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  • District Court Invalidates F-1 OPT STEM Extension, DHS Plans Next Steps

    VISANOW Global Immigration
    Patty Johnson
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:15 am
    On August 12, the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the program granting 17-month extensions in F-1 Optional Practical Training for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students was invalid, citing that the program failed to follow the proper enactment procedures. The F-1 OPT program allowed F-1 students who have majored in STEM fields to obtain an additional 17 months of OPT work authorization after graduation from their program, beyond the 12 months granted to F-1 students of all majors. The court recognizes that the immediate elimination of STEM…
  • 5 Million-Dollar Home-Based Business Ideas You Can Use Today

    YoungEntrepreneur.com
    Rahul Varshneya
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Teach an online course. Write an ebook. Conceive a product you yourself need. The ideas are out there. Get started!
  • Amazon and the Growth of the Independent Workforce

    Small Business Labs
    Steve
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Internet has lit up with reactions to the New York Times article on Amazon's bruising, data-driven, "purposeful Darwinism" culture. The vast majority of reactions are negative. This not surprising given how harsh the article makes Amazon sound - people crying at their desks, sick people callously culled, lots of backstabbing, etc. The reason we care about this issue is how companies treat their workers has a major impact on the independent workforce. This is because most people go through a "mental math" process weighing the pro and cons of self-employment versus…
  • 3 Easy Ways to Expand Your Creativity

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    Chris Garrett
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    Imagination is more important than knowledge. – Albert Einstein Remember when you were little and the best gift of all was a large cardboard box? That box could be anything from a small family home to the vanguard of an intergalactic attack fleet. With a few hastily drawn lines in permanent marker — and a wild imagination — we could go anywhere and be anything. If you were given an empty box to play with today, would you find as many fascinating uses as you could back then? As adults we tend to keep our imaginations locked in tightly controlled boxes — in case of emergency…
  • Craft a Perfect Logo with Tips from the Most Recognized Brands

    Small Business Trends
    DashBurst
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    A company’s logo is not just a pretty image — it’s the face of the brand. Your logo represents your company and influences how customers feel about it. That’s why it’s so important for a brand to have a great logo. But what makes for a great logo? Folder printing business Company Folders gives us some insight into this with its infographic “The Recipe for the Perfect Logo.” This helpful infographic explains — in easy to digest terms — the different ingredients you need to cook up a great logo for your company. First, a logo must appeal to your target…
 
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  • Amazon Dismisses "Dozens" Of Engineers Who Worked On Failed Fire Phone

    Pavithra Mohan
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:22 am
    The e-commerce company is also cutting back on other projects from Lab126, its hardware research and development division.Amazon has sent packing "dozens" of engineers who worked on its ill-fated Fire phone, according to the Wall Street Journal. The e-commerce giant is also making other changes to Lab126, its consumer electronics R&D division, including putting the brakes on some of its more lofty hardware objectives.Read Full Story
  • Yes, Anti-Facial-Recognition Glasses Are Coming

    Victor Kotsev
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    The perfect gift for that person in your life who wants to take their privacy protection offline, too. But is it just window dressing?Has the encroachment of facial-recognition software made you a little uneasy? Are you concerned that cameras are tracking your every movement in public? Are you not ready to commit to makeup-based camouflage? Well, the National Institute of Informatics (NII) of Japan is rolling out a first-of-its-kind commercial product next year that might be for you.Read Full Story
  • Airbnb Is The Latest Tech Company To Hire Big-Name Political Talent

    Sarah Kessler
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:43 am
    Former Bill Clinton advisor Chris Lehane is Airbnb's new head of global policy and public affairs.Airbnb announced on Thursday that it had hired Chris Lehane, a former advisor to President Clinton, as its new head of global policy and public affairs.Read Full Story
  • The Big Bad Wolf Gets A Rebranding

    Adele Peters
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:12 am
    An endangered species is worthy of our care, not fear.Ever since the publication of Little Red Riding Hood—and even long before—wolves have gotten a bad rap in pop culture (with the possible exception of wolf-themed indie band names). A new art campaign seeks to rebrand the Big Bad Wolf as a misunderstood hero, in an attempt to help build support for an endangered species that doesn't get a lot of love.Read Full Story
  • 3M's Forthcoming Design Center Riffs On The Archetypal Minnesota Cabin

    Diana Budds
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    "The creative cabins are a hint to the Minnesota lifestyle," says 3M's chief design officer.3M is the poster child for successfully forging a culture of innovation, but what about nurturing a culture of design? Well, the brand's Minnesota HQ is about to overhaul one of its buildings to house a new design center.Read Full Story
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    VISANOW Global Immigration

  • District Court Invalidates F-1 OPT STEM Extension, DHS Plans Next Steps

    Patty Johnson
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:15 am
    On August 12, the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the program granting 17-month extensions in F-1 Optional Practical Training for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students was invalid, citing that the program failed to follow the proper enactment procedures. The F-1 OPT program allowed F-1 students who have majored in STEM fields to obtain an additional 17 months of OPT work authorization after graduation from their program, beyond the 12 months granted to F-1 students of all majors. The court recognizes that the immediate elimination of STEM…
  • 3 Steps to an Efficient Immigration Process

    Patty Johnson
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    The immigration process can be stressful for new and seasoned HR professionals alike, due to strict regulations, tedious application requirements and more. However, it’s possible to bring efficiency to the process with a few simple adjustments. Here are three ways to help you manage immigration for your company while saving time and money: 1. Fix Poor Communication Inefficient communication is at the root of many problems in the business world. Unfortunately, some HR professionals have to wait days and sometimes weeks to receive a response from attorneys. If your attorney isn’t responding…
  • USCIS Accounts for Over 99% of Invalid 3-Year EADs

    Patty Johnson
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:29 pm
    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received over 99% of the 2,600 employment authorization document (EAD) cards that were incorrectly sent to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients early this year. The work authorization cards were deemed invalid because they were mailed after a deferred action injunction that halted the expanded DACA and new Deferred Action Parental Accountability initiatives were put in place. Read our blog post about the deferred action injunction and select 3-year EAD recall to learn more. While the majority of the invalid EAD…
  • August 2015 Visa Bulletin Update

    Patty Johnson
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:03 pm
    The August 2015 Visa Bulletin is now live. For updated family- and employment-based green card processing times, view the charts below. Since the U.S. Department of State (DOS) receives thousands of green card applications every year and there are limits on the number of petitions filed annually, per country, there’s a multi-year backlog for certain categories. As a result, the DOS publishes the monthly Visa Bulletin, allowing applicants to learn when their petition will be processed. Each date indicates how long the current backlog is, as well as the expected processing time. For…
  • 10 Things You Need to Know About the New Naturalization Test

    Patty Johnson
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:16 pm
    United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) recently updated the naturalization test, which legal permanent residents must pass in order to obtain U.S. citizenship. To help you prepare, we’ve identified the top 10 things you need to know about the new naturalization test. 1. The Naturalization Test Features Two Major Sections, Civics and English The civics portion tests the applicant on U.S. History, the U.S. government, geography, symbols, and holidays. The English section includes speaking, reading, and writing components. 2. The Civics Test is an Oral Exam There are 100…
 
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    Small Business Labs

  • Airbnb Creating Micro Hotel Chains

    Steve
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Pacific Standard's Who Really Runs the Airbnbs looks at the boom in Airbnb rentals in New Orleans with a focus on better understanding whether or not Airbnb hosts live in the space they rent. In New Orleans, most don't. Key quote: Only 34 percent of rentals are for rooms or shared rooms; 66 percent of listings are for an entire home or apartment. More than two-thirds (69 percent) are rented year round. Almost half of all hosts operate at least two rentals. These numbers suggest that your modal Airbnb host doesn’t live in the home they rent out. Some may actually live in…
  • The Ups and Downs of the 3D Printing Industry

    Steve
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    The 3D printing industry is at an interesting point, with both good and bad news coming out on a regular basis. The most recent bad news comes from the earnings (losses, actually) reported by 2 public makers of 3D printers. As reported in the WSJ article 3D Printer Firms Fall Flat, both 3D Systems and Stratasys reported ugly earnings due to "an increasingly uncertain outlook as many potential buyers hold out for what they hope will be better, faster machines." Another reason for the general sales slow down is the long anticipated consumer market for 3D printers has not materialized,…
  • Amazon and the Growth of the Independent Workforce

    Steve
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Internet has lit up with reactions to the New York Times article on Amazon's bruising, data-driven, "purposeful Darwinism" culture. The vast majority of reactions are negative. This not surprising given how harsh the article makes Amazon sound - people crying at their desks, sick people callously culled, lots of backstabbing, etc. The reason we care about this issue is how companies treat their workers has a major impact on the independent workforce. This is because most people go through a "mental math" process weighing the pro and cons of self-employment versus…
  • The Growing Importance of Managing Freelancers

    Steve
    22 Aug 2015 | 9:46 am
    The Harvard Business Review's 7 Tips for Managing Freelancers and Contractors provides advice on how managers can successfully navigate their relationship with contingent workers.  Talent shortages and the shift to hiring more contingent workers means companies are becoming more reliant on contingent talent - even for core and/or strategic jobs. This means freelancers are often just as valuable as full-time staffers. Because of this, attraction and retention of highly skilled independent workers is becoming increasingly important. Doing a good job managing…
  • Retail and the Growing Experience Economy

    Steve
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    The New York Times article Stores Suffer From a Shift of Behavior in Buyers covers the growing consumer trend towards purchasing experiences over objects. Key quote: Analysts say a wider shift is afoot in the mind of the American consumer, spurred by the popularity of a growing body of scientific studies that appear to show that experiences, not objects, bring the most happiness ... Millennials — the 20- and 30-something consumers whom marketers covet — would rather spend their hard-won cash on out-of-town vacations, meals with friends, gym memberships and, of course,…
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Test drive: Mercedes AMG GTS

    Guy Kawasaki
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    My friends at Mercedes recently loaned me a Mercedes AMG to test drive, and I’d like to share my favorite pictures and thoughts with you. I hate to admit this, but I’m not sure I’m man enough for this car. It is a fantastic 503-horsepower engine (built by Sven Seyfried) with two seats strapped to the back–I mean this in only the most positive way! Think of it as a Zdeno Charo slapshot or a LeBron James dunk. It can hold a hockey bag–which is essential to me, and I was able to achieve 23.5 mpg on a drive from Santa Barbara to Menlo Park (not that mileage is a…
  • Test drive: Sony A7R II

    Guy Kawasaki
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Sony brought approximately twenty journalists and reviewers to Portland to try the a7R II and RX-10. I only used the a7R II, mostly with the Sony FE 2.8 35 mm lens (real men use prime lenses). These are samples of my pictures. I’m not a “real” photographer so if you see anything that’s sub-optimal, it’s probably me, not the lens or camera. Some of the key features: 42 megapixels Five-axis stabilization Maximum ISO of 102,400 4K video recording Here are some articles from other members of the trip: Engadget Steve Huff Imaging Resource Bottom line: much smaller…
  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

    Guy Kawasaki
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    A good Father’s Day gift embodies two qualities: insight into the male psyche and the appearance of a careful decision. Cost is hardly a factor at all. Because you only have six days left to shop, here’s a list of ten items for most modern dads. Anker USB charger. Wall or desktop $25.99. A dad’s credo is ABC: always be charging. These multi-port wall chargers enable dad to take care of his phone, tablet, and camera. You might want to buy him two for family vacations when all the other members of the family need a way to charge their devices too. Lumsing High Capacity 10,400 mAh…
  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
 
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Screen time helps build next generation of techies

    Tim Berry
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    What makes a kid a future entrepreneur or tech wizard? Of course that’s an impossible question, with a million answers and no consensus. And I’m not claiming any expertise beyond a lifetime as a tech entrepreneur and concerned parent (father of several successful entrepreneurs and tech wizards).  But I do say that easy access to keyboards, computers and the right kind of video/online/tablet games are steps in the right direction. And good for kids. Do you have kids in your house? Do you regulate their screen time? I’d like you to take a second look at kids and computers. Not all screen…
  • 7 Financial Facts Every Entrepreneur Should Know

    Tim Berry
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:58 pm
    You don’t have to be CPA or MBA to start or run a business. You don’t have to understand debits and credits, or be able to balance your books. But there are some financial facts you just plain need to know. Here’s a list. Every single dollar in Accounts Receivable (AR) is a dollar less in cash. AR is the standard for business-to-business transactions. You deliver the goods or service along with an invoice, and the client/customer pays you later. That money shows up as sales in the Profit & Loss (P&L), but it’s not in the bank; it’s in AR. This brings up AR aging,…
  • Contrarian Advice on Investment Pitch from a Pitch Veteran

    Tim Berry
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    “We coach entrepreneurs ‘think big.’ ‘Think change the world.’ That doesn’t mean use adjectives that are not credible. Everybody’s revolutionary and everybody’s disruptive now.” That’s Bill Reichert, managing director Garage Technology Ventures, veteran investor, a board member on multiple startups, and someone who has heard and reacted to hundreds of investment pitches. In this talk he offers really good advice to people doing an investment pitch now and in the future. “The point of the first 20 seconds is to earn the right of continued engagement. If you aren’t…
  • 10 Qualities I’d Look for in a Business Partner

    Tim Berry
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:25 am
    Here are 10 qualities I’d look for in a future business partner: Integrity. The whole truth, not just the good news. Actually I want to know the bad news instantly; and the good news can wait. I want to work with people who never make me wonder what they are thinking or what they mean. Trustworthy is essential. The kind of intelligence that respects uncertainty and not knowing. People who know things that they are sure of are often not realizing the other side of the question. I want to work with people who respect research and data but use it to spark discussion, not end it. Somebody from…
  • Timing is the Key to Success? Do You Agree?

    Tim Berry
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    Here’s food for thought. Idealabs founder Bill Gross analyzed several hundred startups, from big successes to big failures, looking for the most important startup keys to success.  He considered idea, team, business model, funding, and timing. This is his TED talk sharing what he found. Here’s some of his reasoning, in detail: The number one thing was timing. Timing accounted for 42 percent of the difference between success and failure. Team and execution came in second, and the idea, the differentiability of the idea, the uniqueness of the idea, that actually came in third. Take a…
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    Copyblogger

  • The Problem with the ‘Hell-For-Leather’ Writing Movement

    Rainmaker.FM
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    As of late, it’s fashionable to write hell for leather. In fact, there’s a hot cottage industry in the writing culture. But is it good for the writing community? Or detrimental? For lack of better terms, let’s call this trend the “The Hell-For-Leather Writing Movement.” Or HFLWM. You see HFLWM in titles like “How to Write Fast,” “Write an Article in 20 Minutes,” and “How Fast Can You Write?” Growing content demands and aggressive editorial schedules shove this thinking into our faces. But it gets empirical with 5 Personal Writing Metrics Every Content Marketer Should…
  • 3 Easy Ways to Expand Your Creativity

    Chris Garrett
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    Imagination is more important than knowledge. – Albert Einstein Remember when you were little and the best gift of all was a large cardboard box? That box could be anything from a small family home to the vanguard of an intergalactic attack fleet. With a few hastily drawn lines in permanent marker — and a wild imagination — we could go anywhere and be anything. If you were given an empty box to play with today, would you find as many fascinating uses as you could back then? As adults we tend to keep our imaginations locked in tightly controlled boxes — in case of emergency…
  • How to Effectively Publish on LinkedIn, Part 3

    Rainmaker.FM
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    In this final episode about publishing to the Pulse Network, you’ll hear directly from special guest Katie Carroll, Social Media Editor at LinkedIn Pulse. The Missing Link hosts Sean Jackson and Mica Gadhia ask Katie the burning questions sent in by audience members. In this episode of The Missing Link, hosts Sean Jackson and Mica Gadhia — along with special guest Katie Carroll — discuss: Why LinkedIn Pulse is where you want to be How to understand content duplication How to build traffic on LinkedIn Best practices for self promotion (you’ll definitely want to hear this again)…
  • How to Optimize Your Headlines for Content Discovery with Vinegar (Before You Die of Cholera)

    Rainmaker.FM
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Are you curious how the beginning and end of this headline actually fit together? It’s quite a promise to deliver on. Well, hosts Demian Farnworth and Jerod Morris do just that on this week’s episode of The Lede, and they improve your content discovery in the process. And that’s important, because optimizing your content for discovery is a foundational principle of SEO on the modern web. And the element that most influences whether your content gets discovered is the headline. On this episode of The Lede, hosts Jerod Morris and Demian Farnworth discuss: What they mean by “content…
  • One Product Does Not a Business Make

    Rainmaker.FM
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is the founder and CEO of Digital Marketer, where he blogs and coaches for the Digital Marketer Lab and other training courses. He started marketing online from his dorm room in 1999, and has worked in over 500 different markets. In the last three years, he and his team have invested over $15,000,000 in marketing tests, and have generated tens of millions of unique visitors. He’s also a sought-after public speaker and consultant, and his work has impacted over 200,000 businesses in 68 countries. Now, let’s hack … Ryan Deiss. In…
 
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  • From the Vault: Working Remote. Yeah. About That.

    Mike
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: We originally published this post back in 2012. Next month crowdSPRING will move from a 60% remote work environment to around 90%! This means that the team will gather together on just one day per week, the rest of the time we will be working remote from our homes, hotel rooms, Starbucks, front porches, or wherever we can find a decent WiFi signal! Have a read and let me know what your thoughts are. On any given day at the crowdSPRING HQ, we will have anywhere between 1 and 6 people working in the office simultaneously. Of late, 1 is the more common number and 6 is becoming…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #283 – Old Fashioned Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:08 am
    I don’t travel all the time, but when I do travel, I love visiting libraries – and you’d be surprised how many incredible collections are scattered across the world. And you’d be doubly surprised by the incredible buildings that house some of the great libraries of the world. Business Insider has put together what may be the definitive list of the greatest libraries in the world (with pictures!); check this out and dust off your passport and your reading glasses, because you got some traveling to do! All those books and sooo little time! And even less time now,…
  • Lean Business: Why Comcast Stomps ADT’s Customer Service

    Mike
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    Customer service ain’t easy. It takes a combination of the right people, the right training, the right tools, and the right attitude. Lots of companies get this right, but most just don’t haver a clue. I had to make a couple of calls this morning to a couple of different service providers: Comcast (yikes, right?) and ADT. Our office in Chicago is served by both of these vendors – we get our internet service via Comcast Business and our security system is from ADT. I have not had complaints for either company about the overall quality of their products and I have found the…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #282 – Profoundly Great Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Our friends at the New York Times get to do stuff that, frankly, makes me jealous. For instance, the other night they got to go for a ride on the brand new carousel at Battery Park, in lower Manhattan. The $16 million dollar version of an old-school treat opens this week. The architects Claire Weisz and Mark Yoes have designed a magical undersea journey – an incredible ride for the senses. My head is spinning and I can’t wait to ride the SeaGlass Carousel! But, wait I must, because it’s time now for our latest set of links and articles that we shared with you over the…
  • Small Business and Startups: Build Teams, Have Fun

    Mike
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    Who says business can’t be fun? Leadership is not just about productivity, strategy, and tactics – much more important is the fact that great leadership is about people. Strong leaders never lose sight of the individuals who make up their team and never stop working to make the team stronger. A great team is at once a reflection of its leadership, but it also defines its leaders. A leader should focus efforts on building community, creating and supporting company culture, and paying close attention to employees and their needs. This starts with valuing each member of your team as…
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    The Franchise King®

  • Why You Buy Warm Lemonade On A 90 Degree Day

    The Franchise King®
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:38 pm
    When I think of hot weather, my mind doesn’t immediately think of the wonderful vacations I’ve taken in places like North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, or even the Bahamas. I don’t go back in time to when I lived in hot, dry West Texas, or even hotter and drier Las Vegas, either. Nope. I think of when we visited Washington D.C. In the summer. Then I think of the day we watched the changing of the guard at The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier. That was a hot day. The soldiers didn’t wipe their brows. (They’re not allowed.) It’s so quiet there. No one talks.
  • A Sleeping Bag Was My Bed For 3 Months And I Felt Like A Rock Star

    The Franchise King®
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    For a while there, my morning ritual started with The Unzipping Of My Sleeping Bag-as opposed to just getting out of bed like most of my fellow earthlings. Most of the day was usually uphill after that. I’m grateful that I only had to do that-The Unzipping Of My Sleeping Bag, for 3 months or so. And, no…I wasn’t homeless. (Thank G-d)   To West Texas, With Love I lived in West Texas from 1979-1981.  Andrews, Texas. I moved there from Cleveland, a metropolis, to an area of the country known as the Permian Basin, for one reason, and one reason only. Love. I moved for…
  • Buying A Franchise? Here’s How To Get Unlimited 1-On-1 Advice

    The Franchise King®
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:48 am
    If you’re thinking about buying a franchise, you’re going to need advice. But, not just any, old advice. Real advice. Useful advice. Straightforward, no-fluff advice. Proven advice. Check out what Rieva Lesonsky, (who worked at Entrepreneur Magazine® as the Senior VP and Editorial Director from 1983-2008) said about me: “In my 30+ years of covering small business and franchising, I’ve never met anyone more invested in helping people make the right decision on buying a franchise than Joel Libava. He’s so concerned in helping potential franchise owners make the right…
  • Franchise Business/Small Business Links: J.J. Ramberg And More

    The Franchise King®
    15 Aug 2015 | 11:56 am
    I just finished searching far and wide for interesting and important franchise/small business news and tidbits. I hope you’ll like what I found. If so, don’t be shy: click the share buttons and share, share, share! Thank you. And, please follow me on Twitter @FranchiseKing: I share a ton of franchise and small business information + links to tons of franchise ownership tips each and every day.         Franchise Business/Small Business Links: J.J. Ramberg And More Congratulations go out to J.J. Ramberg, host of “Your Business” on MSNBC. The show,…
  • Ray Kroc: The Entrepreneur Who Built The McDonald’s Franchise

    The Franchise King®
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:21 am
    Ray Kroc was a true entrepreneur. He knew he was on to something after seeing the McDonald brothers’ hamburger restaurant in action.   Ray Kroc Is My Personal (Business) Hero Ray (Raymond Albert Kroc) is my personal franchise business hero. He’s someone who should be a hero to everyone who is part of the franchise industry. Franchise owners everywhere owe Ray a debt of gratitude. Because without Ray Kroc, the franchise industry probably wouldn’t exist. Or, if it did, it wouldn’t be as good as it is today. Or as powerful. Or, as important to the U.S. economy. The…
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    SmallBizTechnology

  • New Tool from Microsoft: Sway Integrates Video, Images and Text

    Ramon Ray
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    Microsoft recently released a new app, Sway, which integrates video, images and text.Think of creating a Power Point, with the ease of Canva and all hosted online. A digital story telling app is what Microsoft calls it.When you want to convey something to a client, customer, or just a friend, Sway lets you take your content and share it with them – easily.You can take pictures, video and other assets from Facebook, Twitter and a variety of other sources.I did my first Sway hereThe post New Tool from Microsoft: Sway Integrates Video, Images and Text appeared first on…
  • Two Years of Ink With Epson’s New Line of Printers

    Ramon Ray
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Epson released a new line of printers that come with a reservoir of ink tanks so big they hold up to about 2 years worth of ink. That’s a lot of ink.The new line of printers, EcoTank brand, are five new all-in-one color printers featuring large ink reservoirs – what Epson defines as the Supertank category – that come loaded and ready for up to two years of prints without replacing the ink.While many of us MIGHT not put ink and printers on the front of our shopping list – when you press the “print” button and your printer is out of paper – you might wish you…
  • Employee Productivity Is So Important. Can Technology Help?

    Ramon Ray
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:45 am
    So you’ve got a 10 person team, or 88 person team – who work for you. How can you maximize what they’re doing? How can you optimize their time. This is NOT implying that they’re playing games or posting to Facebook all day. They could be working very hard – but are they working smart?The NY Times writes:Increasingly, bosses have an answer. A new generation of workplace technology is allowing white-collar jobs to be tracked, tweaked and managed in ways that were difficult even a few years ago. Employers of all types — old-line manufacturers, nonprofits,…
  • How To Make Price A Strategy In Your Sales

    Ramon Ray
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:07 am
    Last holiday season, Amazon updated pricing on its website nearly 10 million times, ensuring the best sales beat out competitors. Now, smaller retailers have similar enterprise-pricing tools that enable creative pricing strategies across all sales channels.Kara Egan, Stitch LabsKara Egan, Director of Product Marketing, Stitch Labs, shares her insight in this guest blog post.As a business, it’s important to manage prices across sales channels directly in an single command system for complete accuracy. With that ability, you can set prices across your products and push those prices up to…
  • How to Boost Results With a Killer About Page

    ChamberofCommerce
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
    If you gather only the most basic website statistic – page views – you have probably noticed an interesting fact: “About” pages always rank among the most visited pages on virtually any website.I was surprised when I first noticed that and I suspect it surprises you as well. Next, let’s combine the popularity of about pages with one other web page fact: A very high percentage of website owners put little or no thought into their about pages.After all, most people believe – mistakenly – that they aren’t selling their product or service from their about pages, so why should they…
 
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    Small Business Trends

  • What States and Cities are Friendliest to Small Businesses

    Ed Lieber
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    Manchester, New Hampshire is the city deemed the friendliest to small businesses by the small business owners operating there. And the state of New Hampshire ranks second after Texas for the friendliest to small businesses as a whole. The rest of America’s Northeast, however, is considered the unfriendliest bundle of states in the entire country, according to Thumbtack.com‘s fourth annual Small Business Friendliness Survey. Utah and Colorado join Texas and New Hampshire scoring high grades for being friendly to small business owners. Joining the Northeast in the unfriendly…
  • Authority Marketing: How To Measure Up In Front of Customers

    Michael Peggs
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    You’re a liar. At least, that’s what you’re afraid people will find out about you. The smaller your business, the more likely you are to have had this thought at one point: My product/service is just the latest form of snake oil and everyone is about to find out. First off, take a deep breath. Dealing with this thought (often referred to as ‘impostor syndrome’) is completely normal. Some of the most talented people in the world have suffered from it. (Tina Fey and Maya Angelou are just a few of the celebrities that have admitted to suffering from impostor syndrome.) Generally…
  • Craft a Perfect Logo with Tips from the Most Recognized Brands

    DashBurst
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    A company’s logo is not just a pretty image — it’s the face of the brand. Your logo represents your company and influences how customers feel about it. That’s why it’s so important for a brand to have a great logo. But what makes for a great logo? Folder printing business Company Folders gives us some insight into this with its infographic “The Recipe for the Perfect Logo.” This helpful infographic explains — in easy to digest terms — the different ingredients you need to cook up a great logo for your company. First, a logo must appeal to your target…
  • Would You Wear a Cape to Promote Your Brand?

    Annie Pilon
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:30 pm
    There are plenty of ways to display your branding to customers. In fact, wearable branding is a whole category on its own. But while some entrepreneurs wear or sell simple sweatshirts or hats with their logo or company name, Allyn Reid chose a more unconventional route. The founder of Sherpa Press instead wore a cape to promote her brand. Cheryl Conner explains in a Forbes article after hearing Reid speak at the Secret Knock event in San Diego earlier this year: “We’re all familiar with the idea of wearing your brand. Shirts, hats, pens, notebooks, tees and even car wraps declare the…
  • Could Razer’s New 3D Camera Be Good for Online Presentations?

    Michael Guta
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:30 pm
    A new 3D camera technology from Razer might be able to remove background from a headshot — as if there were a green screen behind the speaker. With this camera that’s being developed by the gaming company Razer, the user could overlay that captured video over another image on the screen, like for a webinar presentation or video tutorial. Imagine the personal brand recognition having your smiling face — accompanying your voice — in one corner of the screen during your next webinar presentation. And without the distracting box around your head that previous setups…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The strawberry conundrum

    Seth Godin
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:06 am
    Every grocer has to decide: when packing a quart of strawberries, should your people put the best ones on top? If you do, you'll sell more and disappoint people when they get to the moldy ones on the bottom. Or, perhaps you could put the moldy ones on top, and pleasantly surprise the few that buy. Or, you could rationalize that everyone expects a little hype, and they'll get over it. A local grocer turned the problem upside down: He got rid of the boxes and just put out a pile of strawberries. People picked their own. He charged more, sold more and made everyone happier. Hype might not be…
  • Embarrassed

    Seth Godin
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:23 am
    It’s a tool or a curse, and it comes down to the sentence, “I’d be embarrassed to do that.” If you’re using it to mean, “I would feel the emotion of embarrassment,” you’re recognizing one of the most powerful forces of our culture, a basic human emotion, the fear of which allows groups to control outliers, and those in power to shame those that aren’t. The stress that comes from merely anticipating the feeling of embarrassment is enough to cause many people to hold back, to sit quietly, to go along. And this anticipation rarely leads to much of anything positive. On the…
  • The one thing that will change everything

    Seth Godin
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:23 am
    That introduction you need. The capital that your organization is trying to raise. The breakthrough in what you're building... Have you noticed that as soon as you get that one thing, everything doesn't change? In fact, the only thing that changes is that you realize that you don't need that one thing as much as you thought you did. Most likely, this speech, or that inspection or this review won't materially change things overnight. Companies that raise hundreds of millions of dollars don't seem to have an effortless time in changing user behavior, and well connected agents still have trouble…
  • Sooner or later, the critics move on

    Seth Godin
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:20 am
    Sooner or later, the ones who told you that this isn't the way it's done, the ones who found time to sneer, they will find someone else to hassle. Sooner or later, they stop pointing out how much hubris you've got, how you're not entitled to make a new thing, how you will certainly come to regret your choices. Sooner or later, your work speaks for itself. Outlasting the critics feels like it will take a very long time, but you're more patient than they are.        
  • Looking for change in all the wrong places

    Seth Godin
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:04 am
    If you're doing something important, you're working to make change happen. But change is difficult, often impossible. Are you trying to change your employees? A entire market? The attitude of a user? The more clear you can be about the specific change you're hoping for (and why the people you're trying to change will respond to your actions) the more likely it is you'll actually achieve it. Here are two tempting dead ends: a. Try to change people who are easy to change, because they show up for clickbait, easy come ons, get rich quick schemes, fringe candidates... the problem is that they're…
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    HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review » Scott Anthony

  • How to Break Up with an Innovation Project

    Scott Anthony
    7 Aug 2015 | 11:54 am
    It can still be a positive experience for everyone.
  • What the Media Industry Can Teach Us About Digital Business Models

    Scott Anthony
    10 Jun 2015 | 11:33 am
    Four recommendations for leaders facing disruption.
  • How Singapore Became an Entrepreneurial Hub

    Scott Anthony
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Things are heating up in the former “Singa-bore.”
  • The Chief Innovation Officer’s 100-Day Plan

    Scott Anthony
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Congratulations! Your energy and track record of successfully launching high-impact initiatives scored you a plum role heading up innovation. Expectations are high, but some skeptics in the organization feel that innovation is an overhyped buzzword that doesn’t justify being a separate function. So, what can you do in your first 100 days to set things off on the right track? Over the past decade we’ve helped dozens of leaders through their first 100 days. Based on our experience, augmented by in-depth interviews with a few of the most seasoned practitioners with which we have worked, we…
  • How to Market Test a New Idea

    Scott Anthony
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    “So,” the executive sponsor of the new growth effort said. “What do we do now?” It was the end of a meeting reviewing progress on a promising initiative to bring a new health service to apartment dwellers in crowded, emerging-market cities. A significant portion of customers who had been shown a brochure describing the service had expressed interest in it. But would they actually buy it?  To find out, the company decided to test market the service in three roughly comparable apartment complexes over a 90-day period. Before the test began, team members working on the idea had built a…
 
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • Why Smart Technology Use is the Key to Better Customer Marketing Data

    Guest Post
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:53 am
    Why Smart Technology Use is the Key to Better Customer Marketing Data written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing photo credit: pexels If you haven’t already heard, 2015 is the year big data became a ubiquitous business necessity. Whether used for operational efficiencies or customer information, the benefits of big data are limitless. For manufacturers, data from warranty product registrations has the potential to be a gold mine for their marketing efforts. Historically, manufacturers offer warranty registrations in order to obtain customer…
  • Selling on LinkedIn: What Goes Wrong?

    John Jantsch
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Selling on LinkedIn: What Goes Wrong? written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Mike Montague Mike Montague Despite the awesome power of LinkedIn for B2B lead mining I see very few people using it well. Because so many people simply spam folks a lot of people have actually started to ignore LinkedIn as a lead generation source. Like everything worth doing, it takes work to do it well. If you put in the work to research and connect in meaningful ways LinkedIn can be the most potent marketing network out there. Think about…
  • The Single Most Potent Marketing Tactic of All

    John Jantsch
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:18 am
    The Single Most Potent Marketing Tactic of All written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing I get asked a simple, pointed question just about everywhere I go. What’s the number one thing I can do to grow my business right now. Yep, everyone wants one tactic they can employ to massively grow their business. I do have an answer, of course, but it may not be what you’re expecting. No the number one tactic for growing a business is more of a process than some way to get more Facebook engagement or some other new, trendy growth hack. The most…
  • How to Improve Your Writing

    Alex Boyer
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
    How to Improve Your Writing written by Alex Boyer read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Some people are natural writers. Most of us are not. Writing can be a struggle, and that struggle may prevent some business owners from creating the content that they need to successfully promote their businesses. Everyone has at some point stared at a blank word document and wondered if they’re a good enough writer to create shareable content. But there are always ways to improve your writing. Some of these tips take time, others are quick fixes, but all of these tips will…
  • Weekend Favs August Twenty Two

    John Jantsch
    22 Aug 2015 | 5:20 am
    Weekend Favs August Twenty Two written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week. I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you check them out if they sound interesting. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from Flickr or one that I took out there on the road. Good stuff I found this week: Spruce – Tool that makes designing a WordPress customer site a snap Keeping – Tool that allows you to use…
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • Newsletter #1051: The “How to Create Better Experiences” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    20 Aug 2015 | 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.] Recently, Fast Company shared an article on “The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things.” According to a study by a psychology professor at Cornell University, experiences connect us to other people, give us stories to tell once they’re over, and are harder to compare against when it comes to keeping up with the Joneses. With that in mind,…
  • Newsletter #1050: The “Kids in Restaurants” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    13 Aug 2015 | 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.] There’s been plenty of negative stories in the news lately about clashes between frustrated parents, frustrated customers, and frustrated restaurant owners when it comes to kids and going out to eat. But let’s focus on the places that are doing it right. Here are three great ideas from restaurants that welcome kids: 1. Give them something to take home 2. Don’t forget the…
  • Newsletter #1049: The “Lessons from Connected Cities” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    6 Aug 2015 | 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.] City governments are a lot like businesses. Their customers are their citizens, their product is their town, and their competition is just down the road. And some city governments have gotten creative to connect with their residents, humanize their work, and create a community. Here are three lessons from cities in Australia, Louisiana, and Spain: 1. Trees with email addresses 2. City workers…
  • Doing it right vs. Doing it on time

    Andy Sernovitz
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    You have a choice how to get there: Launch quick, launch big, or launch great.  You can hit a deadline, feel proud, and get a thumbs up from the boss (or investors).  You can follow the very trendy strategy of “minimum viable product” and launch something that’s just OK and make it better later (if people will give you another chance). Or — you can do what you need to do to get it right, which takes patience and enough cash to hold out until you’re ready. (Like this.) In the end, the great product that makes happy customers is the one that wins.  How do you…
  • Service through technology (We’re going to the White House)

    Andy Sernovitz
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    We’re in a time of crappiness in politics — endless roadblocks, complaining, and negativity. But there’s a bright spot in Washington: The amazing work of the US Digital Service. They are teaching government agencies how to build better software. This matters, because each improvement makes life easier for millions of citizens. Faster care for veterans, quicker benefits for seniors, and fewer hassles for all of us. Good government is independent of politics, and we all win when the government gets better at doing good work. Read about their inspiring work here and here.
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    Signal v. Noise

  • Can old world be more modern than new school?

    Jason Fried
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    I’ve got two machines on me. One’s strapped to my left wrist. The other lives in my pocket. The one on my wrist can tell me the time (precisely in 12 hour format, roughly in 24), the day of the week, the month of the year, which year of the leap year cycle we’re in, and the current moon phase. But that’s its limit. There’s no software, only hardware. It’s programmed in springs and gears and levers and jewels. The one in my pocket can tell me anything and do just about everything. It knows my voice, it responds to my touch, and it even instantly recognizes my fingerprint out of…
  • Extra Drawings for The Distance

    Nate Otto
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Last year I shared some extra drawings I made for the Basecamp marketing site that for a variety of reasons never went live or were seen by anyone outside of Basecamp. There have also been many drawings for The Distance that have never seen the light of day until now. For just over a year, The Distance was dedicated to longform articles about long standing businesses. Under the editorship of Wailin and the art direction of Mig, I made a header illustration for each article and a building drawing that served as the footer. In recent months, The Distance has morphed into a podcast. I still…
  • A chart a day keeps the data in play

    Noah
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    Every working day for the last month or so I’ve posted a single “chart of the day” to our Basecamp account. They’re posted internally without much commentary—just enough to explain what the chart is about. The topics are wide ranging: in the last month, we’ve covered browser uptake, search terms, The Distance, database performance, phone support, Nagios alert trends, demographics, classes, timezones, and even home energy usage and BMW torque curves. The charts don’t fit into a big picture narrative, and there’s no agenda behind them: I simply…
  • Grit is for cowboys

    David
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    The cattle has to be round up. Complaining about the weather or going without sleep for 16 hours isn’t going to do it. So clench your teeth and get the work done. That’s the grit needed to be a cowboy. But I’m a lot less sure that grit is such a positive trait in other professions, particularly creative endeavors like programming, design, or writing. If I had more grit, I would probably just have clenched my teeth and dug into that J2EE architectural hole with greater perseverance, rather than giving up and building Ruby on Rails. I would probably have spent more time finishing my math…
  • Less than perfect

    Nathan Kontny
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:12 am
    I want to create something out of nothing but nothing isn’t a great place to draw from.Mitch Hedberg On February 21, 2006 a guy launches a video blog. The results, even by 2006 standards, were far less than perfect. The lighting is terrible. The camera unsteady. There’s a use of zoom and text effects that remind me of my mom’s VHS videos of my sister and I figure skating in 1990. Later episodes have funny text effects where the title of the blog swims into view like a novice PowerPoint presentation. There’s a glass picture frame behind him reflecting whatever light…
 
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    Small Biz Survival

  • Workplace Safety: Get Your Team on Board

    Glenn Muske
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:06 am
    We know having a safe workplace is important. We know it’s a good business practice. We know it can save us money and maybe even save us from financial disaster. We know but do we always practice? And is it high priority? Moreover, have we instilled it into those working at our company, whether employees, volunteers or family? As we have trained those working at our facility, how high on the priority list have we put it? Why bring this up? You just answered yes to each of these questions. In your message you tell everyone it is important. But what happens in practice? A story – Had a…
  • Building Blocks model of community and economic development

    Small Biz Survival
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:16 am
    Guest post by Laura Girty “Get back to the basics.” How many times have you heard that? Sometimes the basics are the best place to start. In the late 1990’s under the helm of Executive Director Leo Presley, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC) developed a model for community development that worked especially well for small towns and communities. It was the basics. It was spread throughout Oklahoma by ODOC Regional Directors taking it to every community in their regions and speaking at any opportunity to spread these basic and easy to understand community development ideas. They…
  • Tasty good news in the Brag Basket

    Becky McCray
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:34 am
    Tasty good news belongs in the Brag Basket. Photo (cc) by brianna.lehman on Flickr.   The Brag Basket is open! This one is for August 21-23, 2015. Bring your tasty 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. Reading this in your email? Hit reply. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a friend. Just don’t…
  • Marketing Vital for Small Businesses

    Glenn Muske
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:29 am
    Let people know you exist! When asked about marketing, many small-business owners think of a one-word definition: selling. Selling is one part of marketing, and it is a crucial part because it brings in revenues to keep the doors open. But it is only one part. Paraphrasing from Jay Levinson’s classic book, “The Guerilla Marketer,” marketing is defined as “everything you do.” Simply put, marketing is any contact you have with someone who is not involved in the business. Marketing is first the art of getting people to know you are in business. Second, it is the art of…
  • Small town, big company: Jiffy Mix

    Becky McCray
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:38 am
    You’ve seen the Jiffy Mix boxes in grocery stores a thousand times. But did you know they come from a small town? Photo by Becky McCray.   If you live in the US, I’ll bet you have a Jiffy Mix in your kitchen cabinet right now. I have three. I counted. Even if you don’t, surely you recognize the iconic blue boxes with their simple branding, even though Chelsea Milling Company doesn’t spend a dime to advertise them. Chelsea, Michigan, is a city under 5,000 people. In 1901, locals started a traditional milling company, the kind of flour mill every small town used to…
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    Marketing Practice

  • Brand Update : Cycle Agarbathi ropes in Big B as Brand Ambassador

    Harish B
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Cycle Agarbathies has roped in Amitabh Bachchan as the brand ambassador. The organized agarbathi market in India is worth around Rs 2400 crore, and Cycle has approximately 20% share of this market. The move for a high-profile celebrity endorsement is a strategy to take the brand to a national level. The brand also changed its slogan to “ Purity of Prayer”. The new commercial is well made, and BigB was able to pack an emotional tone to the brand. According to reports, the ads were created by Soojith Sirkar of the Piku movie fame. Watch the tvc here: Big B Cycle The agarbathi…
  • Brand Update : Honda Relaunches Jazz

    Harish B
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:53 pm
    After withdrawing the premium hatchback Jazz in 2013, Honda has relaunched Jazz with an aggressive pricing. Jazz is an interesting marketing story of a brand which failed not because of product but pricing. Honda had priced out Jazz in its earlier avataar. Now the company had become very responsive to the value conscious nature of the Indian consumer. Jazz in the 2015 version has been priced upwards of Rs 5.31 lakh which makes a great value proposition in the segment. The Jazz will compete with i20 and higher version of Swift. The new aggressive pricing, new styling and the Honda brand…
  • Brand Update : Liril is back with the original jingle and waterfall imagery

    Harish B
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Liril is back . After messing up the once iconic brand, HUL has relaunched Liril with the classic jingle and the iconic imagery of a girl in a waterfall  immortalized 40 years ago  by the original Liril girl - Karen Lunel . After killing the freshness theme ( for whatever reasons) during early 1990s, the brand went into various positioning themes and later faded into oblivion. Now the brand is back to its roots.Watch the relaunch here : Liril relaunchWhile the relaunch brings back fond memory of this great brand to many of us, it may not ring the bell to the new generation.
  • Brand Update : Maruti Suzuki tries premium push through Nexa

    Harish B
    8 Jul 2015 | 3:07 am
    Maruti Suzuki which has a bear grip on the Indian passenger car market is desperate for a share in the premium car market. While the company has huge lead in the mid and small car segment, it so far has not been able to break into the premium segment ( 10 lakh above). Maruti had tried earlier with its Grand Vitara, Baleno, and latest Kizashi but failed to replicate the success of its affordable car range. Maruti Suzuki is now trying to go through the channel route to tap this segment. According to reports, the company is opening a premium channel named ( internally) as Nexa. Maruti plans…
  • Market Stat :ITC FMCG Brand share

    Harish B
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    From Business Standard
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    Mobile Marketing Watch

  • Mobile Marketing Will Grow 160 Percent, But Performance Issues Remain

    Michael Essany
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Spending on mobile marketing — about 6 percent of current marketing budgets — is expected to increase to 15.6 percent over the next three years. That’s the upshot from a recent CMO Survey which included data culled from a poll of 255 U.S. marketing leaders. “This whopping 160 percent increase reflects a growing reliance on mobile to interact with customers where they look for information and make purchases,” reports CMO. “On top of it, companies hope to reach customers closer to the time of purchase in order to make them aware of offerings, deals, and…
  • The Plight of SMBs and Technology Vendors: What Do Those Businesses Want?

    J. Barton
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    It appears that small and medium sized businesses (SMBs ) want a better explanation of value, as well as a consistent cross-channel experience from tech suppliers. While it’s still a nascent market, vendors looking to push SMBs to take the next step in technology must take their wants and needs into consideration when reaching out, according to recent research. In fact, June, 2015 polling by SMB Group showed that “figuring out how different technology solutions could help their businesses was the leading tech challenge cited by U.S. small businesses.” And about half (42…
  • Silicon Labs Simplifies Bluetooth Smart Design, Integrates Blue Gecko Module for IoT

    J. Barton
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Silicon Labs, a leading provider of wireless connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today introduced a fully integrated, pre-certified Bluetooth Smart module solution providing developers a faster path to low-power wireless connectivity for the IoT. The new BGM111 module is slated as the first in a growing family of advanced Blue Gecko modules from Silicon Labs. “The BGM111 Blue Gecko module simplifies Bluetooth Smart design and accelerates time to market for a wide array of applications including smart phone accessories, beacons, connected home devices, health and…
  • Infographic: How and Why Shopping is Moving to the Smartphone

    Michael Essany
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:15 am
    The team at DirectBuy has provided MMW with a look at their newest infographic — a visual that paints a striking portrait of just how influential mobile has become in the world of online shopping. “Today,” a written statement reads, “there are currently 1.91 billion smartphone users, with 82 percent of them using mobile devices to shop. And since consumers are 5 times more likely to abandon shopping if the site isn’t optimized, businesses will sink if marketers don’t choose to strengthen their brand’s mobile experience.” To see why the mobile experience…
  • More Advertising Opportunities Come to Instagram

    Kevin Matthies
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:05 am
    On Thursday, Growmobile — Perion’s social and mobile marketing division — announced the support of Instagram advertising through its mobile user acquisition platform. Growmobile was one of the first Facebook Marketing Partners to receive early access to the new Instagram Ads API, enabling advertisers to run ad campaigns on one of the fastest-growing mobile traffic sources in the industry. “The introduction of Instagram advertising enhances our social media advertising capabilities and our overall mobile advertising capabilities, extending our ability to provide unrivaled…
 
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    Branding Strategy Insider

  • 3 Rules For Brand Survival

    Mark Ritson
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:10 am
    1. Don’t be afraid to kill weaker brands. Capitalism rests on simple, predatory logic – weak brands must die and strong brands must kill them. Only then will the consumer be served and the market improve or progress. Unfortunately, many marketers find this sharp end of capitalism unpalatable. We’re happy with the idea of deriving success from “delighting” customers but shy away from the side of that equation in which we “destroy” the competition. In Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple exemplifies the killer spirit when he proclaims he will spend…
  • Personalizing The Brand Proposition

    Mark Di Somma
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:10 am
    Personalization is the quest of the moment for so many marketers, with 70% of executives interviewed by Forrester saying it is now of strategic importance to their business. (What may surprise you, as it did me, is how generalized so much of marketing still is.) According to the Forbes article, most personalization efforts are currently underpinned by customer preferences and purchase history. Looking ahead, marketers see social sentiment, contextual behaviors, time of day/week and location information as emerging factors in their bid to make experiences feel more specific. Few retailers do…
  • A Warning To Brands Defined As Product Categories

    Brad VanAuken The Blake Project
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:10 am
    When I was named director of brand management and marketing at Hallmark, most of the company’s leadership team viewed the company as a greeting card manufacturing company. With the advent of the Internet, it was easy to foresee the demise of “ink on paper” greeting cards. I felt it was my duty to get the company’s leadership team to think about our business more broadly and eliminate the risk of being defined as a product category. Ideally, brands stand for customer values and benefits, not specific products. It was clear through research that Hallmark helped people maintain their…
  • How Leading Brands Should Respond To Attacks

    Mark Di Somma
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:10 am
    Branding Strategy Insider helps marketing oriented leaders and professionals like you build strong brands. BSI readers know, we regularly answer questions from marketers everywhere. Today we hear from John, a VP of Marketing in Dallas, Texas who writes… “We are a global B2B brand and the the market leader in our sector. We have a much smaller brand attacking both us and our offer and using very clever brand messaging to do so. Our response so far has been restrained and very much in keeping with your brand storytelling strategy of redirect, refute, re-position and remind. That hasn’t…
  • Taking A Brand Beyond Commodity Status

    Mark Di Somma
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:10 am
    If you’re a marketer, commodity status is a bad thing for your brands. It indicates that your product or service is undifferentiated, that it rises and falls with the market and that it carries no inherent value beyond that. That’s fine when things are going well, and supply cannot keep pace with demand – it’s not so good when the dynamics are reversed. Here I explain how and why perceived brand value degrades to commodity status. The reason why companies build brands of course is that they’re looking to rise above the market’s natural asking price. They want what they sell to…
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    Men with Pens

  • Win a Scholarship to the Damn Fine Words Writing Course

    James Chartrand
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Win a Scholarship to the Damn Fine Words Writing Course first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to change your “away” mindset – and why you should

    James Chartrand
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to change your “away” mindset – and why you should first appeared on Men With Pens ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why you need to attach meaning to your money

    James Chartrand
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Why you need to attach meaning to your money first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are you writing the wrong words?

    James Chartrand
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Are you writing the wrong words? first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • When was the last time you gave your business a trim?

    James Chartrand
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! When was the last time you gave your business a trim? first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 —... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    IttyBiz

  • The Only Sure Thing In Business Is …

    Naomi Dunford
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:57 pm
    If there’s any question I hear at least once per week, it’s this: “How do I know if my idea for my [business/product/viral blog post] will work?” That’s a valid question. No one wants to intentionally put years of hard work into a business and have it fail at the end. Here’s a secret for you: Most businesses don’t “fail.” I’ve been running this website since 2006. (Damn!) Out of all the blogs and small business ventures I remember in the first, say, three or four years of being online, I’d say 10% of them are still around…
  • “More” Is Not A Business Plan

    Naomi Dunford
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Today someone asked “How do you know what numbers to pick for your business targets?” (This was asked in response to an earlier post, If You Don’t Have This, You Don’t Have A Strategy.) In that post I talked about how people who succeed generally have some form of a concrete plan, with specific checkpoints and numbers included. For example, they’re going to get their list to 2,000 subscribers before they launch their first product. Or they’re going to write two books and then get on the speaker circuit. Or they’re going to build a platform of 25,000…
  • What Is Warm Traffic? (And What Should You Do About It?)

    Naomi Dunford
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Welcome to “I Don’t Get It” Wednesday, where we take a marketing-related topic that everybody’s talking about and explain it using short words. In today’s edition, we tackle “warm traffic.” What Is Warm Traffic? The very short answer is that warm traffic is what we call visitors who have some level of familiarity with you. Cold traffic, on the other hand, doesn’t know who the hell you are and couldn’t pick you out of a lineup. (Warm traffic may not necessarily be able to pick you out of a lineup either, but at least they’ll have some…
  • How To Confidently Raise Your Rates

    Naomi Dunford
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Raising your rates – whether you’re a freelancer, service provider, product maker or coach – always seems to bring out the squeamish side of people. I can see why. However, I’m not interested in dwelling on money issues and hangups. They do no one any good. So, let’s get practical and look at what it will take to raise your rates confidently, without fear of alienating your customers, going broke and/or dying in a gutter (alone). We will traipse through this process by asking a bunch of questions. Let’s begin! 1. Are you under-charging right now?
  • This Week’s Assignment

    Naomi Dunford
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:42 pm
    This week, I would like you to pay attention to one simple thing that will teach you more than you ever thought you’d learn about your customers’ buying behaviour. I would like you to pay attention to when you say “no” to a commercial transaction, or a bid by a seller to look at something they want to show you. Let us lead with a few examples: Examples of saying “no” to a transaction: You see something interesting in a store, but decide outright not to buy it. You almost buy something small on impulse, and at the last minute put it back. There is something…
 
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    All You Need Is A Good Idea!

  • Don’t hide the menu

    Jay H. Heyman
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:43 am
    Scan of a prix fixe menu from Lotos Club, New York City, March 4, 1893. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A boat ride is a nice idea, especially on a hot summer day. A boat that takes you on a 45-minute trip on the Hudson, leaving from a midtown pier in Manhattan. The ride itself is free, a nice touch, since they serve food and alcohol and hope to make their money that way. We tried it on a weekday, since we (correctly) believed it would be less crowded. Weather ideal, boat not crowded, food fine. So why am I telling you all this, since, after all, this is a marketing blog? Because of that old…
  • And I should hire you because…?

    Jay H. Heyman
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:29 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) At a meeting recently, someone asked everyone in the room this question: So please, tell me, what’s the one reason I should hire you? A great question, and quite interesting. First of all, he asked for one reason, not a bunch. Which is exactly right. Respond to that question with a long list and a few things happen, most of them bad. Whomever you are talking to probably won’t remember more than one or two of your reasons, the rest becoming blah, blah, blah and diminishing your total effort.  Also, it sounds like you are just throwing out information, hoping to…
  • Are you a scaredy cat?

    Jay H. Heyman
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    Pablo Casals (Photo credit: Wikipedia) To varying degrees, all of us get nervous when talking in front of a group. It’s basically a form of stage fright, and yes, it depends somewhat on the size of the group, your subject matter, and your experience. But stage fright is a fascinating topic—Barbra Streisand, Laurence Olivier, Adele and Pablo Casals are among many others who suffer from it and are mentioned in this book review in the New Yorker. You don’t have to be a famous performer to get the jitters. It just takes presenting a campaign to one important client who has never been known…
  • Am I getting too old for Old Spice?

    Jay H. Heyman
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There was a time, early in my copywriting career, that I worked on Old Spice deodorant. Several groups competed to have their creative selected to be the national campaign.  My campaign slogan was “The deodorant for night owls,” and though we did not win, I did get a nice trip to Los Angeles to shoot the spot, which in the old—fly first class, stay in the Beverly Wilshire hotel—days, was a nice treat. So while I must admit to a warm feeling for the product, I am baffled by the current campaign. Perhaps it is as simple as a generational thing. Or perhaps I…
  • Marketing clichés are a dime a dozen.

    Jay H. Heyman
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Whenever I would say that something was so ordinary and common it was worth no more than a dime a dozen, my dad would always respond, “Here’s a nickel, get me six.” And at any cost, here are 25 marketing clichés you should avoid. These are the updated, tech/data driven phrases that are used in place of originality. Marketers that use them would say they are shorthand to quickly communicate something. Most of us, however, would suggest they are dull, border on meaningless and usually don’t really say anything useful. After all, suggesting we target “the…
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    Bplans Blog

  • A Simple Recipe for Startup Marketing Strategy

    Tim Berry
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Marketing for your startup will be a bit different than marketing for an existing business. How can you market your startup more effectively? An effective startup marketing strategy starts with sharp target market focus, then adds in specific identity and business offering, plus regular learning. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Build a Brand: Infographic

    Candice Landau
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:19 pm
    You've validated your business idea, you've done your market research, and hopefully you've registered your business name. Now it's time for a bit of fun. It's time to build your brand! [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Start Here If You’ve Never Searched for a Loan Online

    Meredith Wood
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    If you’ve never searched for a loan online, you probably have no idea where to start. What should you consider? What do you information do you need in order to apply? What questions can you ask yourself to prepare? [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Apply for a Federal Tax ID Number

    Angelique O'Rourke
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    If you're starting a business, you're going to need a federal tax ID number (EIN). The application is easy and free. Here's how to do it. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Your Small Business News Roundup 8.21.15

    Michael X. Heiligenstein
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Bringing you the latest news on small business and more—this week we’ve got trouble at Amazon, more paid leave for workers, and the benefits of using cloud-based software. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    SiliconBeat

  • Google hits back at ‘unfounded’ European antitrust charges

    Levi Sumagaysay
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    Google is not favoring its own products in search results, it said today in an official response to charges brought by European antitrust regulators in April. The company submitted a 150-page rebuttal to charges by Margrethe Vestager, the European Commission’s antitrust chief. The company says there’s plenty of competition in search, and it has the data to prove it. “We believe that the [Statement of Objections’] preliminary conclusions are wrong as a matter of fact, law, and economics,” Google SVP and General Counsel Kent Walker wrote in a blog post outlining…
  • Off topic: Magazine covers, Yelping national parks, defining success, ’80s songs

    Levi Sumagaysay
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:02 am
    A look at the evolution of culture through the covers of Cosmopolitan, Time, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and more. “I at least expected to see petrified trees laying everywhere,” and other one-star Yelp reviews of national parks. Touchy feely, or necessary? On one college’s push to change the dictionary definition of “success.” And how did your favorites do in this Pitchfork list of the 200 best songs of the ’80s?   Photo: The Grand Canyon is among the national parks that have received one-star Yelp reviews. (Associated Press archives)
  • Intuit launches new round of job cuts

    George Avalos
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Shares of Intuit rose Wednesday after the finance software company disclosed a fresh round of job cuts that would bring the total number of employment reductions launched this year to about 550. “In 2013, Intuit kicked off a multi-year change journey designed to sharpen Intuit’s focus on and investment in businesses that strengthen the Intuit ecosystem and align with two strategic goals: to be the operating system behind small business success, and to do the nations’ taxes in the U.S. and Canada,” Intuit spokeswoman Diane Carlini said in a prepared release emailed to this…
  • Facebook testing digital assistant inside Messenger

    Queenie Wong
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    Watch out Siri, a new digital assistant could be coming to Facebook’s messaging app. Facebook has been rolling out new features to its standalone messaging app this year allowing users to send money, GIFs and more as it tries to expand its popularity. Now it’s testing a new personal digital assistant called “M” in its messaging app, Facebook’s Vice President of Messaging Products David Marcus announced on the social media site Wednesday. The digital assistant can complete tasks for the users such as shopping, booking restaurants, delivering gifts and more,…
  • Inspector finds Solyndra may have misled Energy Department regulators on loan

    Louis Hansen
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    Federal regulators believe Solyndra, the former Fremont-based solar panel manufacturing company, may have misled Energy Department officials while winning $535 million in government-backed loans. In a report released this week, Energy Department inspector general Gregory H. Friedman scrutinized the 2009 deal with Solyndra, and probed the solar panel manufacturer’s sales contracts, business model and product market. “In our view, the investigative record suggests that the actions of certain Solyndra officials were, at best, reckless and irresponsible or, at worst, an orchestrated…
 
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    BizSugar / Published News

  • The Niche Business Guide To Online Success

    erikemanuelli
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:07 am
    Launching a company in a niche market used to be risky business. But the digital world has made it an affluent area for entrepreneurial spirits, and almost any idea can now become a success.18 Vote(s)
  • Improve Your Workflow: 5 Tips!

    jennylu
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:05 am
    Improving your workflow can be a great way to increase your over-all productivity. With these 5 tips you will get more out of your workday!18 Vote(s)
  • How to Effectively Use Visual Storytelling In 2015 - infographic

    irfanahmad1989
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:51 am
    The average human attention span is now shorter than a goldfish's - so what does that mean for marketers? Widen Enterprises has created an infographic outlining how and why marketers should make the most of the 8 second attention span via social with images and visual storytelling tactics.17 Vote(s)
  • 8 Excellence Apps for Writers

    JBthomas
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:47 am
    Looking for the best Apps for Writers? We've listed out the 8 Apps for Writers to make your writing tasks easy, comfortable and increase your productivity.16 Vote(s)
  • Entrepreneurs: Don\'t Be Your Own Dick Boss -

    CateCosta
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    It's often a (string of) bad boss(es) that drives people to entrepreneurship, but are you your own awful boss now that you're running your own business?17 Vote(s)
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    CreativityRulz

  • WHY IT'S IMPERATIVE TO TEACH ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    Tina Seelig
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Our education system is responsible for preparing young people to build successful lives. They should be ready for the wide range of possibilities ahead of them, including working for others, starting their own ventures, and contributing to their communities. All of these options require a depth of knowledge in their chosen discipline, as well as creative problem solving skills, leadership abilities, experience working on effective teams, and adaptability in an ever-changing environment. It’s no coincidence that these are the same capabilities that employers say they want in college…
  • WHY DO PEOPLE THINK YOU CAN'T TEACH CREATIVITY?

    Tina Seelig
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:47 am
    It’s a crime not to teach young people to be creative and entrepreneurial. We’re each responsible for building our own lives and for repairing the broader problems of the world, and the only way to do so is with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to bring ideas to fruition.Unfortunately, most formal education deals with memorization as opposed to innovation. It focuses on learning about heroes as opposed to teaching students to be heroic. And it presents problems with one right answer as opposed to real-life challenges with an endless number of viable solutions.Many people…
  • HOW DO YOU FIND YOUR PASSION?

    Tina Seelig
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    I often meet individuals who are desperately looking deep inside themselves to find something that will spark their passions. They miss the fact that, for most of us, our actions lead to our passions, not the other way around. Passion is not innate, but grows from your experiences. For example, if you never heard a violin, kicked a ball, or cracked an egg, you’d never know that you enjoy classical music, soccer, or cooking, respectively. The first step toward developing a passion need not be glamorous. If you took a job as a waiter in a restaurant, for instance, you’d have the chance to…
  • From Inspiration to Implementation

    Tina Seelig
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    There is an insatiable demand for innovation and entrepreneurship. These skills are required to help individuals and ventures thrive in a competitive and dynamic marketplace. However, many people don’t know where to start.There isn’t a well-charted course from inspiration to implementation. Other fields — such as physics, biology, math, and music — have a huge advantage when it comes to teaching those topics. They have clearly defined terms and a taxonomy of relationships that provide a structured approach for mastering these skills. That’s exactly what we need in…
  • Unpacking Your Creative "Suitcase"

    Tina Seelig
    6 Apr 2012 | 1:11 pm
    Yesterday was the first day of our spring quarter course on creativity at Stanford dschool and we jumped right in! I told the class that I really hate my suitcase... I travel a lot and find my carry-on bag to be quite a pain. After I spend the time packing it, I have to unpack it again in the security line at the airport; there often isn't room for it in the luggage rack; and since I pack it so densely it is really hard for me to lift into the rack... Please help! I ask them to design a new suitcase for me.Within 10 minutes they have created a long list of really cool new ideas, including a…
 
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    Small Biz Daily

  • Whatever You Do, Don’t Get Sick

    Rieva Lesonsky
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Cliff Ennico Like all Baby Boom geezers, I really think that I will live forever, that I will always be healthy, that I will be able to work productively and creatively into my 90s and beyond, and that I will always look like I did back in the 1970s. I really don’t feel my age, and I certainly don’t act it. But a number of recent events have convinced me that the ravages of time are slowly catching up with me. My Dad warned me about this. A star high school athlete, he once told me that when you’re young, “your body does whatever you tell it to do. You order your body to…
  • 5 Tips for Creating the Right Tone for Your Email Marketing Content

    Rieva Lesonsky
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    From NextAdvisor Email marketing is a great tool for business owners, as it allows your customers to get to know your business as well as stay informed of potential sales or promotions. While appearance plays a big role when it comes to creating your email marketing campaign, there are a number of other things to consider as well, such as creating engaging content and deciding on the right frequency to send your newsletters. One thing that is often overlooked is the voice or tone of your email campaign. How you sound to your audience is vital and there are several factors to consider when…
  • Surety Bonds for Small Business Owners

    Rieva Lesonsky
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Melanie Baravik Business ownership is both rewarding and challenging, and starting from scratch is full of uncertainty. The licensing process often presents countless questions and a laundry list of costs for new entrepreneurs. Surety bonds are a common component of business licensing, but many first-time entrepreneurs don’t know about them and are surprised by the sudden extra cost for something they’ve never heard of. Knowing what surety bonds are and the purpose they serve before you embark on your small business journey can alleviate stress on your startup capital and more…
  • Engaging Your Rock Star Employees

    Rieva Lesonsky
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Andy Bailey Going to work is similar to going to the gym. Think about it. Keeping a fitness routine requires a certain kind of motivation. To see results, you have to be willing to go to the gym day in and day out, putting in time and effort whether you feel like it or not. If you stop seeing results, or never work hard enough to achieve any, you’ll lose motivation to keep going and eventually stop altogether. While most employees don’t just stop showing up to work when they don’t feel motivated, they do put in their two weeks’ notice or worse – continue working with a lack of…
  • How SMBs Can Easily and Economically Manage Apple Devices

    Rieva Lesonsky
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macs have always been pretty common in certain types of small businesses. But these days, they’re becoming popular in almost all types, due to the growing number of capabilities they offer. While it is a smart investment in the long run, switching to them means setting up a bunch of hardware that brings with it new challenges. When adding any new technology to your business, it’s important to find ways to make doing so cost effective. Making the right decisions up front can prevent you from spending more money and time correcting bad decisions. Here’s a look at…
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    OnStartups

  • An Early-Stage Founder’s Quick & Dirty Guide To Growth

    5 Aug 2015 | 1:10 pm
    The following is a guest post by William Griggs.  William is the Founder of Startup Slingshot, the resource for battle-tested startup strategies. Access the audio interviews of today’s featured growth practitioners, the full 43 page guide, and tons of resources here (free for now).   A startup is a company designed to grow fast.”    Growth is what founders and investors alike are constantly searching for. Growth enables startups to quickly create tremendous value in the market. Without growth you’re dead in the water. But accordingly to Paul Graham, there’s a…
  • Happy Birthday HubSpot! 9 Lessons From Our First 9 Years

    9 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    9 years ago today, on June 9th 2006, HubSpot was officially started. I remember the day, because it was also the day I graduated.  (I had promised myself I'd enjoy my 2 years in grad school without too much distraction, so deliberately picked graduation day as the official start-date for HubSpot.) So far, we've had a pretty good run.  HubSpot is now public [NYSE:HUBS] and still growing fast.  More importantly (at least to me), I'm still having a great time. Rather than bring out the party hats and cake, I thought I'd reflect a bit on some of the hard-won lessons we've learned…
  • How Emotion Helped Grow Our Startup to 2.8M Users in 20 Months

    1 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    This is a guest post by Melanie Perkins, co-founder and CEO of Canva. We are launching Canva For Work that will help you and your team create original stunning visuals faster than ever. Register your interest to win free accounts. I want to start with a question. A question which I think plagues a lot of startups. Should you listen to your users or not? Most people would answer with a simple yes or no. On one side of the argument are people who believe you should test everything. They say you should trial Google AdWords and see if people click on your ad. If they don’t, you might not…
  • Why Your Startup Should Ignore Your Onboarding Experience (For Now)

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    This following article is a guest post by Jackson Noel. Jackson is the Co-Founder ofAppcues, a SaaS product that allows you to create in-product experiences without changing any code.  You can follow him on twitter:@jacksonjonson Since I joined a startup that focuses on user onboarding, I’ve had half a dozen conversations just like this one: Startup Friend: “Dude I need to talk to you about our user onboarding.” Me: “Okay, what’s up?” Startup Friend: “We’ve changed it 3 times now. Can’t figure out how to get users to engage.” Me: “Gotcha. Well what are you doing to…
  • We Like Humans, But We LOVE Code (Machine Learning Case Study)

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    The following is a guest post by Jonah Lopin (@jonahlopin), founder at Crayon.  Jonah is a HubSpot alumnus, and I'm an angel investor in the company.   Here at Crayon, we love humans.  In fact, all our moms and many of our best friends are humans!  But when it comes to solving problems, we prefer code. Humans are awesome at certain things, like closing enterprise sales deals, delivering rousing speeches, and comforting small children. For these tasks and lots of others, humans are far superior to code. But in a business context, humans have some serious drawbacks: 1.
 
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    The Power of Goodwill Blog

  • E Is For Expectations

    Janet Smith
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:50 am
     is for Expectations. This is the fifth post of my Employee Morale From A-Z series, and E is for expectationsEmployees intrinsically have certain expectations about a job, from the moment they accept a position with a company and throughout the entire time of employment. Morale suffers (as do productivity, commitment, creativity, concern for the customer, teamwork…and so on…) in direct proportion to the number of these expectations that are consistently not met. It’s just human nature to have some expectations of a boss, a job, and an employer. I’m not…
  • D Is For Direction

    Janet Smith
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    is for direction. This is the fourth post of my Employee Morale From A-Z series, and D is for direction. The importance of direction was included in my previous post, C is for Clarity, in a list of things that must be clarified for employees: The goals they are working toward, and how those goals contribute to the organization’s mission.  One of my favorite sayings is, “If the boat misses the harbor, it’s not the harbor’s fault.”In a nutshell, this explains the importance of providing employees with clear direction. It can be accomplished…
  • C Is For Clarity

    Janet Smith
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:53 am
     is for Clarity. This is the third post of my Employee Morale From A-Z series, and C is for clarity.  I talk about clarity so much with my clients that one of them started calling me the Queen of Clarity. I consider that a compliment…because in the hierarchy of things that contribute to a great workplace culture and build strong employee morale, clarity is at the very top of the list. Employees need clarity about every aspect of their jobs, including (but believe me, this isn’t an exhaustive list): The goals they are working toward, and how those goals contribute to…
  • B Is For Brag

    Janet Smith
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:08 pm
    is for brag…or more specifically, Bragging Bosses! This is the second post of my Employee Morale From A-Z series, and B is for bragging bosses. But hold on, I’m not saying that bosses should brag about themselves — that is definitely NOT a good thing for managers to do (narcissists, take note). No, I’m encouraging bosses to brag (in an appropriate, professional way) about the talents and accomplishments of those who report to them.   Want to make someone who reports to you feel appreciated, significant, valued, and great? Would you like to…
  • A Is For Accountability

    Janet Smith
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:19 am
    IS FOR ACCOUNTABILITY! In this first post of my Employee Morale From A-Z series, let’s examine the critically important topic of accountability. It’s crucial, because if every employee isn’t held accountable for doing a good job and pulling his/her weight, the bar is lowered for everyone. Morale, engagement, commitment, productivity, quality of work and customer service all suffer. Don’t assume you’ll see signs of it, though. Most employees are pros at hiding the discontent they feel when a co-worker is allowed to get away with sub-par work.  Think…
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    Content Marketing Institute » Joe Pulizzi

  • Native Advertising Is Not Content Marketing

    Joe Pulizzi
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    When you see the phrase “native advertising,” what do you think? Do you think of content marketing? Well, a lot of people do … so much so, that I felt compelled to write an article about it. Before I go through the differences, let me explain why it’s essential to make the distinction. The words we use are important. From the moment I started in this industry over 15 years ago, everyone used different terms – customer media, branded content (please don’t!), custom publishing, custom content. The good news is that most people today call it content marketing. As I mentioned in a…
  • This Week in Content Marketing: End of Days for Digital Display Spells Opportunity for Brands

    Joe Pulizzi
    22 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher In this week’s episode, Robert and I discuss the “advertising apocalypse” that’s become a critical issue for publishers – and why it’s an opportunity for brands. Next, we ponder the blurring line between journalists and content marketers and agree what should be done about authors who hijack the term “content marketing.” Finally, we lament the ad hoc state of content creation in many organizations today, and encourage marketers to focus on something else that will…
  • This Week in Content Marketing: The Sad Future Reality of Brands Battling for Advertising

    Joe Pulizzi
    15 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher In this week’s episode, Robert and I weigh in on the debate between online and TV-based content advertising – which isn’t really a battle at all. We agree with Facebook’s decision to roll out its new Live video program only to celebrities and ponder an Uber-like model that agencies of the near future may adopt to meet the evolving needs of their clients. Rants and raves include a new web documentary video series sponsored by MillerCoors that highlights artisanal products and their…
  • Why Startups Trump Large Enterprises in Content Marketing Every Time

    Joe Pulizzi
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    For the past 15 years, I’ve focused most of my content marketing time on the largest of large businesses. This means dealing with politics, silos, budget issues, and agency relations. In large enterprises, content marketing is a complex beast, hard to move without significant culture change. The hardest part? Doing something differently from how they’ve done it in the past (which is mostly paid media). Enter the research for my new book, Content Inc. In preparation, Clare McDermott, editor of Chief Content Officer magazine, and I interviewed dozens of entrepreneurs. In almost every case,…
  • This Week in Content Marketing: Chaos in the Media Coming Soon to a Platform Near You

    Joe Pulizzi
    8 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher In this week’s episode, Robert and I discuss the ridiculous way that HubSpot handled a recent scandal with a “tell-all” news release. Next, we ponder the chaotic world of media companies and why they will start to act more like wire services. We disagree with a columnist who believes podcast sponsorship blurs the line between journalism and advertising and give a hearty two thumbs way up to the growing trend of large companies funding documentary films. Rants and raves include the social…
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    Jill Konrath's Fresh Sales Strategies

  • This is Why I Succeeded in Sales

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    I never wanted to be in sales. I only went into this field because I had an idea to start a company. The SCORE consultant I met with told me my plan wouldn't succeed unless I learned how to sell.
  • How Do You Rate—on LinkedIn?

    18 Aug 2015 | 9:39 am
    A few weeks ago, LinkedIn released their Social Selling Index (SSI) to the public. When you click on it, you immediately get a quick snapshot of how you compare to your peers and your network. 
  • Use this Ridiculous Sales Stat for Nonstop Sales Growth

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:57 am
    Everywhere you look these days, experts are proclaiming that people are 60%—or more—of the way through their decision process before they contact you or your company.
  • What's Love Got to Do With Sales?

    21 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times. Every time I speak or train, I emphasize this point. Yet salespeople seem to be totally deaf to this message:
  • One Simple Way to Instantly Have Better Sales Conversations

    9 Jul 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Most people don’t believe it when I tell them it’s super easy to increase their sales IQ. But first, let me tell you about some interesting data.
 
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    Innovation Management

  • Top 5 Tips for Outsourcing Your Learning and Development

    Danny Roberts
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:18 am
    Although a lot of companies would undoubtedly prefer to keep all of their operations in-house, this sometimes isn’t realistic. Whether you are suffering from budget or other resource restrictions, lack of personnel or a general lack of time to do a high-quality job, many other organisations are available to handle things on your behalf.
  • How to Start ‘Riffing’ – 9 Pointers for Co-creation

    Robert Wolfe
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:26 am
    Riffing is an exciting way to co-create and an essential aspect of creative leadership. In this article about co-creation we explore the main mental blockers and enablers to riffing, and nine surprising practical pointers to tap into this power.
  • Design Thinking + Business Model Innovation

    Marc Sniukas
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:14 pm
    There has been a lot of buzz around designing new and innovative business models. But what does it mean to design a new business model? How do you apply design thinking to business model innovation?
  • 3 Reasons Crowdsourced Innovation Is Difficult

    Rob Hoehn
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:38 pm
    David Alan Grier wrote in Crowdsourcing for Dummies “the hardest part of crowdsourcing is raising the right crowd.” It is one of the realities of crowd ideation that continues to hold true – that if you can’t draw a crowd to help you generate innovative ideas, then you’re not evolving beyond the traditional closed approach to innovation.
  • The Product of The Future

    Peter Hesseldahl
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:55 pm
    What will the product of the future be like – and how will it be different than today’s products? Generally, all products will become part virtual, part physical. They will be connected, reconfigurable and – hopefully – smart. Also, the business model for their manufacturers will be dramatically different.
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    The Global Small Business Blog

  • Global Small Businesses: Is It Tough Out There?

    27 Aug 2015 | 4:43 am
    ©iStock/TerexThe portion of small businesses reporting that the U.S. economy was improving fell to its lowest level in August since the government shutdown of 2013, according to a monthly survey of small firms by The Wall Street Journal and Vistage International Inc.Only 42% of the 682 small companies surveyed by the two organizations said economic conditions were better than a year ago, down from 47% in July and a January peak of 67%.But small-business owners’ waning optimism about the larger economy belies their outlook for their own operations. Fifty-seven percent of small firms…
  • SBA's STEP Program Supports Global Small Businesses

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:53 am
    To help enter and compete in the global marketplace, small businesses across the country will have access to $17.4 million in funding. The Small Business Administration (SBA) will make 40 awards from the agency’s State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program to states and territories to support activities to increase exporting by small businesses.Here's the listing of states that received funding in 2015 (note:  IL received $686,855 -- last year zero).SBA’s STEP program ensures local resources are available to help small businesses tap global markets. By funding states and their…
  • Ohio Grocery Store Offers Specialty Foods From Across the Globe

    25 Aug 2015 | 4:56 am
    ©iStock/ElizongJungle Jim’s International Market is anything but traditional. The Ohio-based grocery store was opened by Jim Bonaminio as a vegetable and fruit market along Ohio 4.  It has morphed into Southwest Ohio’s most talked about grocery store with two locations -- the Fairfield store with 210,000 square feet of space and the Eastgate store with 228,000 square feet -- both offering specialty foods from across the globe.It's a major destination.  Take a look:More than 80,000 people come each week to shop with annual sales topping $90 million. They can choose among 150,000…
  • Today in Global Small Business: An Answer to the Big Language Problem

    23 Aug 2015 | 11:01 pm
    ©iStock/TashatuvangoWhat's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:How to turn global customers into true believers on your brand.Attend the world's biggest Global Small Business Forum gathering held at Navy Pier in Chicago on 10/23/15.How to keep global campaign costs under control.A year of global shipping routes mapped by GPS.To understand what's going on with China's turbulent currency markets, follow the bacon.How machine translation can answer the big language problem and aid in expanding a brand’s global and multilingual footprint.
  • How to Turn a Blank Wall Into an Artistic Treasure

    22 Aug 2015 | 5:26 am
    ©2015 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.Richard Haas has turned dozens of blank walls across the U.S. into artistic treasures.  This photo represents one of them:  LaSalle Towers Apartments in Chicago, Illinois.
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    Art Biz Blog

  • Networking Opportunities and Errors

    Alyson Stanfield
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Meeting new people is essential to growing your art business. The more people you know, the more people there are to appreciate, buy, and tell people about your art. [Tweet this] The best tip I can give is just to get out! Online relationships are valuable, but in-person meetings can make an artist’s career. Networking Opportunities Everyone you run into is a: Potential buyer. You never know where people are coming from. Potential connector. If everyone you meet knows 150 people (the average), imagine the possibilities. When you meet someone who is great at making connections between…
  • Feedback Whether You Want It or Not

    Alyson Stanfield
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    We are often too quick to ask for feedback. We’re equally guilty of giving feedback when it’s not requested (or wanted). I’ve been guilty of both – especially the latter – and I’ve learned a lot about giving and receiving feedback. I owe much of what I know about feedback to Cynthia Morris, an artist and coach. Here’s what I’ve learned from her and from others. When Not to Ask for Feedback Feedback is serious stuff. You should only ask for it if you’re prepared to hear the answers. At certain points in the creative process, your project is in a delicate state. You might have…
  • Juggling Multiple Income Streams from Your Art

    Alyson Stanfield
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    I probably don’t have to tell you that selling only original works of art doesn’t always pay the bills. Sales can be seasonal, galleries can shut their doors, or the economy might tank. This is why I am all for artists having multiple streams of income – when it makes sense. Multiple Income Streams for Artists An income stream is a source of money. Your income streams might include employment outside of your art business, but I’m going to focus on diversifying how you make money from your art. Selling original works of art is probably the most appealing way for you to make money…
  • Ease Overwhelm with These 8 Time-Saving Tips

    Alyson Stanfield
    6 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Are you like a lot of my clients? You want to do/try it all. You’d like to be everywhere but time runs out. Lack of time is the number one anxiety for most of my clients. It’s not fear of rejection or failure or even potential criticism. It’s there’s not enough time in the day to do it all. Like you, I’ve been overwhelmed with possibilities for business development and strategy. Just three years ago, I remember sitting down and crying to my husband that I couldn’t work any harder. If I wanted to increase my impact in the world, I would have to work smarter. That’s when I hired a…
  • The Big Secret About Your Art Career That Nobody Is Telling You

    Alyson Stanfield
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    I feel like there is this big secret in the art world. It’s about how things work and how to be successful. Everyone but me seems to know what it is. Ever feel this way? If I only knew this one thing … this one elusive thing that I have no idea what it is … my art business would be a success. But I don’t even know what questions to ask to find it. You’re not alone. Many artists are on a quest to find the magic bullet and hoping to uncover it in a new class, blog post, or book. And, still, the cogs and sprockets (Jetsons, anyone?) that run the art world machine are a mystery…
 
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    Capital Solutions Bancorp » Blog

  • Are You Sure You Know What You Need to Know About Accounts Receivable?

    Meryl Evans
    7 Aug 2015 | 10:04 am
    “Cash is king.” No doubt every small business owner has heard that. That’s because a small business can’t survive without cash flow. All the great talent means zilch if you can’t pay them and your bills. But what brings in the cash? Your accounts receivable, or A/R. Accounts receivable is an accounting term for what your clients owe you for the products or services you delivered. Your invoices are a generated accounts receivable. Until you submit your invoices to clients, you won’t get paid. How accounts receivable affects reporting Here’s the thing about A/R in accounting. When…
  • How Do I Get a Client to Pay up?

    Meryl Evans
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:56 am
    This is a true story. Names have been changed to protect the innocent and the guilty. A prospect contacted me interested in my company’s services. We discussed the project and came to agreement on the scope and price. My team went right to work. To ensure the client was happy with the direction, we submitted a portion of the work. Jack asked us to modify one thing, otherwise he liked it. At that point, he said he’d send us payment for a portion of the project. My team continued working, applying the client’s feedback. Shortly after, we submitted half of the project. And here’s the…
  • How to Build Your B2B Brand with Twitter in 7 Easy Steps

    Meryl Evans
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    When I first heard about Twitter, I didn’t get its appeal. As I understood it, people could send short messages for others to read. That sounded like a public bulletin board. The Internet is full of special interest topic forums. People can send short messages to each other via emails, text messaging, online chat, and other ways. So what’s the big deal about Twitter? Nevertheless, I signed up for the service and listened. At first, it felt like a waste of time. Of course, I didn’t have many followers and had no clue who to follow. This was 2008 when Twitter was still young’un. The…
  • How to Cure Your Addiction to Merchant Cash Advance

    Meryl Evans
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    Have you heard of payday loans? You’d never consider such an option because it’d drain your resources, right? Merchant cash advance and business cash advances are like payday loans except they target businesses. Thousands and thousands of business owners are stuck with MCA. To attract B2B companies, some MCA providers call it Business Cash Advance. An MCA may sound like a great idea, but it isn’t when you look at the full picture of how it works. Here’s a true story. A business owner tells them he needs $200k. They say they’ll advance him the $200k, and then take out a percentage of…
  • The Sure-Fire Danger of Having a Big Customer

    Meryl Evans
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:07 am
    When a colleague first started his little business, he had two clients. One provided steady projects. The set up worked well since he could manage these projects outside of his corporate job. Yes, he worked two full-time jobs between the corporate one and his business. We’ll call him Joe. He wanted to build cash flow before quitting his corporate job. Then the company — the steady one — went out of business. As for the other client … projects didn’t come in regularly enough to sustain business. Joe had to decide whether to resign to a life-long corporate career and keep…
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  • 7 Clear Reasons Why You Need a New Website

    Dawud Miracle
    8 Aug 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Just like any other technology, websites become obsolete. And when they become obsolete you’ll need a new website. Here’s 7 ways to know whether you need a new website or not. Reason 1: Your website isn’t mobile friendly. Two words: BIG DEAL!!. Here’s what you need to know – 50% of all web traffic AND 60%+ of all search queries are being done on mobile devices. You’re giving 50% of your visits a very poor experience. And Google is penalizing sites that aren’t mobile friendly. There’s your top reason. Don’t sleep on mobile. The numbers are…
  • 3 Steps to Overcoming Web Overwhelm

    Dawud Miracle
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:43 pm
    It’s easy for your website and marketing online to become overwhelming. As soon as you get one thing done, it seems like there’s always 50 more things to do. And that’s if you can get unstuck enough to get one thing done. I understand. I’ve been there myself. And I’ve helped hundreds of people overcome the overwhelm. Why are you in overwhelm? While there can be many reasons for overwhelm, it usually comes down to some sort of fear. Fear of doing it wrong. Fear of having too much to do. Fear of looking like an amateur (or idiot). Fear of trying and not getting…
  • Do You Charge What You’re Worth?

    Dawud Miracle
    10 Jul 2015 | 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…
  • 15 Reasons to Move Your Coaching Website to WordPress Today!!

    Dawud Miracle
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    There are so many ways that coaches and holistic healers can get a website today. You can go the ‘old fashioned’ route and have a website designer build a pages in HTML. You can use some of the pre-made services you’ll find on any number of hosts (though most of the designs look like they’re 10 years old). Or you can have your website created on one of the myriad of publishing platforms available today. Of course my favorite publishing platform for coaches, healers and the other service providers I work with is WordPress. There’s others, of course. But having use…
  • Why Your Coaching Website Is NOT About Getting Clients

    Dawud Miracle
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    As a coach, a healer or professional service provider, do you know why you have a website? You know the answer to this, right? You have a website to get more clients. Well, what if that’s not realistic? What if that’s not the true purpose of your website? What if your website isn’t meant to covert clients? Then what is my website for? Honestly, most people – most coaches, healers, professionals, etc – believe that they have a website to get them more clients. They see their website as a magical tool that if they say enough of the right things people will contact…
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    Business of Software USA

  • How To Grow and Scale A Culture with Limited Funds – Alicia Navarro

    Joe Glover
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:05 am
    Scaling is a challenge which presents itself to any company starting out. Further to this, cash flow is the single greatest reason companies fail in the beginning. So how do you scale, whilst remaining respectful of your budget? Skimlinks is a company that in 2014 facilitated $625 Million worth of transactions, and over it’s lifetime has grown to a team of over 60 people. Alicia Navarro, CEO of Skimlinks describes how she got there, shedding light on how she maintains culture, particularly through her recruitment process. Video and Transcript below.  Join the Business of Software…
  • Guest Blog Post: Jeff Gothelf, Josh Seiden: Help Needed for Book Case Studies

    Joe Glover
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:37 am
    We need your help. We’re working on a new book and we need your stories. Let me explain. In 2013 I was fortunate to present at the Business of Software conference in Boston. At that talk I discussed the organizational changes that had to take place to support a culture of continuous learning and innovation. The ideas in my talk were based on my personal experience and the work I had done for my first book, Lean UX. Written as a guide for designers struggling to work with agile software teams, the material found a broader audience with product managers, marketers, and  software engineers.
  • Customer Centered Innovation – Tony Ulwick

    Joe Glover
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    At Business of Software Conference USA 2014, Tony Ulwick, one of the fathers of the Jobs to be Done movement, looked at the tools and processes you can use to uncover innovation opportunities. What are your customers trying to achieve, and how can you help them get there? Simple questions, but creating a disciplined approach to uncovering and capturing the answers is a huge step forward for your business. Watch the video for answers, for those who prefer, transcript is below. For more great insight like this, Business of Software Conference USA 2015 is only a month a way. Full Schedule…
  • What SHOULD we be learning from games?

    Joe Glover
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    Chris Massey gave a lightning talk at Business of Software Conference Europe 2014 on the topic of Gamification. In this guest blog post, he revisits his talk, offering further insight into why we should be thinking more like game designers. Video below, followed by Chris’ insights. I was privileged to be invited to give this lightning talk at BoS UK 2014 but, upon watching the recording, I realised that I really embraced the idea of a “lightning talk” and spoke improbably fast. If you were there and were struggling to decipher my gabble, I offer the idea in written format. Depending…
  • A trio of Google Hangouts: Patrick McKenzie, Alex Osterwalder, Peldi Guilizzoni

    Joe Glover
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:06 am
    Business of Software Conference USA is one month away. This year, we’ve refocused on the topic of growth and taking your company to the next level. You can see the full schedule here to see what we mean. To match the theme, we have a line-up of knowledgeable and experienced industry specialists, speaking on topics close to their heart. Before the conference however, you have the chance to hang out with them and preview their talks, as well as pitch your questions to them. We have a trio of hangouts coming in the next couple of weeks that you should know about. 1. Alex Osterwalder,…
 
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    Rise of the Innerpreneur

  • The First Step

    Tara Joyce
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    The first step… It’s the most exciting and scary moment. It’s the moment when you become aware of the problem… And it’s the moment when you begin to solve it. Becoming aware of the problem is the beginning of your solution. Awareness is your first step. In simply recognizing the dirt and muck, you’re growing. There are so many who are not even yet willing to look there and recognize it. You, however, are. In seeing it, you’re already working on rising above it. You’re already taking a huge step. Your unconditional worth can only be discovered…
  • Protecting Your Flow

    Tara Joyce
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:16 am
    When we feel unsafe, whether we fear being judged, disliked, or misunderstood, it stops our creative flow. Fear is stifling. Alternatively, when we feel safe, our creativity unfolds and reveals itself, without our conscious effort. Knowing this, we can maximize our creative potential by creating conditions where we feel safe and unrestricted. In protecting our flow, we inspire our creativity. Doing this includes avoiding people who leave us feeling unsafe, and it includes creating support for the ways in which feel fearful in our own psyches. Internal and external, we have the power to create…
  • The Heart of Self-Worth

    Tara Joyce
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:18 pm
    “Thoughts become things,” Mike Dooley says. You don’t get what you deserve, you get what you think you deserve. Life provides your perceived worth, not your actual worth. Only when you connect with your intrinsic goodness — your courage and your kindness — do you allow, and feel you deserve, all of life’s blessings. Only then, can you truly get what you deserve. For only then, do you trust in your unconditional worth. Unconditional worth belongs to you. It’s always been yours. It’s inherently yours. Your self-worth can not be earned. It can not be…
  • Trying To Solve Gender Imbalance From “The Other Side Of The Table” (Guest Article)

    Tara Joyce
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:19 pm
    This article is written by Ezequiel Djeredjian, a male member of the Athena team. Ezequiel and Athena are doing great work to solve the gender imbalance in business, through programming empowering women to grow themselves, and their dreams of entrepreneurship. Their work is a beautiful reflection of Innerpreneurship, and the collective value it creates. Similarly, I am becoming increasingly more aware of our gender imbalance, and my need to seek solutions. Sharing Ezequiel’s perspective with you is a step in this direction, a symbol of my growing dedication to solving this problem —…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • Big News from the Entrepreneurial Mind!

    Jeff Cornwall
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:31 am
    First of all I wanted to thank you for following my blog, The Entrepreneurial Mind. I first started publishing this blog twelve years ago, and look forward to many more years of providing you with content at this site. We are in the process of launching a new site that will give you even more […] The post Big News from the Entrepreneurial Mind! appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • B2(Small)B Niche Market

    Jeff Cornwall
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Branden O’Neil – Marketing Strategy Coaches helps small businesses strategize TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post B2(Small)B Niche Market appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Bank Founder Shares His Views on Investor Relations

    Jeff Cornwall
    17 Jul 2015 | 2:20 pm
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Ron Samuels, founder and CEO of Avenue Bank, shares his insights about investor relationships TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post Bank Founder Shares His Views on Investor Relations appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Planning for Expansion into a New Market

    Jeff Cornwall
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:33 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Greg Stephenson, PM Environmental, talks about the process of expanding this Michigan-based company into the Southeast. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post Planning for Expansion into a New Market appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • The Ultimate Business Model Pivot

    Jeff Cornwall
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Mark Scrivner – Snapshot Interactive. This company offers a great example of the importance of adjusting and pivoting your business model when the market tells you what they really want. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post The Ultimate Business Model Pivot appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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    PaySimple Blog

  • 11 Mobile Email Statistics Your Small Business Should Know & How to Take Advantage of Them

    Lisa Hephner
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Even with the growth of Chat, text messaging, and other social media messaging, email is still the primary means of business communication. According to a recent report from technology market research firm the Radicati Group, there were 4.1 billion worldwide email accounts in 2014 and that number is predicted to grow to 5.2 billion by the end of 2018. And, while consumer email is actually slowing down (in favor of social media, text messaging, and other non-email online methods), business email is growing– From 108.7 billion business emails per day in 2014 to an expected 139.4 billion…
  • Hold Your Space | CEO’s Corner

    Eric Remer
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    I remember the exact day I decided to never let another person’s actions dictate how I feel.  I was in a meeting with the CEO of one of our biggest partners who, at the time, held a disproportionately large part of our business. The CEO was rude, smug and completely unreasonable. He frustrated and angered me to the point that I literally couldn’t speak. I allowed that moment to get the best of me and completely lost my space. Rather than calmly and thoughtfully engaging in an effective dialogue, I had to use all of my energy to just sit there quietly and not completely lose my shit. I…
  • 5 Ways to Promote Your Business Online and Reach New Customers

    Matt NeSmith
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you’re a new company starting out or you’ve established yourself for some time now, there is always an opportunity to expand the reach of your business. Every day, more and more searches for the services your business provides are occurring on a digital platform. These searches are also showing an increase in local intent as consumers are looking for businesses in their geographic area. Just in the last year, searches that included the phrase near me in the search term have almost doubled. Overall search interest for the phrase near me. Time period Jan 2013 – July 2015 And…
  • Protect your business by protecting your intellectual property

    Jessie Van Gundel
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Meet Michael Feigin, Esq., Patent Attorney Michael Feigin is a patent and trademark attorney who works with small businesses, startups, corporate clients and individuals— anyone who has intellectual property that needs protection. By working for patent and trademark law firms in Livingston and Clifton, New Jersey, he received extensive training from patent attorneys and veterans of the AT&T patent department. Then, Michael decided to open his own practice in August of 2007. Many small business owners don’t know where to start when it comes to protecting things like their business…
  • Free Full Feature Photo Editor

    Lisa Hephner
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    In a world where it seems like nothing worth having is ever free, it is refreshing to find truly useful freeware available without strings attached. PhotoScape is one such application. It provides robust image editing and enhancement features that rival those in expensive industry leading applications such as Photoshop, in an easy-to-use package ideal for small business owners on a budget. Many previous Tip posts have covered images and image editing tools. That’s because, compelling professional looking images are truly critical to successful small business sales and marketing. So, if you…
 
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • ‘Spirit Week’, Shoeboxed Style

    Claudia Amand
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    This past week Shoeboxed kicked off our first ever team spirit week! Besides the tacky outfits and quirky team building activities, the purpose of the week was honing in and refining the company’s vision, core values, product offerings and most importantly, customer-centricity. A large part of continuing our success is making sure we are keeping up with the needs of our customers and providing them with the best product possible. The Shoeboxed spirit week wasn’t just about connecting with our team — it was about connecting with our customers. Over the past eight years, we’ve been…
  • Quick iPhone App Update: Sign in with Facebook and Google

    Emily Farrar
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    You asked, we listened! You can now sign into your Shoeboxed account on our iPhone app using Facebook or Google. Download the latest version here. On the login screen of the app, there are buttons for both Facebook and Google sign-in. As always, let us know if you have any questions 24/7 at help@team.shoeboxed.com or on Twitter at @ShoeboxedHelp. The post Quick iPhone App Update: Sign in with Facebook and Google appeared first on The Shoeboxed Blog.
  • Our New Home in American Underground

    Emily Farrar
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    A few weeks ago, we packed up our office of five years and moved to our new headquarters at American Underground @ Main, an awesome coworking and office space for startups located in the heart of downtown Durham. We couldn’t be more excited to join this community of bright, enthusiastic entrepreneurs! Here’s what a few of our team members had to say about the move, along with some photos of our new home: “The proximity to and density of other companies working hard and solving real problems has an unparalleled effect on our ability to do the same. From learning and…
  • Last minute tax season questions? Ask a pro!

    Michael Hourigan
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Do you have questions about filing for a tax extension or just want to make sure you get off on the right foot in 2015? You’re in luck! Shoeboxed is sponsoring a last minute tax season webinar hosted by Tax Alli. Tax Alli’s CEO, Zach Olson, will be answering Shoeboxed users’ tax-related questions. A little bit more about Zach and Tax Alli: Zach Olson is the Founder and CEO of TaxAlli.com. Tax Alli pairs you with one of their in-house accounting teams and provides you with software, which allows you to easily collaborate with their accounting team. Simply connect your bank…
  • Our Android App Just Got an Update!

    Emily Farrar
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    A new version of the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker for Android is now available in the Google Play Store.  Go get it! The new app pulls in all receipts from your Shoeboxed account so you can easily search for receipts from any source – app, Magic Envelope or email – on the go from anywhere. Please note that once you download the new version, you’ll need to log in again. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope that you enjoy the upgraded Shoeboxed experience on Android! As always, feel free to let us know if you have any questions about the new Android…
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    Business Pundit

  • China Just Intervened To Stage A Big Market Rally

    Gene Giannotta
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:10 am
    A week of wild stock market swings continued on Thursday as China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite index closed up 5.3 percent. China’s other major indexes were also up, with the Shenzhen Composite gaining 3.58 percent and the tech-focused ChiNext also up over 3 percent. The rally ended a five-day losing streak for Chinese markets that persisted despite the government’s attempts to stabilize trading through a new pension investment policy and surprise interest rate cut. In fact, Thursday’s bounce could itself be a product of Beijing’s desperation given its somewhat miraculous nature.
  • Panasonic Is Cutting 1,300 Jobs In Beijing

    Peter Mondrose
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:29 am
    Electronics giant Panasonic on Thursday said it will stop making lithium-ion batteries and will shut down the factory that produces the batteries in Beijing. The company will cut 1,300 jobs as it aims to produce higher-grossing items such as electric car batteries. The plant has been open for 15 years and produces batteries for simple mobile phones and digital cameras. Both of those devices have been swept under the rug in most parts of the world because of the emergence of smartphones. According to Nikkei business daily, the plant’s biggest customer for years was Nokia, which sold to…
  • Mark Cuban Has Hedged His Stock Bets In A Huge Way

    Peter Mondrose
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:19 am
    Mark Cuban believes high-frequency trading is making it nearly impossible for anyone to make real money in the stock market. After examining the current market traders and their algorithm based strategies, Cuban says he hedged his bets and actually earned money in today’s market. In an interview with Fox Business, Mr. Cuban reveals: “In 2008 we didn’t have high frequency trading the way we have it today. In 2008, ETFs weren’t being arbed… the way they are being arbed today. They weren’t being arbitraged the way they’re being arbitraged today. There are a lot of nuanced…
  • Dow Up 620 As Markets Rally In Big Wednesday Rebound

    Gene Giannotta
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:29 pm
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average got over the hump Wednesday, closing up more than 600 points for an almost 4% gain as trading seemed to stabilize a bit after a week of chaos. Foreign markets, including those in Asia and Europe, ended the day down but with smaller dips than earlier in the week. Shanghai’s benchmark index had another yo-yo day of trading but ended 1.3% down. European markets, including those in Paris, Frankfurt, and the FTSE 100 in London closed down by more than 1%. But American markets experienced a big high Wednesday. The Standard & Poor 500 was up 3.95, closing at…
  • China Stocks Down Again In Wild Day Of Trading

    Gene Giannotta
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:10 am
    The Shanghai Composite was down again in Wednesday trading, closing 1.3 percent lower after a day of ups and downs. That mirrored Tuesday’s yo-yo in markets worldwide as global fears continued to take their toll on investors. American markets were all down, with the Dow opening higher but falling 205 points at the close after swinging about 1,600 points over the course of the trading day. The dip in Chinese stocks came a day after the country’s central bank announced its fifth interest rate cut in the past year. Trading in Shanghai took a sharp turn down early in the day before rallying,…
 
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    Solo Entrepreneur marketing and business growth resources

  • Ever Wonder How Other Busy Coaches Are Able To Post To Social Media Every Single Day? | Karen Cappello | @karencappello

    Karen Cappello
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Don’t you wish you had all the time in the world to post interesting and relevant content to all your social media platforms? Ever wonder how other busy coaches are able to post every single day? The answer is Hootsuite! Hootsuite allows you to schedule your social media content and see the big picture of what’s happening on all your platforms, so you can respond appropriately. Just register for free, add all of your social media accounts and passwords, and you have one dashboard where you can schedule out all your posts for the future. Not only that, you can post once, and send to all…
  • Your Time To Relax, Rejuvenate and Refresh | Fabienne Fredrickson | @Fabienne

    Fabienne Fredrickson
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    The days are long and warm, the tree frogs and cicadas sing from morning to night, the pace is unhurried. I don’t know about you, but having grown up in France, I fervently believe in taking time off and that summer is a time to relax, rejuvenate and massively slow down. I am unapologetic about this. And so, every August, Derek and I take a break from our business for the month and dedicate our days to spending massive quality time with the kids. No frantic schedules. In fact, no schedules at all. We’ve strategically set up our business all year so we can do this, and you can too. We…
  • Starburst Orange Guy | Justin Krane

    Justin Krane
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    I was minding my own biz the other day. Just parking my car at this office building. I was immediately accosted by Mr. Parking Attendant Flashlight Waver Guy. Ya know, those guys in those Starburst orange colored vests? With the funky curly mustaches? Any-who … this guy told me I was parking in the wrong area. So I moved my car to the visitor’s parking area. Schlep city. As I was walking to go inside I saw another security lady with a bright yellow vest. She made the Hertz car rental jacket people who wear those yellow blazers look normal! This lady was on her high horse telling…
  • Want To Know An Easy Way To Receive Client Payments? | Karen Cappello | @karencappello

    Karen Cappello
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Want to know an easy way to receive client payments? If you use Paypal to collect client payments, and your client registers for a 3-month program, did you know that there is a very easy way to set it up so that the payments come to you automatically, month after month, without having to bill your client and collect each month? This takes less than 5 minutes to set up in your Paypal account. I have asked my assistant Jaimie to walk you through the process. Here is the link: HOW TO SET UP AUTOMATIC PAYMENTS IN PAYPAL I hope you enjoy this resource! Go ahead and make it easy on yourself and…
  • Your Clients Actually Like To Be Challenged | Fabienne Fredrickson | @Fabienne

    Fabienne Fredrickson
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    My students in the Client Attraction Business School have a term that they use for the interactions they have with me. They affectionately call it, “The Fabienne Stretcher”. It makes me laugh. What they’re referring to is what happens when they come to me with a nice, respectable goal for what they want to accomplish in their business. x For a split second, they feel stretched, slightly beyond their comfort zone, but they also smile… They smile because, as I’ve learned, everyone actually likes to feel just a little bit challenged. It makes them realize you believe in them and in…
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    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
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  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

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    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
 
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    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
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    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

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    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
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    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

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  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
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    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
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    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
 
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

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    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

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    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
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  • The Big Picture: A nebula with the grace of a butterfly

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    Nebulae tend to be stunning by their very nature, but the Twin Jet Nebula might just take the cake. The Hubble Space Telescope team has captured an updated image of the dying binary star system (the last ...
  • U.S. leaning against regulatory relief for three banks in Libor scandal

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:20 am
    By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Labor Department is leaning toward denying requests for regulatory relief by three big foreign banks that pleaded guilty to manipulating Libor interest rates but want to keep managing retirement accounts for clients. In letters to units of Deutsche Bank , UBS and the Royal Bank of Scotland , the department said it has "tentatively decided not to propose" exemptions sought by the banks due to their "failure to demonstrate that the exemptions would be in the interest of plan clients." The July 16 letters give each bank the…
  • AIG seeking $1.76 billion in 'life settlements' trial in New York

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
    An American International Group Inc unit on Thursday asked a federal judge to order a Pennsylvania firm to pay it $1.76 billion in damages for allegedly overcharging for life insurance policies acquired from elderly individuals. At the outset of a trial in Manhattan federal court, a lawyer for AIG's Lavastone Capital accused Coventry First of artificially inflating the price of about 300 such policies, known as "life settlements," and using a network of subsidiaries to conceal the markups. "This is a racketeering scheme so audacious it would make the mob blush," Randy…
  • Samsung Pay beta arrives on every major carrier but Verizon

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:08 am
    Samsung has opened the public beta of its new phone-based Pay service ahead of its official launch late next month. Beta participants will need to have a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Note 5, or S6 Edge+ (unrooted, ...
  • Tiffany earnings fall as high costs, strong dollar bite

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:55 am
    The company, known for its pale blue boxes and iconic Tiffany Diamond, also forecast a surprise 2-5 percent decline in earnings for the year ending January. Tiffany's shares fell as much as 4.2 percent.
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  • How To Reach Retail Customers In Spite Of Their Cocoons

    23 Aug 2015 | 4:12 am
    Let’s admit it, we are now a society of individual planets. We’ve created our own worlds by letting in just what we want to… Trump smackdown videos...yes Cat videos...no Banksy...yes Candy Crush...no People who like X...yes People who believe in Y...no We have surrounded ourselves with images, content, and opinions to protect ourselves from the fear of the outside world. Actually, we haven’t created worlds as much as we have created cocoons With every new friend we add, video we share or product we like, the web shapes itself more closely around our cocoon.
  • How To Engage Retail Customers Begins With A Wow Moment

    15 Aug 2015 | 10:20 pm
    For retail customers to let down their guard, share their desires, and get over their fears of purchasing, you must get them involved...
  • 3 Deadly Traits That Kill Your Efforts To Attract and Keep Customers

    9 Aug 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Some of the most popular questions people have for me after they join my newsletter are: How do I get more customers in my store? How do I increase my sales?  How can I sell more? I get it.  Traffic to stores and malls are down, and while you might be tempted to haul out that old losers limp They’re all buying online, don’t. The fact is 85% of the shopping that is to be done for the foreseeable future according to McKinsey will be in brick and mortar stores.  According to TimeTrade, as much as mobile shopping is hyped, the reality is mobile purchasing is slow to grow; only…
  • 11 Ways Your Retail Employees Convert Buyers Into Lookers And Sabotage Your Sales

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    We’ve heard the drumbeat for awhile now, traffic is down in brick and mortar retail stores. The browsing is now done prior, online. So when someone actually walks through your doors having left Amazon and the rest behind, they are more likely to buy. Although you can’t turn all lookers into buyers, I’ll bet the behaviors of your untrained retail employees is actually turning buyers back into lookers
  • Retailers, Take These 9 Actions In Summer For Successful Winter Holiday Sales

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Christmas in July...or August. We’ve all heard the phrase. It’s summer and a lot of retailers are thinking about what they will do differently for the upcoming holidays. In a media world itching to say how expectations are soft for retail sales this shopping season, you might be worried, and that’s definitely understandable. You can easily drown in a sea of worry. But you’re reading this post so take heart! Here are my top nine actions you need to take to have a successful holiday season in 2015.
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  • 8 things to take away from your summer internship that will help you land a job in the future

    Hope Restle and Jacquelyn Smith
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:35 am
    A summer internship is an opportunity to test drive a career without making any serious commitments. It's your chance to see what it would really be like to work in a particular industry, and whether you're a great fit.  And, perhaps most importantly, a good internship provides you with experiences, lessons, and tools you'll need to get a full-time gig in the future.  Here are a few examples of things you can take away from an internship that may help you land a job down the road: 1. New/improved skills One of the most important things you can take…
  • Here's why crocodiles are 100 times deadlier than sharks

    Julia Calderone
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:22 am
    The world is obsessed with sharks. Just look at the popularity of horror flicks like Jaws and the less critically-acclaimed but surprisingly popular movie, Sharknado. But when Bill Gates posted an infographic ranking the world's deadliest animals to his blog in 2014, one statistic really caught our eye: Crocodiles are 100 times deadlier than sharks. Numbers of fatal encounters with wildlife are extremely hard to tabulate, given that most places have inadequate reporting. But according to wildlife ecologist James Perran Ross of the University of Florida, officials estimate that…
  • Everything we know so far about the next iPhone (AAPL)

    Antonio Villas-Boas
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:22 am
    The successor to the iPhone 6 is due to release in September. In recent weeks and months, we've learnt much more about the upcoming iPhone's rumored new features. We've compiled a list of everything we know about the next iPhone. Here's what (we think) we know so far.It will probably look identical to the iPhone 6. Leaked photos of the alleged "iPhone 6s'" shell were obtained by 9to5Mac. They show that the next iPhone is probably going to look the same as the iPhone 6.  Every "S" model of Apple's iPhones have been physically identical to its non-S predecessors, so the accuracy…
  • UBS: Here are 7 cash-rich stocks to buy right now

    Bob Bryan
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:20 am
    With stocks on their wildest ride in a while, the volatility may worry some investors into dumping or at least not buying stocks.  UBS, however, thinks now is an opportunity to snap up some potential winners while they're down. In a note to clients earlier this week, UBS strategist Julian Emanuel said that companies holding lots of cash on hand are morely likely to weather the diffculties. "Cash enables canny corporate managers to be convex to volatility, raising the value of that cash, particularly should the Fed begin raising rates," said Emanuel. "Nowhere is this effect more…
  • Rumoured discovery of Nazi train sets off Polish gold rush

    Michel Viatteau
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:18 am
    Warsaw (AFP) - The alleged discovery of a Nazi "gold train" in western Poland has perked up the ears of treasure-hunters to such a degree that the government felt the need Thursday to warn them it could be booby-trapped.Local media have for days been abuzz with old lore of trains full of gold and jewels stolen by the German Nazis after two men -- a German and a Pole -- claimed to have found an armoured train car in the southwestern city of Walbrzych. The train's existence, let alone its contents if any, has not been confirmed but officials are taking the claim seriously. "There may be…
 
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  • A Simple Yet Powerful Way to Handle a Stress Episode

    Monique Valcour
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    I’m sitting behind a long table, flanked by a marketing manager on my right and an entrepreneur on my left. We are an admission jury at an elite French business school. The candidate seated before us has spent the last two years toiling in a high-pressure preparatory school to get ready for this interview and the entrance exams that preceded it. Right now, he’s falling apart. He can’t collect his thoughts. His answers to our questions are brief and incoherent. He is most likely unaware that he is continuously adjusting his glasses with visibly shaking hands. It’s…
  • When Everyone Is Doing Design Thinking, Is It Still a Competitive Advantage?

    Tim Brown
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Design thinking has come a long way since I wrote about it here in 2008. The most valuable company in the world places design at the center of everything it does. Designers are on the founding team of countless disruptive startups. Domains such as healthcare, education, and government have begun to prototype, iterate, and build more nimbly with a human-centered focus. Now that design thinking is everywhere, it’s tempting to simply declare it dead—to ordain something new in its place. It’s a methodology always in pursuit of unforeseen innovation, so reinventing itself might…
  • What Driverless Cars Mean for Today’s Automakers

    Maxwell Wessel
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The rumors have finally been confirmed: Apple is building its own autonomous car. With Apple’s entry, it’s clear. The automotive industry has opened up again. The manufacturers we’ve become so familiar with over the last century — Daimler, Ford, BMW, Volkswagen, Toyota, and General Motors — aren’t necessarily the vendors we’ll be thinking of in the future. Competition is increasingly going to come from tech firms like Tesla, Google, and Apple, each of whom is building towards a future of autonomous vehicles that are basically highly advanced computers…
  • Quiz Yourself: Is Your Grammar Holding You Back?

    Bryan A. Garner
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
  • Even for Companies, the U.S. Is Split Between Haves and Have-Nots

    Sam Wilkin
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The worldwide trend of rising economic inequality applies not only to individuals. Consider what’s happening among corporations. Companies in the top one-fifth of profitability earn, in aggregate, about 70 times more economic profit (accounting profit less cost of capital) than those in the middle three-fifths combined, according to McKinsey’s database of 3,000 large, publicly listed, nonfinancial U.S. firms. Moreover, the economic profit of companies that were in the top fifth in 1997 (at the start of the dataset) grew by close to 50% over the subsequent 15 years, so that…
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  • Why Midsize Organizations Need Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Even More than Enterprises Do

    7 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Midsize organizations are more likely than their larger enterprise counterparts to identify data protection as a top IT priority over the next 12 months. In fact, data protection – specifically, improved data backup and recovery processes and business continuity/disaster recovery programs – accounted for the top-two overall most important IT priorities mentioned by midsize organizations. But even though midmarket companies have less expert support on hand than their enterprise counterparts, they need business continuity and disaster recovery planning expertise more than larger enterprises…
  • Small Business Guide: What to Look for in a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Application

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:20 am
    Insightly customer relationship management (CRM) is the #1 online application that small businesses use to deal with the vital task of efficiently managing contacts, organizations, partners and vendors. Beyond just a CRM, Insightly uniquely offers a project management system in one application so you can make sure you're on top of your customer relationship at every stage. With Insightly, all your contacts, emails, events, projects, tasks and sales opportunities are organized in a centralized place so everyone in your business has the most current information at their fingertips.  …
  • Video Beyond the Conference Room

    11 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    Video plays a huge part in every stage of disaster management:Readiness StageDetection and Early Warning StageAnalysis and Incident Response StageRecovery and Reconstruction StageRead this issue brief to find out how and view some real-world examples of video becoming an integral part of crisis management at every scale.Request Free!
  • The Great Video Conferencing Debate: Cost Vs. Quality

    11 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    This brief will discuss: The hidden costs of ‘low cost’ video conferencing solutions Security benefits of business grade video conferencing Benefits and drawbacks of proprietary Vs. industry standard video conferencing systems Defining ‘quality’ in business grade video conferencing Are SMBs adopting business grade video conferencing? Is business grade video conferencing more affordable than many people might expect? Is there a migration path from low cost solutions to business grade solutions that won't break the bank?Request Free!
  • An Executive's Guide to Cutting HR Costs

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:50 am
    Entrepreneurial executives know that they need to follow the rules, but they may not realize what decisions may lead to the two vital components that keep HR costs lower: Increasing productivity Minimizing human capital expenses The following paper will focus on minimizing human capital expenses in four areas: Hiring the right person for the right seat on the right busImproving performance with motivational yet balanced total compensationComplying with the law Offering competitive benefits, communicated effectivelyRequest Free!
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    Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global

  • The Role of Women in the Modern 21st Century

    Laurel J. Delaney
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:39 am
    Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University Dean Sally Blount ’92 recently met with White House senior advisers and several leaders from the business and business school communities to discuss the changing needs of the 21st century workplace.  The bottom line is that business schools worldwide must focus on expanding opportunities for women in business and help strengthen the fabric of our great nation. Former President Jimmy Carter also has a call to action to support women’s rights. The White House Council on Women and Girls and the Council of Economic Advisers, both of…
  • How Remarkable Women Entrepreneurs Worldwide Meet Their Dreams

    Laurel J. Delaney
    16 Aug 2015 | 11:20 am
    Author Rania Habiby Anderson, who wrote Undeterred: The Six Success Habits of Women in Emerging Economies, spent over four years researching and interviewing more than 250 successful female career women and entrepreneurs in developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. Anderson’s objective with the book is to understand the key traits that caused these women to be successful while so many of their peers failed to meet their dreams. Below, Anita Newton, VP of corporate marketing at Adknowledge, interviews Anderson on what U.S.-based…
  • The Rise of the Modern, Independent Asian Woman

    Laurel J. Delaney
    8 Aug 2015 | 3:46 pm
    While the world has heard the stunning prediction that two-thirds of the global middle classes will be Asian by 2030, totally changing the economic polarity of the developed world, there’s been little focus on modern, independent Asian women (MIAW) — 25-40 year-olds.  In New Zealand, for example, premium food and beverage exporters have a lot to gain from this new demographic. [MIAWs] are a very significant group more in evidence in some markets than others. They are focused on making the most of their good educations, getting careers, and building their lives on their terms…
  • Women Are Disrupting the Global Wine Industry

    Laurel J. Delaney
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Women entering the wine business are disrupting the global wine industry to make wines that are both more accessible and responsibly produced. Oddly enough, women, however, have been traditionally excluded from the world of wine, making them more likely to create boundary-pushing wines that defy traditional categories. Two women who fit this bill are Mika Bulmash (below left), CEO of Wine for the World and international development specialist, and Ntsiki Biyela (right), the first black South African female winemaker at Stellekaya, a boutique winery in Stellenbosch. Bulmash has rethought…
  • There Can Be No Robust Growth Without Gender Equality

    Laurel J. Delaney
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:54 pm
    According to Mari Kiviniemi, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Deputy Secretary-General, investment in women boosts economic development, competitiveness, job creation and GDP — and that’s why we launched WEGG.  Read the latest OECD Yearbook 2015 by OECD and catch Mari’s article on gender equality. Investing in the Future People Planet Prosperity OECD Yearbook 2015 Why a push for gender equality makes sound economic sense (turn to Page 20) by Mari Kiviniemi Mari states: “Governments and businesses have a key role to play in reducing the…
 
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    Forbes - Entrepreneurs

  • To Infinity And Beyond With Investments: Rocketing Into Space Investing

    Murray Newlands
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:32 am
    Like most investors, Sunil Nagaraj of Bessemer Venture Partners is always looking for that next big thing to invest in and turn into a significant return. While the global venture capital firm has primarily invested in tech and health care, the fund has significantly ramped up its efforts around investing in space. He sat down with me to talk about boldly going where few people have gone before in investing and what he and his team look for when selecting a startup for funding.
  • Adaptive Insights: Don't Do An IPO Without It

    Tom Taulli
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:12 am
    An IPO is certainly a huge achievement. But of course, it is not without its challenges. A company needs to have a defensive business that allows for durable performance over the long run. If not, it will likely get stuck in an awful treadmill, ignored by investors.
  • ZeroCater's $100M business: Changing How We "Do Lunch"

    Alexander Taub
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    Interview with Arram Sabeti, the CEO and founder of Zerocater.
  • Respect: Aretha Franklin Nailed It, And So Can You

    David K. Williams
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    We respect people who demonstrate integrity, approach life with kindness in service, or reflect a genuineness and sincerity in all their interactions.
  • Now Any Entrepreneur Can Use this Asset Protection Strategy of the Rich

    Garrett Gunderson
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:49 am
    What do you think of when I say “Cayman Islands”? Besides the white sandy beaches, most people envision tax shelters for the rich. But truthfully the tax benefits aren’t as wild as you might think--money going in to the Cayman Islands was already taxed, and will be taxed again if you ever want to bring it home and enjoy it.
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    Mimiran

  • Integrate Mimiran Lead Buttons with GoToWebinar

    Reuben Swartz
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    GoToWebinar is pretty much to go-to tool for running webinars. Unfortunately, G2W doesn’t give you a lot of control over your landing pages, and requires fields like first and last name that may decrease conversion. You can now use a … Read More
  • Get Mimiran Notifications as SMS Text Messages

    Reuben Swartz
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:21 am
    Getting email notifications when prospects are reading your proposals and lead magnets is pretty awesome. But what happens when you’re out and about, not reading email? Sometimes, you want to get these notifications as text messages. Thanks to the magic … Read More
  • The Key to Continuously Charging Higher Consulting Rates

    Reuben Swartz
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:10 pm
    I get a lot of questions about consulting rates. Yes, I think most consultants and consultancies undercharge. There are a lot of tactics (on this blog and elsewhere) to help you figure out what to charge on the next project. … Read More
  • Webinar 8/12: How to Double Your Business

    Reuben Swartz
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:07 am
    I’ll be hosting a fun webinar on Wednesday 8/12 at noon CDT on How to Double Your Business (without doubling your costs, time, or stress). This will be lessons learned from over a decade consulting with some of the world’s … Read More
  • Mimiran named finalist for Austin Chamber of Commerce Award

    Reuben Swartz
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:34 am
    The Austin Chamber of Commerce named Mimiran a finalist for the Austin Energy Technology & Innovation Award at the 2015 Greater Austin Business Awards. These awards recognize excellence in businesses and organizations in the greater Austin area. Winners are announced on August … Read More
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    Business.com Business.com's B2B Online Marketing Blog

  • #SocialMediaGoals: Our Favorite Social Media Accounts for Inspiration

    Cara Olveda
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    If you want to gain the awareness and trust of the consumer, you have to be active on social media, however, knowing how to successfully manage a social media account does not come naturally. No worries, we all need role models to look up to and learn from now and then. Up your social media game and gain some inspiration by looking at the pros to see what you can immediately implement on your platforms. The following companies have all the social media basics down: consistency, high-quality imagery and knowledge of their audience. Twitter Champion: Taco Bell Taco Bell reigns supreme on…
  • What’s Really Going On With Google+?

    Shayna Marks
    5 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Last week was not a great one for Google+. In case you haven’t heard, Google announced that it was separating one of the most contested features of the social network—that you must use a Google+ account for logging into their other products, like YouTube—among other changes. So why is that a big deal? One of the main things Google+ has going for it is sheer numbers, and that’s the one thing people focus on when talking about the good of the network. Social Media Examiner recently shared that just two weeks after its June 2011 launch, Google+ hit 10 million users. By the end of the…
  • Building Content Marketing's Most Valuable Tool: The Style Guide

    Shayna Marks
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    “We don’t need more content. We need better content, and we need to focus on creating better content.” – Ann Handley, MarketingProfs Amen, sister. These days, content is everywhere you look. It consumes your Facebook newsfeed, Twitter feed, LinkedIn, email inbox—you name it, content is front and center. I had the pleasure of hearing Ann Handley speak about this issue earlier this year at Social Media Marketing World. She shared two stats that struck me:  75 percent of marketers want to create more engaging content 69 percent want to be better storytellers The reason why I find…
  • Don’t Believe the Hype: Why Live Streaming Isn’t For Everyone

    Shayna Marks
    12 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Periscope this, Meerkat that. Twitch this, YouTube that.   Though livestreaming services have been around for years, the recent explosion of the two apps has brought it back to the forefront of our minds. Yes, it’s incredible that modern technology has provided us the opportunities to broadcast our businesses and ourselves with the tap of a screen or the click of a button. The opportunity is great—it's practically face-to-face communication with a very captive target audience. Your brand is on a podium, and your viewer is an attentive listener that's plugged in socially. In short, a…
  • B2B Marketing: Focus on the Big Picture

    Tony Uphoff
    27 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Marketing business products and services to other businesses used to be relatively simple. You developed a series of ads touting the features and benefits of your product or service, and you ran those ads in leading trade journals and exhibited at leading trade and association shows. This straightforward approach existed for well over 100 years until the Internet came along, irrevocably changing how marketers reach, engage and sell to business decision makers.   Today, B2B marketers have a dizzying array of brands, platforms, services and technologies being pitched to them, each touting to…
 
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    MyWifeQuitHerJob.com

  • 082: How Ed Hallen Started Klaviyo An Email Marketing Service Designed For Ecommerce

    Steve C
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Today, I’m thrilled to have Ed Hallen on the show. If you’ve never heard of Ed, he is the founder and CEO of Klaviyo, a very popular email marketing provider that specifically caters to ecommerce stores. Email has been a very central part of my marketing strategy for both my blog and my ecommerce store. And just recently, I’ve been cheating on my other email provider with Klaviyo and I’m thinking about getting a divorce. I’ve been very impressed with what I’ve seen so far even though I’ve really just scratched the surface and what’s so powerful about Klaviyo is that it allows…
  • 5 Pricing Strategies To Boost Your Online Store Sales Immediately

    Steve C
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Are sales slow? Are your customers buying a single cheap item from your store and checking out? Does your store suffer from poor repeat business? Even though you might offer great products and write excellent product descriptions for your goods, it’s not necessarily going to be enough to make your store a success. Besides having an attractive storefront, there are many other aspects to selling that have nothing to do with your products or your website. This article will explore the mental aspects of selling. Here are 5 tips that should help you improve your sales. Cover The Entire Range…
  • 081: How To Market Your Online Store On Reddit And Make 6 Figures In 8 Months With Eli Zauner

    Steve C
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Eli Zauner runs a subscription box service called UniversalYums.com which sells boxes of yummy treats from all over the world. What’s cool about Eli is that he launched his business while working full time and his business has been profitable from day 1 and is growing very quickly. In fact, he is doing a solid 5 figures a month after only launching just 8 months ago. And here’s the kicker. One of the main reasons I wanted to have Eli on the show is because he grew his business using Reddit as his single largest source of traffic. Eli’s experience is truly unique and I love that he’s…
  • How My First Live Webinar and 1.5 Hours Of Work Resulted In A $60015 Payout

    Steve C
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:49 pm
    For the longest time, I’ve avoided live webinars like the plague. And it’s not because I dislike speaking to large audiences because I do enjoy it. But I never thought giving webinars was a good use of my time because it’s not a scalable practice. Instead, I’ve focused most of my efforts into my email autoresponder sequence because it’s something that can be written once and then completely automated. Today, my email autoresponder is responsible for the bulk of my course and affiliate sales. In fact, I was perfectly satisfied with my current revenue numbers until…
  • 080: How To Achieve Financial Freedom With 8 Different Income Streams With Nick Loper

    Steve C
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Nick Loper is someone who I met just recently at The New Media Expo in Las Vegas and he runs the popular site SideHustleNation.com where he teaches others how to build a sizable side income. What’s cool about Nick is that he built up his businesses while working full time just like I did. He’s got 8 different income streams and he’s a huge proponent of using your free time more wisely to achieve financial freedom. He also runs a popular podcast called Side Hustle Nation which you should all check out. So without further ado, enjoy the episode! What You’ll Learn How Nick created 8…
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    Optimal Marketing

  • Optimal’s Pivot for Success

    Brandon Wentland
    7 Aug 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Radio Silence To the outside world, things might have seemed a little bit quiet over here at Optimal over the past year. I wanted to do a post about that silence and what is happening below the surface. But wait, doesn’t Optimal preach the the importance of content!? We do, but timing is also important. As we made some major changes this year we decided to take a break from creating and focus on our foundation for a while. That time of introspection was invaluable for investing in ourselves so we can better serve our clients. Change “Less but better” – Dieter Rams This year we…
  • Email Marketing – Keep It Legal

    Jordan Kapellusch
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    Everybody remembers that old Johnny Cash song Folsom Prison Blues. What very few people know is there was actually an omitted verse: “I sent some spam in Reno, just to win some clicks. I left out an unsubscribe link and bought an email list” Okay I completely made that up, but still email marketing is one of the more tightly regulated aspects of internet marketing. While building bad links could hurt you with a manual penalty from search engines (we wrote about how bad links can hurt you here), sending out emails that don’t comply with federal regulations can leave you with a…
  • How to Host a Successful Creative Brainstorm

    Claire Westlie
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:35 am
      Have you led creative brainstorms at work? Was it an unnecessarily long ordeal and yielded poor results? Unfortunately, this can be a common occurrence. Especially if you have a smaller department or team, creative brainstorms can be stressful if only one person is coming up with ideas and the other members just go along. There are some tricks and exercises you can do to host a productive creative brainstorm. Remember That Everyone is a Creative According to ThinkerToys, a study of creatives vs. non-creatives, the only difference researchers could find was the creatives thought they…
  • SEO and CRO – So Happy Together

    Erik Kielisch
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Spouses so often refer to their partners as their “other half.” The same can be said of CRO. Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) is SEO’s other half. Without it converting traffic into customers, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is just throwing spaghetti on a wall. SEO has dominated internet marketing conversations for years. Outsmarting Google, optimizing your site for keywords, and getting backlinks have consumed millions of businesses. In the mad dash for Page One ranking and increased traffic, one crucial part of your site’s success has been overlooked: conversions. What is a…
  • Google Voice and Google Hangouts – Up-To-Date Guide

    Jeremy Scholz
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    Google Voice is an incredibly useful and powerful IP-based phone service provided by Google and currently has well over 3.5 million users. With Google Voice and Hangouts, you can text and call using your computer and it will all sync with your iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet! The best news of all…Hangouts and Google Voice native apps, plugins and extensions now enable you to call over wifi, text and call internationally for free on iPhone, Android, Mac or Windows. Communicate Easily and for Free I was an early adopter and have used Google Voice as my primary phone number ever…
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    Blog@PixelCrayons™

  • 10 Business Advantages of Creating an Intranet for Internal Communications

    Mark Wilston
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:08 am
    Gone are the ages when communication means were faxes, overnight couriers, letters, typewriters, etc. The technology has undergone a tremendous revolution and has advanced the computer software, which now connect you globally. Company intranet is one such derivative in the field of business communication. Intranet enables companies to connect with its employees via a private […]
  • How to Optimize Conversion Rate For Your E-Commerce Site

    Mark Wilston
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:43 am
    To stand out from your competitors, it is very important to have a unique website to convert the site visitors as your customers. You should always focus on how to rank your site higher and make it look attractive. Here are the ways with which you can make your website pages unique and successful: Image […]
  • Learning Web Design: Top 10 Downloadable E-Books

    Mark Wilston
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:52 am
    Learning web designing has become the basic necessity of life. You cannot survive in this hi-tech world without learning web designing. If you are an IT professional or a freelancer, you need to learn some good techniques and tricks to make your space in the crowd. Hefty web designing books are quite costly. You can […]
  • Top 20 Essentials of an Ecommerce Product Page

    Mark Wilston
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:42 am
    E-commerce is a highly competitive territory. With millions of online stores around the world selling different kinds of products and services, you must stay ahead of the crowd. This helps in establishing a brand and earning the loyalty of the customers. You can achieve this by ensuring customers have a hassle-free experience in the shore. […]
  • Understanding the entire Web Design Workflow

    Mark Wilston
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:26 am
    If you are employed as a web designer in a large web designing conglomerate, it is very much common that your duties will include taking care of various tasks, all at the same time. After you have created a primary design draft for the company’s client, and are eagerly waiting for his or her feedback, […]
 
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    Business Credit

  • How to Get Your Small Business Listing Established Fast

    Marco Carbajo
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:40 am
    Small Business Listing In today’s business environment, when it comes to information, potential customers and lenders alike expect nothing less than precision – but that can be difficult to verify when the information about your business can’t be found or appears in so many scattered places. You’ve heard me constantly talk about how important it […] The post How to Get Your Small Business Listing Established Fast appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Got Bad Credit? 3 Ways to Get an Unsecured Business Loan

    Marco Carbajo
    5 Aug 2015 | 8:59 am
    Bad Credit Unsecured Business Loan Did you know major banks view personal FICO® scores of 640 or less as a “bad credit” risk? Now it’s difficult to generalize about FICO Scores® when getting approved for a business loan, because every borrower and bank is different. However, when it comes to qualifying for an unsecured business […] The post Got Bad Credit? 3 Ways to Get an Unsecured Business Loan appeared first on Business Credit.
  • The Amazon Corporate Credit Line Revealed

    Marco Carbajo
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:32 am
    Amazon Corporate Credit Line Are you a small business owner that shops online at Amazon.com? If you answered yes, the Amazon Corporate Credit Line may be just what your company needs.  As you know you can pretty much buy anything through Amazon so having a credit line can be a very convenient way to shop […] The post The Amazon Corporate Credit Line Revealed appeared first on Business Credit.
  • How to Get an Instant Approval for a Business Credit Card

    Marco Carbajo
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Instant Approval Business Credit Card Does your company need credit fast for an unexpected expense or upcoming purchase? Instant approval business credit cards are a convenient way to speed up the application process because when you apply online you get a quick decision, usually within minutes, on whether you’re approved or declined. Now before you […] The post How to Get an Instant Approval for a Business Credit Card appeared first on Business Credit.
  • D&B Corporate Linkage: 5 Key Reasons to Understand It

    Marco Carbajo
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Corporate Linkage Did you know D&B has over 17 million DUNS Numbers linked in over 4 million corporate family trees? Knowing how a business is related to other businesses that you have a relationship with can be a powerful sales and prospecting tool and may often change how you approach them. It can provide the […] The post D&B Corporate Linkage: 5 Key Reasons to Understand It appeared first on Business Credit.
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    The Work at Home Woman

  • 4 Reasons Working from Home is Perfect for Empty Nesters

    wahanelson
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Christy Schutz In the past, I have written about the changes that take place as our children leave the house and we transition to that “Empty Nester” status. I have one more child at home who is entering her sophomore year of high school, so, it is something I think about quite often. As […]
  • How to Work From Home as a Transcriptionist

    wahanelson
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Sheeroh Digitization is gradually taking over everything and transforming the manner in which things are done. Most of all, it is taking them online. We are banking, shopping, dating, and socializing online. Better still, people are working online! Transcription is one of the available work from home jobs whereby freelancers are converting their skills […]
  • Sharing Her Secrets on How to Get High-Paying Clients

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Tell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey. I come from a family of entrepreneurs. My father owns a furniture restoration company in the Northwest, my brother owns part of the business, and my mom helps him run his business and has had some of her own endeavors as well. Growing up, […]
  • How to Start Working as a Virtual Assistant

    wahanelson
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Kelli Bhattacharjee For more and more individuals, the days of working in an office cubicle under humming fluorescent lights are drawing to a close. In some cases, employers are saving money by downsizing office space and attracting a strong workforce by offering work at home opportunities. In other cases, individuals are making the choice […]
  • What to Do if You’re Not Getting the Results You Anticipated From Blogging

    wahanelson
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Sarah Landrum Many business owners and brand managers looking for results assume that blogging is the ticket to success. Expert opinions and how-to articles consistently mention blogging as one of the top methods of spreading brand awareness and driving website traffic, but it’s not an instant fix. Check out some of the options below to […]
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    Leader Networks blog

  • The Marketing Technology Tsunami: How To Avoid Disaster

    Vanessa DiMauro
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    As our summer fun winds down, we Marketers kick into planning season for Q4 and beyond. One of the biggest areas of focus these days is on Marketing technologies as enablers to the overall strategy. Given the wide and varied range of marketing technology, it is increasingly important to focus on the big picture and then find the right tools to support the mission. To help enable holistic thinking, I have invited my colleague Lisa Nirell to share a guest blog post on the topic. She brings the “birds eye” view with her keen perspective and experience. Lisa is the Chief Energy…
  • 6 Things Rock-Star Community Managers Never Do

    Vanessa DiMauro
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:53 am
    Over the past ten years, my blog has offered many suggestions on community management strategy and operations best practices, as well as ideas for programs and lots of practical advice. But one thing we haven’t done (until now) is look at community management from the inside out – from the community manager’s perspective. It’s no secret that community management is one of the most challenging roles for a knowledge worker. Success relies on minute-by-minute mini decisions, driven by an overall strategy. Great community managers must be equal parts therapist, improv comedian, shepherd,…
  • 8 Ways to Use Social Media to Drive Engagement

    Vanessa DiMauro
    12 Jun 2015 | 10:18 am
    Social selling. Sounds good, right? Millions of modern marketers from around the globe are discovering that they can use digital channels to reach their buyers online. Sounds simple, obvious really. “We’ll use LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook to post information and images about what we do and they will flock.” But is it really that easy or is this a rerun of Field of Dreams? Build it and they will come has never panned out online. We tried this with online communities and the internet is awash with digital litter of empty forums and unanswered questions. Yet, we are at it again building…
  • Why Building Social Capital Matters In Business

    Vanessa DiMauro
    9 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    I’ve been a little quiet on the blog lately because I have been busy with clients and giving talks – lecturing on social selling at Cisco’s Partner Summit to teaching about knowledge management at Columbia’s IKNS program (see photo above) and a few other stops along the way. While each venue had a different focus, the common theme across them all is that to succeed using social channels, one needs to be intentionally focused on relationship building. The strength of your relationships – the trust you build on and offline – translates into your strategic value. Your…
  • “Just Keep Doing What You’re Doing?” Stop, Then Find Your Way

    Vanessa DiMauro
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:04 am
    I sometimes hear managers say to their reports “Just keep on doing what you’re doing.” As soon as I hear this, I begin to wonder: “Do they know where they’re going with what they’re doing?” When it comes to social business, “keep on doing” often means the firm’s online activities may be taking them far, far away from the goals they set out to reach. A clearly-articulated strategy and well-defined goals are key elements of business success. To be worth the time and effort, every business activity should contribute to moving the organization in the right direction and…
 
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    Small Biz Daily

  • Whatever You Do, Don’t Get Sick

    Rieva Lesonsky
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Cliff Ennico Like all Baby Boom geezers, I really think that I will live forever, that I will always be healthy, that I will be able to work productively and creatively into my 90s and beyond, and that I will always look like I did back in the 1970s. I really don’t feel my age, and I certainly don’t act it. But a number of recent events have convinced me that the ravages of time are slowly catching up with me. My Dad warned me about this. A star high school athlete, he once told me that when you’re young, “your body does whatever you tell it to do. You order your body to…
  • 5 Tips for Creating the Right Tone for Your Email Marketing Content

    Rieva Lesonsky
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    From NextAdvisor Email marketing is a great tool for business owners, as it allows your customers to get to know your business as well as stay informed of potential sales or promotions. While appearance plays a big role when it comes to creating your email marketing campaign, there are a number of other things to consider as well, such as creating engaging content and deciding on the right frequency to send your newsletters. One thing that is often overlooked is the voice or tone of your email campaign. How you sound to your audience is vital and there are several factors to consider when…
  • Surety Bonds for Small Business Owners

    Rieva Lesonsky
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Melanie Baravik Business ownership is both rewarding and challenging, and starting from scratch is full of uncertainty. The licensing process often presents countless questions and a laundry list of costs for new entrepreneurs. Surety bonds are a common component of business licensing, but many first-time entrepreneurs don’t know about them and are surprised by the sudden extra cost for something they’ve never heard of. Knowing what surety bonds are and the purpose they serve before you embark on your small business journey can alleviate stress on your startup capital and more…
  • Engaging Your Rock Star Employees

    Rieva Lesonsky
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Andy Bailey Going to work is similar to going to the gym. Think about it. Keeping a fitness routine requires a certain kind of motivation. To see results, you have to be willing to go to the gym day in and day out, putting in time and effort whether you feel like it or not. If you stop seeing results, or never work hard enough to achieve any, you’ll lose motivation to keep going and eventually stop altogether. While most employees don’t just stop showing up to work when they don’t feel motivated, they do put in their two weeks’ notice or worse – continue working with a lack of…
  • How SMBs Can Easily and Economically Manage Apple Devices

    Rieva Lesonsky
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macs have always been pretty common in certain types of small businesses. But these days, they’re becoming popular in almost all types, due to the growing number of capabilities they offer. While it is a smart investment in the long run, switching to them means setting up a bunch of hardware that brings with it new challenges. When adding any new technology to your business, it’s important to find ways to make doing so cost effective. Making the right decisions up front can prevent you from spending more money and time correcting bad decisions. Here’s a look at…
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  • Vemma CEO B.K. Boreyko Responds

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:26 am
    Just saw this on Vemma CEO, B.K. Boreyko’s Facebook page: Hello Vemma faithful – Just wanted to clear up a couple of phone calls I’ve received about moving to other companies. Although I know there’s panic out there, I want you to hear it from me…hang tight. We have a hearing scheduled for September 3rd. I think we’ll win. Until then, I know you want to do the best for your teams and that’s a sign of great leadership. I will and have always complied with the court’s order in this matter. I’m the kind of guy that would never violate the…
  • Loyalty To Vemma

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    Let me start by giving you my opinion about Vemma’s fight with the FTC. I think that Vemma has great products and solid leadership and I believe that the company will eventually settle it’s fight with the FTC and if I were in Vemma, I would (at least) wait to see what happens on September 3rd when the Vemma and the FTC will meet in front of a judge. That’s just my opinion and I’m not a lawyer, even though I would play a darn good one on TV. That said, I want to talk about loyalty. Earlier today, I saw a Facebook post from Ted Nuyten, the founder of…
  • FTC Says Vemma Is A Pyramid Scheme

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:08 pm
    The Federal Trade Commision has halted operations at Vemma due to concerns that the Arizona company is operating an illegal pyramid scheme. “Rather than focusing on selling products, Vemma uses false promises of high income potential to convince consumers to pay money to join their organization…We are also alleging that Vemma is an illegal pyramid scheme.” Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection – Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection One very concerning detail most people are not talking about is that the FTC named a…
  • Vemma Shut Down By FTC

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:19 am
    Network Marketing company Vemma has been targeted by the FTC. Currently, there are very few facts available for this story. I reached out to Vemma CEO, B.K. Boreyko but have not heard back from him at this point. Today’s post will be broken down into three parts. What I know, What I Hear and some commentary. Here is what I know: Access to brand partner back office and ordering of products has been cut off. There has been no official announcement from B.K. Boreyko, Vemma or the FTC. So where does that leave us, information wise? The rumor mill. So, where is what I have heard: The…
  • MLM and Network Marketing Internet ListBuilding

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Today I want to talk about something that makes my stomach turn. I literally kissed away hundreds of thousands of dollars by not focusing on building my list during my early years of marketing online. I didn’t start building my list until I got a slap upside the head from Mike Dillard, Tim Erway and Tom Bell in the frst edition of MLM Traffic Formula. At the time, I was getting huge traffic on my blog, I had personally enrolled over 100 people in my Network Marketing business in less than 12 months and I was raking in commissions as a top 5 affiliate on MIke Dillard’s Magnetic…
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    Springwise

  • Live-streaming platform for artists and illustrators

    Springwise
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:22 am
    Add / Remove Since its launch in 2011, Twitch.tv has become synonymous with the now popular model of live-streamed, educational/entertainment sessions. Coders can already learn programming using a similar platform, while musicians can brush up using Boilerroom.tv. Now there’s something for artists and illustrators too — Sywork, short for “Show Your Work”, is an on-demand streaming platform for showcasing processes behind oil paintings, comic books, and other artworks. Artists can sign up to create their own channels, which viewers can then subscribe to. Viewers will then be notified…
  • Sat Nav uses child’s voice to encourage careful driving around schools

    Springwise
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:38 am
    Add / Remove One of the most powerful ways to remind motorists to drive safely in areas where there are kids, is to let them know who is at risk. That’s the reasoning behind If Insurance’s new Slow Down GPS, which switches to a child’s voice anytime the vehicle is near a school, day care centre or other area that is heavily populated with children. Despite most cities having signage, motorists are often driving on autopilot and fail to notice that they have entered a particularly hazardous area — this carelessness leads to almost 400 children under 15 being killed by cars…
  • Smart mirror continuously redirects sunlight into dark corners

    Springwise
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    Add / Remove The benefits of sunlight is widely known, and we have seen a number of devices — such as a fake window and smart LED light — help those who spend a lot of time indoors get their daily dose of vitamin D. Now, Lucy is a smart adaptive mirror that uses robotics to follow the sun throughout the day, in order to redirect sunlight to any chosen area. Lucy is a portable, white globe, which uses an algorithm based on smartly positioned photosensors to continuously redirect sunlight into the home. Users first place Lucy in a spot with a view of the sun. Then, they point its…
  • Home swapping platform lets members earn free accommodation anywhere

    Springwise
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:46 am
    Add / Remove Airbnb is often hailed as one of the leading platforms in the thriving sharing economy, but there is still money changing hands and profits being made. Now, a new home swapping site called Nightswapping takes money out of the equation — it helps users stay in other members’ homes for free, in exchange for opening up their own house to guests. Nightswapping already has over 100,000 members in 160 countries. Each nightswapper has listed their home or guest room on the site, inviting users to stay there in exchange for ‘Nights’ that they can spend somewhere else.
  • Top 10 business ideas from Travel & Tourism over the last 12 months

    Springwise
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    Add / Remove 1 Fashion mini-bar in Belgian hotel rooms For many, a trip is not complete without some kind of retail therapy. But it’s often hard to find the time, especially on business trips packed with meetings and events. That’s why clothing brand Pimkie set up a Mini Fashion Bar at the Banks Boutique Hotel in Antwerp, Belgium, so guests can try on and purchase clothes in their hotel room. Since then we have seen many establishemnts follow suit, collaborating with local retailers to give customers a multi-faceted experience, as well as cater to the forgetful travelers who may be in…
 
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  • Instinctive Action: How to Maximize Personal Productivity and Energy

    Jeff Korhan
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    This is Episode 49 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. In this episode former entrepreneur turned Kolbe Certified growth consultant and team builder Jason Cupp sits down to discuss how undertanding your instintive action mode(s) can favorably impact productivity and energy. Jason notes there are many roads one can take to a destination, with none of them being wrong or right. The question is which one is right for you? That understanding can be particularly valuable for business leaders and people working in teams. Instinctive Action Modes Never Change While…
  • Buyers Journey: Mining Insights that Drive Results

    Jeff Korhan
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:52 am
    This is Episode 48 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. In this episode Nimble founder Jon Ferrara returns to the show to discuss how the buyers journey has changed and what we need to do to change with it. Prior to Nimble, Jon founded Goldmine in 1989 with a college friend, which he turned into a highly successful venture that he eventually sold to FrontRange. Needless to say, Jon is considered to be one of the top experts in customer relationship management (CRM) and sales force automation (SFA). Stop Sending Generic Marketing Messages It should go without…
  • Social Selling: Taking Action for Your Customers

    Jeff Korhan
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:45 am
    This is Episode 47 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. In this episode we sit down to discuss social selling with Jeffrey Hayzlett, former CMO of Kodak and host of The C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett. Jeffrey imparts lessons that dare companies and their leaders to define where they want to go and fearlessly do what it takes to get there, by caring less about conventional wisdom, re-framing limitations, and steamrolling obstacles. Think Big Act Bigger You can tell from the title of Jeffrey Hazylett’s new book, Think Big Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being…
  • Meditation Practice: How to Be a Better You

    Jeff Korhan
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    This is Episode 46 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. In this espisode we are going to talk about a subject I am very passionate about, and that is the meditation practice. You may be wondering why meditation is being discussed on a business podcast. The reason, in addition to the fact that many of you have asked me to share what I’ve learned as a meditation instructor for nearly 15 years, is that there are many practical benefits to meditation, including greater productivity and creativity, increased energy, and what most people are familiar with – a…
  • Make Marketing Your Art

    Jeff Korhan
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    I just returned from my high school reunion, where I had conversations with dozens of classmates at the peak of their careers. It was the stories of artists whose professions include writing, performing original music that were most interesting. When asked what drives them, all said it was “creating their art,” which I interpret to be personal expression through their chosen craft. Not to take anything away from the rest of us, it occured to me the same is true for business owners and employees alike. Whether we think of it that way or not, our work is our art. To have the…
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  • How to post a job with SmartCEO

    Vincent Dajani
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    Welcome to SmartCEO Jobs. This document will help clarify the process of posting a job at SmartCEO.com. Should you have any additional questions, please email Vincent Dajani (Vincent@smartceo.com.) (If you already have an account with SmartCEO Jobs, please use the “My Account” or “My Job Dashboard” pages to login. Then, refer to this document to post a new job or edit your existing jobs.) Step 1: Choosing a package Packages entitle you to purchase up to three job posting “spots” which last for 365 days. Think of each “spot” like a parking…
  • 22 productivity tips from successful entrepreneurs

    Vincent Dajani
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    To be a successful entrepreneur, you’ve got to manage your time wisely. Successful entrepreneurs, then, must have a few tips and tricks for boosting their productivity. Business Insider has interviewed and compiled interview tips from successful entrepreneurs from different industries. 1. Asana CEO Dustin Moskovitz has no meetings Wednesdays. Moskovitz is one of the cofounders of Facebook, as well as one of the cofounders of software company Asana. He keeps his schedule free in the middle of every week to have one day of uninterrupted work. It’s “an invaluable tool for…
  • 6 tips for overcoming generation conflicts in your workplace

    Vincent Dajani
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:01 am
    With Generation Z joining the workforce, five generations will be working side-by-side for the first time in American history. Despite strides in overcoming other stereotypes in the workplace, generation conflicts still plays a major role in today’s business world. Baby Boomers think Millennials are lazy, Millennials think Gen Z is too entitled, and these stereotypes can prevent a company culture from being cohesive. To ensure everyone is on the same page, steps need to be taken to overcoming these generation biases. From Inc., here are 6 tips to get started: 1. We are all using the…
  • 4 tips for dealing with business obstacles

    Vincent Dajani
    6 Aug 2015 | 8:51 am
    New obstacles often feel insurmountable. But – just like the last time – you and your business can get through this one. So, the next time something tries to hold you back, remember these best practices. From Entrepreneur, here are the four tips when dealing with an obstacle. 1. Don’t panic! When something is stressing us out, we tend to immediately react to the challenge in a physical or emotional way that leads to a limiting outcome and triggers more stress. In order to solve problems, we need to create opportunities around them, which requires us to first digest the situation.
  • 8 habits to prevent the ‘Monday blues’

    Vincent Dajani
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:10 am
    Whether you own your own business or work in a large corporation a case of the Monday blues has probably happened to you. To get your week started off right, follow these guidelines from Inc. 1. Plan your week on sunday. If you wait until Monday morning to plan and schedule your week, it will not take long before you find yourself engulfed in daily business “fires” and adding tasks and meetings before you even finish your planning. Instead, consider planning your week on Sunday evening, when it is quiet and you have the time and space to concentrate. You will sleep better knowing the task…
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    Roundpeg | Indianapolis | Web Design | Social Media | Marketing

  • Meta Descriptions: They Will Not Be Ignored

    Jennifer Yeadon
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Despite what the banner implies, this is not the most glamorous of blog topics. That doesn’t make it any less important! Meta descriptions are probably not going to help you rank highly in SERPs (search engine results pages). So, dispel the thought that this is why you are creating them. You are creating meta descriptions for human eyes. If a client is navigating to a website through a Google search and not through your URL, the meta description will be a factor in deciding whether or not they will click. It’s quite possibly the last place you have to get the attention of a customer…
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    Roundpeg
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:19 am
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  • Your Website from Top to Bottom

    Sara Bouchard
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    You’ve probably seen many websites and might not know that many times a webpage is sandwiched in between a “top” part and a “bottom” part. The top (the header) and bottom (the footer) are normally repeated consistently on every single page of your website. We might not talk about them much, but these sections contain elements which are essential to your user experience. The Header (or “The Top Part”) of Your Website What’s in a header? The header is at the very top of your website and contains your logo and navigation. You might notice this exists on your…
  • Taste the Difference

    Lorraine
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    On my husband’s bucket list was a tour of distilleries in Scotland. He wanted to see how and where real whisky was made. And, so, a few weeks ago, I found myself wandering through distillery after distillery hearing about malting, mash and wort, the importance of good water, what temperature you have to roast the barley to and what it looks like when you add yeast to the mixture. By the end of the third distillery tour, I felt like I could give the presentation myself. Then, I began to really listen to the tour guides. I watched as each one puffed up with pride when they explained…
  • Tales of Lost Design Files

    Jenna
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s a great day! Your branding project is finished and you’ve given your graphic designer final approval. You’re excited about the results and will be able to grow your company in the coming years using your brand new aesthetic. But what do you do now? Hopefully your designer is putting together a brand package for you. A good designer will do more than email you one image file and send you on your merry way. Usually this will happen without you asking for anything specific, but in order to make sure you get the most out of the process, there are a couple things you should…
 
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    The Thriving Small Business

  • Progressive Discipline – 4 Steps to Successful Employee Progressive Discipline

    Patricia Lotich
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Managers hope that employees follow policy, accomplish goals and get along with co-workers. Unfortunately, there are times when that does not happen and managers are forced to correct and discipline employees.  This is one of the least favorite responsibilities of a manager – but a necessary  part of  managing employee performance. Read the Full Article →The post Progressive Discipline – 4 Steps to Successful Employee Progressive Discipline appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: 8 Steps to Implementing Successful Organizational Change How…
  • Free Customer Comment Card Template

    Patricia Lotich
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    Businesses rise and fall based on their ability to understand the experience and expectations of their customers. Assessing your customer needs and expectations is part of managing customer satisfaction.  There are several ways to obtain customer feedback – focus groups, customer satisfaction surveys and text analytics.  But the main goal of a customer comment card process is to capture the customer experience when it is fresh in the customer’s mind. Read the Full Article →The post Free Customer Comment Card Template appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also…
  • What is the Purpose of Focus Group Interviews?

    Patricia Lotich
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:09 am
    I was recently asked to provide the definition of a focus group, how to conduct a focus group interview and what is the purpose of focus group interviews.  Focus groups are forums used to gather qualitative data on the customer experience. This  is a widely used marketing tool which helps organizations develop products and services that are influenced by participating customers. Read the Full Article →The post What is the Purpose of Focus Group Interviews? appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: Business Planning 2011: What Organizations Should Focus on…
  • Top 10 Customer Service Irritants

    Patricia Lotich
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    Customer service has come a long way – at least we think. The past century has provided businesses with new technologies that help the business owner to keep in contact with their customers and to modify products based on customer feedback. We can all remember a time when we had an over the top customer experience. Read the Full Article →The post Top 10 Customer Service Irritants appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: 7 Steps to Creating a Customer Service Strategy 7 Customer Service Tips 8 Steps for Creating a Customer Service System
  • 7 Customer Service Tips

    Patricia Lotich
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    We can all relate to good customer service. And we can all give examples of a poor customer service experience. Customers have choices and data shows that loyal customers are those who have their needs met and expectations that are exceeded. Let’s begin with a definition: Customer is defined as “a person who purchases goods or services from another”. Read the Full Article →The post 7 Customer Service Tips appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: Flemings Restaurant Review: 10 Customer Service Tips Top 10 Customer Service Irritants Service Recovery –…
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    Fizzle

  • How to Create a Simple, Effective One-Page Business Plan (Use This Free Template)

    Steph Crowder
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    It’s been said that goals without plans are little more than daydreams. While it’s great to have dreams, my guess is that you’d like your business to be built on something more substantial than some hopes and wishes. You wouldn’t build a house without a blueprint, and a pilot wouldn’t fly an airplane without a flight map. So why doesn’t every single entrepreneur have a written strategy to serve as a guide through the ups and downs of business building? You need a plan for your business Conventional wisdom would have us believe that a business plan needs to…
  • 8 Pricing Strategies To Use On Your Product, Service Or Workshop (FS124)

    Chase Reeves
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    How you price your product, service or workshop can have a massive impact on your sales. Unfortunately, it can also lead to a massive anxiety attack as well. In this episode we lay out 8 pricing strategies you should know about. More importantly, however, we share off the cuff, brutally honest ideas about how to price your offering. Other topics include: 7 pricing strategies for you to choose from 3 methods to price your first product When to use your gut and when not to What kinds of things should be on your sales page to help customers feel comfortable with your price…
  • 3 New Tricks For More Productivity & Focus (the song tip is my favorite)

    Chase Reeves
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    I found a new productivity trick recently and was incredibly surprised by how well it worked. In this post I’ll share that trick as well as two others that will help you achieve more productivity and focus. 1. One song, again and again In his interview with Tim Ferriss, Matt Mullenweg (basically, the CEO of the internet) talked about this little music trick he uses: Find a song you like. Play it over and over on repeat while you work. He talked about the way a song can kind of turn into background noise when you do this. Not just background music Now, I'm used to the idea of music…
  • Business vs. Family — Why NOT to Become an Entrepreneur (FS123)

    Chase Reeves
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Why are you pursuing a life as an entrepreneur? Is it for money? How about freedom? The ability to set your own schedule? Or is it about working on a problem that's important to you? Whatever your reason (btw, we get into our own answers to these questions in the show), is it taking you too long to get there? Is your life as an entrepreneur showing signs of wear and tear on your relationships? How would you know if it's not working well enough? These are the questions we get into in todays episode in response to Mark's question (written below). This episode will help you get into…
  • How to Build a One Page Website to Launch Your Business

    Barrett Brooks
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Building and launching the first website for your business is special. It represents the symbolic launch of your business. It also means it’s time to move on to building an audience and product. But before you can do any of that, you need a place to call home on the web. Most Entrepreneurs Try to Do Too Much It is so tempting to try to do too much with your first website. You get excited, you have a few (hundred) ideas, and all of a sudden you’ve wasted a week or more (or worse, thousands of dollars) building a website that won’t grow with your business. This is not the time…
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  • Should you Register or Incorporate Your Small Business?

    Ronika Khanna
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:14 pm
    One of first decisions you have to make when embarking on your small business venture is the type of business structure to select.  There are essentially two choices – business registration (sole proprietorship or partnership) or incorporation.  Like many small business decisions, the answer can be ambiguous and depends on the business owner’s specific set of circumstances Business RegistrationRegistered businesses are simply an extension of the individual and as such the regulatory and tax obligations are relatively minimal .  Setting up a registered business is a fairly…
  • Guidance on Deducting Home Office Expenses

    Ronika Khanna
    8 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    One of the benefits of having a home based business (for freelancers, self employed contractors and small business owners) is that you can deduct the expenses relating to the space that you use to work.  This can result in a significant reduction in your tax bill for costs that you would incur regardless, giving you one more reason to love being your own boss.   Criteria for Deductibility:For home office expenses to be deductible, they have to meet the following criteria: It has to be your principal place of business i.e. you cannot deduct home office expenses if…
  • Pricing Small Business Services: 3 Considerations

    Ronika Khanna
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:21 pm
    One of the most challenging aspects of starting a new business is knowing what to charge for your services.  In economics terms, the ideal price is where demand meets supply.  The problem, of course, is that at the beginning we tend to have a lot more supply than demand. This can lead to imprudent pricing decisions. Below are 3 considerations to take into account when determining the price for your services: Projected Earnings: A good starting point is to determine how much you could earn if you were employed full time, and translate this to an hourly rate.   It is…
  • 8 Inexpensive Ways to Build a Client Base

    Ronika Khanna
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    Perhaps the most daunting aspect of starting a new small service based business is building a client base.  Of course, there is nothing quite so exciting as getting those first few clients. When trying to generate new business, it is important to cast a wide net as you never know where potential clients may be lurking.  There are many ways to build a client base, even with limited resources, some of which are discussed below: Word of Mouth:  Perhaps, no other form of promotion is as powerful as a recommendation from someone you know. You should let family, friends, former…
  • Prevent Cash Flow Crises with these Ten Tips:

    Ronika Khanna
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:03 pm
    One of the most pervasive problems that face small business owners, particularly in the initial and growth stage of their enterprise, is maintaining sufficient cash flow.  Many businesses with great potential have suffered an untimely demise due to their inability to pay their suppliers, employees and revenue agencies (always pay your government obligations otherwise Revenue Canada and Quebec will take matters into their own hands and potentially freeze your bank accounts).   Often these issues can be prevented through a greater awareness of your small business’ cash flow…
 
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  • The Hubcast 57: HubSpot Cash Flow Positive, Engagement Measuring, & #Blab

    George Thomas
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    The Hubcast Podcast Episode 057         Welcome back to The Hubcast , folks: A weekly podcast all about HubSpot news, tips, and tricks. Please also note the extensive show notes below, including some new HubSpot video tutorials created by George Thomas. Show Notes: Inbound 2015 Inbound is only two weeks away! Random free t-shirts: Monday… The post The Hubcast 57: HubSpot Cash Flow Positive, Engagement Measuring, & #Blab appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • Mad Marketing 68: The Worst Content Marketing Article Ever, Cool Content Tips, and More

    Marcus Sheridan
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:28 am
    Hey it’s podcast time again my friends And in this episode of The Mad Marketing Podcast we’ll be discussing the following: One of the poorest articles I’ve read on Content Marketing My experience speaking in Sweden, and how people, and businesses, are the same all over the world How to write “awards” and “best of”… The post Mad Marketing 68: The Worst Content Marketing Article Ever, Cool Content Tips, and More appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • The Hubcast 56: HubSpot Intensive Trainings, #INBOUND15 Survival Guide, & Optinmonster

    George Thomas
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
       The Hubcast Podcast Episode 056         Welcome back to The Hubcast , folks: A weekly podcast all about HubSpot news, tips, and tricks. Please also note the extensive show notes below, including some new HubSpot video tutorials created by George Thomas. Show Notes: Inbound 2015 Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton… The post The Hubcast 56: HubSpot Intensive Trainings, #INBOUND15 Survival Guide, & Optinmonster appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • Please Steal My Content: An Open Invitation to All Periscopers and Live Streamers

    Marcus Sheridan
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:32 am
      Dear “Scoper” and Live-Streamer, I am writing you today because I know many of you have been frustrated recently by certain entities attempting to thwart your ability to share(stream) your experiences in the real-time. Concerts are telling you not to stream. Pay-per-views are telling you it’s illegal. Sporting events are saying “no periscoping allowed.”… The post Please Steal My Content: An Open Invitation to All Periscopers and Live Streamers appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • Mad Marketing 67: The Genius of Denny’s Blog, SEO Expertise, and More

    Marcus Sheridan
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:28 pm
    It’s podcast time again my friends! And in this episode of The Mad Marketing Podcast, we have a blast discussing the following: How the restaurant Denny’s managed to produce an AMAZING blog full of personality, despite not necessarily being known as a brand full of such personality The Power of good feedback, especially when it… The post Mad Marketing 67: The Genius of Denny’s Blog, SEO Expertise, and More appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
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    Ventureneer - Small Business

  • Profit Is Nice. Margins Are Even Better

    Geri Stengel
    16 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Most people who own a company would say that a big reason they’re in business is to make money. There’s more to being successful, however, than the absolute dollar amount you bring in. Revenue and profit are important, but alone they do not provide the full picture of a company’s overall health. Revenue shows how much you’ve earned and profits show how much money your company has made in absolute terms. Margin ratios, however, offer a look at your profitability by telling you how much you're making relative to your revenue. It's not an absolute…
  • How Equity Crowdfunding Stands to Help Women in Business

    Guest Blogger
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Clark Buckner Female entrepreneurs face certain obstacles that their male counterparts may never have to consider. For instance, according to Ventureneer Founder and President Geri Stengel, women in business typically “start with about half of the capital” that male entrepreneurs do. In her upcoming report on equity crowdfunding for women in business, Stengel hopes to reverse that trend. read more
  • How To Ensure An Angel Or VC Is The Right Match For You

    Geri Stengel
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Like marriage, the relationship between an entrepreneur and her investor can go wrong. The relationship is more than just money and it’s important to know if you’re compatible. “You may not be getting married forever, but you are shacking up for a long time,” said Lori Hoberman, Chair of the Emerging Companies / Venture Capital practice, Chadbourne & Parke. read more
  • How To Learn To Speak 'Entrepreneur' Like A Native

    Geri Stengel
    12 Mar 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Julia Pimsleur grew up speaking both English and French. No surprise, her parents developed the highly regarded Pimsleur Method of teaching foreign languages for adults. She knew the benefits of being bilingual — better memory, analytic abilities, and problem-solving skills. She also recognized the value of being multilingual in an increasingly integrated global economy. read more
  • Money's There If Small Businesses Know Where To Look

    Geri Stengel
    5 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    The number of women starting businesses is soaring — it’s 50% higher than the overall rate of startup businesses. But the percentage of women-owned businesses that break through the $1 million glass ceiling is less than one third the rate for  businesses led by men. read more
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • ‘Spirit Week’, Shoeboxed Style

    Claudia Amand
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    This past week Shoeboxed kicked off our first ever team spirit week! Besides the tacky outfits and quirky team building activities, the purpose of the week was honing in and refining the company’s vision, core values, product offerings and most importantly, customer-centricity. A large part of continuing our success is making sure we are keeping up with the needs of our customers and providing them with the best product possible. The Shoeboxed spirit week wasn’t just about connecting with our team — it was about connecting with our customers. Over the past eight years, we’ve been…
  • Quick iPhone App Update: Sign in with Facebook and Google

    Emily Farrar
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    You asked, we listened! You can now sign into your Shoeboxed account on our iPhone app using Facebook or Google. Download the latest version here. On the login screen of the app, there are buttons for both Facebook and Google sign-in. As always, let us know if you have any questions 24/7 at help@team.shoeboxed.com or on Twitter at @ShoeboxedHelp. The post Quick iPhone App Update: Sign in with Facebook and Google appeared first on The Shoeboxed Blog.
  • Our New Home in American Underground

    Emily Farrar
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    A few weeks ago, we packed up our office of five years and moved to our new headquarters at American Underground @ Main, an awesome coworking and office space for startups located in the heart of downtown Durham. We couldn’t be more excited to join this community of bright, enthusiastic entrepreneurs! Here’s what a few of our team members had to say about the move, along with some photos of our new home: “The proximity to and density of other companies working hard and solving real problems has an unparalleled effect on our ability to do the same. From learning and…
  • Last minute tax season questions? Ask a pro!

    Michael Hourigan
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Do you have questions about filing for a tax extension or just want to make sure you get off on the right foot in 2015? You’re in luck! Shoeboxed is sponsoring a last minute tax season webinar hosted by Tax Alli. Tax Alli’s CEO, Zach Olson, will be answering Shoeboxed users’ tax-related questions. A little bit more about Zach and Tax Alli: Zach Olson is the Founder and CEO of TaxAlli.com. Tax Alli pairs you with one of their in-house accounting teams and provides you with software, which allows you to easily collaborate with their accounting team. Simply connect your bank…
  • Our Android App Just Got an Update!

    Emily Farrar
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    A new version of the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker for Android is now available in the Google Play Store.  Go get it! The new app pulls in all receipts from your Shoeboxed account so you can easily search for receipts from any source – app, Magic Envelope or email – on the go from anywhere. Please note that once you download the new version, you’ll need to log in again. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope that you enjoy the upgraded Shoeboxed experience on Android! As always, feel free to let us know if you have any questions about the new Android…
 
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    ReachLocal Blog

  • Tips for responding to negative reviews from our recent webinar with Yelp

    Jenni Williams
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Earlier this month, we hosted a joint webinar with Yelp to talk about best practices for managing online reviews and the impact those reviews have on your SEO results. On the webinar, Darnell Holloway from Yelp outlined a great method for dealing with negative reviews called “Stop, Drop, and Roll.”   Stop: Don’t respond immediately to a negative review. A good rule of thumb is to sleep on it. Waiting to respond gives you time to calm down and compose a well-thought-out response. Drop: Drop any pride and defensiveness from your response. While you’re at it, have a trusted friend…
  • ReachLocal CEO: How to Choose the Right Digital Marketing Partner [Video]

    Stephanie Heitman
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Running a small business means you may not always have the time and resources you need to consistently market your business online. In fact, an estimated 77 percent of small business owners don’t have time to effectively manage their digital marketing. Choosing the right digital advertising and marketing provider can help simplify your efforts and deliver results like leads and customers — not just clicks and visits to your website. But how do you find the right digital marketing provider for you? With so many options, it can be difficult to choose a partner that will best meet your…
  • Should You Bid on Your Brand Keywords?

    Tamara Weintraub
    21 Aug 2015 | 2:14 pm
    With competition for space in the search results as fierce as ever, it’s imperative that you really focus your keyword strategy on the terms that work best for your business. In addition to leveraging optimization techniques to determine which product and service keywords are most effective for your search advertising campaign, you need to make sure you’re including brand or business name keywords in your advertising mix to drive even better results. Bidding on Brand Terms Means More Clicks in Search Results Bidding on branded terms is not only critical to your search advertising…
  • ReachLocal Partner Drives Revenue & Results with ReachSearch

    Stephanie Heitman
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    NetPistol, a web consulting service based out of South Dakota, wanted to improve their approach to search engine marketing. With a growing client base, NetPistol found it challenging to manage their clients’ campaigns across a number of search engines, so they partnered with ReachLocal to simplify and enhance their product offering. Using ReachSearch™, ReachLocal’s search engine marketing solution, NetPistol was able to offer clients increased ROI while growing their own business. Take a look at a few of NetPistol’s key successes after partnering with ReachLocal. Streamlined Campaign…
  • Top Questions You Asked During the Webinar “Why Mobile Matters”

    Jenni Williams
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:24 am
    We recently held a webinar titled “Why Mobile Matters to Local Businesses,” which covered trends in mobile marketing and tips for creating a strong mobile presence. The content sparked some great questions from the audience, and following are some of the questions we fielded on the webinar.   Should the mobile version of our website contain only key pages or the whole site? When advertising in mobile apps, is it best on the “free apps” or the paid apps? How can I ensure my business shows up in Google and Apple maps? Is it based on my website SEO?   For the answer to these…
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  • What Won’t Happen if You Give Away Great Content

    Stephanie Ward
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:54 am
    Do you ever wonder if you’re giving away too much of your knowledge? Afraid perhaps that if you share your best stuff in your ezine or on your blog that people won’t need to hire you? It’s actually the opposite. Watch this short video to find out more.Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below:“No one has ever become poor by giving.” Anne Frank Click to TweetFor more on this topic and where to draw the line between free and paid check out my post, Why You Should Stop…
  • Why You Must Ask & How to Handle No

    Stephanie Ward
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
    If you want to increase the visibility of your small business, you need cooperation from other people. And to gain cooperation, you will have to ask people to do things.And when you ask people for things, sometimes you will get a ‘yes’ and sometimes you will get a ‘no.’How do you handle that? It’s actually possible to get a ‘no’ and not feel bummed out by it. In fact, you can even see it as a good thing. More on all of this in a minute. But first, here are some ideas of things you can ask others for.What to Ask For“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!” Maya…
  • Why You Don’t Need to Create New Content & What To Do Instead

    Stephanie Ward
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:18 am
    Do you ever feel stressed out about having to come up with new content for your blog?Do you wish your blogs posts had more visibility? I address both of these issues in this short video.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 idea, see item #6 in this post: Why Your Blog Posts Are Not Being Seen: 9 Ways to Fix This.“The hours that ordinary people waste, extraordinary people leverage.” Robin Sharma Click to TweetHow many times do you share your new blog…
  • 8 Keys to Creating Remarkable Offers for Your Clients

    Stephanie Ward
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:59 am
    If you’re charging your clients per hour for your services I highly recommend you stop. And if you’re selling your products individually without anything extra, I’ve got ideas for you.Why offer the ordinary when you can stand out by creating tantalizing packages for your clients?Creating Your PackagesPackages can combine products and services or can be a combination of various products. This is where you get to be creative and think deeply about how you can best help your clients.1. Ask Your ClientsAsk your clients what they want, you can use tools like Survey Monkey or Typeform. But,…
  • What’s Stopping You From Sending Out Your Ezine?

    Stephanie Ward
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Do you ever feel uncomfortable about sending out your ezine?Or are you so worried about doing it that you haven’t even started sending out an ezine?In today’s video I share tips about why you need to let that go.Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below:“Decision is the spark that ignites action. Until a decision is made nothing happens.” Wilfred A. Peterson Click to TweetStill not convinced? Discover more reasons why sending out an ezine is highly beneficial for your business…
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    Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business

  • 3 Ridiculously Easy Ways To Increase Attendance At Your Events

    Wil Hart
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:23 am
    This one strategy can give you the boost you need… Would you implement one new marketing strategy if you could double or even triple your income? Hosting a live event can help you reach your revenue goals faster and more effectively than online marketing efforts alone. By combining online marketing and online registration with the unparalleled power of a live event, you can dramatically increase your leads, connections, and profits both online and offline. If you’ve been thinking of hosting an event but aren’t sure where to start, our 3-step system will help you… 1. Clarify your goals…
  • 25 Proven Ways to Grow Your Email List Fast

    Wil Hart
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:16 am
    There are many more ways than you think… How many strategies are you using to grow your email list and your business? You’re a savvy small business owner who’s always looking for new, cost-effective ways to market your business. The value of email marketing is clear and you want to take full advantage of this strategy. Have you ever heard the phrase, “the money is in the list”? That can be true if you have a vibrant and responsive group of email subscribers. So, how do you do it? How do you grow a larger, more responsive list of prospects who are hungry for your content, products…
  • 4 Email Marketing Secrets That You Need To Deploy… NOW

    Wil Hart
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:14 pm
    You need to know this… That is the reason I will share all of the details with you right here, right now. As a small business owner, roughly 90% of your business comes from repeat clients and customers. But what about the other 10%? The most successful businesses are the ones that are able to tap into new client bases through marketing and engagement, convert leads into paying customers, and turn customers into repeat clients and brand champions. Since word-of-mouth remains the #1 way to promote your business and increase profits regardless of your industry, engaging your customers and…
  • The Quickest And Easiest Way To Succeed In Email Marketing

    Wil Hart
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    You have been asking this one important question… I will answer that question for you, but first lets clear the air with a counter-question. “What has been holding you back from crushing your business goals?” You may reply with one or more of the following: “I can never stay focused.” “I wear too many hats.” “There isn’t enough time in the day.” “I need more support.” “I don’t know where to start.” … (this list can go on for days, but we won’t do that right now) So, the initial question that I know is on your mind is: “How can I be successful with email…
  • How Much NOT Following Up Is Costing You – And How To Fix It

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    21 May 2015 | 8:35 pm
    We have the best of intentions to follow-up on interest in our business. As well we should, because the fortune we want to make is in the follow-up. The people we meet when we’re out networking, speaking or who are referred to us represent thousands, tens of thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue for our business. Our “best intentions” to follow-up are great, but intentions alone seldom create results. ACTION gets you results. The first action you want to take with a new prospect is to welcome them into your community. You can do this by introducing them to…
 
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    Women Entrepreneurs - The Secrets of Success blog

  • Forget Facebook! 5 Other Ways to Market Your Business Book

    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    by Deborah A. Bailey If you're already a published author, you know that marketing it the tough part--even (in some cases) tougher than writing your book. Without book marketing your book will not sell. You have to let your ideal reader know that your book is out there. In a crowded media marketplace, it's harder to be seen and heard. Which is why you have to find ways to build your platform
  • 3 Mistakes Business Owners Make

    21 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    by Chris Atley Entrepreneurs spend a lot of time focusing on various strategies, thinking this next “one” will be it. By just doing ______, they will fix all of their problems. This is the farthest thing from the truth. It’s not about adding in one more strategy, it’s about shifting what’s going on in the inside. When you show-up confidently and acting like the expert you are, everything will
  • A Quick and Easy Way to Start Your Own Podcast

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  • Don't Let a Client's Money Drama Become Yours

    13 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    by Alicia Forest, MBAThe Business Shifter™One of the ways I see entrepreneurs staying small (and frustrated) is by not being serious enough about how they manage their receivables in their business. Receivables is simply money that is owed to you.For example, there isn't a business owner I know who hasn't had at least one client's payments become an issue, so if this hasn't happened to you yet,
  • "BE" Your Brand

    10 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    by Sydni Craig-Hart It's possible that when you think of brand, what comes to mind is a company's logo or an image that represents them. You may also think of a particular tag line. For example, if you heard me say, "Just Do It," Nike would instantly pop into your mind. Or, if I said, "The Ultimate Driving Machine," you'll likely think of a BMW commercial. As it relates to your business,
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    Small-Business

  • How to Start a Mommy Blog

    Andrew Wise
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:29 am
    We will teach you how to start a mommy blog that can make you $100s per month. How many times have you heard your friends or family talk about needing a career change? They feel stuck and unappreciated at work and they come home feeling drained and stressed out. For those who need to make a change, the internet allows anyone to turn a passion into a career. If you’re ready this, you have the time, and you can do it. You can start a blog that will eventually earn revenue even if you have minimal time, little experience and practically no start-up capital. Unlike the offline world with…
  • Why I Rent from Enterprise

    Barry Moltz
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:47 pm
    August 24, 2015 | By Barry Moltz When I have a choice, I always rent from Enterprise. I find that they are one of the only rental companies that really care about customer service. Maybe because they have one of the largest college graduate training programs in the country. For example, last week I drove my son back to college and rented a car for the trip. About 75% of the way there, I noticed that I was losing air in one of the tires. I called the Enterprise office where I rented the car. They directed me to their local office in the town where my son goes to college. I stopped by and…
  • Annette Thomas Enterprise.com Email Newsletter Vol 1: Get To Know More On Business Than Anything Else!

    atebusiness
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
        Hello Subscribers:   I would personally like to thank you for signing up for my blog post updates and I hope this newsletter finds you doing well! Annette Thomas Enterprise.com boasts a huge subscriber list and its no surprise that you have taken the time to sign up. You truly are getting “More Content..More Information..More Interesting” content than you can ever imagine. While the core focus of our site is to inform and educate you, the content has changed a bit to include, home and garden, education and career, health and fitness, seasonal tips, food and…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Building the PERFECT About Me Page

    Andrew Wise
    8 Aug 2015 | 9:41 am
    Most bloggers add an about me page, but most do it wrong. Usually they talk to much about themselves… But: You can’t just go on and on about all of your likes and dislikes. Your About Me page, as well as your whole website, needs to be focused and clear. To have a successful website, you need to follow a few guidelines: About “About Me” The About Me page of your website should portray you as an expert in your industry. To put it plainly, your About Me page tells your visitors who you are and what you do. Write the text of your About page in your voice style. Make it…
  • 101 Blog Post Ideas Using the Steve Jobs Method

    Andrew Wise
    5 Aug 2015 | 8:03 am
    How to Create Blog Posts That Will Blow Up on Social Media Creating a successful blog is almost all a result of killer content. Coming up with killer content on a consistent basis is extremely difficult. I think of generating blog posts like teaching a man to fish. I can give you a list of blog post ideas, and you’ll write for a day, but if I teach you how to create your own article ideas, you’ll write for a lifetime. So let’s break this article down for into two simple sections: Strategies for creating blog post ideas A crap load of blog post titles you can just copy But…
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    Constant Contact Blogs

  • How to Choose the Right Colors and Fonts for Your Emails

    Miranda Paquet
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to email design, it’s easy to get carried away. You want your message to stand out in the inbox and grab your audience’s attention, but there’s also the risk that you could be going overboard with the emails you create. Consider these two email examples — which would you prefer to see in your inbox? As you can see, sometimes a more subtle design will be the best choice for getting your message in front of your target audience. And if you’re already using an email marketing service to do your email marketing, you’re in luck. With a service like Constant Contact, you…
  • Increase your web traffic with SEO for your images

    Jeremy Taylor
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:15 am
    Editor’s note: This post comes from our Constant Contact UK office. You can view all the posts from our UK team here. Or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. Three billion — give or take. That’s how many searches Google runs every single day. 40 percent of those return images. And with image searches becoming more commonplace, optimising your images for search has become an essential tool for getting your business in front of new people. While it’s particularly crucial for e-commerce websites, any business can benefit from optimising their images — including yours. A…
  • [New Data] 3 Proven Tactics to Increase Your Email Open Rate

    Jason Fidler
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    Business owners spend a lot of time thinking about how to increase their email open rates. After every email you send, you eagerly check your reports and take a look at your open rate results. Are they going up? Going down? Do some of our customers open your emails more than others? Was your subject line the best it could be? At Constant Contact, we do our best to help you interpret your email results and come up with a plan to do even better the next time around. Our business intelligence team loves looking at open rates even more than the rest of us. Some might call their love of open rates…
  • How to Turn Newsletter Contacts Into Quality Leads

    Bria Sullivan
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:31 am
    When you’re working hard to grow your email list, you want to think about the quantity and quality of your contacts. Your email list can tell you a lot about which people are most engaged with your business and which leads are smart to target with future messages. Then it’s up to you to send them quality information to gain their trust and further that business relationship. In the fifth video of our How to Grow Your Email List video series, we’ll give you some tips on turning newsletter contacts into quality leads. Watch the video below! (Can’t see the video? View it here.) I’m…
  • Periscope Recap: Design Mistakes Your Email Readers Hate

    Ryan Pinkham
    22 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    You want to make sure your email looks great when it lands in a customer’s inbox. You want them to look forward to hearing from you, and the last thing you want is a small mistake to keep people from paying attention to the messages you’re sending out. The good news is that with an email marketing service like Constant Contact, it’s easy to create emails that look good in any inbox. This week, we talked about email design on the live streaming service, Periscope. We looked at common email design mistakes, how you can fix them, and what you need to watch out for when creating emails to…
 
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    makemoneyhomebusinesscenter.com

  • OWASP AppSecUSA 2012: Unbreakable Oracle ERPs? Attacks on Siebel & JD Edwards

    admin
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Speakers: Juan Perez-Etchegoyen and Jordan Santarsieri Siebel and JDE platforms are a core part of our global business-critical infrastructure. Our credit card numbers, bills, personal information and consuming habits; top-tier companies’ business processes and their most confidential information. It’s all in there. Despite their criticality, there is still today very scarce public information on how attackers may try to break into these systems and what we can do to stop them, placing the bad guys in a very powerful position. The Auditing and InfoSec industries have been…
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    14 Jun 2015 | 10:09 pm
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  • Outstanding SME invoices total estimated £212bn

    admin
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:37 am
    The total amount owed to SMEs in the UK via outstanding invoices has been placed at an estimated £212 billion in a survey by e-invoicing network Tungsten. Of the 1,000 SMEs surveyed, 23% said they have faced closure in the past due to late payment – and this figure was even higher in some industries, reaching a high of 32% in the technology sector. An average UK SME is owed £40,857 in outstanding invoices at any one time, with £20,937 – just over half of the total – overdue. With 5.2 million SMEs up and down the country, that leads to an estimated £212 billion in…
  • Late payment leaves Lotus suited but not booted

    admin
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:08 am
    The Lotus F1 team were left suited but not booted after a late payment to tyre suppliers Pirelli saw their wheels withheld in Friday practice ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix. As the morning practice session began, the team’s cars were still sitting in the garage, according to reports from several news providers, including the Telegraph. Payments to Pirelli are made on a quarterly basis and this time around, Lotus were due to pay £350,000, the newspaper claimed. But when the money did not transfer – due to a banking technicality, according to Lotus – Pirelli refused to…
  • Anti-invoice-finance loophole to be closed

    admin
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:14 am
    A legal loophole that inadvertently prevents small businesses from obtaining invoice finance on their outstanding invoices will be closed from the start of next year. In early 2016, new rules will come into effect to ensure all outstanding invoices can be used to raise invoice finance – the alternative funding arrangement that allows money to be released from invoices before they have been settled, in exchange for paying a fee or percentage commission to a third party. Until now, some contracts have included clauses to prevent work from being subcontracted out, which in some cases has…
  • What will rising interest rates mean for debt recovery?

    admin
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    Although the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee decided to hold interest rates at 0.5% again in their August meeting, economists are generally agreed that the first rises are imminent. The more the UK’s economic recovery gets back on track, the more a base rate rise becomes likely, and ultimately the MPC’s sole aim is to keep inflation close to 2.0% over the long term. Often a change in the base rate coincides with the publication of the quarterly Inflation Report by the bank, but that was not the case this time, with the latest version issued in August. So, should…
  • BCC: No need to raise rates

    HarrietThacker
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:14 am
    The Bank of England this month opted once again to maintain the base rate of interest at its historically low level of 0.5% despite growing expectations of a rise – so what does this mean for businesses? Ahead of the decision, the British Chambers of Commerce had expressed the concern that “familiarity breeds contempt” and that those calling for a rise were doing so out of a desire for any change, as opposed to what is best for monetary policy. “I worry that familiarity has bred contempt when it comes to the importance of low rates in our current economic…
 
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    Small Business Bliss

  • Make your content more readable

    Martina Iring
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:46 am
    When you’re putting together online content for your business, especially with your website, you want it to engage, inform, educate and stimulate interest. Making your content reader friendly and easy to digest is an important way to ensure that your content does what it is meant to. You don’t want to create unnecessary roadblocks by making your content difficult to process and access. The experience of your reader is very important! So how can you make your content more readable and more effective? Here are my top tips for readable content… Break it up One of the hardest…
  • Well, hello there self doubt

    Martina Iring
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:29 am
    Things have been pretty intense for me lately. For nearly a year, I’ve been building a house on a small island outside of Vancouver and living in my parents basement while I’m doing it. Pretty much every weekend has been spent up there working away on our new home and for the most part, the only days off were when I was sick. A very busy and intense time on so many levels for me personally, and running a small business on top of it all. Did I mention I’ve been living at my parents? No better way to expedite self-healing and come face to face with all the dark bits that you…
  • Lay the search marketing foundation for your small business

    Martina Iring
    3 Jun 2015 | 3:07 pm
    I think that the most common question that I get from small business owners is “how do I get my site higher up in search rankings?” A very good question and the answer will depend on each business and each industry. However, there is a basic search marketing foundation that I recommend needs to be laid for any business. With this in place, it’s then time to start looking at different search tactics. So what is this foundation? Google Analytics and Webmaster First and foremost, you need to have website tracking in place. The free Google Analytics and Google Webmaster tools are invaluable…
  • Tracking your website – the difference between Google Analytics and AWStats

    Martina Iring
    26 May 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Google Analytics When it comes to online marketing for your small business, the big kahuna, undoubtedly, is your website. As part of your marketing efforts, you should be checking on your website traffic statistics to find out the number of website visitors, on what page they enter/exit, what search terms they used to find your site, what country they’re from…the list goes on. Getting this information is called “tracking your website”. AWStats There are two common means by which you can access this information: Google Analytics and AWStats. Google Analytics is a free…
  • Marketing quick tip – get the proper Google+ tagline (the most important part of your profile!)

    Martina Iring
    15 May 2015 | 6:12 am
    If you’re going to be active on Google Plus, making the effort to add others to circles and start doing some connecting and networking, there is one crucial thing that you must do to ensure that your efforts aren’t in vain. It’s something that I see missing on profiles ALL the time. The summary blurb or as G+ calls it, the tagline. Why is it so important? First and foremost, it lets people know what you are about. So it’s a key part of getting yourself out there! But also, very importantly, the way that the Google+ platform works means that it is absolutely crucial to…
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  • An Entrepreneur Reality

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Perfect. Everything is going as planned.If you think in terms of poking the box. Poke, adjust, poke, adjust.  What happens when we do this? I love when reality bears its head and says “I am reality". Reality: “I do not want to be front and center in public and the reason this works” By being more anonymous than a public leader…  people will judge on title/content/relevance. (and unsubscribe) If the entrepreneur or business owner is a “behind the scenes” leader, then it may be time to select a dynamic business avatar. It’s personal for entrepreneurs. When anyone snubs a…
  • Turn Someone Into a Super-Hero

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:11 pm
    You have powers you have not yet fully realized. Within your grasp are talented people, tools and opportunities to make an impact in a bigger way. As you watch this video, consider what a talented team of artists & entrepreneurs can do to help you go bigger: Every week you meet someone and think to yourself: "They are amazing! I wish there was something special I could do to let them know how much they are appreciated!" As you see in the video, you can have a comic book story made and highlight that person as a superhero and have a superhero poster made. They are selling the comic book…
  • Phil Knight proved taglines are useless until...

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Regarding the tagline you are thinking about:  What activities or action helps people know the truth, regardless of the message in marketing or advertising? As someone who has just met your company today, if you say "we are committed to customer service and satisfaction," I am not convinced.  Everyone says that. A potential tagline of "An unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction over all else!" is a long way from the real message of success shared in this article "Knight Vision". Read the article and note the priority to support to help specific athletes become superstars: It…
  • Caveman marketing - how to be smarter than a neanderthal man

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    13 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    When people ask “why are you successful” the response should be “isn’t it obvious?”  True story: What did the first caveman who discovered fire do? He went back to his cave and told his cavewoman “Cavewoman, cook me some food!” What happened next? Cavepeople ran to his cave and asked “what smells so good?” The news of fire spread and cavepeople wanted more cooked food. How to make more fire was taught around the globe. …not because of a generous caveman, but from a cavewoman who knew who to cook and make the food smell awesome.   It was the first place…
  • Advice for someone with lots of expertise, but afraid to market and sell

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:46 am
    This topic relates to almost anyone, not just entrepreneurs. If you have a job and a quota, this can still work. Entrepreneurs have a harder time because there is no one standing over their head holding them accountable. Entrepreneurs create their own obstacles since feelings, emotions and comfort levels can have a more dramatic impact until a personal commitment and discipline takes over.  If you or someone you know has lots of experience, wisdom and has high expertise but is afraid to market or sell their products or services, here is a bit of advice: 1) The first time Consider…
 
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    Surefire Social

  • Surefire Spotlight: Terry Stamman, President of Twin Cities Siding Professionals

    Steve Eastlack
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    In our next installment to Surefire Spotlight, I had the privilege to speak with and get to know a man who truly understands what it takes to run and operate a business the right way. His defining principle is one of integrity and it shines through every aspect of the business he owns along with his wife Kristen, Twin Cities Siding Professionals, and through all the awards and excellent customer satisfaction, Terry Stamman remains humbled and just as hungry to serve his community each and every day. Q1. Tell us a little about yourself, Terry. First and foremost, I have to say I am an avid…
  • Introducing New GeoJuice Features for All Clients

    Steve Eastlack
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    Surefire Social is constantly seeking out ways to improve and enhance the products we offer to our clients. One of our favorite products for our clients is GeoJuice! GeoJuice creates instant, engaging content and check-ins that get published with your location. It allows contractors to showcase their past projects and happy customers on their website and social media to generate more buzz around the business to attract more customers. Previously, you had the option to sync your check-ins and reviews automatically to Facebook and Twitter. Today, we are excited to announce that you can…
  • Strengthen Your Contractor Marketing Strategy With Help From Google Experts

    Steve Eastlack
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Would you like to win a FREE Google Chromebook? For those who attend our webinar this Thursday, August 27th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST, they will be entered into a drawing where one lucky attendee will walk away with a new laptop! For those who don’t have one, it’s the perfect sized laptop for those who are constantly on the go (I’m looking at all you contractors out there!) During this webinar, you will learn directly from Google Experts on how to improve your contractor marketing strategy to position your business for long-term success. Save your seat today! If you had…
  • Mr Cranky: Bad Leads Are Worse Than No Leads for Contractor Lead Generation

    Glen Hellman
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:07 pm
    I remember going to a trade show years back and one of the vendors had an ingenious lead generation program. In return for a business card, visitors to the booth had their picture taken with and received an autographed picture of themselves with Marcus Allen. Now for those of you who don’t know Marcus Allen. Marcus was one of the best NFL running backs of all time.  He won the Heisman Trophy as most outstanding college football player in 1981, was the NFL rookie of the year in 1982, was named to 6 Pro Bowls between 1982 and 1993, was the Super Bowl MVP in 1983 and finally he wears a Super…
  • Join Surefire Social & Google as They Discuss Digital Marketing for Contractors

    Steve Eastlack
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:29 pm
    If you have yet to hear the good news…brace yourself…it’s big!   Surefire Social and Google have joined forces to help all home improvement contractors succeed in digital marketing and grow their business online in the form of a webinar. Date: Thursday, August 27th Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST Location: Wherever you are most comfortable! This will be an exclusive event with Google as part of our Select Channel Partnership. Google experts will talk about how to use Google’s tools: Google My Business, Google Analytics, Google Maps, and Google AdWords, to improve…
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  • How To Increase Sales From Your Website - The Top 13 Things You Can Do Immediately

    25 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    How To Increase Sales From Your Website - Top 13 Things You Can Do Immediately In this blog post we have posted the video for an online seminar we held recently. The seminar was titled How To Increase Sales From Your Website. The seminar covers key definitions to terms used for websites and SEO, keys to higher conversion rates, the basics of A/B page testing, the keys to creating high quality content, and a quick overview of website statistics and website sales tracking. Be sure to read to the bottom of this post where we have a list of the top 13 things you can do immediately to increase the…
  • Social Media Marketing Services - The Top 7 Reasons Why To Spend That Money On Local SEO Services Instead

    24 Aug 2015 | 5:40 am
    Social Media Marketing Services The Top 7 Reasons Why to Spend That Money on Local SEO Services Instead  In this blog article and podcast, we are going to talk about the social media marketing services versus SEO marketing services. The primary goal of this content is to explain the top reasons to spend a marketing budget on SEO instead of social media.   
  • Why Improving Your Website Conversion Rate Optimization Is Important

    10 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Why Improving Your Website Conversion Rate Optimization Is Important This may seem like a no-brainer, right? Improving your website conversion rate means more people are taking actions that you would want them to take. This could mean an increase in email addresses provided, leads for sales or even direct sales from the website. Overall improving your website’s conversion rate can only mean good things for your business, but the few direct results seen above are just the end means of the process. There are plenty of reasons why a website’s conversion rate is important and…
  • How To Audit Your Search Engine Optimization Company

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    How To Audit Your Search Engine Optimization Company Search engine optimization has proven itself to be a highly effective marketing tool, and because of its success a lot of businesses have hired individuals or companies to provide SEO services. One of the problems many business people run into when hiring these consultants is that they’re unsure of how to audit them. Like other marketing services, it’s incredibly important to audit your SEO company to ensure they’re providing you with the maximum return on investment, and that their efforts are being focused in the correct…
  • The Importance Of SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    The Importance Of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) This article is going to talk about the importance of SEO, which stands for search engine optimization. We will look at the benefits of doing SEO weekly on your website, the disadvantages of not conducting SEO, and the consequences of ceasing to conduct SEO weekly on your site.  
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     Vistage Executive Street Blog

  • What The Millennial Audience Really Wants

    Jona Jone
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    Millennials are a challenging generation. They are very diverse and very different. But if there is one demographic that needs to be understood really well Read More The post What The Millennial Audience Really Wants appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • The 7 Biggest Mistakes CEOs Make

    Michael Malone
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:54 am
    We all make mistakes, but it is when the mistakes become habits that we lose our effectiveness as leaders.  When I interview CEOs and their Read More The post The 7 Biggest Mistakes CEOs Make appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • What’s Your Mindset?

    Jerry Cahn
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Attribution theory is a popular psychological theory. It views each person as a “pseudo-scientist” who tries to explain his/her own behavior and those of others. Read More The post What’s Your Mindset? appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Developing Connections in the Workplace

    Judith E. Glaser
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:12 am
    According to social science research conducted by Brian Uzzi, professor of leadership and organizational change at the Kellogg School of Management, most people choose friends Read More The post Developing Connections in the Workplace appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Leading and Learning

    Leon Shapiro
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:53 pm
    In September 2014, President Obama visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, where he also met with the doctors and nurses Read More The post Leading and Learning appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
 
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    Griselda Togobo's blog | Author, Speaker & Small Business Growth Consultant

  • Impatient to grow your business? Do this first!

    EA
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:22 am
    When thinking of growing and scaling up your business, its very important that you work out those parts of the business that are profitable and can be replicated before you start to embark on an expansion plan. The reason being, attempting to scale a business that isn’t profitable is a bit like trying to be a Silicon Valley tech start up without the innovation or backing of super rich investors. Tech start-ups and other highly technical niche industries are the only ones allowed to scale before being profitable. This is because they are dancing to a different music and have different…
  • What I did when I had no money to pay for help

    EA
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    What do you do when you have no money, feel stuck and your business just isn’t generating the income you want  – no NEED it to? This week, I’ve met a few people who have unfortunately found themselves in this situation.  They recognise that they desperately need help but unfortunately don’t feel they can afford the help at the moment. They need help to break the cycle but they can’t afford it. It’s a typical life challenge. When things are this bad, you need help. Particularly if you’ve tried your best and things are not changing and have not changed for a long period of…
  • Give Yourself Some Credit

    EA
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:44 am
    July 10th was my husbands 40th birthday. We decided to take a family trip overseas (that is us in the picture with our son and niece on our way to Niagara Falls in Canada) to get away from the day to day humdrum of family life and really take time to reflect and create some powerful memories for this special occasion. It’s been a wonderfully magical time being together as a family with none of the stresses of the school run, work and other obligations. The experience made me realize that as a family with two parents who work incredibly hard at our careers and businesses, making the…
  • Whose shoes are you trying to fill

    EA
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:22 am
    One of the questions I’ve been asked the most recently since my recent business acquisition at www.forwardladies.com is “How do you intend to fill your predecessors big shoes”? or people commenting “You have some big shoes to fill? These questions would have been intimidating some 5 years ago when I still lived my life trying to be all things to all people – a people pleaser who tried too hard to fit in and to get everybody’s approval and acceptance. I’m so grateful for the fact that I’m now in a place where I now know that no one can ever fill someone else’s shoes. My…
  • How NOT to invite a connection on LinkedIn

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

  • How to Save Your Next Design Project [Hint: Use a Mood Board]

    Andrew Niekamp<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/andrew_niekamp_profile.jpg" alt="Andrew Niekamp" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:56 am
    Let’s say the new creative for your website, email or print marketing comes back from your designer and it’s not what you were hoping to see. Maybe it’s too heavy, maybe too light. Too blue or too red? It’s certainly too something. Or possibly, too something else. You spend your night making edits, collecting links to sites you like and trying to salvage the project without completely sinking your budget. Next time don’t rescue your design project after the design is done. Next time, save it before it even starts. Next time, use a mood board. What Mood Boards Are At their most…
  • 4 Ways to Reboot Your Outdated Website

    Deluxe Blogmaster<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Deluxe_enterprise_logo_cropped-150x28.png" alt="Deluxe Blogmaster" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    If calling your website ‘dated’ is an understatement, you’re not alone. Many small business owners have told us their sites are not working as hard as they should to bring in new business. If knocking down your current site is not an option, there are a few ways to make your website friendlier by simply rebooting.  1. Upgrade to Responsive Design Responsive design isn’t just a trend, it’s a necessity in today’s mobile world. Every day, more and more people browse the web on their devices and you want to be ready for them. Before responsive design, businesses were…
  • Photographer Fulfills Lifelong Dream, Launches Two Businesses

    Julie Gordon<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Julie_Gordon_Profile.jpg" alt="Julie Gordon" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:42 am
    After 40 years, Carl Stoveland has become the person he was always meant to be. Bitten by the photography bug at a young age, Stoveland  has since rekindled his passion, diving headfirst into the entrepreneurial world with two businesses, Artistic Balance Photography and Gallery Meraki. We recently had a chance to catch up with Carl to find out how he’s balancing both businesses. Describe your path into the world of photography.  I have considered myself a photographer since I first picked up a camera at the age of 7. My earliest memories are of being in my Dad’s darkroom while he…
  • Why Mozzeria Believes in the Language of Food

    Cameron Potts<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Cameron_Potts_Profile.jpg" alt="Cameron Potts" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:27 am
    The sounds of a professional kitchen have a rhythm and language all their own. From chopping of ingredients to the sizzle of a cast iron pan to the swirl of a spoon in a pot, you can visualize the state of a meal by the pace of the sounds a chef makes. When exceptional food is brought to your table, often words take a backseat to our most primal sounds, the simple “mmmm,” “ahhh” and “ohh” associated with the satisfaction a perfect blend of favors elicits on your palate. At Mozzeria in San Francisco’s Mission District, the language of food takes on a meaning beyond…
  • The 7 Do’s and Don’ts of Logo Design

    Deluxe Blogmaster<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Deluxe_enterprise_logo_cropped-150x28.png" alt="Deluxe Blogmaster" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:11 am
    The logos of Nike, Apple, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s are some of the most recognizable in the world. Each has a distinct look and feel, and each represents a different industry, but they all help define the do’s and don’ts of great logo design. Let’s take a look at those do’s and don’ts so you can get started on finding an iconic logo of your own.  1. Do your first designs in black and white. The right color can make any logo pop, but it’s useful to know how that same logo looks in black and white. Here’s an easy test: print a copy of your logo on the office printer…
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    Loftis Consulting Business Blog

  • When Should Your Small Business Hire a Part-time CFO?

    Loftis Consulting
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    This excellent article in the Desert News highlights seven signs that your business needs a CFO on at least a part-time basis.  The signs include: Large swings in annual revenue both up and down More complicated business model Higher employee headcount These are just a few.  Check out the article for more.    
  • Profit Does Not Equal Cash in the Bank

    Loftis Consulting
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Many entrepreneurs consider profits reflected on their Income Statement as cash in the bank from running their business.  This is not the case for many reasons. Reason 1: Cash can come from non-operational sources If your business is lucky enough to get cash from outsiders, this cash is not considered profits.  It is cash (i.e. funding) from investors in the form of bank loans or equity stakes.  This type of external funding will not show up on the Income Statement, where we determine if the business has accounting profits.  Accounting profits means the business has profits by accounting…
  • Illinois Series B Funding Taking Longer to Secure

    Loftis Consulting
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    A recent article in Crain’s stated that Series B funding is taking longer to secure.  According to Crain’s, it took 3.7 years on average for a start-up to get Series B funding in 2006 but took 4.4 years in 2011.  With this in mind understanding cash flows and profitability are keys to the successful startup.  In order for your start-up to survive, it is critical that profitability is achieved sooner than later because Series B funding may take longer to achieve.  If your key managers/owners don’t understand the differences between cash flow and profitability then it is critical for…
  • Finance 101: CapEx Defined

    Loftis Consulting
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Many business owners and executives know everything about their business from an operational or technical side but ignore the finance side. The owners and executives either leave it to someone else or just play along like they understand the numbers side but really don’t.  It is critical for long-term success to understand the numbers.  One term not fully understood by many is Capital Expenditure also known as CapEx. Capital Expenditures represent long-term (asset that will last for more than a year) investments back into the business. These may include: Computers Buildings Equipment…
  • Entrepreneurial Toolkit: Reading an Income Statement Part 1 (Gross Margin)

    Loftis Consulting
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    For a start-up or any stage of business, good financial records are important.  Many times businesses have someone doing their accounting books and producing financial reports including the Income Statement; however, the business owner has no idea what the financial statements are telling them.    This article will highlight the key items that you as a business owner need to know and understand about one of the key financial reports, the Income Statement, and how to use the information to further grow your business. Accounting is used to provide information on the financial dealings of…
 
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    Blue Kite Marketing blog

  • Is Google Plus Still Relevant for Your Business? {Podcast}

    Laura Click
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    We've Moved! Update Your Reader Subscription Don't miss another blog post! Click here to update your readerhttp://feeds.feedblitz.com/bluekitemarketingblog Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
  • Limited Marketing Budget? Here’s Where to Spend Your Money

    Laura Click
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:02 am
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  • Should You Outsource Your Blog? {Podcast}

    Laura Click
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:40 am
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  • 10 Steps to Turn Employees into Social Media Advocates

    Laura Click
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
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  • How Grassroots Marketing Can Help Grow Your Business {Podcast}

    Laura Click
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:09 am
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    Barry Moltz

  • Why I Rent from Enterprise

    Barry Moltz
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:47 pm
    When I have a choice, I always rent from Enterprise. I find that they are one of the only rental companies that really care about customer service. Maybe because they have one of the largest college graduate training programs in the country. For example, last week I drove my son back to college and rented a car for the trip. About 75% of the way there, I noticed that I was losing air in one of the tires. I called the Enterprise office where I rented the car. They directed me to their local office in the town where my son goes to college. I stopped by and exchanged the car for a new one so I…
  • #337 Conquering Life’s Detours, Time Management, Cost Cutting, Business Rule Breaking and Blogging

    Courtney Deruy
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:56 pm
    On episode 337 of Business Insanity Talk Radio, we show you what to do when your life and business take a detour. How you respond to life’s setbacks is critical to being successful. Next, we’ll show you where all of your time is going and how you can be more productive. We’ll also talk about how to increase profits—and it’s not by increasing sales. Are you a business rule breaker? Hear the story of a family business that broke the rules and won. Finally, learn how to use blogging to gain more customers. Listen and enjoy: Check Out Business Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Barry J…
  • #336 Bubba Gump Shrimp, Employees Gone Wild, Summertime Rejuvenation, Non-Bank Lenders

    Courtney Deruy
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Ever wish you could take an idea from a movie and make it a reality? My first guest shares how he did just that with the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. What happens when employees go wild in the workplace? My next guest discusses what small businesses can do to prevent misbehavior. Next, we are going to talk about how you can hit the reset button this summer in your life and your business. Finally, do you need credit for your business? My final guest has a unique solution. Listen and enjoy: Check Out Business Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Barry J Moltz on BlogTalkRadio   Segment 1: Scott…
  • Guest Post: Why Having A Virtual CFO Is Better For Small Businesses

    Courtney Deruy
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:25 pm
    What Is A Virtual CFO? Advancements in modern technology has offered a rise of the virtual workforce.A Virtual CFO is essentially an outsourced financial advisor that is a trusted source for financial perspective. Virtual CFOs work within your management team and are able to provide highly qualified financial advice specific to your business and industry. It’s a way that small businesses can get CFO support that they would not have previously been able to fund. Small businesses that hire a Virtual CFO can gain access to an experienced financial professional at a cut cost of what it would be…
  • #335 Empowering Generations at Work, Millennials and Yourself

    Courtney Deruy
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:28 am
    On episode 335 of Business Insanity Talk Radio, we talk about how to successfully reinvent yourself in your career. Next, we have four generations working side by side—how can we all not only get along, but thrive with each other? I get a lot of questions on how to empower millennial team members. Today, we show you how! Finally, we’ll show small business owners how to keep a sustainable edge to keep their business growing year after year. Listen and enjoy: Check Out Business Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Barry J Moltz on BlogTalkRadio   Segment 1: Berry Fowler is recognized as…
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    Free Enterprise

  • What Are Death Benefits and Who's Entitled to Them?

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:42 pm
    As a small business owner, you're probably more focused on your product than on employee pensions, but if an employee dies, knowing how your company and the state deal with death benefits could come in handy. So here's a primer on what death benefits are, who's eligible to receive them, and how they could impact your business. Insurance Death Benefits As the name implies, death benefits are insurance payments to a spouse, children, or other dependents when an employee dies. If the death is due to a work-related injury or illness, the death benefits could come from workers' compensation…
  • adidas Sues Forever 21 Over Three-Stripe Mark

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:57 pm
    It says it right there on the label: "Die Weltmarke Mit Den 3 Streifen," or, "The Brand With the Three Stripes." In fact, those three stripes have been synonymous with the adidas brand for so long, you'd think they wouldn't even need to trademark it. But they have, and now adidas America has filed a federal lawsuit against Forever 21, claiming the fashion retailer is selling apparel with adidas's signature "Three Stripe Mark." Forever in Federal Court The federal complaint, released by KOIN6 in Portland, shows sweatshirts featuring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and Looney Tunes imagery along…
  • Tips for Accommodating Employees With Environmental Sensitivities

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:58 am
    Everyone wants to work hard at their job, but some job sites don't work for everyone. Specifically, workers who have environmental sensitivities can have disabling reactions to substances in the air or office that most people wouldn't notice. An estimated 15 percent of the population has some form of environmental sensitivity, meaning that one of your employees may be suffering from a hidden disability. As an employer, how can you accommodate an employee with environmental sensitivities? Reasonable Accommodations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates that employers provide…
  • Easy Guide for Amending a Commercial Lease

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:58 pm
    One of the most important contracts you can sign as a small business owner is your commercial lease. But what if you sign the lease and then your circumstances change? Or you need to clarify certain terms of the lease? The good news is that your lease terms may not be set in stone -- there are ways to amend a commercial lease. It will just take a little work between you and your landlord to negotiate any new terms. Know the Lease You can't tack on an amendment to your lease without knowing the exact lease terms first. (Well, technically you can, but it's not advised.) Hopefully you took our…
  • How to Protect Your Business Ideas

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:58 am
    You didn't come up with that fantastic business plan just to have someone else do it first. And you didn't invent that device so that someone else could sell it without paying you. The business world can be a cut-throat industry, so how do you make sure someone else doesn't steal your best business ideas? You turn to intellectual property laws. Here are three IP laws and how to use them to protect your business: 1. Patents Between billion-dollar lawsuits on the one hand and trolls on the other, patents have become a controversial corner of commercial law. A patent is a legal protection for…
 
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    Noobpreneur.com » Noobpreneur.com | 8 Ways Nap-Takers Are Better at Life

  • 8 Ways Nap-Takers Are Better at Life

    Chad Stewart
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:20 am
    Most of us are lucky to start the day out at 50% capacity due to a late bedtime the night before, or plain exhaustion from burning the candle at both… Read more » The post 8 Ways Nap-Takers Are Better at Life appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • How to Build a Diverse Investment Portfolio in Three Simple Steps

    Ivan Widjaya
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    For the entrepreneur, investing is an enticing prospect. Most business people have a natural affinity for risk-taking; after all, making big decisions is an important part of your professional life,… Read more » The post How to Build a Diverse Investment Portfolio in Three Simple Steps appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Top 8 Reasons Why Social is so Important for Local SMEs

    Ivan Widjaya
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:23 pm
    If you own or manage a small or medium-sized local business, you need to be putting forth a significant effort to put your company front and center in the social… Read more » The post Top 8 Reasons Why Social is so Important for Local SMEs appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Reducing your Startup Costs: Tricks of The Trade

    Ivan Widjaya
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:43 am
    Starting up a small business is a great way to get ahead financially, and a great way to leverage your time and talents. Small businesses are also a key part… Read more » The post Reducing your Startup Costs: Tricks of The Trade appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Factors to Consider Prior to Installing a Pallet Racking System

    Ivan Widjaya
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    In business warehouses, the lack of organization can easily lead to chaos. And the more chaos that exists from the lack of organization leads to inefficiency and extra costs arise… Read more » The post Factors to Consider Prior to Installing a Pallet Racking System appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
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    Big Brand System

  • Lessons Learned from the Land Down Under

    Pamela Wilson
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    A few weeks ago, I flew to Australia on the invitation of Darren Rowse and the Problogger team. I spoke at Darren’s 2015 Problogger Training Event, which took place at the beautiful RACV Royal Pines resort on Australia’s Gold Coast. This post is an excuse to share my photos — and my experiences — with you. I want to share a few lessons I picked up: I think you’ll find them as valuable as I did. There’s a mix of business and life lessons — some profound, and some very simple. Enjoy. Do things that scare you, Part 1 I have to confess: I was NOT looking…
  • 4 Lovable Sales Tips for People Who Hate Selling

    Henneke
    12 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    What image does the idea of selling conjure up in your mind? Do you think of a pushy car salesman? A sleazy guy selling insurance door to door? When Daniel Pink, author of the book To Sell Is Human, asked people what word first came up in their mind when he mentioned “sales,” he found that the majority of words were negative. Smarmy. Slimy. Pushy. Manipulative. Aggressive. Yuck. Having to sell makes many of us feel queasy. We fidget. We procrastinate. And we wish we weren’t in business. We wish that someone else would do the selling for us! Perhaps you worry you may come…
  • Type Styles of the Rich and Famous

    Pamela Wilson
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:35 am
    Typography Tells a Story Well-designed fonts are beautiful to behold. Their angles and forms can be an inspiration. But they also have a “personality,” and if you tune into what their shapes are trying to say, you can make those traits work for your business. Let’s say on the other side of your town a company is developing an upscale neighborhood high on a hill overlooking the ocean. They’ve decided to call it “Grandview Estates.” Their tagline is “Rising Above the Rest.” [Pretty snobby, right?] Now let’s say you’ve been asked to…
  • Your New Website Just Went Live. Now What?

    Raubi Perilli
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    After weeks — maybe months — in development, your new website is finally live. The job is over. You can sit back, relax, and watch your website work for you while you rest on the sidelines. Well, not exactly. Don’t Forget to Water Your Website Watching your website site go live is a victory, but it’s not the end of the battle. Maintaining, updating, and monitoring your website is a job that will last as long as your business. Your website is not a stagnant entity that you build and leave standing against the test of time. It is a growing, evolving organism that needs regular updating…
  • Cultivate an Approach, Not a Business Plan

    Pamela Wilson
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Planning — sometimes I think it’s the biggest obstacle to actually getting things done. And I realize that sounds strange coming from someone who just offered a webinar on productivity. But it’s not the day-to-day to-do list type planning I’m referring to here. It’s the long-term forecast-type planning I mean. Spending too much time trying to figure out how the future will play out might be the worst thing you can do for your business. How to get overwhelmed and stuck, fast Back in 2009, I took Copyblogger Media’s Teaching Sells course. Six years later,…
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    EpicLaunch

  • How to Find Your Best Small Business Ideas

    Heather Stewart
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:21 am
    More people than ever are looking to become entrepreneurs – in fact, a recent article on Forbes even suggested that everyone will have to become an entrepreneur. There are many reasons for this – from the financial climate, to the lack of a ‘job for life’, to simply having a different outlook on employment from previous generations. Whatever the reason, if you’re looking to become an entrepreneur, the reality is that every business starts with an idea. But how do you come up with the perfect business idea for you? We’re going to talk about the key aspects…
  • 87 Ideas to Start a Side Business & Quit the 9 to 5 Job

    Heather Stewart
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    Side Hustle (noun), Definition: paid work Something that brings in money, which is not your main job A task or series of tasks that helps you to earn more money, test out a new business idea or uses your specific skills and experience to bring in cash A side hustle – or side job – is work that you do that helps to boost your income, and it’s becoming increasingly popular, particularly since the financial crash in 2008.   Why Start a Side Hustle?   Earn Extra Money The desire to earn more money has become more common as people struggle to make ends meet with their…
  • How to Make a Successful Business Through Delegation

    Heather Stewart
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    Maybe you’ve been running your business for a while and have already enjoyed some success. Perhaps you’re ready to move to the next level and achieve even more growth. What is the key to growing a successful business – and what might be holding you back from moving on to that next stage in your business journey? Let’s imagine that you’re a consultant. You’ve grown your business, have a healthy portfolio of client work and a growing number of passive income streams. But you’re stuck. You’re working to full capacity and don’t have any time…
  • How to Become an Entrepreneur With The Right Mindset

    Heather Stewart
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    In a previous post, we looked at the skills that entrepreneurs have – and it is certainly true that our most successful entrepreneurs today have those skills. However, having the skills is only part of the story. The real key to success lies in your ability to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset – or the mental attitude that it takes to be an entrepreneur. Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical. - Howard SchultzClick To Tweet You may have already heard the term ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ – but what is it? And, more importantly,…
  • How to Start Your Own Small Business After College

    Heather Stewart
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:26 am
    With continued uncertainty in the job market and an economy still in recovery, starting a business straight out of college is an option that graduates are increasingly considering. In fact, around 60% of recent graduates say they would like to start their own business. However, with college debt at an all time high and graduates concerned about lack of experience and networks, the start-up rate for this group is much lower at 23%, according to research by the Kauffman Foundation. There is no such thing as a career for life anymore. 60% of graduates are unable to find work in their field and…
 
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    Web Marketing Therapy Blog

  • Graphic Sizes for Social Media – Size DOES Matter!

    Web Marketing Therapy
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:13 am
    Every social media platform has their own way of displaying their photos. When it comes to posting images on social media, size does matter when it comes to social media marketing! According to NeoMan Studios, people remember 80% of what they see and do, 20% of what they read, and 10% of they hear. Colors also increase readers’ attentions span. And with so many “stuff” being thrown out at people on social media all day long, it’s more important than ever for your message to pop up against the crowd. And infographics can help you do that. Pinterest, for example, likes…
  • Explaining My Web Marketing Work

    Lorrie Thomas
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    When I saw this image on Katherine Garcia‘s Google+ page the other day, I laughed out loud. I had JUST explained to my 3.5 year old what I do for work. From her perspective, I just click away on a laptop all day! “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” ― Albert Einstein Ok, Einstein, here was my “what I do for work” explanation to my three year old: I help people who really are excited about the work they do write words and use images on the web that helps other people get excited about working with them. While I help…
  • Why I “Like” Facebook Advertising

    Anne Orfila
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    It’s funny to think that way back yonder people paid big money for ads on TV and newspapers and they had no idea if their ad ever reached the “right” audience! (We call that the “spray and pray” technique at WMT) Furthermore, there was no way to track whether or not the ad was effective, if it made an impression, if it actually sold the product, or if people never wanted to see it again. Fast forward to today, and ads (those that are online) are “smarter” than ever, especially Facebook ads. Unlike old-school traditional ads where you spray and pray,…
  • Stay on Your Marketing Journey!

    Lorrie Thomas
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    I came across this quote “Perhaps the butterfly is proof… that you can go through a great deal of darkness yet become something beautiful.” and it spoke to me in a number of ways. Whether you are an entrepreneur on a professional journey, an organization cleaning up a marketing mess, a company going through a rebrand, or if you are personally going through some $#!t (let’s be real, life happens) the power of staying on the path to where you want to go it worth it. I look back to when I started my business back in 2005. It was a dark time. I was going through a…
  • Get Your Facebook Ad Preferences Under Control

    Anne Orfila
    13 Jul 2015 | 2:19 pm
    If the ads Facebook is serving you are driving you a little nutso (like I’m not interested in dress pants that are yoga pants, okay?!) than you’ve tuned in to the right blog post! There may be a lot of things we cannot control on Facebook – such as what other people post – but there is some content (besides our own) that we can control – such as Facebook ads. We usually write about marketing to others, but today I want to share tips for the ads served to you because you do have control! I used to despise the ads that would sneak into my newsfeed and look like…
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    Launch Grow Joy - Launch Grow Joy

  • 10 Awesome eCommerce apps you need to know about

    launchgrowjoy
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    For an eCommerce entrepreneur, getting the message out to your customers in ways that make an impression and generate interest is critical to your long-term success. Doing so without wasting time and spending big bucks is the dream of every... The post 10 Awesome eCommerce apps you need to know about appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • How to Use Periscope to Boost Your eCommerce Business

    launchgrowjoy
    13 Aug 2015 | 2:58 pm
    When it comes to social media trends, getting in on the ground floor of a new one (or at least near there) can produce huge results. The super-hot new trend in social media marketing is a platform called Periscope and,... The post How to Use Periscope to Boost Your eCommerce Business appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • Five quick ways to grow your email list

    launchgrowjoy
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Are you tired of hearing how important it is to the success of your online store that you grow your email list and “market to your list”? Yeah, me too. But guess what? It’s not just important – building and... The post Five quick ways to grow your email list appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • How to start a blog in under 3 minutes

    launchgrowjoy
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Are you wondering how to start a blog, but think that it might take too long or be too difficult? That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Today I am going to walk you through how to start a blog... The post How to start a blog in under 3 minutes appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • How to promote your online store through Instagram

    launchgrowjoy
    27 May 2015 | 1:56 pm
    This is a guest post by Melissa Camilleri, Founder of Compliment, Inc. and the 21-Day Insta-course As long as you haven’t been living under a rock the past couple years, you’ll know that Instagram should be a key component to... The post How to promote your online store through Instagram appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
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    The Metropreneur Columbus

  • Women’s Business Center Spotlight: Vernita Johnson, Owner Shy-Stones

    Jonnel Ransom
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Shi-Ly-Ku, which translates into “women of virtue, queenly anointed” is the inspiration behind Shy-Stones, a jewelry business owned and operated by Vernita Johnson. Flawed, semi-precious stones, metals and crystals are mixed together to create one-of-a-kind pieces of “wearable art” designed for women. Flawed stones are intentionally used to create this unique product line of bracelets, […]
  • ScaleUp Success: Mary Sharrett of Stone Environmental Engineering & Science, Inc.

    Your Management Team
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Breakfast is a great start to your day, but has it ever started your journey as a business owner? Not everyone can say ‘Yes.’ However, Mary Sharrett can. Breakfast with a potential business-teaming partner became a defining moment in owning a small business. “One moment I was having breakfast with a business owner, and the […]
  • Fitness for Everyone Really Means Everyone at Include Fitness

    Susan Post
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    When a business says their product is for “everybody” that everybody normally comes with a few caveats. But in the case of Include Fitness and their Access Strength fitness machine, “everybody” is meant quite literally. “Our whole goal is to make fitness accessible for everybody. Period,” Founder Ryan Eder says.  Include Fitness is reaching that goal […]
  • Healthcare Startup CrossChx Looks to Change an Industry

    Susan Post
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    For healthcare startup CrossChx, business isn’t about just being successful. It’s about fundamentally changing an industry. Founders Sean Lane and Brad Mascho have a billion dollar idea to own identity in healthcare. And they want to build it right here in Columbus. The story of CrossChx starts on the east cost. Both Lane and Mascho were in […]
  • Annual Small Business Friendliness Survey Gives Good Grades to Columbus

    Susan Post
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s generally good news for Columbus and Ohio as a whole in Thumbtack.com’s annual survey of small business friendliness. The annual survey that is in its fourth year calls on business owners to provide insights on small business friendliness in their states and cities, asking about topics ranging from overall friendliness to specific aspects like […]
 
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    Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • 5 Useful Business Japanese Phrases You Must Know (with Hiragana and Katakana Scripts)

    Blogtrepreneur
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    So you’ve aced the interview for the internship or transfer to the Japan branch office. Or you have an upcoming business meeting with your Japanese work associates. Japan has precise and sophisticated hierarchical systems, complete with a special language of politeness called honorific languagekeigo in Japanese. Keigo speech patterns are determined by the relative status of the speaker, the listener and the persons spoken about. In contrast, American English is built on the values of fairness and social equality. It has no specific speech patterns for communicating between hierarchical…
  • Top Apps for your Small Business

    Blogtrepreneur
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Starting and running a small business day to day can be a lot like juggling…while on a tightrope, in the air. It takes a lot to start a business and keep it successfully running, so anything or anyone that can help along the way makes a huge difference. Don’t be afraid to look for help in the not-so-obvious places, either. For example, utilizing apps on your phone or tablet can help save time and even money. Check out a few of our favorites that are ideal for small business owners. Evernote. Forgetful? You’ll never forget anything important again with Evernote. This app syncs between…
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective SEOs

    Blogtrepreneur
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:51 am
    Today’s corporate leaders are expected to stay on top of their organizations. Highly effective CEOs have several things in common, but adopt these seven habits to emulate their success. Listen to Yourself Image via iTunes.Apple.com Many leaders record themselves to improve their oratory skills or modify their tone. By improving self-awareness, you learn to communicate more effectively and you improve your organizational skills. Use an app like Voice Diary to record thoughts, conversations, or presentations on your smartphone, like the Apple iPhone 6 with voice memo capability and Voice…
  • Coffee Addict? We Reveal the Best Coffee Grinder

    Blogtrepreneur
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Looking for the best coffee grinder? You’ve definitely come to the right place. Below we’ve listed five coffee grinders that are all a cut above the competition. If you’re an espresso aficionado there’s no better way to brew delicious coffee than by grinding your own beans. But before we take you to our selections – which range in price from $289 to just $22 by the way – let’s quickly discuss why finding a good coffee grinder is so important. Want Great Tasting Coffee? You MUST HAVE a High Quality Grinder! Here’s the simple truth, if you don’t grind your coffee…
  • What Career Is Right For Me?

    Blogtrepreneur
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:18 am
    An epic decision to make with long lasting consequences. If you are stuck and thinking ‘what career is right for me?’ Help is at hand. Here we will present you with ideas and inspiration for potential future careers whether you are just starting out or looking into changing careers. So grab a pen and some paper and lets get started.. What subjects did you enjoy in school/university? Think back to your schooling/university and ask yourself the following questions: What classes did you look forward to attending? When you had the chance to select subjects to study (for example, what did you…
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    That Bookkeeper

  • How to Help Your Bookkeeping Client Find an Accountant

    Eric Matthews
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    As a bookkeeper it's hard finding clients. Clients who will work with you year after year. It can take a long time to build up trust. After all, we are dealing with their business and their money. Often we're moving their life savings to and from their accounts each month. If you take on a client who is just getting started, they will often come to you for your advice. It makes sense. Most people work with one or two accountants in their life, if any. Most bookkeepers work with dozens over their career. This can be tricky. An accountant is a critical position to fill. A really good accountant…
  • A few good bookkeeping links

    Eric Matthews
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    When I'm not bookkeeping or writing, I'm often reading. When I was younger it was Stephen King books. Why a 5th grader submitting books reports on Carrie or The Dead Zone didn't raise any red flags is beyond me. Nowadays it's not nearly as many books as it used to be; and almost nothing fiction. Instead, I read a lot of blog posts. My RSS reader (yes, I do still use RSS) is filled with a wide range of topics. From bookkeeping to tech news to music blogs, I'm constantly adding and subtracting blogs that interest and inform me. During this reading, I come across a lot of great posts and great…
  • 3 Things I Don't Know About Cloud Bookkeeping

    Eric Matthews
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    I'm not an idiot, but I play one on TV...as long as by TV we mean business. Generally speaking, I've got bookkeeping software figured out. No, I'm not an expert at everything out there, but you can throw me in front of any bookkeeping app and I'll figure out how to get my job done. There are a few types of software out there, both for business owners in general and specific to bookkeepers, that I haven't been able to wrap my head around. I'm not sure how they would fit into my business, whether or not they're worth the expense, and which one of them is the best fit. I'd like to talk about 3…
  • How Are You Going To Get Paid?

    Eric Matthews
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Getting paid used to be pretty simple. You'd send your client an invoice, and they'd eventually send you back a cheque (sorry...check). Once in a while they'd forget, so you wouldn't get paid for months. Other times the cheque would bounce. Look, I didn't say it was better...just simple. So you want to start an online business? How are you going to get paid? Let's go through some of the options available to you. The Worst: Cash or cheque Not that long ago these were the only two options available. Now they're usually the least desirable. Pros: No merchant fees for either, and cash is…
  • 7 Tips to Prevent Sync Issues in FreshBooks

    Eric Matthews
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    The term synchronize seems too technical to inspire a lot of emotions. But tell someone that they just lost their data due to a "synchronization error" and all sorts of emotions begin to emerge. Sync (or is it synch?) has been one of those features that you love and hate. Everyone wants their app to sync with something else. All the software developers make sure to highlight sync on their features page. Yet it's also the one feature that seems to be the most prone to catastrophic problems. Who reading this hasn't had a phone suddenly end up with 3 copies of everyone's contact because of a…
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    Barbara’s Blog

  • Protecting Your Brand

    Barbara Weltman
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman Michael Jordan sued a grocery store that used his image in a promotion without his permission. As a billionaire, he obviously didn’t need the money from the lawsuit (he announced he would donate any recovery to charity); he was making a point. He has a personal brand—his persona—and he has to protect it. Michael Jordan’s brand is worth millions (it’s been reported that it earned him $100 million in 2014). But every company has a brand, which is defined as the company’s identity encompassing what it does and what it stands for. Every business works hard to…
  • Get Ready for Changes in Filing Deadlines and Extensions

    Barbara Weltman
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman As a business owner, you face various tax filing requirements. Different dates apply for different tax forms. While the dates you’ve grown used to will apply for the upcoming (2016) tax season, a number of dates will change the following year. Income tax returns The type of entity — and the form used by it for income tax purposes — dictates the due date of the form. It also impacts the amount of additional time you have to file if you request an extension. Currently, here are the due dates of the forms and automatic extensions: Form Due Date* Extended Due…
  • Professional Employer Organizations: New IRS Certification Program

    Barbara Weltman
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman So we all know that being an employer entails many tax and legal obligations. These include figuring and paying employment taxes, complying with minimum wage and overtime rules, addressing workers’ compensation and unemployment benefit issues, and ensuring that the company and employees don’t violate federal or state labor laws. Large corporations have HR, accounting, and legal departments to make sure they are in compliance; small businesses don’t. Professional employer organizations (PEOs) can help small businesses with employer challenges. PEOs (sometimes…
  • Tax Deduction with No Cash Outlay?

    Barbara Weltman
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman That’s right! Usually you get a tax deduction only if you spend money on something for your business. But under a special rule called domestic production activities deduction (DPAD), you can deduct 9% of your qualified domestic production activities income (after taking into account certain allocable costs. (Technically the 9% applies to adjusted gross income without the DPAD if this result is smaller.) This write-off is also called the Sec. 199 deduction and it’s on top of deductions you’ve already taken to generate the income. In effect, you get to double dip in…
  • How to Get Entrepreneurship Moving

    Barbara Weltman
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman The economy may be good for some sectors (the government reported that GDP increased an annual rate of 2.3 percent in the second quarter of 2015), but the overall state of entrepreneurship isn’t good. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of startups has been weak, and fewer than the number of closings (the reasons for these closures aren’t part of the statistics). (The stats are only through 2012; there are no current statistics available. Anecdotally, I haven’t seen improvement.) At the end of July, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation presented some…
 
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    Adrian Swinscoe

  • Empathy: The new way to connect with your customers

    adrianswinscoe
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:07 am
    Over the past 15 years, digital marketing has exploded. With the expansion of social media, many businesses have had to change the way they interact and engage with their customers. Nowadays, people are looking to build a loyal relationship with the brands they love. To foster this relationship, successful businesses are turning towards empathy. Empathy […]
  • How we transformed our organisation and our customer experience – Interview with Damian Thompson of Principality Building Society

    adrianswinscoe
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    Today’s interview is with Damian Thompson, Director of Distribution at Principality Building Society, a Welsh building society founded in 1860 and head-quartered in Cardiff. Principality is the largest building society in Wales and the sixth largest in the United Kingdom. Damian joins me today to talk about how they transformed their customer experience by moving […]
  • Customer experience: Who’s in charge here?

    adrianswinscoe
    7 Aug 2015 | 12:23 am
    Imagine a scenario where you walk into a room, an office or a business and see a hive of activity. You are keen to resolve a customer experience problem or have a question answered so you ask: “Who’s in charge here?” One person steps forward, raises their hand, identifies themselves as the CEO and says […]
  • Towards a unified view of the customer – Interview with James McGourlay of OpenText

    adrianswinscoe
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:51 am
    Today’s interview is with James McGourlay, who is the Senior Vice President of Global Technical Services at OpenText, a global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM) & Canada’s largest software company. James joins me today to talk about some of the big challenges that they are seeing and hearing about from their customers, how they […]
  • Should you fire, rate or educate your customers?

    adrianswinscoe
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    At the end of 2014, Fred Reichheld, Bain Fellow, Author and Creator of the Net Promoter System, suggested that one of the big ideas of 2015 would be for companies to start rating their customers and to, ultimately, fire bad ones as companies focus more and more on doing business with customers that they want […]
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    EnMast | A Small Business Owner Community

  • How to Raise Your Prices Without Losing Clients

    EnMast-Editor
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    You work at least 50+ hours a week, although it feels like 24/7 when you consider how much your business weighs on your mind! You are overloaded, but afraid to turn down work because you don’t want to miss out on income. And even though you’re working all the time, your account ledger isn’t showing it. In fact, your bank balance looks a little pathetic. How does this keep happening … over and over again?  So what’s the deal? Luckily, we can fix the situation. In this 45 minute webinar, Brad Farris, Founder of EnMast will walk you through how to make MORE money with FEWER…
  • The 2015 Guide to Using LinkedIn

    EnMast-Editor
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:57 am
    You’ve heard stories from other business owners about how they’ve been using LinkedIn to find clients and employees, to drive traffic to their website content, and build their business; but every time you visit the site it’s more confusing. In this all-new webinar we have gathered two experts, Dave Delaney and Brad Farris, who each successfully use LinkedIn to build their business. What you’ll learn: Who to connect with and how to deal with others. How to obtain recommendations and endorsements — and strategies for using them in new and creative ways. How to use LinkedIn…
  • Top 5 Reasons I’ll Subscribe to Your Company Newsletter

    Kaleigh Moore
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    If you use email marketing for your business, you’re probably wondering how to get more people to subscribe to your company newsletter, right? Right. But there are so many reasons not to join a newsletter that keep people from opting in. It’s hard to know what actually makes a person want to have your news come into his or her precious inbox space. I can’t speak for everyone, but there are a few things that make me subscribe to a newsletter—and so I wanted to share those with you. 1. It’s short If a company newsletter is short and to the point, I will often times read the whole…
  • 5 Lessons: How to Create a Great Internship Program

    Gregg Jaffe
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Unpaid internship programs revolve around an educational experience that’s really more like an extension of in-school training. Stray from this, and you could get yourself into legal trouble. So how do you go about creating a great internship program that’s educational AND worthwhile for you as a business owner? There are many, many pieces that go into creating a great internship program, but today, I wanted to focus on five. Provide Real World Experience Internships should never be all about fetching coffee or running personal errands. An intern is not your personal assistant—he or she…
  • 5 Things You Should Stop Doing to Be More Successful

    Kaleigh Moore
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    I think it’s safe to say that most business owners work hard—and work a lot. They chase success all year long. They have to-do lists a mile long and put a ton of pressure on themselves 365 days a year. It’s stressful, to say the least. But I heard this quote recently that has me thinking about doing less. Warren Buffett said, “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say, ‘No,’ to almost everything.” Interesting concept, right? So, if you’re wondering how to be successful in business, let’s look at five things…
 
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    Small Business Bonfire

  • Entrepreneurial DNA: 4 Types of Entrepreneurs

    Bryan Orr
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    By Bryan Orr Who are you? Why are you in business? What motivates you? It can be useful to take a step back and look at the big picture. It doesn’t take much analysis to see that all business owners are not alike, and something that works for one person may not work for another. I recently interviewed Joe Abraham about his book, Entrepreneurial DNA (McGraw Hill, 2011). In the book, he splits business owners up into four groups. Most of us are strong in one category, but may have portions of another mixed in. Here is a look at Abraham’s four types of entrepreneurs. Builder A Builder…
  • To Outsource or Not to Outsource? The Social Media Management Question

    Susan Payton
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:02 am
    By Susan Payton You might be surprised to hear that a significant number of small businesses — as well as thought leaders — hire someone else to handle their social media. That probably includes some of the brands and people you follow. My marketing firm provides this service for small business clients, and I get asked all the time how well a third party can tweet in the voice of a given business or individual. Surprisingly well, actually. Just like with anything you can outsource marketing-wise (blog posts, email, copywriting), it’s a matter of working with a professional or…
  • What You Need to Know About A/B Testing, Conversion Rates and Link Building

    Kyle Courtright
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    By Kyle Courtright Having a small business website can be a great asset. Whether you are selling services or products, to have a website that converts well is invaluable to any business. However, no matter how well your site converts, if you don’t have very much traffic coming to the site it’s hard to grow your business. Let’s take a quick look at A/B split testing, conversion rates, and link building, which are essential parts of all successful websites. A/B Testing Whether you realize it or not, A/B split testing can greatly increase your sales. Not sure what A/B split testing…
  • How to Attract Better Customers In Your Small Business

    Credit Expert
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:24 am
    This is a sponsored post provided by Experian, the world’s leading information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients all over the globe. As a small business owner, sometimes it feels like we are running a race against the clock, always trying to acquire new clients and consumers, meet their needs and then bill them before our own debts come due at the end of the month. This rush to acquire new customers is an integral part of the drive that all savvy entrepreneurs need to have in order to succeed – but it can also prove to be your downfall. Let’s face it –…
  • Bonfire Buzz: Small Business Blog Roundup, August 21

    Small Business Bonfire Community
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:54 am
    A lot of small business bloggers have had websites on their mind this week (us, too)! On the Small Business Bonfire blog, Kyle shared some tips for creating a user friendly website, and Bryan gave us 4 tips for developing the best landing page possible. And around the web, website tips were popping up everywhere. The top 5 posts that we captured this week for our small business blog roundup continue the website optimization theme, covering landing pages, mobile sites, traffic, online store advice and more. You just read: Bonfire Buzz: Small Business Blog Roundup, August 21 from the Small…
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    CorporationCentre.ca Small Business Blog

  • Decoding Business Buzzwords In 2015

    CorporationCentre.ca
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:12 am
    If your goal is to convey a clear and comprehensible message to a diverse audience, then you should generally avoid using industry-specific jargon and buzzwords altogether. Esoteric terminology and acronyms tend to encumber communication, delay progress, and either bore or annoy audiences, according to Virgin Group founder and CEO Sir Richard Branson. Obviously, none of those outcomes is desirable.However, a working knowledge of new buzzwords and jargon can prove useful for at least four reasons: 1)  If someone asks you “What does X mean?”, you’ll be able to offer a better answer…
  • How to Make Your Startup Attractive to Angel Investors

    CorporationCentre.ca
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    Angel investment is one of the most common capital sources for both startups and relatively new companies looking to expand. But drawing high-net worth individuals toward an early-stage enterprise or business proposal requires well placed effort. First of all, angel investors can’t fund something unless they know it exists, which means you’ll need to focus on getting the word out in the right circles. Second, they’re unlikely to bet on a venture unless it offers a substantial return. So a sound business plan and credible growth and revenue strategies are key.However, according to…
  • Best Practices For Your LinkedIn Profile

    CorporationCentre.ca
    12 Aug 2015 | 11:21 am
    Most entrepreneurs and business professionals already have a LinkedIn profile, but not all of us have succeeded in getting the most out of it. A common tendency is to model one’s LinkedIn profile after one’s resume, but that is not necessarily the most effective approach to attracting visitors and potential contacts. After all, if your profile doesn’t stand out from the pack, why should anyone gravitate to it?Instead of a rote summary of your qualifications, education, and experience, a compelling LinkedIn profile should demonstrate your unique personality, passions, and brand, and the…
  • The Ingredients of a Compelling Newsletter

    CorporationCentre.ca
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    If you’re on one or more online mailing lists, you probably receive periodic e-mail newsletters. Youmay also find some of them more inviting than others—because the good ones feature engaging content, are relevant to your life, offer useful advice and information, or a combination of the foregoing. The others likely make their way posthaste to your deleted box.Read on for practical advice on getting the most out of newsletters, and avoiding the epidemics of non-reading and auto-deletion.Stay in touch with people on your mailing list. What do current and potential customers want to read…
  • The Opportunity of a Low Loonie

    CorporationCentre.ca
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:42 am
    If you’ve been following Canadian financial news lately, you’ll appreciate that the loonie has been slumping against the greenback. In mid-July, our currency fell to 77 cents U.S., its lowest level since 2009. A number of factors are contributing to this decline, but perhaps the most important is long-term weakness in certain commodities, especially crude oil.Canada’s economy relies on the extraction of raw materials more than most others in the industrialized world. A slump in commodity prices diminishes the incentive for investment in those sectors from abroad, reducing demand for our…
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • When Speed is Critical, They Call Mercantile

    admin
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    Back in June, we closed an SBA 504 loan in four days. Read that again: we closed a loan in four days. This particular loan was for the acquisition of an industrial facility totaling 177,749 SF for a manufacturer called Dynamic Integrated Solutions in San Jose, CA. The total project cost was $16.6 million and we provided the $5.355 million interim second mortgage. This project allows Dynamic Integrated Solutions to expand their assembly integration, improve efficiency by streamlining equipment, and take on more complex projects. This project also allows us to tell you that it’s possible to…
  • Smarter commercial real estate financing for small business owners

    admin
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Who we are: Since 2003, we’ve closed 569 SBA 504 loans worth more than $1.624 billion. We’re nationwide, with closings in 40 of the 50 states as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Construction projects account for about half of our business, and we’ve built an exceptional construction administration team. We’ve been on both sides of the commercial development process. Believe us when we say we’ve walked a mile in our borrowers’ shoes. Any lender can provide a 504 loan, but it takes experience and expertise to do it right every time. What we do: Up to 90% financing…
  • Our loan volume is the largest it’s ever been

    admin
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    In the past we’ve always reported on the number of loans we’ve closed and the total project costs we’ve financed. But today we want to let you know about a metric we haven’t publicized before, and how it confirms our place as a meaningful contributor to the 504 industry. As of the end of the second quarter, we have 56 active loans on our books worth just over $82 million. That means we have 56 transactions on our books in different stages of the 504 loan process. Not only is this the largest this number has ever been, it also represents a tremendous growth in our loan volume. We have…
  • Can Any Lender Do a 504 Loan?

    admin
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Here’s the truth about SBA 504 loans: any lender can do one. There’s nothing magical or mystical about it; no special club we belong to that enables us to provide 504 loans. But before you run out and grab the first banker you see and demand a 504 loan, a word of caution: there’s a difference between can and should. We often compare what we do to a medical procedure. If you’re in need of surgery or some sort of specialized treatment, would you go with the first doctor you found in the phone book or the first recommendation from a friend? No way. You’d do your homework and choose the…
  • Mercantile & IBERIABANK Close First Loan Together

    Trey
    5 Jun 2015 | 8:09 am
    On May 27th, we closed our first SBA 504 loan in conjunction with IBERIABANK since our merger in late March. We provided financing for the acquisition and expansion of retail space for a high-end fashion boutique called Planet Bardot, located in the Knox Park area of Dallas, Texas. The $7.65 million project allows our client to purchase and renovate an existing 5,100 SF multi-tenant retail center. An additional 3,900 SF of retail space will be constructed which will allow the store to expand its footprint nearly 600% and lease the remaining space to third-party tenants. Planet Bardot will…
 
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    Business Pipeline

  • EMV Chip Transition for Business Owners

    Jacqueline Edwards
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:43 pm
    EMV Chip transition for business owners is something you should be aware of if you accept credit cards. You may have heard that the United States is transitioning to full adoption of EMV chip-enable... This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Financial Apps to Keep You Organized

    Jacqueline Edwards
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:48 am
    Financial apps can be so useful! Being financially organized is priceless especially when it come to doing your taxes. So instead of waiting to learn about these come tax season, get a jump on things... This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Accounting Apps to Run Small Business

    Jacqueline Edwards
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Accounting apps to run small business is making bookkeeping easier. Accounting apps are becoming readily available and some of them have something to offer all types of small business. They are not... This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Selecting Friendly Small Business Bank

    Jacqueline Edwards
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    Selecting friendly small business bank is now just a simply search online with a commitment to chose the right one. To many small business owners are not taking the time to choose the right bank for... This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Essential Tools to Have When Starting a Business

    Jacqueline Edwards
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    Essential tools to have when starting a business are … Logo A logo lends itself to helping you brand your business. Do keep in mind if you don’t have a great concept of a logo not to waste time... 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

  • Are You Using Google Analytics?

    Maya Pillai
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:31 pm
    These days, nearly all small and medium-sized businesses have an Internet presence. Keeping in constant touch with your potential or loyal customers is mandatory if you want to propel your business forward. With a click of a mouse, virtually anyone can get information they are seeking with a simple search engine. Apart from that, a website is accessible 24 x7 for the customers. Therefore you need to monitor the performance of your website carefully to know from which demographic you get the most traffic from, how long the customers are staying on your website, if they are returning customers…
  • 7 Tips for making a successful sales plan

    Maya Pillai
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Every sales department and company makes sales plans. However all the plans do not necessarily meet with success. Small businesses need to have sales plans just like established players do. A sales plan outlines sales goals, deadliness to meet the sales goal as well as the process to achieve the targets. By not planning, small businesses are setting themselves up for failure. Hence, crafting a sales plan at the onset is paramount. We look at tips to develop a successful sales plan. Analyze previous sales and revenue trends What was the source of sales and revenue last year? How much revenue…
  • The key to budgeting for small businesses

    Maya Pillai
    5 Aug 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Estimating and matching expenses to revenue is critical as it assists small business owners to determine whether they have adequate money to fund operations, expand the business and produce income for themselves. With a business already operating, you can assume future revenue depending on recent trends in the business. If the business just commenced, assumptions can be based depending on the geographical area and studying other local businesses. We look at some effective budgeting techniques. Have a realistic cash flow projection – It is better to underestimate potential business…
  • Why your small business needs its own mobile app

    Maya Pillai
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Internet technology has changed the way business is conducted. These days getting a loyal customer is a herculean task as the customers have many choices to suit their preferences and taste. If they feel that they are being offered a better deal by another firm, they will switch over very easily. Therefore, having a mobile strategy in place is no longer an option for small businesses if they want to compete, grow and be visible to their customers. One medium that the small and medium-sized businesses should tap is the mobile medium. There are many small and medium size startups and…
  • Crowdsourcing for Small Businesses

    Maya Pillai
    10 Jul 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Crowdsourcing is the concept of connecting many potential contributors with a particular project. Small businesses leverage crowdsourcing to survive and even thrive in the competitive market. So if you are a small business owner you can start using this strategy right away. Many small business owners make the mistake of thinking they have to do everything in their business on their own. So what do small businesses do when they lack the financial capability to hire experienced professionals or engage experts? They need not panic as in the contemporary economy there are a plethora of skilled…
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    Hidden Profit Prophet

  • Why Did Zirtual Shut Down?

    Dawn Fotopulos
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:26 am
      Zirtual’s shut down might have been abrupt, but their problems started almost a year ago. According to the CEO, Maren Donovan, the numbers were “f***ked” This is a technical term for incomplete and inaccurate. Zirtual had two root problems that caused the crisis; they did not hire a professional CFO to help them control expenses and manage cash. Their expense projections weren’t accurate and their gross margins were too dang small. As for the books, they were “just kinda doing it ourselves”. According to Intuit research, 87% of business owners are…
  • Add 50% More Profit in 5 Simple Steps

    Dawn Fotopulos
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
      http://hiddenprofitprophet.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/2015-07-16-16.02-How-To-Instantly-Add-At-Least-10000-Per-Month-Cash-To-Your-Bank-Account-With-Zero-Extra-Work.mp4 Everyone who runs a business needs this! Do you have a business partner? Watch it with them! Then email me: dfotopulos@gmail.com Can’t wait to hear from you! The post Add 50% More Profit in 5 Simple Steps appeared first on Hidden Profit Prophet.
  • How to Value A Company – ABC’s Shark Tank Gives Us Clues

    Dawn Fotopulos
    8 May 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Debra S. just bought Accounting for the Numberphobic; A Survival Guide for Small Business Owners and here’s what she wrote: “Omigod! Thank you! Hello Dawn… I’m writing to thank you for taking the time to actually explain Accounting to me in a way that I was able to understand, relate to, and talk to others about. I listened to your episode on Entrepreneur On Fire back in early March and downloaded your book as fast as I possibly could. Personally I have a reading list that is a mile long, but your book skipped to the front of my queue. What resonated with me was when…
  • Learn How To Instantly Access The Hidden Cash In Your Business With These 5 Simple Steps

    Dawn Fotopulos
    4 May 2015 | 11:57 am
    Most people don’t believe it, but after training thousands of small business owners around the world, these five simple steps are the absolute key to unlocking mountains of cash in your business you didn’t even know were there. • Step One: Pricing • Step Two: Your products or services are losing you money. • Step Three: Customers are losing you money. • Step Four: You bookkeeping is a mess. • Step Five: Gross Margin must be at least 30% to stay in business. Step One: Pricing is the Key- and most business owners get this wrong! Don’t assume your prices are correct. If you’re…
  • How to Account for Start Up Costs with Online Businesses

    Dawn Fotopulos
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    Mary F. is reading Accounting for the Numberphobic and she wants to know how to account for development costs for her start up business. Here’s her question: “I am reading your book Accounting for the Numberphobic and love it. Do you have a recommended resource for how to account for online businesses such as that of a life coach or a business that offers software as a service? So many accounting books always use merchandising businesses as a example and don’t provide examples of how to account for virtual products and I am looking for answers to problems such as how to…
 
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    Solopreneur Solutions, LLC

  • Automated Sales Funnel

    Donna Amos
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:29 am
    I am certain you have heard Inbound marketing is the method that is used today to connect with potential clients. Wikipedia: Inbound marketing is promoting a company through blogs, podcasts, video, eBooks, enewsletters, whitepapers, SEO, physical products, social media marketing, and other forms of content marketing which serve to attract customer through the different stages of the purchase funnel.[1][2][3] In contrast, buying attention,[1] cold-calling, direct paper mail, radio, TV advertisements,[2]sales flyers, spam, telemarketing[3] and…
  • Why Some Google News Has Evangelists Pouting

    Donna Amos
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    I was going to write a post about the changes Google made within the last few weeks and what’s coming in the near future, but there is already some great info available so I will share the best posts I found. The big change is the reorganizing into a holding company called Alphabet. What we know […]
  • How to Turn Busyness into Effectiveness

    Donna Amos
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:25 am
    How many times have you heard business owners talk about how busy they are? Sadly, I often find that “busy” is just a form of procrastination. You can be super busy at work but still fail to handle the most important tasks. Maybe you get to the end of the day and think, “Wow, I […]
  • Resilience is the Key to Success

    Donna Amos
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Today I am going to take a play out of some football coaches’ books. I know: you’re thinking “football, really?” I raised three sons, so I’ve been immersed in the culture. Plus, I really do think it brings the point home. The first coach is one of my favorites, Lou Holtz, author of Winning Every Day. […]
  • 8 Steps to Evaluate Your Business Progress

    Donna Amos
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    By not waiting until next year to ensure you’re meeting your goals, you can make any course corrections to ensure your success for the remainder of the year. Step 1: Revisit Your Vision, Mission and Values Did you identify these elements of your business at the beginning of the year? If you did, are you […]
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    Funding Gates Blog

  • Rid the Waste from Your Small Business With These Four App Categories

    ClockShark
    15 Aug 2015 | 5:12 am
    Looking to streamline your small business processes? Good news, there’s an app for that! Here’s a few categories of awesome small business apps that you might be missing out on. Luckily, most of these apps have free trials available, so you can check them out and pick the ones that fit your business best.   Expense Tracking Expense tracking can be a painful process when done manually. Typically it means collecting expense records and receipts over email and paper, reconciling, approving, and reimbursing. These steps can involve time, cost  and frustration. When the process breaks,…
  • Why Small Conferences Are Better

    Funding Gates Blog
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    We here at Funding Gates attend a lot of conferences throughout the year. Some are focused on small businesses, others on accountants, and still more are for our own education about being the best small business finance platform we can be. Whether we’re there to meet you all, or there to attend classes ourselves, there’s one thing we definitely believe in: small conferences are the best! Invest In You & Your Business’ Future If you’re a small business owner or accountant, you should absolutely look to attend at least one professional development conference a year.
  • 5 Tips for Pitching Your Marketing Agency to Small Businesses

    Funding Gates Blog
    7 Aug 2015 | 4:01 am
    While many people in the marketing world focus on hauling in “big fish” clients, small businesses are a profitable niche that are often overlooked. Use these five tips for pitching your marketing agency to small businesses to open up a surprisingly lucrative revenue stream. According to a recent AT&T small business poll, 66% of small businesses are planned to spend as much or more money on marketing. The opportunity is clearly there, but be careful- these clients have a different perspective than larger companies. You need to make sure your pitch is tailored to the specific…
  • 6 Accountant Certifications That Will Make Your Practice Stand Out

    Funding Gates Blog
    5 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Today’s business owners are more web-savvy than ever before, and this primarily translates into spending increased amounts of time researching before making a business decision. Google estimates that the average person performs 12 research-intensive searches before making a service or general purchasing decision. As a financial service provider, you’re now getting compared against other practices and firms more than ever before. Given such intensive due diligence, it’s crucial to have your firm’s strengths clearly displayed and to distinguish yourself against your competitors. The…
  • You Might Have an AR Problem If…

    Funding Gates Blog
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:12 am
    If you’ve been suffering from a lack of income, and can’t quite seem to figure out why you’re having cash flow problems- it’s probably time to take a closer look at your Accounts Receivable. Practicing Receivables Management can make the difference of succeeding or going out of business! Over 50% of small businesses have troubling collecting payments, either at all or on time, and it throws a major wrench into their business’ financial health. Practicing receivables management is the #1 way small businesses can improve their cash flow and better plan and…
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    On Our Bikes

  • Banking on your small business customer service

    Jon Stow
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
    I had a letter from a bank telling me that I would no longer be able to withdraw money from a savings account at an ATM. No reason was given of course. It is just a withdrawal of service. My wife had a letter from her bank saying that they were making changes to her savings account. What they meant when she read the detail was that they were reducing the already paltry interest rate she had been getting. Often, large businesses will say that in order to improve their service they are making changes which actually amount to a withdrawal of service. My business bank is closing its branch in our…
  • Twitter? How do you find the time?

    Jon Stow
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    I was asked the above question over lunch at a meeting of tax practitioners. I was a bit surprised, but on reflection the guy asking is an employee. He is engaged to work on particular clients and tasks which are assigned to him. He does not understand what it is like to run a business. He keeps working at the coal face. For those of us who work for ourselves, we not only work at the coal face and engage others to do so, but we have to sell the coal. Otherwise there is not much point in digging it out. We need customers. I do not claim to be the greatest user of Twitter for business purposes.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask

    Jon Stow
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:53 am
    When I started out on my own in business, I thought I knew a lot and in fact I knew very little. Why did I think I knew a lot? Well, for a good few years I had worked with small businesses as clients, and my employers had called themselves “accountants and business advisers”. So, yes, I understood the mechanics of being in business. I had advised clients about their tax issues, how much they owed in tax and how much they could save. So what was the problem? Well, I had never tried to visualise myself in their shoes. I did not understand the day-to-day challenges of sales and cash flow. I…
  • Great sausages, but plan your business in advance

    Jon Stow
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:02 am
    A long time ago when I was in my early twenties, my Mum thought she would like to run a pub, a free house which is one not tied to a brewery. This was following lunch at a very good one when I was driving her to the West Country. I remember the sausages were great and I liked her idea. The more we thought about it, the more we realised that the commitment and the long hours, the organisation and the large amount of money made the dream unattainable. At least it was for us, with no previous experience in catering. On the main road through our village someone opened a restaurant. This would be…
  • Marketing, networking and evolution

    Jon Stow
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    A dozen or so years ago when I set up my own businesses, they were local. I joined various networking groups and met a lot of people. I belonged to on-line business networking sites and went to off-line meetings facilitated by those sites and their owners. In those days, I gained business from doing this, in return for doing my bit in referral networking. I recommended those businesses and their owners whom I felt could help my clients and contacts. That was the way it worked, and possibly still works for some. Recent local networking has really not brought me any business. Of course I have…
 
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Screen time helps build next generation of techies

    Tim Berry
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    What makes a kid a future entrepreneur or tech wizard? Of course that’s an impossible question, with a million answers and no consensus. And I’m not claiming any expertise beyond a lifetime as a tech entrepreneur and concerned parent (father of several successful entrepreneurs and tech wizards).  But I do say that easy access to keyboards, computers and the right kind of video/online/tablet games are steps in the right direction. And good for kids. Do you have kids in your house? Do you regulate their screen time? I’d like you to take a second look at kids and computers. Not all screen…
  • 7 Financial Facts Every Entrepreneur Should Know

    Tim Berry
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:58 pm
    You don’t have to be CPA or MBA to start or run a business. You don’t have to understand debits and credits, or be able to balance your books. But there are some financial facts you just plain need to know. Here’s a list. Every single dollar in Accounts Receivable (AR) is a dollar less in cash. AR is the standard for business-to-business transactions. You deliver the goods or service along with an invoice, and the client/customer pays you later. That money shows up as sales in the Profit & Loss (P&L), but it’s not in the bank; it’s in AR. This brings up AR aging,…
  • Contrarian Advice on Investment Pitch from a Pitch Veteran

    Tim Berry
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    “We coach entrepreneurs ‘think big.’ ‘Think change the world.’ That doesn’t mean use adjectives that are not credible. Everybody’s revolutionary and everybody’s disruptive now.” That’s Bill Reichert, managing director Garage Technology Ventures, veteran investor, a board member on multiple startups, and someone who has heard and reacted to hundreds of investment pitches. In this talk he offers really good advice to people doing an investment pitch now and in the future. “The point of the first 20 seconds is to earn the right of continued engagement. If you aren’t…
  • 10 Qualities I’d Look for in a Business Partner

    Tim Berry
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:25 am
    Here are 10 qualities I’d look for in a future business partner: Integrity. The whole truth, not just the good news. Actually I want to know the bad news instantly; and the good news can wait. I want to work with people who never make me wonder what they are thinking or what they mean. Trustworthy is essential. The kind of intelligence that respects uncertainty and not knowing. People who know things that they are sure of are often not realizing the other side of the question. I want to work with people who respect research and data but use it to spark discussion, not end it. Somebody from…
  • Timing is the Key to Success? Do You Agree?

    Tim Berry
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    Here’s food for thought. Idealabs founder Bill Gross analyzed several hundred startups, from big successes to big failures, looking for the most important startup keys to success.  He considered idea, team, business model, funding, and timing. This is his TED talk sharing what he found. Here’s some of his reasoning, in detail: The number one thing was timing. Timing accounted for 42 percent of the difference between success and failure. Team and execution came in second, and the idea, the differentiability of the idea, the uniqueness of the idea, that actually came in third. Take a…
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    Scentsy Blog

  • Scentsy Harvest / Halloween Collection 2015

    christine jolley
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:44 am
    With Autumn just around the corner it means Halloween is coming and Harvest Time and Celebrations.  Scentsy will be releasing the Harvest Collection 1st September 2015 and there's a few adorable items up for grabs including a Scentsy Warmer Wrap for the SIlhouette Collection Warmers based on Edgar Allen's poem 'the Raven' and some brand new Scary but very cuddly Halloween Scentsy Buddies. NeverMore Scentsy WrapAdd intrigue and elegance to amidnight dreary by placing thisbeguiling bird beside your chamberdoor. Quoth the raven, Nevermore.(Pictured above with Travertine Core Warmer)22.5 cm…
  • Scentsy Car Bar

    christine jolley
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
       Scentsy Car BarAvailable September 1st, 2015For Quick jaunts and long journeys, the Scentsy Car Bar delivers fragrance that lasts up to 30 days.  Comes with a ribbon-embellished with the fragrance name-for hanging.  Available in 10 fragrances (Sugared Cherry, Blueberry Rush, Sunkissed Citrus, Coconut Lemongrass, Luna, Coconut Cotton, Black Raspberry Vanilla, Vanilla Bean Buttercream, Bonfire Beach, Clean Breeze) . £6.50/8 Euros.
  • Bernie the Buddyfly Scentsy Buddy for Autism

    christine jolley
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:08 am
        Bernie the Buddyfly Scentsy Buddy:Available from September 1st, 2015Let sweet friendship flutter and take flight with Scentsy's Newest Cause Buddy, Bernie the Buddyfly.  This cuddlebug might still be growing into his wings, be he already knows how to be an extraordinary friend.  Help Bernie Learn to Fly-and he'll help you right back.£39/46 EUR each, includes scent pak**Your purchase helps The National Autistic Society achieve its goal of providing a better world for people with autism through information, support and pioneering services.  Scentsy will donate…
  • Scentsy August Sale 10% off

    christine jolley
    7 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    Its that time again to shop the 10% off Sale.  The Sale on all Scentsy Products happens every August and February whilst we transition into the new catalogue seasons.  Nearly everything is on Sale except the Starter Kit (but there's a different special offer for that) and some of the multi packs (the ones including warmers as there's already a huge savings).  Its also the last Scentsy sale before Christmas so thinking ahead you have the potential to save a lot of money! Shop the Sale
  • Bandit the Horse Scentsy Buddy

    christine jolley
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:27 am
    BANDIT THE HORSE SCENTSY BUDDYLet this Bandit steal your heart! Please join us in welcoming our newest Scentsy Buddy, Bandit the Horse! This radical red horse is available now for a limited time only. As with all our Scentsy Buddies, Bandit comes with your favourite Scent Pak fragrance for £28/33 EURThese Scentsy Buddies Sell out Quickly and are only whilst supplies last, so get yours Today! SHOP NOW
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  • Sign Up For Leadership, Management News

    Ryan Derousseau
    10 Aug 2015 | 11:21 am
    In order to get leadership, management and modern workplace news delivered to your inbox daily, sign up for Fortune’s Power Sheet authored by writer Geoff Colvin and yours truly. The brand new Power Sheet will deliver you timely news in the leadership and management space. We discuss all sorts of big-picture topics, from what Warren Buffett’s next move will be, what type of company it takes to succeed in this day-and-age and the 2016 presidential race. Included in the newsletter will be tidbits to better help you lead your team or company and better your career. Check out an…
  • New Piece: When Two Jobs Become One

    Ryan Derousseau
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    My latest on Fortune.com discusses how to make sure if you’re stuck taking up the slack for a colleague that leaves, you’re not doing two jobs for the price of one. It’s important to help, but put your foot down to ensure you’re not working two jobs for long.  From Fortune.com: There’s a fine line between a busy day and feeling overwhelmed. Lately though, many of us think our workloads have taken an even bigger leap. As our work hours stretch longer—up 4% from a regular day just four years ago—more than half of us now say our jobs have become too busy,…
  • Texas Weather and Data … Get Your Umbrella Ready?

    Ryan Derousseau
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:46 am
    Although I live in New York now, much of my life, particularly my secondary school and college years, I lived in Texas. It’s the state I identify with and where my parents, brothers and sister live. This year, when I would speak with my family, what inevitably came up was the bad weather. I can’t help but laugh since I get about 5 weeks of great weather in NYC each year, otherwise, it’s either snowing, raining, melting heat or a thick cloud of humidity covering the sidewalks you have to walk on. Still, in the winter, all the talk was about their snow. Now, it’s…
  • Finishing My First Novel Has Created A New Box To Check Off

    Ryan Derousseau
    6 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    For the past two-and-a-half to three years, I’ve been writing a novel. I would wake up, scratch out 1,000 words, then move to my real work of the day. When I took a full-time position, I would try to write and edit before work. That didn’t always happen, so I would try at night. That also didn’t always happen. Then I returned to freelancing, and one goal I wanted to accomplish was that book. So I went back to editing, re-editing, and re-re-re-re-editing. Finally, I finished. I had read it enough. Tweaked it, destroyed it, rebuilt it, refined it, beautified it. I had…
  • I Almost Died A Year Ago Today. What Should I Do About It?

    Ryan Derousseau
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:51 pm
    A year ago today, I nearly died. I don’t mean I had one of those near-death experiences where a truck almost hit me or a falling piano almost crushed my unsuspecting self as I walked below. No. I mean my body gave out. It twisted in a way that without modern medicine, I would not have survived. Even with modern medicine, the urgency to fix my ailment meant a tricky and potentially dangerous procedure. And it all happened within seven hours. A blur that sent me to the hospital balled up in pain, pleading for medication, praying that this wasn’t the end, encouraged that it was…
 
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    H. T. Major
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:53 pm
    Day 17:15am Breakfast & Registration 8:00am Introduction to Dental Sleep Medicine 8:30am To-Do List (Things to do to be successful implementing DSM) 9:00am Sleep Medicine Definitions, Science, and Overview Day 27:15am Breakfast & Registration 8:00am Screening Tips for Highest Success 9:00am Treatment Protocol & Titration (Calibration) 12:00pm Lunch The post Test appeared first on Excellent Presence.
  • 2 Rarely-Used Ways to Generate (More) Business Leads from the Same Website Traffic

    H. T. Major
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:38 pm
    How do we get our company website to generate business leads when it just “isn’t working?” Do we need more traffic? Is it confusing? Is the language inappropriate for our market? It can be difficult to pinpoint why your Web presence doesn’t generate (enough) leads for your business (assuming you’re getting website traffic)—unless you know what to look for. Here, we discuss two unconventional ways to demystify how to improve website conversion. Important: You’re tracking your website conversion rate … correct? You’ll need to be to move forward. If your company isn’t…
  • WordPress Tutorial: Using the Visual Editor

    H. T. Major
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:48 pm
    This WordPress tutorial covers: The tools in the ‘Visual Editor’ Editing content in ‘Posts’ and ‘Pages’ Content layout Revealing tools with the ‘Kitchen Sink” icon ‘Updating’ or ‘Publishing’ content Click on the video below to play it. The post WordPress Tutorial: Using the Visual Editor appeared first on Excellent Presence.
  • WordPress Tutorial: Install & Configure a Plugin

    H. T. Major
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:46 pm
    This WordPress tutorial covers: Finding plugins Activating a plugin Installing a new plugin Configuration and setup Click on the video below to play it. The post WordPress Tutorial: Install & Configure a Plugin appeared first on Excellent Presence.
  • WordPress Tutorial: Pages vs. Posts

    H. T. Major
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:22 pm
    This WordPress tutorial covers: A side-by-side comparison of Pages and Posts The similarities between the two How Posts display on your site Features for organizing Posts The purpose of Pages How Pages are organized Click on the video below to play it. The post WordPress Tutorial: Pages vs. Posts appeared first on Excellent Presence.
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  • 12 Secrets to Getting Repeat Customers

    George Rodriguez
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Customers play a very crucial role in the existence of every business organization. All businesses need customers to survive. However, getting new customers can be time-consuming and expensive. Thus, it is essential that you develop a plan to retain and keep your existing customers. While each customer is valuable, retaining existing customers plays a much […] This article was written by George Rodriguez for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Foster Loyalty and Get Repeat Customers for Your Online Business How to Get Loyal and Repeat…
  • Starting a Medical Billing Service

    Nach Maravilla
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:36 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com QUESTION ON Starting a Medical Billing Service I am thinking of opening a medical billing servicing center. I have no experience with medical code. But I found a company that promises that their software have the ability to handle medical coding. The name of the company is IAMS. I tried to get them to give […] This article was written by Nach Maravilla for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Starting a Medical Billing Business How to Start a Billing Service Business from Home Starting a Medical Transcription Business
  • Fire Safety Checklist: Preventing Fires in Your Home Office

    Shelley Little
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com As a home business entrepreneur, you need to protect the safety of your home and business. Learn fire safety tips to avoid workplace hazards and prevent fires This article was written by Shelley Little for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Home Office Safety Tips for the Work at Home Entrepreneur How to Make Your Home Office as Safe as Possible How to Child-Proof Your Home Office
  • Tips on Buying Liability Insurance for Your Small Business

    Isabel Isidro
    26 Jul 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Is it important that small business owners have general liability insurance? Many smaller companies believe that they can operate without insurance. Small companies are always looking for ways to cut costs and decrease their operating budget but cutting insurance costs is not the best way to accomplish this. Business insurance protects small business owners from […] This article was written by Isabel Isidro for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Does a Home Business Need Insurance? Questions to Ask Types of Insurance for Your Home Business…
  • Work at Home Scams: What to Watch Out For

    Contributor
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com The Internet opens new horizons, brings us loads of opportunities and vast possibilities of all kinds. As everything, it has two sides: it can be a great, helpful and obedient tool for everyone who knows how to use it; but can also be a dangerous weapon for anyone who does not know how to handle it right. One […] This article was written by Contributor for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Work at Home Scams: What to Watch Out For Work-at-Home Scams: Make Money Typing at Home How to Avoid Home Business Scams
 
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  • 20 Business Books Every Professional Should Read

    Carissa Dunphy
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Click the books for more information and where to purchase E-Myth by Michael Gerber E-Myth completely changed my perspective on running a business. Most small business owners are stuck in the “technician” role, and they spend most of their time actually doing the work that their business provides. E-Myth explains that to build a successful and fulfilling business, an owner must develop a “franchise mentality” in which he creates systems that can be executed by other employees. Over time, this allows the business owner to free himself from the day-to-day demands of the…
  • Which Variables Are Impacting Your Workforce’s Productivity?

    Carissa Dunphy
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:40 pm
    How productive your employees are can be influenced by a wide range of variables. Naturally, sometimes this can include what is happening in their personal lives, but more often than not it rests squarely with the working environment. Here we examine six factors which can help you boost your business’s productivity and lead to a much happier workforce. The Environment A comfortable working environment can make a huge difference to productivity. Consider first whether your employees have everything they need close to hand. Can they access all the necessary hardware and are printers and…
  • Finding Your Next Contract

    Carissa Dunphy
    17 Jul 2015 | 4:02 pm
    When unemployment hit rock bottom a few years ago, few people credited that it would battle back so strongly in the post-recession climate. A lot of that success is down to the rising popularity of self-employment, and more UK residents are now working for themselves than ever before. Needless to say, that’s done wonders for the employment statistics, and plenty of people have found working as a contractor to be one of the best career moves to make at the moment. However, even though demand for contractors in areas such as the IT sector is booming, finding the next contract isn’t always…
  • How to Effectively use Web Video in Marketing a Small Business

    Carissa Dunphy
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Becoming a renowned leader in one’s respective field of business, enjoying the reputation of a desirable employer and earning large profits make for the holy trinity of modern entrepreneurship ideals, but only a selected few will survive this harsh climb to top. Nevertheless, it can be safely said that every hard-working entrepreneur always tends to dream (at least secretly) of making it big. Being a founder of a small animation studio – guilty as charged. However, I’ve had the luxury of learning early on how to harness the power of web videos and thus help my small business make…
  • Designing the Perfect Business Logo

    Carissa Dunphy
    10 Jun 2015 | 10:57 am
    A logo is more than just a pretty image for customers to look at while they use a product or service. It’s the face of an entire brand, a symbol that determines how people feel about that particular company. For example, if a restaurant’s logo is cold and unappetizing, potential customers are going to associate that image with their food.   So what sort of ingredients do you need to cook up a tasty, irresistible logo? This infographic will provide you with tips and ideas related to each of the qualities that a successful logo design must have. Infographic courtesy Company Folders The…
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  • Four Old-School Ways To Boost Your Productivity

    Melinda Emerson
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    Ever wonder how you can boost your productivity? Chances are the answer is yes. Boosting your productivity would make it possible for you to achieve your goals in record-breaking time. The entire idea of record-breaking goal achievement is perfectly encapsulated in The 12 Week Year which introduced the idea of getting goals done in 12 weeks instead of 12 months. When most small business owners think about being productive, they think about being more productive on the computer. “How do I go from scheduling tweets in 10 minutes to scheduling the same number of tweets in five minutes? How do…
  • Planning Your Exit Strategy

    Melinda Emerson
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Selling your business, transferring it to your kids or getting acquired by a Fortune 500 company might be the furthest thing from your mind if you only recently started your business, but it’s never too early to think about your exit strategy.  Steven Covey famously wrote, “Begin with the end in mind,” and he was really on to something. Even if the end of your business is decades away, it’s still beneficial to think about running it like you could sell it someday. You’ll want to plan your exit strategy as early as you can in your business. What’s Your Ideal Exit? Maybe you want…
  • Intellectual Property and its Importance for Your Small Business

    Melinda Emerson
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9 pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with @EvansIPLawAndrea H. Evans, Esq. is the founder of Evans IP Law, a Maryland-based law firm specializing patent, trademark and copyright law.  Ms. Evans’ previous experience includes five years as a patent examiner and trademark examining attorney for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO after graduating from The George Washington Law School. SmallBizLady: What is…
  • 6 Common Email Newsletter Mistakes to Avoid

    Melinda Emerson
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    It’s no secret that sending out regular email newsletters can help drive repeat business. It can also deliver better returns on your marketing investment, encourage your customers to generate referrals and attract new customers. It has a more personal touch than a Facebook status update. Email has become an essential marketing tool. In order for your email campaigns to be successful, there are few things that you should avoid. These are the six most common email newsletter mistakes to avoid so that your message doesn’t land in the spam or trash folder. Missing or broken links Providing…
  • Is Your Credit Card Processing System EMV Compliant?

    Melinda Emerson
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    You may not pay much attention to your merchant card services account in your small business, but here’s why you should immediately: On October 1, 2015, all businesses that accept credit cards must have systems that accept EMV chip credit cards. EMV stands for Europay, Mastercard and Visa, the three credit card companies that initially created this fraud-preventive card system. The cards, which have been used in Europe for years, include an embedded chip that makes it difficult for hackers to steal credit card numbers. Here are a few steps to help you get your credit card system EMV…
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  • Thriving Without Contagious Success

    admin
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips By Rhonda Campbell   Success is contagious. We all want to be around successful people, admiring and celebrating them. Rack up enough contagious success and you could become a heroine or hero. That’s because we know it takes guts, a rarely seen persistence and tenacity (inner drive few of us are willing to commit to) in order to realize one success after another. Contagious success also takes vision. Reason being . . . all of us face challenges, experience down periods. Truth is. None of…
  • Freelancers get paid this way

    admin
    8 Aug 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips By Rhonda Campbell Found at Realsimple   Major firms have been attracted to offshore, contract and freelance workers since the 1990s. The attraction is growing, especially toward freelancers. Employers who hire freelancers don’t have to deal with payroll taxes, employee healthcare costs or real estate expenses. Shady employers try to get work from freelancers at rates that are well below what they would have to pay the average employee. As a freelancer, if you’re not alert, you…
  • Content marketing plans that work

    admin
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips By Rhonda Campbell Found at dustn.tv Content marketing is the mix of passion, experience, engaging writing, social sharing and marketing. Prior to the rise of content marketing, you’d have to rely on media contacts to spread the word about the launch of your business or new products and services that you were developing. Press releases, radio and television interviews and paid ads were top options two to three decades ago. Today, press releases still work, especially if you organically add…
  • You can’t win all by yourself

    admin
    25 Jul 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips By Ericka Simpson Found at Lifehack.org Have you ever fantasized about setting a record in your industry or profession and doing all the heavy lifting by yourself? Have you ever dreamed about outperforming top athletes, overcoming injuries and other challenges, and coming out on top, surpassing anything your peers have ever done? Maybe you’re working to build an innovative company on your own, a firm that’s a leader in the industry you work in. The solo effort is so tiring Would it…
  • Marketing Success Goals — Specialize or Go Big

    admin
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:16 am
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips By Rhonda Campbell Found at ArtsandClassy Last night’s research work clarified a successful marketing strategy. It surprised me to see that an audiophile review article had gotten more than 21 thousand social media shares. Who would think so many people are interested in old stereo systems? What’s behind the content marketing success? The audiophile review article specializes. The topic isn’t broad. It’s narrowly focused. Specializing with marketing content (i.e. blog posts,…
 
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  • Want Big Sales This Holiday Season? Target the Corporate Gift Market

    Gail Oliver, Online Small Business Consultant
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:28 am
    by Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant If you really want to guarantee big sales this holiday season, one market you’ll want to consider targeting is the corporate market, and you will want to start preparing for it now. According to a report from the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI), last year companies were planning to spend $43 per customer (or prospective customer) on Christmas gifts and $50 per employee. Typical gifts for customers were food baskets, bottles of wine, and desk accessories. Typical gifts for employees were gift cards, food/beverages, apparel and…
  • Tuesday’s Ask Gail: How Do I Draw Customers to My Booth at Fairs, Shows & Festivals

    Gail Oliver, Online Small Business Consultant
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
    ASK GAIL: ANSWERING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS QUESTIONS Hi Gail, I am a marketing manager for a new home improvement company.  I typically generate leads for our sales team by participating in various fairs, festivals, home shows, and other local events.  I need a way to draw potential customers to my 10 x 10 booth.  How can I stick out from my competitors?  We do simple giveaways that they can visually see, but I want to be different. Any ideas??  Please help!! Loren K. HomeImprovementSelect.com Hi Loren, I love this question! Here are some of my suggestions: People tend to bring their kids…
  • The Holiday Gift Guides You Really Want to Get Your Products Into

    Gail Oliver, Online Small Business Consultant
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:20 am
    by Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant If you sell products online and want to take advantage of those huge holiday sales, then I highly recommend you re-read my post of two years ago, Why You Should Be Pitching Your Products for Holiday Gift Guides Now. However, today I want to give you a more current suggestion for getting holiday gift guide publicity. Popular Pinners You want to pitch to the lifestyle bloggers who are excelling at creating beautiful, comprehensive, and highly pinnable gift guides for Pinterest. One of my favorites is The Everygirl blog. Their gift guides are…
  • Tuesday’s Ask Gail: How Do I Maximize Any Publicity My Business Gets?

    Gail Oliver, Online Small Business Consultant
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    ASK GAIL: ANSWERING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS QUESTIONS Hi Gail, My wind chimes have been chosen to be on a TV show called, Blog Cabin on the DIY Network. The episode is yet to air, but they have put a video up and links to my Etsy shop. I would like some advice on how to use this exposure to market my bells both on Etsy, social media and in my wholesale business. What would you do if you had the exposure? Thank you, Bruce at Earthwind Stoneware Hi Bruce, I always tell my clients that publicity may not transpire into the results they want right away, but it does offer a lot of opportunity…
  • Tuesday’s Ask Gail: How To Maximize Radio Ad Dollars

    Gail Oliver, Online Small Business Consultant
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:55 am
    ASK GAIL: ANSWERING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS QUESTIONS Hi Gail!! For my husband’s brokerage business he has traded his services for $7,000 worth of radio advertising.  He was thinking of having them interview him or a recent seller that used his services.  How do you advise we use these radio marketing dollars? Thanks! Melissa BDMConsulting.ca Hi Melissa, First of all he was smart to barter. I always recommend small businesses barter their products or services to get any kind of advertising – radio, print, online, in-store, etc. Since his consulting business involves business…
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  • Three Creative Ways to Build Lasting Partnerships

    14 Aug 2015 | 6:21 am
    If ever you feel stagnant in your business, look to partnerships to provide that extra push. I firmly believe that the right partnerships can take a small business and turn it into one of the big dogs. That’s why it’s so important to create long-lasting, meaningful partnerships when you do team up with someone. Here are four different ways to make those partnerships stick: Host a Mixer Every year or so I like to host a mixer in our office courtyard to chat and mingle with all of our partners and supporters. Not only does it introduce everyone, giving off a very business familial feeling,…
  • What to watch out for when outsourcing payroll

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:28 am
    Small business payroll can be a complicated process for new entrepreneurs. Emerging companies already have so many concerns in today’s market, such as securing the financing necessary to operate and creating opportunities for brand exposure. However, technology has given business leaders a solution for at least some of their challenges. Small business payroll software can help ease some of the burdens felt by owners, making time-consuming accounting processes much more streamlined and efficient. If employees aren’t familiar with the technology or there are not enough…
  • Back to basics: Simple tactics to help small businesses grow

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:11 pm
    There are always new strategies to help business owners advance their ventures. But since entrepreneurs have so much to think about, it can be difficult for them to find time to grow professionally as individuals. Stay up-to-date and knowledgeable Entrepreneur recommended business owners always stay on top of news and current events about their industry. Even busy entrepreneurs can keep informed by reading one article a day when they’re on the go. They can also follow Twitter feeds that pertain to their industry for quick, informative updates. Small business compliance can change,…
  • How you can use mobile marketing to entice customers

    8 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    Mobile phones have become a huge part of our daily lives, and as a small business owner, you can take advantage of that fact. For example, a report by the Consumer Electronics Association found that 58 percent of mobile shoppers are willing to share personal data with merchants to get coupons and discounts. With this in mind, how can you, as a small business owner, make use of mobile marketing to draw in more customers? Target customers Businessweek recommended you eliminate any barriers that can make purchasing more difficult, as customers can be turned off by any website issues or hidden…
  • How companies can improve by being aware of the challenges women face

    23 Jun 2015 | 11:47 am
    Women looking to succeed in business still face challenges due to gender barriers. For example, a Gallup survey reported that employees who have female bosses feel more engaged, however, only one in three working Americans said they actually have a female boss.  But the barriers to success are slowly being broken down due to the improving awareness of how women are being held back in the office. What challenges do females face in the workplace? The Huffington Post highlighted the top three challenges women face when they try to make it to the top. The visualization they are given of top…
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  • 3 Ways to Invest in Residential Real Estate in Las Vegas

    SmallBizViewpoints
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Residential real estate market is recovering quickly. Here are 3 ways in which individuals can invest to get excellent return. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is it Worth Investing in Landscaping for Business Owners?

    SmallBizViewpoints
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Investing in attractive landscaping can provide great returns to business owners. Here are the benefits of investing in landscaping. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why Social Media Marketing Isn’t Always the Answer for Small Business

    SmallBizViewpoints
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Social media gets lot of attention as a marketing tool for small business. However, traditional offline marketing tools still play a big role as shown here. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 3 Tips to Keep Your Business Safe in Physical and Digital World

    SmallBizViewpoints
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    With the rise in security breaches it is paramount for small business owners to secure the business in physical and digital worlds. Here are 3 tips to follow. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 7 Must Have Hotel Amenities for Business Travellers

    SmallBizViewpoints
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Business travel can be exhausting especially for those who do this regularly. Here are 7 amenities to look for when booking a hotel to make it less cumbersome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • The quick start guide to Slack for startups

    Kyle Gray
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    For the manager: Choose a few key team members that are intimately familiar with different operations in your business to help you set up and optimize Slack for your team. The exact number of people you want to recruit depends on your business and team size. Adding these key team members early will make sure you don’t get overburdened with administrative tasks. The team members you select will become the “go-to” people for questions or issues with Slack. Invite your team Go to the “Manage Your Team” menu on https://my.slack.com/admin Add the names and emails of your key team members…
  • The simple trick for growing your email list by 10,000 subscribers

    Walter Chen
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Kyle’s note: Walter Chen is the founder of iDoneThis. He used the power of a strong email list and content marketing to grow his startup. In this post, he shares one of his most effective strategies for growing his email list, content upgrades. Over to Walter. People love a freebie. Giving them a little extra sugar on top of your normal content can make readers more engaged, more likely to return and can be a great way for you to drive traffic to your blog. Content upgrades offer this little something extra, and it’s how we grew our email list by over 10,000 subscribers. Content…
  • The ultimate guide for reducing churn on your product

    Dan Virgillito
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Kyle’s note: For a startup owner, customer churn is one of the most important numbers to understand. It is the key to the maximizing lifetime value of your customers and could mean the difference between success and failure for a business. In this article Dan Virgillito shares strategies to reduce your churn rate and keep your business growing. Over to Dan. As your startup grows, a percentage of your customers will stop doing business with you, and that’s completely normal. Churn rate is the metric you can use to calculate the amount of customers who abandon your company during a…
  • 15 content research tools no marketing campaign should do without

    Jonathan John
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Kyle’s Note: “This post from Jonathan John is an excellent roundup of tools that are perfect for coming up with new content ideas, or doing research to improve ideas you already have. John includes a few tips on how to use each tool as well.” Creating awesome, shareable content day in and day out requires creativity. But when you’re brainstorming and researching content ideas day in and day out, though, creativity usually disappears faster than you can say “content marketing”. Your mind is left burned out, tired, and stressed. But never fear: there are…
  • A simple process for team task automation with Trello and Zapier

    Kyle Gray
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Everyday operations for businesses are ripe with opportunities for team task automation. Though it is usually not possible to completely automate most tasks with software, using processes can allow you to delegate tasks and get predictable results. In this post we’ll discuss how to use Trello and Zapier to automatically delegate tasks to your team and some examples of where we use this tactic in our business. “How to use Trello and Zapier to automatically delegate tasks to your team” (CLICK TO TWEET) How to automate processes For these tasks, we use Zapier to automatically…
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  • Which Social Network Should I Choose? EP057

    Tanya Smith
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:37 am
    Listen to the Episode Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave Your iTunes Review Free Guide Subscribe Now & Get My Free Power of Content Marketing Guide Enter your info now to get the latest episodes and updates from Tanya Smith Online When working out your social media strategy, the networks to which you choose to post […]
  • Twitter Direct Messages – Now Chat As Long As You Want EP056

    Tanya Smith
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:02 am
    If you’ve checked Twitter the latter part of this week, you might have noticed that something’s different: the limitation of 140 characters has been removed. Not everywhere, just in the place that matters – Direct Messages (a.k.a. DM’s). I’ve always thought it would be great to have the option of deeper, more engaging conversation without […]
  • Canva For Work Is Here: The Shiny New Star of Graphic Design Tools EP054

    Tanya Smith
    11 Aug 2015 | 2:13 pm
    When I first started  blogging and sharing on social media years ago, I hired a graphic designer to create most of my images.  You can imagine what that cost in time and money…not to mention the quality was not always on target. Next, I started creating my own images. I’d search all over the web […]
  • Creating Your Powerful Visual Content Brand EP053

    Tanya Smith
    8 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Listen to the Episode Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave Your iTunes Review Free Guide Subscribe Now & Get My Free Power of Content Marketing Guide Enter your info now to get the latest episodes and updates from Tanya Smith Online Building a brand is all about consistency and this applies as much to your visual […]
  • A Few Of My Favorite Snack Size Visual Editing Tools EP052

    Tanya Smith
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:37 am
    Listen to the Episode Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave Your iTunes Review Free Guide Subscribe Now & Get My Free Power of Content Marketing Guide Enter your info now to get the latest episodes and updates from Tanya Smith Online You don’t have to have professional experience or special skills to make excellent visual content […]
 
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  • 10 Ways to Improve Your Long Term Productivity

    Ram Shengale
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    We all have different ways to feel productive. From listing down our priorities in the morning or listening to relaxing music while paving your way through the day, each one of us have our own ways to cope up with our daily activities. Let’s look at ten foolproof ways to help you improve your efficiency in the long run. 1. Take scheduled breaks to even out your work throughout the day. According to a survey conducted by Pipedrive, the French were more productive than Americans because of their two hour lunch break. Taking scheduled breakshelp create a balance between someone’s lives,…
  • GetResponse Review 2015 – Now with Responsive Emails And Landing Pages

    Ram Shengale
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:57 am
    I’ve been using GetResponse since the last 3 years and it’s been a great journey so far. I, like all the other internet marketers, collect email addresses from people visiting my blogs (I have a couple of small niche blogs as well) to build my email lists use them to follow up with them using email. After all, according to various surveys conducted in 2012, the ROI in Email Marketing came out to be $40 for every $1 spent, so why loose the opportunity to grab your visitor’s emails? Anyways, in this post I have done an in-depth review of my favorite email marketing service…
  • World’s 5 Best Freelance Websites | 2015

    Ram Shengale
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:15 am
    Online freelance websites and marketplaces are changing the way we work. We can work from anywhere, choose how much we want to work and at what time we want to work. We don’t have to worry about waking up early to get ready for the job or even taking a long holiday with our family. We are your own bosses! As the freelance culture grew famous during the last 3-4 years, hundreds of websites have been launched that provide great service to freelance workers and outsourcers. I did some research on the web and found the following 5 best freelance websites that are really changing the…
  • WordPress- Is It The Right Choice For Building Your SaaS?

    Ram Shengale
    2 Feb 2015 | 9:28 am
    Holding a rich background of serving as a remarkable web development platform for more than 10 years, WordPress has equally impressed web designers/developers and clients. With more than 50 million websites running on WordPress, the CMS is surely going to witness an incredible increase in its popularity and demand in the coming years. Well-known for being the backbone of content-rich websites, WordPress CMS has also been successfully utilized for developing a wide array of sites related to other domains/verticals. In today’s post, I’ll be throwing some light on key aspects…
  • A Basic Step-by-Step Guide on Building Custom WordPress Theme

    Guest Author
    7 May 2014 | 5:23 am
    Disclaimer: This is a guest post by one of our guest author. The views & opinions expressed in any guest post featured on our site are those of the guest author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions & views of the me or Gyantastic community as a whole.Have you been planning to start your own WordPress site or blog? Then, most likely your next step will be to search one perfect theme for your site. However, browsing through thousands of WordPress themes out there and picking one that suits your website can be a difficult task. Well, it takes time to search through all the themes and then…
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    Small Business Blog | Hiscox

  • 3 Things Small Businesses Need to Know about Black Monday

    Hiscox Blog
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Today, the financial world is reeling at the global market downturn that has come to be known as Black Monday. While it’s still unclear whether this is just a temporary stock slide or the beginning of something more portentous, it’s undeniable that many people are alarmed. #BlackMonday is a top trending topic on Twitter, and the front pages of most global newspapers feature alarming graphs that are all too reminiscent of those seen at the beginning of the 2008 financial crisis. Of course, this wouldn’t be a Hiscox Small Business Blog if we didn’t give you the small…
  • Top 3 Advertising and Marketing Watchouts for Small Businesses

    Hiscox Blog
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:58 am
    Advertising can be one of the most fun parts of business.  It’s the perfect opportunity to blend creativity with your business acumen.  And, After all, who doesn’t want to see their company name on TV, hear it on the radio or see it in print? And if you don’t have the budget for any of those media, advertising online is easier and cheaper than ever, and can expose your business to a whole new world of potential customers. But with that exposure comes risk. Whether you’re incorporating video into a small business marketing plan or just firing up your twitter account,  you need…
  • The Tao of Bethany: Failure is Inevitable and Perfection is a Myth

    Hiscox Blog
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    What’s the cost of not taking a risk? It’s a simple question that propelled Bethany Lyons to leave her comfortable job and found Lyons Den Power Yoga. In episode 3 of our small business docuseries, Courageous Leaders, Bethany shares how embracing failure and learning the value of taking action have contributed to her success as a small business owner. Bethany’s commitment to staying in action inform her perspective on risk. As our host Hartley Sawyer puts it, “If you’re not failing part of the time, you might not be pushing yourself hard enough.” Check out episode 3 of…
  • How Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley Tinkered a Bad Week Into 50 Million Users

    Hiscox Blog
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:37 am
    As a small business owner or entrepreneur, sometimes you’re just going to have a bad week. It’s how you find the courage to deal with those setbacks that makes all the difference.  In episode 2 of Courageous Leaders, FourSquare’s Dennis Crowley explains how he went from losing his job and getting evicted (all in one week) to eventually founding a mobile app with 50 million users. Along the way, Dennis encountered a lot of the same questions many entrepreneurs face. How do you turn a hobby or project into a product? How do you scale successfully? How do you have the courage to stand by…
  • Introducing the American Courage Index

    Hiscox Blog
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:23 am
    At Hiscox, we believe that having the courage to embrace risk is critical to business success. Very simply put, anything worth having, in business or otherwise, comes with a little risk. Whether it’s borrowing money to grow your business, championing a new product, or hiring more employees – all business owners have to accept some risk. Facing that risk is what makes success possible, but it also requires courage. How Courageous Are Americans? Just how courageous are Americans feeling these days? To find out, we partnered with Forbes Insights and polled small business owners…
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    Rabid Office Monkey for Business

  • Growing Business: Six Signs You Need To Move To A Larger Office

    Anita Ginsburg
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: The key to being a successful entrepreneur is finding a way to grow your small business without exceeding your means, but sometimes it’s difficult to tell when the opportune moment to expand arrives. Below are six sure signs that your small business is ready to make the move into a bigger space without financially devastating your startup. Demands Exceeds Your Production Capacity If you have orders coming in for product you don’t have room to manufacture and store, or if your clients are stacking up beyond the capacity of your workspace, your…
  • How To Effectively Master The Online Marketing Of Your Content

    Contributor
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: In the present day, all around the world, the future of business has drastically changed. Businesses now market their content online. On top of that, anyone can start up their own “at-home business” by creating content and marketing it to blogs, news sites, online magazines, and many more outlets. The following are three ways to effectively master the online marketing of content.  1. Find your niche. What is a niche? It is a specific area of focus (or a topic area) that you can “click” with. This could be anything from saving money to green living…
  • Trending New Market Research Techniques for Women Run Businesses

    Contributor
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: While traditional means to collect data and analysis are still important, there is some innovative market research techniques than can pace up businesses, especially those that are managed by women. The methods we are going to discuss are simple to use, qualitative and yield quantitative results as well. Smart Data Analysis and Mining These days, understanding customer behavior and resulting strategies to match their expectations is what keeps a business alive. Through data mining tools like Google Analytics, women can get huge information about their…
  • 4 Proactive Ways to Deal with Your Workplace Injury

    Anica Oaks
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Getting injured on the job not only disrupts your daily life routine, but also creates worry and frustration. Therefore, it’s important to take proactive measures that will protect your interests while reducing stress. Below introduces valuable helpful ways that will help you deal with your workplace injury. Documentation The cornerstone of all legal matters depends on concise and accurate documentation. You employer will most likely have you fill out an accident report and interview you during…
  • Top 10 Ways to Target your Local Customers using Cheap Marketing Methods

    Contributor
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Many locally-owned small businesses struggle with marketing and advertising, and there are a few common reasons for this. Many marketing strategies are too expensive for limited budgets, and some marketing strategies are only cost-effective or worthwhile when focusing on a larger market. If you are trying to find affordable ways to reach a local target audience, you may consider some of these thoughtful ideas. Content Marketing If you or someone in your office can write engaging content, you can tap into this resource on a dime. Engaging content may be…
 
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    JDR Group's 'Digital Prosperity' Blog

  • Why You Shouldn't Ignore Twitter For Business to Business (B2B) Marketing

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    While 140 characters of text hardly seems enough to say much about anything, Twitter is a useful B2B marketing tool – especially when it comes to gaining insights about content and customers. With its simple publishing, connectivity with social media platforms, and capacity to track and measure engagement, Twitter is a great tool for curating, sharing & testing content.
  • How To Get Customers Coming To You: A One-Day Marketing Workshop For B2B Companies

    24 Aug 2015 | 10:50 pm
    ‘How To get Customers Coming To You’ is a new one-day marketing workshop from the JDR Group. On August 19th, myself and my co-host David Roberts held the first of these events at the newly-opened Derby Arena (otherwise known as the Velodrome), on Pride Park in Derby. The full title of the event is How To Get Customers Coming To You, Qualified And Ready To Buy – and it’s all about how you can create an automated pipeline of enquiries coming to your business in a consistent, measurable way. It’s designed specifically for B2B companies (manufacturers, engineers, software companies,…
  • Creating Relevant Content Vs Relevant Link Building

    13 Aug 2015 | 11:59 pm
    Creating relevant quality content and building or attracting relevant links are two of the biggest pieces of the SEO jigsaw among many other factors. However, both of these vital components in any SEO campaign are often two of the most difficult to carry out well. In this article we are going to look at some tips on content creation and link building and which of these you need to focus on to increase your results...
  • Google My Business Insights – What To Look At

    13 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Are you wanting to know how well your Google My Business page is performing? Do you have any idea of how many views and clicks your page is getting? If you spend a lot of time in your Google My Business account you will know that Google allows you to see some insights for your page, these insights can be extremely useful and can help track how your page is performing. In this article I will be discussing the insights you need to be taking note of and what they mean for your page. I will also be telling you each step you need to take if you are unfamiliar as to where the insights are and how…
  • New Google Panda Update 4.2 – What You Need to Know

    12 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Yet another Panda has been released recently from Google's algorithmic zoo. This is one that the SEO community has been expecting for a while now, “Panda 4.2”. The update has come not long after the Mobile Apocalypse in April. The update was confirmed officially on July the 18th and 2-3% of queries have already been affected so far. However, Google have stated that the algorithm update will take months to roll out completely. This is what a spokesperson from Google had to say regarding the topic...
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    THE RESOURCEFUL CEO™

  • What Good CEOs Know About Dealing With Bad PR

    Tiffany C. Wright
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Bad PR does not have to ruin your business; as a matter of fact, many of the best CEOs actually consider it to be an opportunity. Here is how you can use bad PR to support the future of your business. 1. The negative citations still raise your search engine ranking. It does not matter […]
  • How to Attract Great Talent on a Budget

    Tiffany C. Wright
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Question: How do I attract great talent on a budget? One question I often get is: How do I attract great talent on a budget? or, put another way: How do I attract a corporate star or someone worthy of being a corporate star when I don’t have the corporate budget to pay him or […]
  • 5 Old School Practices That Strengthen Your Brand

    Tiffany C. Wright
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Nowadays, having a website and at least one active social media profile is pretty much a given for businesses of all sizes. Nevertheless, even if people are addicted to their digital devices, old school marketing practices haven’t stopped working. In fact, well-designed, traditional marketing materials with a unique twist may be just the thing to […]
  • If Banks Won’t Fund, Who Will?

    Tiffany C. Wright
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:19 am
    As the author of The Funding Is Out There! Access the Cash You Need to Impact Your Business (available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/The-Funding-Is-Out-There/dp/1614488207/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top1), I often get asked the question, “If banks won’t fund, who will?” Potential Business Funding Sources There are a variety of choices, too many to name here. (One of the primary reasons […]
  • How To Negotiate Better With The Devil And Win

    Tiffany C. Wright
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:24 pm
      Negotiation is an important skill. It can help you craft better business deals, craft more favorable sales contracts, and obtain better terms from your bank or investor. Negotiation can also assist you in your personal life. Here is an interesting article on negotiation that’s a little different from our norm here at The Resourceful […]
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    Small Business Heroes

  • The hidden cost of printing is eating away at SMEs’ annual revenue

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    For many small businesses, creating a truly paperless environment is impractical and unachievable. While advances in technology, such as cloud file storage, have gone some way to reduce the amount of printing organisations need do on a daily basis, the majority of small businesses have no idea how much print is costing them annually. In larger organisations, it has been estimated that on average each member of staff is costing the company £400 per year in print costs alone. While this figure will undoubtedly be lower for SMEs, there are many factors that need to be taken into account when…
  • The Ultimate SME Guide to Alternative Finance

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:15 am
    Alternative finance. It’s supposed  to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, if you believe the pundits. But is it just a flash in the pan? Or will it grow to become not-so-alternative when you’re looking to amp up your business. After all, banks are often accused of not stepping up to support SMEs: 79% of SMEs applied from funding from banks, but only 22% received a funding offer, according to research from Merchant Money. This just makes it more important for SMEs to know all their options before committing to a loan. Maybe an alternative will provide more flexibility than…
  • Why huge retailers are opting for pop up shops

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    11 Aug 2015 | 2:59 am
    There has been much written on the trend of pop up shops; from small provincial towns to the crowded high streets of the biggest cities in the country, the pop up shop is a model that many people are enjoying. From consumers to business owners, the pop up shop provides many benefits. The high street looks vastly different today and for many reasons as highlighted in a blog post from Colour Graphics. With this model being such a win-win, it is no surprise that some big names are getting in on the act too. Smaller businesses, including start-ups taking their first tentative steps into the world…
  • Should you use crowdsourcing for business?

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    5 Aug 2015 | 12:33 am
    Image © ITR.co.uk The post Should you use crowdsourcing for business? appeared first on Small Business Heroes.
  • Why data should rule the roost in your business

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:37 am
    Understanding your customers is at the root of every successful business – whether you are selling homemade jams, beauty services or sandwiches, knowing what your customers like and dislike is paramount to cementing solid, and lasting relationships. However, a recent YouGov study by First Data Merchant Solutions (FDMS) found that only 23% of SMEs in the UK use data and analytics to assess interactions made with their clients. A staggering half (53%) of these small to medium sized businesses also said that they do not “completely” understand the habits and preferences of their customers.
 
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    Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories

  • The Kik Chat App Is Already Worth 1$ Billion

    Entrepreneur Writer
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:50 am
    Have you heard about Kik? Probably you already use it, especially if you are a teenager. I would bet on that, because this app is gaining momentum big time. Its registered users has reached about 240 million in no time and this number hasn’t stopped growing. The Canadian start up Kik Interactive, that is responsible for this new ‘unicorn’ in the mobile world, has...You can also check these cool business articles:WhatsApp – The Start Up That Brought 19 Billion To Its FoundersInstagram – An Online Idea For $1 BillionGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs,…
  • The Story Of Instagram In Pictures

    Entrepreneur Writer
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:09 am
    Instagram is definitely one of the greatest companies of the Internet era, and it’s story – one of the most engaging start up stories today. The company started by the two young entrepreneurs Kevin Systrom and Michel Krieger was sold to Facebook for the whooping of $1 000 000 000, just a few years after its foundation. The story of Instagram is not only...You can also check these cool business articles:Instagram – An Online Idea For $1 BillionImgur HistoryGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • The Real Truth About Success

    Entrepreneur Writer
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:42 am
    Every single day we see successful people around us. They seem to be so happy, they smile, they obviously enjoy life, they have enough spare time, because of their financial independence… Their lives look so carefree. Most people think of them as they are the ‘lucky ones’. It seems that any of them just got lucky at some point of her life and all...You can also check these cool business articles:The Power Of Taking ActionHow Successful People Differ From Unsuccessful OnesGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • The Incredible Flappy Bird’s Story

    Entrepreneur Writer
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:28 am
    Today’s world is amazing, it totally is. We live in time of opportunities and possibilities. This story is a bright example of how free market combined with some creativity and may be luck can make you a multi-millionaire in a matter of months. This is the astonishing story of a young Vietnamese developer who, because of suffering from the ‘too much spare time’ syndrome...You can also check these cool business articles:Angry Birds – A Game For Millions Of Dollars – HistoryForced – A Cool Story Of A Game Start UpGreat Business Ideas,…
  • Ask Yourself These 18 Questions Before You Quit Your Job To Start A Business

    Entrepreneur Writer
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:18 am
    One of the riskiest and most consequential decisions that people have to make in life has to do with quitting a regular job and venturing out on their own. The risk is crystal clear. You are walking away from the security of a regular income job to a future of uncertainty and hopeful wishing for the best. Is there a perfect time to quit?...You can also check these cool business articles:Top 13 Qualities Of Successful EntrepreneursStarting a Cleaning BusinessGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
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    Strategy Lab Marketing

  • The Big Idea Camp Aftermath!!! || eps 27 #InTheLab

    Jeph
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:56 pm
    We did it. A summer camp for one day, 5 challenges, six students competed in the craziest, widlest, most fun business challenges. In the end we had to crown one winning team. [View the story “Big Idea Camp 2015″ on Storify] What a day. The six students who participated should be given a huge thank you. These guys battled, never gave up, never hesitated, and always with a positive attitude. Three of the six are going to post secondary institutions, University of Saskatchewan, University of British Columbia and even one star athlete going to Oregon State. That’s pretty amazing…
  • Why Your Company Needs a T-Shirt || Eps 26 #InTheLab

    Jeph
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:42 am
    T-shirt marketing has been around for years. I’m not sure who started it, probably someone who loved making people smile. Any way, what we wear has changed so much over the years. Clothing can affect the way you think(peoples’ perception of you changes), from the psychology of social signalling and Status Anxiety, to understanding that most of what we do is centred around attracting the opposite sex (see the book Spent for a fascinating look into this theory). What we wear shows a small part of who we are and what we wear on our chest is one of the most important pieces of…
  • Between Two Sequoias w/ Braedon McLeod || Eps 25 #BetweenTwoSequoias

    Jeph
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:53 pm
    I met Braedon back when he was in highschool and still full of piss and vinegar. I was the assistant coach of the Senior Boys at Winston Knoll and there was this young spitfire of a Volleyball player that looked at the world through a different lens. He was a little shit disturber, didn’t like authority but would compete no matter what. He was a competitor. We didn’t see eye to eye at first, but slowly I began to understand where this young fellow came from. Fast forward a couple years and out of the blue I get him to start coaching with me. At this point still full of piss and…
  • The Most Underrated Activity In Your Life; Exercise || Eps 24 #InTheLab

    Jeph
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:03 pm
    The most underrated thing you can do for your life is exercise. There are so many positive side effects to physical activity that it’s almost insane how we live our lives sitting at a desk for hours on end. We learned that in school, businesses thought it was a good idea too, “hey put everyone in cubicles!”. What a terrible idea that was.   We were never meant to be sitting all day long, our ancestors never sat down for very long, well that’s if they didn’t want to be eaten. In the book Brain Rules by John Medina he talks about how we’ve gotten…
  • Why Do Most Presentations Suck? || Eps 23 #InTheLab

    Jeph
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:56 pm
    3 Reason Most Presentations Suck 1. Most presenters have no empathy for the crowd There’s a complete disconnect between presenter and the audience. The speaker assumes people want the numbers, facts and figures when really the audience wants to be entertained, they want to be enchanted, they want to be told a story. Put yourself in the shoes of the audience. Personally, for a business presentation if you make me sit there for forty five minutes without a video, several jokes or lots of crowd interaction I’m going to be board. Most people have an attention span around ten minutes.
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    fitsmallbusiness.com

  • 8-Day Course: Build and Market a Killer Real Estate Website

    David Waring
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Like all good things in this world, websites have an expiration date. If it’s been several years since you’ve updated your real estate website, or if you just aren’t driving much traffic, it’s probably time to follow a new strategy. Perhaps you’ve tried before but were intimidated by the difficulty of doing it yourself and/or […] The post 8-Day Course: Build and Market a Killer Real Estate Website appeared first on .
  • Top 8 Sites to Find Franchises For Sale 2015

    Jeremy Marsan
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    Whether you’re just browsing for curiosity or looking to get some serious facts about a franchise, we’ve pinpointed 8 of the best websites to find franchises for sale. All of them make it easy to contact or request information from the franchisor, so once you’ve found a franchise you like, you can quickly move onto […] The post Top 8 Sites to Find Franchises For Sale 2015 appeared first on .
  • Zoho vs. Salesforce – Which is the Best?

    Jeremy Marsan
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
     Zoho and Salesforce  are two of the biggest names in the CRM world. These high-end systems are very popular among small business looking for an advanced, customizable CRM that can run automation rules and integrate with other programs. In this article, we’ll be placing the two head-to-head, comparing and grading the systems on their price, features, […] The post Zoho vs. Salesforce – Which is the Best? appeared first on .
  • Business Plan Writing Services: Who’s The Best?

    Jeremy Marsan
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:46 am
    A business plan writing service is a team of business experts that take your ideas & numbers, combine it with some of their own research and produce a professional, well-formatted business plan. We looked at the 3 top business plan writing services and compared their features and pricing. See our recommendation below along with a […] The post Business Plan Writing Services: Who’s The Best? appeared first on .
  • How small businesses can provide employees with a retirement plan? An Interview with Mark Zoril

    Marc Prosser
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    “What benefits do you offer?” When interviewing job candidates, almost every one asks the question above. It makes sense. Most candidates want to know if the company offers health insurance, a retirement plan, or both, before they are hired. Given the competitive nature of today’s job market, having a good benefits package is an important […] The post How small businesses can provide employees with a retirement plan? An Interview with Mark Zoril appeared first on .
 
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • ‘Spirit Week’, Shoeboxed Style

    Claudia Amand
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    This past week Shoeboxed kicked off our first ever team spirit week! Besides the tacky outfits and quirky team building activities, the purpose of the week was honing in and refining the company’s vision, core values, product offerings and most importantly, customer-centricity. A large part of continuing our success is making sure we are keeping up with the needs of our customers and providing them with the best product possible. The Shoeboxed spirit week wasn’t just about connecting with our team — it was about connecting with our customers. Over the past eight years, we’ve been…
  • Quick iPhone App Update: Sign in with Facebook and Google

    Emily Farrar
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    You asked, we listened! You can now sign into your Shoeboxed account on our iPhone app using Facebook or Google. Download the latest version here. On the login screen of the app, there are buttons for both Facebook and Google sign-in. As always, let us know if you have any questions 24/7 at help@team.shoeboxed.com or on Twitter at @ShoeboxedHelp. The post Quick iPhone App Update: Sign in with Facebook and Google appeared first on The Shoeboxed Blog.
  • Our New Home in American Underground

    Emily Farrar
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    A few weeks ago, we packed up our office of five years and moved to our new headquarters at American Underground @ Main, an awesome coworking and office space for startups located in the heart of downtown Durham. We couldn’t be more excited to join this community of bright, enthusiastic entrepreneurs! Here’s what a few of our team members had to say about the move, along with some photos of our new home: “The proximity to and density of other companies working hard and solving real problems has an unparalleled effect on our ability to do the same. From learning and…
  • Last minute tax season questions? Ask a pro!

    Michael Hourigan
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Do you have questions about filing for a tax extension or just want to make sure you get off on the right foot in 2015? You’re in luck! Shoeboxed is sponsoring a last minute tax season webinar hosted by Tax Alli. Tax Alli’s CEO, Zach Olson, will be answering Shoeboxed users’ tax-related questions. A little bit more about Zach and Tax Alli: Zach Olson is the Founder and CEO of TaxAlli.com. Tax Alli pairs you with one of their in-house accounting teams and provides you with software, which allows you to easily collaborate with their accounting team. Simply connect your bank…
  • Our Android App Just Got an Update!

    Emily Farrar
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    A new version of the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker for Android is now available in the Google Play Store.  Go get it! The new app pulls in all receipts from your Shoeboxed account so you can easily search for receipts from any source – app, Magic Envelope or email – on the go from anywhere. Please note that once you download the new version, you’ll need to log in again. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope that you enjoy the upgraded Shoeboxed experience on Android! As always, feel free to let us know if you have any questions about the new Android…
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    BoostSuite

  • 5 Areas to Consider When Building a B2B Email Lead Nurturing Campaign

    admin
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    Effective lead nurturing can bring your efforts together and produce significant results. A major component of most lead nurturing strategies is email marketing. How you construct your emails can have a significant impact on well they move your leads through their buyer's journey. Here are some things to keep in mind as you build your next email nurturing program. Segmentation Not all leads are the same. They shouldn't all be nurtured the same way either. Segment your list as much as possibleby buyer persona, by industry, etc. Use behavioral data to segment the list further. Analyze…
  • Hero or Outlaw? How to Use Archetypes in Marketing Your Brand

    admin
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    If someone asks you what your archetype is, don’t worry—it’s not a cheesy pickup line. Archetypes are an ideal model of a type or group like a personality type or a typecast character. Think of Darth Vader as the archetypal Bad Guy, or Dorothy Gale as the archetypal Innocent. Archetypal images represent fundamental human desires. In literature and art, they connect with readers and viewers at deep emotional levels.  Why Use Archetypes in Marketing? Archetypes are a powerful marketing tool for your company. They help define who you are and what you…
  • Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Networking

    Daniel Smith
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” I’m sure you have heard that popular phrase before. Networking can be scary but knowing and associating with the right people can be more important than what you know or what your career is. Networking events provide a laid back atmosphere to interact with people in your industry, and help your career grow with potential opportunities. It also reminds you of the importance of people skills for business growth and that face-to-face interaction creating a lasting impression. Check out our top five reasons on why networking is essential:…
  • Co-Marketing is the Newest Type of Online Marketing

    Daniel Smith
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    Do you feel like you’re constantly drowning in a sea of social media sites and online marketing trends? Nowadays when you go online it seems like the competition for your customers’ attention has become more cutthroat than it used to be. With an infinite number of links to click on, how can your small business stand out from the crowd in order to attract and expand a loyal online audience? The answer is co-marketing. Co-marketing is the concept of connecting businesses that have overlapping customer audiences and encouraging them to share and create content for, and about each other. This…
  • Why Branding is Important to Your Business

    Daniel Smith
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    Today’s guest post comes to us from Calvin Neel of www.cjmotorsportsdesign.com. Calvin has been in the Motorsports world in different capacities for over 20 years. He began as a tire guy on dirt modifieds when he was just 15 years old and has worked his way up to USAC sprint cars as well as Must See Racing extreme sprints. Calvin’s experience from the ground floor in racing to working with sponsors and learning the financial side of racing makes him uniquely qualified to assist teams in pursuing their dreams. Calvin deals with all aspects of marketing and branding in the racing…
 
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    Changescape Web

  • How to Prioritize Your Small Business Marketing Budget

    ken tucker
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:17 am
    Small businesses have to make decisions about a wide variety of marketing choices (tactics), such as social media, direct mail, billboards, online advertising, print advertising, and search engine optimization just to name a few.  It can be pretty difficult to know which are right for your business. There are a lot of factors that go in to determining what the best marketing investments are, such as: Who is your ideal customer? What is a customer’s total lifetime value? Are they online and if so where do they spend time online? What type of business do you have (Industry)? What is your…
  • Facebook for Small Businesses: Silver Bullet or Snipe Hunt?

    ken tucker
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    Is Facebook for small businesses? Last week I was asked to present a topic on the use of Facebook for small businesses for local St. Charles chambers.  I’ve thought about this a lot and wanted to put together a frank assessment of the good, the bad and the ugly of Facebook for businesses.  I’ve included that presentation (at the end), along with my thoughts to help businesses sort through whether to use Facebook, and how they can get some real value if they do. The first thing to do it to really think about whether Facebook is right for your business.  This means taking a step back and…
  • Two Overlooked Marketing Skills – Technology and Project Management

    ken tucker
    9 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Marketing is different now   Two very important, and often overlooked marketing skills are Technology and Project Management. In fact, I think these two skills have become mandatory to be effective at marketing in today’s world, where the customer has control over the buying process.  Potential customers use the web more than ever before, and it continues to accelerate especially with the explosive of mobile devices.  A potential customer now typically waits until the last third of the buying process to engage with a sales person.  Being found online has become critical for most…
  • In a Micro-Moment Everything Can Change

    ken tucker
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    Google has just released a new report that shows the importance for having a total online presence, including Google AdWords and YouTube video ads. Google’s research on micro-moments shows that people now consume media in a fundamentally different way – in “numerous short bursts of digital activity throughout the day”.  This has major implications for businesses and the importance of being found online. Micro-moments are those moments “when we act on a need—to learn something, do something, discover something, watch something or buy something”. Two things immediately come to…
  • Small Business Tools for Social Media, sCRM, and Email

    ken tucker
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    We’ve done the work finding tools that work for small businesses! Small businesses need tools that fit their business requirements and their budgets.  As a small business, Changescape Web knows the challenges many small businesses face when it comes to finding tools that help you run your and grow your business.  This is a post that will be a continuing series on Small Business Tools and Solutions.   Heyo – An easy way to create mobile and social campaigns that will drive traffic, leads, and sales. Tons of templates and a drag and drop editor makes creating Facebook apps,…
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    The Best Direct Sales Companies

  • Ground Floor Business Opportunity: Magnolia & Vine

    Angie
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Magnolia & Vine is a new direct sales company founded in February 2015. The company offers women’s fashion accessories. Their current line includes jewelry, signature Snaps, knitted accessories, handbags and more. Magnolia & Vine is currently recruiting Founding Consultants for their ground floor opportunity. As a result, the compensation & bonus programs are very generous. Compensation:  Magnolia & Vine consultants earn a base commission of 20% on personal sales. An additional 20% is available with sales and product bonuses. Consultants can also build a team and receive…
  • Become a Chloe + Isabel Online Boutique Owner

    Angie
    13 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Chloe + Isabel is a direct selling company featuring hand-crafted jewelry. Merchandisers are able to promote the product line online or through “Pop-Up Shows.” Personal online boutiques are linked to social networks for easy promotion. Chloe + Isabel offers an online-only business opportunity, though Pop-Up Shows are an option and a great way to make extra income through face-to-face sales. Chloe + Isabel currently restricts the number of Merchandisers in a specific area. Therefore you must apply for acceptance and you will be connected with a mentor upon approval. Compensation:  Chloe +…
  • Online Direct Sales Opportunities with Macee Leigh

    Angie
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:12 am
    Macee Leigh is a small, woman-owned direct sales company that offers a little of everything from jewelry to bath & body products and clothing to cosmetics. The products are affordable and ever-changing. The Macee Leigh Specialist opportunity eliminates the traditional home party. There isn’t even a business kit to purchase. Instead, product sales are made online and shipped directly to the customer. Compensation:  Macee Leigh consultants earn 25% base commission. Start-Up Costs:  It only costs $14 to become a Macee Leigh Specialist. There is no business kit. Instead, you are paying…
  • August 2015 Direct Sales Signup Specials

    Angie
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:53 am
    Every month we share the consultant signup specials from our lovely sponsors. August is back to school month. It’s back to business month, too! Your Inspiration at Home – During the month of August, became a YIAH consultant for just $20. (Reg $99). This business kit includes 16 of our best selling products, catalogs, and paper work (Retail Value $250). Smart Print: *You will be charged $20 initially. Must place an order of 100 pv ($100 retail approx) by August 30th, 2015 to qualify for the kit or the balance will be charged at the end of July. Offer applies to USA, Canada &…
  • Home Party Clothing Company La Senorita Jolie Seeking Stylists

    Angie
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:18 pm
    In July 2015, Winnie & Kat announced the closing of their virtual doors. Founder and CEO Diane Prince joined forces with women’s clothing designer and fashion expert Jennifer Dixon to collaborate on a new direct sales company, La Senorita Jolie. La Senorita Jolie, founded in 2013, too offers contemporary women’s clothing available through home parties, Stylist websites and trunk shows. The company’s product line features casual apparel and accessories. The company is currently recruiting Founding Stylists for their direct sales division. Compensation:  LSJ Stylists earn 20-25%…
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    FUSE - CFO Services and Financial Consulting

  • How to Live with your CFO: Fixing a Disfunctional CFO-CEO Relationship

    David Worrell
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
      The best way to build a strong, profitable and sustainable company is to start with a solid CFO-CEO relationship.  In the best companies, the two executives are in lock-step, working together to realize a common vision. And in doing so, they divide the work, compliment each other’s strengths and have each other’s back. When it works well, the interplay and support between CEO and CFO creates value greater than the sum of its parts and catapults the company past the competition. When it fails, the bad relationship can tear an organization apart at the seams. 3 Danger Zones…
  • 4 Strategies for Surviving Foreign Currency Exchange Risks

    David Worrell
    22 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    The re-valuation of the Chinese Yuan this month highlights a risk that most small businesses barely acknowledge: the cost and volatility of international money exchange. If you’re buying raw materials from China, your costs suddenly increased by 4%  (enough to wipe out the entire profit margin for some businesses), which makes foreign exchange risk management a problem that you cannot afford to ignore. How do you protect yourself against these kinds of risks? Any small company dealing in more than one currency should have a comprehensive foreign exchange risk management plan that…
  • How to Use Customer Segmentation to Drive Higher Profits

    David Worrell
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Like it or not, customers are not all created equal.  Are they all equally profitable?  No. Can your business afford to service  every customer?  No.  Shouldn’t you treat them all the same?  No. No. No. If you think all your customers are the same, wake up and smell the customer segmentation. In almost every business,  just 20% of customers account for 80% of profits.  And many businesses would be better off if they simply did not have to serve the bottom 80% at all!  (That’s known as the “Pareto principle” or the “80/20” rule.) But before you go out and fire 4…
  • How to Win a $100 million Finance Defamation Lawsuit

    David Worrell
    4 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    After a seven-year court battle, a judge finally laid down the law with two tycoons – Mr. Sukamto Sia and Mr. Low Tuck Kwong – who have been embroiled in a long-running business defamation lawsuit. If the ruling holds, Mr. Low will be awarded about $100 million USD. The brief history of this fight is interesting and instructive about how to fight — and win — a finance defamation lawsuit. Why The Two Mega-Moguls Started Feuding The tumult began in 2008. Around that time, Bayan Resources – Low’s Company – was on the verge of its initial public offering. Like most…
  • Raising Venture Capital: Big Headlines Hide the Ugly Truth

    David Worrell
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Dataminr, Inc. is celebrating. The company just announced a feat that a lot of small business owners would love to claim: a new $130 million investment from leading angels and VC… on top of $50 million raised since opening their doors in 2009. The latest investment values the company north of $700 million. Dazzled? Jealous? Stories like this make you think that raising venture capital is the easiest, fastest – and sexiest – option for funding your small business. Think again. Behind the headlines are 4 tough truths about raising venture capital and private equity. Raising Venture…
 
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    Orlando Realty Consultants

  • 9 Steps To Selling Your Orlando Home

    John Conde
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
     1- Whay are you selling?Your first step should be to write down the reasons that are motivating you to sell your home. Are you under pressure because of a new job opportunity? Do you just need more space because there’s a little one on the way?It’s a good idea to think about what your goals are overall then decide how selling your home will affect your goals either in a positive or negative way. After you’ve determined these things on your own, your Orlando real estate agent will have the knowledge to set a realistic time frame to get your home sold according to your…
  • Vacation Homes At Solterra Resort

    John Conde
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    Vacation Home Sales at Solterra Resort in Davenport, FL VideoSolterra is a Luxury Resort located in Davenport, Florida. This resort community is just a few miles from Disney , Universal , Sea World, and has a ton of amenities for vacationing families from all parts of the world.The homes at the Solterra Resort are a group of luxury vacation homes built for the booming short term rental market in Central Florida. It’s conveniently located just minutes from Champions Gate. Solterra Resort Amenities*Luxury Clubhouse *Gym *Business Center with High Speed Internet *Tiki Bar and Grill…
  • TOR 018 : 5 Tips To Sell Your Orlando Home For Top Dollar

    John Conde
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:08 pm
    It’s no secret that if you want to sell your Orlando house fast for top dollar you need it to look it’s best when potential buyers are walking through.In this 18th installment of the Top Orlando Realtor Podcastwe’ll be talking about 5 ways you can have your home looking it’s very best without spending a lot of money.Sell Your Home In Orlando For Top DollarEPISODE SUMMARY– step #1,  Clean and de-clutter, less is more…– step #2, Let the light shine in…–step #3,  Painting…–step #4 Staging….–step #5 Curb…
  • Kissimmee Luxury Town House For Sale! Great Rental Investment!

    Jenny Zamora
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:22 am
    x Kissimmee Vacation Rental For Sale | Kissimmee Investment Home | Short Term Rental For Sale in Regal Oaks 2715 Camaro dr, Kissimmee, FL 34746 This resort property is a beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath townhome in the very sought after resort community of Regal Oaks in Kissimmee.This unit comes fully furnished and has a spacious open floor plan with a kitchen, living and dining room combination making the most of the space.This community is approved for short term vacation rental. This unit is in very high demand for short term out of town vacationers which are happy to pay…
  • New Vacation Rental Community In Kissimmee, Windsor at Westside

    Jenny Zamora
    14 Aug 2015 | 11:50 am
    xOrlando Vacation Home Sales | Buy Rental Homes Near Disney | Orlando Investment Property Video  The resort community of Windsor at Westside in Kissimme, Florida is one of the newest Resort Communities located on 192This luxury resort community is unrivaled among current resorts in the vacation rental market. Popular amenities consist of of luxurious 8,000 square foot clubhouse with a fitness center, A lazy river, and a resort style pool with Water Slide. There’s also a Tiki Bar that serves food & drinks for poolside dining.There are multiple sports courts for the active…
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    The Pulse Australia

  • MYOB Most Innovative Company in Australia

    Simon Raik-Allen
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:54 pm
    In the last 12 months we have worked harder than ever to deliver some of our most exciting products yet. We’ve introduced our first cloud ERP solution, MYOB Advanced; launched MYOB Portal to market, released smart bills and extended OnTheGo to include EFTPOS, just to name a few. The hard work has paid off, and now it’s time to celebrate because we have just been recognised as Australia’s Most Innovative Large Company in 2015 by Business Review Weekly (BRW) and awarded second place in the overall list of BRW’s 50 most innovative companies! The annual BRW awards recognise excellence in…
  • Tradies in the construction industry – Are you at risk with the ATO?

    Matthew Snelleksz
    16 Aug 2015 | 6:23 pm
    The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is focusing on contractors in the building industry, as it seeks to recoup unpaid GST and undeclared income. The cash economy has always been on the Tax Office radar, but now under the new reporting system they introduced in 2013, building companies must report on all payments made to contractors, and the ATO is hoping to catch more contractors in their revenue net. 250,000 contractors and counting… Already the ATO has hit more than 250,000 contractors with more than $2.3 billion in tax bills for avoiding their income tax and GST obligations.
  • 5 benefits of cloud accounting

    Nick Roberts
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Cloud accounting has been around for quite a while now, but even still, the idea of taking our data to the cloud can be a little confronting for some. With these technological enhancements, there’s never been a better time to understand the opportunities to optimise and grow your business. If you’ve been meaning to brush up on the great benefits, this one’s for you. 1. Access anywhere, any time With cloud accounting solutions, you don’t have to be tied to the one desktop computer (out the back of the store!). For example, MYOB Essentials, our web-browser based…
  • The Accounting Journal: Speed Isn’t What it Used to Be

    Ben Scott
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Part 5 of MYOB’s 6-part series on the history of accounting – from its origins to today, and beyond. Check out Part 4 here. This chart traces the remarkable agreement between Gordon Moore’s 1965 observation and reality We always hear about how much faster computers keep getting.  The oft-quoted “Moore’s Law” states capacity (speed and storage) per dollar roughly doubles every 1-2 years, and that exponential growth projection has held up – more or less – for 50 years now. You don’t have to do the maths on that; you’re probably reading this on a device which can do it…
  • 5 tips to developing an effective social media policy

    Alistair Nestor
    9 Aug 2015 | 10:22 pm
    So you’ve decided to get your business cranking in social media, huh? Cool! There’s a heap of great advice on the web, talking about important things like the right posting ratio of product vs shared content vs cat pics and so on. And that’s all good and dandy. And hey, your employees are constantly checking Twitter and Facebook – might as well get them to talk about your business online as well, right? Share the load, so to speak. No. At least, not yet. There are rules you need to set in place at work to protect your business from social media PR disasters. Getting your social…
 
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    Industry Edge

  • How Lowe’s Immersed Itself in Millennial Culture

    Whitney Richardson
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    The company recently took an Insights Immersion tour to better understand what’s important to young urbanites and how that relates to its sales goals. There are lots of great insights available on demographics, such as generational statistics. But sometimes seeing what characterizes their differences can mean a lot more. That’s what Lowe’s executives recently experienced as part of a Now Plus One’s Insights Immersion tour. Now Plus One cultural immersion consultant Stephan Paschalides took the Charlotte, North Carolina-based team on a tour of up-and-coming Los Angeles neighborhoods to…
  • Sherwin-Williams’ ColorSnap Studio Creates Speedy Color Selection Process

    Whitney Richardson
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Customers can cut down time finding the perfect hue for their project, thanks to the paint manufacturer’s improved in-store color displays. Color selection can be one of the most fun, and also one of the most tedious components of a painting project. With so many hues from which to choose, consumers may be overwhelmed with the options available or frustrated that they can’t find that perfect tone to finish their task. Sherwin-Williams is attempting to alleviate some of the guesswork out of the process with its new ColorSnap Studio. The company already offers an online and…
  • Advertising Has Gone to the Dogs

    Whitney Richardson
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    How to use lovable pups to market products Dogs are serious business, both for selling products and for advertising them. These playful pups have made their way into numerous advertising campaigns to draw consumers’ attention to everything from beer to televisions to flooring — and, of course, to actual pet products. Four-legged friends can easily be spotted in commercials during the Super Bowl. Four-legged friends can easily be spotted in commercials during the Super Bowl. Remember Toyota Canada’s 2013 RAV4 ad highlighting friendly competition between canine family members instead of…
  • A Look at Today’s Luxury Kitchen Appliances

    Whitney Richardson
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    New products showcase additional design versatility and convenience. Business is still booming for residential architects, especially for kitchen projects, according to an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends survey. “The kitchen has become what we call the ‘activator,’ the main space in the residence, and the design requirements often include high functionality to accommodate multiple activities,” said James Walbridge, AIA, chair of the AIA’s Custom Residential Architects Network. “The aesthetics of the kitchen have also changed as the composition and…
  • How to Create a Home Wine Cellar

    Melissa Willets
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:44 am
    Help customers develop a unique space to store and enjoy their favorite varietals. Jay Rosen, owner of Washington Valley Cellars, in New Jersey, has been creating home wine cellars for 15 years. “In the last five to seven years, it’s become very popular,” he told Industry Edge. He credited the surge in interest in home cellars to the abundance of information about the health benefits of drinking wine. “Women are now getting as involved as men,” he added. Depending on the size of the collection, any space can be converted into a home wine cellar. Depending on the size of the…
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  • Monthly Small Business Tips & News Roundup (August 2015)

    Kim George
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    Hey peeps!  Here are some of the latest and greatest in small business and entrepreneurship from around the web. Enjoy!   Entrepreneurship   1.  Planning to launch a business for the first time?  If so, here is a list of 25 cities worth moving to 2.  You’ve landed an appointment with a new client. Now […] The post Monthly Small Business Tips & News Roundup (August 2015) appeared first on Small Business Sense.
  • 5 Simple Steps for Moving Your Phone System to the Cloud

    Kim George
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:27 am
    Excuse me while I geek out for a minute in this post… For years, as a solopreneur I searched online for a phone system that was inexpensive, easy to use, and scalable that would allow me to work virtually from anywhere and anytime. Additionally, I wanted a phone system that I could with my smartphone […] The post 5 Simple Steps for Moving Your Phone System to the Cloud appeared first on Small Business Sense.
  • 5 Types of Compelling Content to Write for Your Small Business Blog

    Kim George
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:27 am
    One Blog Post = Lifetime of Value for Your Customers – Hubspot   I’ve been blogging for over 2 years now (man does time fly) and believe me when I tell you that it has been a journey.    I’ve had my ups and a lot of downs, but one thing’s for sure is that […] The post 5 Types of Compelling Content to Write for Your Small Business Blog appeared first on Small Business Sense.
  • The Definitive Guide to Starting a Small Business Email Newsletter and Collecting Emails

    Kim George
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    “72% of consumers prefer to receive permission-based marketing communication through email” – Exxact Target Communicating with your readers and potential customers on a regular basis is essential. Yet, for many small businesses, adding email communications to the marketing mix is an afterthought. Just last week, I ran across an article published on Small Business Trends […] The post The Definitive Guide to Starting a Small Business Email Newsletter and Collecting Emails appeared first on Small Business Sense.
  • Email Marketing Services For Small Businesses: 5 Fantastic Solutions

    Kim George
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    Contrary to popular belief, email marketing is not dead. In fact, according to a post published by Outboundengine.com, “marketers consistently ranked email as the single most effective tactic for awareness, acquisition, conversion, and retention”. Over the years, I’ll admit… that I didn’t fully understand the importance of email marketing.  But now, I totally get it. […] The post Email Marketing Services For Small Businesses: 5 Fantastic Solutions appeared first on Small Business Sense.
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    blog.hotspotshield.com

  • Hotspot Shield Adds Chrome Extension for an Uncensored and Safer Private Browsing on Desktop

    Levent Sapci
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    We’ve done it again! With just a few weeks since releasing Hotspot Shield for Windows Phones, we now expand our protection solution beyond specific operating systems. In our continuing efforts to make sure you’re always protected online, the Hotspot Shield team has added browser-based protection for your online defense. Along with Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices, Hotspot Shield protection is now available as an extension on your Chrome browser! Features for Hotspot Shield Chrome Extension Completely FREE, No Ads, No logs Unlimited bandwidth Simple UI and easy to use (Big On/Off…
  • How to Save Money on Your Favorite Steam Games Online

    Levent Sapci
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:28 am
    Most online gaming fans are familiar with Steam, the platform that hosts countless games for players around the world. What many gaming enthusiasts don’t know, however, is that they could save big without decreasing their game consumption. Here’s how to save on your favorite Steam games online. What Steam Has to Offer Whether you’re a diehard gamer or a complete newbie, Steam has a little something for everyone. With over 3,500 games to choose from, options range from role playing games to shooters to arcade games. Players hail from countries around the world, and many join together in…
  • Signs You have Malware and what You can do

    Levent Sapci
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:22 am
    Not all computer viruses immediately crash your device in a dramatic display. A virus can run in the background, quietly creeping around on its tip-toes, stealing things and messing things up along the way. If your computer has a virus, here’s what may happen: Windows suddenly shuts down. Programs automatically start up. Some programs won’t start at your command. The hard disk can be heard constantly working. Things are running awfully slow. Spontaneous occurrence of messages. The activity light on the external modem, instead of flickering, is always lit. Your mouse moves all on its own.
  • You’re 3 Steps Away from Unblocking Netflix US in Japan [or Anywhere Else]

    Levent Sapci
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    Netflix Is Coming to Japan Netflix has had a busy year of expansion: Australia, New Zealand…. and soon our friends in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka will be able to enjoy House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, and so much more, because Netflix is coming to Japan. But did you actually know there’s no need to wait until then? You can unblock US/UK/French/Canadian Netflix or any other Netflix region no matter where you are. All you need is a tool that easily enables you to change your browsing location and thus fools Netflix into thinking you’re in the region you want to access its…
  • Everything You Need to Know About EU’s Antitrust Probe

    Levent Sapci
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:08 am
    As streaming entertainment rapidly replaces traditional broadcast and cable networks, customers have a broader menu of choices and complete control over when they want to watch their favorite programs. More difficult to control, however, is geographical access to these services. An increasing number of streaming service providers are restricting their services to customers who live within certain geographical bounds. Europe’s antitrust probe is examining the legality of this practice, however, and the results may change how you experience streaming entertainment both at home and abroad. Who…
 
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    Instore DOES

  • 4 Reasons Cash-Only Restaurants Are a Dying Breed

    Matt Niehaus
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    In a 2014 survey, we learned that millennials “hate” paying with cash altogether, even when the purchase is under $5. And according to Bankrate, 9% of people don’t carry cash on them at all. Even if you don’t consider millennials your target demographic, it’s still in your business’s best interest to take cards. Here’s why: … Continue reading 4 Reasons Cash-Only Restaurants Are a Dying Breed → The post 4 Reasons Cash-Only Restaurants Are a Dying Breed appeared first on Instore DOES.
  • Will the New Overtime Law Kill Your Restaurant’s Profit Margin?

    Matt Niehaus
    14 Aug 2015 | 11:17 am
    President Barack Obama is asserting that more Americans should be eligible to receive overtime pay, bumping the ceiling from $23,660 a year to $50,440. Currently, the threshold is $455 a week, meaning a salaried worker making more than $23,660 a year does not automatically qualify for overtime pay under federal standards. Not everyone is happy … Continue reading Will the New Overtime Law Kill Your Restaurant’s Profit Margin? → The post Will the New Overtime Law Kill Your Restaurant’s Profit Margin? appeared first on Instore DOES.
  • The EMV Credit Card Processing Deadline Is Coming. What Does This Mean for Your Restaurant?

    Matt Niehaus
    12 Aug 2015 | 11:07 am
    A new technology may well make the act of “swiping” a credit card obsolete. Starting October 2015, all businesses, no matter the size, will be expected to use new “chip and signature technology” to better protect themselves against credit card fraud. After that date, there will be a shift in how fraud liability is assigned: … Continue reading The EMV Credit Card Processing Deadline Is Coming. What Does This Mean for Your Restaurant? → The post The EMV Credit Card Processing Deadline Is Coming. What Does This Mean for Your Restaurant? appeared first on Instore DOES.
  • Why the Restaurant Industry will Rock Mobile Payments

    Matt Niehaus
    10 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Cash or credit? When it comes to accepting payment at your restaurant, it’s not so simple anymore. Cash and credit have worked well in the past, but your guests’ spending habits are evolving fast and your business needs to evolve with them to remain relevant and accessible for a diverse customer base. Alternative smartphone-based payment … Continue reading Why the Restaurant Industry will Rock Mobile Payments → The post Why the Restaurant Industry will Rock Mobile Payments appeared first on Instore DOES.
  • What’s Coming Up in Restaurant Tech in 2016

    Matt Niehaus
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:41 pm
    The technology trends of 2015 will continue into 2016, impacting operations in the front of the house and the back of the house, as well as the customer experience. Here’s a look at four areas of tech that restaurants can’t ignore in 2016. Mobile Mobile continues to be key to almost all restaurant tech trends, … Continue reading What’s Coming Up in Restaurant Tech in 2016 → The post What’s Coming Up in Restaurant Tech in 2016 appeared first on Instore DOES.
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    DP Marketing Services

  • Augmented Reality Adventures

    Richard Dannenberg
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:08 am
    As an adventurous college student, I came close to trouble in East Berlin. In those days, the border guards looked askance at long-haired American youths crossing at Checkpoint Charlie. We tucked our hair under our hats and got across, but found the prescribed tourist areas rather dull. Several of us were political science majors and were fascinated by the post-war history of a country that was at that time split into areas of Western and Soviet dominance. We knew the tragic history of the Russian invasion of Berlin and were curious about the Soviet interpretation. We had heard of the Soviet…
  • How to Find the Silver Lining

    Richard Dannenberg
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
    This isn’t really an article about marketing. Maybe it has something to do with communications, but that’s not all of it. Today’s post starts with two similar stories from two good printers who happen to be clients. Unfortunately, they’re the kind of tales that make your stomach cramp just a little and leave you shaking your head. The worst thing about these stories? You’ve got some just like them. The Dark Cloud Why is it that some jobs just have a dark cloud that hovers above them? They short-circuit equipment and people from the design department all the way through the…
  • Social Media Ghost Towns

    Richard Dannenberg
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    It was just a few years ago. My family loved camping and we’d head west through rural Georgia on weekend trips.  The kids would talk and sing songs. Junction City, GA was halfway to our favorite state park. It was a fading small town even then, and my kids made a game of seeing who could hold their breath as we drove past the town. It wasn’t a difficult challenge. A month ago, I had the occasion to take the same route. Junction City was all but gone. According to bit of history I turned up, the small town was really never more than semi-prosperous. It was founded in 1906 by a Mr. Perkins…
  • Let’s Generate Some Data

    Richard Dannenberg
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:32 am
    Note to Readers: Some marketing experiments don’t work, and this one is a good example. There is definitely a shortage of data about how printers go to market, but perhaps not so much in the way of curiosity within the industry. Participation was poor and this one goes into the “seemed like a good idea at the time” category. Do We Really Know What We think We Know? Here’s the problem. There’s a lot of data available about what print does, but not much about what print and print-related companies do to market their own businesses. Lots of us industry folks think we…
  • DIY Marketing: A Good Idea?

    Richard Dannenberg
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:06 am
    Charlie is a Do-It-Yourselfer Charlie could be any of the small business clients that I’ve worked with over the last couple of years. He could actually be me during my days as owner of a small town printing company. He mostly loves his business, complains occasionally, but can’t really picture doing anything else. He works hard and does the long hours. He has a surplus of great plans and ideas. He worries about cash flow, employees, and profit; and he wonders a lot if there’s a better way. He’s a prototypical entrepreneur – constantly doing and engaged. He contributes most of the…
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  • Bulk Up Your Marketing Efforts with SumoMe

    Joe Takeuchi
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:01 am
    Wrestling with growing your audience? Grappling with landing page conversion rates? Then we’ve got the thing for you! We’re happy to announce our newest integration with SumoMe, an innovative platform built to help marketers create high-converting landing pages, grow their email lists, and make sense of their website traffic and visitor behavior. Get on the Mat! One of the biggest challenges marketers face is conversion. How can I get my site visitors to subscribe, opt-in, and not abandon the page altogether? SumoMe’s Welcome Mat tool helps you do just that.
  • 9 Social Media Hacks Every Small Business Can Benefit From

    Lisa Furgison
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:01 am
    Are you currently using social media sites to enhance your business’s online strategy? Posting to these platforms on a regular basis is a great place to start. If you want to increase sales, brand awareness, and website traffic, you’ll have to up your social marketing game by going a bit further. These nine social media marketing hacks will help you: Sell products on your social sites Find enticing images to grow your brand awareness Drive more traffic to your brand’s website and blog Hacks to help sell products on social sites Your website shouldn’t be the…
  • Social Media & Your Business: Choosing the Best Platform

    Kimber Powers
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    So you want to define a social media strategy for your business? The place to start is with a full understanding of the most widely-used social platforms, their unique purpose, and whether or not your business will be able to reach its target audience. Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest all trend highly with small and medium-sized business owners. With the greatest volume of users per month, these platforms allow you to build a following, showcase new products, and sometimes act as an arm of customer service. We’ll look at what differentiates these three popular networks, comparing…
  • 9 Things Your Online Store Should Have To Keep Customers Happy

    Contributing Author
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Is your online store as customer-friendly as it could be? You want a visitor’s experience to be easy and enjoyable for them to make a purchase or book an appointment, and share their positive experience with friends. If your website isn’t up to par, you could be losing customers. Here’s a quick checklist of things that your site should have to meet customers’ expectations.  1. Social media icons  Make it simple for customers to follow you, share their wish lists and purchases, and inspire them to pass your social posts on to friends. Turning customers into…
  • Emails That Encourage Customer Engagement

    Lisa Furgison
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:01 am
    How are you currently engaging your customers? Studies show engaged customers have positive responses to businesses, which translate into higher sales. You want customers to love your brand and go out of their way to buy your product or service. Loyal customers like these can boost your revenue by 23 percent, according to a customer engagement survey conducted by Gallup. One of the easiest ways to increase customer engagement is through email. By sending the right messages and promotions, you can increase engagement and sales. What kinds of emails should you send? We’re glad you asked.
 
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  • The Day I Met My Mentor and My Life Changed

    Kim
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:31 pm
    I grew up characterized by a set of contradictions. I was talkative but an introvert. I was competitive but fearful of risk. I was a leader but disliked conflict. I had great aspirations but acted out of fear. I was happy but longed for something more. I sought help and guidance from many people to […] The post The Day I Met My Mentor and My Life Changed appeared first on Kim Yuhl.
  • Even Happy People Have Nervous Breakdowns In Grocery Stores

    Kim
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:22 am
    Yesterday was tough! Sure you expect birthdays, anniversaries and holidays to be tough after you lose someone you love, especially two siblings, but you would think it wouldn’t be quite as hard after 28 years. WRONG! For some reason, I think Lisa’s birthday yesterday was the hardest one yet. Not that it is ever easy, but […] The post Even Happy People Have Nervous Breakdowns In Grocery Stores appeared first on Kim Yuhl.
  • What’s The 1 Thing You Can Use To Both Increase Energy & Relax?

    Kim
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Answer: Your Breath. Minful breathing to be specific. WHAT MINDFUL BREATHING IS Mindful breathing is a form of meditation. It is the form of meditation I practice most.  As you may have guessed from its name, Mindful Breathing uses the breath as a form of concentration. When you focus on the breath, you become more aware […] The post What’s The 1 Thing You Can Use To Both Increase Energy & Relax? appeared first on Kim Yuhl.
  • Our Inner Critic

    Kim
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:25 am
    Here’s the deal … Everything we do as women(sorry, men) begins with managing our inner critic. Make no mistake about it, this is primarily a women’s issue. In fact according to the Harvard Business Review, men will apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only when they […] The post Our Inner Critic appeared first on Kim Yuhl.
  • So Little Time

    Kim
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:28 am
    Today’s episode is titled so little time and it is from the newsletter that went out to my community today. I don’t normally post my newsletters outside of my list, but today’s was a lesson I felt needed sharing. So I am just going to post it here, okay? Here goes … Listen in   Or […] The post So Little Time appeared first on Kim Yuhl.
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  • How Paying Business Bills Can Be Profitable

    13 Aug 2015 | 1:16 pm
        When does your Franklin, TN small business usually pay its bills? It might be a crazy thought, but paying your bills strategically—meaning when they’re due, not just when your cash flow looks sufficient—you can actually save money. But paying your small business bills with purpose each month doesn’t just equal savings. It can also preserve your reputation, build your credit profile, and earn grace for late payments. But how, you ask?   Saving Money So how on earth does the timing of a bill payment save you money? Your Franklin, TN accountant will tell you that…
  • The Credit Craze: How to Manage the Fees

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:33 pm
        Does your Franklin, TN small business sell a product to the public? If so, you’ve probably noticed a decrease in cash transactions. That’s fine and all—you still make money—but every time a card passes through the little machine, it costs you a little bit. No one in Franklin, TN loves having to pay a fee for selling their own product, but as cash goes the way of the dodo, you need to find a way to keep up. What to do about the credit card machine fines? Let’s talk about it.   Why do I pay a fee in the first place? As your Franklin, TN CPA will tell you, the whole…
  • Small Biz Checkup: How Is Your Bookkeeping?

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:33 pm
        So it’s summertime. Which means you don’t have to think about taxes or your Franklin, TN accountant for a while, right? Think again! Taking time out this summer for a Franklin, TN “small biz checkup” is the perfect way to stay on track for tax time next spring. Taking a measure of your books is important for you as a business owner, especially if you are trusting them to another employee. But what things should you be looking for?   Balancing the Books You should take time more than once a year to make sure your Franklin, TN accounts are balancing, but if you…
  • Why Do I Need a Business Checking Account?

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
        If you’re a long-time small business owner in the Franklin, TN area, this question might be old hat. Of course you need a business checking account—you’re running a business! But not every small business owner is in such a cut-and-dried situation. If you run a small business from your home in Franklin, TN, for example, you might not make a lot of transactions outside the business. But no matter the size of your small biz, here’s why opening a separate checking account is needed.   Protection from Tax Penalties Bottom line, it’s all about record keeping. If you…
  • Startups and Payroll: What’s the Best Solution?

    16 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
        Are you a brand-spanking-new Franklin, TN small business? These types of businesses—known familiarly as “startups”—are notorious for stumbling through the setup process, and that includes what to do about payroll. If you’re new to the Franklin, TN business game, you may not realize that there are tons of resources for outsourcing payroll (by reliable companies) available to you, both online and right here in Franklin, TN. Let’s take a look at your options.   The Outsourcing Dilemma Not everyone outsources. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a great idea. For…
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  • 11 E-Commerce Tools That Are Definitely Worth Checking

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:11 am
      Starting an online business is not only a quite popular but also a very easy way of either making small money on the side or earning a living without a 9 to 5 job. There are dozens of smart online store builders on the market to allow any person, regardless of their previous experience or coding skills, sell their products or services via Internet practically immediately. Many of them are completely free, such as Tictail, which charges only if you opt for any of the advanced features (such as custom domain, live chat, password protection etc.). Besides, apart from apps that…
  • Iran: On Scolding Heat, Trendy Hijabs, and Big-Hearted People

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:26 am
      Our month-long stay in Iran finished just one day after the historical US-Iran nuclear deal. The night before our departure, many Iranians flocked to the streets and celebrated lifting of sanctions that had been hampering the state's economy for years. The country certainly isn't favored with a positive public image but both my-cofounder and I have always dreamt about visiting this fascinating part of the world.   Our journey started off a bit dramatically since we missed our flight in Marrakech and had to drive south for several hours to catch another plane to Belgium, from…
  • Say No To Ukulele: 6 Terrific Startup Videos

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
      Ukulele tunes, dull stock images, tacky animations, cliché declarations...we have seen that all. The videos we list below demonstrate that it's very possible to stand out, entertain and inform without putting your audience to sleep or making them smash their computers in frustration.   1. TAGPACKER – If I drink 155 shots of espresso, I'm dead       2. ZENDESK – I like it when he gives me the business        3. CHARTCUBE – We design and sell socks       4.
  • Ultimate Digital Nomad Guide to Morocco

    Adil Gherib
    12 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
      After spending some time in Lebanon and sharing with you the ultimate digital nomad guide to Lebanon, it's time for Morocco.   I spent a big part of my life in Morocco, first as a kid and many years later as a digital nomad. I know every nook and cranny of this stunning country, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.   It's sort of amusing to write about digital nomadism in a country where most of its southern inhabitants used to lead true nomadic lives. The Sahraouian and some Berber tribes would move between the north of Morocco and the…
  • Technology Belongs to You, Regardless of Your Age, Gender, or Origin

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:37 am
      I'm not a man.   I'm not a programmer.   And I was not born in the United States.   And here I am, a founder of one quite successful tech startup.   To be completely honest, I was born in Central Europe. I studied diplomacy. And when I decided to build my first business, I was living in Lebanon, language of which I didn't speak and where I barely knew anyone. The only things I had were my laptop and very poor Internet connection.   Actually, these proved to be rather powerful tools in the end. They helped me to learn everything about online marketing, to build…
 
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    Godot Media

  • The Elusive Art of Writing a Blog Title: 5 Tips to Entice Readers

    Godot
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
    If you’re a blog writer, or even someone who’s considering blogging and content marketing for their business, you already know that blogs are a great way to increase website traffic, generate leads and introduce yourself to potential customers. With so much riding on blog posts, it is essential that they have good titles. Compared to how must time they spend writing the whole post, some blog writers spend very little time on its title. This can be a good thing if your post took two and a half hours to write while your title took thirty minutes to craft, but a bad thing if your title took…
  • How To Create Content That Can Drive Conversions On Social Media

    Godot
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:37 pm
    Despite the fact that many businesses have an active social media presence and have managed to amass a decent following, most struggle with conversions. If you do too, it is probably time to adopt a conversion-driven strategy. Depending on what kind of conversion you are hoping to achieve, creating a conversion funnel can help optimize your social media marketing efforts. You probably already have a conversion funnel detailing every step of the assumed path your customers take on the way to a conversion. But what you don’t realize is that your funnel has some holes. Several potential…
  • Tips on Using Video Marketing as Part of your Content Marketing Strategy

    Godot
    11 Jun 2015 | 12:16 am
    Marketing strategies are ever-changing and this is especially true for the dynamic world of social media, where trends change faster than the blink of an eye. Okay, maybe not that fast, but you get the drift. To keep up with changing trends, businesses have to rework their marketing strategies and identify ways to better engage their customers. One useful technique in this regard is using video as part of your content marketing strategy. You can use videos to generate leads, strengthen your brand image and engage with your customers. Here are some simple tips on using video marketing as part…
  • Talkwalker vs. Crimson Hexagon: A Comparative Review

    Godot
    14 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    Social media has amplified the information explosion originally caused by the worldwide web. It is expected that in the year 2020, more than 40 zettabytes of digital information will be produced globally – that’s 5200GB of data for each person on the planet. And unsurprisingly, a large chunk of the data will relate to content shared through social media. For businesses, the situation poses both an opportunity and a challenge. While all the information can be used to better understand and address your target audience, the challenge lies in turning the data into insights. Social media…
  • Gated Content: An Unresolved Debate

    Godot
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:25 am
    To gate or not to gate? This has been a much debated marketing question, subject to oscillating public and professional opinions over the last decade. Most businesses might have already given in to the practice of putting high-value content behind opt-in forms that require users to provide some information about themselves. Still, there is no denying the fact that making your content freely accessible to the users results in a greater number of downloads and better brand recognition. One of the main reasons why the debate on gated content remains unresolved is because it’s tough to…
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    CIPHR

  • 10 Productivity Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

    Barry
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    1. Being productive means getting things done quicker Productivity is about completing tasks well, not rushing them, risking mistakes and potentially needing to redo some or all of the tasks. As the tortoise taught us, it’s better to work steadily through our to do list, to the best of our abilities, than race through several tasks with the minimum amount of care. Rushing causes stress; every little thing that doesn’t go our way affects how long it’s going to take to finish and as the goal is to complete it as quickly as possible, that’s a massive issue. By not…
  • 5 Often Overlooked Reasons To Telecommute

    Barry
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    There are many arguments in favour of ‘working from anywhere’, both from the employee’s and employer’s perspective and, now that SaaS technology is commonplace, telecommuting is no longer a luxury. Here are five often overlooked reasons to telecommute. 1) You’ll benefit from your own company Without the regular distractions of a busy office you are afforded more dedicated time to work through your daily tasks. According to a study carried out by the University of Calgary, simply being able to see a colleague working on something different to you is enough to slow…
  • Rise Above The Rest In The Job Search Battle

    Barry
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    In today’s world, where everything’s in ‘the cloud’, the recruitment industry has become largely conducted online. With so many qualified people competing in the job search, it’s more and more difficult to make an impression with potential employers and recruiters. The global workforce is steadily increasing, and job roles are rapidly changing with the times, making it more important than ever to find a way to gain an advantage and stand out. This may seem a difficult challenge, considering the huge growth of talent looking for work, but there are some things you can now do to get…
  • Get More From LinkedIn With These 17 Tips

    Barry
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:28 am
    Optimising your presence on LinkedIn is as important as creating a well written CV. Below are 17 quick tips to get the most from the professional network. 1. Complete Your LinkedIn Profile (obvious but often overlooked) 2. Give (and request) recommendations instead of endorsements 3. Tell Your Story in the first person, not the third 4. Think about your target audience and adjust your content accordingly 5. Highlight key achievements 6. Avoid buzzwords but carefully include keywords 7. Use media to strengthen your brand 8. Don’t let your profile stagnate, update it regularly 9. Stop using…
  • How To Set Your Brand Apart On Twitter

    Barry
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    Twitter’s one of the most popular social channels to engage and attract people, and with good reason; whether you’re using your brand’s social profile to attract more customers, build and nurture passive talent, increase your reputation as an industry expert – or all three – being visible above the rest of your competition is a challenge. The problem is that its popularity also means that Twitter is very crowded, getting yourself heard above the noise requires something a bit more than simply tweeting your latest product update or advert. In the UK, mobile…
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    Wasp Buzz

  • The Cardinals Score With Effective Asset Management

    Brad Vinson
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
     The NFL’s Cardinals Implement a Sophisticated Asset Tracking System When the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals gear up for a match there is a lot of preparation, and not just by the team. Putting on a major sporting event involves a lot of moving pieces and a huge array of departments, from food to security to scoreboard […]
  • 6 Reasons to Implement Inventory Management with Barcodes

    Jason Sentell
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:01 am
    Poor inventory management: No business likes to admit it, and certainly companies don’t want to feel the negative impact of it. Particularly if it means the loss of customers and revenue. So if you are one of the 43% of small business leaders who say they are challenged with increasing profits, or the 48% that […]
  • Changing Your Inventory Management Habits

    Jason Sentell
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    Why it’s never too late to make the switch to an inventory management system Your company’s inventory is ultimately what keeps your business alive. Without products being bought and sold, you wouldn’t make any money.  While this might sound like an elementary statement, the mishandling of said inventory could mean the downfall of your business. […]
  • 25 Things Every Small Business Website Needs

    Brian Sutter
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:59 am
    Nearly half of all small businesses don’t have websites. It’s incredible, but true, at least according to the SCORE.org infographic, Customer-Friendly Websites, published in December of last year. According to this study, only 51% of small businesses have a website. If you’re the owner of a business without a website, maybe you’re putting it off […]
  • What is a Barcode Printer?

    Jason Sentell
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:07 am
    How businesses are using barcode printers to cut costs and increase quality In the days before the proliferation of barcodes, businesses large and small relied on clerks to manually input data about packages, ensure inventory control and keep costs down while still maintaining speedy service. Now, basic barcode printing equipment and scanners are commonplace, used by small […]
 
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  • Marketing: You're Doing it All Wrong - Entrepreneur

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:45 pm
    EntrepreneurMarketing: You're Doing it All WrongEntrepreneurThat's exactly what you don't want your customers to feel like, and it's an important no-no to keep in mind when you're developing your next marketing pitch. Certainly, marketing your business can be a massive undertaking, especially when you're
  • Marketing Mistakes that Will Kill Your New Business - Tech Cocktail

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Tech CocktailMarketing Mistakes that Will Kill Your New BusinessTech CocktailYou can have a really good business idea, a product that is world-class, and your social network presence might be powerful, but your startup can still fail. In most situations, the problem is that you are using an improper marketing campaign. While
  • Small Business and Non-profit Social Media Marketing Strategy - Huffington Post

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:34 am
    Huffington PostSmall Business and Non-profit Social Media Marketing StrategyHuffington PostSmall organizations often have a large problem. Social media have become more important for branding, awareness, engagement and business goals, but one community manager can only do so much. In my most recent post, we talked about the importance ...
  • Can business-smart practice marketing lower my overhead? - Dental Economics

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:26 am
    Can business-smart practice marketing lower my overhead?Dental EconomicsBusiness-smart promotion: A promotion that consistently attracts the type of responder who will ultimately cost the practice less in administrative costs, while generating greater revenues to the practice (quality of responders). You might be thinking
  • Influencer Marketing Platform Reelio Raises $5 Million In Series A For ... - Tubefilter

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    TubefilterInfluencer Marketing Platform Reelio Raises $5 Million In Series A For TubefilterReelio has some new cash to help boost its business operations. The influencer marketing platform, which connects brands with digital stars for branded content initiatives, has closed a $5 million Series A round, backed by previous investors as well as
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  • Happy Raksha Bandhan Whatsapp Status Facebook Messages

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Presenting New! Raksha Bandhan Status for Whatsapp 2015, Rakhi Status, Short Raksha Bandhan Quotes, Funny Raksha Bandhan Status in Hindi, Best Raksha Bandhan Status Quotes and Facebook Messages for you. Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in respect and relationship of brother sister. The day celebrates the love, care... Read Complete Story » Happy Raksha Bandhan Whatsapp Status Facebook Messages Content Source from GetHow • Incredible Inspiration
  • Top Paying Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:58 am
    Not all of us are cut out for college life, but that’s just fine.  There are a hundred and one jobs out there that don’t require their applicants to have obtained a college degree.  All you really need to land a good paying job is the drive and physical ability... Read Complete Story » Top Paying Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree Content Source from GetHow • Incredible Inspiration
  • Where to Order Wild Alaska Salmon

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    14 Aug 2015 | 11:22 am
    Finding salmon for sale is never difficult. It can be purchased at nearly any grocery store or market. Nonetheless, you never know where it came from and how great the quality of the cut is. If you wish to dine on quality cuts of salmon, it is wise to know... Read Complete Story » Where to Order Wild Alaska Salmon Content Source from GetHow • Incredible Inspiration
  • EaseUS Data recovery Wizard Free Edition

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Whenever you visit somewhere out, the common habit of the travel freak is taking photos. The photos are taken so that they can be marked as remembrance of the situation for the entire life. But, the photos which are taken will be saved in the memory card. And, none of... Read Complete Story » EaseUS Data recovery Wizard Free Edition Content Source from GetHow • Incredible Inspiration
  • The Insider’s Guide to Going Back to School in Your 40s

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    There are many reasons why people in their 40s consider a return to school. Tired of the same career for the last 10 years or having gone as far up the food chain as possible, school of often crosses the minds of those who are at least twice the age... Read Complete Story » The Insider’s Guide to Going Back to School in Your 40s Content Source from GetHow • Incredible Inspiration
 
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    Small Business Ideas Blog

  • LinkedIn Pulse: 9 Lessons and Changes in LinkedIn Publishing

    Brian Lang
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:12 am
    Last year, I did a study on how top bloggers are getting featured on the Pulse. In this article, I talk about some changes that LinkedIn has made since 2014 and what that means for writers trying to get exposure through the Pulse. The post LinkedIn Pulse: 9 Lessons and Changes in LinkedIn Publishing appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Find Email Addresses – 60+ Tools and Tips to Find Someone’s Email

    Brian Lang
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    Email outreach can be a great way to contact new sales leads or get exposure for your brand. These tools make it easy for you to find someone's email address. The post Find Email Addresses – 60+ Tools and Tips to Find Someone’s Email appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Syndicating Content: Get More Traffic Without Screwing Up Your SEO

    Brian Lang
    3 Jun 2015 | 6:38 am
    One commonly overlooked opportunity for getting more traffic is to syndicate your content. This article explains how you can syndicate content without screwing up your SEO. The post Syndicating Content: Get More Traffic Without Screwing Up Your SEO appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Why Following Your Passion Is Bad Advice for Starting a Business

    Brian Lang
    6 May 2015 | 6:03 am
    Is following your passion a good approach to starting your own business? A lot of people would say "yes", but this article digs a little deeper into what is really required to run a business. The post Why Following Your Passion Is Bad Advice for Starting a Business appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Multiply Reach with Syndication: Why Offsite Duplicate Content Isn’t Always Bad

    Brian Lang
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    Syndication causes off site duplicate content, which is a big concern for SEO's, but is syndicated content bad? This article analyzes the pros and cons of syndication and why I've changed my mind about syndicating content. The post Multiply Reach with Syndication: Why Offsite Duplicate Content Isn’t Always Bad appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
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  • High profile hacks and what they mean for business

    Active_Business
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:26 am
    As we have seen in recent news, with the shock hacking of the Carphone Warehouse, any business, no matter how big or small, can become the victim of a cyber attack. Given that hacks are not an uncommon occurrence for businesses operating in today’s connected environment and based on what we know about this high profile breach, here are a couple of quick thoughts to consider when keeping your business safe online.Cost of staying safe vs Cost of a hackThe cost of becoming fully secure as a business is much more reasonable than many people realise. If you are still unsure of the…
  • O2 Direct Network Partner Excellence Award winners announced

    Sara Metcalfe
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:21 am
    O2 has announced the winners of its first Direct Partner Excellence Awards and we’re thrilled to have been recognised as winners in both the Digital and Customer Excellence categories.Since the Partner Programme was revamped back in April we’ve relished working in the new structure which focuses on customer experience and value, as well as the introduction of a range of digital products for better productivity and flexibility. We now have our very own in-house O2 Trusted Digital Advisors to help our customers make the most of these new services.When speaking about awards, O2’s…
  • The Growth of the Mobile Workforce – Infographic

    clientsfirst
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:45 am
    Mobile devices have changed the world of business forever… and they haven’t finished yet! As your ‘mobile workforce’ continues to expand, just how will you make sure that your business critical information stays secure? What is the scale of the situation and how can your business grow and flourish whilst staying safe in a mobile world? We look at some of the figures around the growing mobile workforce and the security challenges we now all face. Click on the image below to see our full infographic. The post The Growth of the Mobile Workforce – Infographic appeared first on…
  • Windows 10: 5 of our favourite features

    Sara Metcalfe
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:46 am
    Windows 10 is due to launch in 190 countries on 29th July. Details of this long awaited release have been eagerly anticipated, and here we have a rundown of five of our favourite features so far:The Windows you know, only better — Windows 10 feels familiar so you can get more done from the word go. The Start menu is back with space to pin your favourite apps, and simple navigation means you and your mobile workforce won’t need to spend much time learning anything new.Enterprise-quality security — Windows security features are designed for the world’s businesses of all sizes.
  • Get to know…Adam

    Active_Business
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:23 am
    ​ ​Adam HattonTechnical consultancy and supportHi Adam, let’s start with work; what does a ‘normal’ day constitute for you?Fire up the PC and open up all the systems. The day consists of generally responding to and assisting with technical queries across the range of products and services we provide to clients and the maintenance of our internal systems.How long have you been with the company? How did you get started?4 years and 9 months – I started in an office administrator role and quickly built up my knowledge and skillset, working up to where I am today.Where do you see the…
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  • 8(a) Application – Contracts, Invoices and Letters of Reference – What you need to know and provide

    cloveer.com
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:17 am
    Among the many items that are required to be submitted to the SBA, with your 8(a) Application, you will need to supply a listing of client work performed, copies of contracts/agreements, invoices and letters of reference. These items will allow the SBA to determine: 1. If you have any economic dependence issues. 2. That your primary NAICS code identified within your 8(a) application submission is correct.3. Who is signing or has signed the contracts/agreements within your organization to determine if any unconditional control issues may exist or if there is someone else that, not identified,…
  • Reduce your 8(a) Application review time, at the SBA, by 30+ days.

    cloveer.com
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    There are several certifications that are required to be submitted within your 8(a) Application paperwork. Failure to submit these signed and dated certifications will result in a letter back from the SBA deeming your 8(a) Application deficient or incomplete. Please note. None of the below certifications are identified within the SBA’s current 8(a) Checklist. This blog post alone will save you at least one letter back from the SBA and possibly 30+ days of processing time at the SBA. 5 certification sheets that you must provide to the SBA within your 8(a) Application paperwork:…
  • What role can a consultant play in your SBA 8(a) Application

    cloveer.com
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    Hiring a reputable consultant to assist in the preparation of your 8(a) Application can be very important. Most self prepared 8(a) Application are rejected outright or send back multiple times for deficiencies or inconsistencies. In fact “Only 2 out every 10 self prepared 8(a) Applications are approved by the SBA“. Hiring and investing in a reputable consultant can dramatically increase your chances to achieve successful 8(a) Certification and decrease the time it takes to get 8(a) Certified. A consultant that does not have the experience or proven track record may hurt your…
  • Don;t Miss Out On End of FY 8(a) Contracts

    cloveer.com
    5 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    Do you have a potential or upcoming 8(a) Contract opportunity before the end of the Federal Governments FY (September 30, 2015). It is a known fact that a large portion of 8(a) contracts are awarded in the last three months of the Federal Government’s fiscal year. Waiting to start the process of getting 8(a) Certified in late summer (July or August) is a sure way to miss out on being able to bid or to be awarded an end of fiscal year 8(a) Contract. It takes approximately 3 months for your 8(a) Application to be reviewed and processed by the SBA. Now (May 2015 or at the latest, June…
  • 8a Certification: The most overlooked eligibility issues.

    cloveer.com
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Getting successfully 8(a) Certified can be very difficult. The latest statistics show that only 2 out of every 10 self-prepared 8(a) Applications result in successful 8(a) Certification by the SBA. In fact, as of April 29. 2015 there are only 6,659 firms that are active 8(a) participants according to the the SBA Dynamic Small Business Search System. Don’t go it alone. Cloveer is here to help should you need assistance with your 8(a) Application. Here are just a few of the most overlooked eligibility issues that come up from clients we speak that assumed they qualified for the 8(a)…
 
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  • Dina’s Birthday Party East Hampton 8/8/15

    Paul
    9 Aug 2015 | 5:29 pm
    I got a late call in the beginning of the week to Dj a birthday party in East Hampton.  When I arrived they told me that I would be setting up in the bedroom.  It’s a little strange but believe it or not wasn’t my first time playing in a bedroom.  We also got a […] The post Dina’s Birthday Party East Hampton 8/8/15 appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • 4th of July 2015 #Southampton Commons

    Paul
    8 Jul 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Back at #Southampton Commons this is a gig I do every year for one of my friends Linda Donato.   It’s like my wife of playing music for people.  They love me and I love to be there.   I can really play anything and they love it.  Also got to catch up with a […] The post 4th of July 2015 #Southampton Commons appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • FRANCOIS MALLIER 45th #BIRTHDAY PARTY BRIDGEHAMPTON

    Paul
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:22 pm
    It’s not often that I make house calls to visit with clients however i made the exception and i’m really glad I did.  They were very friendly and French and I could tell immediately that this was going to be a fun party to do and i was spot on.  Start time got pushed back […] The post FRANCOIS MALLIER 45th #BIRTHDAY PARTY BRIDGEHAMPTON appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • #Relay4Life South Fork #2015 Southampton High School 5/15/15

    Paul
    17 May 2015 | 7:44 am
    This was my first #Relay4Life where i was providing the music by myself.  I’m always full of energy when i get there and exhausted when I go home.  The night began with opening ceremonies at 6pm.   The luminary ceremonies were held at 9pm.  Dance Hampton performed after that and .   Miles sung What […] The post #Relay4Life South Fork #2015 Southampton High School 5/15/15 appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • Communion Party 5/2/15 Center Moriches

    Paul
    4 May 2015 | 7:15 pm
    This one came via a website call Gig Masters.   Had plenty of time to prepare for this communion party and the man upstairs put together a beautiful day.  I arrived in Center Moriches and saw a big tent in the backyard with plenty of seating.  I spoke to the bartender who gave me some […] The post Communion Party 5/2/15 Center Moriches appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
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  • Stop writing and engage your clients with video

    chrisrowson
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    People don’t want to read about your product, they want to watch a video. There is mounting evidence to back up the trend in consumers demanding video as their preferred means of being informed by business. Brands that are listening to this and using video are reaping the rewards according to recent research by Animoto. In a recent poll of US digital viewers: – 56% felt video was mandatory for a company website – 62% said companies using videos know how to market to their customers – 4 x more digital viewers would watch a product video than read product text – 75% of…
  • 4 Reasons your business should be using video

    chrisrowson
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:25 am
    Do you use video in your marketing mix, on your website, in your social media posts and telemarketing? The chances are growing that in some form at least, you do. Video is exploding both socially and in business with the proliferation of the internet and web enabled, smart mobile devices that not only play but also record HD/4K video. And it’s no secret that for most people, particularly those who are younger, video is the preferred medium for both entertainment and information. It is a happy collision of the need for content, the ability to produce it and the appetite to consume it. It’s…
  • Why holiday ecards make sense for your business

    chrisrowson
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    Many businesses give a collective once Christmas starts knocking on the door. This has nothing to do with the frantic run up to the festive season and all the stress that involves. This is all about having to organise corporate gifts, looking for cards that are a bit out of the ordinary and trying to find the perfect balance between sending greetings that sound sincere as well as getting your companies name into the mix without making it seem like a blatant sales push. Why Are Christmas Ecards Such A Good Idea? Holiday ecards for business strike that aforementioned balance between sending…
  • Make an impact with Corporate Ecards

    chrisrowson
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:18 pm
    The final post in this Christmas series looking at the advantages of sending seasonal greetings to all your customers via corporate ecards, as opposed to tradition paper cards, examines at their relative impact, memorability and ability to engage. No 4. Impact and memorability In researching this subject I came across plenty of people for whom the idea of sending an e card instead of a hand written paper card that could be propped up on a desk of filing cabinet was a non-starter. For a few, very important customers perhaps I’d agree (though for very important customers I don’t think a…
  • Be Eco Friendly with Christmas ecards for business

    chrisrowson
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:13 pm
    With Christmas just round the corner, this week at business Tip Guru we are looking at the benefits of Christmas ecards for business as a means of sending out season’s greetings, over traditional paper cards. Benefit No 3. Eco responsibility. Undoubtedly one of the key benefits of e cards is that they are very eco-friendly compared to paper cards. Most businesses today are concerned with their environmental reputation. The carbon footprint of every activity is under the spotlight, from legislation to supplier vetting to overall brand reputation.  Whilst corporate paper Christmas cards are…
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  • The four main pillars to Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

    Raymond Manley
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:01 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/08/the-four-main-pillars-to-search-engine-optimization-seo/ By Nicole McCullum Search engine optimization or SEO is the process of optimizing your website to make it easier for your target audience to find you online. This is done by employing key practices that makes it easy for search engines to identify what your website is all about. In general, when a user goes to a search engine and conducts a search using a keyword, phrase, or a question, search engines display two types of results. Paid search and organic results (often referred to as natural…
  • 3 Reasons To Hire an English Major

    Raymond Manley
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/08/3-reasons-to-hire-an-english-major/ There’s an old joke that goes like this: A recent graduate with a bachelor’s in philosophy goes into McDonald’s and applies for a job. The shift manager takes the application, thanks the applicant and says, “Sorry, we’re only hiring philosophy majors with a master’s degree, or higher right now.” It’s a fairly funny joke – if you aren’t a philosophy major – and in reality, it may pack more humor than truth; just ask PayPal cofounder and venture capital heavyweight Peter Thiel, who studied philosophy…
  • 5 Things Not to Stress About When Getting Started With Your New Business.

    Raymond Manley
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:01 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/08/5-things-not-to-stress-about-when-getting-started-with-your-new-business/ By Brian Hamilton It’s a simple case of market saturation. When looking for information and advice on starting a business, there’s such a vast abundance of information that it can become very difficult to separate the valuable insight from the noise. Much of the content available can be very useful, when taken in isolation. However, because of the sheer volume of content available, the list of things you “must” do to run a business successfully seems to never…
  • Forget Studying with a Swami: 5 Self-Discoveries of Entrepreneurism

    Raymond Manley
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:51 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/08/forget-studying-with-a-swami-5-self-discoveries-of-entrepreneurism/ Humans have been wrestling with their self-identities ever since they stopped worrying about being eaten alive by saber-toothed tigers. Looking deep into ourselves to discover who we really are and what we’re really made out of is an exercise many experience at different times in life. But while some climb mountaintops in India to study at the feet of a revered swami, I think trying your hand at entrepreneurism or running a small business is a far more cost effective way to really…
  • If You Make a Rule for the Customer, You Better Be Ready To Follow It Yourself

    Raymond Manley
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/08/if-you-make-a-rule-for-the-customer-you-better-be-ready-to-follow-it-yourself/This will seem like a rant… because it is. I don’t like complaining about specific companies, so I’ll keep that private. What I do like, however, is sharing the lessons we can learn from their mistakes and sometimes customer-abusive decisions. It’s customary for the airlines to expect their customers, also known as their passengers, to be at the gate, ready to board on time. Some airlines even ask you to be on board ten minutes before departure time as they want to close…
 
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  • Facebook Reveals Half-Human Rival for Cortana and Siri

    Dan Goss
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:09 am
    With Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana seemingly cornering the market on robotic personal assistants, it would seem like there isn’t room for another robot to help us make our calls and organise our lives – but Facebook has just rolled out an audacious new AI that seeks to change the way artificial assistants work, and provide value to their customers in a way that no other digital PA can.Capitalising on the weaknesses of its opposition, ‘M’, the new droid from Facebook, will be an artificial intelligence that is supervised by humans, meaning not only…
  • Barclays Voted Worst UK Bank for Third Year Running

    Dan Goss
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    Barclays has been placed firmly in the firing line again after a number of surveys of banking customers discovered they are the worst bank in the UK for customer service, honesty and transparency.The results come as a blow to the bank, which has been trying to clean up its image after scandals involving Libor fixing and thousands of cases of mis-sold PPI, the latter of which resulted in their inadvertently ushering in an era of such prolific cold-calling that it borders on the farcical.An ethical scorecard applied by campaign group Move Your Money to dozens of banks, both high-street and…
  • Virgin Set Out to Save Customer Service

    Dan Goss
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:46 am
    Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) in Scotland has teamed up with Virgin and the famous Gleneagles Hotel to offer a number of scholarships for courses specially aimed at customer service.They have declared the new scheme in response to warnings that a lack of soft customer service skills will cause an industry crisis by 2020, with a predicted 61,000 UK customer service staff predicted to have a lack of skills, experience and ability to serve the customer adequately! Among the predicted lacking skills are simple customer service skills like responsibility and communication, the report warns,…
  • The Rudest Restaurant In The World

    Dan Goss
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:44 am
    Have you ever had to deal with a rude waitress or a snarky barman and thought, “oh boy, I’d love to eat at a restaurant where this sort of abuse was a necessary part of the experience”?Well, congratulations! Your dreams are now reality.This is Cherry, a waitress at Ed Debevic’s in Chicago. It’s an old-school diner on the surface, but once you’re inside it becomes clear that Ed’s is a theme restaurant with a twist: if you go there, you can expect some sass from the staff. The server’s at Ed Debevic’s get free rein to take the mick out of…
  • The Business-Growing Power of Proactive Customer Service

    Dan Goss
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:12 am
    Customer service is increasingly being used as a crucial part of modern marketing strategies, as social media makes word-of-mouth advertising and the disgruntled venting of unhappy customers much more powerful. In some places the phrase “customer experience“, often known by it’s snappy and jargon-tastic shorthand “CX” is covering both customer service and marketing in its enormous, vague umbrella.One “solopreneur” knew the value of an amazing customer experience when she started up a small company called Moverscorp, designed to help people find…
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  • Over 400,000 royalty-free stock images now available to premium users

    Yola
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    Our goal at Yola is to give businesses the tools to build professional websites easily and efficiently. One way we‘re accomplishing this goal is by releasing our latest feature. We’ve given Yola Gold and Silver subscribers exclusive access to a database of over 400,000 professional stock images – accessible right within the Yola Sitebuilder. How can I benefit from stock images? We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again – from the time a visitor lands on your business website, you have roughly 10 seconds to establish what your company is, what it offers, and whether your website…
  • Featured Website: Go modern with Feel At Home Catania

    Yola
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:36 am
    Fresh, modern, clean and contemporary images greet web visitors to Feel At Home Catania – Casa Vacanze a Catania on their search for an Italian vacation rental. Featured website and property owner Diego added bright geometric background images to frame the photos of his holiday rental which he says lend “an air of freshness and reflect the geometric style of [his] holiday home.” Diego has made use of the Google map widget, allowing visitors to see where his property is located at a glance and the Picture Gallery widget to display thumbnail versions of his photos in a visually…
  • 5 small business wins to jump-start your summer

    Yola
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Whether it’s a sandwich shop in a college town or a kayak rental in a travel hot-spot, when it comes to a physical storefront, the summer season has the opportunity to dramatically affect businesses both positively and negatively. But, as the owner of a business website, you have the opportunity to determine the destiny of your own business. Make this summer a fruitful one – we have five ways to get you started. Get mobile-ready While Mobilegeddon was a hot topic back in April, if you’ve yet to make your website mobile-friendly, let the summer season convince you to take the…
  • Featured Website: Delectable designs with Connecticut Cookie Company

    Yola
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Connecticut Cookie Company bakes up delicious treats made with the best ingredients that look so decadent, they practically sell themselves! Site owner Andrea Greene reached out to us for design feedback because her business was featured on “Good Morning Connecticut.” Due to the media attention it was crucial for her products to be showcased beautifully. She needed to ensure that the traffic her television appearances were driving to her website could be converted into direct sales. Our design team wrote a comprehensive review of her website with suggestions to improve her…
  • Search engine 101: Demystifying the first page of Google

    Yola
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    Upon publishing a website, small businesses have one thing in mind. Traffic. And how do they plan on seeking web traffic? Organically through Google (though SEM campaigns are an even easier option). In fact, the most common question our SEO specialists receive is, “How do I get my website on the first page of Google?” And while giving the answer may be simple, it can very difficult to understand and accomplish. There are three things we know to be true about that coveted first page: There is only one first page. Every website wants to be there – all 3 billion of them. It takes…
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    Business Unleashed | Real life business skills for Consultants, Creatives and Coaches.

  • EP036 – The Most Important Marketing Question in the World

    Chris Green
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:17 pm
    This week i’m joined by another Aussie marketer Chris Bloor. He shares with us what he regards as the most important marketing question in the world. The one that most business owners trip up over. Once you’ve listened, make sure you join us and discuss this episode in the Business Unleashed Facebook group. In this episode you’ll learn: Why most people struggle in business. The most important marketing secret. How to generate more leads. How to position yourself at the top of the mountain. Attract laser targeted prospects. To connect with Chris Bloor, make sure you visit his…
  • EP035 – Powerful Questions that Will Win You Clients

    Chris Green
    9 Aug 2015 | 3:03 am
    The questions we ask clients during the sales process often determines the quality of the clients we get.What clients often want isn’t always what they need. In this episode we discuss what kind of questions you should be asking to get ahead. Make sure you join us and discuss this episode in the Business Unleashed Facebook group. In this episode you’ll learn: How to open more conversations. How to keep control in sales conversations. Creating strong preliminary questions in any niche. Strengthening your sales process. Work with John Would you like more strategies like this? John…
  • EP034 – Making the Leap from Employed to Self Employed

    Chris Green
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:17 am
    In this episode, John and I discuss our journeys from being employed to going self employed. We cover different strategies you can adopt if you are making this leap. Also, if you’ve made the leap and haven’t got where you want, we have some advice for you too. Make sure you give us some feedback in the Business Unleashed Facebook group. In this episode you’ll learn: Choosing when to jump Planning your exit Building your skills Replacing your income Getting clients quickly Work with John Would you like more strategies like this? John can help you build an awesome consulting…
  • EP033 – The Truth About Branding

    Chris Green
    25 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    In this episode, I talk to Aaron Pierson on why he thinks that Brand is everything. We uncover Aaron’s three step process of defining your brand, creating your brand and getting emotional impact with your brand. Make sure you give us some feedback in the Business Unleashed Facebook group. In this episode you’ll learn: Branding is everything. Avoiding Brand Disconnect. Work out which platforms to promote yourself on. Don’t just create noise Useful links: http://froknowsphoto.com/    
  • EP032 – $24,000 From One Hour of Calls

    Chris Green
    2 May 2015 | 2:41 am
    In this episode, John and I cover a strategy he used to get an order around $24,000 from just an hour or so of calls and a follow up. We lay out every step in detail so you can replicate this into your strategies. Make sure you give us some feedback in the Business Unleashed Facebook group. In this episode you’ll learn: Choosing the right niche. Researching client spending. Who to call. Finding pain. Getting permission to ask tough questions. Getting a decision. Outsourcing the Work with John Would you like more strategies like this? John can help you build an awesome consulting…
 
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  • Water Damage 101: What You Need to Know

    SuperUser Account
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Water damage is insidious. Flood water often brings with it not just a sodden mess to clean up and dehydrate; it also brings a host of hidden health and structural damage concerns. Clean-up from a flood goes much further than removing the visible water. You must be swift and thorough to keep your home from suffering significantly more expensive damage later on.  Water Damage 101 Water Goes Everywhere It's tempting just to get out the industrial wet vac and mop up the visible water when cleaning up from a flood. Water loves to travel, and it will easily penetrate the structural elements…
  • 3 Reasons You Want a Pro to Clean Up Smoke Damage

    SuperUser Account
    16 Aug 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Smoke damage cleanup goes far beyond removing odors though that is often a primary concern for most homeowners recovering from a fire. Even small blazes can leave behind a big, complicated mess as a result of the toxic sludge left behind by the smoke. Professional clean-up provides not only protects your belongings from the corrosive nature of lingering smoke, but it also prevents long-term health effects from smoke particulates. What's in Smoke? Smoke, especially from a house fire, is a complex collection of highly toxic materials. Smoke originating from wood fires includes wood tars, soot,…
  • Top 5 Reasons to Act Fast After Storms

    Uriah Suarez
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    If you own a home or manage a commercial property in Madison, it's impossible to avoid the risks associated with precipitation. We're sandwiched by two lakes that keep our air moist, and snow seems to swallow us whole every winter. However, Madison's spring and summer rainfall is even more frequent and ample than our snowfall. Heavy rains batter neighborhoods and raise water levels, sending rivers into residential streets and leaving damage in the water's wake. It's important to protect your building as much as possible, but some storms are unusually long and heavy, and…
  • How to Refresh and Preserve Sparkling Tile

    Uriah Suarez
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:45 pm
    When your floors begin to look a little dingy, it's time to consider hiring a pro to handle your tile and grout cleaning. It's tempting to handle it yourself, but don't be fooled by the allure of saving a few bucks. Consider the true cost and benefits of professional cleaning versus DIY cleaning.  Cost Savings While cleaning the floors yourself may seem like a bargain, it involves a lot of hidden costs that make professional cleanings the wiser financial decision. Rental or purchase of equipment is not inexpensive, and you must find the correct cleaning products for your flooring type.
  • Don't Let Carpet Stains Give You The Summertime Blues

    Uriah Suarez
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:10 pm
    The ample sunshine offered by summertime means long days with plenty of activities, and all those busy people create their share of busy messes. The earthy tones of grass and dirt are horribly effective at causing carpet damage whether it's wet or dry outside, and finger-licking good barbecues have a way of leaving at least one mess on the floor. Keeping an eye out for these common causes of stubborn stains and taking the steps to quickly eliminate them will help keep worries out of your fun. Grass and Dirt on More than Your Shirt Warm weather is the perfect time for romping around the yard,…
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  • Internet Marketing – The 7 Pillars of Website Success

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:44 pm
    The purpose of a website is THE MOST mis-understood piece of building an Internet marketing strategy. Most people use it as an over-priced business card. Your website is supposed to create traffic, leads, and revenue opportunity. When it accomplishes this task – your Internet marketing strategy is sound! Now if you’re smart, you’re using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to drive traffic to your website. If you’re even smarter you’re paying for website traffic through Facebook advertising and other avenues. Yes. (Smart) People pay for website…
  • The Ability to Stay Focused – The Core of Any Success

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    3 Jun 2015 | 4:21 pm
    The ability to stay focused is at the core of ANY success. If you aren’t focused in your business and don’t have a clear idea of your goals and purposes, you’ll ALWAYS struggle. I’ve never been shy about telling people my entrepreneur story. If you haven’t heard it, I’m a recession-entrepreneur. I was shoved from a job that I absolutely loved for almost 9 years. I guess in my ignorance/bliss of loving my job it never occurred to me that could happen. It never entered my mind that my job could be taken from me and everything I worked for over 9 years would…
  • Marketing Strategies – Survive or Thrive in Your Business?

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    Very often I will get asked by a business owner, “How can my business survive in today’s marketplace?” My heart breaks a little when I hear the question, I find it painful that one has the goal of merely surviving. I want every business owner to have the goal of thriving. It’s possible! You’ll first need to understand why the marketplace is so tough, then its matter of coming up with a marketing strategy and plan of attack. Let’s determine the reasoning behind the more difficult economy. First, it’s important to understand that most everything that…
  • How to Use Presentation Platforms to Increase Website Traffic

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    Let’s face it, coming up with a social media marketing strategy is overwhelming. There’s so many moving parts, you probably don’t know how to use it or more importantly why to use it. First, let’s talk about what a social media strategy should be about – it’s about growing your followers AND driving traffic to your website. Social media platforms are amazing for increasing website traffic. Post Google updates (Penguin, Hummingbird etc.) organic traffic (Traffic that comes from the result of people typing into the search engine a certain phrase or keyword…
  • Have a Small Business Idea? Here’s Some Considerations

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:38 am
    One of the worst things you can do? Create a business with absolutely no foundation other than it seems like a cool idea. When I left corporate America and entered into the world of entrepreneurship I thought that being a smart business woman gave me a leg up. Boy, was I stupid! I had a very cool idea, all my friends and family said so! But I did no research on my market. I didn’t know who my buyer was, and what’s worse I couldn’t reach enough of them to support my business. So guess what? 13 months, tons of lost time, tons of lost money, lots of tears later – big…
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    Dex Media

  • Expand Your Reach with Dynamic Search Ads

    Jonathan Larkin
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    Google recently introduced some enhancements to their dynamic search ad platform that could help small business owners expand their advertising without demanding too much of their time. Dynamic search ads are a valuable but perhaps overly broad approach to running online ads, but these enhancements may help address the issues while maintaining the upside. What’s a...continue reading … The post Expand Your Reach with Dynamic Search Ads appeared first on Dex Media.
  • What Bugs Consumers About Customer Service

    Cynthia Diaz Shephard
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    Nearly every consumer—88 percent in all—has reached out to a customer service department at some time in the past year, according to a recent Consumer Reports National Research Center survey of 1,016 adults. The study also reveals that poor customer service experiences are common and that half of all consumers surveyed indicate that they left...continue reading … The post What Bugs Consumers About Customer Service appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Help Your Website Help Your Business

    Marion Jacobson
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Of course you have a website for your business, but is it little more than a static placeholder online? A digital business card or sales brochure? Or is it helping consumers find you so they can give you money? Here are some concrete ways you can improve your website and turn it into a real...continue reading … The post Help Your Website Help Your Business appeared first on Dex Media.
  • New Report Emphasizes Importance of Social Media for Small Business Marketing

    Laura Monroe
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:15 am
    Californian media company ProMediaAuthority recently released a new report looking at the importance of social media for businesses in today’s digital age. While many businesses have come to recognize the value of social media, not only for marketing and advertising purposes but in support of customer outreach efforts aimed at building trusted customer relationships, many...continue reading … The post New Report Emphasizes Importance of Social Media for Small Business Marketing appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Make the Right Offer at the Right Time with ‘Triggered’ Email

    Jeff B. Copeland
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    One of the Big Truths of email marketing says that messages get opened when they make the right offer at the right time to the right person. You can aim for that sweet spot with ‘triggered’ emails sent to customers because an event (like a birthday coming up) or an action (like clicking a link...continue reading … The post Make the Right Offer at the Right Time with ‘Triggered’ Email appeared first on Dex Media.
 
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  • Talking About Yourself on Social Media

    Rippleout Admin
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    Talking About Yourself on Social Media: For those of you with a social media account, take a minute to think back through your recent posts. The majority of you will find that most posts are in some way related to you – to what you’re doing, what’s happening in your life, or – if you’re ‘that guy’ – to what type of food you’re eating. This is pretty common. What isn’t as common is the knowledge that this is actually pretty natural and, by extension, that it can be used in your day to day business life. According to research, about 30-40% of what we say on a daily basis is…
  • The MRS Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research

    Rippleout Admin
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:31 am
    The MRS Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research: I’ve recently taken the exam and completed the coursework for the Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research methods which is administered by the Market Research Society (MRS). I’m a big believer in utilising insight in the marketing process – including thinking about your target market, key messages, how marketing can be segmented and better targeted, and a range of other elements which are all influenced by research and insight. The MRS Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research is administered by the Market…
  • Marketing and the Familiarity Principle

    Rippleout Admin
    13 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    Marketing and the Familiarity Principle: Another month, another blog post on consumer psychology and how understanding your customers at a subconscious level can help boost your marketing effectiveness. This month, we explore the familiarity principle – also sometimes known as the Mere Exposure Effect. {Tweet this} Marketing and the Familiarity Principle – My Dog in the Snow (see below!) What is the Familiarity Principle? In short, the familiarity principle is the tendency among human beings to develop a preference for things (be they people, products, ideas etc.) which they see more…
  • Mobile Friendly Websites and SEO

    Rippleout Admin
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Mobile Friendly Websites and SEO: Small businesses are often encouraged to have an online presence, and we strongly agree with that here at Rippleout! However, having a website is no good if you don’t maintain it, or keep up to date with changes in the online marketing landscape. One such change in the search marketing landscape has recently been announced by Google – and it’s one small business need to be aware of. Mobile Friendly Websites and SEO: The Rippleout Marketing Site Google’s Mobile Friendly Algorithm Change For those of you who don’t know, on April 21st 2015…
  • Terry Pratchett

    Rippleout Admin
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Terry Pratchett: If you’re looking for a marketing post this isn’t it. The vast majority of Rippleout posts are related in some way to marketing, but in this case not. No hard feelings if you choose to leave – but check back soon. This is a thank you, a celebration and a recognition of a man who was both incredibly talented and phenomenally brave. I have to say that hearing the news that Sir Terry Pratchett had died was one of the saddest things I’ve heard in recent memory. I never met the man, yet feel that he was such a huge part of my life in terms of influence, humour, and general…
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  • Online Marketing Tactics for Small Businesses

    Small Business Pool
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Is your Online Marketing strategy setup with the latest trends? It is a juggling act maintaining a successful business while learning about all the necessary marketing updates, trends and tricks. In this article, we’ll go over some of the most recent and popular tools, strategies and content that might help with your online marketing efforts. Video and Broadcasting This is one of the most important and current tools for your business: video or video broadcasts. Youtube is definitely the most important video tool and you MUST learn it and use it as well as optimize it in order to be found on…
  • Enterprise Search

    Small Business Pool
    7 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Enterprise Search is the technology through which information and/or data is retrieved with an organization generally through an intranet platform. The information can be presented in any form or format – such as links, documents, emails or simple data. Enterprise search is a boon to the modern corporate environment as it gives easy access to information, increases business performance and contributes towards optimizing the workplace. The quality of enterprise search results is dependent upon the description of the data by the metadata. The fundamental concept of an enterprise search is…
  • The Corruption Perception Index

    Small Business Pool
    3 May 2015 | 6:24 am
    In simple definition “Corruption Perception Index” or CPI is a ranking of countries according to the extent to which corruption is believed to exist. This index was created by Transparency International in the year 1995 that annually ranked countries “by their perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys.” The CPI currently ranks 200 countries on a scale from 100 (least corrupt) to 0 (highly corrupt). What is Corruption? The Index defines corruption as “”the misuse of public power for private benefit.” There are generally…
  • McDonalds – Brothers in Business

    Small Business Pool
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Richard McDonald and his brother Maurice McDonald were the founders and pioneers of America’s biggest fast food chain – McDonalds. In the 1920’s the brothers moved to California, where they opened their first hot dog stand in Pasadena. It was a typical drive-in setup and one of its kinds in that era, where drivers parked their cars and carhops came to take their orders. In the late 1940’s they closed the hotdog stand and opened a larger restaurant in San Bernardino. This was apparently the official McDonalds restaurant. Brief History The McDonalds family moved from to Hollywood in the…
  • Poland – The Land of Business Oppertunity

    Small Business Pool
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:16 am
    Poland is a country with a strong cultural and economic background that has benefited with the post-communist economic liberalization. The political freedom seen in past few years has let the country in becoming the 22nd largest globally by GDP. With much of Europe still struggling to recuperate from the impact of the 2008 financial crisis, Poland stands out as a territory of economic success, a place where companies and individuals plan for growth rather than decline. The reasons are simple: a large internal economy, a business-friendly political class, and the dynamic potential of a…
 
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  • 4 Factors That Influenced iPhone App Development in 2015

    Rakesh Patel
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:10 am
    Every year the intensity, integrity and viewpoint with which people look at the iPhone app development process changes. In 2015 however, the whole table has been turned upside down because of 4 factors all in all. As the statistics go; iPhone app development has been one of the most trending topic in this year among enterprises. More than 1.5 Million apps in the Apple’s App store (second largest app store after Android). With the announcement of iOS 9 and Watch OS 2 with native app SDK support, iOS app development has got the special focus in the mobile app industry. This shows exactly how…
  • Y Combinator’s $20000 Made AirBnb a Billion Dollar Brand

    Rakesh Patel
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    With the Y Combinator fervor still on, and everyone looking at the future of the startups that pitched for monetary assistance; at Space-O, it is time for a flashback. Y Combinator has always helped a good idea to grow, since the beginning of its existence. And many such ideas, that were given monetary assistance and a 10 week long training at Y Combinator are now making the world a brilliant place. In fact, Y Combinator is a perfect place to launch your early stage startup. One such startup is Airbnb. Surprised? This is barely the beginning. Airbnb as a Startup Airbnb started as a necessity…
  • What Exactly Does a MVP Mobile App Mean?

    Rakesh Patel
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:18 am
    Minimum Viable Product; the acronym of which is MVP, is the most misunderstood concept in the whole of the technological universe. Understanding and enabling this concept is very important for a startup app to grow and succeed. Keeping this in mind let’s move ahead to explore what exactly is a Minimum Viable Product. So what does a MVP truly mean? A minimum viable product is the one wherein a product is created keeping in mind the very basic necessity it requires to be complete and whole. It is not as confusing as it sounds as a concept. MVP is all about experimenting and learning. Let’s…
  • UI/UX Designs: Defining the Mobile Apps for the Audience

    Rakesh Patel
    22 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    When one uses an app, the first thing that comes to their notice is the way an app looks. This has to do with User Interface (UI) & User Experience (UX). Any app, however brilliant the idea and however awesome the app, will not work without a brilliant UI and UX. Since the importance of apps have increased so have people given importance to the idea, innovation, brilliance, hard work, talent of the developers, designers and more. However, what binds all these very important aspects together and makes it look like a unified app, is the UI/UX. If they are not worked upon then the app will…
  • Y Combinator -The Perfect Place to Launch Your Early Stage Startup

    Rakesh Patel
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:47 am
    Y Combinator is one of the first companies to have started a startup funding event, raising a platform for startup owners to come up, train and launch their ideas in front of the selected few investors. While now TechCrunch’s Disrupt is merely a month away, eyes are still fixed on the 3rd demo day of the Y Combinator. Why is Y Combinator Still The Best? Y Combinator does not just give a chance to the startup companies to make a pitch to the investors and get startup seed funding, it also gives proper training and polishing to the startup ideas and makes it launch ready at the end of 10…
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  • 3 Things Your SEO Campaign is Missing

    Lola Colums
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:32 am
    Search engine optimization (SEO) is a proven, cost-effective marketing technique that is crucial to success in today’s consumer market. However, as with most things, you need a strategy in place in order for your company to benefit fully from any SEO efforts. Many companies miss some easily implemented elements of SEO strategy – don’t be one of them! Here are three often-overlooked ways to make your SEO campaign top-notch. Taking the Long View If you’re experiencing a slip in search engine rank or are seeing short term gains that don’t hold over time, your long-term strategy may be…
  • Avoiding the Biggest Social Media Blunders for Your Business

    Lola Colums
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Using social media benefits your business, but with the power of the Internet comes responsibility to use it wisely. Even the best of intentions can be misconstrued, and with so many people using the social media account, it is easy to make a blunder that destroys the reputation of your business. Learn from the mistakes of others. Use these tips to create a plan for social media within your organization. Build a Relationship with Your Followers Ventra, which is the card for the Chicago Transit System, wanted to host a Q&A session for their followers. Unfortunately, before the session…
  • The Ultimate DIY SEO Audit

    Lola Colums
    10 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    Failing to keep your website updated according to the latest search engine rules and trends can cause your site to lose traffic, or even become deindexed from the search engines. However, keeping up with the over 500 yearly updates to the Google search engine algorithm isn’t always easy. Hiring affordable small business SEO services is a great way to ensure your site is updated with the right information. Get started removing the roadblocks on your way to building a better online presence with help from our DIY SEO Audit! Where Are You on Google? It is important to find out what your…
  • 4 Reasons Why No One is Reading Your Blog

    Lola Colums
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    Creating a blog is easy, but getting people to read it is a challenge. Even if you have amazing content that you are sharing, you can lack readers due to improper marketing. Blogging is a world that is overrun with a lot of companies and individuals, so you will have a hard time making an impression. Content marketing for small businesses is an effective way to reach out to your customers, and build an online presence. Here are some reasons why your blog is not receiving the right followers. 1. Content is Improperly Optimized If you just started blogging, keep in mind it can take months for…
  • 5 Proven Ways to Boost Your Social Media Presence – Slideshow

    Lola Colums
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:21 am
    Since the dawn of the new millennium, social media has been rapidly changing the way we communicate, how we’re perceived and so much more. Every social action you take, whether personal or professional, leaves a mark on your own digital footprint for years to follow. In recent years, social networks have evolved to become one of the most valuable marketing assets to a  businesses and brands of all sizes. Nevertheless, many business owners and leaders seem to neglect just how much engagement can be generated from these social profiles. Discover all the new opportunities an effective social…
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  • The Ultimate Guide to BIR Online Services

    Danella
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Have you ever wondered what are those various e-services that you see on the BIR website?  The BIR implemented a slew of e-services aimed at easing the reporting, filing, and payment of taxes for large companies and various taxpayers according to a specific criteria or industry. To help you in distinguishing the various e-Services of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, we’ve created our ultimate guide to the BIR Online Services.     Here’s a list of our very useful guides, tips, and how-to for dealing with your taxes and the BIR. The Ultimate Guide to BIR Forms eBIRforms…
  • Know Your Intellectual Property Rights in the Philippines

    Danella
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:02 pm
    If you have been living in the Philippines for quite some time, the very mention of the brands Lucky Me, Silver Swan, and Oishi will make you instinctively visualize their logos. These companies and many other successful local enterprises have realized that the symbol they use to identify their products spells a huge difference in their success. Also, not anyone else is permitted to use these logos considering that laws are present to protect business owners from the possible theft of their ideas. If you are a business owner who wants to follow the footsteps of these giants, protecting your…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Trademark Registration in the Philippines

    Danella
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:36 pm
    If you’re in business, one of the things you must do to protect everything you’ve worked hard for is to apply and accomplish the appropriate trademark registration in the Philippines, which is handled by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). If you have absolutely no knowledge of this concept, here’s a guide that contains everything you need to know about registering your trademark in the country and other relevant information you must know before applying.     What is a trademark? According to the IPO, a mark is “any visible sign capable of distinguishing the…
  • Know Your Taxes – August 2015

    Full Suite
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Know the schedule of submission, filing, and payment of taxes for the whole month of August 2015. In the meantime the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) now requires the use of their eBIRForms, for more information about the BIR’s new memorandum read our article: eBIRForms — Everything You Need to Know     This information is gathered from the Bureau of Internal Revenue website and from the Know Your Taxes website.     1 Saturday SUBMISSION Consolidated Return of All Transactions based on the Reconciled Data of Stockbrokers Engagement Letters and Renewals or…
  • 4 Business Benefits from Registering Your Trademark with IPO

    Danella
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:46 pm
    For a business to operate legally and securely, they must comply with the necessary business registration requirements and be listed in several government institutions such as the Intellectual Property Office (IPO)—the agency that facilitates trademark registration in the Philippines. According to the IPO, a trademark refers to “both trademark and service mark, although a service mark is used to identify those marks used for services only.” Simply put, a word or group of words, sign, symbol, logo, or a combination of these can all make for a trademark. The right to a trademark is…
 
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    Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories

  • The Kik Chat App Is Already Worth 1$ Billion

    Entrepreneur Writer
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:50 am
    Have you heard about Kik? Probably you already use it, especially if you are a teenager. I would bet on that, because this app is gaining momentum big time. Its registered users has reached about 240 million in no time and this number hasn’t stopped growing. The Canadian start up Kik Interactive, that is responsible for this new ‘unicorn’ in the mobile world, has...You can also check these cool business articles:WhatsApp – The Start Up That Brought 19 Billion To Its FoundersInstagram – An Online Idea For $1 BillionGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs,…
  • The Story Of Instagram In Pictures

    Entrepreneur Writer
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:09 am
    Instagram is definitely one of the greatest companies of the Internet era, and it’s story – one of the most engaging start up stories today. The company started by the two young entrepreneurs Kevin Systrom and Michel Krieger was sold to Facebook for the whooping of $1 000 000 000, just a few years after its foundation. The story of Instagram is not only...You can also check these cool business articles:Instagram – An Online Idea For $1 BillionImgur HistoryGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • The Real Truth About Success

    Entrepreneur Writer
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:42 am
    Every single day we see successful people around us. They seem to be so happy, they smile, they obviously enjoy life, they have enough spare time, because of their financial independence… Their lives look so carefree. Most people think of them as they are the ‘lucky ones’. It seems that any of them just got lucky at some point of her life and all...You can also check these cool business articles:The Power Of Taking ActionHow Successful People Differ From Unsuccessful OnesGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • The Incredible Flappy Bird’s Story

    Entrepreneur Writer
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:28 am
    Today’s world is amazing, it totally is. We live in time of opportunities and possibilities. This story is a bright example of how free market combined with some creativity and may be luck can make you a multi-millionaire in a matter of months. This is the astonishing story of a young Vietnamese developer who, because of suffering from the ‘too much spare time’ syndrome...You can also check these cool business articles:Angry Birds – A Game For Millions Of Dollars – HistoryForced – A Cool Story Of A Game Start UpGreat Business Ideas,…
  • Ask Yourself These 18 Questions Before You Quit Your Job To Start A Business

    Entrepreneur Writer
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:18 am
    One of the riskiest and most consequential decisions that people have to make in life has to do with quitting a regular job and venturing out on their own. The risk is crystal clear. You are walking away from the security of a regular income job to a future of uncertainty and hopeful wishing for the best. Is there a perfect time to quit?...You can also check these cool business articles:Top 13 Qualities Of Successful EntrepreneursStarting a Cleaning BusinessGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
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  • ERP Failure? Five Ways to Build a Successful Case in an ERP Lawsuit

    27 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    “Worst case scenario.” Those are never the words you want to hear when starting a new ERP implementation. However, based on how many system integrators and implementing organizations run their initiatives, these implementations too often lead to moderate or extreme failure.
  • 5 Ways the Internet of Things Is Transforming Supply Chain Management

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:10 am
    Most of the hoopla around the Internet of Things (IoT) centers on wearable electronic devices and consumer electronics. For most people, that’s their involvement now: being able to monitor themselves and their gadgets. For business, the potential impact of the IoT is a lot greater. Lost in the...
  • #10: Exercise Web Security Procedures

    24 Aug 2015 | 6:58 am
    Web servers now typically support as many mobile users as desktop users. In 2014, global mobile data traffic amounted to 2.5 exabytes per month. Nevertheless, only about 6.1% of all Internet traffic is encrypted. On average, nearly 94% of all Internet data is exposed in transit!
  • #9: Protect Against Viruses and Threats

    23 Aug 2015 | 10:04 am
    Of course, the spin doctors from Apple don’t actually say it was malware, they just had the App Store secret police remove it in the middle of the night. Welcome to 1984, iOS style.
  • #8: Implement Mobile Application Management (MAM) Approaches

    23 Aug 2015 | 7:59 am
    We’ve all heard stories of rogue mobile apps installed by users on their devices. Without proper security protections, these apps can wreak havoc on enterprise security by gaining access via a trusted users mobile device to back end servers, sensitive data and even entire networks. In one celebrated case, a mobile malware app known as SVPENG has reportedly been using impersonation, overlay and ransomware techniques all in one rogue app.
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  • Stop Underestimating Yourself

    Diane
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:53 am
    Note from Diane:Positive self-talk is a powerful thing, it can really help you find the inner self-belief it takes to know that you really do have it in you to go out there and reach your goals. I have always believed that if someone else learned how to do something, I could do it too.  […] The post Stop Underestimating Yourself appeared first on Creative Online Marketing .
  • Shopify Apps For Subscriptions And Digital Downloads

    Diane
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    Note from Diane: August is one of those great months for planning your next quarter, making ready your Black Friday, Christmas and New Year promotions and generally having a bit of a tidy up when it comes to your branding. With the school holiday season still with us and most of us with young children […] The post Shopify Apps For Subscriptions And Digital Downloads appeared first on Creative Online Marketing .
  • Don’t Make Change Too Complicated Just Begin

    Diane
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:06 am
    Note from Diane: Information overload is a problem for modern society with so much information available about anything and everything we should be a race of super humans by now.  The fact is trying to take every piece of information in and retain it is an impossible task, it’s the equivalent of trying to drink […] The post Don’t Make Change Too Complicated Just Begin appeared first on Creative Online Marketing .
 
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  • How the EMV Liability Shift Will Affect Your Business

    Abtek
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:43 am
    Being able to accept EMV cards isn’t as simple as flipping a switch on your existing terminals. In most cases you’ll have to physically replace your POS equipment to be able to accept these more secure, chip-enabled cards. And with only half of merchants expecting to be ready by the October 1 deadline, there’s a lot of work still to be done. What does the Liability Shift Really Mean? Currently, merchants are at quite a disadvantage when it comes to credit card fraud. In the event of a fraudulent credit card charge, the merchant is first faced with the loss of the merchandise, which in…
  • PaymentsSource: Tami Cohorst Explores the Future of Mobile Payments

    Abtek
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Tami Cohorst, our vice president, was recently featured on PaymentsSource, a global online resource for all things payment-related. Take a look at what she had to say about the future of mobile payments, according to data collected from social media: Mobile payments are quickly becoming an integral part of consumers’ daily lives. In order for businesses to stay competitive, it’s important for them to stay on top of the trends in the industry. Social media is an important way to accomplish that. It has emerged as a major influence on the mobile payment processing landscape. Payment…
  • Is it Time to Break up with Your Credit Card Processor?

    Abtek
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:49 am
    Not all credit card processors are the same. Some processors are truly dedicated to your business’s success while others–well, let’s just say they have other priorities. Here are a few warning signs that may indicate it’s time for you to make a change: They’re Not Open and Honest About their Fees One of the biggest complaints we hear about other processors is that they’re not honest about the fees they charge. Unless they have something to hide, there’s no reason for a processor to keep their fees a secret. Honest communication is the key to a strong relationship, after all!
  • Featured on Entrepreneur: Tami Cohorst Discusses Mobile Loyalty Programs

    Abtek
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:58 am
    Vice President of Abtek, Tami Cohorst,  recently discussed mobile wallets and the future of mobile loyalty programs on Entrepreneur, a prominent online resource for business development news. She writes: “What many merchants don’t realize is that mobile wallets can also be used as strategic marketing tools to help increase their bottom lines. The solution is in mobile loyalty programs.” Find out how this mobile wallet trend will effect business loyalty programs on Entrepreneur →   Share and Enjoy • Facebook • Twitter • Delicious • LinkedIn •…
  • Paper Gift Certificates are SO 1995!

    Abtek
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    The old school paper gift certificates not only look unprofessional, but they can be easily damaged or lost and their uses are limited. Today’s “stored value cards” have the capability to do so much more. Here’s a look at how this modern gift card system works. What is a Stored Value Card, Anyway? A stored value card is a plastic card that looks and functions similarly to a typical debit or credit card. It’s easy to use, fits nicely in consumers’ wallets and can have a number of different functionalities, including: Gift Cards + Prepaid Cards – Today, gift cards are often a gift…
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  • As seen on Facebook…

    Jamie Shaw
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Share this post and help spread the love! Shares: 0 Here’s another blog post I didn’t have to write thanks to the magic of Blo.gl: http://blogl.me/6180  Neil Patel Posted on Facebook Blogged by Blo.gl Indexed in Google  In the time it took you to read this blog post, you can sign up for free and receive $10 here: http://www.dubli.com/T0US1988O Share this post and help spread the love! Shares: 0 Subscribe to get more information! Submit your e-mail address to receive regular updates!
  • How to Build 100 Quality Links Without Writing Fresh Content

    Jamie Shaw
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Share this post and help spread the love! Shares: 0 Here’s another blog post I didn’t have to write thanks to the magic of Blo.gl: http://blogl.me/6180 Neil Patel shared a link. How to Build 100 Quality Links Without Writing Fresh Content neilpatel.com How to Build 100 Quality Links Without Writing Fresh Content Written by Neil Patel on August 25, 2015 Links are still very important to site owners. Recent Google algorithm updates only shaped a new context for legitimate link building. The search engine uses links to gauge the importance of a web p…    Neil Patel Posted on…
  • As seen on Facebook…

    Jamie Shaw
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Share this post and help spread the love! Shares: 0 Here’s another blog post I didn’t have to write thanks to the magic of Blo.gl: http://blogl.me/6180  Neil Patel Posted on Facebook Blogged by Blo.gl Indexed in Google  In the time it took you to read this blog post, you can sign up for free and receive $10 here: http://www.dubli.com/T0US1988O Share this post and help spread the love! Shares: 0 Subscribe to get more information! Submit your e-mail address to receive regular updates!
  • Neil Patel shared a link.

    Jamie Shaw
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Share this post and help spread the love! Shares: 0 Here’s another blog post I didn’t have to write thanks to the magic of Blo.gl: http://blogl.me/6180 Neil Patel shared a link. Don’t Get Fooled: 17 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an SEO Company quicksprout.com Pretty scary, right? Hiring SEO help can make or break your company. A good SEO will get you on the path to making tens or hundreds of thousands of do  Neil Patel Posted on Facebook Blogged by Blo.gl Indexed in Google  In the time it took you to read this blog post, you can sign up for free and…
  • What do you think?

    Jamie Shaw
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Share this post and help spread the love! Shares: 0 Here’s another blog post I didn’t have to write thanks to the magic of Blo.gl: http://blogl.me/6180 What do you think?  Neil Patel Posted on Facebook Blogged by Blo.gl Indexed in Google In the time it took you to read this blog post, you can sign up for free and receive $10 here: http://www.dubli.com/T0US1988O Share this post and help spread the love! Shares: 0 Subscribe to get more information! Submit your e-mail address to receive regular updates!
 
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  • Why complaining and thinking negatively could be holding you back

    Wendy McAuliffe
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Did you know that when we complain, our body releases stress hormones which immediately inhibit areas of the brain used for problem solving and other cognitive functions? Moaning is second nature to most of us, and in fact evolution primes us to focus on the negative for survival. We have a warning system within us which is constantly on the …
  • 11 presenting mistakes that make your audience cringe

    Mel Sherwood
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:05 am
    As presenters we are in the privileged position of being able to share our knowledge, experience, and passion with an audience. We may be motivating our team at a meeting, presenting a new idea to senior management, promoting our business at a networking event or sharing our expertise or our opinion at a conference or other event. However, with this …
  • What makes a great presentation?

    Gemma Falconer
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    I think it’s safe to say that most of us will have to deliver a presentation at some point during our professional careers – whether that’s a project overview to team members, or perhaps a strategy update to senior management. We’ve given out quite a few presentation-based tips over the past year on the blog, including 7 mistakes to avoid …
  • 5 communication skills for leaders #FutureOfWork

    Roger Courville
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:33 am
    The rate and scale of change today is unprecedented in human history. Inevitably this means that the way we learned to lead workers and learners is under pressure to evolve, and not all leaders will make the transition well. The good news is that the intersection of leadership and technology doesn’t have to be the scene of a deadly collision. …
  • 4 tips for dealing with workplace changes to come out on top

    Steven Ford
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:06 am
    It’s amazing how much human beings truly fear change. Imagine a life with no change – no adrenalin rushes, no new experiences, no broadened horizons. Change is what improves us, it drives our personal improvement. So, why is a fear of change right up there with death, public speaking and going to the dentist? In a work sense, it is …
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  • The Stock Market Crash 2015 – 9 Stock Market Tips to Help You Sleep at Night

    Kirk Chisholm
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:20 am
    The Stock Market Crash 2015 – 9 Stock Market Tips to Help You Sleep at Night   “We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful” -Warren Buffett Stock Market Crash 2015 - Should you be scared? 2015 has been an interesting year for stock investors. 2015 started out with the S&P 500 opening at 2058.9. From there the index has fluctuated between +3.8% and -4.1%. When investors are accustomed to getting 6 years in a row of positive gains, it is hard to imagine what a down year looks like. In the past week the S&P 500…
  • Inflation Monitor – August 2015

    Kirk Chisholm
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    Inflation Monitor – August 2015 Inflation Monitor Summary - Composite Ranking   * The Inflation Equilibrium is a quick summary for the whole data series of the inflation monitor. If you don't like statistics, this is the chart for you.   Inflation Monitor - August 2015 - Introduction The lazy days of summer are almost over. As the summer ends, the Wall Street traders and money mangers will also be going back to work. If you looked at a chart of the S&P 500 without the dates, you would not be able to tell which days were summer days and which were not. It looks like…
  • 10 Top Alternative Investments You Probably Have Never Heard of

    Kirk Chisholm
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    10 Top Alternative Investments You Probably Have Never Heard of     “Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people” – Leo Burnett Most people are familiar with the stock market. There are TV stations which have the stock market and stock market related information on 24 hours every day. It is hard to escape it. When the stock market crashes, it makes the headlines in every newspaper, news station, and media outlet. When it reaches all time highs, it is on every magazine cover, even the shoeshine boys are talking about it. But…
  • 10 self directed IRA tips to help real estate investors maximize profits

    Kirk Chisholm
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    10 self directed IRA tips to help real estate investors maximize profits     “Self Directed IRAs are one of the best laws the US government has ever passed” Can I invest in real estate with my Self-Directed IRA? “Self Directed IRAs are one of the best laws the US government has ever passed”, an investor once told me. It is hard to argue that point. In 1974, congress passed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, often referred to as ERISA, enabling US taxpayers to save money for their retirement in a tax deferred manner. The best part of this program (outside of the…
  • Inflation Monitor – July 2015

    Kirk Chisholm
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    Inflation Monitor – July 2015 Inflation Monitor Summary - Composite Ranking * The Inflation Equilibrium is a quick summary for the whole data series of the inflation monitor. If you don't like statistics, this is the chart for you.   Inflation Monitor - July 2015 - Introduction I hope you enjoyed your Independence Day. While Greece may not have the same appreciation of our holiday, they had one of their own... A Bank holiday. While the Greek Crisis in Europe seems to be solved??? The greater problem persists. The Greek people voted a resounding "NO" on the terms and the Greek…
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    People & Productivity Business Blog

  • 3 Ways to find employees for your startup

    John Dietrich
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Finding employees can be difficult. Finding employees when you are a startup can seem daunting. With all the tasks entrepreneurs must take care of, thinking about adding creating a job description, reviewing resumes, and interviewing potential candidates  to that list is overwhelming. Although finding a new employee is exciting (especially when it’s your first) the task can feel as though it’s pulling you away from “more important” business operations. And when you are the little guy, how can you even compete with guys like Apple, Google, or Facebook in getting the…
  • The Ultimate Hiring Managers Checklist

    John Dietrich
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    The interview process can be long and stressful not only for the interviewee, but also for the hiring manager. The wrong new hire can be a tremendous waste of time and money, so the pressure is on to get it right. We’ve all heard the typical interview questions. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Unfortunately, Googling a list of the most popular interview questions doesn’t guarantee their effectiveness. And questions aren’t the only element to consider. What you need is a combination of techniques along with a line of inquiry designed to help…
  • It’s time for a job recruitment revolution

    Ben Hutt
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:53 pm
    First meeting of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in 1915. The beginning of an aeronautic revolution which led to the creation of NASA A recent study from The Search Party concluded that 58 per cent of employers find candidates lack skills necessary for the role and 40 per cent say they get poor resumes. With nearly 80 per cent of permanent roles in Canada still filled by the slow, ineffective channel of job boards and ads, this comes as no surprise. When it comes to recruitment, a lot of the practices in place a decade ago are still in play today. That would be fine if…
  • Best Practices When Considering Using Telecommuting

    John Dietrich
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Hiring remote workers can be a great way to keep overhead low and to increase productivity. However, telecommuting isn’t magic, and it doesn’t shield you from the high costs of making the wrong hiring decision. Following the five best practices below, however, will help you increase your chances of forming a long and productive relationship with your next hire. Get Face-to-Face At Least Once When you’re dealing with remote workers there’s always a temptation to handle everything over e-mail. But e-mail can’t communicate the nuances of a prospect’s…
  • Attracting talent with social media for your recruitment agency

    John Dietrich
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Recruiters will be jumping onto sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to find candidates this year. Social media is an important tool in your recruiting belt; however, recruiters should remember one crucial caveat: social media is only one part of the process. Just like in sales, attracting top talent to your recruitment agency requires a funnel. Social media is a great tool for filling up the top of that funnel–for gathering up a large pool of likely candidates. Each social medium has it’s own benefits you can harness to fill the top of your funnel. Filling the funnel with…
 
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  • 5 Key Elements for Running a Successful Sales Promotion

    Amin
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:41 am
    Sales promotion is a very effective way for your business to incentivize potential customers to buy. But, if you want to have a great sale promotion campaign you have to understand the elements that determine its success. Otherwise, you may be losing rather than winning.  Here are 5 vital elements of a successful sales promotion, and how […] The post 5 Key Elements for Running a Successful Sales Promotion appeared first on 2dropshipping.com.
  • What’s the Right Price for Your Products?

    Amin
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Once you starting-up an online store, It is very important to know how much to price your items for? If your item is priced too high, it won’t sell easily. If it’s priced too low, you may be getting lots of orders that you may not be able to control. So you have to have a […] The post What’s the Right Price for Your Products? appeared first on 2dropshipping.com.
  • 10 Tips to Integrate Social Media into Your Product Launch

    Amin
    22 Aug 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Social media like facebook, twitter, youtube, reddit and other sites are very vital for any business owners. You want to tap into the power of community and have some social buzz. You want people to be talking about your business especially as soon as you are starting up. In the following 30 minute podcast, you’ll […] The post 10 Tips to Integrate Social Media into Your Product Launch appeared first on 2dropshipping.com.
  • 4 Tips for Starting-Up Your Ecommerce Website

    Amin
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:39 am
    Many people know that there is a big opportunity to make money selling items online, but starting up can be little complicated. Great eCommerce is more than just having a cool domain name and delivering items to customers. If you know what you are doing from the beginning, you will save lots of time on […] The post 4 Tips for Starting-Up Your Ecommerce Website appeared first on 2dropshipping.com.
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    Smart Hustle Magazine

  • Win More Proposals by Speaking Less and Listening More

    Jill Schiefelbein
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
      When most people think of communication, they think of speaking. When you’re an entrepreneur, a lot of your communication involves pitching yourself, your services and/or your products. However, I believe that entrepreneurs can be more productive and win more ... The post Win More Proposals by Speaking Less and Listening More appeared first on Smart Hustle Magazine.
  • TouchSuite CEO Touches on 9 Key Aspects of Being an Entrepreneur

    Ramon Ray
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    To be a successful entrepreneur you need the right mix of passion, people, and persistence. That’s the key takeaway from a recent Smart Hustle interview with Sam Zietz, CEO and founder of TouchSuite. Sam bootstrapped his business and skyrocketed it ... The post TouchSuite CEO Touches on 9 Key Aspects of Being an Entrepreneur appeared first on Smart Hustle Magazine.
  • 5 Things You Need to Know Before You Look For Small Business Funding

    Team VirTasktic
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:41 am
    This is the year: You’ve decided that 2015 will be a breakout year for your small business. Your local economy looks good, and interest in your products or services is rising. You know that you’re going to need some additional ... The post 5 Things You Need to Know Before You Look For Small Business Funding appeared first on Smart Hustle Magazine.
  • How toTurn Every Employee Into a Salesperson to Boost Your Business

    Adrian Miller
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    I have always believed that everyone is in sales regardless of their position and corresponding responsibilities: The receptionist who answers the phone and greets the visitors that come into the office The accounts receivable employee who speaks with clients about ... The post How toTurn Every Employee Into a Salesperson to Boost Your Business appeared first on Smart Hustle Magazine.
  • The 3-Point Plan to Evaluate Your Web Presence and Fine-Tune Your Local Marketing Plan

    Shashi Bellamkonda
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Its a well known fact that your next customer is going to come from a source you know very well – your existing customer. This is not a coincidence. You worked hard, created a successful business and made sure you ... The post The 3-Point Plan to Evaluate Your Web Presence and Fine-Tune Your Local Marketing Plan appeared first on Smart Hustle Magazine.
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    Bolton Remote Blog

  • 3 Secrets to Communicate Better with Your Remote Staff

    Bolton Remote
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Between 2005 and 2015, remote work grew to nearly 80% according to Global Workplace Analytics. Still, there are executives that swear their workforce can only be effective when the whole team is in one office.. Concerns regarding the effectiveness of remote work are usually tied to possible communication issues. The success of daily business processes Next → The post 3 Secrets to Communicate Better with Your Remote Staff appeared first on Bolton Remote Blog.
  • Attracting Great Remote Employees

    Bolton Remote
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:13 pm
    This is a guest post by Carl Dierschow. Carl is a business coach who has helped business owners with strategic planning and company growth. Here he discusses how you can attract the right remote staff by going beyond traditional recruitment concepts. Most companies follow pretty much the same process for hiring: You notice that you Next → The post Attracting Great Remote Employees appeared first on Bolton Remote Blog.
  • 5 Components of a Remote Social Media Command Center

    Bolton Remote
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Like any large investment, setting up a social media command center comes with a slew of risks. A poorly run center is not only a waste of money, but it also stunts your digital marketing efforts. The good news is, you can build a social media command center remotely. Here are the foundations you need to build one. The post 5 Components of a Remote Social Media Command Center appeared first on Bolton Remote Blog.
  • 4 Tips to Keep Your Content Engaging

    Bolton Remote
    14 Jul 2015 | 12:55 am
    At this stage of growth for digital marketing, businesses have to keep stepping up their game and producing good content. It’s become important to write especially interesting content, as the average internet reader grows increasingly distracted. You have little time to catch your reader’s attention, but so much to say about your business and what you do. How do you keep your content engaging to a crowd of skimmers? Here are a few pointers. The post 4 Tips to Keep Your Content Engaging appeared first on Bolton Remote Blog.
  • Signs You Need to Hire Remote Talent

    Bolton Remote
    10 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Even if you have exceptional time management skills, without delegating tasks to your staff, you spread yourself thin and stunt your busi