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  • Malcolm Gladwell: One Character Trait That Will Make You Disruptive |

    Max Ruckman
    Max Ruckman
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    When people talk about what it takes to transform a field or a world, they leave out one crucial component, bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell told the audience at the World Business Forum on Tuesday. “What’s really behind it? What are the preconditions that make that kind of change possible?” Too often, he said, the list of explanations is short. “We [...]
  • Cracking the code to get clients: the next piece of the puzzle

    Start My Consulting Business
    Greg Miliates
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. Last week, I did one of the things I love doing: I did a presentation for my daughter’s 5th grade class. Now, I’ve done lots of these before, for both my kids. Over the years, I’ve led their classes on a bunch of 1/2-day outdoor field trips, where we traipse around a big canyon near the school, learning about nature, ecology, and seeing rabbits, hawks, bugs, flowers, and having a blast. Last week was a bit different, since it was a (mostly) indoor activity focused on atoms, matter, and…
  • Bad advice on how to get clients (plus something helpful you can do right now)

    Start My Consulting Business
    Greg Miliates
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. I’ve gotta vent today (I’ll also share something useful with you). Let me explain. I ran across an article on freelancing today that really irritated me, and I’ll share exactly why I got steamed. First, I happened across the article, “7 Steps to Launch Your Freelancing Career Full-Time,” on, hoping to see some helpful advice on how to get clients. But, way down at #6, was the tip: “Secure a few clients” and a dozen words of advice that you should…
  • How to Strengthen Your Mental Toughness Like An FBI Agent

    Smart Business Revolution
    John Corcoran
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    LaRae Quy was a brand new FBI Special Agent, and it was the height of the Cold War, but she was given a huge job. Her assignment was to go undercover and locate a known Soviet spy operating somewhere in Silicon Valley, and to convince him to start spying for the U.S. Sound impossible? It sure did. The odds were long. Much was at stake. And failure was lurking around every corner. Kind of like the world of business. It turns out FBI Special Agent work has more to do with business than you might think. In business, your mental strength will determine whether you rise to a challenge or crumble.
  • 10 Amazing Powers of Visual Content [Infographic]

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    This infographic from CJG Digital Marketing addresses 10 powers of visual content and why using it can increase the ROI of your digital marketing campaigns. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post 10 Amazing Powers of Visual Content [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
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    CyberAlert Blog

  • The Native Advertising Starter Kit: A Brand’s Guide

    William Comcowich
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    You’ve likely read the research confirming the effectiveness of native advertising: consumers view content-based native ads more frequently — and with more trust — than traditional banner ads. Stats like these are why more brands and publishers are choosing to go native: most recently, the Guardian announced a complete website redesign that will give broader [...]The post The Native Advertising Starter Kit: A Brand’s Guide appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • Is the “I Didn’t Mean It” Apology Still Effective?

    William Comcowich
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    It’s an apology used frequently by celebrities and authority figures that goes something along the lines of: “The words I used do not reflect my beliefs/character.” The common and formulaic apology has now lost its credibility, according to crisis experts like Brad Phillips. Phillips points to Alec Baldwin’s gay slurs toward a photographer last year [...]The post Is the “I Didn’t Mean It” Apology Still Effective? appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • How Brand Journalism Can Boost PR Success

    William Comcowich
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post have a full staff of reporters and editors to ensure content is credible and accurate. Smaller and niche publications — the ones that are most likely to publish company news for targeted audiences — often don’t have the resources to fully research article [...]The post How Brand Journalism Can Boost PR Success appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • Is All Social Media Publicity Good Publicity?

    Dawn Ellis
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Editor’s Note: The following article is a guest post submitted by Dawn Ellis, a writer for alldayPA. There’s no denying that when used effectively, social media brings awareness to your brand. Unfortunately, not all social media mentions are positive. Any active social media user can attest to the public meltdowns they have witnessed (or heard [...]The post Is All Social Media Publicity Good Publicity? appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • 5 Scientific Reasons Why Consumers Say “Yes”

    William Comcowich
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    You don’t need psychic powers to understand how consumers think. Just use these studies aggregated by Jeff Haden and Bridget Croke.  The studies illuminate reasons that drive consumers’ decision-making process, enabling PR and marketing professionals to understand what their target audiences want and expect from the business. Here’s what steers consumers to “Yes.” 1. Small [...]The post 5 Scientific Reasons Why Consumers Say “Yes” appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
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    Sprout Social

  • Social Media & Community Managers: What’s the Difference?

    Michael Patterson
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Social media is quickly becoming one of the most important channels businesses can use to interact with their customers. Similar to every other form of communication out there, it is important to arm your business with a smart, nimble team to ensure every inbound message and outbound opportunity is addressed. Enter the social media and community managers. Though some may think that those two roles are synonymous, their functions and responsibilities are actually quite distinct. In fact, here at Sprout Social, we treat each role very differently. To better illustrate these two crucial…
  • 3 Utilities Getting Creative With Social Customer Engagement

    Anna Washenko
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Utilities: everyone needs them, but few people think about those businesses outside of sending in their monthly bills. Social media has helped change that situation, giving these infrastructural companies a public voice that is improving both their reputation and general visibility. In fact, utilities are one of the strongest performers in the social media space in terms of engagement. Data from the recent Sprout Social Index revealed that not only does the industry receive the most inbound messages relative to audience size, but utilities easily took the title of the most responsive…
  • What You Need to Know About Snapchat’s Disappearing Ads

    Jennifer Beese
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    Is it any surprise that Snapchat now supports ads? It was only a matter of time really. The time-sensitive, image-based social app is a hit among consumers, and even marketers have found creative ways to integrate it into their campaigns. That kind of popularity doesn’t go unnoticed by brands looking to reach wider audiences. Following in the footsteps of other social apps, like Instagram, Snapchat recently introduced its first piece of sponsored content. The ad debuted in October and promoted Universal Pictures’ upcoming horror film Ouija. The studio said that its 20-second trailer…
  • Get Inspired: How 3 Tech Brands Approach Content Marketing

    Jennifer Beese
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    Over the past few years, the way people consume information and communicate has changed tremendously. Fueled by the adoption of social media, this transformation in consumer behavior has forced marketing strategies to evolve across industries. Content marketers have risen to the challenge, and we’ve seen some remarkable campaigns as a result. However, the companies behind these campaigns might surprise you. Technology companies, while creating innovative and brilliant products, aren’t always associated with emotional or whimsical campaigns. This might lead consumers to believe that…
  • 40 Incredible Websites Powered By WordPress

    Jennifer Beese
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Over the years, WordPress has grown from a basic blogging tool to an exceptional content management system. Today, more than 74.6 million sites are using WordPress, including some of the world’s biggest brands. Flexible and easy to customize, the platform boasts an impressive library of tools, making it a great choice for businesses. But WordPress is capable of so much more than just hosting your traditional company blog. Businesses of all sizes across industries are building on top of the platform to create rich and engaging web experiences for fans and customers. Whether you’re rocking…
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    Start My Consulting Business

  • Cracking the code to get clients: the next piece of the puzzle

    Greg Miliates
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. Last week, I did one of the things I love doing: I did a presentation for my daughter’s 5th grade class. Now, I’ve done lots of these before, for both my kids. Over the years, I’ve led their classes on a bunch of 1/2-day outdoor field trips, where we traipse around a big canyon near the school, learning about nature, ecology, and seeing rabbits, hawks, bugs, flowers, and having a blast. Last week was a bit different, since it was a (mostly) indoor activity focused on atoms, matter, and…
  • Bad advice on how to get clients (plus something helpful you can do right now)

    Greg Miliates
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. I’ve gotta vent today (I’ll also share something useful with you). Let me explain. I ran across an article on freelancing today that really irritated me, and I’ll share exactly why I got steamed. First, I happened across the article, “7 Steps to Launch Your Freelancing Career Full-Time,” on, hoping to see some helpful advice on how to get clients. But, way down at #6, was the tip: “Secure a few clients” and a dozen words of advice that you should…
  • 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…
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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

  • Government in a rush to make the wrong decision on submarines

    Goran Roos, Professor of Business and Strategic Design at Swinburne University of Technology
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Defence Minister David Johnston has offshore-produced submarines in his sights. Lukas Coch/AAPIn the last week, Defence Minister David Johnston has flagged a “capability gap” if the next fleet of submarines is designed and built in Australia. “We are under such time constraints to avoid a capability gap and I cannot afford to not have submarines in the water,” he told Sky News. “This country cannot afford that.” It is the first time such urgency has been prioritised; it has hit the headlines with dramatic effect. In this case, however, the Coalition’s stance requires scrutiny,…
  • Economics hijackers could do with a history lesson

    Simon Ville, Professor of Economic and Business History at University of Wollongong
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Who's afraid of a little economic history? johnwilliamsphd/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SABehind every economic policy initiative lies a narrative justifying that course of action: immigration increases unemployment; public debt is unsustainable; manufacturing is interminably declining; city growth is out of control. We have many “narrators” driving these discussions of economics – the media, political parties, public sector bodies, business and indeed universities – each with their own set of interests and values. Unfortunately, among these claimants, the voice of economic history has…
  • The 100-member rule may be gone, but shareholder activism is here to stay

    Julie Walker, Associate Professor in Accounting at The University of Queensland
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Activists have a range of options available to them to voice their anger at a company's decisions. Dan Peled/AAPAs part of its program to cut red tape and bureaucracy, the Australian government is set to repeal the 100-member rule. The rule contained in the Corporations Act forces a company to hold a general meeting on the request of shareholders with (a) at least 5% of the votes that may be cast at the general meeting; or (b) at least 100 members who are entitled to vote at the general meeting. Only part (b) of the rule will be scrapped under the proposed bill, so shareholders with 5% or…
  • Do the crime, do the time? Not if you're a banker in Australia

    Philip Soos, Researcher, School of International and Political Studies at Deakin University
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The performance of ASIC in regulating financial fraud remains under question, despite Chairman Greg Medcraft's recanted statement that Australia is a "paradise" for white-collar criminals. Britta Campion/AAPRecently, the head of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Greg Medcraft, called Australia a “paradise” for white-collar criminals. Soon after he recanted, claiming he didn’t want the country to become a haven for financial fraudsters. This rephrasing likely followed when Finance Minister Mathias Cormann leaned on Medcraft. The mass media has done an…
  • When the G20 rolls into Brisbane, what are businesses insured for?

    Allan Manning, Adjunct Professor at Victoria University
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    In the lead-up to the London G20 summit in 2009, many businesses were boarded up, and some removed company logos from their premises. Scott Burnham/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SAWhen the G20/G8 summits moved on from Toronto in 2010, they left an US$11 million bill in business compensation claims. To minimise the effect of preparations on businesses preparing for next month’s G20 leaders summit in Brisbane, November 14 has been declared a public holiday for people working in the local government area. A major rally is being planned for Saturday 15th at Emma Miller Place (Roma St) and subsequently…
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    Birds on the Blog

  • Who is responsible for the gender gap?

    Sarupa Shah
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Guardian caught my eye the other morning as headlines often do. Seems the UK is falling behind and widening the gender gap. (source: The younger me would be up in arms by now, blaming men, blaming the government and so on. Now I am not so much about blame and more about where […] The post Who is responsible for the gender gap? appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • Give great value

    Lesley Morrissey
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    To build an audience of raving fans you need to give great value – and keep on giving it!  How can you do this? On your website You’ve probably heard of the lead generation funnel.  The idea is to get lots of people who are interested in what you do to connect with you and […] The post Give great value appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • Are you on Your Path?

    Janice B Gordon
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Are you dreaming somebody else’s dreams? The reason I ask you these questions is that it is our nature ‘to ‘please’. This can lead us to follow a path that is not right for us or which gets us on a path, not of our conscious choosing. It is great when we please others but […] The post Are you on Your Path? appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • You are what you write… so who are you?

    Susan Feehan
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    ACTOR Tom Hanks is far more worried than I am, while US President Barack Obama is angrier and more arrogant. UK national treasure Stephen Fry shares my sensory style of thinking, and the Dalai Lama and I might be twins separated at birth, based on our identical upbeat emotional style. These results come from, […] The post You are what you write… so who are you? appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • 10 Symptoms of Multiple Niche Disorder

    Rachel Henke
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Did you know that one of the biggest blocks to success is confusion? Entrepreneurs, coaches and consultants or however you categorise yourself tend to have a lot of confusion around their niche. I see people jumping around from one niche to another with no real plan or understanding of the damage this can cause. How […] The post 10 Symptoms of Multiple Niche Disorder 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

  • Amaze ‘n Mazes sees five new installations in 2014

    F Depraetere
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    (Attractions News) After wrapping up a record-setting 2013 with eight new human mazes built and opened around the world, the Colorado-based Amaze ‘n Mazes is continuing to grow and expand with five new mazes in 2014. Kicking off the year with a March opening was the AMAZE n’ Ranch Roundup in National Bridges Caverns in […]
  • Empire Industries reports US$8m contract in South Korea

    F Depraetere
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Theme Park News) Empire Industries Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:EIL) reported a contract award for a media based attraction. The contract, valued at approximately $8 million, has been awarded by a major South Korean theme park to Empire’s Dynamic Attractions business unit. The company did not reveal the name of the park. This contract represents Dynamic Attractions’ […]
  • Cruden to launch new boat simulator IAAPA 2014

    F Depraetere
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    (Attractions News) Cruden, a leading professional motion simulation company, will unveil its complete new powerboat simulator at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando (November 17-21 2014; booth 1047). Cruden launched the powerboat’s ‘vehicle model’ and seascape visuals at the IAAPA show last year and this is the first occasion at which the complete simulator – […]
  • LEGOLAND Florida Resort selects PP+K as media agency

    F Depraetere
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
    (Theme Park News) PP+K, a full-service advertising agency and production company, announced the addition of LEGOLAND Florida Resort to its client roster. The largest LEGOLAND Resort in the world, the 150-acre interactive theme park consists of a water park, a botanical garden, restaurants and shopping, and more than 50 attractions. The Winter Haven-based attraction also […]
  • WhiteWater gets two WWA Leading Edge Awards

    F Depraetere
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    (WaterPark News) WhiteWater is the recipient of two WWA 2014 Leading Edge Awards. The WWA Leading Edge Awards are presented by the World Waterpark Association to park and supplier members who, through their combined efforts, have brought a project, product, service or program to fruition, thereby creating industry innovation and leadership. The awards were given […]
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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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  • Get Our New E-Book, How to Conduct a Survey, Free

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    We’ve been conducting research for businesses for over 30 years. From employee engagement surveys to market research, NBRI has covered every inch of the survey data spectrum. As you can imagine, we’ve compiled a lot of benchmarking data and derived a lot of knowledge from it. Our motto is Research for Knowledge, Knowledge for Power, and what better way to empower than to share what we’ve learned? Read More » The post Get Our New E-Book, How to Conduct a Survey, Free appeared first on NBRI.
  • 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.
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    Simply stated business

  • Business Writing Tale in Time for Halloween

    Cathy Miller
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    Combine two of my favorite things – business writing and Halloween and what do you get? A pretty frightening video I’ll let you define frightening It’s short and relatively painless. I hope you enjoy. Happy Halloween this week. A Business Writing Tale Haunting Helping you Keep it simple, clear & uniquely yours – contact me for help with your business writing needs. BigStock Photo Credit in video The post Business Writing Tale in Time for Halloween appeared first on 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.
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  • 5 Shifts Shaping The Future Workplace

    Andrew Hug
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    The workplace of the future is an ever-shifting concept. In the past predictions often focussed on the sci-fi and fantastical, with images of hover-cars and jet packs. Now though, the proliferation and uptake of modern technologies means that the workplace of the near future can be predicted much more accurately. More importantly businesses, and in … Continued
  • Can Digitisation Save The Planet?

    Dr John Bates
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    In a post-crisis European economy characterised by falling productivity and a shrinking workforce, digitisation represents huge potential for growth. Below, John Bates argues that the implications of this will not only create millions of jobs but will positively impact all industries, revolutionising both products and services. However, for this to succeed the EU must do … Continued
  • How To Capitalise On The E-Commerce Opportunity In China

    Len Padilla
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    By any measure, e-commerce in Asia is booming, nowhere more so than in China. KPMG predicts that e-commerce in China could be bigger than France, Germany, Japan, UK and US combined by 2020. What’s more, the Asia Pacific region as a whole is set to overtake North America as the world’s largest e-commerce market this … Continued
  • Modern Corporate Business Security: When To Use Private Investigators

    Christine Alexander
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    To start off this article I’m going to touch upon how frail online security is in an age so dependant on social media, online marketing, and ultimately, online shopping. We all know fraudsters exist, and a few of us may have even experienced it, but just as quickly as technology is managing to prevent cybercrime, … Continued
  • Mind The Gap: It’s An Accident Waiting To Happen

    Mike Bradbury
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    There are many situations in life where we find ourselves wishing things were better. Hardly a day goes by in which I don’t dream of being a scratch golfer. In these moments of reflection, I consider the difference between my golf game and Rory McIlroy’s and wonder how that gap might be bridged. Luckily, my … Continued
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  • Playing with numbers is serious business!

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    The online lottery business sees solid growth opportunities in the US with shifting regulatory landscape and the internet fast becoming the medium of choice for the tough-to-target 25-34 demographic group The US market has warmed up to the online lottery business in the last couple of years thanks largely to a shift from the federal all-prohibitive Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, 2006 to state-controlled legislations. Illinois became the first state to formally offer online lottery ticketing, followed up with expressions of interest from at least 15 other states. While physical…
  • Eye Catching Banners for Exhibitions

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:37 am
    Trade exhibitions are suddenly places where the gloomy atmosphere of recent years has been lifted. The UK economy has been growing and consumer spending increasing. It means that companies that have regularly taken stands at specific events can expect more people attending and more actually coming onto their stand to discuss business. What they hear from the stand staff will determine whether it will actually lead to business. Such exhibitions attract people that have an interest in the particular sector which is a definite reason for booking a stand. They are also occasions when much of the…
  • UK Halloween sales up from £12m in 2001 to £350m in 2014

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:46 pm
    The business of Halloween in the UK has boomed in the last decade; so much so that it has overtaken Bonfire Night as arguably the biggest sales event after Christmas and Easter. The UK’s Halloween industry is expected to rake in upwards of £350m in 2014 and underlines the fact that Halloween is no longer just big business in the United States. In 2001, UK Halloween sales peaked at just £12m and goes to show how quickly the event has become such an important part of people’s social calendars. Between 2005 and 2013, the increase of Halloween spending per head in the UK was at 263%…
  • Increasing Market Share of Video Conferencing

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    Video calling and video chat is gaining popularity in today’s technology oriented world. According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project in 2010, around 19 percent of the American population has tried video conferencing either through their cell phones or computers. Many of the respondents had made a video call through both mediums, showing how the usage of video calls, teleconferences, and chats has increased in the past few years as well as its potential for growth in the upcoming ones. Many internet service providers such as Blue Jeans…
  • 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,…
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    Stock Prices Today » Stock News

  • Caution on a Busy Week For Reporting

    Pete Southern
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Investors have been taking profits after gains last Friday, caution is dominant before a busy week and at the failure of several Italian banks succumbing to stress tests. After two and a half hours of trading, the Dow had gained 0.2% to 16,777 points and the S&P500 0.4% to 1,957 points. Stress tests of the EU banking sector showed th Read more ...
  • 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 ...
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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

  • Sungard Availability Services Announces Plans to Open a New Workplace Recovery Centre

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS), a leading provider of information availability through managed IT, cloud and recovery services, has announced plans to open a new Workplace Recovery Centre for central London. The facility, which offers capacity for over 700 customer staff, will be equipped with the latest conferencing equipment and IT infrastructure and is understood to be the first such investment in the capital for a decade. The centre, which will be situated just outside of the city, is part of Sungard AS’ ongoing programme of investment in its Workplace Recovery…
  • Sungard Availability Services cloud connects brands to consumers worldwide

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    Brandtone is a mobile marketing specialist that successfully uses the ubiquity and intimacy of mobile phones to engage with 100s of millions of consumers worldwide. It creates tailored, highly effective mobile campaigns to promote its customers’ brands, such as Carling, Dove, Knorr and PepsiCo. Brandtone needed a robust, scalable infrastructure with around-the-clock availability and the ability to handle sudden bursts in data. Business Challenge: When relocating its hosting services from London to Dublin, Brandtone put its managed hosting contract out to tender to five major cloud…
  • 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…
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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

  • Exhilerating week to amplify Australian leadership

    Naomi Simson
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Layne Beachley and I … nothing like trying to learn from the best.. Last week was one ‘out of the box’… a moment to reflect on the momentum that is gathering around entrepreneurship and leadership throughout the Australian business community. Some years ago I used to write posts about ‘what is coming up for me this week’ – but I think far more interesting is what I got up to in the previous week. In the past seven days: I have had a surfing lesson with Layne Beachley (What an inspirational Australian role model and leader) I did three interviews for three…
  • ‘Striving’ women entrepreneur ecosystem.

    Naomi Simson
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Of course I would much rather say that we had a ‘thriving’ women entrepreneur ecosystem but striving is a start. We have achieved so much since April 2012 when Melbourne-based startup incubator York Butter Factory caused controversy with it’s tweets that were labeled as ‘sexist’ and derogatory for women entrepreneurs. In fact it is so exciting to see how far and established the community is – I want to share this freely should you have the desire to connect in to any of these groups. Heads Over Heels was founded by Dr. Alex Birrell, Janet Menzies & Melissa Widner founded…
  • 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…
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    Midas Touch

  • UK Businesses Support a Negotiated Relationship with the EU

    Jon Dawson
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Jon Dawson The majority of British businesses believe that removing ties with the European Union would have a detrimental effect on the country’s business interests, according to a recently released survey conducted by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). The survey of more than 3,200 businesses across the UK tested five scenarios for Britain’s future relationship with the EU, asking respondents to give their view on the potential impact on Britain’s economic prospects. In the survey, 60% of respondents supported a re-negotiated relationship with the EU and believed that remaining…
  • Record Breaking Business Confidence

    Silvia Vitiello
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Silvia Vitiello This September (2014) results from a Federation of Small survey have found that small businesses, in particular those operating within the financial services space, are feeling positive about their futures. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) revealed that there are currently record confidence levels among UK small businesses in its just released Small Business Index. The FSB found that 61% of small businesses that they surveyed are expecting to grow in the next 12 months. These results make it the seventh consecutive quarter that small businesses have been positive…
  • 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…
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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

  • Windows 10 Technical Preview

    Konrad Thiel
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    An open to the public test of Windows 10! The preview has been available since late September but the latest build is relatively stable and worth playing with. If you are running Windows 8.1 you have the ability to create virtual computers on your PC using Hyper-V Manager. If you’re not intimidated by Hyper-V, ISO, and Virtual Hard Drives it’s well worth spinning up a Windows 10 instance to play with.  
  • 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.  
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    Activate Group, Inc » Articles

  • Learning To Count On Everyone

    Howard Shore
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Your team grows and advances based on your leadership skills and direction. Every team has a group of individuals that excels over another. As a leader you need to learn to count on everyone on your team and to elevate everyone from the level they are at. You can start today by delegating new tasks, but before you do, make sure you incorporate these important factors. Selecting the Individual or Team Are you going to the same people over and over again when delegating a task or project? Is it possible you’ve become too comfortable with specific individuals or teams? Doing so may…
  • 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…
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    Half Bridge Business Review

  • Cenovus Energy Still Producing Despite Deteriorating Oil Prices

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on Oct. 03NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Global oil prices may be going downhill but investors won't see a slowdown in Cenovus Energy's  (CVE)  production growth.Cenovus Energy, of Calgary, is one of the four largest Canadian oil and gas producers, which includes Suncor Energy (SU) , Husky Energy (HUSKF) and Imperial Oil (IMO) . Cenovus focuses on producing oil sands, a naturally occurring mixture of sand, water and an extremely viscous oil called bitumen, that…
  • ONEOK Is Laying the Groundwork for Double-Digit Dividend Growth

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:56 pm
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on Oct. 03 NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- ONEOK (OKE) is a little-known energy company that has been growing its dividends per share at an average annual rate of 17% since 2006, and it might just continue going this way.In a research report emailed to TheStreet, Ted Durbin, analyst at Goldman Sachs predicted the company's dividends are expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 17% between 2014 and 2017. This is higher than the average growth rate of 15.6% of about a dozen midstream corporations covered…
  • Emerge Energy Laying Groundwork For Triple-Digit Earnings Growth

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:48 pm
    This article was originally published by Seeking Alpha on Oct. 2Summary: Emerge Energy Services has a solid fuel processing and distribution business and an even better fracking sand segment. Emerge Energy Services is flying high on the back of strong demand of proppants. Here's what Emerge Energy Services is doing to post triple-digit earnings and double-digit revenue growth.Emerge Energy Services operates in two unrelated segments in the energy space: fracking sand production and fuel processing and distribution. The master limited partnership has been posting robust growth in both of these…
  • Carbo Ceramics Out of Favor as Market for Its Products Shifts to Sand

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:42 pm
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on Sep. 29By Sarfaraz A. KhanNEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The worst may not be over for shares of Carbo Ceramics (CRR) , which recently provided a grim outlook for its third-quarter sales.The company makes proppants, which are used to keep a hydraulic fracture open, during or following a fracturing treatment in oil and gas wells. Propants can be man-made grains such as ceramics or natural grains like sand. Carbo Ceramics is the world's leading producer of ceramic proppants, which costs more than sand.The company's…
  • Penn West: Putting Its House In Order

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:36 pm
    This article was originally published by Seeking Alpha on Sep. 28Summary: Penn West is recovering after it was hit with a major accounting scandal. The company has recently released its impressive second quarter results. The company has set its eyes on its long-term future. Is it worth investing?Penn West Exploration (NYSE:PWE), one of the leading Canadian exploration and production companies, has been eyeing a turnaround under the new leadership but the company's efforts received a major setback earlier this year due to an accounting scandal. However, the Calgary-based oil producer…
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    The NFPT Blog

  • Getting Back to Exercise from a Lower Back Injury

    NFPT Staff Writer
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    One of the major concerns for anyone recovering from an injury is the possibility of re-injury. This holds true especially for recovering from lower back problems. Re-injury may occur because of inadequate reconditioning and rehabilitative exercise.When an injury requires a layoff, as many injuries do, the muscles weaken and there is a decrease in muscle tone, size and strength. Using the foregoing example of an injury to the lower back, it may take 6-8 weeks or longer to fully rehabilitate. In the case of damage to a vertebral disc, it may take several months of intensive rehabilitative…
  • When ‘Low’ is the Way to Go

    NFPT Staff Writer
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    There are many benefits to high intensity exercise, but there are also situations in which low intensity can be the best way to go. Let’s use as a prime example the case of the client whose main goal is losing fat. Often, the client starts off by being most efficient at using carbohydrates for energy during exercise and most inefficient at mobilizing and using stored fat. That means the person’s body responds to an energy requirement that rises quickly above a resting metabolic rate by turning first to carbohydrate metabolism. As a result, aerobic exercise design should emphasize…
  • Achoo! Is it a cold – or an allergy?

    NFPT Staff Writer
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    The air can be filled with respiratory irritants, from man-made pollution to pollen and mold spores that lead to sneezing and wheezing year round. But colds can happen throughout the year, too. How can you tell the difference, and why does it matter? The Cleveland Clinic describes an allergy as “the body’s inappropriate and exaggerated response to a foreign substance.” For most allergy sufferers, that might seem to be the epitome of understatement. People can be allergic to a surprisingly broad range of irritants-airborne or otherwise-but one that comes up most often…
  • 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…
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    Custom Toll Free® Blog

  • How the Internet Has Transformed Small Businesses

    Vanity Numbers
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Shortly after Neil Armstrong took the "Giant leap for mankind," another giant leap occurred deep inside the computer department at UCLA. Funded by the Department of Defense, the ARPANET project produced the first Internet transmission that has not only altered every way in which we communicate, and function as a society, but also transformed the way small businesses sell products and services. Today we celebrate one of the greatest discoveries since putting a man on the moon. October 29th is Internet Day. Online Marketing read more
  • 4 Smart Tips for Avoiding Toll Free Troubles

    Vanity Numbers
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    You have done your homework and you understand the benefits associated with acquiring toll free numbers. Vanity numbers increase exposure for your small business brand by creating the type of credibility that builds customer trust. The inexpensive small business phone numbers provide the greatest return on your marketing investment. All in all, you're sold on acquiring toll free numbers, but do you know that acquiring toll free numbers can create chaos for your small business if you aren’t careful? Let's review three tips for avoiding toll free number chaos. read more
  • Establishing the Customer Journey through Toll Free Numbers

    Vanity Numbers
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    Initially, the process of acquiring a toll free number might seem like a lengthy or expensive process. However, acquiring a toll free number can be completed in four easy steps. Once you’ve taken the steps in the toll free journey, you are also simultaneously securing the steps in the customer journey. The customer journey relates to your target audience’s buying process. What are the crucial steps a customer takes before he or she makes a purchase decision? Regardless of business size or industry, the customer journey and buying process is all the same: How does the customer…
  • Growing Your Small Business: How to Rock a Toll Free Number

    Vanity Numbers
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    You spent countless hours wringing your hands over the acquisition of a toll free number for your small business. After realizing the benefits of adding at least one vanity phone number, you have gone all in on acquiring the proven marketing tool. However, you need help deciding on how to best use the unique marketing tool. This means learning how to rock a toll free number to grow your small business. read more
  • Key Reasons to Leave Your Entrepreneurial Ego at the Door

    Vanity Numbers
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    You like to impress upon your team the importance of leaving their egos at the door. After all, clashing egos in the workplace produces poor morale that inevitably leads to lower productivity. You emphasize the importance of team work, helping one another reach their goals, and encourage them in their positions and careers. But, have you left your ego at the door? Many entrepreneurs and small business owners promote selfless behavior, while at the same time possessing “big boss egos” that can cause friction with subordinates. But you can still be a leader without the ego. Here are…
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  • Customer Service Practitioners Discuss Key Interview Questions to Identify Top Customer Service Candidates

    Robin Rayburn
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Robin Rayburn and Emily Tatum The goal of many businesses is to grow profits through attracting and retaining customers. The importance of maintaining the customer lifeline falls primarily on the organization’s customer service team. As client facing employees, customer service representatives are often the only contact customers have with a company and have the […]
  • Tweet for Cash: 6 Tips for Landing an Awesome Job as a Social Media Specialist

    Dixie Somers
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you are a Twitter pro, a Pinterest queen, Instagram expert, or YouTube prodigy, you might consider turning your passion into a career. We now live in a world where you can get paid for tweeting, “liking”, and uploading—most businesses need a professional to monitor and manage their social media activity on several formats. Companies […]
  • VIDEO: Chinese Firms Looking for Global Talent

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    The WSJ’s Wei Gu speaks with Damien O’Brien from Egon Zehnder, a global executive search firm, about the challenges Chinese firms face in attracting global talent. 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: Atul Gawande on getting a coach | On Leadership

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    When Atul Gawande hit a plateau in his career as a surgeon, he turned to an untraditional method to improve his skills. 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: Boomers vs. Millennials: Future of the Job Market

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Surveys show Millennials are optimistic about the future of the job market. But are they maybe too optimistic? MarketWatch’s Tom Bemis and Sally French discuss. 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.
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    Half Bridge Business Review

  • Cenovus Energy Still Producing Despite Deteriorating Oil Prices

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on Oct. 03NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Global oil prices may be going downhill but investors won't see a slowdown in Cenovus Energy's  (CVE)  production growth.Cenovus Energy, of Calgary, is one of the four largest Canadian oil and gas producers, which includes Suncor Energy (SU) , Husky Energy (HUSKF) and Imperial Oil (IMO) . Cenovus focuses on producing oil sands, a naturally occurring mixture of sand, water and an extremely viscous oil called bitumen, that…
  • ONEOK Is Laying the Groundwork for Double-Digit Dividend Growth

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:56 pm
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on Oct. 03 NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- ONEOK (OKE) is a little-known energy company that has been growing its dividends per share at an average annual rate of 17% since 2006, and it might just continue going this way.In a research report emailed to TheStreet, Ted Durbin, analyst at Goldman Sachs predicted the company's dividends are expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 17% between 2014 and 2017. This is higher than the average growth rate of 15.6% of about a dozen midstream corporations covered…
  • Emerge Energy Laying Groundwork For Triple-Digit Earnings Growth

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:48 pm
    This article was originally published by Seeking Alpha on Oct. 2Summary: Emerge Energy Services has a solid fuel processing and distribution business and an even better fracking sand segment. Emerge Energy Services is flying high on the back of strong demand of proppants. Here's what Emerge Energy Services is doing to post triple-digit earnings and double-digit revenue growth.Emerge Energy Services operates in two unrelated segments in the energy space: fracking sand production and fuel processing and distribution. The master limited partnership has been posting robust growth in both of these…
  • Carbo Ceramics Out of Favor as Market for Its Products Shifts to Sand

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:42 pm
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on Sep. 29By Sarfaraz A. KhanNEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The worst may not be over for shares of Carbo Ceramics (CRR) , which recently provided a grim outlook for its third-quarter sales.The company makes proppants, which are used to keep a hydraulic fracture open, during or following a fracturing treatment in oil and gas wells. Propants can be man-made grains such as ceramics or natural grains like sand. Carbo Ceramics is the world's leading producer of ceramic proppants, which costs more than sand.The company's…
  • Penn West: Putting Its House In Order

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:36 pm
    This article was originally published by Seeking Alpha on Sep. 28Summary: Penn West is recovering after it was hit with a major accounting scandal. The company has recently released its impressive second quarter results. The company has set its eyes on its long-term future. Is it worth investing?Penn West Exploration (NYSE:PWE), one of the leading Canadian exploration and production companies, has been eyeing a turnaround under the new leadership but the company's efforts received a major setback earlier this year due to an accounting scandal. However, the Calgary-based oil producer…
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    Smart Business Revolution

  • How to Strengthen Your Mental Toughness Like An FBI Agent

    John Corcoran
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    LaRae Quy was a brand new FBI Special Agent, and it was the height of the Cold War, but she was given a huge job. Her assignment was to go undercover and locate a known Soviet spy operating somewhere in Silicon Valley, and to convince him to start spying for the U.S. Sound impossible? It sure did. The odds were long. Much was at stake. And failure was lurking around every corner. Kind of like the world of business. It turns out FBI Special Agent work has more to do with business than you might think. In business, your mental strength will determine whether you rise to a challenge or crumble.
  • Public Speaking Tips with Michael Port [Podcast]

    John Corcoran
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Need public speaking tips? You’ve come to the right place. Michael Port is the master of public speaking, and he has plenty to say about how to become a better public speaker. But first, let me give you some background on how I got to know Michael. One of the best decisions I have ever made happened right after I had decided to quit my job at a law firm back in 2011. I had just started working for myself. I was new at everything. I hadn’t run a business before. I hadn’t had to rely on myself to court clients and put food on the table. And one of the first books I read was Book…
  • How James Swanwick Got his Dream Job as an ESPN Sports Center Anchor, with Zero Experience, By Being a Giver

    John Corcoran
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    James Swanwick hit rock bottom. It was 2009. The international financial markets were crumbling and thousands of companies around the globe were feeling the pinch. The resulting crash decimated his media company, Crocmedia America, which he had built from nothing to a major entity with dozens of employees around the U.S. Growing up in Brisbane, Australia, Swanwick had started his career as a journalist. But by his early 20s, he could see his career playing out before his very eyes. He had a bigger vision for himself so he decided to take a risk and move to London. That led to jobs working as…
  • 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…
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    Project Exponential

  • 7 steps to finding happiness

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:26 am
    1. Put yourself in the position of opportunity. Go where there is more. 2. Do what you’re good at. 3. Big goals are great but don’t become so focused on them you can’t reroute if necessary. 4. Focus on the now: does your heart sink or flutter? Is there a rock in your stomach when you head to work? 5. What is taking you away from your present experience? How can you limit these distractions and refocus your attention? 6. Find people you can “do your thing with.” People who accept you for being 110% you. People who sit with you when you’re feeling less than your best,…
  • On beginning, career change, and empathy

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    The following is derived from an interview. For the full article, click here.  How did you begin Project Exponential? MW: I was living in New York City, bored out of my mind after finishing my masters at Columbia University and working in their admissions department. The creative in me wasn’t satisfied, and the realist in me knew I couldn’t afford to stay in Manhattan on a social worker’s salary. I began moonlighting as a copywriter and slowly weaseled my way into the advertising industry. How does a social worker enter advertising? MW: The same skills I’d use in the…
  • 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.
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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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    strategy+business - All Updates

  • In with the New, and the Old Too

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By selling a mix of novel and existing products, retailers can optimize their profits; to do so, however, managers must use their salespeople in the right way.
  • The Virgin Chronicles

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Richard Branson's books demonstrate how an entrepreneur's drive and verve can turn seemingly crazy ideas into reality.
  • Free Your Strategy from Annual Planning

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    When your strategy is shackled to the annual planning process, you lose a uniquely powerful management tool.
  • The Untapped Value of Overseas Experience

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Even as many multinationals develop or expand programs for temporary overseas assignments, they remain unprepared to learn from the employees who return from such assignments. A recent study of returnees reveals what's going wrong, and what companies can do to reap the benefits of a global workforce.
  • The Sharing Company

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The open sharing of resources among businesses is an offshoot of the sharing economy that has significant potential, but that has just started to attract media attention. In only a few years of activity, it's become clear that the unfettered exchange of otherwise unused major assets, including physical space and industrial equipment, allows a sharing company to operate more efficiently than its non-sharing rivals.
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    Currency News: UK daily forex news

  • Pound Sterling to Japanese Yen (GBP/JPY) Exchange Rate Stronger as Japanese Stocks Rise

    Frank Davies
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    &lt;h2&gt;The Pound (GBP) strengthened against the Yen (JPY) modestly on Thursday as Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda asserted that the decline in the local currency will have a positive impact on Japan’s economic performance.&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-jpy-30-10-2014.jpg&quot; alt=&quot;gbp jpy&quot;&gt;Although Kuroda was explicitly referencing the Yen’s depreciation against…
  • Pound to euro: GBP/EUR Exchange Rate Forecast Losses Ahead, Dollar Gains

    John Cameron
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    &lt;h2&gt;Today’s session has brought the publication of two key data sets from the eurozone; however the brace of releases has, up to this point, failed to have the forecast effect on the Pound euro exchange rate GBP EUR.&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-eur-30-10-2014.jpg&quot; alt=&quot;gbp eur forecast&quot;&gt;This morning’s German labour market numbers provided the single currency with…
  • Euro to US Dollar: EUR Exchange Rate Weaker on US GDP and German Inflation Data

    David Woodsmith
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    &lt;h2&gt;The Euro weakened against the US Dollar after data out of German heightened fears that the Eurozone is sliding closer towards deflation and a report showed that the US economy expanded at a stronger than forecast rate in the third quarter of the year.&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-30-10-2014.jpg&quot; alt=&quot;eur usd forecast&quot;&gt;The US Dollar to euro exchange rate…
  • ALERT: Pound Euro, Dollar and Singapore Dollar 2015 Forecasts Updated after FED

    John Cameron
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    &lt;h2&gt;Read our leading analyst’s latest foreign currency exchange rate forecasts for the Pound Sterling (currency:GBP) versus the euro (currency:EUR), US Dollar (currency:USD) and Singapore Dollar (currency:SGD).&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-eur-29-10-2014.jpg&quot; alt=&quot;gbp eur forecast&quot;&gt;The POUND STERLING (currency:GBP) struggled to record gains against any of the other…
  • NZ Dollar Outlook: GBP/NZD Exchange Rate Tumbles as UK Data Flops

    Toni Johnson
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    &lt;h2&gt;The Pound Sterling slid vs the New Zealand Dollar exchange rate (GBP/NZD) on Wednesday after New Zealand Business Confidence rose for the first time in eight months.&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-nzd-29-10-2014.jpg&quot; alt=&quot;gbp chf forecast&quot;&gt;UK data also fell flat, adding additional downward pressure to the Sterling exchange rate. The ‘Kiwi’ could soften if the…
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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

  • When Do Women Talk More than Men?

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    -*Are women really more talkative than men, as the stereotype suggests? -*What about women in business meetings who don’t claim as much “talk time” as male colleagues? Kay Deaux More than 25 years ago, NYU’s Kay Deaux and Brenda Major of University of California Santa Barbara proposed that context and expectations of the individual and others determine when females talk more than males. Recent research validated this theory using electronic monitoring devices instead of bias-prone self-reports. Brenda Major Harvard’s Jukka-Pekka Onnela and Sebastian Schnorf, with David Lazer of…
  • Increase Feelings of Power by Listening to Music with Strong Bass Beat

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dennis Hsu Listening to music with specific emotional qualities has been associated with productivity, performance, creative problem solving, endurance, decreased pain sensitivity, and decision biases, outlined in previous blog posts. Loran Nordgren Subjective power feelings are an additional outcome of listening to music with substantial bass beat, reported Northwestern University’s Dennis Y. Hsu, Loran F. NordgrenDerek D. Rucker, Li Huang, and Columbia’s Adam D. Galinsky. Derek D. Rucker Hsu’s team found that power-inducing music produced enhanced: Abstract thinking Illusions of…
  • “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…
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    AP Artistry

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    21 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
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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

  • Success Story: Trivest Partners

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Troy Templeton is the managing partner of Trivest Partners, L.P., the oldest private equity firm in the southeastern U.S. Trivest, headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida, focuses on partnering with founder/family-owned businesses in the United States and Canada. Since its founding in 1981, Trivest has completed more than 200 transactions, totaling over $5 billion in value. Troy discusses his experience working with Zintro below: “The lifeblood of our business is new deal origination. We are constantly seeking fresh avenues to increase the number of acquisition candidates we see as well as…
  • “How You Can Consistently Attract (And Win) A Steadier Stream Of New Business” Presented by David A. Fields

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:26 pm
    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: “This webinar is for you if you are an independent consultant and are looking for a steadier, more consistent stream of clients. Don’t miss the great tips and techniques that will be tackled in this webinar, like the “magic language” that converts your Rolodex of friendly relationships into high value prospects, or a simple practice that creates massive momentum in your…
  • Biogen Idec Foundation and ASTC Aim to Educate Students about Biotechnology

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:15 pm
    The Biogen Idec Foundation presented a $1.5 million grant to the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) to launch the World Biotech Tour. ASTC is an organization that represents almost 400 science centers and museums in the U.S. and 45 other countries. According to the two groups, the World Biotech Tour “aims to increase the impact and visibility of biotechnology among youth, the general public, and underserved communities to promote science literacy.” The tour will make its first three stops in Belgium, Portugal and Japan. Tony Kingsley, Chairman of the Biogen Idec Foundation…
  • U.S. Officials Push for Production of Promising Anti-Ebola Drug

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    U.S. officials are pushing biotechnology researchers at Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. to make more of ZMapp, which ran out in August. The drug is a promising experimental Ebola treatment. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave Mapp a $150,00 grant to examine whether it is possible to mass produce the drug. According to the foundation’s senior program officer Bryan Callahan, Mapp and its partners have discussed the feasibility of increasing production with a traditional biotechnology manufacturing technique with Amgen Inc. but no final decision has been made in regard to a pharma…
  • Groups Petition FDA for Food Packaging Chemical Ban

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Nine consumer and environmental health groups recently petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) arguing for a ban on some of the chemicals used in food packaging, especially pertchelorate and long-chain perfluorocarboxylates (PFCs). Pertchelorate is added to sealing gaskets to reduce static in dry food packaging and PFCs keep pizza boxes and sandwich wrappers free of grease. According to the petition, these chemicals can harm fetal development, male reproductive systems, and pre- and post-natal brain development. In addition, the petition claims they cause cancer. Pharmaceutical…
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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

  • Thrift Store Startup: The Businesses Behind Used Goods

    Vincent Po
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
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  • Chinese Factory Explosion Prompts Officials to Take Second Look at More Than 200 Other Plants

    Vincent Po
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Image via Flickr by Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet According to The Wall Street Journal, “A Chinese auto-parts factory where at least [75] workers were killed in a weekend explosion was known for high levels of dust and excess overtime, according to current and former workers, who described intense pressure to supply parts for a fast-growing industry.”Along with the 75 deceased workers, an estimated 186 were injured. The combustible dust that caused the incident was a byproduct of the metallic parts produced at the facility. Although the dust is a standard aspect of metal parts…
  • Companies Offer Ebola Solutions Despite Lack of Official Drug Manufacturing

    Vincent Po
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
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  • Coca-Cola Invests $5 Billion in African Manufacturing and More

    Vincent Po
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Image via Flickr by Rod Waddington According to the Wall Street Journal, “Coca-Cola Co. said it plans to spend more than $5 billion in Africa over the next six years, lifting the U.S. beverage giant’s proposed investments in Africa to $17 billion for 2010 to 2020. The Atlanta-based company also signed a preliminary agreement to launch an initiative — called Source Africa — to secure more consistent and sustainable local ingredient sourcing for its products.”This latest initiative considers not only manufacturing logistics, but a more sustainable African supply chain.
  • New US and EU Bans on Russia Will Impact Several Major Industries

    Vincent Po
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Image via Flickr by Russland und Ukraine According to Reuters, “Leaders of the United States and major European powers agreed in a teleconference on Monday [July 28] to impose sanctions on Russia’s banking, technology, and arms sectors. The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on more Russian banks, targeting VTB, the Bank of Moscow, and the Russian Agriculture Bank, as well as the United Shipbuilding Corp.”One telling sanction includes an arms embargo. It prohibits any technology that could eventually be used by the Russian military. This sanction and others come on the tail of…
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    Steelhenge Crisis Thinking

  • Key Themes from the Crisis Management Conference 2014

    Dominic Cockram
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Last month, we were delighted to welcome a capacity audience of international delegates to the Crisis Management Conference (CMC) 2014 in London. The day had an auspicious start with the official launch of the new British Standard in Crisis Management, BS 11200 by the UK Cabinet Office and the British Standards Institution.  BS 11200 is the successor to PAS 200 and marks a significant point in crisis management as it codifies accumulated best practice into top-level guidance for organisations looking to implement a crisis management capability. Switching then from theory to practice,…
  • Ebola: The Facts

    Isobel Nicholas
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:04 am
    Last updated: 23rd October 2014 Since the first incidence of Ebola was reported in March of this year, the disease has spread virulently across parts of West Africa and claimed 4926 lives in the process, leading the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare an international health emergency on 8th August. Whilst outbreaks of the virus are extremely rare, there is currently no approved vaccine or treatment and Ebola can prove fatal in up to 90% of cases. As such, the recent outbreak has caused serious concern and attracted media attention across the world, with alarmist headlines leading…
  • Launch of BS 11200 – the new British Standard for Crisis Management

    Isobel Nicholas
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    In May this year, the Cabinet Office and BSI published BS 11200 – the new British Standard for Crisis Management – Guidance and Good Practice.  Its official launch will be on 18th September in London. Many would say the new Standard is long overdue; others that crisis management is already covered by ISO 22301, the International Standard for Business Continuity Management Systems.  However, whatever your view, no one can demur from the fact that BS 11200 covers the subject in far more depth and detail than any other Standard hitherto. The Standard covers the core areas of: •   …
  • The Crisis Management Conference 2014; Planning for Prosperity with a Coherent Crisis Management Capability

    Isobel Nicholas
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:59 am
    The 2014 Crisis Management Conference (CMC 2014) will take place in London on Thursday 18th September. Delegates will be given a unique opportunity to hear speakers from the BBC, Network Rail, John Lewis, UBS, O2, UK Cabinet Office and the University of Liverpool discuss their first-hand experiences in preparing, responding and communicating in crisis. Click here to see the full programme. Crisis management was long associated with failure and a desire to “keep covert” any crisis plans and preparations. Today, however, it is a topic of success, heralding responsible guardianship for the…
  • When the Heat is On – Social Media Fails

    Dominic Cockram
    28 May 2014 | 7:24 am
    The advent of social media has radically altered the context in which the reputation of an organisation is managed. Social media can be friend and foe. On the one hand, social media platforms are immensely powerful channels to reach stakeholders with your planned message but on the other, the same characteristics that enable this, namely speed of communication, prevalence and pervasiveness, can also precipitate and catapult an organisation into crisis. The way that events transpire online and, more specifically, on social media platforms are now intimately linked to how organisations fare…
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    Project Management Resources

  • 6 Ways To Train Project Stakeholders

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    "It's a great product" said a colleague recently "but the users don't know how to use it." He looked despondent. "Whose fault is that?" I asked. "The managers" he replied. "They haven't bothered to show the staff."Actually I thought it was the project team's fault and I suggested this to him. He looked surprised but I said that if his project plan had included training then it could have been delivered monitored and checked to see if the users had learned what they needed to all before the project was signed off as complete. He agreed that including training in the project would have been a…
  • What Resources Does Your Project Need?

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Projects need more than just you at the helm to get done. A good project manager is the starting point but you need to equip yourself with the tools of the job to be able to deliver on the objectives of the project. There are three types of resources that projects need to progress: people assets and money. Let's look at each of those in turn.PeopleYou can't do a project without involving other people. Managing a team can often be the most stressful part of managing a project. After all the actual deliverables are pretty easy to achieve it's the people and the office politics that get in the…
  • What New Project Team Members Need To Know

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Project teams are put together at the beginning of the project but they don't always stay that way for the whole duration. People leave the project team for a variety of reasons anything from retirement to a new job or simply that they aren't needed on the team any more as their particular tasks are completed.People also join the team at different points. You'll find that your project is likely to have someone new join when the rest of the team is quite established. Getting that new person up to speed so that they can contribute effectively is your job as the project manager and here are some…
  • 5 Top Tips For Prioritizing Project Tasks

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Putting together your project task list is one of the first things that you'll do as a project manager on a new project. But too often task lists become a big dumping ground for everything you need to work on without any structure and without any sense of what is most important. How do you prioritize what should be done first? Here are our top 5 tips for focusing on the most important work.Tip #1: Use Task Management SoftwareHowever good you think you are at keeping your To Do list in your head task management software will show you that you can be far more effective if you use some tools to…
  • Creating Reports is a Time Waster

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    How much time do you spend preparing project reports every week? Someone asked me that question recently and was genuinely surprised when I said hardly any time at all. She spent several hours per week customizing her project reports for different audiences and I know she isn't alone.The problem with spending so much time on project reports is that by the time you've finished writing them they are out of date. The project has moved on before your sponsor has even opened the latest status email and that's really frustrating when you're trying to use the information to solve a problem or…
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  • Quote of the Day – October 30, 2014 Editorial Staff
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    “I can’t understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I’m frightened by old ones.” – John Cage The post Quote of the Day – October 30, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • Quote of the Day – October 29, 2014 Editorial Staff
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” – John C. Maxwell The post Quote of the Day – October 29, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • Quote of the Day – October 28, 2014 Editorial Staff
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln The post Quote of the Day – October 28, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • Quote of the Day – October 27, 2014 Editorial Staff
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    “The best marketing doesn’t feel like marketing.” – Tom Fishburne The post Quote of the Day – October 27, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • Punny Business Names

    Kim Michalak
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Business names. They are the very first introduction anyone has to a brand or business, so when choosing a name, business owners tend to follow some basic rules. Many try to make it relevant and memorable, and, of course, some have more success than others. Working in the lead generation business you see a lot of companies in a day. Some stand out more than others, and some you may not even believe are real until you see their website or call and someone verifies that, yes, it is an actual company. The great thing about companies like this (other than the mid-work-day distraction they cause)…
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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

  • Is Apple Pay’s Competitive Strategy a Threat Disguised as Convenience?

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    As technology transports consumers into a more virtual reality, everyone wants to incorporate a competitive strategy to grab a big piece of the payments pie; whip cream and all. It seems like every day either financial institutions, manufacturers, retailers, or companies, such as Apple, Google, and Paypal are featured in the news for tripping over each other in a race to lead the new digital ecosystem.
  • Grrreat Competitive Strategies Learned from Kellogg's Battle for Sales

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    There’s a reason why an entire supermarket aisle is dedicated to what you eat for breakfast. Since the late 1800s, the morning munchies have made breakfast food a rough competitive space. Now large cereal companies like Kellogg’s, General Mills, and Post dominate the retail shelf space, while smaller food companies, supermarkets, and fast-food chains compete against them to disrupt the breakfast food industry with even bigger sales figures. To prevail, Kellogg's will have to give competitor and market research the front seat in driving better sales performance.
  • 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…
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    Max Ruckman

  • Innovation Excellence | Stagnating? Innovate How You Innovate With These 5 Ideas

    Max Ruckman
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Throughout this past year, I’ve been having conversations with innovation leaders from a couple of BIG companies about re-inventing their innovation capability. The pattern of conversation: we’ve had a good run, but feel that our process for making innovation happen is delivering incremental results. Bureaucracy has developed, and so we aren’t taking a lot of risks anymore. How do we shake ourselves [...]
  • Innovation Excellence | Prototypes Are The Best Way To Innovate

    Max Ruckman
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
    If you’re serious about innovation, you must learn, as second nature, to convert your ideas into prototypes. Funny thing about ideas is they’re never fully formed – they morph and twist as you talk about them, and as long as you keep talking they keep changing. Evolution of your ideas is good, but in the conversation domain they never get [...]
  • Malcolm Gladwell: One Character Trait That Will Make You Disruptive |

    Max Ruckman
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    When people talk about what it takes to transform a field or a world, they leave out one crucial component, bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell told the audience at the World Business Forum on Tuesday. “What’s really behind it? What are the preconditions that make that kind of change possible?” Too often, he said, the list of explanations is short. “We [...]
  • Innovation Excellence | Slogan, Carnival or Capacity: What’s Your Innovation Commitment?

    Max Ruckman
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    By way of explaining innovation – what it is and what it isn’t – I often write about the innovation efforts we’ve seen and seek to illustrate successes and failures using (hopefully) humorous analogies. Today I’d like to illustrate some of the different methods or types of innovation implementation and why they fail to deliver any value. I’m building a list in [...]
  • Beyond the Brainstorm

    Max Ruckman
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    The notion that the best ideas come from organized brainstorms is an outdated fallacy. Ask leaders how they come up with their groundbreaking ideas and you’ll hear everything from “in the shower” or “at the gym” to “looking totally outside of our industry” and “getting out of the office and meeting someone new.” The common thread is that inspiration strikes [...]
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    NCTechNews -- North Carolina business and technology news

  • Sikorsky Collaborates with LORD Corporation to Unveil S-97 RAIDER™ Helicopter

    David Menzies
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    CARY, N.C. -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. [NYSE:UTX], unveiled the first of two S-97 RAIDERTM helicopter prototypes in collaboration with LORD Corporation, a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control. Sikorsky teamed with specialized companies in the rotorcraft industry to develop this follow-up to its successful X2 TechnologyTM demonstrator aircraft. Designed for military missions, including special operations, the S-97 RAIDER features next-generation technologies in an aerial scout aircraft, capable of carrying six troops and…
  • Research Triangle Region's Cleantech Cluster and Experts Featured at Smart Cities Conference

    David Menzies
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:34 am
    RESEARCH TRIANGLE, N.C. -- The Research Triangle Region’s success in creating a vibrant cleantech cluster will be featured prominently at Energy Central’s Smart Cities conference, “Shaping a Smart Energy Future,” Nov. 3-4 in San Diego, Calif. Research Triangle Cleantech ClusterResearch Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) Managing Director Lee Anne Nance will moderate a panel of cluster member companies discussing how public sector, private sector and utility industry partners in the region collaborate to deploy smart city solutions and how that creates competitive advantage for the…
  • Fred Barringer named Regional Director of the SBTDC at UNC Chapel Hill

    David Menzies
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:28 am
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The SBTDC is pleased to announce Fred Barringer as the Regional Director of the SBTDC at UNC Chapel Hill. Fred rejoins the SBTDC after a two-year stint in the private sector, which broadened his already extensive background in business, industry, and the military. From 2010 to 2012, he served in the SBTDC at Western Carolina University’s Cullowhee office as a business counselor focusing on manufacturing and distribution clients.NCTechNews is published by Innovative Public Relations, Inc. (, a Research Triangle-based consultancy…
  • McKim & Creed Announces New CEO

    David Menzies
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The board of directors of McKim & Creed, Inc., a 350-person engineering, planning and geomatics firm with offices throughout the South, announced that John T. Lucey, Jr., PE, has been named the company’s next president and chief executive officer, effective November 1. Lucey was previously the executive vice president of engineering and business development at Heckmann Water Resources (now Nuverra Environmental Solutions), an oil/gas water management company that is also one of the largest environmental solutions firms in the U.S.NCTechNews is published by Innovative…
  • MobileSmith is a Finalist in the 2014 NC Tech Awards

    David Menzies
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- MobileSmith (OTCBB: MOST) has been nominated as a finalist in North Carolina's statewide technology awards program, in the New Media/Digital Technology category. The finalists were recently announced by the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA).NCTechNews is published by Innovative Public Relations, Inc. (, a Research Triangle-based consultancy providing PR and media relations services to help clients achieve their business development and organizational goals. NCTechNews supplements quality reporting provided by respected media…
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  • Aurvista Gold Appoints Jean Lafleur as President and CEO

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Montreal, Quebec--(Newsfile Corp. - October 30, 2014) - Aurvista Gold Corporation (TSXV: AVA) ("Aurvista" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Jean Lafleur, M.Sc., P. Geo., as President and CEO of the Company, effective immediately. Mr. Lafleur is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Geology, and previously held the position of VP Exploration for Aurvista from January 2012 to April 2014. Mr. Lafleur orchestrated the exploration drive to advance the bulk gold potential of the Douay Gold Project. Mr. Lafleur has 30…
  • Liuyang Fireworks Reports Year End Financial Results for Fiscal 2014

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - October 30, 2014) - Liuyang Fireworks Limited (TSXV: FWK) ("Liuyang" or "the Company") today reported its financial results for the three- and 12-month periods ended June 30, 2014. All amounts are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated. Fiscal 2014 Highlights: Despite international sales growth of 12.9%, total revenue declined 15.8% to $15.27 million; Gross margin decreased to 35.5% of sales from 37.25% of sales revenue in fiscal 2013; Net loss increased to nearly $2.5 million, which included a $1.6 million asset impairment charge arising from…
  • Chelsea Disposes Its Cooper Basin Exploration Permits PEL 112 and 444

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Calgary, Alberta--(Newsfile Corp. - October 30, 2014) - Chelsea Oil & Gas Ltd. (OTCQB: COGLF) ("Chelsea" or the "Company") advises that it has sold its non-operated working interests and associated overriding royalty interests (“the Interests”) in PEL 112 and 444 in the Cooper Basin, South Australia to an arms length private company for nominal consideration. The acquirer of the Interests has assumed all debts pertaining to additional costs incurred for the acquisition of 3D seismic, for which Chelsea would have been responsible for its working interest share of approximately…
  • Goldspike Confirms Zinc Lead Mineralization in Initial Drilling at Lone Mountain

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - October 30, 2014) - Goldspike Exploration Inc. (TSXV: GSE) ("Goldspike" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has successfully intersected zones of zinc and lead mineralization in the first drill holes of the Company's phase one drill program on its 100% controlled Lone Mountain zinc property (the "Property") in Eureka County, Nevada. Drilling is continuing and the program has been expanded beyond the initial plan of 1500 metres. Drilling to-date has been completed to a greater depth, up dip and along strike of the original 2007 discovery hole.
  • dynaCERT Announces Intellectual Property Acquisition

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - October 30, 2014) - dynaCERT Inc. (TSXV: DYA) ("dynaCERT" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has entered into a formal Intellectual Property Transfer Agreement with Sheer Technology Inc. ("Sheer Technology") in respect of the acquisition by the Company of all of the underlying technology and intellectual property rights (collectively, the "Technology") employed in its principal product, the HydraGen™. This agreement supercedes the non-binding letter of intent that was entered into between the Company and Sheer Technology in February 2014…
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    HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing

  • The Ideal Job

    Brandi Bennett
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:22 am
    The post The Ideal Job appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. There are three types of people in this world: those who work because it gives them a sense of purpose and fulfillment; those who work because they have to, but would rather not be working; and those who aren’t working at all. It could be argued that these three different types of people exist based on the amount of personal responsibility that they feel for themselves and their lives, with the first group being overly responsible, driven almost to the point of a neuroses, the second group being responsible enough to…
  • Happy 12th Birthday, Snappy!

    Sean Valant
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The post Happy 12th Birthday, Snappy! appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. It seems like only yesterday that our beloved blue gator was crawling around the swamp, still in diapers. Oh, how time flies! Twelve years ago today, the domain was registered and thus Snappy was born. We like to mark this occasion each year with a something special. This year we’re extremely happy to officially announce our new Texas datacenter! All new hosting accounts are now being provisioned right here in Houston, Texas, at CyrusOne! CyrusOne features redundant power and cooling,…
  • 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…
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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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    Jon R. Patrick

  • Is Wake Up Now Going Out of Business?

    Jon Patrick
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Have you wondered Is Wake Up Now Going Out of Business? If you pay attention to the news surrounding our Profession, it’s no secret Wake Up Now gets a lot of attention.  Fact is, it’s one of the lightening rods for the industry. If you’ve followed me at all, you … Continue reading → The post Is Wake Up Now Going Out of Business? appeared first on 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.
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  • Creating an Open Sales Environment

    Patrick Malone
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Recently I read a posting on the Harvard Business Review Blog Network by Joseph Grenny entitled “4 Ways Leaders can create a Candid Culture”. I have long believed that the most successful sales professionals use leadership skills instead of the typical sales tactics to achieve and maintain their level of success. That led me to consider the 4 action steps in Mr. Grenny’s post in terms of creating an open sales environment and I pass my observations on for your consideration. The post Creating an Open Sales Environment appeared first on
  • How the Set-Up of Your Office Can Impact Employee Efficiency (and What You Can Do About It)

    Denny Hammack
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    How much time is wasted each day around your office? Have you stopped to look around lately? Do your employees gather around the water cooler for a little too long? Do you often see them digging through piles of paperwork trying to locate the document they need? Are they fumbling around with the broken printer, yet again? These may all seem like small moments in time, but when you multiply them by how many employees you are paying, that is a lot of wasted productivity. The post How the Set-Up of Your Office Can Impact Employee Efficiency (and What You Can Do About It) appeared first on…
  • Going Global – Jumping into the International Marketplace

    Clara Lippert Glenn
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Establishing a global presence is often viewed as an enormous challenge for small businesses. So daunting of an undertaking, many small businesses shy away from the process entirely and miss the potential for growth. Lack of confidence with international business tactics, budget limitations and satisfaction (complacency) with current customer base are some of the reasons given for not taking the international plunge. However, most small businesses willing to take the chance will find that global expansion, if executed properly, can yield high growth potential and be far less complicated than…
  • 10 Rules for Increasing Shopping Cart Conversions

    Eric Thomas
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    If your business sells a product or service online, the main goal of your website is to get those conversions. There are important steps and features that factor into grabbing that sale all along the way. However, once your online shoppers get to the shopping cart, there are many things that you can do to increase the chances that they will complete that sale. Use the following 10 rules to increase shopping cart conversions and you will certainly see a lift in the amount of sales you get and bring your conversion rate up. The post 10 Rules for Increasing Shopping Cart Conversions appeared…
  • Leadership and the Quest for Perfection: A Cautionary Tale

    Michael Brenner
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    As a facilitator, speaker, coach, educator, and professional sax player, I frequently draw inspiration from the musicians and artists who have influenced me over the years. One of these artists, jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis, once said, “Humans are imperfect. That’s one of the reasons that classical and jazz [music] are in trouble. We’re on the quest for the perfect performance and every note has to be right. Man, every note is not right in life.” The post Leadership and the Quest for Perfection: A Cautionary Tale 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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  • Workplace Hack: Get More Focused with Workstation Popcorn

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    This week’s workplace hack comes from Joel Runyon who’s developed a method that he claims helps him work faster, get more done and generally improves his quality of life. He calls it ‘workstation popcorn’. The basic premise of workstation popcorn is that you allocate time slots to do tasks in, group tasks into 3 groups, and work on each group of tasks from a different location. For example, say you have 8 items on your to-do list today. First estimate how long each task will take. Next, group tasks into 2-3 hour time slots. You might find that you can do 4 of the tasks in 2 hours, 1…
  • Redefining Work-Life Balance in an Always-On World

    Guest Author
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    It is 1 p.m. on a weekday, and I am laying on the couch reading a book. Earlier this morning I got to play with my four-month-old daughter. Before the end of the standard workday I’ll have a meaningful conversation with my wife. No, I’m not unemployed. In fact, I might be overemployed, with a main job and a couple of side gigs. So how am I on the couch during normal working hours? Where did I find time to play with my daughter, and then converse with my wife? Here’s the first trick: I didn’t leave home for an office this morning. Work-Life Balance? In an age when it seems we’re all…
  • Workplace Hack: Cover the Clocks to Work Quicker on Short Tasks

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    Breaking down large projects into smaller tasks is the best way to get through those most daunting of to-dos. But what if you’re struggling to move quickly with the smaller tasks? Web developer at Syndio Social, Sean Gransee, finds that hiding all clocks helps him work quicker… “Let’s think back to Parkinson’s Law: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” The no-clocks thing works great for short tasks. When I don’t know how much time I have to complete a task, I naturally work as quickly as possible the entire time.” While hiding the time…
  • 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…
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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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  • WHT Podcast 021 on the Winnipeg Jets

    Mitch Kasprick
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Winnipeg Hockey Talk editor and podcast host Mitch Kasprick is joined by WHT writer Darryl Manchulenko to discuss the Winnipeg Jets 3 home games last week, the return of Evander Kane, their 4 game road trip and more…. Podcast 021 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:Evander Kane,Kevin Cheveldayoff,Paul…
  • NHL and Winnipeg Jets News

    Mitch Kasprick
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Winnipeg Jets, NHL & local hockey news including the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings & the MJHL Champion Winnipeg Blues      Jets hit road on high note after big overtime win against Avalanche One innocent-looking backhand, one fortunate bounce — Injured Kane returns to Jets practice Evander Kane made a surprise appearance …  ☛ ☛ Jets show they can handle adversity in victory over winless ‘Canes It was one win against one of the NHL’s bottom-feeders, so nobody will be mapping … Clitsome makes impact in return to Jets’ lineup This is…
  • Random Thoughts On The Winnipeg Jets: Oct. 27

    Mitch Kasprick
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:12 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.  The Winnipeg Jets were 2-1 this past week.  I guess we’ll take it!  3-5 sure sounds better than 2-6 or 2-5-1 doesn’t it?     2.  Evander Kane began skating on Friday.  His return to the Winnipeg Jets line-up is getting closer and could be within 10-14 days?   3.  If the Jets can beat the NYI and NJD on the road this week, they can salvage their first 10 game segment with…
  • The Brainwashing of the Winnipeg Jets Fanbase

    Mitch Kasprick
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    It Started in Year One of Winnipeg Jets 2.0 - The brainwashing and excuses were flowing long before the Winnipeg Jets 2.0 ever hit the ice but in our joy and jubilation of finally getting a NHL team back in River City we were oblivious to the warning signs.  The “excuse seeds” were planted early and often. There have been thousands of excuses and blame pointed in another thousand different directions on why the Winnipeg Jets haven’t made the playoffs in their first three plus seasons in Winnipeg.  The excuses have come from fans on social media (mostly twitter and talk…
  • Winnipeg Jets Fans! What’s Your Problem?

    Derek Curtis
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    A rough start to the season has many Winnipeg Jets fans questioning their team. So I ask “What’s Your Problem?” The First Step is Admitting You have a Problem - There are a plethora of opinions as to what the problem is and vast ideas on how to solve it.  I have heard everything in the past twenty-four hours from that coach Paul Maurice isn’t working out, get rid of General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, trade captain Andrew Ladd, all the way to do nothing and tank the season for Connor McDavid.  Do the Winnipeg Jets even have a problem?  Should fans be concerned five…
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    Arizona Hockey Talk

  • NHL and Arizona Coyotes News

    Mitch Kasprick
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Arizona Coyotes, NHL & local hockey news including the CHL’s Arizona Sundogs & the ACHA National Champion ASU Sun Devils      Coyotes need more even-strength success Dave Tippett …. “Let’s score some goals here”  Bissonnette rejoins Coyotes organization on AHL tryout Coyotes fan-favorite Paul Bissonnette signs PTO …  ☛ ☛  Predators edge Coyotes in shootout The Coyotes aren’t acknowledging any correlation between their goalie and the play … Coyotes pleased with Martin Erat’s progress After a preseason game in…
  • Random Thoughts On The Arizona Coyotes: Oct. 27

    Mitch Kasprick
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:41 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 Arizona Coyotes finished this past week with a 1-1-1 record.  Thoughts?  2.  Congrats to Justin Hodgman on playing in his first NHL game AND on his FIRST NHL goal in a winning effort Saturday night versus the Panthers. 3.  Last week I stated here that …  “I’m sure, in fact I’m positive, that the Coyotes can’t have Murphy and Summers as a defence pairing!” and…
  • Random Thoughts On The Arizona Coyotes: Oct. 20

    Mitch Kasprick
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:57 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 Arizona Coyotes finished their 4 game home-stand with a scary 2-2 record.  Thoughts?  2.  Congrats to Mikkel Boedker on his FIRST NHL hat-trick vs the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night. 3.  The St. Louis Blues came to town Saturday night and showed why they are considered one of the top contenders in the Western Conference in 2014-15.  4.  Last week I said … “I think the 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…
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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 South Africa Launches Revolutionary New Loyalty Program

    Ebrahim Matthews
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Anyone who has traveled using airline rewards miles knows that the experience can often be frustrating. The blackout periods, the limited seat availability, and the added cost of paying taxes on reward tickets can make you wonder if it was worth collecting all those rewards miles in the first place. Enter ClubMiles, a revolutionary new... Read more »
  • 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 »
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    Peter Simoons - Making collaboration simple

  • CBP-43: Collaboration in Construction with Tim Fitch

    Peter Simoons
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In this episode of the Collaborative Business Podcast I am in conversation with Tim Fitch. Tim is one of the directors of Invennt, a UK based specialist in construction business consultancy. This conversation highlights the collaboration in the construction world. Tune in to hear Tim share: His definition of collaboration: how businesses can create more value and manage risk better across the contractual boundary, What BS11000 is and how it helps to enhance the speed and quality of collaboration, Why collaboration is very much about behaviors and leadership and why especially leadership is…
  • The Amsterdam Alliance Mastermind

    Peter Simoons
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    When was the last time you invested one day; one day to work on your skills and to optimize your alliance at the same time? That is exactly what we are going to do on the 9th of December in Amsterdam. The Alliance Mastermind is a very pragmatic hands-on day with the focus on you and your alliance(s). In this workshop we will take a step back and in a very pragmatic way refresh best practices. We will discuss what works well in an alliance and what better to avoid. We will also determine how to apply all this most effectively in your alliance. If the idea of brainstorming with likeminded…
  • 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…
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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

  • Philippines IT-Outsourcing Industry to Hit $48B in Revenues by 2020

    Outsourcing Insider
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The information technology-business process management (IT-BPM) industry will soon become the biggest earner in the Philippine sector with revenues set to hit $48 billion by 2020, strategic advisory firm Tholons said during the recently concluded International IT-BPM Summit in Manila. (Source: Rappler) “With the 2020 projected revenue, the Philippines would account for 19% of the $250-billion global outsourcing industry,” Rappler quoted Tholons chief Vikrant Khanna as saying. “The advantage of scale, talent, and cost would propel the Philippines to be an attractive location and…
  • What’s Up in Outsourcing (October 12 – October 18, 2014)

    Outsourcing Insider
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    The argument of whether to outsource or not is still a very persistent question, and the answer will ultimately be in every entrepreneur’s hands. Despite having strong reasons, what’s been holding you back? Here are your Guides, Tips, and Stories about everything Outsourcing. “Outsourcing” Makes Us Richer From Austrian Economics Center By Robert Murphy (@BobMurphyEcon) If there is a question lingering in your head regarding outsourcing and its effects to the economy, this article will surely answer it. Do you think there is a problem with outsourcing? The author discloses this mystery…
  • 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…
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    Market Business News

  • Citigroup cuts third quarter profit by $600 million

    Joseph Nordqvist
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Citigroup has cut its third-quarter profit by $600 million because of “rapidly-evolving regulatory inquiries and investigations.” The money will be used to pay off settlements of claims that the company was engaged in manipulating the foreign exchange market. Various banks were involved in the manipulation of the market. Many, including Citigroup, are near a settlement with British regulators and expect to reach a deal by the end of November. Citigroup announced the charge in a regulatory filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday. The company had previously reported…
  • Lufthansa expects lower profit in 2015, cites economic slowdown and competition

    Christian Nordqvist
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    Germany’s flag carrier Deutsche Lufthansa AG issued a lower-than-expected profit guidance for 2015 on Friday. The airline cited weak growth in the world economy, declining passenger yields and increasing competition. The company originally had an operating profit target of approximately €2 billion for 2015. It refused to provide an exact figure on Thursday. Chief Officer Finance & Aviation Services, Simone Menne, said: “When we look ahead, though, we can see that the economic slowdown and the continuing declines in our passenger yields in the face of such fierce competition will…
  • Stocks edge higher, US GDP up 3.5% in third quarter

    Joseph Nordqvist
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    U.S. stocks performed well on Thursday, following strong reports of third quarter economic growth. Gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 3.5 percent in the third quarter, well ahead of expectations. Earlier this week the Federal Reserve put an end to its bond-buying program, which has raised concerns about when the central bank will start to increase rates. According to the Fed, the first increase depends on how well the US economy is performing. Bruce McCain, chief investment strategist at Key Private Bank in Cleveland, told Reuters: “A strong report, on the heels of a…
  • NAB to sell British assets and focus on Australasian operations

    Christian Nordqvist
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    National Australia Bank (NAB) says it plans to get rid of its British loss-making investments so that it can focus on improving operations at home and in New Zealand. NAB’s new CEO, Andrew Thorburn, has implemented a program to correct the mistakes of previous managements. On Thursday Mr. Thorburn said his company may float Glasgow-based Clydesdale Bank as well as Yorkshire Bank, a decision which should alleviate investor concern. Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire bank both share a banking license in the UK, although it is held by the Clydesdale. Mr. Thorburn said regarding the 2014 full year…
  • Bombardier posts impressive 3rd quarter with deliveries up 60 percent

    Christian Nordqvist
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Bombardier Inc., the Canadian multinational aerospace and transportation company, posted strong third quarter earnings on Thursday as deliveries of aircraft jumped almost 60% compared to Q3 2013. Seventy-one airplanes were delivered in the third quarter 2014, compared to 45 in the same quarter last year. Earnings in its Aerospace unit, before interest and taxes, jumped from $86 million in Q3 2013 to $137 million in Q3 2014. The Montreal-based company is on the verge of becoming a serious rival for commercial jet makers. Test flights are underway on its CSeries program, which has been fraught…
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    CDC Synectics on How to Leverage Resources

  • How to Avoid Complacency

    Connie Siu
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Complacency is a silent damper of improvement. Connie highlights the causes for complacency that companies need to look out for.
  • 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,…
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  • Content Smorgasbord 2 – More Top Examples of ‘Snackable’ Content [Infographic]

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    People’s attention spans are dropping – so ensure your content is snackable or risk being ignored by consumers. Long-form content is falling on deaf ears. Well, blind eyes. Out of 2 billion visits across the web 55% of people spent fewer than 15 seconds actively on a page. Content is still king…… But ‘visual content’ is taking over! Vine, Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest and WhatsApp are recruiting millennials with visual and short form content sharing. Twitter recently made its interface more visual. More and more online content is now consumed on mobile phones –…
  • ‘Tis the Season – 2014 Holiday Email Marketing Tips [Infographic]

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    With the holiday season that has just arrived, you must be geared up to utilize holiday email marketing effectively and in full throttle. Well, to help you do so successfully and raise your festive spirit, the team at Email Monks has come up with an interesting infographic on “Holiday Email Marketing” depicting better holiday email marketing tips, holiday calendar for 2014, marketers’ expectations from this holiday season and so much more. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post ‘Tis the Season – 2014 Holiday Email Marketing Tips…
  • Content Promotion Strategy Decision Tree [Infographic]

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    This infographic from Digital Relevance shows how to find your ideal content promotion strategy using this content promotion strategy decision tree. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post Content Promotion Strategy Decision Tree [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
  • 10 Amazing Powers of Visual Content [Infographic]

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    This infographic from CJG Digital Marketing addresses 10 powers of visual content and why using it can increase the ROI of your digital marketing campaigns. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post 10 Amazing Powers of Visual Content [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
  • How to Get Your First 100 Twitter Followers [Infographic]

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    This infographic from Quicksprout discusses quickest ways to grow Twitter followers. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post How to Get Your First 100 Twitter Followers [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
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    NSE News - Latest Corporate Announcements

  • Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited - Press Release

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited has informed the Exchange regarding a press release dated October 31, 2014 titled "Glenmark's Consolidated Revenue increases by 14.85% to Rs 16,807.08 Mn in Q2 FY 14-15".......
  • Titan Company Limited - Press Release

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Titan Company Limited has informed the Exchange regarding a press release dated October 30, 2014 titled "Titan Company Ltd registers a growth of 28.6% in Q2 net profit ".......
  • HDFC Bank Limited - ESOPs/ESOS/ESPS

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    HDFC Bank Limited has informed the Exchange that the Bank has allotted today 648215 equity shares to the employees of the Bank pursuant to exercise of options under its Employees Stock......
  • Namaste Exports Limited - Financial Result Updates

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Namaste Exports Limited has submitted to the exchange the standalone financial results along with the Limited Review Report for the period ended 30-Sep-2014.......
  • EIH Limited - Financial Result Updates

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:29 pm
    EIH Limited has submitted to the exchange the standalone financial results along with the Limited Review Report for the period ended 30-Sep-2014.......
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    Pinnacle Telecom - Comms Buzz

  • The benefits of cloud-based hosted IP telephony

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    New technology is reshaping the workplace. The widespread availability of high-speed broadband and new mobile technologies is opening up exciting new possibilities. The way we work, the way we communicate and the way we interact with technology to do our jobs is quite different from ten years ago. One of the key trends to emerge is the so-called move to the cloud. Typically, an organisation will outsource its IT requirements to an external specialist, instead of maintaining and updating its own hardware and software onsite. Applications and data are hosted centrally ‘in the cloud’ – the…
  • Newport County reach a Pinnacle

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Newport County AFC has announced a new partnership with St Mellons-based Pinnacle Telecom. Pinnacle, which will become the club’s official Telecoms Partner, is added to a long and impressive list of companies who partnered with the club in it’s first season back in the Football League last year and have continued the commitment this season. The partnership, which will run at least until the end of the 2016/17 season, will see the club receiving iPhones and free call minutes usage for it’s staff. This represents a huge saving for the club over the period of the agreement. The…
  • Get control of your telephone calls via the web

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    This week we have introduced a complete communications service for businesses that is packed full of features and controlled via an easy-to-use web portal. Our new ‘Horizon’ service lets managers easily control the business environment while enabling employees to maximise their productivity. The suite has lots of clever features and an emphasis on control through the web that takes away the need for an often-expensive IT expert. Managers can quickly configure the system according to their organisation’s changing requirements, while their employees can manage calls easily and…
  • 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…
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    Market Deeper

  • Accounting Tools for the Digital Age

    Nitin Sirsat
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    If you’re looking to get your accounting degree online, the fundamentals of accounting aren’t the only things you have to learn. Also important are the digital tools that have grown to be invaluable to today’s accountants and business leaders. Learn about just some of those tools in the infographic below: UAB Online… Read More >>The post Accounting Tools for the Digital Age appeared first on Market Deeper.
  • Global And China Gradevin Industry 2014 Market Research Report

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    Download PDF QY Research Reports included a detailed market survey and trends analysis on Global And China Gradevin Industry 2014. This report also includes more info about basic overview of the industry including definitions, applications and industry china structure. The report firstly introduced Gradevin basic information included Gradevin definition classification application industry chain structure industry overview; international market analysis, … Read More >>The post Global And China Gradevin Industry 2014 Market Research Report appeared first on Market Deeper.
  • Global And China BDO-PTMEG-Spandex Industry 2014 Market Research Report

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    Download PDF QY Research Reports included a detailed market survey and trends analysis on Global And China BDO-PTMEG-Spandex Industry 2014. This report also includes more info about basic overview of the industry including definitions, applications and industry china structure. The report firstly introduced BDO-PTMEG-Spandex basic information included BDO-PTMEG-Spandex definition classification application industry chain structure industry overview; international market analysis, … Read More >>The post Global And China BDO-PTMEG-Spandex Industry 2014 Market Research Report appeared…
  • Global And China Glass Mosaic & Tile Industry 2014 Market Research Report

    10 Sep 2014 | 3:05 am
    QYResearchReports added latest deep and professional market research reports on Global And China “Glass Mosaic Market 2014” & “Glass Tile Market 2014” Industry Analysis, Overview, Research and Development. Global And China Glass Mosaic Industry 2014 Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast : Download PDF The report firstly introduced Glass Mosaic basic information included Glass Mosaic … Read More >>The post Global And China Glass Mosaic & Tile Industry 2014 Market Research Report appeared first on Market Deeper.
  • Global And China Glass Cement & Doors Industry 2014 Market Research Report

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:53 am
    QYResearchReports added latest deep and professional market research reports on Global And China “Glass Cement Industry 2014” & “Glass Doors Market 2014” Industry Analysis, Overview, Research and Development. Global And China Glass Cement Industry 2014 Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast : Download PDF The report firstly introduced Glass Cement basic information included Glass Cement … Read More >>The post Global And China Glass Cement & Doors Industry 2014 Market Research Report appeared first on Market Deeper.
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  • Mexico International Trade Report

    Jesse Maida
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Mexico is now of the major emerging market with strong economy potential. As the world’s 14 th largest economy, Mexico is also the world’s 16 th largest exporter with about 80% exports go the US. Today, Mexico manufactures and exports the same amount of goods as the rest of Latin America combined. In fact, foreign trade is a larger percentage of...
  • Which Countries Consume the Most Wine Per Capita?

    Jesse Maida
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    We recently reported on the rapid growing wine industry in the United States and showed that even though the nation is number one in terms of wine revenue and total consumption, it does not rank very high in wine consumption per capita. It should come as no surprise that Europe leads the way in this category, while Asian and African nations...
  • Wine Industry in United States Report: California Leads the Way

    Jesse Maida
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    In what used to be a beer dominated nation in terms of alcohol consumption, Americans ae quickly swapping their beer fridges ffonder of wine. In a study released by , the gap over the last 20 years for Americans favourite alcoholic beverage of choice has vanished and is now almost deadlocked. It was only a matter of time before...
  • Real Financial Advisors in Automated Investment Systems

    Jesse Maida
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Many industries have already seen the replacement of traditional workers with automated facsimiles. This concept has made headlines in recent weeks as McDonalds has unveiled automated ordering and food-prep systems in certain markets. This may seem like a natural progression for fast food, but can algorithms offer investors something their flesh...
  • Infographic: Best Productivity Apps For Go-Getters, Procrastinators, and Everyone In Between

    Jesse Maida
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    If you’re tired of digging through a mountain of mobile applications and feel counter-productive while searching for the ‘right’ productivity app online, look no further. The good folks at Conosco have conveniently highlighted 44 of the best productivity apps on the mobile market today in one neat infographic. From productivity applications that...
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    Globalization Partners International - Blog

  • The GPI Translation Services API

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Globalization Partners International (GPI) Translation API is a technology agnostic platform which enables companies from around the world to better work with GPI in providing high quality, professional translation services.  The new API is capable of working with any type of system regardless of our customers' technology investments (i.e. Websites, Software, Mobile Applications or Content Management Systems).   By leveraging the GPI Translation API, you can easily integrate your applications directly into GPI's award winning suite of translation services and tools including our…
  • Tipping Around the Globe

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    What should you expect? In the US tipping for services is the norm whether waiters, bellman, concierge, valets, etc… This is not always the case in other parts of the world.   Tipping Norms Change While it is well known that typical tipping for wait staff in restaurants and bartenders in the USA for good service is 15 to 20%, when faced with tipping in other situations and when traveling overseas people are often confused as to what the local expectations or norms are. For some services the 'norm' is perhaps changing. In the US tipping for taxi service was often considered to be 10% of…
  • Globalization Partners International – A Sitecore Technology Partner

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Selecting the right web content management system (CMS) for customer experience management is a critical step in your online digital strategy. Many factors need to be considered before determining the right solution for your company. If you are considering deploying multilingual content in additional to English the considerations and feature set are even more complex. About Sitecore Web Content Management System Sitecore is a highly scalable Microsoft .NET based Content Management System which is ideally suited for website managers and content creators looking to easily author and publish…
  • 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…
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    Faster Founders

  • How to get more time for your idea

    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…
  • Stress – how it can be good for you

    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

    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?

    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

    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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  • Ecommerce holiday shipping calendar: 2014 edition

    Jonathan Tran
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    The 2014 holiday season is coming up fast and we have some important dates and best practices to share with you. Be sure to download the holiday shipping calendar below. You can also download the 2014 Holiday Calendar file and add the important dates to your calendar automatically.   Pre-November 20th — Land Your Inventory Early Until November 20th, your primary focus should be getting your inventory into a Shipwire warehouse. In preparation for the holiday rush, every merchant is working to get products into warehouses because ports, customs offices, and transportation hubs will be…
  • 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 Marianne 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…
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    NoCrooks Reviews.

  • 3 Ways to Use Online Video in Small Business Marketing

    garfield lawrence
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    If you’re not using online video content to draw in traffic and new customers for your small business, you’re behind the online marketing curve. Video is a huge platform in the online world—a 2013 survey from consulting firm Accenture finds that 90 … Source: marketing      The post 3 Ways to Use Online Video in Small Business Marketing appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
  • Kindle Fire HD 8.9″, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers Review

    garfield lawrence
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:52 am
    Overall Rating (based on customer reviews): 4.1 out of 5 stars
  • The Internet’s next victim: Advertising

    garfield lawrence
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    “Everyone agrees that advertising on the Internet is broken,” says Till Faida, CEO of Adblock Plus, creator of by far the most popular ad-blocking software on the Web. The soft-spoken German, visiting the San Francisco Bay Area to network … Source: marketing      The post The Internet’s next victim: Advertising appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
  • David Carleton – San Diego social media marketing Examiner – Marketing & PR

    garfield lawrence
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:52 am
    A few weeks ago I received phone call from a local business in San Diego. He told me that he’d been reading me blog and receiving my Local Business Marketing Success newsletter for years and found the… Source: marketing      The post David Carleton – San Diego social media marketing Examiner – Marketing & PR appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
  • Local Business Marketing Strategy -How Small Business Can Avoid Crisis Marketing

    garfield lawrence
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    A few weeks ago I received phone call from a local business in San Diego. He told me that he’d been reading me blog and receiving my Local Business Marketing Success newsletter for years and found the information helpful. He then proceeded to tell me … Source: marketing      The post Local Business Marketing Strategy -How Small Business Can Avoid Crisis Marketing appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
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    The Official Blog of Larry Porter » The Official Blog of Larry Porter

  • Mary Kay Business Strategy | The Code to Attracting The Right People

    Larry Porter
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Mary Kay Business Strategy | The Code to Attracting The Right People Tired of that old traditional Mary Kay business plan that doesn’t work? Yeah….. I know! Just like the Avon business strategy, Mary Kay is no different! They both use old school tactics that are only halfway effective. Therefore;Read the Rest... The post Mary Kay Business Strategy | The Code to Attracting The Right People appeared first on The Official Blog of Larry Porter.
  • Working for Mary Kay | Why Learn to Give Value Instead?

    Larry Porter
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Working for Mary Kay | Why Learn to Give Value Instead? When working for Mary Kay, in my opinion it’s very crucial to stand out as a Mary Kay consultant. There are so many people within this industry that are doing everything that everyone else is doing. To be quiteRead the Rest... The post Working for Mary Kay | Why Learn to Give Value Instead? appeared first on The Official Blog of Larry Porter.
  • Becoming a Mary Kay Consultant | Know The Facts Upfront

    Larry Porter
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Becoming a Mary Kay Consultant | Know The Facts Upfront There are some facts that you must know prior to becoming a Mary Kay consultant. From the constant battle of persuading family and friends to join your Mary Kay opportunity, to the rejection from strangers you approach in public; these MaryRead the Rest... The post Becoming a Mary Kay Consultant | Know The Facts Upfront appeared first on The Official Blog of Larry Porter.
  • Mary Kay Business Tools on Blogging | Why Blog?

    Larry Porter
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Mary Kay Business Tools on Blogging | Why Blog? Mary Kay Business Tools – Many Mary Kay consultants attend some sort of Mary Kay business school in order to market Mary Kay online. So many reps are tired of chasing family & friends and seek for better ways to marketRead the Rest... The post Mary Kay Business Tools on Blogging | Why Blog? appeared first on 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.
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    MarketsandMarkets Blog

  • Why Geomembranes Market is Growing at Steady CAGR from 2014?

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    Geomembrane is made of thin polymeric sheets, geotextiles and elastomer. Different industries find these products highly useful. Special physical characteristics of these products are considered to be strongest driving factor for their growth in demand. According to the experts, steady rise in demand is expected to be the strongest driving factor for the global geomembranes market in the years to come. Industrial growth from around the world is a significant factor to consider for the industry. Apart from that, innovative applications and technological advancements in the market are also…
  • 4 Drivers for Middle East Middleware Market – An Overview

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    A common type of computer software middleware provides services other than the ones already available with the operating systems. They ease communication inputs and outputs; hence they are highly useful for the software developers. It is one of the most essential and basic infrastructures in the computer that provide core solutions and services like messaging, threading, concurrency, SCA framework, transactions and so on. Growth in demand is considered to be a strong driver for the Middle East middleware market. As per the experts, industrial growth and IT revolution in Middle East is…
  • Social Media Analytics Market to Witness Exponential Growth – An Overview

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The practice of gathering data from social media websites and analyzing them is better known as social media analytics. This practice helps enterprises to gain competitive edge and added information while making crucial business decisions. Analysis of the data gathered from social media platforms and blogs basically provides information about the actual feelings of the customers and their sentiments toward particular brand or product. Hence, this data plays crucial role in marking business strategies for the companies. The global social media analytics market is expected to maintain rapid…
  • 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…
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    Lead by Adventure

  • What Makes Team Building Activities Effective?

    Will Ratliff
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    There are words and phrases that get watered-down, misused, and ultimately can get a bad reputation. Team building is one of those, especially when people discuss team building activities. Now, just about everything is labelled as team building as long as it’s done with a group of people. Thoughts of trust falls gone wrong, “paintballing the boss”, and other horror stories abound. For those of us who have worked in the industry, it is painful to hear about and read about these stories. Team building is a legitimate and helpful field, when done correctly. There are numerous…
  • 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…
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  • ‘The Daily Show’ Rewrites Koch Industries Commercial That Runs During Show

    Laura Northrup
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Observant viewers of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” may have noticed that the Comedy Central program has a new advertiser. No, not a video game or even a new flavor of Bud Light: a family-owned outfit out of Kansas is buying ad time during the influential comedy-news program. That company: Koch Industries. You may have heard of Koch Industries when they were nominated for the initial rounds of the 2014 Worst Company in America tournament, defeating student-loan megalith Sallie Mae, but ultimately losing in the second round to Time Warner Cable. Or you may have heard of them…
  • After You Take Off Your Sexy Ebola Containment Costume, Donate A Real One

    Laura Northrup
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Sure, Ebola containment suits are apparently a popular Halloween costume this year. We get it: the costume is easy to put together, timely, and some people find it amusing. Yet when they take off their fake hazmat suits (or their incredibly fake sexy hazmat suits) will any of the people wearing this costume think about the health care workers in western Africa whose lives depend on the real versions of these suits? Doctors of the World, an aid organization founded by one of the founders of Doctors Without Borders, is taking advantage of this costume trend in the most helpful way possible. In…
  • Ohio Jury Finds Whirlpool Not Liable For Moldy Front-Loading Washers

    Laura Northrup
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    (CrzysChick)For the last six years, appliance-maker Whirlpool has fought the prospect of class action lawsuits filed by the owners of early front-loading high-efficiency washing machines. When the Supreme Court declined to hear Whirlpool’s case for the second time earlier this year, actual suits could go forward. The case on behalf of Whirlpool washer owners in Ohio went to trial this month, and a jury found the company not liable. The trial lasted for three weeks, and the jury found that the appliance-maker wasn’t liable for defective product design or breach of implied warranty.
  • That “Wild Gulf Shrimp” You Bought Might Actually Be Farmed Whiteleg Shrimp

    Ashlee Kieler
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    (Photos in the Sunset)Just because you spent an hour searching the grocery store for the perfect bag of Wild Gulf Shrimp doesn’t mean you’re actually getting wild shrimp caught in the Gulf of Mexico.. In fact a new study released Thursday found that nearly a third of the shrimp products being sold in U.S. stores and restaurants aren’t what they seem to be. The study from international environmental advocacy group, Oceana, analyzed 143 shrimp products from 111 grocery stores and restaurants in New York City, Washington, D.C., Portland, OR, and the Gulf of Mexico region. DNA…
  • Study Finds Internet Congestion Really Is About Business, Not Technology

    Kate Cox
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    (frankieleon) Various enormous corporations have this year been at each other’s throats over how well or how poorly internet traffic travels through their systems. A new report indicates that some of the mud-slinging this year is true: interconnection, or peering, between ISPs is why end-users are getting terrible internet traffic. But, they say, it’s business, and not technology, that’s making your Netflix buffer. DSL Reports points the way to the study, from an internet research organization called M-Lab. M-Lab studied how traffic does (or doesn’t) make it to you…
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    MIT SMR Management Report

  • Capturing the “Chatter Data” That Advertisers Want

    Leslie Brokaw
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Brands are extremely interested in finding out what people are talking about on Twitter and Facebook. It’s a kind of real-time knowledge that Facebook, for one, has the ability to capture — and share. As Facebook becomes more global and more mobile-centric, it’s also becoming more versed at laying customer data over advertiser data and third-party data. One outcome is more customized experiences for its users. Another is a better ability to reach specific demographics for its advertisers. But a third outcome is the ability to “listen in” on what Facebook users, in the aggregate, are…
  • Are Speedy Chinese Manufacturers Invention’s Best Friend?

    Leslie Brokaw
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    New research makes the case that China is becoming the best place to learn how to make ideas commercially viable. Does innovation count if it’s not economically viable? Some definitions of innovation imply that the answer is no. Writing in the Summer 2014 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review , Edward S. Steinfeld (Brown University) and Troels Beltoft (Beltoft & Company, based in Denmark), say that their definition of innovation is “linking invention — the origination of new ideas — with commercialization, the translation of new ideas into actual products or services that can…
  • 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…
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    LT Copywriting - Professional Blog

  • Grab attention QUICKLY and NEVER LET GO.

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    You could have the best copy in the world, but if nobody sees it. You have nothing. But just how do you get their attention. Just how do you entice them, just how to get them to bite. Well my friend, you have walked through the right door and met the right man for your inquiries. Because I have 15 different tips to get their attention. 15 different tips to get your ads noticed. 15 different tips to entice them, 15 different tips to make them bite. And I will give them to you now…                   15 Ways to bring attention to your…
  • Want to get the Job you always dreamed of?

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    Pinpoint your Success and get the BULLS-EYE. In my years as a writer, I have edited hundreds of resumes. And what I have learned is that many people have no idea the process you have to follow to be hired. Especially when it comes down to their resume. And the saddest part about this is that your resume, albeit is only used once to get an interview for a job, is the most important piece of paper you can have to boost your career and your income. Because even if you have a job, you should continually be updating it and having it out to be found by recruiters everywhere. This is helpful in…
  • 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…
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    Company Rescue Blog

  • Corporate Insolvency Statistics - July-September 2014

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Inforgraphic from Insolvency Service and Companies House. Please read our news piece on the latest insolvency figures released today.
  • Is your business behind with VAT or PAYE payments?

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    If your business is struggling to keep up with tax payments, then it is likely the company is insolvent. You may have already missed payments when they fall due or you know you won't be able to pay the next VAT or PAYE bill.  While this is a problem, it doesn't mean there's nothing you can do about it. The quicker you act, the better. If you just let the debt build up, HMRC could take legal action against the company. So what are the options?  Time to Pay deal (TTP) - This is an informal arrangement with HMRC, giving you the opportunity to spread debt repayments over a few months up…
  • KSA Group Manchester Office Opening Party

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    INVITATION KSA Group has great pleasure in inviting you to a Business and Networking Event to celebrate the launch of the new KSA Group Manchester Office Tuesday 2nd December 2014 6.00pm – 9.00pm Hosted by JLT Specialty St. James House     7 Charlotte Street, Manchester, M14DZ Dynamic Solutions for Distressed SMEs An evening of presentations and discussions focussing on Professional Support for SME Companies and their Advisors Speakers: Keith Steven     Founder & CEO, KSA Group Ltd Corporate Turnaround & Restructuring Solutions…
  • Two disqualified directors sent to prison

    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    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…
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    Hyrell Blog

  • Jerry Seinfeld and a Few Friends Talk About Their Craziest Jobs

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Even the most successful comedians had to start somewhere! In this short video from Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld and his friends (Todd Barry, Louis C.K., Robert Klein, Seth Meyers, Patton Oswalt, Brian Regan, Jon Stewart and Colin Quinn) discuss the craziest jobs they’ve ever had. Their job titles ranged from “Chinese food delivery boy” to “day bartender at a Mexican Restaurant,” but all of these comedians have one thing in common: these strange jobs lead to comedic success.   Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee - Real Jobs:
  • Hiring Strategy: Should You Always Be Hiring?

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Some career experts say job seekers should always be actively looking for new job opportunities. If job seekers are always looking, should companies also continuously search for top candidates? The answer is yes. Even if your business does not have a job opening right now, actively seeking out top candidates can lead to finding and expediting top quality new hires when a position opens up. Here are three reasons why you should always be hiring: If There Isn’t an Opening Now, Just Wait. Positions open up all the time, even during hiring freezes. Employee turnover means you must find and hire…
  • 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…
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    Matter Solutions

  • SEO Tips: Link Building with Ahrefs

    Alex Chapman
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    As a beginner SEO you can be forgiven for feeling slightly overwhelmed by the vast array of techniques and best practices that are recommended to achieve good rankings. Link building is just one of a number of ongoing tasks you  ... more »
  • 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 »
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    Purchasing, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Insights

  • The importance of purchase orders

    Sean Kolenko
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Written by: Sean Kolenko For those of us that watch/analyze/critique the procurement world on a regular basis, it is easy to get caught up in the freshest, trendiest developments. And, frankly, there are plenty of such trends in this ever-evolving world to keep us busy. But in the rush to discuss to discuss the newest issues, we often forget about the topics that make up the foundation of procurement. And, in the procurement realm, the importance of purchase orders is as important as it gets. So…first things first: what is a purchase order? From A purchase order…
  • Attention: Picking an ERP system to do everything is a recipe for disaster

    Herman Chandi
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Written by: Herman Chandi Picking an ERP system to do everything is a recipe for disaster As a professionally trained Chartered Professional Accountant in Canada, one of the key lessons we were taught during our articling years was that one best-of-breed system to perform all back office functions was preferable to having multiple systems do the same. The one system bias I call this the “one system” bias and it can be typically found among all who work in finance. This bias stems all the way back from the 70’s and 80’s, when decision makers had to contemplate multi-million dollar…
  • The difference between procurement and supply chain management

    Sean Kolenko
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Written by: Sean Kolenko Okay, let’s face it. We use a lot of the terms associated with the procurement world interchangeably. Procurement! Purchasing! Supply chain management! They’re all the same! No…not quite. The aforementioned terms are related, of course, but they aren’t interchangeable. There is a difference between procurement and supply chain management (the focus of this post). But more on that in a bit. First, some important definitions. From Procurement “is the process of getting the goods and/or services your company needs to fulfill its business model.
  • Procurement for Microsoft Dynamics NAV

    Sean Kolenko
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Written by: Sean Kolenko Procurify brings purchasing management software to Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Microsoft Dynamics NAV is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. Used by many organizations around the globe, MS Dynamics NAV helps companies manage their accounting, supply chain, and operations. Procurify’s integration with Microsoft Dynamics NAV enhances the platform, bringing versatile procurement and purchasing management tools to seamlessly streamline supply chain management. Business software is typically designed and marketed to a handle a specific corporate function…
  • A quick introduction to expense reporting software

    Sean Kolenko
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    Written by: Sean Kolenko Expenses (sadly!) are an unavoidable aspect of business. Lunches…airplane tickets…hotels…rental cars…these things add up. And it all must be accounted for. Enter expense reporting software – a simple, online solution that helps streamline the recording and tracking of your pesky, but critical, expenses. The broad strokes: expense reporting software comes in, typically, two different delivery methods – either installed on-premise or hosted via cloud technology (expense reporting software hosted on the cloud is an example of the Software as a Service, or…
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    Euro Exchange Rate NewsEuro Exchange Rate News

  • EUR/GBP and EUR/USD Exchange Rate weakened as German Slides towards Deflation

    Matthew Olney
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    EUR/GBP and EUR/USD Exchange Rate weakened as German Slides towards Deflation The Euro (EUR) weakened against the Pound (GBP) and US Dollar (USD) on Thursday after positive Eurozone data released early in the session was countered by another dismal inflation report out of Germany, which did little to ease fears over deflation. Data released early in the session initially offered some support to the single currency as it showed that unemployment eased slightly in Germany this month. The data showed that the number of Germans out of work fell by 22,000, better than the 5,000-increase forecast…
  • Euro (EUR) Exchange Rate Hits 1-Week High against Pound (EUR/GBP) and US Dollar (EUR/USD) as Investors Await FOMC Minutes

    Matthew Olney
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Euro (EUR) Exchange Rate Hits 1-Week High against Pound (EUR/GBP) and US Dollar (EUR/USD) as Investors Await FOMC Minutes The Euro (EUR) exchange rate advanced to its highest level in a week against the Pound (GBP) and US Dollar (USD) on Wednesday as sentiment towards the ‘Greenback’ weakened ahead of the Federal Reserve’s eagerly anticipated policy statement. Earlier in the session, the Euro firmed against the Pound after data released in the UK showed that mortgage and business loan approvals fell more than forecast in September, adding to signs that the nation’s economic recovery…
  • Euro to Australian Dollar (EUR/AUD) Exchange Rate Declines ahead of FOMC

    Ollie Carpenter
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Euro to Australian Dollar (EUR/AUD) Exchange Rate Declines ahead of FOMC The Euro to Australian Dollar (EUR/AUD) exchange rate softened by around -0.30% on Wednesday. This can be attributed to traders investing in high-yielding currencies ahead of the Federal Reserve rate decision. The single currency, meanwhile, has struggled to make any significant gains due to a lack of major data, with publications from Spain and France having little impact. The Euro to Australian Dollar exchange rate is currently trending in the region of 1.4336. As trader risk-aversion strategies cooled from a…
  • Euro, Australian Dollar and New Zealand Dollar Soften on European Unemployment Concerns

    Ollie Carpenter
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    Euro, Australian Dollar and New Zealand Dollar Soften on European Unemployment Concerns The Euro to Australian Dollar (EUR/AUD) and Euro to New Zealand Dollar (EUR/NZD) exchange rates softened on Tuesday due to concerns regarding increased unemployment in Europe. The Australian Dollar, meanwhile, has strengthened after consumer confidence enjoyed a healthy surge. The New Zealand Dollar, along with its South Pacific counterpart, have also gained off the back of improved Chinese industrial profits. The Euro to Australian Dollar exchange rate is currently trending in the region of 1.4371. The…
  • Euro (EUR) Exchange Rate Mixed against GBP and USD as ECB says theres no sign of Deflation or Recession in the Eurozone

    Matthew Olney
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Euro (EUR) Exchange Rate Mixed against GBP and USD as ECB says theres no sign of Deflation or Recession in the Eurozone The Euro (EUR) exchange rate was experiencing mixed trading against both the Pound (GBP) and US Dollar (USD) on Tuesday as market attention was focused on the conclusion of the US Federal Reserve’s two-day long policy meeting on Wednesday. In a session devoid of any major European or UK data releases the Euro was experiencing mixed trading. Comments made by a deputy governor at the Bank of England put some pressure on the Pound but were not enough to send the EUR/GBP…
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    Growing Earth

  • Top Tree Mistakes You Must Avoid

    Growing Earth
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    Trees enhance the value and aesthetics of your yard. They can provide shade, protect you from wind, and even offer food in the form of fruit. They attract birds and animals, and protect the environment. For all that, they can be easily damaged by well-meaning homeowners. A broad range of […]
  • Caring for Mature Trees – A Guide

    Growing Earth
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    Trees require the right care and maintenance in order to thrive. Whether you’ve planted a smaller ornamental tree, a fruit tree, or a large tree for shade, the first few years are vital. However, what about existing trees, or mature planted trees? These also require the right care and maintenance, […]
  • 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 […]
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  • The 3 Most Possible Chaotic Outcomes from Decisions Made in the Last Few Years

    Steve C
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    First off, writing an article like this actually feels strange because all of these things have been done right in the faces of the American people almost like a subtle screw you, you’re all fools. We all sit around and listen to more bad news each and everyday, day in and day our for the […] The 3 Most Possible Chaotic Outcomes from Decisions Made in the Last Few Years is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post The 3 Most Possible Chaotic Outcomes from Decisions Made in the Last Few Years appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • The Bearded Culture: I got a pubic hair in my pizza, what’s the deal?

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    It seems that one of the big agenda machines got a strong hold on the male American youth, no matter which way you look, there is some young male with a beard. No, not the short tight beards or the Goatee beards that we have seen so much of in the last decade. These are […] The Bearded Culture: I got a pubic hair in my pizza, what’s the deal? is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post The Bearded Culture: I got a pubic hair in my pizza, what’s the deal? appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • Will ISIS Make it through Turkey to the Bridge to Europe?

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:32 pm
    It’s been quiet suddenly on the ISIS front with all the Ebola news coming out, it just gets stranger and stranger before the November elections. Everyone is talking about the Islamic caliphate and the takeover of the Arab states in the region. However what’s strange to me is no on, not one newsman or anyone […] Will ISIS Make it through Turkey to the Bridge to Europe? is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post Will ISIS Make it through Turkey to the Bridge to Europe? appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • Minimum Wages are Likely to have Substantial Decreases in the Future

    Steve C
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Those of you that read this website will know that much of what we base the American future economy on is that of what is already out there in certain developing countries in South America. I recently did a post of landlords needing a guarantor to lease an apartment coming soon or the constant decay […] Minimum Wages are Likely to have Substantial Decreases in the Future is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post Minimum Wages are Likely to have Substantial Decreases in the Future appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • 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.
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    Number Direct » Articles

  • Which 2014 Smartphone Has The Best Battery Life?

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    Because of the popularity of smartphones, battery life is now a major concern for customers. So, which phones from 2014 are the best for battery life? The post Which 2014 Smartphone Has The Best Battery Life? appeared first on Number Direct.
  • RIP iPod: A Look Back at One of the Best Loved Tech Products of All Time

    Adele Halsall
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    We decided to pay tribute to the iPod for the many hours of portable music bliss it has brought us throughout the years. iPod...we salute you. The post RIP iPod: A Look Back at One of the Best Loved Tech Products of All Time appeared first on Number Direct.
  • 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.
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    Self Made Businessman

  • How One Post Got Me To 10k Unique Visits And $200 Per Month

    Dave Schneider
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Earlier this month I reported in my August monthly growth report that this 6 month old blog surpassed 10k monthly unique visitors. As some of you remarked, this was a bit of a feat. And it’s true. Even if you look at Matthew Woodward’s monthly reports, you’ll see he doesn’t surpass 10k uniques per month until month 8 (although Matt has also produced way more income, email subscribers, and runs his blog as a full on business – I do not). So yes, traffic is certainly not the whole story – in fact it can often be more of a vanity metric than anything. But…
  • Let’s Meet – Announcing My US Road Trip

    Dave Schneider
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Starting November 10th my girlfriend and I are going to be traveling around the US on a road trip. For me, this is an opportunity to meet as many people as I can, especially anyone who would like to meet me and follows the blog. This isn’t some sort of victory lap of sorts. I won’t be doing any paid mastermind sessions, speaking at conferences, etc. This is all out of my own pocket, of course. Why Am I Doing A US Road Trip? The reason we are doing the road trip is as follows: We are travelers – For the last two years we’ve been traveling across Europe and Asia (33…
  • 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…
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  • A brief History Of Content Marketing [infographic]

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    Our Today’s infographic is about brief history of content marketing. I have found this cool infographic on Content Marketing Institute. You must be wondered to know that how old is content marketing, even you can’t imagine. A brief History Of Content Marketing [infographic] The post A brief History Of Content Marketing [infographic] appeared first on
  • Best and Worst Times to Post on Social Media

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Hello guyz. Today, I have come with another infographic. Its about best and worst time of posting on your social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Google plus, Linkedin etc. This infographic is originally made by I hope it will be helpful for your social media marketing process. So lets learn about perfect time to post on your social media account. Best and Worst Times to Post on Social Media The post Best and Worst Times to Post on Social Media appeared first on
  • 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…
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  • Top 5 ways to work smarter not harder

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    There is so much daily pressure to get it all done. Our schedules fill up before we know it. Sometimes … Continue reading → [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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    Colin Burnett's Wealth Creation Blog

  • The BEST Social Monkee Review

    26 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Welcome to my Social Monkee Review! Hey there man, It’s Colin Burnett back again today with my FULL and HONEST Social Monkee Review. Let’s get straight to work and talk about this tool that I use for my blog. I know a lot of the Internet Marketers that have been around for years are using this tool too. So first off.. Why do I need something like Social Monkee? Well if you are new to blogging, you might not know that there needs to be a web of (good) backlinks to your blogs or site pages. Why does there need to be an extensive web? So that you get authority in Google! And you know…
  • Empower Network Launch – When is it?

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:48 pm
     ALL about the Empower Network Launch Let’s get straight to work today mate. My name is Colin Burnett! I come from a farm out in outback Queensland and people don’t usually muck around and kind of just sit around talking when something needs doing! You probably know that about country folk right? So I first heard of Empower Network about a year ago as I was building my Internet marketing career and knowledge. Empower Network is about to go BIG!! This is an opportunity of a lifetime for you to start creating wealth from scratch!! This is IT!! The hype is just going crazy with so…
  • How to Make Millions Online

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    How To Make Millions Online – Know What To Do and Take the Right Action It is not new to hear about people getting rich or making their first million online. There might be some who failed in it, but the number of people who opened the door of success is still bigger and is continuously growing. This happens because more people also learn the secrets in making millions online. The thing is, would you face success or would you be one of those who failed? Yes, it is true that you can get rich and make your millions online. But, how can it be done? In the subject how to make millions online,…
  • Attraction Marketing Tips!

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:35 pm
    What EXACTLY is Attraction Marketing? Hey there, welcome to my site! …hmm….. What is it exactly? I bet you have heard those words kind of been thrown around all  over the place. Both on-line and off-line it really does get talked about it a lot… But what is Attraction Marketing actually? A really cool video or what?? Mike Dillard really is a godfather and good mentor of mine when it comes to building your brand on-line. This guy along with a few others kind of really re-invented and simplified attraction marketing and what it stands for. Instead of confusing people, you can…
  • 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…
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    Biz Epic

  • 5th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit to be Held in Marrakech, Morocco!

    Chad Stewart
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    This video features Secretary of State, John Kerry talking about the upcoming global entrepreneurship summit on November 19. He discusses the benefits of the global entrepreneurship initiative, benefits of entrepreneurship in society, and features/events that will take place at the summit itself. The post 5th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit to be Held in Marrakech, Morocco! appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • How McDonalds Uses Psychology, Location, Children, Star Power, Trends, Scandals and More to Get Your $$$

    Chad Stewart
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    Some of the following factoids about McDonald's restaurants will come as no surprise. At least a few will cause your eyebrows to furrow. Still others will definitely make your jaw drop! The post How McDonalds Uses Psychology, Location, Children, Star Power, Trends, Scandals and More to Get Your $$$ appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • Fear the Ghost of Unfulfilled Dreams to Awaken Your Drive in Life!

    Chad Stewart
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Imagine the ghosts of your unfulfilled dreams haunting you for an eternity. As Les Brown tells us in this video, if we don't achieve them in life, they'll die with us. The post Fear the Ghost of Unfulfilled Dreams to Awaken Your Drive in Life! appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • Suprise! Skills Aren’t the Most Important Quality You Can Offer an Employer

    Chad Stewart
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    Check out the results from a 2013 poll, featuring the opinions of over 500 international cross-industry professionals. Over half those polled worked in significant leadership roles. The post Suprise! Skills Aren’t the Most Important Quality You Can Offer an Employer appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • How a Selfie and a Bread Toast can Make a Hot Business

    Ivan Widjaya
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Want a quirky business that actually works? Try "Toasted Selfies." What is it, anyway? Well, here's the whole idea: Your selfie photo, 'printed' on toast. How cool is that? The post How a Selfie and a Bread Toast can Make a Hot Business appeared first on Biz Epic.
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    Seu Guia de Hidratação para o cabelo

  • Cabelos ondulados sem calor

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Você quer um cabelos ondulados natural olhar sem ter que usar o baby liss? Curling ferros tomar muito tempo, e testar a sua paciência. Se você quer o bom e fácil olhar, ler estes passos abaixo. Tenho certeza de que você vai encontrar fácil e uma ótima alternativa para o modelador. 1. Lave o seu […] The post Cabelos ondulados sem calor appeared first on Seu Guia de Hidratação para o cabelo.
  • 5 Melhor shampoo para o cabelos ondulados

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    Mantendo o seu cabelos ondulados é uma tarefa muito difícil, então você precisa para obter os melhores produtos para manter-lo. Se você quer o seu cabelo para ser saudável e boa aparência, leia este artigo para os 5 melhores xampus para seu ondulado cabelo. Você está aqui mesmo assim! 1. Frederic Fekkai Shampoo cachos perfeitamente […] The post 5 Melhor shampoo para o cabelos ondulados appeared first on Seu Guia de Hidratação para o cabelo.
  • Cabelos ondulados para 4 maneiras

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Cabelos ondulados para 4 maneiras O seu cabelo precisa olhar perfeito; se você quiser impressionar ou para olhar romântico você tem que experimentar diferentes estilos. Tendo cabelos ondulados com jeans ou calça que parece incrível, eu tenho certeza que você vai pegar do olho de alguém. Ter cabelos ondulados naturais faz com que seja mais […] The post Cabelos ondulados para 4 maneiras appeared first on Seu Guia de Hidratação para o cabelo.
  • Hidratação para cabelos alimentos

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Muitos acreditam hidratar o cabelo é de cerca de shampoo, condicionadores, e muitos outros métodos. Você sabe que a comida pode ajudar a hidratar o cabelo? Não é caro e há uma variedade de alimentos que podem beneficiar o seu cabelo. Estes são alguns alimentos que são bons hidratação para cabelos Alimentos: 1. o salmão Salmon […] The post Hidratação para cabelos alimentos appeared first on Seu Guia de Hidratação para o cabelo.
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    Top 2014 Christmas Gift Ideas | iPhone Accessories Wins

  • 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 | iPhone Accessories Wins.
  • 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 | iPhone Accessories Wins.
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    Industry Leaders Magazine

  • China’s Xiaomi rises to become world’s third-largest smartphone vendor

    Carrie Ann
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Xiaomi headquarters in Beijing, China. Despite facing criticisms for its security practices, Chinese handset maker Xiaomi has outpaced rivals to become the third-largest smartphone maker in the world, trailing Samsung and Apple, according to a latest report by the market research firm IDC. Since recruiting former Google executive Hugo Barra, Xiaomi has been making impressive strides by more than doubling its sales following international expansion. The company’s focus on China and adjacent markets resulted in triple-digit year-over-year growth taking Xiaomi into the Top 5 list. The four…
  • Microsoft launches a new multi-platform fitness band for $199

    Anna Domanska
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    Microsoft Band, a $199 fitness band goes on sale Thursday! Microsoft has finally entered the crowded wearable-computer market with its first major wearable device. It’s called Microsoft Band, and it comes with both watch and fitness tracker features that analyse health, sleep data and more. “This is just the beginning of a multi-year vision for Microsoft in the health & fitness and wearables category,” the company said in an emailed statement. “We want to enter this space in a deliberate and measured fashion and as such are launching first in the United States.”…
  • US Postal Service Approved Nearly 50,000 Unauthorized Requests to Monitor Mail

    Christy Gren
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    A United States Postal Service (USPS) service truck It has emerged that the United States Postal Service approved almost 50,000 requests from law enforcement agencies and its own mail-inspection wing to secretly monitor the mail of American citizens for criminal investigations and national security concerns last year, according to a 2014 audit. The audit found that in most cases the Postal Service approved requests to spy on an individual’s mail for criminal and national security investigations without providing adequate reasons or having proper written authorization. Not only…
  • Motorola’s New Droid Turbo Smartphone Specifications and Features Leaked

    Carrie Ann
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    The Droid Turbo Smartphone will reportedly boast a 5.2-inch display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution display. Motorola and Verizon have geared up to officially unveil the Droid Turbo that is expected to hit the shelves very soon. New images of the smartphone have leaked and the new Droid looks a lot like the second-generation Moto X and Nexus 6. Motorola recently teamed up with its previous owner, Google on its upcoming Nexus 6 phablet, which will be the first smartphone to ship with Google’s latest and greatest version of Android, Android 5.0 Lollipop. A photo of the unreleased Moto…
  • Google[x] Lab’s Bold Ambition: Pills that can detect cancer

    Anna Domanska
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:50 pm
    The capsule developed by Google[x] is filled with magnetized nanoparticles that are programmed to enter the bloodstream and spot cancerous cell in beginning stages.Innovations pay off when they make life more apt for people around us in cogent ways. Google[x] innovation lab, devout to finding prodigious solutions to global problems is in the news yet again for a startling disclosure. The semi-secret facility behind innovations such as self-driving cars, stratospheric internet balloons, flying drones, Google Glass, and seamless modular display is now developing a pill that could give off…
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    Potknox Blog

  • Remote Campus Recruitment for Startups: How to Make it Work
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    In our post 7 Problems Startups Face With Campus Recruitment, we explored the major issues that hold startups back from conducting this exercise. In addition to it being a relentless use of time, money and effort, for small to medium sized companies, going anywhere further than Tier I or Tier II cities is near impossible, given the amount of resources they would have to dispatch. Through our own experience, however, we have discovered that it’s not only possible for startups to delve into this large pool of talent, it’s easy, no matter how funded or unfunded you may be. With…
  • Why SaaS Providers Need To Focus on Customer Service
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am
    Customers are staring at their computer screen, trusting that they can navigate your carefully set up website- sifting through the various messages you are trying to convey- till they finally reach what they are looking for. They cannot touch or feel anything, and are just hoping that when you say you have “the best product in the market”, you really do. They trust testimonials, the list of clients you have displayed, and the first five links they find when they type your name in Google. But what if they hit a stumbling block? Customer Service has taken on a whole new meaning in…
  • 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…
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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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  • We’re All About that Orange

    Maria Ranahan
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    We’ve made it pretty clear by now that orange is to SquarePlanet as coffee is to mornings. As peanut butter is to jelly. As puppies are to happiness.  The two are absolutely, positively, 100% inseparable.  In fact, if you cut us pirates open, it’d be a toss up as to whether or not we’d bleed coffee or just the color orange. Perhaps orange coffee? I digress. But, do you know why our walls — and everything we put between them — are orange? While yes, we do like the color, there’s more to it than that. (And no, it’s not just a reflection of our Chief Word Guy Brian Burkhart’s…
  • We’re In The Emotion Business

    Maxx Parcell
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Imagine you’re a track and field athlete about to run the 400m dash. One lap and you’re done. Sounds simple enough right? Now imagine the lights in the stadium go out and you can’t find your shoes. Are your palms sweating yet?? This nightmarish scenario is akin to how many people feel when they are preparing to give an important presentation or pitch: poorly equipped and unsure how to begin down the road in front of them. What if I stumble? What if I let everyone down? Where the hell are my shoes, anyway?? Anxiety. Fear. Trepidation. We’ve all been there. Emotions run high…
  • 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…
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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

  • Curious Leaders: Better Than the Rest?

    Peggy Eyssallenne
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    While the notion of curiosity has been around since man first discovered fire (or perhaps, since Eve bit the apple), I have been seeing more and more articles focused around this concept and how important it is to have a curious workforce, led by even more curious leaders. While the talents and skills organizations look for change frequently over time, curiosity reigns supreme since it is a staple quality. Why is a culture of curiosity important for an organization? It guarantees sufficient information to do all the other things, such as acting decisively, promoting innovation, and knowing…
  • 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…
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  • Business Evolution

    Frank Diana
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    This Presentation tells the full business evolution story articulated below. Several key drivers have positioned the next two decades to deliver a staggering – perhaps unprecedented – amount of change. The accelerating pace of business, the growing impact of digital, and several other major indicators suggest that a next generation enterprise is on the horizon. The first […]
  • 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 […]
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  • Top 3 Advantages to Making Your Own YouTube Videos

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Are you a fan of YouTube? If you enjoy watching free videos online, from a number of different genres, you may be a huge fan of YouTube. Although many internet users only watch videos on YouTube, there are many who also post their own YouTube videos. If you have never done so before, you may […] The post Top 3 Advantages to Making Your Own YouTube Videos appeared first on Online Traffic.
  • 6 Simple Steps to Escaping the 9-to-5: Be Your Own Boss

    7 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Let’s Escape! Be Your Own Boss! I just wanted to make sure all you Online Traffic readers have grabbed your spot on a paradigm-shifting web class that’s coming up over the next few days on how to escape the 9-to-5 and create your own abundant online income stream that’s 100% aligned with your passions and […] The post 6 Simple Steps to Escaping the 9-to-5: Be Your Own Boss appeared first on Online Traffic.
  • 7 Essential Tips For Generating Traffic To Your Website For Free

    8 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Promoting your website does not need to cost you a lot of money. There are various ways through which you can drive traffic to your website for free. If you have no money or if you have a small budget for driving traffic to your website, you can use tips outlined in this articles to […] The post 7 Essential Tips For Generating Traffic To Your Website For Free appeared first on Online Traffic.
  • 4 Critical Ways To Generate Traffic To A Newly Created Website

    11 Mar 2014 | 6:20 am
    Now you have your new website and you are keen to start making some sales! But, how can you make sales if you do not have high volumes of traffic to your website? One of the challenges which people starting a new online business face is that of getting traffic to their website. This article […] The post 4 Critical Ways To Generate Traffic To A Newly Created Website appeared first on Online Traffic.
  • Ways To Target Traffic To Your Website

    11 Oct 2011 | 6:31 am
    If you run an online business, it is only a must for you to think of targeting traffic. After all, you need to rank in the search engines for your business to become more visible to the public. However, the rankings change every minute of the day and that depends on the traffic driven to […] The post Ways To Target Traffic To Your Website appeared first on Online Traffic.
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  • How small is small?

    Ann Wylie
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Mini narratives can be as brief as a paragraphIn The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee shares this tiny tale:“In 2005, a man diagnosed with multiple myeloma asked me if he would be alive to watch his daughter graduate from high school in a few months. In 2009, bound to a wheelchair, he watched his daughter graduate from college. The wheelchair had nothing to do with his cancer. The man had fallen down while coaching his youngest son’s baseball team.”Tiny but mighty A story need not be enormous to be amazing. Image by Rob SheridanIn just 61 words, Mukherjee gives…
  • 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…
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    BBC News - Home

  • US police killing suspect captured

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    A US man who has eluded police in the forests of Pennsylvania for seven weeks after the fatal shooting of a police officer has been found.
  • Charity decries US Ebola quarantine

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Charity Doctors Without Borders warns some mandatory US state Ebola quarantine measures are having a "chilling effect" on its work.
  • Obama urges 'credible' Myanmar vote

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:32 pm
    US president calls for a "credible" process when Myanmar hold elections in 2015, as major players held rare high-level talks.
  • Citigroup legal costs up by $600m

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Investment bank Citigroup puts aside an extra $600m to cover legal expenses due to "rapidly evolving regulatory inquiries".
  • VIDEO: Philippines tourism shrugs off warning

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Ramon Jimenez, the Philippines' tourism secretary, says a drop in numbers from China is not a major concern because of growing visits from other countries.
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  • 5 Factors that Affect Productivity in Business

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    The productivity of your workforce is probably the most important aspect of your business. Happy employees who receive respect and admiration for their efforts will strive to please. If you want to improve your profits, rather than focusing your efforts on commercial endeavours, take a step back and look at your internal structure. Sometimes streamlining […] The post 5 Factors that Affect Productivity in Business appeared first on Web Hosting Blog | Related posts: Marketing automation for Small Business – free or low-cost systems A Marketing Automation Tool helps…
  • 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…
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  • Energy outlook for Southeast Asia

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The growth of all ten ASEAN countries requires a lot of energy. With a discussion of a panel of three energy experts in Southeast Asia, this Bloomberg video details the current problems of ASEAN, challenges and developments of its supply and distribution of fossil fuels, renewable and nuclear energies. Concluding the “Power of ASEAN” series that presented the energy industry in […] The post Energy outlook for Southeast Asia appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • Future perspectives for energy in Southeast Asia

    26 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    The development of Southeast Asia in the next 30 years will require a lot of energy. Yet, producing fossil fuels becomes challenging and clean renewable energy technologies are still in their infancy.  This Bloomberg video presents how Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia manage these new issues to power up for the future. This video is part of a series […] The post Future perspectives for energy in Southeast Asia appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • Energy for ASEAN’s less developed countries

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    The access to reliable and affordable sources of energy plays a critical role in the economic development of any country. This Bloomberg video presents the challenges of Myanmar and Laos to manage their energetic resources and develop their economy in relation with their Southeast Asian neighbors. The energetic opportunity for Myanmar and Laos is to exploit their natural resources, be […] The post Energy for ASEAN’s less developed countries appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • Mobile Internet in the Philippines

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    The use of Internet on mobile devices in the Philippines is lagging behind other ASEAN countries, as smartphone penetration is low. But it is picking up very quickly and should be on par by 2015. In this interesting study, OnDevices presents some trends on the use, brands and technologies of the Philippine market. Key points on mobile and […] The post Mobile Internet in the Philippines appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • 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.
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    VeriProcess - Merchant Services Expense Reduction

  • Online Transacting Is Safer Than A Card Present World

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    Online transacting is safer than a card-present world — or at least it can be. That’s what Revathi Subramanian, SVP of Data Science at CA Technologies, told MPD CEO Karen Webster during an hour-long digital discussion on the state of online fraud around the world. Subramanian said that we have the data, the models and the tools – right now – to make online transacting safer than offline. But, they’re just not being used.   … Read More »
  • Payment History Firm Pulls In $70 Million Investments

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    The six-year-old Atlanta-based Cardlytics bank data analytics firm has just pulled in $70 million investments as it preps for an IPO. “The six-year-old company uses the transaction history of customers in participating banks — credit card payments, checks written, debit card withdrawals — to define customers’ buying patterns. The company said it is integrated into nearly 400 banks (Bank of America and PNC among them), representing 83 million of the 110 million households in the … Read More »
  • Bitcoin Platforms Being Reclassified As Money Transmitters

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    In a potentially significant ruling from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Bitcoin platforms are being reclassified as money transmitters. “FinCEN cited its 2011 amendments, which defines money transmitter as a person that provides money transmission services, or any other person engaged in the transfer of funds,” said a report in PaymentWeek. “As money transmitters, companies are required to comply with all risk management, risk mitigation, record keeping, reporting, and transaction monitoring requirements, FinCEN said.” … Read More »
  • Transforming Payments from Cost Centers to Revenue Drivers

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    Corporate payments programs have often been regarded as costly and tedious, but new insights from recent data to be presented at Money 20/20 show otherwise, according to Digital River. On Thursday, November 20 at 1 PM EST, MPD CEO Karen Webster will host a live digital discussion with Senior Vice President and General Manager for Digital River Souheil Badran to find out how the company, with its 200 payment methods and $32 billion in annual … Read More »
  • Wireless Carriers Could Be Left Out Of NFC Payments

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    Wireless carriers are likely to see their role in NFC revenue diminish, according to a new report from Juniper Research. “The report, NFC Mobile Payments: Apple Pay, Host Card Emulation & SIM Based Opportunities & Forecasts 2014-2019, forecasts that just three percent of NFC mobile payments customers will be controlled by wireless carriers in North America by 2019. Given recent developments, Juniper expects wireless carriers to reevaluate their existing commitments to NFC and possibly to withdraw … 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 income families are likely…
  • 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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    Business Management Tips

  • Good Eggs. Bad Eggs and the Business Restructuring Process.

    Claire Hauser
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
      The business restructuring process is a powerful tool to have in your back pocket, and is one that we often don’t take advantage of. Following on from the article “Why the best recruiting strategies involve buses”, lets talk about restructuring your staff – essentially, that process of putting the right people in the right places and sometimes, getting the wrong people off the bus. If any of these 3 stories below rings any bells for you, it might be time you restructure your workforce.           1. Restructure if your hiring strategy has pretty much been about needing…
  • 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…
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    FastUpFront Small Business Blog

  • 7 of the Most Creepiest Business Ideas

    Gary Barzel
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Most entrepreneurs agree that it is much easier to start a business around something you are passionate about. But, what if your passions tend to gravitate to the darker side of life (or death)? In the spirit of Halloween, here are seven of the most creepiest business ideas that people have turned into real thriving [...] The post 7 of the Most Creepiest Business Ideas appeared first on 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.
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    GA Blog

  • Designing for Exponential Impact on Diversity in Tech

    Emily Pope
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    Mercedes Bent is the Global Director of New Ventures at General Assembly In recent years, there has been an increased focus on diversity in the tech world, primarily on the need to bridge the gender gap by making tech a more available and welcoming industry for women and men of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. As a Black woman working at a tech education startup, I’m thrilled that these conversations are happening. Reading through statements by companies promising to make diversity a top agenda item, I’ve seen the appalling statistics: Only 24% of engineers graduating from…
  • 6 Ways to Network Within Your Company (and Score That Promotion)

    Emily Pope
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Searching for a new job doesn’t always mean leaving your current employer — in fact, some of the most exciting career opportunities may lie within your company. Unlike an external job search — where you might reach out to contacts on LinkedIn or apply to roles on — an internal job search will rely on the strength of your relationships with the colleagues you encounter at work every single day. Here are a few strategic ideas to build a network within your organization that will propel you into an elevated role or a new department. Do amazing work and make your boss love…
  • Content Strategy: How to Shape Your Narrative

    Emily Pope
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Everyone is a publisher. You, your organization, your new business, your clients; as traditional media struggles and technology advances, everyone has the opportunity to publish content. But, just like great power, publishing comes with great responsibility. Each piece of content you publish defines your story and controls the narrative around the topics you care about. You have a responsibility to your business and audiences to tell your story in a way that is consistent, realistic, and responsible. To do that, you need a content strategy. What is Content Strategy? There are many ways to…
  • 12 Signs You’re Ready to Go Freelance

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Escaping the 9-5 prison and voyaging into the Great Unknown can be a bit intimidating. Many people who want to freelance take years to make the leap (and that’s not necessarily a bad thing). But how do you know you’re ready? Here are 12 serious and not-so-serious signs it’s time to make the leap. 1. You have a well-developed network. I thought I’d get the obvious one out of the way. A well-developed network — whether it’s through your 9-5, social media, or your charming personality — is almost essential for a successful freelance career. Unless you’re an Erlang…
  • 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…
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    Working Capital Review

  • 3 Ways to Kill the Weekly Meeting

    Chris Riback
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    They’re worse than sitting in traffic. They’re sturdier than cockroaches. And that’s why — despite the near universal agreement on their uselessness — the weekly team meeting refuses to go away. Jeff Denneen, a Bain and Company partner, wants to help. As he wrote in LinkedIn, he and his team studied the problem and discovered the “ripple effect those unproductive meetings have on an organization, especially when top executives meet. My Bain colleague Michael Mankins and his team analyzed time use at one large company and found that people there spent…
  • The Value of Schmoozing on Social Media

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Wharton professor Lynn Wu notes that although the adoption of social media in the workplace can improve a firm’s bottom line, it also has a surprising effect: The more individuals use “social” terms — such as “coffee,” “lunch” or “baseball” — while engaging with colleagues on social networks, the less likely they are to be laid off. Wu told Knowledge@Wharton that the finding is surprising “because I deliberately chose to look at an industry (consulting) where you can measure an employee’s value to the firm very clearly. In the end,…
  • Global CEOs See Sustainability as Core to Success

    Taegan Goddard
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    PwC’s 17th annual Global CEO Survey finds that CEOs around the world are starting to recognize that sustainability matters. “Sustainability is core to business success. It’s not about how you spend the money you make, but how you make it. Resource scarcity and climate change, urbanization and demographic changes consistently feature in the top three megatrends set to transform business, according to CEOs – hopefully in a positive way. Coupled with increasing CEO confidence in the global economy, will these opportunities translate not only into growth opportunities, but…
  • The Case for Letting Employees Choose Their Own Technology

    Taegan Goddard
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Google chief information officer Ben Fried told the Wall Street Journal that he thinks employees should be able to choose their own technology rather than being forced to use a common standard. His reasoning: “So much of the culture stems from how we work. Back in the day, people came to work to learn how to use technology. Now everyone knows how to use technology.” He also noted that with so much work being done in the cloud, it really doesn’t matter what kind of device an employee uses to access the cloud. Explained Fried: “I remember years ago, when I joined Google,…
  • Should You Give Your CEO Stock Options?

    Taegan Goddard
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “The argument for paying a CEO with stock options is that it gives the executive an incentive to increase value for shareholders,” according to Capital ideas. “If the CEO drives up the underlying stock price, the options award will be worth more. The problem is that a CEO may take excessive risks to drive up the share price. While that might increase the CEO’s compensation, he or she won’t necessarily share other shareholders’ pain if the stock loses value. Options exhibit “convexity,” which means options granted to CEOs have a potentially…
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    Small Business Tips

  • Key Things You Should Know In Order To Be An Effective Mentor

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Key Things You Should Know In Order To Be An Effective Mentor: The Basics This post will examining “Key Things You Should Know In Order To Be An Effective Mentor“. For the sake of this post, I have made it pretty general but once you join our team by clicking here if you have not joined yet, you would receive more in depth training and information. Key Things You Should Know In Order To Be An Effective Mentor: What is Mentoring? Mentoring pertains to the development of rapport involving a more knowledgeable mentor and a less knowledgeable protégé or mentee. A protégé or a…
  • 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.
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  • How to be a Genuine Leader?

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
    There are many references to a true leader, but what exactly are the components of genuine leader. Being a genuine leader means far more than merely being a leader or even being an authentic leader. Genuine leadership is a combination of all the needed positive traits and qualities of real or true leader,a sense of authenticity, having the self confidence and ability to expose one’s weaknesses and strengths, caring for the organization mission, the desire to provide value to others ,absolute integrity  and an ever ending desire to go beyond the ordinary to strive to be extraordinary.
  • 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…
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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 weed out the good from the bad in job interviews

    Ciaran Ryan
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Yes, I hear you complain about them every day, writes Lesley Jane Seymour: Those millennials (people reaching adulthood around the year 2000), they ask about vacation time in the first interview! They get a bad cold and disappear for days! They want my job after a week in their job! “Who do these upstarts think they are,” you moan to me over every business lunch. I feel your pain—but question your premise. Sure, there are tons of indolent slackers lounging in their parents’ rec rooms and some of them should stay there because they make terrible employees. But don’t dismiss the…
  • 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…
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    Growth Everywhere

  • Ep 52: How Techstars provides real value through a strong network of entrepreneurs, mentors and investors

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Join me as I talk with Techstars founder David Brown. David is a serial entrepreneur and helped found Techstars along with David Cohen, Brad Feld and Jared Polis in 2006. The Co-founders wanted to leverage what they had learned in their previous startups to help entrepreneurs avoid those same mistakes. Techstars’ startup accelerator offers a three-month bootcamp and surrounds entrepreneurs with mentors to help you navigate everything from choosing the right product and testing it. Today the accelerator runs 13 different programs in Boulder, New York and Boston among other…
  • 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…
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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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    Valentine Okolo

  • How To Develop Emotional Intelligence In Customer Service

    Valentine Okolo
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:50 pm
      Emotional intelligence is the ability to learn or understand the feelings of others. When translated to service delivery, emotional intelligence becomes the ability to learn or understand the feelings of your customers. To do this effectively, it becomes imperative that everyone in the organization learns to display a good degree of empathy in discharging service to the customer. To this end, I still find it difficult to understand why some organizations fail to pay as much attention to the ability of a potential employee to display a high sense of emotional intelligence as they do to…
  • Sales Forecasting: A Tool for Business Planning

    Valentine Okolo
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Sales forecasting is the process of determining future sales and selling requirements based on information currently available. Sales forecasts are critical to business planning. This is because every department in the organization relies on sales data for planning and allocating resources effectively. Planning requirements may be short term, medium term or long term. Short term requirements are usually determined to meet tactical needs in the nearest future such as production requirements while medium term forecasts are designed to meet organizational needs ranging from months to about 3…
  • Evaluating and Managing Business Risk in Organizations

    Valentine Okolo
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Managing risk is an essential part of any business. Business risks may appear in any facet of the business. Risks and uncertainty are realities every business must face. A risk presents itself where one is forced to make a choice between alternatives whose potential outcomes are unknown or where one is forced to deal with an unanticipated situation that could adversely affect the organization. For instance, these risks could be:·         Financial Risks: such as investment choices, inadequate working capital, poor financial calculations, accounting…
  • Tips To Help Prevent the Spread of Ebola in Offices, Work Places and Business Premises

    Valentine Okolo
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    The Ebola virus disease (EVD) is spread through contact with the body fluids of an infected person either dead or alive. An infected person will usually be acutely ill with the virus before he or she will be able to transmit it to another person. People can also become infected from indirect contact by having broken skin or mucous membranes come in contact with materials or utensils contaminated with blood, secretions, or other body fluids from sick people and bodies e.g. used gloves, medical waste, bed clothes, medical instruments. The Ebola outbreak is not just a public health emergency,…
  • 5 Tips to Help You Build Customer Trust

    Valentine Okolo
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Every customer is unique with diverse backgrounds, needs, thoughts or expectations. One fact however cuts across all customers:  Customers will continue to patronize you as long as they continue to have good experiences over and over again. Over time, these good experiences develop into the ultimate feeling of trust. Trust is essential to the growth of every relationship and successful businesses thrive on great relationships between the company and its customers. So here are 5 tips to help you build customer trust over time:·         Exude…
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    A-Z Economy

  • How war effects Ukraine economy? Budget analysis

    Yuliia Pysmenna
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    How war effects Ukraine economy? Budget analysisIn the occupied part of Ukraine there are almost 85% of coal, 45% of gas, 33% of industrial production of the country.How much the war cost? The prime minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced that the one day of the war cost for Ukraine from 2 to 7 million USD per day. This include Equipment (for example an average equipment for one soldier cost about 3000 USD ),  military hardware, petrol, medicine, food, repairmen etc.There are 824 000 people who had to leave their houses as the cause of the war. And government suppose to give…
  • Strong Dollar Strong Economy. Really?

    Gokay Islamoglu
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Before I was studying Economics, I thought the strong currency means strong Economy. I was going to exchange offices and looking at the charts and making conclusions, `Oh, 100 Turkish Lira is 300 Swedish Krone.` and I was proud of my country economy. But when I started university, truth hit my face badly. Strong currency doesn't mean strong economy and actually it has disadvantages also.Let's start with the advantages as always, Strong currency makes import cheaper for the country. Logically, when you are importing goods and services, usually you are using the import country's currency, when…
  • Buying a House is not a dream. Just choose the correct country.

    Yuliia Pysmenna
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Nowadays a lot of people don’t have their own house. And the main reason is they don’t have enough savings to afford such a luxury purchase. But the situation is different in different countries. For example the size of house in China and USA will be completely different. We are looking for the houses that an average person can eventually buy. Generally, cost of the house has to be 30-35% of the gross income of the householders in order to be affordable. The size of an average house also differs from country to country.             We can calculate the…
  • How Ebola Affects Economies?

    Gokay Islamoglu
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    3000 people died because of Ebola in West Africa from January to now. Despite the fact that, this is a disease,World Bank announced cost of Ebola it has enormous negative effects on economy. The countries who Ebola stole most life is the countries which was economically growing rapidly. Yet, Ebola affects this growth negatively and causes a lot of economical problems.In this article, I will try to share with you the economic side of Ebola crisis. According to reports,-like most of the African countries- in West African countries GDP mostly contributed by Agriculture. (Sierra Lone %57,…
  • How Football Clubs Make Money? Football Business Analysis

    Gokay Islamoglu
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am
    Football (aka Soccer in US) is the most popular sport in the world. Basically, It is because if you want to play football, you just need one ball and something to make goal. This basic but universal sport started as passion and continued as business. In this article, I will focus on the business part of football.Firstly, Football all over the world become a Business sector. In he past, football clubs were managing by some volunteers, rich supporters or respectful regional people. But today's football is completely different than what was before. Today's clubs are managing by professionals.
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    The Lab

  • The 5 Best Ways to Use Kiosks in Healthcare

    Olea Kiosks
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    At a time when healthcare providers are being squeezed by the economic realities of shrinking operating budgets and thinner revenues, the good news is that healthcare kiosk technologies have now evolved to offer truly effective solutions with numerous benefits for providers. Given the high operating costs of providing care, kiosks give organizations a variety of [...]
  • Self-Service on the Rise

    Olea Kiosks
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
  • Court Kiosks Help Courts & Government Agencies Do More with Less

    Olea Kiosks
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Based on recent, hugely successful deployments in some high-traffic jurisdictions, court kiosks are now attracting plenty of attention from administrators of courts and other government agencies nationwide. Court kiosks armed with up-to-date technologies are an ideal way to reduce operating costs, speed transactions and improve service in courthouses and government agencies worldwide. Kiosks in courts [...]
  • The Key For Effective, Secure and Smart Information

    Olea Kiosks
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
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    Open Door HR

  • So You Think You Can Dance …. your way into a career in HR?

    Judy Lindenberger
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The first thing I wanted to be when I grew up was a Rockette and dance at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. However, I didn’t take dance lessons and my dancing ability is only slightly better than Elaine Benes from the TV series, Seinfeld. If you’ve seen Elaine dance, you know that my career as a Rockette never took off. I made my way into Human Resources instead by getting an MBA in Human Resource Management and taking jobs as a trainer, HR generalist and HR director.  It took a lot of education, experience and mentoring to get it right. Yet, as a human resources consultancy…
  • Learning from the Best HR Bloggers

    Judy Lindenberger
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    If you search the Internet for the best HR blogs, two that make the top of every list are Evil HR Lady and HR Bartender. In her blog, Suzanne Lucas, otherwise known as the Evil HR Lady, answers questions, posts tips, and has garnered a large following. Sharlyn Lauby, creator of HR Bartender, cleverly compares herself to a bartender – “that friendly face who’s there when you need them” – and blogs about human resources and social media, as well as food and drink. Because I want to attract more readers to my blog, Open Door HR, I contacted Suzanne and Sharlyn to ask them a few…
  • What We Can Learn About Happiness from Costa Rica

    Judy Lindenberger
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    My family and I just got back from a week-long vacation to Costa Rica. We hiked through the rain forest, went white water rafting and swam under a beautiful waterfall, spent lazy days on gorgeous beaches and shrieked with delight each time we saw a sloth, parrot, lizard, crocodile or pelican. But what made the trip so fabulous were the people. Costa Ricans are genuinely kind, easy-going and happy. In reading up on Costa Rica before the trip, I learned that Costa Rica is rated as one of the happiest countries in the world. What contributes to its high rating are its beautiful landscapes,…
  • Nine Reasons to Outsource HR to The Lindenberger Group

    Judy Lindenberger
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Our consultants have extensive experience & continually upgrade their knowledge in HR best practices so we can provide high-quality service & trusted advice. You use us on a scheduled or as-needed basis. You save on staff costs including tax contributions & benefits. We set goals, manage consultants, & give you quarterly updates for free. When your project is completed, you don’t renew your contract, making the transition easier & legally safer than terminating an employee. We are trained to mediate workplace disputes, can save you time & legal costs, & advise…
  • What’s New in HR?

    Judy Lindenberger
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:21 am!prettyPhoto
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