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  • Is Social Media Marketing “The Answer?”

    CyberAlert Blog
    William Comcowich
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
      Most everyone in marketing and public relations recognizes the advantages of social media. It’s less costly than other marketing methods; it’s more cost efficient because it has greater reach, often into untapped markets; it’s relatively easy to implement; it improves brand recognition; it drives customers to the company’s website; it provides outlets for the [...]The post Is Social Media Marketing “The Answer?” appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • How do you Measure Entrepreneur Success?

    Birds on the Blog
    Janice B Gordon
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Although Tony did not believe it himself, I have to tell you why he was a successful entrepreneur. Tony went to Portugal, his first foreign trip, he found a clothing manufacturer and negotiated a large shipment; he did not speak Portuguese, but this did not stop him.  The first we knew was when my elder […] The post How do you Measure Entrepreneur Success? appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • How Much Should You Pay a Social Media Manager?

    Sprout Social
    Anna Washenko
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
    As social media assumes a bigger and bigger role in companies’ marketing plans, the need for dedicated social media employees has also grown. It’s not practical or recommended to load the responsibilities of your brand’s social media presence on a fresh-faced intern or on your already busy marketing team. That means you’ll need to hire a community manager or social media manager (or maybe both) to join your staff. Before you start recruitment for these valued positions, you’ll want to understand how to determine a fair and competitive salary for the role. Has the increased…
  • 21 self-sabotage behaviours you must stop if you are willing!

    Birds on the Blog
    Sarupa Shah
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    A while ago Yolanda wrote an article over here on Birds which I can’t seem to locate. It was about taking advice from people you pay to give you advice and then you ignore it. At the time I was certainly smarting as someone was offering me bog standard formulaic advice. Not really figuring out who […] The post 21 self-sabotage behaviours you must stop if you are willing! appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • The Power of Podcasts for Public Relations & Marketing

    CyberAlert Blog
    William Comcowich
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:09 am
      If you’ve doubted the power of podcasting as a public relations and marketing tool, take note. Southland Christian Church has produced podcasts to distribute and broadcast its “Weekend Message Series,” garnering a following worldwide. The tales of who listens are fascinating. Derrick Purvis, the church’s communications director, said leaders have been e-mailed by a [...]The post The Power of Podcasts for Public Relations & Marketing appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
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  • Is Social Media Marketing “The Answer?”

    William Comcowich
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
      Most everyone in marketing and public relations recognizes the advantages of social media. It’s less costly than other marketing methods; it’s more cost efficient because it has greater reach, often into untapped markets; it’s relatively easy to implement; it improves brand recognition; it drives customers to the company’s website; it provides outlets for the [...]The post Is Social Media Marketing “The Answer?” appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • Why Many Content Marketing Campaigns Fail

    William Comcowich
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
      Content marketing has become pervasive. Businesses have embraced content marketing, not just because it’s the latest, hottest marketing trend, but because it works and is more cost effective than traditional marketing methods such as online banner ads.  Consider these statistics cited by The average click-through rate for display ads is 0.11 percent. Most [...]The post Why Many Content Marketing Campaigns Fail appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • The Power of Podcasts for Public Relations & Marketing

    William Comcowich
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:09 am
      If you’ve doubted the power of podcasting as a public relations and marketing tool, take note. Southland Christian Church has produced podcasts to distribute and broadcast its “Weekend Message Series,” garnering a following worldwide. The tales of who listens are fascinating. Derrick Purvis, the church’s communications director, said leaders have been e-mailed by a [...]The post The Power of Podcasts for Public Relations & Marketing appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • Optimizing the Value of Social Media Monitoring

    William Comcowich
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
      Businesses must do more to take advantage of social media monitoring, recent surveys conclude. Although many PR departments monitor social media to some extent, the business benefits are not always clear, indicates a survey by PR News and Business Wire. “PR people are good at generating action [on social channels], but not yet understanding [...]The post Optimizing the Value of Social Media Monitoring appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • PR Tactics Journalists Really Hate

    William Comcowich
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    While public relations professionals are under pressure to place their company’s news in media outlets, journalists feel more harangued than ever since fewer reporters are targets of pitches from more PR people. Using quotes from Twitter and personal interviews, HubSpot compiled its second annual list of “S#*t PR people do that journalists hate,” PR practices [...]The post PR Tactics Journalists Really Hate appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
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    Sprout Social

  • Why Two Social Platforms Are Better Than One

    Elizabeth Harper
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:56 am
    You may think a single social network is enough for your campaigns. Perhaps all of your users flock to Twitter or the size of Facebook makes it the best place to target your social efforts. However, restricting your efforts to a single network means you’re restricting your reach, too. Even if most of your customers are on a single social platform, it’s highly unlikely that all of them are. Plus, if you want to grow your business and reach out to new potential customers a new network can be a great idea to reach untapped markets. Launching a social campaign across multiple networks…
  • 5 Important Sprout Social Features You May Not Be Using

    Patrick Cuttica
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    According to the latest Sprout Social Index, the number of social messages sent to brands has increased by 77 percent over the past year. What’s more, customers are sending twice as many messages that actually require a response. It’s safe to say that in order to become a truly social business, brands must be able to effectively communicate through social media. To truly improve communication between your brand and your customers, you have to be able to find the relevant conversations, put them into context, and ensure that you’re talking to the right people. That may seem a lot easier…
  • How Much Should You Pay a Social Media Manager?

    Anna Washenko
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
    As social media assumes a bigger and bigger role in companies’ marketing plans, the need for dedicated social media employees has also grown. It’s not practical or recommended to load the responsibilities of your brand’s social media presence on a fresh-faced intern or on your already busy marketing team. That means you’ll need to hire a community manager or social media manager (or maybe both) to join your staff. Before you start recruitment for these valued positions, you’ll want to understand how to determine a fair and competitive salary for the role. Has the increased…
  • Twitter Stats that Can Help Boost Engagement

    Michael Patterson
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    An average of 500 million tweets are sent every day, which is equivalent to 3.5 billion tweets sent every week. With all of that noise happening on the site, it can be hard to make sure that your tweets are getting the engagement that they deserve. To make that job easier, we’ve rounded up a list of vital Twitter stats – from the network itself and from around the web – and put them all in one place. By being well informed about what works, you can guide your social strategy, plus improve your clicks, retweets, and overall reach. It’s All About the Audience Before…
  • Advanced Guide for Advertising on Facebook

    Michael Patterson
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    Facebook Advertising is always a hot topic – as evidenced by the great conversation our recent Beginner’s Guide to Facebook Ads prompted. The article discussed how to choose the best campaign objective and ad placement, but glossed over the idea of choosing who to actually advertise to. An advertisement is worthless if it doesn’t reach the right people. Thus, we wanted to provide a guide to Facebook ad targeting using the network’s Power Editor. Getting Started with Power Editor To kick off the process, open your Facebook ads account and find the link to the…
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    Start My Consulting Business

  • One of my students landed a full month’s salary worth of consulting work (while caring for twins)

    Greg Miliates
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. It’s Monday. How’s that day job going for you? OK, really fascinating stuff here: When I asked you how having a profitable consulting business would change your life: a FLOOD of responses When I asked how you’d find high-value consulting prospects: less than 10 responses Here’s what’s going on: People love to dream about something aspirational, like what kind of fancy car or vacation they hope to get. Basically dreaming about WHAT they want. But when it comes to HOW to get…
  • How one reader nailed a 50% consulting rate increase (see what he did)

    Greg Miliates
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. I got this email last week. It’s like lots that I get from readers & students who’ve taken action: How much did that technique boost Kieran’s consulting rate? A full 50%. Imagine if you got a 50% raise. And Kieran got it using my FREE material. In the last few emails, we’ve talked about getting clients. But getting clients, like we all know, is just a vehicle to creating the kinds of changes you’ve told me you want in your life: create some income on the side replace your…
  • How you’re poisoning your brain (and the secret antidote)

    Greg Miliates
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:16 am
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. Last time, I shared a technique to see whether your market niche is profitable: how you can see if your prospects are both able AND willing to pay for your services (without even contacting them). Today, I’m going to shift gears a bit to talk about WHY you aren’t getting the kind of results you want. But first, I want to share a famous quote, along with something that happened to me the other day. Here’s the quote: “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with…
  • Cracking the code to getting clients, plus a heartbreaking story

    Greg Miliates
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. In my last post, I gave you the next step in cracking the code to getting clients: ensuring that your prospects are both able AND willing to pay for your services. Today, I’ll go even further, and show you exact steps you can take to find those things out, BEFORE you even reach out to prospects. The idea for qualifying prospects as both able and willing came out of a job I had years back when I worked as a caseworker for foster children in Chicago. This was in the 1990’s at the height of the…
  • 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…
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    Enlarge. Excel. Evolve.

  • Heart of an Introvert, Mind of an Extrovert

    15 Nov 2014 | 2:15 am
    In one of my posts long back, I had mentioned that I am an ambivert, a person who is neither an extrovert nor an introvert, but somewhere in between.In fact, my life has been an interesting story with experiences in multiple industries ranging from television channel & publishing to consulting, work experience across different parts of India and a unique career curve.Read the Full Post on LinkedIn
  • Google Tells Your Zeroeth Story, Clothes Tell Your First

    15 Nov 2014 | 2:03 am
    Once upon a time, there was a saying, "First Impression is the Last Impression". Gone are those days and digital tools have created a new concept, "Zeroeth Impression".And then comes the first impression which is usually generated by our attire.Even before you meet people, they Google you and do a basic research about you, to find out how much time and effort you deserve. The more senior the professional you are meeting, the more precious their time and hence more common the research.Read Full Post on LinkedIn
  • "What makes you so high on energy?" and Other Mini Stories

    4 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Mini Stories on Wisdom"What makes you so high on energy?""You have such high energy even at the end of the day. Don't you get exhausted?", she sounded surprised."Not really. I keep myself surrounded with positive people and stay away from energy vampires, as much as possible. And sometimes if need be, I listen to some high energy music or read some high energy words.", he replied calmly."Yeupp" was her standard reply.-------------------------The Password for ‘Life’The disciple, “Master, I have forgotten the password to ‘Life’. I have everything and yet I am unhappy. Please help me…
  • Justice, a True Story, by J. Alchem

    1 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    Third Prize Story (in Inspirational Storytelling Contest)"The Stuff that Superheroes are Made of" J Alchem, Writer & Reviewer of Books, DelhiWhen people talk about Super heroes, the first few images that come in our mind are of Spiderman, Superman, Batman, Ironman, Krissh.The second few images come in our mind are of martyrs like Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Chandra Shekhear Azad, army men and so on. But there are some super heroes who are living with us and fighting for us but we are not aware about their fighting and struggle to give us better lives. Our mind does not show…
  • My Real Life SuperHero, My Dad, By Anuj Kapoor

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    Second Prize Story (in Inspirational Storytelling Contest)"The Stuff that Superheroes are Made of"Anuj Kapoor, Sr Instructional Designer, IBM-GurgaonEveryone has a superhero whom they admire the most and look up to, and wish to be like them. I too had or rather have a superhero from my real life, and he is my dad. Yes, he has been my superhero right from the time when I was born and till now when he is not amongst us anymore. Whenever, I am little stressed, I just look into his photograph on my mobile and half of my worries are gone and when I am happy, I just look at the sky and then…
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    Business + Economy – Articles – The Conversation

  • Productivity could trump the iron ore price, but who's counting?

    Richard Holden, Professor of Economics at UNSW Australia Business School
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Mining magnate Andrew Forrest might be be down $2 billion, but the decline in commodity prices is just one of many factors hurting Tony Abbott's budget bottom line. Nikki Short/AAPIn the wake of a falling iron ore price that has cut his personal fortune by more than A$2 billion, Andrew Forrest has remained unperturbed, saying: “I didn’t count on the way up, and I’m not counting now". If only Joe Hockey could say the same thing. Unfortunately for Hockey, the Coalition and the Australian public, previous governments did count on the way up, and that will force all of us to count on…
  • Victorian election spending spree shows a deficit of caution

    Phil Lewis, Professor of Economics at University of Canberra
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Buying votes? Tracey Nearmy/AAPVictorian voters go to the polls this weekend having been bombarded with myriad spending promises from the Coalition and Labor. Major promises from the Coalition government include: $3.9 billion for 75 new trains, 75 new trams and 24 new V/Line regional rail cars An airport rail link - costed at up to $11 billion $367.8 million over five years for policing $100 million regional cities fund $250 million on CityLink and road widening (includes $200m from the federal government) $178.1 million to improve V/Line rail frequency $150 million to prevent family violence…
  • The noodle-bowl effect: Australian trade is increasingly complex

    Remy Davison, Jean Monnet Chair in Politics and Economics at Monash University
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    The China-Australia FTA is more important to Canberra than Beijing, placing China at a distinct advantage. www.shutterstock.comFact: over 585 regional trade agreements have been signed. Almost 400 are already operating. Australia is a signatory to at least 12 of them. An intricate web of cross-cutting free trade agreements (FTAs) forms the basis of Australia’s trade and investment partnerships throughout the Asia-Pacific region. There will be more. At the Brisbane G20 an Australia-India FTA within 12 months was mooted. A prospective EU-Australia FTA was also on the agenda. Over the last 40…
  • Indonesia's fuel subsidy cut, a bitter pill that had to be swallowed

    Agustinus Prasetyantoko, Dean of Faculty of Business Administration and Communication Science at Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Indonesia raised its subsidised fuel prices by more than 30% as an effort to escape the country's current account deficit. EPA/Hotli SimanjuntakIndonesia’s move to cut fuel subsidies, raising the prices of petrol and diesel by more than 30%, could be a game-changer for Indonesia’s economy. The subsidies, which have kept fuel prices in Indonesia among the cheapest in the region, have been expensive, wasteful and ill-targeted. The cut could save Indonesia between US$8 billion and $10 billion in 2015. If spent wisely, southeast Asia’s largest economy might be able to do away with its…
  • When public servants lose jobs it takes years to get back on track

    Genevieve Knight, Senior Research Fellow, National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    It can take more than three years for a public servant to climb back to their same level of pay after losing their job. Alex Proimos/Flickr, CC BY-NCBy 2017, some 16,500 public servants will have lost their jobs, or have been shuffled into other positions within the public service, in the government’s ongoing drive for budget savings. The long-standing Commonwealth “efficiency dividend” also has impacts on jobs, as it works on the premise that increases in productivity make it possible to reduce funding to Commonwealth agencies without compromising outputs. But what of the impact on the…
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    Birds on the Blog

  • It’s Christmas! (Nearly)

    Amy Havok
    28 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Whether you like it or not, Christmas is rapidly creeping up on us now – less than a month to go! I wouldn’t usually blog about Christmassy stuff until it’s actually December, but it’s only a few days off so it’s close enough! In my household, we usually put the tree up on or around […] The post It’s Christmas! (Nearly) appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • Why having a bookkeeper and an accountant is not enough

    Morena Russell
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    You delegated the bills, receipts, the whole lot to the bookkeeper. It’s an investment, you think, you can now dedicate yourself to more important things, like being creative, like working on your business, like bringing in more clients. I totally agree. The bookkeeper will process your bills and receipts, maybe issue your invoices, do your […] The post Why having a bookkeeper and an accountant is not enough appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • 21 self-sabotage behaviours you must stop if you are willing!

    Sarupa Shah
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    A while ago Yolanda wrote an article over here on Birds which I can’t seem to locate. It was about taking advice from people you pay to give you advice and then you ignore it. At the time I was certainly smarting as someone was offering me bog standard formulaic advice. Not really figuring out who […] The post 21 self-sabotage behaviours you must stop if you are willing! appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • Are you a Raver?

    Lesley Morrissey
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you’re of a certain age the word ‘Raver’ is likely to conjure up sexist comments about being ‘a right little raver’ – before you get over-excited and start the hate-mail, that’s not what I’m talking about!  If you’re running a business it’s important to have people who think your products or services are the best thing […] The post Are you a Raver? appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • How do you Measure Entrepreneur Success?

    Janice B Gordon
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Although Tony did not believe it himself, I have to tell you why he was a successful entrepreneur. Tony went to Portugal, his first foreign trip, he found a clothing manufacturer and negotiated a large shipment; he did not speak Portuguese, but this did not stop him.  The first we knew was when my elder […] The post How do you Measure Entrepreneur Success? appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
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  • The Exporting Business Made Simple - Douglas E. Castle

    Douglas E. Castle
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    The export of goods and services overseas has never been as profitable or as possible as it is right now. With a slightly deflated dollar and an ever-increasing overseas demand for products made in the United States due to increasing consumerism amongst the emerging economies, creating an export channel or division to your business is a wise choice in terms of broadening your customer base and diversifying your sources of revenue in a tempestuous domestic economy.With a computer (I like to utilize Skype), a telephone and a comfortable chair, many companies in the United States can create…
  • Marketing Appeal: "Made In America"

    Douglas E. Castle
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Marketing Appeal: “Made In America”Once “Made In America” Was Simply An 'Inside' Patriotic Slogan;But Today The Cachet Of “Made In The USA” Has become Very Magnetic For Attracting Foreign Consumers.Originally Published In The Internationalist PageBlogIncreasingly, the “Made In U.S.A.” label is moving more foreign consumers (particularly wealthier consumers in emerging nations) to purchase American exports, especially fashion and luxury items. And this appeal is starting to drive foreign sales of other types of American-manufactured goods as well. The underlying motivation is…
  • The Distribution Of Global Wealth - Trending

    Douglas E. Castle
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
    THE DISTRIBUTION OF GLOBAL WEALTHAs Published By Douglas E. Castle In The Internationalist Page BlogAs Published By Douglas E. Castle In The Global Futurist Blog0.7% Of The World's Population Controls 41% Of Its Wealth. Financial inequality is steadily rising alongside global wealth, which reached a grand total of $263 trillion in 2014. According to Crédit Suisse, people with a net worth of over $1 million represent just 0.7 percent of the planet's population, but they control 41 percent of its wealth.69 percent of the world's population have a net worth of under $10,000 - they account for a…
  • Knowledge Can Make You Rich

    Douglas E. Castle
    2 Nov 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Knowledge Can Make You RichBut Only If You Are Intelligent Enough To Apply It;And Even Then, Only If You Are Motivated To Use Your Intelligence.But you must first understand and acknowledge what knowledge actually is. According to Wikipedia:“Knowledgeis a familiarity, awareness or understanding of someone or something, such as facts, information, descriptions, or skills, which is acquired through experienceor educationby perceiving, discovering, or learning. Knowledge can refer to a theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. It can be implicit (as with practical skill or…
  • 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…
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  • Picsolve wins Dubai Parks and Resorts image capture contract

    F Depraetere
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:45 pm
    (Theme Park News) Picsolve has been awarded a five year contract with Dubai Parks and Resorts PJSC to provide a fully connected photo and video experience at four new themed developments within Dubai Parks and Resorts. With this project, Picsolve will deliver one of the world’s biggest photography integrations within a theme park to date, […]
  • IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 was largest in 17 years

    F Depraetere
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:58 am
    (Theme Park News) An estimated 30,500 amusement park and attractions industry professionals from 116 nations crowded the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 Nov. 17-21, making it the largest in more than 17 years and second largest in the events history. The show caps off back-to-back years of record-breaking […]
  • Hersheypark to launch first indoor, spinning glow-coaster in the US

    F Depraetere
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    (Theme Park News) Hersheypark has announced the addition of Laff Trakk, the first indoor, spinning, glow-coaster in the United States for the 2015 summer season. Laff Trakk will be the 13th roller coaster at Hersheypark, officials announced in a press conference at the site of the new attraction. Laff Trakk, built within a family friendly […]
  • ZDT’s Amusement Park in Texas gets first coaster

    F Depraetere
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
    (Theme Park News) ZDT’s Amusement Park in Texas will be expanding in 2015, opening its largest attraction to date – the Switchback roller coaster. Switchback will be a wooden shuttle coaster, and will allow riders to run the entire course of the ride twice without sacrificing the initial over-hill drop by employing a track switch […]
  • Bobbejaanland invests €5m on a new “tunnel experience” for 2015

    F Depraetere
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    (Theme Park News) Bobbejaanland in Belgium announced that is its constructing a new immersive ride. The ride is slated to open in the Spring of 2015. Roland Kleve, director of Bobbejaanland explained that the park has “… thought about what type of new ride it could develop for quite some time. The park’s research showed […]
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    Simply stated business

  • Simply Thanks

    Cathy Miller
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    When this posts, my teammates and I will be enjoying LaCosta Spa & Resort. That’s our gift to ourselves after completing another 3-Day, 60-Mile Walk for the Cure. As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week in the United States, I’d like to thank my clients, readers, fellow writers, friends and family. Social media is one of our modern marvels that makes friends of those we’ve never met. And helps us meet the newest family members – at least digitally, if not figuratively. Thank you all for your support. I wish you many blessings and a safe holiday season. Helping you…
  • Simply Stated Business Walking

    Cathy Miller
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    No, I’m not walking away from Simply Stated Business. But let’s see if that rumor gets started. As mentioned in the post, 60 Business Blog Ideas for 60 Miles, I am strapping on my walking sandals and walking another 60 miles in 3 days with my teammates. We are doing our best to help find a cure for cancer. So I am taking a break from a post this week. Wish us sunny skies (almost a given in San Diego) and blister-free miles. Thank you for dropping by. The post Simply Stated Business Walking appeared first on Simply stated business.
  • 60 Business Blog Ideas for 60 Miles

    Cathy Miller
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Our Team’s 10th Anniversary in 2013 Business blog post ideas are always popular. If you have followed this blog at all, you know I have my own form of mind-mapping for blog post ideas. It starts with a theme. And a recurring theme in my life is the 3-Day Walk for the Cure. I leave this week to participate in my 11th 3-Day, 60 Mile Walk in San Diego on November 21-23, 2014. How about 60 business blog post ideas about walking 60 miles in 3 days? Calculating 60 Business Blog Ideas I’ll jot down 20 words that pop into my head about the 3-Day Next, I’ll give you 3…
  • Revisiting a Simple Business Review

    Cathy Miller
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    ‘Tis the season for looking ahead to a new business year. Or are you a procrastinator who would rather put off your business review? If the holiday season means a slowdown in your business, what better time to plan? Even if you’re super busy, a simple review jumpstarts your planning. Simple Business Review I converted the prior post, Your End-of-Year Business Review: Keeping it Simple, into a SlideShare presentation. It continues to be one of my most visited presentations. Everyone loves simple. And for this review, you only need to answer three simple questions. What went well?
  • 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.
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  • 3 Awesome Tips For Using Storage To Enable Your Business

    Stephane Estevez
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    In industries with some of the biggest data storage challenges – broadcast, media, retail, geospatial, and many others – many companies don’t refer to their data as ‘data’ anymore. They refer to it as “content” – or “assets” – or even “information.” These companies recognise that their employees or clients can use this digital information to … Continued
  • Top 5 Reasons To Adopt Google Chromebooks In The Enterprise

    John Hunt
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    We’re noticing that larger businesses are increasingly interested in the Google environment. It seems that organisations are looking to transition from traditional computing platforms to new innovative alternatives and Google fits the bill. According to technology analyst group Gartner, by 2017 sales of Chromebooks are set to reach 14.4 million units. The analyst’s latest report … Continued
  • 5 Tips For Improved Data Visualisation

    Patrik Lundblad
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words and no saying remains truer in the world of business intelligence and data visualisation. Used properly, visualizing rows of data via graphs and charts can be an effective method for extracting meaning and therefore critical business insights for companies. This is increasingly important … Continued
  • Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Cloud Storage Failure

    Gavin McLaughlin
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:11 am
    With so much choice in the storage industry, it’s easy to be confused by the pros and cons of various implementations. Whether that be the choice between physical or virtual infrastructures, hybrid cloud or fully remote, or even hard disks versus solid state. What is key is that any storage solution implementation carries an appropriate … Continued
  • Black Friday: CTOs Face The Sack If Websites Crash This Weekend

    Dan Sutherland
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    For as long as shopping on the internet has been possible retailers have been battling the ‘Big Days’ in their calendars. Tackling the problem of how to handle vast spikes in traffic for short periods of time, especially when those spikes mean revenue, is neither trivial nor cheap. Thus from the early days of Interflora … Continued
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  • Top Tips for a Memorable After-Dinner Speech 

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:55 pm
    So you have been invited to deliver an after-dinner speech, be it for a corporate dinner, a product launch, an academic event, or other similar gatherings. You know very well that what you say at an after-dinner speech can – and most often will – be held against you, and this is a definite cause for concern. But, fortunately, there are ways to make your after-dinner speech memorable and entertaining at the same time without having to go through a nervous breakdown. You simply have to keep some tips in mind to arrest your audience and leave them with something that makes an impact. The…
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit: Could you make money from a festival?

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:54 pm
    You have grown tired of your nine-to-five routine and want to get out off the office. You dream of being self-employed and would like to establish your own festival but are not sure where to start, or exactly what it entails. Read on for advice and industry essentials. Find Your Niche in the Market What is the aim and focus of your festival? Music? Literature? Film? Sports? Perhaps it will be a charitable, non-profit event aimed at raising awareness. Or to celebrate a genre of the arts. Research existing festivals and ensure that your venture will fill a gap in the market. Location, Location,…
  • The Best Features You Wish Your Office Had

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    Whether you are a manager or an employee working in an office, it can pretty much be considered your second home. You spend a significant proportion of your time there and as any office worker will tell you having something interesting or a little different in your workspace can make a huge difference to morale. On the most part this may just be a simple touch like motivational slogans or artwork dotted about the wall space, or even something as basic as a vending machine in the corner; there are however certain offices around the world that have invested in making their workspace both unique…
  • Promotion and Expansion

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    The commercial environment has been difficult. Worldwide recession meant there were few places that a business could go to search for new markets to expand turnover. At times the failure of competition meant that there were people looking for new suppliers but often the important thing was simply to hold on to existing clients and market share. It was not much fun for the sales personnel either, especially if a good proportion of its remuneration was commission based on performance. While few CEOs had much room for manoeuvre when finance was tight there was still a case for thinking about how…
  • How the Right Partnerships can drive your Business Venture Forward

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:41 am
    Partnerships, dependant on you and your businesses circumstances, can either be mutually beneficial or singularly detrimental. In order to avoid partnerships that could prove to be detrimental and to forge beneficial unions you should not enter into them lightly and, when you do, you should take care to nurture them carefully. The difficulty is in distinguishing between the two, as partnerships can take many forms whether you consider their legal connotations or the way in which individual parties serve one another. How to Evaluate a Prospective Partnership The first thing to consider is…
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    Stock Prices Today » Stock News

  • Wall Street Opens Lower But Starts to Gain as Session Progesses

    Pete Southern
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    Wall Street was set to open in the red on Monday morning, after four weeks of consecutive gains, in a climate of concern about the Japanese economy. After about thirty minutes of opening, future contracts on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 show losses of around 0.2%. Japan fell into technical recession in the third quarter, with GDP contr Read more ...
  • Dow Jones Holds Firm Despite Holiday

    Pete Southern
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    An extremly low amount of volatility for once, which fits with the context. Many operators were absent due to ‘Veteran’s Day’. If Wall Street was open, the bond markets were closed Tuesday, greatly limiting arbitrage opportunities. But the holiday done nothing to stop the continually rising US indices with algorithmic pr Read more ...
  • 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 ...
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    Citeman Network

  • XLRI presents Synergy 2014

    Guest Contributor
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:16 am
    Synergy 2014 is the 1st edition of the national annual management conference of XLRI, one of India’s premier B schools.The conference is the flagship event of three of the most prestigious committees at XLRI- CRUX (Consulting and Research Undertaking at XLRI), FINAX (Finance Association at XLRI) and AXIOM (Association at XLRI for Industrial and Operations [...]
  • How to create a perfect profile to land the dream job

    Nabomita Mazumdar
    17 Feb 2014 | 9:39 pm
    We live to work and earn better. Irrespective of the economy, we need our incomes to escalate at the rate of our dreams. There are jobs in the market that can address this, and hence begins the race to be awarded with, and often, by our dream job! Let’s begin with why and how to [...]
  • Ensemble 2013 , XLRI Jamshedpur – Big Ticket Management Events

    Nabomita Mazumdar
    17 Nov 2013 | 11:08 am
    Day 2 sees finalists battling it out in big-ticket management events The second day kicked off with the second round of show-stealer Tata Administrative Services(TAS) ‘Next Gen Leader’, the prime event which aims to discover leadership potential in the bright minds of the youth across top institutions such as IIM-A, IIM-L, IIM-B, IIM-I, XLRI, SPJAIN, [...]
  • Ensemble 2013 , the magic continues

    Nabomita Mazumdar
    17 Nov 2013 | 2:51 am
    Q-tiyapa steals the show, wins hearts When a gang of IIT-ians comes together to create something unconventional, something exceptional is bound to happen and Q-tiyapa a.k.a The Viral Fever has become a living proof of that. For Mr. Vipul Goyal, who founded “Humorously Yours”, it was a clear question of following the heart as he [...]
  • Ensemble 2013 – XLRI , Jamshedpur

    Nabomita Mazumdar
    15 Nov 2013 | 10:06 am
    Its time for Ensemble at XLRI! Last year it was a dream marathon of management events. There were more than 44 events in three days with 1400 students participating from best of the B-schools across the country! Here’s a quick look to what we did in 2012  Switch to this year, and here begins Ensemble [...]
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    Joanne Dewberry

  • How to Turn Your Hobby into a Business | Guest Post

    Joanne Dewberry
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:37 am
    There has been a rising demand for handmade and bespoke items since the internet has made specialist buying so much easier, and if you excel at crafts or sewing, then you might want to consider selling them. However, there are a few critical things you need to consider before starting up a home business, and we’ve written […] The post How to Turn Your Hobby into a Business | Guest Post appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • How banks are missing out on the power of social media

    Joanne Dewberry
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:14 am
    You don’t need to be a genius to work out that the way we manage our lives is changing at a rapid pace. With always-on Internet and a slew of new devices constantly hitting the market, no sooner have we figured out one new way to do something than a whole new one crops up […] The post How banks are missing out on the power of social media appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • 3 ways to brand your YouTube Videos in less than 30 minutes

    Joanne Dewberry
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    I’m trying to get better at using YouTube. The long and the short of it is that the more videos you post the larger your views, your subscribers will increase etc. etc. the same with any other social media platform. The best place to start sometimes with YouTube is to check out channels you actually […] The post 3 ways to brand your YouTube Videos in less than 30 minutes appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • Personal Planner Giveaway

    Joanne Dewberry
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Organisation is not my strong point! I’m a bit dippy! I never know where my mobile phone is. I’m the mum running into school with her child’s packed lunches at 11am as I wasn’t organised enough to make them the night before and realise my fridge was empty. I do wonder sometimes how I get […] The post Personal Planner Giveaway appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • Employees are costing UK businesses in ink!

    Joanne Dewberry
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:47 am
    I work from home which leads to a blurring of personal printing and business printing costs.  I’m not organised enough to have a separate printer or calculate the cost of printing to determine which are personal which are business. Megan uses the printer a lot to make things with twinkl resources and for homework – […] The post Employees are costing UK businesses in ink! appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
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    SunGard Availability Services UK / Blog

  • Blue Light Innovation

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    All-time™ is here. Crime doesn’t stop. Fire Fighters can’t wait. Ambulance Crews can’t falter. Data can’t be lost. Downtime is not an option. Emergency service operations function on IT – all of the time. To this end, Sungard Availability Services are proud to announce our sponsorship of Blue Light Innovation! This exciting event takes place tomorrow on the 11th November at the QEII Conference Centre, London. Blue Light Innovation 2014 provides a unique opportunity for delegates from across all emergency services and levels of government to come together…
  • CIOs in conversation at The Belfry

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    CIO Dialogue The next gathering of this informative and insighful event takes place on the 10th – 11th November at the Oxford Belfry Hotel in Oxford, and Sungard Availability Services is proud to be sponsoring the tenth installment. This year’s event boasts a suitably impressive speaker line up including: - Adrian Poole, Director of IT and Technology Delivery, BBC - Robert Teagle, EMEA IT Director, Starbucks Coffee - Rizwan Butt, VP IT, Electronic Arts. We look forward to broaching a broad range of topics including Cloud Computing, co-location, mobility and unified…
  • How the CIO can drive business growth

    Keith Tilley
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    The role of the chief information officer (CIO) and their team has never been more critical to growth and success. Firms that have embraced digital platforms such as social media and big data have leapt forward and shaped pioneering ways of conducting business. Therefore, building up a solid relationship between the CIO and the rest of the C-Suite is now essential to achieving business growth. Changing the perception of IT The challenge today is that although organisations are starting to recognise the value of IT – and therefore the importance of the CIO and their team –…
  • Say goodbye to plans, Business Continuity goes real time!

    Daren Howell
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    BCI World Conference & Exhibition 2014 Sungard Availability Services are delighted to announce that we are sponsoring and speaking at this year’s BCI Conference and Exhibition on the 5th-6th November hosted at Olympia in London. With 86% of companies experiencing one or more instances of system downtime in the previous year and 75% of users never using the Business Continuity Management (BCM) plans as is; we have to ask ourselves how we can manage plans more effectively and drive towards our business goals. On November 5th, Tracey Forbes VP of Software Business development at…
  • Cloud Unpacked – Helping simplify the journey to data centre transformation

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:42 am
    Tomorrow we're looking forward to welcoming nearly 200 attendees to ‘Cloud Unpacked’, a not-to-be-missed event that promises to simplify your journey to data centre transformation and help you move towards an agile, responsive, always-on infrastructure at a pace that’s right for you. Being held in Dublin at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel, this executive briefing is presented in conjunction with partners Island Networks, Cisco and NetApp together with Sungard AS’ customer Brandtone. Following a welcome by Gary Watson, General Manager Ireland at Sungard…
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    Presentation Skills « Business Growth Strategies

  • Confessions of a reformed label Wh@re…

    Jeff Paro
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Presentation Skills « Business Growth Strategies - 10X Business Letter November 25th, 2013 San Diego, Ca Brisk 65 Degrees ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear 10X Business Builder, I have a confession to make:  I’m a label wh@re. Actually, I used to be one.  But, probably not the definition or the type that comes to mind. The colloquial version of a label wh@re, is someone that won’t purchase a product that doesn’t have a prestigious brand attached to it.  We all know someone that fits this description. But that’s not the type of label I’m referring to. I’m referring to another…
  • [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…
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    Naomi Simson's Blog

  • Entrepreneurship is about a deep sense of purpose

    Naomi Simson
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:25 am
    To watch the interview just click on the photo I did this interview with ABC News 24 sometime ago as part of a series produced on the economy for 2017 which aired this week. I’m happy with the outcome and have realised that there is a lot of really great information for start ups – budding entrepreneurs and those who will pitch to us at the ‘Shark Tank’ as part of Chanel Tens new show in 2015 in this interview. It is very clear that I talk about those people around us that we need to support us… especially peer to peer support like Entrepeneurs Organization. The…
  • If I’d Stayed at Apple, I’d Never Be an Entrepreneur

    Naomi Simson
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    Apple in the early 1990s (was I really wearing red back then too) “Could have,” “would have,” and “should have” are all statements of regret, and not ones that I tend to use. I “should have” practiced more yoga and I “could have” started when I was younger, so I rarely look back. So when I was asked to write this, it gave me time to reflect and dream about what life might have been like if I had not left my job at Apple. I was a marketing manager at Apple Australia in the early 1990s (yep, last century!). I remember celebrating…
  • Consumers Rule and Innovation Is Inevitable

    Naomi Simson
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Collaborative Consumption makes so much sense Last summer for close to five weeks I traveled with the family– it’s the “big trip” for my daughter’s graduation from high school, her eighteenth and my special birthday. When she was just a tiny tot in primary school I remember saying to her in passing. “You are growing up fast – all too soon I will be taking you to Paris when you finish high school.” And here we are – already. Travel is completely different to what it was when I promised the trip. Everything is so accessible as long as you have a WiFi connection, though…
  • My First Job

    Naomi Simson
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Every career starts somewhere There always has to be a first that will be forever remembered. And I’d like to think that first is remembered for all the right reasons. My first job was at the local toy store. I got the job just before the Christmas rush and I worked Friday night and Saturday morning. My first paycheck came in a little white envelope (I still have it) – $5.12 for seven hours work as a shop assistant. After work on that Friday night I had dinner with my new co-workers; I had the cheapest thing on the menu – spaghetti – which set me back $12, or more than two…
  • Four Strategies for Finding Happiness at Work

    Naomi Simson
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Shawn Achor with Lauren and Sarah – RedBallooners As we start a new year – with one or more new years resolution… most of us will have considered what we do for work. If we are happy at work (where we spend so much of our time)… then some how life seems to come into flow. I enjoyed reading James Clear in his article 6 Ways to Find Happiness at Work, there are a few things you can do to create a happier reality for yourself at work… I have four clear strategies from this: Get Social – One of the key indicators of happiness is having a strong social network, and…
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    Dallas TX Business Broker | Whitehurst Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Business Sale Financing | Deal Structures in Selling a Company

    Bill Whitehurst
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
      It is important for business owners that are getting prepared to sell their company to become familiar with the common financing structures that both buyers and lenders will require. In the present economic climate, sellers are no longer in the drivers seat to demand that a deal be structured they way the seller wants.  Knowledge of how financing options will fit into the overall picture and being flexible to these options can make the difference if a deal will ever reach the closing table. Below are the two most common methods to finance a business sale. Owner Financing: I have consulted…
  • Recommendations to Discovering the Right Business Broker

    Bill Whitehurst
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Business Broker Recommendations: What should you look for in the ideal business broker? So you’ve put in the time, executed the research, come up with numbers, fact sheets and lists aplenty, had a business valuation performed, and essentially done everything humanly possible to prepare for selling your business. Now it’s time to step back and let a pro business broker handle the rest – but how? For one thing, liking your broker is important. You’ll be working with them for a while, and trust is crucial when it comes to putting a lot of your hard work into their hands. But…
  • Four Business Tips for Running Your Own Business

    Bill Whitehurst
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Four business tips for running your own business. There is a great deal of appeal to owning and running your own business. You don’t have to answer to anyone but yourself- and your customers-, you get to make your own schedule, and there’s the potential to make a good amount of money. According to one Forbes study nearly 22 million registered companies in the U.S. are classified as self-employed, small businesses. That translates to almost 120 million individuals, or just over 50% of the working population, who get their paycheck from a small business. Further, it’s estimated…
  • My Most Meaningful Business Sale as a M&A Broker

    Bill Whitehurst
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Human Involvement in the Business Sale In January 2000, AOL’s purchase of Time Warner resulted in the largest acquisition in U.S. history, dwarfing all previous records with its $164 billion price tag. A definite win for the agent who brokered this deal. During my 40 years in the Mergers & Acquisitions business, the best business sale I ever made had nothing to do with the size of the deal, or the amount of money I made in the sale.  In fact, my best deal involved a much more human element. Several years ago a client of mine received news that he had been diagnosed as terminally ill…
  • 5 Things You Should Know Before Starting Your Own Business

    Bill Whitehurst
    7 Mar 2014 | 9:06 am
    Before Starting Your Own Business, there are five things you should know. When you work in mergers and acquisitions,  you are afforded some privileged insights to the inner workings of a company. As I reflect on these experiences of starting my own company, along with my own 40 year run as an entrepreneur, patterns begin to emerge. While a few mistakes are all part of the inevitable learning curve that comes with starting your own business, if I could do it all over again, there are certainly things I would change. I hope the following will save you not only time and money, but some of the…
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    Midas Touch

  • The Holiday Pay Ruling and What it Means

    Guest Blog
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    By Stephen White Whether you are a celebrating British worker or a disgruntled company fearing a hike in wage bills, Tuesday’s court ruling on working overtime is a landmark development. The UK Employment Tribunal has ruled that employees’ holiday time should mirror non-guaranteed overtime. As such, it has been stipulated that “non-guaranteed” and “compulsory” overtime – when employees must work if required to – should be factored into calculations for the four week holiday pay required by working time directive. Employees currently receive “basic” pay for holidays…
  • ‘Spectre of nationalism’ – The Risks of leaving the EU

    Guest Blog
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    By Lauren Morris After the emotion evoked from the Scottish Referendum and the prospect of devolution, leaving the EU has become an ever-important issue, and David Cameron has promised a referendum on EU membership in 2017. However there are mixed views on whether Britain should stay in the European Union and with that, there is also a lot of opinion towards which is the best option – in or out? Labour leader, Ed Miliband warned that threats to leave the EU would give a ‘clear and present danger’ to the UK’s future prosperity. He also stated that to leave or flirt with the…
  • What New Rate Reliefs Could Mean for your Business

    Mike Hayes
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    By Mike Hayes More help is to be given to SMEs aiming to broaden their operations through increased relief available on business rates; an area of the UK economy that Vince Cable considers problematic. The Liberal Democrat Business Secretary said that while nothing had yet been set in stone with the Chancellor, George Osborne, he expected “something positive in the pipeline” for small businesses, to be announced in the Autumn Statement on 3rd December. “On business rates I had hoped at conference we would be able to announce something that would really help small businesses on business…
  • 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…
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    Great Results Teambuilding

  • How to Solve a Common Problem on Virtual Teams

    Sean Glaze
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    Virtual teams are a terrific solution for organizations to consider in many cases, but they also offer a common problem and challenge to solve. A study by online project management technology review firm Software Advice surveyed over 600 adults and found that people on virtual teams had very similar perceived issues. Managing Editor Noel Radley wrote an article discussing the results and the three main take-aways from the study.   Key Takeaways:   – Thirty-eight percent of team members said communication was difficult on virtual projects, making it the top-cited challenge.
  • UConn Basketball and a Championship Lesson in Patience

    Sean Glaze
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    The 2014 men’s basketball national championship was a well-documented contrast in team dynamics. The UConn starting five consisted of two seniors, two juniors, and a sophomore, while Kentucky started five freshmen – most of which likely planned to use the game as a springboard into the NBA draft. And more than a story of free throws or defensive execution, the game was a story about patience. The comments that UConn players made following their 60-54 victory were focused on the struggle that they had endured together than anything else.  Their team had been saddled with NCAA sanctions…
  • 28 Great Quotes to Inspire and Manage Change

    Sean Glaze
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    Change is a continuous and ongoing process. For organizational teams and for individuals, it is the ability to change and grow and adapt to new circumstances, teammates, challenges that determines our competitive advantage. This list of 28 great quotes to inspire and help manage change may be useful to remind yourself and your coworkers of the needs and benefits that motivate successful people to not only welcome it, but to become advocates and champions for progress.   1. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” - Leo Tolstoy 2. “Change…
  • Lessons From Alaska and Bad Weather to Help Building Your Oil Pipeline

    Sean Glaze
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:37 am
    Have you ever work with somebody – or live with somebody – that always seems to be making excuses instead of making an effort? Next time you see them, tell them this story about the Trans-Alaskan Oil Pipeline… Oil was discovered on the northern slope of Alaska in 1968. After the 1973 American oil crisis, and a few legal battles with environmentalists, oil companies started planning the pipeline’s construction. The first section of four-foot-wide pipe was laid in the spring of 1975. By 1977 all 800 miles of pipeline had been welded together at a cost of over $8 billion dollars.
  • What Flavor of Tea Does Your Team Need to Drink?

    Sean Glaze
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    You have likely heard for years the mantra that “you are what you eat.” I would suggest that it is more accurate to say that you are what you DRINK. Your team will succeed or fail based upon what is in the “Kool-Aid” being served, and how many are drinking it consistently.  If individuals on your team lack commitment, or do not seem interested in collaborating and contributing, it is likely because they are not “consumed” with the same compelling goal or cultural standards that you want them to internalize. So if you want to change your team, get them all drinking the flavor of…
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    The Hiring Tips

  • Hiring Tips from the Folks at Google #1

    Stan Dubin
    15 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Nine interesting sets of "dos" and "don'ts" when it comes to making hiring decisions!        
  • What Does Your Candidate Want to Be?

    Stan Dubin
    2 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    This reminds me of the age old question asked to someone much, much younger: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Worded of course a bit differently, this type of question could be very productive in the hiring interview.        
  • 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.”        
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    Midlands perspective

  • Fraud risk - are you doing enough?

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    Many Midlands businesses are taking a short-sighted approach to the risk of fraud which is leaving them exposed to potential financial loss and reputational damage, according to our recent survey. Our analysis of the views of Midlands business leaders identified that 42% believe they are exposed to fraud, with nearly a quarter (23%) of respondents stating they believe a high level of fraud in their organisation goes undetected.The research revealed that many organisations in the region are not going far enough to identify risks and take steps that will enable them to minimise the threat of…
  • The challenge of end-of-life care

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    It was clear during the recent political conference season that Healthcare is, yet again, set to become a central theme for debate in the run up to next year’s general election.Whatever your politics, there’s one thing that all healthcare professionals agree on: an aging population and a massively overstretched health service mean it’s increasingly difficult to deliver services. A sentiment that was echoed at our recent Healthcare dinner, which brought together the major players in the Midlands’ healthcare industry as they, led by Dr David Levy, reflected on the Keogh Review. The…
  • India Growth Opportunity – UK Roadshow, 3-13 March 2014

    19 Feb 2014 | 8:56 am
    Minister Greg Barker may be better known for leading the Department of Energy and Climate Change – but he is also responsible for the UK’s trade relations with India. Earlier this month, on a trip to the country, the Minister heralded the “flourishing” trade relationship between the UK and India and predicted a doubling of trade between the two nations by 2015. The announcement confirms a trend we have seen developing over the last decade, as the Indian government has slowly but steadily introduced reforms to make India more investor-friendly. Most recently, the country has announced…
  • All change at the checkouts?

    17 Feb 2014 | 10:57 am
    After another tough year for retailers, Christmas 2013 came as something of a relief, with the majority showing an improved performance on the 2012 festive period. As we predicted in our Christmas retail forecast, those retailers who mastered click-and-collect did particularly well. However, big supermarkets did not have such a merry Christmas. They saw their festive performances eclipsed by the discount chains which have seen a dramatic shift in their brand positioning and consumer behaviour. Both these changes really came to the fore at Christmas. The leading discounters have been creeping…
  • Deloitte raises £43,000 in seven months for chosen charity partner, Cure Leukaemia

    11 Feb 2014 | 4:46 am
    Since June last year, teams at Deloitte in Birmingham have been raising money for our annual charity partner – Cure Leukaemia – a blood cancer charity based in Birmingham. Cure Leukaemia is a charity very close to my heart, and one that continues to help people in Birmingham and across the UK. Around 12,000 people a year die from blood cancers in Britain, similar numbers to those who die from breast cancer, yet the prospect of survival for many adults with blood cancers is still less than 50%. The charity supports the world class Centre for Clinical Haematology at The QE Hospital…
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  • Are You Ignoring a Bad Business Strategy?

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    Are You Ignoring a Bad Business Strategy? Are you ignoring a bad business strategy? Your business strategy is a determining factor in whether your sales “will” or “will not” grow faster than your competition’s. Does your business have an “unusual offering” that is critical in the buying decision of your target customer or not? Most businesses either have an “unusual offering” that their prospects don’t know about, or they don’t have one and are not facing it. Key components to a successful business strategy and your ability to grow sales are how well you understand your…
  • Business Strategy Based on Knowledge Instead of Belief

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Business Strategy Based on Knowledge Instead of Belief Is your business strategy based knowledge instead of belief? If you are like most entrepreneurs, you are not collecting enough external data when making your business decisions, and it will cost you millions over your lifetime. It may even cost you your business. “Why?” you might ask. The answer is that too often we make decisions based on “belief” instead of “knowledge.” This is a very important distinction. Knowledge vs. Belief Knowledge is indisputable “fact”. Belief is your opinion about what result any given course of…
  • How Showing Up Early May Help Increase Revenue

    Howard Shore
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:28 am
    How Showing Up Early May Help Increase Revenue We all know that missing meetings, showing up late, or canceling at the last minute causes a bad reputation, which leads to lost income. Well, have you ever thought that showing up early to a meeting could actually increase your revenues? The Factor of Time We all have built a lifestyle where we really could use a 36-hour day vs. a 24-hour day. Time management is key to making the best of your days and keeping commitments. Imagine you are heading to a meeting. You have no time to spare. You rush in, imagining the others are already a little…
  • Learning To Count On Everyone

    Howard Shore
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Learning To Count On Everyone 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…
  • 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…
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    Half Bridge Business Review

  • What’s Next for Chesapeake Energy Following Its Huge Asset Sale?

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on October 28, 2014By Sarfaraz A. KhanNEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Chesapeake Energy (CHK) , the second-largest natural-gas and 10th-largest oil producer in the United States, which was on the brink of bankruptcy just two years ago, has found a way to fix its high levels of debt and also possibly take advantage of weak oil prices to make a major acquisition.The Oklahoma City-based company became one of the biggest players in the U.S. natural-gas sector on the back of the shale gas boom, but its growth was…
  • Nabors Industries Drills Deep Into Oil Market Despite Fall in Prices

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on October 27, 2014. By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research Asst: Omar E. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Nabors Industries (NBR) , the owner of the world's biggest fleet of land-based drilling rigs, can increase earnings more than 45% this year and next year despite tumbling oil prices through a combination of selling non-core assets, international sales and providing rigs to oil companies looking to dig where they can make to the most money now. Nabors' third-quarter results last week…
  • Tumbling Oil Prices Pose a Major Challenge to Halliburton

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on October 24, 2014By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research Asst: Omar E. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Oilfield services giant Halliburton (HAL) is optimistic about its future, despite the tumbling crude prices, but analysts see a major challenge ahead with a possibility of oil falling to $75 a barrel in 2015.The Houston-based company released its third-quarter results on Monday showing revenue climbed by 16% from the same quarter last year to $8.7 billion due to higher drilling activity in North America and strong growth…
  • Struggling Emerge Energy Is Ready to Soar on Oil Price Recovery

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on October 24, 2014NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Oil prices have tanked this month to multi-year lows, but if they bounce back, Emerge Energy Services (EMES) could be one of the master limited partnerships that would offer "the largest price appreciation," wrote Citigroup in an Oct. 15 research report led by Faisel Khan.Emerge Energy runs two unrelated businesses: fracking sand production and fuel processing and distribution. The fracking sand is used as a proppant to keep hydraulic fracture open in shale oil and gas wells…
  • How to Tell If Cimarex Energy is a Gusher Waiting to Erupt

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:50 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on October 23, 2014By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research Asst: Daniel L.NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Oil and gas producer Cimarex Energy (XEC)  is gearing up to report its third quarter results on Nov. 4 and savvy investors may want to take a pass on the stock -- for now.Cimarex is an exploration and production company that gets around three-quarters of its production from the prolific Permian Basin in West Texas. However, unlike other Permian Basin oil producers, such as, Energen (EGN) , Diamondback…
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  • Cardio Training Tips

    NFPT Staff Writer
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    Personal trainers need to be well-rounded and well versed in a variety of exercises. Every trainer should know how to train someone by means of aerobic (cardiovascular), anaerobic, flexibility and agility-based activities. And without further ado, here are some tips on cardio training. In some very meaningful ways, cardiovascular training is not so very different from resistance training: The same F.I.T. principle (frequency – exercise sessions per week, intensity – heart rate, and time – length of endurance session) applies and has a direct bearing on the results achieved.
  • No Pain, No Gain; Managing After Workout Soreness

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
    Are you concerned about the level of pain your clients experience after a workout, athletic event and/or social recreation and games? The origin of athletic pain is threefold: Delayed onset muscle soreness,(DOMS) Soft tissue injury such as a sprain or strain Contusions which result from direct blow or repeated blows to a part of the body which can crush underlying muscle fibers and connective tissue without breaking the skin, e.g. contact sports such as boxing, football and the like. Admittedly, there are other forms of pain that result from disease, extensive tissue damage, a broken bone,…
  • MRSA Shows No Mercy

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Sports-related injuries are a dynamic that most personal trainers expect to encounter at some point in their careers. Whether it is a weekend-warrior client who wants to pack the most punch into his once-a-week session, or a client training for a challenging competitive race, eventually someone will suffer a sprain, pulled muscle, or joint pain of one variety or another. Lurking unobtrusively in most gyms and fitness centers, however, there just may be a quiet yet insidious situation which can make all other sports injuries pale in comparison.  The culprit is none other than…
  • Growing Your Personal Training Client-Base in New Ways

    NFPT Team
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    As a personal trainer, you need to be aware of all the opportunities that surround you. Especially if you want to be in this business for long. You have to tap into untapped markets to gain new clients, which means you might have to change up your approach. For trainers looking to branch out and diversify their offerings, today’s market offers plenty of opportunities. Some prime examples include: Fitness programs for seniors. Many fitness professionals are creating age-appropriate fitness programs to keep older adults healthy and active. Some gyms are realizing that otherwise slow…
  • The Trainer as an Educator

    NFPT Staff Writer
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Personal trainers not only guide clients through exercise movements, they play a major role in educating them about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and improving the overall quality of their lives. Many people who seek out the services of a personal trainer do so with a specific goal in mind. Quite often, that initial goal is weight loss and weight management. It’s important from the outset that the client understand that weight loss from fat can be offset, in part or in whole, by lean tissue mass and that this is desirable. The building of lean mass, even in relatively…
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    Custom Toll Free® Blog

  • How to Capitalize on Small Business Saturday

    Vanity Numbers
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:11 am
    Since 2010, the day that promotes small businesses falls on the Saturday that immediately follows Thanksgiving. This day was established in order to help jumpstart the economy and help small business owners get back in the black on the Friday after Thanksgiving and continue with the momentum on the very next day: Small Business Saturday. You can celebrate small business Saturday in a number of ways, including acquiring toll free numbers that help customers identify your small business. Become a Hero on Small Business Saturday read more
  • How to Make Your Small Business Shine on Black Friday

    Vanity Numbers
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:57 am
    Small business owners wait for Black Friday with numbers ringing in their heads. From running store specials to introducing new products on their websites to churning email marketing messages, small business owners ride the gravy train on Black Friday. However, many small business owners have a difficult time making the transition from a turkey coma to starting the day early on Black Friday. To reap the financial rewards of the busiest shopping day of the year, you need to learn how to make your small business shine on Black Friday. Toll Free Numbers Boost Your Brand read more
  • Back in Black: Why Your Small Business Needs Toll Free Numbers for Black Friday

    Vanity Numbers
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    Hearing about Black Friday makes a lot of consumers cringe. Thoughts of long lines comprised of frustrated shoppers makes many consumers think twice about venturing out on the busiest shopping day of the year. However, as small business owners understand, Black Friday is the day that is seen as a small business’s last shot to get back in black and meet year-end numbers. But you don’t have to do it all alone; small businesses can get back in the black quicker by reaping the benefits of acquiring toll free numbers. Standing Out in a Crowded Field of Competitors read more
  • How to Make the Most of Entrepreneur's Day

    Vanity Numbers
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    On Tuesday, November 18th, entrepreneurs throughout the United States plan to celebrate the impact that the entrepreneurial spirit has on the national economy. Entrepreneur's Day honors the men and women that promote entrepreneurship, small business vision, and the creation of new jobs. In fact, entrepreneurs that run small businesses create close to 70 percent of new jobs in the United States. Although today is a time for celebration, entrepreneurs should also focus on how to make the most of Entrepreneur's Day. One of the ways to make the most of Entrepreneur's Day is to acquire…
  • Entrepreneurs and “Smarketing”: 2015 Business Planning [Update]

    Vanity Numbers
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:29 am
    Several months ago we talked about “smarketing”. Although we talked particularly about “seniorpreneurs” and how they can better embrace the concept of “smarketing”, there is a great deal that all entrepreneurs—regardless of age and industries—can take away. As 2014 draws to a close, here are some ways “smarketing” can help with 2015 planning. Data = Better Decision Making. This year we talked a lot about data. In the world of business today, it’s all about data and analytics, and how those contribute to decision-making and…
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    Half Bridge Business Review

  • What’s Next for Chesapeake Energy Following Its Huge Asset Sale?

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on October 28, 2014By Sarfaraz A. KhanNEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Chesapeake Energy (CHK) , the second-largest natural-gas and 10th-largest oil producer in the United States, which was on the brink of bankruptcy just two years ago, has found a way to fix its high levels of debt and also possibly take advantage of weak oil prices to make a major acquisition.The Oklahoma City-based company became one of the biggest players in the U.S. natural-gas sector on the back of the shale gas boom, but its growth was…
  • Nabors Industries Drills Deep Into Oil Market Despite Fall in Prices

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on October 27, 2014. By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research Asst: Omar E. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Nabors Industries (NBR) , the owner of the world's biggest fleet of land-based drilling rigs, can increase earnings more than 45% this year and next year despite tumbling oil prices through a combination of selling non-core assets, international sales and providing rigs to oil companies looking to dig where they can make to the most money now. Nabors' third-quarter results last week…
  • Tumbling Oil Prices Pose a Major Challenge to Halliburton

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on October 24, 2014By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research Asst: Omar E. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Oilfield services giant Halliburton (HAL) is optimistic about its future, despite the tumbling crude prices, but analysts see a major challenge ahead with a possibility of oil falling to $75 a barrel in 2015.The Houston-based company released its third-quarter results on Monday showing revenue climbed by 16% from the same quarter last year to $8.7 billion due to higher drilling activity in North America and strong growth…
  • Struggling Emerge Energy Is Ready to Soar on Oil Price Recovery

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on October 24, 2014NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Oil prices have tanked this month to multi-year lows, but if they bounce back, Emerge Energy Services (EMES) could be one of the master limited partnerships that would offer "the largest price appreciation," wrote Citigroup in an Oct. 15 research report led by Faisel Khan.Emerge Energy runs two unrelated businesses: fracking sand production and fuel processing and distribution. The fracking sand is used as a proppant to keep hydraulic fracture open in shale oil and gas wells…
  • How to Tell If Cimarex Energy is a Gusher Waiting to Erupt

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:50 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on October 23, 2014By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research Asst: Daniel L.NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Oil and gas producer Cimarex Energy (XEC)  is gearing up to report its third quarter results on Nov. 4 and savvy investors may want to take a pass on the stock -- for now.Cimarex is an exploration and production company that gets around three-quarters of its production from the prolific Permian Basin in West Texas. However, unlike other Permian Basin oil producers, such as, Energen (EGN) , Diamondback…
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  • How to Build a Business, One Guest Post At a Time – with Danny Iny of Firepole Marketing

    John Corcoran
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Danny Iny rocketed from out of nowhere in 2011. At the time, he was a marketing consultant serving primarily local businesses in the Montreal area, near his home. He had recently suffered a major business collapse and was left with $250,000 in personal debt. He was looking for a way to pay off that debt and build his new marketing consulting business when he discovered guest blogging. Danny soon figured out he was pretty good at this guest blogging thing, so he latched on to it like a pitbull on a meatbone. During 2011, Danny published over 80 guest posts on various different blogs, earning…
  • Contactually CEO Zvi Band: How to Automate Your Relationship-Building

    John Corcoran
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Zvi Band has a typical background for a startup founder… he worked as a software developer, and then Chief Technical Officer for a startup, and of course he spent some time as a software developer intern for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Well, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. Actually, Zvi did spend a stint doing software development for the NRC but he says the main lesson he learned was he “didn’t like working in government.” Today, Zvi is the CEO and co-founder of Contactually, a software platform that helps you to manage and build relationships. I use Contactually and love it,…
  • Peter Shallard: How to Develop Good Habits

    John Corcoran
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Peter Shallard is widely known as “the Shrink for Entrepreneurs.”  The man who helps entrepreneurs to develop good habits. He worked in clinical therapy for several years, helping people overcome anxiety, depression, and addictions. In other words, helping people to overcome major demons. He enjoyed the work, but didn’t love it. But along the way he discovered he loved working with entrepreneurs because they tend to be forward thinkers, game-changers and creative innovators who are always pushing the envelope. So he shifted business focus and his business towards working with…
  • 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…
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  • Tips for college freshmen, relevant to you

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:26 am
    MAKE FRIENDS. WITH PROFESSORS. Supervisors, bosses, managers, religious leaders. Someone who has been assigned a higher rank than you. Regardless of qualifications, we’re taught to defer and do what they say. This can be intimidating. Unfortunately, power dynamics build chasms in relationships, relationships that have the potential to dramatically influence who we are and what we become. When someone is standing on a pedestal of authority, it’s easy to forget people are people. There’s a person behind the title. It doesn’t matter who or where, we share hard times,…
  • No one has it figured out

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:42 am
    A large number of Nepalis work or study abroad. Recently I found myself speaking to a young man preparing for his first year of college. He was scared as hell, understandably so, leaving behind his family and everything familiar to attend college in Louisiana. This would be the first time he traveled outside Nepal. I was 17 when I left the cornfields of Longmont, Colorado for Manhattan’s concrete version. It was terrifying, and I cried the entire plane ride from Denver to LGA. My flight was just over three hours, and it took everything in me to not unlock the hatch. This guy was looking…
  • The paradox of our age

    10 Nov 2014 | 2:28 am
    I found this printed on a banner hanging in a teahouse in Nepal. We have bigger houses but smaller families; more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense; more knowledge but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicines but less healthiness. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet our new neighbor. We built more computers to hold more copies than ever, but have less real communication; We have become long on quantity, but short on quality. These are times of fast foods but slow digestion; Tall men…
  • Anger is fuel

    4 Nov 2014 | 2:31 am
    “If there is no night, how can there be day?” one of the monks once asked me. Anger is a part of life. As is jealousy, sadness, rivalry, shame, disappointment. You won’t rid your life of pain or suffering. Negative experiences are a part of it all. What you do during these moments is what matters. You don’t have to become slave to your emotions; in fact, you can use them to your benefit. I’ve cleaned houses while pissed, written posts while upset, painted landscapes while pining over a lover. When you focus on the less-than-desirable moments, you give them…
  • 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,…
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    Mission Mode

  • Business Continuity Readiness Tip: Streamlining Operational Logs

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Challenge: Many types of health and safety operations are required to maintain a log of daily events and to make that log available to staff across multiple locations as well as external regulatory agencies.  Log entries need to be timely, accurate, time stamped and to include specific information on actions taken to resolve.  Below is an example of a log entry for a routine jetway issue at an airport terminal: Date/Time Issue Response Resolution Time Impact 09/30/2014  17:45 Jetway door malfunction at gate 24 Maintenance contacted to repair 18:15 Flt... Read More The post Business…
  • Black Friday Data Breaches: Consumers Are Still Vulnerable

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:39 am
    As we approach the one-year anniversary of Target’s 2013 Black Friday data breach that compromised 40 million credit card users, it doesn’t appear that shoppers are shying away from shopping via credit or debit cards to avoid a similar predicament this year. In fact, a new study by Deloitte found that 56 percent of consumers will shop at retailers that have experienced a data breach this past year, including Target, Home Depot, Kmart and Michaels, even though 42 percent said they are concerned about their personal data. These are similar... Read More The post Black Friday Data Breaches:…
  • MissionMode Situation Center Suite Helps the CDC Communicate in Sierra Leone

    10 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    CHICAGO, November 2, 2014 — MissionMode, a leader in end-to-end incident management solutions to facilitate crisis management, is helping the Center for Disease Control (CDC) with emergency Ebola relief in Sierra Leone. Emergency responders in West Africa had to find alternative mass communications methods to their U.S. based equipment. Using MissionMode’s Situation Center Suite, CDC Sierra Leone Team Room has leveraged MissionMode mobile applications to communicate and advise local CDC responders and healthcare volunteers. Local CDC responders, some armed with basic mobile telephones…
  • Push Notifications for Web Browsers to Reach People Where They Pay Attention

    7 Nov 2014 | 4:06 am
    Now that app-style notifications are generally accepted by smart-phone users, it’s just a matter of time until we will see similar implementation of push notifications by other industries. In 2015, most leading web browsers will be able to support this technology. This allows websites to ask visitors to opt in to receive notifications even if the site is not open in the browser at the time. Similar to our Desktop Alert system, push notification technology reaches people where they are more apt to pay attention. Expansion of Push Notifications Mobile... Read More The post Push Notifications…
  • 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…
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  • Acquisitions – 10 Steps To Buying the Right Target

    Ian Smith
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
    So how do you ensure you get in front of companies that are potentially attractive to you? How do you find the right target? You don’t want to buy what’s for sale. You want to buy what you want to buy! Here is a simple 10-step plan that we use with clients as part of our Acquisitions Approvals Model. 10 STEP PLAN Be crystal clear on your positioning. Know your market segments that are the core of your growth strategy. You can build it or buy it. Acquisitions are only a tool for executing strategy. Define the characteristics of target companies. Include as many details as possible.
  • How To Choose A Venture Capitalist

    Ian Smith
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:29 pm
    I’m approaching Venture Capitalists and Private Equity players for one of my technology portfolio companies at the moment. It reminded me how difficult the process can be for the uninitiated. So for all those folk who are trying to choose a financial backer here’s my punch list: Early Work  Study their web site to discover: their portfolio previous exits investment criteria bio of partners Status of their various funds? Are they actively investing the money they have just raised or are they winding down an old fund? You really need an intro to a relevant VC once you have drawn up your…
  • 3 Examples Why Budgets Are Irrelevant to Sales

    Ian Smith
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Sales teams worldwide are often met with the dreaded – I’m sorry we just don’t have budget! Well let me give you some simple logic why budgets are totally irrelevant to spending decisions. 3 Examples Just because a line item has been created in the budget doesn’t mean it’s authorized. Let’s say you have budgeted a trade show cost at $20,000. Does that mean that no matter what happens in the real world your sales team will absolutely go to that trade show. I don’t think so. Why not? Because the marketing team have identified a far higher Return on…
  • 5 Reasons Why Order Takers Will Kill Your Business

    Ian Smith
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    If you’re selling to businesses, private companies, public companies large and small you need to be careful not to fill your sales ranks with order takers. An order taker may be just fine in a retail environment although I’d be careful. But in a B2B environment order takers will kill your business. An inbound sales lead arrives by phone, by web form, by email. A precious thing indeed! It could be from an existing customer. It could be from a stranger. The question is what happens next? Here are five examples of what an Order Taker will do compared with a world-class sales professional: 5…
  • 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…
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    Kathryn Welds | Curated Research and Commentary

  • Organizational Trust vs “Only the Paranoid Survive”

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Organizational life may be punctuated by social uncertainty, leading to mistrust. Andy Grove In fact, Intel’s Chairman, Andy Grove explained his success in guiding the company through a critical flaw in its Pentium chip, which threatened Intel’s brand value, noting “Only the Paranoid Survive.” Christel Lane However, organizational paranoia’s counterpoint, trust, has many positive correlates, including productivity, creative problem-solving, employee commitment and retention, remarked University of Cambridge’s Christel Lane and Reinhardt Bachman of University of Surrey…
  • Perceived Diversity = “Like Me”

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Christopher Bauman Judgments of “diversity” are rarely completely objective:  They are influenced by subjective elements, including  the rater’s racial and ethnic group. People tend to rate a group as “diverse” when it includes members of the evaluator’s race, found University of California, Irvine’s Christopher W. BaumanSophie Trawalter of University of Virginia and UCLA’s Miguel M. Unzueta. Sophie Trawalter Almost 1900 volunteers from diverse racial groups rated headshots of a company’s six-person management team for its “ethnically diversity”: “Caucasian…
  • Male Peer Raters Discount Women’s Expertise in Science, Engineering

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    J Stuart Bunderson Both problem-solving work groups and individual career development benefit from accurate recognition and deployment of expertise. Nancy DiTomaso People who are perceived as experts by team members, regardless of their actual expertise, have a number of career advantages, found Washington University’s J. Stuart Bunderson: Greater influence in group decision-making More opportunities to perform Great opportunity for team leadership roles. D Randall Smith In addition, peer evaluations of expertise frequently contribute to individual rewards, compensation, and advancement,…
  • Perceived Personal Power Can Modify Time Perception, Perceived Stress

    5 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Alice Moon People’s subjective experience of time differ based on individual characteristics, which can influence feelings of control over time and coping with time demands. Serena Chen University of California Berkeley’s Alice Moon and Serena Chen evaluated more than 550 volunteers’ ratings of their perceived personal power and their perspectives on available time to accomplish goals. Moon and Chen asked more than 100 participants to assume the role of a “manager” while sitting in a “high-power chair,” or the role of an “employee” while both groups rated their perceived…
  • 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…
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    AP Artistry

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    11 Nov 2014 | 6:27 pm
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    Bank-Able Views and Ideas

  • Service Recovery Reloaded – Top Tips For Businesses

    7 Nov 2014 | 3:39 am
    Service recovery is what takes place when a customer gets annoyed at your services. It is putting a smile on the customer's face after you have created a mess. Or after your employee has made a mistake. As a consumer of any type of service, one always expects to get whatever service they purchased to be delivered as promised. So when something happens to the contrary, it is annoying, inconveniencing, and even costly,  to say the least. Take an example; after a long 14-hour-flight from another continent, you arrive at the hotel you had booked. You have arrived just slightly past the…
  • Putting Yourself First For Once

    31 May 2014 | 1:23 am
    Between your children and your aging parents, it can be easy to lose who you are in the shuffle. The need to take care of others is something that never ends and can leave you feeling exhausted.  It is important to do things for yourself to keep you happy. This article will give you some some tips and great ideas to help you to reconnect with yourself and show you how to work on your own personal development. Create Time For Yourself There are twenty-four hours in the day and that can seem like hardly enough to get everything accomplished. Try to set aside at least thirty minutes for…
  • 6 Fundamental Weight Loss Tips You May Have Forgotten

    30 Apr 2014 | 3:43 am
    With all of the marketing campaigns around various pills, diet drinks and "magic" weight-loss supplements, it is easy to get distracted from the real, fundamental weight-loss methods that have proven themselves over time. Continue reading for a reminder of six weight loss basics that are guaranteed to work if you choose to apply them consistently. 1. Engage in a steady exercise routine each week. There are many philosophies regarding exercise. Some of the newer ideas, from exercise gurus such as Jorge Cruise, emphasize short workouts, such as eight minutes each morning. Other fitness experts…
  • How To Teach Your Children Financial Responsibility

    29 Mar 2014 | 6:17 am
    Financial responsibility is a concept that benefits individuals at every stage of life. If you want your children to understand this basic concept and grow into adults who manage their money the right way, start teaching them the basics at a young age. Start At A Young Age Start teaching children about money at a young age.  Children need to learn that money is more than just an object if they are to one day appreciate it and understand it. If the most basic education surrounding money starts at a young age, children will grasp this concept quicker and benefit from it. Teach your four year…
  • Stabilize Your Finances Sooner Rather Than Later

    28 Feb 2014 | 8:48 am
    Stabilize your finances When (or if)  your finances start to decline,  it can be a difficult thing to come to grips with. Yet,  even if you are in a bad financial situation, there is always a way out.  You can make  significant changes in your way of life and general life-style if you apply the proper methods of financial stability discussed here. Are you unsure on how to go about such a situation?  If that is the case, it  is fine. It has happened before to others just like you. Therefore, do not panic.   There is a lot to learn,  when it comes to balancing your finances and your…
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  • Inquiry Roundup- Dairy Industry

    28 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Milk Powder Instantization I am looking for an experienced person in instantization of milk powder? I am looking for instant milk powders but the samples that I have from USA are not to my standards. They are good products, but they are agglomerated resulting in a low density and large particle size. My benchmark is a sample of instant powder that is similar in texture to regular powder, but that is lecithinized and has good dissolvability. I suspect that it is not agglomerated, or just a little bit. So I am looking for someone who can tell me how my benchmark powder is produced and what…
  • “Starting a Business: Importing to the USA” Presented by Kenneth D. Weiss

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Zintro Webinar Presented by Kenneth D. Weiss, President at Plans and Solutions Inc. Presenter’s Note: “Key points to consider when starting a business to import products to the USA. Includes evaluating your idea, deciding whether this kind of business is right for you, setting up the business, selecting products and suppliers, finding and contacting buyers, U.S. import regulations, international shipping, international payment, sales promotion, and sources of additional information.” About Kenneth D. Weiss: Kenneth is an international trade consultant with immense…
  • “Amazing Crowdfunding For You: Giving You Top Power Secrets The Pros Use To Raise A Million Dollars in Only 30 Days!” Presented by Tony Reynolds

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Zintro Webinar Presented by Tony Reynolds, Founder at A KickIn Crowd LLC. Presenter’s Note: “Crowdfunding has become a great way for entrepreneurs to raise money for projects fast. There are no requirements other than a great concept and knowing the tips to execute a successful crowdfunding campaign. Reynolds provides you with the basics to understand crowdfunding and how you can use it to successfully fund your projects.” About Tony Reynolds:  Yahoo News called him a “Crowdfunding Pioneer” in an article about the JOBS ACT.
  • “Biomass and Biochemicals: Benchmarking and Financial Analysis” Presented by Lawrence D. Sullivan

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Zintro Webinar Presented by Lawrence D. Sullivan, Project Management Consultant, Adjunct Professor at Trident Technical Collage and Principal with Lawrence D. Sullivan & Company Inc. Presenter’s Note: “Topic covers the key measures of financial models, like the capital asset pricing model or CAPM, used by financial analysts to review investments in private equity, public equity and other markets for new biomass, biofuel and biochemical projects and companies.” About Lawrence D. Sullivan: Larry Sullivan is a leading management and engineering consultant in oil, natural…
  • Automotive Manufacturing: Follow-up

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Earlier in the week, Zintro experts responded to an article in Global Manufacturing Magazine, which discussed how the automotive industry has become increasingly competitive as manufacturers battle for positions in local and international markets. One way manufacturers have attempted to differentiate themselves is with electric cars (e-cars). Hemant Pawar specializes in automotive project management. He responds to the conversation. “Electric vehicles (EVs) have no tailpipe emissions. Replacing conventional vehicles with EVs can help improve roadside air quality and reduce greenhouse gas…
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    Sensei Marketing

  • Three: The Right Number of Product Claims to Sway Consumer Behavior

    Sam Fiorella
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    Since Danny Brown and I published Influence Marketing: How to Create, Manage, and Measure Brand Influencers in Social Media Marketing,  the practice of influence marketing has continued to expand beyond simple social scoring. In fact, social ranking/scoring is all but dead (save for the popular “top XX marketer” link-bait blog posts that continue to add noise to the digital airwaves). We’re happy that the practice, which is moving more towards a science than a social experiment, has started to produce meaningful metrics and results. Aside from the new software companies entering the…
  • When does good management become a hostage to political correctness?

    Don Whitbeck
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    This is the first in an occasional series by the principals of Sensei Marketing on the issue of Marketing Management.  As marketers, we are frequently called upon to manage people and situations which, if managed poorly, could reflect badly on our brand. Trouble is, the definition of “well” and “poorly” keeps shifting under our feet. Consider this case: A small team in a mid-size marketing department was under budget and time pressure. Accordingly the department had expanded individual roles, giving more autonomy and authority to team members and helping them to do more with…
  • The Friday Trifecta: GoPro, Vytautas Water, and Vizio’s HD TVs

    Sam Fiorella
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    This is an ongoing series of articles highlighting three marketing case studies that have captured the attention of the Sensei Marketing team, and should capture yours as well. Go Pro Shares User Content As rumors abound that Apple will introduce social marketing next year, Sensei became interested in how other hardware firms were successfully using user-generated content to market their products. GoPro, the mounted camera that has become as much a part of our popular culture as a must-have utility for socially engaged adventurers, does it right. GoPro captures the best videos created on its…
  • Customer Acquisition Lessons From the Auto Industry

    Sam Fiorella
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    According to a recent study conducted by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), 96 percent of consumers research online before making a large purchase, especially when considering a new car.  And the auto industry has taken notice, embracing digital and social platforms better than most of their colleagues in other industries. However, there’s nothing new in reporting the fact that auto manufacturers have been leading the way in innovative digital and social marketing efforts. Those following the industry are familiar with Ford Motor Company’s success in diverting traditional…
  • Five Content Strategies for Advocate Marketing

    Sam Fiorella
    2 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
      Marketers have long accepted the fact that successful content is that which is helpful to the business’s audience and not overt brand advertising. We know that if the content we produce is to be consumed and shared, it must entertain and inform our audience, instead of simply selling to them. As more and more businesses produce such useful content, however, making your content more relevant has become a new challenge. Drew Bernard, the founder of Facebook app development firm Action Sprout, recently shared his “lessons learned” on content creation and how to make it more…
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    Procurement Bulletin Website

  • “Made In” Voyage: Becoming the Next China

    Vincent Po
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
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  • India’s Officials Ask PepsiCo to Invest in School Lunch Program

    Vincent Po
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    Image via Flickr by Trocaire India’s officials have approached PepsiCo in an attempt to lower rates of malnutrition among its impoverished citizens, as well as the affluent – many of whom are prime candidates for diabetes. The Indian government believes the soft drink manufacture’s venture into the country’s food and beverage market has not helped.In addition to increased nutrition, officials hope the company will invest in not only India’s economic health, but the health of its school children, as well. According to Bloomberg News, “The pitch to the snack-food…
  • August PMI: Russia Pulls Ahead While U.K. Growth Slows

    Vincent Po
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    Image via Flickr by SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget The August Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) shows Russia at 51.0. It’s a positive trend that signals order growth for the third straight month.“Expanding activity in the manufacturing sector suggests economic growth may receive a boost despite a number of negative factors. Russia’s economy is on track to post its weakest growth since President Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000, except for the economic-crisis-hit year of 2009. Western sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine and Moscow’s…
  • Nestle Initiates Food Supplier Reform After Evidence of Animal Abuse at its Facilities

    Vincent Po
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    Image via Flickr by rahego Reuters reports, “Nestle, the world’s largest food company, has announced its commitment to improving farmed animal welfare across its entire global supply chain — covering over 90 countries — in what may be the most comprehensive and far-reaching animal welfare policy of its kind. The announcement follows the release of hidden-camera video taken by Mercy For Animals at a Nestle dairy supplier in Wisconsin showing workers viciously kicking, beating, and stabbing cows and dragging “downed” cows by their fragile legs and necks using chains…
  • Tesla Plans up to 400 Additional Charging Stations with Chinese Mobile Carrier

    Vincent Po
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
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    Steelhenge Crisis Thinking

  • Managing Perception: Lessons from the Ebola epidemic shed new light on pandemic planning and response

    Isobel Nicholas
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:10 am
    As the tragedy of the Ebola epidemic continues to blight West Africa, the developed world has been reminded once again about the threat that diseases of epidemic proportion and pandemic potential pose in our globally connected world. It has also raised some complex questions in many organisations about exactly how they manage the realities and risks, both actual and perceived, of such disease threats in countries like the UK that have well-developed public health systems. At first, the Ebola epidemic felt “remote” and there was little threat to us in the UK but then the nature of the…
  • 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: 10th November 2014 Since the first incidence of Ebola was officially reported in March 2014, the disease has spread virulently across parts of West Africa and claimed 4867 lives in the process, leading the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare an international health emergency. 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 many of the…
  • 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…
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  • 57 Things We’re Thankful For at

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:14 am
    It's Thanksgiving in the United States this week. To celebrate our new US location (we're expanding our global presence with an office in Austin Texas) we are listing the many things that we appreciate. Feel free to comment and tell us what would be on your list.Here are the 57 things we're thankful for here at healthFriends and familyHappy customers with a sense of humor from mistakesA good night's sleepBreathing fresh airSkypeSmartphonesTexas barbecueOver…
  • 5 Ways To Keep Your Team Motivated

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Have you heard the anecdote about the janitor at NASA who was asked by President Kennedy what he was doing and replied "I'm helping to put a man on the moon"? That's one motivated individual with a clear understanding of the organization's goals! How many of your project team members would respond in a similar fashion if the CEO asked them what they were working on?Keeping your team motivated so they feel inspired to respond in that kind of way is part of the project manager's job but it can feel very difficult sometimes. When your project hits a problem or your issues log is full to bursting…
  • How To Add Contingency Time To Your Schedule

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Contingency time is what you build into your project in case the project tasks take longer than you expect. I'm often asked what amount of contingency time is appropriate to build into your schedule and I'm sorry to say that I've never come across a scientific foolproof method of calculating how much extra time you should add to your project. The answer unfortunately is always: "It depends."Factors to consider include the level of confidence that the project manager and project team has in the task estimates how complex the project is whether or not the company has any experience in doing…
  • It’s Official: Risk Management Improves Project Success

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Managing project risk well is essential if you want your project to be successful. Your project is more likely to succeed when you use risk management. We've got the data to prove it. Over 30000 people around the world use and analyzing the results from real projects shows us that 78 of successful projects use risk management techniques and tools. It's definitely a technique that you should be using on your projects.Whether you use a spreadsheet that you created yourself or an advanced risk management monitoring tool the basic principles of risk management are the same. Do…
  • Help! I Made A Mistake!

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    We're not all perfect in fact none of us are! Even that manager you admire from afar the one who never makes any mistakes on her projects and is always on top of the issues. You can bet that actually she has weaknesses and her projects hit problems just like anyone else; she's maybe just that little bit better at disguising them than you.One of the things that sets a great project manager apart from a good project manager is the ability to deal with problems and resolve issues as they arise. But before you can do that you first have to accept that there is a problem.That's easy enough to do…
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  • Quote of the Day – November 28, 2014 Editorial Staff
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. – Aristotle The post Quote of the Day – November 28, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • Quote of the Day – November 27, 2014 Editorial Staff
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford The post Quote of the Day – November 27, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • Quote of the Day – November 26, 2014 Editorial Staff
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    You don’t need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea. – Larry Page The post Quote of the Day – November 26, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • Quote of the Day – November 25, 2014 Editorial Staff
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. – Anais Nin The post Quote of the Day – November 25, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • Quote of the Day – November 24, 2014 Editorial Staff
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Data beats emotions. – Sean Rad The post Quote of the Day – November 24, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
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    The Project Plan Blog

  • 5 Things I Learned from Scrum Training

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Agile versus Traditional methodologies seems to evoke as much passionate debate as Apple versus Microsoft. However I believe that we can all get along! The following are my reflections on how the spirit of scrum master training can benefit our area of expertise. I have a confession to make.I recently took a course to become a Certified Scrum Master (CSM).Yes its true. Im not even sure what possessed me to enroll. After all I have my PMP certification and have been a successful project manager for nearly two decades. In spite of that it just wasnt enough. I also wanted the right to append CSM…
  • Are Your Project Management Skills in a Rut?

    3 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Our careers fly by us faster than kids growing up. The day we started seems like yesterday and by the time one or two decades pass we wonder where the time went! If youve been in project management for a while take the time to assess the direction your career is heading and make some adjustments if necessary. The following article has a few tips to help you accomplish this.The Grand Canyon is a geological wonder. Carved by the Colorado River over time this great chasm is over a mile deep in areas and up to 18 miles wide. Its truly a sight to behold. But what amazes me is that it is simply the…
  • 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…
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    Ideas to Compete

  • Three Sales Mysteries You Can Solve With a Win/Loss Analysis

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    A sales leader at Global Technology Corp. just received his team’s win rates in the year so far. The results are frightening. Looks like every quarter the win rates have declined by a few percentage points; now at its lowest point in the past five years. Something must be done to solve this mystery. Win/loss analysis takes the case... Just like an investigator, win/loss analysis gathers the evidence at hand to answer what happened. Through interviews with sales reps, prospects, and customers, a win/loss analysis gets to the bottom of won or lost opportunities. It reveals what really…
  • Five Competitor Research Tactics to Use Before You Attack in 2015

    13 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Once again, it’s that time of the year when we look back and reassess what we've accomplished or where we fell short. In business, there is so much to consider and so little time to create an impact. Part of staying competitive includes staying ahead of your competition, your industry and the needs of your customers, all while aiming to sell more. For that reason, I would say, don’t start your New Year’s resolution in January, start now. Begin by analyzing the moves your company has made in response to external factors. Ask yourself how competitors have responded, and who has become a…
  • Three Sales Intelligence Tools Every Organization Needs to Compete

    6 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    If an organization is a living thing, then the sales department is the lifeblood that keeps it active and able to survive. That may be a legacy business analogy, but it drives the point that investments in sales have always been essential to every type of organization. Not only does the sales function drive profits, they drive exposure, build credibility, and make it possible for the organization to focus on other revenue-generating initiatives. Though sales departments are constantly being praised and in the spotlight, they do have a difficult job. In today’s digital world, selling…
  • 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.
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    Max Ruckman

  • The Key To Creative Insight Can Be Simpler Than You Think | Co.Design | business + design

    Max Ruckman
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Sometimes a creative breakthrough comes when we’re not doing anything creative at all. Maybe we’re taking a walk, or standing in the shower, or awakening from a nap. The mathematician Henri Poincaré may be king of what we commonly call the “aha moment.” You don’t have to understand his sudden insights into non-Euclidian geometry to appreciate his belief that the [...]
  • Innovation Excellence | If It’s Not Different, It’s Not Innovation

    Max Ruckman
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Creative products are novel and useful; Innovative products are novel, useful, and successful. Beforehand, it’s impossible to know if something will be successful, but if it’s useful there’s a chance it could be; beforehand, it’s subjective whether something will be useful, but if it’s novel there’s a chance; but no one is sure what novel means, so replace it with [...]
  • 4 Big-Picture Lessons In Innovation From Steven Johnson And “How We Got To Now” | Co.Create | creativity + culture + commerce

    Max Ruckman
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    Innovation is one of the buzzwords of the century. Everyone is talking about it, and our consumer culture is set up to celebrate it. But the talk often centers on the latest and greatest innovations coming out of Silicon Valley, popular science author Steven Johnson tells us. Steven Johnson And he understands why. Known for bestselling books including Where Good [...]
  • Innovation Excellence | How to Maintain Innovation across Multiple Teams and Methodologies

    Max Ruckman
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Creating cohesion between teams with different workflows and methodologies is one of the most daunting tasks for innovative companies, particularly at an enterprise level. Ideally, each team will function well within the boundaries of its own tasks and responsibilities, but building bridges between these silos often means constructing custom solutions that will aid the creation process. This in itself becomes [...]
  • Innovation Excellence | Insights – the Raw Material for Big Ideas

    Max Ruckman
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    When companies try to innovate, what they really need is not just a lot of new ideas. Senior managers often complain that most of the ideas they get from their employees and customers are not very good ones. So after they open up the innovation process to everyone, everywhere, they find themselves wasting valuable management time sorting through a whole [...]
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    Chris Ducker - Startup and Small 'New Business' Strategies for Entrepreneurs

  • NBP072 – The Small Business Guide to Google+, with Ryan Hanley

    Chris C. Ducker
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Click here to Subscribe to the ‘New Business Podcast’ via iTunes! One of the newest, and most underutilized, social media platforms today is Google+. But […] The post NBP072 – The Small Business Guide to Google+, with Ryan Hanley appeared first on Chris Ducker - Startup and Small 'New Business' Strategies for Entrepreneurs.
  • NBP071 – How to Develop Your Entrepreneurial ‘Process Design Mindset’

    Chris C. Ducker
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Click here to Subscribe to the ‘New Business Podcast’ via iTunes! Welcome to the 71st episode of The New Business Podcast, thanks for listening! Today’s show […] The post NBP071 – How to Develop Your Entrepreneurial ‘Process Design Mindset’ appeared first on Chris Ducker - Startup and Small 'New Business' Strategies for Entrepreneurs.
  • Why You Shouldn’t Put All Your Business Eggs in One Basket (or Truck!)

    Chris C. Ducker
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:49 pm
    This morning I woke up to see a tweet from someone I had never be in touch with before. It immediately got my attention. At […] The post Why You Shouldn’t Put All Your Business Eggs in One Basket (or Truck!) appeared first on Chris Ducker - Startup and Small 'New Business' Strategies for Entrepreneurs.
  • NBP070 – Growing Your Business with Instagram, with Sue B. Zimmerman

    Chris C. Ducker
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Click here to Subscribe to the ‘New Business Podcast’ via iTunes! If you pay attention to the news you probably heard when Facebook bought Instagram […] The post NBP070 – Growing Your Business with Instagram, with Sue B. Zimmerman appeared first on Chris Ducker - Startup and Small 'New Business' Strategies for Entrepreneurs.
  • NBP069 – The Essential Super Simple ‘Small Business’ Website Checklist

    Chris C. Ducker
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Click here to Subscribe to the ‘New Business Podcast’ via iTunes! Thank you for joining us! Today is our 69th edition of The New Business […] The post NBP069 – The Essential Super Simple ‘Small Business’ Website Checklist appeared first on Chris Ducker - Startup and Small 'New Business' Strategies for Entrepreneurs.
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    NCTechNews -- North Carolina business and technology news

  • Netsertive Wins Software Company of the Year at 2014 NC Tech Awards

    David Menzies
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:41 am
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Netsertive, a marketing technology company that automates unified national-to-local digital marketing, has announced that it was recently selected as the 2014 Software Company of the Year by the NC Tech Awards. “We are thrilled to be named Software Company of the Year by the North Carolina Technology Association,” said Brendan Morrissey, CEO and co-founder, Netsertive. “This win belongs to our Netsertive team, whose incredible talent and dedication are the driving forces behind our exceptional growth and success.”NCTechNews is published by Innovative Public Relations,…
  • PhRMA Report on Clinical Trials in NC Details Benefits to Local Patients, Economy, Medical Science

    David Menzies
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:37 am
    DURHAM, N.C. -- Working with institutions in the Triangle and throughout North Carolina, the nation’s biopharmaceutical research companies have conducted over 6,000 clinical trials of new medicines in North Carolina since 1999, says a new report by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). The report, “Research in Your Backyard: Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials in North Carolina,” was released recently at a news conference at Quintiles world headquarters located in Durham near the Research Triangle Park. NCTechNews is published by Innovative Public Relations, Inc.
  • Bobbitt Finishes Medical Office Building Near Rex Hospital

    David Menzies
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:22 am
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Bobbitt Design Build recently completed a 12,000-square-foot medical office building on Ed Drive, located near Rex Hospital in Raleigh. The space was built on an existing 25,000-square-foot lot that is already home to another medical office building, which Bobbitt originally constructed in 2013. In coordination with the first building’s aesthetics, Bobbitt incorporated similar highlights into the new medical office such as a wood-framed structure, a brick façade, and a mansard roof. There are separate entries for multiple tenants.NCTechNews is published by Innovative…
  • Moore & Van Allen Recognized with Top-Tier “Best Law Firms” Rankings

    David Menzies
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:20 am
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have recognized Moore & Van Allen PLLC in their 2015 “Best Law Firms” rankings, both nationally and within the Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina, and Charleston, South Carolina metropolitan regions. 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…
  • Integrated Biometrics Announces Exclusive Partnership with Akiyama Soluções Tecnológicas in Brazil

    David Menzies
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Integrated Biometrics, developers of the world’s smallest and lightest FBI-compliant fingerprint scanners, is pleased to announce Akiyama Soluções Tecnológicas (Akiyama) as its exclusive master distributor for Brazil. Akiyama is a digital identification market leader in Brazil, providing and developing biometric enrollment, authentication, and recognition solutions for government institutions as well as banking and commercial sector industries.“We are delighted to have this agreement with the leading edge market leader Integrated Biometrics,” said Akiyama CEO…
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    Newsfile Corp News Releases

  • Peak dépose ses résultats du 3e trimestre de 2014

    28 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Montréal, Québec--(Newsfile Corp. - November 28, 2014) - Les Technologies Peak Positioning inc. (TSX CROISSANCE: PKK) (PINK SHEETS: PKKFF) (« Peak » ou la « Compagnie ») publie ses états financiers pour la période de trois mois terminée le 30 septembre 2014. Résultats financiers : Acquisition d’une participation minoritaire dans LongKey Hong Kong Ltd.; Dépenses totales de 281,314$; Perte nette de 267,824$. Sommaire des résultats financiers du 3e trimestre Peak a généré des revenus de développement de…
  • Peak Files Third Quarter 2014 Results

    28 Nov 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Montreal, Quebec--(Newsfile Corp. - November 28, 2014) - Peak Positioning Technologies Inc. (TSXVE: PKK) (PINKSHEETS: PKKFF) (“Peak” or the “Company”) today announced its financial results for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2014. Financial Results: Acquisition of a minority interest in LongKey Hong Kong Ltd.; Total expenses at $281,314; Net loss at $267,824 Third Quarter Financial Results Summary Peak generated web development services revenues of $13,490 for the three months ended September 30, 2014 for a cumulative amount of $34,090 for…
  • Birch Lake Energy Inc. Announces Filing of Third Quarter 2014 Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis

    28 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Calgary, Alberta--(Newsfile Corp. - November 28, 2014) - Birch Lake Energy Inc. (TSXV: BLK) ("Birch Lake") announces that it has filed its unaudited interim condensed financial statements and accompanying notes for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2014 and 2013 and its related management's discussion and analysis with applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Copies of these documents may be obtained through the Internet on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval ("SEDAR") at For further information contact: Birch Lake Energy…
  • Sphere 3D to Convert Outstanding Debt into Equity

    28 Nov 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Mississauga, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - November 28, 2014) - Sphere 3D Corporation (TSXV: ANY NASDAQ: ANY) (the “Company” or “Sphere 3D”), a virtualization technology solution provider, today announced that it intends to issue 333,333 common shares of the Company to FBC Holdings S.á.r.l., an affiliate to Cyrus Capital Partners (“Cyrus Capital”), in satisfaction of its US$2,500,000 guarantee of a convertible loan transaction between Overland Storage, Inc. (“Overland”) and Cyrus Capital entered into on October 13, 2014. As a condition of…
  • Chelsea Oil & Gas Ltd. Announces Filing of Third Quarter 2014 Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis

    28 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Calgary, Alberta--(Newsfile Corp. - November 28, 2014) - Chelsea Oil & Gas Ltd. (OTCQB: COGLF) ("Chelsea") announces that it has filed its unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2014 and 2013 and its related management's discussion and analysis with applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Copies of these documents may be obtained through the Internet on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval ("SEDAR") at About Chelsea Oil & Gas Ltd.
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    HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing

  • Forecasting The Next Internet Evolution – Web 3.0

    Jeremy Jensen
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    The post Forecasting The Next Internet Evolution – Web 3.0 appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. Amidst our globalized world where everything and everyone is getting connected online, it’s easy to get caught up in cyberspace and forget that you are using a technology barely fifty years old. That’s right, the Internet originated in the early 60’s and yet the Web seems to now infiltrate every facet of our everyday lives. Be it in your content consumption, your car, your home, or even your own body. Integrating growing technologies and the best methods, the Internet…
  • 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…
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    Evolution Capital Partners » Blog

  • Marketing Your Small Business: Buying in on Branding

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:28 am
    Everywhere you look, from brick-and-mortar stores to the Internet, you’re constantly bombarded with advertisements, logos, and messaging in effort to get your attention and earn your business. For most business, including small business, building brand awareness can’t be accidental – it has to be intentional. There is tremendous value in supporting a product or service by not only offering a valuable commodity, but also by attaching that commodity to a recognizable, and ultimately business-supporting, string of thoroughly developed and easily-identifiable marketing practices. Small…
  • The Value of Mentoring for Small Business

    Brendan Anderson
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Most owners of small businesses can think back to a time when they were inspired by a mentor to begin their journey. This inspiration may have come from a friend, family member, successful entrepreneur or elsewhere, ultimately giving them the wherewithal to chase after their dream of small business ownership. Nevertheless, the fires stoked by these mentors sometimes flicker, especially when a small business is facing adversity, which usually occurs during the early stages of its growth. But don’t give up on that dream just yet! Read on to add a little fuel to your fire with advice from a…
  • How to Rent, Lease, or Purchase Office Space for your Small Business

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    2008 was a tough year for many businesses, large and small, as the economic downturn produced a climate which, at the time, appeared unfavorable to growth or the introduction of new products and services. Yet, the one theme common among those who have succeeded in the past 6 years is simple – adaptation. So rejoice, small business owners, because there are options for making your dreams of expansion, particularly in terms of moving into an office space that fits your needs as a business owner, a reality. And we’re here to help. Purchasing an Office Space First, let’s discuss purchasing.
  • 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…
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    Jon R. Patrick

  • The One Question that Bridges Dreams and Actions

    Jon Patrick
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    Why do some people strive and achieve while others stagnate? I believe there’s multiple factors, but at least in my experience the key is taming my internal voice.  That internal monologue of questions and answers we all have. There’s a pretty famous quote (which, of course, I could not find … Continue reading → The post The One Question that Bridges Dreams and Actions appeared first on 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.
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    Office Space News & Serviced Office News from Easy Offices

  • Serviced Offices in the Liverpool Street Area

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    Liverpool Street spans a small section in the north-eastern corner of the City, central London. It is best known for it’s zone 1 underground station that serves four different lines; Central, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City. It is the fifth busiest line on the underground with over 58 million passengers using it every year. With sleek business tower blocks on one side, and the vibrant East End districts of Whitechapel and Spitalfields on the other, Liverpool Street enjoys a vibrant and bustling mix of the old and new, culture and business. Businesses in the City district…
  • A Meeting about a Meeting about a Meeting

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

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

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

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

    Tom Smith
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a business owner, it’s easy to miss the days of BlackBerry. Everyone had the same device, the same applications, and the same security needs. Now, with most companies adopting BYOD practices, this uniformity is gone, taking the security solutions of old along with it. The post 3 Key Steps to Increase Employee Adoption of Your Security Policies appeared first on
  • How to Keep Your Employees Motivated During the Holidays

    Kara Simon
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Everybody loves the holidays. From Thanksgiving Day to the start of New Year, there always seems to be an extra amount of joy and liveliness in the air.  But when this exciting atmosphere hits the workplace – it becomes one of the hardest times to keep staff motivated, engaged and focused on their tasks and... Read more » The post How to Keep Your Employees Motivated During the Holidays appeared first on
  • 8 Methods That Can Derail A Domain Purchase

    Ian Ingram
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    More often than not, the domain name you want is taken. If you’re lucky enough, the owner may be willing to sell. Although negotiating the purchase can sometimes be a trying experience, it’s important to maintain your composure and put your best foot forward.   Here are a few real world inquiries you SHOULDN’T try... Read more » The post 8 Methods That Can Derail A Domain Purchase appeared first on
  • 3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Franchise

    Clay Clark
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Whether you are buying a business or a burrito, it’s important to know what you’re buying before you buy it. I realize that purchasing a new franchise can be a big risk financially, but it can also really pay off later, whereas buying a burrito has very limited financial risk upfront, but it can really... Read more » The post 3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Franchise appeared first on
  • Questions with Substance: How to Interview to Find the Right People

    Ben Hubbert
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    When you’re looking to fill any kind of role in your company, filling it with the right people is imperative. A 30-minute or one-hour interview is a small amount of time to measure and observe a person’s talents, skills, persona and traits. Here are some questions to include in those interviews to dig a little... Read more » The post Questions with Substance: How to Interview to Find the Right People appeared first on
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  • Why Anesthesiologist Vanessa Olbrecht Decided to Earn an MBA

    Rebecca Martin
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    The Council on Foreign Relations estimates that the United States spends approximately $2 trillion per year on health care expenses, so understanding the business side of medicine is increasingly important for doctors and other health care practitioners. With this in mind, Vanessa Olbrecht, a pediatric anesthesiologist and pain physician at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, continued her education with MBA@UNC, an experience that she says has given her a “new perspective on medicine.” In her current role as a pediatric anesthesiologist, Olbrecht cares for patients, oversees trainees and…
  • 33 Female Founders Forging Their Own Path

    Rebecca Martin
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    Female Founders Disrupting Business [see the SlideDeck]   The rise of women’s entrepreneurship is making a significant impact on the U.S. economy across a wide range of industries. There are now more than 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States, accounting for more than 30 percent of all enterprises. This generates more than $1.4 trillion in revenue and provides employment to 7.9 million people, according to the 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express OPEN. The March 2014 report, which analyzes U.S. Census Bureau data, also reveals…
  • 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…
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  • How to Encourage Collaboration in Multidisciplinary Teams

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Encouraging teamwork can be tricky at the best of times, but asking people from different departments, with different skills, to come together to complete a project can be even more difficult. Here’s a few tips to help you build truly collaborative multidisciplinary teams… Don’t assume your teams have shared goals While its nice to think that your team are working towards common goals, don’t forget that success means different things to different people says leadership consultant, Charley Morrow… “Members of cross-department and management teams often have different goals…
  • Workplace Hack: The Distraction Chair

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:34 am
    Getting distracted is natural. Facebook and Twitter notifications, incoming emails, text messages and strange interesting conversations going on in the office are all likely to distract us from our work. I’m a big believer in regular breaks between tasks. A quick game of pool, 5 minutes browsing Twitter or glancing over an interesting article gives me a chance to relax briefly before getting on to the next task. However, once you start browsing or reading Tweets, you can end up losing a lot more than 5 minutes. Your desk becomes a place for you to do your online shopping, read the news,…
  • How to Build a Community, Not Just a Workplace

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:22 am
    Many of us spend over half our waking lives at work, and spend more time with our colleagues than our family and friends. As workplace happiness is becoming more and more important to attract great employees and keep them engaged, now is the time to start thinking about your workplace and team as a community, not just an office and colleagues… Create shared goals To create a real sense of community in your team, you need to make sure that everyone shares some core interests, and what better interest to share than the future of your company. To get everyone feeling united in their common…
  • Workplace Hack: The Waiting-For List

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:49 am
    One of the most important things you can do to boost your productivity is learn to delegate effectively. If you don’t have time to do something, and it needs doing, get someone else to do it. But how do you keep track of tasks that you’ve delegated? While most of us keep a to-do list to help us remember everything we need to get done, have you ever considered using a ‘waiting-for’ list, to help you remember the things you’re waiting for other people to do? The waiting-for list is an important feature of the Getting Things Done productivity system. Whether you use GTD or not, the…
  • Workplace Hack: Boost Productivity With Internal Customer Service

    12 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    Great customer service is key when it comes to attracting new customers and maintaining existing customer relationships. But what about your staff? What if you could give great customer service to them too? Customer service expert, Shep Hyken, believes that customer service shouldn’t just be the responsibility of your support team. If everyone in your business is equipped with great customer service skills, your teams will work better together… “An example of an internal customer may be someone in the payroll department. Let’s say this payroll person is dependent on managers from…
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    Winnipeg Hockey Talk

  • Random Thoughts On The Winnipeg Jets: Nov. 24

    Mitch Kasprick
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:38 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 1-2-0 this past week.  10 wins in 22 games.     2.  Congrats to Mathieu Perreault on his first goal of the season and his first as a Winnipeg Jet.    3.  I have never been a big fan of Ondrej Pavelec BUT I would like nothing more than for him to succeed and I find it ridiculous that his haters just sit back and wait/hope for him to fail so they can spew their…
  • Scott’s Thoughts: Winnipeg Jets Report Card

    Scott Campbell
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
    Winnipeg Jets grades for the forwards, defencemen and goaltenders - Following “Boss Mitch’s” excellent quarterly report, I’m patching and copying his report cause I don’t have any idea of proper structure so I’m following the boss.  I assume that Chris Thorburn takes the same approach with his following of the boss as he NEVER has to “take in a few games from the press-box”. Surprises: Goalie – belongs to Ondrej Pavelec, as he actually looks like he has listened to coaching and has some structure in his game even though it might be hit the knees early, cover…
  • Winnipeg Jets Report Card: Def/Goal/PP/PK

    Mitch Kasprick
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:24 am
    Winnipeg Jets grades for the defencemen and goaltenders –  It’s no doubt that the Winnipeg Jets defencemen and goaltenders have been the biggest benefactors of better defensive play from the forward group.  The defensive support has allowed this group to play their game to their strengths and they have done that very well.  To most hockey observers, the Winnipeg Jets new found defensive prowess is a big surprise and Coach Paul Maurice must get a ton of credit for believing this group could get it done and instituting a system they could execute. Biggest surprise: Paul Postma…
  • Winnipeg Jets Report Card: Forwards

    Mitch Kasprick
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    Winnipeg Jets grades for the forwards –  As usual in any hockey season, any given NHL roster is going to have its surprises and it’s disappointments.  The Winnipeg Jets are no exception.  The Winnipeg Jets forward group in the first quarter of the season has had trouble scoring goals and this is no secret.  BUT in fairness to this group, they are executing a new-found defensive awareness not seen in these parts since their arrival from Atlanta. Back to the offence.  I would be worried if the Jets forwards weren’t creating scoring chances or getting shots on goal and for…
  • Winnipeg Jets: Segment 2 Update

    Mitch Kasprick
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    UPDATE: The Winnipeg Jets 2nd 10 game segment - Eleven every ten My theory is that if you can garner a minimum of eleven points in every ten game segment (on average) and win those two extra games you should be in the playoffs or be in the hunt on the last weekend of the season.  The team would have ninety-two points.  In 2013-14 the Dallas Stars grabbed the last playoff spot with 91 points. Segment 1 The Winnipeg Jets first ten game segment wasn’t looking very good but with two wins and a shootout loss in the final three games of the first segment they actually salvaged that segment…
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    Arizona Hockey Talk

  • Random Thoughts On The Arizona Coyotes: Nov. 24

    Mitch Kasprick
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 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 1-2-1 record.  Thoughts?  2.  Devan Dubnyk has a record of 5-0-1 …. are we going to have a goalie controversy soon?  OR do we already?  3.  I think Tobias Rieder has been an interesting addition?  4.  After last nights game in Anaheim the Arizona Coyotes have now played 13 road games and only 9 at home.     5.  Mike Smith has actually…
  • Arizona Coyotes: Segment 2 Update

    Mitch Kasprick
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    UPDATE: The Arizona Coyotes 2nd 10 game segment - Eleven every ten My theory is that if you can garner a minimum of eleven points in every ten game segment (on average) and win those two extra games you should be in the playoffs or be in the hunt on the last weekend of the season.   The team would have ninety-two points. The Arizona Coyotes first ten game segment was nothing to write home about, finishing 3-6-1 for 7 points.  Like I said, you’re looking for eleven points per segment on average and they missed by four points.  Maybe they will make it right back up in segment number…
  • Arizona Coyotes Report Card: Def, Goal, PP & PK

    Mitch Kasprick
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    Arizona Coyotes grades for the defence, goaltenders and special team –   As usual in any hockey season, any given NHL roster is going to have its surprises and it’s disappointments.  The Arizona Coyotes are no exception.  Outside of Devan Dubnyk and Keith Yandle the Arizona Coyotes defence and goaltending have been a major disappointment.    It looks as if Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Keith Yandle have switched jerseys this season.  The Coyotes blue-line as a whole has been inconsistent the whole first quarter of the season but the disturbing thing is that it is somebody…
  • Arizona Coyotes Report Card: Forwards

    Mitch Kasprick
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Arizona Coyotes grades for the forwards –  As usual in any hockey season, any given NHL roster is going to have its surprises and it’s disappointments.  The Arizona Coyotes are no exception.  The Arizona Coyotes forward group in the first quarter of the season have been very inconsistent.   Shane Doan, Mikkel Boedker, Martin Hanzal, and Antoine Vermette have been pretty solid but have also had some bumps in the road.  Sam Gagner, after a slow start is starting to get acclimated to his new team and should be more of a factor the rest of the way.  This team needs help up front…
  • ASU Sun Devils Elevated To NCAA D1 In 2015-16

    Mitch Kasprick
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Arizona State to compete at the highest level of NCAA hockey starting in 2015 –  Arizona State Vice President of University Athletics Ray Anderson announced that the 2014 ACHA National Championship ASU Men’s Ice Hockey program will be participating at the NCAA Division I level starting in the 2015-16 season.  The announcement was made possible by hockey supporters, including Don Mullett, the father of former Sun Devil hockey student-athlete Chris Mullett, who came together to donate $32 million to elevate the program. From ASU VP of University Athletics Ray Anderson:  “Head coach…
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  • Sample Self Help Review

    Abhay Hendre
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:46 am
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  • Sample Outsourcing Review

    Abhay Hendre
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:40 am
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  • Sample Internet Marketing Review

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    14 Nov 2014 | 1:56 am
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  • Sample Entrepreneurship Review

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    14 Nov 2014 | 1:51 am
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  • Introducing the New Diners Club International Global Brand Campaign

    Sheryl Yasger
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    The new Diners Club International® global advertising campaign, Belong II, has arrived. Our new campaign ushers in an updated logo, powerful new visuals, and a celebration of the brand’s more than 60 years as a leading credit card and electronic payment services company. Belong II equips Diners Club franchises to promote their distinctive benefits on... Read more »
  • Celebrating a Strong Year at the 2014 Global Partner Meeting

    Eduardo Tobon
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Last month, Diners Club International® management and franchise CEOs from around the world came together in New Orleans, Louisiana, for our annual Global Partner Meeting. Three days of meetings and cultural events left all of us feeling encouraged and inspired as we head into 2015. Reflecting on the week, we were energized by insightful, dynamic... Read more »
  • 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 »
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    Peter Simoons - Making collaboration simple

  • CBP-45: Actionable Collaboration, with Chris Taylor

    Peter Simoons
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chris Taylor describes himself as a digital nomad entrepreneur. Chris lives in Panama, Spain and Canada, while running his business Actionable Books with a team of people who are also globally dispersed. This can only work with a high degree of collaboration, hence I invited Chris to be my guest in the podcast to explore where and what type of business collaboration enables Chris to do what he does. This conversation with Chris turned into a lively conversation about collaboration within a team and how trust and transparency plays an important role within collaboration. We talked about books…
  • Let’s get personal!

    Peter Simoons
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    In my life I have had many coaches and mentors. Some I officially hired to be my coach, others simply took me under their wings by assuming the role and acted accordingly. They taught me how to sell and how to navigate political customer environments, they guided me in my personal development and personal productivity and in dealing with large corporate customers and they showed me the beauty of cultural differences. There is not just one coach that could have done all of that; each coach had a different experience and a different viewpoint that added value. I am grateful for all the guidance…
  • The Partnership Canvas: a new tool for developing partnership business models

    Peter Simoons
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Last week’s guest in the Collaborative Business Podcast was Bart Doorneweert. Our conversation was focussed on the Partnership Canvas, a new tool that Bart developed for designing, negotiating, and adapting partnerships. Inspired by the Business Model Canvas and driven by the desire to make the process of designing partnerships easier and more tangible, Bart developed the Partnership Canvas. In case you are not familiar with the Business Model Canvas: it is a strategic management and lean startup template for developing new or documenting existing business models. Developed by Alexander…
  • CBP-44: The Partnership Canvas, with Bart Doorneweert

    Peter Simoons
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We all know that creating alliances and partnerships is not easy. To establish them successfully we need to create a solid foundation, we need to do a partner selection and we need to have extensive conversations about how we are going to shape our partnership. This design phase of the partnership is often taken too lightly. Bart Doorneweert is a social entrepreneur turned researcher who noticed that and felt compelled to come up with a tool that can help during the design phase of the alliance creation. Inspired by the Business Model canvas, Bart developed the Partnership Canvas. This tool…
  • Alliance success: Your choice!

    Peter Simoons
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:13 am
    Would you create an alliance knowing that you only have a 20% chance of success? A 2012 study by the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals shows that the average success rate of alliances is around 53%. The study also shows that there is a group of companies that only reaches 20% alliance success, while there is also a group of companies that reaches 80-100% success!   What is it that makes some companies highly successful in alliances while others can’t get it right?   The difference between failure and success is determined by the way companies approach alliances.
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    Linear to Circular

  • How do we scale the circular economy?
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    I watched an excellent panel today (hosted by Guardian Sustainable Business) on the ongoing transition to the circular economy.  GSB’s Jo Confino led the discussion which included ideas from Liz Goodwin, the CEO of WRAP, Rob Boogaard, acting president and CEO of…Read more →
  • The L2C Interview: Federico Parli of GiftMe App
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    Giving old, (seemingly) useless stuff a new purpose spreads happiness. I had the good fortune to connect with Federico Parli last week. He’s the CEO of a unique, new organization that aims to help people repurpose goods that they no…Read more →
  • Are you being commoditized?
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Are you being commoditized? The nature of work is evolving and we must respond by changing the way in which we approach our careers. Failing to react to these circumstances is choosing to acceptance the consequences. Discounting the forces which…Read more →
  • Upcoming Talk — From Linear to Circular: A Roadmap to Radical Intrapreneurship
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:46 pm
    I’m preparing a web-based talk on Radical Intrapreneurship that I’ll be giving as part of the series on Sustainability, Leadership, Innovation, Careers and Life.  There are a number of great thinkers involved who will be sharing ideas on a wide…Read more →
  • With Liberty and Dividends for All: An interview with Peter Barnes
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:09 am
    I recently read the latest book by Peter Barnes, “With Liberty and Dividends for All: How to Save Our Middle Class When Jobs Don’t Pay Enough,” and was fortunate enough to get in touch with Peter to discuss his work.…Read more →
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    Outsourcing InsiderOutsourcing Insider | Outsourcing Insider

  • Singapore Endorses Philippines as Investment Destination

    Outsourcing Insider
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:08 pm
    The International Enterprise Singapore (IES), a Singapore government agency, has recommended the Philippines as an investment hub, citing the country’s strong economic growth potential. According to a Business World Online report, IES specifically recognized the infrastructure, private real estate, utilities, food, and retail sectors of the Philippines as possible investment destinations for Singapore companies. IES noted growing private infrastructure opportunities, and urged investors from Singapore to participate in residential, commercial and industrial real estate development projects.
  • What’s Up in Outsourcing (Nov 9 – 15. 2014)

    Outsourcing Insider
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:44 pm
    For this week’s outsourcing roundup, we narrowed it down to two very important articles. These two hit us the most because it shows you just how much outsourcing is relevant in the business process. There are lots of entrepreneurs that shy away from the idea of outsourcing due to some issues, but these two articles show you why you don’t need to think about the negatives, and look at the benefits that clearly outweigh everything. Doubt it? Take a look. Here are two of the best articles you need to keep up! Your Business, Only Leaner: How Savvy Outsourcing Can Save You Money From…
  • 3 Tips for Successful Outsourcing

    Outsourcing Insider
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
    There is no definite formula for a successful outsourcing arrangement but any business can eliminate risks of failure with the right approach. The problem with some companies is that they overlook important things and forget key considerations that would have significantly help them to achieve the results they desire. Outsourcing success depends upon your decisions and how well you manage the process before and after the outsourcing agreement. So how do you become successful with your outsourcing? Here are three helpful tips to guarantee that outsourcing will benefit your organization. Tip…
  • 5 Ways Outsourcing Can Help Your Business Survive the Holidays

    Outsourcing Insider
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:04 pm
    It’s that time of the year again when people are more receptive to giving. Shopping is expected to boom during the holidays and this gives businesses an opportunity to not only increase sales but also to make their customers happy. However, the holidays can be overwhelming for a business especially for those who lack the manpower and resources necessary to accommodate the increase in demand. Luckily, outsourcing certain tasks or functions can help you manage the holiday frenzy. Here are five reasons how outsourcing can help you survive (and thrive!) during the holidays. Faster and more…
  • What’s Up in Outsourcing (Oct 26 – Nov 1, 2014)

    Outsourcing Insider
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    The outsourcing issues relating to American politicians are still hot and are made to be topics of debates. How should we feel about this? We would rather look at the benefits, which totally outweigh any negative claims. Oh, and did we mention that the IT Outsourcing sector just hit its all-time high? Here’s the weekly juice about anything and everything outsourcing. Questions to Ask When Thinking About Outsourcing From and By Chris Lema (@chrislema) If you’re an entrepreneur and you get the hunch that you may very well need help on various departments of your business, then outsourcing…
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  • Listen Live Tonight

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    I'll be on January Jones tonight at 6:00pm to talk about the best toys for Christmas 2014. We are going to try and make your shopping a little easier this year so tune in to the show. Tune in here.
  • New Author Facebook Page

    4 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Please follow me on my new Facebook page for essential daily tips on how to succeed in business. I'll also have my articles from and LinkedIn posted daily. 
  • Speaking Tour in Uganda to support the Young African Leaders Initiative

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    I spent last week with some incredible people who are going to change Uganda and the world. Good luck to all of the entrepreneurs and YALI fellows that I had the pleasure to work with. Also a big thanks for the State Department for funding and for Embassy Kampala for putting together a great program. 
  • 8 Tips to Help You Be More Productive

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    We love to make to-do lists. Whether it's neatly written on a notepad or tediously typed into your mobile device, it makes you feel organized to write it down. Then you feel awful watching item by item go by untouched and incomplete as you slowly procrastinate your day, or worse, your career, away. It's time to change and get to work on being more productive. Here are a few pointers on how to motivate yourself and stay on top of your task:1. Be PositiveIt's easy to start happy, but you need a way to stay happy. Procrastination is mostly likely to happen if you feel sluggish, unwell,…
  • 5 Tips to Effectively Deal With Difficult Customers

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    I'm sure you are familiar with the old adage, "The customer is always right?"This sounds great, but it's not necessarily true. Your customers can certainly be wrong. What is true is that "the customer is always the customer." Even though he can be blatantly wrong, his status as customer (and source of your livelihood) dictates that you communicate effectively with him.How can you overcome the anger, fear, or personality differences that lead to friction? This is something that everyone can LEARN.Another adage fits this scenario: "Perception is all." One of the most common reasons for a…
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    Market Business News

  • Wall Street up for sixth straight week despite a plummet in oil prices

    Joseph Nordqvist
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Despite oil prices plunging US stocks ended flat on Friday and major indexes rose for a sixth straight week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 17,828.24, up by only 0.0027 percent. The Dow surged to 17,893 just just before noon then falling to 17,808 and rebounding a bit to 17,828.24 at close. Crude oil dropped by 7 percent to below $68 per barrel a day (the biggest one day drop since May 2011) following OPEC’s decision not to reduce oil production, which is going to leave the markets oversupplied. Tony Roth, chief investment officer at Wilmington Trust, who oversees USD 80…
  • OPEC decision has hit US oil companies hard

    Joseph Nordqvist
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:48 pm
    A day after OPEC made its decision not to cut oil production the prices of oil dropped their lowest levels since 2010 and oil companies took a huge hit in their stock value. On Friday the West Texas Intermediate fell by 10 percent, down to just $66.15 per barrel, representing the steepest one-day drop in oil prices since the end of the financial crisis. The stock values of major oil companies across the US plummeted. Chevron was down by more than 5 percent, closing at $108.87. Exxon Mobil Corp. dropped by 4 percent, closing at $90.54. On Thursday OPEC had a meeting in Vienna to discuss…
  • Canadian gas prices plummet below $1 per litre

    Joseph Nordqvist
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Consumers across Canada are enjoying lower gas prices, with the price of crude dropping to its lowest level in over four years, but is this a good thing for the long-term outlook of the economy? The reason why gas prices have dropped is due to the oversupply of crude oil which is driving oil prices down and it is expected to last a while, particularly as OPEC members recently decided not to cut oil production. However, despite consumers being tickled pink with the fact that filling up the tank costs less than before, it is not necessarily good news for the Canadian government, as its budgets…
  • BCE acquiring Glentel for C$594m in cash and stock deal

    Christian Nordqvist
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Montreal-based telecommunications company BCE Inc. announced on Friday it is acquiring Burnaby-based multi-carrier mobile products distributor Glentel Inc. for approximately C$594 million ($520 million) in a cash and stock deal. BCE, which trades under the Bell brand, says the transaction strengthens its strategy to accelerate wireless and enhance customer service in a competitive wireless marketplace, while at the same time providing Glentel shareholders with additional value. The acquisition was greeted with lackluster investor enthusiasm. By mid-morning on Friday BCE shares were 0.9% up at…
  • Fes Watch – an E-paper watch developed by Sony

    Christian Nordqvist
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    Japanese multinational giant Sony Corporation has developed a “a minimalist monochrome” e-paper watch – The Fes Watch – as part of its experimental drive towards new wearable electronic products. The e-paper watch’s battery can last for about 60 days, Sony says. Both tech and fashion experts believe that fashion will play a big part in driving the tech industry. According to Fashion Entertainments, which claims to be the creator of the Fes Watch, it is a start up company. However, the Wall Street Journal says it is a subdivision of Sony. Sony wants to use the name Fashion…
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    SEO Digest

  • What Are the Benefits of Hiring SEO Services?

    Mike Applegate
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:27 pm
    If you have been thinking about hiring SEO services to promote your website for you, you might have also thought that you would be spending too much money by doing so. Although a lot of people are hesitant to actually hire professional companies to optimize their websites, however, you should consider all of the benefits of doing so; once you do, you will surely want to hire a professional to optimize your site right away. First off, you have to realize the importance of being able to rank high on search engines. Although there are other popular and relatively effect means of advertising,…
  • What Type of Fitted Wardrobe Is Best for Your Bedroom?

    Mike Applegate
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:26 pm
    If you have ever seen custom-made, fitted wardrobes in London, you were probably pretty impressed by just how beautiful these pieces can be. You might have even longed to purchase one of your own, but you could be wondering what you would do with such a magnificent piece of customized furniture. Luckily, there are quite a few great uses that you can try for fitted wardrobes. In the Bedroom Obviously, one of the most common uses of fitted wardrobes in London is to use them in the bedroom. You can use them in place of other types of furniture, and you are sure to love just how perfectly one of…
  • What are the SEO Best Practices?

    Mike Applegate
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    When doing your research about search engine optimization and properly promoting your website, you might have heard that it is important to follow the SEO best practices that you can. If you don’t know much about search engine optimization in general, this can be pretty confusing, but it is important to understand why it is best to follow the SEO best practices.   There are a few reasons why you have to be careful about the type of SEO that you use for your site. First of all, using the wrong practices can cause your site to go up in the rankings but then to go back down, or it can…
  • Things Your Web Designer Doesn’t Want You To Know

    Mike Applegate
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Although web design appears tricky and complicated to majority of people it shouldn’t change the fact that the client must always get what they want from their web designer. Given the jargon and loads of sophisticated codes involved, it often seems easier to stand back and watch rather than try to understand it all. Unfortunately your ignorance of rather lack of knowledge provides fertile grounds for unscrupulous web designers to thrive, reason why the following read provides some interesting facts that your web designer would never want you to find out about.   1. You should form…
  • The Use of LED Light Fixtures And Its Benefits

    Mike Applegate
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    One of the most important thing in a person’s life is lighting. It could be at home, on the roads or the office. Light makes your home more secure, brightens your office and even lightens the way. Different people have different needs, as such there are various lighting options in the market today. However, LED lighting fixtures is more popular today. It is not only environmental friendly but also produces low heat, adds color, and style around your home. Besides, it comes with a low maintenance cost compared to other lighting options. Currently, there are various bright and flexible…
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    CDC Synectics on How to Leverage Resources

  • 3 Ways to Boost Morale through Operational Excellence

    Connie Siu
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Happy employees are productive workers. They are excited about the work and take pride in what they do. The gratifying feeling displayed generates this burst of energy that enlightens colleagues around them. The positive morale is a productivity booster. On the other hand, unhappy employees spread negative energy. They complain and do their work grudgingly. As an employer, there are three simple ways to boost morale through operational excellence. They don’t cost any money. In fact, you could save money and improve your bottom-line. 1.       Eliminate pain points Work that demands…
  • 5 Tips to Mine Intelligence from Data

    Connie Siu
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Every company has a vault full of data waiting to be mined. This vault is getting bigger every day; fuelled by the expanding technology capability to capture more and the capacity to store more. The massive data doesn’t provide value unless you know how to distil the right information presented in a meaningful manner. Otherwise, the voluminous data doesn’t offer any value. In order to mine intelligence from data, here are 5 tips you could use. 1.       Identify the question to address Many might find this challenging because most of the time, we have our mind set on ‘what’ to do…
  • Differences between Common Practices and Best Practices

    Connie Siu
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    Common practices are not necessarily best practices. Connie shares a few distinct differences between the two.
  • Practices that Short-change Your Change Management Effort

    Connie Siu
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Modifying the status quo involves pulling people from their comfort zone and asking them to go about their routine in a new way. The success in implementing change depends on how well the change is rolled out. Whether you are enhancing a billing process or embarking on a major transformation initiative, savvy change management determines how quickly the transition takes shape. Companies are cognizant of the essence of change management. Planning for change management is incorporated into the overall project plan. Yet, many find themselves short-changed by these four practices: 1.      …
  • 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.
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    Strategic Thinking | Principles of Execution

  • PofE 067: Book Review - Time Tactics of Very Successful People

    Gerald J. Leonard
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    Premise: The premise of “Time Tactics of Very Successful People”, is that we all have 24 hours in a day and that successful people and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 066: PPM Tips and Techniques

    Gerald J. Leonard
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    PM Tools PMIWDC Workshop Research has shown that top performing organizations that practice project portfolio management (PPM) and IT Governance have a 40% greater return... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 065: The Value of Portfolio Management

    Gerald J. Leonard
    16 May 2014 | 11:34 am
    FOSE 2014 PMI Portfolio Management Presentation High-performing organizations achieve results by utilizing portfolio management to select the right projects at the right time with the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 064: Benjamin Graham - The Father of Value Investing

    Gerald J. Leonard
    14 May 2014 | 5:30 am
    Principles of Value Investing Background and Challenges: In 1894, Benjamin Graham was born in London England as Benjamin Grossbaum. His family moved to New York... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 063: Mother's Day Message - The 100th Anniversary

    Gerald J. Leonard
    11 May 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Mom's Work Is The Hardest Job In The World "A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary."... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Paid, Owned & Earned Media – What’s the Difference? [Infographic]

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    This infographic from The Media Octopus explains the difference among paid, owned and earned media. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post Paid, Owned & Earned Media – What’s the Difference? [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
  • The Landscape of Social Login [Infographic]

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:32 am
    This infographic from Gigya shows the landscape of social login Q3-2014. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post The Landscape of Social Login [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
  • These 44 Apps Will Make You More Productive [Infographic]

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:09 am
    This infographic from Conosco loaded with 44 mobile and PC applications that’ll help you improve your productivity in all areas of life. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post These 44 Apps Will Make You More Productive [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
  • 9 Mistakes Businesses Make on Social Media [Infographic]

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:48 am
    This infographic from Jasonsquiresonline addresses 9 mistakes businesses make on social media. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post 9 Mistakes Businesses Make on Social Media [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
  • The New Advertising Landscape [Infographic]

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    This infographic from Mashable addresses the new advertising landscape. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post The New Advertising Landscape [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
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    Pinnacle Telecom - Comms Buzz

  • Organisations need to look to the future of the way people work

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    Organisations should start looking at the future of the way their workforces operate in light of both cultural and technological changes. The differing needs of employees both now and in the future means that organisations should carefully weigh up their technological needs now to ensure they lead the process rather than be led by workers. We currently have a workforce made up of many generations, but we also have a rapid pace of technological change. In just a few years, someone who used to be well versed on the latest email platforms and online collaboration tools is faced with a plethora…
  • Crucial communications questions for at-risk companies

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:10 am
    What would happen if your telephone system failed and you did not have a plan in place to deal with it? Would your business still be able to operate? Would you be able to contact your customers or suppliers? What alternatives could you arrange and how long would it take? Incidents in recent years have illustrated all too clearly the affect that natural disasters can have on a business. For example, localised flooding has affected thousands of businesses, some of which never recover. Without timely communication – when, where, and how your customer wants to communicate – there is no…
  • Leading the way with ‘Hosted Telephony’

    11 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    Hosted telephony services are changing how small, medium and large businesses use voice communications. They can deliver an extraordinary range of business, financial and technical benefits – making business voice communications more resilient, saving money and making it easy to adapt to change. Office phone systems are often called PBXs – Private Branch Exchanges – or PABXs – private automatic branch exchanges. In the simplest terms, they connect any two or more phone users in the same organisation together. Of course they can do a vast amount more, providing facilities such as voice…
  • 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…
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    Market Deeper

  • 3D Surveying & Mapping Industry Trends: Infographics

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:09 am
    3D tools have opened up new opportunities, and POB would like to know how and to what extent surveyors are embracing the new technology. Thus, for the second year, BNP Media’s market research division has worked with POB to conduct a study on trends in 3D Surveying. The Study looked at how surveyors use 3D tools in their workflow, training … Read More >>The post 3D Surveying & Mapping Industry Trends: Infographics appeared first on Market Deeper.
  • 2014 LCD Glass Substrates Industry Global Market Demand, Trend, Size, Share, Growth Research Report

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:46 am
    Download PDF: Global LCD Glass Substrates Industry 2014 Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast QY Research Reports included a detailed market survey and trends analysis on Global LCD Glass Substrates Industry 2014. This report also includes more info about basic overview of the industry including definitions, applications and industry china structure. Browse Complete report with TOC : LCD … Read More >>The post 2014 LCD Glass Substrates Industry Global Market Demand, Trend, Size, Share, Growth Research Report appeared first on Market Deeper.
  • Working Remotely: Mobility Makes Most Happier

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:18 am
    Longer hours mean lower job satisfaction – or so you might think. However, The recent small business survey indicates otherwise. Do small business employees work remotely … Read More >>The post Working Remotely: Mobility Makes Most Happier appeared first on Market Deeper.
  • Candy Packaging Industry 2014 Global And China Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth & Forecast

    14 Nov 2014 | 2:27 am
    Dowanload PDF: Global And China Candy Packaging Industry 2014 Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast Candy Packaging Industry QY Research Reports included a detailed market survey and trends analysis on Global And China Candy Packaging Industry 2014. This report also includes more info about basic overview of the industry including definitions, applications and industry china structure. Browse Complete … Read More >>The post Candy Packaging Industry 2014 Global And China Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth & Forecast appeared first on Market Deeper.
  • Global And China Bean Bag Industry 2014 Market Demand, Trend, Size Research Report

    14 Nov 2014 | 2:21 am
    China Bean Bag Industry2014 Download PDF : Global And China Bean Bag Industry 2014 Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast QY Research Reports included a detailed market survey and trends analysis on Global And China Bean Bag Industry 2014. This report also includes more info about basic overview of the industry including definitions, applications and industry china … Read More >>The post Global And China Bean Bag Industry 2014 Market Demand, Trend, Size Research Report appeared first on Market Deeper.
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  • How to Avoid Conflict After Underbidding a Construction Job

    Jesse Maida
    28 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
    Estimating a construction job is difficult work. You have to calculate a lot of costs, and if you’re wrong the customer isn’t going to be happy. A proper construction estimate should include: cost of labor and time, and the materials needed for the job. This is typically referred to as a bid, and the bid should reflect the final cost...
  • Oil, Gas and Coal Industry in Russia

    Nick Huang
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    The oil, gas and coal industry in Russia is one of the world’s largest. As the biggest country in world in terms of geographic area, Russia is also the second largest producer of natural gas and third largest producer of oil in the world. Thus, the energy production and exports have become the main contribution for Russia's economic growth...
  • Which Countries Have China as One of Their Major Trading Partners?

    Jesse Maida
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:01 am
    In 2012 China officially passed the United States to become the world's biggest trading nation in measures of total sum of exports and imports of goods. China's GDP nearly doubled between 2007 and 2012 going from $4.3 Trillion (USD) to $9.49 Trillion (USD). China is the largest trading partner of at least 55 countries. Using the Atlas MIT database...
  • Top Companies in UK Real Estate Industry

    Nick Huang
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    The real estate industry plays an important role in the economy of the United Kingdom and is one of the largest markets in Europe. Foreign investment has become a substantial booster for the UK’s real estate market over the recent decades, especially in London. Today, the real estate industry adds gross value of over £150 billion to the country’s...
  • Workplace Safety: How Can it Profit Your Business?

    Jesse Maida
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    Do you ever sit in your office and wonder about your safety? Of course you don’t – you’re probably a very busy person. But your blithe lack of awareness about your surroundings doesn’t make accidents non-existent. Indeed, health and safety troubles cost businesses thousands of pounds every year. Every time one of your employees breaks their leg,...
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    Culture Amp

  • On-Boarding A People Geek

    Corey McAveeney
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    As a startup grows, so too does its culture. With a team that you could count on both hands until very recently, we’ve been talking a lot about how to best welcome folks and introduce them to the work we do. We have an evolving on-boarding process, which includes our very own on-boarding survey, of course. Without getting too pedagogical, we decided to interview those new to the team about their understanding of our mission - how we can make the world a better place to work. Recently I sat down with Steven and Tim, Culture Amp’s newest People Geeks. These were my six culture…
  • Being a Culture First company

    Didier Elzinga
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    This is a repost of Didier’s original article on Medium. Late 2013. San Francisco. As a fast growing software company with a client list that reads like a who’s who of Silicon Valley we began talks with some of the best VCs about the possibility of doing a series A. Having their portfolio as your client base certainly makes getting a meeting easier… Meeting with various partners, and firms, our eyes were opened to just how staggering the growth rates that their most successful companies achieved. What also became apparent is that most VCs have a playbook — what to do when you…
  • Writing questions for Employee Surveys

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

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

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

  • Arabic Fonts: The ongoing challenge

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    You hear it all the time in the discussions about web or digital design with the Arabic language. I don't like the Arabic fonts or Arabic typography used in general. No one is satisfied with the font their designer used on the web site! Why are you using that classical, less stylish font for Arabic though the font used for the English is so fancy?! Why are you using only regular and bold faces for Arabic - why don't you use light, thin, black, italic or narrow typefaces for Arabic? Why does the Arabic text appear much smaller in size than the Latin-based text though it has the same format…
  • The Rise of E-Commerce in China

    9 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Long gone are the days of having to run down to your neighborhood market in order to buy a new pair of shoes, a book, or even food.  They have been replaced by turning on your computer or mobile device, finding your desired product and completing the transaction all in a few minutes with just a few clicks.  Online shopping offers certain conveniences such as low prices, broader selections, and delivery to your front door.  Due to the expansion of globalization and greater access to the internet, the world is becoming smaller by the day, making the barriers for ecommerce markets…
  • GPI CMS Partners all make the Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant

    2 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Websites today are driven by an array of web content management systems (WCMS). Global companies author, store, edit, localize and publish content from these platforms. The ability to initiate and manage content authoring and translation workflows and collaboration around the world has improved immensely just in the last few years. Some of these WCMS have recognized the need for global, multilingual enabled authoring and publishing platforms to better serve their worldwide client bases. The 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management (WCM) report lists the CMS companies with the…
  • 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…
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    Faster Founders

  • Measure your side-project: Are you an Apple or an Orange?

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    Measure yourself in the right way every day for success I saw this quote and it got me thinking about how many of us are silently measuring ourselves each day against a yardstick that isn’t the right fit for ‘us’. It is unavoidable, you will judge yourself on some level against something. I recall the Olympic sprinter, Michael Johnson once stating in an interview that he didn’t care what times the other athletes posted, his focus was always on his own times because that was what he could influence. I really loved that outloook, it meant that he had laser focus on the…
  • Use Journal Power-how looking back will power you ahead

    3 Nov 2014 | 1:27 pm
    So I studied quite a bit… I got a Diploma, a BSc Degree, a Certificate and Diploma in Management (only ‘cos I was too young to do the MBA) and finally a Masters. So when I first came across a journal it was in the context of shelves and shelves of a library with little cardboard racks filled with volumes of journals from obscure Organisations and Bodies. These things contained articles written by distinguished and interesting people. One particular assignment on ‘Can an Artificial Intelligence have Ethics’  led me spend a whole afternoon in the IEEE (Institute of…
  • How to Choose to DO IT

    2 Nov 2014 | 9:28 am
    It’s a Monday, it’s dark, miserable…. Been there, done that and know it’s coming again. The alarm sounds and you’re in that nice warm bed, enjoying the comfort and not looking forwards to the trip outside that front door. YOU have a choice: Press the ‘SNOOZE’ button and have another few ZZZZzzzzzzs Seize the day and get right into the FIGHT There’s a lot more of us that go for option 1 over option 2 for sure. Only YOU Choose Now the thing about choice is that it’s down to you – YOU! It’s only you that makes choices –…
  • 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…
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  • 9 E-commerce trends in 2015 that influence buyer experience

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:07 pm
      With 2015 looming, it’s time once again to sift through our e-commerce stained tea leaves and make some predictions for what the new year will bring to e-commerce. Among other things, 2015 promises to boom after a heady 2014, with U.S.-based e-commerce predicted to reach $350 billion in sales by year’s end. When they finish tabulating the numbers, global sales are expected to reach $1.5 trillion. Even the holidays promise to be bigger than ever, with an estimated $617 billion in sales. We’d like to call this the year of the consumer. The customer’s always been right, but these…
  • Shipwire: Why Go?

    Stephen Searles
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
      What we’re up to At Shipwire, we’ve started to fold Go into our technology stack. In this post, I’d like to explain why, and in doing so, address some recent concerns about the language. Shipwire and I have a shared history of PHP. (We know, we’re working on it.) When we did our early development in 2007 and before, it was ubiquitous. Alternatives at the time were either ill-fit for web applications or required more than affordable commodity hardware—neither great choices for early-stage startups or young students trying to learn the Internet. Today, hardware is cheaper…
  • Open Source: Redis Client for Go

    Stephen Searles
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
      There are a number of client libraries for Redis written in Go. They generally take two forms: one which provides a connection type where you can send handwritten commands, and the other which provides a connection type with methods for the many Redis commands. The reply types typically provide a set of methods that return a string, a slice of strings, a slice of bytes, a map, etc. This leaves out my favorite Go idiom: readers and writers, so I wrote another Redis client for Go that solves this deficiency. This means when I GET a value that’s a 128 MB bulk string, I get back a reader…
  • Shipwire Open Source: Giving Back

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    Giving back to the Shipwire community Like many SaaS platforms, Shipwire makes considerable use of open source tools and libraries. Open source technology has given us the ability to focus on core logistics problems while not reinventing wheels. For some time now, our team has been thinking of ways we could begin to give back to the community that has allowed us to run as fast as we have. A group of us sat down a few months ago to take inventory of code we had written that we could conceivably open up and share with the world. Thanks to thoughtful investments by our engineers, it did not take…
  • Celery integrates with Shipwire

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    We are excited to announce that Celery is now integrated with Shipwire! Celery is a pre-order platform that merchants can use to take pre-orders for new products or back orders for products that are out of stock. If you’re planning to launch a new product, you can also run a crowdfunding campaign on your own website with Celery. For information about using the integration, please see our Celery connection information page and check out the FAQs below. Who Uses Celery? Successful crowdfunded companies like Pebble and Lockitron use Celery for pre-orders. Large brands and innovative…
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    The Brook Expert Insights Blog

  • 10 Qualities & Features to Look for in Every Stock Control System

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:29 am
    Whether you’re choosing a stock control system for the first time or looking to upgrade from one that’s offered unsatisfactory performance, the sheer number of options on the market makes pinning down your perfect fit a difficult task. Fortunately, there are a number of features to consider that will quickly pare your selection down to a reasonable group of possible systems. Today, we’ll discuss 10 qualities and features to be aware of when you’re looking for a stock control system—features that will be equally important whether the system’s controlling pharmaceuticals, food…
  • 5 Ways to Take Stock Faster Without Breaking a Sweat

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:10 am
    Keeping accurate inventory is essential to running your business smoothly. However, it should be done as efficiently as possible, to allow employees to spend more time with clients and closing transactions.
  • Barcode Scanning for Supply Chain Management: Does Your Warehouse Really Need It?

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:50 am
    With modern advancements in mobile technology, distributors and manufacturers in various industries are beginning to recognise the amazing benefits derived from lean methodologies in a global marketplace.
  • A Few Things the Food & Pharma Industries Should Know About Batch Tracking

    11 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Few things can impact a bottom line as severely, in any industry, as logistical concerns. In an increasingly global world, utilising increasingly advanced shipping methods and tracking tools, opens up new opportunities for success and failure in equal measure. When even a sliver of increased efficiency can lead to massive long-term profits, it’s worth understanding every conceivable tool in your arsenal—and no industries have more logistical concerns to contend with than the food and pharma industries. In this article, we’ll be discussing batch tracking—what it is, how it’s…
  • Create Cash Flow Security with Accounting Software

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:59 am
    Statistically, the majority of businesses will eventually experience late payments. The consequences of late payments are not only felt by the company that is left waiting. Very often that business will in turn be unable to make some of their own payments on time.
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    NoCrooks Reviews.

  • 3 reasons why your social media isn’t working

    garfield lawrence
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Just about any business with any kind of marketing budget uses social media in some way – even if a company’s social media effort basically involves getting a grandkid to “do the Facebook.” Of all the businesses that use social media … Source: marketing      The post 3 reasons why your social media isn’t working appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
  • 5 Web Marketing Basics to Give Your Business a Boost

    garfield lawrence
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:52 am
    In light of the recent Google algorithm update Penguin 2.0, you need to be more aware of your SEO habits due to an increased focus on link spam. With this update, Google is showing more interest in helping websites become authorities in their … Source: marketing      The post 5 Web Marketing Basics to Give Your Business a Boost appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
  • Hashin’ It Out: What You Need to Know About Marketing With Hashtags Across Social Media

    garfield lawrence
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Users like to use hashtags to find topics and follow conversations. Social media marketers like them because they can extend the reach of brand messages. Hashtags allow your tweets to … supposedly from—but we hope not for real—the bathroom. Source: marketing      The post Hashin’ It Out: What You Need to Know About Marketing With Hashtags Across Social Media appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
  • How Skullcandy tunes into online shoppers’ preferences

    garfield lawrence
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:52 am
    With Adobe Test, a feature for testing and targeting online content to general or specific groups of shoppers … Cloud software after a planned migration to an Internet-hosted e-commerce platform from Demandware Inc. to take advntage of … Source: marketing      The post How Skullcandy tunes into online shoppers’ preferences appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
  • How to use social media to land — or lose — a job

    garfield lawrence
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    According to a survey conducted by online recruiting platform Jobvite, more than 90 percent of American companies planned to use some form of social media recruiting in 2012. Students need to be more conscientious than ever about the image they craft for … Source: marketing      The post How to use social media to land — or lose — a job appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
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    MarketsandMarkets Blog

  • District Cooling Market Grows at Healthy CAGR with Rising Adoption

    28 Nov 2014 | 2:46 am
    District cooling refers to centralized production as well as distribution of energy. This system delivers chilled water though underground insulated pipelines. It majorly provides the cooling energy to industrial, commercial and residential buildings. The basic purpose of these systems is to cool the indoor air at the district level. Rising rate of adoption and technological advancements on regular basis is expected to help the district cooling market to witness healthy growth in the next few years. The industry is also witnessing rise in the business opportunities with strong advantages of…
  • Telecom Analytics Market – 3 Major Industry Drivers

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:13 am
    Growing need for communication and emerging channels of employee and customer communication are also contributing to the rising demand for the tools to moderate them. Enterprises dedicate a major area of their expenditure on telecommunication services. Growth in the use of smartphones and internet are contributing to innovative channels of communication. Telecom analytics systems help the enterprises from around the world to compile all the business intelligence in a single set and analyze the intricate requirements. Telecom analytics market is mainly driven by the increased rate of adoption…
  • 3D Printing Market Booming with Advent of Advanced Technologies

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    3D printing, which is also known as additive manufacturing, is an easy process of printing three dimensional objects. It uses different types of additives and is operated by computer control. Innovations in this technology have managed to revolutionize many supporting industries. According to the researchers, the global 3D printing market is expected to witness exponential growth in the years to come. This growth is mainly controlled by the rapid rise in adoption for this technology. Technological advancements and unique applications of these systems, technologies, applications and products…
  • Augmented Reality Market Awaits Bright Future with Innovative Twists

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Growing presence of social media has created major technological trends around the world. Smartphone boom and powerful network of web based services are keeping the global users more connected. Despite all these technologies, there is still a fine line between the virtual reality and physical presence. However, the latest technological leap in the semiconductor industry is creating innovative trends in the global market. Augmented reality (AR) comes across as a technological marvel of the futuristic approach that deals with closing the gaps between real-world environment and virtual reality…
  • Protective Coatings Market Driven by Impressive Rise in Demand

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:04 am
    Protective coating, also known as industrial coating is used to provide the added protection to the surface, which is likely to be exposed to harmful conditions or substances. Varied range of applications like printed labels and electric wiring; these products have found applications across various industrial verticals. According to the experts, the global protective coatings market will continue growing at a healthy rate. Rapid rise in the innovative applications and technological advancements in these products are expected to drive the growth for the market in the next few years. Strong…
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    Lead by Adventure

  • A Team Building Activity Adapted from The Biggest Loser

    Will Ratliff
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    I’m always looking for new ideas for team building activities. Last night, I was watching The Biggest Loser with my family. We find the show very uplifting and encouraging. One of the activities they did inspired an idea for a team building activity that I want to share with you. The participants had been on a hike together, and at the peak of their hike, the trainers gave them what looked like a small, folded piece of paper. However, inside of the paper was a butterfly. They were to answer the question, “What is your intention for the remainder of your time here?” After…
  • My First eBook and Conquering Fear

    Will Ratliff
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Well, today is the first official day of the launch of my eBook, 4 Steps to Choosing the Best Team Building Activities. It’s been an interesting journey. I’ve learned a lot not only about the eBook process, but also about stepping out in the midst of fear. You wouldn’t think that writing and publishing a relatively brief eBook would be that big of a deal. It’s taken a while for me to complete the book, not necessarily because of the content, but because of the doubts and fears that seem to pause me in my journey along the way. I want to encourage anyone who is thinking…
  • 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…
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  • Central Data Storage acquires marketing software provider Optyn

    Alen Malkoc
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/20/14 Chicago, IL — Central Data Storage, a leader in providing software as a service to medical and specialty professionals, has acquired Optyn and its 3,000+ customers for an undisclosed amount, including cash plus earn-out. “Optyn’s software and their team will help us serve our customers better than ever,” said CDS President/CEO Ed Conklin. “Small business owners love to use the simple marketing tool for a reason.” CDS, founded in 2008, continues its rapid growth with the acquisition and solidifies itself as a managed backup and software…
  • Mastering the Email Marketing Campaign

    Amer Grozdanic
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Tips to make sure you are on to a good start with your email marketing campaign Many businesses do not know what they want to be when they grow up. That reflects in their email marketing campaign. Since email is an important part of any marketing campaign, it is important to get all aspects of it right the first time, because the only thing which is worse than receiving a bunch of emails in your inbox from people whom you don’t really know, is receiving emails which do not make sense or fall short in some way, shape or form. The following are some of the points to keep in mind when one is…
  • Online Marketing: How to Build a Scalable Plan which Scales with You

    Louis Morales
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Some important elements of developing a strong and scalable marketing plan. As a startup or SME, developing an offline and online marketing plan which will serve its purpose, is never easy and needs a considerable amount of consideration and planning. The following are some of the most important elements of developing a strong and scalable marketing plan that will help propel your business and ensure that you enjoy long-term growth. Being Flexible Probably one of the most important aspects of developing a marketing plan is because it does not only have to do with the launch of a business, but…
  • The Secrets of Selling Successfully

    Alen Malkoc
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Selling is done the same way, whether online or off, which means that the rules of the game don’t change all that much. That being said, there are still those who think that the two modes of selling are like taming two different wild beasts at the same time. Keeping that in mind, the following lines are going to cover the secrets of selling successfully both online and offline. All Customers Want to Buy Let’s just say it as it is, everyone likes to buy new stuff, and especially new stuff. While that is true, nobody likes to be sold stuff or even told what to do. This is one of the main…
  • Email and Ezine Marketing Solutions

    Amer Grozdanic
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
      Marketing solutions to make the best out of email and ezine marketing for businesses. Email marketing comes in various shapes and forms, the following are going to be just two of those formats which one can use to increase their business. So without any further ado, let’s just get right into these marketing solutions. Opt-In “Series” Email Marketing This is by far one of the best and most underrated email marketing tactic used by businesses. This also happens to be the secret weapon of some of the most successful household names online today. This is how it works. First…
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  • Best Buy Website Goes Down On One Day Of Year It Shouldn’t

    Chris Morran
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    We’re hearing lots of complaints about the website for electronics retailer Best Buy being down, and multiple news outlets are confirming that is unresponsive nationwide. Current visitors to the site either get nothing or a message reading ““We’re sorry. is currently unavailable. Check back soon.” Some people are finally getting through as of 11:20 a.m., but even an hour or two of downtime on Black Friday is not a good sign for a company that desperately needs to beat Amazon and other online retailers that are quickly eating away at its market share.
  • Black Friday Mania Spreads To Animal Shelters, Adoption Events For Black Cats And Dogs

    Laura Northrup
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Since we first learned about this idea two years ago, a really great Black Friday promotion has become even more popular nationwide. It’s a doorbuster that aims to bust thousands of doors: the doors of cages and kennels at animal shelters, that is. Shelters and rescue groups have pounced on the idea of the holiday, and offer discounts or free adoptions of animals with black fur, and often animals of other colors as well. It’s common knowledge that black pets take longer to find families or are killed because of superstitions surrounding black cats, black dogs showing gray fur…
  • Reconsider Keeping A Second Refrigerator In Your Garage

    Laura Northrup
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:51 pm
    (Chris Rief)There are times––say, a major food-oriented holiday––that it comes in handy to have a spare refrigerator to store a case of soda, a thawing turkey, or a half-dozen boxes of wine. Usually, though, that second fridge sits empty, not doing much. Do you know what it’s mostly doing? Wasting energy, and your money. The second-fridge phenomenon might be unfamiliar to you, but in a Washington Post article denouncing the practice, we learned that in the Midwest, up to 30% of families keep a spare fridge. They tend to correlate with larger homes, which makes sense: plenty of…
  • Maybe We Should All Just Stop Eating Sprouts

    Laura Northrup
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:19 pm
    You can eat two out of three of these. (Amy Adoyzie)Sprouts are exactly what they sound like: the first sprouts from plants like beans or alfalfa, grown for a short time and then packaged for maximum deliciousness in a stir fry or on a salad. However, two pieces of sprout-related news from this week might make you pause before adding them to your salad. First, we learned about an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis that has made 68 people ill so far. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, authorities know that 33 of the people infected with this strain of…
  • Mobile Companies Leaping To Sell You A New Phone — With A New Contract — On Black Friday

    Kate Cox
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    (bryan bope)Is your phone getting old? Has it met with the unfortunate confluence of liquids, young children, and boisterous pets lately? If you’re in the market for a replacement or upgrade, it looks like Black Friday might be your day… as long as you’re willing to sign a contract. The big mobile companies are all gearing up to beat each other out for the ability to sell you the cheapest device at the end of this week, FierceWireless reports. Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon are all offering major deals on handsets and tablets to kick off the holiday shopping season.
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    Strategic Thinking | Principles of Execution

  • PofE 067: Book Review - Time Tactics of Very Successful People

    Gerald J. Leonard
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    Premise: The premise of “Time Tactics of Very Successful People”, is that we all have 24 hours in a day and that successful people and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 066: PPM Tips and Techniques

    Gerald J. Leonard
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    PM Tools PMIWDC Workshop Research has shown that top performing organizations that practice project portfolio management (PPM) and IT Governance have a 40% greater return... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 065: The Value of Portfolio Management

    Gerald J. Leonard
    16 May 2014 | 11:34 am
    FOSE 2014 PMI Portfolio Management Presentation High-performing organizations achieve results by utilizing portfolio management to select the right projects at the right time with the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 064: Benjamin Graham - The Father of Value Investing

    Gerald J. Leonard
    14 May 2014 | 5:30 am
    Principles of Value Investing Background and Challenges: In 1894, Benjamin Graham was born in London England as Benjamin Grossbaum. His family moved to New York... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PofE 063: Mother's Day Message - The 100th Anniversary

    Gerald J. Leonard
    11 May 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Mom's Work Is The Hardest Job In The World "A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary."... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Point of View

  • Great Product! Great Deal! But Have You Forgotten the True Expectations of the Customer?

    S Vejay Anand
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:53 am
    The Tata Nano was a great product at a great price. Launched in 2009, it was the cheapest car in the world. History was being created; a blue ocean in the midst of all the other colored ones. Success was a forgone conclusion and there were many reasons why it should be and only one of them was that India had a population of over a billion plus and a billion aspirations.History of a different type was created and for all the wrong reasons. Most of the ingredients for success were there except that the Tata's got the positioning wrong. Nobody aspired to buy the cheapest car. A car satisfied…
  • The Update Itch - The Psychological Urge to be Upto Date

    S Vejay Anand
    6 Feb 2014 | 1:11 am
    When I bought the iphone4S I think the phone had iOS4 but with the numerous updates my phone now runs on iOS7.Anyone with a smartphone would have downloaded numerous apps. All apps have their regular updates. Updates which bring in changes in their functionality and form. Anyone with a laptop would have to update their OS regularly.Till a few years, when our world was restricted to laptops/PCs, the reason best attributed to updating the software was increased security and ofcourse correcting some bugs. These updates were few and more a hindrance. However what was arguably a choice earlier has…
  • Are You Being Served - Customer Mis-Experiences

    S Vejay Anand
    21 Oct 2013 | 8:58 pm
    I hadn’t dealt in stocks for the last few years, and I was surprised when I received a bill from my stock broker for services which I had not availed of. I was willing to give the benefit of doubt to the broker and called their customer care. Given the fact that I was a bonafide customer, I expected the call to be received well and my questions answered satisfactorily. The call was answered promptly by an IVR which directed me through a maze of options. After careful negotiation I was told that I was customer no. 17. I thought I would be attended to sooner than later. 5 minutes passed, then…
  • If You Cannot Beat Them then Adopt Them - Extending Your Business Model

    S Vejay Anand
    8 Jul 2013 | 6:38 pm
    Book-music-movie retailing in India has hit hard times with almost all the major chains shutting down. The online ‘menace’ of the free availability of movies and music; increasing popularity of digital books/ e-readers and discounting by online retailers has resulted in such a situation.Take the case of Music World (MW) – part of the RPG Group. MW was the leader in the distribution of music, movies through CDs etc. The online phenomena literally killed the concept. Music was freely available on the net and that closed the largest revenue stream possible. Movies were available for…
  • There is a Hole in the Ship! - Missteps in Strategic Directions

    S Vejay Anand
    10 Jun 2013 | 4:02 am
    We had flight to catch at Delhi. And we were running late. We took solace in the fact that we had a real fast MUV and could rush to the airport in double quick time. But that was before we had factored a difficult clutch. While our initial thinking was correct we were slowed down by a faulty clutch which made the distance seem longer than usual. There is an interesting anecdote about Dr. Gil Amelio (that’s how he liked to be called), the erstwhile CEO of Apple. In the late ‘90s, in a conversation with a journalist he said that Apple was a ship loaded with treasures, but it had a hole at…
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    MIT SMR Management Report

  • How to Evaluate Opportunity

    Leslie Brokaw
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
    New research looks at the strategies executives use in capturing new growth opportunities. “Opportunities are more complex than people recognize. Few managers recognize that there are two components to capturing a new business opportunity: opportunity selection and opportunity execution.” That’s according to Christopher B. Bingham (Kenan-Flagler Business School), Nathan R. Furr (Marriott School of Management) and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt (Stanford University), writing in the Fall 2014 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review. Their article, “The Opportunity Paradox,” looks at what they…
  • Constructing New Narratives for New Strategic Directions

    Leslie Brokaw
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:19 pm
    “Work to construct strategic narratives is not easy, linear or straightforward,” write Sarah Kaplan (Rotman School of Management) and Wanda Orlikowski (MIT Sloan School of Management). But, they say, “managers need to engage directly with the past to shape a narrative that connects a particular understanding of history to a new future direction.” In times of great change, how can managers develop and build momentum for innovative strategies? That’s the question posed in Sarah Kaplan (Rotman School of Management) and Wanda Orlikowski (MIT Sloan School of Management) in their article…
  • Don’t Let Freeloaders Ruin Pay-As-You-Wish Pricing

    Leslie Brokaw
    9 Nov 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The obvious risk of pay-as-you-wish pricing is that customers may be tempted to offer unreasonably low payment. Here’s how companies are dealing with that fear in the real world. In “When Customers Help Set Prices” in the Summer 2014 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review, authors Marco Bertini (ESADE Business School) and Oded Koenigsberg (London Business School) lay out the pros and cons — and ins and outs — of involving customers in pricing decisions. They explain that although company-imposed pricing is common, prices can also be set in collaboration with customers and even by…
  • 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…
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    LT Copywriting - Professional Blog

  • The Best Way to Track Your Ads is the way you least expect it!

    27 Nov 2014 | 2:04 pm
    How to Track Ads On and Off Line If there is anything in this life that you need as a person. The Top 3 will be food, water, and love. If there is anything you need as a business. The Top 3 are customers, advertising, and the ability to track your advertising. As customers bring in cashflow. Advertising brings in the customers. And you have nothing unless you can track what’s effective. Therefore, let’s go over the best ways to track the effectiveness of your ads. First up is Offline Advertising. 1.      Point Of Origin Method -The best way to track ads is…
  • Are you on the Treadmill of Stagnation!?

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    Are you on the Treadmill of Torpid Stagnation Pet Project You work. You play. Both are fine and dandy.Until you feel it... Stagnation. The feeling you get when you walk the same path… day in… day out… Slowly feeling the ground beneath you sag from how many times you have traversed it…Like running on a treadmill… getting nowhere fast.This feeling is the reason you need a Pet Project.Something exciting to work on in your off-time that can…·         Take your mind off your day-to-day mundane…
  • Marketing Techniques of the Week: Epic 6

    6 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    Affect them and they will come. Halloo, This is my sixth iteration of “Techniques of the Week” which is an ode to simple writing and marketing techniques that can be used immediately with measurable results in the Before, During, and After of your sales process.       Today, we will be going over 3 major parts of marketing that ensures that you will never be left without content, have a uniform marketing policy in place, and how to get underneath your customer’s skin.                  …
  • 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…
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    Company Rescue Blog

  • Directors of discount retailer banned for 10 years

    28 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Javed-Yacub Fozdar and Riyaz Dawood Fozdar of Pound Empire Ltd have been disqualified as directors for 10 years each after failing to provide up to date accounts and financial records. The Insolvency Service found the business (with stores in Manchester, Liverpool, Warrington and Stockport) to have insufficient records of PAYE, income, expenditure and directors' drawings.  The investigation also discovered there had been a transaction of the company's assets between the company and Javed Fozdar's wife on the day it stopped trading, which the directors claimed to be a debt repayment.
  • A landlord’s and tenant’s guide to commercial rent arrears recovery (CRAR)

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    For the better part of 250 years, landlords enjoyed the right to claim ‘distress’ for unpaid rent – meaning that they could seize (distrain) and sell their tenants’ goods to recoup the loss of earnings. The Rent Act 1977 stripped this right from residential landlords1, but commercial landlords continued to be able to exercise distraint until April 2014, when distress laws were replaced with the commercial rent arrears recovery (CRAR) process2, 3. So what exactly is CRAR? Like most archaic UK legislation, distress law was unnecessarily complicated and, many felt, rather…
  • Did banks make good businesses go bust?

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:02 am
    A recent Panorama programme looked again at the accusations that the banks pushed good businesses into insolvency when they should have been supporting them. Various business owners recounted how they were put into the Business Support unit of Lloyds or Global Restructuring Group at RBS and were treated far from supportive, with the banks simply putting up charges significantly or withdrawing overdrafts. The actions understandably put extra pressure on the businesses so in many cases they closed.   However, were the banks simply pricing in the extra risk that these businesses would…
  • Risk of pub closures and job losses as beer-tie system ends

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    Parliament voted on Tuesday to bring the somewhat controversial beer-tie system to an end, much to the annoyance of the so called “pubcos” who argue the system subsidises rents and allows incomers to take on small outlets for little capital outlay.  The beer-tie system is where the pub landlord buys stock (usually above market price) from the owner of the lease in exchange for low rent and other benefits.  We would argue that few people benefit from the beer-tie. In an example, we saw recently a publican increased sales in his outlet owned by Enterprise. The pubcos…
  • How will the holiday pay ruling affect insolvent businesses?

    12 Nov 2014 | 2:13 am
    We recently wrote about the holiday pay ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal, which now makes it compulsory for employers to include overtime in holiday pay for employees.  This will obviously affect businesses in terms of cashflow, causing companies to review and manage their strategies. This only means insolvent businesses will have further problems as cashflow is already very tight and the company is in a difficult situation. The employer, together with the Insolvency Practitioner (IP), will also need to deal with underpayment of holiday pay claims from employees.  This will…
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    Hyrell Blog

  • How Do You Build a Solid Talent Brand?

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:07 am
    HR has not typically been responsible for a sellable “brand” for applicants. In many respects, creating the company brand is something that largely falls on the marketing or public relations department. We have all heard of videos goes “viral” and an average person shoots to instant Internet stardom. However, actions of the HR department going “viral” can have negative effects. Social media has now turned the tables on employers. Millennials (who tend to be stereotyped as demanding in nature) grew up with the Internet in ways Baby Boomers and Generation X did not. They expect to…
  • Do Applicant Tracking Systems Miss Qualified Candidates?

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    You’d like your company to invest in an applicant tracking system, but the key decision maker is afraid the software will miss qualified candidates. This concern may be fueled by personal experience—perhaps he felt he was wrongly passed over when he applied to a company that used this type of software. Alternatively, he may simply have been misled by inaccurate information on the Internet.   You shouldn’t let the conversation about implementing an applicant tracking system fall by the wayside, however. A persuasive way to alleviate fears is by educating decision makers about how an…
  • 3 Ways to Update Your Hiring Process for the Digital Age

    13 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    In our personal lives, we are obsessed with having the latest and greatest technological advancement to hit the market. Whether it is the new smart phone, tablet, or computer, we have to have it. Society has advanced to the point where we actually laugh at the “old-fashioned ways” we used to do things. However, in the world of HR, the question remains: how can we leverage new technological advances and incorporate them into our hiring practices?  The answer is Applicant Tracking Systems. A powerful ATS can eliminate the time-consuming task of going through piles and piles of resumes,…
  • 4 Signs Your Manual Hiring Process is Overworking HR Employees

    11 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    Oversee the onboarding process. Manage employee relations. Maintain benefits programs. Ensure legal compliance. Make policy recommendations. Have you ever taken the time to list all that’s expected of you as an HR manager? Depending on the size of your company, your list could take up pages.   Because you already have so many “big picture” projects going on at any one time, you rely heavily on the help of your HR employees, especially when it comes to hiring and recruiting new talent. Without them, time-consuming tasks like posting open positions online and reviewing applications…
  • Why Your 2015 HR Budget Should Include Applicant Tracking Software

    4 Nov 2014 | 5:41 am
    With 2015 budget planning well underway, you’re probably in the midst of defining allocation requests and preparing to defend each line item to senior management. If applicant tracking software isn’t already one of the line items in your budget, you may want to revisit it in light of your overall company and HR strategy. If you need to convince the people who hold the purse strings why an applicant tracking system is a “must have” item for 2015, consider these five reasons: The HR strategy supports the overall corporate strategy. It may not be explicitly stated in the corporate goals,…
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    Matter Solutions

  • 10 SEO Myths Web Designers Need to Know

    Jen Mackie
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Presented at Brisbane Web Design Meetup Group, 20th November 2014 We love our monthly meetups with some of the best local web designers, developers and business people. It’s always a fun night with a creative vibe and a lively atmosphere.  ... more »
  • Social Media Image Templates

    Svanhild Egge
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Want to give your social media presence an extra kick? A little while ago, I wrote an article about Optimizing Images for Social Media, where I gave you a run through of all the different image sizes you should keep in mind  ... more »
  • How to Create a Publishing Schedule

    3 Nov 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Schedules, deadlines, restrictions. Eww. As a writer, setting up a publishing schedule can be both daunting and painful. Kind of like doing your taxes actually. But did you know that it isn’t all about goals and deadlines? It’s also just  ... more »
  • 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 »
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    Purchasing, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Insights

  • A quick look at international purchasing management

    Sean Kolenko
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Written by: Sean Kolenko The concept of international purchasing management, in my (humble!) opinion, is a bit of a misnomer. Yes, large, multinational firms (and some medium-sized ones as well) purchase goods and services in an increasingly complex international market. It is incumbent on businesses to find the best deal/source for requisite goods and services and scouring international avenues is commonplace to achieve that goal. And, yes, combing the globe for goods and services requires oversight, or, in other words, international purchasing management. But when we analyze international…
  • The importance of procurement process automation

    Sean Kolenko
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    Written by: Sean Kolenko At Procurify, we love the procurement process, or, more concretely, the procure-to-pay cycle. That should comes a no surprise – after all, we’ve designed a software solution to streamline that critical business process. For a detailed look at the procure-to-pay cycle, click here. But the focus of this post isn’t just the steps in the procure-to-pay cycle itself, but, rather, the automation of it. The procure-to-pay process can occur (unfortunately!) using manual, paper-based methods. So, what is procurement process automation? Simply put, it is the use of…
  • What are indirect suppliers?

    Sean Kolenko
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:11 am
    Written by: Sean Kolenko To compile a thorough list of all the possible expenses a business can face on a daily, monthly, quarterly or annual basis would prove both an exhaustive exercise and, in respect to business owners, a less-than-amazing reminder of all those payments. But there’s good news! We can lump those myriad expenditures into two groups (however expansive) – direct costs and indirect costs. For the uninitiated: Direct costs, courtesy of, are “expenses that can be traced directly to (or identified with) a specific cost centre or cost object such…
  • Sterling Bank Services and Procurify: Building a structured purchasing process together

    Sean Kolenko
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Written by: Sean Kolenko Since its inception two decades ago, Sterling Bank Services has been providing security and ATM services to the largest financial institutions throughout the United States. And the company’s grown significantly. Sterling Bank Services now operates in all 48 continental states and, after a recent expansion, Alaska as well. Lost in the shuffle of such substantial operations, however, was its purchasing process. Far-flung employees had credit cards and made routine purchases – but there wasn’t any strict oversight. Sterling needed to establish strong internal…
  • What is a cloud purchase order system?

    Sean Kolenko
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    Written by: Sean Kolenko To properly analyze the concept of a cloud purchase order system, it’s instructive to split the term in half – cloud technology and purchase order system. First things first: cloud technology. According to, cloud technology is “A model for delivering information technology services in which resources are retrieved from the Internet through web-based tools and applications, rather than a direct connection to a server. Data and software packages are stored in servers.” At its core – software that is delivered and hosted on external cloud…
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    Euro Exchange Rate NewsEuro Exchange Rate News

  • Euro to Pound Sterling (EUR/GBP) and Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) Exchange Rates Advance on Greek GDP; Forecast to Soften on Stimulus Speculation

    Ollie Carpenter
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    Euro to Pound Sterling (EUR/GBP) and Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) Exchange Rates Advance on Greek GDP; Forecast to Soften on Stimulus Speculation After British data failed to impress on Friday, the Euro to Pound Sterling (EUR/GBP) exchange rate advanced by around 0.40%. Better-than-expected Greek and Portuguese economic growth, meanwhile, has seen the Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) Exchange Rate strengthen by around 0.22%. The Euro to Pound Sterling exchange rate is currently trending in the region of 0.7954. The Euro to US Dollar exchange rate is currently trending in the region of 1.2485. Euro…
  • Euro to Pound Sterling (EUR/GBP) Exchange Rate Forecast to Appreciate on German Data, Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) Forecast to Soften on Market Sentiment

    Ollie Carpenter
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    Euro to Pound Sterling (EUR/GBP) Exchange Rate Forecast to Appreciate on German Data, Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) Forecast to Soften on Market Sentiment In the aftermath of a relatively positive set of German economic data publications, the Euro to Pound Sterling (EUR/GBP) exchange rate strengthened by around 0.10%. The Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) exchange rate softened by around -0.13% as a result of dampened risk sentiment following disappointing data out of China. The Euro to Pound Sterling exchange rate is currently trending in the region of 0.7929. The Euro to US Dollar exchange rate is…
  • Euro to Pound (EUR/GBP) Exchange Rate Nearing 2-Week Low, Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) Exchange Firmer on US Data

    Matthew Olney
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    Euro to Pound (EUR/GBP) Exchange Rate Nearing 2-Week Low, Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) Exchange Firmer on US Data The Euro to Pound (EUR/GBP) exchange rate weakened to a two-week low and the Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) exchange rate firmed as US data disappointed the market ahead of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Early in the session, the Euro did find some support against a number of peers as economic data out of France showed that consumer confidence increased unexpectedly to reach its highest level in eight-months. The improvement was thought to be because of low inflation, which ironically…
  • EUR/GBP Exchange Rate Firms, EUR/USD Exchange Rate Softens, Volatility Forecast

    Matthew Olney
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:42 am
    EUR/GBP Exchange Rate Firms, EUR/USD Exchange Rate Softens, Volatility Forecast The Euro to Pound (EUR/GBP) exchange rate firmed on Tuesday as Bank of England Governor Mark Carney delivered a dovish testimony to lawmakers. The Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) exchange rate however softened ahead of US GDP and Consumer Confidence data. Sterling gave up earlier gains against the Euro and other major peers after BoE Governor Mark Carney warned that the UK faces heightened risks from external factors and reaffirmed his concern that inflation in the nation could fall below 1% over the next six months.
  • EUR/GBP Exchange Rate Little Moved, EUR/USD Firmer on German Confidence Data

    Matthew Olney
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:22 am
    EUR/GBP Exchange Rate Little Moved, EUR/USD Firmer on German Confidence Data The Euro to Pound Sterling (EUR/GBP) exchange rate was experiencing mixed trading as the UK currency found support. The Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) exchange rate meanwhile edged higher as it found support from data showing that business confidence in Germany improved in November. Earlier in the session, the Euro had been firmer against the Pound on the back of the German data but the UK currency fought back as speculation increased that it will find support from interest rates, which will be comparatively higher than…
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    Growing Earth

  • When Should I Hire an Arborist?

    Growing Earth
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:46 am
    The short answer to this question is simply this – whenever you think you need to. You’ve planted trees on your property with the goal of enhancing your living environment and increasing your property values. Trees that are attractive and properly cared for can lead to great returns if and […]
  • 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 […]
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  • When the Specifications You Created Just Don’t Work

    Midlake Products
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    Manufacturing custom parts involves plenty of science, but that doesn’t necessarily mean things always turn out with the precision we had hoped for. The truth is that even with the best engineers and technology, you never know if a custom part is going to work until it’s made and ready to test in the real world. Unfortunately, we’ve heard horror stories from a number of customers who tell us about manufacturers that said that wasn’t their problem. This is not how Midlake treats customers or manufacturing. We’ll stick with the job until the part works perfectly. A Recent Example…
  • Forget Hamburgers – Have It Made Your Way in Manufacturing

    Midlake Products
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:42 am
    Although Burger King has had many slogans and ad campaigns over the years, perhaps one of their most famous has been, “Have It Your Way.” The slogan was created by the famous marketing firm BBDO back in the 70s, but was brought back into use starting in 2002. It was originally used as a method of contrasting Burger King with their rival, McDonald’s. The latter had become famous for its rigid recipes, relying on assembly-line production that usually took no actual thought on the behalf of the worker. On the other hand, at Burger King, you were assured that however you wanted your burger…
  • Local Design 2 Part Trade Show Is a Big Success

    Midlake Products
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:33 am
    Design-2-Part Shows provide manufacturing engineers, design engineers, purchasers and managers an excellent opportunity to meet local and national job shops and contract manufacturers face-to-face to source custom parts, components, services, and design. That’s why Midlake is always so excited about the opportunity to partake. Recently, our company attended The Greater Ohio Design-2-Parts Show held in Akron, Ohio. The Greater Ohio Design-2-Parts Show This year’s show took place over two days. With 1,055 people in attendance comprised of primarily engineers, engineering management, and…
  • When Brushed Finishes Have to Be Just Right

    Midlake Products
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:52 am
    Of course everyone likes to have business they can handle with their existing staff or equipment. But in the custom manufacturing line of work, we often take on projects which require not only an investment of time and resources to create a customized product, but sometimes it also requires an investment in additional tools and equipment. At Midlake Products, we embrace these opportunities to invest in our customers and develop new capabilities. Recently, we had one such opportunity when a customer of ours needed help with a particularly unique challenge. Here is the case study: The Customer…
  • The Impact of Faster Times from Laser Cutting on Custom Manufacturing

    Midlake Products
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:42 am
    When it comes to the world of custom manufacturing, there have been a number of advancements that helped the industry move further into the future. One great example of such a development is laser cutting. Thanks to this technology, custom manufacturing can happen faster than ever before. Let’s take a look at how the increased production speeds from laser cutting have affected the rest of the manufacturing process. Laser Cutting in Action Decreased Bottlenecks This first impact may seem obvious, but it’s crucial to understanding why custom manufacturing is being done faster now than ever…
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  • The Great Divider has Spoken and the Riots Begin

    Steve C
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    Why would a president even get involved in such an event? Knowing that all this will do is create more divide. Why get involved? So it does create more division and that’s it, there can be no other reason what so ever. Are the looters part of an agenda for more division in this country […] The Great Divider has Spoken and the Riots Begin is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post The Great Divider has Spoken and the Riots Begin appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • The Life and Death with Socialized Medicine

    Steve C
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:46 pm
    She was around 48 years old a Brazilian citizen that went in for surgery on removing a piece of her liver. The surgery was complete and everything was fine, until a week or so later she felt sick, she went into the hospital and the same doctor that performed the surgery opened her up and […] The Life and Death with Socialized Medicine is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post The Life and Death with Socialized Medicine appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • The Decay and Scheme of Rayban Luxottica Customer Service

    17 Nov 2014 | 1:28 pm
    It was only a decade ago that Rayban Luxottica group customer service was excellent. A person could have a factory defect or a premature problem with the sunglasses and give them a call, send them in and get a replacement or get them repaired for free. Which is understandably correct given the fact that a […] The Decay and Scheme of Rayban Luxottica Customer Service is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post The Decay and Scheme of Rayban Luxottica Customer Service appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • Nockout Game Death on Video and Man Gets 4 Years Only

    Steve C
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Talk about harsh sentencing, the man in this video killing dead the man he hits for no apparent reason is sentenced to only 4 and a half years. That’s right 4 lousy years for  a killing like this out in the open in clear view of the camera. The crime takes place in England and […] Nockout Game Death on Video and Man Gets 4 Years Only is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post Nockout Game Death on Video and Man Gets 4 Years Only appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • The plans of Mega Regions are in effect, where will you live?

    Steve C
    2 Nov 2014 | 8:12 am
    These days every time you turn around if it is not a crippling government policy, it is some dot org that is calling the shots for your future. Normally this would be laughable but the problem here is who is behind these massive dot org’s with unlimited funding and support from certain sides of the […] The plans of Mega Regions are in effect, where will you live? is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post The plans of Mega Regions are in effect, where will you live? appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
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    Number Direct » Articles

  • The 6 Best UK Tech Deals For Black Friday Weekend

    28 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    Shoppers around the UK are being whipped into a frenzy by Black Friday. Find out where you can find the best deals on some of the most popular tech items. The post The 6 Best UK Tech Deals For Black Friday Weekend appeared first on Number Direct.
  • The 12 Year Old Kid With The ‘Brailliant’ Idea

    Kathryn Kearns
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    Lego - a timeless toy that puts no limit on your imagination, and for one young boy, the source of inspiration for his new invention that could change the lives of visually impaired people all over the world. The post The 12 Year Old Kid With The ‘Brailliant’ Idea appeared first on Number Direct.
  • The Best Christmas Movies On Netflix And Amazon Prime

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    With video-on-demand services on the rise this year, here are the best Christmas movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant to watch this season. The post The Best Christmas Movies On Netflix And Amazon Prime appeared first on Number Direct.
  • Xmas Gift Ideas For Gadget Lovers

    Kathryn Kearns
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    What do you buy the person who has everything? Well, if they like their tech gadgets, these items might be right up their street. No matter what your budget - this list has something for everyone. The post Xmas Gift Ideas For Gadget Lovers appeared first on Number Direct.
  • Competition: Win A Waterproof Case For Your iPhone

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    Number Direct has an exciting opportunity for UK based Apple fanatics. We are giving away a free waterproof case for iPhone 4 or iPhone 5 worth £25. The post Competition: Win A Waterproof Case For Your iPhone appeared first on Number Direct.
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    Self Made Businessman

  • The Results From My $15k Giveaway

    Dave Schneider
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    From October 16th – October 30th I ran a giveaway on my blog – the original post is here and it features over 40 companies and $15k in valued prizes. Some people may have noticed that giveaways have been popping up all over the place, and the culprit is of course this guest post on Smart Passive Income (refer to this post for a walkthru on setting up the KingSumo plugin and additional promotion techniques). I’ve seen at least a half a dozen in the last few weeks – I can only imagine how many sales that post generated for King Sumo. On the one hand, I don’t like…
  • What Do I Do All Day? Inside A Founder’s Schedule

    Dave Schneider
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Twice in recent times I’ve been confronted with the question: “What do I do all day?” And I’m sure there are plenty of people who are wondering the same thing, but out of politeness choose not to ask (not that I’d be offended – it’s a perfectly legitimate question). The truth is I do quite a bit, in fact, in September I was on the computer for nearly 300 hours. I have a lot of different professional roles, such as: Blogger Startup Founder Internet Marketer/Digital Nomad And a lot of those roles have sub roles, like Head of recruitment Designer…
  • How To Master Google Analytics

    Dave Schneider
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:45 pm
    If you’ve been struggling to wrap your head around Google Analytics, my professor friend Ron Stefanski from has written an in depth walkthru of how to effective use analytics to better understand your website. Enjoy! Truth be told, there are many different analytic metrics that can be used at any given time to analyze a webpage or website. In my personal opinion, sometimes this is the downfall of people who own websites. You see, there’s a term in the industry known as “analysis paralysis”.  The idea behind this is that webmasters will look at…
  • Monthly Growth Report – October 2014

    Dave Schneider
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Welcome to the October monthly growth report here at Every month I give a status check on the progress of the website and have a candid chat with my audience about what’s working and what isn’t. You can see past monthly growth reports. Some of the main benefits of doing this are holding myself accountable on my goals, as well as keeping myself and this website “grounded”. By that I mean, it’s important to show that I do NOT have all the answers and most importantly that I don’t think I do either. These monthly reports will show that…
  • 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…
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  • 7 Ways to Take Stale Web Content to the Top of the SEO

    Isteak Ahmed
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    It’s been high time, say for the last 2 years, you’ve been working hard on your Web Content, but failed to draw the attention of traffic as you expected. You tried so hard and bet on the race, but haven’t got the response. Despite the fact that your web contents are firmly written, maintained all the standards and relevant to the subject too, but it’s simply not assembling the desired outcome. In that situation, you became frustrated and search desperately for the solution. What can you do now? What’s your role to fix such problem? Well, possibly it’s the time […] The post 7…
  • On-Page SEO: How To Optimize A Page Perfectly

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:40 am
    You have already heard about meta tags and keyword density, while searching for On-page SEO. I know all the SEO blogs are constantly telling about this factors as the key points for on page SEO. But there are lots of factors they are intentionally hiding from you. Today I have come with some practical strategies which will definitely work for ranking your site. Even I along with all the industry experts are using these on-page seo techniques for optimizing our sites. At first check this infographic from Backlinko. In this infographic Brian Dean has shown how perfectly you can optimize your…
  • 500+ Free Instant/Fast Approval Directory List 2015

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Looking for Free  list of Instant/Fast Approval Directories? Here is a very large collection for you. In this post I have listed more than 500 instant approve directories for 2015. As you know directory submission is still very important for gaining your MOZ domain authority. So I think this list is going to help you a lot. But don’t forget, too much directory submission can be harmful for your website. *** Tips: Don’t make too much spammy backlinks. Try to keep your SEO process look natural on Google’s Eye. Free Instant/Fast Approval Directory List…
  • 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
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  • Beat the Big Box Blues: How to Compete with the Mega Stores

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    Black Friday is coming up and the Big Box retailers have already stepped up their game. Black Friday has become … Continue reading → [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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    G&M Supplies

  • Christmas sale offers from G&M Supplies: huge savings on catering equipment and more!

    Paul McGuirk
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    It’s the most wonderful time of year… for stocking up on high quality catering equipment, bar supplies and more from G&M!Our Christmas Sale is now in full swing, so make sure your bar, hotel, cafe, restaurant or commercial kitchen is ready for the seasonal rush.SAVE! SAVE! SAVE! on HUNDREDS of products, including:Bottle Coolers Glashwashers Dishwashers Grills Induction Hobs Ice Makers Cash Registers Fryers Ovens & Ranges Microwaves Water Boilers Pizza Ovens Fridges & FreezersTO VIEW OUR CURRENT CHRISTMAS OFFERS SIMPLY CLICK HERE!On behalf of the team at G&M Supplies,…
  • 2015 F-Gas Regulations – What do operators need to know?

    Paul McGuirk
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
     The introduction of new F-Gas regulations which will impact the maintenance and use of commercial refrigeration equipment is just a handful of weeks away. These new rules are designed to encourage catering equipment manufacturers to reduce their usage of harmful gases, and will be phased in over a fifteen year period. The laws will also change how operators and maintenance companies undertake work on refrigeration equipment, with an emphasis on taking steps towards preventing F-gas leaks entirely, or to repair any leaks as soon as practicable. Regulations were initially…
  • Sterling Pro Bottle Coolers: catering equipment roundup

    Paul McGuirk
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    A high quality, dependable bottle cooler is a must for any bar, restaurant, cafe or hotel. However, with so many different models and brands on the market it can often be something of a minefield when it comes to choosing suitable equipment. There are numerous things to consider before purchasing a bottle cooler – for example, will your chosen model match the aesthetic of your premises? Does your bar have enough space to accommodate it? Is the price within your budget? What do you intend to store in it? These are all questions worth asking before committing to a purchase. At…
  • Blizzard’s latest light duty catering equipment range.

    Paul McGuirk
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    It’s a fair comment to suggest that the sort of catering equipment your commercial premises should require will vary entirely dependent on what sort of business you do – for example, a busy cafe or tearoom is more likely to make use of a water boiler than a traditional pub, which might in turn make better use of a bottle cooler than a restaurant, and so on.Ultimately, there are always going to be items of catering equipment which some businesses, for whatever reasons, will seldom use. Despite this, it’s important to be able to offer as much variety in your food offer as possible.
  • Catering equipment spotlight: Lincat EB3F/PBM

    Paul McGuirk
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    As Lincat’s flagship water boiler, the EB3F has enjoyed popularity across the entire catering industry for a long time, and it’s quite difficult to see how it could be improved upon. Thankfully, the firm have made some particularly useful, sensible changes with the recently available EB3F/PBM – most notably, by adding a metered dispense feature.The EB3F/PBM offers the user a choice of three fully programmable preset water levels, which is ideal for busier outlets. The machine comes with the same great specifications as the original model, but now provides users with ability to receive…
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    Exit Coach Radio Show


    28 Nov 2014 | 2:05 am
    A brief interview with a Franchise Representative from the West Coast Franchise Expo. To see all of the Franchise Expo interviews, visit the folder “West Coast Franchise Expo” in our Audio Library at: Over 300 interviews archived in 30+ topic folders to help you! … Come listen for a minute!
  • Choosing to Rise Above - John Wendall Adams

    28 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Host: Bill Black Audio Library:  John Wendall Adams discusses betrayal, reactions, and how forgiveness is the only way to true progress.  Do you have a question you would like Bill Black to answer on the air? Leave a voicemail of your question at 
  • Choosing to Rise Above - John Wendall Adams (1m)

    28 Nov 2014 | 1:55 am
    Host: Bill Black Audio Library:  John Wendall Adams discusses betrayal, reactions, and how forgiveness is the only way to true progress.  Do you have a question you would like Bill Black to answer on the air? Leave a voicemail of your question at 

    27 Nov 2014 | 2:05 am
    A brief interview with a Franchise Representative from the West Coast Franchise Expo. To see all of the Franchise Expo interviews, visit the folder “West Coast Franchise Expo” in our Audio Library at: Over 300 interviews archived in 30+ topic folders to help you! … Come listen for a minute!
  • Joe Siecinski - How to Make More Money and Have More Time

    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Joe Siecinski is an Action Coach, and has been helping business owners recapture time and increase profits for years. Listen to his tips, ideas and precautions to learn how.
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    Colin Burnett's Wealth Creation Blog

  • Make money on Ebay

    8 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    How to – Make money on Ebay! Make money on Ebay…sound too good to be true? Have you ever thought about trying to make maybe a little or even a lot using EBay? Up until a few weeks ago, I had never really given it much though. Let’s jump straight in and take a look at how to make money this way more closely… Here is an example of a GREAT way you can make money on Ebay! This guy is Pumped isn’t he! Well why shouldn’t he be? As he says, making money on Ebay can be duplicated easier than other Internet Marketing Companies. If you are an Internet Marketer…
  • Market Samurai

    7 Nov 2014 | 4:28 am
    A Complete Overview to Market Samurai Are you familiar with Market Samurai? If not, this is the perfect time for you to get a really good understanding on what this is. I am an Internet Marketer and I want to share with you the tools that I use for success. So let me explain more aboutthis tool in this video. We can then go into more depth about this tool! Dude, What is Market Samurai?   Well, Market Samurai can be defined as SEO research tool that usually focuses on search engine optimization as well as it has the ability to help the user to eliminate the unnecessary steps that will bog…
  • WorldVentures Review

    6 Nov 2014 | 7:11 pm
    WorldVentures Review What exactly is this company and is it worth doing a WorldVentures review? Well I am not personally affiliated with WorldVentures and only heard about them after they merged with an old Internet Marketing company called Numis Network. Numis is the old coin company where people were encouraged and trained on how to buy and sell coins. Here is s a bit of a CRAZY video…It’s from a World Ventures Event. WorldVentures Review -What do they do exactly? If you are still wondering what the heck these guys do, except from just hyping everything up and dressing up on…
  • Best Motivational Books -Aussie Style!

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Hey there! Here is my guide to the best motivational books you can buy. How cool that you are into reading… It is becoming a lost art with the new technologies BUT it is very, very powerful how it can transform your life. Let me take you back in time with this mysterious video…. How I use the Best Motivational Books and get RESULTS? It’s quite cool how they used to live isn’t it. I come from the country here in Queensland, Australia and like to think that I have a connection to the land as well. It is something that you really can’t describe. I know my childhood…
  • Professional Networking Sites

    4 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Professional Networking Sites Let s talk about professional networking sites today….. Are you in need of new friends? Lol well maybe not that drastic but you want to learn from some professional people right? The good news is that there are some really great professional networking sites out there. These sites are use to train, mastermind and connect. This sort of stuff is just so important. If you haven’t read my blog or story before, I have a farming background in north Queensland Australia. My family have been farmers for over 150 years. I don’t like to knock farmers but…
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    Biz Epic

  • Could This be the Best Auto Industry Commercial Ever Made?

    Chad Stewart
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:22 pm
    This may just be the most heartfelt endorsement for the future of the American auto industry ever to be released. The post Could This be the Best Auto Industry Commercial Ever Made? appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • Dear Hard Work: Look at What You’ve Done to Me

    Chad Stewart
    28 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    Fear of pain, fear of failure. Hard work is called hard work for a reason. The post Dear Hard Work: Look at What You’ve Done to Me appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • Selling Your Home: Best First Impression

    Ivan Widjaya
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    How can you make your home more likely to sell for the asking price? The answer is first impression: How to give the best of yours to potential buyers. The post Selling Your Home: Best First Impression appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • Over 20 Self-Help Products You Can Use for a Better 2015

    Chad Stewart
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    If you're looking to enact change in your life, to improve on the greatness that is you, this list of recommended self-help books is a great starting point. I've included a few of my own recommendations at the bottom of the post The post Over 20 Self-Help Products You Can Use for a Better 2015 appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • Turn Any Smartphone Into a Security Cam

    Chad Stewart
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    It doesn't get any easier than this to keep an eye on your blindspots, using any old or new smartphone and a PC or other smart device! The post Turn Any Smartphone Into a Security Cam appeared first on Biz Epic.
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    Forte Consultancy

  • Social BI for Intelligent Enterprise 2.0

    Forte Consultancy
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:40 pm
    “Everything that can be social, will be” – Jeff Dachis In spite of the fact that Enterprise 2.0, the use of emergent social platforms within or between companies and their customers, has been in existence for years, even its most successful implementations are lacking in the ability to integrate successfully into daily business activities. Business Intelligence (BI) is one of the major areas that have the potential to bring Enterprise 2.0 to life and have it affect company bottom lines… You can download PDF version of this whitepaper here. Enterprise 2.0 and the…
  • Credit Card Customer Segmentation

    Forte Consultancy
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:09 am
    “Credit cards aren’t banking – they’re information” – Richard Fairbank, Founder of Capital One 300 billion credit card transactions are expected to take place each year by 2018, creating 300 billion opportunities to understand customers better. Unfortunately, many banks remain ignorant of this wealth of information at their disposal, and they opt for mass marketing and costly above-the-line communications. (You can download PDF version of this whitepaper here.) Customer segmentation is one of the most fundamental building blocks in getting to know…
  • Failure to Launch: From Big Data to Big Decisions

    Forte Consultancy
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:24 am
    “Big data is bullshit” – Harper Reed, President Obama Campaign CTO Not long ago big data was all the rage, the trendiest concept in the world of business intelligence. Now, however, the hype appears to be fading fast, with few companies having realized the bottom-line benefits promised to them by various vendors from the undertaking of big data initiatives. You can download PDF version of this whitepaper here. One of the key drivers of this gap between promise and the reality has been the shortage of effective and adequate human resources in the organizations to undertake…
  • Hype or the Real Deal? The Big Data Conundrum

    Forte Consultancy
    27 Oct 2013 | 11:19 pm
    Big Data has become one of those terms you can’t avoid these days, all the rage in and around the business intelligence industry. The overwhelming buzz makes you wonder – is there something really there, or, is the hype the result of vendors and consultants trying to make another buck? You can download PDF version of this whitepaper here. What Is Big Data? The 12 year old definition of Big Data is summarized in three words, a definition which is still prevalent today – the three V’s, namely volume, velocity, and variety. Big Data is now attributed to a set of paradigms and…
  • Targeted Roamer Marketing – Maximizing Inbound Roamer Revenues

    Forte Consultancy
    26 Aug 2013 | 7:57 am
    While inbound roaming is a lucrative business for operators in specific countries, too common is the company relying on old-school practices to market it, focusing only on mass outreach and non-customized value propositions. Operators wanting to retain and grow roaming revenues need to start tapping into targeted marketing practices before their competitors do… What? According to a study by Juniper, the global total mobile roaming market is expected to reach $80 billion by 2017, over $35 billion of which will come from data roaming revenues. This estimate means there will be a jaw dropping…
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    Get It While It's Hot Online at Cry Baby News

  • Verizon Takes On Straight Talk Walmart with Best New Prepaid Plan All SET

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:48 am
    Verizon is giving Straight Talk, a leader in prepaid cell phone service for wireless mobile phone service in America, a run for it's money with competitive no contract, month to month plans like unlimited smartphone plans for $45 per month.  But Straight talk would only offer it's prepaid phones for sale through local stores called […] The post Verizon Takes On Straight Talk Walmart with Best New Prepaid Plan All SET appeared first on Get It While It's Hot Online at Cry Baby News.
  • Which of the Best Straight Talk Cell Phones and Smartphones, Offered by Walmart, Use Verizon Towers?

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:25 am
    As many people know, Straight Talk is only offered at one retail location and that is Walmart, unless you buy direct from Straight Talk online. So which towers do the best prepaid cell phones and smartphones, including the prepaid, and no contract iPhones use? most people want the ones that use Verizon towers so let's […] The post Which of the Best Straight Talk Cell Phones and Smartphones, Offered by Walmart, Use Verizon Towers? appeared first on Get It While It's Hot Online at Cry Baby News.
  • Best Prepaid Wireless Cell Phones, Prepaid iPhone 6 Accessories, Even Straight Talk Smartphones, Use Verizon Towers

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    No matter which prepaid cell phone, iPhone, or smartphone you choose in 2014, it's best to go with the best that use Verizon towers. It doesn't even have to be one of the best smartphones, or even iPhone 6, from Verizon Wireless, it could be a great prepaid wireless cell phone or smartphone, from Straight […] The post Best Prepaid Wireless Cell Phones, Prepaid iPhone 6 Accessories, Even Straight Talk Smartphones, Use Verizon Towers appeared first on Get It While It's Hot Online at Cry Baby News.
  • Best Prepaid Wireless Cell Phones, Prepaid iPhone 6 Accessories, Even Straight Talk Smartphones, Use Verizon Towers

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:24 pm
    No matter which prepaid cell phone, iPhone, or smartphone you choose in 2014, it's best to go with the best that use Verizon towers. It doesn't even have to be one of the best smartphones, or even iPhone 6, from Verizon Wireless, it could be a great prepaid wireless cell phone or smartphone, from Straight […] The post Best Prepaid Wireless Cell Phones, Prepaid iPhone 6 Accessories, Even Straight Talk Smartphones, Use Verizon Towers appeared first on Get It While It's Hot Online at Cry Baby News.
  • 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 Get It While It's Hot Online at Cry Baby News.
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    Industry Leaders Magazine

  • SABMiller, Coca-Cola and GFI create African Bottling Company

    Anna Domanska
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:38 am
    Coca-Cola Beverages Africa will integrate South African soft drinks businesses Coca-Cola Canners, Valpré and Coca-Cola Shanduka Beverages. Beverage giant SABMiller, The Coca-Cola Company and Gutsche Family Investments (GFI) are combining their bottling operations of their non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages businesses in Southern and East Africa. The merger has led to the formation of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa with $2.9 billion (R32 billion) in revenue across 12 high-growth markets that make up 40% of all Coca-Cola beverage volumes in Africa. The three companies announced in a joint…
  • GoPro to roll out consumer drones late next year

    Anna Domanska
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:42 am
    Currently these cameras are available on GoPro’s website and from Best Buy and other large retailers, and they come with a price tag ranging from $200 to $500. Action camera maker GoPro is reportedly looking to broaden its horizons by developing consumer drones that’ll come equipped with high-definition cameras. The multi-rotor helicopters are expected to hit the market late next year and will be priced anywhere between $500 and $1,000 depending on features and quality, less than half the price at the low end of the easy-to-fly $1,300 DJI Phantom 2. The decision to join the…
  • Old Blu-ray discs can boost solar panel efficiency by 22 percent, study says

    Christy Gren
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:22 am
    The tiny patterns etched into the bottom of the discs are perfect for collecting and scattering light onto the energy absorption technologies of modern solar panels. Blu-ray discs have become largely obsolete in the arena of digital downloads and streaming video. But they are now gearing up for a new and completely different return. It turns out that, the blue-bottomed discs are very good at enhancing the light-absorbing properties of solar panels. The tiny patterns etched into the bottom of the discs are perfect for collecting and scattering light onto the energy absorption technologies of…
  • China Levies $140 Million Tax Settlement on Microsoft Corporation

    Anna Domanska
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
    China has levied about 840 million yuan ($140 million) in back taxes and interest, as well as more than 100 million yuan in additional taxes a year in the future. Tech giant Microsoft needs to pay the Chinese government a huge amount in fines, a first major case in the country concerning cross-border tax evasion as regulators build up pressure on U.S. corporations doing business there. According to an article published by China’s Xinhua official news agency, China has levied about 840 million yuan ($140 million) in back taxes and interest, as well as more than 100 million yuan in…
  • Creating solar, wind power now is as cheap as other energy sources

    Anna Domanska
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:52 am
    The solar industry is looking to elongate a 30 percent federal tax credit that is set to fall to 10 percent at the end of 2016 It has been a long-held dream for the solar and wind industries in the United States to generate energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas. That day seem to be dawning soon. Since the last five years, the cost of providing electricity from wind- and solar-power plants has plunged, so much so that in certain markets generating renewable energy is cheaper than coal or natural gas. According to utility executives, the trend has gained…
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    Potknox Blog

  • 4 Most Exciting Things About Working at a Startup
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:52 am
    Being startup enthusiasts ourselves, and having more than a few serial entrepreneurs in the house, we have had our fair share of the excitement and thrill of adventure that comes only with working in a startup- you gotta live it to believe it.  Here are 4 super exhilarating things about working in a startup, that make us want to get out of bed every morning: Get Ilk? When you’re sitting at the same table or in the same room for hours at a stretch, you’re bound to find out things about each other that you wouldn’t in a regular office with cubicles and distance, like the…
  • You Can Do It! Real World Advice on Getting Your Startup Published
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
    Right after we got published on YourStory and Product Hunt, we had a flood of questions from our peers which fell somewhere between “How much did you pay?” and “Who did you know?” We understood where they were coming from; just a couple of weeks back, we were spending a number of nights wondering what it would take for us to get our big break and be published on a traffic hungry site like YourStory, where one simple article can send your back links through the roof. Next we’re targeting Mashable, Tech Crunch, Next Big What, CNET and the like, because let’s face it,…
  • 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…
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    Tele-Center » Blog

  • A Day in the Life of a Call Center Agent

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    The life of a call center agent is, on the surface, what you might expect. Sit in your seat, answer as many calls as you can, and receive the occasional training. But when you look at the actual activities, there’s a lot that goes into a single day’s work. The call center agent’s goal is to get through as many calls as possible. They have numbers of calls they’re supposed to complete each hour and each shift. More is better. The more calls they can process, the more revenue they can generate for their call center clients, and the more customers’ problems they can…
  • 5 Tips for Improving Customer Loyalty

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    We’ve all heard the old business adage that it’s cheaper to keep an existing customer than it is to find a new one. Keeping an old customer means earning their loyalty, which isn’t always easy to do. Here are five tips to help improve the loyalty of your existing customers. 1. Talk to Them on Social Media While it only seems like people have their faces buried in their phones, they’re doing it for a reason: they want to have real conversations with real people. (I know, I know. It sounded weird to me too.) People are texting, tweeting, and Facebooking, because they…
  • 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…
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  • November Event Recap: We’ve Been Busy!

    Maxx Parcell
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:37 pm
    EO Workshop SquarePlanet’s own Brian Burkhart hosted a workshop for executive leaders at EO, an organization dedicated to educating and empowering entrepreneurs. Focusing on the importance of storytelling and belief-based marketing strategies, Brian challenged his audience to take a hard look in the mirror and evaluate the way they communicate and lead their businesses. After Brian’s keynote address, the audience broke out into groups to dive directly into their own strategy. According to event organizer Rachel Nielsen: “Brian posed the challenge to the business owners, and when we…
  • Deck the Ship with Boughs of Holly

    Derek Rudel
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    As Winter begins to settle in here in Chicago, we convinced Derek and Maxx that despite it still being November on the calendar, it was time to embrace the cold and get the office in a festive mood. We broke out the Christmas tree, train set, and after a bit more glitter than we bargained for, we’re in business! And to think, people say Orange isn’t a holiday color!
  • Maximizing Opportunity Podcast: Money

    Derek Rudel
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:49 pm
    In this episode of Maximizing Opportunity, Brian and Derek focus on something that most of us love to have but often hate to talk about: Money. The world of personal finance can be daunting. People understand that saving money and planning for the future is important, yet they might not know where to start and end up avoiding the issue all together. To help us clear things up and answer the tough questions, we brought in two seasoned veterans of the finance world: Dan Hall, VP of National Sales at The Standard, and Tom Gardner, Co-Founder and CEO of The Motley Fool. Derek and Brian then…
  • And now, a SquarePlanet Tale…

    Kim Chua
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    Terry the Turtle, or Mr. T as his students like to call him, loves teaching the cooking class at Animal Academy. They’ve learned so much and it’s now time for their final project – to create a recipe all on their own! Billy the Buffalo wants to make bacon-wrapped chicken wings because he thinks it’s an easy crowd pleaser that is sure to get him an A+. He knows a lot of popular restaurants and recipes wrap bacon around different foods, and they have to be doing something right…right? Luther the Lion grew up eating all kinds of vegetables and fruits. His mom, Mildred the Mama Lion…
  • Good Guys Finish First: 3 Ways to Be Virtuous in Business and Life

    Brian Burkhart
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    I recently was struck by an article in The Harvard Business Review by Emma Seppala titled “The Hard Data on Being a Nice Boss”. The article took aim at answering a polarizing question in the business world: As a leader, is it better to show positive affect towards your employees or should you be “tough” and demand their respect? According to Harvard Business School’s Amy Cuddy, her studies have shown that “that leaders who project warmth – even before establishing their competence – are more effective than those who lead with their toughness and skill”.  I was inspired by…
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    Netscribes Blog

  • Investments in the global education market

    28 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    In the recent years, there has been a growing clamor for increasing the investment in the education sector. Education is one of the fastest growing sectors, but it hardly ever witnesses any major investments. However, the scenario is slowly changing. Research at Netscribes has shown that along with government initiatives, a number of private organizations have also shown interest in investing in the education sector. The UN is also urging organizations and governments of various countries to invest more in education. Keeping that in mind, here are some of the recent deals that have taken…
  • Increasing importance of technology in the education sector

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:26 am
    Since a long time, advancements in technology have not only benefited education as a whole but has also shaped the way the field has developed and progressed. With more up-to-date software and applications, the education sector has been completely transformed. Research at Netscribes has shown that devices like mobiles, computers, laptops, tablets, etc. are also becoming increasingly prevalent in the classrooms as information technology continues to benefit all aspects of the education sector. Let’s look at some of the ways technology is helping to make education easier and completely…
  • Software Market in China

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    The software market in China is a growing industry. IT industry expenditure has increased drastically in the country over various segments including, banking and manufacturing. In 2013, the size of the industry was a whopping USD 493 billion, and according to recent research at Netscribes this figure is expected to reach USD 582 billion, growing at a CAGR of 18%. Source: MIIT; ReseachinChina Reasons for growth & market scenario The main reasons for growth in this sector are the underlying domestic demand, government initiatives and regulations coupled with the continuous growth of the…
  • Investments in the global software market

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:32 am
    The worldwide software market has been growing steadily and has raked in revenues of USD 407.3 billion in the year 2013. The developed geographies were the prime reason for the overall growth which also offset the slow growth in the emerging economies. Companies are focusing their investments in technologies to support the existing structure. This is mainly being done to keep up with the competition while simultaneously taking advantage of the new technologies in place. The current expansion of the global software market has attracted quite a few deals recently. Montage Technology Global…
  • Current trends in the Global IT market

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:36 am
    Enhanced security  Better and enhanced network security is one of the foremost concerns in any business these days, be it a large, medium, or small organization. Corporate privacy and encryption have become an important agenda, while identity management has become an absolute necessity. Recent technology research at Netscribes has shown that wireless security will become even more important as an increasing number of organizations move from wired networks to the wireless ones. Smartphone security has also elevated to keep pace with their exceptional growth and usage as a business tool.
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    Tradeindia Blog

  • Consumer Protection Laws may control the E-tailers

    Tradeindia Editor
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:14 am
    Online shopping is always vulnerable to substandard products, false deliveries and other frauds. Attractive sales, influencing and misleading advertisements and social media posts, attract thousand of buyers every day. There are countless cases of online fraud reported in India, where the online buyers are being fooled by the online sellers. For instance, a girl was delivered with two useless stones instead of the iPod which she ordered from a well-known online store and paid Rs. 20,000 for the same. The increasing trend of online shopping and sharp growth of online industry has made it…
  • Tips for increasing online sales with effective product description

    Tradeindia Editor
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    While selling online, it is very important to write attractive product details in order to get exposure for the buyers. No matter how good your product actually is, you have to make it look good on online stores or websites for maximizing your sales .Some of the things on which you need to pay attention, in order to improve the quality of your online products, are: Product name: Product name is very important and it should go perfectly with the product. Try to mention main details about the product in the product name. Main function of product can also be included in the name. A perfect…
  • 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:…
  • Growing Market For Duplicate Products

    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…
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  • Why The Remembrance Day is Prominent?

    11 Nov 2014 | 5:24 am
    Le Dormeur du val by Arthur Rimbaud was inspired by the war Franco-Prussian, particularly the battle of Sedan: Les parfums ne font pas frissonner sa narine ; Il dort dans le soleil, la main sur sa poitrine Tranquille. Il a deux trous rouges au côté droit. (Arthur Rimbaud, Le Dormeur du val, octobre 1870) Years […]
  • Why now? On Tim Cook Sexual Orientation

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    This week Tim Cook come publicly in his article on the Bloomberg Businessweek talking openly about his sexual orientation: “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now,” he wrote. “So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God […]
  • 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 […]
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    Frank Diana's Blog

  • The Maker Economy

    Frank Diana
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:41 pm
    “Any time you give the means of production to everybody, it changes the world.”   Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics So it goes with the Maker Economy – otherwise referred to as the Maker Movement. According to Industry Analyst Jeremiah Owyang, the Maker Movement puts power in the hands of people to fund, design, prototype, […]
  • 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 […]
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    Online Traffic

  • The Secret Millionaires of ClickBank…Shhh.

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Meet the silent millionaires… They don’t draw attention to themselves. They don’t brag about their achievements. And they look just like you and me. Yet they’re millionaires. And they’re not stress-filled CEOs. They didn’t inherit a bunch of cash. And they certainly didn’t win the lottery. They built their wealth on ClickBank–the world’s leading digital […] The post The Secret Millionaires of ClickBank…Shhh. appeared first on Online Traffic.
  • Using Social Networking Websites to Promote Your Blog

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Do you know what the main purpose of a social networking website is? If you are an avid internet user, you likely do. Social networking websites are online communities that make it easier for internet users to meet and communicate with each other. If you are an internet user who enjoys using the internet to […] The post Using Social Networking Websites to Promote Your Blog appeared first on Online Traffic.
  • 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.
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  • ‘He said it right’

    Ann Wylie
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Make your leads concrete and creativeWho said TV was bad for you? My West Wing binge watching is paying off with great writing tips. Here, some insights on approvals — and the right way to start a story:What Would Josh Do? What writing tips can you learn from West Wing? Image by Philip Cummings“CUT TO: INT. MARS BRIEFING REHEARSAL — DAY The TelePrompTer shows the name ‘Galileo’ on it and Sam’s head pops up. The crewmembers of the NASA Public Affairs are around the place.“SAM Who wrote this intro?“SCOTT TATE I did.“SAM You’re from…
  • Don’t personalize, localize

    Ann Wylie
    15 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Avoid “Ann, your e-zine is here”It just makes sense that calling out to your recipient by name in the subject line would grab attention and drive opens and click-throughs. Right?Location, location, location Adding your recipient’s name to an email subject line reduces opens and click-throughs. Add her location, though, and increase engagement.After all, 94% of businesses believe personalization is critical to their success, according to a recent Econsultancy survey. Shouldn’t it help with email, too?Wrong, say the authors of several major studies of email subject line…
  • Check it twice

    Ann Wylie
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    How to write a good list“I love lists,” writes Adam Savage. “Always have. When I was 14, I wrote down every dirty word I knew on file cards and placed them in alphabetical order.”I’ve got a little list Write lists for flippers and skimmers, as well as for real readers. Image by Kaity HemgesbergThere are lots of things to list — organizational accomplishments, steps for getting the job done, dirty words. Here’s a list of 10 ways to list things right:1. Got a list? List it.Lists are easier to read and scan than paragraphs. So if you have a series of…
  • Crack the case

    Ann Wylie
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    How to organize a case studyA colleague in health system marketing counsels his case study writers to “Get the patient to the hospital.” Wrong! When it comes to case studies, it’s about the client’s problem and results, silly, not your solutions.Make a case for yourself The best case studies focus on the client’s problem and the results, not on your organization’s solution. Download this poster for a step-by-step look at how to organize a successful case study.The best case studies focus on the client’s problems, not on your solution.Click To…
  • 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…
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  • Key Tactics For Creating Landing Pages That Convert

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:18 am
    A landing page is a dynamic portal for users to become more engaged with your business. It can be a way for them to get onto your client list or to become buying customers. A landing page is the web page potential customers see after clicking a call to action link on a web page, […] The post Key Tactics For Creating Landing Pages That Convert appeared first on Web Hosting Blog | Related posts: Marketing automation for Small Business – free or low-cost systems A Marketing Automation Tool helps the Management automate the processes... Top 5 Ways to Create an…
  • 5 Free online tools to boost your next online marketing campaign

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:38 am
    Online marketers the world over are more than aware of just how important it is to be ‘on the ball’ with their marketing campaigns, and dedicate as much time as possible to actually creating timely and relevant content that their target market will find useful, shareable, and engaging. The only trouble is that finding the […] The post 5 Free online tools to boost your next online marketing campaign appeared first on Web Hosting Blog | Related posts: Marketing automation for Small Business – free or low-cost systems A Marketing Automation Tool helps the…
  • How Employees are the Driving Force to Business Success

    13 Nov 2014 | 2:05 am
    Whether you sell products or services, business to business or direct to consumers, the success of your company rests squarely on the shoulders of your employees. However, this success can only be achieved when the workforce is fully engaged. As BergHind Joseph highlights once an employee is fully committed to a company, they will increase […] The post How Employees are the Driving Force to Business Success appeared first on Web Hosting Blog | Related posts: 5 Factors that Affect Productivity in Business The productivity of your workforce is probably the most…
  • What difference can responsive design make to your website conversions?

    11 Nov 2014 | 2:31 am
    The growing number of mobile devices and web-enabled gadgets doesn’t look set to slow down any time soon. While there are a number of advantages to such a healthy and ever growing market, the huge proliferation of different mobile devices can cause problems for a digital design agency or even a branding company. Designing websites […] The post What difference can responsive design make to your website conversions? appeared first on Web Hosting Blog | Related posts: What are the advantages of using Bootstrap to create a responsive website? Bootstrap is a powerful tool…
  • Google Panda 4.1 Means Great News for Local Businesses

    11 Nov 2014 | 1:56 am
    If you’re a small or local business owner, I have good news, bad news, and fantastic news. First, the good news. The latest update of Google’s search algorithm, Panda 4.1, can help you achieve better search rankings. Google announced in March that the search team was working on a Panda update to help small businesses […] The post Google Panda 4.1 Means Great News for Local Businesses appeared first on Web Hosting Blog | Related posts: 3 Reasons Why Copywriting Matters for Small Businesses Small businesses have distinct advantages that larger businesses may have...
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  • Malaysia Salary Guide 2014-2015

    27 Nov 2014 | 11:03 am
    For an HR specialist in search of staff to hire or a professional in transition towards a new job, knowing about the Malaysian job market and what salaries to expect for certain levels of qualification and diplomas will come in handy. This salary guide by Adecco will provide all the information needed on salaries in various job categories. Costs […] The post Malaysia Salary Guide 2014-2015 appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • Indonesia’s automotive parts industry overview

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    Indonesia is a major market in Southeast Asia for the automotive industry, which consequently makes it a major market for the automotive parts manufacturers. This report presents the industry with synthetic analysis and infographics on the demand, production and policies for the automotive and auto parts industries in Indonesia. For a more comfortable reading, it is […] The post Indonesia’s automotive parts industry overview appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • Top 100 ASEAN companies 2014

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:48 pm
    ASEAN companies are gaining traction in Southeast Asia and further. The 100 largest companies from ASEAN countries by market capitalization have recently been compiled by the Nikkei Asian Review magazine. Here is the list of 100 leading businesses in the region, together with some details on their activities, market values and revenues. The ranking tables were established upon companies headquartered in one […] The post Top 100 ASEAN companies 2014 appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • Overview of biotechnology in Thailand

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    Biotechnology companies in Thailand benefit from well-developed agricultural and medical sectors. In this document, the Thailand Board of Investment presents the main applications and attractiveness for bio technologies companies together with details on public incentives and supporting organizations. Overview of biotechnology in Thailand – summary Biotechnology – The gateway to ASEAN – page 2 Thailand biotechnology development policy – page 4 Agriculture […] The post Overview of biotechnology in Thailand appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • Tessie Sy-Coson: ASEAN awareness in the Philippines

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Awareness about ASEAN and the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community is growing in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. In a recent video by Rappler, Tessie Sy-Coson, Vice-Chairperson at SM Investment Corporation, explains her perspective for ASEAN and the Philippines together with its impact on some business sectors. As Vice-Chairperson of SM Investment Corporation, Teresita T. Sy-Coson is at the […] The post Tessie Sy-Coson: ASEAN awareness in the Philippines appeared first on ASEAN UP.
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  • Twitter Expands To Cards

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    There hasn’t been much chirping from Twitter executives about its payments plans recently, but on Tuesday (Nov. 25) the company announced its newest link into the payments world: “Twitter Offers.” Twitter acquired the mobile payment system CardSpring in July but didn’t reveal plans about how the move would shift the social media company further into payments. The announcement of Twitter Offers gives that decision leverage and shows Twitter is getting serious about its move into … Read More »
  • Apple Pay Featured in Chase First TV Spot

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    Apple Pay is starring in a new commercial from Chase Bank which features the indie band Bleachers. The spot was developed by the ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi, and pictures the band members roaming the Los Angeles area before a performance and making purchases with their Chase Freedom credit cards using the Apple Pay platform. Chase Chief Brand Officer Susan Canavari said, “We’ve been working with Apple for a long time — over a year … Read More »
  • How To Snag The Next Generation Of Loyal Customers

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    According to a survey conducted by, 96% of student shoppers indicate that they are more likely to repeat a purchase with the same brand or retailer that offers students discounts. Conducted in July 2014, the survey involved more than 600 college students between the ages of 18 and 24, which surveyed their online shopping behavior and loyalty to brands. The survey revealed that while access to student discounts online is limited because currently most retailers do … Read More »
  • Millennials More Likely to Brave the Lines on Black Friday

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    An appliance, electronics and furniture retailer called hhgregg is now monitoring consumer shopping habits and behaviors. hhregg conducted a survey on November 14th and polled 3,500 shoppers across the US who were at least 18 years of age. In the survey they discovered that Millennials are 63% more likely to visit physical stores on Black Friday than Baby Boomers who are 40% as likely. More so, more people are planning to shop on Cyber Monday … Read More »
  • The Soaring Cost Of Non-Compliance

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    Although the fines and negative publicity of non-compliance for payments companies is well known, a new report from Thomas Reuters finds a laundry list of related—and far larger costs. Companies seeking to avoid additional government interference are finding non-compliance all but guarantees much more strict oversight. Regulators have been “encouraging banks in particular to rebuild their balance sheets. While an instruction to a firm to hold more capital, liquidity or solvency is unlikely to be … Read More »
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  • Overprotective Parents Effects – 7 Things You Need To Know

    Robert Locke
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    Let me tell you a story about the world’s worst Mom! Her name is Lenore Skenazy and she has her own TV show now which, not surprisingly, is also called World’s Worst Mom. She earned that title because she let her 9 year old travel alone on the subway.  As you can see, she has very definitie ideas about overprotective parents effects and how to raise safe and self reliant children. Watch the video here or even read her book called Free Range Kids to get a better idea of why helicopter parenting is bad. Basically, her message is that kids are much safer and more savvy than we think. Here…
  • Smartphone Distracted Parenting – 7 Things You Must Do Now

    Robert Locke
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    Everybody is becoming a mobile phone addict. That is the alarming trend we are seeing. Guess who are the worst offenders? Parents! This was the result of some research done by the Swedish government’s YouGov agency. They found that 33% of parents have received complaints from their kids that they (the parents!) were spending far too much time on their phones and that they felt somewhat neglected. Wouldn’t you, if you were a young kid trying to tell your mum or dad something and you did not even get a glance. If you are not a mobile phone addict, you can ignore the rest of this post!
  • Top 10 Things You Must Know About Angry Child Outbursts

    Robert Locke
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    How do you deal with all that anger and rage? They seem to blow up out of nowhere. The main problem we have as parents is how to react calmly and not get drawn into the fight and start reacting in an angry, offended and threatening way ourselves. Here are the top 10 tips to help you deal with angry child outbursts. 1. Don’t freak out “Freaking out on your child for freaking out is as hypocritical as it is ineffective. Slow down. Breathe. Then act like the adult you want them to become.” – L.R.Knost.   This says it all really. You really do have to control yourself so that you…
  • 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…
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  • To Make More Money, You Need More Than Pretty Colours

    Claire Hauser
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:46 pm
    The ultimate aim of any business is making money…otherwise it would be classified as a Charity or an NGO. If you already have a business, you probably want to make MORE money. Ka ching. But sometimes, especially in a corporate environment, it’s easy to get caught up in such silly details that you miss the true, raw BASICS of marketing strategy.  Smart marketing strategy, means you spend less time on which colour and font you should use on your advert, and more time focused on big picture strategy and that’s: Sell to more customers Make them buy more often and Make them spend more money…
  • 15 Employee Motivation Tips: 8 – 15

    James Cussen
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:03 am
    Employee Motivation Tips: 8 – 15    This is the follow on article relating to Employee Motivation Tips… If you missed that article, I suggest that you quickly read it first (it will take 4 minutes) and also make sure you have read Tips 1 – 7 ….before reviewing the below points. By Basics, I refer to going back to the beginning, in fact before the beginning, before that staff member was even part of your company. It is not rocket science but may take some reviewing of your existing structures and processes, we will be expanding on each of these points below in the…
  • Good Customer Service Tips (actually they are Great Customer Service Tips)

    Barry Cooper
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:46 am
    Good Customer Service Tips.  Use this popular list of customer service skills in your business to keep your customers coming back. Firstly I need to clarify my feelings on the term Customer Service. I feel the term is misleading, it isn’t about service at all. The word service in my mind and the minds of many others out there, is one that holds negative connotations. Its an old fashioned term and and conjures up ideas of customer service areas in old department stores, returning goods and dealing with grumpy customers. While I feel the Customer Experience is a much better term, Customer…
  • How to Welcome a New Employee – 10 Top Tips for a Great First Day

    Claire Hauser
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:45 am
    First impressions last. Your grandmother said it, because it was true. Smart lady. When a new employee joins your company, you only have one shot at making them feel comfortable, confident, appreciated and most importantly, like they made the right decision by joining your team. If you get it wrong, that employee is likely to forever, even subconsiously, feel like they are lost, playing catch up or unworthy. Ultimately, its a silly mistake to make, with long term consequences, especially when it is all easily avoidable with a little bit of prep. This article follows on from “3 must do tips…
  • How to Define Entrepreneurial Spirit and Find Out You Don’t Have it.

    Claire Hauser
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:43 am
    I dream like an entrepreneur. I lie awake at night coming up with amazing new business ideas. I think like an entrepreneur. I see new business ideas all around me, every day. I feel like and entrepreneur. I told my last boss that I was embarrassed to be working like such a fool for someone else. But I’m not. I’m not an entrepreneur – not yet. I have all the characteristics for success except this magical ingredient of entrepreneurial spirit. So, how do you define entrepreneurial spirit? It’s that indomitable drive to plough onwards towards the goal – seeing so far ahead…
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  • The Best POS and Accounting Apps for Small Businesses in 2015

    Gary Barzel
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    As the year comes to an end, it’s the perfect time to take stock of how your business is performing and try to identify the areas that need improvement. Whether you and your business openly embrace technology, you have been putting off making some necessary upgrades, or you tend to be a bit technophobic, there [...] The post The Best POS and Accounting Apps for Small Businesses in 2015 appeared first on FastUpFront Small Business Blog.
  • Is Your Business Ready for Small Business Saturday?

    Gary Barzel
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    If you own a brick and mortar store, then one of the biggest boosts you can give to your holiday sales is to be an active participant in Small Business Saturday which falls out on November 29th this year. It’s a day when communities across the US celebrate and support their local small businesses. I [...] The post Is Your Business Ready for Small Business Saturday? appeared first on FastUpFront Small Business Blog.
  • Why Hasn’t the Number of Incorporated Self Employed Gone Up?

    Gary Barzel
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    Earlier this week I saw an interesting post by Scott Shane over at Small Business Trends. In it, he pointed out an interesting trend based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the data, the number of incorporated self-employed individuals was 4 percent lower in September of this year than it was [...] The post Why Hasn’t the Number of Incorporated Self Employed Gone Up? appeared first on FastUpFront Small Business Blog.
  • 10 Successful Kid Entrepreneurs Under the Age of 13

    Gary Barzel
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:24 pm
    For many people, one of the biggest challenges to successfully starting a new business is just starting in the first place. As adults, we can easily get caught up in and overwhelmed by our own fears to the extent that we get stuck in a comfort zone and never push ourselves to dream, to experiment, [...] The post 10 Successful Kid Entrepreneurs Under the Age of 13 appeared first on 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.
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  • Is Using a Credit Card to Finance Your Startup a Good Idea?

    Meredith Wood
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:37 am
    If you’ve recently taking the plunge and started your own business, and are currently searching for funding to grow your company, using a credit card has likely fallen somewhere on your list of potential options. After all, while you may be struggling to qualify for a bank loan, credit card companies are likely beating down your door with offers of financing. It’s not uncommon for owners of registered businesses to receive multiple credit card solicitations every day. But could credit cards actually be an appropriate way to finance your business? Depending on your circumstances, using…
  • 90% of Freelancers Specialize To Get More Clients

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    As a creative, entrepreneurial sort of person, you probably have more skills than you market. And this is good. While marketing yourself as a jack or jill-of-all-trades broadens the number of potential clients you could work with, it can also make your marketing scattered, your value propositions hazy, and may give the impression that you’re a master of none. A recent study by Career Advisory Board and MBO Partners revealed that 90% of freelancers felt that having relevant technical skills and a specialty within their field made them more successful. When respondents were asked what advice…
  • Designing a New Life: How Two GA Alums Changed Their Location & Careers

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Maite & Chris met in a our Web Development Immersive in NYC. Post-course, they both crossed the Atlantic to try life in the UK. Today, they’re are giving back by helping current students in London master their new skills What were you doing before your course at General Assembly? Maite: We were living in New York. I was working at Macy’s as a freelance Traffic Coordinator. It is as boring as it sounds aka an extremely unexciting job. Before that I was working in public relations and I was not very good at that either. Chris: I had been working in technology for a while…
  • 4 Ways to Boost Company Culture Using Apparel

    Nathan Beam
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Tides are turning. In a digital world, apparel is a becoming a more crucial part of how companies build their culture and their brand. In fact, some argue that it is becoming absolutely necessary to represent yourself physically as well as digitally. Real Thread has been on the forefront of equipping brands to create culture through apparel. Here are essential tips from their team in developing merchandise for your office. 1. Equip People to Share Many companies fail to realize the key essence of any type of company merchandise. Outside of looking cool or hitting a campaign deadline, company…
  • New Partnership Promotes Benefits for Independent Workers

    General Assembly
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    We are excited to announce General Assembly’s partnership with Freelancers Union, the nation’s largest labor institution representing the new, independent workforce. We’re joining a network of organizations around the country that are working to build a better future for freelancers and independent workers. At General Assembly, we recognize that many of our students and alumni are independent: you don’t have a regular 9-5, or you’re working on several projects at once, or you’re starting your own business. Now through our partnership with Freelancers…
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  • Why Being a Nice Boss Can Pay Dividends

    Taegan Goddard
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    The Harvard Business Review notes that new developments in organizational research suggest that tough managers “often mistakenly think that putting pressure on employees will increase performance. What it does increase is stress—and research has shown that high levels of stress carry a number of costs to employers and employees alike.” “Stress brings high health care and turnover costs. In a study of employees from various organizations, health care expenditures for employees with high levels of stress were 46 percent greater than at similar organizations without high…
  • Do Female CEOs Mean More Female Directors?

    Chris Riback
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:13 am
    The push for board room diversity has been an important topic for a while, but a new Wall St. Journal report shows one possible path towards ensuring that a greater percentage of directors are women: Hire a female CEOs. The piece states: “About 54% of the 67 concerns in the Standard & Poor’s 1500 Index with a female CEO now have at least three women in the boardroom. That is a far higher proportion than the 15.5% of such firms led by a man, concludes an analysis for The Wall Street Journal by governance researchers at MSCI Inc. Women comprise 15.8% of S&P 1500 boards, up…
  • Run Business Like a Government?

    Taegan Goddard
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:16 am
    “If asked to identify the hotbed of social innovation right now, many people would likely point to the new philanthropy of Silicon Valley or the social entrepreneurship efforts supported by Ashoka, Echoing Green, and Skoll Foundation. Very few people, if any, would mention their state capital or Capitol Hill. While local and national governments may have promulgated some of the greatest advances in human history — from public education to putting a man on the moon — public bureaucracies are more commonly known to stifle innovation,” the Harvard Business Review notes.
  • How to Compare Private Equity With the Public Markets

    Taegan Goddard
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Getting a true accounting of the value of private equity investing has always been difficult. Whether measuring IRR or trying to compare funds across the same vintage, varying fund performance metrics and industry benchmarks have contributed to a number of the transparency issues facing the private equity industry as a whole. Multiple on Invested Capital (“MOIC”) is one of the most popular means for measuring a fund’s performance, however it does not account for opportunity cost. One of the key characteristics of private equity investing is the asset class’s illiquidity.  Because…
  • Why Time is the Key to Happiness

    Taegan Goddard
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Wharton professor Cassie Mogilner spoke to Knowledge@Wharton about her research into happiness and what it means for managing employees and marketing products. Said Mogilner: “I have found that focusing on time leads to greater happiness than focusing on money. The way that I explored that was building on prior work, which tracked how people spend their days and also how people feel over the course of their days, finding that people are happiest when they are connecting with other people. They’re least happy when they are doing work or commuting. I wanted to see if thinking about time…
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  • The Creative Ways That You Can Make Money With One Article

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Creative Ways That You Can Make Money With One Article: Greg What Is The Secret? Would you like to know a winning formula on how to make money on the Web from writing articles? Here’s how I do it: I write an article, create 4-5 versions of it, and sell it for use by others in my same profession or provide for my team to build our incomes. In fact, just that one part of my business generates enough income to fully support myself comfortably. Just about anyone in any profession or business can copy this formula. I have written articles for executive coaches and business consultants.
  • The Keys You Need In Becoming The Leader You Need To Be To Succeed Part 2

    15 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Keys You Need In Becoming The Leader You Need To Be To Succeed – Finishing Up Where We Left Off This is the continuation of the previous post which can be seen by clicking here The Keys You Need In Becoming The Leader You Need To Be To Succeed Step 4 Fourth, search for and find answers in subtle clues. Look beneath the surface and constantly question. This is an extension of the third step in that you are seeking new knowledge. But this also means that you will need to step off the traditional paths of knowledge. Don’t simply read books in the literary canon or the bestsellers…
  • The Keys You Need In Becoming The Leader You Need To Be To Succeed Part 1

    8 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Keys You Need In Becoming The Leader You Need To Be To Succeed – What You Need To Be Good Leader An important part of success in life is the ability to lead. It is important that we not only be able to lead others but be willing to lead ourselves. No one succeeds in life by simply following others. Sometimes we simply must strike a bold new path for ourselves. Being a good leader is more than simply being at the forefront of the crowd. A leader must act. Too often in America, we simply accept that someone looks or sounds like a leader and too rarely do we actually look at the…
  • Keys You Should Know When You Are Building Rapport With People

    1 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Keys You Should Know When You Are Building Rapport With People – How Do You Build Rapport? Let us take a peak at the basics of developing rapport with others. In a nutshell, what it takes is to ask questions, have a positive, open attitude, encourage an open exchange of communications (both verbal and unspoken), listen to verbal and unspoken communications and share positive feedback. Keys You Should Know When You Are Building Rapport With People – The 5 Crucial Steps Here are important details on each step:   Keys You Should Know When You Are Building Rapport With People…
  • 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…
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  • Four Steps to Developing Yourself and Others

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:43 am
    In its own research into employee work passion, The Ken Blanchard Companies has found significant correlations between perceptions of leader behavior, employee affect, and subsequent intentions to stay with a company, endorse the organization as a good place to work, and perform at a high level. Developing yourself So why don’t more organizations invest in developing their leaders? What keeps them from taking steps in the right direction? “For a lot of organizations, it’s just not part of their founding DNA,” says consultant and author Scott Blanchard in the latest issue of Ignite.
  • Leaders Not Talking About Career Growth With Their People — Survey Shows Large Gaps

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:09 pm
    The ability to grow in both your job and career is a key driver of employee engagement but the results of a recent study suggest that leaders are falling short in meeting the expectations of their direct reports. Researchers from The Ken Blanchard Companies teamed up with Training magazine to poll a cross-section of 456 human resources and talent management professionals. The survey found gaps of 29 and 39 percent between how often direct reports had career conversations with their leaders when compared to how often they wanted to have those conversations. 29% Gap in Job Development…
  • The Big Problem with Employee Engagement

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Employee engagement is at an important crossroads. After years of conducting engagement surveys, organizations are finding that improving employee engagement is a lot more difficult than measuring it. Surveys have helped organizations to identify areas that need to be addressed, but an inability to “move the needle” when it comes to improving scores has turned optimism into cynicism in many cases. Organizations need to shift their focus says Bob Freytag, Director of Consulting Services for The Ken Blanchard Companies. In an interview for Blanchard Ignite, Freytag says it’s time to take…
  • The Importance of Honesty, Trust and Integrity in Leadership

    10 Nov 2014 | 1:52 am
    There is lot of resources in the organization that might have the capability of leading but this is possible only if the emphasis is given on honesty, trust and integrity. Nobody can lead a team unless there is a sense of honesty and integrity in his work and towards his team. Maintaining integrity, honesty and values as you lead will set the tone for establishing those qualities within your organization. When the relationships within your organizations are built on the trust that comes from these values, you can be sure that your team will be following a common path to reach a common goal.
  • 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.
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    Hiring For Success

  • 5 job interview mistakes you will live to regret

    Ciaran Ryan
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    As this new, social generation of young people begin graduating from college and entering the workforce, there are a few tips I’d like to share, to help them avoid some common mistakes, says Richard Bliss of Forbes magazine. The following mistakes were made by candidates in just one month, but they’d no idea they’d made them. I’m sharing them here so you can share them with your work-bound college grad. After all, you don’t want them living at home forever… 1. Forgetting What Job You Applied For So often a young person will begin mass applying for positions in their field of…
  • New law plans to outlaw credit checks for job applicants

    Ciaran Ryan
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    President Jacob Zuma has signed the National Credit Amendment Act into law which provides for the automatic removal of adverse consumer credit information, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said recently. In a written reply to a question from new Agang SA MP Molapi Plouamma, Davies said the legislation would assist “in that potential employees will not be adversely affected when they apply for jobs that do not involve handling of funds or do not involve high standards of honesty”. Plouamma had asked whether in the light of Zuma’s acknowledgement on May 24 that poverty,…
  • The most popular CV cliches

    Ciaran Ryan
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    By Ciaran Ryan The CV is the story of your working life. In many cases, it is a work of fiction. A skilled recruiter will sniff out the inconsistencies in a matter of seconds. Here are some of the points to look out for in crafting a CV: Four jobs in three years and no reasonable explanation is a red flag to a recruiter. This screams “trouble” to any employer. It says you are either greedy, incompetent or impossible to work with. This CV is likely to hit the bin within 30 seconds. If you do make it to the first interview, you will be asked to explain why you change jobs so frequently and…
  • 7 signs that your employees are about to hit the road

    Ciaran Ryan
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Employees who are about to leave the company usually broadcast their intentions with subtle signals. It is worth knowing what some of these are and, if possible, persuading the employee to stay. Sometimes, employees will leave for valid reasons: to travel, to pursue their life’s passion, to study or for a change of environment. But more often than not, a little probing will reveal some underlying problems in their lives: unhappiness in the home, infidelity, a drinking or drug problem… It takes some goading and persistence to get to the bottom of these situations, but it is always…
  • 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…
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    Growth Everywhere

  • GB Ep 12 – When To Give Up On Marketing Campaigns

    Susan Finch
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Welcome to another episode of Growth Bites. Today we’re talking about when you should give up on your marketing campaigns and when you should press ahead, no matter your budget.       When you’re doing a new campaign like paid advertising, startups typically want do a $5,000 test and see where it takes them. Many will aim for a $100 CPA. [00:27] Set up some objectives or metrics you want to hit in your campaign. [01:20] Look to see what companies in similar industries are doing to see what’s realistic or not. [1:38] People at performance marketing…
  • GB Ep 11- How to Create Core Values

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Welcome to another episode of Growth Bites. Today we’re talking about creating core values for your company. Your core values should be unique to your company and effect your hires and fires. I use to think core values and culture was all about having a fancy office, catered food, ping pong tables and keg stands after work. That’s no about culture, it’s just about the nature of well-funded startups and those perks. [1:28] Your company is defined by a mission statement and the core values help define who you should hire and fire. Your culture is the accumulation of your…
  • GB Ep 10: How to Hire a Virtual Assistant

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Welcome to another edition of Growth Bites. Today we’re talking about how to hire a virtual assistant. I’ve used virtual assistants both locally and overseas with success. Here are some resources to help find one, and how to find a highly qualified candidate.   In my opinion, not enough startups take advantage of hiring virtual assistants. [00:18] I’ve used virtual employees in the Philippines and Honduras including my executive assistant. [00:35] Both of my assistants speak English fluently and one you can’t even tell she’s from Honduras. [1:13] $600 a…
  • GB Ep 9: When You Should Fire Employees

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Welcome to another episode of Growth Bites. Today we’re talking about when you should fire employees. It’s an unpleasant subject, but one that’s important to address if you’re going to run a company or work in a management role. Let me start by saying I’m not an HR expert, and you should probably start by asking a rep about legalities and get advice. [00:20] I’ve made mistakes by reprimanding and yelling at people to the point it’s disrespectful. If you’re trying to help people improve and they make repeated mistakes or don’t care, you…
  • GE Ep 56: How Yesware Grew Their Revenue 1,300% Over a Single Year

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    Welcome to Growth Everywhere, today I’m talking with Yesware CEO Matthew Bellows. Matthew is a self-described professional startup person who has worked on them in some capacity his entire career. He’s worked in sales, marketing, and on the product side. Today he runs Yesware, which helps sales people and their companies reach their full potential and become more successful, grow faster, make more money, and close more deals. Keypoint Takeaways: Yesware focuses on adding sales specific features to help you in places you already work, like email and phone. The company shapes it strategy by…
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    Business Banter

  • The Biggest Lie Taught in Creative Writing

    Tania Dakka
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    The avatar is the biggest joke in copywriting. And you’ve probably fallen patsy to it. We all have at some point. We’re taught when we start creative writing copy for our businesses that the “avatar” is a must-have. If you don’t know WHO you’re writing to, how can you write to them? That’s the lesson […]
  • How To Refer People To Others Without Losing Your Business Network Friends

    Lirone Glikman
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    I want to tell you a story about an old high school friend of mine. We weren’t in touch much through the years, but I knew she was studying to be an interior designer. And so, the business networking story begins… A couple of months ago she called me and asked if I could connect […]
  • Build Your Brand, Self-Publish A Book, Use A CrowdFunding Platform

    Justine Schofield
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:03 am
    Writing and publishing a book is a way to strengthen your brand, no matter what industry you’re in especially when created with the help of a crowdfunding platform. If you’re an industry leader or entrepreneur, publishing a book can help to build your credibility and provide your audience with more value. Owning your leadership role […]
  • 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 […]
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    Valentine Okolo

  • How Do You Plan To Overcome Competition In Business?

    Valentine Okolo
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Competition includes all the actual and potential rival offerings and substitutes a buyer might consider. Understand that your competitors include actual and potential offerings from industry operators, potential new entrants and market competitors.The ability to identify and analyze all actual and potential competitors to your business is key to surviving in a fierce market place, keeps you ahead of them and helps you develop strategies to overcome them.To analyze its competitors, a company must identify its competitor’s strategies, objectives, strengths and weaknesses and then device its…
  • Customer Personality Types

    Valentine Okolo
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:32 pm
    ave you ever encountered customers with personalities that are sometimes difficult to offer help? According to Dr. Moore with Second Story Counseling and Consultants in Chicago, there are six distinct types of customer personalities: The Know it Alls These folks tend to be experts in just about everything. Sometimes, they can come off as arrogant and often opinionated. When they are wrong about a subject, they usually put the blame someplace else. The Passives Passives usually try to avoid conflict at all costs. When presented with conflict, they usually tend to be non-committal and…
  • The Real Meaning of Customer Service

    Valentine Okolo
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    What is customer service? Have you ever stopped to really think about this question? We have trained literally thousands of people and hundreds of organisations in customer service. No matter who the person or what the organisation, the answer to this question is always generic. They will say: “Customer service is about giving customers what they want” or perhaps “it’s about satisfying customers” some times they will say that it is about “making customers happy.”While at first glance these answers may sound correct, nothing could be further from the truth. Say for example that…
  • The Importance of Effective Communication and Effective Listening in Customer Care

    Valentine Okolo
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Communication has been a business buzzword forever.  You can go back in history and find diatribes by businessmen on communication as far back as the great Roman and Greek civilizations.  Obviously, it must be a very important aspect of business as well as everyday life.  The irony lies in the fact that many, many businesses never train their employees in how to effectively communicate with other people.   Not only is effective communication ignored in the workplace, it is catastrophically ignored in the area of customer care.Wikipedia's general definition of…
  • Comfortable Misery

    Valentine Okolo
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:16 pm
    The story goes that a salesman walked up to the front porch of an old customer to find him sitting on his porch. Next to him was an old dog that moaned once about every 10 seconds. When the salesman asked the man why his dog was moaning, the man replied that he'd been lying on a rusty nail all morning. When asked why the dog would not get up to move, the old man replied simply "I guess it doesn't hurt enough yet.Is there some pain in your life that causes you strife, anguish and stress? What is it that makes you uncomfortable? Now that you have identified that, why are you still doing it? The…
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    AtoZ Economy

  • Why German Business Culture is Awesome?

    Gokay Islamoglu
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:49 am
    What do you think when you heard about Germany? If you still think about Nazis, World War II, I have a bad news for you; YOU ARE OUT OF DATE. Nowadays, Germany means perfection, big economy and business etiquette. They are the saver of EU from big crisis and according to export statistics, they are the third largest exporter in the world after China and USA. (Plus Germany has Trade Surplus with both of them) In this short article, I'm going to explain you WHAT MAKES GERMAN BUSINESS CULTURE UNIQUE.Promises Firstly, let's start with the promises. In German Business Culture, if you promised…
  • China's Trade Balance; Importance of Luxury Goods.

    Gokay Islamoglu
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    `Made in China` is everywhere in our life. Walmart survey shows us that at least ten `Made in China` product we have at our home and five of them we use in a daily-basis. The comparing China with other countries according to trade is hard. If I say `made in China`, what comes to your mind? It is like the bottomless pit. It can be computer, toy, telephone, avocado, camera, lamp, clothes.. The list can go more and more. However, Let's try it again. If I say `made in Germany` what comes to your mind? Probably car and car parts right? Switzerland? Perhaps, it should be watches and medicine.
  • Turkey - EU; Should or Shouldn't? - Economic Consequences

    Gokay Islamoglu
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:34 am
    After I wrote about `Should UK leave the EU?` I realized that there is another and completely opposite very strong debate; `Should Turkey Join the EU?` Almost 30 years ago, Turkey applied to the EU full membership and still the process continue. Despite the fact that, Turkey is not in the EU, Turkey is the only country which signed Customs Union Agreement with the EU and From 2005, accession negotiations started. In this article, I'm going to analyze `only` and `only` economical consequences of Turkish Accession to the European Union.`What If Turkey Join the EU now`According to…
  • Should UK leave the EU?

    Gokay Islamoglu
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Will Great Britain leave the EU? If you asked me this question 5 years ago, probably my answer would be `not likely`. However, Britain's probability to leave EU has grown since 2010 and David Cameron promised British people to have a referendum about it in 2017 if they won the 2015 elections. Now the question is; `What is the economical consequences of leaving the EU for Great Britain?` In this article, I will try to answer this question objectively with the data.TradeFirstly, EU membership has economical benefits and one of them -perhaps the most important one- is `Single Market` which…
  • Why Western Companies Move to the Asia? Part 3

    Gokay Islamoglu
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    This is the third and last part of the `Why Western Companies Move to the Asia?` article. Previous parts, I explained `Why west moves to Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo-Japan and Seoul-South Korea. `Now, It is time for Taiwan and the great China.If you read the previous parts, you know that the Western Companies rushes to the Asia.But why? Because, there are a lot of advantages of doing business in Asia such as lower taxes, ease to do business, location, cheap labor, big market etc. TaiwanDespite the fact that, Taiwan is officially part of the Republic of China, it has own regulations and own…
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    The Lab

  • HR Kiosks Can Help Optimize Your Benefits Packages

    Olea Kiosks
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    As is commonly known, employee turnover can be quite costly, as not only is time invested in the recruitment and interviewing process, but once a viable candidate is found, that new hire must be trained in order to become efficient in their new workplace. Having appropriately structured benefits packages can be very beneficial in helping [...]
  • Education Kiosks Bring Numerous Benefits to Academic Institutions

    Olea Kiosks
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The use of interactive kiosks by educational institutions is on the rise and for good reason – they provide unparalleled access to information as well as a means for the school’s administration to communicate with the student body, faculty, alumni and visitors. The use of educational kiosks can provide a wealth of benefits including streamlining [...]
  • How Can Information Kiosks Help Your Business?

    Olea Kiosks
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
  • 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 [...]
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    Open Door HR

  • Women Networking with Women Pays Off

    Judy Lindenberger
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    It’s been said that it all depends on who you know. And who you know might depend on how well and how often you network with others, even when there’s no immediate payoff. I have been a member of a local women’s networking group for nine years and at the last meeting I attended I was thrilled to hear that it is expanding nationally. I was curious how this small group of women, who meet several times throughout the year in the Princeton, New Jersey area, had grown so I asked Tracy Fink, Marketing Director with CohnReznick, a top ten accounting and consulting firm in the US, (see…
  • 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…
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    2nd Career Entrepreneurs with Marcia Steele

  • Podcast 007: Increasing Cash Flow with an MVP

    small business insights for entrepreneurs and mature professionals who want to make more money
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The goal of every business is to be profitable. How can you increase cash flow with an MVP.
  • Podcast 006: How You Think is Everything

    small business insights for entrepreneurs and mature professionals who want to make more money
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
    There are two shifts in mind-set that will greatly impact the success of every entrepreneur’s business.
  • Podcast 005: Money and Passion

    small business insights for entrepreneurs and mature professionals who want to make more money
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    How important is passion when determing what kind of products or serives to offer?
  • Podcast 004: Always VisonYour Life Before Business

    small business insights for entrepreneurs and mature professionals who want to make more money
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Over the years of working with small business owners this is the number one mistake I see most often. The mind wants to shift into planning the business but this is not where you should start. Let us explore why.
  • Podcast 003: Business Options Part 2

    small business insights for entrepreneurs and mature professionals who want to make more money
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    We will continue to explore the 4 types of business options available to every entrepreneur. The last podcast we covered Buying a Franchise or Buying a Business. Now we will address the remaining 2: Starting a Business or Becoming a Consultant.
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    Thrive! Europe

  • Business Continuity Management At RSI: A Case Study

    DRI International
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    As we prepare for DRI2015 in San Antonio, United States, we would like to take a moment to remember the great presentations from DRI2014. One of the most interesting case studies from the conference, this presentation by Davide Barca delves into the complexities of business continuity in the broadcast world.   To view the presentation, please visit our library.
  • Al Berman Participates in London Cyber Resilience Talks

    DRI International
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    On October 8, 2014, DRI President Al Berman was in London to participate in a round-table workshop titled “Cyber Resiliency Beyond IT: Crafting an Integrated and Multi-Disciplinary Approach to a Clear and Present Danger” presented by the New York University Global Risk Network, London First, and Continuity Insurance and Risk (CIR).  The workshop was run in conjunction with the World Cities Conference. Topics covered included “Key Types of Attaches: Current and Future”, “Next Steps for Joint Public/Private Action” and  “Impacts: Common and…
  • Business Resiliency Awareness in Southern European Countries

    DRI International
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    ManelHerrerVázquez Business Resiliency is a topic without a very long history. The oldest standards, developed in Anglo-Saxon countries, such as England (BS 25999), Australia (HB 292-2006) or the US (NIMS, ICS, ANSI/ASIS SPC.1-2009), only date back to 2006. The first global standard, the ISO 22301 (based on the BS 25999), was published just two years ago, in 2012. Nevertheless, in these English speaking countries, fully operational Business Resiliency Programs (including testing, simulations and awareness activities) have been in place since the early 1990s. These programs covered Incident…
  • IDRC 2014 a Great Success!

    DRI International
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    This year, DRI International was a proud sponsor of Global Risk Forum’s 5th International Disaster and Rick Conference IDRC 2014 in Davos, Switzerland. Chloe Demrovsky, Executive Director of DRI International, was honored to be among the speakers this year.  “The IDRC is a critical event for the global movement for disaster risk reduction.  The outcomes of the event will be a terrific addition to the discourse leading up to the launch of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (HFA2) in Sendai next year,” said Demrovsky. Demrovsky’s presentation from the event…
  • Announcing a New DRI Istanbul Networking Opportunity

    DRI International
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:56 am
    A Letter from DRI’s President, Alan Berman: DRI International and DRI Istanbul are pleased to announce the formation of the new Business Continuity working group of DRI Istanbul, called Exchange by DRI Istanbul. The group is being formed as a result of the demand that followed the DRI2014 Istanbul Business Continuity Forum, the first such conference ever held in Istanbul. This new organization will allow professionals from Business Continuity, Risk Management, Emergency Response, Crisis Management and other related disciplines to have a forum and a meeting place to share information,…
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    Thrive! Middle East and Africa

  • Avoiding Fatal Mistakes in Business Continuity – The Middle East Perspective!

    DRI International
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    Ayesha Al Bakoush, CBCP, CRA Businesses and organizations are not immune to crises and therefore planning for the unexpected must be considered as a sound practice. Many organizations are unprepared to handle workplace crises, operating under the myth that “those things won’t happen here.” While most of us do not like to think about crises happening to us, planning to deal with them proactively and effectively would help protect human lives, prevent damage and reduce the likelihood of financial and non-financial impacts. The whole concept of business continuity is relatively new to the…
  • External Agency Coordination Goes Viral: Time to Update Your BCM Plan

    DRI International
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Bill DelGrosso, CBCP, CEM Commercial business lives with risk every day from competitors, cash flow, and changing technology. They also face threats from recent events including the outbreak of the Ebola virus, including in the US, increasing natural disasters, and protests in Hong Kong. These external, uncontrollable events suggest that you review the Emergency Response Operations, and the Coordination with External Agencies Professional Practices elements of your continuity plans. In each of these examples, organizational business continuity management system (BCMS) planning will be…
  • Announcing a New DRI Istanbul Networking Opportunity

    DRI International
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:01 pm
    A Letter from DRI’s President, Alan Berman: DRI International and DRI Istanbul are pleased to announce the formation of the new Business Continuity working group of DRI Istanbul, called Exchange by DRI Istanbul. The group is being formed as a result of the demand that followed the DRI2014 Istanbul Business Continuity Forum, the first such conference ever held in Istanbul. This new organization will allow professionals from Business Continuity, Risk Management, Emergency Response, Crisis Management and other related disciplines to have a forum and a meeting place to share information,…
  • EXCHANGE by DRI Istanbul

    DRI International
    12 Mar 2014 | 1:55 pm
    DRI International and DRI Istanbul are pleased to announce the formation of the new Business Continuity working group of DRI Istanbul, called Exchange by DRI Istanbul. The group is being formed as a result of the demand that followed the DRI2014 Istanbul Business Continuity Forum,  the first such conference ever held in Istanbul.  This new organization will allow professionals from Business Continuity, Risk Management, Emergency Response, Crisis Management and other related disciplines to have a forum and a meeting place to share information, ideas and experiences. Exchange by DRI…
  • New THRIVE! Middle East Edition Out Now

    DRI International
    6 Mar 2014 | 11:07 am
    DRI is excited to present a special edition of its online magazine, THRIVE! This issue offers readers a first-hand look at the rising business continuity trends in the Middle East and the work of DRI-certified professionals in the region. As a result of recent business continuity forums held in Abu Dhabi and Qatar, our growing community of certified professionals requested a DRI publication targeted to resiliency matters in the Middle East – matters that are universally relevant to BC pros around the world. In this issue you’ll find: • An interview with Mohammed Al Jenaibi, CBCP • A…
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    Common Sense Development

  • Depression With Christianity: My Story About a God Who is BIGGER Than all the Rhetoric

    Mark Zarr
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    For most of my life, I have struggled with one thing in particular: how can I be a Christian and also be battling against depression? I hear so many Christians say things like, “There is only joy for Christians,” or “People don’t need antidepressants, they just need Jesus.” I even read an article recently that talked about how the counselling industry should be done away with, and people should only seek guidance and help from a pastor or elder of their church. The post Depression With Christianity: My Story About a God Who is BIGGER Than all the Rhetoric appeared first on Common…
  • Change is all About the Why

    Mark Zarr
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Neverless, change is necessary for progress, even for survival. So, how do you help get everyone on board? Shoot, how do you really get yourself on board? I have heard many theories on this topic. Most revolve around having a solid structure, plan, system, and deadline in place for implementing change. Sure, these are extremely important for the overall success, but these are not the things that put our own minds or any other naysayers at ease. The post Change is all About the Why appeared first on Common Sense Development.
  • Why I Slowed Down to Speed Up My Success

    Mark Zarr
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:51 pm
    No one disagrees that as a culture we are too busy. Most people complain about how hectic their lives are and about how there is never enough time. Yet, despite this universal agreement, we only seem to get busier. Perhaps even odder still is the fact that, while we say we hate being busy, we simultaneously equate our importance in life based on how busy we are. The post Why I Slowed Down to Speed Up My Success appeared first on Common Sense Development.
  • Are You Cheap or Frugal With Your Business? The Difference is Success or Failure

    Mark Zarr
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:11 pm
    As a small business owner, I get it. Every dollar we spend has to be calculated. We don’t have a lot of cash to spend so we learn to be as frugal and self-reliant as possible. With that said, I have learned that there is a big difference between being cheap and frugal, a difference […] The post Are You Cheap or Frugal With Your Business? The Difference is Success or Failure appeared first on Common Sense Development.
  • You can get all A’s and still flunk life

    Mark Zarr
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    See more of our 30 second blogs The post You can get all A’s and still flunk life appeared first on Common Sense Development.
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    StartUp FASHION

  • One Important Thing Your Social Media Marketing Is Missing

    Pam Sahota
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The usual suspects of a social media marketing approach involve a social editorial calendar where you schedule your tweets, posts, and what cultural events you may try to align with. Perhaps your brand will take it a step further and do some real time reacting and planning ahead for real time events.  These are all great things for your social arsenal. But how can your brand stand out on social media in a sea of competition? How can you make a little more of a splash in that social puddle? Be different. Sounds simple, right? Not so, for most. As designers, you’re very focused on the…
  • Gorgeous Handmade Textile Design from Ace & Jig

    Jessica Bucci
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    We are so into brands that are all about textiles- and Ace & Jig is the ultimate textile love story. Founders Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson a chic, easy-to-wear clothing line cut from gorgeous fabrics that have been hand dyed and woven in India. The pair launched their brand in 2009 with a seasonless women’s wear collection cut from yarn-dye woven fabric, and it has only grown from there. The goal, they said, was to create timeless garments from our own textile designs, as interesting in texture as in color and pattern. Effortless clothing that could be worn for many ways, for many…
  • Friday Fashion Business Tip: Excellence is a Habit

    Nicole Giordano
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Listen, none of us is perfect, neither are our businesses. But though we’re not perfect, we can be excellent. I like to think of our team at StartUp FASHION as striving for excellence; it reminds us that what we do here has an impact on others (you!) and we wouldn’t want to be anything other than excellent for you guys. The thing to remember about excellence is that it’s a habit. Like any other habit, it takes a little time to stick but once you get into that habit, you never forget how to do it. Therefore, if you take a look at the smaller things that help to build an…
  • 5 Ways to Understand Your Supply Chain and Run a Better Fashion Business

    Nicole Giordano
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of the most important aspects of a successful fashion business is making sure you are comfortable with your supply chain. Without a solid supply chain, your business is in constant flux. Not cool. I don’t think there’s too much of a worse situation than when you’re in the midst of planning your next collection and you get that dreaded email from your manufacturer with the subject line “We’re Closing”. Or how about when you’re crazy excited to get your latest samples shipped in and once they arrive they look absolutely nothing like you designed…
  • 9 Tips on How to Stand Out in a Crowded Marketplace

    Nicole Giordano
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Amex CEO Bootcamp had some smart women sharing their knowledge and expertise. One discussion I attended was made up of a group of media, branding, and investment experts talking about how to stand out from competitors and successfully promote your brand.  Here are some points that stuck with me from the discussion. 9 Tips on Standing Out in a Crowded Marketplace Brands with a social mission- if you lead with that social mission, it will help you to make a few sales with a consumer, but it rarely creates a long time customer The most successful companies are those that have a built-in…
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  • Transforming IC – How an award-winning team did it

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:01 am
    The post Transforming IC – How an award-winning team did it appeared first on Newsweaver.
  • Client Services Executive

    Emma Hanley
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:46 am
    We are seeking an enthusiastic, customer-success focused professional to join our Client Services team. Based in Cork this permanent role reports directly to the Client Support and Services Manager. The Client Services Executive will have full ownership of a portfolio of strategic accounts and will be the primary point of contact for their customers within Newsweaver. They will be required to manage the account from set-up and on-boarding, through to developing and managing the on-going relationship in a way that maximizes customer success. The candidate will work collaboratively across…
  • Are you following these 8 essential rules in Internal Communications?

    denise cox
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:13 am
      In last week’s webinar my guest was Internal Communications expert Liam FitzPatrick. He’s co-authored a terrific new manual for internal communicators, and shared insights from the book with attendees. It certainly wasn’t going to be possible to cover everything in this excellent manual – so I asked Liam to pick what he considered to be eight essential rules of Internal Communications.  (View the on-demand webinar here). I pulled out some of the points he made around each of the eight rules. 1. It’s about results and outcomes; not activity No matter how exciting it is to…
  • Exploring Gamification for Internal Communications

    denise cox
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
      I invited Andy Blacknell, an Internal Communication specialist who has been a guest on a number of my webinars, to write about an emerging hot topic within Gamification for Internal Communications – badges. Andy explains the concept of badging, where it started – and how it could work as a part of employee engagement strategies.  Were you a Cub Scout or a Girl Guide? Can you remember the excitement of receiving a new badge and displaying it on your top? Well badges are making a comeback, but this time they don’t have to be sewn on. Open badges is an emerging…
  • 8 Essential Rules of Internal Communications

    Claire Bergin
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:28 am
    In this webinar, IC expert Liam FitzPatrick presents 8 essential rules of internal communications – taken from his new must-have book ‘Internal Communications – a manual for practitioners.’ Some key takeaways from this webinar are: Insight into devising an internal communications strategy Tips on working with line managers and senior leaders How to support change in your organization Understanding what employees want to hear The value of insight and measurement WATCH IT NOW  The post 8 Essential Rules of Internal Communications appeared first on Newsweaver.
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    Native Merchant Services » Blog

  • Brick and Mortar Store Survival: Surefire Ways Your Business Can Thrive in the Face of Increased Online Shopping

    Ezra Gabay
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:16 am
    When it comes to the brick and mortar store vs. online shipping debate, there is no denying that online shopping is gaining a strong foothold. Online shopping is rising quickly, especially when compared to brick and mortar store sales. The figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau show online stores and mail-order businesses have grown by 27% from 2011 to 2012. Compare that to the measly 0.1% growth experienced by traditional storefronts, and the future doesn’t look bright for brick and mortar operations. Brick and Mortar Store vs. Online Shopping: Are Traditional Storefronts Doomed? Is…
  • What to Know About iPad and iPhone Point of Sale Processing

    Ezra Gabay
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    It seems like Apple products are in every home and business these days, whether it’s a first generation iPod or the latest iPhone 6. Apple is also ready to invade payment processing with iPad POS and iPhone POS — and as you would expect, the customer experience is superb. Are you ready to bring the sleek look of Apple’s iPhone and iPad point of sale processing to work for your business? The All-in-One Payment System With Clover POS, tablet computing technology replaces your scanner, payment terminal, cash register and printer. With a screen that resembles the famous Apple iPad, your…
  • Mobile Payment Methods: How Your Business Can Take Advantage of Today’s Most Secure Payment Method

    Ezra Gabay
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Over the last five years, great strides have been made in the payments sector. It all comes down to mobile technology, which makes it possible to pay for merchandise via digital handheld devices. Much like credits cards revolutionized the way payments were handled in the 1960s, mobile payments are set to radically change the face of business/consumer transactions by 2020. What Is Mobile Payment Technology? Mobile technology has brought about vast improvements in the way people talk, text and surf the Internet. Now these innovations have also moved into the payments arena. With mobile payment…
  • What to Know About Selling Products Online

    Ezra Gabay
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    You already know why you should sell products online — you’ll reach more customers faster and from every market in the world. What you need to know is how to sell products online, and that’s a process that begins with a well-designed website, accurate inventory management, and fast and secure processing. Your Website When it comes to attracting customers to your website, content is everything. That means you need expertly written content that features up-to-date keywords. You need clear photos and accurate product or service descriptions. Shipping and return policies should be clear,…
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