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  • Communication: 1 Idea, 3 Facts, 5 Tips

    Interpersonal Communication Blog
    Mark Coburn
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Communication is a core leadership function, and leaders need to know a whole lot more than the mechanics of sending and receiving information. Center for Creative Leadership Maximize Your Presentation Skills: How to Speak, Look, and Act on Your Way to the Top Used Book in Good Condition Master the Perfect Presentation with EaseThe difference between a mediocre and magnificent career usually hinges on one simple thing: how you present yourself to management, clients, coworkers, and the public. In Maximize Your Presentation Skills, professional speech and image coach Ellen A. Kaye reveals how…
  • 4 Rules of Asking for Feedback

    Interpersonal Communication Blog
    Mark Coburn
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:12 am
    Getting regular feedback – not just the occasional discussion or performance review – shouldn’t be like pulling teeth. You can gain much-needed insight and input when you take four steps, says CCL’s Sylvester Taylor. Center for Creative Leadership
  • The 1 question you need to answer when you start consulting

    Start My Consulting Business
    Greg Miliates
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. There’s a question you need to answer when you start consulting (or any business) that’s crucial to your success. Once you know the question, it’ll seem ridiculously obvious. But still, few ask it, and fewer still know how to answer it. Before I show you what I mean, here’s an example of what you might be doing right now as you start consulting. Keep in mind that starting a consulting business is, essentially, learning a new skill: the skill of building a successful business.
  • Goodbye Networking, Hello 'Bonding'

    Enlarge. Excel. Evolve.
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    If you interact with CXOs, top bureaucrats and leaders, senior journalists, top entrepreneurs and so on, networking does not work much. If you deal with high value clients, networking does not help much either. What works then, you must be wondering.I would say, time to bid goodbye to networking and say hello to ‘Bonding’.Bonding is the Vitamin-ConnectThe inspiration for the title of this article comes from Cliff Richard’s song, “Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha.” Yes as we gain puberty and hormonal changes take place in the body, we feel a strong physical attraction for the opposite…
  • Public Relations and Print Media: Is It Time to Break Up?

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    William Comcowich
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    It’s Sunday morning, and you’re sitting at the breakfast table with a cup of coffee in one hand and the local paper in the other. Perhaps this is still a normal scenario for you. But for many others, that newspaper has been replaced with a tablet, laptop or smartphone.  Clues of print publications’ demise are [...]The post Public Relations and Print Media: Is It Time to Break Up? appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
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  • Keeping Up with Customer Needs and Wants through Social Media Monitoring

    William Comcowich
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    In the age of social media, the customer’s experience defines a brand’s reputation. Most brands know this, and have invested in the appropriate measures to monitor and respond to customer complaints on social media. Right?  Not so much, according to a survey by Social Media Marketing University. More than half of the survey’s 1,000+ respondents [...]The post Keeping Up with Customer Needs and Wants through Social Media Monitoring appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • Using Influencers to Generate Earned Media: A 3-Step Method

    William Comcowich
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Recommendations from influencers are the ultimate form of earned media. In her heyday, Oprah Winfrey was the epitome of influencers. When Walter Mossberg was a technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal, his positive product review meant skyrocketing sales for the company he recommended.  Influencers vary widely depending on industry and product category. Far too [...]The post Using Influencers to Generate Earned Media: A 3-Step Method appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • Landing Pages: What Converts Consumers (and What Doesn’t)

    William Comcowich
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Weak landing pages waste the hard work invested in a campaign or newsletter. Imagine a consumer’s disappointment when he/she clicks on a call-to-action (CTA) — and is taken to a page that doesn’t match that CTA’s promise or the offer itself. Ambiguous offers are one of the biggest problems on company landing pages, according to [...]The post Landing Pages: What Converts Consumers (and What Doesn’t) appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • Public Relations and Print Media: Is It Time to Break Up?

    William Comcowich
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    It’s Sunday morning, and you’re sitting at the breakfast table with a cup of coffee in one hand and the local paper in the other. Perhaps this is still a normal scenario for you. But for many others, that newspaper has been replaced with a tablet, laptop or smartphone.  Clues of print publications’ demise are [...]The post Public Relations and Print Media: Is It Time to Break Up? appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • Quick Thought #17

    William Comcowich
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Trending on Social MediaSocial media marketing tip: If you’re planning a social media marketing or PR campaign based on what’s trending now, you’ve already missed the trend.  To trend-jack effectively, it’s essential to find the “new, new thing” that’s just emerging. Hitting a trend early is the way to succeed big – and maybe even [...]The post Quick Thought #17 appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
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  • How to Unfollow Silent and Dead Twitter Accounts With Sprout Social

    Talia Gibson
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    With the constant influx of content on Twitter, you’ll want to be sure that the list of people you follow is beneficial to your brand. To build relationships with people and brands you need to be connected with two-way conversations and users who are engaged. Before you decide who to unfollow, decide what value each account brings to you. Identify what you want out of each relationship—what value does this user bring? Know the risks of ending a relationship—is a bridge being burned? Determine if the relationship offers a true connection—is this a one-way conversation? Finding Silent…
  • The Value of These Facebook Features Is Universal

    Jennifer Beese
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Your social media strategy is layered, meaning that you’ll utilize a variety of different tools and tactics to achieve a desired outcome. And with all of the new tools and features emerging, it’s very easy to become overwhelmed by the different options available to you. Take Facebook for example. It’s constantly innovating and tweaking the features offered to marketers and content creators. Although this is necessary to keep businesses moving forward on the platform, it makes social strategy even more challenging because what works for one brand won’t necessarily work for another.
  • Before Fans, Turn Your Employees Into Brand Ambassadors

    Jennifer Beese
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    By now you should know that leveraging conversations happening around your brand and turning some of your most passionate fans into brand ambassadors can really pay off. And while that brand advocacy can go a long way in making your marketing more relevant and effective, you might be neglecting one of your most powerful assets: your employees. When you’re building an online presence, it’s easy to become hyper-focused on just one aspect of your social strategy — especially content. You’ve created volumes of great content, but getting in front of the right people can still be a…
  • A Complete Guide to LinkedIn Ads

    Kevin King
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    With a user base of over 300 million working professionals and a plethora of highly relevant information on each user, LinkedIn advertising solutions have become powerful tools for marketers. Advertising on LinkedIn is less a question of when or if a company should embrace it, and more a question of how best to go about it. That’s why we thought it would be beneficial to bring you the different ad solutions offered by LinkedIn. Whether you’re completely new to advertising on LinkedIn or just looking for some additional help, we’ve put together these tips and strategies to help you…
  • How Conferences Are Putting the Network Into Social

    Anna Washenko
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    Networking has been changing as our personal technology does. Sure, you can still trade business cards, but rather than a litany of phone numbers and an office address, that slip of card stock is more likely to include handles for Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn. Nowhere is this more visible than at professional conferences. These events are equally useful for education and networking, and social media has become a necessary tool for both the organizers and attendees. An examination of how social media’s role before, during, and after a conference is a great example of the changes currently…
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  • The 1 question you need to answer when you start consulting

    Greg Miliates
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. There’s a question you need to answer when you start consulting (or any business) that’s crucial to your success. Once you know the question, it’ll seem ridiculously obvious. But still, few ask it, and fewer still know how to answer it. Before I show you what I mean, here’s an example of what you might be doing right now as you start consulting. Keep in mind that starting a consulting business is, essentially, learning a new skill: the skill of building a successful business.
  • The surprising thing you told me about getting clients

    Greg Miliates
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. Thanks to those of you who took a minute to complete the recent survey. Your answers showed some interesting themes and uncovered something surprising about getting clients. Also, congrats to Kim R. who won the $100 Amazon gift card that I gave away during the survey! Quick summary of your survey results Interestingly, the things that Kim R. said echoed what many of you said: She wants to go from a single client to more clients, and boost her income along the way. Most of you said something similar,…
  • The most common consulting mistake people make, and how to prevent it (Client Pipeline Mastery excerpt)

    Greg Miliates
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. I’m excited to show this to you because it includes some of the deeper material from the Client Pipeline Mastery course — specifically, on selling. And though I reveal the power behind an ideal client profile, I also show how to prevent making the single biggest consulting mistake I see people make. In short, you can crack the code and learn to systematically build a reliable pipeline of high-value clients, just like my other students have, and even ramp it into full self-employment. Today, a…
  • The biggest thing I wish I knew starting out

    Greg Miliates
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. When you start out in your consulting business, there are tons of things you have no idea about, and getting clients–since it’s the foundation of your business–is one of those things. But first, if you haven’t yet registered for tomorrow’s (4/1/2014) free webcast, where: I’ll reveal the exact ways I get clients, and you’ll get access to a proposal example that allowed me to earn $300/hour),  you need to save your spot (registration is free, but required). Click…
  • 5 stupid things I did to get clients when I started my consulting business

    Greg Miliates
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. Apparently I hit a nerve with last week’s 3 Huge Mistakes post: a lot of you said you’ve been wasting time on busyness instead of business, and as a result haven’t been able to get clients. In today’s post, I’ll share 5 stupid things I did to get clients when I started my consulting business. We all make stupid mistakes, and few “gurus” and self-proclaimed “experts” talk about their failures. Why not? Well, who cares whether an “expert”…
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  • Goodbye Networking, Hello 'Bonding'

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    If you interact with CXOs, top bureaucrats and leaders, senior journalists, top entrepreneurs and so on, networking does not work much. If you deal with high value clients, networking does not help much either. What works then, you must be wondering.I would say, time to bid goodbye to networking and say hello to ‘Bonding’.Bonding is the Vitamin-ConnectThe inspiration for the title of this article comes from Cliff Richard’s song, “Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha.” Yes as we gain puberty and hormonal changes take place in the body, we feel a strong physical attraction for the opposite…
  • And two Americans came and taught me 'Bonding'

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:52 am
    Let me tell you an interesting story. The story is about two amazing people who have influenced and coached me Jennifer Sertl (President, Agility 3R) and Michael Margolis(Chief Instigator, Get Storied) and the coincidence is that they both are Americans. They have played an important role in my journey and influenced my evolution from branding to bonding.The American StereotypeI have always been told that USA and its citizens are loyal only to their interests and not to nations and people. I have read articles on how an American asked for a connection fee for connecting…
  • "America Born Confused Desi" and Other Stories

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Mini-Stories and Musings on Wisdom & LoveWisdomABCD (America Born Confused Desi)The young NRI is in India in search of truth. So he meets a sage and asks a question which has been troubling his mind for years."O Master please tell me what to do. American culture tells me to be loyal to those who deserve it. Indian parents tell me to be loyal whatsoever. What do I do? This time I am truly feeling like a "America Born Confused Desi." he notes.The Master, "Loyalty is of two types. There is 'emotional loyalty' which flows naturally because of love or support you received. And there is…
  • Leadership Lessons from The Wizard of Oz

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:42 am
     Guest Blog post by Kevin FickenscherAuthor-Toto’s Reflections: The Leadership Lessons from The Wizard of OzStories are a very powerful source of metaphors for commentary on life.  Leadership represents an area where there is a plethora of material – some useful and much forgotten – with too few stories. The confluence of a story that is beloved by all and filled with poignant observations on leadership lessons from which we could all benefit is embodied in The Wizard of Oz.In particular, I've always been struck by the power of little Toto who – aside…
  • From Branding to Bonding-The Personal Branding Journey

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    IntroductionThe paradox is that trying to build a brand does not build a brand. What rather builds a brand is mindful content, passionate engagement and soulful collaboration. What builds a brand is perception enhancement over a period of time, sharing our achievements as inspiring stories. What builds a brand is our actions and consolidating our successes. What builds a brand is our love and passion for our domain, the excitement in our speech and the joy in our personality. The two hour talk will focus on:-· The paradox of branding· Personal Branding on social media-The Starting Point·…
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  • Superannuation: make income the outcome

    Robert C. Merton, Nobel Laureate, Professor of Finance, School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The emphasis on the lump sum in superannuation unfairly moves risk to individuals.Image sourced from www.shutterstock.comHaving led the world in the 1990s in embracing defined contribution retirement plans, Australia now is rightly reviewing whether the design of its retirement income system is meeting the needs of Australians living in retirement. David Murray’s interim report into Australia’s financial systems noted the particular strengths of this three-pillar system, which comprises the age pension, compulsory superannuation guarantee and voluntary private savings. With more than…
  • Malaysia Airlines now faces stark choices in a battle to survive

    Ian Douglas, Senior Lecturer, UNSW Aviation at UNSW Australia
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Malaysia Airlines faces restructuring if it wants to survive.EPA/Olaf KraakThe airline industry has a history of poor financial returns. On a global basis the cost of capital hasn’t been recovered any time in the past 25 years, and in 2014 the industry-wide profit forecast by the International Air Transport Association equates to little more than $4 per passenger. Some carriers do worse than others. Malaysia Airlines (MAS) was struggling even before the loss of MH370 in March 2014, and the loss of MH17 in July 2014 can only compound the problems of the airline. Largely state-owned, and…
  • Asylum seekers and the dignity of work

    Peter Mares, Adjunct fellow Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Contributing Editor, Inside Story at Swinburne University of Technology
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Less than welcoming... policies that prevent asylum seekers working are dehumanising.AAP Image/Newzulu/Zebedee ParkesMy interview with Mr Syed did not get off to a great start. We’d arranged to meet at the Dandenong library – part of the city council building, a huge, bright orange edifice in the redeveloped heart of Dandenong in Melbourne’s southeast. I was early and kept a close watch on the library’s sliding doors as rain showers blew across the civic plaza outside. Various men who might conceivably have been asylum seekers from the subcontinent came and went but none of them…
  • Little hard data in the hard area of foreign investment

    Margaret McKenzie, Lecturer, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance at Deakin University
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    We must address patchy data collection to get an accurate picture of foreign property investment.ABSA large portion of commentary on foreign investment in Australia is based on scant data, as recent submissions to the inquiry into foreign investment in residential property show. At the moment it seems the only body collecting any data on this sensitive issue is the Foreign Investment Review Board, and that appears limited. Even the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Reserve Bank admitted to the O'Dwyer inquiry its staff rely on trade magazines and newspapers to identify foreign real estate…
  • Evidence-based medicine is broken: why we need data and technology to fix it

    David Glance, Director of Innovation, Faculty of Arts, Director of Centre for Software Practice at University of Western Australia
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Evidence based medicine A recent paper in the British Medical Journal suggests that evidence-based medicine is in crisis. Evidence-based medicine is based on the practice of employing treatments that have scientific research that backs up their effectiveness. It is usually set against medical practice that is based on anecdotal experience or simply doing things because that is the way they always have been done. Ways evidence-based medicine is broken The authors of the paper point out however that there are a number of problems with evidence-based medicine that together, significantly…
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  • Why your patents don’t have to cost a fortune!

    Katherine Hedley
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Over eight million patents are held worldwide by many thousands of entrepreneurs, but according to research by the WIPO we hold onto our patents for less time than any other country. This may not be so suprising given the hefty fees that most patent-holders pay to keep their intellectual property protected from other businesses. The […] Author information Katherine Hedley Katherine Hedley was previously the Director of Operations Strategy & Analytics at and a First Class Cambridge engineering graduate. She recently co-founded, a site dedicated to helping…
  • Why The Business Lounge Is A Boy’s Club, And What You Should Do About It

    Sponsored Guest Post
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    The Gender Gap Women in business have come a long way, and they’re set to go further. Government statistics show that since 2011, the number of female directors on the FTSE100 has increased by nearly 8%, but this still leaves nearly 80% of FTSE100 directors male. So despite the leaps and bounds that the female […] Author information Sponsored Guest Post A sponsored post is a paid for post from a smart company with interesting products. Click the link to find out how you can sponsor a post and reach over 130,000+ readers each month. | The post Why The Business Lounge Is A Boy’s Club,…
  • Book review: Launch by Jeff Walker

    Angela Boothroyd
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    Our book review this week is Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula To Sell Almost Anything Online, Build A Business You Love, And Live The Life Of Your Dreams. Launch is written by internet marketing expert Jeff Walker, creator of Product Launch Formula (PLF). The Product Launch Formula is a system to get your target […] Author information Angela Boothroyd I'm a teacher and linguist who specializes in helping non-native English speakers to speak English more fluently, and to become successful, active, and independent or self-directed language learners. I have an MEd in…
  • A Simple Phone Solution for Today’s New Entrepreneurs

    Matthew Guise
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Starting a new business has never been more accessible than it is today. The rise of the internet has put powerful tools and information into the hands of anyone who wants them, often for free or at a very low cost. It’s no surprise that more women are deciding to take control of their working […] Author information Matthew Guise Marketing Expert at Callagenix Ltd Matthew Guise is a digital marketing expert for Callagenix, a UK-based telephony services provider that specialises in business grade hosted phone solutions. For advice on setting up the right numbers and services for you,…
  • Save Money And Boost Your Business This Summer

    Rachel Henke
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Well I don’t know about you but when our house is full of beautiful children and non stop holiday activities I find it hard to be in ‘work mode.’ I usually organise my business so I can just go with the holiday flow and not fight it. Summer only comes ones a year and even […] Author information Rachel Henke Rachel Henke is the bestselling author of “The Niche Expert” - Harness the power of the internet to attract perfect clients, publicity & opportunities and the founder of which offers virtual coaching & consulting for entrepreneurial experts to…
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  • Major League Leadership: What We All Can Learn From Baseball

    Mark Coburn
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:12 pm
    An interview with Howard Fero and Rebecca Herman, Authors of Lead Me Out to the Ballgame Center for Creative Leadership How to Open and Close a TED Talk: 11 Proven Techniques to Open and Close Any Speech or Presentation Create Powerful Openings and Closings for Your TED Talk (or any other Speech or Presentation) If you’ve watched TED Talks (, you’ve no doubt been inspired and enchanted by speeches by figures such as Sir Ken Robinson, Jill Bolte Taylor, Simon Sinek and Dan Pink. In this short eBook, you will discover how to: Hook your audience into your speech with your opening…
  • HR Pipeline: The 6 Roles for a Successful 360 Process

    Mark Coburn
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    360-degree assessments are widely used for leadership and talent development. But the process can fall apart if all the key players are not in place. Center for Creative Leadership
  • Beyond Competencies: What About the Leader’s Mind?

    Mark Coburn
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    Behaviors, skills and actions matter – but so does what happens in a leader’s mind. How is that factored into leadership development? Center for Creative Leadership Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action we like to ship out right away “A powerful and penetrating exploration of what separates great companies and great leaders from the rest.”-Polly LaBarre, coauthor of Mavericks at Work Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty?In studying the…
  • Communication: 1 Idea, 3 Facts, 5 Tips

    Mark Coburn
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Communication is a core leadership function, and leaders need to know a whole lot more than the mechanics of sending and receiving information. Center for Creative Leadership Maximize Your Presentation Skills: How to Speak, Look, and Act on Your Way to the Top Used Book in Good Condition Master the Perfect Presentation with EaseThe difference between a mediocre and magnificent career usually hinges on one simple thing: how you present yourself to management, clients, coworkers, and the public. In Maximize Your Presentation Skills, professional speech and image coach Ellen A. Kaye reveals how…
  • 4 Rules of Asking for Feedback

    Mark Coburn
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:12 am
    Getting regular feedback – not just the occasional discussion or performance review – shouldn’t be like pulling teeth. You can gain much-needed insight and input when you take four steps, says CCL’s Sylvester Taylor. Center for Creative Leadership
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  • Association of Zoos & Aquariums and Disney award 30 Nature Play grants

    F Depraetere
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    (Zoo News) The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced the recipients of 30 “Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium” grants. Supported through a special gift from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, these competitive grants, selected through a rigorous review by a panel of industry experts, are being presented to accredited zoos and […]
  • Google Street View comes to Dollywood

    F Depraetere
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am
    (Theme Park News) Guests planning a trip to Dollywood can now take a sneak peek at what to expect before they arrive thanks to Google’s Street View technology. With Street View, people around the world now may take a virtual stroll through Dollywood to see the park’s award-winning attractions and beautiful scenery. Using the Street […]
  • SEA LIFE Birmingham signs on with accesso

    F Depraetere
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    (Attractions News) accesso Technology Group plc (AIM: ACSO) has signed an agreement with SEA LIFE Birmingham (UK) to pilot the accesso Passport ticketing solution at the attraction. SEA LIFE Birmingham becomes the first attraction in Europe to fully deploy the complete accesso Passport solution including the “queue blasting” mobile point of sales; ticketing point of […]
  • Hong Kong Disneyland sees record number of applicants for Halloween auditions

    F Depraetere
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:24 am
    (Theme Park News) With Halloween creeping closer, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort hosted two interview sessions at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel Conference Center recently, as part of efforts to bring 120 new performers onboard for the park’s upcoming seasonal events. Around 550 performers gave their ghoulish best at the auditions, setting a record-high number of […]
  • New children’s water play area opens at Gilroy Gardens

    F Depraetere
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:59 am
    (Theme Park News) Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park (CA, USA) has opened its newest water play area, “Water Oasis” on Saturday, July 19, 2014. It is The Gardens’ largest capital investment (US$ 2m) since 2005, when Bonfante’s Splash Garden was added to the Park. The newest half-acre attraction that features plenty of water-fueled family fun, […]
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  • How to Turn Customer Survey Results into Action Plans

    Dr. Jan West, Ph.D.
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Customer surveys offer companies unique insights into customer satisfaction and how to improve the customer experience. However, conducting the customer research is only the first step to improving your company.... Read More » The post How to Turn Customer Survey Results into Action Plans appeared first on NBRI.
  • 10 Factors That Affect Customer Satisfaction

    Ken West
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Customer satisfaction goes far beyond customer service. According to Howard J. Ross, president of a Maryland based consulting firm, “ the single most important factor that affects customer satisfaction is... Read More » The post 10 Factors That Affect Customer Satisfaction appeared first on NBRI.
  • How To Measure & Improve Casino Customer Satisfaction

    Ken West
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Repeat business from returning customers plays a vital role in the success of a casino. Customers that are satisfied with their gaming experience at your establishment are more likely to... Read More » The post How To Measure & Improve Casino Customer Satisfaction appeared first on NBRI.
  • How to Improve Employee Engagement

    Ken West
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Employee engagement is a crucial part to your company’s success. What’s more is that the more engaged your employees, the more satisfied your customers. Many factors affect your employee’s productivity.... Read More » The post How to Improve Employee Engagement appeared first on NBRI.
  • 5 Reasons a Professional Should Analyze Your Survey Results

    Dr. Jan West, Ph.D.
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Customer surveys are a great tool for learning more about how to improve an organization. Sadly, many companies neglect the potential benefits that come from using a professional to analyze... Read More » The post 5 Reasons a Professional Should Analyze Your Survey Results appeared first on NBRI.
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  • LinkedIn Company Page Slaps Me Silly

    Cathy Miller
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    My LinkedIn company page delivered a message. Loud and clear. It was not pretty − or unexpected. More like forgotten A boomer brain moment My company page reminded me of a simple, well-known fact. Social media platforms change.  Well Duh, right? Maybe this happened to you, too If not, please lie so I feel better LinkedIn Company Page If you are unfamiliar with this feature of LinkedIn, the following provides a brief summary. LinkedIn launched Company Pages in 2010 Overview contained a company snapshot (size, location, services, etc.) Careers shared job openings Products &…
  • LinkedIn Guide on Little Stuff

    Cathy Miller
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    Does your LinkedIn profile maximize the allotted space? Do you know how much space you have? LinkedIn has its fair share of stuff you may not know. Not without digging. The LinkedIn Guide delivers profile, message, and settings stuff so you can see what you’ve been missing. Or not. LinkedIn Guide You have two options for review. A SlideShare guide with images A pdf text list for download Disclaimer: Like any social media platform, LinkedIn could change stuff without notice. And probably will. SlideShare Version Casual LinkedIn user guide to stuff you may not know from Cathy Miller,…
  • LinkedIn Publishing: Early Kinks and Criticisms

    Cathy Miller
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Like any new venture, LinkedIn Publishing has some kinks to work out. How the networking site handles those kinks could spell success or failure for the Publishing platform. The following is an unscientific review of early kinks and criticisms. LinkedIn Publishing In a previous post, LinkedIn Publishing: Plus or Minus, I shared information about this latest LinkedIn addition. The new feature allows any LinkedIn member (not only LinkedIn-appointed influencers) to publish long-form posts. Enough With the Notifications An early criticism is the annoying flood of Publishing notifications.
  • Surprising Internet Traffic High and Lows

    Cathy Miller
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    We love internet traffic. Views Comments Downloads I’ll be the first to admit, I am no search engine optimization (SEO) expert. I focus more on content; however, even I’m not stupid enough to ignore SEO basics. But I must say, I am often surprised at my internet traffic high and lows. Internet Traffic Since this post appears to bare the soul (sort of), I’ll also admit I am not as good as I should be at keeping up with analytics. That’s a big reason why I never assume to tell readers how they should use social media. Not my niche. Business writing is a different story.
  • LinkedIn Publishing: Plus or Minus?

    Cathy Miller
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:23 am
    LinkedIn Publishing opened a floodgate of words. We have tips on almost everything And personal points of view Members repurpose posts and create original content, hoping to stand out in the leaderboard rush. LinkedIn Publishing is officially open for business. Whether or not that’s a good thing remains to be seen. LinkedIn Publishing Background In October 2012, LinkedIn launched its Influencer program. The feature shared the thoughts of business leaders from a list of invitation-only professionals. At the time, I found the concept a tad annoying. I prefer selecting my own influencers…
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  • Utopia Or Brave New World?

    Lawrence Lundy
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    As William Gibson, the technology writer once said; “The future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed”. This is true of the geographic distribution of new technologies, and it is also true of the distribution new technologies across devices. In this case, sensors and connectivity are already in electronic portable devices such … Continued
  • Is ERP And Consolidation A Con Trick?

    Michael Evans
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    For some time now, ERP companies have been promoting their systems as multi-company, multi-currency offerings. Not surprisingly, this concept has a lot of appeal to groups who are operating in more than one country. Up until recently, the experience that most companies have had when it comes to reporting across multiple companies is that they … Continued
  • Is Your Analytics Solution Getting The Better Of You?

    Nick Barth
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    Whatever size your business is, you rely on data to make decisions. With that in mind getting that data in a timely manner and in a format that you can digest is critical. So why can this be so difficult? We are all used to receiving reports from our systems and even the most rudimentary … Continued
  • Corporate App Stores: Why And Wherefore?

    Simon Body
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    App stores are clearly a burgeoning trend in IT at the moment. In 2013 we learned from our own research that one in ten IT decision makers from large organisations were running a corporate app store. What’s more, Gartner has predicted that 1 in 4 enterprises will implement their own app store by 2017. This … Continued
  • REVIEW: Dell XPS 11 2-in-1 Ultrabook

    Christian Harris
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    The thinnest, lightest and most compact 2-in-1 Ultrabook to include a Quad HD display, the Dell XPS 11 is about as sexy as mobile computing currently gets. It’s not without its faults and limitations, but the XPS 11 is a very good device for staying connected, creating, sharing and accessing content on the move from … Continued
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  • Your Banking Integration Import Cheat Sheet

    Kelli Wall
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    With our new banking integration, we have had some questions posed to our support team about the best way to handle different transaction situations. So we put together a cheat sheet on how to handle different transaction scenarios. Check out the steps below: they might help you too! No matter what the case, you will always start out the same way: First Go to Accounts > Mange Financial Connections > then click View on linked account you want to import transactions from. Then, download the transactions for the account by clicking Download Transactions in the right hand sidebar. Your…
  • Calling All Shopify Users!

    Kelli Wall
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:44 am
    We are very excited to announce our latest integration with the web’s most popular tool for creating and running an online store. With over 100,000 stores online and over 4 billion sold through them, Shopify is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to connect with your customers online. And so it was a natural for WorkingPoint to partner with Shopify to help their users manage the financial component of running an online store. With our almost instant setup process, you can import items and orders into WorkingPoint quickly and easily so you can manage your sales and inventory…
  • Estimated Taxes due June 16

    Kelli Wall
    4 Jun 2014 | 10:44 am
    Estimated taxes for the April 1 – May 31 are due June 16. Use WorkingPoint’s Estimated Tax Report to help you calculate what to pay and report on your IRS Form 1040-ES. The estimated amount it based on the data you already have in WorkingPoint, so if you are new to WorkingPoint, be sure to figure in any sales or expenses not included in your WorkingPoint account. In addition, be sure to subtract out any payments you have already made for the 2014 tax year from the Total Estimated Federal Taxes Owed for 2014 to get an estimate of the balance. Learn more about the Estimated Tax Report…
  • Batch Processing for Invoices

    Kelli Wall
    28 May 2014 | 11:51 am
    As the old adage goes, “time is money.” At WorkingPoint, we understand that. Instead of record-keeping, you could be selling more or creating more to be sold. That is why we created Batch Processing for invoices. With Batch Processing you can apply the same action to up to 30 invoices with just a few clicks. It’s pretty cool…log into your account today and check it out! Here’s what you do: To view the new actions you can apply to a batch of invoices, click the Batch icon at the top of the Invoices List.  This is the same icon you chose when you wanted to batch…
  • Article on NY Times Blog about WP and Zipmark

    Working Point Team
    4 Nov 2013 | 1:28 pm
    WorkingPoint has been mentioned in relation to our partnership with Zipmark and going paperless! Read more about it here: New Options for Small Businesses Looking to Go Paperless
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  • How SME’s Benefit from Video Conferencing

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Owners of small and medium enterprises are often struggling to reduce expenses while boosting productivity. For some, this may seem like some sort of mission impossible, but in reality modern technology actually simplifies their mission, turning their desire to decrease costs into an achievable goal. Videoconferencing systems are the handy solutions that trigger considerable financial savings, favor a healthier management and lead to improved business relationships. These are only 3 benefits associated with smart and affordable video conferencing systems designed to address the stringent…
  • Leveraging Social Media to Sell Your Products

    21 May 2014 | 12:31 am
    Social networking was once a simple way for you to connect with old friends, colleagues, distant relatives, etc. Utilized properly, a social networking site gives you the potential to connect with anyone from around the world. More and more businesses, both large and small, have realized just how powerful these networking tools are, and have started tapping into this market to promote their products and increase their online sales. In order to leverage social media as a way to sell more of your products, you can’t bombard consumers with hourly Twitter updates spouting lines about how great…
  • Collaboration in the Digital Age

    8 May 2014 | 4:56 am
    Remember the days when group projects consisted of four or five people huddled over mountains of books, whispering in urgent tones to one another in the back corner of the library? Or afternoons spent organizing and fitting a meeting into everyone’s schedule in order to get the work done? In the business world today, any type of collaboration is almost always done digitally, according to the University of Wisconsin. Thanks to the help of videoconferencing and emails you can be literally anywhere in the world and still manage to get work done no matter what the weather, your social schedule…
  • Reputation is Everything: How To Research a Company Before You Do Business With Them

    4 May 2014 | 12:09 am
    Your reputation as a company is everything. So it is with anyone you do business with. Any reputable company is concerned with it. Yet, at the same time, scam artists aren’t. Ideally, you would only do business with reputable companies, but figuring out is reputable and who isn’t isn’t always easy. Even when you find a legit company, that doesn’t mean that they will be competent. There are many companies out there that are just average. If you think about it, most companies are average. They have to be. That’s the meaning of “average.” It’s the…
  • Using LinkedIn as Part of your Marketing Strategy

    4 May 2014 | 12:08 am
    The booming popularity of social media has given marketers a real opportunity to connect with millions of potential new customers. While Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are the platforms that attract the most attention, LinkedIn has also been growing impressively of late. Owners of the networking channel recently confirmed that it had surpassed the 300 million members mark, having seen 23 million new people sign up for an account since December 31st 2013. Why marketers cannot afford to ignore LinkedIn With members in more than 200 countries across the planet, it is clear that LinkedIn has a…
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    Stock Prices Today » Stock News

  • Stocks Gain Ground On ISM Figures

    Pete Southern
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:21 am
    The New York Stock Exchange regained some ground on Tuesday, with a figure worse than expected in the ISM manufacturing index, soothing fears of a future interest rates hike by the Federal Reserve. At the end of the morning, the Dow Jones had advanced 0.7% to 16,942.8 points, while the Nasdaq Composite moved 0.5% to 4,449.5 points.
  • Stock Markets Head Higher Even Though It Was Friday 13th

    Pete Southern
    15 Jun 2014 | 1:42 pm
    The U.S. stock markets headed up to higher ground on Friday morning, buyers returning to the office after the release of two dismal economic statistics. By late morning, the Dow Jones advanced 0.3% to 16,785.5 points, while the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.5% to 4316.9 points. The S & P 500 – the benchmark index – mad Read more ...
  • Priceline to Buy OpenTable

    Pete Southern
    14 Jun 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Priceline offered $103 a share in cash Thursday. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter. OpenTable charges restaurants monthly fees to seat diners who reserve their seats. “The sort of work that we do day-to-day is quite similar,” Priceline PCLN -2.99% Chief Executive Darren Huston said in an interview. “It&# Read more ...
  • Facebook Might Have Put A Block On Crowd Funding

    Pete Southern
    14 Jun 2014 | 12:43 pm
    The notion of new technology firms getting financed from crowd sourcing took a hit earlier this year when Facebook FB purchased Oculus for about $2 billion. In the aftermath of the resentment there are movements to alter laws that restrict the sale of equity positions to small-scale i Read more ...
  • Rally Fades After Bernanke Speaks

    Tom Luongo
    1 Oct 2012 | 1:05 pm
    Even though FOMC Chairman Ben Bernanke’s comments on Monday were defensive of ultra-loose monetary policy the equity markets still could not muster any momentum afterwards and pulled back from its session highs, pulling some commodities down along with it on the first day of trading in the 4th quarter.  An ISM print of 51.5 up from 49.6 i Read more ...
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  • Understanding Common Mistakes That Companies Make When Getting Into Global Staffing

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    Understanding Common Mistakes That Companies Make When Getting Into Global Staffing If utilized properly, global staffing can truly help companies expand or strengthen their operations. But there are still other companies, perhaps those new to the idea of employing offshore teams, that make certain mistakes that could hinder them from fully realizing the benefits of outsourcing. In this post, let’s go through some of the most common mistakes. Underestimating the importance of managers. Often when companies outsource specific business processes, they don’t always give enough priority to…
  • Achieving B2B Marketing Goals Through Global Staffing

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Achieving B2B Marketing Goals Through Global Staffing For most companies, getting a sale is almost always the primary objective of business. After all, how can an enterprise make a profit if it can’t generate revenues in the first place? That is why marketing will always be an integral part of any sales-driven business entity. Urging customers, existing or new, to make a purchase remains a top priority, and marketing specialists, time and time again, have and will continue to look for new ways of reaching out to prospective buyers. In this post, let’s talk about how you can achieve your…
  • Questions That Need To Be Asked When Getting Into Global Staffing

    2 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    Questions That Need To Be Asked When Getting Into Global Staffing For some companies, especially those who are new to the concept of outsourcing, partnering with a global staffing provider to fulfill staffing needs requires proper planning and execution. Of course, every business venture has its own risks and rewards, and companies who’ve never tried availing of outsourced personnel may not fully understand yet how they can use effectively use global staffing to their and business’s advantage. But with a little self-evaluation, particularly with regards to what your company really needs,…
  • How To Keep Team Morale High in Global Staffing

    24 Jun 2014 | 10:54 am
    How To Keep Team Morale High in Global Staffing You’ve all read articles about how one can overcome challenges when your business enters into global staffing. Regardless of specific industry, these challenges are pretty common and straightforward — how to deal with dissimilar time zones, cultural differences, communication gaps/language barriers, and unaligned expectations, just to name a few. However, there’s one important aspect that is not covered as much, and that is information on how to keep morale high, especially for your global team. In this post, let’s take a look at…
  • Overcoming Cultural Differences in Global Staffing

    23 Jun 2014 | 9:34 am
    Overcoming Cultural Differences in Global Staffing Cultural differences are often cited as one of the most common challenges companies face when they outsource services from other countries. Indeed, in the midst of ever-increasing globalization (facilitated by the Internet), cultural diversity still plays a definite role in how companies around the world can go about doing their business. This is quite natural of course — after all, we are a world consisting of different continents, nations, and ethnicities. But as any business owner with enough experience in outsourcing or global…
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    Joanne Dewberry

  • Summer Holiday Sanity Tips for Busy Working Mums

    Joanne Dewberry
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Being a busy mumpreneur / working mum can be complicated at the best of times but the summer holidays can be a logistical nightmare. For me I pretty much go into shut down for the summer and spent quality time with the Moo’s. Be Organised For weeks now I have been filling the calender with […] The post Summer Holiday Sanity Tips for Busy Working Mums appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • Tips for writing Newsletters

    Joanne Dewberry
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:16 am
    Ever since I have been in business I have spent time capturing data from customers. From like my Facebook page, follow me on Twitter, sign up to my newsletter etc. and I am so guilty of not using this data to my advantage. We all know we should send out regular newsletters in order to:- Remind […] The post Tips for writing Newsletters appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • Stand out from the crowd

    Joanne Dewberry
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    “Whatever the event where you’re planning on using your banner stand the aim will be the same – to let people know who you are and to stand out from the crowd. This is the first impression you are going to make on potential customers/ clients and you want it to be a good one.” […] The post Stand out from the crowd appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • Renting an office space a few things to consider.

    Joanne Dewberry
    26 Jun 2014 | 5:10 am
    We’ve looked before at when you out grow your home office and need to move into more substantial rented premises, but it doesn’t just stop there at what type of space. There are a few things to consider when you rent an office space. Location  Is the space in a good location for potential clients […] The post Renting an office space a few things to consider. appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • Is your business social media savvy?

    Joanne Dewberry
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Social Media is now a vital part of daily marketing for majority of small businesses these days. But just how much time do we spend tweeting and liking? According to this infographic from Sage – an hour a day. An hour a day! Are they joking!? I think I spend more like 3/4 hours a […] The post Is your business social media savvy? appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
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    SunGard Availability Services UK / Blog

  • JSA counts on Sungard Availability Services for availability around the clock.

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    All-time information works for JSA. The JSA Group had long recognised the importance of availability to their business and realised its IT infrastructure was vulnerable to external threats. The social unrest that hit London and other major UK towns in the summer of 2011 was the catalyst to review its IT strategy and make its business more resilient. Millions of people in Britain now work outside the PAYE system so employers and individuals look to firms like JSA for professional advice on their accountancy service needs. By offering a broad range of services for both umbrella and limited…
  • Hibernia College gives cloud services an ‘A’ grade for availability

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Hibernia College is an internationally accredited, global provider of high quality education programmes based in Ireland and the UK. The College is a recognised world leader in online content development and delivery based on a blended learning format which combines interactive, multimedia-rich online content with face-to-face tuition through periodic on-site sessions. Business Challenge: Ireland’s only government-accredited e-learning college provides post-graduate programmes for teaching professionals and others, delivering course content through online tutorials supplemented by…
  • ICT infrastructure transformation helps City Link deliver results.

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    11 Jun 2014 | 7:43 am
    Following a tender process, leading premium express delivery company City Link chose Sungard Availability Services as its  consulting and technology partner in a 3½ year, £2.5m deal to manage City Link’s cloud and managed services including its data centre. Business Challenge: When premium express parcel company City Link was sold by rentokil initial, it faced an immovable deadline to disengage its IT and communications infrastructure from its parent within just 12 months, after which it would incur punitive sanctions. It embarked on…
  • Digital Dynamics in the C-Suite – CIOs Battle Tech Amateurs as ‘Smartphone Generation’ Fails to Appreciate Complexity of Enterprise IT.

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    6 Jun 2014 | 4:14 am
    New Paper Sponsored by Sungard Availability Services Highlights Alignment Between CIO and Wider C-level Roles As Critical to Long-Term Success. London, United Kingdom: 5 June, 2014 – Sungard® Availability Services™ (Sungard AS), a leading provider of information availability through managed IT, cloud and recovery services, announced today the publishing of a paper from Joe Peppard, professor of management at the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin. It reveals the unique opportunity that digitisation has provided for chief information officers…
  • Cloud Computing: The Path to Transforming the Workplace

    Simon Withers
    23 May 2014 | 2:41 am
    By Simon Withers, Vice President, Product Management for Global Cloud Services at Sungard Availability Services You don’t need to be a business or technology expert to see that cloud based computing is having a profound effect on some our working practices. It’s hard to overestimate the significance of this culture change: just as businesses needed to evolve by the introduction of the PC or the internet, the cloud represents another decade defining shift of evolution. A Necessary Transition Perhaps what is most interesting is that we’re seeing business ambitions start to…
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    Presentation Skills « Business Growth Strategies

  • When should you tell your signature story?

    Roberto Monaco
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Presentation Skills « Business Growth Strategies - 10X Business Letter July 16th, 2014 San Diego, Ca Cool 61 Degrees ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dear 10X Business Builder,One of the questions we received often from the members of our community is this one:“Should I tell my signature story in the beginning, middle or end of my  presentation?”As an Influencer, you know that is very important to tell your signature story (aka hero’s story, hero’s journey, personal story, influencer story, etc) in the majority of presentations you do.I personally tell my signature story…
  • [Video Series] Speak With Confidence Series – Part 8

    Jeff Paro
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Presentation Skills « Business Growth Strategies - 10X Business Letter July 10th, 2014 San Diego, Ca Breezy 72 Degrees ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear 10X Business Builder,Have you ever wondered how people can have the same exact experience and feel totally different from each other?You can have two people watch the same movie, read the same book, go to the same party, listen to the same talk and feel the opposite of each other, true?The same rule applies to speaking, presenting and influencing.Some people can’t wait to speak in front of group of people, they fell super excited about…
  • [Video Series] Speak With Confidence Series – Part 7

    Jeff Paro
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Presentation Skills « Business Growth Strategies - 10X Business Letter July 08th, 2014 San Diego, Ca Gorgeous 70 Degrees ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dear 10X Business Builder,In this video you will discover ONE major idea that will help you (or someone you know) to overcome the Fear, Uncertainty, Nervousness, Doubt and Anxiety (F.U.N.D.A.) of speaking in front of a group of people or in front of a camera — once and for all.It is so simple, so powerful and there is no need to practice this idea….it was a powerful realization for me…Let me know what you think,RobertoPS: Influencing…
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    Naomi Simson's Blog

  • One step toward being an ‘out of the box’ best employer

    Naomi Simson
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Megan Bromley accepting the AHRI HR practitioner of the year award. I meet many business owners, and entrepreneurs; the question that we cannot help but ask each other is “How’s business?” People tend to be circumspect with his or her answer however the conversation usually moves on to “how did RedBalloon become a ‘Great Place to Work?”. I have never shied away from sharing with anyone the pivotal moment when we added to the team an HR professional. We only had about 25 people back in the day when we made this commitment. I knew that I wanted RedBalloon to…
  • Big dreams – if you think you can you can.

    Naomi Simson
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Looking very happy with the completion of the planning process. With Kristie Buchanan We have just completed our planning cycle. And I am completely excited by the plans that the leadership team has created under the stewardship of CEO Kristie. Whilst I am clearly not going to reveal the content here… it gave me cause to reflect about dreaming big – and playing full out. RedBalloon is all about ‘Good – Times’ and the speed at which we play a bigger and bigger game is inspiring. – Thanks Team “If you think you are beaten, you are; If you think you dare…
  • Are you the only you!

    Naomi Simson
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:49 pm
    NaomiSimson.CEO What the new dotCEO Top Level Domain looks like You never know if you are the only you… or is there someone else just like me in another part of the world. Here are some fun facts: The global population is now 4 times what it was when I was born. There are more people alive today than have ever been alive in the whole of history. I’m not the only Naomi Simson on the planet. Way back in the early days of the internet (in the beginning of time as they say) – I did a Google search on my name and found that I was not the only Naomi Simson. In the US there are others…
  • The search for meaning at work…

    Naomi Simson
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:03 pm
    I’d worked in a lot of places before I started a business of my own – I had some great work experiences and some lousy one’s. One thing I did know is that when I was happy at work – I flourished and had an amazing capacity to do my best – effortlessly. So as I muddled my way through working out what I wanted to achieve in creating the culture at RedBalloon – there was one thing I knew. As leader (and a leadership team) we can create a great environment for people to work in but ultimately it is each individuals choice if they want to participate in it.
  • We are multi sensory beings – Aesop

    Naomi Simson
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:40 am
    Think about the brands that you love – how do they make you feel? What do they mean to you? Now think about those bill boards that you pass every day – for businesses and products that don’t stand for anything and don’t mean anything (and they may also not be relevant to you either). The point is you don’t think about them, you manage to filter them out of your consciousness. Humans’ are multi sensory beings that are ‘meaning’ making machines – and when a brand can deeply connect to that – we fall in love (literally in a neuropathway kind of way – and…
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    Midas Touch

  • Exporting Needed To Help British Business

    Silvia Vitiello
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    By Silvia Vitiello Britain is lagging behind export levels of overseas competitors such as Germany, France, Italy and South Korea. A business chief has warned that extra support for exporters is needed if the UK is to meet the government’s goal of doubling exports to £1tn by 2020. Director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce, John Longworth, has underlined the urgent need for measures to reduce the fear-factor of exporting. The stance comes after research showing that less than 50 per cent of firms are planning for growth on foreign shores. The BCC said that an inspection of…
  • Advice on the Current Marketplace for Property Finance

    Darren Jordan
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    By Darren Jordan When looking for finance for a property project there will be many challenges and numerous points to consider over the project pathway, such as preparing solid feasibility studies, cost tracking and ensuring that outgoings hold up against budgets. All the while you need to be staying on top of your business and staying alert of other new opportunities. Your experience and that of your team will be decisive in determining how well you negotiate the deal-making terrain and this will directly impact on the finance you manage to secure. Before you get started, here are some of…
  • I Found Leadership Training Beneficial, You Could Too

    Guest Blog
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    Like many people, I have certain personality traits and skills that are ideal for leading a business or team. However, I also have gaps in my skill set and areas of weakness too. I realised that if I wanted to progress and be the best leader it was possible for me to be, it was important to recognise these weaknesses and work towards improving my skills. A common way that people learn new skills and approaches to leadership is to attend a course run by a business leadership training company. I investigated the possibility of this and attended a short course. I found that by attending a course…
  • eBay: What are the tax rules for sellers?

    Fresh Business Thinking
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:03 am
    By Steve White, Fresh Business Thinking  If you are getting rid of a few items from your loft to make money and free-up space, then you are unlikely to be liable to pay tax on your transactions. However, whether selling from a car-boot sale, market stall or eBay, repeated selling to make a regular profit can be considered as trading and such activity should be waved up before HMRC because those profits are taxable. You may also be liable to pay National Insurance contributions, and for sales in excess of £81,000 you will have to register for VAT. Even with sales below the £81,000 mark, if…
  • Why the Funding of Micro-Business is Critical

    Jon Dawson
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:51 am
    By Jon Dawson The perils and pitfalls encountered by small businesses as they bid to access finance are well known, as is the range of government initiatives available to fight the strong financial tide, such as Growth Accelerators and the British Business Bank. Micro-businesses find it even more difficult to access affordable loans, their goal made no easier to achieve thanks to the complex and drawn-out processes obtaining finance involves. Only 25 per cent of SMEs search for finance within any one year and 75 per cent of those actually manage to receive the funds they need. Clearly a…
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    Latest blog entries

  • Sustaining Great Results - Teleseminar!

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    You don't want to miss an opportunity to listen in on an upcoming teleseminar, where I will be sharing three key areas of focus for sustaining high-performance results with your team. As Mark Sanborn has said, "The greatest danger a team faces isn't that it won't become successful, but that it will… and then cease to improve.” This will be a 45-50 minute live teleseminar on July 30, 2014 from1:30 – 2:30 pm ET for @kevineikenberry  that will share ideas and take-aways to help you maintain engagement and keep your people energized as contributors. Whether your team has been together…
  • UConn Basketball and a Championship Lesson in Patience

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:56 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…
  • 28 Great Quotes to Inspire and Manage Change

    12 Jun 2014 | 3:23 pm
    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…
  • Alaska, Bad Weather and Building an Oil Pipeline

    3 May 2014 | 5:38 pm
    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. About…
  • Three Secrets to Help Your Team Finish Strong

    23 Mar 2014 | 6:43 am
    When I was coaching basketball, one of the key requirements to the team’s success was the ability of our athletes to finish strong and make layups around the rim.  As a team, success ultimately came down to our players finishing strong. Over the years, it became clear that there were three main reasons that players finished weakly around the rim and were unable to score. Find those 3 secrets, and the rest of this article to help your team finish strong, published as a guest post on the #leadwithgiants website. Many thanks to Dan Forbes for sharing it with the #leadwithgiants audience!
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    The Hiring Tips

  • Hiring the Salesperson, Part Six

    Stan Dubin
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
    In the previous Hiring the Salesperson tips, we covered preparation, motivation, prospecting, sales technique and closing. In this tip, let’s discuss the salesperson who has sold something very different from you’re selling.        
  • “Never Miss a Good Chance to Shut Up!”

    Stan Dubin
    5 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    This Will Rogers quote can most definitely be applied to those giving hiring interviews.        
  • You’re Not Hiring The Résumé!

    Stan Dubin
    28 Jun 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Of course this is something you know, but how often do we see a fabulous résumé and then omit doing a thorough interview as we believe we’ve got the right person? Or worse, we conduct a hiring interview with the intention of ensuring this person gets hired. In other words, not just omitting to ask […]        
  • Take Him For a Tour!

    Stan Dubin
    4 Jun 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Let’s say you’re hiring an Office Manager. Fred has shown up for his interview and has Office Manager experience. How do we know how experienced Fred is? Well, we can take Fred for a tour of the office. Here’s how it could go:        
  • What Did You Do When You Didn’t Know What to Do?

    Stan Dubin
    18 May 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Most people have a pretty good idea of what’s expected of them. They’ve had some training for their position and ideally some apprenticing. But what happens when just don't know what to do?        
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    Red Fish Marketing Promotional Products Blog

  • Five Business Card Alternatives

    Red Fish
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Here’s five alternatives to the traditional cardboard business card. Research proves that giving customers something that is useful / reusable makes them more likely to keep it and therefore leads to greater brand exposure. 1. The Credit card sized flash drive               Perfect to promote any business and you can even have it loaded with essential documentation. 2. The Credit Card Magnifier                   A perfect business card for an optometrist, aged care or any industry where seeing clearly is…
  • Stationery Flash Card Kit

    10 Jun 2013 | 1:04 am
    Promote your brand with technology products from Red Fish Marketing! We’ve hand-picked the best technology giveaways, so your brand can stay ahead of the game. Stationery Flash Card Kit It is composed of 10 pcs stationery essentials kit with 512MB credit card flash drive, black/silver zippered polyester case, pen pencil, eraser, staple remover staples, clips, ruler, highlighter, and scissors!
  • Reward Your Customers with Promotional Gifts

    6 Jun 2013 | 3:00 am
    Companies are continuously searching for new methods to bring in customers, as well as keeping the existing ones happy. Companies should be creative on their marketing campaigns in able to do this. There are so many different marketing campaigns available to companies nowadays. Be careful and creative in marketing campaign because you don’t want to go wrong on this area.   According to Mark Klein, Founder and chief executive officer of Loyalty Builders, suggested that companies should attempt to reward the loyalty of their customers. This could include offering promotional…
  • Promotional Automotive Accessories

    4 Jun 2013 | 11:57 pm
    Put some drive behind your promotional campaigns with Red Fish Marketing’s’ promotional products for the automotive industry. Promotional Automotive Accessories are commonly used for dealership promos, custom body shop giveaways, auto insurance advertising, trade show events and even giving it as corporate gifts. Car Air Freshener
  • Basic Backpack

    4 Jun 2013 | 4:54 am
    Backpacks make a fine corporate gift or promotional giveaway. Spread your company logo or marketing message with promotional backpacks. Custom backpacks are functional, stylish and a practical way to keep your clients or employee organized. Basic Backpack
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    The NFPT Blog

  • Train to Sustain Pt. 2

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    The following abdominal training is derived from the MMA Fight Club in Belgium.  Remember no abs, no legs, no legs, no fight. Check out Part 1 here. The Training Crunches:  Lie straight on your back with your legs up, tibia/fibula (shin) parallel to the floor. Do crunches, shoulders off the floor and then shoulders touching the floor. Repeat 20 times, then immediately go to; Legs down, knees bent, feet flat and palms of the hands on the floor, raising your Gluteus Maximus off the floor. 20 repetitions, then immediately go to; Legs down, knees bent, feet flat with arms crossing the chest. 20…
  • Keep Fitness Fun: It Pays To Play

    NFPT Team
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    There are plenty of people out there who don’t see fitness as fun. It is a very common excuse as to why people don’t want to go to the gym or work with a trainer. Making fitness fun for your clients is easier than you think. Use common, every day sports to promote a healthy lifestyle while also keeping it fun for your clients! Source: The post Keep Fitness Fun: It Pays To Play appeared first on The NFPT Blog.
  • Train to Sustain

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Fight Science has a YouTube clip of Bas Rutten (MMA Champion) striking an anatomically correct torso, equipped with synthetic organs (except for a spleen). The spleen came from a pig and was placed in the correct position within the torso. Bas proceeds to strike the torso with his unique hook/uppercut punch, torqued in a way that delivered 1300 pounds of force. The spleen ruptured. A ruptured spleen, untreated, will lead to death. If the spleen has to be surgically removed, then the liver assumes the spleen’s responsibility for fighting germs and coordinating the immune system. The spleen,…
  • Nutrition Planning

    Blake Wade
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    As a personal trainer you will be asked by most of your clients questions on nutrition and their diets. Everything from “What can I eat to lose weight?”, and “How many deep-fried donuts can I eat without getting fat?” You need to know how to answer these types of questions while staying in your scope of practice. Remember, you are not certified as a nutritionist or dietitian. Giving an exact meal plan to a client might seem like you’re doing them a huge service. But in reality you could be opening yourself up to danger. That is the kind of thing a dietitian or nutritionist…
  • Workout Gear for Your Personal Training Clients

    Blake Wade
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    In gyms and studios across the country you will find dozens of pieces of what I like to call workout gear being worn. Some of this workout gear is definitely useful. But the usefulness of some of this equipment may be questionable. In fact, some might be unsafe for your clients to wear. When your clients ask you what they should use or consider buying, having a good answer for them is important. In this blog I will cover two of the most popular pieces of workout gear, weight belts and heart rate monitors. Weight Belts First, we will take a look at the tried and true weight belt. The weight…
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    Custom Toll Free® Blog

  • Content Marketing Red Alert: Why Small Businesses Still Need Toll Free Numbers

    Vanity Numbers
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    Internet marketing has introduced small businesses to several effective ways to attract new customers and keep loyal customers engaged. Content marketing may be the most cost effective Internet marketing strategy of all…and you’ve finally got it figured out. You or an assigned team member consistently posts compelling and informative content to your small business website or social media platform to interact with customers. Your content is interesting and helps your audience solve problems, and even touch upon how your products and services can help improve their lives.
  • 4 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Day

    Vanity Numbers
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    Being an entrepreneur comes with a certain territory, a set of expectations, and a certain personality to be successful. Of course, entrepreneurships all have their own methodologies and personalities that go into operating them, not to mention industry, but one thing is certainly in common: Being an entrepreneur means making the most out of every day. We get it. As an entrepreneur you have those “slump” days where you maybe don’t feel like making that phone call, or sending another email, or spending another minute looking at your laptop or tablet screen. Every entrepreneur…
  • How to Streamline Small Business Tools

    Vanity Numbers
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    Most small business owners have a myriad of tools at their disposal to help them with operations. The tools level the playing field between the entrepreneur and large corporations. However, the tools used by small business owners can be overwhelming. From intricate accounting software to extensive content marketing programs, small business owners stretch their time and themselves thin. Acquiring toll free numbers allow small business owners to streamline small business tools, while improving the bottom line. What is a Toll Free Number? read more
  • How Branding and Toll Free Numbers Are the Perfect Match

    Vanity Numbers
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:31 am
    Toll free numbers provide small business owners with several benefits. The catchy phone numbers build instant credibility among prospective customers who need to trust you before they work with you. Toll free numbers also establish customer recognition of your business, as well as provide you with a higher return on your marketing investment. However, perhaps no other benefit brings more to a small business than the relationship between toll free numbers and branding. What is Branding? read more
  • 4 Sizzling Reasons You Need a Toll Free Number This Summer

    Vanity Numbers
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    With temperatures soaring and the humidity taking its toll, many small businesses enjoy an increase in business during the summer months as vacations, day trips, and the urge to just get out is in the thick, humid air. In addition to escaping the heat, consumers also have more free time to peruse your selection of products and services. So, with the heat on, it's time your small business acquired a toll free number to handle the influx of eager customers. Enhanced Customer Service read more
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  • How to Interview Applicants for Your Trade Show Team

    James Burbank
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Trade shows are unique in a number of ways and when one does interviewing people for a trade show team, there is a lot to take into consideration, often things that you usually do not factor in when looking for the most suitable candidates for a certain position. First of all, the search for a […]
  • VIDEO: Companies Try Fast-Tracking Pay Raises

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Forget the annual review. Some companies are giving pay raises and promotions several times a year as way to keep employees engaged. WSJ’s Rachel Feintzeig reports on the News Hub with Sara Murray. Photo: Getty Images. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles. To stay […]
  • VIDEO: Twitter’s Diversity Report: Women Make Up 30% Of Workforce

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Twitter released its workforce diversity numbers on Wednesday, which showed that like its tech peers, its employees are mostly white males. About 30% of Twitter’s overall global workers are women. In technical jobs, that number drops to 10%. Only 2% of Twitter’s U.S. workers are black and 3% Hispanic or Latino. In contrast, 59% of […]
  • VIDEO: When It Comes to Work, Is Less Really More?

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Billionaire Carlos Slim and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin agree that a shorter work week is a successful work week. But is it ideal or even realistic? MarketWatch’s Quentin Fottrell and Flex+Strategy Group founder and CEO Cali Yost join Tanya Rivero on Lunch Break to discuss. Photo: Getty Thanks for checking us out. […]
  • VIDEO: Subtle Signs You’re About to Lose Your Job

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    For busy and confident executives, some warning signs about a potential layoff are easy to miss. Joann Lublin joins the News Hub with Sara Murray to look at the red flags when you may be about to lose your job. Photo: Getty Images. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of […]
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    Smart Business Revolution

  • SBR051: How to Validate Startup Business Ideas with Omar and Nicole from Business Republic

    John Corcoran
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    How do you know if a startup business idea you have is worth anything? If you start a business on the side, how do you know if anyone will buy what you’re selling? That’s a major question, and my latest guests, Omar and Nicole from Business Republic, are experts in validating startup business ideas. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution podcast, we talk about how you can validate new business ideas, as well as: “the bootstrapper’s approach” to entrepreneurship, which is reflected in books like The Lean Startup. the importance of community for…
  • Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer

    John Corcoran
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    NOTE from John: This is a guest post by Jordan Harbinger. Jordan is an expert in social dynamics and co-founder of The Art of Charm podcast and training programs, where they teach “ordinary guys to become extraordinary men.” After reading his guest post below, be sure you check out his awesome podcast The Art of Charm (including my episode on how to systemize your networking). “The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.” – Abraham Lincoln This has always been one of my favorite quotes from a truly great man. And why? Because it gets at the heart of so much…
  • SBR050: AppSumo Founder Noah Kagan on How to Overcome Personal Failure

    John Corcoran
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:18 pm
    You might think Noah Kagan has the magic touch, right? Employee #30 at Employee #4 at, which was later sold for $150 million. Founder of not one but two multi-million dollar companies before he turned 30. Including Gambit and now AppSumo. But the truth is, with much success often comes setbacks and failures. For this episode #50 of the Smart Business Revolution podcast, I invited Noah Kagan – a well recognized authority in building a fast-growing and lean business – to come talk to me about how to conquer personal failure. What resulted was a very candid…
  • SBR049: How to Master Relationship Marketing – with David J. Soler

    John Corcoran
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Question: What do you get when you cross a firefighter with a relationship marketing expert? Answer: My next guest on the Smart Business Revolution podcast. David J. Soler is the host of the Relationship Marketing and Sales podcast. A former firefighter and mortgage broker, David coaches and trains others on how to improve their relationship marketing. If you are confused about how to use existing relationships to increase your sales, then David has some great ideas for you. I think you’ll enjoy this episode.   Resources from this Episode: Relationship Marketing & Sales with…
  • Case Study: How One Laid-Off Researcher Connected His Way to a New Job in 7 Days

    John Corcoran
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:42 am
    NOTE: This is a guest post from Louis Burklow. Louis is a reader of Smart Business Revolution and works as a researcher by day, screenwriter by night. He recently shared his story with me of how he got laid off and jumped into action, networking his way into a new job almost immediately, with just seven days of being out of work. I thought his tips were so useful and actionable that I asked him if he’d write it up a guest post.  Here it is:   See if any of this sounds familiar: I worked for a law firm for six years and everyone was happy with my work. Two days before Thanksgiving…
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    Project Exponential

  • The psychology of wanting what you can’t have

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:16 am
    There’s something out of reach, and your mind is focused on it like a laser. A job, a relationship, a sum of money, a status. Whatever it is, it is unavailable, and you know it. But that doesn’t stop you from dreaming about it. Your brain has tricked you into thinking this is where the rewards are. A tasty cocktail of novelty, desire, delayed gratification, and dopamine has you convinced this is what will make you happy, this will bring peace and prosperity and satisfaction. You compare yourself to those who DO have, and you’ll never measure up. This is easy.
  • 5 questions to measure success

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:49 am
    I’ve been thinking about the American Dream and how we’ve come to define wealth and achievement. I’m turning 30 soon, a benchmark to pause and reflect on life’s work and progress. Yet the ways in which I was taught to measure “success” don’t seem to apply to me. I don’t own a house or a car. What I do own fits into a duffle bag. I sleep under a mosquito net. My savings account is negligible, I have student loans I will probably never be able to pay. I’m unmarried, I have no children. In full disclosure, it’s been awhile since I received a regular paycheck. According…
  • What you want most

    8 Jul 2014 | 3:52 am
    That thing you wish you had… But you don’t Because you don’t have the time Or the money Because You can’t quit Or the opportunity hasn’t presented itself. No one has given you permission, Money is tight and there are bills to pay— STOP! Fight for your passion. Reclaim it. Fight as if your life depends on it. (It does.)
  • Microactions

    30 Jun 2014 | 4:25 am
    It’s easy to focus on big issues. They’re the blaring, obvious ones, and they make for easy complaints. Small actions can be more difficult to identify and require more brain power and attention. More industries are understanding the value of these details and the importance they have in long term change. We’re seeing this trend with the rising popularity of “micro-” vernacular: micro-lending, micro-movements, micro-grants, micro-lancing. Over time, small actions add up. Whether it’s a business owner planning out his annual forecast or the dieter writing a…
  • Lessons: On working for free

    23 Jun 2014 | 3:39 am
    For almost one year, I’ve volunteered my time serving a group of people I’ve grown to care for immensely. While I’ve sacrificed a lot, I’ve been granted much more in return. Some key takeaways: 1. Let excitement be your guide. Excitement is an internal barometer letting you know you’re on track. If you’re not excited to get to work, you’re in the wrong place. There was a time I had to coax myself out of bed in the morning. I was bored, frustrated, unchallenged, disenchanted. After I began placing myself in environments that made me feel valued and appreciated, a train engine…
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    Crisis Insights Blog

  • FCC Proposes Changes to the Emergency Alert System

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:33 pm
    No matter your political party affiliation, if you were a recipient of a text message from the president, you’d most likely sit up and pay attention. That’s what the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) expects and why it has proposed a plan that would give the president the ability to communicate to the masses via phone and through other emergency alert systems in times of national crisis. If the plan is approved, the first step would be to complete critical technical improvements to the nation’s Emergency Alert System, a system currently used most often to alert citizens…
  • Ways to Minimize the Impact of an IT Security Breach

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    In today’s world, it’s probably more realistic to accept that it’s a matter of when your organization will experience an information security breach, not if. And it won’t be cheap. According to the Ponemon Institute, the 2014 Cost of Data Breach Study sponsored by IBM estimates the average cost to a company of a data breach at $3.5 million. The level and development and testing of your response plan prior to the breach makes all the difference in how severe its impact will be to your organization. There are also a number of things to keep in mind after you’ve…
  • Emergency Notification Systems: Not Just for Emergencies

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    In our over-connected world, there are still plenty of people who say, “I knew nothing about that.” That’s why it is so enticing to use an emergency notification system to reach a mass audience with messages that fall in the “important”, but not necessarily “urgent” category. When officials decide to send out a non-emergency notification on a system that was designed and marketed for emergency communications only, it can spark debate regarding the proper use of the technology.  A recent case in Adams County, CO where the Sheriff’s…
  • Emergency Notification System: Required on all College and University Campuses

    13 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    As parents get ready to send their students back to school this fall, the fact that colleges and universities are required by a federal law to have an emergency notification system in place may enhance their peace of mind. Effective communication is absolutely vital in an emergency situation, and mere minutes can mean the difference between a minor incident and a horrific tragedy. It’s reassuring to know that the technology available in top emergency notification systems enables universities to communicate with thousands of students, faculty and staff in just minutes. Change Out of…
  • Cyber Security and Your Business: 10 Things to Consider

    12 Jun 2014 | 3:26 pm
    When your business is just a single fish in the big pond of commerce, it’s easy to become complacent about cyber security. No matter what size your business, determining how to secure your company’s data, devices and networks should be a priority  for every business leader today. At a recent roundtable, thought leaders from Interbrand, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Institute of Risk Management and Symantec discussed 10 things that every business owner should think about regarding cyber security. It’s Not All About You (or Your Business) In our interconnected world, the…
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    Currency News: UK daily forex news

  • Euro to US Dollar Exchange Rate Today - EUR/USD Firmed on Positive PMI data

    Ben Hughes
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    The Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) exchange rate recovered from an eight month low and edged away from a 22-month low against the Pound (EUR/GBP) on Thursday after data showed that manufacturing and service sector activity increased this month. <br> <br>At the start of European trading things didn’t get off to a very good start for the Euro as data out of France showed that the Eurozone’s second largest economy saw its private sector shrink again. Markit’s manufacturing output index declined to a 15-month low of 45 in July, a drop from the already weak figure of 47.6 seen in…
  • Pound Exchange Predictions: GBP USD And GBP EUR Exchange Rates Forecast To Drop

    John Cameron
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Yesterday’s news from the eurozone provided the single currency with a much-needed fillip and the Pound Sterling to euro exchange rate broke back down below the 1.2600 GBP/EUR threshold as a result. <br> <br>The main driver from the euro area came from perennial struggler Spain; ordinarily, news that an economy’s official level of joblessness stood at 24.5% would not be considered a positive. However, the Q2 overall joblessness figure for the Iberian economy represented a significant drop from the Q1 showing of 25.9%, suggesting that Spain’s economy may have finally turned a…
  • Japanese Yen to Pound Exchange Rate Slightly Higher Against Weakened Sterling

    Frank Davies
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Japanese Yen edged higher against a broadly weaker Pound on Thursday after UK retail sales data came in below expectations and led to investors paring their bets that the Bank of England will increase interest rates by the end of the year. <br> <br>Gains for the Yen were restrained however following the publication of weak data out of Japan. Early in the session data showed that Japan’s manufacturing activity expanded at a slower than forecast pace in July compared to the previous month. The cause for the fall was said to be as a result of the introduction of a sales tax…
  • Today's Pound Sterling, Euro, US Dollar & Rand Outlook - Exchange Rate Forecasts & Predictions 2014

    John Cameron
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    &lt;strong&gt;Currency News UK presents Today's Pound Sterling to Euro, US Dollar &amp; Rand Outlook - Exchange Rate Forecasts &amp; Predictions 2014&lt;/strong&gt; - The POUND STERLING (currency:GBP) has racked up some losses against the other major global currencies during the past 24hrs thanks to some unhelpful comments from Bank of England Governor Mark Carney. The BoE Supremo stated in the minutes of his Bank’s latest policy meeting, published yesterday morning, that there was no ‘pre-set course’ for UK rate hikes. <br> <br>Let's take a…
  • Losses Forecast For Pound to Rand (GBP/ZAR) & Pound to Canadian Dollar (GBP/CAD) Exchange Rates

    John Cameron
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    The past 24hrs have brought some interesting movement for some of the sixteen most actively-traded global currencies. The overnight Asian session brought a sustained move for the Australian Dollar (currency:AUD) following the publication of Q2 inflation figures from the Australian economy. <br> <br>The numbers revealed that the rate of domestic price rises had touched an annualised 3.0% during the three months to the end of June. The news that price increases were on the rise in the Antipodean economy saw analysts start to back-track on their previous forecasts that the Reserve…
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    The Portfolio Partnership

  • Meetings Needed to Scale Your Private Company

    Ian Smith
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    We hate meetings. We love meetings. But despite the trendy articles that we need to avoid them, we need them. Here are my top 10, with the desired outcome from the meeting. I hope they help! Top 10 Essential Meetings As an overall set of rules for every meeting, I like attendees to be  given information in one page summaries ahead of time, decisions required from the meeting to be flagged up ahead of time and clear actions must always be trapped. Sales Pipeline – Outcome – A clear understanding how each sales professional will meet target, the deals that will be involved and the…
  • Zero-Based Roles – Structure Your Business For Alignment

    Ian Smith
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:33 pm
    You may have heard of the term zero-based budgeting. The basic thesis is to look at your business through the eyes of a start up. If you were starting today from scratch, what would you spend money on? Costs creep on over time and before you know it your business is totally misaligned. Costs and sales are out of step. This is a moment in time where you have to stand back and say I’m changing our approach. I’m making this a 5% or a 10% or a 15% net profit to sales business. I know I can sell say $10m this year. I know I can make 60% gross margin of $6m on that sales figure and therefore to…
  • 20 Big Protocols To Help You Scale Your Business

    Ian Smith
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:45 pm
      Ironically, putting in place the right processes allows for greater innovation, allows for greater freedom in key areas, and it takes the stress out of managing people. It feels contrarian but building rules into your business drives efficiency. It gives management teams the opportunity to deploy their precious time on the really important stuff! Here are my top 20: 20 Top Protocols Define one boilerplate that describes your business. Use it on all relevant marketing material. Allocation departmental priorities based on the CEO’s priorities for the year. Prior to all meetings…
  • Looking in the Wrong Direction – the Uber Phenomenon

    Ian Smith
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:57 pm
    You can complain about Uber, you can strike, you can lobby your politician, claim unfairness but you are looking in the wrong direction. The direction you should be looking in is the customer. The question is not, why should Uber be allowed to disrupt my business model? The question is, why do customers love Uber or why do MY customers love Uber? Dyson, Google, Wikipedia, Amazon Web Services, came along and the incumbents in that industry said, this can’t be happening. It won’t work. It can’t work. It will go away. But they were looking in the wrong direction. Competition…
  • Scaling Your Business Starts with Insightful Questions

    Ian Smith
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:20 pm
    We all know how important a good question is. The incisive interrogation of Richard Nixon by David Frost. Ronald Regan’s question for the nation prior to voting in 1980 – Are you better off than you were four years ago? Questions define you. Great solutions can’t be found without great questions. To scale your business need to ask some tough questions. Let me inspire you to ask more questions within your business and seek more answers. QUESTIONS Shareholder/Personal objectives – Why are you in business? Are you trying to build a business for exit at a certain value? Are you building…
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    Martin Ramirez [dot] me

  • How to Learn Anything

    Martin Ramirez
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:59 pm
    I’ll admit it, I love to learn. I guess I’m one of those weird guys who thinks learning new things are fun. So if you’re like me, and you’re looking for ways to learn new things, here’s how I go about learning doing it. #1 Research the Basics Learning something new requires research. It’s the most cliché advice people and the internet will tell you, but it’s true. What they don’t tell you is that you don’t need to know everything. Let me repeat that. You don’t need to know everything. For example, when I first started playing guitar, I only…
  • Are QR Codes Worthless Or Effective?

    Martin Ramirez
    4 Feb 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Most technological breakthroughs has been tested thoroughly that by the time it’s released to the market for consumers, the risk of failure is relatively low. In some cases, even with all the research behind a product, it just doesn’t catch on. An example of this is QR codes. Every time this happens, it is a refreshing reminder of how unpredictable the global market really is. What Is A QR Code? Originating from Japan, Quick Response code, better known as QR code, is a 2D matrix barcode that contains a specific website when scanned using a smartphone or tablet. QR codes are known for its…
  • Don’t Be Misled By Open Rates

    Martin Ramirez
    21 Jan 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Email campaigns can be difficult to get right. Website owners who achieve high open rates are not necessarily in the clear. We all know that in the conversion process, opening the email is just half of the equation. The reader has to engage the content and click on the link to your website, which hopefully will end with the action that is the final step of your funnel. Quantity is deceiving Maybe it’s an egotistical point of view to think, “People are opening my emails, they must like them! There’s nothing wrong with my content or conversion process.” If you solely rely on open rates,…
  • I’m In Charge Of Social Media! Now What?

    Martin Ramirez
    13 Jan 2014 | 3:00 am
    Let me guess. Last person to raise their hand has to be in charge or social media. Or maybe you’re the youngest person in the office, so you’re stuck managing your social media accounts. So now what? What should you do? This is the exact conversation I had with a friend last week. So I’m writing this post for him and also anybody who’s now in charge of their organization’s social media. #1 What’s your organization’s goal? Before you even get started you need to know what the goal of using social media is for your organization. Is it to drive traffic to your website? Is it to…
  • How to be happier in 2014

    Martin Ramirez
    31 Dec 2013 | 11:00 pm
    Happiness is pretty straightforward. When the reality of something is better than you expected, then you’re happy. You’re not happy, when your expectation is higher than your reality. For example, if I tell you that Bob’s Restaurant is just “good” but then you visit, and it’s “great” then you are going to be happy. On the flipside, if I tell you that Bob’s Restaurant is has “great” food, but you show up and find out that it’s just “good” then you’re more likely to be unhappy. Does this mean you should have no expectations whatsoever. No, it doesn’t. It means…
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    Kathryn Welds | Curated Research and Commentary

  • Negotiation Drama: Strategic Umbrage, Line-Crossing Illusion and Assertiveness Biases

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Daniel R Ames Assertiveness style, and matching assertiveness style to specific situations, can determine success as a leader and negotiator, according to Columbia University’s Daniel Ames and Abbie Wazlawek. Abbie Wazlawek Earlier, Ames and Stanford’s Frank Flynn reported that moderate levels of assertiveness are associated with career advancement, and with effective negotiation and influence in conflict situations. In addition, they found that most observers provided consistent ratings of managerial under-assertiveness and over-assertiveness. Francis Flynn However, most people do not…
  • Brief Aerobic Exercise Increases Attention, Reading Performance

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Michele Tine As little as 12 minutes of aerobic exercise increased selective attention and reading comprehension scores for low-income young adults at a highly selective, ”academically elite” (“Ivy League”) US undergraduate university, reported Dartmouth College’s Michele T. Tine and Allison G. Butler of Bryant University. Alison Butler Even these highly-skilled participants, admitted to one of the US’s top academic institutions, had significantly different scores on Selective Visual Attention (SVA) and reading comprehension pre-test tasks, depending on their socio-economic…
  • Musical Training Enhances “Executive Functions” of Planned Behavior, Cognitive Performance

    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Jennifer Zuk Christopher Benjamin Musical training is associated with well-developed “executive functions (EF)” – the cognitive capacities that enable intentional, controlled behavior and strong academic performance, according to Harvard University’s Jennifer Zuk, Christopher Benjamin, Arnold Kenyon, and Nadine Gaab. “Executive functions (EF)” include: Inhibition (to avoid saying or doing everything that comes to mind) Problem solving Goal-directed behavior Clancy Blair Maintaining information in working memory, demonstrated in work by NYU’s Clancy Blair, Philip Zelazo of…
  • Premium Pay to Attract Diverse Women Candidates?

    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Companies must pay more to attract and hire women from diverse backgrounds because there are few qualified female and nonwhite candidates – and because these candidates are highly sought by employers. Deborah Ashton Myth or reality?, asks Deborah Ashton of Novant Health. Myth: American women earned significantly less than men, so it is unlikely that diverse women enjoy a salary advantage over men. In fact, women in the U.S. earned $0.82 for every $1.00 earned by American men in 2013, up from $0.79 the year before, according to the 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics earnings survey. Daryl G.
  • “Emotional Contagion” in the Workplace through Social Observation, Social Media

    25 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Many people have observed that emotions can be “contagious” between individuals, and can affect work group dynamics. Douglas Pugh Emotional contagion is characterized by replicating and matching emotions displayed by others, and differs from empathy, which enables understanding another’s emotional experience without actually experiencing it, according to Virginia Commonwealth University’s S. Douglas Pugh. Adam D I Kramer In addition to direct interpersonal contact, “viral emotions” can be transmitted through social media platforms without observing nonverbal cues, according to…
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    Jeremiah Stanghini

  • How to Solve the Password Problem: Teach Kids When They’re Young

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    I came across an article a few days ago that explained how to teach humans to remember really complex passwords. As I was reading it, I couldn’t help but think that there’s an important piece to the solution to helping humans remember really complex passwords: habit. When we first started using computers, coming up with a super-difficult password wasn’t necessary as we were usually just trying to keep our stuff protected from our family members. Then, it was trying to keep things protected from our co-workers. Slowly, that grew and grew until now, someone (or…
  • A Lesson in Overcomplicated: Gender-Neutral Washrooms

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    If you’ve ever been part of an organization, there’s a better chance than not that you’ve been involved in a meeting where at some point, you found yourself thinking, “what the heck are we doing?” Well, hopefully you’ve found yourself saying that, otherwise you might have fallen into the trap of overcomplicating something. There was a great (and short!) post on Pacific Standard about the “problem” of a sign for a gender-neutral bathroom: “But what would you put on the door?!” said a facility manager at an airport, his concern echoed by an…
  • How Smartphones Can Lead to Better Parents

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    Over three years ago, I wrote a post about cell phone etiquette. At the time I wrote that, I wouldn’t have guessed that three years later, I’d be considering the possibility that smartphones could actually lead to better parents. But that’s exactly what this post is about. The stereotype goes that many parents will bring their children to the park (and/or some activity) and upon arriving, they shoo away their children only to peer down at their cell phone. Some folks do this while out to dinner with friends (even though they don’t have kids, see here). Many will…
  • A New Way to Use Pinterest: Financial Charts

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:07 am
    I don’t remember when I first signed up for Pinterest, but I do remember that when I did, I had “big” plans of using the site to create a vision board. As you can see from my Pinterest page, I haven’t used it since I signed up. There are any number of explanations I could offer as to why I haven’t really done what I had initially thought I would, but this post isn’t about my usage of Pinterest, no, it’s about Josh Brown’s. You see, many people (or at least it certainly seems like it) use Pinterest for shopping. That is, they see something…
  • The Long View Perspective on Big Data and Metrics?

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    6 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    One of the things that I like to write about is perspective. In my opinion, it’s so important to continue to look at things from different angles and assume other viewpoints to understand the many ways that things can interact. A little over a week ago, I came across a series of tweets from Chris Hayes that presented a perspective that I hadn’t considered: 50 years hence, our current obsession w/ metrics and big data will look like the obsession w/ engineering in the industrial revolution. — Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 26, 2014 Obviously “engineering”…
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    Mr Dashboard

  • Project Estimation Techniques and Tips

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

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:32 pm
    This is how most small business owners start and change through the purchasing process: Step 1 – COST: You are looking for a certain type of vendor or supplier for the first time and regardless of most other important factors you might be aware of - you are actually looking at the price per unit as top priority. While cost is always important you know that it is only one of the drivers to make smart decisions. However at the beginning small business owners are not able to evaluate other factors like support, on time delivery, reliability, quality…. So it only makes sense to make decision…
  • Selecting the Pilot Project for your New QC Processes

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    On many occasions, the most effective method to putting into action a quality management system would be to release a pilot project. The pilot project is actually a try out or perhaps testing of the approach on a small scale, carried out for that reason a company could assess the quality control procedure performance as well as effect on the product or service being produced as well as provided. An excellent pilot project enables a business to test new things having a small degree of risk. Here are a few tips to consider when deciding on your new pilot initiative...
  • Functions and Uses of Performance Appraisals

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Performance appraisal offers a couple of typical applications within businesses, and the functions frequently are possible issues. One particular function would be to evaluate performance with regards to rewarding or perhaps making management conclusions in relation to staff members. Promotions may hinge upon these rankings, normally causing them to be hard for supervisors to try and do. An additional function is progress of personal potential. In this function, the manager will be presented considerably more as being a consultant...
  • Volume - Cost - Profit Analysis in Excel

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
    During business planning, strategy development, budgeting and financial planning business managers will most likely give attention to product sales (quantity in addition to valuation) together with earnings overall performance. Long term strategies in many cases are based upon exactly what has long been accomplished previously having an focus on development plus, with regard to larger sized companies, accelerated business performances. The effect on the company of a divergence coming from strategy is just not completely regarded as and even possibly acknowledged...
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    Zintro Blog

  • NY State and GE Partner for New Manufacturing Initiative

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Governor Andrew Cuomo and General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt announced that the state of New York is partnering with GE and other companies for a $500 million initiative to spur high-tech manufacturing of miniature electronics. The public-private partnership will be called the New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium. New York will invest $135 million for the program, which will be based at SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany. The remaining $365 million will come from GE and several other companies. Focus for the initiative will include the development of…
  • Microsoft Kinect: Potential Uses in the Medical Device Industry

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    The second version of Microsoft Kinect is on the market, and with it comes the potential for use in the mainstream medical device industry. The Kinect is a motion capturing camera peripheral for the Xbox 360 system. Although the new version is technically identical to the Xbox One version launched in November, it now has better tracking accuracy—able to track up to six bodies, and containing a fisheye lens to detect users who stand closer to the device. Mobilhealthnews conducted an interview with Spencer Hutchins, CEO of Reflexion Health, a digital physical therapy start-up. According to…
  • A Second Look at Insecticide Resistance in GM Crops

    17 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Last month Zintro spoke with George Vassiliou, a Professor of Pesticides and Ecotoxicology , about corn farmers’ concerns that some insects are resistant to genetically modified versions of crops. Vassiliou, who has over 15 years of experience in pesticide technology, discussed strategies for overcoming insecticide resistance including documented resistance, non-documented resistance, and precautionary measures to avoid development of resistance. Dr. SK Gangwar of India is an Agricultural Entomologist and Pest Management Specialist. He responds, “Pesticidal application should be…
  • Success Story: Michael Janas

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    As a global HR executive with over 25 years of experience, Michael Janas has been able to find great success with the Zintro platform. His work with Fortune 100 and Big 4 companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Eaton Corporation, Coopers & Lybrand, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, among others, has enabled him to build a skillset that includes knowledge and experience in mergers & acquisitions, reorganizations, downsizings, and all elements of Human Resources (HR). Michael shares how he helps Zintro clients with his consulting work: I outline best practices in classifying and selecting…
  • Follow Up: Federal Government Agency Moves to the Cloud

    15 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    There was such a great response to last week’s post about the General Services Administration (GSA) that we decided to continue the conversation this week. The GSA is in the middle of a multiyear initiative to move core government agency systems to the cloud, rather than relying on local services to manage and process data. Zintro expert and productivity engineer Norman Dorn says, “The GSA savings goal is at least an order of magnitude too low. The attack really should use a comprehensive architecture for communications systems (yes, even in the cloud). This is a true revolution…
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    Sensei Marketing

  • Johnson’s Baby Capitalizes on Prince George’s Birthday – Real-Time Marketing

    Sam Fiorella
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    We’ve been discussing the pitfalls of real-time content marketing here on the Sensei blog lately. Frequently, the issues reported revolve around the “need for speed” or the marketing team’s insistence on emulating successful campaigns by other brands that have capitalized on trending news/social topics. More often than not these campaigns have failed to deliver the intended result. In many cases, the campaigns have gone off he rails once the disruptive force known as user-generated content has intersected with the brand’s intent and message. For example, during the FIFA World Cup…
  • Vote: Should Brands Use YouTube Hoaxes In Marketing Mix?

    Sam Fiorella
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    Earlier this week, Lake Ontario (the greatest of the Great Lakes in my opinion – sorry Lake Superior) made international headlines when a man posted a cell phone video on YouTube of him and his buddies fishing along its shores. What made the video remarkable, and thus go viral, is the fact that the videographer caught a glimpse of a shark jumping out of the water and snatching the fish his friend was reeling in. The video was posted on July 10th and almost immediately traditional media and the Internet werebuzzing with copious content including parental warnings to keep kids out of the…
  • Comcast Customer Recovery Strategy – Too Much, Too Late.

    Sam Fiorella
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Arguably, phone, wireless, and cable providers are simultaneously the most predatory and desperate of all direct-to-consumer businesses. They conspire with each other to set inflated prices for mediocre service and negotiate territories to avoid competition, which, in turn, helps them set inflated prices for mediocre service. They demand your loyalty but only seem to reward that loyalty when you threaten to unsubscribe in favor of another provider.  We all know the story: You call to cancel a contract or service and when the phone agent discerns that you’re serious about leaving, they pass…
  • Content Marketing: You’re Trying Too Hard

    Sam Fiorella
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    After the Sochi Olympic Games, I posted an article about ambush marketing and the guerilla tactics that brands resorted to when the International Olympic Committee reduced the number of “official advertisers” to 35 during the 1984 Olympics. Brands like Nike, which was outbid by Reebok for official advertiser status, created ambush marketing campaigns to get its share of visibility at the games.   Similarly, Bavaria, a Dutch brewer, used disruptive marketing tactics during a FIFA event in which Budweiser was the official sponsor. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, most of the campaigns were quite…
  • Ipsos Study: 80% of Marketers Still Tied to “Soft Metrics” as Social Success Measurement

    Sam Fiorella
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:03 pm
    A study by Ipsos OTX, conducted on behalf of the Association of National Advertisers, caught our attention this week. The study was commissioned to gauge how marketers are currently measuring the success of their online marketing efforts. Those of you following this, or those of you who have read the book I co-authored with Danny Brown, know that marketing accountability and measurement are high on our priority list. Naturally, we were very eager to get the results. eMarketer reported the findings today and further piqued our interest with the heading: Finally, Most Brands Measuring Social…
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    Procurement Bulletin Website

  • U.S. Manufacturing: How is it Strong While China’s is Struggling?

    Vincent Po
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Image via Flickr by jurvetson For years, companies in the U.S. have found it cheaper and more efficient to manufacture goods in China, which helped make China the world’s second-largest economy. This, however, also decreased manufacturing gains in America. In 2014, experts have seen a steady reversal, causing China’s economy to struggle. Conversely, the economic landscape in America is finally seeing real improvement after its tough recession. This article is for Premium Members only. Please login below to read the rest of this article. Not a Premium Member yet? Become one today…
  • Trouble Brews for Brazilian Coffee Exporters

    Vincent Po
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Image via Flickr by mckaysavage The cost of coffee, including by-the-cup and grocery store bag sales, is expected to rise in cities all over the world due to a coffee manufacturing shortage related to drought in Brazil, exporter of one-third of the world’s coffee supply.   This article is for Premium Members only. Please login below to read the rest of this article. Not a Premium Member yet? Become one today Username Password Remember Me
  • British Manufacturing and Exports on the Rise; Pound May Crush Imports

    Vincent Po
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Image via Flickr by withassociates Analysts believe several factors are now coming together to rekindle the British economy, and manufacturing is at the top of the list with confidence soaring as companies return to top production rates.The Times notes, “Confidence among manufacturers is at its highest level since the 1970s as Britain’s economic recovery continued to gather momentum. In its latest snapshot of the manufacturing sector, the CBI, the UK’s largest business lobby group, found that in the three months to April, growth in total order books and domestic orders was…
  • Toyota Kirloskar India Employees Return to Work

    Vincent Po
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Image via Flickr by Toyota UK In the latest report from Global Post, “Japanese carmaker Toyota said employees at its strike-hit complex in southern India returned to work Tuesday [April 22], ending a five-week standoff.” The Bidadi Toyota plant was recently under fire by its own employees. The workers cited pay issues that stemmed from an eight-day lockout that took place back in March.According to the Economic Times, “On March 16, Toyota Kirloskar was forced to declare a lockout at its Bidadi manufacturing unit after it alleged some workers “abused and…
  • Latest Numbers Show Upward Trend in Canadian Manufacturing

    Vincent Po
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Image via Flickr by archer10 (Dennis) Economists are gaining confidence in Canada’s manufacturing sector. February was a particularly strong month for auto and energy manufacturing. The latest numbers show the country may be on its way out of the economic slump that has weighed heavily on all its industries since 2008.According to a Reuters report, “Sales gained 1.4 percent versus expectations for a 1.0 percent increase, helped by higher auto industry sales and by higher energy prices, Statistics Canada data showed on Tuesday. Statscan revised down January’s sales increase…
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    Steelhenge Crisis Thinking

  • Launch of BS 11200 – the new British Standard for Crisis Management

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

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

    Dominic Cockram
    28 May 2014 | 7:24 am
    The advent of social media has radically altered the context in which the reputation of an organisation is managed. Social media can be friend and foe. On the one hand, social media platforms are immensely powerful channels to reach stakeholders with your planned message but on the other, the same characteristics that enable this, namely speed of communication, prevalence and pervasiveness, can also precipitate and catapult an organisation into crisis. The way that events transpire online and, more specifically, on social media platforms are now intimately linked to how organisations fare…
  • GM Recall: History Need Not Repeat Itself

    Dominic Cockram
    29 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
      As the US Department of Justice (DoJ) concludes a 4-year, billion dollar investigation into Toyota, Mary Barra, recently appointed CEO of General Motors (GM), has stepped into the firing line. While Toyota is set to pay out a staggering $1.2Bn fine to the DoJ for covering-up fatal mechanical defects that caused their cars to ‘unintentionally accelerate’, GM recently announced a recall of 2.6 million cars with defects linked to 13 deaths. Their own cover-up began back in 2001. The original intention of this post was a comparison of GM’s crisis leadership with that of Toyota’s…
  • Situational Awareness – supporting the CEO’s critical decision-making in a crisis

    Dominic Cockram
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:30 am
    By Dominic Cockram This blog is the second in a series that looks at the challenges of managing information in a crisis and how to ensure the top team gets the information it needs. The first looked at “Managing the Upward Flow of Information in a Crisis – What Matters Most?” Here managing information to build situational awareness is under the spotlight – how to pull together that cohesive and informative picture that gives the boss just what he needs and no more. It is a fact that almost all crisis teams find information management one of the greatest challenges in responding to…
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    Project Management Resources

  • The Quick Guide To Risk Management

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Projects face challenging circumstances all the time and knowing how to deal with potential threats is a key part of the job of a project manager. This is done through the risk management process. Do you need a primer on risk management in a hurry? Then you need our quick guide. Read on...Do It OftenUse your Gantt chart software to block out regular slots for risk management. Ideally you should build in a risk management review at every team meeting but I know that this can be a bit overwhelming and time consuming at times. If that's the case for you make sure that you have a full risk review…
  • 5 Ways To Save Time On Your Project

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    There are some words that project managers have come to dread: "Can you deliver it faster?" Spend enough time as a project manager or with project sponsors and you'll realize that this question gets asked a lot and they don't always want you to answer honestly! Normally the expected answer is "Yes" or at least "I'll see what I can do."At this point the project manager is expected to go away and analyze what can be done differently to get through the project more quickly. So where do you start? Here are 5 ways to save time on your project so start here and see whether these ideas would help…
  • 10 Communication Mistakes To Avoid!

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    There's a Sender and a Receiver when it comes to communication. Someone conveys a thought or an idea by crafting a sentence or two or uses a familiar expression that best communicates a thought. The Receiver will then take what they heard and based upon their experience or bias may interpret it very differently from what was meant. The following is a tongue-in-cheek (sort of) article that shows how twisted our communication can become.I'm a huge fan of The Far Side and Gary Larson. Who isn't right? I came across one of his classic cartoons the other day that caused me to pause and think about…
  • 5 Criteria For Assigning Tasks

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    One of the main things that a project manager is responsible for is allocating work to the correct resources. But how do you define who is the correct' resource for the job? If you give a task to someone who can't do it you run the risk of it not being completed on time (or at all). If you give the task to someone who thinks it is not their job then they might not even make an effort to do any of the work. And worse in both those situations the individuals concerned might not make you aware that they aren't working on the task until it is far too late in the project. This can cause problems…
  • How To Use Apps To Be More Productive

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    "There's an app for that" as the saying goes and project management is no exception. There are apps for managing tasks producing project schedules managing meetings keeping reminders allocating work to your team members taking notes and dozens more. That doesn't even include the app versions of software you probably use in the office like the Microsoft Office products or products like Apple's Keynote and Pages.Many project management software tools also have app versions to allow you to manage your projects on your smartphone or tablet device. And with so many tablets and phones on the market…
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  • Quote of the Day – July 25, 2014 Editorial Staff
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    “Don’t be cocky. Don’t be flashy. There’s always someone better than you.” – Tony Hsieh The post Quote of the Day – July 25, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • What Target Should Have Done to Prevent Their Security Breach Editorial Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    It was the most wonderful time of the year; when shoppers flock to the mall in droves to stock up on holiday gifts. Black Friday brought deals a-plenty, especially at huge retailers like America’s favorite red and white superstore, Target. Millions upon millions shopped and swiped, never thinking that they were at risk of exposing their private information to anyone other than the cashier. Alas, on November 30, 2013, more than 70 million credit card numbers, addresses, phone numbers, and other personal information, were in the hands of hackers in Russia. How could something like this…
  • Quote of the Day – July 24, 2014 Editorial Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” – Reid Hoffman The post Quote of the Day – July 24, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • 3 Surprising Studies to Consider Before Setting Your Price in Stone

    Guest Author
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Nailing pricing is something retailers, both large and small, struggle with.  Although most of us don’t delight in running endless columns of numbers, if it were only a matter of doing the math and figuring out total cost and profit margins, pricing would be fairly simple. But alas, there many more factors at play. Perception for one plays a particularly pivotal role, and there is of course, the competition to consider. Picking your customers’ brains and implementing psychological strategies are imperative aspects in the quest for the pricing sweet spot, and a bit of testing and…
  • Quote of the Day – July 23, 2014 Editorial Staff
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    “I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” – Jeff Bezos The post Quote of the Day – July 23, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
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    Repossession HQ

  • Agressive Repo and Woman Destroys Car While Being Repossessed

    Steven Cohen
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Violence is certainly way up in repo work and it is nothing new that a car gets picked up that has been destroyed by an unhappy debtor but the new trend seems to be to destroy the car while it’s being picked up. The following is a video and article from the South Carolina news […] The post Agressive Repo and Woman Destroys Car While Being Repossessed appeared first on Repossession HQ.
  • Work in Aircraft Repossession for a Living

    Steven Cohen
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:16 pm
    As spoken about in several articles and many of you have seen the probably not so hit TV show Airplane repo, you will know that contrary to all the fake things the TV show aired, there is allot of truth to much of it as well. Just to be clear coming from a guy who […] The post Work in Aircraft Repossession for a Living appeared first on Repossession HQ.
  • Florida Man Awarded Over a Quarter Million for Problematic Vehicle Repossession

    Steven Cohen
    23 May 2014 | 5:51 pm
    For some reason the agent makes contact with the debtor in order to get the vehicle, it could have been keys, it could have been called in as a voluntary repossession as many times this happens and the debtor has second thoughts after setting the thing up. Sometimes the bank will assume it is voluntary […] The post Florida Man Awarded Over a Quarter Million for Problematic Vehicle Repossession appeared first on Repossession HQ.
  • Usually How Many Payments Behind Before Repossession is Assigned

    Steven Cohen
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
      The repossession department of a bank like Citibank or Bank of America will typically put a repo order out right at around 90 days of delinquency. These departments are on their own away from other banking departments within the bank, usually located at the corporate location of the particular bank you hold the loan […] The post Usually How Many Payments Behind Before Repossession is Assigned appeared first on Repossession HQ.
  • Man tries to unhook car that was already repossessed

    Steven Cohen
    19 Mar 2014 | 7:08 pm
    CONYERS — A Conyers man unhappy with having his car repossessed decided to take matters in his own hands and attempted to unhook his car from the tow truck and try to destroy the evidence by breaking the surveillance camera system, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office. A Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputy was […] The post Man tries to unhook car that was already repossessed appeared first on Repossession HQ.
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    The Project Plan Blog

  • How to Think Strategically as a Project Manager

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Project managers spend a lot of time in the weeds. They are down in the dirt getting their hands messy and pushing the project forward. Sometimes however opportunities present themselves that should cause a project manager to back away from the details and start looking at the bigger picture. The following article shows why it can be challenging to do that as well as provides suggestions on how you can think strategically as a project manager. If you are doing your job right as a project manager youll be asked to take on more and more responsibility as time progresses. Eventually youll earn a…
  • 4 Ways You Can Turn Drive Time into Thrive Time

    30 Jun 2014 | 7:15 am
    Do you have a long commute each day? If you typically dread the hours spent looking at the sea of red lights ahead of you below are four ways to convert boring drive time into something a whole lot more productive.Traffic stinks. If you live near any decently-sized city and have to commute into work each day thats the tune youre going to hear on the radio nearly every morning. Unfortunately dealing with traffic is the price you pay if you want to be able to afford what it costs to take care of yourself your family and your future.If you stop and think about the amount of time you spend in…
  • Advice to Somebody Who Wants to Become a Project Manager

    16 Jun 2014 | 7:15 am
    We all have choices to make. These choices range from what we are going to wear in the morning or have for breakfast to what career were going to build. The following article provides some advice if you are looking to make the switch into the project management profession. What you have for breakfast is up to you!A mid-life crisis can happen to the best of us and although no finite age is attached to one it typically occurs between the ages of 40 and 50 if it is going to occur. What is a mid-life crisis? Its when a person usually successful takes a look in the mirror and asks themselves if…
  • Did You Know You Are Sitting in Project Management Exit Row?

    2 Jun 2014 | 7:15 am
    Most projects run smoothly and come close to their deadline budget and meet the original scope. But there are times when the ride can get a bit bumpy. The following article will provide some lessons from sitting in the exit row of an airplane to help your most troubled projects land smoothly.I like plenty of leg room on an airplane flight. My flights are usually short jaunts nothing more than an hour or two in duration so its hard to justify spending the hundreds of extra dollars the airlines want for first class. Instead I go for the next best thingan exit row. On one particular flight I…
  • How Many Project Management Crutches Do You Have?

    19 May 2014 | 7:15 am
    Are there things you lean on as a project manager to help get you through the day? Sure we all need our cup of coffee or morning routine but are there crutches that could prove harmful to your career? The following considers four areas that project managers tend to lean on too heavily to give them credibility and what you can do to restore your balance!The following is an utterly unscientific generalization but its my conclusion after years of observing project managers. I call it the Law of the Laptop Bag. Ready? Here it is:The size of a project managers laptop bag is directly inverse to the…
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  • 3 Reasons Why Analysts Need a Competitive Intelligence Dashboard

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    Imagine driving a car that didn’t warn you when you were low on gas, or if you desperately needed an oil change. Not having these alerts can have major effects, both direct and indirectly. The longer you ride it out, the more risky the situation can become. Just like a car’s dashboard sends signals, there are certain early warnings competitive intelligence analysts need to drive strategy effectively. It’s not only about monitoring news, press releases, metrics, and other data on competitors, markets, and customers, it’s about the signals needed to make the right turns or shifts in…
  • Why You Need a "Competitive Intelligence Champion" in Your Company

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    5 Minutes Can Change The Way We Think & Work Competitive intelligence professionals can’t do it all alone. More often than not, competitive intelligence functions struggle to win over the C-suite and other departments, despite the competitive and actionable insights they provide. This experience is common for newly created competitive intelligence functions, but for established ones, it’s a huge red flag. Competitive intelligence functions that aren’t able to connect and work with other functions may not last very long, since intelligence can easily fall through the cracks. Since…
  • Competitive Intelligence Software Finds 4 Brands We Can Kiss Goodbye

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    This article is in celebration of #TBT (Instagram’s renowned Throwback Thursday). (2004) Ryan Seacrest, the popular host of 'American Idol' and one of AT&T Wireless' most famous customers, helped convert a Los Angeles AT&T store to Cingular yesterday. Original press release can be found here A few years ago, Sony Ericsson was one of the most popular cell phone makers in the world. Similarly, Cingular was one of America’s favorite wireless carriers. And let’s not forget about Compaq, which was one of the hottest PC brands. Today, these brands and many others have ceased to…
  • 3 Ways You've Never Thought To Use Competitive Intelligence Software

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    A little creativity can go a long way when you’re on the hunt for competitor or market insights. Perhaps it’s looking at something in a new way. That alone can spark new ideas and initiatives, especially when it comes to using competitive intelligence software. Think about it. With something technical like software, we tend to box ourselves in with best practices. But when we can take a step back and consider the alternatives, we're open to solutions that were never considered before. With that said, below are three ways you’ve probably never thought to use competitive intelligence…
  • 7 Ways Competitive Intelligence Pros Can Keep Their Mind Sharp

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    The fitness clubs industry generated more than $75 billion dollars in revenue last year. This statistic is not a surprise considering that going back to the gym is the number one all-year resolution for many. Yet, who is busy exercising brain muscles? Earlier this week during our Food for Thought meeting, led by our VP of Sales Michael Clews, we went over seven ways any professional can keep their mind sharp. But why should that matter for competitive intelligence pros? The answer is simple: Because it can help competitive intelligence improve some of the qualities that make a…
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    NCTechNews -- North Carolina technology and business news

  • IAM Patent 1000 Guide Distributed to Global Legal Community, Features Myers Bigel Attorneys Alice Bonnen, Mitch Bigel

    David Menzies
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A. (Myers Bigel), the largest independent patent law firm in North Carolina, is proud to announce that attorneys Alice Bonnen, Ph.D. (biotechnology) and Mitch Bigel  (electronics/computer) are featured in the latest edition of the International Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 guide to leading patent practitioners. The respected publication was recently distributed to the legal community in the U.S. and abroad, boasting the most detailed collection of notable firms and attorneys in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America,…
  • HUBER Technology, Inc. Selects Henk-Jan van Ettekoven

    David Menzies
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- HUBER Technology, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of HUBER SE, announced today that Henk-Jan van Ettekoven has been appointed as the new President at HUBER Technology, Inc., headquartered in Huntersville NC. Henk-Jan van Ettekoven, 47, served as the company’s Director of Manufacturing and Service since 2007, in which he was responsible for strategic growth opportunities, the development of new programs and products, along with directing aftermarket sales activities in North America.Prior to joining HUBER Technology, Inc., Mr. van Ettekoven served in a senior executive…
  • Dance Instructors Attend Dance Teacher Summit Courtesy of Jackrabbit Technologies

    David Menzies
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jackrabbit Technologies, leading provider of online class management software for youth activities centers, is thrilled to help two dance instructors attend the Dance Teacher Summit taking place in New York City August 1-3, 2014. Dance Teacher Summit is almost an annual “mecca” event for owners and instructors because it focuses on continuing their learning experience as teachers. They have opportunity to gather with peers and industry leaders from around the world to hone their skills, learn and rejuvenate their senses.Jennifer Smith from Dance Expressions in…
  • Quintiles Named Britain’s Healthiest Large Workplace

    David Menzies
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    READING, UK & DURHAM, N.C. -- Quintiles has been recognized for its commitment to employee health and wellness, taking the 2014 “Britain’s Healthiest Workplace” award at a ceremony addressed by Dame Carol Black and Lord Sebastian Coe. Britain’s Healthiest Company aims to celebrate organizations that have an outstanding approach to their employees’ health and wellbeing and is the UK’s largest survey into employee health. In 2014 more than 80 companies were surveyed on criteria including facilities, culture and work environment.Quintiles UK Head Lindy Jones said, “Our work on…
  • SAS A Strong Performer in Data Governance Tools

    David Menzies
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    CARY, N.C. -- SAS is a “Strong Performer” in “The Forrester Wave™: Data Governance Tools, Q2 2014” from Forrester Research Inc. The new report details how well each reviewed vendor fulfills Forrester’s criteria and where they sit according the data governance 2.0 journey. According to the report, “Data governance has shifted from a technology management endeavor to a business imperative,” and SAS® Data Governance is “well positioned to manage data governance for the SAS Analytics and Marketing solution.”SAS was among a select group of 10 companies that Forrester invited…
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    Newsfile Corp News Releases

  • Atrium Mortgage Investment Corporation Generates 8.9% Increase in Earnings Over Previous Quarter, Record Earnings of $5.3 Million

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - July 24, 2014) - Atrium Mortgage Investment Corporation (TSX: AI) (TSX: AI.DB) (TSX: AI.DB.A) today released its financial results for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2014. Highlights   Earnings up 8.9% over previous quarter to $5.3 million         $0.23 earnings per share for the quarter – 4.5% increase over previous year         $0.46 earnings per share year-to-date – 9.5% increase over previous year         Mortgages increased to $382 million, 36% increase over…
  • Ximen's Sample Results from the Exploration Program on Gold Drop Property, Greenwood, BC

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - July 24, 2014) - Ximen (TSXV: XIM) (Frankfurt: 1XM) (OTCQX: XXMMF) has received the results for the first batch of samples from its exploration program on the Gold Drop property near Greenwood. Of the 40 samples collected, 9 returned values greater than 10 g/t Au, to a maximum of 56.2 g/t Au over a 0.55 m true thickness. An additional 13 samples returned results greater than 1 g/t Au, but less than 10 g/t Au. A complete tabulation of analytical results follows. All of the samples were collected from the Gold Drop-North Star vein system, from…
  • Avella Chosen as Specialty Pharmacy Partner for Zydelig(R)

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Phoenix, Arizona--(Newsfile Corp. - July 24, 2014) - Avella Specialty Pharmacy today announced it has been chosen by Gilead Sciences, Inc. as a specialty pharmacy partner to dispense Zydelig® (idelalisib) for the treatment of patients with three B-cell blood cancers. Zydelig® is approved for the treatment of patients with relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), in combination with rituximab, for whom rituximab alone is considered appropriate therapy due to other co-morbidities. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also granted accelerated approval to Zydelig® for…
  • Xpressivo's new X1 machine, the latest in single-serve coffee technology, is now live on Kickstarter

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    San Francisco, California--(Newsfile Corp. - July 24, 2014) - The Xpressivo brand, envisioned and established by San Francisco-based entrepreneur, Adam Lupa, became a mission driven by passion following a trip to Italy visiting his family. Troubled by the lack of easy-to-find, affordable espresso in the US, Lupa founded Xpressivo – and led the charge to change this category – offering machines and coffee that are top-of-the-line, yet cost-effective. Following a successful Beta-phase with many pleased customers,Xpressivo is launching on Kickstarter on July 22. The decision to…
  • IIROC Trade Halt - DragonWave Inc.

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - July 24, 2014) - The following issues have been halted by IIROC: Company:  DragonWave Inc. TSX Symbol: DWI (all issues) Reason: Pending News Halt Time (ET) 16:15     IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension of trading in a security of a publicly listed company, usually in anticipation of a material news announcement by the company. Trading halts are issued based on the principle that all investors should have the same timely access to important company information. IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which…
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    HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing

  • Considerations And Meditations On Effective Web Design

    Michael Dickens II
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    The post Considerations And Meditations On Effective Web Design appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. When exploring the overwhelmingly wide world of design tips, tricks, bells, whistles, gidgets, and gadgets galore, it’s important to keep in mind that the old adage of “K.I.S.S” still (very much) applies. Keep It Simple, Stupid   Information Harvesting The words “big” and “data” and being woven together and flung around frequently these days. The Internet has very much changed the game of information harvesting. The “need to know”…
  • Social Media Is Important, If Done Properly

    Brandi Bennett
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The post Social Media Is Important, If Done Properly appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. Social media allows individuals to stay in contact with each other. That was the the original premise for its creation, also allowing folks to make new connections and friends across the vast open space that is the Internet. In recent years, however, social media has evolved into being utilized as a means of allowing organizations to promote their products to individuals, interact with their customers, and spark discussion and debate regarding the different products that are being offered.
  • 4 Mistakes Made By New Entrepreneurs That You Can Avoid

    Jeremy Jensen
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    The post 4 Mistakes Made By New Entrepreneurs That You Can Avoid appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. Being an entrepreneur is all about taking risks. Sometimes it can feel like we’re kayaking up stream with a soup ladle, not realizing the ease of which our travels could be made by reversing our direction, or you know… using a paddle? While there’s a tremendous amount of appreciation for the art of trying, and the lessons learned from failing, entrepreneurs never set out with the intention of being unsuccessful their entire career. I’d like to share some…
  • HostGator Brazil & The World Cup

    Tathiana Sobroza
    5 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    The post HostGator Brazil & The World Cup appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. It has been almost 3 weeks since the World Cup started in Brazil, with the first round bringing a lot of surprises and countless emotions experienced by fans all over the world. Great teams have gone back home earlier than expected while other teams have overcome everyone’s expectations by doing a great job. Brazil team is still competing and we, Brazilians, could not be more excited, after all the World Cup is being held in our country. Moreover, this is our chance to become a six-time…
  • What Is The TPP And Why You Should Care

    Brandi Bennett
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:38 am
    The post What Is The TPP And Why You Should Care appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. Over the last year the news has been filled with more and more information on the TPP, or Trans-Pacific Partnership. Some people are for it, some people are against it, and some wish to receive more information about the TPP before they decide. There are a few issues with this. The TPP is, at its core, a trade alliance, one that if agreed upon will create a partnership between twelve countries. Now, we have many different trade alliances between the U.S. and countries around the world, and…
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    Find Sales Talent Canada

  • Four Screening Questions to ask…

    Linda Fontana
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    I am always interest in  finding screening questions that can assist with the “WHO” do l want to interview. Our postings always drive interest and the key is to learn ways to weed out the resumes that do not fit.In our company we have developed several quicksteps to identify initially who might be of interest [...]The post Four Screening Questions to ask… appeared first on Find Sales Talent Canada.
  • Happy Canada Day!

    Linda Fontana
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect. Bill Clinton Whether we live together in confidence and cohesion; with more faith and pride in ourselves and less self-doubt and hesitation; [...]The post Happy Canada Day! appeared first on Find Sales Talent Canada.
  • So you want to get hired?

    Linda Fontana
    6 Jun 2014 | 6:54 am
    Ten critical behaviors necessary to land a Top Sales Role Evidence suggests your personality and behavior play a critical role in determining your ability to perform at the top.  To persuade, convince, or direct others is in its truest sense SELLING…I would also say that everyone has the innate ability to sell. To become a [...]The post So you want to get hired? appeared first on Find Sales Talent Canada.
  • Costly Hiring Mistakes

    Linda Fontana
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    A single bad hire can cost between $60,000 and $120,000–that’s not exactly the way you want to spend precious dollars in a difficult market … l am sure some of you reading this have experience  this pain. Business owners are facing a down economy in which scores of job seekers clamber over each other in order [...]The post Costly Hiring Mistakes appeared first on Find Sales Talent Canada.
  • The Leadership Difference

    Linda Fontana
    8 Mar 2014 | 8:47 am
    “Your most precious possession is not your financial assets.  Your most precious possession is the people you have working there, and what they carry around in their heads, and their ability to work together,” Robert Reich (b.1946), economist and politician   How much of your time as a leader is spent refereeing relationships at work. [...]The post The Leadership Difference appeared first on Find Sales Talent Canada.
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    Evolution Capital Partners » Blog

  • Early Stage Financing Trends and Solutions

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Are entrepreneurship and early stage companies on the rise or decline? A topic which seems to have many nuances and not easily answered, but one we have seen highlighted and debated recently in the media and here at Evolution. For someone like myself that has benefited a great deal from entrepreneurship, experiencing every day the enormous benefits the US economy derives from it, I was excited to discuss this topic with our guest, Mr. John Hoesley, Managing Director with Silicon Valley Bank, on today’s episode of The Second Stage.  Entrenched in the early stage ecosystem on a daily basis…
  • Social Media and the Small Business: 3 Qualifying Questions

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    4 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    In the evolving world of digital marketing, there are several ways for your small business to get the recognition and audience it deserves. Many people ask me about social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and whether they’re effective avenues for connecting their company to future customers. Here are some helpful tips for deciding whether or not your business would benefit from a social media presence. 1) Does Your Business Have a Targetable Audience? When sharing posts on Facebook and Twitter, you have the option of promoting them so that they only appear for targeted groups. For…
  • Does your business have “mojo?”

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    23 Jun 2014 | 4:20 pm
    We were thrilled to have author and entrepreneurial advocate, Bo Burlingham, join this week’s episode of The Second Stage to dive into what he describes as “business mojo,” or common characteristics observed in the extraordinary companies researched for his work – Small Giants: Companies That Choose to be Great Instead of Big. Mr. Burlingham describes each of these identified attributes, six in all, which include Leadership, Community, Relationships, Culture, Passion and Profit – and offers examples. When we talk about “Community” Bo describes this as having an intimate…
  • Is mezzanine capital right for your established businesses?

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:05 pm
    On this week’s episode of The Second Stage we were pleased to be joined by F.N.B. Capital Partners’ Managing Partner, Stephen Gurgovits, to help us not only define mezzanine funding or financing, but understand when it is a viable option for established and growing businesses. Acting as a bridge between senior debt (or traditional bank debt) and equity, mezzanine capital can be viewed as “temporary capital” to help business owners under specific circumstances such as for an acquisition, growth strategy or a management buyout. Mr. Gurgovits explains that mezzanine providers tend to…
  • Preventing Burnout: Finding Your Work-Life Balance

    Gene Marino
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:54 am
    Many thriving small businesses are often operated by entrepreneurs who rarely let themselves check out. Approaching day-to-day activities with a fresh perspective and a rested mind is imperative to achieving big picture success. Every small business owner must find a daily work-life balance to ensure they’re in the right state of mind to make decisions. Here are a few tips I’ve discovered trying to find this balance myself. Get your rest. Simple, right? You work hard so the idea of taking time (and sometimes putting it on your calendar) to sleep is going to feel unnatural. No matter how…
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    NetMotion Wireless Blog

  • Looking Beyond Enterprise Mobility’s Alphabet Soup

    Ed Knowlton
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    Enterprises need to look past the alphabet soup for a winning mobility strategy. Smartphones and tablets are a fact of everyday life in most of the world. We rely on them for GPS, TV and movies, fitness tracking, games and, of course, phone and text conversations. We also rely on them for work, accessing email and other business apps to remain productive in and out of the office. There is no denying that enterprise mobility is evolving fast. VDC Research estimates that 75% of today’s IT departments currently or plan to support bring your own device (BYOD) policies. The other 25% have a…
  • Teaser: NetMotion Plans Its Own Apple Announcement

    Ed Knowlton
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Mobility for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices. Apple and IBM announced a landmark partnership this week that has been touted as Apple’s entry into the enterprise. While the tie up with Big Blue will certainly give corporate IT departments something to think about, the truth is that – when it comes to devices at least – Apple already claimed the enterprise mobility crown. Apple CEO Tim Cook shared a few numbers to back that claim, stating that iOS devices are currently deployed within 98% of the Fortune 500. IDC took those numbers a step further, reporting that the iPhone…
  • NetMotion Wireless Customer Satisfaction Wins Gold

    Ed Knowlton
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Customer satisfaction is the ultimate benchmark for any company. That’s why NetMotion Wireless is proud to announce that our Customer Satisfaction Program was honored with a Gold Award from Network Products Guide. In 2013, 97% of NetMotion customers rated our technical support at the highest levels of satisfaction, up from 94% in 2009. That’s a tremendous accomplishment considering that the NetMotion Customer Satisfaction Program has seen a 39% increase in customers with only a 15% increase in the average number of opened cases per week. Locality Cloud was also honored with a Bronze Award…
  • Puget Sound Blood Center Finds Uninterrupted Connectivity with Mobility

    19 Jun 2014 | 8:38 am
    Eric Young, a mobile collection technician from the Puget Sound Blood Center, collects blood from Lt.j.g. James Godfrey, stationed at the Marine Corps Security Forces Battalion, during a blood drive held on board Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bangor. Each donation a service member makes can potentially save up to three lives. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chantel M. Clayton. There are a lot of mobility management solutions available today, and we know our customers have options. That’s why it is so rewarding to hear why our customers choose NetMotion. The Puget Sound…
  • Enterprise Endpoint Management for Today and Tomorrow

    Ed Knowlton
    9 Jun 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Modern enterprises must accept that employee-owned and corporate-sponsored mobile devices need access to corporate networks. With this truth, many begin searching for ways to effectively and securely manage workforce communications. Unfortunately, traditional endpoint management solutions using in-house firewalls are no longer a viable option. To overcome the security challenges of today and the coming future, enterprises need to start placing just as much importance and value on an endpoint management solution as they do other strategic assets like capital, IP and infrastructure. Pursuing…
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    Office Space News & Serviced Office News from Easy Offices

  • July 2014 – Blog from a Serviced Office Tenant.

    Adam Francis
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:27 am
    Each month we will be following 2 companies, both sharing their highs and lows and everyday business challenges, as they describe any issues or problems connected to their office any and the choices and solutions they come up with or are presented with. The companies will remain anonymous as we want an insight into their office situation and not create a branding or P.R. exercise for them. Both are SME’s, in totally different industries where one company has decided to lease their own offices and the second is in a Serviced Office. This is the post from the Company in a Serviced Office –…
  • How To Help Employees Through An Office Relocation

    Adam Francis
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:22 am
    Moving is never really much fun. All those boxes, all the hassle, the complex logistics of the whole operation… Add to that the very fact that we, as humans, are serious creatures of habit and it’s enough to make you want to stay put in the exact same spot, forever. Perhaps not; but any kind of relocation is a big enough project before you even start to consider how it might affect everyone else. With an office move, this means your employees. Whatever the motivation for the move, company relocation needs to be a positive experience: one that will result in improved operations, more…
  • Office space in town vs a business park

    Adam Francis
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    City centre or business park? It’s a dilemma that will be familiar to many relocating businesses or start-ups both small and large across the UK. To many it’s merely a question of convenience and ease of access for staff and for clients. An office space in town is ideal, but expensive. So how do you find a balance? Should you Choose an Out of Town Business Park? The challenge for business parks has been to incorporate more social incentives so that workers feel integrated into their surroundings when they come to work and don’t feel isolated in their little office block. Many…
  • 5 big brands who owe their success to a rival’s shortcomings

    Adam Francis
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:18 am
    Ever used a product or service and thought, “this is really good, but I know exactly how to make it better?”   The brains behind some of the most successful businesses and brands out there, have once upon time had exactly the same train of thought. Having either been frustrated, disappointed or altogether unsatisfied with a range of products that their favourite brand had to offer, we take a look at four well-known companies that have evolved to surpass their rivals with their new and improved recipes for success. Virgin Atlantic Going from strength to strength, Virgin Atlantic…
  • View from inside the office- July

    Adam Francis
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:31 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 SMEs, 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 Leased Office – they…
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  • Tips on Giving a Media Interview

    Zach Friend
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Have you ever had to speak to the media about an issue that has faced your business or your campaign? Did you feel like they were asking you a question when they already had a predisposition toward a certain answer? Specifically, that their question was "framed" in a certain way? I’m sure the answer is yes but before you write off the media it’s important to look at how you respond to ways in which “framed” questions come your way.The post Tips on Giving a Media Interview appeared first on
  • No matter what you call it, do it now

    Karen Southall Watts
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Whether you need a job pivot, a career reinvention or a change in business strategy, they all mean that something isn't working out the way you want and you need to make a change. Whatever you call it, this new view, attitude or approach to your life and business, just do it already. Over the years I've learned that the online world is a fascinating place. Through social media I've learned that not everyone shares the same definition of SPAM, self-promotion or “salesy” language. Comment boards have shown me that anonymity can bring out the very worst in some people. The post No matter…
  • Lessons from an entrepreneur: Start before you are ready

    Jenny Vance
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    I attended an entrepreneurship summit recently, where I was asked to help select and distribute an interesting award. Attendees were asked to write down something inspiring they learned at the summit and the best entry would win. The majority of attendees entered the same mantra from an earlier speaker: Start before you’re ready. However, only one attendee went the extra mile and described what that principle meant to him. He applied the knowledge and was named the winner.The post Lessons from an entrepreneur: Start before you are ready appeared first on
  • Top 9 Misconceptions of Independent Contractor Engagement

    Dave Putt
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Independent contractors can be a viable resource for growing your business, fitting seasonal demands and often adding in-demand or specialized skills. However, it is vital to have a compliant process for engaging independent workers or risk wage and hour violations or tax reclassification. Typical approaches often make faulty assumptions, doing nothing to reduce your risk profile. Below are the top 9 misconceptions about independent contractor engagement.The post Top 9 Misconceptions of Independent Contractor Engagement appeared first on
  • 3 Reasons Your Sales Suck And How You Can Fix Them

    Dave Wakeman
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    We have all struggled with our sales process at some point…c’mon, we can admit it, we are all friends here. So it isn’t the struggles that I am going to tackle here, but the root causes that are often hiding in plain site and how you can overcome them to get your sales team and your personal sales back on track, quickly.The post 3 Reasons Your Sales Suck And How You Can Fix Them appeared first on
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  • An Inside Look at the MBA@UNC Leadership Initiative

    Rebecca Martin
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Shawnice Meador, Director of Career Management and Leadership DevelopmentTo develop highly effective leaders who achieve outstanding results, MBA@UNC offers a Leadership Initiative that can be uniquely customized to fit each student’s specific career goals. This initiative, which is offered in every University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler MBA program, gives students a valuable opportunity to gain strategic leadership skills through practice, feedback and coaching. Although the Leadership Initiative began with the on-campus program, it’s proven to be very successful online. So what…
  • MBA@UNC New York City Immersion – Day Three

    Rebecca Lindegren
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:53 am
    Offered four times per year, MBA@UNC Global Immersions are unique opportunities for students to meet in some of the business world’s most important cities, confer with top professors and industry leaders, and collaborate with their fellow students to apply what they have learned to real-life challenges. On day three of the New York Global Immersion, finance track students will spend their closing sessions considering the impact and implications of ethics in financial services with UNC Kenan-Flagler professor Stephen Arbogast and learning from the invaluable career experience of Sallie…
  • MBA@UNC New York City Immersion – Day Two

    Rebecca Lindegren
    22 Jun 2014 | 7:08 am
    This weekend, 323 MBA@UNC students have assembled in New York City to participate in one of four immersion weekends offered each year. The NYC immersion focuses on the finance and media industries. For media track students, day two will focus on recent macro-level shifts in various sectors of the media industry, including a moderated discussion on the evolution of sports entertainment featuring John Kosner of ESPN and Vishal Shah of NFL. Finance track students will spend today delving deeply into topics on investment, featuring discussions on private equity, hedge funds, and venture capital…
  • MBA@UNC New York City Immersion – Day One

    Rebecca Lindegren
    21 Jun 2014 | 7:35 am
    MBA@UNC’s immersions are one of our program’s most unique features. Four times each year, MBA@UNC students gather in cities around the world for three days to connect and collaborate with classmates, top UNC faculty, and renowned business leaders. With over 323 student participants, this event in New York City is our largest immersion to date. Our students have the option to focus on one of two important industries: finance and media. The financial track of the immersion will explore the causes, repercussions and ramifications of the 2008 financial crisis, whereas the media portion will…
  • Managing Your Career with LinkedIn

    Rebecca Lindegren
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:05 am
    Social media has become far more than a way for friends to stay in touch with one another. Today, millions of professionals in virtually all industries use specialized social networking platforms such as LinkedIn to not only manage their careers, but also build upon their real-life networks and establish connections with other like-minded professionals. However, the difference between maintaining a lackluster LinkedIn profile and an active social media presence that can open doors for you is critical, and without a strategic approach to networking on LinkedIn, you could be missing out on…
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  • The Best Customer Service Advice You’ve Never Heard

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    Great customer service is no longer optional. With so many competitors vying for your customers’ attention, you need to do everything you can to make your customers happy. Amazing customer service is a great way to stand out from the crowd, and can be the difference between you being ‘just another company’ or a market leader. Zappos is the perfect example. Plenty of people were selling shoes online before Zappos came along, but their unparalleled dedication to customer service has made them famous worldwide. You’ve probably heard a lot about good customer service, but…
  • Workplace Hack: Use the Priority Matrix to Make Productive Decisions

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:53 am
    Prioritization is key to productivity. We know multitasking rarely works, so if we want to get through long to-do lists, we need to know where to start and what order to work through them in. So how do we decide what to do first, what can wait, what we can delegate and what we can get away with not doing at all? The priority matrix, which balances importance of tasks with urgency, is attributed to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who once said: “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important” To follow this workplace hack, create a priority matrix like the one…
  • 3 Communication Mistakes That Will Sink Your Business

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    Great communication is the key to management, productivity, collaboration and generally getting things done. If you and your team aren’t communicating effectively, there could be serious consequences for your business. Here are 3 common communication mistakes that will sink your business, and how you can avoid them… 1. Not talking to coworkers It’s not every day you show up to work wanting to chat to your colleagues. Most of us have days where we just want to put our headphones on and get down to work. While office small talk may not seem important, it’s a great opportunity to get a…
  • 3 Ways to Improve Your Business Relationships with Contactzilla

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:14 am
    Meaningful relationships – with colleagues, customers, influencers, investors, potential leads, clients and other people you might need to work with in the future – are at the core of every successful business. That’s a lot of relationships to build and maintain… Make sure your team is in sync Building strong relationships with colleagues outside of work is great for boosting collaboration and knowledge sharing inside work. What’s more, research suggests that people that have friends at work are happier and more engaged than those who don’t. Leadership writer and speaker…
  • Workplace Hack: Boost Productivity with Regular Web Browsing

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    When you’re constantly connected to the internet, its easy to get distracted. Yes you’ll do some work, just after you’ve checked Facebook, read the news, watched this video of kittens… But did you know that surfing the web when you’re feeling tired at work can actually boost productivity? One study conducted by the National University of Singapore found that after a ten minute web browsing break between tasks, participants reported lower levels of mental exhaustion and boredom, and higher levels of engagement than participants who had not been allowed to surf the web on their…
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    Global Articles

  • Investment Bank League Table

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:27 pm
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  • Investment Bank Jobs

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    I would like to ask you to come back sometime soon and check out the fresh resources we’ll have. The top sites to turn up entirely the kind of investment bank jobs background you are checking for is here on the net through the myriad of search engines accessible. We have gone through the details [...]
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    Home Improvements

  • Dishwasher Reviews – Our Pick The Top Rated Dishwashers 2014

    28 Jun 2014 | 5:56 am
    How about shopping for a dishwasher? How many of you are happy with the process of selecting a good one for your home. Well when it comes to going through the entire process from start to finish, then you will feel the complications involved in it. I did not just want to depend on dishwasher […] The post Dishwasher Reviews – Our Pick The Top Rated Dishwashers 2014 appeared first on Home Improvements.
  • Video – How to Load Your Dishwasher Properly

    11 Jun 2014 | 7:15 am
    It was something that bugged me every time a problem popped up while loading dishes into the dishwasher. So I took guidance from this video and then saw some good results later on. Eventually I saw some good results by the end of the day and to my shocking the amount of vessels loaded also […] The post Video – How to Load Your Dishwasher Properly appeared first on Home Improvements.
  • Appealing Photo of a Home Maker Explaining Kitchen Cleaning

    11 Jun 2014 | 7:05 am
    The post Appealing Photo of a Home Maker Explaining Kitchen Cleaning appeared first on Home Improvements.
  • How to Clean a Dishwasher

    11 Jun 2014 | 7:02 am
    This has been a long time question to be answered. Now I guess it is the right moment to give a brief answer to cleaning your dishwasher. Actually cleaning up the dishwashers do not require heavy chemicals and or cleansing agents, you can do it with any of the household stuff available. There are many […] The post How to Clean a Dishwasher appeared first on Home Improvements.
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    Winnipeg Hockey Talk

  • Hockey Analytics And The Winnipeg Jets

    Mitch Kasprick
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Have the Winnipeg Jets delved into the world of analytics? – Even during a quiet off-season day in Jetsville, interesting hockey conversation can still be found on twitter.  That’s what we hockey fans do.  We can’t help ourselves.  If something actually newsworthy happens, the conversation will probably get ramped up ten fold.  Well, the other day something that was actually newsworthy did come up.  The Toronto Maple Leafs fired Assistant General Manager, Claude Loiselle and V.P. of Hockey Operations, Dave Poulin and hired young gun Kyle Dubas as their new Assistant…
  • Random Thoughts On The Winnipeg Jets: July 21

    Mitch Kasprick
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    Things about the Winnipeg Jets that crossed my mind over the weekend – Instead of being serious all the time and writing a commentary or an opinion piece we will jot down some random musings once a week.  It might be a mix of serious, playful or maybe even a little sarcastic but it should be fun.  If you have answers please let us know.  1.  If Josh Morrissey is sent back to the WHL, will he end up in Prince Albert or will the Raiders trade him to a WHL contender (Portland maybe)? 2.  Why are Ottawa and the NYI playing a pre-season game in St. John’s and not the…
  • Winnipeg Jets Re-Sign Forwards Albert, Cormier, & O’Dell

    Mitch Kasprick
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    John Albert: The 25 forward has agreed to a one year, two-way contract worth $585,000.  John Albert was originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the sixth round, 175th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.   Position:  Center     Shoots:  Left DOB:  Jan. 19, 1989     Birthplace:  Cleveland, OH Height: 5’11     Weight:  190 AHL:   Games: 61   G: 28   A: 17  Pts:  45  PIM: 20   Plus/Minus: +6   NHL:   Games:  9     G:  1    A:  0   Pts:   1     PIM: 0     Plus/Minus: -3 John Albert also played twenty-one playoff games…
  • NHL and Winnipeg Jets News

    Mitch Kasprick
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Winnipeg Jets, NHL & local hockey news including the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings & the MJHL Champion Winnipeg Blues        Sky’s the limit for Dubas with big-money Leafs Kyle Dubas made a name for himself in Sault Ste. Marie Official 2014 list of available free agents Below is a list of players …   Jets in tough in Central Division The Winnipeg Jets understood it was going to be a big challenge Jets agree to terms with three forwards You can scratch another restricted free agent The 2014 ESPYS: Best NHL Players Canada’s Sports Leader heads to…
  • Winnipeg Hockey Talk Podcast 013

    Mitch Kasprick
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Winnipeg Hockey Talk Podcast Episode 013 – Mitch Kasprick is joined by Winnipeg Hockey Talk writers Darryl Manchulenko, Darryl Mills and guest Jeremy Wiebe who covers the Winnipeg Jets for The Hockey Writers to discuss Carl Klingberg, Michael Frolik, Kevin Cheveldayoff, WHA Jets, Jets 1.0 and more …  Podcast 013 Follow Us On Twitter: If you have any ideas for future podcasts please let us know by using the comment section or contacting us via twitter.  Mitch at   Follow @WpgJetshocktalk     and     Follow @WpgHockTalk Darryl at   Follow @ABBigBluJetsfan Darryl…
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    Arizona Hockey Talk

  • Arizona Sundogs Add Two Young Forwards

    Mitch Kasprick
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    Arizona Sundogs Sign Berkley Scott and Matt White –  The Arizona Sundogs have added forwards, Berkley Scott and Matt White, to their roster for their 2014-15 Central Hockey League season. Berkley Scott, 23-years comes to Arizona after finishing last season with the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL).  Last year, the 6-foot-3, forward, found his self, traded from the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) to the San Francisco Bulls (ECHL) for 11 games before the Bulls ceased operations in early January.  Sundogs head coach, Kevin Colley was first introduced to Scott…
  • Arizona Sundogs Re-Sign Trebish And Tuckerman

    Mitch Kasprick
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Arizona Sundogs Re-Sign Michael Trebish And Alex Tuckerman The Arizona Sundogs are happy to welcome back defenseman, Michael Trebish and forward, Alex Tuckerman for their 2014-15 Central Hockey League Season (CHL). Michael Trebish, 25-years, was acquired during the 2013-14 season in a trade with the Denver Cutthroats (CHL) on November 11, 2013.  The second year pro, a 6-foot, 193-lb defenseman from Saskatchewan, Canada posted 10 assists in 56 games while maintaining a 14, plus/minus rating.  In 2012-13 he played in 39 games with the Bloomington Blaze, a former CHL team posting seven points…
  • Arizona Coyotes Sign McMillan and Szwarz

    Mitch Kasprick
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    Arizona Coyotes Sign Two - Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced that the Coyotes have signed forward Brandon McMillan and forward Jordan Szwarz to new contracts.  McMillan signed a one-year, two way deal while Szwarz signed a two year, two-way deal. Brandon McMillan is a 5-foot-11, 190-pound forward that recorded 2g-4a-6pts and 4 penalty minutes (PIM) in 22 games with the Coyotes last season.  McMillan is a 24-year-old native of Richmond, B.C.  He played 46 games with the Arizona Coyotes AHL affiliate in Portland registering 11g-15a-26pts and 76 PIM. Brandon McMillan has…
  • Looking At The 2014-15 Arizona Coyotes

    Mitch Kasprick
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    How Will the 2014-15 Arizona Coyotes Look on Opening Night?  The easiest way to start would be to reveal what we know.  As of today, the Coyotes have eleven forwards, six defencemen and two goalies signed on their NHL roster.  They also have a handful of players that have seen some time with the big club but are still on “entry level” contracts.  Out: 1.  Mike Ribeiro (buyout) 2.  Radim Vrbata (UFA signed with Vancouver) 3.  Derek Morris (UFA) 4.  Paul Bissonette (UFA) 5.  Jeff Halpern (UFA) 6.  Thomas Greiss (UFA signed with Pittsburgh) In: 1.  Sam Gagner (trade with…
  • Arizona Coyotes Development Camp

    Mitch Kasprick
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Arizona Coyotes Development Camp Schedule – The Arizona Coyotes will be holding their annual Development Camp at the Ice Den in Scottsdale with prospects ranging from 18 – 24 years old.   When:  July 8 – 11 Time:  2:15 – 3:45 Where:  Ice Den Address:  9375 East Bell Rd, Scottsdale Admission:  Free Notable Players: Brendan Perlini (2014 1st round pick), Max Domi (2013 1st round pick) and Henrik Samuelson (2012 1st round pick). In addition, prospects including forwards Ryan MacInnis, Laurent Dauphin as well as Arizona natives Zac Larraza and Brendan Burke will…
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    BelieveBelong 3.5.1

  • Synergies Build Momentum for Diners Club Asia Pacific

    John McCann
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    In a global company like Diners Club International®, our annual regional meetings offer a time for leadership from the region’s franchises, Diners Club and Discover Financial Services to reconnect, provide business updates, and discover new synergies for the future. Our recent Asia Pacific (APAC) Regional Conference, held June 2-5, 2014 in Tokyo, delivered on and... Read more »
  • ­­­Diners Club Weekender’s Guide: Brazil

    Diners Club International
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    If you’re heading south to join thousands from across the globe cheering on their favorite futball teams, don’t forget to take in all the sights, sounds, and exquisite beauty Brazil has to offer. Here are some ideas of where to stay, what to eat, and where to go in cities around the country. Where to... Read more »
  • From Pit-Stop to Paradise: Find Your Next Oasis at the Airport

    Marina Linton
    13 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Airport lounges are a quiet oasis of food, drink, and WiFi that offer much-needed relief from travel stress. With a wide range of amenities across global airport locations, these lounges will have you seeking out opportunities to spend additional time in an airport. The best part? Diners Clubmembers have access to over 500 airport lounges... Read more »
  • A Journey to Peru: The Best Restaurant in Latin America

    Eduardo Tobon
    4 Jun 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The low hum of chatter from fine diners lofts high above the soft lighting and easy-going ambience found within the walls of this iconic restaurant, voted No. 1 in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013. Owner and celebrity chef Gastón Acurio and his wife, Astrid, have been cooking up brilliant Peruvian dishes together at Astrid... Read more »
  • Chef Narisawa’s Secret Ingredient

    Eduardo Tobon
    31 May 2014 | 6:20 am
    With his eponymous restaurant Narisawa ranked No. 1 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013 and coming in at No. 2 on the list in 2014, Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa has crafted the perfect culinary glue that binds nature and people together in food-loving harmony. Paired with his thoughtful selection of ingredients, he has developed a unique... Read more »
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    Business Setup Services Blog | Flying ColourBusiness Setup Services Blog | Flying Colour

  • A company formation Dubai could be the spring in your step

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Each and every time we fall down in life, we are told we have to get up and strive on. That is the biggest and strongest point in life that can be shared. You need to keep thinking of different methods to stay strong in the industry and be able to continue doing well. Now, the fact of the matter is that we are surrounded by many companies and forces that put us away from setting up our own company with our own thinking and beliefs. A company formation Dubai is what you need to kick start your dream. You need to aim for the skies when it comes to making your own business and taking it to a…
  • It’s the perfect time to start new business Dubai

    19 Jul 2014 | 12:45 am
    Fear to take the first step often puts us off for a wonderful and successful journey. It could be the brightest thing in the world to take the plunge and do that one thing you have wanted to do all your life – start new business Dubai. It would be the perfect way for you to enter the business world and even take your aspirations of growing into a multi-national company a good start. The reason Dubai is a fantastic venture right now is because of the tremendous potential that is present in the market right now. There are a lot of investment opportunities doing the round now thanks to huge…
  • Look at foreign shores for better dividends

    21 Jun 2014 | 4:36 am
    There is a serious threat of tight markets when it comes to smaller industries in Asia. There are many companies that cover the entire market and hence make it very crowded for survival. The more crowded the market, the tougher it is for the players to survive. In such a scenario, it is ideal to look at better pastures for growth and better profits equally. One of the best places to head to for a new business formation is Dubai. The present market is growing with every passing day and gives you the opportunity to set up a good platform here. There are different business models and forms you…
  • A company registration in Dubai is what you need

    Aalee Ishat
    13 Jun 2014 | 2:59 am
    There are not many people in the world that do not want a company of their own. What better place to do this than the most marketable place in the world – Dubai. It is the land of a million possibilities and dreams with its amazing offerings. There are so many different approaches to a business here that you would want to explore different ways to invest.   A company registration Dubai requires you to have necessary clearances from the ministries and the government till you get the go ahead. You would have to declare your passport details and your nationality when you are planning…
  • Find the perfect business for sale in Dubai!

    Sarfarazali Meghani
    13 Jun 2014 | 2:04 am
    Dubai is s the place to be when it comes to launching a brand new business. With the tremendous infrastructure and the huge offerings in terms of a market potential, there is no doubt that there is much to benefit from everyone in Dubai. In case, you are looking at a business for sale in Dubai, this could be the best idea if you want to start the ground running here. There are so many industries you can look at entering that you are spoilt for choice to be frank. So, what are the industries you can look at entering and ramping up for future success? 1.    Servicing industry: there is…
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    Peter Simoons - The power of collaboration

  • CBP-33: Do Your Homework

    Peter Simoons
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:13 am
    In this episode of the Collaborative Business Podcast we are looking back to three earlier episodes and specifically to the advice given by the guests in those episodes. The three guests are all senior executives in the corporate world and they share their number one tip for entering into strategic alliances. Bruce Donszelmann, VP Alliances at KLM who was my guest in episode 6, Snehal Desai, Global Business Director of Dow Water & Process Solutions the guest from episode 7 and Cees Bijl, head of strategic alliances and the head of emerging business areas at Philips, who was my guest in…
  • CBP-32: Human to Human relationships with Manoj Kumar

    Peter Simoons
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Are partnerships in Asia different from partnerships in the USA and Europe? Thats what we are going to find out in this episode of the Collaborative Business Podcast with Manoj Kumar. Manoj has build his career in companies in India and in doing business with partners both in India and in other parts of the world. Partnerships are very beneficial in several ways and Manoj highlights them from the perspective of many personal experiences. A few essential elements continue to come back in the conversation with Manoj: Partnerships are for the long term; Partnerships need to bring mutual benefit;…
  • Apple and IBM – Can they make 1+1 become 3?

    Peter Simoons
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Can their legacy work together?It’s all over the inter-webs: Apple and IBM announced a strategic alliance yesterday! A bold move that brings together two companies in different areas of the ICT field. Once competitors and now completely complementary. At least, that is what the announcement wants us to believe. Back in 1984 IBM and Apple to a certain extend had been competitors and the belief was exaggerated by the famous 1984 Superbowl TV commercial of Apple. However, somehow the official announcements step easily over the fact that Apple and IBM already have been in three different…
  • I need your help! (Summertime – Reflection time)

    Peter Simoons
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Summertime is a good time to reflect and to adjust course where needed. This time I need your help to reflect on my writing: You know I like to write and share tips and ideas with you in my newsletter and on my blog. They both would be nothing without you as my readers, so I want to know what you would like to see more of in my writing and in my podcast. Could you do me a favor and take 3 minutes to answer a few questions right here? Thank you and have a great week! The post I need your help! (Summertime – Reflection time) appeared first on Peter Simoons - The power of collaboration.
  • CBP-31: Collaborative Leadership with David Archer

    Peter Simoons
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    My guest of Today, David Archer, runs a specialist consultancy together with his partner Alex Cameron, with the focus on helping leaders deliver results across boundaries. David and Alex wrote a book on collaborative leadership and they have built their consulting business on the back of the book. David looks at business collaboration from a leadership point of view. Collaborative leadership is about those situations where leaders need to deliver across boundaries, where people that are important for the success don’t work for you and where you need to accomplish something with elements…
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    Linear to Circular

  • Are you a Radical Intrapreneur?

    Chris Oestereich
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:58 pm
    I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what we need from business leaders.  And by business leaders, I mean everyone who is actively making...
  • Student Loan Debtors Should Reap What’s Been Sown for Them…

    Chris Oestereich
    14 Jun 2014 | 8:56 pm
    …or something. Veronique de Rugy, unserious shill for the wealthy, is at it again.  She’s now advocating that the screws not be loosened off of...
  • What Did You Learn?

    Chris Oestereich
    14 Jun 2014 | 11:18 am
    A new report produced by the Center for American Progress aims to divine the policy lessons that we’ve learned in the wake of the Great Recession.  The report...
  • Another One Bites the Dust

    Chris Oestereich
    10 Jun 2014 | 11:53 am
    Rejoice charter school advocates!  There’s a bit more room for profit in the public school system as California school teachers saw their tenure rules declared...
  • The FT Digs in on Piketty

    Chris Oestereich
    26 May 2014 | 9:44 am
    Given the responses of many respected sources, Chris Giles’ review of Piketty’s data has raised some relevant questions about methods and potential errors, but the...
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    Outsourcing InsiderOutsourcing Insider | Outsourcing Insider

  • Public Sector in Government Turns to Outsourcing Too

    Outsourcing Insider
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Outsourcing has been the cost-effective and valuable solution for both small businesses and giant companies. Based from the figures published by Information Services Group (ISG), it is the preferred choice for public sector bodies too. Research shows that the public sector spent £51 billion on outsourced services in the past two years, almost twice as much under 585 contracts as the £30bn that commercial firms spent on 726 lower value contracts over the same period. The number of outsourced contracts awarded by public bodies since 2012 was almost triple the number of contracts awarded…
  • Thinking of Outsourcing? Ask These 4 Security Questions First

    Outsourcing Insider
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
    The truth about running a business, whether it’s a small company or a giant corporation, is that they can’t be experts in everything. Sometimes, they need to hire the services of a different provider. Outsourcing has been happening ever since but it has been more pronounce and utilized, even relied on more heavily today, because of increasing demands in technology. Ironically, because of technology, we enjoy the benefits of outsourcing today. What businesses only dream of before, becoming global and expanding their reach, ultimately making more profit, they can do so now, easier, better…
  • Is Outsourcing Business Transcription Secure?

    Outsourcing Insider
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Business transcription outsourcing doesn’t only cover medical transcription but a wide array of industries that need to convert live or recorded speech or communication into text or a readable format for documentation purposes. Transcription services include the scope of legal, medical, non-profit organizations, government, general and business transcription. Security is the prime consideration of any business when it comes to outsourcing their transcription services (and in any of their operations actually). Business transcription outsourcing always focuses on data, facts and records.
  • Top 5 Misconceptions about IT Outsourcing

    Outsourcing Insider
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:54 am
    Almost all businesses in this digital age need an information technology (IT) department to serve some or even most of their operations and because of this, the demand for IT is growing. IT functions in a company include but are not limited to help desk, networking, server, applications support, database administration and security groups. Each of these functions is necessary to support a growing business’ IT needs; however, companies rarely meet the growing demand. Each critical position requires backup resulting in underutilized staff. This is why one of the most outsourced operations in…
  • Why Offshoring Remains to be the Biggest Trend for Businesses

    Pat Keegan
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:46 pm
    During the past decade we have seen the trend of outsourcing take over most aspects of businesses. Most have gone global, outsourcing most of industries – IT and businesses most especially – and this doesn’t only involve outsourcing but also taking most of their operations offshore. In fact, the trend of business operations right now is increasing their extensions offshore. Make no mistake about it: Offshore delivery is as big of a trend as outsourcing. And studies show that the trend isn’t going away anytime soon. Three out of ten businesses increase their offshoring of financial…
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  • Effective Management: Extroverts vs. Introverts

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    The workplace is a melting pot of personalities--no surprise there! All types of employees must work together and are expected to overcome personal differences to reach a common goal. But ethics, cultural norms, and temperament can sometimes cause friction.Read the full article on
  • How to End an Office Drama Without Becoming Part of It

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    Office drama is just what the name implies. The workplace is the stage, there's a script, a plot, actors, a supporting cast, and an audience. How do you stop the production?Read the full article on
  • 5 Ways to Know You Are Ready For Entrepreneurship

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    Some employees dream of the day they can fire their boss and become the master of their own destiny.  How do you know when the time is right?  If these five bullets describe you you're ready to make the transition from employee to entrepreneur.Read the full article on
  • 3 Keys to Business Success

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    When considering how to be successful in business and really take your company to the next level, listen up, there is one valuable key you cannot afford to miss. Full article on LinkedIn Pulse...
  • A Management Lesson From Al Capone

    7 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    Starting a business requires that you simultaneously juggle many different tasks and priorities, which means keeping track of every aspect of your business, from production to marketing. However, one of the greatest challenges you face as an entrepreneur is managing people.Read the full article on 
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    Market Business News

  • Fastenal Co – Company Information

    Joseph Nordqvist
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:31 am
    Fastenal Co is an American industrial supply company, headquartered in Winona, Minnesota. It is publicly listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the ticker symbol ‘FAST’. The company focuses on sells industrial and construction supplies. It has eleven main product lines: Fasteners, Tools, Cutting tools, Hydraulics & pneumatics, Material handling, Janitorial supplies, Electrical supplies, Welding supplies, Safety supplies, Metals, and Office supplies. Fastenal owns and operate 14 distribution centers across North America, of which eleven are in the United States, two are in…
  • Family Dollar Stores – Company Information

    Joseph Nordqvist
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
    This article provides information on Family Dollar Stores, including live stock market data, a general overview of the company, and recent financial results. Family Dollar Stores is an American company that operates a chain of general merchandise retail discount stores across the Unites States. It is based in Matthews, North Carolina, and is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the stock ticker symbol ‘FDO’. The company has approximately 7,900 general merchandise retail discount stores in 46 states that focus on providing a range of competitively priced…
  • GM Q2 profits down 80 percent

    Christian Nordqvist
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    Costs related to millions of vehicle recalls have driven GM Q2 profits down by 80% to $200 million compared to $1.2 billion in the second quarter of last year. So far this year, the company has recalled nearly 29 million vehicles. Excluding the recall problems, GM’s global core performance in Q2 was quite good, but its core North American operations disappointed. EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) was $1.4 billion, much less than the $2.3 billion posted in Q2 2013. Repairing recalled cars in the second quarter cost the company $1.2 billion. $400 million charge added GM has put…
  • GlaxoSmithKline Q2 profits decline 23 percent

    Veronica Cruz
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:11 am
    Falling sales in China and the US, as well as a strong pound contributed to a GlaxoSmithKline Q2 profits decline of 23% to £986 million ($1.678 billion) compared to £1.29 billion ($2.2 billion) in Q2 2013. The company says its Respiratory division is still “in transition”. Consumer healthcare has problems that will affect sales for the rest of the year, while a new HIV medication shows promise. In China, where GSK has been under investigation for bribery since the middle of last year, sales nearly halved to £129 million in Q2 2014 compared to £212 million in Q2 2013. US…
  • Roche H1 sales down 1 percent due to strong franc

    Marie Singer
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:44 am
    A strong Swiss franc sent Roche H1 sales down 1 percent to CHF22.97 billion and core earnings per share (EPS) to CHF7.50, halting the recent growth in its breast cancer medications. Excluding the impact of a strong currency, sales increased by 5% and core EPS by 7%. Its new breast cancer medications performed well. The Swiss pharmaceutical giant said sales were down in local currency because the US dollar, several Latin American currencies, as well as the Japanese yen, weakened against the Swiss franc. A CHF404 million writedown on the company’s tissue diagnostics business pushed down net…
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    SEO Digest

  • 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…
  • Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using Cadsoft Software

    Mike Applegate
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    A few years ago, one would not believe that they would be able to use a computer program to design and plan their house. Indeed, the most thrilling aspect of technology is the new developments that are constantly being introduced in the market. There is no doubt that efficiency, accuracy and speed have been greatly enhanced by such advancements. More to this, the cost of carrying out various tasks has been significantly reduced. In the construction industry, home plan software offered by Cadsoft has made things a lot easier. This came as good news for every prospective home owner. The thought…
  • Why Should You Hire an SEO Company in Canada?

    Mike Applegate
    29 Jun 2014 | 5:39 pm
    If you have been shopping around for companies that offer high-quality SEO services, you have probably been feeling incredibly overwhelmed by the many companies that offer these services, and you might be unsure of how you can choose the one that is right for your needs and your website or business. If you live in Canada, however, you should definitely consider hiring this SEO company in Canada. If you’re wondering why it’s a smart idea to hire a company from your home country instead of one of the countless others that are based in other countries but that operate online, you…
  • Tips On How To Choose The Best Website Design Company

    Mike Applegate
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:03 pm
    A website is vitally important for any organization that is serious about increasing sales online. Creating a website offers a number of advantages including helping business owners get more leads to prospects, improve customer service as well as increased sales. Studies show that millions of people visit the internet on a daily basis and this represents a huge pool of prospective clienteles that businesses can take advantage of. A business can only attract these prospective consumers if it has a well designed website that’s easy to navigate and has exciting features. To achieve this,…
  • Why Should You Hire a Professional for SEO Services?

    Mike Applegate
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:41 am
    As someone who is new to running a website, you have probably been doing as much research as possible to learn how to promote your site. During your search for great advertising methods, you have probably heard about companies that offer Toronto SEO services as a means of helping sites achieve great search engine rankings. However, you might be a bit confused about what these services entail, and you might not be sure that these are the right services for your site. Once you have a better understanding of what Toronto SEO services are and why they are important, however, you are sure to want…
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    Engee's Business Guide

  • The 7 Elements Investors Look for in Your Funding Pitch

    Floyd H
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Q: How can we work to land a successful investment?-- Shaba ShamsHere’s the short answer: start with a great pitch deck. The pitch deck is arguably the most important single document you will generate in the life of your company. It is the opening salvo and “the hook” by which you will (or will not) capture the attention and imagination of a potential investor.There is no such thing as a “perfect” pitch deck. Pitch decks are continually refined to optimize for the immediate audience to whom the deck is being presented. There are some basic guidelines, however, that can help you…
  • 5 Warning Signs a Startup Is a Bad Investment

    Floyd H
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:57 am
    A company that’s not growing is dying. This is an unpleasant reality that comes with the capitalist system, and it’s especially harsh for smaller or newer companies. Between concerns over debt, resource acquisition and client maintenance, plenty can go horrifically wrong. It’s no wonder that 80% of small businesses fail.The prudent investor must watch must watch for these five warning signs.1. Lackluster products. A common challenge for any new business is separating themselves from the crowd. A company unable to provide a quality or niche product will likely get steam rolled by others…
  • 2 Sure Ways to Tell Whether Your Startup Can Win, If You Avert Clouded Judgment

    Floyd H
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:16 am
    When the head of a new venture sets sights on a fresh market opportunity, success is hardly guaranteed. But most entrepreneurs have thick skins, a strong belief in themselves and an overpowering vision.The question is whether they can listen to reason and be talked out of moving into a market that they might have scarcely a chance of winning. The two key questions that entrepreneurs must ask themselves are the following:1. Does the company have a compelling way to beat the competition on the benefits of its product that matter most to the targeted customers?2. Does the startup have the…
  • 50 Signs You Need to Start Your Own Business

    Floyd H
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:46 am
    An entrepreneurial type reads the signals and suddenly realizes it's time to make the leap and ready a launch.If you’re sitting at your desk, daydreaming about starting your own business, this is the article for you.You already know that launching a company can be an intimidating process requiring tons of hard work. But the question has been lingering with you day and night. Maybe you're just unhappy with your current position. Perhaps you've always dreamed of opening your own shop or consulting firm. Or maybe you just need a drastic change in you life.Regardless of the exact scenario, here…
  • 9 Lessons You Won't Learn in Business School

    Floyd H
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:38 pm
    More and more in Silicon Valley, we’re seeing less and less of an interest in pursuing MBA programs. It seems every week a new story highlights the opportunity costs of these programs, the unemployment rates for its graduates (though less than 5 percent of Harvard's class of 2012 was unemployed three months after graduating) and the celebrated entrepreneurs who didn’t finish college let alone a graduate program (Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg).Combine that with the fact that startups -- where everyone seems to want to work -- don’t care at all about…
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    CDC Synectics on How to Leverage Resources

  • How to Stop the Vicious Cycle

    Connie Siu
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    When an issue repeatedly usurps resources that could have been better utilized, it is time to stop the vicious cycle. Connie shares a few tips on how to free yourself from the dilemma.  
  • It Pays to Delegate

    Connie Siu
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Many of us are uncomfortable in delegating because we are concerned about the outcome. Would the select individual be able to do a good job? Could the process to do the proper delegation take just as much effort, if not more, to do the actual work? What if the result is irreversible? I must admit those questions hover in my head every time. Delegating work not only relieves you to focus on work that truly requires your attention, it is a great way to develop employees with great potential. It pays to delegate when you pay attention to 3 things. They are the choice of work you plan to…
  • How to Stop Paving the Cow Path

    Connie Siu
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Doing work the same old way would get you the same result. Listen for tips on how to overcome the problems with paving the cow path.
  • You Get What You Measure

    Connie Siu
    3 Jun 2014 | 9:02 am
    Measurement involves logic and numbers. The more granular and precise you get, the measurement better reflects specific outcome. We deal with all sorts of measurement in our daily lives, from the volume of water we consume to the gas consumption of our automobile. Professional athletes are meticulous with their calories. Business owners are watchful of their bottomline. What you measure tells a story. The indicator provides information on progress. The following diagram illustrates the relationship between what you measure and the quality of measures. Measurement of action offers information…
  • Are You Taking the Easy Route?

    Connie Siu
    27 May 2014 | 8:00 am
    We all love to get things done quickly. With limited time and resources, it is good to keep moving as there is abundant work competing for our attention. However, taking the easy route is not always the best. There are 5 reasons why you need to be cautious: Overlook important details—The trivial information immediately available seems to provide sufficient support to take action. But the crux of the problem points to another issue. Without spending the appropriate effort to understand the symptoms, the quick reaction could be presumptuous. For example, the end of the month is always busy…
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  • The Future of Marketing [Infographic]

    Catherine Pham
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    This infographic from Optimal Targeting discusses the future of marketing. It also demonstrates how people can remember and consume information better when it is presented visually with images and text. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The Seen Other Cool InfographicsHow B2B Sales Has Changed [Infographic]8 Hot Tips for Improving Marketing Conversion [Infographic]Things You Need to Know about Small Biz Marketing in 2014 [Infographic]Mind the Digital Marketing Gap [Infographic] The Content Marketing Machine [Infographic]Smartphone – Past, Present and the…
  • We Live in a Visual World – Your Business Needs Visual Content [Infographic]

    Catherine Pham
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    This infographic from Ethos3 explains why your business needs to use visual content. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The Seen Other Cool InfographicsAmazing Facts and Statistics about Visual Web [Infographic]Six Reasons to Visualize Your Data [Infographic]The Content Marketing Machine [Infographic]How B2B Sales Has Changed [Infographic]The Art and Science of Content Marketing [Infographic]10 Successful Visual Content Marketing Stories [Slideshow]Why Use Visual Content in Social Media Marketing? [Infographic]Top 5 Infographics in July 2013 The post We Live in a…
  • Raising the Digital Generation [Infographic]

    Catherine Pham
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    This infographic from addresses the raising of digital generation from laptops to mobile devices such as tablets and mobile phones. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The Seen Other Cool InfographicsMind the Digital Marketing Gap [Infographic] 4 Steps to Measuring Mobile ROI [Infographic]Top 5 Online Marketing Mistakes [Infographic]Mobile Advertising in the Middle East [Infographic]Who Makes Digital Marketing Happen? [Infographic]30 Digital Marketing Statistics You Shouldn’t Miss [Infographic]2014 State of Digital Marketing…
  • Where in the World Is Storage – Byte Density across the Globe [Infographic]

    Catherine Pham
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    This infographic from IDC addresses byte density across the globe that helps answer the question “where in the world is storage?” Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The Seen Other Cool InfographicsData-Driven Marketing Is Heating Up [Infographic]Big Data, Bigger Opportunities [Infographic]Things You Need to Know about Small Biz Marketing in 2014 [Infographic]8 Hot Tips for Improving Marketing Conversion [Infographic]How B2B Sales Has Changed [Infographic]The Content Marketing Machine [Infographic]12 Tenets of Content Creation – How to Answer Your…
  • The State of Small Business Content Marketing in 2014 [Infographic]

    Catherine Pham
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    This infographic from Boostsuite addresses the state of small business content marketing in 2014. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The Seen Other Cool InfographicsB2C Content Marketing in 2014 [Infographic]The Content Marketing Machine [Infographic]The Art and Science of Content Marketing [Infographic]How B2B Sales Has Changed [Infographic]The State of Content Marketing 2014 [Infographic]Things You Need to Know about Small Biz Marketing in 2014 [Infographic]8 Hot Tips for Improving Marketing Conversion [Infographic]The Current State of Content Marketing…
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    When I Work

  • What Payroll Schedule Makes Sense for Your Business? [Guide]

    Guest Blogger
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Every small business has to decide which payroll schedule is best for their business and employees. The most common frequencies to run payroll in the United States are monthly, semi-monthly, biweekly and weekly. Some of ZenPayroll’s customers pay their employees monthly but most pay semi-monthly (twice a month) or biweekly (every two weeks). State laws typically require a minimum pay period; you can always pay more frequently but not less. But each pay schedule has advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a look at the differences between semi-monthly and biweekly, our two most popular…
  • 27 Low-Cost Ways To Grow Your Small Business

    Rob Wormley
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    As a business owner, you have to make a lot of decisions about how and where you spend your hard earned money. With so many areas of your business demanding resources, you might feel like you can’t afford to spend money on costly strategies that might not even lead to growth. In this post, I’ve put together a list of low-cost opportunities and strategies that you can use to grow your small business. As you’ll notice, I’ve chunked the ideas into areas that relate to five business objective areas that every small business owner is responsible for addressing. For each…
  • 7 Ways To Gather Customer Feedback At Your Coffee Shop

    Chad Halvorson
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Small businesses can thrive or dive depending on things like customer perception, experience, and loyalty. As a business owner, one of the many responsibilities you should put on your plate day after day needs to involve actively gathering and learning from customer feedback. Choosing to invest in the customer in this way is especially important for owners and managers of coffee shops. If you own a coffee shop, the present and future success of your business depends greatly on whether or not your customers are happy, loyal, and willing to tell their friends about you. In order to gauge…
  • Are You Using Facebook As Well As These Small Businesses? [21 Case Studies]

    Rob Wormley
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    As the owner or manager of a business, you already know that your customers expect your company to have an active presence on social media sites—it’s an essential part of connecting with consumers in this day and age. For many small business owners, what is often harder to understand is how to best spend your time (and money) once you’re actively participating on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and others. In order to see a return on your investment (time and money), it might be helpful to learn about what has worked for other small businesses. In this post,…
  • 8 Brilliant Hacks For Boosting Restaurant Customer Loyalty

    Chad Halvorson
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    Thanks to the ever-increasing popularity of review sites and services like Yelp, Google Reviews, Twitter, Facebook, and others, it’s never been more important for small business owners and managers to invest in developing effective customer loyalty strategies in order to keep their businesses afloat. For owners of restaurants, a lack of understanding of the needs and desires of customers can greatly impact the overall reputation, sustainability, and success of their business. The fact of the matter is, it takes more than just good food or a friendly staff to keep people coming back to…
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    Pinnacle Telecom - Comms Buzz

  • Communications systems ‘vital to business success’

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    Organisations large and small must address a wide range of communications needs based on the roles of their workers and the needs of their customers and clients. Today’s competitive markets demand communications solutions that are flexible enough to provide everyone – from the reception desk to the main office – with the communications capabilities they need to be productive. Communication tools can make an important contribution to productivity. The UK Office for National Statistics found that investment in telecommunications had a positive effect on productivity, explaining up…
  • Unified Communications vital to the success of SMEs

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    The concept of ‘Unified Communications’ is a vital tool in the armoury of smaller enterprises, and it will lead to more valuable and efficient consumer communications, customer relationships and employee teamwork. Technologically, we live in exciting times. In the workplace, no form of business technology has been as dynamic as converged voice and data communications – an area where the rate of innovation and change has literally been non-stop, and shows no signs of slowing. For most small and medium-sized enterprises – SMEs – the rapid changes in communications technology have…
  • ‘Convergence’ can lead to better communication and lower bills

    8 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    Businesses should look at converging their telephone and data networks to increase efficiency and cut costs. Joining voice communications with your organisation’s network could lead to a raft of improved features and lower bills. The move of voice from a separate telephone network to a data network using Voice over IP – or VoIP – is at the heart of what is termed ‘convergence’. VoIP is the data transport mechanism used to deliver telephony over a data network using the internet instead of traditional telephone switches. Although VoIP is all about the transmission of data and IP…
  • Time to ditch your fax machine

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    Companies need to look at ditching their fax machines in favour of a leaner, greener option. Our new ‘Fax to Email’ service cuts the costs and hassle associated with using a physical fax machine. There are many reasons to ditch the fax machine and move into the cloud. Just having one less piece of equipment in your office will free up some space and you won’t have to maintain it any longer. You can also get rid of the extra phone line, the cases of paper and expensive toner cartridges. From an ecological perspective, the benefits are huge. If you send and receive a lot of faxes, you are…
  • Unified Communications is key to contact centre success

    24 Jun 2014 | 8:45 am
    The integration of real-time communication services is key to contact centre success in the current economic climate. Unified Communications has come of age and is becoming an increasingly important part of a successful contact centre’s armoury. Few people in the contact centre industry would disagree that in this tough economic environment, good service and high customer satisfaction levels can make the difference between winning and losing business. The ability to resolve an issue upon the customer’s first call has become one of the most powerful measures of a contact centre’s…
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    Market Deeper

  • Global And China Anti Blocking Agent & Rust Paint Industry 2014 Market Share, Growth Research Report

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:28 am
    QYResearchReports added latest deep and professional market research reports on Global And China “Anti Blocking Agent Industry 2014” & “Anti Rust Paint Industry 2014” Market Demand, Trend, Size, Share, Growth Research & Development. Global And China Anti Blocking Agent Industry 2014 Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast : The report firstly introduced Anti Blocking Agent basic information included Anti Blocking Agent definition classification application industry chain structure industry overview; international market analysis, China domestic market…
  • Global And China Acrylic Box & Display Rack Industry 2014 Market Size, Share, Growth Research Report

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    QYResearchReports included latest market research reports on Global And China “Acrylic Box Industry 2014” & “Acrylic Display Rack Industry 2014” Market Demand, Trend, Size, Share, Growth Research & Development. Global And China Acrylic Box Industry 2014 Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast : The report firstly introduced Acrylic Box basic information included Acrylic Box definition classification application industry chain structure industry overview; international market analysis, China domestic market analysis, Macroeconomic environment and economic…
  • Global And China Artificial Kidney, Esophagus & Heart Industry 2014 Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth Research Report

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:21 am
    QYResearchReports included latest research reports on Global And “China Artificial Kidney Industry 2014“, “Artificial Esophagus Industry 2014” & “Artificial Heart Industry 2014” Market Research Report Global And China Artificial Kidney Industry 2014 Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast : The report firstly introduced Artificial Kidney basic information included Artificial Kidney definition classification application industry chain structure industry overview; international market analysis, China domestic market analysis, Macroeconomic…
  • Global And China Mosquito Killer Industry 2014 Market Research, Trend, Size, Share And Growth

    Nilesh Deshmukh
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:32 am
    Click to Download Report QY Research Reports included a detailed market survey and trends analysis on Global And China Mosquito Killer Industry 2014. This report also includes more info about basic overview of the industry including definitions, applications and industry china structure. The report firstly introduced Mosquito Killer basic information included Mosquito Killer definition classification application industry chain structure industry overview; Browse Complete Report with TOC @…
  • Global And China Stirring Machine Industry 2014 Market Research, Trend, Size, Share And Growth

    Nilesh Deshmukh
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:32 am
    Click to Download Report QY Research Reports included a detailed market survey and trends analysis on Global And China Stirring Machine Industry 2014. This report also includes more info about basic overview of the industry including definitions, applications and industry china structure. The report firstly introduced Stirring Machine basic information included Stirring Machine definition classification application industry chain structure industry overview; Browse Complete Report with TOC @…
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  • Kobe Bryant Cold Calls Business People and Picks Their Brain for Success Tips

    Jesse Maida
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    Kobe Bryant recently sat down with Bloomberg’s Jon Erlichman to discuss his plans for entering the world of business. When the Lakers legend eventually retires, his company named Kobe Inc. will be his primary focus. Bryant has watched previous NBA greats like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson turn their basketball careers into rewarding business...
  • How To Make Your Own Explainer Video For Your Business

    Jesse Maida
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    Video has been a big part of the internet marketing landscape for a while but lately it’s becoming even more major and lots of serious and very successful campaigns are incorporating it into their campaigns. However, doing video usually involves one of two courses. Either you can try it yourself without really being sure about what you’re doing...
  • Global Cloud Computing Service Market Expects to Reach $555 Billion Worth by 2020

    Nick Huang
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    The global cloud computing service, as an emerging computing technology that enables both IT infrastructure and software to be delivered directly over the Internet has been in the significant growth over the recent years. The global cloud computing service market revenue is set to reach $209.9 billion in 2014, while the latest report shows that...
  • 10 American Cleantech Startups You Should Know About

    Jesse Maida
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    The United States recently got embarrassed with their very poor ranking on the latest World Energy Efficient Scorecard , however, when it comes to cleantech as a whole, the United States ranks very well. The latest Global Cleantech Innovation Index ranked the United States third out of 40 countries , behind only Israel and Finland. The United...
  • Germany Ranks No.1 on the International Energy Efficiency Scorecard

    Nick Huang
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    Apparently football is not the only thing that Germany is ranked as the best in the world – the recent World Cup winner has just been named the most energy efficient country in the world, according the latest ranking released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The rank has confirmed that Germany is tops among the...
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  • Do you really need a 'best friend' at work?

    12 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    'A man's best friend' by Tambako The Tiger We are sometimes asked why we don't have the 'best friend at work' question in our engagement and culture surveys. Apart from it being a Gallup copyrighted question, we have a few good reasons. 1. Even on basic grammar considerations it isn't that great a question. The question consists of the following statement which is accompanied by an agreement scale: 'I have a best friend at work' Does it mean my best friend works with me? Or does it mean that I have a colleague who I like more than other colleagues who I would consider a friend? Or does…
  • A Talk With the People Geeks at Box

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a follow up to an HR2.0 event in San Francisco, I recently sat down with Evan Wittenberg to chat about the culture at Box. Evan talked about the impact rapid growth has had on the culture. A constant theme has been scaling it to match their rapid growth. So here's an inside look at Box and how they've managed to sustain their startup culture atmosphere so well.  When Evan first joined Box he asked what the state of their culture was and the response was that Box Culture was strong, evident by the company's low attrition. He questioned this assumption; this was a trailing indicator he…
  • Four Ways To Be More Valuable At Work

    10 Jun 2014 | 1:53 pm
    [Image credit] Employee engagement is the company culture word of the day, but what does it mean to you? No doubt you’ve completed an employee survey that asks about your engagement (although sometimes it's called something else). If your company has a culture strategy then your People Ops folks already know the importance of periodically measuring engagement levels. Reflecting on your personal engagement level at work may cause some eye rolling, but the merits of considering your engagement isn’t exclusively limited to your company's corporate interests. Here are four ways to…
  • Hacking Startup Culture Through Murmur

    21 May 2014 | 9:27 pm
    [Photo Credit] We often get asked about how we engage and roll our surveys across customers. About the impact and the way this kind of data can affect organizations. You’ve probably heard this one before: a successful and profitable company was having a hard time scaling their culture. They’d grown to over 100 employees, and that’s when their “people problems” started to emerge: people became less enchanted and less committed, churn increased, teams struggled to communicate with managers, and hiring decisions didn’t reflect the company's mission and values.
  • With Development Opportunities, Having A Good Manager Matters

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    Most of us have heard time and time again that "people don't leave companies, they leave managers". I can't recall ever seeing any compelling evidence for this. In our 2013 new tech benchmark report our data suggested that manager related survey questions were seldom related strongly to engagement or retention in new tech companies. It seems we're not the only ones who have found this. Recent TINYpulse research found that "employee happiness is more dependent on co-workers than direct managers" with peer relations showing a much stronger relationship with employee happiness. …
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    WorldDealer: Traditional & Digital Automotive Marketing

  • Automotive SEO is More than Just Doing the Work

    6 Jul 2014 | 9:11 pm
    In the early days of automotive search engine optimization, there was no shortage of companies that took advantage of the obscurity within this realm. After all, it’s difficult to track SEO for many car dealers because the techniques, strategies, and efforts are often the type that are difficult for a dealership to see. It’s not like changing a button on a website or posting for a dealership on social media. With SEO, there is so much that is supposed to be going on behind the scenes that it’s easy for it to get lost in the mix. We fought that battle and the good news is…
  • Why Media Buying is More than Just Time and Space

    27 Jun 2014 | 4:47 pm
    In the automotive industry, there has been a strong shift towards a powerful philosophy. OEMs are getting it. Dealers are getting it. Unfortunately, many of the advertising agencies that service the industry seem to be missing the point altogether. The practice of media buying was once a function of getting the most exposure for the least amount of money. While “bang for the buck” is still an important component, it is secondary to the positioning of messages and unification of the various mediums. Media buying is more than just buying media. It’s placing the right message…
  • How Automotive Advertising Agencies have Evolved Over the Last Decade

    22 Jun 2014 | 2:45 am
    This is an amazing industry, this car business that we call home. We’ve watched things improve in some areas and get worse in others. We’ve seen amazing products and the companies that deliver them and we’ve seen incredibly bad products somehow gain momentum for a time. Advertising in the automotive industry has been in the most rapid state of evolution over the last decade. If you watch the trends, you can see a pattern that can help you improve at your dealership. The most important change has been the acceptance of the internet as a primary information source. This has…
  • How Car Dealers can get Bigger by Thinking Smaller

    18 Jun 2014 | 3:25 am
    The automotive industry over the decades has been a case study in size fluctuation. Cars got bigger, then smaller, then bigger again. Dealerships grew, then shrank, and now we’re in growth mode once again. Marketing budgets shrink and grow depending on profits from the dealership level, the OEM level, and everywhere in between. We are not known as an industry that ever thinks small, but that’s exactly what dealers need to do in order to grow. It’s not that they need to shrink the dealerships, reduce their inventory, or start stocking more compact cars. They need to think…
  • Marketing Concept Examples that will Increase Your Automotive Fixed-Ops (Service & Parts) Sales

    4 Jun 2014 | 11:42 am
    Auto repair shops are known to be highly competitive. If you’re in the business, within your automotive dealership, then you need to be extra careful about your competition. If you are not careful, then your market share can easily be overtaken with you being left with nothing. So the question is, do you want to have a certain edge over your competition? If the answer is yes, then you need to focus on marketing your business well. Here are some of the marketing ideas that you can use to keep your existing customers and attract new customers in the process. The All-Powerful Social…
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    The Soho Loft

  • Sotheby’s and Christie’s are not the only ones gone Real Estate: Crowdfunding Heats up the Realty Investing Scene #crowdfundrealty

    Jane Cueto
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:42 pm
    July 16, 2014, San Mateo, California, (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) –On 18 July 2014, all roads will lead to the Draper University of Heroes in San Mateo City, California for a one-day global conference on Real Estate Crowdfunding. The Soho Loft Media Group and FundingPost together with Victoria Global bring together the biggest names in the industry... Find out more from our website at
  • Invest in California Startups Now and Mold Future Disney and Qualcomm companies

    Jane Cueto
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:16 am
    In this era of digital mobility, creating sustainable connections is one, if not the best, strategy towards success. Internet technology is one example of how the medium of connection revolutionizes the kind of communication. Likewise, business has its own set of connections in the form of investments, ventures, partnership and many more. The... Find out more from our website at
  • Real Estate Crowdfunding Ascends Amidst Designer Brands like Baccarat and Armani #crowdfundrealty

    Jane Cueto
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:20 am
    Jul. 7, 2014 – SAN FRANCISCO -- The Soho Loft Media Group and FundingPost with Victoria Global bring you this 18 July 2014, at the Draper University of Heroes, the 3rd in a series of pioneering conferences that interweave financial innovation with the real estate business. The who’s who in real estate crowdfunding convene once […] Find out more from our website at
  • David Drake – The Soho Loft & Crowdfunding with Swedish Globetrotter

    Jane Cueto
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:50 am
    by Kaisa Kokkonen David and I have many mutual acquaintance since we both lived years in NYC (now I am in Austin, TX) – he is Swedish and I am Finnish. hasEuroCircle team already interviewed Jilliene Helman and Gary Spirer who are both involved with the crowdfunding circles so adding a Swede to the crowdfunding mix seems appropriate. 1. Please... Find out more from our website at
  • Chewing on those Chocolat Bonds

    Jane Cueto
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    By David Drake Even before Crowdfunding became a market craze in the US, with the enactment of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), there are already notable success ventures that used the fundraising alternative to get backers. The more famous, and perhaps most amazing, venture is that of confectionery chain Hotel Chocolat, located... Find out more from our website at
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    Globalization Partners International - Blog

  • It’s EPiServer Summit time!

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The 2014 EPiServer North American Summit is once again upon us. This has traditionally been an EPiServer partners-only event, but this year the summit is open to clients as well. With an increase in attendees, comes the need to expand to a larger venue. This year the event will be hosted at the Chicago Swissotel on July 30th. EPiServer in North America 2014 has been a breakout year for EPiServer in North America. In Europe, their home base, they are well-established as a leading CMS/eCommerce platform. EpiServer has put in a lot of effort to grow their business in North America. Their work is…
  • Are Languages at Risk from National Boundaries?

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Linguistic borders according to Putinism What would happen to our world if we reduced the number of languages from 7,000 to 9? Imagine how this would affect relationships between people, nations, commerce, education and all institutions. According to Putinism, the fact that Russian speakers should be protected everywhere opens a great discussion around the world. My favorite magazine The Economist took some time to provide an interesting and detailed analysis of how this argument might work. Boundaries across nations would need to be restructured and as per Mr. Putin's principles, linguistic…
  • Culture and E-Business in India - Infographic

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    If you are planning to do online business in India, if you want to be successful in targeting the Indian marketplace, it is important to understand the needs of your target customers, the consumer behaviors, the Indian traditions, the languages and the key insights about the market. This blog post released by Globalization Partners International contains the information for the Indian market on culture and e-business along with accompanying infographic, which covers a wide range of topics from country facts to online business tips for India. Facts about the Indian Market India is…
  • Review: The Economist Traveller Briefing Series

    8 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Economist is my favorite magazine. It provides unbiased articles on politics, science, culture, books, history and business, all with a global focus. With this wealth of information they have developed a series of "Traveller Briefings" that cover reports for Brazil, Britain, China, India, Russia, South Africa and South Korea. Recently I purchased one of the reports. iTunes offers them for $9.99 per report download. They are also available for the same price on the Google Play store or as an interactive PDF download. I chose the China report as Chinese translation for the Mainland is by…
  • How to Create Interactive PDFs using InDesign

    6 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Since the release of InDesign CS5, Adobe has established InDesign as a software not just to print, but to also digitally publish. With the versions that followed, CS5.5, CS6 and now InDesign CC, Adobe has further expanded InDesign's capability to include digital magazines, interactive PDF and eBooks. It can also export content to Flash or Dreamweaver, making this one of Adobe's most powerful publishing applications. Interactive PDFs You can use Adobe InDesign to create interactive PDFs. By interactive, this means that the PDFs are created to be viewed on screen and contain expanded features…
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    Rapid Formations Blog

  • Free customer experience webinar from the Direct Marketing Association (DMA)

    Rachel Craig
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    Customer experience is one aspect of business that always delivers measurable results, but these results are not always positive or consistent. High value customer experience can be achieved if we take a strategic and insightful approach to our customer service techniques, and this will allow us to increase customer loyalty and establish an effective marketing ROI. Customer engagement specialists Emarsys will explore the opportunities and benefits of strategic marketing in a free webinar on Wednesday 30th July from 3-4pm. In partnership with DMA Events, Emarsys will present ‘From Marketing…
  • PayPal to be a preferred lender for UK SMEs

    Rachel Craig
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    The latest news from the digital payment gurus at PayPal UK is the launch of PayPal Working Capital – a new lending initiative aimed at helping British start-ups and SMEs to invest in growth. The new initiative will enable PayPal business customers and eBay sellers to claim cash advances against its pending sales. The move falls in line with the UK’s Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), which has repeatedly urged high street and alternative lenders to increase their support for small companies. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the British economy,” says PayPal…
  • Brits boost summer holiday spending

    Rachel Craig
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:28 am
    The strong performance of the pound is not just good news for European-bound holidaymakers, but also for small British tourism companies and retailers selling holiday goods. Sterling recently soared to a five-year high, and is worth $1.71USD at the time of writing. Over the last year, sterling is up by 15% against the US dollar and 10% against the euro. A slight spike in inflation has caused it to slip during the month of June, but consumer confidence remains high overall. And this renewed economic stability means revellers are more ready to part with their pennies before and during their…
  • Lessons from the international brands making headway in the UK

    Rachel Craig
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:23 am
    How are international businesses finding success here in the UK? From 2012 to 2013, the number of international businesses launching in Britain jumped by 16%. With companies from across Europe taking advantage of London’s many business opportunities, how can home-grown startups ensure they receive the same benefits? London is attractive to global business leaders and entrepreneurs for its ‘melting pot’ of culture, impressive talent base, and consumers more open to new ideas and innovations. The techniques that these international newcomers have been utilising have been outlined in…
  • Cath Kidston’s kaleidoscopic success

    Rachel Craig
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    The British homeware entrepreneur has sold shares to a Hong Kong private equity firm. British entrepreneur Cath Kidston continues to make a fortune from her colourful homeware empire by selling a large number of shares to a Hong Kong private equity firm. This marks the second occasion the London-based designer has reduced her stake in the company, and the deal makes Kidston’s business partners TA Associates and Baring Private Equity Asia equal shareholders in the £250m retailer. Kidston’s personal value is now estimated at £50m – coming some way from its origins as a single wallpaper…
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  • Why You Need a Google Plus Business Page

    Jane and Scot Noel
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:24 pm
    The world of “social media” has become a confusing crow […] The post Why You Need a Google Plus Business Page appeared first on Exit Promise.
  • Business Valuation Experts

    Holly Magister
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:34 am
    Business Valuation Experts come in many forms, and for […] The post Business Valuation Experts appeared first on Exit Promise.
  • To Sell or Not to Sell Your Business

    Greg Younts
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    To sell or not to sell, that is the question many busin […] The post To Sell or Not to Sell Your Business appeared first on Exit Promise.
  • Getting Fired by a Customer | Customer Service Policies

    Paul Cronin
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today I fired LinkedIn. This might not jibe with the ti […] The post Getting Fired by a Customer | Customer Service Policies appeared first on Exit Promise.
  • Getting a Patent: Outline of a Patent Application

    Kathleen Kuznicki
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you are considering getting a patent, you should be […] The post Getting a Patent: Outline of a Patent Application appeared first on Exit Promise.
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  • Fulfilling Kickstarter rewards for Supr Good

    Lauren Birks
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:02 pm
    You may have seen coverage of Supr Good Co from us in the past. We’ve been lucky enough to chat with brothers and co-founders of the brand, Erik and Aaron Melander, from time to time. In case you’re unfamiliar with them and their story, they are the brains behind the Slim Wallet, a humble-beginnings Kickstarter campaign that suddenly and unexpectedly rocketed to the major leagues. A while ago, we had a chance to sit down with Erik to talk about the experience of launching a brand from Kickstarter, as well as the challenge of fulfilling Kickstarter rewards for thousands of backers…
  • New integration: Ubercart & Drupal Commerce

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    We are proud to announce that we now have Ubercart and Drupal Commerce fulfillment integrations that work with the Drupal 7 content management framework. These are the first modules available on to provide merchants with fully automated order fulfillment, real time quotes, and shipment tracking. They allow Ubercart and Drupal Commerce merchants to offload product storage and shipping, reduce shipping time and costs, and open up international markets through a network of global warehouses. The modules were built by Shipwire partner, Coda, making full use of Shipwire’s order…
  • New FedEx & UPS Dimensional Weight Changes

    18 Jun 2014 | 11:26 am
    Dimensional weight – the method that accounts for package volume rather than weight alone – may soon become the new normal. That’s because in May, FedEx announced dim weight rules would apply to all shipments beginning in 2015, and yesterday, UPS followed suit with a similar announcement. The company said the change would align ground shipping standards with the approach used for air. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the move will also boost its bottom line. Some estimates say the change could bring the company an additional $350 million in annual sales, pulled straight from the…
  • FDA import guide: navigating the maze

    11 Jun 2014 | 7:30 am
    For new importers, the process for bringing FDA-regulated goods into the United States can sometimes resemble a maze. It’s understandable, considering how widely requirements vary for different products. So how do you navigate the labyrinth of rules? According to U.S. Customs Broker Reynaldo Roman, the biggest favor an importer can do for itself is to fully understand its product – and anticipate which rules will apply. “Many times entries are delayed or worse because importers don’t understand the product [being imported] and can’t provide the information necessary to clear it,”…
  • Australia warehouse launch

    3 Jun 2014 | 11:30 am
    After much anticipation, we’re excited to announce the launch of the Shipwire Australia warehouse! On June 29th, 2014, we will welcome all merchants to ship from Shipwire Australia. Please follow along here.   The facility Measuring over 40,000sqm, it’s the biggest warehouse in Australia. The facility and the technology used to run it are state-of-the-art, and for the past month or so, we’ve been testing it with a handful of merchants in preparation for opening the doors to the masses.   How to prepare for Australia Before you ship from Australia, you’ll need…
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  • Creating Cash Flow Security with Accounting Software

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Managing cash flow efficiently is the surest way to minimise the effects of late payments on your business. Your accounting software and how you use it can make a huge impact on your cash flow and the health of your business.
  • Some Helpful Hints and Tips for Sage 200

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    Sage 200 provides users with an incredibly diverse range of features. Here we take a look at a few simple tips and tricks that can help you get more out of your Sage 200 software.
  • Simple Accounting Tips for Growing Small Businesses

    26 Jun 2014 | 8:41 am
    Your small business has reached that point where excel spreadsheets just can't cut it for accounts any more. This growth is great for your business but it means you may be facing the task of creating an entire accounts department, potentially from scratch. It is worth taking a moment to consider this move before you dive right in. These few points should be kept in mind when you find your small business accounts growing.
  • Do You Need Warehouse Management Software?

    17 Jun 2014 | 6:09 am
    If you have a business that requires any form of stock management you may have wondered how you can benefit from implementing warehouse management software and in what ways it can change and improve your business. For those businesses with software already in place, many may not feel the existing system is adequate for their needs either because they have grown beyond its capabilities or did not foresee all of their requirements when first selecting their software. This brief checklist should help guide you through determining if and how your business can benefit from implementing or…
  • Could you be Making Better use of Online Banking for your Business?

    3 Jun 2014 | 11:24 am
    After a number of recent developments in banking, both technical and legislative, in particular through SEPA, online banking provides businesses with a number of opportunities to become more cost effective, dynamic and flexible. This brief check-list runs through a number of areas where your business could be making better use of online banking capabilities.
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    NoCrooks Reviews.

  • Have your say on online AVE

    garfield lawrence
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    How to measure online AVE is a question that has plagued the communications industry for quite some time due to a lack of a consistent calculation or an industry standard. Representatives from a broad spectrum of industries – advertising, PR, marketing … Source: marketing      The post Have your say on online AVE appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
  • Successful online brand communication and evaluation

    garfield lawrence
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:52 am
    The right target market It is not about reaching anyone and everyone but rather about reaching the right kind of people. Social media has become the bridge between the brand and the consumer. Consumers are becoming more and more selective and are actively … Source: marketing      The post Successful online brand communication and evaluation appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
  • Internet Marketing Company, Avital Web, Offers Social Media Management Services

    garfield lawrence
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    LOS ANGELES, CA, August 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/– Social networking can be a helpful tool for businesses and site owners who wish to build their audiences and strengthen their relationships with clients. Although most people associate social networking … Source: marketing      The post Internet Marketing Company, Avital Web, Offers Social Media Management Services appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
  • Learn to Generate Income Online with the Help of

    garfield lawrence
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:52 am
    USA – A number of online marketing opportunities are available in the Internet world today, but a majority lacks the capacity to deliver the desired results to users. Those who have already tried and failed in making money online are offered a unique … Source: marketing      The post Learn to Generate Income Online with the Help of appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
  • Salesforce CEO Benioff’s Bet on Marketing Tools Start to Pay Off

    garfield lawrence
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    ExactTarget adds customers including Nike Inc. and Gap Inc. Salesforce is increasingly targeting “the largest and most important companies in the world” with its software, Benioff said on a conference call with analysts yesterday. Source: marketing      The post Salesforce CEO Benioff’s Bet on Marketing Tools Start to Pay Off appeared first on NoCrooks Reviews..
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  • Automated MLM Recruiting Tips and How to Recruit Leads on Auto-Pliot

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:58 am
    How To Recruit people into YOUR MLM Business while YOU Sleep? Watch this video on YouTube. Resources: My Lead System Pro YOU need MORE people to talk to about Your MLM business! P.S. YES….STOP Cold Calling, Bugging Strangers, Hosting Long Home Meetings, Harassing Your Family & Friends & START Generating Your Own Endless Supply of MLM Leads Online (Pain-Free)…CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW The post Automated MLM Recruiting Tips and How to Recruit Leads on Auto-Pliot appeared first on The Official Blog of Larry Porter.
  • Team National Reviews and Why The Nasty Ones?

    8 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Team National Reviews | Why The Nasty Reviews? Team National Reviews – Who else wants to know about the company Team National? If you are anything like me, I like to do my research on a company before I join any opportunity. Well, to be honest I am going to give you one of the best and unbiased Team National reviews that you will ever come across. Within the remainder of this blog post, you will quickly find out why Team National is a legitimate company to do business with. Whether you are looking to utilize their services or join their business opportunity; I will let you know what to…
  • Successful Network Marketing Companies & YOU!

    5 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Successful Network Marketing Companies  and YOU! Successful Network Marketing Companies – Still looking for the successful network marketing companies to join or read about? When it comes to the network marketing industry, most people think that true Mlm success depends upon the company they join. However, this is not the case. If you continue to read this description, you will understand why success is NOT depended upon joining successful network marketing companies. Let’s keep reading…. Successful Network Marketing Companies – Your Company doesn’t Matter If you truly tend to…
  • Zurvita Scam Review Before You Join Zurvita!

    4 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Zurvita Scam Review | Why Join Zurvita? Zurvita Scam Review - Are you tired of working for someone else? You have made up your mind and decided to join the company Zurvita. You probably became aware of this company through someone who invited to a presentation and now you are ALL FIRED UP and ready to join. But there is one little thing holding you back… Zurvita a scam? So what about the company Zurvita? Do you honestly think that this company is legitimate or just some other scam? Time and time again you may find yourself wondering about starting in the network marketing industry, but…
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  • Healthcare is Major Shareholder Among all Industry Verticals in Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) Market

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:24 pm
    RTLS is known as real time location system that offers real time tracking of assets and personnel that tagged with active RFID tags with the help of different technologies like Wi-Fi, RF signals, Infrared, Ultra Wide Band (UWB) and other wireless technologies. The tracing of equipments and devices is a major concern for many enterprises in industries like healthcare, industrial manufacturing, logistics among many others. Many enterprises and customers are implementing RTLS to track their assets and personnel in more efficient way. RTLS can be used in many applications like raw materials, high…
  • 1,6-Hexanediol Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 9.5% from 2014 to 2019

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    1,6-Hexanediol is a diol largely used as an intermediate in various application segments across different industry verticals. The 1,6-Hexanediol market is estimated to grow at a higher growth rate than the competing products, such as 1,4-Butanediol and 1,5-Pentanediol. It is a product with varied properties, such as high flexibility, high abrasion & heat resistance, excellent adhesiveness, and toughness to cater the higher functionality in end-user applications. These properties help in faster polymerization during its operational usage compared to other diols. The global 1,6 Hexanediol…
  • Heat Exchanger Market – 5 Major Industry Drivers

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    Heat exchangers are built for effective heat transfer from two different mediums. As a result, these products are widely used across different industries including power plants, air conditioning, space heating, petroleum refineries, sewage management and many others. This equipment is one of the most inseparable parts of the chemical and petrochemical industries. New technologies and innovative applications are expected to be the strongest drivers for the global heat exchangers market. The industry is witnessing steady growth in terms of demand, applications, revenue, adoption and business…
  • Medical Robotics Market is Likely to be Driven by Rehabilitation and Hospital and Pharmacy Robots

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:59 am
    The healthcare industry is currently focusing on minimally invasive therapies through the use of robots. Surgical robots help in decreasing the time of surgery and enhance the accuracy of the procedure. Owing to this, the demand for surgical robotic systems is increasing across the globe. Advanced technologies have resulted in several improvisations, including expanded applications of robotic systems, robotics combined with imaging platforms, and capsule robot systems, among others. For instance, scientists at University Hospitals Bristol are developing a robotic system that could help…
  • Need for smart cities and smart city infrastructure

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:10 am
    The world population continues to grow at a steady pace. Experts around the globe have predicted that the world’s urban population will be doubled by 2050. This constant pressure of increasing population burden on the existing cities and the awareness regarding reduction of carbon footprint have pushed the governments around the world to provide better quality of life to the urban population. To overcome this challenge, the governments have turned toward smart cities to find new ways to handle complexity, increase efficiency, and reduce expenses. “Smart City” as a concept relates to…
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    Lead by Adventure

  • Developing a Compelling Vision Statement for Your Team

    Will Ratliff
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Creating and defining a vision statement for your team can be tough.  What do you include?  What do you exclude?  How long or short do you make it?  There are a lot of thoughts that go into defining the vision for your team or business. Here are some tried-and-true methods for not only defining your vision, but for developing a compelling vision statement for your team that will get them motivated, empower them to work, and engage them and your organization for success. The Vision Statement Must Be Clear. Clarity around a vision and goal is one of the things that separates high-performing…
  • 10 Quotes on Trust to Challenge Your Team

    Will Ratliff
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Trust is one of those bedrock components of any team.  It can be hard to build but easy to break down.  There are a lot of ways to build trust, and endless ways to breach it. Here are some quotes on trust I’ve gathered to help challenge and encourage your team towards an attitude of trust.  Use them in team meetings to discuss what aspects of team trust you need to work on. 1. “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” ~ Albert Einstein 2. “To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.” ~ George…
  • 7 Team Building Lessons I Learned from White Water Rafting

    Will Ratliff
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Last week, while on vacation, I went on a whitewater rafting adventure with some of my family.  We were on a Class IV (advanced) section of the Clear Creek river outside of Idaho Springs, Colorado.  The company we went with was Liquid Descent, and our guide was Alan (he was awesome!) It was a great thrill and a rush of adrenaline.  We got through the whole half-day without anyone falling out and having a blast. Here are the team building lessons I learned from our experience. Lesson #1: You have to work in sync. When you’re rafting and paddling, your paddle strokes must be in sync.
  • Team Building Lessons I Learned from a Family Kayak Adventure

    Will Ratliff
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Last week, I went on a kayaking trip with my family and some of my wife’s extended family. We rented kayaks and SUP’s (Stand Up Paddleboards for the newbies reading this) at a local marina in the town where we were staying. We went on a 2-hour jaunt on a lake outside of Breckenridge, Colorado. The water was a bit chilly but it was a fun trip. Here are some team building observations and lessons I gathered from our adventure. You can’t paddle for everyone. When you are in separate boats, it is impossible to paddle for other people.  You have to do the work yourself in…
  • 20 Creative Icebreaker Questions to Get Your Team Communicating

    Will Ratliff
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    Here are some icebreaker questions I’ve used before (and some that are brand new).  Use these to get your group interacting. You can learn a lot about people from listening and observing them talk about topics that do not normally come up at work (or other places.)  People love to talk about themselves, so here are some questions that will get them chatting about things that they enjoy. 1. What is the strangest object in your office? 2. What was your favorite book as a child? 3.  If you could only pick three things to take on vacation, what would they be? 4.  If you had to simplify…
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  • 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…
  • Ezine Marketing … Anyone?

    Louis Morales
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    The best tips on how you can use Ezine articles and make the most of it More often than not the word Ezine comes about by marketers and business owners alike. The following are a few tips on how you can use Ezine articles to your benefit as part of your online marketing campaign. Consistency Counts Marketing an online newsletter is the only way you will let your future subscribers know that you exist. First you need to let them know that your newsletter is available and that you will have to persuade them to subscribe for it. To do that you will need to come up with an informative description…
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  • GEICO Spent Almost $1 Billion On Advertising Last Year

    Laura Northrup
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    GEICO is the #2 auto insurer in spite of this mascot.If it seems to you that Geico advertises during every program you watch on TV, you’re not wrong. The insurance company spent $935 million on ads last year, and there cannot possibly be anyone left in this country who doesn’t know how long it might take them to save 15% on car insurance. Can there? Whether it’s thanks to all that advertising or maybe just in spite of it, Bloomberg Businessweek reported today that GEICO has now overtaken Allstate as the country’s top auto insurer. GEICO outspends its competitors on…
  • Corinthian Colleges Employee: “We Work For The Biggest Scam Company In The World”

    Ashlee Kieler
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Corinthian Colleges — the operator of for-profit school chains Everest University, WyoTech, and Heald Colleges — is selling off or shutting down campuses as it faces lawsuits and investigations from multiple state and federal agencies. The allegations involve bogus job-placement stats, grade manipulation, and misleading marketing. We recently spoke to several current and former CCI teachers and admissions staffers who confirmed these bad practices and explained that it was all done in pursuit of billions of dollars in federal aid from taxpayers. As one current CCI staffer puts it,…
  • Smartest Person Alive Invents Gadget That Fills & Ties 37 Water Balloons At Once

    Mary Beth Quirk
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    (Bunch O Balloons)On the one hand, who wouldn’t want to be sitting pretty in a backyard fort with hundreds of water balloons that took only minutes to fill and tied themselves. On the other hand — no, I can’t. There is no downside to a device that allows you to fill 37 balloons with water at one time and spares you the time/pain of tying all those slippery little suckers. A dad of two (who might not be the smartest person alive per se, because that is a very difficult thing to determine) figured out how to make his children the overlords of all others with his Bunch O…
  • Cottonelle Toilet Paper Contained No Cotton Until 2013

    Laura Northrup
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Have you ever stopped to wonder whether Cottonelle brand toilet paper has any cotton in it? Well, of course it does–”cotton” is right there in the name, right? That’s what Ed had always thought. Then he saw a sign on the shelf at Sam’s Club that challenged his assumptions. Not that he had really given toilet paper ingredients enough thought to form any assumptions. That’s the thing with toilet paper: unless you have an allergy or are particularly eco-conscious, you don’t really think about what’s in it at all. “I guess I always assumed with…
  • Bank Of America To Pay $16.6M To Settle Allegations Of Processing Drug Traffickers’ Transactions

    Ashlee Kieler
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    (Adam Fagen) Processing transactions for drug traffickers is a big no-no, which is why Bank of America has agreed to pay $16.6 million to resolve federal allegations that it was involved in moving money around for ten traffickers over the course of four years. The bank agreed to pay $16.6 million to resolve allegations that it processed several hundred transactions for drug traffickers who are subject to U.S. sanctions, Reuters reports. The settlement puts an end to a U.S. Treasury Department case that the bank knowingly processed transactions when there were problems with its…
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  • So Your Personal Tweet Accidently Went Out On Your Company Feed. Now What?

    Leslie Brokaw
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    Most of us have been there — realizing, the moment we click “send,” that our message is going to the wrong person. Now imagine that you’ve sent it to a million strangers. The American Red Cross, part of the world’s largest humanitarian operation, is a serious operation. It coordinates staff, volunteers, and other agencies and donors to help people in moments of deep crisis, such as after hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters. Of course, the organization also has a sense of humor. Its Twitter feed, for instance, recently included a playlist of summer songs and a cute Vine…
  • For Service Businesses: Four Steps to Optimal Productivity

    Leslie Brokaw
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Maximizing productivity can impact customer satisfaction in good ways and bad ways, so companies should approach productivity the way they do anything else — with an eye toward its upsides and downsides. The title of an article in the Spring 2014 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review asks a provocative question: “Should Your Business Be Less Productive?” On the face of it, the answer should seem to be “no” — less productive is never good, right? But authors Ming-Hui Huang and Roland T. Rust make an intriguing argument. They write, “As advanced economies move more into the service…
  • Is It Safe to Be a Free Spirit in How You Dress?

    Leslie Brokaw
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Sometimes being different elicits positive reactions, but sometimes it doesn’t. Researchers say that it’s important to calculate how your quirks are being received. It pays to be deliberate. That’s one of the takeaways of new research from Harvard Business School about how personal style and nonconformity in appearance can affect perceptions. Confidence, it turns out, is often the primary signal people send out when they choose to dress differently or even a bit outrageously. “Our studies found that nonconformity leads to positive inferences of status and competence when it is…
  • Sustainability and Investor Value

    Deb Gallagher
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:34 am
    There’s a growing disconnect between the importance of sustainability to many corporate strategies — and its lack of relevance to mainstream investors. More and more companies are translating their sustainability efforts into revenue and productivity. But for the most part investors don’t understand or even know about the shareholder value that sustainability initiatives can create. Part of the problem is that sustainability reporting, up until now, has been primarily targeted at the “value” investor, those actively seeking certain social responsibility standards. As a result, the…
  • Smarter Ways Toward New Product Development

    Leslie Brokaw
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Using its own version of open innovation called Connect + Develop, Procter & Gamble is now accessing externally developed intellectual property to accelerate internal innovation. Is there a better way to approach new product development? Traditionally, companies analyze their internal capabilities and target customer markets to identify new opportunities. But when pursuing initiatives that aim to create both business value and societal value, companies need a different starting point. That starting point brings together constituencies with different interests, perceptions and…
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  • Marketing Fundamentals 2: What did you miss in Part 1!?

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    Introduction. Do you have a great company, but no content? Promotional, Informational, Entertaining or otherwise? Or do you have great content, but don’t have the means or ways to format it into the different media that you need? Such as Great Written Copy, Professionally Shot Videos, Beautifully Recorded Audio, or Polished Animations and Photographs? And can’t seem to get it on paper?Then look into these different medias such as finding a Scriptwriter just for you. An experienced writer who will not only get your script off the ground, but catapult it to…
  • Do you know the Marketing Fundamentals?

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Wish you had a quick list of all the ways to market yourself that you didn't know you needed?Then the journey that is your life has crossed our paths.Which is a good thing.Now lets begin… Web Design and Development. Build your online foundation with an easily navigable and well maintained website. Professionally designed to more than appeal to your ideal customer. Allowing you to build a community of people that can’t go without your products and services. Mobile Advertising – Which includes a developed Mobile Website, applications, and the advertising avenues that go with…
  • Marketing today isn't your mother's marketing of yesteryear and here's why!

    9 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Marketing Today The world of marketing has been turned on its ear. Because consumers now have every option available to avoid traditional marketing. Having been bombarded with advertising for years, most consumers now “surf”. Promptly ignoring magazine articles, online banners, and the billboards littering the streets. They record their favorite shows on DVRs, fast forwarding through commercials or avoiding television altogether by streaming it directly online. Even, going as far as downloading online applications like Ad Block Plus to thwart any attempts by marketers to reach…
  • All ABOARD the Search "Engine": SEO Explained

    3 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    Sitting alone at my computer, typing in keywords to Google, I don’t understand why my website is not showing up on the results page! So frustrated, I think: “Why are more people not visiting my site?” I offer the best services in my field but no one even knows I exist! I spent my life building this business and I have given it everything I have. Even hiring a respected graphics company to design and publish my site, but I can’t get anyone to see it. What am I doing…
  • I hate websites...

    27 Jun 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Because there are TWO types of graphics experts! And I don't know which one I need... A Graphic Designer or a Programmer? One knows how to fill a canvas with a palette of colors. The other how to speak the foreign language of Code. Thing 1 The first person I need is a WEB DESIGNER. Someone adept at using and manipulating graphic design software to create custom looks for the web. Able to make eye-catching and pleasing additions to a website that convinces prospects to look, stay, and come back. Using intuition and imagination, with a graphic design and arts background. Who designs everything…
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    Company Rescue Blog

  • Scottish businesses in liquidation up by 36%

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:11 am
    The latest Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) report has revealed the number of Scottish businesses in insolvency has risen by 35.9%, compared to the same time last year (Q1 2013). That’s an increase from 184 firms to 250 businesses that have entered liquidation. Furthermore, the figures show there was even a rise of 2.5% from Q4 2013 to Q1 2014.  The figures include businesses that have entered compulsory liquidation, creditors’ voluntary liquidation (CVL) and Receiverships. Interestingly, it is the number of compulsory liquidations that has increased, implying the HMRC…
  • Did RBS force small companies to close for profit?

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:33 am
    The issue as to whether Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) forced small companies into insolvency as a way of boosting its profits has been in the news again today.  Global Restructuring Group (GRG) was the division of the bank which was responsible for trying to help struggling companies repay loans but at the same time price in the risk that they might fail.  The Tomlinson Report looked at these allegations.  Read our recent blog post on this. Basically, if a company was referred to GRG then they immediately saw an increase in their borrowing costs which, in many cases (allegedly)…
  • Majority of SMEs are confident in raising cash

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    According to the latest survey from Platform Black and IFF Research, 71% of small to medium businesses are positive they can access the funding they need over the next year.  500 managers and directors were surveyed across the UK, with those in the manufacturing and construction sectors showing most confidence.  For a while, the perception has been that acquiring finance is difficult for SMEs. However, these latest figures reveal a welcoming shift in attitude as more small businesses feel confident in getting the funds they need.  Alternative finance, like crowdfunding,…
  • Max Clifford Associates goes into liquidation

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
  • Director banned six years for employing illegal immigrants

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Cho Nam Kwan has been disqualified as a director for six years after an investigation found he had been employing illegal immigrants at his restaurant, Tai Pan, in Liverpool. He was fined £35,000 for employing seven immigrants but failed to pay up. His company Jasco Limited, trading as Tai Pan, went into Creditors Voluntary Liquidation (CVL) in June 2012. Debt totalled £64,040.  Home Office Immigration Enforcement visited Cho back in 2012, alongside various other directors across England and Wales who had broken the law. The Insolvency Service was brought in to investigate…
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    Education and Training for Home-Based Business Entrepreneurs

  • Managing Overwhelm

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Today is Sunday and admittedly I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. Not by things I have to do but by things I want to do and don’t have the time. Is anyone with me? Education for the Home Business Entrepreneur – Managing Overwhelm Today I read this article by Mashable called 3 Phrases That Actually Make You Feel More Overwhelmed and I had an epiphany. Basically the way you express your lack of time creates a bad mindset – which I totally buy into. Your mindset is the foundation that every business is built on. The article says instead of saying, I don’t have time,…
  • Complacency is Cancer

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Take a moment of self-reflection. How do you take in information? Do you absorb it? Do you read it and think to yourself that you need to do it? Then a few seconds later the dog barks and you need to take him out – then the thought is lost? Do you revisit it? Do you just move on? The entrepreneur that thrives in today’s world is the one that admits they’re guilty of being complacent and creates systems in their business (and lives) to defuse it.  They know that the key to growing a business is having the appropriate steps in place to avoid falling into complacency.
  • Online Marketing – Let’s Do a Check Up

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    It’s not rocket-science the world around you is changing. The Internet is growing and expanding. As it expands, it creates change. The Internet will create opportunities – coincidently it will also end many industries as we know them. Some businesses will survive – some won’t. The pendulum has swung and now it’s time to get onboard or lose money in your business. My guess is you’re already leaving some money on the table by not understanding how online marketing works. The largest oversight of most businesses is the consumer – the very consumer they…
  • Behaviors Determine the Success of Entrepreneurs

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:20 pm
    I get the pleasure of working with entrepreneurs every day. I’ve worked with some that have experienced huge success and I’ve also worked with some that just couldn’t get it together. Over the years I’ve learned the traits that divide. It’s not whose the prettiest or the smartest, those assets don’t have a lot weight in the entrepreneurial game. It’s the behaviors and mindsets of the individuals that separate. Some entrepreneurs are successful at creating the behaviors that equal success whereas others will spend most of their entrepreneurial journey…
  • How Home-Based Business Owners Can Get What They Want

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Last week in my blog I wrote about something that’s literally the core of all success, the mindset. I wrote about the 6 attributes that separates mediocre entrepreneurs from extremely successful ones. This week we’ll stay within that topic but talk about a different angle, the art of persuasion. Being able to persuade others is critical to an entrepreneur’s success. I was talking with one of my friends about this and the funny thing was when I mentioned having a talent to easily persuade others, she took that as a negative thing. I found it interesting how she related…
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    Daily Review

  • Sales Automation Engine 2.0 is a wordpress plugin that will...

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Sales Automation Engine 2.0 is a wordpress plugin that will generate an profitable sales funnel automatically.This is a kickass WordPress plugin that is loaded with : high converting pre-loaded squeeze page to build your list fast,free giveaway reports on a HOT topic and built-in autoresponder system that saves you monthly fees
  • Siroo is actually a cross platform software with flexible addon...

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    Siroo is actually a cross platform software with flexible addon built-ins, which will not only help you ultilize its to get any link researches in detail with smart filtering but automatic gone through all process of onganize - analyze - get all information of the links with other social link profiles, website contact detials, potential traffic sources as well.Read more […]
  • PetClone Review - PetClone is a fully monetized and ready to go...

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    PetClone Review - PetClone is a fully monetized and ready to go WordPress based affiliate store, a complete solution to establish yourself in the extremely profitable pet niche by creating a stunning store that comes with thousands of products all earning you money. It’s also completely automated and you won’t have to update anything. Read more[…]
  • Mobi App Domination Review - It is actually a mobile-marketing...

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Mobi App Domination Review - It is actually a mobile-marketing software that helps entrepreneurs establish successful mobile businesses to make better use of mobile space, which includes vast amounts of smartphones everywhere accross the planet. Mobi App Domination is merged with a mobile application which capitalizes on the Cost per action marketing (CPA) method.
  • Easy Auto Tube is a wordpress theme and this is perhaps the most...

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:34 am
    Easy Auto Tube is a wordpress theme and this is perhaps the most cutting edge strategy I have ever seen.Easy Auto Tube gives you the ability to capture prospects attention & increase your conversions with Video! But that; whilst amazing, is not what this Theme is really all about.This unique Wordpress Theme lets you build high converting Niche Tube Sites on autopilot!
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    Hyrell Blog

  • 4 Steps to a Creating a Successful Selection Committee for Your Recruiting Process

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Creating a collaborative recruiting process is essential for any organization looking to fill a vital role. However, as with most things in life, success is not guaranteed. So before you dive into endless meetings filled with needless indecision, check out these four steps to creating a successful selection committee:  Step #1: Choose a Team that Represents All Stakeholders The first question you have to ask yourself is: How do you select a selection committee? If your goal is to fill a high ranking role, there are many stakeholders with valuable opinions to consider. When forming your…
  • The Best Hiring Stories: “The Drug Test That Surprised Everyone”

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Last week we shared a few of our favorite hiring stories and we hope our blog post gave you a few chuckles. But the fun doesn’t stop there—we’ve got more memorable hiring stories coming right up, including a few from our customers and some seasoned HR professionals. So sit back, relax and enjoy a few more laughs from the hiring and recruiting frontier. The Drug Test That Took Everyone By Surprise “In my 15 years of workforce management and interviewing, I thought I had seen and heard it all, until one day. I get a call from the drug-testing agency we used for…
  • What Exactly is “Online Hiring?”

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    We’ve all heard the phrases “online hiring” and “hiring automation” tossed around in Human Resources conversations.  But what exactly do they mean?  In reality, online hiring means different things to different people, and there are a wide range of activities and services that fall under the umbrella of hiring automation.  Whether your company utilizes a full suite of HR productivity software, or only occasionally accepts resumes via email, chances are you’re doing at least some part of your hiring online.  So let’s talk about what…
  • HR Hiring Dilemma: Candidate Walks in Wearing a Tuxedo …

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Last week we shared a clip featuring a the interview scene from the film “The Internship,” in which Vince Vaughn’s and Owen Wilson’s characters conduct a memorable interview likely to make most hiring managers cringe. We also asked a few experts to weigh in and share how they’d handle the interview if put in a similar situation.  We’re continuing the series this week with another clip, featuring two candidates who took “dress to impress” to a whole new level:     We expect for any candidate who shows up to an interview…
  • What’s the Cost of a Bad Hire?

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    What’s the actual cost to your company if you hire the wrong candidate? ...$10 ...$1,000 ...$100,000? “Bad Hire” cost estimates are all over the board and can vary dramatically by industry, job type and company. Some organizations rely on extremely complicated and in-depth formulas to examine the far reaching effects of this slightly intangible cost. While others just have the intrinsic sense that the number is most likely high, and should probably be avoided if at all possible. Since most companies don’t have a resident cost of hiring algebra savant readily…
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    Matter Solutions

  • Business Lessons I learnt from Stick Cricket Part I

    Pat Fleming
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Stick Cricket is a computer game that is a tad VERY addictive. It’s a game I use as a time killer when I’m travelling, when I’m bored, when I’m supposed to be doing something important, on days ending in ‘Y’…  ... more »
  • SEO Expert says: STOP USING GOOGLE (MozCon 2014 exclusive)

    Martin Ingle
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:07 pm
    We’ve gotten our hands on a shocking video from MozCon 2014 during which online marketing veteran Richard Baxter has unleashed a controversial new tactic for driving traffic. His presentation has divided the community, prompting outcry most notably from Moz‘s Rand  ... more »
  • Quick SEO Wins: 31 Ideas From The Experts

    8 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    When was the last time you started a new SEO campaign? New projects are often exciting, but there’s one thing many SEOs don’t look forward to. The mismatch between expectations and actual progress of many search campaigns. Even when clients  ... more »
  • Men’s Health Initiative

    15 Jun 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Has the man in your life had a health check-up lately? Whether it’s husband, partner, brother, dad or granddad – we all have a man in our lives that we deeply care about. The latest PA Research Foundation campaign is all about  ... more »
  • Speaker: CPA Australia – Brisbane Southside

    Ben Maden
    14 May 2014 | 10:23 pm
    I was the speaker at yesterday’s CPA Australia discussion forum for Brisbane’s Southside members. As mentioned here are my slides… and don’t forget there’s a CPA discount code (but I think there’s only one place left this month). I spoke  ... more »
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    Euro Exchange Rate NewsEuro Exchange Rate News

  • Euro to Pound (EUR/GBP) and US Dollar (EUR/USD) Exchange Rates Up on PMI Data

    Matthew Olney
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    Euro to Pound (EUR/GBP) and US Dollar (EUR/USD) Exchange Rates Up on PMI Data The Euro (EUR) strengthened against the Pound (GBP), US Dollar (USD) and other major peers on Thursday after data released in the Eurozone showed that the region got back onto the path to recovery in July. According to data compiled by Markit, the Eurozone’s manufacturing and services sectors saw activity strengthen in July. A composite PMI for both sectors leapt from June’s figure of 52.8 to 54 to match the three-year high recorded earlier in the year. The figure was better than economist expectations for an…
  • Euro to Pound (EUR/GBP) Exchange Rate Firms; Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) Little-Changed

    Matthew Olney
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:06 am
    Euro to Pound (EUR/GBP) Exchange Rate Firms; Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) Little-Changed The Euro (EUR) to Pound (GBP) exchange rate edged away from its lowest level in two-years on Wednesday but remains vulnerable following the release of the Bank of England’s (BoE) July policy meeting minutes. Before the publication of the minutes the Pound briefly advanced to a fresh two-year high as weaker demand for the Euro combined with expectations that the minutes would show a more hawkish stance by the BoE policymakers. The minutes however showed that the decision on whether to raise interest rates…
  • Euro to Pound (EUR/GBP) Exchange Rate Weakens; Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) Falls to Five-Month Low

    Matthew Olney
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    Euro to Pound (EUR/GBP) Exchange Rate Weakens; Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) Falls to Five-Month Low The Euro to Pound Sterling (EUR/GBP) Exchange Rate continued its downward trend on Tuesday as market worries over the implications of further sanctions against Russia weighed upon sentiment towards the single currency. Against the US Dollar (USD) the Euro declined to its lowest level since February 2nd. Investors are eyeing the heightened tensions between the West and Russia following the shooting down of a Malaysian passenger plane last week. “This terrible incident happened in the first…
  • Euro to Pound (EUR/GBP) and US Dollar (EUR/USD) Exchange Rates Static after German Data

    Laura Parsons
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:32 am
    Euro to Pound (EUR/GBP) and US Dollar (EUR/USD) Exchange Rates Static after German Data In the aftermath of the release of the German Producer Price Index for June, the Euro exchange rate was holding steady against the US Dollar (EUR/USD) and Pound (EUR/GBP). Germany’s Producer Price Index showed stagnation in June on a month-on-month basis, as economists expected. This followed a 0.2% decline in May. On the year, producer prices were down -0.7%, a slight improvement on the -0.8% figure recorded the previous month. The common currency was little-changed against its major counterparts…
  • 0.3% Gain in Australian Dollar to Euro (AUD/EUR) Exchange Rate Sustained after Current Account Figures

    Laura Parsons
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    0.3% Gain in Australian Dollar to Euro (AUD/EUR) Exchange Rate Sustained after Current Account Figures The Australian Dollar to Euro (AUD/EUR) exchange rate was trending 0.34% higher on Friday as risk aversion tapered off and the Eurozone’s only economic news for the day failed to impress. Overnight the Australian Dollar initially fell against several of its rivals as investors turned from riskier currencies in the wake of a tragic and potentially disastrous development in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. However, after exhibiting some weakness, the Australian Dollar eased higher…
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  • Visit Midlake Products at the Design 2 Part Trade Show

    Midlake Products
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    If you will be in Ohio for the Design-2-Part Trade Show on September 17 & 18, 2014, stop by, say “Hello” and meet our team at booth #325. The Design-2-Part Shows have been running for over 39 years, and provide engineers and product manufacturers with an important opportunity to find the best custom components, parts and contract manufacturing services. Each show features hundreds of job shops and American contract manufacturing suppliers exhibiting their skills in design, prototypes, production runs, value added services, assemblies, electronics, and much more.
  • Why We Love Laser Cutting!

    Midlake Products
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:50 am
    Although many of the machines that perform laser cutting are the height of modern technology, the practice actually began some 30 years ago. Since that time, the popularity of these amazing machines has grown so much that more than 3,000 of them are installed all over the world every single year. Here at Midlake Products, we’re true believers in the power of laser cutting, and have invested in 3 in-house laser machines from Bystronic to help improve our production capabilities. Let’s take a look at how these machines allow us to be leaner, faster and ultimately smarter in our sheet metal…
  • Using Technology to Improve Output in Sheet Metal Manufacturing

    Midlake Products
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:46 am
    In today’s technology driven world, sheet metal manufacturing is a process that’s built on craftsmanship. However, those who excel at it have learned to integrate technology. In fact, sometimes the difference between two competitors may be the technology they introduce into their process. With this in mind, let’s take a look at how much the success of companies like Midlake Products depends on recognizing beneficial forms of technology, understanding it and adopting it. Understanding the Process Chain If a fabricator doesn’t fully understand their process chain, they’ll never…
  • Six Sigma & APQP – 2 Keys to Becoming ISO Certified

    Midlake Products
    28 May 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Everyone tends to focus on ISO certification because that is the visible end result, but the fact is that before you can earn any sort of quality certification, you must first adopt quality control standards and processes in your manufacturing business. Six Sigma and APQP are two key strategies that businesses can adopt on their way to becoming ISO certified. Putting these concepts of management into practice is helpful in improving your business, and has been a big part of our success at Midlake Products. The certification in ISO is then simply a validation for success in both of these…
  • How ISO Certification Leads to Better Results in Manufacturing

    Midlake Products
    15 May 2014 | 2:33 am
    When it comes to manufacturing, being “ISO Certified” is very important as it validates the implementation of quality practices in your business. The International Organization for Standardization has published more than 19,500 international standards and represents more than 150 countries. They meet regularly to improve on standards that already exist, and to develop new standards. The ISO itself does not certify businesses. The certification is completed by an outside third party. It is about maintaining standards and utilizing certifications and they are renewed regularly. Some of the…
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  • Will States Ultimately Sucede or will Balkinanization Take Effect

    Steve C
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm
    After have hearing an interview with Pat Buchanon on how the states will ultimately go to balkanization,  and being someone that has lived in collective cultures for at least 7 years on and off I do understand what he is saying and it does make sense, in fact it probably makes more sense then any […] Will States Ultimately Sucede or will Balkinanization Take Effect is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post Will States Ultimately Sucede or will Balkinanization Take Effect appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • Possible coming USA scenarios in the near term

    13 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Blood continues to boil in western Europe, the American borders are wide open as it seems with no signs of slowing down, not to mention a what seems like tremendous increase in over stays and asylums. Certain states are being filled with illegal immigrants in both western Europe and America which is the start of a […] Possible coming USA scenarios in the near term is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post Possible coming USA scenarios in the near term appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • Coincidence that the U.S. relations are tight with Turkey’s Prime Minister Despite Accusations of Causing Unrest

    Steve C
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Ironically this past week the same Turkey prime minister that is loved so dearly by the U.S. has been exposed and accused of purposing trying to cause great unrest in Austria by telling Turks to not assimilate. As the article states in the Vienna Times; Turkey’s Prime Minister has been accused of creating unrest by […] Coincidence that the U.S. relations are tight with Turkey’s Prime Minister Despite Accusations of Causing Unrest is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post Coincidence that the U.S. relations are tight with Turkey’s Prime Minister Despite Accusations of…
  • Corporate efforts of dumbing down citizenry is making Mcdonalds lines much slower

    Steve C
    22 Jun 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Well it looks like the grand efforts of big corporate special interest of dumbing down students, citizens and whoever else they can try to make stupid along the way is actually working. Not only are big box retail doing wonderfully, but McDonalds lines are moving at turtle speed. Have you recently been through a McDonalds […] Corporate efforts of dumbing down citizenry is making Mcdonalds lines much slower is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post Corporate efforts of dumbing down citizenry is making Mcdonalds lines much slower appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • When Free Speech Goes Away What Will Happen Moving Forward

    Steve C
    14 Jun 2014 | 2:28 pm
    I’d be surprised to know that many of you have not heard the news from Senator Ted Cruz stating there is a bill currently that will essentially take away free speech a few weeks ago, if you didn’t here the video below outlines exactly the bill and exactly what is going on at this moment in time. […] When Free Speech Goes Away What Will Happen Moving Forward is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post When Free Speech Goes Away What Will Happen Moving Forward appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
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    Yovigo Inc.'s News & Blog

  • 10 Marketing Tips for Nonprofits

    Tyson Crandall
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    Because non-profit organizations typically work with a somewhat limited budget, online marketing presents a great opportunity to get an organization’s message out there without using expensive resources. While several non-profit organizations realize that focusing their efforts online is a valuable tool, they don’t actually know how to get started. Here are 10 key ways for non-profit organizations to effectively promote their brand and any upcoming events in addition to encouraging people to donate to their cause. 1. A non-profit should ideally have a dynamic, attractive website.
  • Case Study: Eventually…

    Tyson Crandall
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    All of us are familiar with that cherished, yet seldom experienced feeling of obligation free weekend mornings. These experiences are often associated with sleeping in, snuggling, breakfast in bed, and other pleasant activities. Eventually loungewear celebrates the leisure of days off and the comfort of days in through their apparel line of cozy classics. Based in Los Angeles, Eventually is a casual loungewear and online clothing shop specializing in combining elements of elegance and simplicity for those lazy days. Eventually apparel allows its customers to comfortably lounge around in soft…
  • Easy Ways to Improve Your Small Business Facebook Page

    Becky Swift
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Every small business needs a Facebook page for promotional and marketing purposes, but how do you make your Facebook presence great? We’ve summed it up into some easy steps that anyone, from your 17-year-old intern to your 54-year-old project manager, can quickly master. So if you’re staring at your blank Facebook page, have no fear; we are here to help. Fully Complete You Facebook Profile Facebook uses the content in your profile to include you in searches, but this is also the place where most people will get information about your company, so you want to make sure you are…
  • Creating Your Restaurant’s Free Website on Yovigo!

    Becky Swift
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Yovigo is an incredibly flexible platform. Previously, we’ve showed you how to make a portfolio website for visual art, using only free apps and themes from Yovigo. Now, we’ll show you how to make a website for your restaurant or bakery, again, using only free elements from the Yovigo Marketplace. Let’s get started. You want to choose a theme that reflects your corporate culture, and Yovigo has several free ones to choose from. For the purposes of this tutorial, we’re going to use Blocks One, because the linked content boxes on the home page make for great links to…
  • New Yovigo Apps! Olark and Amazon Product Search!

    Becky Swift
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    OLARK CHAT     Olark is a live chat app, that monitors your sites, allows you to see when new customers arrive, and gives you the option of either starting the conversation with new visitors, or allows them to ask you questions. With our integrated Yovigo app, you can easily and quickly install Olark on your Yovigo site for improved customer service. Olark will place a tab on your site that allows customers to initiate a chat with you 24/7. If you aren’t available, you can log off of Olark, and the tab will change to allow customers to leave you a message. Offline messages are…
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    Number Direct » Articles

  • What To Expect With The Samsung Galaxy S6

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    With the release of the Samsung Galaxy S5 we can now start to speculate about what Samsung's next phone, the Samsung Galaxy S6, will bring to the market.The post What To Expect With The Samsung Galaxy S6 appeared first on Number Direct.
  • Video: Exactly How Durable Will The iPhone 6 Be?

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:16 am
    The iPhone 6 is expected to come with an 'unbreakable' sapphire crystal screen, but can it really withstand intense damage? This video puts it to the test.The post Video: Exactly How Durable Will The iPhone 6 Be? appeared first on Number Direct.
  • Wireless Mobile Charging Trousers Are The Weirdest Wearable Tech Yet

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:54 am
    This weird wearable tech innovation -- wireless mobile charging trousers -- is going to do very little to change the diverse opinions on the technology.The post Wireless Mobile Charging Trousers Are The Weirdest Wearable Tech Yet appeared first on Number Direct.
  • The Positive Impact Of Technology On The Environment

    9 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    For a time, people felt that technology was harmful to the environment. But now we are beginning to see how it could play a vital role in conservation.The post The Positive Impact Of Technology On The Environment appeared first on Number Direct.
  • How To Solve Poor Mobile Reception In Rural Areas

    24 Jun 2014 | 8:29 am
    For those living in the rural areas of Britain, poor mobile reception is often a daily frustration. So, what can you do about it?The post How To Solve Poor Mobile Reception In Rural Areas appeared first on Number Direct.
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    Self Made Businessman

  • The Ultimate Guide To Link Round Up Posts

    Dave Schneider
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:28 am
    Every now and then I check my Google Analytics and I notice some traffic from an unknown source. Often, they are link round ups. In today’s tutorial I am going to tell you what you need to know about link round ups, such as: What they are How to find them How to get featured in them A master list of 60+ link round ups to check out So let’s get started. What Are Link Round Ups? If you’re new to this game, link round ups are essentially blog posts that feature other peoples’ blog posts. Kind of meta, isn’t it? They often appear weekly or monthly and will be themed…
  • Guest Post: 5 Ways To Recycle And Improve Old Blog Posts

    Guest Author
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:59 pm
    The following is a guest post by Kulwant Nagi. If you have been blogging for a while, you must have written quite a few articles on your blog. You probably have a few favorites, while most are lying there just adding to the total number of blog posts on your blog. You might have written one great blog post one year back, but now it’s buried under hundreds of new blog posts on your blog. Such articles reside in our blog’s archives but we don’t remember when we wrote them, so ultimately we forget them and keep adding new information on our blog. When I started blogging 2 years back, I was…
  • How To Sell Shovels In A Gold Rush

    Dave Schneider
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Have you ever heard the phrase “selling shovels in a gold rush”? Do you know what it means? Consider this question: Who got rich during the California gold rush era? Answer: The people who sold the miners and other gold rush followers the tools and supplies they needed (i.e Levi Strauss). Funny that even over 150 years later we still have the same scenario – very many people digging for gold, and a select few people really profiting off their endeavors. For example, I’ve always thought that niche site building was somewhat of an example of a modern day gold rush.
  • Monthly Growth Report – June 2014

    Dave Schneider
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    Welcome to the fourth in the series of monthly growth reports 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. 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 I am struggling just as…
  • How To Create A Brand Name (PLUS A .COM Guarantee)

    Dave Schneider
    29 Jun 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Note: One reader, Ryan from PauseTheMoment, pointed out that this website does essentially all this in one. Really cool – check it out! Every business needs a name. But coming up with that name, let alone making sure it is available as a .com (as many of us prefer), can be a bit tedious. I was actually just going through this process the other day, whilst trying to come up with a name for my new software product. Like many people, I was doing the usual, come up with a name, check if it was available; wash, rinse, repeat. I quickly realized this was not an…
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  • The Anatomy of Tomorrow’s Inbound Marketing strategy

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    I am going to share a great infographic about Inbound Marketing. Its about inbound marketing strategy. Lets see, how would you have to set your inbound marketing strategy for tomorrows success. The Anatomy of Tomorrow’s inbound marketing strategy:   Infography Courtesy: Pinterest.Com The post The Anatomy of Tomorrow’s Inbound Marketing strategy appeared first on
  • How to Triple Your Twitter Engagement Infographic

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Twitter is a high volume/low value network. It is really great for generating traffic in to your website. But for that, you need  to make your twitter highly engaging to your followers. Today I am going to share an amazing Infographic from Quick Sprout.  This Infographic is going to give you a quick view about how to increase your Twitter engagement by 324%. Don’t forget to share this post with your friends. How to Triple Your Twitter Engagement Infographic Courtesy of: Quick Sprout The post How to Triple Your Twitter Engagement Infographic appeared first on
  • The Anatomy of Content Marketing: the heart of online success

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Today we are going to learn about the anatomy of content marketing. It is a cool infographic found on So lets enjoy, The Anatomy of Content Marketing: the heart of online success The post The Anatomy of Content Marketing: the heart of online success appeared first on
  • Smart Ways to Combine Content Marketing With SEO

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    These days content marketing in one of the most powerful online marketing method, and we all know about the strength and success story of Search engine optimization (SEO). So if we combine content marketing with SEO, it will bring simply amazing result. Today’s infographic will show you smart ways to combine content marketing with SEO. Smart Ways to Combine Content Marketing With SEO Infographic Courtesy: The post Smart Ways to Combine Content Marketing With SEO appeared first on
  • Google PageRank Update history

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    Seven months has been past since the last update of Google Page rank. Google has given update of their page rank on 6 December 2013, which was an Unexpected Google PR Update, A Christmas Treat from Google for all the SEO’s and online marketers. Today I want to share the History of Google Page Rank Update. I think it will be helpful for you guys. Google Pagerank Update history: Google PageRank (PR) Update in the year 2013: December 06th 2013 February 04th 2013 Google PageRank (PR) Update in the year 2012: November 07th 2012 August 02th 2012 May 02th 2012 February 07th 2012 […]…
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    Quality News

  • New Antibiotics – UK commission to study antibiotic resistance

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    U.K.’s Cameron Forms Review Into Antibiotic Resistance Source: Bloomberg Author: Makiko Kitamura U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is forming a panel of experts to review the threat of antibiotic resistance and why so few drug makers are developing new medicines to address the problem. The panel will be led by economist Jim O’Neill and include […]
  • Justice Statistics re prison rape Win Survey Award

    7 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Bureau Of Justice Statistics Receives Policy Impact Award Source:Digital Journal The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and its data collection agents will receive the 2014 Policy Impact Award from the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) for their innovative and salient efforts to measure sexual victimization in correctional facilities under the Prison Rape Elimination […]
  • Another Example HIPAA violation – Failure to deactivate a personal computer on the server

    7 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    $4.8 million – largest HIPAA settlement to date Source: Lexology Author: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP On May 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued a press release announcing that two health care organizations—New York and Presbyterian Hospital (“NYP”) and Columbia University (“CU”)—agreed to resolve charges that they potentially […]
  • Holy See’s bank troubles? Or are audits working?

    7 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Vatican bank reforms lead to rise in reports of suspicious transactions Vatican body attributes rise to keener vigilance prompted by reforms at scandal-ridden Institute for Works of Religion Source: The Guardian The number of reports of suspicious financial transactions at the Vatican leapt to 202 in 2013 from six the previous year, its Financial Information […]
  • Ranking is a Core Value of Education

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Why we need to rank professional educational institute Source: BusinessToday Author: Abhishek Agrawal Students should be at the heart of any education system. The education system should be build not only to award degrees and diplomas, but also to help students excel in their lives, especially in their professional pursuits. If taken holistically, this process […]
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  • Sustainability Matters

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Experts say maintaining personal connections is a key component of staying younger as we grow old. Are we so busy … Continue reading → [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Find Out What Type of Leader You Are

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    You’ve probably heard the saying, “Absolutely power corrupts absolutely.” Give a leader power and see how they respond to it. … Continue reading → [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Value of Brand Awareness in Employee Roles

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Your phone is ringing. Your email inbox is flooding. You are running from meeting to meeting. Sometimes we get so … Continue reading → [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    9 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
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  • 4th of July: How Our Forefathers Were the Original Entrepreneurs

    3 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Parades. Barbeques. Sparklers. Fireworks. Patriotism. These are the quintessential ingredients that represent the celebration of Independence Day. It’s that time … 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

  • 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…
  • Catering equipment spotlight: Lincat’s latest induction hobs

    Paul McGuirk
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    Lincat recently unveiled a number of new induction hobs, including some standalone products for tabletop use as well as models designed to integrate with its Silverlink 600 range. Induction hobs have increased in popularity throughout commercial premises in recent years, and there are a number of reasons why, some of which we’ll take a look at below: What exactly is induction technology? Traditional hob-top heating methods rely on the creation of heat (via electricity or gas) to create heat which is subsequently transferred onto the cooking vessel. Unlike traditional methods,…
  • Lincat HT6 Boiling Top: Product Spotlight

    Paul McGuirk
    21 May 2014 | 7:46 am
    A column in which we take an in-depth look at some of the best catering equipment the industry has to offer. This week, we’ll be putting the Lincat HT6 Boiling Top through its paces.As far as catering equipment goes, Lincat’s Silverlink 600 series of fryers, griddles, chip scuttles, ovens and chargrills largely provide value for money and impeccable performance. Furthermore, all Silverlink products are versatile, with plenty of options for caterers who require both counter-top and free standing units – put simply, Lincat offer flexible all-round solutions for kitchens of all shapes and…
  • Catering equipment: the importance of making the right choices

    Paul McGuirk
    8 May 2014 | 2:12 am
    In order to effectively and efficiently run a bar, cafe, restaurant or function suite, employees require certain unique skill sets in order to succeed. The ability to work under pressure and to strict timescales is a bonus, and good customer service is paramount.Of course, it goes without saying that even the finest of chefs will struggle to prepare food to a high standard without the correct catering equipment – ovens, grills, fryers, and catering tables all help when it comes to quality food preparation. Likewise, a busy pub is as reliant upon good quality glasswashers, ice makers and…
  • World Cup 2014: get ready with G&M Supplies

    Paul McGuirk
    6 May 2014 | 5:26 am
    World Cup fever is about to grip the nations pubs and clubs once again. The tournament, which takes place every four years, is an important calendar event for publicans across the UK and tends to bring in extra customers, meaning two things for landlords – an increase in revenues, and an increase in the use of commercial catering equipment.Of course, it’s important to ensure bars are adequately stocked with the right sundries, equipment and assorted catering supplies in order to cope with the increase in demand. With this in mind, we’ve decided to put together a handy checklist of hints…
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    Colin Burnett's Wealth Creation Blog

  • Free Backlink Generator

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:43 am
    Free Backlink Generator What is the best free backlink generator? Most of the webmasters and bloggers have an apparent and superior understanding about the significance of backlinks on their respective blog and website. The dofollow backlink includes directory submission, blog comments and forum posting that has the ability to increase your rank on Google search results. Backlinks can also be defined as inbound links and incoming links that are responsible to display web pages. In the recent year, there is a wide variety of free backlink generator that is being offered in various online…
  • Online Business Ideas

    13 Jul 2014 | 3:43 am
    Online Business Ideas Starting a business online requires lots of risks than investing in a store front or an office. It is because you will not just target local audiences, but also you will aim to gain customers from various parts of the world, but this may depend on how wide your target audience is. Quick ideas. Setting up an online business can be done easily. With a basic knowledge about website and communication, you can start promoting your products and services in just several days. If you are ready to take the plunge to be an online businessman, there are some online business ideas…
  • SEO Jobs

    8 Jul 2014 | 2:57 am
    How, What and Why of SEO Jobs Let’s look at SEO jobs today! The continuous progression of technology has brought so many benefits to the people making day-to-day living easier, comfortable and at ease. There are lots of advance technologies which were created ranging from devices to gadgets, appliances to machines but one of the advancement that truly become influential is none other than the World Wide Web or the internet. The creation of the internet made the different information more accessible to individuals making it more reliable and easier for them study as well as making…
  • SEO Melbourne

    6 Jul 2014 | 4:02 am
    Find Great Web Marketing Solutions with SEO Melbourne Before we talk SEO Melbourne, Are you one of those website owners who are trying to find ways on how you can resolve any of the web marketing solutions you are currently experiencing now? Then, you should start putting all your worries away since you are sure to love the solutions that SEO Melbourne can provide. Such services are made specifically for the purpose of improving the standings or statuses of websites and make sure that they are able to get the improvements they are expecting for their websites. Unlike the risks that website…
  • How to Make Millions Online

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

  • You Can Advance Your Career By Spending 9 Minutes Doing This…

    Chad Stewart
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Hard to believe it only takes 9 minutes a day to advance one's career. However, the stats shown in this two year-old video show that it is indeed possible! The post You Can Advance Your Career By Spending 9 Minutes Doing This… appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • The Importance of Remembering Names & Tips for Nailing Them the First Time — Every Time!

    Chad Stewart
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    Remembering names is an indispensable skill in business, marketing and life in general. Two-Time National Memory Champion, Ron White tells us just how easy it can be to train your brain to get it right the first time. The post The Importance of Remembering Names & Tips for Nailing Them the First Time — Every Time! appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • How Pete Cashmore Makes Millions from a Blog

    Ivan Widjaya
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Want to turn your blog into a super-business? Learn from Pete Cashmore, Founder and CEO of Mashable, one of the most profitable blogs on the web today. The post How Pete Cashmore Makes Millions from a Blog appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • Ten Awesome Tips for Using LinkedIn to Grow Your Business

    Chad Stewart
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    LinkedIn has come a long way in catering to business-minded professionals over the last two years. As you'll learn in the video, this social network has much more networking and lead-gen potential for businesses than both Twitter and Facebook combined! The post Ten Awesome Tips for Using LinkedIn to Grow Your Business appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • Success vs Failure: Is What You Focus on Every Day Actually Compelling to You?

    Chad Stewart
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Most of us tend to focus on the things we don't like about our life -- or worry about what BAD thing is going to happen in the future. Tony Robbins tells us success happens when you create a clear, compelling picture of the future you want in your head -- then allow that image to "pull" you toward it. The post Success vs Failure: Is What You Focus on Every Day Actually Compelling to You? appeared first on Biz Epic.
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    Gist Headlines » Business

  • 5 Business Tools You Must Have to Increase Revenues

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    You may hardly know this, but there are small business tools that help to drive sales up for every business out there and which you must start using today. There are many things your competitors are doing out there to run you out of business, and one of these is the smart business tools they […]
  • 7 Things to Consider If You Must Go Into Business With a Friend

    3 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    You may start a business with a friend and end up not remaining friends after all, because money and prosperity are powerful forces that may pull friendships apart. You mustn’t take starting a business with a friend lightly, and you mustn’t allow the bond of friendship to blind you to certain things you ought to […]
  • 5 Mistakes You Must Never Make When Hiring New Workers

    2 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    A new start-up could succeed immensely through the employees hired to work there, and a business could flop and keel over as a result of the staffs you have on ground. People are always quick to blame bad and unworthy employees as the cause of the problems a company is facing, but many employers fail […]
  • 5 Ways to Make Good Money from Illiteracy and Ignorance

    2 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    This piece is not advocating illiteracy in any way, but must you kill yourself if you happen to be illiterate? While there is nothing desirable in being unlearned and an ignoramus, should the heaven fall down because you are an illiterate with no formal education? World nations are trying their best to erase illiteracy and […]
  • How to Succeed at Job Interviews

    2 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Nothing is as demeaning as attending a much-anticipated interview and being told after that “we are sorry, you are not a perfect fit.” You feel like dying or at least hitting your head against the wall, most especially when you recall the preparations you had made to ensure your success at the concluded interview. Then […]
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    Yan Huang

  • The 8 Best Monthly Fashion Subscriptions that Deliver to Your Door

    Yan Huang
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    When it comes to subscription services, odds are you’re aware of the seemingly endless array that fall into the beauty and lifestyle realm (BirchBox for beauty samples, BarkBox for doggie treats, and HelloFlo for that-time-of-the-month essentials.) However, we’ve been seeing a serious influx of fashion-based monthly services lately, all of which seem focus more on the element of surprise—new presents every month!—and the idea of small luxuries. The post The 8 Best Monthly Fashion Subscriptions that Deliver to Your Door appeared first on Yan Huang.
  • Mesmerizing Clip Imagines Los Angeles Without Traffic

    Yan Huang
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Los Angeles roadways are some of the country’s most congested, but this mesmerizing clip imagines how the city might look without traffic. Filmmaker Russell Houghten turned Los Angeles into a ghost town for his eerie and beautiful video, “Urban Isolation.” Credits: Russell Houghten Source: Mashable The post Mesmerizing Clip Imagines Los Angeles Without Traffic appeared first on Yan Huang.
  • The Top 5 Career Mistakes Creative People Make

    Yan Huang
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Most creatives start their journey in business something like this: 1. They get good at their craft. 2. They build a website. 3. They set up their social media profiles. And then… they wait for clients to hire them. As good as we are at making our art, creative folk miss one of the most important requirements for running a business: representing ourselves. The post The Top 5 Career Mistakes Creative People Make appeared first on Yan Huang.
  • The 6 People You Need In Your Professional Network

    Yan Huang
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    We all know how important networking is for our careers. Building and maintaining strong relationships is critical to your professional success, whether you’re measuring salary growth, promotions or job satisfaction over time. But before you rattle off how many “friends” you have on your favorite social media site du jour, know that not all contact lists are alike. You want to assemble a diverse group of talent, dubbed “social capital” by the researchers who study this sort of thing, in order for your network of friends to really have an impact on your success. As with friendships,…
  • 7 Tips For Getting Along With Anyone

    Yan Huang
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Remember your kindergarten report card, when you were evaluated on things like your ability to follow directions, name the colors, and sing the alphabet? It also included an early assessment of a skill that would influence your success for the rest of your life: the ability to “play well with others.” The criteria were pretty basic at the time: share, wait your turn, don’t hit or yell, help when someone is struggling. As you grow up, many of the same basic principles apply, but situations can be much more complicated for adults to play well together and still achieve desired…
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