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  • The time I lost $1,200 by not shutting up (how NOT to discuss your consulting rate)

    Start My Consulting Business
    Greg Miliates
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. The other day, I shared my awkward, cringe-worthy consulting story (one of them…) from my earliest consulting days, where I called a client who I’d worked with from my previous job, and stammered something like, “I just wanted to let you know that I’m available for consulting, and, um…wondered if you had any projects you might need help with…?” Today, we’re going to talk about how to discuss your consulting rate. Lots of you shared your cringe-worthy…
  • 5 Ideas on What Makes Your Business Unique

    Simply stated business
    Cathy Miller
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Unique is good. It’s one of a kind. Unique stands out from the crowd. It is that Wizard of Oz moment when your business goes from black and white to technicolor. You land on your unique selling proposition. But how do you get there? How do you know what’s unique about your business? The following are a few ideas to help you discover what is uniquely yours. Uniquely Yours Businesses beat successful ideas to death. Think reality TV. Discovering something unique is special. However, some of us struggle with identifying what’s unique about our business. I guarantee you, there…
  • Engage Fans and Followers With Google+ Polls

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    Jennifer Beese
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    One of the quickest and easiest ways to engage fans is with a question. Whether you’re soliciting feedback on Facebook or initiating a conversation on Twitter, questions can spark interactions across social platforms and strategies. But while status updates and tweets are sufficient vehicles, sometimes you need a more organized approach — and Google+ can help. Google+ recently gave Pages and Profiles the ability to create and share polls. Not only do polls make it easy to collect opinions from fans and followers, but they can also provide deep insight into your customers and improve upon…
  • Procrastination

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    Lindy Asimus
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Every day it seems there is a passing parade of memes and status updates on social media expressing a view or admission of procrastination and what might be regarded as almost addictive quality of Not Getting Stuff Done in a timely manner. Almost like a badge of honour we see the same old joke response: […] The post Procrastination appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • Your worst consulting stories–and how to prevent these mistakes

    Start My Consulting Business
    Greg Miliates
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. I’ve been getting some REALLY interesting emails from you about the biggest, worst consulting stories & mistakes you’ve made with pricing. Here are 2 I want to share where LOTS of money was lost: and: Have you been in a similar situation–wanted the work or the client or thought/hoped it’d lead to further work? Are you afraid you’ll make similar consulting mistakes–maybe working for HALF of what you’re worth, or lose out on $10′s of thousands of dollars…
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    CyberAlert Blog

  • Social Media Marketing: 5 Tactics You Haven’t Tried Yet

    William Comcowich
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    You’ve seen them before: the research studies that claim everything you’re doing on a particular subject is wrong. You’re exercising the wrong way. You’re eating wrong. And you’re doing social media marketing really wrong! Instead of telling you what you’re doing wrong, we’d like to offer some social media marketing tactics that can complement your [...]The post Social Media Marketing: 5 Tactics You Haven’t Tried Yet appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • Mobile Marketing: Integrating the Sidekick into Your Strategy

    William Comcowich
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Most brands focus on digital marketing as the hero, and relegate mobile to the role of sidekick.  It’s not an optimal approach, given that consumers now spend 39% of their Internet time on smartphones and 12% of that time on tablets, according to research from comScore and Jumptap.  Integrating mobile into the overall marketing mix [...]The post Mobile Marketing: Integrating the Sidekick into Your Strategy appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • Leveraging “Insta-Fluencers” for User-Generated Content on Social Media

    William Comcowich
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    A breathtaking photograph of a city is sure to garner many likes from social media fans — especially if that photo includes your product in it. Imagine the engagement the photo would receive if it were taken by a photographer who already has a strong social media following.  Marketers are leveraging the skills and social [...]The post Leveraging “Insta-Fluencers” for User-Generated Content on Social Media appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • The Unity of Church and State: 6 Things Publishers and PR Can Learn from Each Other

    William Comcowich
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    The separation of church and state (editorial and advertising) is crumbling. Journalists are being hired to write native advertising content, and PR people are taking on roles as “brand journalists” to publish owned content.  The convergence isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Both publishers and PR can benefit by learning the rules of the new roles. [...]The post The Unity of Church and State: 6 Things Publishers and PR Can Learn from Each Other appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • Becoming an “Expert” on Your Next Press Release Topic

    William Comcowich
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    Many journalists cover a wide range of subjects and topics. For each article, they become a “subject matter expert” on the topic. A health reporter, for example, might cover advances in LASIK eye surgery one day and research findings on viral vaccines the next.  Like journalists, PR pros must be able to learn new subjects [...]The post Becoming an “Expert” on Your Next Press Release Topic appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
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    Sprout Social

  • Engage Fans and Followers With Google+ Polls

    Jennifer Beese
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    One of the quickest and easiest ways to engage fans is with a question. Whether you’re soliciting feedback on Facebook or initiating a conversation on Twitter, questions can spark interactions across social platforms and strategies. But while status updates and tweets are sufficient vehicles, sometimes you need a more organized approach — and Google+ can help. Google+ recently gave Pages and Profiles the ability to create and share polls. Not only do polls make it easy to collect opinions from fans and followers, but they can also provide deep insight into your customers and improve upon…
  • 3 Lessons From LinkedIn’s Best Sponsored Updates

    Jennifer Beese
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    LinkedIn adds two new members every second of every day, making it one of the largest online communities of influential, affluent, and educated people. These professionals regularly engage with high-quality content from news sites, thought leaders, and brands, but not all 300 million of them follow your Company Page. So how can you make sure that your content reaches them? That’s where LinkedIn’s Sponsored Updates can help. Launched in July 2013, the ad unit lets businesses pay to promote updates to a much broader audience. As a result, your content appears alongside the content your…
  • Use Sprout Social to Foster Collaboration Among Teams

    Patrick Cuttica
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    Smart social media management is a team effort, whether that team consists of two, 20, or 200 people. However, without proper processes, smart tools, and a visible workflow, it’s nearly impossible to feel connected to your teammates. Wires get crossed, messages are missed, and your brand can lose important opportunities to interact with customers. Sprout Social can help your company juggle the challenges of company teamwork. Whether you’re a frequent Sprout user or totally new to the platform, here is a closer look at some of our trusted collaboration features that will…
  • Real-Time Analytics and More YouTube Metrics to Watch

    Jennifer Beese
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    A successful social media strategy is about more than just numbers, but sometimes metrics are necessary in order to effectively drive campaigns. Audience reaction heavily influences content strategies; if something about your video isn’t resonating with your fans, you’ll know by the way they interact with it. An important metric for YouTube creators to be aware of is how many people are watching your videos. However, this wasn’t always the easiest piece of data to track as YouTube analytics have been slightly ambiguous regarding watch counts. This all changed last month when the company…
  • Sprout Queue Improvements: Set Post Times at the Profile Level

    Product Team
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Starting today, you can now customize the Sprout Queue for each of your connected profiles individually! The Sprout Queue makes it easy for you to maintain a consistent presence on social without having to spend time scheduling every message. Your team can add content to the queue, and Sprout will automatically publish your messages at preset times or when your audience is most engaged. In the improved Sprout Queue, you can configure up to ten custom post times for each of your profiles—allowing you to set times that make sense for each of them individually. This new functionality will be…
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    Start My Consulting Business

  • More reader consulting mistakes, plus advice on how to fix

    Greg Miliates
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. Let’s get right into it: today, I’m sharing 2 more reader consulting mistakes, but this time with my advice. (I also share another inspiring reader story). First, Jeff B. sent me this: Ugh. A consultant making $12.50 an hour? That’s taking it on the chin. Here’s how it could’ve been structured differently, even with the same flat $500 fee: Instead of flat-fee pricing or hourly pricing, since the CRM would be (I’m guessing) used for generating more business, what about a…
  • The doors are open, plus 2 reader stories on consulting pricing: 1 cringe-worthy, 1 awe-inspiring

    Greg Miliates
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. Yes, the doors are open on my mini course on consulting pricing. But before I cover all the details below, I wanted to share 2 reader stories, 1 cringe-worthy and 1 awe-inspiring. Why am I doing this? It’s to show how virtually every one of you (myself included) has made a cringe-worthy consulting mistake, as well as the kind of life-changing results you can create. First, another cringe-worthy consulting mistake: John C. said this: “I met a potential client and the conversation went very well…
  • Your worst consulting stories–and how to prevent these mistakes

    Greg Miliates
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. I’ve been getting some REALLY interesting emails from you about the biggest, worst consulting stories & mistakes you’ve made with pricing. Here are 2 I want to share where LOTS of money was lost: and: Have you been in a similar situation–wanted the work or the client or thought/hoped it’d lead to further work? Are you afraid you’ll make similar consulting mistakes–maybe working for HALF of what you’re worth, or lose out on $10′s of thousands of dollars…
  • The time I lost $1,200 by not shutting up (how NOT to discuss your consulting rate)

    Greg Miliates
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. The other day, I shared my awkward, cringe-worthy consulting story (one of them…) from my earliest consulting days, where I called a client who I’d worked with from my previous job, and stammered something like, “I just wanted to let you know that I’m available for consulting, and, um…wondered if you had any projects you might need help with…?” Today, we’re going to talk about how to discuss your consulting rate. Lots of you shared your cringe-worthy…
  • What should I charge? (why the most common advice is wrong)

    Greg Miliates
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. Whether you’ve been consulting for years or haven’t yet landed your first client, what I’m covering here applies to you. And it addresses one of the biggest questions you ask: What should I charge? First, I’m going to talk about one of the most common pieces of advice about consulting, why that advice is dead wrong, and how it’s sabotaging your business. Then, I’ll give you a hint of what I have in store over the next few days for you. The most common consulting advice,…
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    Enlarge. Excel. Evolve.

  • Leadership and Perseverance-Guest Blog by Susan Ershler

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    George Bernard Shaw wrote, “He who can, does.  He who cannot, teaches.”  But when it comes to sales, nothing could be further from the truth.Due to their ability to close business, top performers are often promoted to positions of authority.  Many of our most successful companies are headed by CEOs who began their careers in sales and then rose through the ranks.Sales executives take on a new challenge when they step into management.  They must now help their team members develop the knowledge and skills they acquired on their climb to the summit of sales…
  • “The Stuff that SuperHeroes are Made Of”

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:38 am
    -A Contest for Inspirational StorytellersAL Services, an organisation offering brand storytelling and content development services, announces “Best Storyteller Contest”. The contest winners will get opportunities for part time work, prizes, loads of publicity on social media and so on.Topic- My SuperHero from Real LifeWord range/ limit-500-750 wordsAge limit-No age limitLast date for entries- 15th October, 2014The entry should be in the story format and discuss the story of a superhero from real life, whom you deeply admire. You can also discuss related topics like what goes in the…
  • "On Bonding and Deeper Relationships"-Mini Stories

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:32 am
    Here are some mini-stories on human bonding and deeper relationships:-Bonding and Higher emotionsThe disciple, “Guruji, I am very disturbed these days. Are we basically selfish? Are our base feelings stronger than higher emotions? Does our communication reveal our selfishness? Are selfish thoughts the first to come in our mind, even in case of a tragedy? And most importantly are we all selfish or some of us are?”The Guru, “You have fired a volley of questions. Let me answer in brief one by one. Firstly, to make it simple we can have a scale where one end represents base feelings and the…
  • "Lessons in Authenticity" and other Mini Stories

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    Lessons in authenticity....from unexpected quartersChallenging our own beliefs is probably the toughest lifelong battle. Nearly two years back when I was struggling as an entrepreneur, an unexpected lesson came from unexpected quarters.I was sitting with a successful webpreneur who is a good friend. I shared with him that I wanted to migrate from professor mode to entrepreneur mode and requested his guidance to do the same. And pat came the most surprising reply.He told me, "Just be yourself. I made the same mistake you are planning to. I am a techie and I wanted to move to entrepreneur mode.
  • From Branding to Bonding-A Presentation

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:45 am
    The process of brand building and bonding / connecting with clients— authorSTREAM (@authorSTREAM) August 25, 2014 From Branding to Bonding from DrAmit Nagpal
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    Business + Economy – Articles – The Conversation

  • Look to China's productivity gains, not headline growth figures

    James Laurenceson, Deputy Director and Professor, Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at University of Technology, Sydney
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:46 pm
    China needs to adopt a productivity reform agenda to avoid falling living standards AAPChina’s economy grew by 7.3% during the third quarter of 2014, meeting market expectations. Polling by Reuters and the Wall Street Journal put the consensus forecast at 7.2-7.3%, the slowest pace in more than five years. But to see where China is really headed, a closer look needs to be taken at its productivity. With iron ore prices already sitting at five year lows, a further slowdown in Chinese growth is not the sort of news that Australian policy-makers need. What is of greater concern is whether we…
  • Data mining the new black box of self-driving cars

    David Lindsay, Associate professor at Monash University
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:26 pm
    With the progressive delegation of human decisions to machines we need to consider the impact on human autonomy. phloxii/shutterstockAutonomous vehicles, or self-driving cars, are likely to be seen more widely on roads in 2015. Already, legislation authorising the use of autonomous vehicles has been introduced in the US states of Nevada, Florida, California and Michigan, with similar legislation being planned for the UK. To date, these laws have focused on legalising the use of autonomous vehicles and dealing, to an extent, with some of the complex issues relating to liability for accidents.
  • Coles v ACCC: finding the balance between fair trading and competition

    Caron Beaton-Wells, Professor, Melbourne Law School at University of Melbourne
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    We like competition that leads to low prices, but Australians also want fairness. Flickr/Theen Moy, CC BYIn the space of just six months, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched two major cases against supermarket giant Coles for alleged unconscionable conduct against its suppliers. The cases involve allegations of various forms of unfair treatment of suppliers, including harsh and oppressive tactics directed at extracting supplier rebates for claimed supply chain savings, pursuit of payments to cover “profit gaps”, payments to cover “waste” beyond the…
  • Undervaluing Medibank Private: taxpayers face a raw deal

    Elizabeth Savage, Professor of Health Economics at University of Technology, Sydney
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:07 pm
    The sale of Medibank private is unlikely to compensate taxpayers for the loss of future revenue AAPThe IPO of Medibank Private is set to take place on November 25, and the indicative share price range in the prospectus released today suggests a market capitalisation of between A$4.3 billion and A$5.5 billion. In public hands, Medibank has paid dividends of about A$450 million to the government over the past two years. There are mixed opinions on whether the privatisation of Medibank will be largely positive or negative. However, from the point of view of Australian society overall, the…
  • How trade agreements are locking in a broken patent system

    Hazel Moir, Adjunct Associate Professor; economics of patents, copyright and other "IP" at Australian National University
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Patents have exploded in number in recent years, thanks largely to our lax standards for issuing them. www.shutterstock.comTen years on from the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement, Australia is entering another round of negotiations towards the new and controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership. In this Free Trade Scorecard series, we review Australian trade policy over the years and where we stand today on the brink of a number of significant new trade deals. Australia has long had low requirements for obtaining patents. Some of these low standards were “locked in” in the Australia-United…
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    Birds on the Blog

  • How to create a successful marketing strategy

    Ola Agbaimoni
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Savvy customers!Years ago marketing was based on broadcasting or interrupting. The marketing messages sent out by companies focused on the great features of the products/services or the company. Its primary purpose was to expose customers to the same message as frequently as possible in the hope that it would eventually sink in. With the advent […] The post How to create a successful marketing strategy appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • Procrastination

    Lindy Asimus
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Every day it seems there is a passing parade of memes and status updates on social media expressing a view or admission of procrastination and what might be regarded as almost addictive quality of Not Getting Stuff Done in a timely manner. Almost like a badge of honour we see the same old joke response: […] The post Procrastination appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • Panda promotes quality content, as you would expect

    Alice Elliott
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Another Panda has been released. Of course I am referring to the Google algorithm which affects how content is indexed on the web. And anybody who knows what this means will probably be quaking in their boots. But if they write quality content that is meaningful, relevant and links to highly valued sources, and has a well designed, […] The post Panda promotes quality content, as you would expect appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • 10 Dilfs of Disneyland Who Become The Main Attraction

    Russ King
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I have to admit that the Disneyland Dilf craze made me laugh. In case you’re wondering the Dilf accronym stands for Dad I’d Like to (ahem, get very personal with). It’s funny in two ways. Firstly that women have taken over their own version of the Milf tag spawned by the film American Pie. Secondly, […] The post 10 Dilfs of Disneyland Who Become The Main Attraction appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • What’s your wind-down?

    Lesley Morrissey
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    If you’re running your own business you probably love what you do (and if you don’t you need to find something else to do!)  The trouble is that running a business, especially in the early days is much more than a full-time job and, as the saying goes, ‘All work and no play …’.  It’s […] The post What’s your wind-down? appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
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  • International Business And Bank Money Transfers - Douglas E. Castle

    Douglas E. Castle
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    International Business Update: Wiring Funds And Banking If you are either conducting business internationally or are contemplating conducting any type of business which may require international electronic or SWIFT transfers of funds (i.e., funds transfers inbound or outbound via wire) the current terrorist threat levels are already creating additional diligence and reporting on the part of depositary institutions, as certainly as it will now take you longer to go through airport security clearance protocol on any international flight due to the prevalance of consciousness relating to…

    Douglas E. Castle
    28 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) today announced its cross-marketing partnership with thousands of credit and finance professionals who are represented by the Finance, Credit and International Business Association (FCIB), a division of the National Association of Credit Management. The Bank and FCIB signed a memorandum of understanding that expresses their mutual interest in providing information to business owners about how they may finance and expand export sales while sustaining U.S. jobs.“At the Ex-Im Bank, our singular focus is equipping…
  • EXIM Bank: "Let's Increase Exports" - Discussion Of Export Iniatives For US-Based Businesses

    Douglas E. Castle
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    **MEDIA ADVISORY** April 24-25: Export-Import Bank to Host Annual Conference Leaders from the private and public sectors will discuss ways to boost U.S. exports and create American jobs Washington, D.C. – The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) will host its Annual Conference April 24-25, 2014. The conference will focus on the global business environment and prospects for growth. Business and government leaders will address export opportunities and challenges for American companies, the role of emerging markets, and the U.S. Trade Agenda.  The Bank will also…
  • Purge, Consolidate And Renew Your Focus

    Douglas E. Castle
    30 Aug 2013 | 10:45 am
    IMPORTANT NOTICE TO MY READERSIf you would like to continue reading articles written by Douglas E. Castle, you have two new choices:1) Visit his new professional website and business blog at, where he discusses fixing broken businesses and fueling and accelerating the growth curve of successful or potentially successful companies or organizations, or you may:2) Visit his multi-subject personal blog at which will now be the ultimate, centralized consolidation of the large list of blogs which follow. While I might continue to post to these…
  • Charges In Beghazi Attack: Whitewash Politics - Intelligence Failure

    Douglas E. Castle
    7 Aug 2013 | 7:45 am
    The charges in the attack at the US Embassy in Benghazi which cost American lives are really just an initial toss of some obvious "usual suspect" types under the bus to palliate angry Americans. This is an example of a combination of Whitewashing politics (i.e., cleaning up a story to eliminate certain important and influential persons who might have been intimately involved), an intelligence failure in the United States at home and abroad (in Libya), and a case of a heartless state of priorities in the US Government; a situation where an informed political agency or two decided that this…
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    Theme Park Post

  • Sweden’s Liseberg announces new thrill ride “Mechanica”

    F Depraetere
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    (Theme Park News) Sweden’s Liseberg announced it will invest €3.3m (30m SEK) in a new thrill ride which will open during the spring of 2015. Called “Mechanica”, the attraction spins riders 360 degrees – 30 feet in the air. Built by Zierer, Liseberg describes the ride as “flying at high speed in a pendulum motion, […]
  • IAAPA Board of Directors elects Greg Hale as Vice Chairman

    F Depraetere
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    (Attractions News) The board of directors of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has elected Greg Hale second vice chairman. Hale is vice president and chief safety officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide. He will be IAAPA’s second vice chairman in 2015, first vice chairman in 2016, and then lead […]
  • National Aquarium Announces New Living Seashore Exhibit

    F Depraetere
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    (Aquarium News) The National Aquarium announced the addition of Living Seashore, an interactive exhibit opening in spring 2015 where guests can explore the shore and touch the animals that live between the tides. This new exhibit, which spans 2,700 square feet, takes guests beyond the boardwalk to the crashing waves, sandy beaches and shifting dunes […]
  • GM and Shanghai Disney Resort sign Chevrolet as official Resort vehicle

    F Depraetere
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:07 am
    (Theme Park News) Shanghai General Motors and Shanghai Disney Resort recently signed an agreement and announced that Shanghai General Motors is Shanghai Disney Resort’s long-term strategic alliance participant. As the resort’s official vehicle, the Chevrolet brand will have presence in Shanghai Disneyland and will provide a brand experience to the resort guests. As part of […]
  • Efteling announces new dive coaster called ‘Baron 1898′

    F Depraetere
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    (Theme Park News) In the summer of 2015, the Efteling in The Netherlands will open a new dive coaster called “Baron 1898″. The new thrill ride will take visitors back to the era of Dutch mining in the late 19th century. As true miners, visitors will free fall some 37.5 meters at more than 90 […]
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    Andy Hayes - Creative Web Producer

  • Talking Podcasts and Pinterest

    8 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    I’ve been very busy on the podcast circuit lately – it seems to be one of those things where you do one and then several other opportunities show up. I love podcasts, both as a listener and as a guests – my intention is to launch one over at Plum Deluxe sometime in 2015. These recent interviews have a ton of useful business tips, so I wanted to share links so you can check them out. (Co-working with fellow entrepreneur Kari Chapin, who is launching a podcast of her own soon!) The Startup Sessions with Michael Knouse (talking about building an audience, mindfully) MCNG…
  • How often should you update your web design?

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:05 pm
    I recently updated my website theme here – I don’t spend a lot of effort on looks here since most of my web design team is working on Plum Deluxe features – but I do like to keep it fresh here. I also wanted a fresh coat of paint since I re-opened the doors for my business intensives. One of the questions I get asked all the time is, how often should I update my web design? The answer: there isn’t a set timeline. Your business needs and growth should drive website (re)design decisions, nothing else. Here’s an example. With wine. I work a lot with winemakers…
  • Top 5 Note Taking Tips for People Who Are Too Busy to Take Notes

    26 May 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Need a content boost for your blog?  My team over at Plum Deluxe has a great summer special for you – check it out here. I suspect a lot of you are like me:  you need to take notes because you’re quite busy and will forget something if it is not written down.  But, you’re really too busy to take notes. Ouch.  I feel your pain. I’ve learned to cope and force myself to take better notes.  Here are my top 5 tips for you to do the same. 1. Do standardize your notes in ONE place.  I used to have several notebooks for different types of meetings, and then my notepad app on my…
  • A Great Example of Customer Bias: The Weather

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    FYI: I’m running another mastermind class for Portland, Oregon based businesses – signups end TODAY. RSVP here. Last year I talked a bit about the role of bias in setting up and testing you website. I got emails with questions about this, and it’s an important topic, so I wanted to bring it up again for conversation. Bias is where, as website owners, we fail to consider the perspective and experience of our customers before they arrive to our website. This often presents itself as making incorrect assumptions about our customers. In my recent how to build an audience…
  • 3 Things I’ve Learned About Teaching

    12 Apr 2014 | 5:02 pm
    FYI: I’m running another mastermind class for Portland, Oregon based businesses – signups end Thursday, April 17th. RSVP here. When I started my business nearly 7 years ago, I never thought of myself as a teacher – and yet, when I look back, that’s what I’ve been doing the entire time. My first paying gig was teaching small businesses in tourism and hospitality how the web was changing and they need to react, because their customers were all online already. Many of those businesses then hired my team to help them build websites and teach them how to drive their…
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  • What Customer Satisfaction Surveys Can Tell You about the Health of Your Company

    Dr. Jan West, Ph.D.
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Customer satisfaction is the key to a company’s success. Satisfied customers place larger and more frequent orders, while unsatisfied customers rarely return to place additional orders if they can find... Read More » The post What Customer Satisfaction Surveys Can Tell You about the Health of Your Company appeared first on NBRI.
  • Improve Customer Satisfaction Today In Three Steps

    Dr. Jan West, Ph.D.
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Nothing has a bigger impact on your company’s profitability than customer satisfaction. Every increase in your satisfaction rating translates directly into larger and more frequent orders, and positive word of... Read More » The post Improve Customer Satisfaction Today In Three Steps appeared first on NBRI.
  • How to Measure Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty

    Dr. Jan West, Ph.D.
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    Many companies don’t know how to measure customer satisfaction, although most companies agree that customer satisfaction is an important factor in profitability and increasing revenue. The best way to gauge... Read More » The post How to Measure Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty appeared first on NBRI.
  • How to Win Back the Customers Who Walked Away From Your Business

    Dr. Jan West, Ph.D.
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    No one is immune to mistakes, but some mistakes have more severe consequences than others. For businesses, one of the worst consequences of errors is lost customers. But sometimes it is hard... Read More » The post How to Win Back the Customers Who Walked Away From Your Business appeared first on NBRI.
  • Why Public Opinion Plays a Big Role in Election Results

    Dr. Jan West, Ph.D.
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Potential voters need to know who you are and what you stand for whether you are running for president of the United States or a local school board position. Voters... Read More » The post Why Public Opinion Plays a Big Role in Election Results appeared first on NBRI.
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    Simply stated business

  • Word Lists Bonanza

    Cathy Miller
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Readers love word lists. Whether it’s words we overuse or those we wished we used more, we love to download and share our lists. Word lists are the espresso on our business communication menu. They are a quick shot of inspiration in a bland world. Word Lists Video I just created a Transition Words/Phrases list from my last post. The power of the list got me thinking. Over the years, I’ve added to my word lists You can download a variety in my Free Stuff area I also posted some on SlideShare Has it been a while since you visited the Free Stuff area? I created this quick video…
  • Beyond 120 Transition Words and Phrases

    Cathy Miller
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    A good transition is like a bridge that takes you from one side to the other. Without it, your readers may miss the connection. These tiny titans of clarity take on many roles. Transition words and phrases link ideas They clear the way for comparisons And help readers draw conclusions Transition words and phrases keep your business writing simple. And we love simple. So here we go (catch that transition?) Your very own transition-packed guide to better business writing. Transition Words by Function As noted, transition words and phrases can serve different functions. To make this simple,…
  • The Great LinkedIn Networking Debate

    Cathy Miller
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    One person’s networking is another person’s spam. The LinkedIn networking debate strikes at the core of that dichotomy. What is the LinkedIn networking debate? It starts with LinkedIn’s own User Agreement and its Dos and Don’ts section. “Don’t undertake the following: 5. Invite people you do not know to join your network.” LinkedIn’s Dos and Dont’s LinkedIn Networking Debate Thanks to LinkedIn connection, Fred Pilot of Pilot Healthcare Strategies, who shared a post complaining about a change in invitations to connect. In the past, if you…
  • Your LinkedIn Data You May Not Want

    Cathy Miller
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    LinkedIn is like every other social media platform. It stores a ton of user data. Have you ever wondered what kind of data they have on you? Well, now you can get a peek inside. LinkedIn Data LinkedIn announced the roll out of new tools for securing your account data. One of those tools allows you to download all the stored LinkedIn data specific to your account. Do you want to have that stored data? Maybe – maybe not I’ll let you decide I received a zipped file with the information shown below. Most of the information is only from 2012 to 2014 (so far). I signed up in 2009.
  • 5 Ideas on What Makes Your Business Unique

    Cathy Miller
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Unique is good. It’s one of a kind. Unique stands out from the crowd. It is that Wizard of Oz moment when your business goes from black and white to technicolor. You land on your unique selling proposition. But how do you get there? How do you know what’s unique about your business? The following are a few ideas to help you discover what is uniquely yours. Uniquely Yours Businesses beat successful ideas to death. Think reality TV. Discovering something unique is special. However, some of us struggle with identifying what’s unique about our business. I guarantee you, there…
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  • IT Departments Need To Join The Real World

    Jacques Adriaansen
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    As anyone with a background in IT will tell you, if something isn’t working, whether it’s hardware or software, the best solution by far is to fix it as quickly as possible. What they might not realise is that the same logic applies to the way IT departments interact with the rest of the organisation. … Continued
  • 9 To 5 Is Dead: Mobile Technology For The Modern Business World

    Christophe Primault
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    The days of being static in an office from 9 to 5 are long gone. There are meetings to be had, appointments to be made and most importantly really good coffee to be drunk. Sure you can schedule meetings to be held in office and there is always coffee on the go in any workplace, but who … Continued
  • Optimising The User Experience In A Changing World

    Roger Holder
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Home life is changing. The mobile phone is so commonplace that children as young as eight are equipped with an Apple iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3 and home internet speeds are continually increasing, making online multi-player gaming and Skype calls with family and friends the norm. Users expect this same experience in the workplace, … Continued
  • The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Agile

    John Cooke
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Collaboration and communication can make or break the success of software projects. Without them, results will likely fall drastically short of a client’s expectations and could result in redundant product creation. Regardless of the software development technique a business decides to use, there are three key elements within a project where communication and collaboration is vital … Continued
  • The Rocky Road From Tin Shifting To Delivering Services

    Damian Skendrovic
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    Prior to the cloud computing boom, reseller organisations were focused on “tin-shifting” – selling ICT hardware to businesses. Today the economic climate is impacting business spending and the investment in extensive IT hardware seems unlikely for many CIOs and ICT decision makers. So whilst trying to maintain a competitive advantage, drive cost efficiencies and grow … Continued
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  • Is your business ready for a rate rise?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Looking Grim For Stocks On Import Price Data

    Pete Southern
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Wall Street opened in the red Friday after its heaviest decline in eight months, facing a bearish bias that now seems firmly established. By late morning, the Dow managed to hang balanced, but the Nasdaq was still sinking further into negative territory. In macroeconomic terms, the publication of import prices in the United States in decl Read more ...
  • Stock Prices Not Impressed By New Data

    Pete Southern
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    Unlike European markets, Wall Street has failed to acknowledge the end of the third quarter: the end of the session were marked by a wave of tiredness and a further decline of 0.15%. In the end, all US indices closed in the red, between -0.2% and -0.3%, near the low of the day. However, there is an index that remained down throughout the Read more ...
  • Amazon Down As Stocks Are Mixed

    Pete Southern
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Wall Street is showing positive direction Wednesday as investors are beginning to believe tensions are easing off between Kiev and Moscow. By late morning, the Dow Jones had advanced 0.4% to 17,129, while the Nasdaq Composite consolidated slightly to 4,591.4 points. Gaining ground amid geopolitical risk reduction. Tensions have eas Read more ...
  • Market Hits New Highs Then Stalls

    Pete Southern
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Wall Street took advantage of two poor figures to go register new highs during the first hour of trading then followed by nothing. Complete stagnation for US indices with a volatility of 0.15% for no less than three and a half hours (the S&P500 oscillating between 1.996 and 1998.8) before concluding with a gain of 0.48 %. Th Read more ...
  • Apple Hits $100 And The Markets Look Happy

    Pete Southern
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    The US stock markets ended Tuesday with a moderate increase, driven by the release of corporate earnings which were considered encouraging, while Apple’s stock hit $100 for the first time since the stock split this summer. The publication of two statistics, one on housing star Read more ...
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    Joanne Dewberry

  • Don’t be Blindsided: The Business Guide to Buying Blinds

    Joanne Dewberry
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    When someone meets you for the first time, it takes around three seconds for them to determine whether they like you and, in business situations, whether they want to work with you in the future. In business, as in social situations, making a good first impression is crucial, and it’s not only yourself that must […] The post Don’t be Blindsided: The Business Guide to Buying Blinds appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • Crowdfunding Hints and Tips

    Joanne Dewberry
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Crowdfunding seems to be increasing in popularity and more and more businesses are using this route to source much needed funds to start up or grow their small business. What is crowdfunding? Crowdfunding enables businesses and projects to raise money by inviting people to pledge or invest small amounts, usually online. Using a crowdfunding website […] The post Crowdfunding Hints and Tips appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • Business blogging for beginners

    Joanne Dewberry
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:51 am
    This article originally appeared on Yahoo Lifestyle in 2011.   I am asked a lot “What value will a blog give my business?” and that really depends on you. I would be lying if I said a blog didn’t take dedication. If you can keep it going, with lots of readers, Facebook likes, re-tweets and commenting you […] The post Business blogging for beginners appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • Why Content is King

    Joanne Dewberry
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    Since I started Charlie Moo’s back in 2008 a general shift has occurred in how e- commerce small businesses online operate. Back then it was all about SEO and get the top of google. If you weren’t on page 1 you weren’t making sales. But now things have started to shift as google places its […] The post Why Content is King appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • LawBite

    Joanne Dewberry
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:28 am
    I often talk about mums who run their own small businesses around their children as being a mum myself this is something I can totally relate too. Many small business owners develop their business idea whilst at home on maternity leave. Many find that their old jobs especially more corporate based ones no longer fit […] The post LawBite appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
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    SunGard Availability Services UK / Blog

  • Increasing UK SME’s Opportunities with the Government

    Keith Tilley
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:51 am
    It’s great to see that the government is doing more to increase business with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs); initiatives such as ‘digital by default’ means there is an increasing window of opportunity for SMEs which they simply should not miss. However, there are some technical challenges which are currently creating barriers for many of these businesses when it comes to working with the government. Demonstrating that they have the correct credentials – or even getting the correct credentials – can be a big challenge. More and more SMEs now need to…
  • Why ‘offshore’ should not mean ‘off the radar’

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    The ‘ins and outs’ about offshoring to India India remains a popular destination for European and US companies looking to offshore operations to a cost-competitive, relatively stable and scalable location. According to a new Gartner report assessing nine AsiaPac countries, India is the clear worldwide leader in revenue terms. Offshoring business process services to a destination like India can undoubtedly deliver huge returns, but companies must consider cultural differences and country-specific threats to reap the promised benefits – or run the risk of…
  • Introducing Recovery-as-a-Service

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    In response to customer feedback, Sungard AS’s ground-breaking Managed Recovery Programme (MRP) is being transformed to provide customers with even greater value. At the same time, it’s being renamed as Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS).   A more comprehensive offering “Seven out of ten customers recovering by themselves continue to run into difficulty and not achieve their targeted RTOs. It’s not surprising then that the more enlightened CIOs are demanding what we call a ‘Predictable Recovery Experience’,” explains Daren Howell, Proposition Marketing…
  • Weighing up London’s risks as a corporate location

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
     London Calling It’s easy to understand the lure of the capital as a location for a corporate headquarters: a prestigious address close to the UK’s government, unrivalled transport links and proximity to City investors. Yet these attractions have to be balanced with the location-specific terror threat, universal risks of business disruption, the risk of flooding and property prices. Flood dangers One of the main risks London poses is the very real risk of flooding. On 5 December 2013 the UK experienced the most serious tidal surge in over 60 years, with London seeing the…
  • Double accreditations for Sungard AS’s cloud offering

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
    Security and resilience are both critical considerations in the choice of a cloud provider. We were therefore delighted when our Enterprise Cloud Services were awarded two high profile industry accreditations: IL3 and PCI-DSS. Setting us apart from the rest Sungard AS is now ‘Pan Government Accredited’ up to what is termed Official-Sensitive (previously known as IL3 Restricted) level to provide secure cloud services to UK central and local government departments. Services will be offered via the online marketplace known as the G-cloud Store. This official recognition…
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    Presentation Skills « Business Growth Strategies

  • [Video Series] “7 Ways to Transform Pause into Influence Part 4″

    Roberto Monaco
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Presentation Skills « Business Growth Strategies - 10X Business Letter October 21st, 2014 San Diego, Ca Overcast 70 Degrees ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear 10X Business Builder, “Where am I? I am lost!” That is what I told myself during his presentation. Last month I was participating in a convention and I was listening to one of the keynote speakers. I had already spoken and it was time for me to enjoy a lecture, learn a few things and relax. He was approximately 20 minutes into his message and I was trying to enjoy as much as I could about his message. I had jotted down a few pages…
  • [Video Series] “7 Ways to Transform Pause into Influence Part 3″

    Roberto Monaco
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    Presentation Skills « Business Growth Strategies - 10X Business Letter October 16th, 2014 San Diego, Ca Hot 80 Degrees ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear 10X Business Builder, Your audience will remember what you want them to remember You may be thinking…really…is that possible? Yes, with 100% certainty I can tell you that “Your audience will remember what you want them to remember” when you combine specific communication strategies to make your content sticky and memorable. How do you do that? Before you discover how to do that, I have one more think to tell you… Not only your…
  • [Video Series] 7 Ways to Transform Pause into Influence Part 2

    Roberto Monaco
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Presentation Skills « Business Growth Strategies - 10X Business Letter October 14th, 2014 San Diego, Ca Breezy 72 Degrees ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear 10X Business Builder, The prominent neuroscientist Antonio Damasio said that “We are not thinking machines that feel; rather, we are feeling machines that think.” So how can you make your audience “FEEL” during your presentations? Obviously there are many ways to accomplish that but one of easiest and most effective ways I know is by using the power of the silent pauses. In this video you will discover how to use pauses…
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    Naomi Simson's Blog

  • Invitation to 30 Oct 2014 Trivia night – Sydney

    Naomi Simson
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Any idea where the Sydney Ferries got their names and want to show off about it? Join me and the team from RED for a fun night out to enjoy with your work team or a group of friends, then this is definitely an investment worth making. We can guarantee this trivia night is going to make your richer! Richer in conscience – it’s a chance for your organisation to give back to the community and raise some crucial research funds for my much loved Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation. Richer in knowledge – because you’re bound to learn something interesting during our trivia night shenanigans!
  • Goldfish don’t have smartphones

    Naomi Simson
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:46 pm
    According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the average attention span of a human being has dropped from 12 seconds in 2000 to 8 seconds in 2013. A goldfish has the attention span of 9 seconds. The big question is what can you do to arrest this. We used to think that email interrupted our concentration – our ‘smart’ devices are driving our behaviors. Information at our finger tips – and we use our fingers rather than our brains to find anything and everything. I know myself it is an addiction. So hard to put…
  • 4 insights in 8 minutes on entrepreneurship

    Naomi Simson
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:39 am
    I’m looking forward to my keynote at the Small Business Summit next week -  I did this interview (included below) for the local radio station about what I would be speaking about. My interview with Tony Eades covered so much in such a short time – and it gives a flavor for what I will share at the event. Whether you can attend or not – you might find insights and value in the interview. The topics include: My opinion on the three things that make a great business, What is the best approach to customer experience, How we became a great work place, Where it all started Not…
  • Longing to Belong

    Naomi Simson
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Jemma – a sense of belonging At the very core of our being – we want to feel connected to something bigger than ourselves. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs speaks to self-esteem and respect – and respect is very much about being in a place where you can be yourself. When I left corporate life and started my own business I wanted to build a business ‘where I wanted to work’… I wanted to be myself, be respected for my contribution and more than anything I wanted to work in a place of shared values…  I started RedBalloon was because I wanted to create…
  • One hour with Jeff Weiner – Global CEO Linkedin

    Naomi Simson
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    When you are given the opportunity of an hour with the CEO of the world’s largest professional network, i.e. the 313 million people who are part of the global LinkedIn network, you know it is a significant moment in your career. Instantly my mind started racing – What did I want to know? His journey to leadership? His vision for the future? How he aligns the team to the company’s mission? Or even how he comes up with ideas for his LinkedIn posts? (The last one, which I will call the “Venn diagram,” went viral and has attracted more than 600,000 views as at September 15, 2014.) So…
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    Midas Touch

  • Adapting your Business to an Older Workforce

    Guest Blog
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Matt Ayres, Freshly Made Content In the search for dynamic and productive staff, some employers assume that employing young people is the right approach, ignoring generations of experienced and skilled workers who might have a lot to offer their business. Not only could this be considered age discrimination, but ignoring the benefits of hiring older staff could have detrimental effects on the success of your company. In February 2013, 27% of the UK’s workforce was over the age of 50. By 2020, the number is expected to rise to a third. The government recognises that older people are the…
  • Sensible Financing Options for Small Businesses

    Jon Dawson
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    By Jon Dawson When seeking finance for a small business, it can be tempting to pursue the most obvious options – lending from a bank, or failing that, short term financial services (a.k.a. the notorious payday lenders). The latter option is best avoided – extortionate rates of interest can cripple a start-up before it really has time to follow through with its vision. Despite this, £250 billion of high cost short term loans were taken out last year. It has become apparent that entrepreneurs do not know where to turn when looking for the funds to kickstart their dreams. Labour MP Stella…
  • Just how important is it to be an environmentally friendly business?

    Guest Blog
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    We’re always hearing about how important it is to be environmentally friendly, both personally and in our businesses. But how important is it for your business to consider the environment or integrate eco-friendly plans into business activities and goals? Is it all just about ‘business image?’ Firstly, it seems consumers ARE getting more het up about which companies they do business with, and yes, image does count. Your brand should be seen as an honest, caring and modern company for which consumers can build faith in. #Example: A recent news report announced that a mobile app has been…
  • Boris the Robot: Paving the Way for Business Breakthroughs?

    Guest Blog
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    By Lauren Morris Elbert Hubbard once said that: “One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man”. Times are changing and developments in our technological environment mean that robots are becoming increasingly advanced. You may have read in the press about The University of Birmingham developing a third-generation robot to rival any other robots on the market. The University’s robot creation called Boris, named by the creator Professor Jeremy Wyatt just because he liked the name, is one of the first robots in the world capable of…
  • A ‘Decade of Devolution’

    Mike Hayes
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:34 am
    By Mike Hayes With the Scottish referendum now behind us, Prime Minister David Cameron has called for the so-called West Lothian question to be addressed, saying there needs to be a “fair and balanced” settlement allowing only English MPs to vote on English-only matters. New tax-raising powers for English city-regions? Over the last 100 years or so, England has developed into one of the most centralised nations in the world, regardless of the fact that significant powers have been devolved to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, notwithstanding London, with its robust regional…
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    The Hiring Tips

  • The Hiring Revolving Door

    Stan Dubin
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Many of us are experiencing a revolving door when it comes to hiring new people. We read through the résumés, we conduct what we consider are reasonably thorough interviews and we may even check some references.        
  • On A Scale of 1 – 10

    Stan Dubin
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
    You could use the 1 - 10 ranking scale to gain some interesting insights into your candidates.        
  • Did The Prospect Really Say That?

    Stan Dubin
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    While watching a bit of news on TV the other day, a short segment was done for job hunters. The theme of the segment was: “what not to say in the interview.”        
  • Is the Prospect a Better Fit Somewhere Else?

    Stan Dubin
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    What if your candidate isn't a good fit for you but would be a great asset for another company? What if you you knew of a specific company where this would apply? Taking this one step further, what if this specific company was your competition? Should you make the effort to refer this candidate? Should you contact the other company and let them know about this prospect?        
  • The Problems and Solutions Interview

    Stan Dubin
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Let’s say you’re hiring someone for the Office Manager position. What are some of the routine problems for this position? Gather together a list of at least three of these and then ask your applicant how she would solve them.        
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    CRM Software and Systems Integration | Customer Dyanmics

  • CRM 2015 is coming very soon!

    Konrad Thiel
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:44 am
    Microsoft has lifted the non-disclosure agreement we were under as Preview Program Private Beta members regarding CRM 2015. Customer Dynamics has actually been testing CRM 2015 Online since August of this year so it’s a big relief to get to share what we know is coming. Our plan is to showcase the new features coming, every Tuesday for the next few months, in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 (aka Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Fall Release, aka Microsoft Dynamics CRM Vega). Here are a few features we will be talking about. If any are of particular interest please contact us or comment and we…
  • You need customer service automation (CRM) to survive in today’s environment.

    Konrad Thiel
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    How can a product or service provider survive today’s customer service expectations without a robust customer relationship management platform? They can’t. A customer service agent not knowing the order and issue history of an inbound contact is no longer acceptable. A contact with a substantial pending order but open issues on past orders has to be handled intelligently and efficiently. A long term client with a special service level agreement, either purchased or gifted, may also need special handling. Without a system to help the sales team and customer service agents identify…
  • Measuring CRM User Adoption with Google Analytics

    Dave Espenschied
    2 May 2014 | 2:32 am
    User adoption determines whether a CRM implementation was a success or failure. A key to user adoption is support and nurturing from management. In order for management to appropriately support adoption, it needs to know if and how users are using the system. For this reason, we set up Google Analytics on CRM implementations so managers can see usage statistics including: Which users are using the system System speed per user Which type of records are being used If users are working out of Outlook or a Browser CRM Usage by User CRM Usage by Record Type Please reach out to us if you'd like any…
  • Microsoft CRM Online & Power BI Tutorial

    Konrad Thiel
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:41 pm
    In our latest video tutorial step by step we connect Microsoft Power BI tools to Microsoft CRM Online in Excel Power Query and then transform the data into usable reports that can be re-embedded into CRM.  
  • Lead vs Contact vs Opportunity

    Randall Achziger
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Dynamics CRM users often ask "What is the difference between a lead and a contact". Many misunderstand the purpose of a lead and want to put all kinds of information in a lead that belongs on a contact, account, or opportunity). Simply put "A lead is a business card." So what do we mean a business card? 
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    EMA Blog

  • MBA’s 101st Annual Convention and Expo 2014

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    The Mortgage Bankers Association 101st Annual Convention & Expo 2014 is an acclaimed mortgage event where mortgage experts and real estate finance professionals from the world over congregate to address the important issues facing the mortgage industry today. The event offers a wealth of business and networking opportunities to top industry leaders and major performers. Attendees can hear from industry experts on the issues impacting mortgage business and also learn about the latest products which can be leveraged to improve services. In keeping with its practice of engaging dynamic…
  • How Technology has changed the Mortgage Landscape

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    The one thing that a prospective home buyer has been too scared of is the process of procuring loans. It involves going through a maze of complicated and never ending processes, much of which is beyond their knowledge and understanding. At a time, when technology has uncomplicated matters in every walk of life, loan procurement process too has undergone a transformational change. For those who believe things still remain the same, it’s time for a revisit. A string of amazing technological advancements has contributed hugely in simplifying loan processing today. The advent of e-signature,…
  • What QM Means for Lenders

    31 Mar 2014 | 5:55 am
    Last January, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau set forth new rules and regulations that impact both borrowers and lenders. One part of the statute that is of special interest is the definition of Qualified Mortgages. These would be more difficult for consumers to challenge later on with regard to ability to repay rules. The Basics The new rules place responsibility in the hands of mortgage lenders when it comes to determining that a borrower is indeed able to pay back their loan. According to CFPB director Richard Cordray, 2 million households across the country are still at high risk…
  • Ability to Repay Rule – The Good and The Bad

    25 Mar 2014 | 3:11 am
    New mortgage rules went into effect earlier this year, aiming to simplify the approach to mortgage lending. At the same time, this “back to basics” alignment was done with additional goals of reducing the risk of defaults and foreclosures from borrowers. The new rules were developed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and director Richard Cordray says “No debt traps. No surprises. No runarounds.” The new rules put a lot of pressure and responsibility on mortgage lenders, which is why it’s so critical that lenders across the board understand how to comply. Implementing…
  • What Is A Jumbo Loan

    3 Feb 2014 | 1:27 am
    If the house of your dreams doesn’t fit in with standard sizes or costs, you might need to consider a jumbo loan. This term is defined as a loan that goes beyond the conforming loan limits established by the government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In the majority of locations across the country, the conforming limit is $417,000 for a mortgage, but it is increased up to $625,500 in areas where the costs are higher. Out of the 3,300 counties located in the country, only 100 or so are eligible for this increased limit. Homes For Jumbo Loans Bigger single family homes are…
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    Activate Group, Inc » Articles

  • Agree on Deadlines

    Howard Shore
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    Agree on Deadlines The deadline is the most painful and underappreciated part of delegating a task. Too many leaders give people tasks without setting a deadline or asking what else they have on their “to do” list. This is a motivation killer. You must keep in mind that even though the task you are assigning is of great importance, your employees have their tasks too. Do You Ever Say No? Most people are trained to never say “no.” They have been wired to say “yes,” even when they know they already have too much on their plate. Often, the delegator already knows this, but chooses…
  • Why Are You Delegating?

    Howard Shore
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Why Are You Delegating? Delegating can be very difficult for many leaders. What they do not realize is that it actually can benefit not only them but their employees too. There are really three important reasons to delegate work: to better control our use of time, to build our people, and to motivate our people. Better Control Our Use Of Time You come into work, you begin to check emails, then the phone rings, a coworker then steps into your office, before you know it is lunch time. Sound familiar? You haven’t even begun to start you day and already you are behind. You need to…
  • Business Planning and Core Values Must Unite!

    Howard Shore
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Business Planning and Core Values Must Unite! As you plan your agenda for your next business planning session, I hope you have carved out some time to discuss core values. If you study any great company, one that produces exceptional performance, you will find culture is a key component to their success. Great culture does not happen by accident, and thus it is imperative that part of your business-planning process addresses how you will build and nourish your firm’s culture. CULTURE = CORE VALUES Core values are the rules that when practiced daily by your employees shape and define your…
  • Action Plans Lead to Success

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    Action Plans Lead to Success Have you ever wondered why many business plans fail? Do you find that your organizations fail to achieve the key priorities in your plan? You are not alone! Most leaders, if they are honest, will admit that their business planning process is failing. Do you create an annual business plan and find that your team fails to follow through? Do you achieve your financial goals but still fail to achieve the key initiatives? If you do, this is a major issue for your business and a part of the solution is a solid action plan. Failing to Elevate Your Business As a business…
  • Key Components of A Business Plan

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    As a Business Coach one of my essential roles is to assist you in determining what the key components of your business plan should be. My experience is that many companies do a poor job of creating their plans, costing them serious growth in revenue and profits. If you are like most leaders I’ve worked with, your annual planning process may be broken.  Often I find that leaders spend too much time focusing their attention on goals rather than on the components of their plan that will cause them to achieve those goals. Two indications that you have a problem: You do not find the need to…
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    The NFPT Blog

  • Exercise, Diet Keys to Better Overall Health as We Age, Study Suggests

    NFPT Staff Writer
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Becoming and staying physically active may significantly improve both musculoskeletal and overall health, and help offset or delay the effects of aging. According a recently published review of literature on the effects of exercise and diet on aging, much of the physical decline in the musculoskeletal system over time may be due more to a sedentary lifestyle than the process of aging itself. It’s a common and longstanding assumption that it is the actual aging process that causes an inevitable decline of the body’s ability to function. But increased rates of injuries such as sprains,…
  • How Obese is Your State?

    NFPT Staff Writer
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1995 began collecting data on adult obesity in all 50 states, the highest rate was 19%. In 2013, each state had an obesity rate of at least 20%. The CDC released a map showing obesity rates state by state.1 The map serves as a springboard to deliver a variety of obesity-related messages, and as a graphic, it paints a bleak picture of the phenomenon across the nation. Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. Conditions that are related to obesity include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes – some of the leading…
  • Restore the Core

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    This information is from Chris Kelly’s eLearning continuing education course: Restore the Core: Integrated Core Training for Real World Function.  See the full course for additional core assessments with video, and several core exercises and progressions with videos. Click here for more information on these courses available on the NFPT website. Much like a weight belt, the abdominals tighten around the spine to provide support during exercise or daily tasks such as bending over and rotating. Contracting the abs in this fashion is known as an abdominal brace. While this reaction happens…
  • CrossFit to the Tough Mudder: Realities of Fitness Trends for Personal Trainers

    Charles DeFrancesco
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    There are a lot trends that come and go in the fitness world. And along with them come a varying amount of opinions on them. Make sure you have some trusted sources to formulate your own opinions from. CrossFit: Our concern of Crossfit, specifically, is that it is not safe in respect to many of its scientifically incorrect methods. The model is great for teamwork, positive environment and self fulfillment, but it needs a lot of work on safety protocols and purpose. It’s not for everyone, as is the claim. In fact, it’s not really fit for most people at all. For example, clean and jerks are…
  • OctoberFit Sale is Here!

    Ryan Farrell
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Ok, so maybe you’ve noticed that the time of year for pumpkins and hardy mums are upon us – that’s right, it’s the start of the fall season and time to get geared up for this year’s round of holiday action! At NFPT, we’re big fans of the fall season, all the signs of change and preparedness are there in front of us, and it’s time to start thinking about what our end of the year goals are, and how we’ll accomplish them. It’s good to have personal and professional goals, but it’s even better to have a realistic timeframe for making them happen. Now is that time for us at…
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    Custom Toll Free® Blog

  • Conflict Resolution Day: How to Resolve Conflict

    Vanity Numbers
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) created Conflict Resolution Day to promote awareness of the myriad ways available to resolve conflict. Ostensibly created for resolving personal relationship conflicts, the special day has just as much pertinence for solving conflicts in the workplace. We avoid conflict like the plague in the workplace. Managers duck into conference rooms whenever they see conflict approaching in the hallway. Workers shun conflict in lieu of sharing gossip that saps the energy out of a workplace. Many small business owners push the mantra that conflict is evil,…
  • 5 Mind-Blowing Toll Free Tips to Try Right Now

    Vanity Numbers
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    It does not take long for small business owners to understand the benefits of acquiring toll free numbers. Toll free benefits include increased brand awareness, establishing credibility, increasing exposure, and most importantly, increasing the return on your marketing investment. Vanity numbers also build the level of trust required for potential customers to convert into lifelong patrons. However, many small business owners never see the dividends paid out by toll free numbers because they never take advantage of toll free tips. Here are five amazing toll free number tips to try right now:…
  • How to Build a Bigger Business Name and Brand

    Vanity Numbers
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Finding the right business name can be a bit challenging. A good business name and brand should be both functional and emotional. It should be meaningful, catchy, easy to remember, and accurately portray the business’s mission and brand as well as stimulate an emotional reaction from your target audience, which should tie into what your small business offers. It’s about finding the right blend. But there is more that goes into developing a business name and brand. Finding the perfect business name from the beginning can make or break your small business, as well as either make…
  • How to Get Paid with a Toll Free Number

    Vanity Numbers
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Did you know that on average, a phone call costs a company between $9 and $15? That's a pretty steep price to pay for small businesses. While advanced communication technology mitigates the onerous costs of phone communication, small businesses still have to recoup the cost of phone calls by generating more revenue. The best way to counter expensive phone calls is to acquire toll free numbers. Small business owners who learn how to get paid with a toll free number gain an edge on the competition. Toll Free Numbers Are Everywhere read more
  • How Toll Free Numbers Increase Productivity

    Vanity Numbers
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Rising costs and competition from big box stores has put the squeeze on most small businesses throughout the country. Small business owners have to find ways to get more out of less. In other words, they need to increase productivity to ensure they generate profits. Increasing productivity means producing more in less time. However, you cannot expect productivity to rise overnight nor by demanding, "work harder." You need to arm your team with the tools that create a more productive work environment. One of the best ways to increase productivity is by acquiring toll free numbers.
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  • Top 10 Funniest Things Job Applicants Put on Their Resumes

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you ever turned to career advice books or articles before applying for a new job? How did that work for you? Certainly, in the extensive swath of career advice literature out there, you can find countless tips on how to tailor the perfect resume, make a good first impression, or win an interview. Great! […]
  • VIDEO: Richard Branson on knowing your weaknesses | On Leadership

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Virgin Group founder Richard Branson talks with The Post’s Lillian Cunningham about his dyslexia, his trouble with numbers and why neither has held him back. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles.   To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage.
  • VIDEO: Reasons Behind the U.S. Skills Gap

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    With weekly jobless claims data on the rise, Mindflash President and CEO Donna Wells joins MoneyBeat to discuss what is driving the skill gap in the U.S. Photo: Getty. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles.   To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage.
  • VIDEO: Viewers submit Google interview questions

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    The TODAY anchors answer a couple of questions that viewers think might be asked during a job interview with Google, including which job at the circus they’d prefer. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles.   To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage.
  • 4 Job Certifications That Could Make You Happier

    Staff Writers
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It may surprise you to know that 52.3 percent of Americans are unhappy with their current jobs, or so that’s what the 2014 Job Satisfaction study conducted by the Conference Board revealed, equating to more than 80 million American workers. If you’re one of the millions feeling stuck in a job, the good news is […]
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    Gulf Business

  • EU Targets Ministers, UAE Firm In Latest Syria Sanctions

    Mary Sophia
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    The moves were part of a gradual tightening of EU sanctions against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The post EU Targets Ministers, UAE Firm In Latest Syria Sanctions appeared first on Gulf Business.
  • Saudi Arabia Slams Critics Over Worst Airport Claims

    Mary Sophia
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah was rated the world’s second worst airport by a travel website based on an online poll. The post Saudi Arabia Slams Critics Over Worst Airport Claims appeared first on Gulf Business.
  • Qatar’s Doha Bank 9-Month Net Profit Gains 10%

    Mary Sophia
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    The lender made QAR1.1 billion in the year-to-September 30, compared to QAR1 billion in the year earlier period, a bourse statement said. The post Qatar’s Doha Bank 9-Month Net Profit Gains 10% appeared first on Gulf Business.
  • Saudi Fransi Capital Says Three Big IPOs In Pipeline As Market Booms

    Mary Sophia
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    Each of the three big IPOs currently in Saudi Fransi's pipeline is larger than SAR1 billion ($267 million), the company's chief executive said. The post Saudi Fransi Capital Says Three Big IPOs In Pipeline As Market Booms appeared first on Gulf Business.
  • Kuwait’s Agility Sees Revenue Rebound On Emerging Markets

    Mary Sophia
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:07 am
    The company's logistics and freight forwarding businesses, which account for most of its revenue, have been hit by instability in the global economy over the last few years. The post Kuwait’s Agility Sees Revenue Rebound On Emerging Markets appeared first on Gulf Business.
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    Smart Business Revolution

  • How to find friends who won’t let you fail [video]

    John Corcoran
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:12 am
    Note: read to the end for a special bonus I am offering through Oct 31st. It was my birthday this week, and I woke up on my birthday to a nice present: someone I had never met had sent me $500. Now, that might seem kind of strange. But it wasn’t some accident. And it wasn’t luck. The $500 was in payment for a digital course I had created. I don’t tell this story to brag — that’s not the point. I mention it because about two years ago, I looked at my business and I decided I wanted to make some changes. Here’s the never-before-told story of how that happened. What I Was…
  • How to Build Killer Company Culture – with former Zappos Exec Robert Richman [New Podcast]

    John Corcoran
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
    You’ve heard of Zappos, right? Zappos started out as a shoe company but based off its’ legendary reputation for customer service, it became a billion-dollar company which was eventually acquired by Tony Hsieh, the founder of Zappos, brought in my guest Robert Richman as a “culture strategist” to turn the Zappos culture and service into a business itself. They created Zappos Insights – a “business to business” offshoot of Zappos which has trained thousands of companies in culture, engagement, customer service, leadership and innovation. Robert grew the business…
  • How Building Relationships Saved Me in Afghanistan, Again and Again

    John Corcoran
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    This is a guest post from Ryan McRae, creator of, where he teaches people to kill it when presenting.  He worked for a year in Afghanistan trying to figure out the direction of his life, and he figured out a lot more. I remember getting off the plane in Jalalabad, Afghanistan at Forward Operating Base Fenty, wondering if I’d made the biggest mistake of my life. Four months previously, I had burned out of my career as a Resident Director at my university, and I jumped at the chance to train soldiers when a technology company recruited me. My burnout was so epic that…
  • How to Make Yourself Memorable by Creating Your Own Personal Connection Story

    John Corcoran
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    If you were at a cocktail party and you had just met Amanda Marko, the conversation might go something like this. At Christmastime last year, Amanda was talking to her sister at her family’s home in Cincinnati when her six-year-old niece, Evelyn, came walking up. “My sister told me that Evelyn had recently become pen pals with our cousin’s daughter,” says Marko. “I thought that was so cool.” Amanda’s sister then reminded her that Amanda had also exchanged correspondence with numerous pen pals throughout their childhood. “The funny thing was, she was right,” says Marko.
  • SBR58: Derek Coburn: Why Networking is Broken — and What to Do About It

    John Corcoran
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Derek Coburn is a man who knows a thing or two about the importance of relationships. He’s a financial advisor for high net-worth individuals, he’s an entrepreneur, and he’s an author of the great book Networking Is Not Working. He finds that explaining all of these roles can be confusing. “Often times we get caught up in trying to be clever and it ends up not communicating what we do,” says Coburn. Instead, Coburn recommends keeping things simple and relevant to the person you are talking to by asking them questions first. “By learning more about the person I am talking to first…
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    Project Exponential

  • Make today uncomfortable

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The most memorable moments involve some sort of discomfort; the greatest achievements celebrated because they’re a result of sacrifice and trial. Think: marathons, diplomas, childbirth. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s Everest ascent. Malala Yousafzai. Countless others. “Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.” – Napoleon Hill Don’t shy away from the difficult. When you find yourself struggling, uncomfortable, even angry, run into it.
  • The art of the pitch

    14 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    I’m not an investor or angel, but I recently received an email from a stranger looking to raise significant funds for his seafood company. This eager entrepreneur quickly launched into the background of his fish farm, detailing his motivation and financial goals. In his excitement, he failed to do background research on my work and interests. While I can’t claim I’ve secured millions for a start-up (yet…), I’ve raised my fair share for causes and organizations, conferences and seminars. I’ve successfully procured hard cash, in-kind partnerships,…
  • Hard times are gifts.

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:57 am
    There are moments you’re sick or tired or bored. You’re not sure whether to stick or quit. It’s unclear whether progress is being made. Patterns seem hardwired, destined to repeat. Nothing makes sense, and the future is uncertain. You’re questioning your work, your decisions, the motives of people around you. You’re questioning yourself. These are the defining moments. This is when you find your passion and what really matters.
  • How I screwed up (anxieties of an entrepreneur)

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:23 am
    The following is taken from an interview with Jahan Mantin. For the original article, click here. In the beginning I didn’t have my story straight. I knew there was value in getting certain people into a room to share and learn from each other, but I didn’t know how to articulate it. In my mind, the story and its importance was perfectly clear. My intuition of human dynamics and relationships was always on target. But the business side was lacking. I had to thrash and experiment and test formulas to make it sustainable. It didn’t happen overnight. I didn’t come from a business…
  • Power pack: 5 questions

    23 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    I use questions to help my clients uncover their best selves, whether it is work or personal goals they are after. I’m sharing five here in hopes they spark your own journey: How are you different, what can you do that no one else can? What do people ask from you? (clients, family, friends, organizations, managers) What one word embodies your vision, your company, your principles? What top two dreams are current priorities? Tomorrow you wake up and everything is as it should be — simply perfect. What does this look like? From relationships to work to home to money. Get…
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    Mission Mode

  • Business Disruption Risks Increase in Hong Kong

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Over the last three months, nearly 20 percent of countries have seen an increase in business disruption, and Hong Kong led the pack with the largest increase over the last quarter according to the Civil Unrest Index (CUI), a quarterly survey of 197 companies conducted by the risk analytics company Maplecroft. Risk management professionals should monitor and plan for the potential complications that these events may pose to their businesses. Unrest in Hong Kong Hong Kong is now classified as high risk according to the index. If the last few... Read More The post Business Disruption Risks…
  • Emergency Preparedness: U.S. and an Ebola Outbreak

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    The estimated economic impact of an Ebola outbreak that extends beyond the borders of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is calculated by the World Bank to be $32.6 billion by the end of 2015, which obviously doesn’t account for the human pain and suffering endured by victims and their loved ones from the deadly disease. Now that Americans face the threat of Ebola on U.S. soil and other countries are at risk, this estimate will likely spiral upward. So, how ready is America for an Ebola outbreak? According to a... Read More The post Emergency Preparedness: U.S. and an Ebola Outbreak appeared…
  • Gartner Hype Cycle Report: Crisis and Incident Management Software

    13 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    When the world’s business leaders seek out information technology insight, they turn to the research and recommendations of the leading technology analyst, Gartner. Gartner analyzes and interprets topics of interest for IT, business and government agency leaders. Recently, Gartner explored crisis and incident management software in a Business Continuity Management and IT Disaster Recovery Management Gartner Hype Cycle. They observed that while these tools are still in the mid-stage of adoption (approximately 20% of businesses using incident management software) they can be highly useful…
  • MissionMode’s Readiness Survey: Assess Your Organization’s Crisis Preparedness

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    As part of our continued commitment to help organizations improve overall crisis preparedness, we unveiled our MissionMode Readiness Survey to attendees at the Disaster Recovery Journal’s Fall World event in San Diego, CA this month. After taking the Readiness Survey, your organization will have a solid indicator—Your Readiness Number—on where it stands in terms of overall preparedness as well as some tips on how to improve your score. “We created the Readiness Survey to provide a quick and easy way to help organizations identify opportunities for improved preparedness whether…
  • FBI Issues Data Breach Warning to Healthcare Companies

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    Hackers have found a new and very lucrative target: healthcare industry companies. The data breach issue is so troubling that the FBI just issued a federal law enforcement bulletin to healthcare industry companies warning of “malicious actors targeting healthcare-related systems”. Pervasive Problem Last year, the healthcare industry accounted for 44 percent of all breaches according to the Identity Theft Resource Center, making it the first time the healthcare industry surpassed all other industries in this measure. In contrast, the financial services industry represented just 3.7 percent…
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    Currency News: UK daily forex news

  • Best Pound to Canadian Dollar & Norwegian Krone Exchange Rates as Oil Price Tumbles

    John Cameron
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    &lt;h2&gt;The Pound vs Canadian Dollar hits best exchange rate levels since August 2014 as Crude Oil price falls. GBP to Norwegian Krone forecasts to fall.&lt;/h2&gt; <br> <br>&lt;img style=&quot;float:left;background:#f0f0f0;padding:5px; margin:10px 10px 10px 0;&quot; width=&quot;200&quot; src=&quot;/img-news/image-gbp-nok-20-10-2014.jpg&quot; alt=&quot;oil price falls and gbp vs aud nok&quot;&gt;The price of a barrel of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil sank to its lowest level for over four years during the middle…
  • Pound Sterling to Aus Dollar (GBP/AUD) Exchange Rate Softer Today as 'Aussie' Gains Continue

    Toni Johnson
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    &lt;h2&gt;On Monday the British Pound was bearish against the Australian Dollar (GBP/AUD) as the Aussie recouped last week’s losses.&lt;/h2&gt; <br> <br>&lt;img style=&quot;float:left;background:#f0f0f0;padding:5px; margin:10px 10px 10px 0;&quot; width=&quot;200&quot; src=&quot;/img-news/image-gbp-aud-20-10-2014.jpg&quot; alt=&quot;pound to aus dollar&quot;&gt;Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Assistant Governor Christopher Kent called on Australian citizens to work until later in their lives on Monday in an attempt to…
  • Canadian Dollar: GBP to CAD Exchange Rate Maintains Gains Despite Data Came in on Forecast

    James Fuller
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    &lt;h2&gt;The Pound to Canadian Dollar exchange rate (GBP/CAD) was holding onto earlier gains on Monday despite the release of surprisingly positive data out of the North American nation.&lt;/h2&gt; <br> <br>&lt;img style=&quot;float:left;background:#f0f0f0;padding:5px; margin:10px 10px 10px 0;&quot; width=&quot;200&quot; src=&quot;/img-news/image-gbp-cad-20-10-2014.jpg&quot; alt=&quot;canadian dollar rate today&quot;&gt;Trade in general was fairly muted as traders took a breather following last week’s hectic period of…
  • Pound vs Euro Near-Term Forecast Improves On UK Data; GBP/EUR Climbs

    John Cameron
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    &lt;h2&gt;More Bad News For The Euro (EUR) exchange rate&lt;/h2&gt; <br> <br>&lt;img style=&quot;float:left;background:#f0f0f0;padding:5px; margin:10px 10px 10px 0;&quot; width=&quot;200&quot; src=&quot;/img-news/image-gbp-aud-19-10-2014.jpg&quot; alt=&quot;pound vs euro exchange rate forecast&quot;&gt;There was further bad news for the euro (currency:EUR) at the end of last week following the publication of the latest set of weekly data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on Friday. <br> <br>The…
  • Forex Forecasts: Pound Sterling vs Euro, US Dollar, Australian Dollar Predictions for Weeks Ahead

    John Cameron
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    &lt;h2&gt;Our leading analyst walks us through the near-term exchange rate forecast for the Pound Sterling (GBP) vs the euro (EUR), US Dollar (USD) and the Australian Dollar (AUD) below.&lt;/h2&gt; <br> <br>&lt;img style=&quot;float:left;background:#f0f0f0;padding:5px; margin:10px 10px 10px 0;&quot; width=&quot;200&quot; src=&quot;/img-news/image-eur-usd-19-10-2014.jpg&quot; alt=&quot;pound sterling forecasts&quot;&gt;A grave warning from outgoing European Commission President could hold back the POUND STERLING (currency:GBP)…
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    The Portfolio Partnership

  • The Secret of Life (and business) is Simplicity

    Ian Smith
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    A few years ago the WSJ ran an article titled “Speech of the Year” which highlighted a speech delivered by Jackson Hole, a Bank of England regulator. The thesis of his speech? The dog and the frisbee. Basically Jackson explained, border collies can often catch frisbees better than people, because the dogs by necessity have to keep it simple. He went onto explain that banking regulations are way too complex to be effective. For example as Bear Stearns was about to rescued in 2008, it was actually compliant with complex regulations. Complex regulations but clearly ineffective. Now I’m not…
  • New HR Bootcamp

    Ian Smith
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    One of my portfolio companies HR Knowledge is running another of their superb HR Bootcamps. This is a great event for all HR professionals but especially those new to the role and non HR professionals (business owners, managers and front-line supervisors) who have HR-related responsibilities. Here are the key deliverables: Basic Principles of HR Management Effective and Compliant Interviewing and Hiring Essential Federal and MA Regulatory Compliance Identifying Problem Employees HR “Every Day”: Coaching, Employee Development, Performance Management Essentials of Proper Employee…
  • The Secret of Where 141 Million Americans Are Employed (& why I blog)

    Ian Smith
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    I started blogging in 2008. I wanted to share some hard lessons I’d learned after 30 years in business (maybe training to be an accountant shouldn’t count)! Of course gradually a few people started following the blog. Slowly a few more people passed it on and now it attracts a readership in the thousands with a 15% open rate. It’s led to great clients, speaking gigs, a little book and with 450 posts, hopefully a little knowledge transfer on how to scale businesses. I’m scaling three businesses at present so no more new clients for a while! So why do I continue to blog?
  • So You’ve Just Raised $20m Now What?

    Ian Smith
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Scaling a private company without an injection of capital is tough. Waiting for each new sale to generate cash, to allow the business to invest in new hires, new systems, and new technology is tough. So if you’ve successfully raised $1m or $20m or more, you can immediately execute. But what’s the priority of events. Here is a little set of guidelines for new management teams, or a health check for the seasoned professional team. Focus on the client. Get product/service in their hands. Work out the structure of your company based on keeping the clients happy. That will mean different…
  • Building the Perfect 2015 Budget!

    Ian Smith
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    A classic post from last year tweaked. For many management teams the months of October and November represents the Budget sign off time. However they are so often badly done. Frankly they are recklessly compiled representing the classic “hope over experience” document instead of an operational blueprint. First definitions: a Budget is a set of rigorously thought through policy statements translated into a Financial Plan that you believe at the time is deliverable. The Budget is for you and your team to run the business better, to execute in a controlled, repeatable style and…
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    Kathryn Welds | Curated Research and Commentary

  • “Default Mode Network”, Positive Mood Increase Creative Problem Solving

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sigmund Freud “Aimless engagement” in an activity can enable a non-linear, integrative “free association” of ideas leading to creative breakthroughs, confirmed Drexel University’s John Kounios. Graham Wallas Many people recognize this experience of creative “incubation” while performing routine, well-rehearsed tasks, though they may not be aware that nearly 90 years ago, Graham Wallas of London School of Economics proposed this phenomenon one of four stages in the creativity process. Michael D Greicius The brain’s posterior cingulate cortex (PCC) and ventral anterior cingulate…
  • “High-Commitment” Workplaces Enhance Creative Problem Solving, Innovation

    8 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Organizations recognize the importance of continuous innovation to grow revenues, and often turn to human resources programs to ensure that employees produce their most creative work. Richard E. Walton As a result, many organizations have experimented with “high-commitment work systems (HCWS)” described by Harvard’s Richard E. Walton, as a “lever” to exert greater control over employee productivity, retention, and innovation. Typically, high-commitment employee benefits are intended to demonstrate the organization’s commitment to the employee to elicit reciprocal commitment and…
  • Leader Self-Efficacy Beliefs Determine Impact of Challenging Work Assignments

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Stephen Courtright “High potential” employees are often given “stretch assignments” to expand their organizational knowledge, skills, and contacts. Amy Colbert The individual’s “leadership self-efficacy (LSE)” expectations about personal capability to master the challenge and deliver “successful” outcomes determine the actual results, reported Texas A&M’s Stephen H. Courtright, Amy E. Colbert of University of Iowa, and Daejeong Choi of University of Melbourne in their four month study of more than 150 managers and 600 directors at a Fortune 500 financial services…
  • “Surface Acting” At Work Leads to Stress Spillover

    24 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    David Wagner Employers, employees, and benefits providers recognize that experiences at work can affect employees’ quality of life outside of work, leading to increasing availability of work-life programs including Employee Assistance Programs, on-site medical centers, concierges, meals, and fitness centers in the US. Christopher Barnes When employees mask their true feelings in work situations, they may engage in “surface acting” — or displaying appropriate, but unfelt facial expressions, verbal interactions, and body language. Brent Scott Surface acting at work was associated…
  • Ask a Narcissist

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Confidence is correlated with career effectiveness and advancement. However when people exhibit “too much of a good thing,” their behavior may seem “narcissistic.” Jean Twenge The narcissistic personality is characterized by: Inflated views of the self Grandiosity Self-focus, vanity Self-importance, according to San Diego State University’s Jean M. Twenge, with Sara Konrath and Brad J. Bushman of University of Michigan, collaborating with University of South Alabama’s Joshua D. Foster, and Keith Campbell of University of Georgia. -*How do you determine if someone is a narcissist?
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    Mr Dashboard

  • Traditional Costing vs Activity Based Costing

    11 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Effective cost analysis allows organizations to identify all costs related to doing business. When costs are allocated to particular products, departments, activities, services, customers, etc. managers can improve their knowledge and understanding of the real cost structure. As a result, management is capable of making informed decisions such as how to price certain service, how to organize certain activities and how to serve certain customer...
  • 5 Best Practices for Better Accounts Receivable Management

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:46 pm
    AR Management and Reporting in Excel - Every smart manager recognizes the difference between making profit and collecting cash from customers. Cash flow unfortunately is different than sales and profits. The way you manage your accounts receivables has a huge impact on your bottom line. In every business there are good paying customers and slow paying customers – the later consumes great amount of your cash and your time. In addition good paying customers are predictable...
  • Marketing System For Small Business Owners, Entrepreneurs And Professionals

    4 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    How To Increase Sales, Find New Customers, Generate Leads And Grow Your Business. Small business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals are now able to understand marketing and learn how to develop winning marketing systems. When you read the marketing leverage program: Invest 2 hours of your time, go through all the materials, read and make notes on how you can apply each strategy and tactic to your own business. Use the forms to brainstorm a list of simple ideas you can implement in your company ASAP. In 2 hours you will have many ideas and concepts to choose from based on your business,…
  • Marketing System Components: How Reliable Is Your Current Marketing?

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    Is your marketing system diversified? Do you rely only on one or two channels for lead generation, publicity and selling? This kind of marketing is risky because you rely on 1 or 2 channels which are outside of your control – the cost, reach and quality of these channels can change at any time (this is what happens daily these days with social media marketing). Thousands of companies that used to rely on Google as the only lead generation platform went out of business...
  • Project Estimation Techniques and Tips

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Estimating your project is one of the most important stages in the project planning process. In order to create decent project plan budgeting, estimating and financial analysis is critical for success. This is important for the success of the project as well as for getting support on the project from various stakeholders within your company. After all, one of the first things most people ask after they hear about a new / potential project is – How much will the project cost?
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    Zintro Blog

  • Inquiry Roundup – Automobile Industry

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Automotive PPAP Looking for a testifying expert in a piece of litigation regarding PPAP standards and procedures. Issue involves a dispute between a Tier I automotive supplier and a Tier II automotive supplier View Inquiry Drivetrain Seeking experts in matters related to driveline/drivetrain technology. Looking for information in regards to future technologies and research initiatives of lead suppliers of drivetrain products to OEMs. View Inquiry Truck Manufacturing We would like to speak with manufacturers of commercial trucks that service the oil and gas industry. In the conversation we…
  • Comcast Battles Netflix and Discovery Communications

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Comcast Corp. has received criticism by companies like Netflix and Discovery Communications Inc. for its $45.2 billion bid for Time Warner Cable Inc. last February. Netlix has opposed the deal because it want Comcast to be prevented from charging for the streamer’s Web traffic. Discovery has argued that the merger would reduce the number of independent voices among programmers. Comcast defended the proposed deal to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a recent filing. Comcast argued that it won’t interfere with competition and will allow the new company to invest more in its…
  • Study Questions FDA Decisions for Medical Devices

    14 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Last month Zintro experts discussed a drive within the medical devices industry to develop consumer-friendly heart devices for the aging population. One example is the Reveal Linq, a $5,000 device made by Medtronic Inc. that is the size of a paperclip. It records heart abnormalities when inserted underneath the skin of a patient’s chest. Michael Plishka, President of ZenStorming, responded to the discussion. “We will see more of this as sensor and wireless transmission technologies continue to advance, and their costs continue to drop. Decreases in size and power requirements means more…
  • Blackberry Releases Passport for Professionals Part 2

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    We recently discussed the release of Blackberry’s new square-screened Passport phone with Zintro experts in the industry. The Passport is the first major device introduced globally by the company since John Chen was named Chief Executive Officer last November. The smartphone, which is geared to professionals, is one example of how Blackberry is concentrating on providing higher-margin services for corporations. We received additional responses from Zintro experts about the release. Quinton Crenshaw is a Senior Partner at Purity Technology, LLC, where he works with large enterprises to solve…
  • “Why Most Consultants Bite!” Presented by David A. Fields

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    Zintro Webinar Presented by David A. Fields, Managing Director at The Ascendant Consortium. Author, speaker and consultant specializing in maximizing the ROI from consulting engagements. Presenter’s Note: “Don’t waste another dime on an outside expert that overpromises and under-delivers. In this practical, consultant-reveals-all webinar, you’ll learn why standard RFPs and most purchasing practices virtually guarantee a dismal outcome from hired guns. More importantly, you’ll walk away knowing the six questions you must answer before talking a consultant; the only three…
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    Sensei Marketing

  • Owning the Customer Experience is a Marketing Function

    Sam Fiorella
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    The landscape in which businesses operate has changed dramatically in modern times, yet the roles of marketing executives and departments have been slow to change. According to consulting firm Deloitte, the influence and agenda of marketing executives have expanded, yet their organizational context has not fully caught up — they often have only indirect input on many of the critical customer and marketing-related decisions enterprises need to make. Navigating these tensions is what today’s chief marketing officers (CMOs) face. Clearly, there’s a conflict at the core of marketing…
  • The Friday Trifecta: Starbucks, Coke, and Southwest Airlines [Case Study]

    Sam Fiorella
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This is the first in a weekly series of articles that will highlight three marketing case studies that have captured the attention of the Sensei Marketing team and should capture yours as well. This week’s theme is corporate branding. 1. Starbucks Launches First Brand Campaign Starbucks has always shined a light on its products – never its brand –  in advertising campaigns. Until now. For the first time, Starbucks has launched a brand campaign titled “Meet Me at Starbucks,” which features a six-minute documentary-style video about the day in the life of Starbucks. The mini…
  • Crowdsourcing: Customers Don’t Always Know Best

    Sam Fiorella
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    In 1985, the Coca-Cola Company, in a move that is still hotly debated today, concocted a new Coke recipe in hopes of reinvigorating interest in its number-one selling soft drink. Logic dictates that when a product is number one, you don’t mess with it.  The problem, however, was that Coke’s market share had declined to only 24% in 1983, down from a commanding 60% in 1945.  Competition from rival Pepsi was steadily eroding Coke’s dominance in the now famous cola war. As a result, in 1985, almost 99 years after Dr. John Pemberton first created the Coke formula, the company scrapped the…
  • Planned Spontaneity: Twitter’s New Advertising Program

    Sam Fiorella
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    AdAge conducted an interview with Ross Hoffman, Twitter’s director of brand strategy, that revealed the social network’s plans to, well, plan social engagement spontaneity.  A program called Hatch is a new initiative within Twitter’s ad team, which is essentially a stable of marketers that work with brand advertisers to plan ad campaigns months in advance of major events such as the Grammys, or more local events like product launches.  In short, it looks forward to times where Twitter’s activity volume around a specific topic will be high and creates strategies that will help brand…
  • The Principle of Reciprocity and Influence Marketing

    Sam Fiorella
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    Within the study of the psychology of relationships is a principle called reciprocity, which speaks to the human need (and tendency) to want to give something back when something is received.  People feel a sense of obligation to do something for you when you’ve done something for them. Reciprocity affects us every day.  Have you ever: Invited someone to your wedding because they invited you to theirs; bought a Christmas gift for someone because they bought one for you; donated money to an organization or subscribed to a magazine/newspaper because they offered a free gift? When done…
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    Procurement Bulletin Website

  • Amazon Works With Manufacturers and Consumers to Offer Customizable 3D Products

    Vincent Po
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Image via Flickr by fdecomite According to the Wall Street Journal, “Amazon announced Monday [July 28] the launch of the 3D Printed Products store (, a marketplace that gives customers access to more than 200 unique print on-demand products, many that can be customized by material, size, styles and color variations, and personalized with text and image imprints. The new store is one of the largest online destinations to discover 3D printed products featuring convenient search tools, interactive 3D preview functionality and a product personalization…
  • Planes, Trains and Energy Deals: China’s Visit to Brazil

    Vincent Po
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Image via Flickr by Corvair Owner China, Brazil and Peru could soon work together to build a railway transportation system. Talks of the system, which will run from the Peruvian Pacific coast to the Brazilian Atlantic coast, concluded on July 23 after a visit that involved the signing of multiple trade-related deals.The trip also included China’s president Xi Jinping’s signing of a South American agreement regarding energy infrastructure and the sales of around 60 Brazilian planes. According to The Wall Street Journal, “China and Brazil signed a number of deals on Thursday,…
  • The International Business of Off-Price Retail

    Vincent Po
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
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    15 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
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  • Fruit Grower and Packager Voluntarily Recalls Allegedly Contaminated Fruit

    Vincent Po
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Image via Flickr by Muffet According to the Washington Times, “Fruit sold at Costco, Trader Joe’s, Wal-Mart and Kroger groceries has been subjected to a voluntary recall by the Wawona Packing Co., after authorities found evidence that the produce may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.”Although the grocers have taken these products off the shelves, the nationwide U.S. food chains, along with the Wawona Packing Co., have listed news of the recall on their respective websites, warning consumers of related fruits in their home. The alleged U.S. contamination…
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    Project Management Resources

  • How To Get Your Project Team To Share Feedback

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    "How's your meal?" asked the waiter when my family and I were out for lunch last week. We replied that it was very good and we ordered some more water for the table. Restaurants often ask their staff to check with diners during a meal it's the easiest way to get feedback and it probably increases sales as well as it gives people the opportunity to order extra side dishes or more drinks. While I didn't think about work too deeply during our lunch it did jog my memory about a conversation I'd had with a colleague a few days before.I had been talking to another project manager and he confessed…
  • Easy Ways To Build Your Self-Confidence As A Project Manager

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Having a bit of a crisis of confidence? It happens to us all especially when we start out in our careers. Project management is a very challenging job at times and it often involves working with people who are a lot more experienced and expert than you are. So it isn't surprising that sometimes project managers feel as if they don't know what they are doing and that they don't have confidence in their own abilities.While you might not be able to help feeling like that you can do something about it! Here are some easy ways to build your self-confidence as a project manager.Know The FactsOne of…
  • 6 Steps For Building A Work Breakdown Structure

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    A Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is a chart representing all the work that needs to be done in order to complete the project. It doesn't include any details of time or the order of tasks it's effectively simply a list of activities in graphical format. If that sounds simple it is! But it's also really important for getting clarity about what the project will be delivering and what tasks the team has to manage.Work with your team to prepare the WBS as this should ensure that you don't leave anything out. Brainstorming together is a good way to come up with everything that needs to go on the…
  • How To Turbo Charge Your Project

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    I often see projects reported in the press with a delay the other day there was news about a government healthcare initiative that had been pushed back several months. In my experience choosing to delay a project doesn't happen all that often. Projects get delayed and have to launch later than expected due to problems but I don't often work with sponsors who voluntarily choose to push back the go live date for their projects! They tend to want things completed faster not more slowly and trying to meet these new dates is always a challenge.I can see why there are benefits to delivering a…
  • 3 Ways To Measure Progress

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    How do you know when you are done on your project? If you are painting a bridge it's pretty easy: you're done when you get to the other end and the whole bridge has been painted. It's also easy to see how much progress you have made as you can see how far the painters have got! But on many projects measuring progress is a lot harder. Do you do it by lines of code produced by the software developers? That's not ideal as often the fewer lines they write the better and cleaner the final product. So how about by days spent? That's not ideal either as the team could be spending a lot of time on…
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  • Quote of the Day – October 21, 2014 Editorial Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    “A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all.” – Michael LeBoeuf The post Quote of the Day – October 21, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • Quote of the Day – October 20, 2014 Editorial Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” – Albert Einstein The post Quote of the Day – October 20, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • 9 Stupid Interview Questions You Should Never Ask

    Ashtyn Douglas
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    They say there’s no such thing as a stupid question. But “they” are wrong. There are plenty. And when you ask silly things during the hiring process in particular, your hiring decision can be just as stupid as the questions asked. HR managers and small business owners usually ask the right questions. Questions like Why do you want to work for us? and Why did you leave your last job? But sometimes, interviewers get too creative and ask off-beat, sometimes offending and illegal questions. Here are some of those questions: “What is your favorite color?” Unless you’re hiring an art…
  • Quote of the Day – October 17, 2014 Editorial Staff
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    “Don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with your marketing.” – Mike Volpe The post Quote of the Day – October 17, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • Quote of the Day – October 16, 2014 Editorial Staff
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    “Consumers are probably the most effective consultants your company can hire.” -Unknown The post Quote of the Day – October 16, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
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    International Shipping, Moving Service in Boston MA

  • 5 Mistakes Your Should Avoid in International Shipping

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Neighborhood Parcel Leading International shipping, Moving, Ocean shipping and Document shredding service company in Boston MA When you need to ship overseas, navigating the many variables that determine how you get your package delivered on time and on budget can be a challenge. DHL, FedEx and UPS offer time sensitive international shipping service, and these companies are able to ship to over 220 world destinations within 48 hours. Certainly, sending parcels to distant locations will cost a fair amount of money. You or your company can meet shipping deadlines and save some money by avoiding…
  • International Shipping To France

    25 Sep 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Neighborhood Parcel Leading International shipping, Moving, Ocean shipping and Document shredding service company in Boston MA Whether you are shipping document, samples, personnel effects, crates or heavy machinery you are at the right place. Neighborhood Parcel provides the most reliable and the cheapest international shipping to France. International Shipping to France is now much easier with our Air Freight, Ocean Cargo and Express door-to-door services. You can choose service, get free rate quotes and monitor your shipment to ship to France on ship-to-France. The post International…
  • Shredding Household Documents

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Neighborhood Parcel Leading International shipping, Moving, Ocean shipping and Document shredding service company in Boston MA Home owners and home offices need to shred their personal documents for the same reasons large businesses do: To protect your credit, your privacy, your customers and it is required by State and Federal laws. At Neighborhood Parcel, we offer an affordable and convenient document shredding service to area residents and home offices in and around Boston MA and Nashua NH. Whether you live in Boston, Brooklyn, Quincy, Andover, Nashua NH, Salem MA or New Hampshire, we come…
  • 10 Reasons To Rent A Mailbox

    13 Sep 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Neighborhood Parcel Leading International shipping, Moving, Ocean shipping and Document shredding service company in Boston MA Neighborhood Parcel is an Authorized USPS Mailbox Holder, trusted for a decade to handle public mail securely and in compliance with U.S Postal rules and regulations. But why should you dish out the money to rent a Mailbox? here few reasons you should rent a mailbox from us: The post 10 Reasons To Rent A Mailbox appeared first on International Shipping, Moving Service in Boston MA.
  • How To Avoid Freight Shipping Pitfalls

    13 Sep 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Neighborhood Parcel Leading International shipping, Moving, Ocean shipping and Document shredding service company in Boston MA Freight shipping when done right can reduce your shipping cost by up to 75% but if not done right, you can kiss the savings goodbye! We understand that the rules and regulations of LTL freight shipping can sometimes seem overwhelming, even to the most seasoned person / shipper. For instance, you need to know how your product is defined by the freight industry (referred to as the product or freight’s NMFC), how to properly prepare your shipping documentation and how…
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    The Project Plan Blog

  • 7 Tips for Making it Through a Deposition

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Project managers get to do a lot of fun and exciting things. There are also a lot of miserable and excruciating things we get to do. One of these is getting caught up in the legal wrangling that may occur if a project is delayed over budget or otherwise not meeting expectations. The following provides some insight into how you can make it through such an event and get back to the fun and exciting things!Were all familiar with the interrogation scenes that play out on TV or in the movies. One lone guy sits in a chair with his hands tied behind his back. The room is dark except for a single…
  • Get Plan B ASAP OK?

    6 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Sometimes things fall into place just the way we planned. Other times they dont. If you always have a backup plan in the event something goes wrong youll be less stressed easier to get along with and someone people enjoy working with. The following discusses important areas where you should have a Plan B in place in case things go wrong. The project was moving into its final phasetraining. The software application had been redesigned from the ground up integrating the feedback and needs of the user community. Their suggestions and input had been instrumental and everyone was excited to learn…
  • The Good (and Bad) News about Project Managers

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    We all like to think that we bring value while managing projects. Rest assured most people that we work with find value in what we do as project managers. But there are going to be those times when we just might be getting in someones way and slowing them down. Find out what some of those good (and not so good) things are directly from people we work with. Stakeholder Management is a phrase we hear on a regular basis. Stakeholders are those people or groups who have a vested interest in the outcome of a project and range from being within as well as outside our companies. When we think of…
  • Powering Through a Change in Leadership as a Project Manager

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Change is part of what we manage as project managers and can be as small as a request for a new report or as massive as a layoff or change in company ownership. The following article offers some advice on what you can do to navigate through larger and possibly unexpected and unwelcome changes.If youve been driving for some time you probably take a lot of things for granted. For example you instinctively know what to do when you see a yield sign or need to change lanes or to gradually (or not so gradually) put on the brakes. Its almost like driving becomes a memorized motor skill that you dont…
  • It’s Amazing Anything Gets Done at All!

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    People love to talk especially about other people. This is all well and good until the negativity begins to creep into the performance of your projects. The following article uncovers some of the reasons why your resources may get wrapped up in trash talking and some things you can do to clean up their act!My job as a project manager requires that I travel at least a couple times a month. Sometimes its more sometimes its less. Right now its more than usual as the first quarter gets underway and clients are solidifying their annual plans. It also seems everyone else is on the move as flights…
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    Ideas to Compete

  • Four Factors That Impact Your Company's Speed to Innovation

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    I fell in love with a TED Talk the other day from director James Cameron, creator of the blockbuster films Avatar, Titanic, and Terminator. He said, “failure is an option but fear is not." Here's the TED Talk if you have a few minutes to feed the mind something good:
  • Three Common Competitive Intelligence Rules to Break

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Last month, I wrote on an article on three rules for competitive intelligence success, which covered best practices and approaches for doing CI. Soon after writing the article, the inverse of that idea came to me: what rules are commonly accepted, but actually hinder CI success? Sometimes, going “by the book” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Competitive intelligence, like any other discipline, is constantly changing and professionals must take time to assess if what they’re currently doing is actually beneficial. While every organization is different and requires…
  • How Competitive Intelligence Software Eases the ‘Fear of Missing Out’

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Ever get the fear that you’re missing out? That you could accidentally overlook something really important, even if you’re not sure what that something is? It isn’t just a passing feeling. It’s an actual psychological phenomenon. It’s called ‘fear of missing out’ (FOMO) and it’s become more pervasive as Internet-dependency has risen. While typically assigned to those who constantly check emails, text messages, and social media for social interaction or another type of satisfying experience, FOMO has the potential to seep from our personal lives…
  • Three Companies Using Data Privacy as a Competitive Advantage

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    The things you do online aren’t going unnoticed. In fact, when you’re online, you leave behind a trail of data that lets companies know what you did and where you’ve been. Whether you’re buying a book from Amazon, posting a Facebook status, or searching on Google for shoes, companies will sell this data or use it themselves so that you’ll get more targeted advertisements. By using search engines, social media, and email providers, among other sites, user data is clandestinely collected without most users knowing about it. Within the past year, however, ignorance…
  • Why Companies Should Become Learning Organizations

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    “Learning isn’t a means to an end; it is an end in itself.” - Robert Heinlein To survive in the physical and business world, learning is essential. Like animals, companies must also be able to absorb new information and act on it, or risk being wiped out by the elements or by a bigger, smarter predator. While some struggling companies can stay alive because of external factors, companies that embrace learning from the inside know how stay competitive and have the ability to innovate, not just adapt - this what it means to be a learning organization.  
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    Max Ruckman

  • The Art of Building Innovative Teams |

    Max Ruckman
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    At the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City, the early films of D. W. Griffith reside in a gallery adjacent to Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. MOMA’s Chief Curator of Film Rajendra Roy describes the placement as an “interesting dialogue between the birth of the narrative motion picture and the birth of abstraction in painting in the same [...]
  • Innovation Excellence | Innovation Psychology: Innovate like Leonardo da Vinci

    Max Ruckman
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    In recent blogs, I’ve talked about delivering breakthrough innovation by reapplying ideas from unexpected places, and how ‘innovation magic’ occurs at interfaces.  Today I want to focus on a personal passion, innovating at the interface between art and science. Many people today believe that science and art, like oil and water, do not mix.  However, many of the worlds’ greatest [...]
  • The Most Innovative Companies Don’t Worry About Consensus – Maxwell Wessel – Harvard Business Review

    Max Ruckman
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Consensus is a powerful tool. When CEOs set out to conquer new markets or undertake billion-dollar acquisitions, we’d hope they’d at least sought out some consensus from their trusted advisors. We hope they’d be as sure as possible that their teams are ready, that their strategies are sound, and that they’d done their diligence. The problem with consensus is that [...]
  • Advertising, Design Experts Weigh In on the Creative Brief – PSFK

    Max Ruckman
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Why do some creative projects create amazing results while others produce mediocre work? One key reason that is often cited is a weak creative brief. This is perhaps why Bassett&Partners; produced a short, nearly half-hour documentary titled Briefly capturing the informed thinking of various top creative experts including architects Frank Gehry, David Rockwell, Maira Kalman (renowned illustrator), Yves Béhar (product [...]
  • Six Obstacles That Hinder Your Creative Projects

    Max Ruckman
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:56 pm
    I have a lot of ideas in my head. And for the most part, that’s where they stay. Even if you have a deluge of great ideas, there are a lot of ways you might convince yourself not to pursue them. Here are six blocks I’ve faced with my own ideas, and how I overcame them. This post originally appeared [...]
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    NCTechNews -- North Carolina technology and business news

  • Precision Marketing Partners Helping Lifestyle Medical Center Spread the Word About Preventative Health and Well-Being Programs

    David Menzies
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:07 am
    RALEIGH & DURHAM, N.C. -- Precision Marketing Partners, a full-service marketing firm for the medical and healthcare industry, is pleased to announce it has been selected by Lifestyle Medical Center to provide inbound marketing, branding, creative design and strategic planning services for the Durham-based group and its health and well-being programs. Precision Marketing Partners will be redeveloping the website as part of a full marketing plan the firm is building, including social media, multimedia, and other proven-effective marketing tools to help attract…
  • Blackstone NC Program Director Kathryn James to Judge Cleantech Open Southeast Innovation Summit

    David Menzies
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    DURHAM, N.C. & ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- The Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network of North Carolina (Blackstone NC), a Triangle-based business cultivator focused on growing opportunity and strengthening economic development, is pleased to announce that Program Director Kathryn James will be a judge at the 3rd Annual Cleantech Open Southeast Regional Innovation Summit Oct. 22 – 23 in Alexandria, Virginia. James will help select up to three regional finalists who will be awarded with cash and in-kind services of up to $20,000 and gain eligibility to compete for the national grand prize of $200,000…
  • CommScope Partners with Ooredoo to Create a Smarter Data Center

    David Menzies
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:31 am
    DUBAI, UAE & HICKORY, N.C. -- CommScope, Inc., a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, was chosen to partner with Ooredoo at its Qatar data center in Mesaimeer to create a smarter data center by implementing innovative intelligent LED lighting and infrastructure solutions. Ooredoo implemented CommScope’s Redwood®, imVision® and SYSTIMAX® solutions to support a fully integrated, intelligent IT and facilities infrastructure at its data center. The technology enables Ooredoo to offer an efficient, high performance environment as part of its long-term…
  • Annice Brown Receives 2014 State Star Award

    David Menzies
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:28 am
    GRAPEVINE, TX & ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is pleased to announce Annice Brown of the Western Carolina University SBTDC office in Asheville as the 2014 State Star for North Carolina. Annice was awarded and honored during a ceremony at the America’s SBDC Annual Conference on September 9, 2014 at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Conference Center in Grapevine, Texas. During 12 years at the NC SBTDC, Brown has counseled over 528 women business owners and many more who were part of a team, such as husband-and-wife or partners.
  • Research Triangle Region Cleantech Cluster Members Ask Ellmers for Comprehensive Energy Approach

    David Menzies
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- Smart grid member companies from the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster asked U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC-02) recently to promote a comprehensive energy approach that supports domestic production of both renewable and fossil fuel resources to help the nation achieve energy independence. Ellmers, whose district includes many Research Triangle Region counties, requested a briefing on the region’s smart grid cluster following her September launch of a bipartisan Grid Innovation Caucus in the House of Representatives with U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA-09).
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    Newsfile Corp News Releases

  • IIROC Trade Resumption - Donnycreek Energy Inc.

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - October 21, 2014) - Trading resumes in: Company: Donnycreek Energy Inc. TSX-V Symbol: DCK Resumption Time (ET): 09:15     IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension of trading in a security of a publicly listed company, usually in anticipation of a material news announcement by the company. Trading halts are issued based on the principle that all investors should have the same timely access to important company information. IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all investment dealers and…
  • IIROC Trade Resumption - Cogitore Resources Inc.

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - October 21, 2014) - Trading resumes in: Company: Cogitore Resources Inc. TSX-V Symbol: WOO Resumption Time (ET): 09:30     IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension of trading in a security of a publicly listed company, usually in anticipation of a material news announcement by the company. Trading halts are issued based on the principle that all investors should have the same timely access to important company information. IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all investment dealers and…
  • IIROC Trade Resumption - Energy Leaders Plus Income Fund

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - October 21, 2014) - Trading resumes in: Company: Energy Leaders Plus Income Fund TSX Symbol: HPF.UN (all issues) Resumption Time (ET): 09:00     IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension of trading in a security of a publicly listed company, usually in anticipation of a material news announcement by the company. Trading halts are issued based on the principle that all investors should have the same timely access to important company information. IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all investment…
  • IIROC Trade Halt - Donnycreek Energy Inc.

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - October 21, 2014) - The following issues have been halted by IIROC: Company:  Donnycreek Energy Inc. TSX-V Symbol: DCK Reason: Pending Company Contact Halt Time (ET) 08:35     IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension of trading in a security of a publicly listed company, usually in anticipation of a material news announcement by the company. Trading halts are issued based on the principle that all investors should have the same timely access to important company information. IIROC is the national self-regulatory…
  • IIROC Trade Resumption - Yorbeau Resources Inc.

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - October 21, 2014) - Trading resumes in: Company: Yorbeau Resources Inc. TSX Symbol: YRB.A (all issues) Resumption Time (ET): Open     IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension of trading in a security of a publicly listed company, usually in anticipation of a material news announcement by the company. Trading halts are issued based on the principle that all investors should have the same timely access to important company information. IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all investment dealers and…
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  • A Cyber Security Toolkit For Your Small Business

    Jeremy Jensen
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    The post A Cyber Security Toolkit For Your Small Business appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. As unfortunate as it may be to say, 2013 marked a monumental year in data breaches, mainly for businesses that weren’t prepared with the necessary level of cyber security. According to Symantec’s annual Internet Security Threat Report there was a 493% increase in stolen identities since 2012, amounting to over 550 million affected customers. Many remember recent headlines involving breaches in Apple’s iCloud, but most of us will never hear about the smaller targets…
  • SSLv3 Security Vulnerability aka POODLE

    Patrick Pelanne
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:27 pm
    The post SSLv3 Security Vulnerability aka POODLE appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. Tonight Google announced a flaw in the design of SSL v3. We have been tracking this issue after we heard whisperings in private security circles last week. Upon disclosure of the details we began remediating immediately. The vast majority of end users should not experience any issues as a result of the changes we’re making. In fact, Google estimates this change will affect less than 1% of the internet. (The SSL 3.0 protocol is almost 15 years old but has remained in place to support users…
  • Which Is Easier To Learn, Java Or Python?

    Natalie Lehrer
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    The post Which Is Easier To Learn, Java Or Python? appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. When it comes to learning an object-oriented programming language, you might consider starting with either Python or Java. While Python can be more user-friendly than Java, as it has a more intuitive coding style, both languages do have their unique advantages for developers and end users. However, if you are just beginning your path towards a programming career, you might want to start by learning Python, as it is less complex. On the other hand, you will be ahead of many of your colleagues…
  • Scheduling Hassles Are Disappearing

    Brandi Bennett
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    The post Scheduling Hassles Are Disappearing appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. Scheduling Scheduling matters. It’s a concept that everyone is made aware of from an early age; first with working to make sure that you’re up and dressed and ready to go for school on time, and later as a busy entrepreneur, a seasoned CEO, or as a new start-up owner. It doesn’t matter what your position is in the world, from the time that you’re old enough to go to school, you have a basic concept of what a schedule is, and that you’re supposed to be on one. As you get older, these…
  • Performance Testing: Latency, Load, Stress, or Soak?

    Natalie Lehrer
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    The post Performance Testing: Latency, Load, Stress, or Soak? appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. How well does your web hosting perform? Are you sending web pages in a timely way to visitors to your site? Is your application correctly handling simultaneous requests? Do you actually know what can be measured – and which measures are relevant to your situation? Web hosting performance testing can give you valuable information that can let you keep visitors longer on your site, make sure you can accept the right number of simultaneous visitors, handle overload situations and…
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  • Entrepreneurs: Leaders and Managers

    Gene Marino
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    For all the entrepreneurs, business owners, and top-level executives out there, you’ve probably thought about which bucket you fall into most often: manager or leader? The importance of each, even the debate over which carries more weight, isn’t new. In my position, I’m often tasked with examining businesses, meeting their management team, and deciding when to partner with a company and when to pass. When businesses have inspiring leadership willing to take risks and listen to the people around them, I’m much more likely to be interested. Thankfully, managers and leaders are not…
  • Visionary and Integrator: It takes both to grow a company!

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Before I go too far into the discussion on our most recent episode of The Second Stage, I’d like to paint the picture of the “Visionary” and “Integrator” roles within an organization as described by our guest, Mark Winters, Entrepreneur and Certified Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) Implementer. In short, the Visionary of a business is typically the founding entrepreneur, the idea engine, big picture thinker, great at solving large complex problems. Opposite the Visionary is the Integrator, who has the unique ability to integrate the major functions in an organization, get…
  • Take Action: Identify Road Blocks & Create a Plan for Success

    Brendan Anderson
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    The 5 Pillars of Business Freedom Entrepreneurs and the small businesses they champion often face the same paradox – a clear understanding of their goals and where they want to be, but a hesitation with how to craft a tactical action plan that will get them there. Achieving business success can feel like an abstract idea and forging a path to get there? Even more difficult to make sense of. At Evolution Capital Partners, our methodology for business success couldn’t be more simple. Implementing our 5 Pillars of Business Freedom will not only help you better understand the current state of…
  • Invest in your people – value creation is a direct result

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    As we have discussed on multiple occasions on The Second Stage, your people are your biggest asset! So how do you invest in this asset to help grow your organization? This is the question discussed with our guest, Mr. Rich Manders, Founder & CEO of Third Eye Coaching, on last week’s show. The first discussion point we cover with Rich is around when it makes sense to begin making that investment in your people. Mr. Manders suggests that it is time to begin implementing a formal training and development program after the start-up phase, when the organization begins to have true functional…
  • Innovation in Established Businesses, Where to Start

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Entrepreneurship and Innovation typically go hand in hand as one creates a product or service, but can sometimes get lost as one establishes and then begins to grow their business. During this week’s interview on The Second Stage with guest, Dr. Jeff DeGraff, we discuss the importance of innovation and how business owners can not only jumpstart their company, but how they can use existing momentum to their advantage. Entrepreneurs are no stranger to failure and Dr. DeGraff notes during our discussion how one can use these experiences to teach the key people surrounding them within their…
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    Vineet Gupta

  • Naved from Radio Mirchi trolls Pakistan Minister Yaqoob Sherwani

    Vineet Gupta
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    Since the day Pakistan minister – Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has made idiotic comment that he will take every inch of Kashmir, he has fulfilled his aim of being in news, but for all wrong reasons. RJ Naved from Radio Mirchi, Delhi decided to call Pakistan Minister Yaqoob Sherwani and taught his a lesson. You will Love this Audio Conversations between Naved & Yaqoob Sherwani   I get Goosebumps hearing the above conversation, how about you?? Share it More…
  • 3 Steps Formula for Success in Network Marketing Business

    Vineet Gupta
    6 Sep 2013 | 3:00 am
    There are many theories defined to get success in network marketing by so many people out there. And the funny thing is you don’t know whether people who are trying to teach you are actually doing network marketing business themselves or not & if yes are they themselves successful. Today I will share a simple 3 steps formula for you to get success in network marketing business. Before sharing it let me be very clear.. Only knowledge cannot help you, you need to take ACTION to Succeed Network Marketing Business Success Formula # 1 – LEARN If you are not open & willing to learn the…
  • You Need a Break from Your Work, Let’s Party ;)

    Vineet Gupta
    2 Sep 2013 | 1:00 am
    Are you the one who keeps crying for the business all the time? Whenever you talk with your team you only talk about the business? Are you that weird bloke to whom people don’t greet with open heart? Or you are the one with whom people love to spend their time with? My friend it will depend how you approach your business & life. It’s important for you personally as well as professionally to chill out. Why it’s Important to chill out: Personal Reason If you will keep yourself pressurized with business all the time, you are bound to get burnt out, i.e. sooner or later you will spoil…
  • What is Network Marketing Posture & Why it’s Important?

    Vineet Gupta
    29 Aug 2013 | 3:00 am
    When you interact with people for network marketing business, the way you interact with them defines your mindset & posture. Network marketing posture means either you are in a “giving state of mind” or “taking state of mind” while interacting with the prospects & your team. Network Marketing Posture: Giving State of Mind (You are a Giver) This is the right frame of mind while interacting with your prospects or even team. You are always a giver in network marketing business. Whenever you indulge in the business activity always talk with pride. You are not asking for money for…
  • How Social Media Can Help You Interact With the Customers

    Sonia Jackson
    23 Aug 2013 | 8:00 am
    Social media is based around and powered by its users. This is probably why so many companies have such a poor conversion rate on the social media networks. They are trying to promote something on a network that is not suitable for it. If you play to the strengths of the social media networks, then you are going to have far more success. That is where the idea of interacting with your customers on social media comes into play. If your interaction is based on interaction alone, then you may be able to slip a subtle agenda into play. You can set up a Facebook wall especially as an FAQ section…
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    Jon R. Patrick

  • Best Type of MLM Compensation Plan?

    Jon Patrick
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Whats the Best type of MLM Compensation Plan? If you’ve been in Network Marketing for any length of time, you’ve probably asked yourself this question. But is there a “right” answer? Well, no. Fact is you’ll be able to find top earners in almost any company, with any compensation plan.  … Continue reading → The post Best Type of MLM Compensation Plan? appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
  • Personal Development in MLM is Key

    Jon Patrick
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    Every Top Earner I know works on their Personal Development in MLM – Daily! It was an eye opening experience for me, the day that it suddenly dawned on me. When I saw another Top-Earner talking about their personal development they’d been working on, and that little light came on … Continue reading → The post Personal Development in MLM is Key appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
  • Struggling in MLM? Try This Simple Technique …

    Jon Patrick
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    …To Take Your Personal Development and Put it Into ACTION! I’m a very introspective person, I’m often replaying days and situations in my head, reviewing my actions and activities to improve. If you don’t you should! Struggling in MLM I was working on Facebook the other day, and in the … Continue reading → The post Struggling in MLM? Try This Simple Technique … appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
  • Does Ethics Matter When Choosing an MLM Company?

    Jon Patrick
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:19 pm
    The question came up: “Does Ethics Matter When Choosing an MLM Company?” This might be a controversial post, and that’s unfortunate. I’m not here to name names or point fingers, but there’s been a lot of hype around a couple of new-ish MLM Companies online, and people seem to have … Continue reading → The post Does Ethics Matter When Choosing an MLM Company? appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
  • When Should You Quit Your Job…

    Jon Patrick
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    And Go Full Time in MLM? I wanted to address this today – when should you quit your job and go full time in your MLM? Personally, I don’t see a major issue with people trying to go full time and having to backtrack – but then again, they wouldn’t … Continue reading → The post When Should You Quit Your Job… appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
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    Office Space News & Serviced Office News from Easy Offices

  • A Meeting about a Meeting about a Meeting

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    How much of your working week do you spend in meetings? How much of that time spent sat in a meeting do you spend staring out of the window or thinking about what you are going to have for dinner? Nearly half of all employees consider meetings to be a waste of time and when you consider that collectively you could be spending hundreds, if not thousands, of hours in meetings a year, it has massive cost implications as well. It isn’t just the time actually sat in a room staring at a powerpoint presentation but you also have to consider the preparation time and the discussions that follow.
  • Why are manhole covers round?*

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    If you were applying at a circus which job would you choose? How much does the Empire State Building weigh? Can you swim faster through water or syrup? These are just some of the strange interview questions that Google have asked people in interviews. I don’t know about you, but they are certainly different from the usual “what can you bring to the company?” Although they may be different, what can the interviewer actually ascertain from the candidates answers? Or is the idea to see how quickly someone can think on their feet when thrown a very curved ball? Do they really expect an…
  • Could the plan to convert offices into residential use threaten supply?

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:52 am
    In May 2013, the government introduced legislation that allowed for offices to be converted into homes, without the need for planning permission. This legislation was due to last for just three years but they are now consulting on extending this beyond 2016 and removing some exemptions for certain locations. Areas such as London’s central activities zone and Manchester city centres core received exemptions, this was to protect local businesses and jobs. This new proposal has the potential to remove “millions of square feet of offices” from the current market. Office space,…
  • August 2014 – Blog from a Serviced Office Tenant.

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:37 am
    Each month we will be following 2 companies, both sharing their highs and lows and everyday business challenges, as they describe any issues or problems connected to their office any and the choices and solutions they come up with or are presented with. The companies will remain anonymous as we want an insight into their office situation and not create a branding or P.R. exercise for them. Both are SME’s, in totally different industries where one company has decided to lease their own offices and the second is in a Serviced Office. This is the post from the Company in a Serviced Office –…
  • How a summer break can boost your business

    8 Aug 2014 | 2:35 am
    No matter how difficult small business owners may find it to pull themselves away from work, we are all recommended to take short breaks from our desks throughout the working day for our well being. What is even more beneficial, is to take an extended break from the office altogether, and what better time to do so than in the height of summer. Small business owners may immediately break into a cold sweat about taking a temporary step back from proceedings, but returning to the office refreshed and recharged may be the best thing that you do for both your business and your own piece of mind.
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  • Lamp Posts in the Fog: Installing Visible Budgeting Mechanisms

    Clay Clark
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    As entrepreneurs we are all busy all the time, and if we are not careful we find ourselves busily headed the wrong way as fast as possible. If we do not take the time to build and implement budgeting systems, we will become too busy to be profitable and too stressed out to ever make sane financial decisions. The post Lamp Posts in the Fog: Installing Visible Budgeting Mechanisms appeared first on
  • How to Decide What Metrics are Key to Running Your Company Efficiently

    Curt Finch
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    “Double-entry accounting” is a method that has laid the ground-work for modern businesses today. According to, it’s a method of record-keeping in which “every transaction is recorded in at least two accounts”. Since its inception in the 13th and 14th centuries, double-entry accounting has been implemented into many departments’ business processes, allowing for precise record-keeping and paving the way for the explosive growth of modern business in the succeeding centuries. Ultimately, double-entry accounting proved to be a powerful metric for a business owner…
  • What’s Your Company’s DNA

    George Meszaros
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Core values define your company like your DNA defines you. You business will change but your core values will remain the same. Your core values will impact the very being of your company. It will influence your decision making process, your corporate culture, and your interactions with your customers and your employees. Never allow your core values to be empty words. Many banks list “integrity” as a corporate value. The financial system meltdown taught us that core values don’t always reflect reality. In a perfect world, core values define the essence of your business. The post…
  • Employee Recognition: What NOT To Do

    Kara Simon
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    If done well, employee recognition is a powerful tool that can help engage, retain and motivate any company workforce. No matter the size of your staff, whether it’s 5 or 50,000 employees, when managers show their people meaningful appreciation, it will positively influence their loyalty, attitude and even improve customer service skills. But just as proper recognition has the power to influence the employee in a positive way -- thoughtless or ineffective recognition can produce a negative impact. Below are the four mistakes to avoid when implementing employee recognition and rewards…
  • Don’t Make Losing a Key Employee Harder Than It Already Is

    Patricia Brown-Dixon
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    When key employees leave a small business or small office – there’s no getting around the sting. Besides putting a dent in the business, relationships matter greatly in small operations, and there may be the feeling of true personal loss as well as the loss of a needed skillset. The post Don’t Make Losing a Key Employee Harder Than It Already Is appeared first on
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  • Guide to Completing Your MBA Application

    Rebecca Martin
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    Completing an application is the first step to advancing your career with an MBA. Whether you are a recent college graduate or a seasoned business professional, applying to an MBA program may seem daunting at times. To make the process easier, the MBA@UNC blog created a series of articles that cover every application requirement in detail. Each article shares best practices to help you put together the strongest possible application. The articles in this series are highlighted below with a brief summary and a link to the full post. GMAT vs. GRE: Which Is Best for Your MBA Application? With…
  • Nine Tips for Acing Your Business School Interview

    Rebecca Martin
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    Once you have finalized your admissions essays, revised your resume and lined up letters of recommendation, doing well on the admissions interview is the next step on your journey toward an MBA. The admissions interview is a chance to show a side of you that test scores, transcripts or resumes might not reflect. An interview can convey your communication skills, personality and ability to engage in meaningful conversations. To prepare for your interview, consider the following strategies. 1. Do your research and find out how each school conducts the interview. Some programs have a “blind…
  • Four Ways to Craft a Compelling MBA Essay

    Rebecca Martin
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    Writing an MBA admissions essay can be daunting for many prospective students—but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, the essay section presents a unique opportunity for applicants to show that they’re more than just a GMAT score, a GPA or the jobs outlined on a resume. MBA admissions essays are not one-size-fits-all, and while this flexibility allows applicants to express themselves more freely, the lack of structure can leave many students scratching their heads. The truth is that there is no secret to impressing the admissions committee—and if you try too hard to tell them what they…
  • How to Secure Strong Letters of Recommendation for Your MBA Application

    Rebecca Martin
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Most business schools require letters of recommendation.These letters are an opportunity to communicate strengths and other qualities that go beyond your resume and test scores, allowing the admissions committee to see what truly makes you stand out. Letters of recommendation also offer third-party credibility; in other words, you are not the one boasting about your accomplishments, because someone else is doing it for you. Below are a few strategies for making sure your letters of recommendation reflect your full potential. Check Recommendation Requirements for Each School Carefully read the…
  • GMAT or GRE: Which Is Better for Your MBA Application?

    Rebecca Martin
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    As you prepare to apply to graduate school, deciding between the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is among the first of many choices you will need to make. Many business schools now accept both. These standardized tests are administered year-round at test centers around the world, but they have different formats, scoring models and pros and cons. To help you make this decision, here is a quick overview of the key differences between the two tests. Format • The GMAT includes 30-minute sections for analytical writing (one essay) and…
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  • Bring Departments Together for Ultimate Team Productivity

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    We all know teamwork is key. But have you considered how your seperate teams, or departments, are working together? After all, everyone in your business is working towards a common goal, does it really make sense for them to be kept separate? Bringing together your marketing, sales, customer service, accounts and HR departments is key for a truly productive team. Here’s a few tips to help you get started… Hang out regularly How well do your sales team know your support agents or accounts department? Having friends at work makes employees happier and more productive, and, according to…
  • Reaching Your Peak Productivity: How to Achieve Your Goals

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Whether it’s completing a project you’ve been working on for months, ticking an item off your to-do list or finally reaching the elusive inbox 0, we all have goals that, at times, we can struggle to achieve. John Meyer, CEO and Co-Founder of Lemonly, believes setting goals is key to reaching your peak performance… “Every day I set aside time to evaluate my goals. Now it doesn’t take long, less than five minutes, but when you force yourself to do something daily it quickly becomes a habit and allows you to reflect on the process and grow.” John and the Lemonly team have put…
  • Workplace Hack: The 1-3-5 To-Do List

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    It’s safe to say we’re all pretty much sold on the to-do list. While most of us keep to-do lists to help us remember what we actually need to get done, staying on top of them, and ticking off items, can be a nightmare. Founder of The Muse, Alex Cavoulacos, recommends breaking your mammoth list of tasks down to a daily 1-3-5 list to help you work through those to-dos… “On any given day, assume that you can only accomplish one big thing, three medium things, and five small things… Before leaving work, take a few minutes to define your 1-3-5 for the next day, so you’re ready…
  • 4 Features of Truly Effective Communication

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    Whether you’re trying to make a sale, give feedback to your team or build a new business relationship, great communication skills are key. Here are 4 features of truly effective communication to bear in mind… It’s personal There’s nothing more annoying than a boss or salesperson talking to you like some corporate prospect. The most effective communication happens between 2 or more people who understand each other and are willing to work together. According to leadership advisor, Mike Myatt, great communication is born out of meaningful relationships. “Classic business theory tells…
  • Workplace Hack: Pause, Don’t Procrastinate

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    We all procrastinate. Whether it’s because a task is daunting, boring or just not that important, we all have times when we just think, “I’ll do it tomorrow instead”. Leo Babauta of Zenhabits has one very simple response to procrastination that could really help you out… “There will be a moment (or a bunch of moments) when you think, “Oh, I’ll do it tomorrow.” That’s the moment you have to not let pass idly by. Stop yourself, and just sit there for a moment, not going on your computer, just turning inward.” To follow this workplace hack, you need to get into the…
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  • Accredited Vet Tech Schools in CT
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    You could locate a large list of veterinary tech schools in CT on the web, but it is always a good strategy to first understand the requirements that every high-quality veterinary tech institution has to have. You do not want to throw away your dollars on a bad facility. Before we carry on, you should know that vet “technicians” and veterinary “technologists” are generally both considered veterinary techs. Although both being termed “veterinary techs,” they are a little distinct in the type of learning a person would need to be one or the other (more on this within…
  • Best Vet Tech Schools in Missouri
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Even when you are able to scroll all the way down to our listing of recommended vet tech schools in Missouri, it’s a good idea you first realize what makes an excellent vet tech training center.  You really do not want to waste your funds on a terrible institution. First, there’s something every probable veterinary tech should become aware of: veterinary techs could mean either veterinary technicians or vet technologists. Veterinary technicians as well as veterinary technologists, while close in job description, are unique in just how much instruction each will need. The primary…
  • Vet Tech Schools in Kansas
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Even when you can easily scroll all the way down to the listing of selected vet tech schools in Kansas, it’s advisable you first find out what makes a vet tech facility effective. The worst thing you’d want is to slim out your wallet on a program that’s ineffective. Just before we continue, you should be aware that veterinary “technicians” and vet “technologists” tend to be both viewed as veterinary techs. Veterinary technicians together with veterinary technologists, while very close in job description, will vary in just how much instruction each…
  • Vet Tech Schools in Vermont
    14 Mar 2014 | 11:29 am
    While you may find a long list of vet tech schools in Vermont on the web, it is usually a good plan to first have in mind the elements which every decent veterinary tech training center must have. The last thing you would want is to thin out out your finances on a program that’s sloppy. At this point, there are certain things every single future vet tech should become aware of: veterinary techs can mean veterinary technicians or vet technologists. Not merely are the duties of veterinary technicians and veterinary technologists distinctive, they’re unique to the degree of coaching…
  • Vet Tech Schools in Louisiana
    27 Feb 2014 | 11:11 am
    Although you are able to browse right down to the listing of selected vet tech schools in Louisiana, it is far better you first find out what makes a decent vet tech school effective. You really don’t want to fritter away your money on a bad institution. At this point, there’s something every single potential vet tech should become aware of: veterinary techs can often mean either vet technicians or veterinary technologists. Veterinary technicians as well as vet technologists, while very close in job description, will vary in just how much training each will require. Veterinary…
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    Winnipeg Hockey Talk

  • The Boring Identity

    Derek Curtis
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    What is the Winnipeg Jets Identity? - We were treated to a fast paced goal filled gala from our Jets to kick off the season and all was right with the world for Jets fans! Next, we headed over to California to face two powerhouses in the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings, followed by the start of a five game home stand against the Nashville Predators and Calgary Flames.  Don’t think I need to go into great detail as to how those games went for us….  Safe to say that Boring Identity reared its ugly head again. The Boring Identity We always want the best from our team but…
  • WHT Podcast 020 On The Winnipeg Jets

    Mitch Kasprick
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Winnipeg Hockey Talk Podcast Episode 020:   Host Mitch Kasprick is joined by WHT writer Darryl Manchulenko to discuss the Winnipeg Jets first two games of their home-stand, tanking for Connor McDavid and more ….  Podcast 020 OR Follow Us On Twitter: If you have any ideas for future podcasts please let us know by using the comment section or contacting us via twitter.  Mitch at …. Follow @WpgSportsTalk  and  Follow @WpgHockTalk Darryl Mills at …. Follow @SKBigBluJetsfan Darryl Manchulenko at …. Follow @manny041 Tags:Adam Pardy,Connor McDavid,Evander Kane,Grant…
  • Random Thoughts On The Winnipeg Jets: Oct. 20

    Mitch Kasprick
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Things about the Winnipeg Jets and the NHL that crossed my mind over the weekend – These were a few of the things that rattled through my head this past week about the NHL and our Winnipeg Jets. 1.  FACT: The Winnipeg Jets have been shutout twice in their first five games!     2.  Two home games in the books and 1 goal to show for them!  Now that’s disturbing.   3.  The Nashville Predators aren’t that far off from the team that made the playoffs for 3 straight season from 2009-10 through 2011-12.  When you have a goaltender like Pekka Rinne, you’re already…
  • Finally !!!! Gameday !!!!

    Mitch Kasprick
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Winnipeg Jets Home Opener Finally Here !!! - After waiting like what seems an eternity, the Winnipeg Jets “Home Opener” is finally upon us.  Only in the NHL can you open the season with three games in four nights on the road then have almost a week off!  I bet the players were really looking forward to another mini-training camp after their 1-2-0 road trip.  On the bright side, Evander Kane had time to heal his injured knee without missing any games. Speaking of 1-2-0 records, that is the Winnipeg Jets record in home openers since their arrival in River City.  In the Winnipeg…
  • NHL and Winnipeg Jets News

    Mitch Kasprick
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Winnipeg Jets, NHL & local hockey news including the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings & the MJHL Champion Winnipeg Blues        Crash landing for Jets at home Maybe it’s true about not judging a book by its cover What happened to the goals? Probably the nicest thing you could say…  ☛ ☛ Jets kick off five-game homestand with Predators Let the home cooking begin. Even better, let the good-tasting homecooking begin. Jets need to regain MTS Centre magic Remember when MTS Centre was a tough Jets learn what quickness is, schooled 4-1 by Kings As they try to…
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    Arizona Hockey Talk

  • NHL and Arizona Coyotes News

    Mitch Kasprick
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Arizona Coyotes, NHL & local hockey news including the CHL’s Arizona Sundogs & the ACHA National Champion ASU Sun Devils      Mikkel Boedker an emerging threat Boedker hat trick leads Coyotes past Oilers Arizona Coyotes fight for OT win over LA Kings Suspect goaltending helped derail the Coyotes in Game 1 Jets slam Coyotes in season opener By choosing not to keep up with   Coyotes stress key facets of penalty kill The shot block, judging by the way Coyotes defenseman … Coyotes’ key contributors for 2014-15 season The success of the 2014-15 Coyotes …
  • Random Thoughts On The Arizona Coyotes: Oct. 13

    Mitch Kasprick
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Things about the Arizona Coyotes and the NHL  that crossed my mind this past week - Some of the things that rattled through my head about the NHL and our Arizona Coyotes this past week. 1.  The Coyotes finished their first week in the NHL with a 1-1 record.  Thoughts?  2.  Congrats to Devan Dubnyk on his first WIN in a Coyotes uniform. 3.  I believe Sam Gagner needs to be playing in the Arizona Coyotes “Top 6″ forwards. 4.  I think the Coyotes defensive corp, as it is currently constructed is going to really struggle in physical games.       5.  Oliver Ekman-Larsson…
  • Arizona Coyotes Or Winnipeg Jets ?

    Mitch Kasprick
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    Winnipeg Jets 1.0 (Arizona Coyotes) vs Winnipeg Jets 2.0 (Atlanta Thrashers) –  People that know me, whether it’s family, friends, hockey fans that read our web-site, or my Twitter friends/followers know that I support two NHL teams.  My wife and I live in Arizona for 182 days and we live in Winnipeg for 183 days, we have season tickets for the Coyotes and we have season tickets for the Jets (although I have yet to see a Winnipeg Jets 2.0 game at the MTS Center).  I constantly get asked or jokingly harassed about my cheering for the Phoenix, now the Arizona Coyotes. I find it…
  • Random Thoughts On The Arizona Coyotes: Sept. 29

    Mitch Kasprick
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Things about the Arizona Coyotes and the NHL  that crossed my mind this past week - Some of the things that rattled through my head about the NHL and our Arizona Coyotes this past week. 1.  NHL linesmen have been instructed to break up fights immediately when players remove their helmets.  I don’t like it but I get it.  The NHL is covering their butts in case somebody bangs their head on the ice.  They would rather have players bust up their hands punching helmets and visors.   2.  I was a little surprised that the Coyotes re-assigned Henrik Samuelsson this early.      3.
  • Arizona Coyotes Release 3 And Re-assign 10

    Mitch Kasprick
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    The Arizona Coyotes reduce roster to thirty-two - The Arizona Coyotes reduced their roster to thirty-two players by releasing three players and re-assigning ten players to their AHL affiliate in Portland, Maine.   Released • Krys Barch, Forward • Matt Kassian, Forward • Jamie McBain, Defenseman Re-assigned • Alex Bolduc - Forward, Portland (AHL) Drafted by:  St. Louis  Round:  4  Overall:  127  Year:  2003 • Darian Dziurzynski, Forward, Portland (AHL) Drafted by:  Phoenix  Round:  5  Overall:  141  Year:  2011 • Tyler Gaudet, Forward, Portland (AHL) Free Agent:…
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  • [Blog] 6 Tips to Make Your Business Meetings More Effective

    Abhay Hendre
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:50 pm
    In this article, I would like to talk a little bit about some things that can help you to get the most out of your business meetings. Let me start from some common mistakes people make in their business meetings. These mistakes really are responsible for making many businesses lose millions of dollars all over the world. 1. If You Don’t Plan, It’s Gonna Backfire The first mistake many business owners make in their business meetings is that they do not plan the meeting properly in advance. It is very important to have a well-structured plan in order to make your meeting effective. If you…
  • [Blog] Get Your Videos Ranked in YouTube and Search Engines – Part 4

    Abhay Hendre
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    In the third article of this series, I talked about different on-page SEO tasks that you need to do for your video. In this article, I will talk about different off-page SEO tasks that you need to do. Off-page SEO basically involves building links to your video and promoting it online to get views and traffic. Now, when it comes to getting views and traffic to your videos, there are two ways you can do it: free and paid. My suggestion is to combine both to get the maximum results. If you don’t have money to spend on promotion, you can promote your videos for free on YouTube itself. You can…
  • [Blog] Get Your Videos Ranked in YouTube and Search Engines – Part 3

    Abhay Hendre
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:38 pm
    In the second article of this series, I talked about analyzing Google results for your chosen keywords. In this article, I will talk about on-page SEO tasks that need to be done when you’re uploading your video. On-page SEO for videos is actually fairly simple. The first thing you need to do is write a good, attention grabbing title for your video. Needless to say, your title should have your targeted keyword in it. If you’re making tons of videos about the same topic, DON’T make the mistake of using very similar titles for all videos. Use variations of titles so that it looks…
  • [Blog] Get Your Videos Ranked in YouTube and Search Engines – Part 2

    Abhay Hendre
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In the first article of this series, I talked about selecting keywords for your video. In this article, I will talk about analyzing Google search results to see how difficult it will be for you to get your video ranked in search engines. The first thing to do is search on Google with your keyword (in our case, Dell Inspiron). You need to check pagerank (PR) of top 10 results. You can use tools like SEOQuake, SEOBook, Google Toolbar or SearchStatus to check pageranks of first 10 results. If all or majority of those 10 results have high PR (like PR 5, 6 or more), it will be a bit difficult to…
  • [Blog] Get Your Videos Ranked in YouTube and Search Engines – Part 1

    Abhay Hendre
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Let’s just get straight to the point. The first thing you need to do is keyword research. Before doing keyword research, you need to identify the topic on which you’re gonna make your video. For example, if you wanna make a video related to electronics, you can pick a topic such as iPhones, mobile phones, laptops etc. If you need to make your video about a product, you can find products on websites like Amazon. While choosing the product, you don’t need to worry about whether it is a super hot product that is selling like crazy! Just pick what you like and get started. Many people spend…
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  • Diners Club Qatar Proves The Power Of A Co-Branded Card

    Rajiv Gupta
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Football is easily the most popular sport in Qatar, with a passion for the game that continues to flourish. The Diners Club International® team in Qatar began looking for ways to capitalize on this national love affair and soon realized that there were no football-affiliated cards on the Qatari market. As one of the most... Read more »
  • India Expands Successful Golf Privileges Programme

    Subhrajit Basu
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    For more than two decades, Diners Club International® has used golf to connect with our clubmembers. HDFC Bank, the franchise of Diners Club in India, is continuing this tradition through its Golf Programme, which gives their clubmembers extraordinary access to golf games and lessons at courses in India and around the world. The program has... Read more »
  • Diners Club Nordic’s Food Trucks Bring Haute Cuisine to the Streets

    Maria Dahlquist
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Lunch hour for thousands of Scandinavians got a lot more interesting in August and September, thanks to Diners Club International®. Diners Club Nordic recruited four local top chefs, one from each Nordic country, and set them to work making gourmet lunches to sell from the Diners Club food truck during a four-city promotional period. Participating... Read more »
  • Privileges Dining Collection: Your Key to an Elite Gourmet World

    Judy Karlin Rubin
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Diners Club International® is pleased to unveil the Privileges Dining Collection, a select group of top dining establishments from around the world, inspired by our sponsorship of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. While a number of the restaurants in this exclusive collection are included among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, some have also earned accolades... Read more »
  • Watch And Learn From World-Class Chef Alex Atala

    Diners Club International
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    We recently had the pleasure of filming Chef Alex Atala, the Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award—Latin America 2014 winner, at work in his kitchen. Atala’s São Paolo restaurant, D.O.M, was ranked third on this year’s list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants and seventh on this year’s list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. In... Read more »
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    Peter Simoons - Making collaboration simple

  • Why Alliance is a better and safer term than Partnership

    Peter Simoons
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:15 am
    Last week I held my first webinar ever and it was a complete new experience! When conducting live presentations you can look your audience in the eye and directly see their response. On the other hand, when recording a conversation for the Collaborative Business Podcast, I have full interaction with the guest, but no direct interaction with the audience. (Speaking of which: do check out the great conversation with Alex Cameron that went live last week!) The webinar feels to be somewhere in between: there is interaction, attendees do respond by asking questions, but you are not able to look…
  • CBP-42 – A collaborative leader – with Alex Cameron

    Peter Simoons
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Together with his partner, Alex Cameron runs Socia, a company in the UK that helps collaborative leaders succeed in complex and challenging business environments. Alex’ partner is David Archer, who was my guest in episode 31 of the Collaborative Business Podcast. In this conversation with Alex we explore what it means for a leader to be a collaborative leader. You will hear Alex make a very clear distinction between teamwork and collaboration. Alex shares a great story with us about London Underground and their MD Mike Brown who understands very well why collaboration was essential to…
  • How outside forces can kill your alliance

    Peter Simoons
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Have you already registered for the webinar that will take place this Wednesday 15 october at 20:00h CET (2pm EDT)? There are still some places available, so if you haven’t; click here to register. In this free one hour webinar you will learn how you can apply a pragmatic, yet structured, 3 step alliance success approach for creating successful partnerships and alliances. Successful alliances are created by following a structured approach and are operated with a continuous focus on balancing risk, control and trust while building relationships. However, even when everything is running…
  • The pragmatic 3 step alliance success approach

    Peter Simoons
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:15 am
    What is it that makes some companies so highly successful in all the partnerships and alliances they create, while others never flourish this way? On the outside they may seem simply lucky: they seem to have something that the others do not have. The reality is that the successful companies, large and small, just do things differently; they follow a structured approach and stick to it consistently. Join me for a free live webinar on Wednesday 15 october at 20:00h CET (2pm EDT) to learn how you can apply a pragmatic, yet structured, 3 step alliance success approach for creating successful…
  • CBP-41: The Being Leader – with Sujith Ravindran

    Peter Simoons
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Sujith Ravindran recently published his new book “The BEING Leader: Tracing the ‘Inner Path’ of Legendary Leaders”. Sujith studied the qualities that made leaders legendary and in this book he describes the inner path of four legendary leaders: Dr. Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, M. K. Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln. In my conversation with Sujith we discuss his book, the elements of a Being leader and the way collaboration plays a role for Being leaders. Obviously we dive into the way Sujith works with his team, more in ecosystem model rather than a traditional team, across…
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    CEDAR Customer Communications Blog

  • 5 Benefits of EIPP

    Christine Fitzgerald
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    As far as electronic invoice presentment and payment (EIPP) is concerned, an integrated yet configurable platform approach is the optimal solution. At CEDAR, we strive to provide technology solutions that transform how companies manage omni-channel communication and service interactions.  Effective EIPP requires a holistic re-engineering of the complete workflow from the core system to the recipient’s in-box, door, or mobile device. Our highly-integrated and easily configured platform serves as a bi-directional bridge between our clients Billing and A/R system and their…
  • CFPB Targeting Non-Compliant Lender Documents

    Christine Fitzgerald
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    On September 29, 2014, the CFPB ordered Flagstar Bank to pay $37.5 million in fines due to what it found to be violations of mortgage servicing rules. These fines include restitution of $27.5 million to approximately 6,500 borrowers who were serviced by Flagstar – 2,000 of whom lost their homes to foreclosure and a $10 million civil penalty to the CFPB Civil Penalty Fund. In addition, the victims of foreclosure have the right to file individual action after the settlement. Regarding these latest fines, CFPB Director Richard Cordray asserts, “The Bureau has been clear that mortgage…
  • Bills Can Deliver More than Payment

    Christine Fitzgerald
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    Let’s face it, no one looks forward to receiving bills, but your customers do expect them. These essential communications provide your business with a captive audience – and many businesses aren’t taking full advantage of the value these documents provide. Taking into consideration what your customers want in regards to bills and other transactional communications could result not only happier customers but also increased business. A recent Document webinar, entitled “Improving Bills and Statements for Better Customer Engagement” addressed the problems of communication overload.
  • Multichannel Delivery Insures Satisfied Customers

    Christine Fitzgerald
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    The insurance industry has a reputation – perhaps wrongly perceived – as being stodgy and stoic. In some ways, perception informs reality. Many leaders in the insurance industry are still relying heavily on legacy systems and disparate software and programs to communicate with policyholders. With companies across all industries looking to improve relations with their customers, the ones who are employing a multichannel strategy are finding success and widening their customer base. According to a recent report from research firm Gartner, entitled “An Integrated Multichannel Strategy Will…
  • Transforming the Customer Experience - Digitally

    Christine Fitzgerald
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    Research and consulting firm Celent is presenting a webinar on a timely topic addressing the way financial services providers can improve doing business in today’s digital age. The webinar, entitled “Digital Transformation in Insurance: Differences across Continents” is scheduled for Wednesday, September 24 at 11am EST. Celent Senior Analyst Nicolas Michellod will discuss digital transformation as it applies to insurers across the globe.   Digital transformation is key when dealing with the challenges associated with document output, customer communication management, improving…
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    Linear to Circular

  • Myopia and the Snowball Effect
    11 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Climate Change.  Inequality.  Epidemics.  Water shortages.  Biodiversity.  The list goes on. We know the issues are out there, but we choose to ignore them. It’s not my problem.  It’s not that big of a deal.  Someone else will take care … Continue reading →
  • It’s time to reframe corporate sustainability
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Flickr/Martin Rødvand This post first appeared at My first big CSR/sustainability event was the 2010 Net Impact Conference held at the University of Michigan’s Ross Business School. I had been invited there to speak on a panel on the … Continue reading →
  • Am I Pavlov’s Human? Part II
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    A quick update to my last post. In the interest of transparency, I thought I’d share a snapshot of the tracking sheet that I developed for this project.  I typically spend about forty minutes each day (M-F) on my bike … Continue reading →
  • Am I Pavlov’s Human? Part I
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:48 pm
    I have a fitness tracker.and it has changed my life in unimaginable ways.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  I do have one, but I can’t say that the magic of data has made much of a difference in my health. … Continue reading →
  • What’s for dinner? (Part 1)
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    I fear we’re still doing it wrong.  Well, it’s kind of obvious that we’re doing it wrong, but I think we’re trying to get it right in ways that don’t seem close to what we need to do to get it … Continue reading →
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    Outsourcing InsiderOutsourcing Insider | Outsourcing Insider

  • 4 Ways Outsourced Employees are Better than In-House

    Outsourcing Insider
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    Outsourcing is a practice that more and more companies around the world are adopting to improve their business efficiency and reduce overhead expenses. According to Plunkett Research, outsourcing will approximately be a $507 billion global industry in 2014. Instead of keeping an in-house department, many companies are choosing to hire outsourced employees to run their business functions particularly on areas of logistics, sourcing and distribution services; information technology services; and business process outsourcing (BPO) such as call centers, financial transaction processing and human…
  • 21 Statistics about Outsourcing that Prove It’s Good for Your Business [Slideshare]

    Outsourcing Insider
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    The outsourcing industry is a hotly debated topic. Basically, the bone of contention can be summed up in this sweeping generalization: “Outsourcing is Corporate America’s attempt to get cheaper labor at the customer’s detriment.” (source) Nowadays, there is a perceptible shift in perspective, even among the same people who once held those beliefs. Many are starting to re-think their stance, especially when they’ve allowed themselves to take a closer look at the benefits of outsourcing. In an article he wrote for Entrepreneur magazine, Matt Keener regarded the outsourcing…
  • What’s Up in Outsourcing (September 28 – October 4, 2014)

    Outsourcing Insider
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Do you need guides on who to get as an outsourcing provider? Or do you need more reasons to push you towards outsourcing? We’re dishing out 5 great articles that may get you to push the go button. Here are your outsourcing guides, stories, and very convincing reasons: How to Pick an Outsourcing Provider From Outsource Magazine By Stella Akpan Apparently, outsourcing may very well be good for the U.S. economy for a number of reasons. There is actually more positive than negative, as written in the article. “Outsourcing results in lower costs for firms, greater profits for stockholders and…
  • 1M Filipinos Employed by Philippine Outsourcing Industry

    Outsourcing Insider
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    The booming business process outsourcing (BPO) industry in the Philippines has been given credit to providing jobs for 1 million Filipinos according to a report. Jose Mari Mercado, president of the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines, said “We just (hit) one million. Still targeting 1.3 million by the year 2016.” The country’s BPO industry grew almost tenfold in just over a decade. Mercado added that the Philippine outsourcing industry, considered as second only to India, is expected to earn $18 billion this year alone. Shining Star of the Philippine Economy The BPO…
  • Philippines is Most Improved Country in Global Competitiveness

    Outsourcing Insider
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Given how much the Philippine economy is boosted by the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry and the remittance of overseas workers, Filipino workforce has long been considered a treasure trove of highly qualified, dedicated and globally competitive people for companies, here and abroad. And while this fact has long been appreciated, it is only recently duly recognized. Basing its report on annual data and a survey of business perceptions for half of the succeeding year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) came up with a report on ranking about the economies of 144 countries. Known as the…
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    Market Business News

  • UK Government borrowing jumped to £11.8 billion in September

    Christian Nordqvist
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Government borrowing in the United Kingdom increased by £1.6 billion in September to £11.8 billion compared to September 2013. Analysts had predicted there would be no rise. The latest figures, published by the Office for National Statistics, are a serious blow for the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne who had promised in March 2014 that he would reduce the budget deficit by at least 10% within the next 12 months. The UK government’s PSNB ex (public sector borrowing excl. public sector banks) was £58 billion from April to September 2014. This represented a £5.4 billion increase…
  • US pushes Japan for free trade deal

    Veronica Cruz
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    The US is pushing Japan for a free trade deal, saying that the timing is now to sort out the obstacles for a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. Penny Pritzker, US Secretary of Commerce, who is on a trade mission in Japan, said “The timing is now for us to sort this out.” Ms. Pritzker described the time as “ripe” for the US and Japan to find a breakthrough in trade negotiations. The two nations are now much closer to a deal, she added. According to the US Commerce Department, Ms. Pritzker met with Prime Minister Shinzō Abe as part of a trade mission she is leading to Japan and…
  • AkzoNobel meets targets in third quarter

    Christian Nordqvist
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:34 am
    AkzoNobel N.V., the Dutch decorative paints, performance coatings and specialty chemicals multinational, met targets in the third quarter of 2014, but warned on Tuesday that global growth will slow. Even so, it has left its 2015 targets unchanged. The Amsterdam-based company sees growth slowing in all major markets globally except the US. The United States, at €3 billion, is the company’s largest market. Lower energy prices in North America boosted business activity. AkzoNobel laid off over 2,000 workers in the third quarter as part of a restructuring plan. Its EBITDA (earnings before…
  • China GDP growth hits 5-year low

    Marie Singer
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    China’s GDP growth hit a five-year low in the third quarter of this year, as it struggles with a weakening property market, slumping industrial production and declining domestic demand. In Q3 2014, China’s GDP grew by 7.3% (year-on-year), according to the National Bureau of Statistics, which is the country’s lowest expansion rate for one quarter since Q1 2009 (6.6%). In the second quarter of 2014, the economy had expanded by 7.5%. Tuesday’s figures now cast serious doubts on whether China will meet its annual growth target. The last time such targets were missed were 16 years ago…
  • Total’s boss Christophe de Margerie dies in plane crash at Vnukovo Airport Moscow

    Christian Nordqvist
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    Christophe de Margerie, Chairman and CEO of French multinational integrated oil and gas company Total SA, died in a private plane crash at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow on October 20th. His plane collided with a snow removal machine. Russian investigators said on Tuesday that the driver of the snowplow that collided with the airplane (Dassault Falcon 50) was drunk at the time of the accident. Monsieur de Margerie and three crew members were found dead at the scene of the accident. Total said in a statement today: “The thoughts of the management and employees of the Group go out to Christophe de…
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    CDC Synectics on How to Leverage Resources

  • Disciplined Means to Exceptional Ends

    Connie Siu
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Entering the start and end points in Google Maps and it returns the suggested routes to get to the destination. Upon reviewing the distance and the estimated driving time of each route, you select the route that you prefer. Your choice could be influenced by errands that you might want to do along the way or simply the neighbourhood you are comfortable with. In business, there are multiple ways to achieve an end. The means to get there could be varied. However, you want to avoid random approaches that cause problems down the road. There are 5 reasons why you want to incorporate some…
  • 3 Ways to Foster a Collaborative Culture

    Connie Siu
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Work silos are a big productivity damper. They lead to unintended rework and delays. Companies are fairly good in forming a cross-functional team for projects. When it comes to day-to-day operations, collaboration tends to fall by the wayside. There is no debate that collective problem solving creates a better solution. Yet, it is difficult to keep collaboration top-of-mind. There are 3 ways to foster a collaborative culture: 1.       Develop champions Collaboration builds on a willingness to share knowledge and engage in frank conversations. This won’t happen unless there is trust.
  • How Your Company can Benefit from Standardization

    Connie Siu
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Standardization helps to streamline operations and simplify administration. Connie shares a few tips on how your business can benefit from it.
  • Finding the Right Team Balance

    Connie Siu
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    The tree pose in yoga looks simple but it requires focus and technique in order to balance your stance on one foot. It helps if you gaze at a distant object. Some days, the balance just might not work. You sway like a tree branch in the wind. You struggle to rebalance but still lose it at the end. Excellent team work is a powerful force to deliver exceptional results. The sum of the intellectual power and experiences of the team members constitute congruent efforts to conquer the challenge on hand. To build a great team, you need to find the right people to fill the roles. For every team,…
  • The Pruning Effects

    Connie Siu
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Rhododendron is a fairly hardy plant. Under the right conditions, it grows and blossoms without much care. The plant does require pruning to keep it from becoming too ‘bushy.’ As an amateur gardener, I learned a few things from pruning. Instant Gratification With a pair of scissors in hand, I took 6 inches all around the plant. At a distance, the size and shape looked decent. However, a closer look showed a messy mix of cut leaves, spent flowers, and dead wood. The random shave took less than 20 minutes and little thinking. In a similar vein, taking rash actions in a business to fix a…
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  • B2B Content Marketing Trends for 2015 [Infographic]

    Catherine Pham
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    This infographic from Uberflip addresses B2B content marketing trends for 2015. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post B2B Content Marketing Trends for 2015 [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
  • Market Survey – 2014 The Year of Encryption [Infographic]

    Catherine Pham
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    This infographic from Egress Software Technologies is a market survey about the year of encryption 2014. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post Market Survey – 2014 The Year of Encryption [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
  • How Google Glass Works [Infographic]

    Catherine Pham
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    This simple infographic from Martin Missfeldt explains the technology behind Google Glass and how it works. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post How Google Glass Works [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
  • Cut Through B2B Information Overload with Effective Storytelling [Infographic]

    Catherine Pham
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    This infographic from LookBookHQ explains how B2B marketers can use effective storytelling techniques to cut through the noise and reach a busy, distracted audience. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post Cut Through B2B Information Overload with Effective Storytelling [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
  • The Power of Remarketing in PPC [Infographic]

    Catherine Pham
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    This infographic from Digital Marketing Philipinnes shows the power of remarketing in PPC. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post The Power of Remarketing in PPC [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
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    Pinnacle Telecom - Comms Buzz

  • Unifying The Worlds Of Voice And Data Key To Business Success

    14 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Companies embracing the merging of voice and data technologies will be the ones which prove most successful. The worlds of data and voice have evolved separately in recent years, but those organisations which marry them together using current technologies will see substantial benefits in the form of capital and operational cost savings, lower cost of ownership for hardware, reduced risk associated with continuity and disaster recovery, and new opportunities for innovation. First, there is the world of the data centre. Its servers and other hardware components, and the business applications…
  • Integrating mobile devices into communications infrastructure key issue for companies

    7 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Organisations need to take a fresh look at how they are integrating their employees’ mobile phones into their corporate communications network. Mobiles should be an extension of a feature-rich network rather than a stand-alone add-on for employees. No business tool is more essential or ubiquitous than the phone. With the huge array of technologies now at our disposal, we still depend on the power of voice communications that let us connect instantaneously and talk with anyone in the world. No more so than in a world where business operations are spread around the globe with highly mobile…
  • Mobile Phone Management Key To Business Success

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    As mobile phones celebrate a milestone birthday, it’s interesting how they have moved from a simple communications device to now being a key part of business processes. It has now been 40 years since the first mobile phone call when a telephone engineer rang a technology rival from a ‘cell’ phone in New York. The device was almost 23cm tall, weighed more than one kilogram, contained 30 circuit boards, had a talk-time of 35 minutes and took 10 hours to recharge. Today, mobile phones in many of our client’s systems are set up to handle many complex forms-based applications that talk to…
  • How finance companies can get ahead in a fast-moving world

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    Financial organisations need to look at how they can move ahead of their competition by changing the way they do business and re-thinking the way their staff work. They need to bring together telephony, customer interaction, front office working and mobile working to deliver a reliable, unified communication solution. Financial organisations are changing the way they do business and re-thinking the way people work. Today’s financial services industry is challenged by changing compliance requirements, the need to reduce operating expenses and stay ahead of the competition. This demands…
  • The importance of ‘Unified Communications’

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Although a much-used buzzphrase, what exactly is the importance of ‘unified communications’ in today’s ultra-competitive marketplace. Well, at its heart, it is the development of systems designed to tackle constant pressure on managers and key employees, and the intense competition for customers. The goal of unified communications is simple: to make it easy and cost effective for employees to reach one another – as well as business partners and customers – as soon as they need to, wherever they are. The idea is to merge two or more communications into one user interface, allowing…
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  • 5 Semiconductor Startups You Should Know About

    Jesse Maida
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Coolest Cooler Old coolers are boring and haven’t changed for 50 years…until now. PetHub PetHub helps lost pets get home as fast as possible. Their technology stores your pet's medical, training & social information allowing you to connect it to a physical, phone-scannable pet ID tag. Flomio Flomio helps developers integrate proximity ID...
  • Korea Passes Japan in Semiconductor Market Share to Become World's Number Two

    Jesse Maida
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    In 2013 exports of Korean semi-conductors reached a Korean record high USD 57billion, reclaiming the countries number one export item after a three year absence. According to the Korea Semiconductor Industry Association (KSIA), Korea passed Japan in terms of semiconductor global market share for the first time in history to become number two in...
  • Korea Has Best E-Government in the World

    Jesse Maida
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Every two years the United Nations releases their ‘ UN E-Government Survey ’ which consists of 193 United Nations members. This UN gave each nation an E-Government Development Index score which was broken down into four sub-indexes: E-Participation, online service, human capital, and telecommunication infrastructure. These indicators help rank...
  • Auto Manufacturer Dacia is Romania's Top Company

    Jesse Maida
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Romanian car manufacturer Dacia is officially the top company in the country in terms of turnover. Dacia was able to export 93 percent of its production in 2013 . They are Romania's largest exporter and account for 11.6 percent of Romania's GDP. The top 20 list is full of automotive, oil and gas, and energy companies. Here are the top 20. See all...
  • Automotive Industry Report: Which Country Has the Most Vehicles Per 1000 People?

    Jesse Maida
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    It was recently published that Romania’s auto industry recorded a turnover of EUR 16.88 billion in 2013, a 26 percent increase from 2012. They had the fastest growing automotive industry of any other country in 2013 thanks Dacia and Ford Romania being able to export almost all their vehicles. While Romania quickly climbs the motor vehicle...
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    Culture Amp

  • Writing questions for Employee Surveys

    Jason McPherson
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    [Image Credit] We spend a lot of time at Culture Amp (internally and with other people geeks) writing, editing and testing out employee survey questions.  It is often said that writing good survey questions is both an art and a science and perhaps that is true. However, before we spend hours writing those perfect questions it can be useful to step back and think about some broader issues pertaining to our goals and how these might guide us in crafting our questions. Here are 5 key things to keep in mind when designing your survey and questions: These are just the highlights – for a…
  • How to Combat Employee Survey Fatigue? … Survey more often.

    Jon Williams
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    [Image Credit] At Culture Amp, our methodology encourages companies to survey more often. Usually every three months or less –particularly when using Pulse Surveys in combination with Culture Surveys. However, this leads to a common question: What about Survey Fatigue? Survey fatigue is a real concern. Employees will get tired of taking too many surveys. However, it’s worth digging into why this fatigue occurs. A good survey will take less than 10 minutes. So how is this causing (the dramatically named) fatigue? The number one cause of Survey Fatigue? The survey isn’t acted on.
  • Customer satisfaction? Four reasons to ask your employees first

    Jon Williams
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    [Image Credit] Many companies are obsessed with how satisfied and loyal their customers are – And if they’re not, they should be. Most companies will live, die or thrive on the efficacy of their customer service. So naturally this is a something incredibly important for companies to measure. After the balance sheet it’s probably the metric that gets the most attention from senior leadership (sometimes before the balance sheet). There are a number of mechanisms to measure Customer satisfaction – or your nearest proxy or equivalent for satisfaction. One of the most popular…
  • Gong-Worthy Goals at Raizlabs

    Jon Williams
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    [Image Credit] We recently facilitated a roundtable event in Boston on “The Future of Performance Reviews” – We had some great presentations and discussions from local startup superstars like Next Jump, Raizlabs and Dyn. One of the tidbits that came up was something mentioned by Gary from Raizlabs – Gong-Worthy Goals. At Raizlabs, employees declare a goal that is “worthy of banging the company gong”. By definition it needs to be something that is a significant stretch. They have a few of their own examples on their blog. I thought this was a great idea. Aside…
  • Employee survey? Don’t read the comments

    Jon Williams
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:07 pm
    [Image Credit] Ok. The real title is “Read the comments last”. We do analytics for company culture, the cornerstone of which is our employee survey (culture survey). One of the considerations in the design of our reporting is how to represent comments. It’s no coincidence that the comments are last on our main reporting dashboard. Comments are extremely important – But, they need to be considered carefully and in context. The illustration above sums up why perfectly. It’s almost impossible not to fixate on certain comments, particularly negative ones. Just one or two…
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    The Soho Loft

  • Series A Venture Capital Financing headlines conference in New York

    Jane Cueto
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:21 pm
    - Oct. 21, 2014 – NEW YORK –  The Soho Loft Conferences and FundingPost with Victoria Global present “Series A Venture Conference” on 21 October 2014. The whole day conference will be held on Tuesday from 8am to 6pm at The Players Club located at 16 Gramercy Park South in New York City. Entrepreneurs seeking […] Find out more from our website at
  • The Washington Ballet is Crowdfunding at Indiegogo: Dance Scholarships for 8 public school students

    Jane Cueto
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:54 pm
    The Soho Loft Media Group supports The Washington Ballet (TWB) crowdfunding at Indiegogo for 8 new dance scholarships intended for 2nd and 3rd grade public school pupils. Dubbed as “The Washington Ballet: This IS the POINTE”, it started  8 October   2014 and ends by  26th October. Its waiting for   640 people to share US$15 each, […] Find out more from our website at
  • Agri-Investments: Latin American Agriculture Private Family Roundtable

    Jane Cueto
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    - Oct. 9, 2014 – NEW YORK – The Soho Loft Media Group attended an agricultural investing seminar organized by Campden/Institute for Private Investors (IPI) Private Investor Roundtable held on October 6, 2014 in New York City. “Investing in Latin American Agriculture Private Family Roundtable” was held from 130 pm to 6 pm on Monday... Find out more from our website at
  • Crowdfunder: Equity Crowdfunding firm raises $3.5M in an oversubscribed Series A round of financing

    Jane Cueto
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    - Oct. 9, 2014 – NEW YORK – Top equity crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder raises $3.5 million in Series A round of financing set to benefit top firms on the technological and digital landscape such as GoCoin, Neil Young’s PonoMusic and Social Rewards among others. In a Series A round, Crowdfunder was able to amass these […] Find out more from our website at
  • David Drake and Congressman David Schweikert keynote at the 2014 Investor Provider Leadership Summit

    6 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    - Oct. 6, 2014 - PHOENIX – David Drake, Chairman of, and Congressman Schweikert will lead talks among real estate industry leaders on October 6-7, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Investor Provider Leadership Summit will be held at the Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport Hotel located at 4300 East Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona.... Find out more from our website at
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    Globalization Partners International - Blog

  • Arabic Translation History

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Translation has always been the great enabler of communication between nations allowing for the transfer of meaning across daily business, cultural, and religious activities. Arabic translation has its deep roots in the ancient history of mankind. Arabic cultures have always had an intrinsic role in spreading knowledge and science across nations throughout the ages. Arabic translation dates back to the 2nd century, when Arabs translated Persian history into Arabic, and it went through several stages of transformation since then. From mere interpretation among the Arabic traders and…
  • Website Translation with GPI and EPiServer

    5 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Multilingual Website Solutions with EPiServer EPiServer CMS is a fantastic Web Content Management System that supports multilingual websites and derives its strong capabilities from its Microsoft .NET Platform. EPiServer's latest version 7.5 provides a great set of options to support and manipulate multiple languages not only for content but also for EPiServer's new e-Commerce version. EPiServer users now can easily enable and manage multi-language output for Pages, Shared blocks, Local blocks and also e-Commerce Catalogs. As a Certified EPiServer Solution Partner, GPI helps EPiServer clients…
  • How Multilingual is your Mobile Device?

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In this three-part series we will look at the mobile device market, the current leading operating systems and their multilingual support and configuration requirements, followed by tips on how to use mobile devices during international travel and the best mobile apps when criss-crossing the globe. Worldwide Smartphone Vendor Market Share So let's first look at the mobile device market, vendor share and leading operation systems that currently rule the landscape: According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) worldwide smartphone shipments exceeded the 300 million mark in a single…
  • Top Tips for Gaming Translation and Localization

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As I was born in the early 1980's in Taiwan, playing Nintendo games was one of the most exciting entertainment and social activities with siblings, friends and neighbors.  At the time those games were stored on cassettes and most of them were labeled in Japanese only.   When we went to buy or exchange the cassettes, we had to guess by the images and the Kanji (Japanese characters) we could recognize on the packaging and determine whether the game would be a fun game or not.  After getting the game home, another challenge was to figure out how to play the game with…
  • Android Provides a World of Language Support

    13 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In the 9 years since Google acquired Android it has grown to be the world's most popular mobile operating system. To do so the Google Android team developed language support features so that Android OS-based phones fully function in the language of the user's choice. Here is a view of how much of the world has accepted Android (Table by Canalys): The list of languages currently supported within Android are: Language Language Code Afrikaans af Amharic am Bulgarian bg Catalan ca Chinese (PRC) zh-CN Chinese (Taiwan) zh-TW Croatian hr Czech cs Danish da Dutch nl English (UK) en-GB English (US)…
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    Faster Founders

  • How to get more time for your idea

    Richard Morgan
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    How to get more time out of your day A common cry from those that haven’t yet started to take their idea to business is that… “I don’t have enough time to…” And it’s not necessarily a lie or an untruth, it’s a perception that that person has and it’s as real to them as the sky is to you. Are you Frozen in the No Time Trap This ‘belief’ that you have no time can get in the way of a positive approach to the perception problem and leave you frozen in the no-time trap. If all you can see is that you have no time, and you maintain…
  • Stress – how it can be good for you

    Richard Morgan
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:17 am
    As Founders it’s inevitable that you will ride the roller coaster of emotions, the incredible highs when you gain a customer or increase your monthly revenue, and the shattering lows when that deal doesn’t quite get done, or the product you thought was a sure thing doesn’t land that well. There is an element of stress that comes with lots of things we do as Founders and while the physical manifestation is often deemed as ‘bad’, I watched a TED talk recently that talks of the stress response in a different way. The talk is by Kelly McGonigal who is a Health…
  • Practical Perseverance and how to develop it

    Richard Morgan
    22 Jun 2014 | 11:32 pm
    PERSEVERANCE – Persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success I have studied many books around success and achieving your goals in business, I have listened to lots of authors and success coaches in audio books and podcasts explain how success can be yours….if only you keep  at it. The word ‘PERSEVERANCE’ is used time and again as a key trait that has helped many achieve success in their lives. The example that sticks out for me is Anthony Robbins when he mentions Colonel Sanders and his Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe. At age 65 he…
  • Think you can’t do it?

    Richard Morgan
    20 Jan 2014 | 12:43 am
    I can’t do this but I’m doing it anyway   There is an in-built chip that we all have that is programmed to give us the fear of not being able to achieve things. It’s in Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos exactly the same as you and I. When you get that great assignment or you’ve just landed that great job you suddenly become overwhelmed and thing “I can’t do this….!”. Sound familiar? This feeling is known as many things but I’m going to refer to is as Impostor Syndrome where you feel that somehow you’re not up-to the job and will be found…
  • Level 2 – STARTED to take your idea to business

    Richard Morgan
    14 Jan 2014 | 2:35 pm
    You have Started already You’ve worked through Level 1, some awareness building and you have started to transform the idea in your head into something more meaningful on paper or screen. That wasn’t too tough was it? Now onto the next level. Next we will work to put some more detail to the activities and scope of the offering we’re looking to bring into reality. Taking action: Describe what specific actions you need to take to move forwards to the next level [task list]. Armed with the list of tasks we can start to work out the order and sequence [plan dates] – this will be our…
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    Exit Promise

  • Selling A Business: Asset Acquisition vs. Stock Acquisition

    Julie Kline
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    So you’ve decided to sell your business, but what structure is right for the transaction? Buyers and sellers often prefer different structures due to various factors which change based on the structure and which have different impacts on the parties. Generally there are three (3) categories of factors that drive the eventual structure of a deal: (1) business issues, (2) assignments and consents, and (3) tax issues. The post Selling A Business: Asset Acquisition vs. Stock Acquisition appeared first on Exit Promise.
  • When Does Your Website Become Your Greatest Risk?

    Kathleen Kuznicki
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Do you have a website? Do you have images on your website? Do you know where those images came from? Truly, do you? If you didn’t create the images yourself or you didn’t license the images from their owner, you are probably violating copyright infringement laws. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t know; innocent infringement is still infringement! The post When Does Your Website Become Your Greatest Risk? appeared first on Exit Promise.
  • Small Business Web Design: Don’t Make Web Users Scroll?

    Jane and Scot Noel
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    If the headline of this piece makes you nod in agreement, you’ll be surprised by what we have to say. Have you noticed, for example, that some of the most successful websites today, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google Images offer infinite scrolling? The truth is, the last time people had any difficulty scrolling was before the turn of the century, and the idea that websites should keep their information “above the fold” is an outdated myth. The post Small Business Web Design: Don’t Make Web Users Scroll? appeared first on Exit Promise.
  • Latest Forbes Post: Small Business For Sale Statistics

    Holly Magister
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Small business owners have an opportunity to learn from their peers who have attempted and failed or, more importantly, have successfully sold their business during the second quarter of 2014. The post Latest Forbes Post: Small Business For Sale Statistics appeared first on Exit Promise.
  • Exit Planners: Help Business Owners Make Companies More Profitable

    Paul Cronin
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    My business partner, the author Jack Beauregard, and I recently had breakfast with Lorraine McGregor from Vancouver, BC Canada. Lorraine is the author of books on Exit Planning and Entrepreneurship, as well as an experienced business consultant. We were all discussing why so many business owners were delaying (the inevitable) transition planning from their businesses. The post Exit Planners: Help Business Owners Make Companies More Profitable appeared first on Exit Promise.
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  • Case study: Rift Labs

    Jonathan Tran
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Unsatisfied with what the market had to offer in the way of video and photo lighting equipment, Morten Hjerde and Marianna Braathen-Hals of Rift Labs took matters into their own hands. By researching and incorporating the best features of clunky and large professional lighting tools into a pocket-sized lighting device, and with the help of Kickstarter, the KICK light was born. Before long, the duo found themselves scrambling to keep up with product fulfillment on a global scale. “We needed to automate fulfillment and shipping because it takes a lot of time and the stuff that we’re good at…
  • Shipwire Partner and Affiliate Update 2014

    7 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    As one of our valued partners, we would like to give you a quick update on what is going on at Shipwire: Shipwire news you should know about New RESTful API and Developer Center – At Shipwire, we have always understood that building a world-class logistics and shipping platform means having great developer tools. Since our inception, we have provided industry-leading XML-based APIs that have served thousands of developers well. But we knew we could do much better, and that this would be important as we sought to unlock many more developer capabilities. We’re excited to announce an…
  • Creating Value Through Ecommerce Shipping: Part 5

    6 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    In our last post, we examined how shipping impacts branding and customer satisfaction and we talked about how businesses can use this to an advantage. Here, we’ll teach you six shipping tactics to increase your sales conversions using ecommerce shipping deals.   Increasing conversions Consider attractive shipping policies your deal-closer: It’s a measure to counteract the abandoned cart phenomenon that plagues so many ecommerce sellers. Every day, customers are following through on purchases they might otherwise have passed on thanks to free shipping or other promotions.   Ways…
  • Creating Value Through Ecommerce Shipping: Part 4

    5 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    In our last post, we heard from a popular nutraceutical business, Shredz, and learned how outsourced shipping creates extra time and business opportunities that can lead to significant growth. Here, we’ll examine how shipping impacts branding and customer satisfaction and we’ll look at ways to use this to your advantage. Improving your brand and customer satisfaction We won’t waste time talking about the value of customer satisfaction. You already know it matters. But one thing you may have overlooked is the role shipping plays in your relationship with consumers. It’s not something…
  • Creating Value Through Ecommerce Shipping: Part 3

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Our last post discussed ways to earn more money from customers and how this is related to shipping. In this one, we’ll hear from a popular nutraceutical business, Shredz, and learn how outsourced ecommerce shipping creates extra time and business opportunities that can lead to significant growth. Freeing up time We have established that managing shipping on your own is complicated, and the complexity only grows as you expand globally. Increasing responsibilities often require the help of additional employees, whose salaries add up quickly, and who require training on the vast array of…
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    NoCrooks Reviews.


    garfield lawrence
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Social media consultant Adam Root offers five ways businesses can use the Internet to find new customers. Root is the chief technology officer and co-founder of Dallas-based HipLogiq, a marketing technology startup. 1. Have an active Twitter … Source: marketing      The post FIVE WAYS TO FIND NEW CUSTOMERS ONLINE appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
  • Announces Net-Results as the Best Marketing Automation Software Company for September 2013

    garfield lawrence
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:52 am
    The process for analyzing and ranking the top software providers offering marketing automation services involves a veracious investigation of the vital proficiencies of each contesting internet marketing software company. The five areas of investigation … Source: marketing      The post Announces Net-Results as the Best Marketing Automation Software Company for September 2013 appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
  • Pinpointe On-Demand Ranked Best Email Marketing Firm by for September 2013

    garfield lawrence
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm, the independent authority on search engine marketing, has named the ratings of the best email marketing firms announcing Pinpointe On-Demand the best email marketing company for September 2013. Search engine marketing firms are placed through … Source: marketing      The post Pinpointe On-Demand Ranked Best Email Marketing Firm by for September 2013 appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
  • Video Site Viki Acquired by Japanese Internet Firm Rakuten

    garfield lawrence
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:52 am
    Rakuten, a diversified Japanese Internet services company, signed an agreement to acquire Viki, a global video streaming startup built to expand the reach of premium content via crowd-sourced subtitles, the companies announced Monday. Get … Source: marketing      The post Video Site Viki Acquired by Japanese Internet Firm Rakuten appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
  • Social media vital in enhancing smart government communications

    garfield lawrence
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Dubai: Smartphones and social media are becoming the way of communicating with the government and if social media is used properly, it will play a vital role in enhancing Smart Government communications, Saeed K. Al Daheri, Information Systems Adviser to … Source: marketing      The post Social media vital in enhancing smart government communications appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
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    The Official Blog of Larry Porter » The Official Blog of Larry Porter

  • The Truth About Mary Kay | The Truth Selling Mary Kay

    Larry Porter
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    The Truth About Mary Kay | The Truth Selling Mary Kay The truth about Mary Kay – When it comes to the truth selling Mary Kay, so many seek Mary Kay blogs for info on the facts about Mary Kay ash before joining. My question for you is…Can you workRead the Rest... The post The Truth About Mary Kay | The Truth Selling Mary Kay appeared first on The Official Blog of Larry Porter.
  • How to get Mary Kay Leads Online | More Tips and Tricks

    Larry Porter
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:17 pm
    How to get Mary Kay Leads Online How to get Mary Kay Leads - Let’s get buzzing about Mary Kay lead generation here! Wouldn’t it be nice to know the thoughts of your prospects? What if there was a way to find out what it is that your potential prospectsRead the Rest... The post How to get Mary Kay Leads Online | More Tips and Tricks appeared first on The Official Blog of Larry Porter.
  • How to be Successful in Mary Kay – The Indirect Approach

    Larry Porter
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    How to be Successful in Mary Kay – The Indirect Approach How to be Successful in Mary Kay – Having a career in Mary Kay can be a pain in the butt if you are not mentally prepared. How to be a successful Mary Kay consultant is the main questionRead the Rest... The post How to be Successful in Mary Kay – The Indirect Approach appeared first on The Official Blog of Larry Porter.
  • Mary Kay Recruiting Ideas To Become a Recruiting Guru

    Larry Porter
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    Mary Kay Recruiting Ideas To Become a Recruiting Guru Get out your Mary Kay recruiting notebook, because you will need to take notes on these tips. Today it’s all about Mary Kay Recruiting and what it takes to become a Mary Kay recruiting machine. Unlike most Mary Kay consultants, IRead the Rest... The post Mary Kay Recruiting Ideas To Become a Recruiting Guru appeared first on The Official Blog of Larry Porter.
  • Mary Kay Sales Ideas on “EXPOSING” Your Mary Kay E-Store Online

    Larry Porter
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Mary Kay Sales Ideas on “EXPOSING” Your Mary Kay E-Store Online Mary Kay Sales Ideas – We all know that Mary Kay is within the network marketing industry. Since this industry offers endless opportunities for growth and sales; why is it that so many people don’t ever find significant successRead the Rest... The post Mary Kay Sales Ideas on “EXPOSING” Your Mary Kay E-Store Online appeared first on The Official Blog of Larry Porter.
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    MarketsandMarkets Blog

  • Small Cell Market Growing with Revolutionary Growth of Smart Devices

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Small cells are widely deployed by the mobile network operators for uninterrupted signals. These are small, low-powered nodes with radio access that operate in different types of spectrums. Rapid rise in the number of users of the telecommunication devices and technological advancements in these gadgets are considered to be a major driver for the innovative technologies in the telecom market. Immense rise in demand and adoption trends are considered to be the major drivers for the global small cell market. Smartphone revolution around the world, especially across the emerging markets is…
  • Digital Logistics Market – Overview of 4 Major Drivers

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    Logistics plays a crucial role in the supply chain management and business handling for a company. Changing dynamics and requirements of the industry players are creating demand for innovative solutions. Digital logistics provide profitability and competitive advantage to the companies with dramatically lowering the costs, improving supply chain, enhancing efficiency and provide customer centric solutions. As a result, enterprises from around the world are adopting these solutions to gain competitive edge in the industry. Innovative applications, rapid rate of adoption and advancing…
  • Mobile Cloud Market – Analysis of 4 Major Drivers

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    Mobile cloud is an internet-based service that can be accessed through mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, laptop computers, and such other devices. These are cloud-based web apps instead of native apps used in mobile computing. Users need to subscribe to these services in order to access the remote storage of the applications and the data associated with them. The global mobile cloud market is witnessing strong rise in terms of the demand, global presence and revenue channels. This demand is especially driven by the technological advancements in the cloud technology and growing rate of…
  • Paper Coating Materials Market Driven by Demand for Superior Quality

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Different types of minerals are used to coat a base paper. These minerals help to enhance the properties of the papers and add to their existing properties like gloss, brightness, smoothness, etc. Growth in the research and development activities in the types of materials and their applications are expected to drive the global paper coating materials market. Steady rise in demand in this market is also attributed to the increased applications of these papers across different industrial verticals. Industrial growth across the emerging markets is also expected to create business opportunities…
  • Cloud Based Contact Center Market – Overview of Drivers & Restraints

    14 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Enterprises use contact centers to manage client contacts through different communication channels including e-mail, telephone, letters, fax, live chats and so on. Cloud based contact centers are network based services that provide services on the pay-per-usage model. Cloud is gaining huge importance as a vital delivery model for IT based internet protocols. Growth in the rate of adoption in a major driver for the cloud based contact center market. According to the experts, strong rise in demand and technological advancements in the market globally, are expected to create business…
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    Lead by Adventure

  • Leaders and Ingenuity

    Will Ratliff
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    I was in Austin last week attending and speaking at a conference for educators, and it has been quite the experience. In the three days that I was there, I noticed several interesting business concepts that I had no idea even existed. One interesting concept was for bikes that you could rent from one place (self-service) and drop off at a number of different locations. For just a few dollars a day, you could take unlimited brief rides (30 minutes or less) on these bikes. The other business was called Car2Go. It’s basically a self-service car rental company (much like the bikes above)…
  • What Difference Does it Make?

    Will Ratliff
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    There are a lot of team building activities that exist, and there are also a variety of team building companies that boast everything from a Drum Circle to Cooking to get your team engaged, communicating, and more productive. Sure, they may sound like fun, but what makes a team building experience worth the time, money, and effort that is put into it? In my opinion, there is really only one criteria that determines if a team building experience is effective: did it transform your team? Now, understand that one individual experience may not transform your team; however, if you went through a…
  • How Do You Define Adventure

    Will Ratliff
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Last Friday, I was privileged to not only meet Mark Collard, but to also get to spend a day with him working on team building. Mark is the author of several books, as well as the founder of Playmeo, a top-notch resource for team building activities. We spent the day working through a number of team building activities and also talking about his new book and his paradigm for designing the funnest and most adventurous team building programs. Defining Adventure Mark shared his definition of adventure with us: “A situation where you do not know the result or ending.” Often when…
  • 7 Essentials for Team Communication

    Will Ratliff
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    Communication is one of the most important aspects of any team. Without good communication, teams and projects fall apart. Good communication, on the other hand, cultivates trust and catapults teams into success. There are many aspects of good team communication. Let’s focus on seven of those. Inspiring One of the most effective ways to communicate is to inspire. Inspiration is more than talking about action. It speaks of belief and why you do what you do. If you want to have loyal team mates, don’t merely talk about the “what” and the “how”, speak to the…
  • Go Jump Off a Bridge!

    Will Ratliff
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I was standing on a rail looking down into the water. It looked very, very far away. Fear of heights, my old friend, was trying to pull me back off the ledge. My heart was racing, palms sweating, not from the warmth of a summer day in Northern Wisconsin, but from the anxiety gripping me. “One.” Gulp. Am I seriously going to do this? “Two.” Have you ever had that experience where what seems like a million thoughts rush through your head in a split second? “This is NOT a good idea.” “Mom would be so freaking out right now.” “Dad would never…
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  • Parent Notices Meth-Toting “Breaking Bad” Action Figures At Toys ‘R’ Us, Complains

    Laura Northrup
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Should a toy store sell only toys for children? Toys ‘R’ Us is our last nationwide toy retailer, and one parent was horrified to see that the chain sells toy versions of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, the antiheroes of the cable drama “Breaking Bad.” They are wonderfully detailed, down to their accessories: beakers, chili powder, a gun, and…oh, yeah, a tiny bag of blue crystal meth. A Florida mom tells WFTX that she liked the TV program “Breaking Bad,” but doesn’t think that action figures of the main characters belong on the shelves of a toy…
  • Pizza Hut Introduces Sausage-Stuffed Crust, Is Probably Just Messing With Us Now

    Laura Northrup
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Since it first began marketing stuffed-crust pizza, the flavor wizards oer at Pizza Hut have found some very strange things to stuff in there. Marmite? Sure. Fish eggs? Yum. Apple turnovers? Sounds great! Most of the more interesting variations have come out of Pizza Hut’s international branches, and maybe it’s no coincidence that these are doing better. Here’s another example: a pizza surrounded by dough-wrapped fancy sausages, available in Luxembourg. Brand Eating reports that the sausage is called mettwurst, and is a smoked and cured pork sausage with origins in Germany.
  • You May Soon Need Less Of A Down-Payment To Buy A Home

    Chris Morran
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    (Robert Fairchild)One of the biggest hurdle’s to buying a home is coming up with a down-payment. In order to get a mortgage backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, you generally need to come up with at least 5% of the total cost. But the federal regulator overseeing Fannie and Freddie says it has reached a deal that would lower that minimum back down to 3% for some borrowers. In prepared remarks for a speech at the Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Convention in Las Vegas on Monday, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Melvin Watt said his agency had reached an agreement in principle…
  • GM Ignition Switch Death Claims Inch Higher Again; 29 Deaths Now Tied To Decade-Old Defect

    Ashlee Kieler
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    (Listener42)Slowly but surely the General Motors victim compensation plan continues to add new death claims linked to defective ignition switches. This week, as with several previous weeks, the total number of innocent lives lost as a result of the defect increased by two, bringing the new total to 29. Reuters reports that since the program began accepting claims on August 1 it has received 1,517 claims for deaths and injuries related to the decades-long ignition switch defect. Of those claims 56 have been deemed eligible for compensation so far; 29 related to deaths and 27 for injuries.
  • Google Fights Piracy (And Makes A Buck) With Ads For Legal Downloads In Search Results

    Chris Morran
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    These sorts of ads began showing up over the summer when Google users added terms like “torrent” or “DVDrip” to their searches.Have you been wanting to catch up on Game of Thrones but don’t have HBO (or a friend who will share her HBO Go login info)? People who search for things like “Game of Thrones Download” on Google are now being greeted by ads from services offering legal ways to pay for the content you’re after. These sorts of ads began popping up on Google over the summer, but the company refused to acknowledge at the time that they were…
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    Hotel News Resource

  • Best Western Patong Beach Opens in Phuket

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    The hotel was officially opened in a ceremony presided over by Glenn de Souza, Best Western International's Vice President of International Operations for Asia & Middle East, and Maetapong Upatising, Managing Director of the BEST WESTERN Patong Beach.
  • New-Build Radisson Hotel Schaumburg Announced for Chicago Suburb

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Radisson announced the signing of the Radisson Hotel Schaumburg, which will be located at 1998 North Roselle Road. The brand new construction hotel will offer 137 guestrooms and will open in August of 2015.
  • Gabriela Otto Named Managing Director for HSMAI Brasil Chapter

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    The hospitality industry is seeing enormous growth in Brazil, and HSMAI Brasil, headquartered in Sao Paulo, will provide members in the region with the latest globally recognized, industry-accredited certification, educational opportunities and hospitality research.
  • Stuart Becker Named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Value Place

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    In this role, Becker will oversee the company’s finance and accounting functions and will be responsible for the financial management, planning, and operations for each of the brand’s core departments, including property management, real estate and franchise development, construction, and franchise and legal services.
  • The St. Regis, Rome Sold for for €110 Million

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) yesterday announced that it has sold The St. Regis, Rome to subsidiaries of Constellation Hotels Holding Limited for €110 million (approximately $150.7 million USD). Starwood will continue to operate the hotel under the St. Regis brand flag as part of a new long-term management agreement.
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    MIT SMR Management Report

  • Four Steps to Fixing Troubled IT Projects

    Leslie Brokaw
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Declaring to your whole company that the project everyone is excited about is in trouble can be demoralizing. But it’s exactly what can turn the problems around. When health care insurer WellPoint ran into trouble changing its provider payment system, it only turned things around after putting the project into “Status Red.” The project’s big vision is to shift from a model where the company pays physicians based on volume (procedures, visits, admissions) to one where it pays based on “value” (ability to manage costs and improve patient outcomes and quality of care). That…
  • What Makes Great Teams Work?

    Leslie Brokaw
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Superstars get all the attention, but other team members can be the ones who make a group really tick. You’ve seen this at your workplace: some groups of people just perform better than others. The question is: Why? It’s easy to focus on a team’s hotshot, or those with the best numbers who jointly raise their group’s overall performance. But some teams do well because there’s a special alchemy among the team members. Alchemy is intriguing because it’s difficult to pin down. It could come from a team member who’s good at keeping other team members focused, or a member who has an…
  • Who’s Winning With Analytics? A Look At Analytical Innovators

    Leslie Brokaw
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    The 2014 annual global research study by MIT Sloan Management Review and SAS highlights what separates companies that are most sophisticated with using data from the rest. As analytics becomes a common path to business value, many companies are changing how they make decisions, operate and strategize. Whether they are just getting started with analytics or are seasoned practitioners, organizations are being challenged to step up the way they use data in decision-making. The implications for industry competition are clear: companies that incorporate analytics into their culture are finding…
  • China’s Intriguing Experiments in New Product Innovation

    Leslie Brokaw
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Unconventional approaches to innovation by Chinese companies are speeding up new product development, making R&D faster and cheaper. New research shows that Chinese companies are industrializing innovation in surprising — and surprisingly effective — ways. According to Peter J. Williamson and Eden Yin, both of University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, this industrializing of innovation is improving speed and cost by applying lessons from an aspect of manufacturing that seems antithetical to innovation: the production line. “The classic image of innovation, especially…
  • How Social Media Can Amplify Your “Media Ecosystem”

    Leslie Brokaw
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    In an interview with MIT Sloan Management Review, B. Bonin Bough, vice president of global media and consumer engagement for Mondelez International, explains how social media is working in partnership with traditional marketing. In your company, there may be people who ask, “What does our Twitter feed deliver to the bottom line?” It’s a reasonable question. How do you measure the investment a company makes in maintaining its social media presence? At Mondelez International, a $35 billion company created from the split of Kraft Foods and whose brands include Oreo cookies, Cadbury…
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    LT Copywriting - Professional Blog

  • 6 Strange things that make people buy…

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Get them to respond to your direct mail…#1 One is to always have a way for your prospects to contact you immediately. Through the mail, the phone, or the internet. This is perfect to compliment your offer and allow them to instantly respond. Without it, most will never be motivated to do your call to action. Always include a response mechanism. ·         Business reply card, reply envelope, order form, Web site URL, or toll-free number. ·         Self-addressed business reply envelopes.
  • Top 10 ways to write a speech and Increase your Influence

    9 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    The 10 Things you don’t know about writing Speeches How to write a speech? Speech writing is an art in and of itself. Due to the fact you are not writing to read, but writing to be spoken. Because of this, you have to know these fundamental figures…  Average speaker - speaks 100 words per minute  20-minute speech - 2,000 words long (Eight double-spaced, typewritten pages). Best length of time - 20 minutes20 minutes is the opitmal speech time as any time after is considered long-winded, and any time before is not enough time to portray fully what you…
  • 11 Tips for making money in print...

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    11 TIPS FOR WRITING CLEAR COPY In the world, tips are for the most part, are the most important things to us in any industry. They are helpful in remembering what you need to do as well as the seed to change your thinking, and views to turn your world upside down. Inspiring you to take the next step to your success. And the best part, they are easy to remember and many times roll right off the tongue. Now here are 11 tips to effective, clear copy 1.       Put the Reader First Write not for yourself, but others. Unless all they want is you of course. You have to…
  • The Five Writing Habits Killing your Productivity

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
    Habit 1: Being a slave to the squiggly lineWhen writing, do not try to make every word right. Let a few words stay red as you unleash your writing. The reason to let things stay wrong because going back to change every wrong word, interrupts your flow, and makes you have to rethink each time to regain your flow. Letting things stay wrong, and letting the spell checker take charge will free up hours of your time.Habit 2: Being an ever-ready editorWhen writing, do not let your perfectionist take over and continuously rephrase the same sentence over and over, the same paragraph over and over,…
  • Don't make this Mistake on DAY ONE...

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:36 am
    Don't make an "infallible" business plan. Hello there, I am here to represent everyone who has ever made a business plan and after the fact had to immediately throw it out the window once everything got started. Taking us to the main reason we all came for, an ode to why most business plans are a waste of time, energy, and how they are only useful for those who can predict the future. Now let us begin… Having worked with a multitude of businesses and worked on countless business plans, I have come to the conclusion that short-term business plans are in general, a waste of time, energy,…
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    Company Rescue Blog

  • Two disqualified directors sent to prison

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    Following an Insolvency Service investigation, Mark Brafman and Bulbinder Singh Sandhu have been jailed for eight and five months respectively.  They were both sentenced on 16th October after it was revealed they had been acting as directors while disqualified. Brafman had been directing four companies at the same time he was banned from directing and at one point, bankrupt. Sandhu had directed two companies whilst being disqualified.  As well as their sentences, Brafman and Sandhu have been banned for a further 12 years as directors. Liam Mannall, from the Department for Business…
  • Decline in North East company insolvencies

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:46 am
    According to the latest research from insolvency body, R3, businesses in the North East are out-performing the rest of the UK in the retail, transport, manufacturing and marine sectors.  The number of companies showing a ‘high risk’ of insolvency is in fact falling in the North East region, with signs of month-on-month progress in various sectors.  R3 Chair, Allan Kelly has said, “While there's still little room for complacency about our economic position, the general picture across the North-East is one of increasing optimism and improving performance, and the…
  • Was Bredbury Hall forced into insolvency?

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    An interesting report has been released today detailing the circumstances leading up to a business entering insolvency early this year.  According to the report to creditors, the hotel and nightclub venue was pushed into insolvency when investment firm, Promontoria Holding 87 BV, bought the company’s debt of £11.2 million from Lloyds bank.  Promontoria immediately decreased the overdraft from £500,000 to £266,767, claiming it would be withdrawn in March this year. Directors failed to secure credit from other lenders and decided to appoint administrators. Once…
  • Rise in high street shops closing

    9 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    According to research by PwC and the Local Data Company, the number of shops closing on the high street is increasing. In the first half of 2014, shops were closing at twice the rate of the same period last year. A staggering 16 shops were closing every day, a total of 3,003 over the six months.  Despite betting and discount shops doing well, clothes and shoe stores are shutting up shop across the country, along with pawnbrokers and building societies. Looking at regions, the North West, East and West midlands have seen the most store closures while London and the South East show a fall…
  • Specific issues in your industry

    6 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    We have launched a new section on the Company Rescue website designed to help visitors find case studies specific to their industry, such as construction, haulage or retail. Not only that, we have also identified the key problems and potential issues in each sector. Financial problems are common in all industries, however the ones listed here have particular issues that are unique to their sector.  Take a look here:  Wherever you see the 'choose your industry' yellow box, you can click and hover over the drop-down list of industries.
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    Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs

  • Marketing Strategies – Integrity in Marketing

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Do you realize that over 90% of the headlines you read and hear on the news are full of BS? Yep! They’re carefully crafted to shock, seduce and manipulate you to click or not change the channel. Advertising agencies understand that we now live in a short-attention span world and they’re very well-trained to know […] The post Marketing Strategies – Integrity in Marketing appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Marketing Strategies – It’s NOT Google Calling!

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    It’s my goal to teach entrepreneurs marketing strategies and how to navigate the Internet so they can benefit from all the opportunities it brings. However, many people are still reluctant and I can’t say that I blame them especially when there are so many scams going on. It truly outrages me that these things happen […] The post Marketing Strategies – It’s NOT Google Calling! appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Managing Overwhelm

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Today is Sunday and admittedly I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. Not by things I have to do but by things I want to do and don’t have the time. Is anyone with me? Education for the Home Business Entrepreneur – Managing Overwhelm Today I read this article by Mashable called 3 Phrases That Actually Make […] The post Managing Overwhelm appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Complacency is Cancer

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Take a moment of self-reflection. How do you take in information? Do you absorb it? Do you read it and think to yourself that you need to do it? Then a few seconds later the dog barks and you need to take him out – then the thought is lost? Do you revisit it? Do […] The post Complacency is Cancer appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Online Marketing – Let’s Do a Check Up

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    It’s not rocket-science the world around you is changing. The Internet is growing and expanding. As it expands, it creates change. The Internet will create opportunities – coincidently it will also end many industries as we know them. Some businesses will survive – some won’t. The pendulum has swung and now it’s time to get […] The post Online Marketing – Let’s Do a Check Up appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
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    Hyrell Blog

  • How to Get the Budget You Need for Applicant Tracking Software

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    You recognize applying for jobs at your company is not as easy as it should be. You’ve also witnessed the HR department becoming increasingly frustrated with how time consuming and tedious it is to review submissions and communicate with applicants. As your company grows, you need to find a better, more productive way to hire. Through your research, you’ve determined applicant tracking software (ATS) is the best solution. An ATS centralizes the data your company requires during the hiring and recruiting process (from basic applicant contact information and resumes to a full array…
  • Explaining Effective Applicant Communication to Decision Makers

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    There’s no denying searching for jobs can be a lengthy process, so when job seekers find a job they feel is a good fit, they get hopeful. They send in their application materials and eagerly await HR’s response. But more often than not, they never hear back. Poor follow up consistently ranks as one of job seekers’ biggest grievances about the job search. Improving communication between the HR department and job applicants is something you’ve been trying to remedy at your company for a long time. Through your research, you’ve found applicant tracking software…
  • Improve Your Hiring Process to Create a Better Applicant Experience

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    The job market has seen its ups and downs over the past few years and so have job seekers. As we explored in a recent blog, job seekers face plenty of obstacles as they search for work. Oftentimes, HR reps and recruiters can make it more difficult for job seekers to overcome those obstacles. For example, posting a job description that does not accurately describe an open position can leave job seekers unsure as to whether they’re a good fit for the position. Now I know what you’re thinking: It’s not that you’re deliberately trying to make it more difficult for job…
  • 7 Vacation Polices that Shake Up the Status Quo

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Where do we draw the line between chaining our workers to their desks, and letting them run rampant in the streets?  That’s the question that some HR policy makers face when designing (or in some cases, re-designing) a company’s vacation plan. Finding the right balance is no easy task. In a perfect world you would be able to offer your employees the sun, the moon, and the stars... but ultimately you settle for the standard time off for national holidays and (hopefully) 2 weeks paid vacation. However, if you DO have the power to shake up the status quo when it comes to time…
  • Hiring Headaches: What You're Doing to Turn Job Seekers Off

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    If you’ve ever been single, pursuing a relationship of some kind, then you know how unsettling the process can be. One person tries to impress the other, communication flies back and forth, and if, at any point, one person thinks he or she is doing well but the other does not, everything breaks down. The expectations of the eager person are crushed, and the other person moves on in pursuit of something better.  Job seekers face similar perils when job hunting. There’s the anxiety of the unknown and the reality that rejection will probably happen before the search is over. But…
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    Matter Solutions

  • 7 Best Search Operators to help with SEO

    Jen Mackie
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    No matter how much you think you know about Google, there’s always something more we could all learn. It is an unbelievably powerful tool, but if you don’t know how to harness it, you aren’t getting the most out of  ... more »
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Blog Images

    Svanhild Egge
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Look around. The online world is full of interesting and beautiful images, and it’s no accident. The bloggers that do it well spend time tweaking their images to look exactly how they want them to. Maybe you don’t think you  ... more »
  • Make it Count: Optimising Your Content

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:09 pm
        You’ve written a great article, but is it really ready for publishing? Well that all depends on if you are willing to go the extra mile to make it better than great. To make it awesome. Below is  ... more »
  • Dear {{ dubdubdub.developer }}

    Nathan Crowe
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    We are looking for an exceptional web developer to join our team. Continue reading this if you: want to work somewhere where you would be valued and listened to, and because you’re awesome and want to work with other awesome  ... more »
  • What I Learned About Project Management from a Gangster

    Ben Maden
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Preface Let me preface this story by saying before racing to the comments or the project management tips and throwing in your two cents about my gratuitous use of the word gangster in the title please read this. Please understand  ... more »
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    Procurement Sense

  • [Fake Post Idea] Angry employee gets revenge by using CEO’s account to purchase over 100,000 units of Ikea coffee tables.

    Michael Fournier
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Photo by 世書 名付, CC Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 – An angry employee at the Richmond-located start-up Nocurify purchased over 100,000 units of Ikea coffee tables as revenge against his boss. According to the angry employee, upper-management at Nocurify had no direction regarding company spending and company strategy and it was up to him to teach them a lesson. After a brief altercation between the angry employee and his boss regarding operations, the employee enacted revenge by using the company’s spending account to purchase thousands of unnecessary furniture. This action…
  • How to improve procurement related in the organization?

    Michael Fournier
    29 May 2014 | 3:00 am
    How to improve procurement related in the organization? Procurement management comes in numerous forms. Either you can focus on developing procedures or you can implement powerful software. In this article we’re going to discuss the management practices that lead to improving procurement within organizational structures. The above sentence is a bit wordy, but we can break it down a bit easier. According to researchers Chong & Preece (2014), there are two organizational styles when it comes to project management and procurement: projectized organization and non-projectized organization.
  • Procurement Jobs Are Evolving, Favoring Strategic Over Tactical

    26 May 2014 | 3:08 am
    This post originally appeared on by Susan Avery. How can I help? It’s a simple, yet powerful question for procurement and supply management professionals–and the theme that ran through the presentations and discussions at the annual member meeting of PMABoston held recently in Lexington, Mass. PMAB is an affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). Peter Russo, Project Manager with MassMEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) first raised the question during his pre-dinner talk, “Entrepreneurship in Supply Management.” In it, he suggested that…
  • The value of a sustainable supply chain: PWC

    21 May 2014 | 3:01 am
    One would be hard pressed to find a more pervasive buzzword used today than “sustainability.” That seemingly all-consuming word has been applied to everything from our personal purchasing choices, transportation options and living quarters. Numerous companies – typically large firms, but not exclusively – now employ “sustainability officers” to ensure the organization is doing whatever it can in the realm of sustainability. But, although the word is used constantly, what does it mean? What has this omnipresent, almost imposing word actually come to represent? Well, when applied to…
  • What is indirect procurement and why should you care?

    Michael Fournier
    19 May 2014 | 3:00 am
    Originally posted on:!N6BPe Indirect Procurement: Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance How often have you heard of indirect procurement? Indirect procurement being the act of acquiring goods that have no direct impact on a firm’s bottom line. But before we begin, a critical piece to understanding indirect procurement and why we go through with it involves the value chain. The value chain was created by Michael Porter in his 1985 book Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior…
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    Euro Exchange Rate NewsEuro Exchange Rate News

  • Euro (EUR) Exchange Rate Weaker Against Pound (GBP) and US Dollar (USD) on ECB Report

    Matthew Olney
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    Euro (EUR) Exchange Rate Weaker Against Pound (GBP) and US Dollar (USD) on ECB Report The Euro (EUR) exchange rate weakened against the Pound (GBP) and US Dollar (USD) on Tuesday following the release of a report which suggested that the European Central Bank (ECB) is planning to step up its plans to try to revive the flagging Eurozone economy. According to the report, the ECB is planning to buy corporate bonds on the secondary market by as soon as early next year, (some economists believe that the plan could come into effect as soon as December), in an attempt to encourage bank lending to…
  • Euro to Australian Dollar and New Zealand Dollar (EUR/AUD/NZD) Exchange Rates Fall on Chinese Data

    Ollie Carpenter
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Euro to Australian Dollar and New Zealand Dollar (EUR/AUD/NZD) Exchange Rates Fall on Chinese Data Despite reasonably mixed Chinese domestic data on Tuesday, which indicated slowing economic growth, the South Pacific currencies have benefitted from positive Chinese factory output. Meanwhile, the single currency has generally declined against the majority of its most traded currency competitors due to an absence of domestic data. The Euro to Australian Dollar exchange rate is currently trending in the region of 1.4481. The Euro to New Zealand Dollar exchange rate is currently trending in the…
  • Euro to Australian Dollar and New Zealand Dollar (EUR/AUD/NZD) Exchange Rates Fall on Chinese Stimulus

    Ollie Carpenter
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Euro to Australian Dollar and New Zealand Dollar (EUR/AUD/NZD) Exchange Rates Fall on Chinese Stimulus With sentiment towards the single currency still negative thanks to financial-crisis rhetoric, the Euro has struggled to strengthen on Monday. Both the ‘Aussie’ (AUD) and the ‘Kiwi’ (NZD) have been bolstered by a decision from the People’s Bank of China to increase stimulus measures. The Euro to Australian Dollar exchange rate is currently trending in the region of 1.4558. The Euro to New Zealand Dollar exchange rate is currently trending in the region of 1.6060. Over the past…
  • Euro (EUR) Exchange Rate Gains on US Dollar (USD), Softer Against Pound (GBP) in Muted Trading

    Matthew Olney
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Euro (EUR) Exchange Rate Gains on US Dollar (USD), Softer Against Pound (GBP) in Muted Trading The Euro (EUR) advanced against the US Dollar (USD) but was under pressure against the Pound (GBP) on Monday as the markets settled down following last week’s panic. Sentiment towards the Euro remains negative as concerns over the health of the Eurozone economy continues to spook investors. Data released early in the session showed that Producer Price Inflation declined by 1% in September, adding to the 0.9% fall recorded in the preceding month. On a month on month basis German PPI remained…
  • Euro (EUR) Exchange Rate Inches Higher against Pound (GBP) and US Dollar (USD) on Improved Sentiment

    Matthew Olney
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:13 am
    Euro (EUR) Exchange Rate Inches Higher against Pound (GBP) and US Dollar (USD) on Improved Sentiment As the week ends, the Euro managed to recover some ground on the back of improving market sentiment against the Pound (GBP) and US Dollar (USD). The markets took a beating this week with all of the major currencies experiencing huge spikes in volatility. Sentiment improved slightly as traders and investors dusted themselves off following one of the most volatile periods seen in the global financial markets in years. Worries over the health of the global economy and in particular the Eurozone…
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    Growing Earth

  • Planting the Right Tree in the Right Location

    Growing Earth
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    If you’re landscaping, you might be confused about how to choose the best tree for your yard. For sure, finding the proper tree can be problematic if you don’t know much about what grows where, but with a little help, you’ll get it right. Things to Consider The first thing […]
  • Caring for Mid-Atlantic Trees – An Overview

    Growing Earth
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Whether you hail from Maryland, Virginia, or somewhere else in the Mid-Atlantic region, you need to pay close attention to tree care. The right care and maintenance will help ensure that your tree lasts for decades, perhaps longer than your own life. However, failure to care for your trees can […]
  • How to Protect Your Trees

    Growing Earth
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Trees are susceptible to a number of threats, ranging from pests to drought to storms and many, many others. While they might seem largely impermeable, they’re at the mercy of their environment. Trees cannot move themselves to a safer location, nor can they take shelter from high winds or low […]
  • 3 Tips to Growing a Healthy Tree

    Growing Earth
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    So, you’ve got your new tree planted, and you’re just waiting for it to grow and flourish, providing you with shade in the summer, a climbing facility for your kids, and just generally something beautiful to look at whenever you happen to wander over to your window or out into […]
  • Tree Care Guide for the Mid-Atlantic Region

    Growing Earth
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Whether you’re a new homeowner or just looking to improve your property values, landscaping with new saplings or seedlings can be incredibly gratifying. So how do you get it right? First, Be Ready to Commit Taking care of a tree means you’re in it for the long term. Your tree […]
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  • Rents are rising and guarantors will be needed to secure rentals

    Steve C
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    People and companies that have invested in real estate are certainly seeing a nice return at this time. Perhaps in certain areas equity is not building as fast as other areas but one thing for sure is that rents are rising nationwide. In fact rents have gone up at least 25% in the last 2 […] Rents are rising and guarantors will be needed to secure rentals is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post Rents are rising and guarantors will be needed to secure rentals appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • At what point will Canada seal it’s borders to stop U.S. citizens from entering

    Steve C
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    The two north American countries continually have major disagreements with the far left views of the current U.S. government. Canada will have little to do with that moving forward. The most recent incident is that of the Keystone pipeline. Despite the fact that the Keystone Pipeline will create massive amounts of jobs for the American […] At what point will Canada seal it’s borders to stop U.S. citizens from entering is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post At what point will Canada seal it’s borders to stop U.S. citizens from entering appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • The Killing of Gaddafi and Ongoing Coalition Between Libya and Italy

    Steve C
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Col. Muammar Gaddafi  as we all know was found by the NTC and while they claimed he was killed in a firefight,  videos that quickly surfaced all over the internet showed the truth. We were told that NATO forces bombed the cars that were fleeing and both Gaddafi and his son were able to hide […] The Killing of Gaddafi and Ongoing Coalition Between Libya and Italy is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post The Killing of Gaddafi and Ongoing Coalition Between Libya and Italy appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • Protecting Americans from Ebola, Really?

    Steve C
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    If anything was ever chaotic or has the ability to become chaotic, Ebola certainly is high up on that list. I wholeheartedly blame this government for not sealing off west Africa to begin with as they had the power to do. This Ebola has the power to shrink the population drastically with an over 90% […] Protecting Americans from Ebola, Really? is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post Protecting Americans from Ebola, Really? appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • The Bias and Censorship of the City-Data Forum

    Steve C
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    City-Data a supposedly well known United States forum is actually no different from that of CNN or any of the other bias news media outlets or worse, they are actually a forum that is while domain info states IL, people routinely say it is based in Korea. This can be one of several things, it could […] The Bias and Censorship of the City-Data Forum is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post The Bias and Censorship of the City-Data Forum appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
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    Number Direct » Articles

  • How Businesses Can Cut Telecoms Costs

    7 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    There are a number of practical ways for UK businesses to cut their telecom costs, meaning they will have money to better spend elsewhere. The post How Businesses Can Cut Telecoms Costs appeared first on Number Direct.
  • Mobile Telecoms Industry In Scotland

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:06 am
    Telecoms across Scotland and the UK have changed over the years. But after the referendum, what is the current state of the Scottish mobile telecom industry? The post Mobile Telecoms Industry In Scotland appeared first on Number Direct.
  • What The Experts Are Saying About The iPhone 6

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    Critics and consumers alike watched with anticipation as Tim Cook announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Did the products live up to the expectations? We look at what the experts are saying. The post What The Experts Are Saying About The iPhone 6 appeared first on Number Direct.
  • The Mobile Network That’s Making You Pay For Good Customer Service

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:06 am
    A decent level of customer service should be part and parcel of a company. But one mobile network in the UK is shaking this system up in a controversial way. The post The Mobile Network That’s Making You Pay For Good Customer Service appeared first on Number Direct.
  • Could Karbonn’s £26 Handset Be The Dark Horse Of The Phone Market?

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    There is a fierce new competitor in the low-end game that threatens to shake up the market even more: the Karbonn A50S. The post Could Karbonn’s £26 Handset Be The Dark Horse Of The Phone Market? appeared first on Number Direct.
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    Self Made Businessman

  • Mastermind Groups Vs. The Mastery Vs. The DC Vs. The Fastlane Forum

    Dave Schneider
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Recently I’ve been asked a few questions about mastermind groups, as well as The Mastery, The Dynamite Circle and The Fastlane Forum. Things like: How do I join? What is the difference (which is better)? Do I need to be in all of them? I am in two mastermind groups, and I am also a paying member of both The Fastlane Forum and The Dynamite Circle. While I am far from an expert on the topic I do feel I can provide some insight that will help inform your decision making process, if you are thinking about joining any of these communities. The Basics Some of you might not be aware of what…
  • $15,000 Entrepreneur’s Toolkit GIVEAWAY

    Dave Schneider
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Everyone loves a giveaway, so how about 80? In honor of the upcoming launch of my new blogger outreach software, NinjaOutreach, I decided to organize a giveaway. The result? 43 companies have generously provided 82 prizes valued at over $15k! Let me give you the basic logistics before diving into the full details: The giveaway runs from October 16th to the 30th, after which the winners will be selected and notified. At the bottom of this article you’ll find a link to a specific giveaway page – click it Answer the question and add your email (completely free) Confirm your entrance…
  • Why I Am Not The CEO Of A Multi Million Dollar Business

    Dave Schneider
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Recently I had the opportunity to catch up with an old friend, Zack Johnson (not the blogger). Zack is the CEO of Syndio Social, a software company that helps companies roll out behavioral changes across their organization. Syndio Social is a fast growing company that has been featured in many of the nation’s top publications, such as Entrepreneur. I don’t have any public or private information around how much the company is worth, but my gut tells me it’s north of 20 million. Naturally, Zack is a pretty big figure in his space, and he has given a bunch of talks at various…
  • The Seven Types Of Virtual Assistants That Grow Your Business

    Dave Schneider
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    The following is a guest post by my friend Craig Hewitt, who has recently started a staffing business at OutsourceHound. OutsourceHound solves the problem of finding reliable, skilled developers for projects, which require Ruby on Rails. In my experience there is no “One Size Fits All” solution to outsourcing a part of your business.  Let’s face it, none of us are all-knowing, and have endless free time in our days.  So why would we think that those that we hire to help our business should be any different? Let’s assume that there are a certain number of types of…
  • Monthly Growth Report – September 2014

    Dave Schneider
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Welcome to the September monthly growth report here at Every month I give a status check on the progress of the website and have a candid chat with my audience about what’s working and what isn’t. You can see past monthly growth reports. Some of the main benefits of doing this are holding myself accountable on my goals, as well as keeping myself and this website “grounded”. By that I mean, it’s important to show that I do NOT have all the answers and most importantly that I don’t think I do either. These monthly reports will show…
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  • Inbound Marketing Rising, Here Is The Proof

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    Do you know, 200 million American users have listed their phone numbers into FTC’s do not call list. 91%of email users have unsubscribed from your company email list because of excessive advertisement?  86% viewer always skips TV commercials. 44% of direct email is never opened. So what is going to be your marketing method? The answer is Inbound Marketing. According to Hubspot, Inbound Marketing is rising tremendously since 2006. If you are an online marketer who is still confused about the rising of inbound marketing, this infographic is a nice proof for you. Inbound Marketing…
  • 21 Rules For Effective Social Media Marketing Strategies

    Riazul Islam Rejon
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:29 am
    Hello guyzz, today, I am going to share an inphographic about rules of using social media marketing strategies more effectively. This inphographic has been collected from This work will give you a quick overview of 21 rules for effective social media marketing strategies. So What are the 21 Rules For Effective Social Media Marketing Strategies?  The post 21 Rules For Effective Social Media Marketing Strategies appeared first on
  • Google’s 27th Panda Update Panda 4.1 Is Rolling Out

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Google search spam team is constantly working on improving search quality. In this process they have come with another panda update. Which has been named as Panda 4.1 by Danny Sullivan in his article in Search Engine Land. In a Google + post Google official Pierre Far has confirmed Google is rolling out panda in 4.1 this week. Around 3-4% search queries will be affected through this algorithm update based on location. This update will be beneficial for some website owners and some other will be affected badly. Panda 4.1 is another quality upgrade by Google, which will identify low quality…
  • What You Should Know About Your Customers?

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Satisfied customers will give your business a new life. If you are an e-business owner and want to make your business successful you must always know some facts about your customers to make them satisfied. Today’s infographic will show you that, what should know about your customers for getting maximum customer loyalty. So, What You Should Know About Your Customers? Infograpic courtesy: Featured Image from: Pixabay The post What You Should Know About Your Customers? appeared first on
  • How Inbound Marketing Works ?

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Today, I am going to share an infographic about how inbound marketing works. This infographic was found in and originally created by, Grass Roots Marketing. So, How Inbound Marketing Works ? The post How Inbound Marketing Works ? appeared first on
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  • Helping clients is our #1 priority.

    2 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Get a sneak peak to what Baker Creative has been up to. #bakercreative,#columbus, OH,#education [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 5 indicators my company needs public relations?

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Public relations can be an invaluable tool to amp up your word of mouth. It can range from educating your … Continue reading → [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tips to get fast relief when working is a “pain in the neck”

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Is going to work making you sick? Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) are conditions caused by placing too much stress on … Continue reading → [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What do PR professionals do anyway?

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Many think public relations has become “a spin doctor” in folks’ minds. PR professionals don’t write ads, write stories for … Continue reading → [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 3 Tips to destress in today’s fast paced world

    3 Sep 2014 | 4:06 pm
    We can relate to running from one commitment to another all day long, which has you feeling empty and on edge. … Continue reading → [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Colin Burnett's Wealth Creation Blog

  • How To Start a Blog

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:36 am
    A Step by Step Guide on How to Start a Blog I hope you are ready to get into learning how to start a blog! So my name is Colin Burnett and I come from the sunshine state of Queensland in Australia. Yes, you are right, there aren’t that many blogs out there from Australians. Well at least not high ranking and not about how to make money with Internet and Affiliate Marketing. This might all be mumbo jumbo to you right now but stick around and let me explain some stuff today. Let’s start with this video. How to Start a Blog (and why even do it). Well that is one method anyway. I used…
  • Internet Marketing Melbourne

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Internet Marketing Melbourne Are you looking for more information on Internet Marketing Melbourne? If so, you have come to the right place During my time as an Internet marketer and affiliate blogger, I have seen a lot of things come and go. I mean SEO and stuff like that changes fairly quickly so unless you have people do SEO for you, you need to stay up to date with current trends to stay ahead. The world of business is getting more competitive and this is due to the emergence of different online companies all throughout the world. Since the field is indeed getting more complicated, you…
  • How to use Facebook Adds

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    How To Use Facebook Adds I hope you are excited to be here and ready to learn how to use Facebook Adds! Most people who are engaged in Facebook advertising have one simple goal and that is to increase their sales. If you are one of those business owners, it is very normal that your preferred end result for your business activities is to increase your sales. Today, there are business activities that will greatly help you and your company increase your sales instantly through using Facebook ads. According to researches, Facebook ads can be defined as the ultimate bread winner that is…
  • Lead Generation Sydney

    2 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    Lead Generation Sydney Hey there! Before we talk lead generation Sydney, let me introduce myself. I am Colin Burnett, originally from a farm in North Queensland Australia. While I still enjoy the farming life, I have been on a massive journey of personal development and travel over the past few years. I started off a very shy and insecure farm kid and have grown in confidence and knowledge during my travels. It has been an amazing journey so far and I invite you to read my blog and see what I get up to! Leads Leads are being generated through the use of the surveyed or optimized databases…
  • Internet Marketing Brisbane

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
    Internet Marketing Brisbane How much do you know about Internet Marketing Brisbane? The Internet has been widely used all throughout the world and influenced how people live their daily lives. Internet marketing is something that has evolved over the last decade into a legitimate opportunity for individuals to get in and make money. Internet marketing is one of the marketing strategies being used by most companies to  gain a massive edge against their competition. This include easier promotion of products and services without spending large amount of money compared with traditional methods…
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    Biz Epic

  • Man Clinically Treated for “Google Glass Addiction Syndrome”

    Chad Stewart
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I guess this shouldn't come as a shock really. How many people do you know, yourself included, who're addicted to a smartphone or tablet -- Facebook or Twitter -- etc, etc.? The guy discussed in this video really was treated for Google Glass Addiction -- no hype! I'll link to a CNN article after the video, so you guys can get the full lowdown on this breaking story. The post Man Clinically Treated for “Google Glass Addiction Syndrome” appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • Acer is Taking Technology and Education to the Next Level in South Africa

    Chad Stewart
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    If you're from North America, Europe, or the UK, you'll be shocked at the service levels that Acer, South Africa is offering Tshwane University of Technology. Is this a step in the right direction for improved service levels, or a clever branding move on the part of the 4th largest PC vendor on the planet? The post Acer is Taking Technology and Education to the Next Level in South Africa appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • ONE Mistake that Ruins Your Twitter Conversations

    Ivan Widjaya
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
    Gary Vaynerchuk, the social media superstar/entrepreneur/investor/author, creates a video that can explain the use of '@' symbol in Twitter in a crystal-clear manner. The post ONE Mistake that Ruins Your Twitter Conversations appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • Million and Billion Dollar Inventions That Were Purely by Accident

    Chad Stewart
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    While it's often believed that you have to work your butt off 18 hours a day, 7 days a week in order to make millions, these million and billion dollar ideas of the past century happened purely by accident. The post Million and Billion Dollar Inventions That Were Purely by Accident appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • Business Blunders That Led to Billions for Some and Financial Ruin for Others

    Chad Stewart
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    Did you know that Excite had a chance to buy Google ($60b annual earnings), the second richest brand on the planet, for $750k back in the 90's? In fact, have you ever heard of Excite at all? Probably not, and that's what makes this video so interesting. The post Business Blunders That Led to Billions for Some and Financial Ruin for Others appeared first on Biz Epic.
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    Top 2014 Christmas Gift Ideas | Best All Time Thanksgiving Recipes

  • iPhone Accessories Rule Top Ten Christmas Gift Ideas 2014 Best Buy at Amazon?

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:42 am
    So is it Amazon this Christmas 2014 that will have all of the best prices for iPhone accessories? What are the best, most requested, iPhone accessory as a Christmas gift idea in 2014? Not into iPhone 6 yet? No Worries! We have the hot lists for other models of the iPhone. Does Amazon really have the lowest prices? […] The post iPhone Accessories Rule Top Ten Christmas Gift Ideas 2014 Best Buy at Amazon? appeared first on Top 2014 Christmas Gift Ideas | Best All Time Thanksgiving Recipes.
  • Best Thanksgiving Recipes of All Time, Top Ten Christmas Gift Ideas for 2014

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    It's already starting to feel like Thanksgiving and Christmas 2014 are right around the corner and that's because they are! So now it's time for us to start making our list of the best Thanksgiving recipes of all time. We may as well add the top 10 Christmas 2014 gift ideas, or at least links […] The post Best Thanksgiving Recipes of All Time, Top Ten Christmas Gift Ideas for 2014 appeared first on Top 2014 Christmas Gift Ideas | Best All Time Thanksgiving Recipes.
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    Industry Leaders Magazine

  • Dudley Warns U.S. Banks to Curb Culture that Breeds Misdeeds or Be Broken Up

    Anna Domanska
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    William C. Dudley, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York William C. Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, has warned banks to change the way employees are compensated and to undertake a few more measures to fix their corporate culture that breeds misdeeds or acclimatize to being broken up. Dudley roughed out a few ideas at a workshop on Monday attended by senior officials from Wall Street’s largest banks, in addition to federal controllers on reforming Wall Street’s culture and behavior. Delegates from JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs,…
  • Mozilla Rolls Out A New Browser-Based Video Chat Service Firefox Hello

    Christy Gren
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    Firefox Hello provides more value to Firefox users by making it easier to communicate with your friends and family who might not have the same video chat service, software or hardware as them. Mozilla, the maker of popular Firefox browser has a brand new feature coming very soon. It’s gearing up to take on services like Skype and Viber with a new browser-based video and voice chat feature called Firefox Hello. The new software is still in beta stage and is scheduled to get its public rollout in the coming weeks. “Firefox Hello provides more value to Firefox users by making it easier to…
  • You’re living in the Future if Websites can Design Themselves

    Anna Domanska
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    The Grid calls itself “AI websites that design themselves”. The thesaurus really needs to consider adding one expression – ‘building a website’ equals ‘a labyrinthine task’ to keep a track of our emotions and millions of tears that were shed by amateur site owners. The world of web development now looks a little grim, doesn’t it? The good side of this torturous territory is that opportunists have transformed it into a profitable industry which is still in its infancy. Not convinced? Simply look at the success savored by WordPress and Squarespace. However, with all those…
  • OnePlus One pre-orders to kickoff on October 27 – but only for an hour

    Christy Gren
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    (Image: OnePlus Smartphone) The OnePlus One smartphone from OnePlus has mesmerized gadget enthusiasts since early this year, primarily for two reasons: the high-end handset has a ridiculously low price tag and secondly the handset can only be purchased through invite. But that’s all about to change as the OnePlus One will be within reach of everyone starting next week. According to an announcement from the company, pre-orders for its One smartphone are due to open at 11am EST on October 27. The Chinese startup will allow anyone to order the One on Oct. 27, regardless of whether…
  • Warren Buffett could possibly lose $1 billion as IBM Stocks Tumble

    Carrie Ann
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    (Image: Warren Buffett) This come just after Warren Buffet admitted to having made a “huge mistake” by buying a near four percent stake in Tesco PLC. The plunge in IBM’s shares on Monday has left Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, the latest company with a 7 percent stake in the technology giant, to possibly lose over $1 billion. Buffett, of incredible wealth and an extremely frugal lifestyle, the man behind Berkshire’s investment success, invested around $10.9 billion three years ago securing a stake in IBM Corp. and has since then bought more. With IBM’s gloomy revelation on…
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    Potknox Blog

  • The Key Factor to Consider When Choosing An IT Solutions Provider
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    Choosing an IT Solutions Provider is no joke, whether you’re a big company (and your every move is being watched), or a small company (where every seemingly invisible move can cost a fortune). There is no dearth of literature on the factors to consider when choosing an IT solutions provider, but most of these focus on the company as whole. Hidden under the reputation and performance history however, is a team of developers who are currently employed to satisfy every individual client’s needs. You may know everything you need to about the company itself- but how much do you know…
  • Are Your In House Screening Tools Failing You?
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Using Skill Tests- either online or offline- to screen coders and programmers and shortlist them for interviews is hardly a new practice. Technical recruiters all over the globe use them in some form or the other, never relying entirely on resumes and interviews for such a skill-based role. A large number of them- especially in startups, as we’ve discovered- still depend on in-house tools, which begs the question, is that really the right move? Related: What Good Is A Coder Who Can’t Code? As recruiters, we use Screening Tests to test the coding and programming skills of a…
  • The Latest, Smartest Anti-Cheating Mechanisms
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    Jack is going through the Java test scores of the 100 or so job applicants who took the online screening test he created with Potknox. 30 candidates scored above 80%, 12 above 90, and 2, a whopping 100%. He is tempted to call in those two- Drake and Josh- for interviews, immediately. But then he sees something strange. At the 33rd minute of the test, a generated screenshot shows Jack that Drake was looking at Wikipedia to answer an MCQ question. At the 47th minute, he notices Drake is having a telephone conversation with someone and noting down what he is being told. At the 56th minute, Drake…
  • Up In The Clouds: The Rise of SaaS
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Cloud computing has revolutionized the way people store and access data, making life unimaginably simpler for a large number of us. People can now store their data on an offshore server and access it from anywhere at any time, which means there is no need to carry bulky storage devices around to make sure you have the data you need. Cloud computing is all about accessing data at the exact moment you need it, and not a moment later. But for many of us, the transition is too big to stomach up so soon, and there are still some gaps in our understanding. Well, let’s jump on the knowledge…
  • Lateral Hiring: How Online Skill Assessment Helps
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:43 am
    Hiring experienced professionals is an incredibly demanding task for any recruiter. The most important thing when making an impactful decision such as this, is: Am I missing out on Talent?  So how can you reduce the risk of making a bad hire, or worse, missing out on a good one? Can a Skill Assessment Tool like Potknox really capture the essence of an experienced candidate’s abilities- not just the possession of a faculty, but the ability to productively apply it? Yes, and here’s how: 1. Multi-Competency Assessments Tests created with Potknox test technical, aptitude,…
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    Tele-Center » Blog

  • The Role of Political Campaign Call Centers

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Political campaign call centers can play an important role in upcoming elections, especially as smaller campaigns scramble to mobilize voters and increase voter turnout. When small campaigns have trouble organizing enough volunteers to begin with, setting up a phone bank can be a problem. This is where a call center is mission critical. They have a trained staff who can easily follow any scripts, measure results, and call the most number of voters within a specific period of time. Here are four factors to consider when finding a call center to manage your campaign. Do the operators “sound…
  • Call Center Partners Integrating Social Media into CRM

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Customer call center partners that use their CRM in their call center operations have a new arrow in their quiver. Many CRM software providers are now integrating social media information into their software, providing customer service, marketing, and sales staff the ability to find information on their customers’ Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn social media platforms. Future-thinking call center partners are embracing social media as one more channel for support and interaction–as well as business intelligence–but historically, social media was an unusual addition to their…
  • Call Center Outsourcing – Onshore, Offshore or Nearshore?

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    When choosing call center outsourcing, should you go with onshore, offshore, or nearshore? What’s the best choice? Is one solution better than the others? Of course not. There never is. But there is a choice that’s right for your company when outsourcing your call center services. Let’s look at the difference between the three, and find the option that’s ideal for you. Onshore means the outsourced call center (or other services) is located in your home country. The labor pool is highly skilled, and there are little to no language or cultural barriers. And if…
  • Five Reasons to Outsource Your Seasonal Call Center

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Whether you maintain a regular call center or only run a seasonal business, now is the time to start thinking about staffing up your seasonal call center. Depending on the kind of business you run, you may want to consider outsourcing your holiday season call center work. Here are five reasons why call center outsourcing makes sense: 1. Eliminate recruiting and training costs You know how hard it can be to recruit for your call center already, but now you have to add 30% more staff? And you have to train them, bring them up to speed, and replace the ones who leave in the middle of the season?
  • Creating a Culture That Helps Call Center Agents Perform

    15 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    Helping your call center agents increase their performance can be difficult at times. It can feel like trying to hit a moving target. But with a few new practices and ideas, you can create a culture of achievement within your call center. Here are a few performance-boosting ideas you can use. 1. Reward Performance, Don’t Punish Failure Create a management culture where agents strive to meet goals, rather than trying to clear the “bare minimum.” Reward people who meet their goals, rather than punishing call center agents who do not meet them. If people are worried only about…
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  • Let’s All be Human to One Another

    Maria Ranahan
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Last week, I was walking with a friend when she noticed the brassy sheen of a penny on the sidewalk. “Find a penny, pick it up; all day long you’ll have good luck!” She said Easily amused by the little things in life, she bent down to grab the coin, only to find out that it wasn’t, in fact, heads-up. Now for those of you who aren’t versed in the luck factor of pennies, it’s useless if you find it face down. So what did my friend do? Instead of leaving it there to disappoint the next person, or even pick it up despite it’s lack of luck, she simply…
  • Maximizing Opportunity Podcast: Love

    Derek Rudel
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    This episode of Maximizing Opportunity puts love out in the open. Brian and Derek explore why it’s not uncommon to see people showing displays of love—from the man hug to talking about the things you love—but why are we so hesitant, inside the walls of a corporate structure, to express love? To say things like, I love you… I care about you… I want good things for you. The in studio guest is a champion for love, and kindness, and is the perfect guest to discuss this topic. Marc Landsberg is the founder and CEO of socialdeviant, the kindest company in the world. His goal was to…
  • Quick Tips to Rock Your Next Presentation

    Maria Ranahan
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    Stage fright. Glossophobia. Those pesky little butterflies in your stomach. They all mean the same thing for a majority of individuals: public speaking can be a dreaded task. We’ve compiled a brief list of tips that can help keep your heart rate at a steady pace and the sweaty palms to a minimum… giving you the freedom to rock your next presentation! Your audience will be holding up their lighters and asking for an encore in no time.  If you’d like more personalized SquarePlanet wisdom to really learn the in’s and out’s of giving an effective presentation…
  • 5 Ways to Be a Pirate

    Derek Rudel
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, the crew at SquarePlanet felt it extremely necessary to share 5 ways you can be a pirate today! We can’t help ourselves, it’s kind of our thing—from our schtick to our mantra, made famous by Steve Jobs: “Why join the Navy, when you can be a pirate?” Starting in reverse order! 5 –  Dress Up If you’re in Chicago, we’ve got a bunch of pirate gear you can try on if you want to swing by the office. We’ll feature you as one of our Guest Pirates! If you have your own supply, feel free to Facebook,…
  • Maximizing Opportunity Podcast: Relationships

    Derek Rudel
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    This episode of Maximizing Opportunity shines a light on relationships. No, not the romantic kind! Brian and Derek feature several stories and interviews with a focus on being connected with people. A flashback to Brian’s past reveals why the name Todd will impact every Todd he meets, and how he unofficially changed one Todd’s name to Eddie. He then shows his appreciation for the Joe’s of the world, thanks to a special relationship with a one Joe Tortorich–a man that chose to work for his former high school instead of a big name firm… a man who is authentically…
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    Netscribes Blog

  • PayUMoney strengthens its market base by acquiring Eashmart

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am
    Online transactions have been a rage in the recent years. From Google Wallet to Apple Pay, various companies are trying to move consumers to online payment for products. Keeping in with the trend, PayUMoney, the online payment solution wing of PayUIndia, has further expanded its client base by acquiring Eashmart, a mobile based application for making payments. The concerned companies have chosen not to disclose the details of the deal. However, the innovative features of the app, Eashmart, are expected to increase the clientele of PayUMoney. The app allows one to use their credit card, debit…
  • Protect your intellectual property online!

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    Being an active member on all social media platforms is crucial to all businesses, regardless of its size. With technology at the realm across all platforms now, organizations are now present on sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and even Pinterest. Although these tools have extensive benefits, these also have their repercussions.  There have been instances where businesses have found that their products or domain names have already been taken by other companies, who are misusing their brand as a result. In other cases, there might exist someone who is reproducing content taken…
  • Becton Dickinson buys CareFusion as the company goes for a one-in-all approach

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Becton Dickinson, an US based manufacturer of products used to administer drugs, has decided to buy CareFusion, another US based company, which manufactures equipment for storing and delivering drugs. The companies are anticipating this USD 12 billion deal to carve the path for making their venture an all-in-one stop for healthcare products. Recently, there has been a lot of hue and cry over the high costs of healthcare products. Market analysts speculate that Becton Dickinson is likely to use this merger to bring down the price of their products. Moreover, as they are planning to expand…
  • L&T set to acquire the technological services wing of Dell

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    Larsen and Tourbo (L&T), the global infrastructure and manufacturing giant, is all set to acquire the engineering services division of Dell. This will further expand the newly created tech services arm of L&T, named L&T Technological services. The amount for which the deal has been settled has not been disclosed by either of the companies. The Competition Commission has already passed the proposal; however, it is yet to be cleared by the US regulators. Once the deal goes through, L&T will have access to the global clientele list of Dell, as well as the delivery centers that…
  • Zomato eyes the Billion dollar club

    10 Oct 2014 | 2:57 am
    After acquiring several companies in the past few months, Zomato is looking to raise more money, almost USD 200 million from private equity players as it is now eyeing to enter USA which is hailed as one of the largest casual dining markets. If the company raises the required amount, it would soon enter the Billion dollar club and share space with the likes of Flipkart, Snapdeal, MakeMyTrip, Mu Sigma and InMobi. Recent research shows that Zomato has a pre money valuation of USD 800 million which is expected to go even higher. The funding round would see participants like Sequoia Capital,…
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    Tradeindia Blog

  • Search marketing: fast, smart and effective

    Tradeindia Editor
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Search Marketing or Search Engine Marketing(SEM) is a process of attracting and getting more traffic and visibility through various paid and unpaid online efforts. It is one of the most cost effective marketing options. Every business should make maximum use of search marketing for getting more clients and online visibility and also for creating brand awareness. Some of the reasons why search engine marketing is a better and smarter way of marketing are: Excellent and earliest exposure: Sponsored links and ads are usually displayed at the top of the search result pages which help them in…
  • Make-In-India: India’s Invitation to Global Manufacturers

    Tradeindia Editor
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Indian PM Narendra Modi launched ‘Make in India’ initiative with an aim of converting the country into a manufacturing hub. The initiative will attract the domestic and international manufacturers for producing in India which will not only support the Indian manufacturing industry but will also lead to the generation of thousands of jobs in the sector. ‘Make-in-India’ involves lenient or easy going legal investment procedure which makes it easy for the investors to invest in Indian manufacturing industry. Some of the main features of the Make in India initiative are:…
  • Duplicated Products: A growing problem

    Tradeindia Editor
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Duplicate products are not new to any kind of market. Be it local market, rural market, urban market, international market or online stores, duplicate products are present every where. According to a study conducted by ASSOCHAM (Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India), the current market size of fake or counterfeit products in India is around Rs 45,000 Crore. Delhi alone accounts for 70% of the total production of counterfeit products in the country. You can find countless duplicate products with similar packing, color, name, logo and design as the original branded products. The…
  • Smartphones- The smarter way of doing business

    Tradeindia Editor
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    In this era of digital developments and technical advancements, Smartphones can work as the perfect technical solution for all of your business needs. A variety of apps and software are being developed which can serve as your helping hand in your daily business operations. Some of the business apps that may be extremely useful for running your business efficiently are: QuickBooks: Quickbooks is an excellent accounting software that can help you manage all your business financial activities easily. Quick book helps in sending invoices, accepting payments, scanning receipts, tracking sales and…
  • How to generate more business leads

    Tradeindia Editor
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    Generating business lead is a tough task for Small businesses and new start ups because of their limited marketing budgets and lack of brand identity in the market. Customers are the base of every business, so you have to bring and attract more and more customers to grow your business. There are some of the simple ways which can help you in generating maximum business leads. Some of them are: Get online: Online presence is of prime importance and can serve you with many business leads. Get your business listed with several B2B portals and other online listings, create your social media pages…
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  • Nobel Peace prize goes to Malala youngest ever to receive such honor

    10 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
    Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyrathi have won the Nobel Peace prize. The two were named winner of the £690,000 (8m kronor or $1.11m) prize by the chairman of the Nobel committee – Norway’s former prime minister Thorbjoern Jagland – on Friday morning. On October 9, 2012 Taliban […]
  • FBI vs StealthGenie: First-ever criminal case concerning spyware app

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Hammad Akbar, a 31-year-old who is the CEO of a company called InvoCode which created an app called StealthGenie allowing users to spy on other people’s mobile devices was indicted on US criminal charges, officials said Monday. To install the app, customers needed physical control of the target’s phone for just a few minutes. It then sent all […]
  • Denza: China’s BYD new electric car with Daimler

    27 Sep 2014 | 10:44 pm
    The first EV from Daimler and BYD’s joint venture, Denza, soon will see the road, with up to 300 km Mileage, whether in the city or elsewhere. In terms of battery charging, DENZA potential to provide the greatest flexibility. Whether it is a household power outlet, public charging infrastructure or can be installed in the […]
  • :-) I hope nobody forgot today is the birthday of smiley

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:33 am
    On September 19, 1982, Scott Fahlman from Carnegie Mellon University first proposed using the emoticon  to mark jokes from serious posts in online message boards. It dominated a large part of our daily life, drove business, the most common one we know is the yellow guy. According to wikipedia, The smiley was first introduced to popular culture as part of a […]
  • New Mexico Dairy Farm: Everyone, you are all fired (reason: animal cruelty )!

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    A dairy farm fired all employees and referred the offenders in the video to law enforcement, according the the Associated Press. They have also stopped dairy shipments and milking operations and sent cows to other area farms. Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals captured video secretly recorded video apparently showing workers punching and kicking cows and stabbing […]
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    getAbstract Blog

  • The 6 Best TED Talks for Communicators

    Hannah Litman
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    TED, founded in 1984 as a one-off event, in Monterey, California, has grown into a global set of conferences sharing “Ideas Worth Spreading” in the technology, entertainment and design industries (hence, TED). The no-longer-than 18-minute talks are live-streamed over the Internet, for optimal “spread,” and are meant to be both innovative and engaging. Few disappoint. And, especially in recent years, TED Talks have gone on to achieve notoriety for their medium and their messaging; not to mention, the messengers, who have included notorious voices of the 21st-century zeitgeist, such as…
  • Winners Announced for the 2014 getAbstract International Book Award

    Linda Wohlfarth
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    A celebration of this year’s most innovative, influential, and powerful nonfiction works Every year, the world-class editors at getAbstract read through the most inspiring, outstanding, and enlightening English and German nonfiction business literature available, and choose four recipients of the getAbstract International Book Award. Here is a look at the 2014 winners announced during the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany. English Data Crush by Christopher Surdak, AMACOM A Division of American Management Association The Frackers by Gregory Zuckerman, Portfolio, Penguin USA, A Penguin Random…
  • The 3 Secrets to Becoming the Charismatic Leader You Always Wanted to Be

    Peggy Eyssallenne
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Have you ever met someone and immediately thought, “Wow, that person has charisma”? Perhaps you’ve followed that thought up with an “I wish I could command a room like that”. The question of charisma being innate vs. learned is almost as old as the chicken/egg question. For a long time, experts ‘proved’ that charismatic leaders were born, not made. Companies are always searching for those ‘charismatic’ leaders – the Steve Jobs that was born ready to take their profits to the Promised Land by inspiring and mobilizing employees and fostering customer followership. Today,…
  • 5 Business Trends That Can’t Be Ignored

    Hannah Litman
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    This has been an interesting year for businesses as we saw many shifts in consumerism, marketing, production and the workplace itself. Here, our top 5 business trends that you just can’t ignore: 1. Go Big or Go Home We began to hear a lot about Big Data over the course of this year. What is Big Data? It’s a collection of data sets that is so large it is difficult to process by traditional data processing applications. It makes our list not only because it is one of the year’s new business buzz phrases but also because clever entrepreneurs and innovators are creating tools and…
  • Finalists Announced for the 2014 getAbstract International Book Award

    Linda Wohlfarth
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    Now in its fourteenth year, getAbstract honors ten critically acclaimed nonfiction books from the past year’s business literature. This is the longest-running international business book award program and celebrates English and German-language works. Previous winners include celebrated authors such as George A. Akerlof, Phil Rosenzweig, Jared Diamond and Detlev S. Schlichter. “I feel honored to have received this award in previous years from an organization that has a reputation for quality analysis and review of business books,” said Robert J. Shiller, Nobel Laureate and Yale…
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    Frank Diana's Blog

  • The Smart City

    Frank Diana
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    Next up in this ongoing look at disruptive scenarios is the Smart City. For the first time in history, more than 50% of the world’s population lives in cities, and that percentage moves to 70% by 2050. This visual effectively captures the dramatic move towards urbanization: In addition to rapid urbanization, the global population of […]
  • IT and Business Integration

    Frank Diana
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:36 pm
    The CMO and CIO relationship discussion has been raging for months, and there is a growing perspective that IT budget ownership will shift from IT to the business. Add to this the growing list of new executive roles, and the role of CIO could look very different in the near future. I recently participated in a […]
  • The Sharing Economy

    Frank Diana
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    Something Economy: seems like a popular trend – stick a word in front of economy and use it to describe the next big thing. Some of these words are: Peer, Maker, Sharing, Gig, Collaborative, Green, Circular, Mesh, Digital, Innovation, semantic, and more. This combining of words speaks to the truly disruptive nature of the early […]
  • Geoffrey Moore on Disruption

    Frank Diana
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    In a recent Post, Geoffrey Moore expands his Systems of Engagement (SOE) vision to focus on disruption. Many by now are familiar with his views on SOE and next generation edge architecture. Mr. Moore describes a future dominated by Social and Mobile on the client side and Analytics and Cloud on the server side. In […]
  • Combinations and Disruption

    Frank Diana
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    A recent Report by John Hagel and others describes how the exponential improvement in technology is driving exponential innovation. The core technology building blocks (computing power, storage and bandwidth) continue unabated on a cost-performance improvement curve. These building blocks create a foundation for rapid advances in innovation, which in turn combine to create disruptive scenarios. […]
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  • Don’t say ‘when’

    Ann Wylie
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Date leads date your storyIn a “West Wing” episode, President Jed Bartlet is in the Oval Office, where a technician prepares to record his Saturday morning radio address.Remember when? Your readers are more interested in what happened than when. Avoid date leads.TECHNICIAN: “Here we go. In three, two …”He holds up his index finger on “one,” then points to Bartlet.BARTLET: “Good morning. This month, as autumn is in full bloom in much of the nation, the weekends will be devoted by many of you to leaf peeping and football … watch … ing…
  • Skimm this!

    Ann Wylie
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Make your e-zine interesting, relevant, easyWhat’s the secret to a successful e-zine? Make ‘em laugh; make ‘em think; make ‘em Skimm.Express mail Readers can skim a digest of the day’s events — in 1,000 words or less — with the Skimm.In other words, make it interesting, relevant and easy.That’s the formula e-zine the Skimm uses. You can steal a trick from the Skimm and produce an e-zine that’s:InterestingThe Skimm makes the news fun to read, from the subject line to the final column:Subject line: “Seize the Hump” for a Wednesday…
  • Take a tip from Norm MacDonald

    Ann Wylie
    4 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    #RIPRobinWilliams tweets show how to serialize your storyWhat can you learn from Norm MacDonald’s Twitter tribute (would that be twibute?) to Robin Williams? What can’t you learn?! MacDonald shows us how to serialize our stories, how to get the word out in 144 characters or less — and when to stop typing.Serial killer Norm MacDonald’s serialized Twitter tribute to Robin Williams kills. What can you steal from his approach?Here are six tips to take from MacDonald’s tribute:1. Tell a story.Heck, tell two stories. Why not make it three?MacDonald’s 19 tweets…
  • ‘Every sentence is a little drama’

    Ann Wylie
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    How to build plot, scene and character with verbsThings that make your copy more creative: Storytelling. Human interest. Wordplay. Concrete details. Verbs. Verbs? Yes, verbs, writes Constance Hale.And … action! Help your story take off by choosing just the right verb.“What I want writers to understand,” writes the author of Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let verbs power your writing, “is that every sentence is a little drama. There’s a subject, a predicate; there’s a protagonist and a predicament.”Verbs, in this equation, are the predicament — aka, the muddle our…
  • Write for the world

    Ann Wylie
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    How to reach readers in the face of global illiteracyHow can you write for adults who can barely read? That’s what two Chicago academics — William S. Gray and Bernice Leary — set out to learn in 1935.Breaking bad In a world where many adults can barely read, how can we reach readers with words?To discover what makes prose readable for adults with low literacy rates, the University of Chicago’s Gray and St. Xavier College’s Leary studied 48 passages of about 100 words each, taken from books, magazines and newspapers most widely read by adults.To establish the difficulty…
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    BBC News - Home

  • Maíria Cahill cases to be reviewed

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Three cases linked to the alleged sexual abuse of Belfast woman Maíria Cahill are to be reviewed, the Public Prosecution Service has announced.
  • Pregnant duchess appears in public

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    The Duchess of Cambridge makes her first public appearance since announcing her second pregnancy.
  • Woman dies after being hit by tree

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    A woman dies and another man is in hospital after they were hit by trees blown over in separate incidents in high winds in London.
  • Bashir seeks to extend 25-year rule

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir will stand for re-election next year, an aide says, despite previous claims that he would quit after 25 years in power.
  • Farage defends Polish MEP alliance

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    UKIP leader Nigel Farage defends allowing a Polish politician criticised for a comment on hitting women into its grouping in the European Parliament.
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    Web Hosting Blog |

  • 11 Tips to Create Quality Link Building Strategy

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    The article discusses today’s safe techniques to quality link building for creating a large flow of traffic and visitors to your site Search algorithms are changing continuously, new updates are released, and the SEO strategies change along with them. Building links to your website becomes a tough thing for those who are used to unnatural […] The post 11 Tips to Create Quality Link Building Strategy appeared first on Web Hosting Blog | Related posts: Free Link Building Workbook   Today I have a great free gift for you,... Part 3: How to stop your website becoming…
  • The Essential On-Site SEO Checklist

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If you want your website to load well in the search engines then you will need to make sure that it is correctly optimised in terms of both on-site and off-site SEO. This on-site SEO checklist will help you to make sure your site gets the rankings it deserves. Set up Google Analytics and Google […] The post The Essential On-Site SEO Checklist appeared first on Web Hosting Blog | Related posts: Keyword Mastery… Learn How to Get Visitors to Your Website (Free pdf download) Today I have a very special free gift for you... 3 Essential Tools For Managing Your Social Media…
  • Marketing automation for Small Business – free or low-cost systems

    14 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    A Marketing Automation Tool helps the Management automate the processes of managing simultaneous communications across several platforms and applications. These communications are related to the online marketing strategies of the company in the social media. Marketing Automation takes care of the logistics of the marketing plan in an enterprise and tracks sales lead. For a […] The post Marketing automation for Small Business – free or low-cost systems appeared first on Web Hosting Blog | Related posts: Marketing Plan Template – FREE Gift from Pickaweb…
  • The Potential Pitfalls of Content Marketing

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:11 am
    Content marketing is the new technique taking the marketing world by storm, right? Wrong, content marketing is nothing new – it’s just a concept that’s had a bit of a rebrand in recent years. However, marketers are pumping more and more money into content than ever before, and this carries a certain element of risk. […] The post The Potential Pitfalls of Content Marketing appeared first on Web Hosting Blog | Related posts: Marketing Plan Template – FREE Gift from Pickaweb Don’t be scared of marketing – just claim your Free... The Definitive Guide…
  • Guide: Re-assessing Your Brand

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Image courtesy of Igloo What is a brand? A brand isn’t just your colour scheme or logo. It’s a mixture of all aspects of your business. Memorable brands evolve and grow as the business develops. Staying on top of your corporate identity is crucial if you want to cement yourself into your customers’ minds. In […] The post Guide: Re-assessing Your Brand appeared first on Web Hosting Blog | Related posts: Web Designer Hosting Options (Quick Guide) If you are a web designer looking for the best...
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  • Innovation of the taxi system from Malaysia

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    In order to improve the taxi system of the Klang valley in Malaysia, an innovative solution has been implemented through the use of new technologies. Thanks to a mobile application, passengers and taxi drivers can now benefit from a better way of managing their journeys in the Kuala Lumpur region. Innovating in taxi-passenger matching through new technologies […] The post Innovation of the taxi system from Malaysia appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • 100 resources for business in Southeast Asia

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    ASEAN UP recently published its 100th resources for business in Southeast Asia! As the project continues to unfold into a (hopefully!) useful platform for businesses and professionals of ASEAN, we would like to take some time to share some views about business in ASEAN and the ASEAN UP project. Southeast Asian politics, business and economy Compared […] The post 100 resources for business in Southeast Asia appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • Thailand’s automotive industry overview

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The automotive sector is well developed in Thailand, with a vast network of small and large, local and foreign companies all along the car-production supply chain. In this report, the Thailand Board of Investment details all the aspects of the industry, the country’s green cars ambitions, as well as future perspectives and opportunities for investments. Overview […] The post Thailand’s automotive industry overview appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • 10 top bloggers from Singapore

    10 Oct 2014 | 3:17 am
    Singapore is an internet powerhouse in Southeast Asia, with a vibrant blogging community. Here are ten leading Singaporean bloggers who write about their passions in fields that relate to marketing, business and customer experience in certain verticals: travel, tech, food, fashion, beauty, lifestyle, luxury… Leading consumer reviews and professional blogs in Singapore Though some other bloggers in Singapore might be […] The post 10 top bloggers from Singapore appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • Indonesia’s Jokowi targets 7% growth by 2018

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    Indonesia’s new president elect, Joko Widodo, aims at boosting Indonesia yearly economic growth to 7% by the year 2018. In this Bloomberg video, Alia Karenina reports on the several economic policies that will be put in place in order to stimulate exports, investments and infrastructures development. Joko Widodo’s main economic measures to reach the 7% growth […] The post Indonesia’s Jokowi targets 7% growth by 2018 appeared first on ASEAN UP.
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    Tribal Mass: Options For Getting A Perth Rural Driveway

  • Options For Getting A Perth Rural Driveway

    Stephaine Stephaine
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    Repeatedly people just assume they doesn't have to construct any extra effort in keeping their driveways up, simply because the live with your rural Perth setting. However, that isn't the truth. A Perth rural driveway may be an essential part of a house's value and appearance. Attaining a driveway that is truly-constructed could make a huge difference, not only in appearance, but in value. If you would like to ice the cake, and then add a rail fencing to this particular driveway.While talking about constructing driveways, you need to a person always has it filmed by one of the best…
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    VeriProcess - Merchant Services Expense Reduction

  • Marc Andreesen Resigns from eBay Board

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Venture Capitalist and Web graphical browsers creator Marc Andreesen has resigned from eBay’s board, pointing to the planned split of PayPal and eBay as making it “the right time to step down,” according to Bloomberg. “Andreessen, the co-founder of Netscape and a board member at Hewlett-Packard, has ‘complete confidence’ in the ability of EBay Chief Executive Officer John Donahoe and the board to successfully split the company, he said in a statement from EBay today,” … Read More »
  • What’s Next In Payments?

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Oh, what a five years it has been! On October 20, 2009, Warren Buffet (via a recorded video interview) helped us launch a new way to talk about “What’s Next” in an ecosystem that was just beginning to pay attention to the power of the mobile device, the cloud and data in transforming how consumers shopped and paid for their purchases.  That mantra was one that MPD’s Founder, David Evans, had been talking about for … Read More »
  • Why Banks Love Apple Pay

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Apple Pay is probably the best positioned mobile payments solution to emerge in a long time. When Apple announced Apple Pay it did in ‘two hours’ what no one else could do in ‘ten years’ – most notably brought NFC back into the map. Consumers may now finally develop the habit of using the phone to pay that other wallet providers have found difficult to develop; and Apple, in a brilliant move, also decided to … Read More »
  • Twitter’s Buy Button To Go Live in Early 2015

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Twitter’s long-anticipated Buy button will go live next year, no later than March, VentureBeat is reporting. “The Buy button officially debuted last month with Twitter testing its functionality with only a handful of businesses, celebrities, and non-profit organizations. The button, available for those browsing from a mobile device, lets you make a purchase or donation directly from a tweeted message,” the story said. “The company previously said it will gradually be adding more organizations to … Read More »
  • CEOs Speak Out On The Future Of Mobile Payments

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    ‘Tis the season for making our lists and checking them twice, to determine which ledgers have been naughty and nice. Earnings’ seasons is here again and payments players didn’t disappoint, reporting the traditional profits and losses and then talking with financial analysts to calmly and rationally explain the numbers. Sometimes, that also meant sending not to subtle shots across the bow at their rivals. We started the week with Chase, much beloved banker to consumers, … Read More »
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    Problem Kids Blog » Problem Kids Blog

  • The Shocking Truth About Why Kids Can’t Sit Still.

    Robert Locke
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Kids in classrooms fidget more than they used to. Ask any teacher. Most teachers will even recommend that the child be sent for ADHD testing. He or she may well have ADHD but actually, many of them do not! What is going on? Look at these facts: Some teachers say that 1 in 8 kids have attention problems Kids are expected to sit for longer and longer periods Recess times are being continually cut because of educational demands Kids have to sit upright Look at what happened in the past. First, nearly all kids played outdoors and they were not stuck inside attached to their devices which did not…
  • Are ADHD Brain Scans A Scam?- Latest Updates

    Robert Locke
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    Could brain scans of ADHD children provide an easy way of diagnosing this disorder? This is the exciting news coming from the University of Michigan Health System which has just finished a study which could lead to a better diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in the future. The only problem is that we will have to wait several years before this happens. ADHD brain differences After studying brains scans of ADHD children and those who were normal, researchers were able to map what is going on in the brain. They used a system which they have dubbed ‘connectomics’. That simply means that they…
  • ADHD and Exercise in Children – 5 Fantastic Benefits

    Robert Locke
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Amy McCreadyPositive Parenting SolutionsParenting CoachUSAmy McCreadyPositive Parenting SolutionsParenting ExpertWe teach parents of toddlers to teens, tools and strategies for well-behaved kids and happy families ADHD exercise in children might be OK if you are living in a fairly green area or you have outdoor facilities nearby. But, if you are a single parent with a low income, there is no chance that you can do that. Did you know that many low…
  • ADHD and Anxiety in Children – 12 Ways You Can Help

    Robert Locke
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Most parents and carers know that ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a disorder which almost always comes in a sort of cluster. There are several co-existing conditions which are all part and parcel of the condition which are known as comordities. The estimate of ADHD and anxiety in children is about 25%. The others range from autism, SPD (sensory processing disorder) to ODD, phobias and even panic disorders. In fact we are talking about 80% of kids with ADHD who will have to contend with at least one other condition as well. There are difficulties in diagnosis and treatment…
  • Parenting Skills – Make Life Easier By Learning Some Simple Techniques

    Robert Locke
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Maybe you think that acquiring some essential parenting skills is going to be a complicated and rather expensive affair. It is much easier than you think. Do not be put off by such terms as behavioral parenting training. What counts is how effective these skills can be in helping you take control of your kids again and to start living as a happy family unit. Recently, there has been a lot of attention to the work done by Dr. William Pelham and Gregory Fabiano who are distinguished scholars in the field of parenting training and ADHD. This work was extensive and dates from 2008. But, recently…
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  • Every Successful Business Started With An Unusual Business Idea

    Charlie Mundi
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Have you ever paid attention to what a successful business owner has done, and then ask yourself, “Why didn’t I do that?” He had an unusual business idea, and followed his instincts. You are not alone. You have ideas as well. It’s time for you to follow your instincts. The next time someone pays attention […] The post Every Successful Business Started With An Unusual Business Idea appeared first on
  • If you don’t get traffic, you won’t make money

    Charlie Mundi
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:05 pm
    George Brown s Traffic Ultimatum The post If you don’t get traffic, you won’t make money appeared first on
  • Don’t waste valuable website space

    Charlie Mundi
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:28 am
    “Above the Fold” If you are not familiar with this expression, let me explain it to you. Take a look at one of my websites, Here, I have identified the fold. The arrowing facing upward is above the fold, and the other arrow, below the fold. On the page you’re on right now, look […] The post Don’t waste valuable website space appeared first on
  • The longer people stay on your website, the more money you make

    Charlie Mundi
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:41 am
    You have to have more than one piece of content on your website. Otherwise, visitors will not stay, and you will leave a lot of money on the table. The post The longer people stay on your website, the more money you make appeared first on
  • Want FINANCIAL FREEDOM? Just learn 2 things.

    Charlie Mundi
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:47 am
    Master TRAFFIC and CONVERSIONS and you are on your way to FINANCIAL FREEDOM. I can’t put it any simpler than this. I published a similar article a few days ago, Making money online requires just 2 things. But some people rather watch a video than read an article. That’s understandable. This information is much too […] The post Want FINANCIAL FREEDOM? Just learn 2 things. appeared first on
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    Business Management Tips

  • Why the Best Recruiting Strategies Involve Buses.

    Claire Hauser
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
      People are the heart, soul, engine of any organisation. A great business can flounder with the wrong people and a simple business can outstrip competitors with the right team.  What does your team look like? Is every person a gem? Is every person raising the level of the business? Unfortunately, for so many of us, the answer to most of these questions, is a resounding NO. But why settle for that? Jim Collins and his book “Good to Great” coined the fabulous “bus” analogy- the primary message hinging on the best recruiting strategies. Here’s a little  Good Great Jim Collins…
  • 3 Must Do Tips for On-boarding a New Employee

    Jonny Gardner
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:44 am
    3 Must Do Tips for On-boarding a New Employee Induction? On-boarding?…. These strange concepts generally refer to making people feel comfortable in your business when they are still very green. I believe we should always surround ourselves with great, like-minded people in our business. People who believe what we believe, people who will go the extra mile and help your business succeed. But what do we do when we find them and secured them as employees? What’s the next step? That’s where our friend on-boarding comes in. We often find ourselves quite excited about our recent recruit…
  • 15 Employee Motivation Tips: 1-7

    James Cussen
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:34 am
    Employee Motivation Tips: 1-7  This is the follow on article relating to Employee Motivation Tips… If you missed that article, I suggest that you quickly read it first ( Click HERE It will take just a few minutes ) ….before reviewing the below 7 points. There will be  a separate post with Tips 8 through to 15 to completed the list. Back to Basics was the final point in that article….this is the key when it comes to Employee Motivation and is probably the most valuable of employee motivation tips. By Basics, I refer to going back to the beginning, in fact before the beginning, before…
  • Online Marketing for Business – Are You Doing Too Much?

    Claire Hauser
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:48 am
      Every business owner and company director wants to do online marketing – very often simply because “everyone else is doing it”. Very few people are actually stopping to make intelligent choices and ask “How effective is online marketing within my total business strategy?” and “How much internet marketing is enough?” The longer I was in internet marketing and ecommerce, the more it became profoundly clear that if you allow yourself and your team to be consumed by online marketing, you will take your eye off the ball on other critical business areas. Far too much…
  • Stop Focus Choose

    Claire Hauser
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Stop. Focus. Choose. Some of us are so busy running on the hamster wheel, running just to keep the wheel turning, that we often don’t stop to figure out where we actually WANT to go. We’re too programmed to keep running from one task to the next that we forget to even define bigger goals. Why? Because its easier this way. Because stopping long enough to think and focus and make some personal decisions, well, that is actually a really tough thing to do. I am a big believer in taking time to consciously decide what you want in life. Coasting along, letting life happen to you, is fine until…
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    FastUpFront Small Business Blog

  • What Do Small Business Owners Fear the Most?

    Gary Barzel
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    Wondering what keeps small business owners up at night? Conventional wisdom aside, things like recent government legislation, time management, and Internet marketing are all important concerns, but they’re not giving the majority of small business owners the jitters. The following eight things are the real ghosts and goblins of running a small business. How many [...] The post What Do Small Business Owners Fear the Most? appeared first on FastUpFront Small Business Blog.
  • 5 Ways to Get Your Customers to Pay You Faster

    Gary Barzel
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    A couple of months ago, President Obama announced a new White House initiative, called “Supplier Pay,” which is meant to encourage big corporations to pay their small business suppliers more quickly. Ever since the Recession, small businesses have had to wait longer for their larger customers to pay their bills with billing cycles stretching from [...] The post 5 Ways to Get Your Customers to Pay You Faster appeared first on FastUpFront Small Business Blog.
  • How to Use Public WiFi Spots Safety As a Business Traveler

    Gary Barzel
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:22 am
    If you have to do a lot of traveling for business, then you probably appreciate all the opportunities to connect to public WiFi hotspots when you’re on the go. While the number of hotspots is growing in coffee shops, hotels, restaurants, airports, and even public areas like parks and buses, they also represent ripe opportunities [...] The post How to Use Public WiFi Spots Safety As a Business Traveler appeared first on FastUpFront Small Business Blog.
  • The NFIB Will “Certify” Candidates As Small Business-Friendly this Election

    Gary Barzel
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:33 am
    The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), has been quite publicly announcing that it will play an active role in the upcoming congressional elections, and this will likely be a warm up for the 2016 presidential vote. According to the NFIB on it’s new website Vote for Main Street, “The 2014 elections are set to serve [...] The post The NFIB Will “Certify” Candidates As Small Business-Friendly this Election appeared first on FastUpFront Small Business Blog.
  • Surprising Small Business Tax Facts

    Gary Barzel
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:21 am
    When it comes to recording and managing their finances and reporting tax obligations, many small businesses owners are surprisingly ill-equipped and unprepared, and this oversight can end up costing them thousands of dollars. In a recent survey conducted by internet domain registrar and web hosting company,, 600 small business owners were asked to describe [...] The post Surprising Small Business Tax Facts appeared first on FastUpFront Small Business Blog.
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  • We’re Building a New Mobile App, and We Want Your Help

    General Assembly
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    We’re building our first community-driven mobile app, and we’re looking for awesome curators to help us make it great. What’s the mobile app? It’s called Hub, and it’s all about helping you discover the very best events in Tech, Business, and Design. Each event is hand-picked by leaders from the GA community — our staff, our instructors, and our Hub Curators. What does it mean to be a Hub Curator? As a Hub Curator, you’ll be part of a small team who will help the GA community discover great events in Tech, Business, and Design. You’ll need to: Identify and curate the best…
  • Meet Burbio, The Digital Community Calendar Perfect for Busy Families

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Overwhelmed with your ever-growing schedule of events? Us too. Thankfully, dream team Julie & Dennie Roche have a solution for us. Burbio let’s you find your local school, community, and sports calendars, making daily event organization simple and pain-free. We caught up with Julie, the company’s CEO and a Front End Web Development graduate, to hear her story as business continues to boom. What were you doing before you started Burbio? I began my career as an actuary before spending over a decade in marketing and market research at Procter & Gamble, Playtex…
  • All of Your Web Development Immersive Questions Answered

    Emily Pope
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Web developers are in high demand, but the path to learning to code outside of a college classroom can be unclear. From jerry-built online tutorials to overpriced bootcamps, it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. Whether you’re a career-changer serious about becoming a full-stack web developer, an entrepreneur with an idea you want to build from scratch, or a recent undergrad ready to ramp up your technical skill set, you likely have a number of questions about the best way for you to learn web development. Here we’ve compiled a list of most frequently asked…
  • Is Negative Reinforcement The Best Way To Motivate?

    Charmaine Lacsina
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    If you ever watch a youth soccer or basketball game, it is interesting to observe how the coaches choose to motivate the kids. Some coaches seem to focus on the positive, motivating them by pointing out what they have done right and cheering when they do something well. Other coaches seem to focus on the negative, yelling at kids when they do something wrong, berating their playing ability. Both of these coaches are hoping for the same outcome: They want the kids to win the game. They are also likely hoping that the kids will learn skills like perseverance, dedication, sportsmanship,…
  • Top Chef Fan Launches Ultimate Foodie Fantasy League

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    There’s nothing better than mixing business with pleasure. Anne Nicholson, a Business Fundamentals & Tactics graduate, decided to do just that when she left a career in law to launch Top Chef Fantasy League, a platform that allows friends to play against each other as they root for their favorite contestants.  What were you doing before coming to General Assembly? Before GA I was an attorney for over 5 years. How did you come up with the Top Chef Fantasy League? I’m a die-hard Top Chef fan (Team Gail), and I needed a way to bring my obsession with the show to the next level.
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    Working Capital Review

  • How to Create Growth Through Disruption

    Taegan Goddard
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    On our bookshelf: A recently updated The Innovator’s Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth by Clayton Christensen and Michael Raynor. In this follow-up to The Innovator’s Dilemma, the authors take the idea of disruption one step further and explain how companies can and should become disruptors themselves. From the first chapter, which you can download for free: “This is a book about how to create new growth in business. Growth is important because companies create shareholder value through profitable growth. Yet there is powerful evidence that once a…
  • Build a Dashboard for Your Business

    Taegan Goddard
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    In a seminal 2005 article, “The Balanced Scorecard”, Robert Kaplan and David Norton argued that executives should track both financial and operational metrics because traditional measures of financial performance didn’t let them manage effectively and were focused on the short term. “During a yearlong research project with 12 companies at the leading edge of performance measurement, we devised a ‘balanced scorecard’ — a set of measures that gives top managers a fast but comprehensive view of the business. The balanced scorecard includes financial…
  • How to Establish Legitimacy for New Technologies

    Taegan Goddard
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “New technologies are being developed all the time, but not every invention is successful in the marketplace. Technological viability alone is not enough to guarantee success. A new invention must have a strategy for capturing profits, along with an ability to overcome key barriers to entry in its target market. The process of overcoming these barriers is called ‘legitimization,'” according to a new article in the California Management Review by Jeremy Hall, Vernon Bachor, and Stelvia Matos. “Legitimization has two dimensions: cognitive and sociopolitical. Cognitive…
  • Innovative Companies Don’t Wait for Consensus

    Taegan Goddard
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Consensus is a powerful tool. When CEOs set out to conquer new markets or undertake billion-dollar acquisitions, we’d hope they’d at least sought out some consensus from their trusted advisors. We hope they’d be as sure as possible that their teams are ready, that their strategies are sound, and that they’d done their diligence,” writes Maxwell Wessell. “The problem with consensus is that it’s expensive. And while it’s worth the cost of consensus in the pursuit of big, bold moves, it’s often crushing to small experimental ones.” “So the challenge…
  • The Best Performing CEOs in the World

    Taegan Goddard
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Harvard Business Review identified the CEOs across the globe that delivered solid results over long periods of time, rather than seeking short-term gains in order to simply lift their compensation. “The top CEOs have undeniably been effective. The top 50, on average, have delivered total shareholder returns of 1,350% (adjusted for exchange-rate movements) during their time on the job. That translates into an annual return of 26.2%. Adjusting for industry effects, average total shareholder returns for the top 50 are 1,161%, and for country effects, 1,087%.” “We…
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    Small Business Tips

  • The Key Tactics To Be Able To Be More Focused In Thinking

    18 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Key Tactics To Be Able To Be More Focused In Thinking – Clear Your Mind Does your mind sometimes feel like a television station you can’t quite tune in? You know there’s an interesting program on – or several, but everything is mixed with static. What if you could “tune in” at will, have clear thinking whenever you want it? Try some of the following. The Key Tactics To Be Able To Be More Focused In Thinking – Ten Clear Thinking Techniques And Tips Take a walk. Science will eventually prove this to be a great way to improve the quality of your…
  • Utilize The Law Of Gratitude To Get More Out Of Your Life Part 2

    11 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Utilize The Law Of Gratitude To Get More Out Of Your Life: Starting Off From Where We Left Off From the last post we went over 4 of the reasons to Utilize The Law Of Gratitude To Get More Out Of Your Life. If you have not read it then you would need to click here to read it. Utilize The Law Of Gratitude To Get More Out Of Your Life: The Last Of The Reasons Utilize The Law Of Gratitude To Get More Out Of Your Life Reason Five: Gratitude Unlocks the Fullness of Life Feelings of gratitude turn what you have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to…
  • Utilize The Law Of Gratitude To Get More Out Of Your Life Part 1

    4 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Utilize The Law Of Gratitude To Get More Out Of Your Life: Getting Started What would your day be like if you started and ended it by simply noticing all that you have in your life? If you count all your assets, you always show a profit. Gratitude is a natural high. When you live in tandem with your spirit, appreciating all of life and what you have, you discover more joy and kindness in the world. Miracles happen everywhere all the time, but only those with an “Attitude of Gratitude” seem to notice them. This circle of peace grows and you return to your natural state of joy, love and…
  • The Key To Living A Life Of Joy Is Self-Appreciation

    27 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Key To Living A Life Of Joy Is Self-appreciation: Understand The Concept How do you appreciate yourself? Or do you? Did you learn that being good to yourself was selfish? If you said ‘No’ were you bad? If you praised yourself or were praised, were people afraid you might get a ‘swelled head’? Most of us get the message loud and clear that praising ourselves or others would lead to ‘becoming conceited’ or ‘slacking off.’ The tragedy of this belief is that, in fact, the very opposite is true. What you pay attention to expands.
  • How to Increase Business Profits Quickly and Easily With Swag

    20 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    How to Increase Business Profits Quickly and Easily With Swag: Start Using What You Have To The Max Many business owners who operate a business want as many clients as possible, both those who have just started their business and those who have owned one for a long time. They are, however, not fully utilizing all of their assets as they could be in order to achieve their desired results. The objective of increasing business profits isn’t only met by attracting more clients.  There are several other reasons why a business doesn’t make as much money as it should besides not having…
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  • 3 Characteristics of Successful Virtual Teams

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
    If you don’t work as part of a virtual team on a regular or occasional basis, chances are you have colleagues or friends who do. Fifteen years ago it was a different story. I remember asking my boss at the time if I could telecommute one day a week. I have a 40 mile (one way) commute to the office and spend nearly two hours a day driving back and forth to work. I argued that I could spend those two additional hours working, not driving. The answer? A resounding “no.” Even though the technology at the time could support it, culturally our organization wasn’t ready. My, how times have…
  • Making a Real Impact With Online Learning

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:37 pm
    I was recently working with a new client on applying Situational Leadership® II in his organization. I suggested as a first step he meet with each of his direct reports to get clear on their goals. “But I already know each person’s goals,” he said. “We all always have goals. In fact, we just did a midyear review to make sure all the goals are still on target. How on earth would people know how they are supposed to be spending their time if they didn’t have their goals?” I had to laugh and answered, “You’d be surprised how many managers out there are not at all clear about…
  • Leading by Serving—5 Essential Ingredients to Becoming a Leader People Want to Follow

    11 Sep 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Regardless of their formal title or position, people who want to be great leaders must embrace an attitude of service to others. That’s the message that Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller share in the 10th anniversary edition of their bestselling business book, The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do. Leaders can find countless ways to serve the people they lead, and they should always be on the lookout for new and different ways to do this. However, there are at least five critical ways leaders must serve if they want to be as effective as possible. See the Future: The ability to envision…
  • How to Achieve Corporate Success Through Leadership Training Programs

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Leadership Training Programs In the past, undertaking leadership training programs was taken lightly. People used to consider it as a way of gaining an added advantage in leadership. However, this has changed today. As a way of stabilizing leadership and fitting to the competitive leadership world, one needs to undertake leadership training. This kind of training helps one attain the necessary leadership skills such as communication. As a way of achieving corporate success in leadership, one needs training on how to solve problems and counterattack challenges as a leader. When leadership…
  • Five Benefits of Leadership Development Coaching

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Every organization with managers can benefit from leadership development coaching programs. By maximizing the effectiveness of your leadership pool, your entire workforce reaps benefits. While morale is a big part of this equation, a lot of the benefits are easier to demonstrate tangibly, and impact the organizations bottom line. Here is a list of five ways leadership development justifies itself with benefits to your workforce: Five Key Benefits of Leadership Development Coaching: 1. Boosts Morale: the most obvious benefit is also the hardest to measure. A poor leader can make any worker…
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    Greg's Corner

  • Slashing journalism won’t bring new readers, more revenue to newspapers

    Greg Collier
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Nearly 20 years after the Internet became a thorn in the side of newspapers, the old-school print industry continues to take steps to soften the blow that the Web has had on its business model. The problem is that newspapers, as part of their effort to become one with the digital side of news, keep making the same mistake. They keep chopping the journalism side of the business, the side that creates the original content that keeps visitors – and the eyeballs for their ads – clicking on their sites. This time around, it’s the mighty New York Times that’s slashing newsroom jobs…
  • NFL Under Fire: What Happens after the Buck Stops?

    Greg Collier
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:24 am
    For sake of full disclosure, I’m a big fan of NFL football – the rivalries, the loyalty of the fans, the final-second plays that lead to victories and upsets. What I’m not a fan of is the off-the-field behavior that has dominated headlines early in this season. In a league as large as the NFL, there’s bound to be a few bad seeds in the bunch. But the gravity of these allegations – domestic abuse, child abuse, sexual assault and more – have put a spotlight on the NFL’s inability to control bad behavior. Sure, the league issued fines and suspensions – but for the…
  • Free to a Good Home? A Bad Idea Online!

    Greg Collier
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    Any business owner needs to stay ahead of the trends, and unfortunately, that applies to trends in crime. I’ve said before in blog posts and TV interviews that we don’t carry personals because they can be used as a front for prostitution and human trafficking. We don’t carry pet sale ads, as they often trade in animals that have been bred through puppy mills—breeders who literally breed animals to death, leaving them undernourished and caged without proper exercise or loving contact. We simply won’t even take a chance at supporting criminal industries, so we don’t run the ads that…
  • The Boss Always Answers to Someone – Even in Professional Sports

    Greg Collier
    6 May 2014 | 6:37 am
    I sometimes hear people say, with a tone of envy in their voices, about how great it must be to own a company, to be the boss, to call all the shots and not have to answer to anyone. Those perceptions of what life as the boss is like – especially that last one about not having to answer to anyone – are kind of funny to me, largely because, at some point, we all answer to someone. As the owner of a small business, I’m the one who makes the business decisions for Geebo. But in reality, I’m far from being the one who calls the shots. The customers – whether they’re the…
  • Risky Business: Watch for Business Models that Boost the Bottom Line but Tarnish the Reputation

    Greg Collier
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    There’s an interesting debate going on in San Francisco with Airbnb, where a crackdown on short-term rentals – especially those being advertised on online sites like Airbnb – are leading to lease violations and eviction notices. The site, Airbnb, connects people looking to make a few bucks by renting out space in their own homes with visitors who are looking to save a few bucks by using alternative accommodations when they pop into a city for a short visit. It’s kind of like they’re hotel rooms, except that they’re not. They’re residential homes and apartments. And in…
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    Hiring For Success

  • How to cultivate respect and build your career

    Ciaran Ryan
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    In today’s society, respect is often seen as an afterthought. With millions of college educated professionals treating the cast of “The Bad Girls’ Club” and “Jersey Shore” as their role models, respect is often taken for granted or ignored as an important part of the way we live. However, you can earn respect from the people you interact with every day. The actions you take do make a difference. Use these ideas to command and receive the respect you know you deserve. Act in a manner that communicates to others that you should be taken seriously. Consider your conduct and act with…
  • Companies that glow have employees that shine

    Ciaran Ryan
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:16 am
    How to get the most out of your employees? The truth is that companies that shine have employees that glow. With the Brazil World Cup 2014 behind us, it was fascinating to watch the difference in the quality of football as the tournament progressed. Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of Brazil was a surreal moment. Here was a team with no Ronaldo, or Rooney or Soares. It had none of the superstars that make the headlines and command such outrageous player fees – yet it ripped the heart out of the Brazilian team. What we witnessed was a well-drilled team of quality players who had been trained to win…
  • Book review: When Money Destroys Nations, by Philip Haslam and Russell Lamberti

    Ciaran Ryan
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:12 pm
    The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history – Friedrich Hegel This is perhaps one of the most alarming books on the current state of the world to have come out in recent years. To set the scene, the authors describe in chilling detail how Zimbabwe went from 20% inflation in 1997 to 89,700,000,000,000,000,000,000% in 2008. I might have left out a few zeros there, but you get the point. The cause was entirely political – and, hence, avoidable. “The Zimbabwean government lived beyond its means for years, spending more than it could really afford on government…
  • Book review: The Alliance by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh

    Ciaran Ryan
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
      Reid Hoffmann is the celebrity co-author of this book, The Alliance, which points to a changing employment landscape. Gone are the days of life-long employment. In its place is a more flexible and transient arrangement. Hoffmann, by the way, is the founded of LinkedIn. He previously worked with Apple and Paypal before launching LinkedIn. He gives an insight into the changing face of modern recruitment: when LinkedIn is looking for new staff, the question it asks is where the candidate wants to work once they leave LinkedIn. The assumption is that staff will want to move on at some…
  • Job candidates looking for exciting opportunities rather than job security

    Pauline Michell
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Pauline Michell, IT recruitment specialist at PCS Hiring for Success managed to sit down with Pauline Michell, IT recruiting specialist at PCS. Pauline is based in the Johannesburg office, where she keeps tabs on the ever changing demands and trends within the IT sector, particularly as it affects recruitment. In this interview, Pauline points out that candidates with the right skills are less interested in job security than in an exciting job opportunity. This seems to be a departure from times past when job security was top of the list for most job seekers. We decided to find out why this…
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    Growth Everywhere

  • Ep 51: CMO Mick Hollison Talks About How To Increase Your Lead Response Rate By 400%

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Thanks for joining me. Today I’m talking with InsideSales’ Chief Marketing Officer Mick Hollison. Mick previously served as the Director of Sales at IBM, the Director of Enterprise Marketing at Microsoft and the VP of Marketing at Citrx—now worth over $2.6 billion. Today he uses his knowledge in sales to dominate the inside sales market. Mick shares tons of insights including how InsideSales really closes leads and position themselves at events for maximum sales conversions. Keypoint Takeaways: The inside scoop on InsideSales InsideSales offers a robust cloud-based acceleration…
  • Ep50: Interview with Jesse Farmer, Founder of Codeunion and former Dev Bootcamp Co-Founder

    13 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Today we’re talking with Jesse Farmer from CodeUnion. Jesse’s story starts like many startup founders who made their way to San Francisco to take on the world. While his first venture didn’t really go anywhere, Jesse went onto build Everlane to 25,000 subscribers during its pre-launch. He was also a Co-founder of Dev Bootcamp before launching a remote learning model for aspiring coders called CodeUnion. Keypoint Takeaways: Pivoting in a new direction In January of 2012, Jesse helped co-found Dev Bootcamp with Shereef Bishay and Dave Hoover. At the time, there were no…
  • Ep49: How To Know When To Pivot Into An Emerging Marketplace

    6 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Join me as I talk with Yoni Assia from social investment network eToro. With a background in investing and developing, Yoni started his first successful company with his Army buddies and sold it to Kodak at the age of 26. Today eToro has over $30 million in revenue and is inventing a new marketplace combining financial tech, gaming and social media. Yoni lives in Tel Aviv, and he also discusses the startup explosion and how it stacks up against New York and San Francisco Keypoint Takeaways: eToro lets people share what they’re doing in real time when opening a brokerage account.
  • The Statistical Case for Company Culture [Infographic]

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Note: Infographic is at the bottom of the post. “Culture” has been a buzzword in the corporate world for several years, but what does it mean and why is it important? defines company culture as “a blend of the values, beliefs, taboos, symbols, rituals and myths all companies develop over time.” In other words, company culture is the personality of an organization from the employee perspective, and includes the company’s mission, expectations, and work atmosphere. Whether it’s written down, symbolized in the business logo, or simply an unspoken but understood…
  • Ep48: How A Middle School Dropout Built A 50 Million Pageview Site At Age 12 And Is Continuing To Crack The Secret To Virality

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Today we’re speaking with Emerson Spartz, founder of Spartz Media. Emerson is a young entrepreneur( born in 1987)  and is a New York Times best-selling author, founder and CEO. He’s a middle school drop-out and founded the #1 fan site for Harry Potter,, OMG Facts and Spartz Media portfolio of sites and apps. Today his company launches a new site every month and to date earns 160 million monthly pageviews across its various properties. Free Bonus Download: Emerson shared his book of required reading for his employees when they go through the “gauntlet”.
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    Business Banter

  • 5 Small Business SEO Techniques You Should Apply Now

    Shameer Shah
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    Have you developed and launched your new business website? If so, it clearly means you have a product or service to sell. Once you have online presence, your products will start to get sold and you will get rich overnight. Wrong! You need to apply some small business SEO techniques to get truly started. Having […]
  • Writing Blogs: 10 Key Elements Of An Engaging Blog

    Shameer Shah
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    In this digital age, information is key, to be more precise, accurate timely information. A lot of people have turned to writing blogs to provide information on a subject they are passionate or knowledgeable about. A study of the most engaging blogs online today distilled 10 key elements which are the focus of this article. Define […]
  • Online Video Marketing For Non-Profit Organisations

    Bhavik Haria
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    The ability to market universally through the power of online video marketing is still something that is underused within the non-profit sector. I really think this is a great shame as video has a unique ability to engage immediately, create strong emotions and promote the taking of further action in the viewer. When cleverly developed, […]
  • 4 European Startup Success Stories

    Sam Frymer
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    The common thread is these startup success stories is that they roots based in Europe and their products/services solve a problem.  They vary in range from just incubating their startup egg to a fully cooked business that has been around the business blocks for years. While the term ‘startup‘ usually refers to a business as small as […]
  • Top Online Reputation Management Tips For Small Businesses

    Shameer Shah
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:51 am
    The term ‘online reputation management’ is an alien one to a large number of small businesses. This is quite surprising because of the implications failing to manage the online conversation about your business may have on sales and potentially the survival of the business in some extreme cases. As testimonial acquisition and business referrals have […]
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