaneyFiled under: Education, Enlighten Me!, global women entrepreneurs, Inspiration, Research Tagged: businesswomen ready to become global players, Laurel Delaney, take on…
  • Women Buck the Trend in Sri Lanka and Become Entrepreneurs

    Laurel J. Delaney
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    Sri Lankan women. To achieve economic empowerment, women entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka yearn for a successful career.  They also help their families, and the country, prosper.  Women entrepreneurship can contribute to a country’s development process in a number of ways. At an individual level, it creates employment opportunities for women.  Women seek entrepreneurship for many reasons.  While some women start a business based on an idea or innovation, or due to an unsatisfactory experience as an employee, others are compelled to start their own business due to ‘forced…
 
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  • Why 60 Is The New 30

    Mike Maddock
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    I’m happy to report that the rumors are true. At least when it comes to business, 60 has become the new 30. Over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to review nearly 200 start-up companies seeking money, business strategy or empowering connections. Some of these companies are being run by young adults barely out of school, some by not-so-young adults—the aforementioned hinted at 60-year-olds—who are literally starting over when our grandparents would be strolling around golf communities in Florida.
  • 6 Marketing Challenges And The Shortcuts To Solve Them

    Steve Olenski
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    Hello boys and girls. I'm sure you were all raring to get back to work today following the long weekend, right? Yeah, that's what I thought. But be that as it may, it is back to the daily grind for most, if not all of us.
  • 4 Qualities Of Truly Epic Salespeople

    The Muse
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    If you're hiring salespeople, look for 'em. If you're applying to sales jobs, make sure you have 'em.
  • No, The Customer Is Not Always Right

    Jayson DeMers
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    How many times have you had to grit your teeth, take a deep breath and silently repeat to yourself, “The customer is always right”? This is a motto that’s drilled into every young retail or hospitality worker, and has somehow made its way into the psyches of established business owners.
  • How Your Landing Page Can Connect With Every Area Of The Human Brain

    Neil Patel
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    A landing page should connect directly with the user’s mind. But how does this really work? In order to create a mentally engaging experience for the user, how should a landing page look, work, feel, function? This article explains each of the four lobes of the brain, their function, and how a landing page can create an experience that connect with every area. The result is a landing page that is intensely engaging. The greater your understanding of a user’s mental process, the more effectively you will be able to create a landing page that gains conversions. The brain has four…
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  • What You’re Forgetting to Include in Your Sales Proposal

    Reuben
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    In our rush to define all the great things we’re going to do for our customer, we sometimes forget that we can’t do everything on the wish list. Even worse, the customer sometimes forgets this, as well. Even if the person you work with most directly understands the priorities and constraints of the project, her colleagues may assume that you will be handling their issues. Ironically, what we often forget to include in our proposal is what we’re not including in the project. This can lead to confusion in the sales cycle and, if you win the business, more serious problems during the…
  • The Powerful Question Most Sales Reps Forget to Ask

    Reuben
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Let’s imagine you run a consulting firm that specializes in helping companies in the widget industry improve sales productivity. Half your business comes from this industry, but you also have clients in other industries, and some of your projects extend beyond sales into finance and accounting. You get a lead on your website requesting a proposal for a sales training program and they need your help asap. A perfect prospect. You call to qualify for budget and timing and everything seems good. You enter the deal in your CRM system and get excited. This might put you over the top for the…
  • Why Apple University Has a Course on Communicating Clearly

    Reuben
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    Before he died, Steve Jobs launched an “Apple University” program to keep the culture of the company strong. Employees can sign up for various courses, most of which are completely shrouded in secrecy. Recently, the New York Times got 3 Apple employees to speak anonymously about the experience. Randy Nelson, who came from the animation studio Pixar, co-founded by Mr. Jobs, is one of the teachers of “Communicating at Apple.” This course, open to various levels of employees, focuses on clear communication, not just for making products intuitive, but also for sharing ideas with…
  • Sales Proposal Buzzword Highlighter Now Live

    Reuben
    2 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    If you’ve read this blog before, you know how much I hate terrible writing. If not, check out: The Importance of Writing Well, Microsoft CEO Edition How Your High School English Class Is Ruining Your Proposals Don’t Use Jargon, Unless It’s Your Prospect’s Jargon A little over a year ago, I referenced an article by Bryan Garner over at Harvard Business Review on removing business jargon from your writing and joked that it would be awesome to have a way to flag jargon and buzzwords in your proposals. Well, now you can. In Preview mode, there’s now a…
  • Are Your Proposals Like the Baseball Rulebook (or the Tax Code)?

    Reuben
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm
    In addition to being very long, the rules of baseball cover scenarios that aren’t all that likely to happen. (This piece in the WSJ cover the 5 strangest rules in baseball.) Why do you need 240 pages of rules for baseball? Why do you need some uncountable number of pages for the tax code? Why is your company’s proposal template likely far too long? Because as things come up, well-meaning people add rules, laws, and clauses. This is a healthy and productive way to codify scenarios as you uncover them, to reduce arguing later. However, people rarely go back and cull outdated parts…
 
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  • 3 B2B Digital Marketing Companies Using Innovation to Make the Data Connection

    Morgan Quinn
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:40 pm
    While tech media was once the key player in leveraging innovation to offer advanced marketing solutions like programmatic buying, marketing automation, and retargeting, the digital media industry is increasingly investing in these technologies. B2B marketing companies can no longer rely on organic adaptation or be slow to respond to the digital market shift; they must employ strategic and tactical moves to stay on top of customer needs and market trends. The good news is the B2B marketing industry is already responding to the shift, with a report from research firm Gartner finding a…
  • Digital Solutions for the B2B Marketer

    Kim Gloeckl
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    High-level decision makers are harder than ever to reach. And in today’s world, buyers do not contact suppliers directly until most of the purchase process is complete. So how do businesses get in front of buyers exactly when they’re evaluating products and services? And where are smart executives going to learn more about what the market has to offer them?  Meet Business.com, the leading destination for executives in growing companies to acquire the knowledge, products and services they need to run their businesses. It’s our mission to provide a better experience for our users…
  • Transforming B2B Digital Media Through Data, Content and Integrated Marketing Solutions

    Tony Uphoff
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    It’s a great time to be in digital advertising. In 2013, $275 billion was spent on digital advertising, and this number continues to grow at over 11% per year. Much of this growth is driven by content marketing; and smart marketers are embracing content marketing because it works. Buyers today educate themselves with advertiser provided content. They want this content tailored however, to their demographics, firmographics and where they are in the purchase process. Now, Business.com is even better positioned to help you do just that. For over a year, we have been hard at work building…
  • Is Content Marketing the Future of B2B?

    Betsy Scuteri
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The phrase “content marketing” is thrown around like a beanbag in the world of digital media. Some praise the concept as the savior to their revenue problems, claiming the creation of blog posts and eBooks is the only viable way to generate leads. Others argue it’s all hocus-pocus. With so many different opinions and claims running rampant online, it’s no surprise marketing teams are confused as to the proper meaning of content marketing and its true power. A handful of content marketing “myths” have arisen as a result, and we’re here to debunk them. The fact is, content…
  • Using Website Analytics to Understand Your Prospects

    Business.com Editorial Staff
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    As small and medium-sized B2B businesses, we place an exorbitantly high value on each aspect of customer relations. And rightfully so! We understand, sometimes even more than larger firms, that our success is based not only on the product or service we provide, but the greater value we can offer. One way that we offer greater value is having a website that prospective customers love to use. And that’s where website analytics comes in. Below are some quick analytics wins that can be used to deliver a great website experience for your prospects and maintain them for years to come. Identify…
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  • The Secret To Prioritizing Your Time And Achieving Business Success

    Steve C
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    This post was written by Nemo Chu, who built a 7-figure eCommerce business from scratch in 1 year—while working a demanding day job. He has since quit his job and now offers free advice in his newsletter. I really wish I’d learned this sooner. See if this sounds familiar: “You’re busy. You’ve set your financial goals. Yet, you’re spinning your wheels and struggling to achieve your goals even though you’re doing more and more stuff.” That was my story. And it’s the story of some people who hire me to coach them on Clarity. Most of us want to be more financially…
  • MWQHJ 033: How Josh Dorkin Built A Real Estate Investing Social Network With Over 200,000 Members

    Steve C
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:19 pm
    I’m very pleased to have my friend Josh Dorkin on the show today. Now Josh runs BiggerPockets.com which is one of the most popular real estate investing sites on the Internet. The numbers for his site are really crazy. He’s got over 200,000 members with many of them paying a monthly fee. His forum boasts over 850,000 posts. He has 35+ writers on staff, runs a top 25 business podcast on iTunes and a successful publishing company as well. Needless to say, Josh is easily one of the most successful Internet entrepreneurs that I know and I’m really happy to have him on today to…
  • MWQHJ 032: How Jessica Rhodes Leveraged Her Pinterest Skills And Started 2 Successful Businesses

    Steve C
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Jessica Rhodes owns 2 thriving business service companies, EntrepreneurSupportServices.com and InterviewConnections.com where she helps businesses with Pinterest and podcasting. Jessica is a Pinterest expert and she reveals many useful tips on how to market your business using Pinterest in this episode along with many helpful tools that she uses to streamline the process. In addition, she provides some meaningful advice on how to network with others and how she acts as a matchmaker for podcast interviewers and interviewees. What You’ll Learn How Jessica got her first client doing…
  • 6 Reasons Why Copying Amazon Is A Bad Idea For Your Ecommerce Store

    Steve C
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    When it comes to designing your ecommerce store to maximize conversions, you would intuitively think that copying another successful online store would be the logical thing to do. After all if an online store is doing well, they’ve probably figured out the most optimal design right? Because Amazon.com is one of the most successful ecommerce stores in the world, we should all emulate exactly what they are doing right? The other day, I received a question from one of my Create A Profitable Online Store students who asked… Steve. I just went through your module on best practices for…
  • MWQHJ 031: How Bob Lotich Replaced His Entire Day Job Income In 9 Months By Blogging

    Steve C
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Bob Lotich and I actually go way back to the year 2009 when we both started blogging at roughly the same time. Bob runs the extremely popular blog ChristianPf.com where he makes a 6 figure income writing about faith and personal finance. In this interview, he shares a bunch of his secrets on how he makes money and how he fully leverages various social media sources to generate traffic for his site. He’s also written an incredibly detailed book that teaches others how to blog as a profession. What You’ll Learn How Bob turned his entire life around after being deep in debt How Bob…
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  • Digital PR and Why Your Brand Needs It

    Claire Westlie
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    What is Digital PR? Public Relations (PR) is building and maintaining a brand’s reputation by making sure the right information gets passed from the organization to the public. This includes organizing events, announcing new hires and construction, and promoting sponsorships – just to name a few. Digital PR is still passing information from the organization to the public, but its tools have evolved to encompass Search Engine Optimization (SEO), social media, content marketing, link building and online promotion of your brand. It seems simple enough, but there’s dedicated work behind…
  • 2 Simple Steps to Ensure Social Media Success on Facebook

    Brad Cebulski
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Whenever you are marketing via social media, you always need to worry about two parts of the equation: creating great content and attracting new customers. However, it seems like so many people only focus on the first of the two because it draws the most attention and is much more “fun.” The reality is that a business is rarely successful on Facebook unless they are focusing on both the content and the acquisition of new customer – in the form of fans and followers. (Disclaimer: I do not work for Facebook. I simply believe that Facebook advertising (when used correctly) can be one of…
  • Broken Link Building and Why It’s Worth It

    Jeremy Scholz
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Link building can be a very challenging task…especially when you want to build STRONG LINKS. Broken link building can be one of the most beneficial and successful methods if done right. Doing so can often fix something on a website that has existed for many years and already has very high authority and a plethora of links built to the page so the “link equity” will start pouring in.  The good news is, no one wants broken links on their site! Finding Broken Links First comes the challenge of finding links that are broken. There are billions of websites out there. Determining which ones…
  • How I Got My Startup Featured on The TODAY Show and NPR

    James Oliver
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    People are amazed I was able to get my “little tech startup,” WeMontage (made in the Fox Valley of Wisconsin), featured on the TODAY Show, and most recently on NPR. They ask, “How did you do that?” Conventional wisdom says a blog post needs to be titled, “The 3 steps to…blah, blah, blah” in order to be viewed, shared, commented on, etc. But this ain’t that. There are no silver bullets or three steps to moving your startup forward and breaking through all the clutter to get the attention of your target market (at least not that I’ve seen).
  • Distractions and Flow – The Importance of Focus

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

    Rich Brooks
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    This September 26th, 2014, we’re putting on our annual conference that’s all about how you can reach more of your ideal customers with search, social, and mobile marketing.  It’s called the Agents of Change Digital Marketing Conference, and if you’re reading this blog (or email newsletter), then chances are you’re going to love it. Imagine a full day of some today’s top digital marketers sharing their best tactics and strategies on Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and ranking higher at the search engines. Tips for building and engaging an audience. Advice…
  • How to Manage Your Email with Boomerang

    Katrina Crowell
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
    Do your proposals get lost in email? Do you ever forget to follow up with someone for an important event? Do you sometimes lose track of email threads? Then read on, because we’ve got a great tool to help regain control of your inbox.  Today I want to share with you a tool I’ve been using for several months now that has helped me tame my inbox, save time at work, and keep on top of proposals, work agreements, and other important activities for my business. It’s called Boomerang, and it’s an add-on to Gmail. If you’re not using Gmail because you want to send…
  • How to Turn Online Leads into Sales

    Katrina Crowell
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    Congratulations! You’ve run a successful Facebook contest or a boatload of people just signed up to receive your e-newsletter. You’ve built a solid opt-in list. So – What comes next? It’s time to turn those online leads into conversions. Here are a few of the best ways to turn your online leads into sales. E-mail Marketing To some people, this proven form of Internet marketing may not seem as sexy as the newest mobile app or social platform. But email packs conversion power that can’t be ignored. While social media presents an awesome way to engage with your customers, you’re…
  • Welcome, Katrina!

    Rich Brooks
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
    We’ve got a new hire here at flyte, and we want to introduce her to you all! Katrina Crowell has joined the flyte crew as our new Inbound Marketer, ready to help you with your SEO, social media campaigns, email marketing, and basically all of your digital marketing needs. Katrina is a graduate of the University of Maine, and has over 6 years of experience in web content development and social media marketing. She has worked as a ghost blogger, freelance web marketer, and SEO consultant for businesses across a wide variety of industries. And having spent 5 years in the direct response…
  • How to Blog for B2B Lead Generation [A Case Study…with Beer]

    Rich Brooks
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    How can you use a blog to reach your audience? To grow your business? Is blogging still a viable option for B2B lead generation? Today we’re going to see how a single, well-planned blog post can put you in front of your ideal customer when they’re ready to make a buying decision. Tidestone Solutions is a B2B (business to business) company from Portland, Maine, that offers mid-sized companies business process and accounting software solutions. Their area of expertise is within Microsoft Dynamics GP,  Kelley Sintz is the Business Development Director and was looking to grow their…
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  • Average Session Duration – What is it and Why Bloggers Should Care

    Marty Diamond
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    In Google Analytics, one of the statistics measures is average session duration. In simple terms, this is the amount of the time that a person spends on your website. This article will help you understand average session duration and if you’re a blogger, perhaps persuade you to take a better look into this piece of information. As an extra goodie, there will be a few brief tips to hopefully get those visitors to stay longer. Average Session Duration – What is it and Why Bloggers Should Care As mentioned before, the average session duration is the average time of all the time spent…
  • Getting a Handle on Site Speed

    Marty Diamond
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:35 am
    One of my greatest challenges has been to convince clients that they have a slow loading site AND that a slow loading website reduces the number of sales or leads they can expect to get. I’ve shown them the pretty waterfall charts that show that their site loads in 6.7 seconds – only to have their eyes glaze over. I touch on it when we’re reviewing their Google Analytics and pointed out that page load times are now part of Google’s search algorythm – and still no response. Then I discovered a secret weapon….the video of a site loading from webpagetest.org. There is nothing like…
  • Understanding Google Webmaster Tools

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Andy Birol
    25 May 2014 | 7:21 am
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer April 7, 2014 You need capital for your company to grow, but you may want to reconsider venture capital. The basic problem with partnering with venture capitalists is that their need to earn quick, big returns conflicts with your goal of building your business. Growing a company’s customer base rarely enriches a venture capitalist as much as the next round of investors. Click here to read more.
 
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  • Why Visual Studio is More Suitable for Cross-Platform Mobile Developments

    Mark Wilston
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today, a wide variety of mobile devices are available in the market, which run on different platforms and developers often face the challenge of building applications and solutions that are cross-platform compatible. Developers who want to create games and apps for multiple mobile platforms can now take the help of Visual Studio, for feature-rich and […]
  • Is your WordPress Website loading Slow? Lets Improve!

    Mark Wilston
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:50 pm
    In today’s fast-pace world, slow websites are definitely an obnoxious proposition for most website owners. Visitors may start avoiding a slow website and it may affect the search engine ranking of a website at the same time. If you own a WordPress Website and your website is loading slower, you need to first understand the […]
  • Magento – Inching Closer As A Reliable B2B Platform

    Mark Wilston
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:36 am
    Not very long ago, when solicited for advice on how Magento fares in B2B, Magento evangelists and enthusiasts expressed uncomfortableness in their responses. It indicated that Magento was not a true solution for B2B problems as B2B had a different workflow where Magento had less foothold. But, that is not the same as saying that […]
  • Mobile Website UX Is Realizable and Improvisable – Here’s How

    Mark Wilston
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    Mobile UX’ is a 2 worded phrase that resonates in the heads of mobile web designers and developers. The phrase has now become mainstream and is enough to give sleepless nights to mobile teams. The situation becomes grim when the choice is to be made between mobile website or app. However the  most important quality […]
  • Step Up Your Web Development with BootStrap

    Mark Wilston
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:11 am
    Many developers perceive Bootstrap to be a magic wand that either does development on its own or does a part of it. You will soon change your perception as soon as you start using Bootstrap. Bootstrap is a front-end framework that provides the required elements for page design with sufficient responsiveness using the HTML5 and […]
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  • Website Tips That Generate Sales!

    Marisol Cruz
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    Did you always dream about starting your own business and making it profitable?  Here at BizCentral we know what a huge step you’ve made by making your dream a reality.  We get it, starting your own business is difficult, full of sleepless nights thinking about finding new customers and growing. To help with this we have developed website tips that can help you make your website more effective. Tip #1 Have a Lead Capture Page A lead capture page has a place where prospects insert their name, phone number and email addresses for the business to use. Typically a lead capture form would be a…
  • SBA 8(a) Certification Program Explained

    Marisol Cruz
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    How can it help my small business? There are various reasons why your small business should look into government contracting. The SBA’s 8(a) Certification Program will limit your competition for business as an 8(a) contractor to other small similar companies. Business certifications are intended to help hindered small businesses thrive in the competitive environment. These business certifications are the only one provided by the Federal Government and are the hardest to qualify for. Applicants who are members of socially-disadvantaged groups and are economically disadvantaged can be…
  • Social Media Marketing is a Daily Commitment

    Marisol Cruz
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Your small business social media marketing efforts start with you. In order to successfully market your small business through social media you need to do two things: Grow and nurture your online networks Create and share great content If you haven’t put the time into social media engagement or building and nurturing your networks, then your social media efforts will likely be an uphill battle. It’s a commitment very much like going to networking events, trade shows and business expos with all of the necessary follow up. It’s a daily commitment, which means commenting, posting,…
  • Business Plan Tip of the Week

    Marisol Cruz
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    By now, if you have been following our blogs, you should be a business plan expert. You know what elements a business plan contain, you know why having one is important, and most importantly you know that you must update it often. You’ve got a brilliant new idea and you’re ready to implement it. Along the lines, are you thinking to yourself, what information on here will the investor hold more importance over? Do I focus more on my financials? Do I focus more on my products and services? Do I focus more on how my business will grow financially? Investors will care about four elements that…
  • 5 Things to Ask Before Building a Small Business Website

    Marisol Cruz
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    There are thousands of dreadful websites on the Internet. If your website is not user-friendly, how do you expect your customers to actually do business with you?  Whether you’re looking to build a simple website or a more complex and customized website for your company, we can conclude that all businesses, large or small, need a website. But there are elements you must take into account because your company’s online presence begins with your website, and sustains with your social media marketing.  There are some things you should ask yourself before you start designing and building…
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    Business Credit

  • Why File a DBA? Breaking Down: Doing Business As (DBA)

    Marco Carbajo
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Why File a DBA? Have you wondered why a business files a DBA? Do you know if your business needs to file one? In this post I’ll be breaking down the DBA also known as the Fictitious Business Name or Assumed Business Name to see if your business actually needs one. First things first, let’s […] The post Why File a DBA? Breaking Down: Doing Business As (DBA) appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Need to Add Trade References? 11 Things You Should Know

    Marco Carbajo
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Add Trade References A trade reference is the payment experience information that a supplier has on its customer. For Dun & Bradstreet there are seven factors that represent the creditworthiness of a suppliers’ customer. These factors are: reporting date, payment history, highest amount of credit used, amount owing, total past due, terms, and date of […] The post Need to Add Trade References? 11 Things You Should Know appeared first on Business Credit.
  • FICO Score vs Credit Score: Which Score Matters Most?

    Marco Carbajo
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    FICO® Score vs Credit Score Banks, lenders, credit card issuers, auto lenders, etc. use credit scores to decide what interest rate, loan, rebates & credit card terms to offer you if any. Your score is vital to you because it determines how much money you can borrow, how much interest you’ll pay, and what payment […] The post FICO Score vs Credit Score: Which Score Matters Most? appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Choosing a Business Name That Costs Clients, Cash, and Credibility

    Marco Carbajo
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Having trouble choosing a business name? Discover how to choose a name for your business that is effective, legal and marketable. The post Choosing a Business Name That Costs Clients, Cash, and Credibility appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Here is a Quick Way to Get Cash for Real Estate Investing

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

  • Interview with Jennifer Martin – Business Coach and Founder of Zest Business Consulting

    wahanelson
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey. I grew up in a family where if you wanted something you had to figure out how to get it on your own. When I was 8, I wanted a pogo stick, so I knocked on doors in my neighborhood selling vegetable seeds until […]
  • Thinking of Starting a Business, Avoid these Costly Mistakes

    wahanelson
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Cathi Nelson Six years ago I had an idea for a business. I was excited, nervous, scared and determined to make it work. I was also inexperienced and very naïve. Here is a quick story of one of the many costly mistakes I made and a few tips, so you don’t make the same […]
  • Enter to Win a $100 KOKOON Clothing Gift Certificate

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Need some new clothes for your fall wardrobe? We got you you covered. We’re partnering with KOKOON to give away a $100 KOKOON Gift Certificate to spend however you want. About KOKOON: KOKOON got its start in the fashion industry 26 years ago, selling to many major retailers and catalogs such as Nordstrom, Saks Fifth […]
  • The Changing Face of Social Media Marketing

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dawn Berryman As a small business owner, you know that social media marketing must be a part of your overall marketing and business plan. But how do you tackle this beast? Four years ago, almost every ‘fan’ your Facebook page had saw your posts in their newsfeeds. Interaction was easy. Engagement happened naturally. Now […]
  • Start a Home Business with Kaeser & Blair Inc.

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Family-owned company seeks independent dealers who want to make extra money working from home. Did you receive a free diaper bag at the hospital with the name of a baby products company on it? Or maybe you were given an ink pen by your insurance agent with his logo on it? Do you have a […]
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    Leader Networks blog

  • Spotlighting *Your* B2B Online Community – Call for Participation

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

    Vanessa DiMauro
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Another summer brings a new set of Social Business Benchmark study results! For the past three years, in partnership with the Society for New Communications Research (SNCR), we at Leader Networks, conduct an ongoing study on the impact social practices are having on organizations. Unlike the other studies that focus mainly on social media marketing, we examine the social footprint across  four important areas: Strategic intentions, operations, staffing, governance and organizational impact. This ongoing study has yielded responses from over 190 organizations, with 17 industries represented.
  • Social Marketing and Gender Equality through Power Networking: 4 Common Trends Related to Transformation, Power and Influence

    Vanessa DiMauro
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:52 am
    For my last (but certainly not least) guest blogger in the summer series, I have invited Dr. Patrica Fletcher to share her thoughts about the impact of social on transformation, power and influence.  Patti is a real powerhouse herself – she  is the global leader of the Cross-Portfolio Marketing and Social Marketing Center of Excellence teams at IHS, and is the Co-Founder and CEO of PSDNetwork, LLC.  Her work centers on enablement and culture change with a particularly interesting focus on women in the boardroom.  I am inspired by Patti and her work and am sure you will be too! Read…
  • Measuring What Matters: Those Addictive Numbers

    Vanessa DiMauro
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    I’ve done it. It’s gone. Cold turkey. After years of asserting we need to measure what matters in social business – as opposed to just tracking outcomes we can count easily — I decided to take down the social sharing counter on my blog. You can still share our blog items on social media tools – please do! –but we won’t be quantifying every act of sharing anymore. Walking the talk? Well, the fact is my social sharing tool was unreliable. When the Leader Networks site re-launched about a year ago, we “lost” all our counts. Thousands of tiny emotional validations which…
  • TLC for Community Managers – Tips To Avoid Burnout

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

  • 5 Essential Training Tips for Managers

    Rieva Lesonsky
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By J.T. Ripton In this day and age, workers live in a fast-paced world where management continues to evolve and change. As a manager, you want to successfully lead your team while achieving the goals of the company that you manage. To find this success and balance, you’ll want to embrace the changes that surround you and know which key aspects of management should hold the most of your attention. Here are 5 key aspects of management that should play an integral role in the management of your company and employees: 1. To Get a MBA or Not to Get a MBA You do not “need” a MBA…
  • To Start Part Time or Full Time, That Is the Question

    Karen Axelton
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky “Don’t quit your day job.” If your best friend says this when you eagerly share your startup idea, you’d probably take it hard, wouldn’t you? Perhaps your buddy is just more tuned in to recent research on entrepreneurship than you think. A new study that followed thousands of small business owners reports that those who keep their day jobs during the startup stage are 33 percent less likely to fail than those who quit to start their companies. The study, Should I Quit My Day Job: A Hybrid Path to Entrepreneurship, presents some theories as to why “hybrid”…
  • Coffee Buzz

    Rieva Lesonsky
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky Life was a lot simpler for restaurant and bar owners back in the Mad Men days when martinis were considered “exotic” drinks. These days it’s a lot harder to keep consumers interested in alcoholic beverages (though whiskey is making a big comeback), as tastes seem to be continually changing. According to trends newsletter Cassandra Daily, the “adult beverage industry is feeling creative…and one of its newest innovations blends two of Millennials’ favorite [drinks]—alcohol and coffee.” The newsletter cites several companies introducing coffee-infused alcoholic…
  • Tyrrells Crisps: A Great Business Success Story

    Rieva Lesonsky
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Sarah Willis A pot of gold is often rumored to lie at the end of a rainbow, but some may find their fortune in a place even more unexpected than this. For one British entrepreneur, this was in a potato field. William Chase upmarket British crisps business Tyrrells in 2002. It has risen from a small artisan company to an international enterprise in just over a decade. Last year it was acquired by alternative investment provider Investcorp for over $165 million, a deal which won the GrowthBusiness M&A 2014 Deal of the Year award. How? How it started Farmer-turned-entrepreneur Chase…
  • Reading List 8.29.14

    Rieva Lesonsky
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky The life of a business owner is a busy one. If I had my way, days would be 30 hours long—and there’d be, like the Beatles sang: “8 days a week.” But there aren’t. So to help you stay on top of important small business news, information and advice essential to running your business, here’s my weekly Reading List. If you have articles you’d like to share, get them to me by end of day Wednesday every week. Best Practices What’s the future of social commerce? How to keep your small business secure. Is your website good enough for your customers? What is…
 
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    MLM Blog - Network Marketing Blog

  • Book Publisher Ditches Amazon For MLM

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Oklahoma based book publisher, Education Development Corporation recently stopped selling on Amazon and other big stores like Costco and Sam’s Club in favor of “an army of home sellers”. The home selling division, Usborne Books & More currently has 7,000 consultants selling books through an MLM business model. The home division is a multi-level marketing organization, in which amateur sales reps around the country not only peddle books but recruit new representatives into the program. Mary Ann Wartman signed on 20 years ago with a goal of providing books for her own…
  • Ignore Ann Sieg (Renegade) At Your Own Risk

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Ann Sieg has been ahead of the curve since I first got to know her in 2007. I bet you would have liked to be in Ann’s inner circle back then… When she wrote her best selling book, “7 Great Lies”. When she began using Google Adwords to generate hundreds of leads a day. When she (along with Mike Dillard) pioneered a concept called “The Funded Proposal” in the Network Marketing space. Now Ann is doing it all over again in the e-commerce space with Amazon, eBay, drop shipping strategies. And she is doing a webinar for us, explaining the details tonight:…
  • Making Money With Amazon FBA: Why It Works

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

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

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

  • Restaurant teaches customers sign language to relay their order to its deaf staff

    Springwise
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    Add / Remove The problem with sign languages is that — although they give those with hearing difficulties a way to express themselves — non-deaf people often don't learn it and therefore can't understand it. While it's not the first of its kind in the world — we've already written about the Atfaluna charity's restaurant in Palestine — Canada's Signs Restaurant is now hoping to get all of its customers to sign by printing ASL instructions next to each menu item. Owner Anjan Manikumar previously ran a pizzeria business that was frequented by a customer with…
  • In NYC, gym classes free for those who lend a helping hand

    Springwise
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Add / Remove Gym classes can be prohibitively expensive, meaning many people who would like to keep fit have to find other ways to work out or are even encouraged to forgo exercise altogether. In the past, we've seen schemes such as Fitmob, whose community sessions cost less the more often members keep fit, but now several New York gyms are offering work-trade programs, enabling cash-strapped customers to exchange volunteer work for workout classes. According to the NY Daily News, one such scheme is currently being offered at Revolve Fitness, Union Square, where students and part-time…
  • iOS app adds notes to phone contacts to jog users’ memory

    Springwise
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    Add / Remove The iPhone contacts app enables users to store more information than simply a number and name, but it's still not perfect. While Android phone owners are able to customize their contacts and call lists, and even add text subject lines to phone calls, Humin is an iOS app that lets users add relationship context and social media details to their contacts. Memory isn't perfect, and it seems to fail at the most inopportune moments, especially if your work requires you to meet and remember scores of new recruits, clients and old acquaintances each week. Through Humin, users…
  • Coffee stain? Menswear brand will deliver a fresh white shirt in under 90 mins

    Springwise
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    Add / Remove The idea of an emergency wardrobe service isn't an especially new one — we recently wrote about the Closet S.O.S. campaign the Costa Rican branch of Forever 21, for example. However, these services are often aimed at women, but the fashion industry is increasingly moving towards the newly fashion-conscious male market and London-based tailor Thomas Pink's 90-Minute Delivery service helps customers quickly replace a smart shirt in the case of an emergency. Many people will have experienced the mishap of organizing an important post-lunch meeting, only to have gotten food…
  • Fire detector for tightly-packed slums alerts at-risk neighbors

    Springwise
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    Add / Remove In an average-sized home, a smoke detector is useful for sensing the presence of a fire while distinguishing dangerous heat from cooking. However, in the shacks found in the slums of South Africa, for example, ovens aren't used and standard devices aren't as suitable for determining real threat. The country's Khusela startup has now developed a smart detector specifically for shacks, which enable community-wide warnings in the event of a fire. The device looks much like a typical fire alarm, but the technology inside caters to the specific needs of the slums. These…
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    The Social Monica

  • Why Is Amazon A Website Owners Best Friend?

    monica
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Nowadays it seems that just about everybody has a website. Even teenagers now seem to want to have, or already do have, a website of their own and with the technological expertise of the modern teenager they probably also have quite a few visitors to their website. However, in most cases, it costs money to have a website. Whilst it’s not a huge amount of money there is certainly a cost involved in building a website unless you use someone else’s free platform such as WordPress or Blogger. So if you’ve got a website of your own and have some visitors to the site…
  • How Responsive Design Helps to Grow Online Phlebotomy Directories

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

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

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

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

  • Social Business: Managing Relationships to Build Personal and Business Brands

    Jeff Korhan
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:45 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (00:37:05) Download Audio iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business This is Episode 6 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Would you like to learn how to better network to achieve your personal and professional objectives? Then listen in on my conversation with Jon Ferrara. Jon openly admits he loves to “get on his soapbox” and teach what he has learned about relationship management to help others achieve greatness. One of the challenges for everyone these days is we have…
  • Communicate a Bigger Vision with Content Marketing

    Jeff Korhan
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    If your marketing could only accomplish one thing, what would it be? Retailers would say getting buyers into the store, because that’s where they can best convert interest into favorable outcomes. If conversion happens on your website, you want your marketing to take buyers there. Then what happens? That’s what buyers want to know. Marketing used to open doors. Now it must communicate what happens after they are opened. Tweet this What makes content marketing so much more powerful than traditional marketing is that it can convince people your business is the one for them. The Internet…
  • Find Your Audience: How to Grow Sales with Digital Media

    Jeff Korhan
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (00:37:39) Download Audio iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business This is Episode 05 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Do you often wish that media experts would just share a few of their better practices so you could adapt them to your business? Then join me and Ryan Hanley as we discuss some of the techniques he successfully used as Director of Marketing for a local insurance agency, many of which I also used when operating my landscaping business. This is one reason why Ryan…
  • Single Serve Content for Mobile Consumers

    Jeff Korhan
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:43 am
    We have previously discussed the importance of planning both the construction and deconstruction of your content. The idea is that creating great content takes time, so while you are doing that put in a little extra effort to also plan which pieces of it will be shared on, let’s say, Instagram. Content often brings to mind a blog post or an article, but as content consumption with mobile devices becomes the norm, you will need to redesign your content strategy to adapt. The good news is that if your business is not yet creating much content, you may find these newer methods easier to…
  • Modern Chamber Marketing: How to Successfully Build a Digital Community

    Jeff Korhan
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:23 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (00:37:55) Download Audio iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business This is Episode 4 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Join me and Frank Kenny as we discuss how to succeed these days with digital marketing. Frank will share how he facilitates a vibrant Facebook group to build community that keeps its global membership actively engaged. You will find this interview especially interesting if your small business is a member of a chamber of commerce, or any other organization such as…
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    SmartCEO

  • Ancient wisdom: Strategy starts with you

    april
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    Thought Leadership on Model for Better Growth presented by Tier 1 Group. Over 2000 years ago, strategy thought leaders in China created seminal writings on military logic, strategy, and tactics. Today, most of us are taught that corporate strategy is about referencing what we do against one or more competitors, or against the marketplace. Further, strategy development activities are often referred to as battle or war and portrayed as evolving directly from military war time activities. So how does your strategy development stand up against the teachings in the ancient doctrines on military…
  • It’s Time for Mid-Year Tax Planning

    april
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Thought Leadership on Tax Planning for the Middle Market presented by Friedman LLP.  In the quest to reduce your tax bill, year end planning can only go so far. Tax-saving strategies take time to implement, so review your options now. Here are several midyear strategies to consider.Consider your bracketThe top income tax rate is 39.6% for individuals with taxable income over $400,000 ($450,000 for joint filers). If you expect this year’s income to be near the threshold, consider strategies for reducing your taxable income and staying out of the top bracket. For example, you could take…
  • Securing data in the cloud

    Brittenford Systems
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Thought Leadership on Financial Management Systems presented by Brittenford Systems. As cloud computing becomes the standard for business systems, safeguarding highly confidential client and company information is paramount to your firm's success. Fortunately, cloud providers have responded to early security concerns, and most cloud solutions offer data security second to none. This article shares some considerations, along with a free webcast on the subject!Ensuring your cloud provider has the high level of security you need to maintain your information integrity is simple if you ask…
  • Open office layouts: Good or bad?

    Colliers International
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Thought Leadership on Commercial Real Estate: Tenant Representation presented by Colliers International. There is an increasingly popular trend occurring in the Washington, DC region with respect to how office tenants are building out and using their office space. Chill out rooms, ping pong tables and “neighborhoods” aren’t just for Silicon Valley anymore.Office tenants are increasingly foregoing the conventional office intensive layout in exchange for open, shared spaces. Not only are companies opting to go with more cubicles, the cubicles are becoming smaller, more open and, in many…
  • Growing beyond our borders using foreign exchange

    Fulton Bank
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Thought Leadership on Business Banking presented by Fulton Bank.Today’s global environment presents businesses with many opportunities and challenges. As the world grows smaller, an increasing number of small to medium-sized firms are dealing in the often unfamiliar area of foreign exchange.Many manufacturers, wholesalers and government contractors graduate from selling their product lines domestically to selling both directly and indirectly to foreign customers as their business grows. Companies should partner with banking institutions that are knowledgeable about trade and maintain a…
 
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    Indianapolis Marketing | Web Design | Roundpeg

  • Hero Image

    Emily Anderson
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    As visual beings we tend to be drawn towards large lovely images so web designers use images to help their creations come to life. When designing websites, large images can help make the homepage of your website appealing. For a while, slideshows seemed to be the thing to do but trends have shifted away from sliders and now we are seeing much more of the full-screen background image approach. There are both pros and cons if you choose to go with the full-screen background image, and mostly it depends on the image. When you add text into the mix it, becomes a whole new ball game. To make the…
  • Create Authority | Don’t Hate Your Website

    Lorraine
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Let’s face it, researching and writing content takes time. Even if you are a pretty fast writer, it is still an hour or two to produce something worth sharing. So when you take the time to create a blog or white paper keep those notes and use them to produce a podcast, video or slide deck. Sounds great in theory, but how does it really work? This round up blog post will show you how we put the pieces together for a series on common web design mistakes. Start with an idea We started with a brainstorm session. We sat around one day making a list of the mistakes we saw time and time again…
  • Tell People Where to Go

    Emily Anderson
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever gone to a website and ended up sitting on the home page for about 40 seconds mindlessly scrolling up and down the page, only to leave and return to Google? After investing in resources to build a website and attract visitors, losing them without meaningful interaction is one of the most unfortunate things to happen to a website owner. There are a couple things which cause a lack of action from your viewers. One – There is not a one focused call to action which really, truly compels the viewer to act. If your website does not have the necessary calls to action to draw the…
  • How to Run a Successful Contest

    Anne
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Basic truth: people love to win prizes. Why do you think people love Las Vegas so much? The thrill of winning is addicting. Contests have always been a great way to engage customers, but now with the integration of Internet marketing, there are many more innovative ways to get people to participate. So what makes for a successful Internet contest that won’t cost you a fortune (remember, budgets are important)? Here’s what I’ve learned so far. The Art of Contests Running a contest on the Internet isn’t something you can just make up as you go along. You need to plan,…
  • Stay One Step Ahead of Content Onslaught

    Lorraine
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today’s blog post was inspired by a presentation given by Erik Deckers at Mixwest 2014.  You will find his slide deck here.  Fact: There is an overwhelming amount of content created daily The internet is growing at a rate that is hard to get our heads around. In the year 2000 there were just barely 17 million websites in existence. Just 13 years later then number was just under 700,000,000. That is one website for every 10 people on earth. There is some data to indicate only a fraction of those sites are really active and unique, but that is still a significant growth curve, with no…
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    The Thriving Small Business

  • What Does a Human Resource Assistant Do?

    Patricia Lotich
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    The human resource function of an organization is crucial role that helps to ensure legal compliance and supports the employee experience.  The human resource assistant is the person who deals with the day-to-day HR responsibilities and is the liaison between the organization, employees and benefit vendors. This essential role helps ensure that employee needs are met and that critical HR files are taken care of.  Managing the human resource function can be a part-time responsibility for small organizations or a full-time position for larger organizations. A Human Resource Assistant May…
  • Are Employment Headhunters Targeting Your Top Talent? – 5 Tips For Retaining Your Best Employees

    Patricia Lotich
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    Keeping employees engaged and productive is the goal for any organization but keeping the best and brightest on the team should be a priority. A survey done by Right Management suggests that despite unemployment rates, employers are concerned that competitors are actively trying to hire their best employees. The survey was given to more than 700 companies with 500+ employees and 56% of the CEO and HR professionals who responded said they are concerned that other employers are trying to recruit their top talent. “As aggressive competition becomes increasingly adept at replicating products,…
  • Managing Employee Performance – 3 Disadvantages of Not Doing It Well

    Patricia Lotich
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    Having a strategy for business growth is imperative to success and creating SMART business goals are the best way to achieve those objectives.  However, goals and objectives are only as effective as the people who have responsibility for completing them. Managing employee performance is how work gets done and goals are accomplished. Creating a process and structure for managing performance can help organizations achieve business success. We are all busy, and sometimes do not invest the time to develop a performance management structure, process and training.  This lack of structure and…
  • 8 Steps to Implementing Successful Organizational Change

    Patricia Lotich
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    Change is a word that generates uneasiness in most of us.   But most would agree that we can think of a time we had a good change in our lives.   A marriage, the birth of a baby, moving into a new home or a new job are examples of positive changes in our lives.  So why is it so difficult to swallow change at work? For anyone who has ever gone into an organization and tried to change “the way things are” understands the resistance employees can have against any kind of change effort. Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Dr. Spencer…
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Performance Appraisals

    Patricia Lotich
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    Employees, as well as managers, often question why organizations do employee performance appraisals. Anyone who has received or been given a performance appraisal could argue why they perceive it to be ineffective and a complete waste of time. So what exactly is a performance appraisal? A performance appraisal is an evaluation done on an employee’s job performance over a specific period of time. It is the equivalent of a report card on an employee and how their manager assessed their performance over the prior year. Anyone who has worked in more than one department or at more than…
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    Fizzle

  • As I Write This. Depression, Anxiety & Entrepreneurship

    Chase Reeves
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    As I write this I’m completely directionless. I’m trying to dream up a content strategy for Fizzle. That’s the site you’re on here. We write and podcast for indie entrepreneurs. What a shitty word — “entrepreneur.” Feels like the kind of word French people are super pissed about us using. “Ew du no eeven knogh wat zis wurd meeens.” {le sigh} I’m cynical. This work feels directionless. I try to plan, but as one hand writes down ideas the other hand erases them. I’m getting spun up, like a roiling boil. All this activity, all…
  • Work for Yourself or for Others? (FS069)

    Chase Reeves
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    In certain circles there’s a stigma about working for others. These people believe everyone should be independent and work for themselves. Corbett has written passionately on this subject a few different times. In this conversation we explore whether or not you should work for yourself or for others (some of us don’t think what you may think we think… savvy?). Enjoy! Push Play: Work for Yourself or for Others? (FS069) / Listen to Work for Yourself or for Others? (FS069) A podcast for creative entrepreneurs and honest business builders... TO SUBSCRIBE: simply search for…
  • What I Learned from Two Weeks in Seth Godin’s Office

    Barrett Brooks
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    I saw the city through the small window next to my exit row seat and I felt a swell of creative energy, anticipation, and excitement well up from my gut. Here we go… The opportunity of a lifetime starts now. On July 21st, 2013, I landed at JFK airport for a two week project with a team of 16 other interns and Seth Godin. I had been chosen after applying via Seth’s Squidoo lens and the time had finally come to get started. While I knew I could expect the internship to change everything about the way I think about life and work, I don’t know if I fully understood what it would be like to…
  • When To Move On (FS068)

    Chase Reeves
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    How long are you going to think to yourself “I need to give that a shot” before you take the leap and try it? In this episode we share our own stories about moving on, what we learned, how we did it, and how to do it better. We also tell, for the first time, a new story about someone near and dear to this podcast. We start the episode with that announcement. Enjoy! Push Play: When To Move On (FS068) / Listen to When To Move On (FS068) A podcast for creative entrepreneurs and honest business builders... TO SUBSCRIBE: simply search for “The Fizzle Show” in your podcast…
  • Should I Start a Blog?

    Corbett Barr
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    Try this to find out what people are thinking: start typing a question into the Google search box. Something like “where does” or “why can’t” or “how come” — anything that starts with a question word. When the little list of suggestions pops up, it’s usually either hilarious (like when I typed in “why does” and the third answer was “why does my husband fart so much”), or insightful, like in this case: So many people are asking the questions “should I start a blog?” and “should I start my own business,” and they’re related. (By the way,…
 
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    The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan

  • HubSpot CEO Discusses Inbound Vs Content Marketing and the Future of Digital

    Marcus Sheridan
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    In late 2009, I picked up a book that would help alter the course of my life forever– Inbound Marketing– coauthored by HubSpot founders Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah. Recently, the two have done a revision of the work and updated it to not only cover the important marketing topics and questions of the day, [...]
  • The Value Of CEO Buy-In, Content that Teaches, & The HubSpot COS {Interview}

    George Thomas
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    By George Thomas In this interview I get a chance to talk to Sean Farrell from Quality Data Systems.com. I wanted to highlight Sean because I felt like many small to medium sized businesses could connect with his journey. By watching the video, my guess is you’ll relate to the struggles Sean has dealt with [...]
  • 5 Steps for Getting Sales and Marketing Alignment through Content

    Rich McElaney
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    With the meteoric rise in content production over the last five years, companies committed to digital marketing are increasingly challenged to keep their sales and marketing teams in alignment as they pursue their revenue goals. Depending on which research report you’ve read, the statistics quoted show that anywhere from 50 – 70% of the buyer’s [...]
  • The Hubcast #5: HubSpot IPO, Listening as a Content Strategy, & Great Teaching

    George Thomas
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Hubcast Podcast Episode 005 Welcome back to The Hubcast folks! As mentioned last week, this will be a weekly podcast all about HubSpot news, tips, and tricks. Please also note the extensive show notes below including some new HubSpot video tutorials created by George Thomas. Show Notes: Hubspot IPO Can you believe it? We [...]
  • Mad Marketing 34: SEO, Train Rides, and More

    Marcus Sheridan
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Well, it’s podcast time everyone and as always, this episode ended up have a great mix of education, laughs, and some typically random thoughts from yours truly. I think you’re going to love this episode and as always, if you have questions for the podcast simply contact me here. In fact, here are a few [...]
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • Vote for Us in the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards!

    Emily Farrar
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    You might have heard that Shoeboxed was nominated for the Small Business Influencer Awards for the second year in a row. We’re thrilled to be nominated, but we need your help to win! You can vote for Shoeboxed right now here! The Awards are designed to recognize individuals and companies  who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful. The winners are chosen based off of popular vote and a panel of 14 hand-selected judges. Voting lasts now through September 15 at 2:59 p.m. Eastern time, so go cast your vote…
  • How to Make Your First Expense Report [VIDEO]

    Emily Farrar
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Making expense reports through Shoeboxed is super simple. Watch this helpful video starring our Lead Customer Advocate Colton to learn how to create your first expense report! Whether you’re using the mobile app or your online account, in just a few clicks you’ll have a neatly organized expense report that you can submit electronically, helping you get reimbursed faster. If you have more questions about creating expense reports or other features of Shoeboxed visit our Help Desk or give us a shout on Twitter at @ShoeboxedHelp. The post How to Make Your First Expense Report…
  • Receipt Management 2.0 Has Arrived

    Emily Farrar
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    We’re thrilled to announce that, starting tomorrow, the new version of our receipt tables will be the default in your online account! The new tables offer: A more simple and streamlined way to view and manage your receipts Two display formats to choose from – whichever strikes your fancy! New vendor and price range filters The new tables have undergone extensive testing by Shoeboxed users and our team, and we’re quite proud of the finished product. We hope that you find it to be an overall improved experience in managing your receipts! What are you waiting for?! Try them out…
  • We’re Nominated for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards!

    Emily Farrar
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Shoeboxed is proud to announce our nomination for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards in the Apps category. The Awards are designed to recognize the unsung heroes of small businesses – those who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful. The winners are chosen based off of popular vote and a panel of 14 hand-selected judges. This is our second time being nominated for the award and we would love all the support we can get! Voting lasts from August 29 at 3p.m. Eastern time through September 15 at 2:59 p.m.
  • iOS App Update: iPad Views, Business Cards and more!

    Emily Farrar
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    If you’re a regular user of the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker for iOS, we have good news for you! As of today, there’s an update available on the App Store that includes some new features and upgrades we think you’ll appreciate. The new version includes: iPad optimized views – Back and better than ever in this version of the app! The ability to choose Receipt or Business Card when submitting a document – This new option was added to clear up any confusion when it comes to submitting business cards through the app, as well as to cut down turnaround time…
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    Home Based Business Ideas

  • Practical Video – Using A Coupon Code With Natizo Measuring Spoons

    DanielNBrown
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:42 pm
    There are discount coupon codes all over the net nowadays and numerous sites that specialize in publicising discount coupon codes they have found. I've ordered a couple of things online now and need to admit the first time I tried to apply a voucher code I got a bit confused. Working out where and when [...]
  • Neodymium Magnets Rare Earth (10 1/2 x 1/4 N48) – Incredibly Powerful Earth-Metal Permanent Magnets

    DanielNBrown
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Are you troubled by easily breakable magnets? Have you searched in vain for strong, high quality magnets which would serve multiple purposes? Well, forget all your worries and be ready to be amazed by my chance discovery of the Neodymium Magnets. These magnets have greatly benefited me in various ways since I've had them. These [...]
  • How To Use a Voucher Code To Get The Natizo Julienne Peeler

    DanielNBrown
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Promo codes are pretty common nowadays and there are a great deal of web sites that publish coupon codes for lots of different things. I´m reasonably experienced with purchasing things online now but the very first time I attempted to use a voucher code I found the process a bit complicated. It was harder that [...]
  • How To Use a Voucher Code To Get The Natizo Julienne Peeler

    DanielNBrown
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Promo codes are pretty common nowadays and there are a great deal of web sites that publish coupon codes for lots of different things. I´m reasonably experienced with purchasing things online now but the very first time I attempted to use a voucher code I found the process a bit complicated. It was harder that [...]
  • How to Save Cash on Your Plumbing Costs

    DanielNBrown
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Plumbing can imply a lot of various connotations depending upon whom you ask or talk to about it. We all know that it is important to your house, but that doesn’t mean that you need to neglect it or just leave it to a pro. Take some time to learn how to do it yourself [...]
 
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    ReachLocal Blog

  • Vote for These Awesome ReachLocal Talks at SXSW 2015!

    ReachLocal
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    This year, our teams at ReachLocal have two SXSW panel picker topics up for voting – and if they get enough interest, they’ll get the opportunity to present at the annual SXSW Interactive conference next spring. But, we need your help to get there. Here’s a rundown of the presentations and links to vote for each of them! Marketing from the Inside Out Have you thought about just how important an audience your employees are for your online marketing? The The post Vote for These Awesome ReachLocal Talks at SXSW 2015! appeared first on ReachLocal Blog.
  • 10 Email Marketing Terms to Kick-Start Your Email Campaign

    Amy Neeley
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    If you’re ready to start using email marketing to convert leads and retain customers, there are two things you need to do: first, you need to plan a strategy for creating emails that follow email marketing best practices. Then once you have all the requirements in place for your email marketing, set up a process for measuring just how well your emails perform with your target audience. But how do go about creating an effective email marketing program? Start with The post 10 Email Marketing Terms to Kick-Start Your Email Campaign appeared first on ReachLocal Blog.
  • How a Lead Becomes a Customer [Infographic]

    Amy Neeley
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    When it comes to connecting consumers with businesses, we all have dreams. Consumers dream of finding the right company to do business with. And business owners dream of converting more leads into customers and improving their ROI. But what does it really take to convert leads into customers in today’s competitive landscape? In this infographic, you’ll take a journey with a sales lead, all the way from its beginnings as a prospect to becoming a customer for one local business. The post How a Lead Becomes a Customer [Infographic] appeared first on ReachLocal Blog.
  • 7 Classic Movie Scenes and the Business Lessons They Teach

    Tara Banda
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    One thing so many movies, old and new, have in common is that they feature everyday people trying to make a living. And no matter what type of characters they portray, all these movies can teach valuable lessons about what to do — and what not do — to win a customer’s business. Here are seven classic movie scenes that prove business lessons can be learned anywhere.   Forrest Gump — Do What You Do Best There’s a theory that you The post 7 Classic Movie Scenes and the Business Lessons They Teach appeared first on ReachLocal Blog.
  • ReachLocal Multifamily Team Attends Client Marketing Retreat to Strengthen Partnership

    ReachLocal
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    The ReachLocal apartments and real estate team is excited to announce that we will be attending the ZRS Management 2014 Marketing & Technology Retreat in Miami on August 28, 2014. Attending this retreat will help us further grow our partnership with ZRS Management, a third-party apartment and multifamily property management company. The retreat brings together ZRS representatives from around the country to learn more about trends in online marketing technology. “ZRS is pleased to welcome back ReachLocal to our fifth The post ReachLocal Multifamily Team Attends Client Marketing Retreat…
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    Women Unlimited

  • How to make business connections as an introvert!

    Kathryn Hall
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:23 am
    Imagine this scenario… Your name has been ticked on the register at the door and a badge has been slapped on your jacket ready to announce to the room who you are and how exactly how you can be of use to anyone. Having been directed to the table of coffee and croissants you automatically walk over and help yourself, only realizing afterwards that you don’t have enough limbs to carry your coffee, croissant AND bag whilst still being able to do the obligatory shaking of hands with everyone you meet. You don’t even know why you picked up a croissant. You’ve already had breakfast and…
  • Boundaries – Who Needs them – YOU Do!

    Wendy Kerr
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:24 am
    If you are like most women I know, sometimes you are not sure where your work ends and your personal time starts, if at all. And then if you have a partner, family and other commitments, life can seem to be one amorphous lump of amorphous-ness! Phew – even I got tired writing that sentence! At times it can seem as if our calendar is controlling us, even though we are the person that adds the appointments to it. Bizarrely, it can feel as if we are addicted to this busy-ness. How did this craziness start and how can you get your control back? The good news is the addiction is not your fault.
  • Why big brands fiercely protect their brand colours and you should too!

    Karen Haller
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:13 am
    Can you name the maker of the red soled shoes? Or the company who wraps their chocolates in purple? Or maybe you have received a gift in a robin egg blue box? What these and other major brands have been able to achieve is brand recognition simply through their brand colour. Imagine if your brand was instantly recognisable through colour alone. Let’s take a look at three major brands who are instantly recognisable simply by their business brand colour. Cadbury When we think of Cadbury, what is the colour that springs to mind? None other than their ‘iconic’ purple. Cadbury…
  • Is it time your business life went on a diet?

    Carole Bozkurt
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:24 am
    Do you know someone who is naturally slim? Do you find it annoying that it seems no matter what they eat they don’t put on any weight? I know quite a few people like that but I’m not one of them. I have to watch what I eat and consistently exercise to maintain my weight, which at the moment is nowhere near I where I want it to be! Since starting my own business the pounds have slowly crept on. The reasons are obvious enough, what with a change in schedule, being at home and near the biscuit barrel, and of course being seriously stressed on a regular basis! Yes, some people shed pounds…
  • What has ‘Happiness’ got to do with ROI?

    Michelle Hawkins
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:22 am
    Say the word “happiness” and half the room will cringe and glaze over at the prospect of another mumbo-jumbo self-help talk. The fact is “happiness” just doesn’t cut it for many business people, especially when times are tough and the focus is well and truly on the bottom line. But what if I told you that happiness is the greatest source of competitive advantage in our experience economy? What if I told you that most businesses have their paradigm of success the wrong way around? That the common belief of “if we work harder, we’ll be more successful and that will make us…
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    Firefly Coaching

  • Say Good Riddance to the Wrong Clients and Hello to Clients You Love

    Stephanie Ward
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    Have you ever had a client that wasn’t a good fit?If so, you know how frustrating and exhausting it can be.It’s possible to work only with clients you love and never take on a mismatched client again. Watch this short video to find out how.Click here to view the embedded video.Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below:  For more on this topic, check out my post, How to Work Exclusively with Ideal Clients.“If you don’t know what you want, you end up with a lot you don’t” Chuck Palahniuk Click to TweetHow do…
  • Why You Should Never Attend Another Networking Event

    Stephanie Ward
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:34 am
      If you’re not willing to invest time and energy in developing relationships with the people you meet, you should stop networking right now.No, I mean it.Totally serious.Because there’s no reason to get dressed, travel to an event, often times pay money to attend, spend time talking with people, and travel back home if you don’t do anything else after that.Do you think that the people you meet are going to remember you or your business if they never hear from you again? It’s possible, and not likely.People will remember your business, and give you referrals when they have a…
  • A Unique Way to Say Thank You and Make an Impression

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

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

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

  • Anatomy of an Email: How to Craft Emails that Get Opened and Clicked

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Why do some of your emails get high open rates, while others sit in people’s inboxes collecting dust? If your open rates and click-through rates are inconsistent, it could be because you’re not following a strategic email blueprint. This post will outline the specific elements that should be included each and every time you email your list. The more consistent you are in including these items, the more consistent your open rates will be!     Email Body Write the body of your email first. Once you know what your email is going to be about, you can create a strong subject line, headline,…
  • Stay Engaged with Your Target Market Through Blogging

    Wil Hart
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Engagement Matters Episode 34: As you read the summary of this blog post, you are connected with the Smart Simple Marketing brand. Unleash the power of your story and your expertise through the written word. You do not have to be a novelist nor a journalist in order to share valuable information with the people that you are meant to serve. When blogging, you can focus on the problems that your customers and clients face, how your company solves those problems and the BIG benefits that they receive from working with you. See, it's easy peasy! The post Stay Engaged with Your Target Market…
  • How To Get Found Online By Your Ideal Customers Who Are Looking For You

    mtincher
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    One of the things that really frustrates me is that there is SO much noise about how to properly market your business online. A lot of it is very technical, down-in-the-weeds stuff that many business owners don't have the time to figure it out, or just don’t have the time to try to implement all the hundreds of things that people are telling them need to do. This can include things like: Link building campaigns Meta tags Social media signals Off-page factors Etc. It's hard to make sense of all that and how that turns into happy customers coming in my front door. I’m busy just running my…
  • Why Every Great Email Includes These 5 Things

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Great email marketing isn’t a mystery. While we may never know why some Youtube videos go viral and others don’t, it’s easy to tell why some emails succeed and others get sent straight to the trash folder. Great emails – the kind that get opened, clicked, shared and saved to read again – always contain these 5 crucial elements. Do yours?      5. A subject line that stands out It’s tempting to write subject lines that simply reveal what’s inside your email. For example, if your email contains your monthly newsletter, you might write “September Newsletter” as the email…
  • Grow Your Business By Creating A Community

    Wil Hart
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Engagement Matters Episode 33: Do you want customers and clients to stick around with your company for months and years to come? Then give them plenty of reason to do so. Learn how you can build communities of prospects and clients. The post Grow Your Business By Creating A Community appeared first on Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business.
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    Women Entrepreneurs - The Secrets of Success blog

  • The Myth of More

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Karen CollacuttYou want to grow your business. You make plans, decisions and take actions towards that goal. When you make decisions in your business, or in your life for that matter, there is a general direction towards more. More revenue, more infrastructure, more systems, more support.It is easy to get caught in that thinking to the point where any other option becomes unacceptable. Part
  • History of Labor Day

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    In the United States, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country. In 1882, Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed the holiday while
  • CEO & Cash Flow Coach Karen Collacutt on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    Karen Collacutt, Cash Flow Coach and CEO, Make Friends with Your Money Karen is a Money Strategist helping entrepreneurs build the bridge between their business and their personal finances, creating more revenue and more choices.  Certified Financial Planner, Certified Money Coach, and Certified NLP Practitioner, Karen blends pragmatic money management strategies with tools to change what you
  • Author Q&A: Big Dreams Take Small Sacrifices by Sourena Vasseghi

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Sourena Vasseghi is an award-winning author of, "Big Dreams Take Small Sacrifices,"  and an inspirational speaker whose stirring effect on people has attracted a rapidly growing national audience. Because Sourena suffers from severe cerebral palsy, he has limited motor skills and a significant speech impediment. These limitations, however, don’t preclude him from living a fully successful life
  • How to Get Higher Conversions from Your Emails and Marketing

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    by Christine Kane In business, the number “one” is considered a bad number.One is bad number in your business when you only have one person on your team. It’s a bad number when your only product fails on its latest launch.  Or when your ONE client gets hit with a disaster and has to stop being your client.So yeah, there are plenty of ways that one is not a great number in your business. However
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    Small-Business

  • Are Your Employees Fulfilled, Appreciated and Understood?

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Forget once-a-year employee surveys. How about once-a-week? That is if you even do employee surveys. Many companies will survey their customers. The surveys range from simple questions, as in the Net Promoter Score type surveys to elaborate multiple question surveys. Some of the best companies also survey their employees, typically once a year. The leadership and management in these companies want to make sure that the employee sentiment is in line with the culture, vision, mission and philosophy of the company as a whole. I recently had a chance to chat with David Niu, the founder of…
  • #289 Ryan Blair, Jeffrey Krames, Steven Bowman, Mark Satterfield

    Barry Moltz
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ryan Blair is a former gang member turned serial entrepreneur, self made millionaire, and CEO & Co-Founder of ViSalus. In March 2013 he became the #1 New York Times Best Selling Author of Nothing To Lose, Everything To Gain, which is now also a documentary. Ryan talks about his Nothing To Lose Mindset as well as the importance of finding a mentor. Jeffrey Krames has spent more than three decades in the world of publishing as editor, publisher, literary agent, and author. During this time, Krames has personally authored—or edited—more than 400 books,…
  • Say ¡Bienvenidos! to the Global Economy

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:23 pm
    “To have another language is to possess a second soul.” – Charlemagne. I certainly love the sentiment in that Charlemagne quote, but for the practical small business owner, being able to speak a second language in today’s global marketplace and increasingly polyglot United States does even more: it can be a distinct competitive advantage. A friend of mine – an Anglo – speaks Spanish quite well. He once supervised a fairly large assembly line in California where Spanish was the first language of almost half the workers. He remembers his first few days on the…
  • Why You Should Meet the Business Across the Street

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Published on September 1, 2014 Connecting and collaborating with other local business owners unlocks a wealth of knowledge and business opportunities. So it did not come as a surprise to my co-founder and me when we interviewed local business owners about what they wished technology could do for them. Often the answer was simply, “Can it just introduce me to the business owner across the street?” One of the key challenges of being a local business owner is the sense of isolation that results from a lack of time. You’re busy running your businesses during the day, and may not…
  • Will A Business Incubator Help Hatch Your Startup?

    Martin Zwilling
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    One of the reasons that now is the time to be an entrepreneur is the explosion of startup assistance organizations, usually called incubators or accelerators. According to the National Business Incubator Association (), there are over 7,000 of these locations worldwide, and even new online versions like springing up here and there. Most of these are non-profits, set up by a university to commercialize new technologies, or a municipality to foster business development for the local economy. A few are still trying to make a profitable business out of nurturing startups, but it’s a…
 
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  • 30 Day Social Media Content Challenge

    Miranda Paquet
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    What’s the hardest part of using social media for your business or organization? If you’re like most small business owners, coming up with content is at the top of your list. Whether it’s finding the time to create social media content, or just figuring out what to post on a day-to-day basis — it’s easy to let coming up with content ideas slow you down. Creating consistent and valuable content is no small feat. But as with many challenges, your best option could be to take things one day at a time. Welcome to our 30 Day Social Media Content Challenge We’ve brainstormed a list of…
  • [Video] Market Your Business on a Shoestring Budget: Offer Coupons

    Susan Solovic
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This summer, we are partnering with Susan Solovic, THE Small Business Expert, to share actionable tips to help you market your small business on a budget. This is the ninth of a series of videos with Susan Solovic. Coupons are a good way for many businesses to attract new customers. Research shows that people will go out of their way to use a coupon, proving that this method is successful in expanding your customer base. Coupons can also generate return visits. For example, if you give a customer a coupon for a discount to use on future business, there’s a high…
  • Introducing the Donation Campaign for Toolkit

    Jim Mariano
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    We know that for nonprofits, offering a convenient way for supporters to donate online, from any device is essential  in today’s increasingly mobile world. But we also understand that for a lot of nonprofits, finding a solution that’s reliable, cost-effective, and easy-to-use can be a challenge. That’s why we are thrilled to announce our latest campaign in the Constant Contact Toolkit: Donations!  Our Donation campaign will help individuals and nonprofit organizations promote their cause, collect credit card donations, and attract new donors online. When you pair the Donation campaign…
  • Twitter and Pinterest Make Analytics Available to All Users…And Other Hot Topics

    Ryan Pinkham
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    If one thing was made clear in the world of small business marketing this week, it was this — providing businesses with the insights they need to track their results and improve their strategy is no longer optional for major social networks. Both Twitter and Pinterest announced that they would be making analytics more accessible to all users this week. Find out what these new tools could mean for your social media strategy, and get caught up on the other top stories in this week’s marketing news round up. 1. Twitter makes analytics available to everyone Twitter announced this week that…
  • How to Use Instagram Video in Your Marketing

    Susan Solovic
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    You probably are already aware of the good marketing results some small businesses are getting by using Instagram as part of their marketing strategy. Most often, businesses post pictures of their products to engage their customers and potential customers. Here I want to move away from the standard picture posting and talk a little about video. Video is to online marketing what banner ads and photo galleries have been in earlier days. By now you may be using YouTube to post your company videos.  It’s certainly become a popular marketing and branding tool. But here I want to help you…
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  • The Four Pillars Revisited: Radio Schedule

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    The Terry Project on CiTR and The Tyee have produced a five-part investigative radio series called “The Four Pillars Revisited.” Check out the series schedule and…
  • Campus Community Fitness Loop grand opening

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    Loop provides a full body workout and is used at no charge.
  • School Tours for All

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    Looking for things to do with your kids? Want to get them back into learning mode after a long summer? Grab all the neighbourhood kids and book a school tour here at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. For the month of September we have lowered our minimum group size from fifteen to eight.Learn about biodiversity, biology, zoology, botany, ecology, and evolution. Build observation, communication, scientific identification, and classification skills.  There are lots of tours to choose from – select one based on grade level within elementary and secondary school. Got a variety of age groups? Pick…
  • The New School Year Begins

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:38 pm
    As this busy summer is coming to an end, I keep thinking of what I have learned during the last three  months and what I would like to achieve in the new year. This summer was exceptionally busy for me: I helped to organize two international conferences (STEM 2014 conference at UBC) and 5th International […]
  • The Terry Project on CiTR 101.9FM is back for a 4th season

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Welcome back to school! The Terry Project on CiTR 101.9FM is UBC’s radio documentary series about how big academic ideas affect real people. Our season will begin this…
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  • Anonymous Message – Go Daddy Website

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    Hello Citizens of the world, We are Anonymous. Dear brothers and sisters. Now is the time to open your eyes and expose the truth! It has come to our attention that Go Daddy, an Internet domain registrar and web hosting company has gained the attention of anonymous and the world yesterday as it was experiencing “intermittent outages.” As silly as it seems, many members of anonymous are still puzzled whether it was truly an Anonymous member or a government entity is still unknown. However, many of us have concluded that Go Daddy was taken down because of its support for SOPA, the…
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    2 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
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  • Plr Artilces – Depression Pack

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    5 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    ll4.me Plr Artilces – Depression Pack Content is King and PLR is the quickest way to start article marketing, adding content to your website or creating your own information products. THIS Package contains 86 Private Lable Rights Articles about Depression. *Remember you MUST to rewrite the articles before using them.* Here are some ideas on how to use them: * Host them to your blog * Submit to an article site to get traffic * Use them for press releases * Use them to create ebooks, reports * You can even use them for creating a newspaper article * Use them to create autoresponder…
  • Filofax Classic Personal

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    22 Jul 2014 | 2:29 am
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  • Robert Kiyosaki The Perfect Business | Network Marketing | Royale Business Club

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  • Local council late payments ‘lag behind govt guidance’

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:59 am
    Photo Credit: DafneCholet via Compfight cc   Despite the government’s pledge to pay its suppliers faster, local councils are failing to meet their targets, according to a report from the Asset Based Finance Association.   ABFA says contractors are waiting more than 40 days for payment from some councils; this might not sound so long compared to some private-sector companies’ payment terms, but it is much, much longer than the government’s targets.   From October 2008 onwards, local councils were told to settle their invoices within ten days wherever possible,…
  • Prompt Payment Code ‘needs power and authority’

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Photo Credit: diepuppenstubensammlerin via Compfight cc Despite legislation being in place to enforce fair payment practices, more needs to be done in order to ensure big companies treat their smaller suppliers fairly, according to the Federation of Small Businesses. Mike Cherry, national policy chairman at the FSB, says the EU Late Payment Directive sets out clear limits on acceptable periods for payment, but that the UK’s voluntary Prompt Payment Code lacks the power to enforce these rules. “The Prompt Payment Code needs to have more power and authority to help the smaller…
  • UK growth ‘held back by late payments’

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Photo Credit: computerjoe via Compfight cc Overcoming the problem of late payments to SMEs by their larger customers could not only help out small suppliers; it could also have widespread implications for the economy as a whole. In a foreword to a government consultation on ‘building a responsible payment culture’ published earlier this year, business secretary Vince Cable argued that “payment goes right to the heart of corporate responsibility”. He added that the actions of one company in a B2B supply chain can have consequences for their suppliers, including…
  • PayPal seek to overcome the credit crunch

    admin
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Photo Credit: TechCrunch via Compfight cc   Remember the credit crunch? Back in 2007-08, it was the name given to the rapid tightening of lending criteria by financial services providers all over the world, in response to shocks like the sub-prime lending crisis. Back then, even the most pessimistic of economists could not have foreseen how approving mortgages to people who couldn’t really afford them would shake out for the entire global economy, but seven years later we’re all a little older and a lot wiser. However, putting the economy back on its feet is proving to be…
  • Rejected SMEs to be referred to alternative lenders

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:43 am
    Photo Credit: Cayusa via Compfight cc Proposals to require the high-street banks to refer rejected business loan applicants to alternative lenders have been around for a while now, but with the conclusion of a recent HM Treasury consultation on the subject, the picture of how the process might work is becoming clearer. In their announcement of the publication of the consultation’s responses, HM Treasury say: “The legislation will require the largest UK SME lenders to forward on details of SMEs they reject for finance (where SMEs give their consent) to platforms that will help them…
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    Small Business Bliss

  • Where you’re at right now is perfect

    Martina Iring
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    I was reading a content piece online a little while back from a well-known internet marketing guru. It went a little something like this… “If you don’t have x number of website visitors, you are a failure.” Ouch. I understand why we see these types of statements. It’s about igniting a spark. Getting people to want to take action and make improvements. I get it. I also really don’t like it. Personally, I feel like these types of communications mire internet marketing and the web space. And I don’t think that they are helpful. Because us entrepreneurs and small business owners…
  • Marketing quick tip – stop liking your own stuff on Facebook (or how to use your Page as you the person)

    Martina Iring
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    This might be the quickest quick tip of all but it’s something that I see often enough that I figured it warranted a mention. Have you ever noticed on Facebook pages posts where the page itself has liked the post? Or perhaps commented on the update? I see it all the time and it looks a little silly or sometimes just plain doesn’t make sense. But I also know what’s going on. A page admin using Facebook as a person wanted to interact with the post. This is super common, especially when a business has several page admins that use the page. You or your team want to interact with the post to…
  • Small business around the world – Western Canada

    Martina Iring
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    One of my favourite things about traveling is all the opportunities to support small business. And when you travel to exotic locales, even the simplest small business can be such an exciting, fascinating thing -  so different from what you might get at home. My latest trip was not too far away from my home in Vancouver – a road trip across the Canadian Prairies to Lake Wakesiu, Saskatchewan, about 3 hours north of Saskatoon. But I still wanted to travel with the small business focus and I set out for myself that I would as much as possible only shop at small business, avoiding chain…
  • Small business marketing case study – make your blog your art with Lizzie Rose Jewellery

    Martina Iring
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    I’m thrilled to have on the blog today Cath from Lizzie Rose Jewellery. I know that a lot of small business owners struggle with blogging – it’s such a potent internet marketing strategy, but it can be really overwhelming. Especially when you read advice online about blogging that isn’t necessarily meant for a small biz, such as you must post really epic, long, educational posts all the time. Sure, posts like that are great, but when you’re not a professional blogger and just running your own little thing, such as a creative business like Cath’s, there is so much…
  • Small business by the numbers – how do you measure up?

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

  • PR Agencies vs Marketing Agencies

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    Many business owners are unaware of the difference between PR agencies and Marketing agencies. There are a number of similarities between the two, and they are usually at their best when combined as part of a wider overall strategy. Many people think it’s a case of choosing one or the other, but this couldn’t be further from the truth, they both have their benefits and can be used individually or as a pair. One of the reasons why the two are often mixed up is because PR is so misunderstood. What is public relations? When people think of PR they instantly associate it with media relations,…
  • Interruption Marketing - Required and Effective

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Seth Godin wrote the book "Permission Marketing" over a decade ago.  If you have read his book, you may believe he is a soothsayer and predicted the future.  He talks about permission marketing but more importantly he talks about interruption marketing. No time to read a book?  This one is important and may be the one book to read this year. Listen to the audio book here as Seth Godin reads it to you: Permission Marketing by Seth Godin: It's free but in this case "free" does not make it any less valuable.   Concepts such as content marketing, inbound marketing, email…
  • The Worst Linkedin Group Rules Ever

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Here are the Linkedin group rules.  You can only wear black socks and if you smell like you are selling anything, you will be yelled at and rejected with fanfare.  (And we will talk about you for 30 minutes after we kick you out.) If you have the cure for cancer, a tool like dropbox that will help save time or know of a program such as Lynn Taylor Protocals (Core Value Index), you will be reprimanded, removed and unappreciated. (Regardless of your intent and pureness of purpose.) Linkedin Group owners and managers are getting extreme. The rules meant to protect group members from…
  • Consideration, Respect and the Devil

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

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

    Alexandra Reichenbach
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    If you’ve looked at Facebook at all during the past couple of few weeks, chances are you have heard about or seen the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and you may have even taken the challenge yourself. Besides raising awareness about the disease, which affects about 30,000 Americans, the campaign has raised nearly $6 million for ALS research. Even before we had a chance to get dried off after taking the challenge, it was clear that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was a wild success and a phenomenon that all local marketing experts could learn from. Here are a few key reasons why it has been so…
  • Why Geomarketing Matters

    Chris Marentis
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    Local marketing experts have long known the importance of being able to find customers within their local geographic area, despite the prevalence of national chains. Now that customers are relying on their smart phones more and more often, there’s now an even greater opportunity to find these customers. A Brief History of Geomarketing When online marketers first began targeting based on location, the method was simple. They simply delivered online ads based on the users’ IP addresses. This method, however, came with several limitations. For instance, if someone is doing Internet research…
  • Why Your Website Might Be Failing

    Abdul El-Tayef
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’ve come a long way since the invention of the World Wide Web, but the majority of business websites still fail to engage customers, and many may even be turning some customers away. In fact, MarketingGrader handed out a failing grade to more than 70 percent of the business websites reviewed. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a list of web design tips for businesses with struggling websites that are not performing to their full potential. Optimize Your Website for Mobile Devices Although employees in your industry might spend a majority of their time at a desktop computer, the majority of…
  • New Feature Will Help Pinterest Users Connect and Collaborate

    Alexandra Reichenbach
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Already so far, Pinterest’s new messenger feature has received a big thumbs-up from its users and local social media marketing experts alike. Pinterest has been making a series of smart moves that have enabled users to better interact with one another. In the very beginning, users could only send pins to their friends and family members through email. Then starting this past year, they could send pins without having to leave the network, and now with this latest update, they can chat directly about the pin with up to 10 people! The messenger will likely prove extremely beneficial to…
  • How Facebook Determines What Appears in Your News Feed

    Alexandra Reichenbach
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Facebook’s user base is ever growing, and people are seeing more daily content in their news feeds than ever before. Because there are so many people and businesses competing for visibility on Facebook news feeds, your business page content may only be reaching a small percentage of all your followers. In fact, it’s likely that only about 6 percent of your followers are seeing your updates. Until a couple of years ago, local social media marketing professionals could count on a large organic reach for all of their Facebook posts, but due to the sheer number of people, businesses, and…
 
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  • Web Marketing Agency Myths

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

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

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

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

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

  • Internet Marketing:yes,you Can Do It Yourself

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    Even if you don’t know anything about internet marketing, it’s not difficult for you to learn how to take advantage of its benefits. One of the easiest types of internet marketing that you can do is that of the email signature line. It requires nothing more than adding the address of your website to every outgoing email, thus increasing the potential that a new customer may see it, visit, and become interested in buying. Although you may not need this so much for your work email, if you have a separate email for your personal correspondence, it can work wonders for you. Since…
  • Internet Marketing Secret

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    If you are trying to sell a product or service on the Internet, then you are probably doing so through an affiliate program. You signed up as an affiliate (usually for free) and they gave you an affiliate ID (user name or number). They may have even given you a basic marketing package which includes text ads, banner ads, and solo ads with a link to your affiliate sales page. All you have to do is use these tools to get traffic to your affiliate sales page. Well that sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it? This process actually works too, except that your probability of converting your traffic…
  • Internet Marketing Secrets Spiel

    admin
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    Wouldn’t you like to know all the Internet marketing “secrets” that have made me the man I am today? I live in a house way too big for my beautiful wife and myself. We eat three square meals a day and can snack anytime we feel like it! We drive our luxurious Cavalier to the beach and swim anytime we want (when I’m not busy making money on the Internet and the beach is not closed because of E. coli levels or ice fishing). It wasn’t always this way. I remember just about fifty-two short years ago when I had no clothes. The doctor had to wrap me up in a blanket. But…
  • Internet Marketing Secrets

    admin
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    If you are developing a new website, or just want to improve the natural search results of an existing website, there are a few Internet marketing secrets you need to know – especially those that can provide a significant boost to your rankings. Marketing Experts Start with Google I have seen various statistics, but one thing is clear, Google is the dominant player of search – commanding approximately 60% of all search engine traffic. Ask any marketing expert where he or she would spend their search engine optimization efforts and they will undoubtedly say “Google”. Do…
  • Internet Marketing Service

    admin
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    Well in a since I guess it is. Maybe we are marketing to a specific niche outside of the Internet Marketing (IM) community, or maybe we are marketing directly to the IM community. Either way, Iím sure you would agree that we are performing a service. I run a website about pool and billiards. You can find free fundamental training on the game, information about billiards equipment and even a chart showing how large of a room you need depending on the size of pool table you are putting in the room. Wouldnít you agree that this is definitely a service? Many people are looking for that magic…
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     Vistage Executive Street Blog

  • Four Unexpected Tips for Keeping Great Employees

    Cameron Herold
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    You make your way from the parking lot to your office believing it’s nothing more than an average day. Then you see the resignation letter on your Read MoreThe post Four Unexpected Tips for Keeping Great Employees appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Peer Diversity is Not an Oxymoron

    Leo Bottary
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    To explain this, it may be worth taking a few moments to define the term peer. The dictionary.com definitions are as follows: 1) a Read MoreThe post Peer Diversity is Not an Oxymoron appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Conversational Intelligence at Work

    Judith E. Glaser
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    What if you could create an organization where change and transformation were exhilarating and natural? Where people were devoted, engaged, and accountable to act as Read MoreThe post Conversational Intelligence at Work appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Are you Building a Business; or Something More?

    Marc Emmer
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    I spent several years serving on a not-for-profit board that was recently honored for its work in my community. Our charter was to build schools, Read MoreThe post Are you Building a Business; or Something More? appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Strategies for Igniting Innovation

    Vistage Staff
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:52 pm
    What are the stumbling blocks that get in the way of innovation? Dan Ward explores strategies for navigating  these challenges and explains how any company Read MoreThe post Strategies for Igniting Innovation appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
 
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    Quickbooks

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

    Angela Stringfellow
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Google has launched a new portal, Google My Business, designed to simplify and demystify Google visibility for small businesses. Google My Business provides a central hub for small, local businesses to manage their presence on Google Search, Google Maps and Google+ from a single dashboard. Getting on Google is Simpler than Ever Before Google My Business, small-business owners and marketers had to update their business information on each of these services separately, a confusing process for business owners already crunched for time. “We see our customers struggle with this all the time,”…
  • How to Use Hashtags on Twitter and Other Social Networks

    Michael Essany
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Any business navigating the world of social media marketing needs to know how to use hashtags. What is a hashtag? On Twitter, a hashtag (denoted by the # symbol) turns any word or group of words that directly follow it into a searchable link. This allows users to organize content and track discussion topics based on those keywords. Clicking on the hashtag will bring up posts that mention a subject, along with constantly updated posts in real time. Most major social media platforms now support hashtags, including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, and Tumblr. According to the…
  • Should You Buy a New Top-Level Domain Name for Your Business?

    Kathryn Hawkins
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Now it’s easier than ever before to buy a branded URL for your business. With the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ rollout of more than 1,400 themed domain extensions over the course of the year, you can now buy the website address of your choice with a .bike, .coffee, or .lawyer top-level domain, to name just a few of the options. If the .com website address of your choice isn’t available, a themed domain extension may seem like an attractive option — but is it worth building your online brand around it? Consider the following points. .Com Domains Still Dominate…
  • In the Trenches: Communicating How We Work More Clearly

    Brett Snyder
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    We just had our annual Cranky Concierge get together in June, and as always, it was a lively couple of days. We came up with a laundry list of things we want to do better, and one of the bigger themes was around better communicating how our business works. Oh sure, our clients usually know what they’re getting when they sign up for our service, but there are bits and pieces of the business that they we could explain better and earlier in the process. The hard part has always been figuring out how to share this info without overwhelming people. Fortunately we were able to work through a…
  • How to Market to a World Hooked on Instant Gratification

    Jake Martin
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    It’s no longer enough to give customers great service and competitive prices. Today, they want all of that — and they want it now. With the advent of modern technology and instant-response social media platforms, people have lost the ability to wait. Tweets, Facebook posts, and texting require no patience and provide users with immediate gratification. And now people are beginning to expect the same from the companies they buy from. So, how can you take advantage of this trend in your marketing efforts? Here are five suggestions. 1. Play up the time savings you offer. People want things…
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    ChrisReimer.com

  • The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Chris Reimer
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Click below to listen to my most recent appearance on the Mark Reardon show on KMOX 1120. We discussed the super-successful ALS Ice Bucket Challenge charitable campaign that’s generated well over $60mm in donations, and even more visibility and awareness. Has the backlash begun? How did this campaign take off? When people refuse to do […] The post The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Texting and Driving – Dangerous!

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

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

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

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

  • 12 Step Recipe for Media Relations Success

    Jan Morrison
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Why the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Is Brilliant Marketing

    Laura Click
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • How to Build an Integrated Marketing Plan

    Laura Click
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • How to Uncover News Story Ideas at Your Organization

    Jan Morrison
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Answer One of These 30 Questions to Write Your Next Blog Post

    Laura Click
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
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    Barry Moltz

  • #289 Ryan Blair, Jeffrey Krames, Steven Bowman, Mark Satterfield

    Barry J Moltz
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ryan Blair is a former gang member turned serial entrepreneur, self made millionaire, and CEO & Co-Founder of ViSalus. In March 2013 he became the #1 New York Times Best Selling Author of Nothing To Lose, Everything To Gain, which is now also a documentary. Ryan talks about his Nothing To Lose Mindset as well as the importance of finding a mentor. Jeffrey Krames has spent more than three decades in the world of publishing as editor, publisher, literary agent, and author. During this time, Krames has personally authored---or edited---more than 400 books, including his most…
  • The Pefect Tool for Small Business

    Courtney Deruy
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Sage One is an accounting and invoicing solution designed for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and freelancers with simple needs and little-to-no accounting experience. In a November 2013 study, Sage One found that 37% of small businesses use Excel/spreadsheets to track income/expenses and a combined 46% of small businesses manage invoicing through either Excel/spreadsheets, Microsoft Word, or QuickBooks. These statistics show that many small business owners were lacking a simpler alternative designed for their needs. This is the alternative that Sage One now provides. Sage One is…
  • #288 Bernd Schoner, Simon Lyons, David Sternlight, Ben Cherby

    Barry J Moltz
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Bernd Schoner received his PhD from MIT and upon graduating, he co-founded a high-tech startup, which he sold nearly ten years later. His is the author of the new book The Tech Entrepreneur’s Survival Guide: How to Bootstrap Your Startup, Lead Through Tough Times, and Cash In for Success (McGraw-Hill, May 2014). Bernd discusses the harsh realities of a tech startup and how to emerge successful. Simon Lyons, founder of the product design company Version 22, developed Geco Hub - a colorful organizer that hangs on the wall and serves to make sure you always find what you want when you need…
  • #287 Jared Hecht, Lloyd Shefsky, Jeff Hoffman, Alex Feldman

    Barry J Moltz
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Jared Hecht, co-founder of GroupMe, is now the co-founder and chief executive officer at Fundera, an online marketplace that matches small business owners to the best possible lender. Jared explains the problem small businesses are facing with access to capital and provides a solution for both borrowers and lenders.  Lloyd Shefsky, in addition to serving as a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University's Kellog School of Management, is cofounder of several businesses and nonprofits and author of the new book INVENT REINVENT THRIVE: THe Keys to Success for Any Start-Up,…
  • Spam: An Annoyance Since 1864

    Courtney Deruy
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    What started out as a popular canned meat has become one of the most loathed terms in popular culture. Thanks to a Monty Python skit and the adoption of the term by computer programmers, “spam” is now used to describe unsolicited messages sent to a large number of users.   The first recorded act of spamming occurred in 1864. When a group of British politicians received unsolicited telegrams promoting a local dentistry shop, they were furious. One of the recipients wrote a letter to the editor of The Times asking “by what right do they disturb me by a telegram which is evidently…
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    Free Enterprise

  • Contracting With Gov't Agencies: 3 Legal Ways a Deal Can Go Sour

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    For small business owners, contracting with a local, state, or federal government agency can be a potentially lucrative opportunity. In 2013 alone, federal contracts awarded to small businesses resulted in more than $83 billion in revenue. But there are, of course, potential bad sides to contracting with government agencies. Here are three ways a government contracting deal can go sour: Political setbacks. A government project can often be halted in its tracks if the law that allows it or the tax that funds it is struck down. In San Diego, a $520 million renovation of the city's convention…
  • Hiring Temp Workers: 5 Legal Reminders

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Employing temporary or "temp" workers can often be a great way to fill vacancies in your business, but you'll need to get your legal ducks in a row. Temps are often hired through staffing or "temp" agencies and may not be actual employees of your business. However, many companies have instituted temp-to-hire policies in which an employee has a short-term contract with that company which may lead to a full-time position. These are but some of the legal concerns when employing temp workers, but these five legal reminders can help keep your business on the up-and-up: 1. Staffing Agencies May…
  • Ignoring These 5 Labor Laws Can Cost Your Business

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    With Labor Day approaching, business owners may want to take a moment to make sure they're complying with state and federal labor laws. Not only will abiding by these laws provide a safe and fair work environment, but it can also save your company from costly labor suits. So while your employees prepare for a three-day Labor Day weekend, examine whether your business is ignoring these five labor laws: Need legal advice on how your small business should operate? Consult with an experienced business attorney about your options. 1. Sick Leave/FMLA. There is no national law mandating that…
  • Franchise Can't Fire Workers Over Sick-Leave Poster Protest: NLRB

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    A recent NLRB decision may have employers scratching their heads as it seems to prohibit business owners from firing employees for telling customers that the food they prepare might make patrons sick. A Minnesota Jimmy John's sandwich franchise has been ordered to rehire workers that had put up posters "suggesting sandwiches were made by sick workers, calling their protests protected speech." According to Inside Counsel, these posters were part of a 2011 protest in response to refusal by management to give employees paid sick days. How can your business legally deal with these types of…
  • Which State Is Best for Women-Owned Businesses, and Why?

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    One of our previous posts looking at the best cities for women entrepreneurs by and large generated the expected results: San Francisco, New York City, Houston, Denver, etc. But a recent report on the best overall states for women-owned businesses had a somewhat more surprising winner, reports Slate. While large states like California may have the greatest number of female business owners, it turns out that, in terms of growing economic clout, women are currently making it happen in... North Dakota. How did the "Peace Garden State" manage to pull it off? Need legal advice on how your small…
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    BuzzBooster Marketing Advisors: Shahar and Nash

  • The Best reasons to create an information marketing business

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    You have seen businesses out there that besides the main business they also sell information products: CDs, DVDs, Training etc. When we get what we have inside those 6 inches between each ear (our brain) and package as a product we have an information marketing business. An information marketing business can be a business in itself or a side business that compliments your main business. It can be a nice 6 figures business. You can cater the information to your existing customers or to people in your industry that would like to do things the way you do. CDs and DVDs are some options but you…
  • Millennials Spend More Time With Digital Than Traditional Media

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

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

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

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

  • How To Set Up a New Taxi Firm

    Ivan Widjaya
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    For many people, the prospect of starting out as a taxi driver is an enticing one, with a constant stream of customers lining the streets of every city and the barriers to entry not much greater than the cost of running a car and acquiring a licence.… Continue reading » The post How To Set Up a New Taxi Firm appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • 6 Things E-Commerce Entrepreneurs Should Include in Their Return Policies

    The Young Entrepreneur Council
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    What is one overlooked thing e-commerce entrepreneurs should include in their return policies? The following answers are provided by members of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), 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.… Continue reading » The post 6 Things E-Commerce Entrepreneurs Should Include in Their Return Policies appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • The 3 Best Strategies for Securing Yourself in the New Age of Data Breaches

    Ivan Widjaya
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    It has become quite common to hear the phrases, “my website has been hacked”, or “I have no idea what that charge is on my credit card!” and this is all a result of the widespread carnage cybercriminals have created, preying on the unsuspecting and the overconfident.… Continue reading » The post The 3 Best Strategies for Securing Yourself in the New Age of Data Breaches appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Setting up a Food Stall? Don’t Forget These Points

    Ivan Widjaya
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:29 am
    Renting out premises for a café or restaurant in the current economic climate is a relatively risky endeavour, which is why premium mobile food stalls are all the rage. Some malls and shopping parks now even have space for these vans as they’ve increased in popularity.… Continue reading » The post Setting up a Food Stall? Don’t Forget These Points appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • 3 Ways to Improve Your Business Using Technology

    Ivan Widjaya
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Although many businesses across the UK are feeling slightly more comfortable, financially speaking, this year compared with the last, it’s also fair to say that most businesses equally feel as though they are still feeling the pinch left by a deep recession.… Continue reading » The post 3 Ways to Improve Your Business Using Technology appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
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    Big Brand System

  • Don’t Spin Your Wheels: 6 Simple Ways to Keep Your Marketing Plan on Track

    Pamela Wilson
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    When you’re running a very small business, one of the most important questions you can ask yourself is: “Am I spending my time on the right things?” Because if it’s just you, or you and a couple of employees, I’m betting that time is the resource you try to conserve more than any other. After all, you can always make more money. But if you figure out how to make more time, please let me know! Since marketing your business is one of those ongoing tasks you absolutely must do in order to keep your business afloat, checking in every so often to make sure you’re spending time on the…
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    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense

  • Why Everyone Needs A Little Love Does

    Bulldog Drummond
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    Written by Shawn Parr Love Does is a narrative of stories and ideas directly from Bob Goff’s life of pranks and whimsical capers as an international crime fighter, lover of life, man of adventure and father extraordinaire. Bob contends that love is not a passive or theoretical force, but a full contact emotion that can change every facet of one’s life. He will be the first to tell you that he doesn’t have it all together, but can guarantee you that he’s an active participant, enjoying the ride every step of the way. Bob brings joy and happiness to those he meets, and his book is…
  • An Interview With Jerome C. Rousseau

    Bulldog Drummond
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Written By Krista Treide Nearly a century after stating it, design harbinger Henry Dreyfus’ statement from the early 1930’s still rings true, “If people are made safer, more comfortable, more eager to purchase, more efficient, or just happier, then a designer has succeeded.” I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to work closely with designers throughout my career and I am always greatly inspired by the creativity and methodology of design-led creatives. I enjoy seeing their successes as they transform a simple idea into a three-dimensional, living, working, and often coveted…
  • Jonathan Harris: Different Ways of Looking

    Bulldog Drummond
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    http://youtu.be/yS1a5TBya14
  • Secret Swimming Pool

    Bulldog Drummond
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Artist Alfredo Barsuglia has installed a secret swimming pool in the middle of the Mojave desert. It’s 100% free, and accessible by GPS tracking which also coordinates your access by virtually unlocking the pool.
  • The Rarity Of Uncommon Futurism

    Bulldog Drummond
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Written by Alf Rehn All business is practical futurism, but not all futurism is practical for business. The former of these points should be self-evident. To do business successfully, it’s not enough to just execute perfectly in the present—you also need to have some idea regarding the future, the manner in which it will bring about changes in the market, in your consumers and in your competitors. Some things will change rapidly, others far less so, some might not change at all, but to stay in business you need some appreciation for change, and the ability to adapt to it. In this respect,…
 
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    EpicLaunch

  • 3 Innovative Storage Ideas for Your Small Business

    EpicLaunch
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The construction industry is relatively buoyant at the moment, thanks primarily to widespread economic growth and the positive levels of sentiment that exist within the business sector. As output has continued to deliver a robust performance throughout the second financial quarter, it has become clear that both commercial and residential developers are preparing for a prosperous future. With so much commercial office space being built, however, some businesses are being forced to operate within a confined space with minimal storage. 3 Innovative Storage Solutions for Business Owners With this…
  • Credit Card Processing for Businesses: Why You Should Swipe Not Type

    EpicLaunch
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    It seems crazy, in this day and age, that a company wouldn’t accept credit card processing. But, there are many cash-only businesses out there that survive and thrive. At the same time, the companies that accept credit cards have a choice to make: to swipe or type? Here’s why you should consider swiping instead of the old-school method. It’s Easier Companies, like Authorize.net, make taking online payments easy. But it’s not always easy to swipe a card if you’re an online merchant. If you’re a duel merchant, though, you have options. And, one of those options is to just send the…
  • The new tendency of energy consumption

    EpicLaunch
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    As we all know that nowadays the whole world is facing fierce environment problem and the depletion of primary energy with the over consumption of the energy. We realize that we must take measures to save our earth and insist sustainable development. However, our society has to develop everyday with a more rapid speed and it is totally based on the energy to generate the electricity and other kinds of resources. In this way, the scientists keep searching the new energy which is renewable and environment friendly.  In recent years, the solar energy is quite popular around the area with long…
  • New TLDs – Great Opportunity for Everyone

    EpicLaunch
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has done something amazing for your online business presence. They have created new Top Level Domain (TLD) names. What this means for your business You likely already have a website that is probably named something like “mybusinessname.com.” The dot-com addresses are used for everything from business to personal websites. There are other domain names reserved for certain types of websites. For example, “.gov” is used for government websites, “.edu” is used for universities, and…
  • 8 Tips for How to Market Your Business on a Budget

    EpicLaunch
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Sadly, having the best product on the market won’t automatically lead to sales. You’ve also got to market your product well so that customers know where to look and why yours is the one they should buy. Marketing budgets can stretch far beyond the modest capacities of most small businesses but you can still mount an effective campaign without breaking the bank. Here are 8 tips for how to market your business on a shoestring budget. 1. Set SMART Goals. Before you embark on your brilliant marketing campaign, make sure your goals are realistically achievable. The SMART rule of business is a…
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    Web Marketing Therapy Blog

  • Writing Effective Emails in the Workplace

    Web Marketing Therapy
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Manners are not only important offline, but online as well. In today’s web and social media-driven world, etiquette now includes “netiquette”.  Email communications are a major netiquette factor. Communicating effectively via email is an important aspect in today’s business (and marketing) world. Here are some strategies to shine on email so your email messages (direct and mass-marketing) matter. #1. No fluff. Cut the clutter. Before you hit send, go back and take all the extra babble out.  We have the attention of goldfish online.  Get to the point.  Burdening…
  • Marketing Management is a Partnership

    Web Marketing Therapy
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Maximizing exchanges is how I define marketing. Correspondence, conversations, commerce, and connections are touch points that serve and support the generation of sales. There are countless ways to approach marketing. For organizations who choose to “do what they do best and have others do the rest”, there are also countless marketing management options. Relationships are everything in business. Marketing management relationships are no different. I have spent the last fifteen years (yeah, I felt old when I calculated that) working as a marketing vendor and manager of vendors (on…
  • Marketing Yourself to Get the Job You Want

    Katherine L. Garcia
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    I recently wrote an article for LinkedIn about how I scored an internship with Web Marketing Therapy. The article, called Sending out a Résumé is Not Enough Anymore is about career management. Marketing yourself is the core of career management, so I am sharing the article here as well for anyone wanting to manage their personal brand or market themselves for that next job. As soon as I heard about Web Marketing Therapy, I knew I wanted to work with them. So I let them know. I emailed them twice explaining the value I could bring to the team. It wasn’t until I made an effort to meet…
  • Web Marketing Can’t Be Imposing

    Web Marketing Therapy
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    I had a recent web marketing experience that heightened my awareness to imposition.  Before I get on my soapbox, let me state that I am well aware with how much marketers are tasked with. Marketing can be a thankless job.  We get hit with a multitude of responsibilities. I hear on a daily basis demands like: “Build buzz”, “increase engagement”, “we need more sales to justify this effort”, and “we have to capture more data for our marketing efforts”. As per my recent experience, I realized how easy it is to get disconnected from the greater…
  • Best Lengths for Facebook posts, Tweets and more

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

  • The Bunker and Wintrust Financial Corporation Announce Strategic Partnership

    Christine Mortensen
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Illinois-based financial services holding company announces $100,000 gift to The Bunker CHICAGO (September 2, 2014) — Wintrust Financial Corporation (Wintrust) announced today that it will be providing a $100,000 gift as part of its strategic partnership with The Bunker, an incubator for veteran-owned, tech-enabled businesses. “We’re proud to be a part of The Bunker,” said Edward J. Wehmer, President and CEO of Wintrust Bank. “As Chicago’s Bank, we want to see every community grow. The veteran community has a lot to offer this city, and we owe a lot to them. It is…
  • Video Games Are NOT Free

    Guest Author
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Wait… Games Aren’t Free? Many people today consume their gaming entertainment via a mobile device (iPhone, tablet or Android device). When they download their game or app, the average price people commonly tell me they spend is FREE. I ask people all the time and a large percent of mobile users pay nothing for their games or apps. It is an unfortunate cultural norm that is generally expected on a mobile device. However, when I ask that same question, “How much do/did you spend on a video game for Nintendo, Playstation or Xbox?” People give me figures from $20 to…
  • 3 Marketing Trends to Watch for the Rest of 2014

    Guest Author
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Image credit It is an amazing time to be working in marketing. With the field evolving almost every day, client expectations have soared. There are, however, several diverse and innovative tools available today that help marketers meet their high expectations. The marketing arena has witnessed many changes in the recent years. Marketers are more alert than ever before with their number one priority being to create and strengthen marketing plans for the time to come. The way companies communicate with their customers goes a long in way in establishing how the former will be perceived. While…
  • Free Cloud Storage Options for Entrepreneurs

    Christine Mortensen
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    As your small business starts to grow and become more successful, you will probably find that your emails and other computer-based data are starting to overwhelm your computer. Small businesses require more room to store all of their data for a variety of reasons including government regulations that require companies to back up certain types of data, archived emails and large media files that take up a lot of storage space. In order to safely store all of this important information without rendering your office computers utterly useless, many entrepreneurs are starting to look to the cloud…
  • The Benefits and Risks of Issuing Equity In a Startup

    Christine Mortensen
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    This month we answer the question: What are the benefits and risks of issuing equity in my startup and what should I look out for? Startups often compensate employees and/or service providers with equity in exchange for services.  The type and form of equity may vary based on your company’s desired outcome and goals, which come in various forms such as stock options, stock grants, stock appreciation rights and restricted stock to name a few. Advantages When you pay employees with equity, it affords your employees with an opportunity align their interests with those of your company. …
 
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    Launch Grow Joy

  • 30 Inspirational quotes for entrepreneurs

    launchgrowjoy
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    If you’ve been reading Launch Grow Joy for a while, you have probably realized that I love inspirational quotes. So it’s only fitting that this post with 30 inspirational quotes for entrepreneurs is here! Check out the quotes below and I’d love to know which one is your favorite. My absolute favorite is the inspirational quote by Wayne Gretzky that says “You miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take.” 30 Inspirational Quotes for Entrepreneurs The post 30 Inspirational quotes for entrepreneurs appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • How collaboration can take your business to the next level

    launchgrowjoy
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Have you considered collaborating with another entrepreneur, artist or designer in order to grow your business or expand your reach and influence? In today’s podcast episode, Megan Eckman of Studio MME and Jeffrey Opp of Mister Scheimpflug talk about how they came together and collaborated to create Mutineer Designs. CLICK TO LISTEN You can also listen on iTunes or download this episode by clicking here. EPISODE RESOURCES Here are some links that you’ll hear about in this episode: - Trello project management software - Asana project management software - Dropbox - Google Drive -…
  • How to get your emails opened

    launchgrowjoy
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Do you want to connect with potential retailers, the media or influencers in your industry? If so, sending an email is one of the quickest and most efficient ways to reach out, introduce yourself and make that connection. However, as you know, some people get hundreds or thousands of emails a day and there is no way that they can open and read all of them, so you have to make sure that your subject line stands out and makes them want to click on your email to find out more. Over the years I’ve experimented with different subject lines... The post How to get your emails opened appeared…
  • Five Reasons You Should Consider the Subscription Business Model for your Business

    launchgrowjoy
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    This is a guest post from Josh Ludin at Blind Surprise. There’s absolutely nothing new about the subscription business model. “Of-the-month” clubs have been around for years; wines, steaks, cigars, soaps were all available long before BirchBox or DollarShaveClub were conceived. Over the course of the last 5 years, though, the subscription eCommerce business model has taken on an entirely new life, with seemingly absurd ideas growing their fan bases rapidly. When our team launched subscription box Blind Surprise in early 2014, we were essentially just hopping on the…
  • ASK ANDREEA: What is the best way to get my products featured in influential blogs?

    launchgrowjoy
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Did you know that getting your products featured in influential blogs is a great way to get more traffic to your site and increase your sales? But the process can seem overwhelming when you are first starting out. In today’s ASK ANDREEA podcast episode, you’ll get my step-by-step formula for connecting with influential bloggers Here’s today’s question: “Hi Andreea. Thanks so much for all the great advice that you provide for us. I am a jewelry designer and I make custom necklaces and jewelry for moms with their kids names, birth dates and birthstones, but I am…
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    Business Broker Blog

  • FSBO…Tips for Potential Buyers

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

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

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

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

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

  • Columbus Crowdfunding Roundup – September 2014 Edition

    Susan Post
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    More coffee shops are in store for Columbus. Two unique concepts are raising funds to bring java to up-and-coming neighborhoods. Read more about these and two other entrepreneurs with big plans in September’s Crowdfuding Roundup. Cafe Brioso - Brioso Coffee Popular downtown eatery and coffee roaster Cafe Brioso is raising funds for a second location in […]
  • Hemisphere Coffee Roasters, Good Coffee Doing Good

    Susan Post
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    There’s a story behind each cup of coffee from Hemisphere Coffee Roasters. The roastery is not only focused on brewing quality java, but helping the international communities in which their beans grow. Hemisphere imports coffee from across the world to roast at their Mechanicsburg facility. “Coffee is a commodity,” Hemisphere Founder and Owner Paul Kurtz says. […]
  • In The Company of Women, 2014

    Anya Sattely
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Women’s Business Center of Ohio (WBC), powered by the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI), has spent the last year and a half building a network of women business leaders in the Central Ohio community. The organization provides business counseling, training, networking and funding resources to assist women who are looking to successfully start […]
  • 45 Central Ohio Companies Make Inc. 5000

    Susan Post
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Forty-five Central Ohio Companies have been named to Inc. magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in the U.S. Columbus boasts five companies in the top 500. Highest on the list is RevLocal, ranking at 108. Experiencing a three-year growth of 3,342 percent, the company helps businesses improve their online presence through local search, paid search, […]
  • Sculptify Shaking Up 3D Printing Industry

    Susan Post
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    3D printing is a rapidly growing industry and one in which the possibilities of what can be printed seemingly expand every day. Columbus-based Sculptify is upping the ante with their pelletized material 3D printer. “We started talking about how limiting the technology was and how powerful it could be,” says Co-Founder Slade Simpson of a […]
 
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    Blogtrepreneur - The Business of Blogging For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • Two Magic Marketing Tools Every Website Needs For Success

    Blogtrepreneur
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Whether your business is entirely online or your website compliments your retail space, there are some sales and marketing software integrations that your website needs for success. If you’re neglecting these aspects of your website, you’re letting dollars slip through your company every time a visitor comes to your site. Most of these software integrations will work with each other, which makes implementing easy and using them simple.Here are two marketing tools you need for website success and why. Mixpanel Mixpanel is an incredibly sophisticated data analysis tool that actually tells…
  • 4 Super Stealth Moves To Secure Valuable Domain Names For Cheap

    Adam Toren
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Buying and selling valuable domain names can be a great business if you know how to do it right. Just like buying and selling real estate, you have to know the tricks of the trade to get the right domains at the right price, and then be strategic about selling. You might think that the days of making a profit from securing domain names are long gone now that the internet has become such an integral part of daily life but if you do, you’re missing out on a profitable practice that could earn you some great returns. You just have to be willing to do the research and learn some of the moves…
  • Giving You Your Brain Back — How Passive Brain Fitness Will Change Your Life

    Adam Toren
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    You know that training your body is important but what about training your brain? Active brain training mechanisms like Luminosity, Sudoku and other puzzles are made to give your mind a workout, which has been proven to improve and enhance neurological pathways. However, is active brain fitness the only method on the market worth practicing? According to Jeff Gignac the answer is no. While Jeff will be the first one to tell you the importance of active brain training, his passion and expertise has focused in on the often-overlooked science of passive brain training. What’s the difference?
  • Blinkist Helps You Read Books in Only 15 Minutes

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

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

  • A Minimum Wage Increase and Small Business

    Barbara Weltman
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The federal government raised the minimum wage that federal contractors must pay to its workers and the Administration is pushing for a national minimum wage increase to $10.10 per hour. The Department of Labor says it will benefit 28 million workers. Opponents of the increase argue that it will hurt small business. Where do small business owners stand? Opinion polls Of course, it depends who you ask. According to some polls, the majority of small business owners would support an increase: American Sustainable Business Council found that 53% did so citing that “businesses would benefit from…
  • Small Business and Politics

    Barbara Weltman
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    A recent Manta survey had some interesting results about the political views of small business owners: 32% believe the Republican party to be the biggest supporter of small business, but this number is down from 54% in 2012; 26% don’t believe any of the major political parties are supporters of small business 81% plan to vote out sitting incumbents Do you need to be political? How much should small business owners be involved with politics? There’s no right answer, obviously. From my view, it depends on what’s going on locally as it impacts small business, and the level of interest in…
  • Great Advice to Run Your Business By

    Barbara Weltman
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    I’ve been in business for a long time and over the years I’ve received wonderful advice from some respected people. I’ve followed this advice and feel better for it. I want to share some of it with you. “Do what you can in the time you have.” Sidney Kess, my mentor and partner for over 30 years, knows how many projects I have going all the time. Perfection isn’t an option because there just isn’t enough time. Excellence, however, can be achieved by doing my very best on each and every project. So I complete the work in the time I have, give it my all, and don’t reproach myself…
  • Attention Franchisees: Who’s in Charge?

    Barbara Weltman
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The National Relations Board (NLRB) started in the Great Depression as a government board to protect the rights of employees to collectively bargain if they choose to do so. On July 29, 2014, the chief counsel of NLRB ruled that McDonald’s is a co-employer with its franchisees and, therefore can be held responsible when its franchisees violate the rights of employees who protest. According to Joel Libava, The Franchise King® and owner of the Franchise Biz Directory, the NLRB ruling completely ignores the franchise model in which franchisees merely buy a system but own their businesses. As…
  • Just Another Reason That It’s Time To Re-do the Tax Code

    Barbara Weltman
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:15 am
    The current version of the Internal Revenue Code is large, complex, and flawed. There have been calls on both sides of the aisle in Congress to substantially revise it, and there are several compelling reasons to do so: It’s been a long time since we’ve had a new version. The time between the 1939 Code and the 1954 Code was 15 years. The time between the 1954 Code and the 1986 Code, which is the current version, was 32 years. It’s now been 28 years since enactment of the 1986, so it’s really time for a change. There are many tax rules that are outdated or mean to help a specific…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog

  • Creative custom products to spice up office life

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:43 am
    Office supplies are a necessity for any well-functioning business. Whether you're employed in the restaurant or automotive industry, every company benefits from high-quality, useful products that can contribute to the efficiency of the brand.  While pens, notepads and paper clips are essential for your business' daily operations, there are certain unique products that may benefit your employees. These gifts are ideal for organizations looking to provide their workers with fun yet beneficial items that make their brands stand out amongst the rest.  If you're searching…
  • 4 social media strategies to convert consumers

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    Maintaining regularly updated and informative social networking sites is essential to the success of your business. These sites are some of the easiest and most efficient ways to reach consumers – both current and potential. Networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have proven to be some of the most useful resources for small business owners, as they allow executives to interact with fans and followers. While your brand may maintain an active presence on these platforms, it may not be leveraging individual features to the best of its ability. Businesses across the U.S. have found…
  • Honoring your employees on Labor Day

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    Each September, businessmen and women are given a day off to celebrate the work they complete on a daily basis. Labor Day occurs the first Monday in September and offers an ideal opportunity for managers to show their staff members how much they appreciate their hard work. Some executives opt for hosting a celebration to mark the holiday while others prefer to distribute promotional products to their employees, but before you decide how you'll be honoring your workers on Labor Day, it's imperative to understand the history of the holiday and how it came to be. The story behind…
  • Ensuring telecommuters are productive at home

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    More businesses across the U.S. are implementing telecommuting programs into their operations, allowing employees to complete work from the comfort of their own homes as opposed to a company's physical site. Experts have found that while the practice is not effective for all brands or individuals, those who adopt successful telecommuting programs often report higher levels of employee satisfaction, productivity and retention rates. If your business is considering adopting this type of flexible working environment, consider the following ways your company can ensure staff members are as…
  • Planners perfect for any industry

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    As you're searching for the perfect promotional product to supplement your marketing efforts, consider looking into the vast selection of custom calendars and planners. Choosing one of these items may be the best option for businesses that are looking to keep their brands at the forefront of customers' minds. Calendars and planners are frequently used year-round, which allows a company's logo to be prominently displayed for an extended period of time. Many industries can benefit from individualized calendars that not only offer consumers a place to keep track of important…
 
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    Firmology

  • NASA Developing Air Traffic Control System For Drones

    Philip Nowak
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    After Google made news last week when it announced its top secret drone delivery program, Project Wing, and last year’s announcement of the Amazon Prime Air drone delivery service, The New York Times is reporting that NASA is developing an air traffic control system for drones. The new drone traffic management program is aimed at patrolling the skies for drones and other aircraft flying at a height of 400-500 feet. As the popularity of drones for commercial uses continues to increase, so does the need for some sort of “rules of the air” that will ultimately need to be…
  • iPhone Mobile Wallet Deal, Twitter Tweet Stream Changes & News On Tencent, Facebook, LinkedIn, & WhatsApp

    Prasant Naidu
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    1. Trouble in China: Microsoft has 20 days to explain itself in antitrust probe: Things aren’t looking all that good for Microsoft in China as it comes under close scrutiny by the government for antitrust issues. Authorities visited Microsoft’s offices in July and have targeted the company since last month for alleged monopolistic practices relating to compatibility issues for its Windows operating system and Office software. Read more here. 2. Apple is reportedly partnering with Visa, MasterCard and American Express for iPhone mobile wallet: The countdown to Apple’s event on September…
  • Google Unveils Top Secret Drone Delivery Program

    Philip Nowak
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    After two years of research and development in a non-descript red brick building on Google’s Mountain View corporate campus, the tech giant has unveiled its top secret drone delivery program known as Project Wing. Google revealed the program to the world yesterday in an extensive profile within The Atlantic, which covers the entire story from concept to fruition with a test flight in Australia where a drone flies across a field on a cattle ranch and lowers a package of dog treats down to a farmer and his pets. Amazing article about Google’s drone-delivery program:…
  • Square Heads For $6B Valuation, And More News On Facebook, Twitter, Alibaba, Wikia, and Buzzfeed

    Prasant Naidu
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    1. Twitter is rolling out its Tweet Activity dashboard to all users: Twitter has begun opening up its new Tweet Activity dashboard to all users. An update to a support article shows that the dashboard is currently available to English, French, Japanese and Spanish users who have had an account for at least 14 days, and it will roll out to everyone soon. Read more here. 2. Alibaba’s payments app will soon look a lot more like an e-commerce store: Payments is a natural extension of e-commerce, and now Alibaba is pushing mobile shopping to users of its payments service Alipay by letting…
  • ZipRecruiter Raises $63M For Its Online Job Board For Small Businesses

    Philip Nowak
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    ZipRecruiter, an online job board for small businesses, has raised $63 million to rapidly scale the growth of its platform. The Santa Monica, California-based company was co-founded in 2010 by Ian Siegel, Joe Edmonds, Ward Poulos, and Will Redd, whose goal was to create Fortune 500-level recruiting tools for small businesses. The capital injection will fuel new product development, heavy investment in marketing, fund potential acquisitions, and scale the engineering infrastructure to support more customers. Up until yesterday’s funding announcement, the company had been entirely…
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    codelessinteractive.com

  • 10 Email Subject Line Best Practices from 280,358 Emails

    Brad Smith
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Never take fitness advice from a fat person. Because if they’re so knowledgable about weight lifting, cardio, and nutrition… then why are they still fat? Yet companies do this all the time. They hire Ad Agency XYZ for something, let’s say social media management, even though the Agency’s own social media presence is awful, uninspired, and doesn’t produce any results. We eat our own dog food. Our biggest source of new business is through online, “inbound” channels like email marketing. So while recently reading this post about headlines, I was inspired…
  • Why B2B Content Marketing is Easier than You Think

    Brad Smith
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    B2B content marketing can seem boring, unappealing, and lifeless when compared to flashy ad campaigns from companies like Nike or Red Bull. And while it’s true that more mundane B2B businesses may never have the huge appeal that some large, consumer brands might, that doesn’t mean they can’t use the same strategies — like content marketing — to improve their differentiation, attract attention, and generate more leads. Because if positioned correctly, even the most “boring” of B2B businesses can develop and execute a content marketing campaign that will continue to…
  • 3 Reasons Why Instagram Social Media Campaigns Are a Waste of Time

    Brad Smith
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Every 12 months there’s a new shiny object the media raves about, and businesses waste millions of dollars in both hard and soft costs. Two years ago it was Pinterest. The last 12 months it was Instagram. The next few months it’ll be Snapchat or some other nascent technology. Do these things sometimes work (as we’ll explore here)? Yes. Does getting in “on the ground floor” and building up a presence with early adopters in the face of low competition work? Undoubtedly, yes. But with the potential for huge rewards comes even greater risk. And most times, in most cases, for most…
  • Why Your Website Conversions Suck (And How to Fix It)

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

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

  • How Brainshark got its customers talking about them

    adrianswinscoe
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    We all know how important positive word of mouth and advocacy is to the growth and success of a business. However, many businesses find it difficult to get their customers to talk about them. This situation can be made more frustrating when customers tell businesses that they think they are great and are happy to […]
  • Customer engagement and lessons from the Scottish poet, Robert Burns – Interview with Jamie Anderson of SAP

    adrianswinscoe
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:04 am
    Today’s interview is with Jamie Anderson, Global Vice President Product Marketing, Customer Engagement & Commerce at SAP. Jamie joins me today to talk about a concept called brand self-awareness, what we can learn from the Scottish poet, Robert Burns, and what customer engagement really means. This interview follows on from my recent interview: Improve customer […]
  • Going the Extra Mile: How to Use Twitter to Boost Customer Satisfaction

    adrianswinscoe
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    #81386693 / gettyimages.com When Amazon began testing one-hour delivery times with remote-controlled drones, it was clear that customer expectations of “fast” in the 21st Century had gotten wildly out of control. Unfortunately, when companies meet these expectations it becomes a standard rather than a dream and one that other companies must follow or risk being […]
  • Improve customer experience by surveying your customers quicker – Interview with Mark Smith of ContactEngine

    adrianswinscoe
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    Today’s interview is with Dr Mark Smith who is CEO and co-founder of ContactEngine, a multi-channel, interactive contact engine, whose cloud based software helps their clients improve efficiency, lower costs and drive growth through happier customers. I met Mark at the recent 20:20 Customer Experience Summit in London and he told me about what they […]
  • Are you stopping some of your customers from doing business with you?

    adrianswinscoe
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:42 pm
    #96614904 / gettyimages.com I’m a big fan of the TV show Undercover Boss, whether it is the UK, the US, Canadian or Australian versions. What I really like about the shows is that they allow leaders in senior management positions to get their hands dirty and get an unfiltered view of what life is like […]
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    EnMast

  • Control Freak Test: Are you a control freak?

    Brad Farris
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    A lot of business owners are control freaks. That’s a fact. It’s understandable. This isn’t just a job — it’s your business. It’s your baby, your little alter-ego, your precious… Wait, that’s getting kind of creepy. Let’s just say it’s important to you and you don’t want incompetent people messing it up! My small business — for better or for worse — is an extension of me. So if everything is going well, that reflects back on me. And if it goes poorly…well, you understand why the stakes are higher for the small…
  • Top small business articles | August 2014

    Devan Perine
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:23 am
    Summer is starting to come to a close, but it’s been a sweet season for us over at EnMast! We’re loving our newest members and Member Spotlights a TON! (Curious to try it out? Sign up for a Free Trial Membership!) Each month we pull out the top small business articles in case you missed some of them — they’re definitely worth reading. Also, Brad is in the running for Small Business Trend’s Small Business Influencer Award. You all know Brad puts his heart and soul into his work here through the membership, the podcast, small business library and articles.
  • Proper Prior Planning Prevents Perplexing Problems

    Brad Farris
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    Mr. McMahon was my Jr. High Algebra teacher and above his blackboard he had the phrase “Proper Prior Planning Prevents Perplexing Problems” in large block letters. It was a favorite expression of his. Often when we would come to him with a dilemma he would reply with that phrase. “Mr. McMahon, I left my homework at home…” His reply of, “Proper prior planning prevents perplexing problems,” let us know that bringing in our homework was our responsibility — he didn’t feel the need to adjust his expectations to accommodate our performance (or…
  • 4 interview disasters you’ll never forget

    Brad Farris
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    When I’m successful in helping a business to grow, they ultimately need to hire more people. So I get involved in helping them to recruit, interview and hire. Our process is to help write a really excellent job posting that attracts top candidates, then we do a phone screen before we recommend a face-to-face interview. But even with all that preparation and pre-screening, there are just some things that you can’t find out on the phone. Here’s a collection of my biggest interview disasters. 1. The red-headed surprise The phone rings and it’s my client’s name on…
  • Super awkward conversations that happen at work

    Devan Perine
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    If you’ve ever watched the office, you know how painfully awkward Michael Scott can make things at the office. And then in reali life, sometimes similar awkward situations happen at work, too. Jill and Brad share their most awkward conversations in business in this episode, and embarrassing things that recently happened to them. PLUS they talk to Jonny Andrews, the founder of AudienceHacker.com, and Natalie Eckdahl, the founder of BizChixPodcast. Don’t miss it! Click the items below to list, or subscribe on iTunes. (Podcast player opens up on Breaking Down Your Business…
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    Deimar - Business Tips and Strategies for Entrepreneurs

  • 5 Ways to Inspire Creativity among Employees

    Deimar Gutierrez
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Fostering a culture of creativity innovation is critical to the success of a company. Success in modern business requires the ability to adapt quickly, responding to evolving market conditions and changes in prevailing best-practices. As a result, creativity and innovation are among the most important features of successful, forward-thinking enterprises. Staying on the cutting edge means committing to strategies that support staffing and infrastructure capable of staying a step ahead of the competition. Team-thinking and creativity are key components of winning business plans, which set…
  • Why New Grads Should Work For a Startup

    Deimar Gutierrez
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    The main reasons and benefits why a new grads should consider working for a startup. Whether you are about to graduate from college, or you already have, chances are that you are thinking seriously about your future, and weighing your options for employment. The goal of all college students is to be employed as quickly as possible, but in many cases this can’t happen. Many young people seek the instant security of a well-defined industry such as banking or consulting, but for others these career paths simply don’t offer them what they want out of life.Related Post: 4 Traits of a…
  • Your Employees Go First

    Deimar Gutierrez
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Only if we can create value for our employees, we can delight our customers. Customers are very important to an organization. The main objective of the company is to create different shared value to its customer. However, companies that claim they put the customer first, do not really understand how to create value. Value is created as a result of the interaction of our employees with our customers. You cannot create value to others, unless you create value within the company. In other words, if you want your employees to take good care of your customers, start by taking good care…
  • Dealing With Difficult Situations in Your Business

    Deimar Gutierrez
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Sooner or later, all businesses face problems. How-to deal with them is the key to the success of our organization. Did you realise that the average Westerner spends around 90,000 hours at work during their lifetime? That’s enough time play more than 15000 games of football or 23 World Cups! It’s certainly more than sufficient time for one or two sticky situations to arise, whether that’s related to conduct, performance or security issues.Related Post: Companies Need Entrepreneurs Willing to Take Risks As with most issues and problems, the key to dealing with them…
  • Building Loyalty From The First Interview

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

  • 6 Quick Tips for Hiring a Subcontractor

    Emily Suess
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    By Emily Suess Does your small business routinely cycle through periods of high and low demand? The constant fluctuation may make it difficult to hire full-time or permanent help. One possible solution is to subcontract your workload and keep your business operating smoothly during periods of high demand. In order to ensure that you don’t lose money with subcontractors and freelance workers, understand the pros and cons first. Here are six things to do as you evaluate your options. 1. Crunch the Numbers First things first, do a cost-benefit analysis to determine whether or not hiring a…
  • 5 Ways to Make Inventory Management Simpler

    Don Amato
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:38 am
    By Don Amato Regardless of the type or amount of products you sell, the more buttoned-up your inventory management processes, the simpler it is to build the well-oiled machine that helps you achieve maximum profitability, while giving customers the level of service required to purchase repeatedly. Here are five ways to simplify your inventory management processes. 1. Identify What’s Working (and not) First All businesses that sell goods must deal with inventory management to some extent, but the problems and solutions associated with it vary significantly based on the efficacy of the…
  • How to Take Your Home Business to the Next Level

    Emily Suess
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:01 am
    By Emily Suess Are you a home-based entrepreneur who has started a business from what was once just a hobby or a side job you started to make a little extra cash? Going out on a limb here, but I’m betting you really like being your own boss, setting your own hours, and earning a living doing something you love. You might even be wondering how to take your fledgling home start-up to the next level. Here are a few tips for growing your business. Grow Carefully, Not Quickly Focus on marketing, selling, and promoting your current products and services before you expand your offerings. It’s…
  • 5 Principles for Success in Business and Preschool

    Alyssa Gregory
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:40 am
    By Alyssa Gregory In honor of back to school season (great time of year, isn’t it??), I thought I’d write about the parallels between business and school, particularly preschool. When you think about being successful in business, it’s really no different from being successful in anything else. In fact, the primary tenets of business success can also be applied to preschool success. Here are five of the most basic principles for business and preschool success. 1. Be Nice to Everyone The good ol’ Golden Rule, a universal rule that can help you build a successful business…
  • Engaged Students Become Engaged Employees: Learn How to Spot Them [Infographic]

    Dawn Papandrea
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    By Dawn Papandrea In today’s competitive business world, hiring new grads and hoping that they’ll learn the ropes and end up a good fit for your company isn’t a very wise strategy. Instead, actively recruiting the most engaged student can prove to offer the best return on investment as they’ll likely transfer that positive energy into their work life. That notion is based on a recent study by Gallup-Purdue entitled “Great Jobs Great Lives,” which found strong correlations between how active and engaged students are in college, and their future work performance. According to the…
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    B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ

  • Online Advertising – why and how to grow your business NOW

    Larry Francis
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    Small businesses are responsible for more than 50% of all  annual sales in the USA and have added more than two-thirds of all net new jobs since 1970.  So according to the trend and analysis in the (Boston Consulting Group article Unlocking the Digital Marketing Potential of Small Business)  small businesses should consider making a shift to online advertising.… Read more >The post Online Advertising – why and how to grow your business NOW appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • Making the most of IT

    Peter Piech
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    For this of us that are a little light on the IT side, the following post on WSJ.com will help to provide some direction: Four Questions Every CEO Should Ask About IT – For starters: Are we thinking big enough? …Mobile devices, social media, data mining, videoconferencing, virtual reality, blogs, tweets… The list of technologies that could offer companies big-time benefits, or lead to big-time disasters, is daunting.… Read more >The post Making the most of IT appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • “Ban the Box” Becomes the Law in New Jersey

    Roger Kohl
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    On August 11, 2014, New Jersey enacted the “Opportunity to Compete Act” (“OCA”) prohibiting employers with fifteen (15) or more employees from making any inquiries into the criminal background of job applicants until the completion of the “initial employment application process.” According to the state legislature, the purpose of the law, which becomes effective on March 1, 2015, is to remove obstacles to employment for the roughly 65 million American adults with criminal records.… Read more >The post “Ban the Box” Becomes the Law in New…
  • The 20 Hardest Things About Starting a Business

    Stu Lipkin
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Many people who think about starting a business are focused on the business aspects (i.e. defining the products/services, markets, business plans, financing, etc) but don’t take into account the emotional requirements that it takes.  If you’re even just considering opening your own business, this is a MUST READ!… Read more >The post The 20 Hardest Things About Starting a Business appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • Keeping the Business Exit Endgame in Mind

    Keith Simmons
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:38 pm
    When is the best time to begin planning your Exit?  Actually… you plan now but you need to work backwards.  First think… What is the Endgame?  What are your expectations and what is the plan to get you there?  For both established companies and start-ups, understanding your personal financial goals and setting a plan  toward an eventual Exit will better help you achieve those goals.… Read more >The post Keeping the Business Exit Endgame in Mind appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
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    CorporationCentre.ca Small Business Blog

  • Unraveling the Talent Myth

    CorporationCentre.ca
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    In July 2002 the New Yorker published an article called TheTalent Myth by Malcolm Gladwell. In this article Gladwell explores the shortcomings of a widely recognized management system put forward by a management-consulting firm called McKinsey & Company who advocate a three-tiered management process known as differentiation and affirmation. In this process of differentiation and affirmation employee performance is rated resulting in each employee being placed in one of three categories A, B, and C. The A’s, or talent group, are to be challenged and given generous bonuses as well as new…
  • Part-Time Entrepreneurship

    CorporationCentre.ca
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    If you’re not ready to take the leap and quit your current job to run your own business full-time, you can still enjoy entrepreneurship on a part-time basis while maintaining the security of being an employee with an income. But, to do this, you need to keep the following points in mind:Say Goodbye to Personal TimeHaving a full-time job and a part-time business leaves very little time for yourself. You’ll need to make sure you can handle putting most of your time an effort into work and this will mean you’ll probably have to skip out on vacations or even spending a relaxing weekend with…
  • Skill Building on the Commute

    CorporationCentre.ca
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    Last week proved to be revelatory as, for the first time in over five years, I was forced to drive to my workspace. The circumstances that made the drive necessary are inconsequential, but as I stared at the city skyline from the highway with the car idling in park, and being forced to breathe in exhaust fumes on a particularly smoggy summer day from all the congestion, I learned a few things.Practice Gratitude – and math! The first thing that occurred to me as I watched a particularly ornery man make obscene gestures and honk at a car that had changed lanes in front of him while…
  • Finding New Ways To Network

    CorporationCentre.ca
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    Finding new clients and attracting new customers doesn’t have to be all about advertising your business. Sometimes it’s about selling yourself through networking. But networking events tend to get a bad rap – most people don’t look forward to boring business events full of schmoozing and faking interest in others. But attending those awful local events isn’t the only way to network. If you cringe when you hear the mention of “networking”, why not try a new way to create business relationships?Start a MeetupNetworking events are said to be the best way to meet new contacts and…
  • How to Burn the Candle at Both Ends and Stay Healthy

    CorporationCentre.ca
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    After packing a 40-hour workweek into just three days, and with several projects still to get through in the four remaining days, I had to take a deep breath and think about how I was going to make it to the end of the week and still have my sanity. Every so often, no matter what’s on our plate, it’s important to make time to look out for number one and make sure that all those hours, and all that pressure, don’t catch up to you and knock you down. One of my favorite health podcasts recently took the opportunity to address this very question about how to stay healthy while doing shift…
 
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • How to handle mistakes like Downton Abbey

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

    admin
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    The remake of the 1990s classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been the top grossing movie in the box office for the second week running. It’s surprised most of the experts by dethroning Marvel’s latest offering (Guardians of the Galaxy), and holding off the third installment of the star-studded Expendables franchise (not a huge feat, but still). Beyond all those accolades, as this article in Forbes explains, Paramount’s strategy for TMNT is a case study in targeted marketing. The film was a smash without needing to be omnipresent in the run-up to its debut; marketers of the film…
  • We Are Mercantile – The SBA 504 Experts

    Trey
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    Up until about a month ago, this blog prominently featured a single person as the face of our company. We’ve fielded quite a few questions about what the departure of our former CEO means for Mercantile going forward, and the short answer is that nothing changes. But there’s a longer explanation that we’d like to give you by way of video so that you can know and see a little about what goes on behind the scenes here at Mercantile. What we do for our small business clients has been a team effort from the very start. We’re known as “the 504 Experts” (plural) and we’re a…
  • How To Build a Strong Company Culture

    Trey
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Values are at the center of building a strong company culture, but we’re not going to bother with what they should or shouldn’t be. What matters is that you have a set of core values and that you align your organization around them. This is what Tony Hsieh (sounds like “Shay”) says about building a company culture in the latest issue of Inc. magazine. Hsieh founded Zappos (as if you didn’t know), which has become known far and wide for its legendary customer service. And for its free shipping both ways, but the customer service is what keeps people coming back to…
  • The REAL Truth About SBA Loans

    Chris
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Last week, I got an email telling me that a new article about SBA loans had been published online. I’ve set up several Google Alerts so I can be notified when there’s news that pertains to my business and industry. (If you don’t use Google Alerts for your business, I recommend fixing that right away!) This email in particular told me about an article called “The Truth About SBA Loans” that appeared on the FOX Business Small Business Center. I clicked through and read the article with great interest, hoping to find some support for SBA loans and something I could…
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    Business Pipeline

  • Website Templates verse Custom Design

    Jacqueline Edwards
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    We meet entrepreneurs and small business owners everyda […] The post Website Templates verse Custom Design 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.
  • Guide to Successful Creative Relationships

    Jacqueline Edwards
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    The guide to successful creative relationships you shou […] The post Guide to Successful Creative Relationships 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.
  • Work from Home Meeting Places

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

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

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

  • How to delegate work effectively

    Maya Pillai
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    Small businesses are not a one man show. It is not practical or possible for a single individual to do everything which needs to be done. Many people are reluctant to delegate work because the lack of trust in other people’s ability, wanting to do everything themselves and so on.  However, in the modern business environment, there is no alternative to delegation. Delegating work is a skill which can be acquired and improved on. Let’s take a look at the different ways to delegate work effectively. The myth of 100% delegation - Everything cannot be delegated. You need to delegate the right…
  • Why should small businesses move to the cloud

    Maya Pillai
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
    Cloud computing services provide users with the facility to use software and other computer resources online as a utility. This is a pay as you go model where you need to pay for the services depending upon the usage. So you can leverage resources only when you need them via the web. In true cloud computing platforms all applications are executed in the cloud instead of the users machines. An interface is provided to connect to the cloud on the user’s machine. Cloud is rapidly being adopted by businesses all over the world. It is clear that this is the technology of the future.  Adopting…
  • Is your business prepared for a natural disaster?

    Maya Pillai
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    Natural disasters such as floods, storms, earthquake, hurricanes, blizzards and more can strike anywhere at any time. They can affect any kind of business. It is important that you be ready for such eventualities. Each kind of natural disaster has its own set of problems. You need to be prepared for situations which could directly affect your business. Your disaster plan should identify vulnerabilities and analyze the probable impacts of any disaster on physical and virtual aspects of your business. Here we’ll take a look at steps which should be taken to reduce the adverse impact of…
  • Keep Your Employees Happy

    Maya Pillai
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    The employees of a company constitute the most important part of its foundation. Every organization big or small needs to keep its people happy to conduct business smoothly. Job satisfaction, sense of ownership and recognition etc. are important factors that motivate your employees to stay on the top of their class. Your employees are the internal customers of your organization. Happy employees ensure happy customers. Let us take a look at how you can ensure a happy work force. Nurture a Sense of Ownership It is crucial for the success of your business in long run that your employees have a…
  • Work Smarter Not Harder

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

  • A Lesson in Heavy Lifting: Lift Coffee Shop & Café

    Dawn Fotopulos
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Small business includes your local can’t-do-without coffee shop. Carly Hoilman, Editor in Chief of the Empire State Tribune contributes this post to Best Small Biz Help.com. In recent years, the city of Richmond, Virginia has cultivated a community of hip, young epicureans, creating a feel that is reminiscent of Williamsburg—Brooklyn, that is. Central to this […]
  • The Community for Quickbooks Self-Employed

    Dawn Fotopulos
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Meet Suzanne, the ultimate multi-tasker. She’s doing a million things to pay the bills, but not making enough to hire someone to help her. She doesn’t have a plan and she’s exhausted. Sound familiar? She is a proud member of the Community for Quickbooks Self-Employed and when she asked for help, here’s the advice I […]
  • How to Start A Photography Business

    Dawn Fotopulos
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:51 pm
    The Community for Quickbooks Self- Employed sponsored by Intuit has some amazing small business owners running small businesses, just like you. One asked, how do I start a photography business? Here are four tips to position your business to make real money (and avoid sleepless nights): Tip #1: Know what you’re really good at.Weddings? Portraits? Commercial […]
  • Like to Know.IT Can Make You A Fortune

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

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

  • Tips for using Instagram for Business

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

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

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

    Donna Amos
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Top 7 Books Every Solopreneur Should Read Top 7 Books Every Solopreneur Should Read Donna Amos | 7 items | 27 views Every solopreneur should fill their book shelves (or digital shelves) with these 7 books. Follow List Embed List Share 1. Think and Grow Rich During our ten-year association, I learned the missing number to my combination for worldwide successful achievement. The Master Mind Principle: two or more persons working together in complete harmony toward a mutual goal or goals...Napoleon Hill's philosophy teaches you what you were never taught. 0 votes Comments   …
  • Social Media Tools

    Donna Amos
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
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    Head Exposed

  • Wrestling the Business Inventory

    Nelson Nigel
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    Business inventory is the lifeblood of a business. Without it, a business cannot exist to deliver its product or service. It is the product or service that engages the customer to make an exchange or a transaction with the business. Inventory is a big part of maintaining […]
  • Standards in Supplier Diversity Program: Reflections from a survey

    Nelson Nigel
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:06 am
    Supplier diversity is starting to be a positive and major trend for many businesses. The concept in itself is very attractive for both small businesses and the larger companies who wish to partner with them. However, in every strategy, supplier diversity has to face standards, regulations and […]
  • Success Stories: Tales of Small Businesses as Diversity Suppliers

    Nelson Nigel
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:16 pm
    The world of business is full of success stories. We have heard a lot of small start-up companies that reach milestones in their history, the tales of many business and industry leaders, companies that survive severe economic and financial crises (both internally and externally) and others who […]
  • Go Diversity: 50 Great Examples of Doing Diversity in Business

    Nelson Nigel
    12 Jun 2014 | 11:47 pm
    The practice of using diverse suppliers (small businesses owned and operated by disadvantaged owners) has been increasing as time goes on. Many companies have seen and are reaping the benefits of tying up and working with small and diverse-owned businesses. In fact, working with these businesses can […]
  • Supplier Diversity Certification – What it Means for You

    Nelson Nigel
    9 Jun 2014 | 7:17 pm
    If you have a small business and one that can be defined as socially and economically disadvantaged, you can get certified as a disadvantaged small business. Those who qualify for the position are owners who are: Women Disabled Part of an ethnic minority Veterans Disabled veterans Members […]
 
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    Funding Gates Community

  • Why We LOVE Nagging!

    Diana Mackie
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    Here at Funding Gates, we take a bit of a novel approach to tackling to-do lists and productivity- our team embraces nagging! Now before you run for the hills, we think nagging has gotten a bad rep over time. It’s actually quite a misunderstood persuasive technique!  You can actually harness the power of nagging for good- it increases team bonding and team wide productivity! We’ll let you in on the secret of how we use nagging to rapidly accomplish our goals and to keep our whole team up to speed on all the exciting, ongoing projects here at Funding Gates. The Nature of A Nag First off,…
  • 6 Ways You May Be Undercharging for Your Work & How to Fix It

    Fundbox
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Whether you’re selling handmade goods on Etsy, pricing out a new contracting job, or selling your freelance services – underselling the worth of your products and services is a common problem in the small business world. Why? When small businesses are just starting out, getting work or shifting product is often more important than finding the right client. This catch-22 then sticks with you, trapping you financially and professionally. Here are a few more specific reasons why we often get stuck in this rut and ways out of them: Underestimating the Length of Time it Takes to Complete Work…
  • The Secret to Automating Collections without Losing the Human Element

    Zlien
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    Managing accounts receivable is about managing relationships. And with any business, some relationships are good and others are not so good. Often times, finance executives and managers tend to oversimplify the A/R process. There is a stigma associated with “collections,” that it is somehow unworthy of the finance executive’s time and effort. This is a fallacy, and great financial managers know to avoid it. When A/R is dragging and the number of invoices over 90 days old is becoming a burden on the business, many financial managers will suggest that the A/R team simply make more phone…
  • The Five Best Time Tracking Softwares for Your Small Business!

    JM Freuler
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    Are you considering installing time tracking software on your employees’ computers?  Do you want to have a better idea of how time in the workplace is being spent?  If you’re long on projects and short on time, time tracking software could very well be a necessity for your small business. According to an infographic created by Yast.com, the following list of distractions are the biggest time-wasters in office settings: Socializing with Coworkers Spending Time on Social Media Accounts like Facebook and Pinterest Surfing the Net Looking for Employment Elsewhere The website reports that…
  • The Rules of the Search: Think of Metatags As Your Company Manifesto

    BlueVine
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    It turns out that search engines aren’t that different from people – both prefer intuitive simple language. So whether you’re in the early stages of building a website or you’re working on more content to get your site noticed online, you should adhere to these simple rules of the search. Think of Metatags As Your Company Manifesto A Metatag description is the description people will see when they search for your page in a search engine and get a list of results. For example, if you searched for “Bluevine” using Google right now, you’d find a list of 10 results from 10 different…
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    On Our Bikes

  • Verbal understandings are not contracts

    Jon Stow
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
      In my business I think it is important to have agreements in writing with my clients so that they know exactly what I will be doing for them in conducting their affairs (and what I will not be doing). I have always said that verbal agreements are no use especially when the parties fall out or one side has a perceived issue. Many of us look after family members or agree financial arrangements with them, and somehow it seems less comfortable to ask them to enter into a written agreement. Yet why should they be any different? They are people who may have ideas you have not fathomed. So I…
  • Stress and the small business owner

    Jon Stow
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:45 am
    Stress is a major threat to the health of a small business, quite apart from being a threat to the owner suffering the stress. It affects productivity, it affects creativity, and it can affect the way we interact with our customers and our staff. It is generally bad news. We have all had those times. I have had a very difficult few months myself, being involved in some litigation unrelated to my business. That is all over now, and although we have (very unjustly) lost our claim against the other parties, we can try to put it behind us. How did I get through? I worked as hard as I could with…
  • Running your own business down

    Jon Stow
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:10 am
    So often I meet earnest business people who work hard and are not making money. So often it is because they undervalue themselves and what they do. They offer a great service, and if you asked their customers they would say that the businesses really stand out in terms of service quality. This is one of my favourite themes. You need to value yourself and your own business, and know that your extras and special care for your customers and clients warrant higher charges, and your clientele will not complain. You must not join the race to the bottom. And if you don’t believe me, see that…
  • Religion, politics and small business

    Jon Stow
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    An amateur radio operator, Yvette Cendes, KB3HTS, at station W8EDU, Photo credit: Wikipedia) Back in the Dark Ages when I studied for my amateur radio licensewe learned that we must not discuss politics and religion with our fellow hams. That was actually a condition of our licenses, but it is easy to understand why such talk was forbidden. We all have different views and these would lead to arguments and bad feeling. When I was first licensed I used to talk to radio amateurs all over the place, but many were in what was then the Eastern Block. It was really nice to chat about everyday life…
  • You are judged by your appearance

    Jon Stow
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:37 am
    Now you can criticize… About a month ago, one of my clients asked for a special consultation. She wanted to discuss how her plans for the future and change of lifestyle would affect her tax position. I knew that she would also need some financial advice, which I am not qualified or allowed to give. I printed off details from their websites of two very nice financial advisers whom I know well, and took them with me to my client. When she saw these and I spoke about both advisers, my client was immediately drawn to the lady who had obviously had her on-line photo taken professionally. It…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • When So-called Experts Say Don’t Do a Business Plan…

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

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

    Tim Berry
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    I’m fascinated by the numbers Denise O’Berry turns up in her post Use Metrics To Manage Cash Flow – Small Business Expert Denise O’Berry. She quotes results of a survey sponsored by the American Institute of CPAs, which surveyed 500 owners of businesses averaging less than 10 employees and less than $2 million in revenues. According to this, the biggest worry of small business owners, is (drumroll): The number one issue facing small business is ensuring adequate cash flow from operations, according to 83% of survey respondents. That’s Denise quoting Bill Reeb, CPA, surprising…
  • The Broken Spreadsheet That Birthed a Business

    Tim Berry
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    I thoroughly enjoyed doing this Mixergy Interview, published this week, about how I bootstrapped Palo Alto Software from zero to about $10 million annual revenues: It started one morning at 2 a.m., when I had to deliver a finished set of financials the next morning. It was 2 a.m. and I was tired and done with the financials but I had done something in either Lotus 1, 2, 3 or Excel because I use both. I don’t remember which one it was but I had done something to break the damn spreadsheet! If the financials are going to work, when you change the assumptions the balance still balances and…
  • Rant: Entrepreneurship, Dropouts, and Bad PR

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

    Christine
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:44 am
    I know its a little early to think about Halloween but wanted to give you the heads up about the Scentsy warmers available for one of my favourite holidays.  The spider is to die for dont you think? I love the White Lace one----oh so elegant.  These Scentsy Warmers will be available from September. Some of your favourites are back---Like my favourite---The Bones Wrap for the Silhouette Collection! Let me kow what you think!!!! Christine x   Scentsy Europe Halloween 2014 collection  
  • Scentsy UK/ Ireland 2014 Autumn/Winter Catalogue

    Christine
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:40 am
    The new Scentsy catalogue is coming in just a few short weeks.  Please be sure to take advantage of the 10% sale before the end of August as its your last chance to have a sale before Christmas. There's also items that are being discontinued forever, so do have a look and see what you may be interested and then click HERE to shop.  If you would like to pre-order any of the new items please do get in touch. UK/Ireland Fall/Winter Scentsy 2014-15 Catalogue
  • Scentsy Odeurs en français

    Christine
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Je suis toujours à recevoir des demandes pour les parfums Scentsy en français alors les voici Je ne peux pas garantir la qualité que mon français n'est donc je suis désolé Je n'ai pas mis les senteurs de printemps / été, parce que nous atteignons catalogue Automne bientôt.  favoris  Apple Press L'odeur de jours d'automne croustillant des pommes croquantes, juteuses, des poires et un soupçon des dernières roses pleines d'été Plage: Papaye et miellat sucré avec une pointe de noix de coco…
  • Rejoignez Scentsy France: Comment fonctionne l'entreprise?

    Christine
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Donc, j'ai eu pas mal de gens qui m'ont envoyé des messages de la France qui sont intéressés à se joindre à Scentsy mais ne savez pas comment l'entreprise va travailler s'ils adhèrent Donc, je vais faire de mon mieux pour expliquer Scentsy est une entreprise plan de parti La meilleure façon de succès avec Scentsy est d'inviter vos amis plus et avoir du bon temps avec les filles, puis à recueillir des commandes Vous obtenez alors les gens qui ont assisté à cette partie pour accueillir et ainsi de suite et ainsi de…
  • Scentsy está llegando a España 10 de agosto 2014

    Christine
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:46 pm
    ¿Quieres ganar dinero y convertirse en uno de los primeros consultores Scentsy en España Scentsy ha sido abierta por un tiempo para poder comprar cosas, pero nunca he sido capaz de convertirse en un consultor hasta ahora. Usted puede hacer esto de tiempo completo oa tiempo parcial y en su tiempo libre Es muy flexible y se puede hacer cuando se necesita Es perfecto para la estancia en amas de casa o cualquier persona en busca de ganar dinero extra Para unirse clic en este> ENLACE <y entonces hay una caja de la izquierda seleccione España También puede buscar…
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  • How an Air Conditioner Actually Works

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

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

    siteadmin
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    San Diego Water Damage – Air Conditioning Units Among Top Troublemakers As temperatures begin to soar and the warmest days of the year are just ahead, a San Diego Flood Restoration company warns that this is a good time to protect one’s home from water damage by inspecting the air conditioning unit for condensation line leaks, and “Water damage from an air conditioning condensation leak is much more common than someone might think” says Joe Colombo, owner of Gold Coast Flood Restorations. “Condensation leaks can create a lot of water damage, this is because they often go unnoticed.
  • The Advantages of Using a Humidifier in Your Home

    siteadmin
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    People are usually more concerned about overcoming humid air than dry air. A “dry heat” means a more comfortable heat, after all. However, humidity levels that are too low can cause as many health and comfort problems as humidity levels that are too high. You can purchase small portable room humidifiers to deal with the low humidity trouble on a small level, but to take care of dry air throughout a home, you need to contact professionals in indoor air quality and have them install a whole-house humidifier.Arizona Home There are a number of good reasons for you to consider humidifiers in…
  • A/C Blower System Repairs

    siteadmin
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Your air conditioner blows cool air into your home from the indoor unit, where the evaporator and blower are stored. When there are problems going on with your blower, you can experience significant decreases in air flow, warm air, or even system failure. As we head into the hot Phoenix AZ summers, which happens to be the busiest time of year for HVAC contractors, there are a few common problems in regard to your system’s blower that we see a lot of while performing a/c repairs in Phoenix. Fan Problems The blower in your unit is a fan that blows the cooled air into your duct system. The fan…
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    TheSuccess4Life

  • How To Read A Book Of 223 Pages In Just 77 Minutes?

    Christian Trejo
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life The other day I was in the bookstore and I was trying to pick up my next book to read, it was really hard and I delayed around 45 minutes to choose what I would read for the next days. The reason it took me so long was because there are a lot of […]
  • How Credibility In Customer Relationship Favors Your Business Growth

    Christian Trejo
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life Business owners need to stress upon customer relationships over everything else in order to do well in businesses. They must always be in touch with their customers in order to meet their needs. For reaping good revenue in business, constant touch between business owners and customers is necessary. Customers need to know that their […]
  • Why You Should Buy A Dealership

    Christian Trejo
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life If you’re a brave, determined entrepreneur who has an interest in vehicles, why not combine what you’re good at with what you love and sell vehicles? Whether you decide to sell consumer vehicles, fleets of buses or trucks, or specialty vehicles such as motorcycles or construction equipment, owning an automotive dealership can be quite […]
  • 10 Tips To Turn You Into An Awesome Public Speaker

    Christian Trejo
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life It’s one of the most common human fears; public speaking has been unanimously voted as one of the biggest fears of all time, up there with flying. But public speaking doesn’t need to scary. If you’ve got a big work presentation coming up or are giving talks at corporate events then follow these fail-safe […]
  • You Can’t Code? Your Own Tech Company Startup Right Away

    Christian Trejo
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:27 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life Tech company startups couldn’t become hotter. Your only problem: Thinking that Python is just a fearsome snake while Ruby On Rails is a little-known mystery novel by Agatha Christie. But if you are really convinced that your complete lacking in technical know-how is actually an insurmountable barrier to starting a business that has a […]
 
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    PowerHomeBiz.com

  • Creating Your Own Clothing Line Business

    Mershon Bell
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com I basically have my name, logo, and goal for my clothing line. But I just don't know how to go about beginning. I have a team who's ready to give there all, but we just need a little jump start. This article was written by Mershon Bell for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Start a Clothing Line Business (Part 2) How to Start a Clothing Line Business How to Promote a New Clothing Line
  • How Responsive Are You to Emails?

    Yvonne Buchanan
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Poor customer service, including the failure to respond promptly to emails, hurt Internet businesses. As a home-based online business, learn some ways to improve your email response time. This article was written by Yvonne Buchanan for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Write Effective Emails Tips for Writing Effective Emails Get People to Receive and Open Your Marketing Emails
  • How to Start a Retail Business

    Ted Hurlbut
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com If you have a passion, then plan carefully and execute your plan smartly, there's no better time to get into the retail business. This article was written by Ted Hurlbut for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Starting a Shoe Retail Store Business (Part 3) How to Succeed in the Shoe Store Retail Business Managing for Bottom Line Cash Flow in Retail
  • Outsourcing Your Lead Generation Needs

    Contributor
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Lead generation can be a challenging process for small businesses. Learn the factors to consider if you will outsource lead generation to vendors. This article was written by Contributor for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Lead Generation: Where to Buy Your Sales Leads Benefits of Outsourcing Your Sales and Marketing Teams What is the Value of a Lead?
  • Book Review: Accounting for the Numberphobic

    Lyve Alexis Pleshette
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Refusing to understand the finances of the business is one of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs can make. Read a review of the book "Accounting for the Numberphobic: A Survival Guide for Small Business Owners" by Dawn Fotopulus. This article was written by Lyve Alexis Pleshette for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Book Review: Keeping the Books: Record Keeping and Accounting Book Review: Managing Thought – How Do Your Thoughts Rule Your World? Book Review: Home-Based Business for Dummies
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    Small Businesses Do It Better

  • 5 Celebs Who You Didn’t Know are Also Successful Entrepreneurs

    Carissa Dunphy
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:08 pm
    The chances that you knew these people are outrageously successful entrepreneurs is pretty much zero, so just shut up and read already! The best part is at the end though – guaranteed abs. #1: The Goopster: Gwyneth Paltrow Yes, she’s Ironman’s personal assistant, confidant and girlfriend. She’s had tons of supporting roles that have landed her squarely in global celebrity status, but Gwyneth is also a crafty entrepreneur. Then there was her book “My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family And Togetherness.” Ever been to www.goop.com? This is her lifestyle…
  • Understanding Business Collateral Requirements for SBA Loans

    Carissa Dunphy
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Thinking about expanding your small business? Maybe you have outgrown your current space, need to purchase more inventory to meet demand, or to upgrade to more modern equipment. In order to keep up with your customers and competition, you may want to consider a small business loan or line of credit to finance purchases or renovations. The (SBA) has set guidelines for small business loans offered by private lenders which may make them more accessible to you than other loans. However, many of these loans still require collateral and it’s important to understand what that is and how it can…
  • 10 Reasons Small Businesses Need an Office

    Carissa Dunphy
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Everybody knows that an office is key to any business. It’s the center of activity for everything to do with your business. But some businesses feel like it’s an unnecessary extra, that’s only needed for more corporate companies or that’s a fancy extra. We see thousands of small businesses settle into their perfect office environment every year and we see more of the office based businesses flourish than those who choose to stay at home. Here’s our list of 10 reasons every single small business needs office space. 1. Professional Image As much as it may not be right, it’s still a…
  • Stop Wasting Your Time On Facebook

    Carissa Dunphy
    3 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    So I’m going to go all out and say it: If you’re a new business, don’t bother setting up a Facebook page. Just please, don’t. I know; with their 556 million daily users, you’d think Facebook would be one of the first ports of call in your social media marketing plan. But if you stop and think about it, you’ll begin to see that Facebook is actually a waste of time for most small businesses, and here’s why: You can’t build an organic following on Facebook During your competitor research, you decide to look up Competitor A and B on Facebook, to see how they’re doing. Woah! In a…
  • First-Hand Tips On Successfully Managing a Franchise Company

    Carissa Dunphy
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Becoming a franchise business owner has become a winning strategy for entrepreneurs all around Australia and the globe, hitting the rates with over 90 percent prosperity. Being part of a well-known brand is a wonderful opportunity to avoid the unpredictability of the market and take advantage of the know-how of an already developed business. Yet, as much as participating in the development of a growing company has massive effect on the success rate of a business, managing a team had been one of the top challenges of young business owners tripping up otherwise prosperous businesses. In order…
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  • 3 Ways to Get More Subscribers, Without Being Obnoxious (Pop-ups & Other Pet Peeves…)

    Barbara Austin
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:36 pm
    In the online business ’sphere, e-mail marketing is KING. You hear it all the time: build your list, build your list, build your list. It’s uber-effective for getting clients, keeping your customers up-to-date, getting repeat business from people who’ve purchased from you before, and so forth. Hopefully, you’re doing just that, and are ever on […]
  • What’s your flavor? (Sell it!)

    Barbara Austin
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Yes, I’m totally going to go there… …it’s the old ice-cream flavors analogy. When it comes to the cream, everybody has their preference. Lots of people swear by vanilla…others love chocolate…then there are the picky ones, who have to have their rocky road, cheesecake-flavored with graham cracker bits, or mint chocolate chip. (That would be […]
  • Hiring a designer? Here’s how to get the most bang for your buck…

    Barbara Austin
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE being a designer. But, design just doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process, sometimes frustratingly so! Alas, design doesn’t become “great”, or “beautiful”, or “effective”, with the flick of a magic wand, either. It takes effort on both parties (designer and client), to get fantastic results. So, say you’re going to […]
  • Wait just a minute there…Is your brand really ready to be “designed”?

    Barbara Austin
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    I love being a creative person. And, I love being an entrepreneur. (Holla’ if you do too!) But, we entrepreneurs are far from perfect. For one thing, sometimes we’re so full of ideas and new ventures and general creative excitement, that we want to just “get this show on the road” already—even when we really […]
  • 3 Biz Lessons I’ve Learned from Publishing Digital Magazines…

    Barbara Austin
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    With any new endeavor, you have to learn as you go along, right? No matter if you have a degree in that subject, or you took a class/read a book about it, did an apprenticeship with a master craftsperson, or whatever… as the saying goes, learning happens on the job. So… Back in March/April 2013, […]
 
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  • 5 Must Haves for Your Nonprofit Organization Website

    wst-web-access
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    A non-profit organization always faces the challenge of funding. No matter how valuable a cause is, it is still a challenge to raise awareness, much more funds, about the needs they address. Besides coming up with a good strategy, they also need to convince their supporters to fund the project and produce results to keep their cause alive. And one of the medium which helps them reach their supporters globally is a website.  We see countless websites of about different non-profit organizations. We have seen their feeds, great things they accomplish and number of lives being influenced and…
  • Why We Love Social Media & You Should, Too!

    wst-web-access
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Facebook has 1.3 billion monthly active users Twitter has 260 million monthly users YouTube has another 1.3 billion monthly unique users LinkedIn has 200 million unique monthly users And so on. In an approximation, there are 4.2 billion users across the top social media networks, ready to hear you, your brand story and may be take some action. And hence, the reason why and how social media has become such an inevitable part of your brand building and marketing mix. Apart from this, things that have added to the affection for social media include: 1. Convenience Accept it or not, but this…
  • Accountant Websites Got Greater ROI

    wst-web-access
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    Technology has changed the way people make decisions, shop, to an extent that it has changed the way we live today. Our entire lifecycle from the time we wake up till we go back to bed, it revolves around the technology/internet for almost everything be it entertainment, work, or studies. We prefer discussing everything with Google before making any decision. And that’s what makes a professional website all the more important for every business. If you want to stay in business, make sure you have a website, and if you want it to grow, reach prospects globally than make sure you make a good…
  • 5 Reasons You Need to Move to Responsive Websites

    wst-web-access
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:10 am
    With plethora of mobile communication devices entering the market every day, I wonder which device are you currently on, and accessing this blog piece. It could be a tablet, laptop, wide-screen desktop or may be your smartphone, but one thing is for sure, Mobile devices are not just affordable and easily prevalent but have become one of the highest consumer of digital content. And adding to the desirability is the latest research which concludes that, 70% of mobile searches lead to online action within an hour. Above all facts lead us to one thing and that is the importance and the inevitable…
  • The Art of Getting Likes on Facebook

    wst-web-access
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    With the kind of popularity and adulation across the globe, Facebook needs no description and the reason, why you should expand your business on Facebook. With more than 1.32 billion monthly active users and over 829 million daily active users, this is one medium every business needs to tap. And in case you have not started taking your Facebook account seriously, than we suggest you to think twice, before it’s too late. And in case you are there already or these data have finally awaken you, following are the quick tips you could engage in to get more Likes on your Facebook Page: •…
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  • How to Develop a Small Business Brand

    Melinda Emerson
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Guest Article Branding is a very important part of every business. When you think of brands, there are likely a few that come to mind first such as the world’s famous soft drink companies, shoe makers, car manufacturers, stores and other huge corporations. Even if your small business isn’t listed in the Fortune 500 (yet), branding can still play a key role to the growth and success of your business. Many small businesses choose the easy path when it comes to branding themselves initially, which generally means going with whatever the person suggests at the print shop that makes…
  • How to Get a Grasp on Your Small Business Finances

    Melinda Emerson
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    As a small business owner, you wear a lot of hats. Keeping up with every department, idea and project is hard enough. But when you add finances into the mix, running your business can become downright overwhelming. In spite of the confusion that swirls around finances, small business owners must stay on top of profit, figures, and projections in order to remain competitive. Your finances tell the story of your business. They show the areas of your business that bring in profits and those that deliver a blow to your bottom line. When you remain in the dark about what your finances mean, you…
  • How to Survive in Modern Retail

    Melinda Emerson
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with @shopseen. Adeel Ahmad is the founder and CEO of Shopseen, a platform that simplifies running a small retail business. On Shopseen you can manage all products on all online stores, all social and email, and even shipping. Also a retail store owner, a vintage clothing shop in San Francisco, Adeel is familiar with the gamut of experiences a small business owner faces.  For more info,…
  • The Small Business Anti-Diva Guide to Startups

    Melinda Emerson
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Guest Article Women in business are a wonderful thing, but divas in business simply are not.  There is zero room for attitude and personal demands as the founder of a startup small business.  If you plan on the entrepreneurial community catering to your every whim, you will fail before you even begin. To launch a successful startup you need to be willing to work harder, longer and for less (usually nothing at the beginning) than any other person out there to make your idea become a reality.  Essentially, you need to be the anti-diva.  All attention and energy should be focused on your…
  • Could You Use a Boost to Get Your Small Business Back on Track?

    Melinda Emerson
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Are you tired of feeling like you are giving your all to your business and you’re still not making the money you want? Well, my mission is to end small business failure, and I have created a special event to help you fix your mindset, your marketing and your money. We all know that profit is how we keep score in business. If you’re not making money, that doesn’t make much sense. But now there’s help. Many of you have been wondering how you can work with me personally, and now you have the chance. Join me in Philadelphia October 10th-11th, 2014 for my second annual Reinvention…
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  • Is it time to trade up to the new iPhone 6?

    admin
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:34 pm
    By Eric Bradford   Business executives are a long way from the initial Blackberry launch, an event that took place over a decade ago. Seems implausible that a telephone (so small it fits easily inside your pant pocket) with the capability to download files off your desktop computer or laptop and serve as an email pager is now perceived as a technology dinosaur. Today, Samsung and Apple are frontrunners in the mobile telephone space. Both mobile telephones put a diverse range of services at the fingertips of small business owners. For example, there’s: Web browsing (4 gigabytes of…
  • College students make business internships payoff

    admin
    9 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
    By Eric Bradford                         Thousands of college students are ending their summer internships. If these college students were fortunate, their internships allowed them to do more than file, scan and copy stacks of documents, completing projects that regular employees are willing to do near anything to avoid. A good business internship introduces college students to the real work world. Instead of copying, scanning and filing all day, interns: • Sit in on webinars and conference calls. Progressive employers may also…
  • Breakfast for champions – You’ll love this low calorie omelet recipe

    admin
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    By Rhonda Campbell Eggs are one of the most eaten breakfast foods and rightfully so. Loaded with protein, eggs are easy to prepare. Add in the right ingredients, and eggs become a filling food. Furthermore, of all the dishes you can cook using eggs, breakfast sandwiches and omelets are dishes that millions of Americans order from restaurants and food trucks each morning. You don’t have to live out West to love this omelet However, you don’t have to go to a restaurant and pay for an omelet to enjoy a hearty egg breakfast. You can make this omelet at home in less than 20 minutes.
  • Using your creative talents to build a successful enterprise

    admin
    12 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    By Rhonda Campbell The first years of your working career might be spent trying to find jobs that pay the rent or mortgage. If you use your creative or artistic abilities several times before and after you start working these “pay the bills” jobs, you might feel a twinge of regret, something pulling you to change careers. This is what happened to Christine Hughes, owner of Darling Studio. Take creative talents from part-time to full-time business success Christine shares at her official website that, “Like many artists, I took the long way here. I studied communications…
  • Boost your chances of getting jobs you really want

    admin
    21 Jun 2014 | 9:40 am
    By Edward Johnson Online job boards come with specific advantages. Search for employment at online job boards and you gain access to hundreds of jobs in a matter of minutes. Pay attention to salaries associated with specific jobs, and you could also discover pay ranges for jobs that interest you. Identifying responsibilities aligned with work roles, noticing the signs of a stable company versus a company that’s struggling to get a handle on its cash flows and getting an idea of how long a role has been open are other advantages you get access to when you search for employment using…
 
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  • 7 Hot Niche Marketplaces for Indie Sellers

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    by Gail Oliver, E-commerce Marketing Specialist Looking for some new places to sell your products online, besides the traditional, well-known marketplaces? You are going to see the online marketplace start to change, with more niche players emerging to help really zero in on certain target markets and demographics, and make the shopping experience faster and easier. Below is a list of some niche-specific marketplaces that are looking for products from indie sellers. 7 Cool Niche Online Marketplaces 1. Asos Marketplace Asos is a large UK fashion online retailer, but they also have a…
  • My Killer Twitter Tip for Finding New Customers for Your Business

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant People are very descriptive with their Twitter profiles. Do you ever read them? Here are some examples (I have removed the Twitter names): YouTuber | Journalist | Workaholic | Documentary Filmmaker Small Town Gal – Sports Enthusiast – Foodie – Wannabe Fashionista Proud Bostonian | Former NYer | Cookbook Author | Future Chef  See where I am going here? You can find potential customers on Twitter by searching their profiles for the words that describe your target customer. My Killer Twitter Tip What words would describe…
  • 4 Proven Ways to Get Customers to Buy Right Away

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant If you want to get your customers to act quickly, sometimes you need to create a sense of urgency. For example, the other day I filled up my cart at a particular online vendor. However, I did not place the order right away. Like most women, I started shopping around first, comparing prices, and still contemplating whether I wanted to complete the transaction. Later that day I saw two items missing out of my shopping cart. These items had already gone out of stock. So I panicked and placed the order out of fear that my other sale items…
  • How These Products Become a Dominant Brand By Specializing in Just One Thing

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant If you want to dominate a specific niche of the market and really establish a strong brand, even as an indie product maker, you can do if it you just do one thing and do it better and/or differently than anyone else. Here are three fairly new players that took age-old products and have quickly making them the go-to brand. The Herschel Supply Co. The Herschel Supply Co. is a Canadian company (yeah!) that was founded just 5 years ago by brothers Jamie and Lyndon Cormack. Named after the small west coast town where three generations of…
  • Need a Business Idea? Simply Solve a Problem (Like These Companies Did)

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant I often see people trying desperately to come up with an idea for a business, but the easiest way is to simply solve a problem that people are having. It could be with a current product or service offering, or an offshoot of a problem with another product. Hopefully some of these product ideas will inspire you (be sure to also follow my Pinterest board, Products I Love!) : Problem Solved: Cell Phone Off the Floor When Charging Now this is not an expensive product, but it solves a definite problem. This cell phone holder ($8) from…
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  • How to improve the workflow of the office

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    The staff of every company is vital but that fact is especially true for small businesses. A growing workforce makes every team member a valuable asset in accomplishing an organization’s mission, so the work environment needs to be conducive to meeting goals. If employees aren’t getting along or are slacking in their work, changes may be needed in the office to get the workflow back on track. Otherwise, human resources for small businesses will have to compensate for the wasted potential by spending precious time and resources on fixing problems that could have been easily…
  • Running an ethical business pays off

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    Customers expect the most from the companies they interact with no matter their size. If small businesses want to compete with established rivals and grow larger by building a loyal following, they have to operate at the highest of standards. The ethics of an organization’s leadership seep into all aspects of daily operations. Business owners need to foster the right atmosphere that reflects the goals of the company so employees can adopt the same principles. The success of a company can be measured by more than just small business sales. Embracing an ethical approach in all facets…
  • What’s the trick to getting the best employees to stick around?

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    When a small business starts, it’s impossible to tell if the first wave of employees will leave within the first week or stay with the company until they retire. The job market may be chaotic, but it’s full of opportunities, making people less reliant on their current positions. A lot of workers have the freedom to look for new jobs or quit old ones at will. This makes it pivotal for emerging companies to retain the top talent they have no matter what. It can be hard when the best employee in an organization gets an offer that’s a step up from his or her current job.
  • How to Create a Successful Infographic for your Business in 4 Easy Steps

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    The infographic has taken the online world by storm. It seems there’s an infographic for just about every topic; from strange cat facts to food portion size suggestions. But they’re also a great tool for the small business owner. An infographic is easy to digest and fun to look at, making them an excellent resource for reaching out to your desired audience. So how do you rake in the clicks with a top-notch infographic? Keep things simple. Nowadays, people want to receive their information in little bits. That’s why Twitter is so popular, and, often, only newspaper headlines get read. So…
  • How small businesses can learn from failure

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    While no company wishes to fail, there are valuable lessons business owners can learn from the experience that may help them grow and even thrive. Whether the failure is their own or at the hands of a rival, organization leaders can adapt their strategies and goals to reflect past attempts, putting them in a better position to succeed. There are many practices and circumstances that can prevent a small business from triumphing, but when eight out of every 10 businesses fail, similar problems come to light that can easily be avoided, according to Small Business Trends. Common troubles to…
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    Small Biz Viewpoints

  • Tips You Must Follow to Become a Successful Landlord

    SmallBizViewpoints
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Managing Real estate property requires significant commitment of time and effort. The tips mentioned in this article will help you ease the burden. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Taking Care of Utilities during Business Relocation

    SmallBizViewpoints
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Relocating a business is a major undertaking with number of tasks to take care of. Here are some tips on how to take care of utilities during relocation. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Taking Care of Plastic Welding with Heat Gun

    SmallBizViewpoints
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
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  • Practical Uses of Shipping Containers for Onsite Storage

    SmallBizViewpoints
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Shipping containers are quite versatile when it comes to onsite storage. Here are some practical uses of containers for businesses. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 3 Must Follow Tips for Great Customer Service

    SmallBizViewpoints
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    Great customer service can lead to better business. The 3 tips provided in this article can help you exceed customer expectation and grow your business. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Top 50 Restaurant Management Blogs

    Scott Lynch
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    Managing a restaurant is not a simple career move by any means. Members of restaurant management teams are responsible for the design, atmosphere, menu, hiring, operations… well, you get the point. While there is no single “right way” of managing a restaurant, there are several people and organizations who are very successfully managing restaurants. Not all of them have blogs, but many of them do.   We have searched for the best in restaurant management blogs and gathered those that we think fit the bill. We looked for blogs that offered a wide range of topics, proven success…
  • Top 50 Money Management Tools, Apps Software for Small Businesses

    Scott Lynch
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    Without a doubt, many of the most important-but-dreaded business tasks relate to finances: bookkeeping, accounting, invoicing, payroll, benefits, commissions, taxes – the list of do-I-have-to’s drags on and on and on. Thankfully, today’s financial landscape for small business is blooming with gorgeous apps, intuitive cloud-based tools, and smartphone solutions designed to make your life easier and your finances a little less dreary. We’ve chosen 50 of the best software programs, apps, and online tools built for freelancers, small businesses and entrepreneurs. Some…
  • 50 Incredibly Useful Blogs on Tax Strategy and Tax Planning

    Scott Lynch
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    Whether you’re an individual, small business owner, or entrepreneur, it is crucial to your financial success to be up to date with the latest tax strategies and information.  You may have the best accountants and financial planners around, but you should take steps to be informed of the ever-changing tax laws and best practices to be more prepared to take part in the discussions and decisions that will result in growing your wealth and assets. We’ve collected 50 of the best tax strategy and tax planning blogs to help you in your quest for information, tips, hints, and strategies. …
  • Little Fish in a Big Pond: The life of a College Intern

    Justin Walsh
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    What I thought an internship consisted of and what it actually consists of are two separate things. I expected a lot of photo copying, getting coffee for everyone and doing much too much meaningless time consuming work. Getting an internship at Direct Capital, I immediately found that not to be true, except for the coffee, which turned out to be only a little true. I am currently going on my senior year majoring in marketing at Plymouth State University and playing baseball. Extreme sports and music are some of my passions, while looking forward when I finally get out of school I can work for…
  • The Benefits of Restaurant Equipment Leasing

    Scott Lynch
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    The largest restaurant in the world, seats about 6,014 people, cost $40,000,000 to build and has over 1,800 employees!  Maybe your restaurant isn’t exactly the Bawabet Dimashq located in Syria, but you are trying to expand and get your restaurant headed in the next direction.  For starters, in order to expand you need some things: Capital Employees And Equipment!   As a restaurant owner you always want the best for your business and it’s important to consider your options.  The foundation of a restaurant should be a couple of things; however one of those should include your…
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  • We’re hiring a Content Marketing Intern (with a twist)

    Dan Norris
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Hi all, this post is an ad for an upcoming opportunity at WP Curve. This isn’t your typical job ad, so if you are entrepreneurial and interested in working with Alex and I to build WP Curve and your own business, then read on. Who is WP Curve? WP Curve is the fastest growing dedicated WordPress support provider in the world. We’ve gone from scratch to a team of 19 staff, 500 customers and $35,000 / month in just over a year. We’ve built up a business through our honest and obsessive content marketing. What is the opportunity? We are looking for a Content Marketing person, under an…
  • Five startup income reports you need to be reading

    Ross Beard
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Hey guys, Dan here. I asked Ross to pull this list together because our transparent monthly income reports have been a huge part of our success at WP Curve. The are constantly topping our list of most popular content, they always get huge interaction in terms of comments and replies and they are big trust builder. They have directly resulted in some pretty awesome things. I met Alex my co-founder through one of our first income reports. Our business has built a reputation and a brand based on our transparency, to the point where it’s regularly mentioned in articles about WP Curve.
  • 5 alternative methods for fixing a business

    Dan Norris
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:09 pm
    I frequently chat to entrepreneurs who are in the position I was in for my first 7 years in business. They have arrived at a point where they can generate an OK wage for themselves, but they can’t grow past it. Most of the time, they look to others in the industry who they deem successful and try to apply their learnings to fix their broken business. Business broken? Try these 5 alternative options – CLICK TO TWEET A lot of the time, fixing a business may not be the way to go. Their business is so fundamentally flawed that small tweaks here and there won’t be enough…
  • How to grow your business with webinar marketing

    Ross Beard
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Dan: At WP Curve we have just put the finishing touches on our plan to use webinars to build our business. This guide, written for us by Ross Beard couldn’t have been better timed for us. I hope it’s as useful for you as it’s been for us. Please let us know in the comments. Over to Ross. Have you ever made a purchase from a company after attending one of their webinars? Most of us have. Why? Because by attending the webinar, you gained valuable information and developed a level of trust with the presenter and company, which helped push you over the line to buy their product…
  • July WP Curve report – Growth time

    Dan Norris
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Hi all welcome to our July monthly report. We do these reports to help other entrepreneurs get real information about running a startup. I did the 1st report in 2012 when I was earning $0. Here is the full archive. Our current MER (Monthly Expected Revenue) $29,679 In June we introduced one off WordPress jobs, which made us into a business that has one off revenue as well as recurring revenue. While the vast majority of our revenue is still recurring, this will even out over time. We therefore have a few options in terms of tracking where we are at: Use MRR still, but then it doesn’t…
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    Resource Nation Small Business Articles & Advice

  • Should I Accept Mobile Card Payments?

    Ashtyn Douglas
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    You do much of your business on the go. Maybe you’re a vendor at the local farmer’s market, or a musician who sells CDs after a show. Maybe you’re a taxi driver or a house cleaner and want to speed up transactions and give customers more ways to pay. The Benefits of Mobile Payments Whatever industry you’re in, mobile payments offer plenty of perks to help you boost your business. They increase sales, since you’re no longer limited to cash or checks. They streamline transactions, which is important if you’re trying to sell CDs to a mob of rabid fans. They also help you reach new…
  • What is an ACH Bank Transfer, and Other Common Small Business Commerce Questions

    Guest Author
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    ACH. Payment gateway. Chargeback. If you’re new to accepting credit cards for your business, or on the cusp of deciding to do so, you might feel overwhelmed by these foreign terminologies. You probably want answers to questions so you can accept credit cards confidently, without any surprises by unrecognized fees on your monthly statement. So let’s look at some of the questions you may have about your merchant card processing and clear up the fog. What is a Chargeback? If a customer goes to his credit card company and says that you didn’t deliver what you were supposed to in the…
  • 5 Most Common Misconceptions Small Businesses Have About SEO

    Guest Author
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    SEO best practices change faster and more often than models at a fashion show. As a result, it’s difficult for small business owners to keep their SEO programs on track, and dangerous not to. At best, SEO campaigns based on misconceptions yield no results; at worst, they produce negative results – i.e., lowering organic search visibility. Here are five of the most common SEO misconceptions. Misconception #1: Rankings Matter Rankings used to matter a lot. Now they don’t. Among the reasons: Organic search results vary depending on the location of the user. Organic search results vary…
  • Upcoming Travel? 5 Tips to Get Work Done While on the Road

    Megan Totka
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    If your job requires you to travel, you probably know how challenging it is to get much accomplished between boarding flights, attending conferences and meetings and getting much-needed sleep. The hassle of traveling combined with work stress can make business trips very taxing. Recent research from the CWT Travel Solutions Group tells us that an employee traveling for work can lose up to 6.9 hours on a trip due to stress (Tweet This). To better manage your email and workload so your return to the office isn’t too overwhelming, take a look at these five tips. Be Realistic When it comes to…
  • Boom or Bust: Keeping One Step Ahead In The World of Retail

    Guest Author
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    You need an edge in business. Most of the time, you’re flying blind. You wonder how it is that everyone around you is doing so well while you feel like you’re on shaky ground. The truth is that your competitors aren’t really all that well off either. They’re just keeping up appearances. Here’s how to ditch the status quo, stay one step ahead, and actually be confident in your company. Establish a Killer Email Marketing System You have to step up your marketing game. Most companies that are successful use a sophisticated system to send out weekly or monthly reminder emails, but…
 
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    Tanya Smith OnlineTanya Smith Online - Helping Service Providers Share and Stand Out

  • Create Great Content Tip – Write From an Interview

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

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

    Tanya Smith
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:40 pm
    If you know me at all, you know I love two things… Tools for Managing Content and Giving Away Awesome Stuff Well what had happened was… The guys over at ShareAsImage gifted me a free ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION ($59 value) to one of the tools I already use in my content library. It’s called Weekly Snaps. Weekly Snaps is a service that sends 20 royalty free images to your inbox every week…yes, every single week. When they found out I already had the service, they graciously let me pay this forward to someone else.  I’m going to now give away this entire 1 year…
  • Using an RSS Reader to Find Content Ideas

    Tanya Smith
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    RSS readers can be a great source of content.  I’ve used them for years and I love how I can organize what I most love to read and share, all in one place.   I generally like to categorize my reader based on topics that I share related to my niche, personal interests, humor, world news, etc. If you have a website or blog the one thing you need on a regular basis is lots of material to write about.  But at some point your idea stream starts to run a little dry. This article is about ways you find ideas to consistently come up with fresh and exciting content using RSS readers.
  • How Sanebox Helped Me Free Up More Time to Work On Content

    Tanya Smith
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    According to the Radicati Group, the majority of email traffic comes from business email, which accounts for over 100 billion emails sent and received per day. And the fact is, as a business owner the more content you put out, the more likely you are to get content in return, mostly in the form of email. Responsive emails could include reports you’ve set up to monitor your sales activity, social media comments about your brand, questions being asked, purchases made (cha-ching), or any number of things. It’s a fact … email is here to stay and it’s a huge part of every day business…
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    Small Business Blog | Hiscox

  • 3 steps to ensure your small business passes an IRS audit

    Hiscox Blog
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Follow these steps to ensure your small business passes an IRS audit. First, what is an IRS audit? An audit is an accounting procedure in which the IRS examines your financial records to verify that you filed the return in question accurately. If you have your paperwork and receipts (or access to them) and can prove that your initial return was complete and correct, the tax audit will end there.  If the IRS finds errors, either accidental or intentional, you’ll have to pay the adjusted amount and any interest penalties. There are few pieces of correspondence as capable of making small…
  • What type of retirement plan should your small business offer?

    Guest Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    Guest blogger Charlene Barkley shares tips on finding the right retirement plan to fit your small business, and employees, needs. I recently shared my story about the launch of Brazzlebox.com, a business to-business social media network for small and home-based businesses, in the Hiscox Small Business Corner. In addition to being a platform for small business owners, we also focus on challenging and educating our members. One of the biggest questions that we get asked is, “How do I start a small business and when I do, what kind of retirement plan should I be offering?” It’s no secret…
  • 5 ways to use social media in your small business

    Guest Blogger
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Entrepreneur-in-ResidenceHiscox Entrepreneur-in-Residence Brian Moran shares why your small business should start using social media today. As someone who works with social media on a daily basis, it’s hard to fathom how millions of business owners still haven’t seen the light when it comes to using the medium as a tool for business. The overwhelming majority of responses from business owners as to why they aren’t using social media are, “We just don’t have the time.” Social media has fundamentally changed the way that the world…
  • Hiscox Small Business Corner: Brazzlebox.com

    Guest Blogger
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Hiscox Small Business CornerCharlene Barkley, Director of Advertising and Promotions for Brazzlebox.com and Founder Glen Zinszer, prepare for the launch of the business-to-business online networking tool. A new platform for small businesses prepares to launch as a resource for connecting with other business owners. The Hiscox Small Business Corner series is an outlet for small business owners to highlight what makes their businesses stand out. Previously, we’ve featured technology firms, a childcare facility, social media agencies and more. The latest…
  • For millions in donations, just add cold water

    Hunter Hoffmann
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    As the Ice Bucket challenges takes over social media, some are questioning it’s value – which is huge for ALS research. No matter where you looked over the past couple weeks – on TV, online and over social media – you couldn’t help but notice all the videos of people dumping buckets of cold water over their heads.  It looked like everyone was having fun, well except some of these people, and it was all for a good cause – to support research the ALS Association and their efforts to help treat and prevent Lou Gehrig’s disease. But, were many of these people just taking their 5…
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    Rabid Office Monkey for Business

  • Is Your Business at Risk? 6 Reasons Why Effective Document Management Solutions are Essential

    Contributor
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Who has time to flip through mountains of paper files these days? Drowning in hidden expenses from printer maintenance, ink costs, storage space and your own daily sanity – a paperless option is becoming an attractive one for many businesses. As time management becomes more of a priority and budgets continue to shoot through the roof, owners are on the lookout for ways to reduce operational costs and the rise of risks dramatically. But, where do you start? Document management systems allow a convenient way to combine both digital and paper documents…
  • Key Factors for Brand Building in Emerging Markets

    Contributor
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: When you are first starting out as a small business in an emerging market, there are many things to consider when developing your brand. The best things you can do for your brand are: to make sure it will stand out, that it is original and that it accurately reflects your company’s products or services. With their low-cost but skilled labor, emerging markets are setting huge steps towards increased growth and development. While the markets in developed countries have reached stagnation, these emerging markets provide the right succor for growth which…
  • Moving Towards a Merger: How You Can Prepare Your Company

    Brooke Chaplan
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: In the course of a company, a merger can breathe new life into a stale product or design and help continue growth. It is an exciting time for both parties. A combination with another firm can happen in many ways and for many reasons, but in most every case it’s a dramatic change that effects all aspects of your company. If you have determined that a merger is right for you, here are some key items to consider before going through with the plans. Wise Counsel It may be tempting to save money by navigating the complex legal and organizational aspects…
  • Rising Industries: 4 Top-Growing Fields for Your New Career

    Anica Oaks
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Image Source: Flickr While there are a wide variety of important life transitions that an individual will experience, preparing for a new career is particularly significant. This is the case for many reasons, including the fact that preparation can lead to income optimization and a profound sense of self-actualization. When you begin to prepare for a new career, it is important that you select an industry that is currently undergoing growth and expansion. With this thought in mind, consider the following four dynamic career paths. 1. Health and Wellness…
  • Behind the Scenes: The Biggest Logistic Mistakes that Could Really Cost Your Company

    Contributor
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Businesses of all sizes often run into costly mistakes when they fail to annually review the company logistics plan. By failing to adjust the logistics plan, your company might be making mistakes that could cost you money, hurt your reputation, or lead to losing customers. If you are a business that is heavily reliant upon logistics to produce revenue, there are a few mistakes that you’ll want to avoid to ensure that you are using your money wisely and keeping customers happy. Keep reading to learn about some of the most common logistic mistakes that…
 
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    JDR Group's 'Digital Prosperity' Blog

  • 4 Social Media Mistakes That Will HARM Your Business

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

    1 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Do you have a Google Webmaster Tools account for your website but are not sure how to use all the features? Google Webmaster Tools has so many different features that it can become confusing as to what is useful and what you need to take note of to improve your website.Within Google Webmaster Tools you are able to see a lot of statistics which are all related to your website.
  • Marketing Your Business In Nottingham? 5 Things You Need To Know

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Due to Nottingham having a very competitive business environment you should have a plan of action to market your business effectively to beat your competitors. You will need to be aware of your surroundings so that you can use them to the advantage of your business. Listed below are 5 key points that you need to know and that will help you to market your business effectively in Nottingham.
  • How To Overcome ‘The Marketing Problem’

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Over the past ten years, I have met many businesses in a huge variety of different industries from hairdressers to engineers working with cutting edge technology, from retailers to wholesalers, from tradespeople to professionals, manufacturers and service businesses.
  • Are You Getting Results From Your Website? How To Audit Your Digital Marketing

    23 Jun 2014 | 2:40 am
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    Blog | Harbor Compliance» Deciding Between a Corporation and an LLC

  • Deciding Between a Corporation and an LLC

    James
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    When selecting a business structure, you will need to know the difference between a corporation and a limited liability company (LLC). These are the two most common legal entities for a new business, and this post will compare them, allowing … Read more >>
  • 4 Ways to Foreign Qualify Like The Pros

    James
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    Foreign qualification is the process by which you register your entity in new states, and stay compliant across several jurisdictions. For many small business owners, understanding how to foreign qualify is just as confusing as a foreign language. If you … Read more >>
  • With Form 1023-EZ, Determination Letter Arrives in Weeks

    James
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    News of the recent release of IRS Form 1023-EZ has spread like wildfire. Introduced in July, the form, designed to streamline the application and approval process for federal tax exemption, has triggered a number of questions throughout the nonprofit world.… Read more >>
  • Connecticut Secretary of State Experiencing Delays

    James
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    8/14/2014 The Connecticut Secretary of State has been experiencing computer and copier issues. Clerks are unable to print copies, certified copies, and confirmations of filings. The Secretary of State’s office is unsure when all systems will be running normal once … Read more >>
  • How to be Proactive While Waiting for Your Determination Letter

    James
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Obtaining your IRS determination letter is a crucial step to starting your nonprofit. Unfortunately, this magical document, which grants an organization federal tax exemption, and the myriad benefits associated with it, usually arrives 9-12 months after filing Form 1023. While … Read more >>
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  • Key Employee Vacations

    Tiffany C. Wright
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
  • Silent Partner: Payments and Options – Pt. 2

    Tiffany C. Wright
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is a continuation of the article, Silent Partner Questions: Payments and Options, originally posted on Wednesday, August 20. Please refer to that for the original summary, question, and pre-response insights. The Original Questions: Should we sell the business to an employee? or Should we scale back the business to a manageable size? What is […]
  • Silent Partner Questions: Payments and Options

    Tiffany C. Wright
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    This article is a paraphrased response I gave to a question I had from an owner of one firm who had entered into a verbal agreement to go to another firm. He had the expectation that he and his current business partner would buy out that firm in the future and wanted to know how […]
  • The Funding Is Out There! eBook Now Available

    Tiffany C. Wright
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Funding Is Out There! Access the Cash You Need to Impact Your Business is now finally available in eBook format on Amazon! To order your copy now and download it to your computer or Kindle device, click on the picture above or on the following link: http://www.amazon.com/Funding-Out-There-Access-Business-ebook/dp/B00JW3FYGG/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400191594&sr=1-1. Here is some information about The Funding […]
  • Social Responsibility and Beneficial Corporations

    Tiffany C. Wright
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    As of late 2012, very few states allowed you to organize beneficial corporations. In addition, although those who have formed them are advocating for the benefits, the IRS currently provides no special benefits to beneficial corporations. Before I go further, let me explain what beneficial corporations are. Beneficial corporations are for-profit enterprises that operate in […]
 
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    Small Business Heroes

  • Eight steps to transform the profitability of your business

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Ian Baxter, owner and chairman of Baxter Freight Profit is the lifeblood of any business – it’s certainly not a dirty word! Yet when it comes down to it, many businesses aren’t as profit-focussed as they could be. Before I offer my advice, when I talk about profit focus, I’m talking about focus on “sustainable profits” – by which I mean those derived from an approach to doing business that’s likely to be enduring even when the market gets competitive. It’s not about ripping people off – it’s about maximising your business’s impact. My caveat out of the way, I…
  • Productivity tips that actually work – from the weird to the mundane

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Guest post by writer and blogger Sharlene Teo Productivity, or lack thereof, is a big issue in the modern workplace. We live in an age of endless distractions: and the Internet, indispensable to the workplace, is also a minefield of procrastination. Staying motivated and focused is vital to success and the running of a business, particularly in today’s frenetic and competitive professional climate. Productivity is the key differentiator between a creative breakthrough and looking at cat pictures until your eyes glaze over. This is where productivity tips come in: how can we maximise our…
  • Common payroll pitfalls – and how to avoid them

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Payrolls are the bane of many small business owners’ life. Not only do you have to give your hard-earned money away, but you have to do it in such a difficult manner! Gone are the times when you’d bung your employees a few bob in cash at the end of the day. And it’s not just the inconvenience – doing it wrong could see you in a lot of costly trouble, even if it’s a genuine mistake. Luckily the payroll experts at Henderson Loggie told us about the most common mistakes – and what to do about them! Confusing basic rate tax with the emergency tax code The basic rate code (20% on all…
  • “The dog ate my invoice!” – the biggest excuse for SME late payments

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Late payments can be really disruptive to small businesses – when you don’t have much leeway in your cashflow, just one payment can make the difference between failure and success. Automated credit control company Satago found that every year more than a third (34%) of UK SMEs are forced to write off thousands of pounds of bad debt. There has been some government and industry action but the findings show that they’ve had limited impact – a worrying quarter of SMEs (24%) surveyed believe the situation with late payments has in fact deteriorated over the last two years. Only 17% believe…
  • The Font Archive – Spelling out success

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    Lots of start-ups are run from home – but what about using a storage unit as your HQ? Andy Stuart, owner and manager of The Font Archive, did this. He salvaged a collection of over 90,000 historical typeface font designs, and sells them via his website (www.thefontarchive.co.uk). He’s been sorting through them for 19 months now, but Andy soon found he needed somewhere secure to store his stock: and that’s when he turned to Access Self Storage Manchester. The Font Archive has a fascinating back-story. Based in Altrincham, just outside Manchester, it grew out of Andy’s salvage company…
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  • 9 Brutal Startup Mistakes That Can Kill Your Business (and How to Avoid Them)

    Donna Fenn
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Entrepreneurs are pretty optimistic people. After all, who else would put heart, soul, hard-earned cash and boundless energy into something that has a 50 percent chance of tanking within five years? But the hearty ones who succeed know you need more then optimism and passion to make your business work: You need a road map that not only helps you identify the metrics for success but also warns you about the dangers that can surely derail you. Granted, there are probably as many reasons for startup failure as there are startups, but here are nine common mistakes to avoid, along with some…
  • New Cloud Security Questions Arise After Celeb iCloud Breach

    Kelly Spors
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    A new high-profile breach on Apple’s iCloud service has everyone wondering: Is cloud computing really as safe as it claims to be? Several celebrities’ iCloud accounts were hacked into over Labor Day weekend, leading to risqué photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence being published online. (Model Kate Upton and actress Mary E. Winstead have been named as other victims of the leak.) The hack occurred, according to the Wall Street Journal, because hackers identified a vulnerability in Apple’s Find My iPhone service that allowed them to keep re-entering potential passwords until they found…
  • The Email From ‘Oprah’ That Changed This Designer’s Life

    Katie Morell
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Nearly every woman who wears a button-down shirt feels a mix of classy and self-conscious—the latter thanks to the almost unavoidable gap between the shirt’s buttons, which sometimes reveals skin or undergarments. (The 8-inches-below-eye-level glances from passers-by and colleagues only make matters worse.) Rochelle Behrens knows this feeling well. Back in 2008, she was working as a lobbyist in Washington, DC, and wore a button-down shirt every day. “I thought they looked powerful and professional,” she says, “but soon my colleagues started commenting on how my shirts…
  • 6 Steps to Breaking Bad Habits

    Vivian Giang
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Bad habits can hold you back, prevent you from reaching your goals and may even affect your health. These consequences are bad enough, but when you’re in a leadership position, the harmful habits you have may be filtering down through your company’s structure and affecting the rest of your team. In today’s lightning-fast business environment where entire industries can be reshaped in a few short months, change is imperative. As a leader, you need to be able to change quickly if that means improving the probability of success for your team. We understand that breaking habits, especially…
  • 7 Ways to Manage Your Energy for Optimum Productivity

    Rieva Lesonsky
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Are you working at your optimum productivity levels? Not likely. A new study shows that even though business leaders’ energy levels are rising, their productivity isn’t following suit. Research done at the USC Center for Effective Organizations found that 82 percent of business leaders aren’t working at their ideal energy levels. Sixty-one percent felt they were working below their best energy level, while 21 percent felt they were working above their ideal energy level. Yes, charging too hard can actually cause your productivity to decline, the study’s author says. Even if you’re…
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  • Build Your Self Esteem, A Starter Guide To Self Improvement

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:45 pm
    So how do you stay calm, composed and maintain self esteem in a tough environment? Here are some tips you may to consider as a starter guide to self improvement. Imagine yourself as a Dart Board. Everything and everyone else around you may become Dart Pins,  at one point or another. These dart pins will destroy your self esteem and pull you down in ways you won’t even remember. Don’t let them destroy you, or get the best of you.  So which dart pins should you avoid? Dart Pin #1 : Negative Work Environment Beware of “dog eat dog” theory where everyone else is fighting just to…
  • The Three Faces Of A Good Manager

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    The manger of a small team has three major roles to play:   Planner A Manager has to take a long-term view; indeed, the higher you rise, the further you will have to look.  While a team member will be working towards known and established goals, the manager must look further ahead so that these goals are selected wisely.  By thinking about the eventual consequences of different plans, the manager selects the optimal plan for the team and implements it.  By taking account of the needs not only of the next project but the project after that, the manager ensures that…
  • A GUIDE ON RSS TOOL

    8 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    RSS is an abbreviation that has evolved into the following, depending on their versions: ·    RDF Site Summary (also known as RSS 0.9; the first version of RSS) ·    Rich Site Summary (also known as RSS 0.91; a prototype) ·    Really Simple Syndication (also known as RSS 2.0) Today, RSS stands for 'Really Simple Syndication', and it has the following 7 existing formats or versions: ·    0.90 ·    0.91 ·    0.92 ·    0.93 ·    0.94 ·    1.0…
  • Vision, Prescience and Flexibility

    8 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    Vision in that the future must be seen and communicated to the team; Values in that the team needs a unifying code of practice which supports and enhances co-operation; Verve in that positive enthusiasm is the best way of making the work exciting and fun.  If you do not think your work is exciting, then we have found a problem. A better word than Verve might be Chutzpah (except that it does not begin with a "V") which means "shameless audacity".  Is that not refreshing? Inspiring even? A manager should dare to do what he/she has decided to do and to do it with confidence and pride.
  • WHAT MAKES A GREAT MANAGER

    5 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    The first steps to becoming a really great manager are simply common sense; but common sense is not very common. This article suggests some common-sense ideas on the subject of great management.    The major problem when you start to manage is that you do not actually think about management issues because you do not recognize them.  Put simply, things normally go wrong not because you are stupid but only because you have never thought about it.  Management is about pausing to ask yourself the right questions so that your common sense can provide the answers.  When you…
 
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    Strategy Lab Marketing

  • Could You Stand Up To An Overwhelming Majority Who Disagree With You?

    Jeph
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Barbara Lee was a Congress Person when the September 11th attacks occurred in the United States. In the hours following the attacks the United States Congress drafted a 60 word sentence that would change the way the U.S. could use to military force from then on. The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) was signed by George W.Bush on September 14th, 2001, and has been the legal foundation for the war on terror for the past thirteen years. Barbra Lee was the only Congress person to vote against the Authorization for Use of Military Force. Of the 535 people in the United Sates…
  • 2014 Guys Golf Getaway (#G3T) – Orlando, Florida

    Jeph
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    Every year for the past 6 years a bunch of Canadians head down to the United States for a greatest golf trip of the year. I joined four years ago, that was Scottsdale Arizona, the following year we went to Palm Springs, California, and last year we were in Austin Texas. This year was in Orlando, Florida and was probably the hottest yet. 64 breakfast sandwiches 792 beer 16 guys 1 Hummer Limo 24 hours in the Hummer Limo 1 extremely expensive cab ride home 0 Gators 8 massages 10,984 fire ants eating food on the deck 296 lost balls 4 days of pure bliss. Huge shoutout to Derek Wu and Lee Forsberg…
  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Do Favours For Other People

    Jeph
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    1. It makes you feel good.  (^Article from Berkley citing several studies on why doing good deeds makes you feel good) 2. It’s the morally right thing to do. As in, it builds good Karma. (In the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson he talked about the point in which Apple was coming up with iTunes. Everyone was stealing music on the Internet and Steve didn’t agree with that, he wanted a different solution. When the media was critical of iTunes in the beginning Steve was questioned about if iTunes was viable and if it would last, his response was “stealing music…
  • Why McDonald’s is a better first job than working at a gas station

    Jeph
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    We had this argument the other night. Which is better at a young age; working at a gas station or working at a fast food restaurant? My theory goes, at a gas station your job is very transactional. You want to pump gas, pay, and get the hell out of there as fast as possible. Making the working life of a gas station attendant one very lonely job where no one really wants to talk to you (not that it’s your fault). At a fast food restaurant, McDonald’s till worker for argument sake, you have to interact with customers all day long. You can make people smile, make people laugh and…
  • Most events aren’t meant to be remembered

    Jeph
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:02 pm
    that’s why most events aren’t that good. How many presentations, conferences, lecture’s, speeches, keynotes, and guest talks have you been in that have completely bored you to death? It’s become an epidemic, and I hate it. If you don’t intentionally try to create a memorable event why do you think people will remember it?   Start with: why will people remember this? Why will my event be different? How do we get people walking out after the event saying “holy $#!& that was amazing!!”. Maybe therein lies the secret: to create “holy…
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • Vote for Us in the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards!

    Emily Farrar
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    You might have heard that Shoeboxed was nominated for the Small Business Influencer Awards for the second year in a row. We’re thrilled to be nominated, but we need your help to win! You can vote for Shoeboxed right now here! The Awards are designed to recognize individuals and companies  who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful. The winners are chosen based off of popular vote and a panel of 14 hand-selected judges. Voting lasts now through September 15 at 2:59 p.m. Eastern time, so go cast your vote…
  • How to Make Your First Expense Report [VIDEO]

    Emily Farrar
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Making expense reports through Shoeboxed is super simple. Watch this helpful video starring our Lead Customer Advocate Colton to learn how to create your first expense report! Whether you’re using the mobile app or your online account, in just a few clicks you’ll have a neatly organized expense report that you can submit electronically, helping you get reimbursed faster. If you have more questions about creating expense reports or other features of Shoeboxed visit our Help Desk or give us a shout on Twitter at @ShoeboxedHelp. The post How to Make Your First Expense Report…
  • Receipt Management 2.0 Has Arrived

    Emily Farrar
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    We’re thrilled to announce that, starting tomorrow, the new version of our receipt tables will be the default in your online account! The new tables offer: A more simple and streamlined way to view and manage your receipts Two display formats to choose from – whichever strikes your fancy! New vendor and price range filters The new tables have undergone extensive testing by Shoeboxed users and our team, and we’re quite proud of the finished product. We hope that you find it to be an overall improved experience in managing your receipts! What are you waiting for?! Try them out…
  • We’re Nominated for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards!

    Emily Farrar
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Shoeboxed is proud to announce our nomination for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards in the Apps category. The Awards are designed to recognize the unsung heroes of small businesses – those who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful. The winners are chosen based off of popular vote and a panel of 14 hand-selected judges. This is our second time being nominated for the award and we would love all the support we can get! Voting lasts from August 29 at 3p.m. Eastern time through September 15 at 2:59 p.m.
  • iOS App Update: iPad Views, Business Cards and more!

    Emily Farrar
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    If you’re a regular user of the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker for iOS, we have good news for you! As of today, there’s an update available on the App Store that includes some new features and upgrades we think you’ll appreciate. The new version includes: iPad optimized views – Back and better than ever in this version of the app! The ability to choose Receipt or Business Card when submitting a document – This new option was added to clear up any confusion when it comes to submitting business cards through the app, as well as to cut down turnaround time…
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    BoostSuite

  • 3 Brewery Collaborations Displaying Co-Marketing At Its Finest

    Ryan Kettler
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Two marketing minds are always better than one. It’s always easier to get things done when you’re working with someone else towards a common goal. This is also called collaborating. The same principle applies with co-marketing using BoostSuite. Co-marketing is the process of working with your best online partners to build your audience and generate more customers with relevant content and backlinks. These partners already have the audience and customers you need.  Working with them will build your company’s exposure, we call this your Co-Marketing Audience. This week…
  • Why is Your Blog Important For Driving Traffic?

    Ryan Kettler
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    This article was written by Wayne Collier of www.fljean.com. Your blog is your voice, you opinion, your soapbox, and your megaphone, all rolled into one in this fast passed internet world we live in. Imagine you’re online storefront is on a busy street corner at the intersection of Google Parkway and Yahoo Boulevard, with all the cars flying by representing potential traffic. Your blog is your signage out front and your main way of attracting attention. Everyone is busy not paying any attention to you. Maybe that’s because what you are saying is not important to them. The key is…
  • 15 Parallels Between Football and Content Marketing

    Ryan Kettler
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s official – the 2014 football season has begun and I couldn’t be happier. Football is a glorious team sport that’s just as much about the individual as it is the team. Without the individuals, there would be no team, and without the team, there would be no football. If you share my passion for this sport, I respect you. If you ever had the privilege of playing this sport, I commend you. If you’re a B2B marketer and are part of the 93% doing content marketing this year, I think you’ll find this post relatable. After thinking about it, I realized there…
  • Ecommerce Retailers – Don’t Fall Behind Your Competitors This Year

    Ryan Kettler
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    I recently spoke with one of our new customers recently who has been paying for an ecommerce website for two years and hasn’t sold one thing. That’s right, NOT A THING! You can imagine how surprised I was to hear that and how frustrated I was for them. Of course, my emotions can’t even compare to the business owner’s. I don’t know how he maintained his sanity after the sixth month without any sales. I would have given up a long time ago, but that goes to show how determined and dedicated small business owners are when it comes to their online success. Amazing.
  • BoostSuite’s Second Page 10 Award Recipient

    Ryan Kettler
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Welcome back ladies and gentlemen! We’re excited to give out our second Page 10 Award! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this award, allow me to explain: There are some really great results on page 10 of the search results, yet very few searchers ever see them because they simply don’t dig that deep! This award highlights one of the entries from page 10 of the Google search results. We understand how hard it is for small businesses to rank on page 1 of the search results for relevant queries. We also know how important it is to try. That’s why we created…
 
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    The Best Direct Sales Companies

  • Skinny Body Care Business Opportunity Overview

    Angie Nelson
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    Skinny Body Care is a unique direct sales business opportunity in that they only offer two products; Skinny Fiber and Ageless Anti-Aging Serum. As those names suggest, this is a social selling company in the health and wellness industry. This company offers a low level of entry and several ways to earn. Compensation:  Earn $20 on each bottle of Skinny Fiber sold. Start-Up Costs: To get started as a Skinny Body Distributor you simply need to purchase at least one bottle of Skinny Fiber or Ageless Anti-Aging Serum and pay the website activation fee ($69.95 total). You will also be enrolling in…
  • Jeunesse Global Opportunity Overview

    Angie Nelson
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    Jeunesse is an international direct sales company specializing in anti-aging personal care, skincare and nutrition products. This company is growing by leaps and bounds, 38,000 distributors enrolled in the opportunity in June 2014 alone. During that same month, the company also experienced $40 million in sales. Compensation:  Jeunesse Distributors receive financial rewards in a number of ways. On retail sales the profit is 20% to 45%. Earn a one-time cash bonus when enrolling new customers with qualifying purchases. Team overrides and leadership bonuses are also available. Start-Up Costs:…
  • Ground Floor Direct Sales Opportunity: Yourself Expression

    Angie Nelson
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Yourself Expression offers customizable Memory Lockets. Customers can create personalized charms with their interlocking Snaps and Poppers. Compensation:  Expressionists receive 30-50% discount/commission on personal sales. Yourself Expression does not offer downline commissions. Instead, you can earn a higher commission on your own sales and free bonus product for recruiting. Start-Up Costs: You have two options when signing up with YSE. Sign up for $29 and receive a 50% discount on your first order. This option allows you to choose your own merchandise; one Snap, two Poppers, webpage…
  • Become an Independent Chocolatier with Dove Chocolate Discoveries

    Angie Nelson
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Dove Chocolate Discoveries is a Division of Mars, Inc that offers a premium line of Dove Chocolates that are not available in stores – only through Independent Chocolatiers. There is something for everyone: from Martini and smoothie mixes, savory sauces, easy and delicious desserts to fabulous ready to enjoy products such as sea salted caramels! Compensation Plan: Sales commissions range from 25-40%. Overrides of 3-5% are available on all team members plus there is a manager bonus of 3% on entire team sales. There are no downline limits. Start-Up Costs: The starting kit is $115…
  • New Direct Sales Companies: EcoGloMinerals

    Angie Nelson
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:56 am
    EcoGloMinerals is a new direct sales company offering mineral makeup that is animal-friendly, gluten- and corn-free, certified organic and free of silicones, oils and waxes. Their product line currently includes everything from mineral foundations to lip colors to makeup brushes. Compensation:  Base commission is 25% with up to an additional 10% available for high ranking leaders. Consultants can also earn two levels down when building a team. Payments are made via PayPal. Start-Up Costs: Starter Kits range in price from $70 to $240 and include ample marketing materials and product samples.
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    waypointsg.com

  • You can speed up an old iPhone or iPad

    kutenda support
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Does it take your iPad ages to play your favorite videos? Does your iPhone’s Web browser crawl through the Internet? The odds are that your iPad or iPhone are old. When these products get outdated, they get sluggish. The good news? You don’t need to spend the big bucks on a new iPhone or iPad. Instead, you can take some simple steps to boost the speed of your slow devices. Lifehacker writer Whitson Gordon recently offered some tips. No More Upgrades It’s commendable that you’d like to stay updated on the latest offerings from Apple. But downloading that latest version of iOS might…
  • High-Quality Outsourced Small Business IT Services Make Organizations More Flexible and Resilient

    Patrick Scully
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    Running a lean, agile organization can be the best way both of surviving difficulty and being ready to take advantage of new opportunities. Too many smaller and mid-sized companies today carry legacy cruft that ties down their balance sheets and operational powers, and deciding just when and where to step in can be a difficult task for decision makers. Many, though, find that taking a good look at their information technology arrangements can be an excellent place to start. Providers of small business IT services, many companies have found, can often make a compelling cases for divesting…
  • Promote Your Biz with a 6-Second Looping Video

    kutenda support
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    How to Pack Your Message into a Six-Second Video on Vine! If you’ve seen any videos from the new Twitter platform, Vine, you’ve likely been quite fascinated by them, but perhaps also confused as to exactly how to utilize this new platform. What it takes, is a clear idea of your idea! You’ve a mere six seconds to deliver your message, so time is of the essence! How businesses are using Vine The limitations of the platform haven’t prevented businesses from making very influential videos on Vine. On the contrary, the constraints have enabled businesses to craft powerful short…
  • Funny Sells

    kutenda support
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    How to Use Humor to Connect with Your Audience Okay, here’s a freebie for someone out there. It’s totally perplexing why some sharp home décor company hasn’t used humorists Oscar Wilde’s last words in their advertising: “Either this wallpaper goes, or I do.” Plain and simple humor sells. It puts folks in a good frame of mind, and effectively disarms them to where they forget you’re in reality selling them something. Art Linkletter wasn’t kidding when he opined that laughter is the best medicine, and it could be just the prescription your business has been searching for! 4…
  • Are You Using YouTube in Your Business?

    kutenda support
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Great Ways to Get YouTube into Your Business YouTube is now the second largest search engine on the planet, and by far the most flexible. You can embed YouTube videos easily and quickly just about anywhere, and multiply your marketing efforts with ease. Moreover, utilizing YouTube marketing in your business is a very cost-effective way to drive traffic and sales. You’ve heard the stats touting YouTube as the giant it is, and why you really need to use it in your business. Nevertheless, it’s not always obvious precisely how to go about that. Let’s look at 7 ways you can incorporate…
 
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    Orlando Realty Consultants

  • Negotiating Price On Orlando Investment Homes

    John Conde
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
                          Buying Orlando Investment homes with the intention of fixing them up and selling them for profit can be a very lucrative business but you have to know when to buy and when to walk away.   In addition to being an Orlando Realtor, I’m also a re-habber. As a matter of fact, I was re-habbing houses for 10 years before I ever became a real estate agent. In that time I’ve learned quite a lot about flipping houses both what to do and what not to do.    The tough part is getting the homeowner  to sell…
  • Who Decides The Value Of A Short Sale?

    John Conde
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
      Who Decides The Value Of A Short Sale?    http://orlandorealtyconsultants.com/short-sale-experts/ The valuation of a short sale, as determined by the short sale lender, is probably the single most important factor of the transaction.   The way it works is; after an offer gets submitted to the lender, the bank will then order a BPO.. AKA [Brokers price opinion] on the property.    This person will usually be a local realtor that will go out to the property, and after doing their research on recent sales in the neighborhood, will give the lender their opinion of what the…
  • Orlando Realtors Focus On Echo Boomers

    John Conde
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
              These young Americans were born between the years of 1982 and 1995. They are following the “Baby Boomer” generation and are now at the age where real estate and housing is a priority for them. The idea of the”American Dream” looks very different for Echo Boomers then it did for their parents the “Baby Boomers”.     In the Old school way of thinking, owning a home was a top priority for young families. For some reason there was an extra sense of security if you owned a home. Even though the bank was the real…
  • Qualities of a Top Realtor

    John Conde
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
                        Knowledge of their local market It’s absolutely crucial to hire an agent with an intimate knowledge of the local market. The MLS is a great tool when you’re doing some preliminary research like cost per sq ft and getting comparables. However, you need a realtor who can go deeper than that, someone that has local knowledge of the area you’re looking in. When you find a realtor that lives eats and breathes real estate, they’ll know things that other real estate agents won’t.   Relationships…
  • Kaileys Ridge Update

    Jenny Zamora
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
                    Floor plans and pricing for Kailey’s Ridge in Hunters Creek are being finalized by both builders and are expected be ready within weeks. With the entrance roadway now paved, construction moves to the next phase of development. The builders (Ryan Homes and Surrey Homes) will each control 50% of the 134 home sites and are scheduled to begin construction on the actual homes by the end of September or beginning of October of this year. The development will cover about 53.4 acres of land.   Home prices are expected to run between…
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    The Pulse Australia

  • How much of your cash is in your customers’ bank accounts?

    Rhys Roberts
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    By Rhys Roberts For a majority of businesses, the saying “cash is king” has never been more true than it is today. According to a recent Dun & Bradstreet survey, Australian businesses now wait an average of 54 days to receive payment from their customers after issuing an invoice. If your business is turning over $400,000, those 54 debtor days equate to almost $60,000 of your cash that is still sitting in your customers’ bank accounts! Getting paid 30 days after you issue an invoice instead of 54 days would add an instant $28,000 to your bank balance. The situation is even worse…
  • Great entrepreneurs focus on these 4 areas

    MYOB Team
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:08 pm
    By Jack Delosa As business owners it is incredibly easy for us to get bogged down in the day-to-day of running a business. However, this short-term view leaves us simply fire-fighting, instead of growing a business. Great entrepreneurs have four main focus points when it comes to approaching and developing businesses. These focus points will pull you out of the day-to-day and enable you to start building a truly great company. Focus #1: Vision It is your primary job as the business owner to set the vision and direction of the company. Many business owners shy away from setting a clear vision…
  • Is Australia really open for business?

    Jenny Nedanovski
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:35 pm
    By Jenny Nedanovski As Prime Minister Tony Abbott continues to remind us that Australia is ‘open for business’, recent discussions have brought to question just how conducive the business environment really is, especially for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). According to a research by the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, tax compliance is costing SMEs approximately $18.4 billion a year. The average gross tax compliance cost is approximately $11,000 a year. These findings are likely to raise more than a few eyebrows in the business community. As such, the…
  • Episode 4: Content marketing 101 with Trevor Young

    Alistair Nestor
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Trevor Young, PR warrior, keynote speaker, consultant and writer, is a veritable mine of information when it comes to content marketing strategy. His content philosophy focuses on getting three things right: passion, purpose, and strategic intent. In today’s episode, he discusses loads of tips, ideas and strategies around getting your practice into a content marketing mindset. Trevor answers key content marketing questions, such as: What’s the ROI for content marketing? Should you get a ghost writer? The best way to ask for email addresses to add to your database How to earn the right to…
  • Content calendars: Why you need one and how to create it

    Cenk Baban
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:55 pm
    “What have you been up to?” asks your Facebook page. And, you’re not so sure. But you’re not the only one. The majority of business owners struggle to come up with a status update. This situation applies to all social networks, not just Facebook. The demands on a small business owner are countless, and unfortunately social media is just another one added to the list. Yet, you can turn the situation around by using a content calendar. A content calendar can be as simple as a calendar spreadsheet in which you schedule your content —also known as an editorial calendar. Image courtesy…
 
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    Industry Edge

  • 3 Trends for Kitchen Lighting

    Whitney Richardson
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:58 am
    Help customers stay on trend with these savvy selections. Kitchens require a variety of lighting styles to suit the myriad activities that take place there: task lighting for food prep, accent lighting for entertaining, and ambient lighting for overall illumination. To make sure your customers are able to get exactly what they need, it’s important that you carry a good selection. Consider these popular styles to ensure that on-trend kitchen lighting options are available. Consider these popular styles to ensure that on-trend kitchen lighting options are available. Pendant Lights Pendant…
  • How Many Americans Regularly Clean Out Their Garages?

    Whitney Richardson
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Almost half the population clean out their garages once a year or less, according to a new survey from The Lehigh Group. Americans can be hoarders, as demonstrated by the fact that 25 percent of Americans can’t fit a car into their two-car garage because it is crammed with stuff. What’s worse, according to a recent report by The Lehigh Group, creators of Crawford organization solutions, is that the majority of Americans (70 percent) store potentially dangerous power equipment in their garages, while 60 percent store flammable liquids and other dangerous chemicals in their garages. The…
  • In the News: Home Depot Innovations and Philanthropy

    Whitney Richardson
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The big-box retailer has made headlines in August for its useful products, strategic business practices and charitable endeavors. Creative Use of Tools Prosthetics can be necessary but expensive devices for people who’ve lost limbs or extremities. But one man has utilized a few select tools from Home Depot and a 3-D printer to change that . Navy veteran Howard Kamarata used basic materials from the retailer in 3-D printing technology that he accessed through a friend, to help construct a prosthetic hand for three fingers he lost in a miter saw accident. Home Depot is planning to launch an…
  • A Dryer That Uses Half the Energy of Its Competitors

    Whitney Richardson
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    LG Electronics earns top award for its innovative energy-efficient EcoHybrid Heat Pump Dryer. Consumers have grown increasingly aware of the benefits of purchasing eco-friendly appliances for their homes, as reflected in studies and intended purchases. Having a variety of options is important to consumers, who will no doubt be pleased to hear that LG Electronics’ EcoHybrid Heat Pump Dryer is a potential energy-saving source for their laundering needs. Moving the market to heat pump clothes dryers has the potential to provide consumers with a new level of laundry performance while delivering…
  • 5 Top Leaf Blowers for Fall

    Whitney Richardson
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Consumer Reports and Popular Mechanics tested leaf blower models to see which performed best. The first leaf blowers were made in the 1950s and began less as lawn tools and more as agriculture aids. Leaf blowers have since evolved into more portable, more powerful and more versatile instruments. Here are a few to consider stocking in your store, based on recent testing by Consumer Reports and Popular Mechanics. Leaf blowers have since evolved into more portable, more powerful and more versatile instruments. Husqvarna 356BT Consumer Reports tested three types of blowers — gas backpack, gas…
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  • 6 Ways to Creatively Use the Back of Business Cards for Marketing

    Kim George
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    Hello again and happy Tuesday!  I hope that you enjoyed your labor day weekend.A business card is one of the least expensive – yet most effective and budget friendly marketing resources that business owners can have.However, with the amount of business cards that I have received in years past from attending events, conferences and etc., the one thing that I’ve noticed is that not a lot of small business owners take advantage of using the back of their cards.Usually 70% of the business cards that I collect rarely have anything on the back of them…just white space –…
  • Monthly Small Business Roundup (August 2014)

    Kim George
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Hey peeps!  Here are some of the latest and greatest in small business news and entrepreneurship from around the web. Enjoy!  EntrepreneurshipNeed to setup a social media outreach strategy? Here’s a guide that shows you how to do it….Here are five steps to building a personal brandHere are 3 signs you are ready to hire your first employee Marketing and SalesHere are 9 ways to improve your email deliverabilityAre you using content marketing in your business? Here are 8 ways to triple your content output and trafficLearn how to use google to get customers for free Social…
  • 5 Excellent Resources to Help You Master Pinterest Marketing for Small Business

    Chic Geek
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Hey there…I hope that your weekend was good.  It seems like there is just not enough hours in the day to get things done here lately. But I digress.I did get some reading done this weekend and stumbled on an awesome podcast by one of my favorite bloggers – Lisa Irby (of 2CreateaWebsite.com) entitled “How to Build Traffic with Pinterest“.Lisa’s podcast delivers some great information concerning Pinterest and ways that you can use it to drive traffic to your website or blog (if you have one) .I also listened to the video below from April Marie Tucker that gives…
  • 6 Different Ways to Repurpose Your Existing Sales and Marketing Materials

    Kim George
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Happy Thursdayyyyyyy!!!   I hope that your week has been going well.  I’m really excited about today’s post – since I am all about finding different ways to market my business and save moolah!   Sales and marketing is essential for businesses – both large and small. Yet, as a small business owner with a limited budget, buying sales and marketing materials can be pricey at times.   When you are at a point in your business where you have maxed out your marketing budget and are both pressed for time and money- one of the easiest things that you can do is…
  • Seven Examples of Professional Out of Office Autoresponder Email Messages

    Chic Geek
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Happy Tuesday all…If you are planning to head out on vacation or step away from your office for a few days- creating an out of office autoresponder email message is essential.I’m sure that at some point in your business endeavors, you have received one of these types of messages when reaching out to your customers and business associates.What are autoresponder email messages?An autoresponder email message is a notification that you receive when the person you are trying to reach is out of the office.  These messages typically give you (some) of the following information:How…
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  • Will the EU’s “Right to be Forgotten” Rule Transform the Internet?

    Peter Nguyen
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    There is a specter haunting the European Union (EU): the specter of forgetfulness. A set of regulatory laws passed by the Union in recent years guarantees citizens the Right to be Forgotten, promising the ability to clean the online record of bad decisions. The right was recently upheld in the highest EU courts, signaling that it may be here to stay. On the surface, the law seems like a privacy advocate’s dream; however, once the surface is scratched, deeper concerns become apparent. What Is It? The Right to be Forgotten (or RtbF) is a legal construct of the European Union. In 1995, the…
  • Support Privacy as a Human Right

    Peter Nguyen
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Do you support privacy as a human right? Anchorfree’s CEO, David Gorodyansky, will be speaking on this topic at SXSW 2015 with your help. SXSW (South by Southwest) is a set of film, interactive, and music festivals and conferences that take place annually in Austin, Texas in mid-March. Each year, thousands of entries are submitted. The topics that get the most votes from the community, the advisory board, and the SXSW staff will get invited to present at this prestigious event. As you know, Anchorfree is a champion of internet privacy. Our Hotspot Shield VPN protects users’ privacy on…
  • How Your Household Items Could Be Spying On Everything You Do

    Peter Nguyen
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Many items in your home, including your dryer, is a computer with the ability to track your behavior. Corporate entities and hackers alike are increasingly finding ways to capitalize on data grabs from even our most mundane of daily activities. Thanks to the ever-growing Internet of Things that’s becoming integrated into the fabric of our lives, it’s hard to trust even the most seemingly innocuous inanimate objects in your home. See how your household items could be spying on everything you do. Devices With Cameras Are Vulnerable Your television and laptop now have some things in…
  • How the Internet Security Landscape Shifted in 2014′s First Quarter

    Peter Nguyen
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:54 pm
    The good news is that observed Internet attack traffic fell in most countries in the first quarter of 2014. The bad news is that the United States has risen to second in the world, after China, as a source of attack traffic. The most recent State of the Internet Report by Akamai Technologies identifies these and other trends in Internet security and speed. Akamai is a U.S. Internet content delivery network and the creator of the Akamai Intelligent Platform, which delivers more than two trillion Internet interactions and protects users from several distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks…
  • Google Glass – Are the Privacy Fears Justified?

    Peter Nguyen
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Google has been celebrating the May 2014 public release of its Google Glass with a traveling road show that allows tech-heads to play with the wearable technology. At the shows Google employees and early adopters known as Google Glass “Explorers” extol the virtues of the Internet-capable eyewear, which contains a built-in camera. However, the device has also come under criticism from people worried about potential privacy infringements. Read on to discover whether their fears are justified. Bars & More Outlaw Google Glass Due to Privacy Concerns At least eight bars in the San…
 
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  • Cash has lost its currency

    Matt Niehaus
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Among young people, using cash has lost its currency Peter Coy, SF Chronicle
  • How to Bring in Customers on Slow Nights

    Matt Niehaus
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    If your restaurant or café has consistently slow times each week, then it may be tempting to offer a special promotion to lure in customers — say two for one appetizers or $5 off desserts. mPOS systems like Instore allow you to create promotions easily while reporting on the promotions’ efficacy. Another strategy is to create events on those nights that bring in customers who otherwise might never set foot into your business. These new customers will hopefully order food and drinks during the event and, assuming they have a good experience, come back another night of the week. Here's…
  • Is Your Restaurant Ready for Drive-Thru?

    Matt Niehaus
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Many of the most popular quick-service chain restaurants in the world offer a drive-thru window at most of their locations — McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Dunkin’ Donuts are several major players that rule the drive-thru. If you run an independent restaurant or small chain, is it worth the logistic and construction hassles of adding a drive-thru window? On the plus side, a drive-thru could help boost your revenues, through increased visits, larger tickets, and access to new audiences. For instance: Drive-thru tickets are often higher than walk-in tickets. At Boloco, a fast-casual…
  • Why Digital Receipts Are a Win for Your Small Business

    Matt Niehaus
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Most of the time, receipts are a waste of paper for food service businesses. Customers generally have no need to keep their receipts, so they throw them out within seconds — but you’re still stuck paying for the paper, ink, and printers to provide a receipt for every order. Instead of printing receipts by default, consider offering your customers digital receipts as a primary option. Here are some of the primary reasons to focus on digital: You’ll save money on supply costs. It costs nothing to send an email, while you’ll need to pay for every roll of receipt paper and ink…
  • Will Restaurant Tipping Go Out of Style?

    Matt Niehaus
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A waffle restaurant made headlines earlier this summer when it allegedly denied a waitress a $1,000 tip left by a generous patron. Tipping restaurant staff isn't customary in parts of Asia and Europe, but it's ingrained in the culture (and pay structure) at most restaurants and cafés across North America. That could be changing as restaurants in New York, Los Angeles and even British Columbia experiment with nixing gratuities. Instead of having the customer leave a tip, these restaurants price food higher to cover a higher hourly rate for their employees. Could this new pricing model have…
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  • How to Create a Blogging Guide for Your Small Business Blog

    Deb Lee
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    At first glance, blogging may seem to require little effort. Just sign up for WordPress, get a hosting company, grab a nice skin (or theme) for your blog, and then start writing. Simple, right? In theory, it really can be that simple. But, if you’re serious about blogging, it often takes passion — for the topic you’re […] The post How to Create a Blogging Guide for Your Small Business Blog appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • 4 Reasons Home-Based Business Owners Should Use the Cloud

    Deb Lee
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:43 am
    You opened your home-based business about a year ago, and things are going really well. Sales have been picking up speed, you just hired your first employee and your home work space is neat and organized. Your only concern at this point revolves around your computer and the plethora of important business data that it […] The post 4 Reasons Home-Based Business Owners Should Use the Cloud appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • {Small Business Tech Chat} Behind the Scenes of a Podcast [Video]

    Deb Lee
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Are you thinking about starting a podcast or reviving one that you’ve put on the back burner? The June 2014 Small Business Tech Chat was all about podcasting and how you can start your own, so stick around. A podcast is just another tool to reach your target audience. The one neat thing about a podcast — […] The post {Small Business Tech Chat} Behind the Scenes of a Podcast [Video] appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • Apps to Help You Run a Business From Your Smartphone

    Deb Lee
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Today’s post was written by Kevin Flanagan. According to Pew Research, 58 percent of Americans have a smartphone, and 42 percent of Americans own a tablet computing device. They are used for shopping, making transactions, finding maps, communicating with others, and more. So, what’s to stop you from running a business from a smart device? Managing your […] The post Apps to Help You Run a Business From Your Smartphone appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • {Small Business Tech Chat} Is a Membership Website Right for Your Small Business? [Video]

    Deb Lee
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Have you thought of adding a membership component to your website to enhance your current services? Or, perhaps you’re thinking of building a company with a membership site at the core. Do you know whether or not this would be a good fit for your small business? The business model is the greatest benefit and that’s […] The post {Small Business Tech Chat} Is a Membership Website Right for Your Small Business? [Video] appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
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  • 5 Time-Saving Business Tools You Need to Know

    Yael Grauer
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Running a small business involves wearing many hats, and you may find yourself wishing you had an extra set of helping hands. Luckily, Using online apps and business tools can help run your business more efficiently. We’ve found five business tools which can help you boost your favorite pages or profiles in search engines; monitor online reviews; track down specific individuals you’d like to reach out to; and even see what stories and blog posts your friends and colleagues are discussing while you’re busy running your business. Pick and choose the tools specific to your…
  • Google Retires Google Authorship

    Chipper Nicodemus
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    Google announced yesterday that after three years, the company has retired Google Authorship. Authorship joins other retired Google products like Google Reader to face an early Google grave. We saw the writing on the wall a few months ago when we shared that Google reduced the appearance of Authorship photos in search engine results pages (SERPs). John Muller of Google Webmaster Tools announced in a Google+ post that the Authorship project has been put to rest after continuous updating, tweaking and honing. “Unfortunately, we’ve also observed that this information…
  • Are You Committing Content and Social Media Sabotage?

    Colleen Corkery
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Recently, I had a music journalist and friend conduct an interview with one of our favorite artists. The day the interview went live, I was beaming with pride for my writer pal and couldn’t wait to share his article with the rest of the world. When I finished reading the interview, I enthusiastically searched the bottom of the article for a sign of those social sharing buttons, but I couldn’t find them? “Maybe they’re at the top!” I thought. So I quickly scrolled to the beginning of the article, and found nothing. Astonishment began to sink in. Was this very well…
  • 3 Highly Effective Word-of-Mouth Marketing Tactics

    Yael Grauer
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Despite the rise of social media, many recommendations still happen offline, with people sharing their experiences with friends over the phone or face-to-face. On the surface, word-of-mouth marketing may seem more geared towards large companies, but this isn’t entirely accurate. “Small businesses have a huge advantage over large companies in word-of-mouth marketing because the distance between company owner and customers is much closer,” says Brad Fay, chief operating officer of Keller Fay Group, an award-winning word-of-mouth research and consulting company, and chairman of…
  • Instagram Rolls out New Tools for Businesses

    Colleen Corkery
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    Instagram has officially jumped on the ‘social media is for businesses, too’ bandwagon. This week, the image-based social site with more than 200 million users worldwide, has announced a new suite of tools and real-time campaign data “to help brands better understand the performance of their paid and organic content on Instagram.” The tools available for businesses will include: Account insights – Impressions, reach and engagement analytics Image courtesy of Instagram Ad insights – Paid campaign performance including impressions, reach and frequency…
 
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  • The Art of Spin, and an End to Creativity

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    I think it’s fair to say that there is increasing pressure on business owners and marketers to create seemingly huge volumes of content, to support their digital marketing efforts today.  When examined, the reasoning is sound; more content means more “stuff” to share via social media channels, which in itself should increase traffic to your site (assuming you have some level of influence), as well as an inherent improvement in the chance of ranking for certain keywords, and generally offering improved engagement. Today’s time-poor businessperson is bound to look…
  • The Content Generation

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
  • #SophiesChoice - How Social Stole the limelight at the World Cup

    19 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    After a month of football madness, this week signalled the end of another World Cup. Big events like this really help us to see how technology is shifting people's behaviour on a grand scale. This year, perhaps expectedly, was packed with tweets, posts and some great memes as people turned to social media to get their voices heard, and to join in the general hubbub surounding the World Cup.
  • 6 Tips for Higher Converting Landing Pages

    30 Jun 2014 | 9:49 am
    It's a fact that having more landing pages on offer for your visitors will improve the volume of leads you generate via your website.  Even a pretty poor landing page, with a half-baked offer will probaby generate some interest, but any marketer wants to maximise the chances of success, and there are plenty of ways to ensure that your lead capture pages are performing at their very best.  Here's 6 ways to improve your chances:
  • #SophiesChoice - Why the smartest brands race to respond to consumers on social

    16 May 2014 | 10:07 am
    Whether B2B or B2C, your customers are getting more and more demanding. Though the benefits of technology are huge, the difficulty with your "social" and "always on" consumer, is that you need to be too.
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  • Habit Mapping Webinar

    Kim Yuhl
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Sometimes, well most of the time,  change seems daunting and that’s because our own minds work against us. As humans, we like things that are comfortable and change isn’t comfortable at all – even if it’s the right kind of change. Then the excuses begin: “I can’t”, “I don’t know how”,  “It will cost too much […]
  • Habit Mapping for Business

    Kim Yuhl
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:17 pm
    The differences between successful businesses and failing ones aren’t probably what you think. While lack of funding, the inability to attract customers or a lack of vision might be readily blamed for the failure of a business, sure it’s part of the problem but they are seldom the real reason behind the failure.  Bottom line […]
  • What is Habit Mapping?

    Kim Yuhl
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Do you realize that almost half of your day is made up of habits? Some of these habits add value to your day and to your life while others can actually detract from it. Your day takes shape based primarily on the habits that are just part of your normal routine, without much thought. Just […]
  • When Did Learning Become Secondary?

    Kim Yuhl
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Choosing to uproot my children and move to Thailand in the middle of their high school years was not what I imagined when Way and I talked about how to provide our kids with a global perspective. I have always felt that my education began when I started flying around the world for Pan Am. While […]
  • What If The Signs Are Wrong?

    Kim Yuhl
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:04 pm
    By now you probably know that just a few weeks ago, Way and I decided it was best for the kids to remain in the US. That means Way and I will be separated while he finishes his contract and his Masters Degree in Thailand. Do I love this plan? Honestly, not so much. Do […]
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  • PR Agency Search: Finding the Perfect Fit

    Joey Sargent
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Guest Post How to choose a public relations agency that meets the needs of your business A good public relations campaign can significantly grow your business and leave your competitors firmly behind. But how do you go about choosing a PR agency that can meet the needs of your business and understand its goals and values. In this article I will provide you with a number of tips that will make choosing a PR agency a much easier task. Have an understanding of what you want to achieve from a PR campaign Before you start drawing up a list of potential agencies, take some time to define the role…
  • 5 Tips for Successful Direct Marketing

    Joey Sargent
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Guest Post If you are a small business owner it is important you are able to acquire new customers, however it can often be difficult to know how to do this successfully. If you have not already considered it, it may be worth your while looking into direct marketing as a cost-effective and efficient way to market your business, service or product. As with any marketing campaign, the higher level of response the more business you are able to bring in; and the aim of the direct-mail marketing campaign is to maximize the responses from your potential customers. The key to successful direct…
  • One Simple Way to Improve Your Marketing Results

    Joey Sargent
    10 Dec 2013 | 10:25 am
    I’m often asked the best way to increase marketing ROI. There are many ways to pump up the results from various marketing activities. Marketers spend a great deal of time and effort on data analysis to improve the impact of campaigns and programs by even the smallest of margins. There’s nothing wrong with that, but before you get too far down that path, consider this one, fail-safe way to improve your marketing results: Shift from reactive to proactive marketing. Reactive marketing means you’re doing something because someone suggested you should, rather than because you…
  • Take 5 Strides to Powerful Sales Goals

    Joey Sargent
    27 Nov 2013 | 6:15 am
    Mile 25. “It’s still within reach,” I told myself, checking my watch as I approached the parking lot of the Pentagon. I pressed on through the agony that had been my companion for a full hour. This was my third attempt at breaking the magic 4-hour barrier for a marathon. Despite dropping a critical 30 seconds at mile 22, I was hopeful I could fulfill my dream at the Marine Corps Marathon. The folks at Athlinks.com compile race results for everyone competing in a certified event, novices and elite entrants alike. As a result, public shaming has become commonplace for Congressmen and…
  • Do You Have What It Takes to Succeed in SEO Today?

    Joey Sargent
    17 Oct 2013 | 8:00 am
    6 Important Factors for Small Business SEO Success Is finding new customers one of your biggest concerns as a small business owner? If so, you’re not alone, according to a survey done by Yodle. The need to consistently attract clients to your business is one of the top reasons search engine optimization (SEO) has become such a popular marketing channel over the past few years. Although it has been widely misused and abused by “black hat” companies offering cheap, unethical services, that doesn’t mean it’s not a viable tactic for companies that are truly doing it right. If you’re…
 
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  • How to Steer Clear of Business Frustrations

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
        All small business owners have been there—wasted time on unfamiliar tasks, frustrated by wasting money because you don’t know the ropes yet. But now there are ways to avoid these things. Experience is always the best teacher, but in our internet-based society, there’s no excuse for wasting your energy. Here are 7 internet resources that use cloud storage to help your business run smoothly—from the start.   Website Design First, create your website at Strikingly.com, then go to Canva.com to design your logos and layout. The best part? They’re both free. Canva.com…
  • Why Every Business Owner Needs a Strategy Advisor

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Why Every Business Owner Needs a Strategy Advisor Emerging businesses need many things. They need revenue, customers, employees, current cash flow, and access to funding to support continued growth. One thing that is often over-looked, however, is the advice and counsel of a trusted advisor. Owing a business is a very lonely proposition. Most people have no understanding of what it means to make payroll, negotiate with banks and vendors, hire and train employees and continually attract new business. It is a full-time endeavor and not for the weak of mind or spirit. Many business owners turn…
  • Finding Accounting in the Least Likely Places

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
        Are you sick of the rigmarole of installing, learning, and keeping up with traditional accounting software? Then you’ve come to the right place. You may be fed up with installed programs (like QuickBooks) for a number of reasons—the unreliability of your computer to display programs properly, the exhaustion of learning the program when you first install it, the bugs that come with installation software. Whatever your reasons, there is hope! There are many free accounting services available online.   Know Your Accounting Needs Before deciding on accounting software, you…
  • Employment Frenzy: How to Hire Your Best Workers

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
        We’ve all searched for a job at one point or another. We were just looking for someone who liked our skill set and wanted to pay us decently. But we didn’t always think about what it was like for the people hiring us. As a small business owner, the choice to hire employees can be a hard one (if you started out alone), or one that you built into your business plan. No matter at what point in the process you decided to add some workers to your payroll, picking the best ones can be a challenge.   Choosing Well-Suited Employees Of course the age-old resume search is…
  • Small Time Taxes: What You Should Know

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
        If you’re thinking about starting up your own business, knowing what’s required of you by the IRS is important. If you’ve already started your business but haven’t bothered much with taxes, it’s time you changed that. Small businesses must pay their dues. Just because you start a business doesn’t mean you get to rake in all that cash without consequences. Even contract workers have to pay up come April 15. Knowing what’s coming will keep you from feeling the pinch at tax time.   Typical Small Business Taxes Every business pays taxes, whether independently…
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  • Using Content for Client Acquisition

    Godot Media
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Experts agree that the key to effective content marketing lies in the creation of useful content. Content marketing is an on-going process that involves identifying dynamic platforms, which allow you to communicate with the target audience, without necessarily selling to them. It is an opportunity for a brand or a company to share valuable information that is likely to influence buying decisions. Content marketing is a great tool in not only spreading brand awareness, but can also be used as a powerful strategy in client acquisition. Thanks to the widespread use of the internet buyers are now…
  • Top 99 Social Media Marketing Blogs List (81 – 99)

    Godot Media
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:58 pm
    81. Top Dog Social Media Top Dog Social Media is one of the few companies that are on the forefront of social media marketing. It focuses on building relationships with the help of technology and helps other companies uncover the true potential of social media in the success of a business. Top Dog Social Media was founded by Melonie Dodaro, an expert social media strategist. She has spoken on numerous forums and has even published her work in several social media journals. 82. Social Media Today Social Media Today is an online community for people in the fields of advertising, marketing, PR,…
  • Top 99 Social Media Marketing Blogs List (61 – 80)

    Godot Media
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    61. Pushing Social Pushing Social is a blog founded by Stan Smith, who is also the managing director of the blog. Stan is a business growth strategist and uses social media tools to help companies and individual business owners achieve competitive advantage. Pushing Social ensures that people harness their potential and achieve their business objectives. 62. Social Barrel Social Barrel is a company founded by a group of social media enthusiasts. It covers all aspects of social media including the latest trends and news-feeds, as well as many interesting stories. The company mainly caters to…
  • Top 99 Social Media Marketing Blogs List (41 – 60)

    Godot Media
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:54 pm
    41. Amy Porterfield Amy Porterfield is a social media deviser who has co-authored a book called Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies. She maintains a blog through which she helps small business owners and entrepreneurs in making their social media campaigns more efficient, maximizing their benefits and raising the chances of success of their online marketing efforts. 42. Connie Bensen Connie Bensen is passionate about community building and the various aspects of branding and social networking. With her personal blog posts, she is aiming to provide leadership and mentorship to many…
  • Top 99 Social Media Marketing Blogs List (21 – 40)

    Godot Media
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:52 pm
    21. Razor Social Razor Social is an independent agency that advices companies regarding the use of social media tools and technology. Apart from advice, it also provides strong content and training for brands and businesses. Razor Social is a one stop solution for all resources related to social media. The company was founded by Ian Cleary back in 2005 with the help of business partner Colette. 22. Social Mouths SocialMouths is a personal blog founded and maintained by Francisco Rosales. He writes the blog with the sole aim of providing free advice to companies, especially in helping brands…
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  • What Are The Benefits Of Apprenticeships?

    Barry
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Just what are the benefits of apprenticeships? How do they help your business and how do the apprentices themselves benefit? Wikipedia describes apprenticeships as - “Apprenticeship is a system of training a new generation of practitioners of a trade or profession with on-the-job training and often some accompanying study (classroom work and reading). Apprenticeship also enable practitioners to gain a license to practice in a regulated profession. Apprentices or protégés build their careers from apprenticeships. Most of their training is done while working for an employer who helps…
  • 10 Subreddits That Every Professional Should Follow

    Barry
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:16 am
    Reddit’s full of interesting original articles sorted into ‘SubReddits’. Here’s 10 Subreddits That Every Professional Should Follow Whether you’re in need of some motivation for the day, a clever productivity hack to streamline your processes or tips on how to lead your team, there’s a subreddit that covers it. Below are just 10 suggestions but there are countless more, ever more niche, subreddits to browse and learn from. /r/Career Career Stuff. Anything related to starting a career, advancement, tips, resumes, etc. /r/GetDisciplined Everyone needs help…
  • Why You Should Care About Offboarding, A Lot

    Barry
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Offboarding’s an extremely important part of the employee life cycle, yet many brands ignore this process. Here’s why you should care about offboarding, a lot. Just as onboarding is the process by which a company ensures that a new starter is integrated into the business culture as efficiently as possible, offboarding should be used to ensure that an employee leaves the business in the best way. There are a number of reasons why it’s important for brands to invest time and effort into their offboarding process. These include: Because data security is more important than…
  • Helping Employees To Beat The Winter Blues

    Barry
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Helping employees to beat the Winter blues isn’t only good for them, but also for the business too. With such a great Summer this year it’ill be that little bit harder when the nights start to roll in and things get colder. Here’s what your employees can do to stay happy and productive. Encourage annual leave to get some Winter sun One main factor which contributes to that feeling we get in Winter is the lack of sun in our lives. To counteract this encourage employees to take a few days off to get away in the sun and to soak up some vitamin D. If they’re unable to…
  • See Into The Future With Predictive Analytics

    Barry
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    The more data we share, collect and analyse, the easier it is to see into the future with predictive analytics. But what’s it all about and how can it benefit your business? ‘Predictive Analytics’ is described as “In business, predictive models exploit patterns found in historical and transactional data to identify risks and opportunities. Models capture relationships among many factors to allow assessment of risk or potential associated with a particular set of conditions, guiding decision making for candidate transactions.” – from Wikipedia PA can be…
 
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  • 5 Ways to Inspire Creativity among Employees

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Fostering a culture of creativity innovation is critical to the success of a company. Success in modern business requires the ability to adapt quickly, responding to evolving market conditions and changes in prevailing best-practices. As a result, creativity and innovation are among the most important features of successful, forward-thinking enterprises. Staying on the cutting edge means committing to strategies that support staffing and infrastructure capable of staying a step ahead of the competition. Team-thinking and creativity are key components of winning business plans, which set…
  • Why New Grads Should Work For a Startup

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    The main reasons and benefits why a new grads should consider working for a startup. Whether you are about to graduate from college, or you already have, chances are that you are thinking seriously about your future, and weighing your options for employment. The goal of all college students is to be employed as quickly as possible, but in many cases this can’t happen. Many young people seek the instant security of a well-defined industry such as banking or consulting, but for others these career paths simply don’t offer them what they want out of life.Related Post: 4 Traits of a…
  • Your Employees Go First

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Only if we can create value for our employees, we can delight our customers. Customers are very important to an organization. The main objective of the company is to create different shared value to its customer. However, companies that claim they put the customer first, do not really understand how to create value. Value is created as a result of the interaction of our employees with our customers. You cannot create value to others, unless you create value within the company. In other words, if you want your employees to take good care of your customers, start by taking good care…
  • Dealing With Difficult Situations in Your Business

    12 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Sooner or later, all businesses face problems. How-to deal with them is the key to the success of our organization. Did you realise that the average Westerner spends around 90,000 hours at work during their lifetime? That’s enough time play more than 15000 games of football or 23 World Cups! It’s certainly more than sufficient time for one or two sticky situations to arise, whether that’s related to conduct, performance or security issues.Related Post: Companies Need Entrepreneurs Willing to Take Risks As with most issues and problems, the key to dealing with them…
  • Building Loyalty From The First Interview

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

    Brian Sutter
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    For those in education, an automated inventory system can be priceless. Schools and universities are responsible for the storage of nearly limitless supplies and books—from front office supplies to classroom texts and full libraries. The information and materials available at these institutions is incredibly valuable; however, without a quality inventory management system, that information can [...]
  • 3 Reasons Walter White (and Every Small Business Owner) Should Implement Inventory Tracking

    Jason Sentell
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    WARNING: this post contains Breaking Bad spoilers (and useful advice for your small business). Winning an amazing 5 Emmy’s last night, there’s no doubt Season 5 of Breaking Bad was well received. But now we wonder how Heisenberg would have been able to effectively manage his inventory if the methylamine-powered empire were to continue past [...]
  • To Err is Human: Reduce Errors with Barcodes

    Brian Sutter
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    All types of businesses profit from increased efficiency and error reduction when they begin using barcode software and equipment. The results might be most dramatic in health care centers where miscoding, poor handwriting, and heavy workloads result in errors that cost money and threaten patient health. According to a report from American Nurse Today, medication errors [...]
  • 4 Reasons to use Laser Barcode Scanners

    Jason Sentell
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    The ubiquitous barcode scanner has been with us for decades. It fills the need for accurate, timely capture and use of inventory data, with applications from the checkout stand to the complex inventory management systems of major corporate and government organizations. It has rendered obsolete armies of inventory control clerks with clipboards and pens, retail [...]
  • 5 Reasons Pen & Paper Timesheets and Timecards Are Costing You Money

    Brian Sutter
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    It’s widely understood that technology, when utilized properly, can make businesses more efficient.  Unfortunately, time tracking systems are frequently overlooked by small businesses.  Time and attendance systems eliminate many of the problems associated with old-fashioned clock punching, but many small businesses continue to use pen and paper timesheets or timecards. Processing payroll manually costs your [...]
 
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  • Many Hands Make Light Work: The Value of Mentoring

    10 Aug 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Small business owners possess a seemingly infinite to-do list, constantly checking things off and adding more to the agenda. In my business coaching and advisory engagements I often notice that the pursuit of operational perfection comes at the cost of personal development and self-improvement. But self-improvement and personal development need not be neglected. Choosing a mentor is a good way to ensure that you, as a business owner, continue to grow, learn and progress successfully along with your business. Begin by accepting the fact that you, like everyone else, don’t know…
  • Who Is Influencing Your Customers? How Do You Listen On Social Media?

    4 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    We’ve heard it many times - listening and hearing are two very different things.  As a business coach who has helped many small businesses to succeed with social media, I need to stress it is vital to listen to your customers, hear what they are saying and wisely act upon it. When you fail to perform any one of these three steps, the benefits of your social media outreach may well be squandered. Monitoring and information gathering can be useful, but it really can’t help you understand your customers. Social care, or the practice of utilising social media for customer care…
  • Take Back Your Time By Building a Great Team

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Embarking on your journey as a small business owner may often feel like a lonely one-person job. It’s a common trait which is why I suggest in my business coaching assignments that building the best possible team around you can help you to alleviate that stress and free up some valuable time. Building the team can feel a bit like a game of Tetris - the key is finding how they all fit together in order to build the most secure and successful structure. When building your team remember to: Identify your weaknesses and areas in your business that need improvement and begin filling these…
  • Using Webinars To Promote Your Business

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    No matter how quick your pace, it seems keeping up with technology these days is just about impossible! Just as you embrace one innovation and accept another trend, the next big thing arrives with another following closely behind. The key to surviving the constant barrage of innovations is to select the tried and true methods that most fit with your business’ goals. Utilising webinars to market your business is one trend worth your attention.  For a whole lot of reasons it’s an important part of my business coaching business. So webi-what? A webinar is simply a web-hosted…
  • Do You Have Time To Outsource?

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In some of my business coaching assignments I have noticed opportunities to make some relatively low risk changes to achieve some big results. However another thing being a business coach has taught me is that small business owners are, by nature, the last to relinquish control, making outsourcing tricky business. Avoid the typical rookie outsourcing mistakes made by many business owners. Realise the difference between projects and outsourcing; think building a website vs. managing a website. For simplicity’s sake, look into automation in lieu of outsourcing. Don’t outsource what…
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  • Gray Suprise Wedding Southampton 8/23/14

    Paul
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:04 pm
    This wedding was a great idea.   When Jen approached me with the concept I was excited to be apart of it.  They invited about 50 of their closest friends to what they thought was an engagement party.  Little did they know a priest would be arriving 45 minutes in and they were getting married. […] The post Gray Suprise Wedding Southampton 8/23/14 appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • Kevin’s 50th Birthday Party Manorville 8/16/14

    Paul
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Been a while since I did something in Manorville so I was excited to put in a winning bid on this one. Yes, Thumbtack. The hosts Milli & Kevin were very nice people. I knew i had a very down to earth crowd so I played some classic Rock, motown, and then I went current. […] The post Kevin’s 50th Birthday Party Manorville 8/16/14 appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • Heather Benn 40th birthday party boat Real Escape

    Paul
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    Boat Birthday Party in Sag Harbor 8/9/14   I received a call about a week and half ago to play at a 40th birthday party on a boat.  I was really excited about the opportunity.  A week of thoughts raised a couple of concerns that I wasn’t able to answer.  They told me they had […] The post Heather Benn 40th birthday party boat Real Escape appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • Southampton Commons 2014 Annual Holiday Party

    Paul
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    It’s really been a strange summer, and the one constant is the annual holiday party at Southampton Commons.  It was a relief for me to get back to work after a two week hiatus.  I hope the rest of my summer improves.  Here is my set list i rocked.  Opened up with some big band […] The post Southampton Commons 2014 Annual Holiday Party appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • 6/21/14 #Birthday Party Fadi Zaya Wainscott

    Paul
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Birthday Party for Fadi Zaya Birthday parties are great in the summer time.I was really looking forward to this birthday party for multiple reasons.  The kind of music, and people renting the house for the weekend.  It’s usually a great combination for a great party and I knew it.   When i found out that […] The post 6/21/14 #Birthday Party Fadi Zaya Wainscott appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
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  • Are Your Employees Fulfilled, Appreciated and Understood?

    Raymond Manley
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/09/are-your-employees-fulfilled-appreciated-and-understood/Forget once-a-year employee surveys. How about once-a-week? That is if you even do employee surveys. Many companies will survey their customers. The surveys range from simple questions, as in the Net Promoter Score type surveys to elaborate multiple question surveys. Some of the best companies also survey their employees, typically once a year. The leadership and management in these companies want to make sure that the employee sentiment is in line with the culture, vision, mission and philosophy of…
  • Say ¡Bienvenidos! to the Global Economy

    Raymond Manley
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:23 pm
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/09/say-bienvenidos-to-the-global-economy/ “To have another language is to possess a second soul.” – Charlemagne. I certainly love the sentiment in that Charlemagne quote, but for the practical small business owner, being able to speak a second language in today’s global marketplace and increasingly polyglot United States does even more: it can be a distinct competitive advantage. A friend of mine – an Anglo – speaks Spanish quite well. He once supervised a fairly large assembly line in California where Spanish was the first language of…
  • Why You Should Meet the Business Across the Street

    Raymond Manley
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/09/why-you-should-meet-the-business-across-the-street/Connecting and collaborating with other local business owners unlocks a wealth of knowledge and business opportunities. So it did not come as a surprise to my co-founder and me when we interviewed local business owners about what they wished technology could do for them. Often the answer was simply, “Can it just introduce me to the business owner across the street?” One of the key challenges of being a local business owner is the sense of isolation that results from a lack of time. You’re busy running…
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